Because transactions are broadcast to the entire network, they are inherently public. - Wikipedia
Actually, ASIC manufacturers can probably make more money running it themselves. Avalon's first two batches sold for $1300. Running one of their miners would net $13,000 per month at current difficulty levels (with negligible power costs). There's no reason for a company like Avalon to sell their ASICs. Even at 75 BTC (~$7,500) for their next batch, that's still far too cheap. Their stated reason is to ensure they are not responsible for a 51% attack, so it's out of goodwill or something supposedly.
Metric is a scam, it's for lazy people who don't want to convert between fathoms and miles and yards, feet and inches.
Treating everything as a game is a good idea
There are a couple of reasons why the bubble is sure to burst. The first is just that it’s a bubble, and any chart which looks like the one at the top of this post is bound to end in tears at some point. But there’s a deeper reason, too — which is that bitcoins are an uncomfortable combination of commodity and currency. The commodity value of bitcoins is rooted in their currency value, but the more of a commodity they become, the less useful they are as a currency.
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