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Bitcoin Cash [BCH] hash war progresses as Bitmain’s Jihan Wu calls Craig Wright a “Blockstream spy”

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The upcoming Bitcoin Cash [BCH] hard fork on November 15 has had the cryptocurrency community in a tizzy concerning its outcome. Those involved in the heart of the discussion have also begun speaking up, with Craig Wright, the proponent of Bitcoin Satoshi’s Vision and Jihan Wu, the CEO of Bitmain, firing shots at each other regarding the fork.

Wu is pushing for the adoption of a protocol known as Wormhole on the BCH blockchain, which would effectively allow the coin to become a platform for programming and executing smart contracts. This would allow for the issuance of other assets on the BCH blockchain, similar to the Ethereum network.

Craig Wright, on the other hand, wishes to bring Bitcoin back to the way Satoshi Nakamoto, who he claims is himself, envisioned it. The implementation is known as Bitcoin Satoshi’s Vision and will lock in the base protocols at Bitcoin v0.1.0 and increase the block size to 128MB. This has led to his vocal criticism of Wu’s idea, leading him to state that he was pushing for a change of the BCH protocol to Proof of Stake.

Now, more recently, Wu has taken to calling Wright a spy working for Blockstream. He stated:

“From the very beginning I have had a conspiracy theory that CSW is a spy controlled by Blockstream.”

This was in response to a screenshot posted by Vin Armani, the CTO of CoinText, which showed Gregory Maxwell, the CTO of Blockstream, reportedly talking to Craig Wright. The email stated:

“I see now that Roger Ver, Rick Falkvinge, Olivier Janssens, and Jihan Wu appear to be aggressively attacking you in public and trying to distance BCH from you. To the best of my knowledge all of these parties previously believed in you. It seems to me that it is simply a matter of time before a forceful public denunciation by someone previously cited as proof of your merit, such as Gavin, brings things crashing down around you.”

This is in reference to Gavin Anderson, one of the few individuals that worked on Bitcoin with Satoshi himself, who claims that Craig Wright is indeed the anonymous creator of Bitcoin. However, many of the BCH community seem to disagree,

User Melik Manukyan on Twitter stated:“Craig S. Wright

C S W
Core S W
Core Segregated W
Core Segregated Witness Core/Segwit
Craig S. Wright is a secret @Blockstream agent sent in to undermine the true #Bitcoin and destroy Satoshi’s Vision.”

User Bittburger seems to be in disagreement with Wu, stating:

‘Honestly Jihan you’ve shown about 100x more suppprt of Core than CSW has. His entire campaign has been the downfall of Core and Blockstream. While you have almost singlehandedly kept them in power. Please move your hashpower to BCH”

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Jihan Wu Loses Control of Bitmain as IPO Documents Indicate Profit Figures Were Hyped

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Bitmain has dominated ASIC manufacturing since it was founded in 2013. One man has been at the forefront of this domination, leading the company into the giant that it is today; Jihan Wu. However, it may not be so for much longer, with a Chinese publication revealing that a recent reshuffle has demoted the renowned crypto campaigner to the role of a supervisor from his previously held Director role in the board.

The news come after the Financial Times unearthed the fact that the figures reported for the profitability of the firm had almost been doubled in earlier reports by the firm. Documents circulated during the funding rounds and those submitted during filing for IPO show contrasting figures, with Bitmain failing to give an explanation for the difference.

Wrong Time For Cracks As IPO Looms

According to the report by Sanyan Blockchain, Wu is no longer able to influence corporate decisions at the Beijing-based ASIC manufacturer. The publication reported today, November 13, that the firm had undertaken a reshuffle recently and lots of positions had been redistributed. One of these was Wu’s who was allegedly demoted from Director to a supervisor, the report stated citing an unnamed source.

The report quoted Tian Yangang, a lawyer representing the privately-held firm, who reportedly stated to local media that after being relegated to a supervisor, Wu’s voting rights had been revoked. Wu therefore has less influence on the corporate decisions and on the direction the firm takes going forward. This is despite being the co-founder of the multibillion-dollar firm and the second-largest individual shareholder of Bitmain at 20.25 percent. The other co-founder, Micree Zhan, is the largest shareholder at 36 percent.

The report comes after another one by The Financial Times revealed that Bitmain’s profitability figures had been scaled down for its IPO listing compared to its funding rounds. During the $400 million funding round in April, the firm had indicated that the 2017 profits stood at $1.25 billion. In yet another funding round four months later in August, the figure was amended to $1.1 billion. However, in its IPO filing one month later in September, Bitmain revised the figure again to $701.4 million, almost half the original figure.

After FT reached out to Bitmain to inquire on the discrepancies, the firm stated:

Please refer to our IPO prospectus for appropriate figures.

The other involved parties, the auditor KPMG and the bank leading the IPO, China International Capital Corp. declined to comment on the figures.

Bitmain has filed to list at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, aiming to raise $500 million at a valuation of $18 billion. This valuation has risen incredibly in just the past one year, buoyed by the increasing popularity of cryptocurrencies.

In September last year, Bitmain was reported to be valued at $1 billion during a funding round led by Sequoia Capital. It then went up astronomically to $14 billion mid this year, and is now valued at $18 billion, at least according to the IPO prospectus. According to some of the early investors in the firm, it’s expected to be valued at $40 billion within three years.

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Bitcoin Cash’s ‘Mining War’ Escalates as Blockchain Hard Fork Approaches

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The global network of computer operators who today help power the bitcoin cash cryptocurrency are beginning to signal that they may take differing paths ahead of a technical update scheduled for Thursday.

Data from Coin Dance indicates that bitcoin cash mining pools, collectives of individuals and companies providing computer power to the cryptocurrency, the world’s fourth most valuable, are indicating they will run a version of the software called Bitcoin SV, an alternative to the Bitcoin ABC software most widely used by the network today.

In fact, early signs suggest Bitcoin SV may control some 76.39 percent of the network’s current mining power.

While it’s too early to tell if this many computers will actually update their software, causing the bitcoin cash network to split, the strong rhetoric employed by those backing the upstart Bitcoin SV software, including Craig Wright, the Australian cryptographer who claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto, suggests this is a possibility.

Wright in particular has vowed to destroy the ABC network, going so far as to threaten ABC proponents on Twitter.

Amidst this dialogue, SV’s hash power advantage is up from 73.62 percent just a day ago. In particular, CoinGeek, the platform owned by Wright supporter Calvin Ayre, jumped from controlling about 30.6 percent of the overall hash power to 41 percent.

In contrast, okminer and Mempool both lost a significant portion of the hash power, falling from 7.64 percent and 6.25 percent respectively to 3.47 percent each.

Meanwhile, mining pools supporting the Bitcoin ABC implementation spearheaded by Roger Ver have made gains of their own. In particular, Bitcoin.com, Antpool and BTC.com now control 8.33, 4.86 and 6.25 percent of the total hash power respectively. Antpool and BTC.com are controlled by bitcoin cash supporter and hardware giant Bitmain.

As of yesterday, both of Bitmain’s pools only controlled 2.78 percent of the power each, while Ver’s website had 6.25 percent.

While several mining pools have firmly declared support for one party or another, a number have yet to publicly express which network they might help secure. The most prominent of these is ViaBTC, which controlled 7.64 percent of the network total yesterday, though its relative power dropped to 2.08 percent by 14:00 UTC Tuesday.

Another pool, Northern Bitcoin, likewise has yet to commit to a particular implementation, though chief technology officer Moritz Jäger told Forbes that his pool switched from bitcoin to bitcoin cash to be among “the decision makers on the upcoming fork.”

Price fluctuation

Still, while Bitcoin SV seems to have a clear advantage in hash power, traders seem more confident about Bitcoin ABC.

BCHABC, a trading pair being offered in advance at some exchange, is still trading at a higher price than markets for SV, though its lead has shrunk slightly. At press time, pre-fork trading of the token hovered around $391 (priced in the USDC stablecoin), down from $415 just 24 hours ago.

In contrast, BCHSV’s price surged 22 percent in that time period to reach $136.

According to TradingView, BCHABC may also be seeing less interest in terms of volume, with only876,258 USDC being traded over the past 24 hours, up from 818,375 yesterday.

BCHSV, on the other hand, saw 969,715 USDC in volume over that period, though this fell from more than 1.2 million USDC traded previously.

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Cryptocurrency Mining Farms In China Shut Down For ‘Strict’ Tax Inspections

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Cryptocurrency mining operations in the Chinese provinces of Xinjiang and Guizhou were suspended so the government could conduct “very strict” tax inspections and real-name registration checks.

Power to the mining farms was shut off on November 5, sources told local daily Cong News. As a result, the mines lost about 1 million yuan (or roughly $143,700) a day during the period of “rectification.”

“Joint enforcement actions examined the mine’s tax information, funds, and customer information,” Cong News reported. “It is understood that the tax inspection of the mine is very strict.”

Mining Farms Required To Sign Pledge

The tax inspection is now complete, but it’s unclear if power to the mining farms has been restored yet.

“It is understood that the mines, including business licenses, state-of-the-art power supply procedures, and employee Social Security, are officially complete,” Cong News noted.

 

The mining farms were required to sign an agreement promising that their mining data centers will implement “higher standards for the company’s business real-name system,” as mandated by China’s Public Security Department.

The farms also agreed to not provide services to any customers that do not comply with these rules.

Did the Shutdown Affect Bitmain?

It’s unclear how this shutdown affected Bitmain, which recently deployed 90,000 S9 Antminer rigs to the coal-rich region of Xinjiang ahead of the Bitcoin Cash hard fork, which is scheduled for November 15.

Bitmain — the world’s most valuable cryptocurrency company — is making moves to maintain its market dominance amid reports that its smaller rival Bitfury is considering an initial public offering in Amsterdam or London as early as 2019.

The move would make Bitfury the first major crypto IPO listed in Europe, as CCN has reported. The Amsterdam-based blockchain startup could seek a valuation of $3 billion to $5 billion.

In September 2018, Bitmain filed for an initial public offering in Hong Kong, with a potential valuation of up to $3 billion. Bitmain — which is valued at $10 billion — is on track to post $10 billion in revenue by the end of 2018.

$700 Million Bitcoin Mining Farm Being Built

Meanwhile, crypto mining firm Coinmint plans to invest up to $700 million to build the world’s largest bitcoin mining center in Upstate New York, with a 435-megawatt capacity.

Coinmint has already invested $50 million so far to convert a 1,300-acre Alcoa aluminum smelting plant in Massena, New York.

The new crypto mining farm is projected to create an estimated 150 new jobs, and is expected to be fully operational by June 2019.

The old Alcoa plant shuttered in 2014, but Coinmint signed a 10-year lease on the property, signaling its confidence that despite bitcoin’s recent slump, it believes cryptocurrencies are here to stay.

“As long as bitcoin networks exist, we anticipate mining to be profitable,” said Coinmint CTO Prieur Leary.

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