Block 794754: Important News of the Week

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Releases and Updates

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Mining stats

Bitcoin mining difficulty increased once again, this time by 2.18% to 52.35T – a new network all-time high.Bitcoin hashrate (simple 7-day moving average) is also at its highs at ~380 EH/s, per

Lightning stats

The total Lighting network capacity has gone up by slightly more than 10 BTC despite slightly reduced node count (-0.5% or 123 nodes fewer since last Saturday). The channel count also dropped below 70,000, from 70025 last week to 69082 today, per estimations.

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