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Iceland’s Industry to Shift From Crypto Mining to ‘Pure Blockchain Business,’ Insiders Say

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Chairman of an Icelandic data center provider claims that the local crypto industry is going to shift from crypto mining to “pure blockchain business.”

Iceland’s crypto industry is expected to move away from crypto mining and shift to “pure blockchain businesses.This is according to forecasts made by a number of local industry insiders who talked to the news site Red Herring September 23.

Halldór Jörgensson, chairman of Reykjavik-based Borealis Data Center, told Red Herring that demand from local crypto and blockchain facilities is “shifting more towards the pure blockchain business,” rather than focusing on Bitcoin mining.

According to Jörgensson, the frenzy around Bitcoin (BTC) mining has declined to a level that is “not as crazy as it was a year ago,” when the cryptocurrency has hit its all-time price high. Despite that, the chairman has suggested that the Bitcoin mining “wavehas contributed to the faster growth of local energy and data industries, whose well-developed infrastructures are now expected to provide a boost to blockchain-related businesses.

Iceland has become one of the leaders in crypto mining due to its naturally cold climate, as well as the abundance of cost-efficient renewable energy sourcesmainly geothermal and hydroelectric. The country is home to one of the world’s 5 largest crypto mining farms, whose operator Genesis Mining is reportedly the single largest consumer of electricity in Iceland.

In February, Johann Snorri Sigurbergsson, the business development manager of a local energy supplier HS Orka, predicted that the volume of crypto mining in Iceland will likely double in 2018.

HS Orka’s CEO Asgeir Margeirsson claimed in July that the industry of crypto mining has pushed “the fourth revolution,” while the director of the Icelandic Institute for Intelligent Machines stated that Bitcoin miners are “central to the industrial revolution that is still under way.

However, HS Orka’s Sigurbergsson also argued that Bitcoin “probably won’t be here far into the future,” claiming that the data centers that are currently used by miners will eventually become new technology incubators.

Earlier this week, blockchain technology group Bitfury announced the launch of its new-generation BTC mining hardware, with plans to use the new machines in its mining centers in Canada, Norway, Iceland and Georgia.

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Overstock.com Lets Customers Buy Bitcoin via Its Crypto Wallet Portfolio Company

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Overstock portfolio company Bitsy is starting to test is cryptocurrency wallet with Bitcoin-only functionality.

The blockchain investment arm of U.S. internet retailer Overstock announced that its investment choice Bitsy has begun a limited beta launch of its cryptocurrency wallet and exchange, the companies confirmed in a press release Friday, September 14.

Bitsy, which seeks to offer users custody of their holdings via private keys while facilitating password recovery using biometric security, will initially support Bitcoin (BTC) buying, with undisclosed altcoin assets to follow.

As a bonus, Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne confirmed, customers would now be able to purchase Bitcoin directly from its website via the integration with Bitsy.

“Bitsy sets a new standard for cryptocurrency wallets. It is a game-changer because it gives users the freedom that bitcoin has always promised,” he commented in the release:

[I]ntegrating with Bitsy will allow Overstock to take the next step in its cryptocurrency journey by allowing the company to offer bitcoin for sale directly from the retail website.

The move marks the latest commitment to Bitcoin from the retail giant, which first began accepting the cryptocurrency in January 2014.

Earlier this month, Byrne surprised many by selling 10 percent of his equity in the company in order to reinvest the proceeds in two investment projects and satisfy tax obligations.

Another Overstock subsidiary, tZERO, wrapped up its (Initial Coin Offering) ICO proceedings last month, with plans to build an ICO token trading platform.

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