Gemini to Introduce Block Trading

Now big traders can trade with blocks of Ethereum or Bitcoin; at least 100 ETH or 10 BTC per block
10 April 2018   565

The Gemini Bitcoin Exchange has announced that starting April 12 it will offer large traders the opportunity to trade with whole blocks of Bitcoin or Ethereum.

As stated at the official blog, the new service will allow to trade large volumes of BTC and ETH, while large transactions will not appear in the main order book. This should avoid excessive influence on the price of assets, while at the same time providing "additional mechanism to source liquidity when trading in greater size." It is noted that the minimum transaction size will be 10 BTC or 100 ETH.

By placing an order, customers will be able to specify the minimum quantity, price limit, and the type of transaction - buying or selling. This information, also called "interest indication", will be sent simultaneously to all market makers.

In accordance with our commitment to an equitable, transparent, and rules-based marketplace, block orders will be electronically broadcast to participating market makers simultaneously, ensuring best execution and price discovery for those participating in the program. Block orders do not interact with our continuous or auction order books. Trade information will be published via our market data feeds ten minutes following the execution of a block trade.
 

Cameron Winklevoss

Co-Founder and President, Gemini

Earlier the founders of Gemini called the main goal for 2018 the listing of new cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin. 

HashFlare Users to Face Withdrawal Issues

Looks like Bitcoin cloud mining is not super profitable
18 July 2018   108

Users of HashFlare mining pool can't withdraw their funds, while their contracts are threatened with a temporary ban. Even lower restrictions on withdrawal of funds in the amount of 0.03 BTC caused problems for users, but the service raised the threshold to 0.05 BTC and 0.1 ETH . This is reported by Cryptovest.

In addition, financial pyramids are often promoted under the guise of mining contracts for cloud mining. For last few months, there was a big jump in mining difficulty of many cryptocurrencies, so, old contacts had become unprofitable.

As reported, the reason for the locked funds dates back further - at the beginning of June, so much hashing power was flowing into the Bitcoin network that contracts saw all the mined coins go toward their maintenance fee.

Currently, more and more users who have purchased contracts at earlier stages are facing the fact that they can not withdraw their funds. One of them managed to return the money spent through the bank card operator after filing a corresponding complaint.

To anybody that purchased a Hashflare cloud mining contract with a credit card, it might be possible to get a refund with that credit card as one of my followers tipped me. He bought his contracts at the end of 2017.
 

bccponzi at Twitter

The hash rate of bitcoin increased from 13 EHash / s at the beginning of the year to more than 40 EHash / s in recent months. The difficulty of mining in the present conditions depends on the circumstances of the specific miner. The cost of bitcoin mining for some of them is $ 4,400, while others spend about $ 5,800. However, in 2018, cloudy mining is called an even more dubious occupation than before, especially when it comes to mining bitcoin.