Jacob Donnelly

Jacob holds value in bitcoin, zcash, ethereum, decentraland and basic attention token. (See: Editorial Policy). Jacob is Managing Director of Digital Operations and a former freelance writer at CoinDesk.

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ViaBTC Rises: How A Mysterious Miner Could Decide Bitcoin’s Future

| Jacob Donnelly

The future of bitcoin could be impacted by a mysterious new mining pool, one that has shown it's willing to go its own way on technical debates.

Is Blockchain Beating Bitcoin? TechCrunch’s New Series Weighs In

| Jacob Donnelly

What is the blockchain? Where did bitcoin come from? And what is a bitcoin miner? TechCrunch's new web series explores.

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Demand for Zcash Mining Grows as Blockchain Launch Approaches

| Jacob Donnelly

With less than a month to go before its launch, momentum is continuing to build around the anonymous cryptocurrency Zcash.


Winter is Coming: Bitcoin Mining for Heat (And Profit)

| Jacob Donnelly

Winter is coming... So does it make sense to use bitcoin miners to subsidise your heating costs? CoinDesk investigates.

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One of Bitcoin’s Biggest Miners is Launching a Second Pool

| Jacob Donnelly

Open source. From Digital Asset to Bitmain, the two-word phrase is the blockchain rage.

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In Race for Bitcoin Mining Profits, Fortune Favors the Old

| Jacob Donnelly

New research has found that unless the price of bitcoin goes up, there will be little room for new miners to compete.

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Inside ‘Bitcoin Vault’: Could a Technical Fix Block Hackers for Good?

| Jacob Donnelly

A new proposal could make it easier for bitcoin exchanges to guard against hacks, but key challenges around enacting the change are slowing advances.

Bitmain to Release New Bitcoin Miner in Bid to Attract Hobbyists

| Jacob Donnelly

One ambitious bitcoin company is seeking to make mining a hobbyist activity again.

Steemit Bridges Blockchain and Social Media, But How Does It Work?

| Jacob Donnelly

In this piece, CoinDesk explores Steemit, a social media blockchain that rewards users for creating and voting on content.

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How Peercoin Got A Boost From Bitcoin’s Halving

| Jacob Donnelly

With bitcoin mining becoming less profitable, one recipient of excess hashpower is Peercoin, a lesser-known digital currency.