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In this March 24, 2018 photo, Ryan Brienza reaches into the cabinet housing drives at his cryptomine in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Cheap electricity and chilly air near New York’s northern border is attracting energy-hungry businesses that “mine” bitcoins and other digital currencies with rows of computers. But the small number of mines operating so far have created few jobs even as they tap into limited supplies of cheap hydro-power. While the direct number of jobs associated with mines can be small, Brienza said they can bring revenue, investments and talent to the city while employing local contractors. (Griffin Kelly/Adirondack Daily Enterprise via AP)

Power-sucking Bitcoin ‘mines’ spark backlash

By the Associated Press Bitcoin "miners" who use rows of computers whirring at the same time to produce virtual currencies began taking root along New…