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    Learn about industry news, development updates, community happenings, and other aspects of the PoW world.

    Mining industry


    The latest network difficulty was adjusted by an increase of 13.24% to 17.62 T. During the last 2-week cycle, the average block time was 8 mins 50 secs.

    As a result of network difficulty rising, mining revenue reverted back to values similar to those at the beginning of August. It should be noted that it is the second biggest rise in difficulty this year, trailing behind May rising.

    Revenue peaked at $0.41 per 1 TH/s and was corrected to the current value of $0.34 per 1 TH/s in the period of time between the 20th of August and the end of the month.

    In other news, Canaan, the mining machine manufacturer, announced that it secured a mining machine selling order to Genesis Digital Assets for 20,000 Bitcoin mining machines. Canaan has granted Genesis Digital Assets an option to purchase up to 180,000 additional machines. Read more.

    Bitcoin Mining Profitability


    The number of coins burnt with EIP-1559 crossed 167,000 ETH by the 2nd of September. On August 27 and August 31, the network saw the two biggest amounts of gas fee burnt with each around 11000 ETH daily. The network also reached an all-time high of network difficulty at the 8440 T mark on the 31st of August.

    As a result of price bouncing back and increase of on-chain activity, the monthly mining income of Ethereum rose by 83% based on the data on this chart.

    Dev and network


    Go Ethereum released a new version 1.10.8 for nodes to upgrade and to fix a critical bug. However, a chain split was reported afterward due to certain nodes running on the old version. If you are still running on the previous version, please get the nodes upgraded to fix the bugs.

    Arbitrum, layer 2 solution for ETH dApps scalability, is now live on mainnet. Now with the whitelist gone, everyone can test and use Arbitrum One. This article provides details on the current focus and future plans.

    Ethereum Classic

    Ethereum Classic reminds every Core-geth node operator to upgrade to v1.12.1, which contains a critical security patch. Make sure to do so as soon as possible.


    Dogecoin devs announced version 1.14.4. The update enables upcoming fee reductions, improves synchronization speed, and GUI options to add peers among others.


    Beam 6.1 release is out, it marks an important milestone towards Beam’s Confidential DeFi platform. Check out here to get the release notes and to download them.


    FiroPoW testnet is launched! FiroPoW’s algorithm changes every block making it difficult to build dedicated mining machines for it.

    Firo’s scheduled hardfork was completed successfully at block 401580. This update moves the Lelantus joinsplit payload into the vExtrapayload section.

    Application and adoption


    Twitter is working on adding Bitcoin as a way of tipping, according to a leaked image shared by Alessandro Paluzzi. A MacRumors post adds more information about Twitter “Tip Jar” features in beta versions, including Lightning network, custodial, non-custodial wallets, and more.

    Also, Jack Dorsey shared that the direction of TBD platform powered by Square has been determined. That new business is to build a DEX for bitcoin. In July, Jack tweeted about his new business focused on an open developer platform related to non-custodial permissionless and decentralized financial services.


    The online payments giant PayPal announced that customers in the UK can now buy, hold and sell Litecoin


    Dash Direct now features Airbnb among the supported services.

    Dash announced a partnership with Horizen. This is the first time DCG has worked alongside another crypto team to build a shared platform.



    Hudson Jameson, the previous organizer of Ethereum’s ACD meetings, announced joining Flashbots. He is helping primarily in an operations capacity aiming at the scale and success of Flashbots.

    Execution layer client teams granted $1.5 million from application layer projects (Compound Grants, Lido, Synthetix, The Graph and Uniswap Grants) and Kraken, in addition to Ethereum Foundation funding. For more info, check this blog article.

    Ethereum Classic

    In dev call 18, topics such as Mystic Fork ECIP-1049 working with Core Geth and ETH/66 were discussed.


    Hathor announced a community faucet for new users to try out the Hathor network. The intention is for it to be used once to experience the speed of Hathor and get some free Hathor to try out the network.


    Nervos announced “Nervos Hackaton, Broaden the Spectrum”, a virtual hackaton bringing the total Gitcoin prize pool to $200,000.


    Digibyte had a pretty active month with dev updates, listings, and community updates. This article wraps up all the project activities.

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