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Mining Roundup: BBB Warning, Alpha Technology and a Pool Attack

Succeeding in the cryptocurrency mining industry over the long term may require thinking outside of the box.


It takes creativity to rise above the rest and survive in such a fast-moving industry.


New ideas such as permacoin, which uses proof of work to store archival data, could be an example of this.


The recent Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing from San Francisco-based hardware designer HashFast is also significant. It’s clear that major investment like the BitFury funding round or key partnerships like the creation of PeerNova are needed in order to ensure viability.


With that said, let’s look at what has been going on since our last roundup.


CoinTerra’s datacenter


Source: Wall Street JournalSource: Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal recently published a video of a CoinTerra mining datacenter located in Utah.


The Austin-based designer of miners has a facility filled with thousands of its 1.6TH/s units hashing away. And with so many miners, the sound of them whirring away is almost deafening on the video.


The report indicated that the facility rarely requires air conditioning, saying “the facility uses the ambient, dry cool air of the Utah desert to cool down the rigs”.


That may be true at night, but Utah is in a high desert where it’s hot during the day in summer. There are very few datacenters that don’t need to utilize air conditioning, and this massive CoinTerra rig is likely not one of them.


Alpha Technology ‘still working with Dexcel’


Rendering of the Viper scrypt miner. Source: Alpha TechnologyRendering of the Viper scrypt miner. Source: Alpha Technology

Manchester, UK-based Alpha Technology, which plans to bring a powerful scrypt miner to market, says that it still has a key partnership with Dexcel Designs in place.


Mohammed Akram, Director of Alpha Technology, told CoinDesk:


“Our partnership with Dexcel is fine. We have actually completed most of our design work, all work now is from the foundry and our manufacturing partners.”


Rumors of a possible breakdown in relations between Alpha and Dexcel had caused some turmoil. Some customers who preordered mining units had been requesting refunds, though Akram said this had been “minimal” over the past month.


One issue of concern had been that Alpha removed its partner’s details from its website. However, this decision was made because Dexcel was not able to handle customer support queries directly, he explained.


The company says it is still on schedule to begin shipping units in July. Alpha currently lists two different Viper models on its website: a base model, specced at 50MH/s of hashing power at 375W (£1,350), and a more powerful version with 250MH/s at 1,875W (£5,450).


Better Business Bureau warns on mining


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Cryptocurrency mining is now drawing the scrutiny of the Better Business Bureau (BBB), an independent consumer advocacy group – and it seems CoinTerra is the mining company drawing the most attention.


A BBB warning on “bitcoin mining computers” states:


“Complaints about [CoinTerra] are coming in not only from U.S. customers, but from those in other countries as well, including the United Kingdom and Australia.”


According to the BBB, it closed 11 complaints about the company in March and April. However, another 39 have since been opened, which led to the warning about the company.


The BBB offers a number of tips for people interested in acquiring mining equipment to better protect themselves. This includes using a credit card for payment, maintaining all order documentation and reviewing the BBB’s website for information regarding specific companies prior to making a purchase.


KNCMiner updates


Rendering of the Titan. Source: KNCMinerRendering of the Titan. Source: KNCMiner

Following the news that Stockholm, Sweden-based KNCMiner will be taping out its 400MH/s Titan scrypt miner, the company has made another production run ready for pre-order online, with two versions available.


There’s no exact timeline for this second batch of preorders, but they are slated to arrive one month after Batch 1 Titans.


Although the company’s webstore page for Batch 2 clearly indicates that will be no refunds for any shipment delays, KNC is offering customer incentives.


Looking down the road, KNCMiner also offered an update on its 20nm node. The designs, or wafers, have been sent to a fabrication plant to be turned into chips. Specs will likely be released when these units come back and are placed on boards.


Mining unknown altcoins


Block Erupters are popular USB miners. Source: BitcointalkBlock Erupters are popular USB miners. Source: Bitcointalk

According to Coinmarketcap, there are 33 cryptocurrencies with a market capitalization over $1m. So is there potential in mining coins that most people don’t know about?


Wired has a short piece examining this very subject, profiling a miner that uses a home rig of USB units to mine a variety of scrypt-based coins. Mining relative unknowns such as infinitecoin and zetacoin could be profitable, but is essentially a bet on the long-term success of altcoins.


There is risk, however, that some people will simply trade in these coins for more established digital currencies like bitcoin.


Nevertheless, mining protects a network. If a community of miners gets behind a coin, that can safeguard it and thus increase its value if it offers something to the community. Litecoin creator Charlie Lee is quoted saying: “Having ASICs come out to mine litecoin means that it’s really gotten to a point where it’s succeeded.”


Block withholding attacks


Source: BitcoinchartsThe top bitcoin mining pools. Source: Bitcoincharts

The Eligius pool has discovered that it was the victim of a ‘block withholding attack’, losing at least 300 bitcoins over the past few months.


In such an attack, a miner submits low-difficulty shares, but not block solutions. In effect, the scam fools the pool into thinking miners are participating when they aren’t really.


Eligius, one of the oldest pools in existence, says it has now identified the source of the attack and blocked the individual(s) from participating.


With the potential profits from bitcoin mining so high, it is no surprise bad actors are attempting to attack or trick pools, who need to be vigilant about such attacks.


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It\u0026#8217;s clear that major investment like the \u003ca href=\"https://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-mining-giant-bitfury-announces-20-million-funding-round/\"\u003eBitFury funding round\u003c/a\u003e or key partnerships like the \u003ca href=\"https://www.coindesk.com/cloudhashing-and-highbitcoin-merge-hosted-mining-with-asic-hardware-to-form-peernova/\"\u003ecreation of PeerNova\u003c/a\u003e are needed in order to ensure viability.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWith that said, let’s look at what has been going on since our \u003ca href=\"https://www.coindesk.com/mining-roundup-walmart-bfgminer-altcoins-cloud/\"\u003elast roundup\u003c/a\u003e.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eCoinTerra’s datacenter\u003c/h2\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"attachment_96160\" class=\"wp-caption aligncenter\"\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"image-container width-443\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter.png\"\u003e\u003cimg class=\" wp-image-96160 \" alt=\"Source: Wall Street Journal\" src=\"https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter.png\" width=\"443\" height=\"250\" srcset=\"https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter.png 924w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-768x434.png 768w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-205x117.png 205w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-728x411.png 728w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-780x441.png 780w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-90x51.png 90w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-136x77.png 136w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-348x197.png 348w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-266x150.png 266w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-350x198.png 350w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-419x237.png 419w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-270x153.png 270w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-438x247.png 438w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-282x159.png 282w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-206x116.png 206w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-345x195.png 345w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-512x289.png 512w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-690x390.png 690w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-775x438.png 775w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-380x215.png 380w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-285x161.png 285w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-570x322.png 570w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-855x483.png 855w\" sizes=\"(max-width: 443px) 100vw, 443px\" /\u003e\u003c/a\u003e\u003cspan class=\"wp-caption-text\"\u003e\u003cem\u003eSource: \u003ca href=\"http://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2014/06/09/bitbeat-like-a-hurricane-cointerras-giant-bitcoin-mining-plant/\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eWall Street Journal\u003c/a\u003e\u003c/em\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003eThe Wall Street Journal\u003c/em\u003e recently published a video of a CoinTerra mining datacenter located in Utah.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Austin-based designer of miners has a facility filled with thousands of its 1.6TH/s units hashing away. And with so many miners, the sound of them whirring away is almost deafening on the video.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe \u003ca href=\"http://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2014/06/09/bitbeat-like-a-hurricane-cointerras-giant-bitcoin-mining-plant/\" target=\"_blank\"\u003ereport indicated\u003c/a\u003e that the facility rarely requires air conditioning, saying “the facility uses the ambient, dry cool air of the Utah desert to cool down the rigs”.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThat may be true at night, but Utah is in a high desert where it\u0026#8217;s hot during the day in summer. There are very few datacenters that don’t need to utilize air conditioning, and this massive CoinTerra rig is likely not one of them.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eAlpha Technology \u0026#8216;still working with Dexcel\u0026#8217;\u003c/h2\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"attachment_96162\" class=\"wp-caption aligncenter\"\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"image-container width-462\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper.png\"\u003e\u003cimg class=\"wp-image-96162 \" alt=\"Rendering of the Viper scrypt miner. Source: Alpha Technology\" src=\"https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper.png\" width=\"462\" height=\"228\" srcset=\"https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper.png 1222w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-768x378.png 768w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-205x101.png 205w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-728x359.png 728w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-780x384.png 780w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-90x44.png 90w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-136x67.png 136w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-348x171.png 348w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-304x150.png 304w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-350x172.png 350w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-419x206.png 419w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-270x133.png 270w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-438x216.png 438w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-282x139.png 282w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-206x101.png 206w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-512x252.png 512w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-345x170.png 345w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-690x340.png 690w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-1035x510.png 1035w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-775x382.png 775w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-380x187.png 380w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-285x140.png 285w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-570x281.png 570w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-855x421.png 855w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-1200x591.png 1200w\" sizes=\"(max-width: 462px) 100vw, 462px\" /\u003e\u003c/a\u003e\u003cspan class=\"wp-caption-text\"\u003eRendering of the Viper scrypt miner. \u003cem\u003eSource: \u003ca href=\"https://alpha-t.net/product/viper-scrypt-miner-90mhs/\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eAlpha Technology\u003c/a\u003e\u003c/em\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eManchester, UK-based Alpha Technology, which plans to bring a powerful scrypt miner to market, says that it still has a key partnership with Dexcel Designs in place.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMohammed Akram, Director of Alpha Technology, told CoinDesk:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\u003cp\u003e“Our partnership with Dexcel is fine. We have actually completed most of our design work, all work now is from the foundry and our manufacturing partners.”\u003c/p\u003e\u003c/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eRumors of a \u003ca href=\"https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=314402.1340\"\u003epossible breakdown\u003c/a\u003e in relations between Alpha and Dexcel had caused some turmoil. Some customers who preordered mining units had been requesting refunds, though Akram said this had been \u0026#8220;minimal\u0026#8221; over the past month.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOne issue of concern had been that Alpha removed its partner\u0026#8217;s details from its website. However, this decision was made because Dexcel was not able to handle customer support queries directly, he explained.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe company says it is still on schedule to begin shipping units in July. Alpha currently lists two different \u003ca href=\"https://alpha-t.net/shop/\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eViper\u003c/a\u003e models on its website: a base model, specced at 50MH/s of hashing power at 375W (£1,350), and a more powerful version with 250MH/s at 1,875W (£5,450).\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eBetter Business Bureau warns on mining\u003c/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/bbblogo.png\"\u003e\u003cimg class=\" wp-image-96168 alignright\" alt=\"bbblogo\" src=\"https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/bbblogo.png\" width=\"96\" height=\"95\" srcset=\"https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/bbblogo.png 622w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/bbblogo-150x150.png 150w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/bbblogo-275x275.png 275w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/bbblogo-118x117.png 118w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/bbblogo-69x68.png 69w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/bbblogo-80x79.png 80w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/bbblogo-263x260.png 263w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/bbblogo-151x150.png 151w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/bbblogo-350x347.png 350w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/bbblogo-419x415.png 419w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/bbblogo-252x250.png 252w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/bbblogo-295x292.png 295w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/bbblogo-202x200.png 202w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/bbblogo-135x134.png 135w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/bbblogo-504x504.png 504w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/bbblogo-345x342.png 345w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/bbblogo-512x507.png 512w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/bbblogo-380x376.png 380w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/bbblogo-285x282.png 285w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/bbblogo-570x565.png 570w\" sizes=\"(max-width: 96px) 100vw, 96px\" /\u003e\u003c/a\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eCryptocurrency mining is now drawing the scrutiny of the Better Business Bureau (BBB), an independent consumer advocacy group – and it seems CoinTerra is the mining company drawing the most attention.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA BBB \u003ca href=\"http://www.bbb.org/blog/2014/06/bbb-warning-bitcoin-mining-computers/\" target=\"_blank\"\u003ewarning\u003c/a\u003e on \u0026#8220;bitcoin mining computers\u0026#8221; states:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\u003cp\u003e“Complaints about [CoinTerra] are coming in not only from U.S. customers, but from those in other countries as well, including the United Kingdom and Australia.”\u003c/p\u003e\u003c/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAccording to the BBB, it closed 11 complaints about the company in March and April. However, another 39 have since been opened, which led to the warning about the company.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe BBB offers a number of tips for people interested in acquiring mining equipment to better protect themselves. This includes using a credit card for payment, maintaining all order documentation and reviewing the BBB’s website for information regarding specific companies prior to making a purchase.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eKNCMiner updates\u003c/h2\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"attachment_96164\" class=\"wp-caption aligncenter\"\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"image-container width-330\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/kncminertitan.png\"\u003e\u003cimg class=\" wp-image-96164 \" alt=\"Rendering of the Titan. Source: KNCMiner\" src=\"https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/kncminertitan.png\" width=\"330\" height=\"295\" srcset=\"https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/kncminertitan.png 916w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/kncminertitan-768x688.png 768w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/kncminertitan-131x117.png 131w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/kncminertitan-728x652.png 728w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/kncminertitan-780x698.png 780w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/kncminertitan-76x68.png 76w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/kncminertitan-88x79.png 88w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/kncminertitan-290x260.png 290w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/kncminertitan-168x150.png 168w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/kncminertitan-350x313.png 350w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/kncminertitan-419x375.png 419w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/kncminertitan-270x242.png 270w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/kncminertitan-326x292.png 326w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/kncminertitan-223x200.png 223w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/kncminertitan-150x134.png 150w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/kncminertitan-512x458.png 512w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/kncminertitan-345x309.png 345w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/kncminertitan-690x618.png 690w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/kncminertitan-775x694.png 775w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/kncminertitan-380x340.png 380w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/kncminertitan-285x255.png 285w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/kncminertitan-570x510.png 570w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/kncminertitan-855x765.png 855w\" sizes=\"(max-width: 330px) 100vw, 330px\" /\u003e\u003c/a\u003e\u003cspan class=\"wp-caption-text\"\u003eRendering of the Titan. \u003cem\u003eSource: \u003ca href=\"https://www.kncminer.com/products/titan-second-batch\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eKNCMiner\u003c/a\u003e\u003c/em\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFollowing the news that Stockholm, Sweden-based KNCMiner will be taping out its 400MH/s \u003ca href=\"https://www.coindesk.com/kncminer-titan-deliver-400-tape-out/\"\u003eTitan scrypt miner\u003c/a\u003e, the company has made another production run ready for pre-order online, with two versions available.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThere’s no exact timeline for this second batch of preorders, but they are slated to arrive one month after Batch 1 Titans.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAlthough the company’s webstore page for Batch 2 \u003ca href=\"https://www.kncminer.com/categories/litecoin-mining-hardware\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eclearly indicates\u003c/a\u003e that will be no refunds for any shipment delays, KNC is offering \u003ca href=\"https://www.coindesk.com/kncminer-offers-new-incentives-neptune-mining-rig-delays/\" target=\"_blank\"\u003ecustomer incentives\u003c/a\u003e.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLooking down the road, KNCMiner also offered an update on its 20nm node. The designs, or wafers, have been sent to a fabrication plant to be turned into chips. Specs will likely be released when these units come back and are placed on boards.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eMining unknown altcoins\u003c/h2\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"attachment_96190\" class=\"wp-caption aligncenter\"\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"image-container width-337\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/featuredblockerupters.png\"\u003e\u003cimg class=\" wp-image-96190 \" alt=\"Block Erupters are popular USB miners. Source: Bitcointalk\" src=\"https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/featuredblockerupters.png\" width=\"337\" height=\"246\" srcset=\"https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/featuredblockerupters.png 1002w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/featuredblockerupters-768x560.png 768w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/featuredblockerupters-161x117.png 161w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/featuredblockerupters-728x530.png 728w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/featuredblockerupters-780x568.png 780w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/featuredblockerupters-90x66.png 90w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/featuredblockerupters-108x79.png 108w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/featuredblockerupters-348x254.png 348w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/featuredblockerupters-206x150.png 206w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/featuredblockerupters-350x255.png 350w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/featuredblockerupters-419x305.png 419w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/featuredblockerupters-270x197.png 270w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/featuredblockerupters-401x292.png 401w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/featuredblockerupters-275x200.png 275w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/featuredblockerupters-184x134.png 184w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/featuredblockerupters-512x373.png 512w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/featuredblockerupters-345x251.png 345w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/featuredblockerupters-690x503.png 690w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/featuredblockerupters-775x565.png 775w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/featuredblockerupters-380x277.png 380w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/featuredblockerupters-285x208.png 285w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/featuredblockerupters-570x415.png 570w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/featuredblockerupters-855x623.png 855w\" sizes=\"(max-width: 337px) 100vw, 337px\" /\u003e\u003c/a\u003e\u003cspan class=\"wp-caption-text\"\u003eBlock Erupters are popular USB miners. \u003cem\u003eSource: \u003ca href=\"http://bitcoincharts.com/bitcoin/\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eBitcointalk\u003c/a\u003e\u003c/em\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAccording to \u003ca href=\"http://coinmarketcap.com/\"\u003eCoinmarketcap\u003c/a\u003e, there are 33 cryptocurrencies with a market capitalization over $1m. So is there potential in mining coins that most people don’t know about?\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http://www.wired.com/2014/06/litecoin_mining/\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e\u003cem\u003eWired\u003c/em\u003e\u003c/a\u003e has a short piece examining this very subject, profiling a miner that uses a home rig of USB units to mine a variety of scrypt-based coins. Mining relative unknowns such as infinitecoin and zetacoin could be profitable, but is essentially a bet on the long-term success of altcoins.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThere is risk, however, that some people will simply trade in these coins for more established digital currencies like bitcoin.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNevertheless, mining protects a network. If a community of miners gets behind a coin, that can safeguard it and thus increase its value if it offers something to the community. Litecoin creator Charlie Lee is quoted saying: “Having ASICs come out to mine litecoin means that it’s really gotten to a point where it’s succeeded.”\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eBlock withholding attacks\u003c/h2\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"attachment_96170\" class=\"wp-caption aligncenter\"\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"image-container width-353\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/hashrate.png\"\u003e\u003cimg class=\" wp-image-96170 \" alt=\"Source: Bitcoincharts\" src=\"https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/hashrate.png\" width=\"353\" height=\"264\" srcset=\"https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/hashrate.png 934w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/hashrate-768x574.png 768w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/hashrate-157x117.png 157w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/hashrate-728x544.png 728w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/hashrate-780x583.png 780w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/hashrate-90x68.png 90w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/hashrate-106x79.png 106w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/hashrate-348x260.png 348w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/hashrate-201x150.png 201w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/hashrate-350x262.png 350w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/hashrate-419x313.png 419w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/hashrate-270x202.png 270w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/hashrate-391x292.png 391w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/hashrate-268x200.png 268w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/hashrate-179x134.png 179w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/hashrate-512x383.png 512w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/hashrate-345x258.png 345w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/hashrate-690x516.png 690w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/hashrate-775x579.png 775w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/hashrate-380x284.png 380w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/hashrate-285x213.png 285w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/hashrate-570x426.png 570w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/hashrate-855x639.png 855w\" sizes=\"(max-width: 353px) 100vw, 353px\" /\u003e\u003c/a\u003e\u003cspan class=\"wp-caption-text\"\u003eThe top bitcoin mining pools. \u003cem\u003eSource: \u003ca href=\"http://bitcoincharts.com/bitcoin/\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eBitcoincharts\u003c/a\u003e\u003c/em\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Eligius pool \u003ca href=\"https://bitcointalk.org/?topic=441465.msg7282674#msg7282674\"\u003ehas discovered\u003c/a\u003e that it was the victim of a \u0026#8216;block withholding attack\u0026#8217;, losing at least 300 bitcoins over the past few months.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn such an attack, a miner submits low-difficulty shares, but not block solutions. In effect, the scam fools the pool into thinking miners are participating when they aren\u0026#8217;t really.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eEligius, one of the oldest pools in existence, says it has now identified the source of the attack and blocked the individual(s) from participating.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWith the potential profits from bitcoin mining so high, it is no surprise bad actors are attempting to attack or trick pools, who need to be vigilant about such attacks.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003eGot a cryptocurrency mining tip for future roundups? \u003ca href=\"https://www.coindesk.com/contact-us/\"\u003eContact us\u003c/a\u003e.\u003c/em\u003e\u003cem\u003e \u003c/em\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003eDisclaimer: This article should not be viewed as an endorsement of any of the companies mentioned. Please do your own extensive research before considering investing any funds in these products.\u003c/em\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n","amp":"\u003cp\u003eSucceeding in the cryptocurrency mining industry over the long term may require thinking outside of the box.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIt takes creativity to rise above the rest and survive in such a fast-moving industry.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNew ideas such as permacoin, which uses proof of work to \u003ca href=\"https://www.coindesk.com/cryptocurrency-mining-help-archive-societys-important-data/?amp\" rel=\"amphtml\"\u003estore archival data\u003c/a\u003e, could be an example of this.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe recent Chapter 11 \u003ca href=\"https://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-mining-manufacturer-hashfast-enters-chapter-11-bankruptcy/?amp\" rel=\"amphtml\"\u003ebankruptcy filing\u003c/a\u003e from San Francisco-based hardware designer HashFast is also significant. It’s clear that major investment like the \u003ca href=\"https://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-mining-giant-bitfury-announces-20-million-funding-round/?amp\" rel=\"amphtml\"\u003eBitFury funding round\u003c/a\u003e or key partnerships like the \u003ca href=\"https://www.coindesk.com/cloudhashing-and-highbitcoin-merge-hosted-mining-with-asic-hardware-to-form-peernova/?amp\" rel=\"amphtml\"\u003ecreation of PeerNova\u003c/a\u003e are needed in order to ensure viability.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWith that said, let’s look at what has been going on since our \u003ca href=\"https://www.coindesk.com/mining-roundup-walmart-bfgminer-altcoins-cloud/?amp\" rel=\"amphtml\"\u003elast roundup\u003c/a\u003e.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eCoinTerra’s datacenter\u003c/h2\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"attachment_96160\" class=\"wp-caption aligncenter\"\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"image-container width-443\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter.png\"\u003e\u003camp-img class=\"wp-image-96160 amp-wp-enforced-sizes\" alt=\"Source: Wall Street Journal\" src=\"https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter.png\" width=\"443\" height=\"250\" srcset=\"https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter.png 924w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-768x434.png 768w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-205x117.png 205w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-728x411.png 728w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-780x441.png 780w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-90x51.png 90w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-136x77.png 136w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-348x197.png 348w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-266x150.png 266w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-350x198.png 350w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-419x237.png 419w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-270x153.png 270w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-438x247.png 438w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-282x159.png 282w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-206x116.png 206w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-345x195.png 345w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-512x289.png 512w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-690x390.png 690w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-775x438.png 775w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-380x215.png 380w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-285x161.png 285w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-570x322.png 570w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-855x483.png 855w\" layout=\"intrinsic\"\u003e\u003cnoscript\u003e\u003cimg class=\" wp-image-96160 \" alt=\"Source: Wall Street Journal\" src=\"https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter.png\" width=\"443\" height=\"250\" srcset=\"https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter.png 924w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-768x434.png 768w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-205x117.png 205w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-728x411.png 728w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-780x441.png 780w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-90x51.png 90w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-136x77.png 136w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-348x197.png 348w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-266x150.png 266w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-350x198.png 350w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-419x237.png 419w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-270x153.png 270w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-438x247.png 438w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-282x159.png 282w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-206x116.png 206w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-345x195.png 345w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-512x289.png 512w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-690x390.png 690w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-775x438.png 775w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-380x215.png 380w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-285x161.png 285w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-570x322.png 570w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cointerradatacenter-855x483.png 855w\" sizes=\"(max-width: 443px) 100vw, 443px\"\u003e\u003c/noscript\u003e\u003c/amp-img\u003e\u003c/a\u003e\u003cspan class=\"wp-caption-text\"\u003e\u003cem\u003eSource: \u003ca href=\"http://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2014/06/09/bitbeat-like-a-hurricane-cointerras-giant-bitcoin-mining-plant/\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eWall Street Journal\u003c/a\u003e\u003c/em\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003eThe Wall Street Journal\u003c/em\u003e recently published a video of a CoinTerra mining datacenter located in Utah.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Austin-based designer of miners has a facility filled with thousands of its 1.6TH/s units hashing away. And with so many miners, the sound of them whirring away is almost deafening on the video.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe \u003ca href=\"http://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2014/06/09/bitbeat-like-a-hurricane-cointerras-giant-bitcoin-mining-plant/\" target=\"_blank\"\u003ereport indicated\u003c/a\u003e that the facility rarely requires air conditioning, saying “the facility uses the ambient, dry cool air of the Utah desert to cool down the rigs”.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThat may be true at night, but Utah is in a high desert where it’s hot during the day in summer. There are very few datacenters that don’t need to utilize air conditioning, and this massive CoinTerra rig is likely not one of them.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eAlpha Technology ‘still working with Dexcel’\u003c/h2\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"attachment_96162\" class=\"wp-caption aligncenter\"\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"image-container width-462\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper.png\"\u003e\u003camp-img class=\"wp-image-96162 amp-wp-enforced-sizes\" alt=\"Rendering of the Viper scrypt miner. Source: Alpha Technology\" src=\"https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper.png\" width=\"462\" height=\"228\" srcset=\"https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper.png 1222w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-768x378.png 768w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-205x101.png 205w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-728x359.png 728w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-780x384.png 780w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-90x44.png 90w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-136x67.png 136w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-348x171.png 348w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-304x150.png 304w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-350x172.png 350w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-419x206.png 419w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-270x133.png 270w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-438x216.png 438w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-282x139.png 282w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-206x101.png 206w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-512x252.png 512w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-345x170.png 345w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-690x340.png 690w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-1035x510.png 1035w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-775x382.png 775w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-380x187.png 380w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-285x140.png 285w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-570x281.png 570w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-855x421.png 855w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-1200x591.png 1200w\" layout=\"intrinsic\"\u003e\u003cnoscript\u003e\u003cimg class=\"wp-image-96162 \" alt=\"Rendering of the Viper scrypt miner. Source: Alpha Technology\" src=\"https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper.png\" width=\"462\" height=\"228\" srcset=\"https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper.png 1222w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-768x378.png 768w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-205x101.png 205w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-728x359.png 728w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-780x384.png 780w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-90x44.png 90w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-136x67.png 136w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-348x171.png 348w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-304x150.png 304w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-350x172.png 350w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-419x206.png 419w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-270x133.png 270w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-438x216.png 438w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-282x139.png 282w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-206x101.png 206w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-512x252.png 512w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-345x170.png 345w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-690x340.png 690w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-1035x510.png 1035w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-775x382.png 775w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-380x187.png 380w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-285x140.png 285w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-570x281.png 570w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-855x421.png 855w, https://www.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alphatechnologyviper-1200x591.png 1200w\" sizes=\"(max-width: 462px) 100vw, 462px\"\u003e\u003c/noscript\u003e\u003c/amp-img\u003e\u003c/a\u003e\u003cspan class=\"wp-caption-text\"\u003eRendering of the Viper scrypt miner. \u003cem\u003eSource: \u003ca href=\"https://alpha-t.net/product/viper-scrypt-miner-90mhs/\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eAlpha Technology\u003c/a\u003e\u003c/em\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eManchester, UK-based Alpha Technology, which plans to bring a powerful scrypt miner to market, says that it still has a key partnership with Dexcel Designs in place.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMohammed Akram, Director of Alpha Technology, told CoinDesk:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\u003cp\u003e“Our partnership with Dexcel is fine. We have actually completed most of our design work, all work now is from the foundry and our manufacturing partners.”\u003c/p\u003e\u003c/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eRumors of a \u003ca href=\"https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=314402.1340\"\u003epossible breakdown\u003c/a\u003e in relations between Alpha and Dexcel had caused som

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