Considering a bitcoin mining hardware purchase? Make a more informed decision with our Bitcoin Mining Dashboard. Bitfury’s resellers have begun shipping their 400 GH/s “Full Kits” to customers. After initial accounts of prototypes successfully mining on August 2nd, full production units are now ready. Over the last year Bitfury, a Russian ASIC bitcoin mining manufacturer, has been quietly developing a 55nm ASIC chip that runs around 3 GH/s. Bitfury sold bulk quantities of chips to US and EU distributors who partnered with “100 TH/s”, a publicly traded mining company, to develop fully functional units. The ASIC chips must be set …

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Finance ministers from the European Union reached an agreement early this morning regarding terms for failing banks in the euro region. The new rules are intended to shield taxpayers, who have extended approximately €1.6 trillion in support since the 2008 financial crisis, from saddling the cost of bank bailouts, shifting liability instead to creditors and depositors. Under the new rules, beginning in 2018, shareholders would assume losses before unsecured creditors and depositors, with exemptions for insured deposits less than €100,000, as well as select individuals and small companies. A Familiar Precedent When depositors in Cyprus faced levies up to 10% …

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