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Joshua Chretien

Joshua is a writer and Bitcoin enthusiast. His intellectual interests include geopolitics, philosophy and history. When not writing he enjoys travel and watching basketball.

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News   -   Aug 19, 2021 The Lightning Network Is Growing Rapidly and Changing Bitcoin's Payment Narrative
The Lightning Network Is Growing Rapidly and Changing Bitcoin's Payment Narrative

The growth of Bitcoin's Lightning network has exploded in recent weeks. Several key metrics used to measure the network size and connectivity have reached all-time highs. Among them: the public node count which, after reaching 10,000 only in April, has since surpassed the 25,000 mark, according

by Joshua Chretien
News   -   Aug 17, 2021 Blockstream Announces New Service to Increase ROI on Renewable Energy
Blockstream Announces New Service to Increase ROI on Renewable Energy

With its latest project, Bitcoin infrastructure company Blockstream seeks to increase the financial viability of renewable energy investments and improve energy production efficiency worldwide.  Dubbed Blockstream Energy, the project involves so-called modular mining units (MMUs), essentially small self-contained bitcoin mining facilities built into large containers that can be used as

by Joshua Chretien
News   -   Aug 12, 2021 Bank of Russia Governor Calls Bitcoin a "Technological Financial Pyramid"
Bank of Russia Governor Calls Bitcoin a "Technological Financial Pyramid"

First Deputy Governor of the Bank of Russia Sergey Shvetsov likened buying bitcoin to "entering a minefield" in an interview released on the Central Bank's official website Wednesday. Shvetsov went on to describe alternative financial instruments such as Bitcoin as "technological financial pyramids," adding

by Joshua Chretien
News   -   Aug 01, 2021 Bitcoin Satellite Network Has "Massive Potential" for Tonga: Parliament Member
Bitcoin Satellite Network Has "Massive Potential" for Tonga: Parliament Member

A member of Tonga’s parliament has expressed interest in helping connect the tiny Polynesian nation to Blockstream’s Bitcoin satellite network.   Lord Fusitu’a Tweeted Friday that he had received a satellite kit from Blockstream CSO Samson Mow and was looking forward to setting it up, adding that it

by Joshua Chretien
News   -   Jul 26, 2021 A Bloviating Nocoiner Emits More Carbon Per Day Than Half a Dozen Bitcoin Transactions: CoinCorner Research
A Bloviating Nocoiner Emits More Carbon Per Day Than Half a Dozen Bitcoin Transactions: CoinCorner Research

A transaction on the Lightning Network produces less carbon emissions than posting on social media or even breathing for a few hours, according to Bitcoin exchange CoinCorner’s latest research. Citing public data from the U.K. Parliament, U.S. Energy Information Administration and Our World In Data, the article

by Joshua Chretien
News   -   Jul 21, 2021 Elon Musk Says Tesla Likely to Accept Bitcoin Again in the Future
Elon Musk Says Tesla Likely to Accept Bitcoin Again in the Future

Long-awaited by some members of the Bitcoin space, Elon Musk joined Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Ark Invest CEO Cathie Wood on Wednesday for "the talk" at Square's Bitcoin conference 'The B Word.' The Tesla and SpaceX CEO's discussion with Dorsey and

by Joshua Chretien
News   -   Jul 15, 2021 J.P. Morgan Says Bitcoin Is Too Illiquid to Be Legal Tender. Are They Right?
J.P. Morgan Says Bitcoin Is Too Illiquid to Be Legal Tender. Are They Right?

Illiquidity could place a “significant limitation" on Bitcoin's use as a medium of exchange in El Salvador, according to analysts from J.P. Morgan. The banking behemoth's report was released last Thursday and reported on by Bloomberg on Sunday. It references El Salvador's

by Joshua Chretien
News   -   Jul 12, 2021 HIVE Adds Over 3,000 Bitcoin Miners and 46% Hash Power
HIVE Adds Over 3,000 Bitcoin Miners and 46% Hash Power

Bitcoin miner HIVE Blockchain Technologies has added 3,019 new MicroBT WhatsMiner M30S machines to its fleet. The new additions will boost HIVE's hash rate by around 46%, the company said in an announcement on Monday. The high-performance machines have an aggregate hash rate of 264 petahashes per

by Joshua Chretien
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