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Why does Monero require synchronization, but Bitcoin doesn't?

Why does Monero require synchronization, but Bitcoin doesn't? If you want to run a Bitcoin full node you still have to synchronize the blockchain and if you have a wallet loaded it still needs to ...
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How do I move the blockchain (data.mdb) to a different directory during (or after) the initial sync without losing the progress?

Use a symlink (ln -s ...)to map default directory to a new path (linux cli): [1] move or copy the ~/.bitmonero to new location. I prefer rsync: rsync -avh ~/.bitmonero/ path/to/new/directory/ [2] ...
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