Crypto investment platform Fasset granted operational license in Dubai

Digital asset investment platform Fasset was granted an operational license on Nov. 29, according to a listing on the Dubai Virtual Asset Regulatory Authority (VARA) website.The Virtual Asset Service Provider (VASP) Licence granted to Fasset allows it to perform broker-dealer services lega ...

De-Fi could solve Africa’s foreign exchange problems, neo-bank CEO says

Forex liquidity and currency swaps are hard to access for many in Africa, which limits the use of dollar-based services in the continent’s import-dependent economy. This creates a vacuum that decentralized finance could solve, leveraging cryptocurrencies, blockchain networks and services (DApps), ...

Australia tries again to combat ‘future sectors’ crypto scams

An upcoming ‘scams code framework’ proposed by Australia’s Department of the Treasury considers applying sector-specific codes and standards to banking and cryptocurrency scams, among others.Adding to the efforts of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), a regulator wit ...

Brazilians may soon need to stump up taxes on crypto held abroad

Brazilians may soon be required to pay up to 15% tax on income derived from cryptocurrencies held on exchanges outside the country, after new income tax rules were approved by the Brazil Senate on Nov. 29.The bill has already passed in the Chamber of Deputies and is expected to be approved ...

CME Bitcoin futures show investors betting on $40K BTC price

The demand for institutional investors for Bitcoin (BTC) became evident on Nov. 10 as the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Bitcoin futures flipped Binance's BTC futures markets in terms of size. According to BTC derivatives metrics, those investors are showing strong confidence in Bitcoin's pote ...

US Deputy Treasury Secretary calls for additional tools to sanction crypto firms

Wally Adeyemo, Deputy Secretary of the United States Treasury, said his department is looking into new sanctions tools to pursue bad actors in the crypto space, citing a recent settlement with Binance.In prepared remarks for the Blockchain Association’s Policy Summit on Nov. 29, Adey ...

Price analysis 11/29: BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, SOL, ADA, DOGE, TON, LINK, AVAX

Bitcoin (BTC) is trying to sustain above the overhead resistance of $38,000 for the second consecutive day and start the next leg of the uptrend. The excitement among market observers may have increased after the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) delayed its decision on the a ...

SoFi Technologies to cease crypto services by Dec. 19

United States personal finance company SoFi Technologies will end crypto trading services for its users by Dec. 19.According to the Nov. 29 announcement, new crypto account openings on SoFi are suspended immediately. All existing SoFi crypto users must either migrate their accounts to Bloc ...

Wormhole raises $225M at $2.5B valuation

Cross-chain protocol Wormhole has secured a $225 million investment at a valuation of $2.5 billion.According to the Nov. 29 announcement, the investment round was led by Brevan Howard, Coinbase Ventures, Multicoin Capital, Jump Trading, ParaFi, Dialectic, Borderless Capital, and Arrington ...

Poloniex prepares to resume withdrawals after $100M hack

Cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex is preparing to resume withdrawals and deposits after suffering a $100 million hack on Nov. 10.Poloniex took to X (formerly Twitter) on Nov. 29 to announce that it will be gradually resuming deposit and withdrawal services on Nov. 30 at 02:00 am UTC. ...

Huddle01 CEO explains why communications tech must be decentralized

The means by which humans communicate and coordinate are ever-evolving. People went from sending smoke signals and messengers on horseback to sending letters and telegrams, and since the dawn of the digital era, the pace of innovation has exploded.Today, hundreds or even thousands of peopl ...

Binance operates without license in Philippines, regulator says

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has been operating in the Philippines without the necessary approval or license, according to the local securities regulator.The Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a warning against Binance on Nov. 28, informing the public that the e ...

What crypto traders can learn from Charlie Munger — even if he hated BTC

Legendary investor and billionaire Charlie Munger, known as the right-hand man of Warren Buffet who helped build investment powerhouse Berkshire Hathaway, has passed away at 99 years of age.Munger’s family informed Berkshire “that he peacefully died this morning at a California hospital,” ...

SEC seeks public input on Franklin Templeton, Hashdex Bitcoin ETFs

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission has announced the next steps in its consideration of the proposed Franklin Templeton and Hashdex spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) bids. The agency has requested written comments on both proposals to approve or deny the appli ...

Futures will be the best crypto game in town even after a Bitcoin spot ETF

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) has long been the home of crypto for traditional finance investors, and this is unlikely to change — even with the approval of a Bitcoin spot ETF.Activity on the CME has expanded significantly over the past 12 months. The CME now sees more Bitcoin (BTC ...

Interactive Brokers opens Hong Kong retail crypto trading with OSL

Interactive Brokers, one of the largest brokerage firms in the world, has opened crypto trading for retail clients in Hong Kong.According to the Nov28 announcement, the service is offered in conjunction with OSL, one of the first crypto exchanges to receive a Virtual Asset Service Provider ...

Canaan secures new financing as revenue falls 55% in Q3

Bitcoin (BTC) miner Canaan is seeking new capital amid a slump in its revenue and bottom line.According to its Q3 2023 earnings report released on Nov. 28, the company seeks to sell $148 million in equity through an at-the-market offering. The day before, Canaan announced that it had reach ...

Bitcoin mining firm Phoenix Group delays share listing

Cryptocurrency mining firm Phoenix Group is preparing for its public trading launch after seeing a significant oversubscription during the pre-market sale on Nov. 21.Phoenix’s public trading launch will be delayed as the firm has revised the date for its forthcoming initial public offering ...

FTX failure reveals flaws in multifunction crypto-asset intermediaries — FSB

The Financial Stability Board (FSB), the global body that monitors the financial services indreleased a report on Nov. 28 asserting that the crypto industry might need additional regulations to prevent another catastrophe on the scale of the FTX scandalAccording to the report, the FSB said ...

​​Hong Kong authorities say 145 victims and $18.9M lost in Hounax scam

Hong Kong authorities reported on Nov. 27 that 145 users were affected in a scam by the unlicensed cryptocurrency exchange Hounax, resulting in a loss of 148 million HKD ($18.9 million), according to local media Shenzhen Commercial News. On Nov. 25, local police held an initial press ...

11th anniversary of Bitcoin’s first halving: from $12 to $37,000

Bitcoin (BTC), the largest cryptocurrency by market value, experienced its first-ever halving 11 years ago today. As the community celebrates the anniversary of the first Bitcoin halving, it’s timely to revisit some of Bitcoin's historical milestones ahead of the next halving expected in April 20 ...

Five pain points that decentralized trading platforms need to solve

Decentralized crypto trading with leverage has grown in popularity over recent years — but something is holding the sector back: a lack of reliable platforms for noncustodial transactions.Users often face clunky and poorly designed interfaces that are difficult to understand and nea ...

ARK offloads $5.2M in Coinbase stock amid 18-month high

ARK Invest, one of the companies that filed an application for a spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF), is again taking profits on its Coinbase (COIN) shares as the stock price surges.On Nov. 27, ARK sold 43,956 Coinbase shares from its ARK Fintech Innovation ETF (ARKF), according ...

Ethereum price falls as regulatory worries and pause in DApp use impact investor sentiment

Ether (ETH) is struggling to maintain the $2,000 support as of Nov. 27, following its third unsuccessful attempt in 15 days to surpass the $2,100 mark. This downturn in Ether's performance comes as the broader cryptocurrency market sentiment deteriorates, thus one needs to analyze whether  ...

Bitcoin traders’ bullish bias holds firm even as BTC price dips to $37K

Bitcoin (BTC) briefly reached $38,000 on Nov. 24 but faced formidable resistance at the price level. On Nov. 27, Bitcoin price traded below $37,000, which is unchanged from a week ago. What is eye catching is the unwavering strength of BTC derivatives, which signals that bulls remain ...

The ‘WAGMI’ mentality is undermining crypto

In 2021, it seemed as if 10 new Disneys — and the next 20 Picassos — were emerging from blockchain and various nonfungible token (NFT) collections.Exorbitant NFT values that year signaled strong belief in many projects. But two years later, those “next Disneys” have delivered little. The s ...

Price analysis 11/27: SPX, DXY, BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, SOL, ADA, DOGE, LINK

Bitcoin (BTC) has started the week on a negative note. The failure of the bulls to pierce and sustain above the $38,000 resistance has given a small window of opportunity for the bears to try and make a comeback. Strong selling has pulled the price below $37,000 on Nov. 27.However, lower l ...

Crypto exchange grace period to remain unchanged in Hong Kong despite scandals

A one-year grace period for cryptocurrency exchanges operating in Hong Kong will remain in place despite recent scandals.According to local news reports on Nov. 27, Julia Leung, Hong Kong's Under Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, stated, "Even if the grace period ends tomo ...

Standard Chartered joins China’s CBDC pilot testing

British multinational bank Standard Chartered will partake in trials of China's digital yuan central bank digital currency (e-CNY CBDC), one of the first foreign banks to do so in the country.According to the Nov. 27 announcement, Standard Chartered, through its partner City Bank Clearing ...

Binance-linked HKVAEX still preparing to apply for license in Hong Kong

Hong Kong cryptocurrency exchange HKVAEX has not applied for a virtual asset trading platform license with Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), a spokesperson for HKVAEX has said.Amid multiple reports erroneously suggesting that HKVAEX has applied for an SFC license, the HK ...

OKX launches crypto exchange, wallet services in Brazil

Cryptocurrency exchange and Web3 developer OKX announced the expansion of its services for users in the Brazilian market with a local crypto exchange and Web3 wallet platform. On Nov. 27, the company said it is focusing on providing a gateway to decentralized finance (DeFi) and c ...

Bankless controversy forces founders to burn tokens and separate from DAO

Amid the ongoing controversy around cryptocurrency media Bankless and the associated decentralized autonomous organization (DAO), BanklessDAO, the founders of Bankless have suggested separating the brand from the DAO.Bankless co-founders David Hoffman and Ryan Sean Adams plan to submit a g ...

Crypto miner Hive expands data center operations in Sweden

The cryptocurrency mining company Hive Digital Technologies revealed plans to expand its global presence through a new acquisition of property and a data center in Boden, Sweden.On Nov. 27, the company announced that it's entered a property transfer agreement with Turis AB to take over the ...

Bitcoin struggles to flip $38K to support, while UNI, IMX, VET and ALGO aim to push higher

Bitcoin (BTC) rose above $38,000 on Nov. 24, but the bulls could not build upon this strength. This suggests hesitation to buy at higher levels. Bitcoin is on track to form a Doji candlestick pattern on the weekly chart for the second consecutive week. This signals indecision among the bulls and ...

Cosmos Hub greenlights ATOM inflation cut for security boost

The governing body of Cosmos Hub has endorsed a proposal to decrease the maximum inflation rate of its native token, ATOM (ATOM), from approximately 14% to 10%.As per the proposal, the authorized modification would reduce Atom’s annualized staking yield from around 19% to approximately 13. ...

Indexed Finance thwarts hijackers, set to compensate 2021 hack victims

Indexed Finance, an Ethereum-based project that suffered a $16 million hack in 2021, has successfully thwarted two hijacking attempts. The project’s decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) control will be returned to its founders, aiming to allocate the remaining treasury to victims of ...

Crypto exchange Zipmex suspends trading activity in Thailand

Cryptocurrency exchange Zipmex has announced it is taking immediate action by suspending all digital asset trading in Thailand as part of its efforts to comply with regulations.According to a statement issued on November 25, Zipmex has opted to temporarily halt its operations to align with ...

BitMEX Co-founder predicts Bitcoin surge amid dollar liquidity rise

Arthur Hayes, co-founder of BitMEX, provided perspectives on a potential Bitcoin surge on the X platform. Alongside a chart depicting net Reverse Repurchase Agreement (RRP) and Treasury General Account (TGA) balance changes, the message specifically referred to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen as ...

Azuki DAO rebrands to ‘Bean’ as it drops lawsuit against founder

Azuki DAO, an unofficial community decentralized autonomous organization surrounding the namesake nonfungible token collection, has announced its rebranding to “Bean" as it drops a proposed lawsuit against the NFT collection’s founder, Zagabond, over a $39 million minting affair.  ...

Nigeria’s Patricia Technologies relieved as arrest made in crypto wallet heist

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) said it has arrested one politician, Ambassador Wilfred Bonse, concerning the theft of over $246,153 (200 million naira) from Patricia Technologies’ crypto wallet.The disclosure was made by ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Force Public Relations Officer, in a ...

Crypto documentary ‘Bull Run’ takes on Bitcoin, tokenization and trading addiction

The film industry has been suggested by many as one of the next frontiers of Web3 and blockchain technology. With movies historically funded by wealthy investors or centralized production companies, blockchain offers a unique set of tools to decentralize the investment process. Filmmakers can lau ...

Price analysis 11/24: BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, SOL, ADA, DOGE, TON, LINK, AVAX

Bitcoin (BTC) broke above the overhead resistance of $38,000 on Nov. 24, indicating that the sentiment is positive and bulls have kept up the pressure. Independent Reserve CEO Adrian Przelozny told Cointelegraph that the “next two years are going to be good,” and market activity is likely to pick ...

Tether, Bitfinex agree to drop opposition to FOIL request

Tether and Bitfinex have jointly agreed to drop initial opposition to a freedom of information (FOIL) request lodged in New York by a number of high-profile news publications.A statement from the USDT stablecoin issuer and cryptocurrency exchange shared with Cointelegraph notes that it is ...

Bitcoin critic, ECB chief Lagarde says her son ‘ignored’ her, lost money on crypto: Report

European Central Bank (ECB) president and prominent Bitcoin (BTC) critic Christine Lagarde has shared a family story about unsuccessful cryptocurrency investments, according to a report from Reuters.Lagarde told students at a town hall in Frankfurt on Nov. 24 that her son lost “almost all ...

Crypto Thanksgiving: Community hails industry milestones, expresses gratitude

As crypto community members celebrated Thanksgiving, many expressed gratitude for the progress made in the digital asset space over the years. From comparing price points for Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) in 2022 to sharing their Thanksgiving conversations about BTC, crypto users exch ...

Cathie Wood’s ARK dumps 700K GBTC shares in one month

Cathie Wood’s investment firm ARK Invest has sold 700,000 shares of the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) over the past month, even as Bitcoin (BTC) hit 17-month highs over excitement for a possible spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF).The ARK Next Generation Internet ETF (ARKW) sold 36,16 ...

Jim Cramer admits he was wrong about Bitcoin — ‘I was premature’

Markets commentator Jim Cramer has tacitly admitted he was wrong about Bitcoin (BTC), saying he was premature in calling for investors to sell the cryptocurrency. In a Nov. 22 segment of his CNBC Mad Money show, Cramer responded to a caller who inquired about buying shares in Bitcoin ...

‘Strap yourselves in’ — Bull market coming early 2024, say crypto exchange heads

The market has already entered the first phase of a major rally, with the number of people buying crypto trickling upward which is expected to accelerate early next year, say the heads of Australia’s largest crypto exchanges.Independent Reserve CEO Adrian Przelozny told Cointelegraph he ex ...

Ethereum (ETH) price reclaims $2K as data shows a surge in network activity

Ether (ETH) price is trading slightly higher on Nov. 23, maintaining support above the $2,000 level after briefly retesting $1,930 on Nov. 21. Over the past week, Ether's price has increased by 2.5%, while the total market capitalization has grown by 0.5%. This uptrend can be attributed to improv ...

HTX to restore services ‘within 24 hours’ after $13.6M hack

Crypto exchange HTX, formerly Huobi Global, will resume deposits and withdrawals within 24 hours after suffering a $13.6 million exploit on Nov. 22.According to its official announcement, the exchange promised to "fully compensate for the losses caused by this attack and 100% guarantee the ...

Alchemy bags money services license in Iowa, expands US services

The Singaporean crypto-fiat payment gateway, Alchemy Pay, announced a further expansion into the United States market on Nov. 23 with the acquisition of its money services license in the state of Iowa. According to local state regulations, any entity or individual engaged in currency ...

CoinFLEX creditors dissatisfied with restructuring to OPNX: Report

Some creditors of cryptocurrency futures exchange CoinFLEX are alleging that OPNX, a new crypto exchange established in part by Three Arrows Capital (3AC) co-founders Kyle Davies and Su Zhu, was created using CoinFLEX assets without their consent. According to a writ of summons filed ...

FTX’s FTT token rallies 30% — Binance effect or FTX 2.0 reopening?

Amid market uncertainties around Changpeng "CZ" Zhao’s departure as Binance CEO, the in-house cryptocurrency of the FTX crypto exchange, FTX Token (FTT), witnessed a momentary bull run. FTT surged in market value by more than 55% in the past 48 hours and is currently trading at $4.63, ...

This exchange is celebrating its fourth-year anniversary with a bold move to empower the crypto community

Users have concerns about centralized exchanges’ transparency and trustworthiness, but decentralized alternatives lack liquidity and security. Crypto exchange Phemex, celebrating its 4th year anniversary this week, is poised to usher in a new era, where traditional barriers in finance are ...

Sam Altman’s ouster shows Biden isn’t handling AI properly

CbatGPT developer OpenAI announced last week that it had fired CEO Sam Altman due to a loss of confidence by the board — only to see him return to the company after 90% of OpenAI staffers threatened to resign. The firing caused a flurry of excitement from companies offering to match OpenAI ...

Bitcoin derivatives traders target $40K BTC price now that Binance is resolved

The cryptocurrency market recently experienced events that were previously expected to present a severe negative price impact, and yet, Bitcoin (BTC) trades near $37,000 on Nov. 22, which is essentially flat from three days prior. Such performance was utterly unexpected given the relevance ...

Price analysis 11/22: BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, SOL, ADA, DOGE, TON, LINK, AVAX

Traders hate uncertainty; hence, the settlement between Binance, Changpeng “CZ” Zhao and the United States Department of Justice is likely to be viewed as a positive for the cryptocurrency space. Analysts largely remained positive on the deal, but a few sounded cautious due to the Securities and ...

HTX exchange loses $13.6M in hot wallet hack: Report

HTX, formerly Huobi Global, suffered an estimated loss of $13.6 million as part of the $86.6 million HECO Chain bridge exploit on Nov. 22. According to a report by blockchain security firm Cyvers, the losses stem from three compromised hot wallets with users and exchang ...

Coinbase cites SEC action against Kraken in push for crypto rulemaking

United States-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has renewed its call to compel the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to respond to the company’s petition to create rules on crypto, using the regulator’s recent enforcement action against Kraken to back up its claims. ...

Binance’s DOJ settlement offered some glimmers of hope for the crypto industry

Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao's (CZ) departure from the platform he founded and the company's guilty plea in a staggering $4.3 billion settlement with the United States Department of Justice have sent shockwaves through the cryptocurrency world. This development poses a crucial question: Is it a har ...

Did Binance’s CZ predict his own downfall?

Fiv years ago, you couldn’t trade with fiat currency on Binance, yet the exchange was already garnering international attention with the highest trading volumes among its peers.That's no mean feat in the cryptocurrency industry, even in 2018, with several well-established exchanges c ...

CoinMarketCap rival CoinGecko acquires NFT startup Zash

Major cryptocurrency tracking website CoinGecko is scaling its data offering by acquiring the nonfungible token (NFT) data infrastructure platform Zash.CoinGecko plans to integrate Zash’s NFT data into its Application Programming Interface (API) by the second quarter of 2024, the firm anno ...

Binance, CZ settlement with US DOJ ‘bullish for Bitcoin ETF,’ crypto community says

The crypto community on social media has greeted the news of the deal between Binance, CZ and the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) mostly positively, hoping it removes one of the last remaining obstacles before the long-awaited approval of a spot Bitcoin ETF.The $4.3 billion settl ...

Mt. Gox creditors offered fresh hope with new ‘commencement of repayment’ email

Creditors of Mt. Gox, a now-defunct Bitcoin (BTC) exchange that lost 850,000 BTC to a hack in 2014, have reportedly received a new email hinting at soon-to-come repayments.Nobuaki Kobayashi, the trustee overseeing the Mt. Gox Bitcoin exchange’s estate, on Nov. 21 started sending out emails ...

Bankrupt crypto lender Genesis sues Gemini to recover $689M worth of ‘Preferential Transfers’

Bankrupt crypto lending platform Genesis Global Capital has filed a lawsuit against cryptocurrency exchange Gemini Trust to recover $689 million in preferential transfers, a court filing on Nov. 22 shows.The lawsuit alleges that Gemini made preferential transfers of approximately $689,302, ...

Rethinking Bitcoin ‘dominance’ at 51% — A misleading metric?

Bitcoin's (BTC) market dominance has traditionally been viewed as a key indicator of its market strength. Currently, the metric is at a multi-year high above 51%. Bitcoin dominance. Source: Coinmarketcap.comHowever, a closer analysis suggests that the concept of "Bitcoin dominance" mi ...

Binance settles with U.S. government: Timeline of US enforcement actions

Binance and its founder Changpeng"CZ" Zhao has admitted to violating United States laws around money laundering and terror financing — agreeing to pay $4.3 billion in fines The Here's what happened.Feb. 15: Binance was under suspicion since 2018Reports emerged th ...

Crypto markets mixed as traders digest DOJ action against Binance, CZ

Crypto markets were subjected to a heavy dose of volatility on Nov. 21 as the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and U.S. Treasury announced a $4.3-billion settlement with Binance and that former Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao will plead guilty to o ...

BNB price rallies on news of DOJ-Binance settlement

BNB’s (BNB) price breakout to a 5-month high at $271.90 comes as reporting from the Wall Street Journal highlighted the United States Department of Justice’s plan to announce a $4.3 billion dollar settlement with Binance to end its case. WSJ also reported that Binance founder Changpeng “CZ" Zhao ...

Binance $3.9B USDT move gains community attention amid DoJ settlement claims

Crypto community members on X (formerly Twitter) have turned their focus onto a $3.9 billion Tether (USDT) transaction between Binance wallets that surfaced on social media, following reports claiming that the United States Justice Department is negotiating a $4 billion settlement with the compan ...

Crypto community responds to Kraken lawsuit, Deaton slams ‘dishonorable’ Gensler

The crypto space has been making its feelings known about the latest blow from regulators in the United States, a lawsuit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against crypto exchange Kraken. The lawsuit was filed on Nov. 20 based on the SEC's allegations that Kra ...

Canadian regulator seeks feedback on crypto asset exposure disclosure requirements

Canada’s Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) has opened a consultation period on crypto asset disclosure requirements for federally regulated financial institutions (FRFIs). The consultation was foreseen in the 2023 federal budget, but its timing is tied to a simil ...

Crypto traders are looking at Dogecoin (DOGE) again — Here is why

When memecoins go parabolic, it’s usually a market top signal and a warning that investors’ euphoria has peaked. The market witnessed similar speculative fury in the 2020 to 2021 bull market when Dogecoin (DOGE) chased after $1, Shiba Inu (SHIB) rallied by tens of thousands of percent ...

Price analysis 11/20: SPX, DXY, BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, SOL, ADA, DOGE, LINK

The S&P 500 Index (SPX) rose 2.24% last week, its third consecutive weekly gain. In comparison, Bitcoin (BTC) managed a minuscule gain of 0.8%, indicating consolidation below $38,000. The prospects for risky assets remain bullish as the United States Dollar Index has started to turn down.&nbs ...

Crypto exchange Bullish buys 100% stake in crypto media site CoinDesk: Report

Crypto media platform CoinDesk was acquired by crypto exchange Bullish on Nov. 20, according to a report published in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). The crypto exchange is headed by former New York Stock Exchange president Tom Farley. The media platform said that former Wall Street Jo ...

Mastercard combats crypto fraud with latest AI integration

The financial services provider Mastercard revealed a new partnership with artificial intelligence (AI) firm Feedzai, according to reports from CNBC on Nov. 20. Mastercard says this integration aims to boost its ability to detect and prevent fraud routed through cryptocurrency exchang ...

Crypto community begins Bitcoin halving countdown as milestone date nears

The crypto community and many of its most high-profile players have started to shift their focus toward the Bitcoin halving, a 4-year cyclic event that cuts the Bitcoin market supply in half. With the next halving event scheduled for April 2024, the Bitcoin mining reward will reduce from the curr ...

Bridges have big problems — How can cross-chain swaps be quicker and safer?

A big problem when transferring assets from one blockchain to another concerns bridges. Between 2020 and 2022, data from Token Terminal revealed that more than $2.5 billion had been stolen by hackers — all because of vulnerabilities within bridge infrastructure.In some cases, inadeq ...

Crypto ETP volumes surge 91%, outpacing underlying assets — Report

Global cryptocurrency exchange-traded products (ETP) have seen a significant uptick in 2023, reportedly outpacing the growth of underlying assets, according to a report by digital asset platform Fineqia.Crypto-based ETPs issued by companies like 21Shares, Grayscale and CoinShares recorded ...

SOL, LINK, NEAR and THETA flash bullish as Bitcoin takes a breather

Bitcoin (BTC) has been consolidating above $35,000 for several days, but the bulls have failed to resume the uptrend above $38,000. This suggests hesitation to buy at higher levels. BitGo CEO Mike Belshe said in a recent interview with Bloomberg that there is likely to be another round of rejecti ...

Ripple’s James Wallis underscores CBDCs’ role in breaking financial barriers

James Wallis, Ripple’s vice president for central bank digital currencies (CBDC) Engagements, has highlighted the role of CBDCs in advancing global financial inclusion in a brief video. Wallis clarifies that financial inclusion aims to extend financial services to individuals worldwide, especiall ...

XRP Lawyer advises on FOMO profits amid investor losses

XRP lawyer John E Deaton has shared financial advise in response to Josh Butt, an investor’s blame for losses incurred due to a fake post regarding BlackRock filing for an iShares XRP Trust entity in Delaware. In response to the blame, Deaton, on Nov. 18, shared a post saying th ...

Former Bithumb Chairman faces eight-year imprisonment

Lee Jeong-hoon, the former chairman of Bithumb, one of South Korea’s major cryptocurrency exchanges, is at the center of a legal battle and might be facing an eight-year prison sentence in the appeal whose verdict is scheduled for Jan. 18.According to Korean local media reports, prosecutor ...

Crypto wallet with zero connectivity: NGRAVE joins Cointelegraph Accelerator

Cryptocurrencies are digital-only assets that investors can delegate custody to a third party, such as an exchange, store in hot wallets, or rely on their own hardware wallets. Security concerns with online solutions and third-party risks (not your keys, not your coins) have increased the need fo ...

Cybersecurity expert backs Sen. Warren’s crypto bill in senate hearing

Senator Elizabeth Warren has emphasized the risks of cryptocurrency scams targeting senior citizens in the U.S., with the support of a cybersecurity expert supporting her legislation on digital assets to prevent future scams.In a recent senate hearing, Warren outlined the significant incre ...

3 metrics DeFi traders can watch in order to spot the next crypto bull market

The decentralized finance (DeFi) market has been one of the most exciting and volatile sectors in the crypto outside of Bitcoin (BTC). In 2020, the DeFi sector experienced a bull market that saw the total value locked (TVL) in decentralized finance protocols surge from $1 billion to over $100 bil ...

Is the altcoin season here? How to trade small-cap coins amid high volatility

Bitcoin might have pulled the crypto market from its multi-month sluggishness, but the big winners right now are altcoins, as many cryptocurrencies have outperformed BTC during the last few weeks. Does the crypto market ignite the engine for another altcoin season? How to benefit from this ...

Ripple lawyer urges fact-check of Gary Gensler’s speech, says SEC actions seen as ‘shady’

As Gary Gensler reiterates the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) mandate through a speech, Ripple’s lawyer and various crypto community members responded, criticizing the SEC chair and arguing that the commissioner’s words contradict his actions.  ...

Global securities body IOSCO unveils crypto regulatory framework proposals

IOSCO, the international regulatory body overseeing securities markets, has released its conclusive report containing policy suggestions for crypto and digital asset (CDA) markets.The suggestions within this report play a crucial role in formulating a unified global regulatory approach to ...

Singapore central bank to trial live wholesale CBDC for settlements

A pilot program for a live Singapore dollar-based central bank digital currency (CBDC) was unveiled by Singapore’s central bank with a wholesale CBDC to be used by local banks for settlements. “I am pleased to announce that MAS will pilot the ‘live’ issuance of wholesale CBDCs to inst ...

Polygon gas fees spike 1000% amid Ordinals-inspired token craze

Gas fees on Ethereum layer-2 Polygon (MATIC) surged more than 1,000% to reach a peak of $0.10 as users inundated the network with the minting of Ordinals-inspired tokens dubbed POLS. In a Nov. 16 X (formerly Twitter) post Polygon founder Sandeep Nailwal shared his surprise at the elev ...

Public needs to know blockchain use cases, AI needs regulation now — Andrew Yang

Andrew Yang, former candidate for United States president and New York City mayor and founder of the Forward Party, had sobering observations about the uses of blockchain, or its lack of use, in the United States and U.S. regulation of artificial intelligence (AI) when he spoke Nov. 16 at th ...

Failed ‘$175M’ real estate token raise draws ire of Texas regulators

The Texas State Securities Board has accused a network of companies under the "GS" brand and operating from Germany of fraudulent activities "tied to digital assets, investments in a staking pool in a proprietary metaverse." The network of companies is controlled by Josip Dortmund Heit.As ...

Game distributor G2A opens gaming-focused NFT marketplace

Digital game vendor G2A has recently launched a marketplace for nonfungible tokens (NFTs) linked to Web3 games to expand its offerings by adding gaming NFTs to its wider collection of gaming software. According to a press release sent to Cointelegraph, the new venture launched on Nov. ...

US Congress members urge financial authorities to invalidate SEC’s SAB 121

Several members of the United States Congress have submitted a memo urging key financial authorities, including the chair of the board of the Federal Deposit Insurance Commission and the acting comptroller of the currency, to provide guidance or take action clarifying that the U.S. Securities and ...

This DeFi platform offers advanced trading features on all EVM DEXs with Ethereum account abstraction

goodcryptoX, a new DeFi trading platform, leverages Ethereum’s account abstraction feature to provide users with advanced trading functionality and a seamless user experience.Decentralized finance (DeFi) offers unique advantages over centralized platforms, empowering individuals and ...

Ferrari’s Bitcoin acceptance is major market win, says CoinFlip CEO

Ferrari’s decision to allow U.S. residents to buy its cars in exchange for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) has become one of the biggest market wins in 2023, according to the CEO of the Bitcoin ATM operator CoinFlip.Ferrari has been aware of the growing demand from clients for alternat ...

Blockdaemon among founders of BSN Spartan Network governing body

The Singapore-based BSN Foundation, a global blockchain infrastructure organization, officially announced its launch with five international founding members on Nov. 16.BSN’s founding members include the institutional digital asset wallet Blockdaemon, the blockchain infrastructure automati ...

Turkey mulls addressing licensing and taxation in new crypto rule

Turkey is reportedly considering regulations for its crypto market, focusing on licensing and taxation. The aim is to remove the country from the “gray list” of an international financial crime watchdog, as Turkey ranks fourth globally in crypto trading.According to a Reuters report, ...

Solana hoses down ‘inaccurate’ CertiK report on Saga phone security flaws

A recent video from blockchain security firm CertiK made a series of “inaccurate” claims about a potential security vulnerability in Solana’s crypto-enabled Saga phone, Solana Labs has said. In a Nov. 15 post on X (formerly Twitter), CertiK claimed the Saga phone con ...

Solana jumps 20% as Cathie Wood lauds its speed and cost over Ethereum

Solana (SOL) has reached new yearly highs, gaining more than 17% the day after ARK Invest CEO Cathie Wood lauded the network for its efficiency and cost-effectiveness.In a Nov. 15 CNBC interview, Wood described the Solana network as a major infrastructure player in the wider blockchain eco ...

Some crypto companies might be too excited for Bitcoin’s halving

As we approach Bitcoin's (BTC) halving in April, a phenomenon that historically triggers significant market shifts, companies within the space are at a critical juncture. This event is surrounded by speculation and strategic planning, and for some, a sense of uncertainty. While it's laden with op ...

Solana (SOL), Avalanche (AVAX) and dYdX produce double-digit gains as Bitcoin reclaims $37K

On Nov. 15, several altcoins continued to show strength alongside Bitcoin (BTC), which notched an intra-day high at $37,400. Leading into the week, DYDX, Solana’s SOL (SOL) and Avalanche’s AVAX (AVAX) currently reflect double-digit gains, with each chasing after new year-to-date highs.  ...

US House Financial Services subcommittee looks for answers on crypto and crime

The United States House Financial Services Subcommittee on Digital Assets, Financial Technology and Inclusion received an education in the uses of blockchain technology in a hearing entitled “Crypto Crime in Context: Breaking Down the Illicit Activity in Digital Assets” on Nov. 15. Th ...

Price analysis 11/15: BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, SOL, ADA, DOGE, MATIC, LINK, TON

Bitcoin (BTC) succumbed to profit-booking on Nov. 13 and 14, which pulled the price below $35,000. Corrections are a normal part of every up-move and are considered healthy as they shake out the weak hands and allow the stronger hands to add to their positions. A note of caution to th ...

Web3 advocate and author Alex Tapscott on the future of blockchain mass adoption

Web3, blockchain, crypto and mass adoption were major buzzwords in 2021 and 2022, but the public interest in the terms fell to the wayside over the last year as media headlines narrowed their focus to the now defunct FTX exchange and the trial of its founder, Sam Bankman-Fried. Fast-f ...

Commerzbank granted crypto custody license in Germany

The German bank Commerzbank has been granted a crypto custody license by local regulators, according to an announcement released by the lender on Nov. 15. Commerzbank says it is the first “full-service” German bank to be granted this license in the country under the legal framework of ...

Dairy Queen opens NFT pop-up store in China

Dairy Queen is partnering with local nonfungible token project Weirdo Ghost Gang (WGG) to create a pop-up NFT store in Chengdu, China.According to a press release seen by Cointelegraph, the “Ice and Snow Season” themed pop-up store is scheduled to run from Nov. 15 to Dec. 31 and will featu ...

Blockchain.com $110M funding round halves its 2022 valuation: Report

Crypto exchange and wallet provider Blockchain.com closed a $110 million Series E financing round, an investment that more than halves its previous 2022 valuation of $14 billion.In a Nov. 14 blog post, Blockchain.com said the closing of its Series E round was led by the United Kingdom-base ...

Bim Afolami takes the reins on UK crypto policy as new Economic Secretary

King Charles II has approved the appointment of Member of Parliament Bim Afolami to the position of Economic Secretary to the Treasury of the United Kingdom.In a Nov. 13 notice, the U.K. government said Afolami was one of several appointments in restructuring ministers and secretaries. As ...

Disney launches NFT platform with Dapper Labs

Disney has created a nonfungible tokens (NFT) platform together with blockchain and metaverse firm Dapper Labs.According to the November 14 announcement, Disney will tokenize its iconic cartoon characters from the past century onto its NFT marketplace dubbed "Disney Pinnacle." The platform ...

2023 Сryptocurrency Dive: Mine for Profits with Top Digital Assets

Are you ready to embark on a thrilling journey into the world of cryptocurrencies? This article is here to guide you through the top 10 digital assets that are making waves in 2023. Whether you're a seasoned miner or someone who's just wanting to dip their toes into the world of crypto, this list of ...

Ripple exec reiterates need for tech-neutral crypto regulations

A Ripple executive has re-emphasized the need to adopt a technology-neutral approach for more effective and adaptable guardrails as global regulators grapple with cryptocurrency rules.At the recent Ripple Swell 2023 event, Navin Gupta, managing director of South Asia, Middle East and North ...

Owner of Hong Kong crypto exchange OSL secures $90M investment

BC Technology Group, the operator of Hong Kong’s publicly-listed cryptocurrency exchange OSL, has announced a significant investment from industry firm BGX.BC Technology entered into a partnership with BGX, which agreed to subscribe for shares in BC Technology for an investment of about 71 ...

Swan Bitcoin to terminate customer accounts that use crypto-mixing services

Bitcoin service platform Swan Bitcoin warned its customers that it would be forced to terminate accounts found interacting with crypto-mixing due to the regulatory obligations of its partner banks. Customers were informed about the policy in a letter suggesting the changes are made du ...

Crypto.com granted Dubai crypto license

Crypto exchange Crypto.com’s Dubai entity was granted a Virtual Assets Service Provider (VASP) license by the city’s regulator, pending operational approval.In a Nov. 14 press release, Crypto.com said that once fully approved by Dubai’s Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority ...

New figures show hardly anyone is using ERC-4337 smart accounts

Ethereum account abstraction advocate John Rising has shared some “sobering” numbers showing overall ERC-4437 adoption has been far from ideal. In a Nov. 14 post on X (formerly Twitter), Rising shared data points that showed ERC-4337-enabled smart accounts suffered a decli ...

Elon Musk AI project inspired memecoin ‘Grok’ falls 74% on creator scam claim

The price of a memecoin drawing its namesake from Elon Musk’s artificial intelligence project “Grok” plummeted over 70% after blockchain sleuth ZachXBT alleged the token’s social media account was recycled from a scam token project.In a Nov. 13 X (formerly Twitter) ...

APEC finance ministers to share perspectives on crypto at meeting in San Francisco

The weeklong Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit began on Nov. 11 in San Francisco. The highlight of the event will surely be on the sidelines, when United States President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Ping meet on Nov. 15, but with the focus of the organization being on the region ...

Why is Solana (SOL) price down today?

Solana's native token (SOL) experienced a remarkable 58.6% surge in just five days, reaching an $64 high on Nov. 11. However, the subsequent two-day retracement of 11.3% to $54 has prompted investors to question whether this signals a fading bullish momentum or merely a temporary price adjustment ...

Crypto advocacy group pushes back against proposed IRS rules on brokers

The Blockchain Association, a United States-based cryptocurrency advocacy group, has submitted a comment letter mainly in opposition to tax regulations proposed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).In a Nov. 13 letter, the Blockchain Association (BA) said proposed IRS rules introduced in ...

DeFi vulnerability leading to $6.7M exploit ‘not detected’ by auditors

Decentralized U.S. dollar stablecoin protocol Raft claims that despite multiple security audits, the firm still suffered a security exploit leading to the loss of $6.7 million last week.According to the project's Nov. 13 post-mortem report, a few days prior, a hacker borrowed 6,000 Coinbas ...

Price analysis 11/13: SPX, DXY, BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, SOL, ADA, DOGE, LINK

Bitcoin (BTC) has risen more than 120% year-to-date, indicating that the crypto sentiment has improved significantly. Solid buying has resulted in a sharp increase in crypto wallets holding more than $1 million in Bitcoin this year from 23,795 on Jan. 1 to 81,925 currently, according to BitInfoCh ...

History tells us we’re in for a strong bull market with a hard landing

While the United States Federal Reserve decided to hold interest rates at its November meeting, they remain at their highest level since well before the global financial crisis (GFC) of 2008-09. The Federal Funds rate stands at 5.25-5.5%, similar to the United Kingdom’s 5.25%, while in the ...

Taiwanese crypto exchange and VASP member Bitgin under investigation for money laundering

Taiwan cryptocurrency exchange Bitgin is under investigation by the country's police force for money laundering. According to local news reports early this week, Yuting Zhang, the firm's COO, was arrested by Taiwanese police for his alleged role in the "Eighty-Eight Guild Hall" money laundering i ...

Crypto news site The Block shakes off SBF ties with Foresight Ventures deal

The Block, a crypto-focused media company, sold a majority stake of its company to a venture capital firm in Singapore, according to reports, which has valued it at $70 million.Foresight Ventures, the firm behind the deal, is buying an 80% stake for $60 million. The VC firm says The Block ...

Bitget drops plans to seek crypto license in Hong Kong

Cryptocurrency trading platform Bitget has dropped plans to obtain a Virtual Asset Trading Platform (VATP) license in Hong Kong, citing business and market-related considerations.Bitget officially announced on Nov. 13 that its Hong Kong division, BitgetX, accessible by the domain BitgetX.h ...

Chinese hackers use fake Skype app to target crypto users in new phishing scam

A new phishing scam has emerged in China that uses a fake Skype video app to target crypto usersAs per a report by crypto security analytic firm SlowMist, the Chinese hackers behind the phishing scam used China’s ban on international applications as the basis of their scam, as several main ...

Bithumb plans to be first crypto exchange listed on Korea stock market: Report

Crypto exchange Bithumb plans to become the first digital asset company to go public on the South Korean stock market. Local news outlet Edaily reported on Nov. 12 that Bithumb is getting ready for an initial public offering (IPO) on the KOSDAQ — South Korea’s version of the United St ...

Number of Bitcoin millionaire wallets triples in 2023

The number of crypto wallet addresses holding more than $1 million in Bitcoin (BTC) has more than tripled this year. BitInfoCharts data shows the number of addresses with more than $1 million in BTC increased from 23,795 on Jan. 1 to 81,925 currently, a 237% increase in the last 11 mo ...

VET, IMX, GRT and ALGO show bullish setups as Bitcoin trades above $37K

Bitcoin (BTC) is on target to end the week with gains of about 6%, indicating continued demand from the bulls. MicroStrategy co-founder Michael Saylor said during a speech at the 2023 Australia Crypto Convention on Nov. 10 that Bitcoin’s demand on a monthly basis could surge between two to 10 tim ...

XRPL’s fixReducedOffersV1 upgrade initiates 80% consensus countdown

The “fixReducedOffersV1” amendment is now in a two-week activation countdown phase, having garnered approval from over 80% of validators. This amendment signals a significant upgrade for XRPL.XRP Ledger (XRPL) is set to introduce additional features in the upcoming weeks. As per XRPScan, u ...

Why is Solana price up this week?

The price of Solana (SOL) has soared 40% this week to establish a new 2023 high at around $58. That is Solana's best weekly performance since January 2023. Many factors have contributed to the gains, including a general cryptocurrency market uptrend led by Bitcoin ETF euphor ...

Indian Supreme court rejects crypto petition, highlights legislative nature

The Indian Supreme Court declined to consider a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that aimed to establish regulations and a framework of guidelines for cryptocurrency trading in India.According to a report, the bench headed by the Chief Justice of India (CJI), after listening to the plea, r ...

Ripple faces slim odds of $770M disgorgement – XRP holder Attorney

Attorney John Deaton, representing XRP holders, has made a persuasive case in the Ripple vs. SEC legal saga, suggesting that the anticipated $770 million disgorgement for Ripple is improbable. He grounds his prediction on various influential factors that could sway the court’s judgment. ...

Solana price hits a new 2023 high — What’s behind the SOL rally

Solana's native token (SOL) experienced an impressive 22% surge on Nov. 10, breaking past the $54 mark for the first time since May 2022. Notably, this surge occurred amid the continuous selling of SOL tokens by FTX's bankruptcy estate. The Delaware Bankruptcy Court approved the sale of the faile ...

Mango Markets’ exploiter to face trial in April, and Coinflux shuts multichain: Finance Redefined

Welcome to Finance Redefined, your weekly dose of essential decentralized finance (DeFi) insights — a newsletter crafted to bring you the most significant developments from the past week.The exploiter behind the $116-million theft of assets from Mango Markets will face trial in April next ...

3 theses that will impact Ethereum and Bitcoin in the next bull market

After 2021, we entered an era in cryptocurrency where people stopped talking only about financial decentralization and started to broadly discuss the tokenization of everything, thanks in part to nonfungible tokens (NFTs).This shift represents a critical perspective that is set to guide th ...

Price analysis 11/10: BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, SOL, ADA, DOGE, TON, LINK, MATIC

News of BlackRock registering the iShares Ethereum Trust increased expectations that the asset manager may eventually apply for an Ether (ETH) spot exchange-traded fund. This is a positive sign as it shows that BlackRock’s cryptocurrency aspirations are not limited to Bitcoin (BTC).M ...

How this all-in-one app bridges the gap between traditional banking and crypto

The overlap between traditional finance and cryptocurrencies has become more pronounced in the last few years, with some online crypto services offering Visa-backed cards supporting crypto payments. However, the infrastructure gap between traditional banking and crypto is barely narrowing. ...

Genesis seeks court’s approval to reduce 3AC claim from $1B to $33M

Bankrupt cryptocurrency lender Genesis has asked the court to approve its proposed settlement agreement with the imploded crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital (3AC).According to a court filing on Nov. 9, Genesis argued that the 3AC debtor should receive an allowed general unsecured claim ...

UK cryptocurrency scams jump 23%, young investors prime targets: Lloyds Bank

One of the Big Four banks in the U.K., Lloyds Bank, has said that reports of cryptocurrency investment scams by victims have surged by 23% in the current year compared to the same period in 2022.According to a press release published by Lloyds Bank, an increasing number of investors face t ...

Wallet crypto bot rolls out on Telegram in Colombia, SA and Kenya

Cryptocurrency trading bot Wallet is debuting its global rollout on the Telegram messenger in several countries in Latin America and Africa.The Open Platform (TOP), the Dubai-headquartered investment platform affiliated with TOP Labs and Wallet, announced the global rollout of the Wallet c ...

Bridging TradFi with crypto innovations: AMA with XBTO

The latest Cointelegraph AMA, live on October 25, 2023, covered the journey of XBTO, a comprehensive platform for digital assets and tailored investment solutions catered to sophisticated non-US investors and institutions.. The special guest invited to talk about XBTO’s journey, impa ...

BlackRock ETH ETF helps price past $2k; community sees BTC ETF as ‘done deal’

The world’s largest asset manager filed for a spot Ether (ETH) exchange-traded fund (ETF) on Nov. 9, four months after filing for a spot Bitcoin ETF. BlackRock’s filing helped ETH prices soar past $2,000 for the first time in over a year.BlackRock’s intention to file for ...

Binance to terminate Russian ruble deposits next week

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance is progressing with its exit from Russia and is preparing to terminate local currency deposits next week.Binance will stop accepting deposits in Russian rubles (RUB) starting Nov. 15, 2023, the firm officially announced on Friday. Binance also advised users ...

Hong Kong ‘ready’ to capitalize on crypto’s next bull run: Hashkey Capital

Hong Kong is “very ready” for the next wave of mass crypto adoption, with an influx of crypto talent that has been spilling into the aspiring digital asset hub, says Jupiter Zheng, a partner at Hashkey Capital. Speaking to Cointelegraph, Zheng, partner of liquid funds and ...

Cryptoqueen’s OneCoin legal chief pleads guilty to fraud

The former compliance chief of OneCoin — a 2015 crypto scheme that defrauded investors out of $4 billion — has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering charges in Manhattan federal court.In a Nov. 10 statement, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said that U.S. District Ju ...

Ethereum price hits 6-month high amid BlackRock spot ETF buzz, but where’s the retail demand?

Ether (ETH) experienced a surprising 8% rally on Nov. 9, breaking the $2,000 barrier and achieving its highest price level in six months. This surge, triggered by news of BlackRock registering the iShares Ethereum Trust in Delaware, resulted in $48 million worth of liquidations in ETH short futur ...

Is it altseason? Altcoin 30-day performance and total market cap flash bullish

A wave of green has washed across the entire crypto market, and it won’t be long before traders on X (the social platform formerly known as Twitter) begin to explain that a new altcoins season has arrived. Altcoin season, or ‘altseason’ as the crypto bros say, typica ...

Financial Supervisory Commission of Taiwan awards first securitized token license

Taiwan's financial watchdog, the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC), has awarded the country's first security token offering (STO) license to Cathay Securities.According to local news reports on Nov. 9, Cathay received regulatory approval for its "Sunshine Green Yield" STO bonds with a ...

Cryptocurrency charities can exploit the ‘gambler’s fallacy’ to reap larger donations — study

A team of academic researchers from the U.S. recently published a study exploring how the “gambler’s fallacy” affected cryptocurrency donations. Their findings indicate that organizations accepting crypto donations could benefit from timing the market. Essentially, the team’s work exp ...

Laos military says country’s crypto operators owe $20M in unpaid taxes

In an effort to boost state revenues, Laos appears to be turning its attention to the country's crypto sector.According to a Nov. 9 report by China's state news agency Xinhua News, citing a report from Laos People's Army News, cryptocurrency operators in the Southeast Asian country owes $2 ...

Crypto VC firm Spartan Capital invests in Pendle to drive DeFi growth

Singapore-based digital asset investment firm Spartan Group has announced investment in the decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol Pendle Finance (PENDLE).After actively supporting Pendle since its launch in 2021, Spartan Group’s crypto venture capital arm Spartan Capital has made a follow- ...

Ark Invest and 21Shares partner to launch digital asset ETF suite

Investment management firm Ark Invest, led by pro-Bitcoin investment veteran Cathie Wood, has collaborated with exchange-traded product (ETP) provider 21Shares to launch a new suite of digital asset exchange-traded funds (ETFs). The move aims to provide a “robust set of options" for investo ...

Bitcoin ETF launch could be delayed more than a month after SEC approval

With the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s first window opening up for the approval of a spot Bitcoin ETF, analysts have noted that even if the SEC approves a spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF), it will be a month before the actual launch.The expected dela ...

SEC’s first window to approve all 12 spot Bitcoin ETFs starts today

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission could approve all 12 of the pending spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange traded fund (ETF) applications within the next eight days. Bloomberg ETF analysts James Seyffart and Eric Balchunas wrote that starting from Nov. 9 the SEC has a &ldquo ...

Chainlink (LINK) pumps 26% in 6 days — Is there room for more?

Chainlink's (LINK) token has experienced a remarkable 26% surge between Nov. 2 and Nov. 8, approaching $14, a level not seen since April 2022. This solidified its position as the 10th largest cryptocurrency (excluding stablecoins) by market capitalization.While the price action is a welcom ...

Stablecoins ‘not a safe store of value’: BIS

The Bank of International Settlements (BIS), a coalition of the world's central banks, criticized stablecoins as being "not a safe store of value" in its latest research report dated Nov. 8.In outlining its reasons, the BIS explained that from January 2019 to September 2023, fiat-backed st ...

Price analysis 11/8: BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, SOL, ADA, DOGE, TON, LINK, MATIC

Bitcoin’s (BTC) rally stalled near $36,000, but the bulls have not hurried to book profits. According to Glassnode analysis, the Long-Term Holder metric, which are addresses holding Bitcoin for at least 155 days, supply is near an all-time high, while the Short-Term Holder, addresses holding coin ...

HKEX-listed tech firm launches $15M Bitcoin fund

Linekong Interactive, a gaming and film production company headquartered in Beijing and listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (HKEX), is allocating $15 million to invest in projects building on the Bitcoin network.Wang Fang, the founder of Linekong, said in a Nov. 8 tweet tha ...

‘Premier’ crypto cop CFTC reveals record-setting digital asset enforcement in 2023

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has unveiled its enforcement outcomes for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. It highlights a historic surge in digital asset cases, actions to enforce regulatory obligations for registrants, manipulation and spoofing cases, and groundbreaking court decisions in ...

Robinhood eyes European expansion amid Q3 revenue drop

Trading platform Robinhood has revealed its intentions to expand into Europe in the coming weeks. The company is exploring establishing brokerage operations in the United Kingdom. It made this decision known on Tuesday, Nov 7.The commission-free trading app made this announcement as it rev ...

Crypto banking app Bitwala relaunches via new partnership with Striga

European cryptocurrency banking platform Bitwala, formerly known as Nuri, is coming back after ceasing operations and returning customer funds last year.Bitwala is relaunching operations under its original name, in partnership with the support of the banking infrastructure company known as ...

Ex-Cantor execs launch crypto lending platform in expectation of Bitcoin ETFs

A new crypto-lending platform dubbed Tokenet says it will service what it expects to be an influx of institutional clients following the potential United States approval of spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange traded fund (ETF). The platform was launched by a team of executives who previously ...

Wintermute claims NEAR backed out of $11M stablecoin redemption deal

The NEAR Foundation and Aurora allegedly reneged on an offer to convert $11 million worth of USN stablecoins, Wintermute founder and CEO Evgeny Gaevoy has claimed.In a Nov. 7 X (Twitter) post, Gaevoy claimed NEAR refused to honor a commitment to facilitate the sale of $11.2 million worth o ...

Expect new IRS crypto surveillance to come with a surge in confiscation

As the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) pushes forward with its proposal to increase cryptocurrency surveillance, a past report might offer a clue for how this information may be used in practice. In short, with the IRS set to keep tabs on Americans’ cryptocurrency usage through an expected 8 billi ...

Data highlights Bitcoin’s potential path to $40K amid global economic turbulence

Bitcoin (BTC) has been trading within a narrow 4.5% range over the past two weeks, indicating a level of consolidation around the $34,700 mark. Despite the stagnant prices, the 24.2% gains since Oct. 7 instill confidence, driven by the impending effects of the 2024 halving and the pot ...

Bitcoin supply held by long-term holders hits all-time high — Research

Data from Glassnode suggests that Bitcoin (BTC) is in an accumulation pattern with its available supply reaching a new historical low. According to the report, Bitcoin’s illiquid supply and long-term holders cohort rise.As Bitcoin’s supply tightens, available BTC is being purchased by smal ...

Vietnamese Web3 coalition Ninety Eight launches $25M ecosystem fund

Vietnamese Web3 coalition Ninety Eight, creator of the Coin98 decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem, has launched a $25 million ecosystem fund dedicated to accelerating Web3 startups in Asia.According to the Nov. 7 announcement, the fund will provide financial and strategic support for se ...

Coinbase beefs up its global advisory council with four national security experts

Coinbase has expanded its Global Advisory Council with four national security experts, it announced on Nov. 7. The new members will help the cryptocurrency exchange assess the impact of regulatory uncertainty in the United States, it said.The Coinbase council will take on a decidedly more ...

Bitcoin Ordinals see resurgence on Binance listing

Ordinals, a BRC-20 token collection minted on the Bitcoin blockchain, have surged by 40.8% in the past 24 hours to $10.19 after listing on crypto exchange Binance.According to Binance's Nov. 7 announcement, traders can now trade Ordinals (ORDI) against Tether (USDT), Bitcoin (BTC), an ...

Caitlin Long’s Custodia Bank launches Bitcoin custody platform

Custodia Bank, a cryptocurrency-friendly bank founded by Bitcoin (BTC) advocate Caitlin Long, has launched its Bitcoin custody platform.The firm took to X (formerly Twitter) on Nov. 7 to announce the launch of Custodia Bank’s Bitcoin custody service targeting businesses like fiduciaries, i ...

VARA demonstrates how regulators can work in tandem with the market: VARA Vice Chair

The Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority [VARA] is one of the earliest world regulatory bodies to release comprehensive crypto assets regulations to promote crypto-related activities in Dubai. Established in March 2022, VARA was created to promote the Emirate as a regional and international hub fo ...

Crypto data platform Glassnode sells Bitcoin tax software to Blockpit

Cryptocurrency intelligence firm Glassnode has said it’s dropping crypto tax-related projects to focus on new solutions targeting institutional investors and decentralized finance (DeFi).Glassnode, on Nov. 6 announced the sale of its crypto-focused tax platform known as Accointing to the E ...

Nifty News: The Simpsons roast NFTs, Yuga Labs exec departs after anti-semitic tweets and more

The Simpsons roasts NFTs in new Halloween episodeAnimated television series The Simpsons spent an entire segment mocking nonfungible tokens (NFTs) during the latest 34th annual Treehouse of Horror Halloween special, in a segment called “Wild Barts Can’t Be Token.” ...

US lawmaker proposes to cut SEC chair Gary Gensler’s salary to $1

A United States lawmaker wants to strip the Securities and Exchange Commission chair Gary Gensler of his salary by paying him just $1 per year.In a proposed amendment to the Financial Services and General Government (FSGG), Rep. Tim Burchett suggested that Gensler’s salary be brought ...

Solana price corrects as recent (SOL) rally factors come under question

Solana (SOL) experienced a notable 36.6% increase in value between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2. However, SOL’s failure to breach the $44.50 mark resulted in a 10% correction down to $40 on Nov. 6. This movement has left many investors pondering whether the ecosystem growth and network activity suppo ...

SEC Inspector General says prohibition on crypto ownership hinders agency hiring

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has released its annual examination of the most serious management and performance challenges facing the agency. Crypto was on its list, as no surprise to anyone in the crypto community. ...

Price analysis 11/6: SPX, DXY, BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, SOL, ADA, DOGE, TON

Bitcoin’s (BTC) marginal rise of about 1.5% last week suggests that traders are cautious at higher levels but they are not rushing to the exit. The bears have been in hibernation for the past few days but if the rally fails to resume, sellers may try to make a comeback.However, in an uptre ...

A crypto exchange tackles CEX issues, pledges to share revenue with its users

For an extended period, centralized exchanges (CEXs) have played a pivotal role in cryptocurrency trading, offering traders dependability and robust liquidity. These platforms have been the go-to choice, with users trusting CEXs to safeguard their assets, appreciating user-friendly interfa ...

Bitcoin price reclaims $35K — Will ATOM, UNI, NEAR and AXS rally next?

The S&P 500 Index soared 5.85% last week, its best performance since November 2022. A large part of the gains were fuelled by expectations that the Federal Reserve will not hike rates anymore. In comparison, Bitcoin (BTC) had a much muted performance with a rise of approximately 2 ...

Binance’s spot trading market share falls to 40% in 2023: Report

Crypto exchange Binance's market share in spot trading has fallen to 40% in late 2023, compared to 62% a year ago.According to the November 6 report by blockchain analytics firm 0xScope, the exchange has lost one-third of its market share in the past 12 months. "Binance's spot trading volu ...

3 reasons why Ethereum price is underperforming altcoins

Ether (ETH) price surged by 6.2% from Nov. 3 to Nov. 5, but the altcoin faces difficulty in breaking the $1,900 resistance. Despite the current bullish trend, Ether's 17% return over the last 30 days falls short of Bitcoin's (BTC) impressive 27% gain during the same period.Regulatory hurdles ...

Conflux multichain protocol shuts down after two years

ShuttleFlow, the ecosystem multichain protocol operated and maintained by Conflux Foundation, also known as the Shanghai Tree-Graph Blockchain Research Institute, will shut down after two years. The ShuttleFlow technology stack will instead be transferred to Web3 studio Zero Gravity, ...

London Stock Exchange seeks digital assets director

The London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG), the parent company of the London Stock Exchange and other fintech companies, has posted on LinkedIn that it's seeking a director of digital assets. LSEG says it is looking for candidates who have a “passion for and understanding of digital asset ...

FTX seeks sale of Grayscale and Bitwise trust assets worth $744 million

Bankrupt crypto exchange FTX has requested the bankruptcy court in Delaware to allow it to sell certain key trust funds, including assets from crypto asset manager Grayscale and custody service provider Bitwise valued at around $744 million.In a court filing dated Nov. 3, FTX debtors reque ...

Spot Bitcoin ETF hype reignited zest for blockchain games: Yat Siu

Enthusiasm surrounding a possible spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange traded fund (ETF) isn’t just driving up the price of Bitcoin — it's also sparked a resurgence of enthusiasm for blockchain games, says Animoca Brands founder Yat Siu. Speaking to Cointelegraph at Hong Kong Finte ...

VC Roundup: private accounts, tokenization, and healthcare infrastructure grab investors’ attention

Blockchain-based startups continue to gather funding during the current bear market, with MetaMask partner Blockaid raising $33 million in October. However, the overall funding in the crypto industry has dropped to levels last seen in 2020, amassing $2.1 billion over 297 deals in the third quarte ...

Crypto portfolio management platform MC2 Finance joins Cointelegraph Accelerator

Decentralized finance (DeFi) might hold immense potential to solve the problems faced by traditional finance (TradFi). However, DeFi still struggles with onboarding new users -both retail and institutional- due to its limitations on the user experience side. Despite all the innovation ...

Crypto lawyer says $20M settlement is 99.9% win for Ripple

Prominent cryptocurrency attorney John E. Deaton has offered insights into the Ripple Labs XRP lawsuit against the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). He contends that a settlement valued at $20 million or less would constitute a significant legal triumph for the company.In a recent ...

Coinbase user agreement dispute reaches US Supreme Court

The United States Supreme Court has taken up a legal dispute concerning Coinbase and its users, specifically addressing a significant procedural matter on whether a judge or an arbitrator should decide which contract governs disputes.According to a report from Bloomberg, this issue stems f ...

Multichain inside job? And SOL surges 80% in a month: Finance Redefined

Welcome to Finance Redefined, your weekly dose of essential decentralized finance (DeFi) insights — a newsletter crafted to bring you the most significant developments from the past week.A trader managed to exploit the brief opening of the Multichain cross-chain bridge, which was frozen si ...

Price analysis 11/3: BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, SOL, ADA, DOGE, TON, LINK, MATIC

Bitcoin (BTC) soared above $35,000 on Nov. 2 and that may have sucked in the aggressive bulls who speculated that the next leg of the up-move was beginning. However, the price quickly turned around and fell back below $35,000 signaling that the breakout may have been a fake move.A mild cor ...

TradFi meets DeFi: Swiss meta-exchange unifies trading across FX, CEXs and DEXs

Crypto gets traditional finance treatment with the Smart Engine, a first-of-its-kind meta-exchange by SwissBorg. Unifying the experience for FX, CEX and DEX trading, Smart Engine has recently integrated with Solana, bringing direct fiat on-ramps for Solana-based projects.The cryptoc ...

CME Bitcoin futures hit record high, but uncertainty looms above $36K

Bitcoin (BTC) futures open interest at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) hit an all-time high of $3.65 billion on November 1. This metric considers the value of every contract in play for the remaining calendar months, where buyers (longs) and sellers (shorts) are continually matched.B ...

Opinion: With Bitcoin’s halving months away, it may be time to go risk-on

More tradition than coincidence, the Christmas season is around the corner again and the market is looking good for yet another run. Bitcoin (BTC) surged to more than $35,000 in October, another record high for 2023. The year-long rally has been attributed to unconventional market trends, includi ...

Bitcoin disappoints while Markets Pro delivers 88% gains in 29 hours

2023 was anticipated to be the comeback year for Bitcoin. Experts predicted that the King of Crypto would soar to $50,000 or more, but it has only bounced back to about $26,000 since the bear market started in late 2021. Cointelegraph Markets Pro, despite the bearish trends ruling the space, has ...

SafeMoon addresses recent exploits amid SEC charges

Decentralized finance project SafeMoon, which was charged by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for security rules violations and fraud, has said that it is closely examining recent developments and will work to resolve the situation promptly.According to a statemen ...

FTX claims climb to 57% as Sam Bankman-Fried found guilty on all counts

The current claim pricing of FTX has reached a maximum of 57%, according to data from Claims Market. The increase in FTX’s claim pricing is attributed to the valuation of the Artificial intelligence (AI) companies that the now-bankrupt crypto exchange previously invested in. Creditors ...

Ripple to power Georgia’s central bank digital currency, the digital Lari

The National Bank of Georgia (NBG) has selected Ripple Labs Inc., a leading blockchain payments platform, as the official technology partner for developing Digital Lari, their central bank digital currency (CBDC) project.Ripple said in a  statement that the partnership will ...

Marathon Digital will use landfill methane to mine Bitcoin in Utah pilot project

Marathon Digital has begun mining Bitcoin (BTC) using power generated from methane gas siphoned off a landfill. The 280-kW off-grid pilot project is operating in Utah.Marathon teamed up with Nodal Power on the project. Nodal Power was launched in November 2022 and produces energy from land ...

Bitcoin price cools off, but ‘You can never have too much Bitcoin, says Saylor

This week Bitcoin (BTC) price came within a hair of the $36,000 mark, before abruptly reversing course and correcting to $34,250. After a near 30% run over the past month, it is natural for the price to cool off as some traders take profit and market participants evaluate whether or not the catal ...

XRP, TON win approval in Dubai International Financial Centre free trade zone

The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) recognized two more tokens on Nov. 2, adding XRP (XRP) and Toncoin (TON) to its list of recognized tokens. They join Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH) and Litecoin (LTC) as coins recognized in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). The ...

Jury directions begin in Sam Bankman-Fried criminal trial

Closing arguments for the criminal trial of Sam Bankman Fried (SBF), the disgraced founder of crypto exchange FTX, have officially concluded with U.S. Southern District of New York Judge Lewis Kaplan moving to jury instructions.As per the indictment from last December, Bankman-Fried faces ...

Dubai VARA grants ‘initial approval’ to crypto firm WadzPay

The Dubai Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority (VARA) has issued an “Initial Approval” license to the crypto firm WadzPay, marking a pivotal step in the company’s journey toward obtaining a Virtual Asset Service Provider (VASP) license for virtual asset services and activities. ...

ProShares announces launch of short Ether-linked ETF

ProShares, a major issuer of exchange-traded funds (ETF), has officially announced the launch of the short Ether-linked ETF.Incepted on Nov. 2, ProShares’s new Short Ether Strategy ETF is set to start trading on the New York Stock Exchange’s (NYSE) Arca under the ticker symbol SETH. The ne ...

3 Satoshi Era Bitcoin wallets transfer $230M in BTC after 6-year dormancy

Three Satoshi Era Bitcoin (BTC) whale addresses that have been dormant since November 2017 transferred 6,500 BTC, estimated to be worth $230 million, on Nov. 2. Satoshi Era BTC refers to the very early stage of Bitcoin network when it was still relatively unknown.According to data from Bit ...

PayPal faces SEC action related to PYUSD stablecoin: Report

Payment giant PayPal has received a subpoena from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding its U.S. dollar-pegged stablecoin.The Enforcement division of the SEC has sent a subpoena to PayPal related to its PayPal USD (PYUSD) stablecoin, the firm disclosed on Nov ...

Trader exploits Multichain opening to turn $280k to $1.9M; community suspects insider job

A wallet address turned nearly 1.9 million FTM worth $280,000 to $1.9 million within hours of exploiting the long-frozen Multichain Bridge opening momentarily, leading to insider job speculations among the crypto community.The Multichain Bridge, frozen since its exploit in July 2023, opene ...

Axie Infinity developer brings Japanese Web2 games to Ronin

On November 2, Sky Mavis, the developer behind the popular monster-battle nonfungible tokens (NFT) game Axie Infinity, announced a partnership with Korean gaming studio Act Games, to bring a variety of Japanese video game franchises to its native Ronin blockchain.In an email seen by Cointe ...

Spot ETF-induced Bitcoin rally isn’t guaranteed to stick: Analysts

While the approval of a spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) will likely spike the price of Bitcoin, some analysts are concerned it won’t be enough to fully thaw the markets from its winter chill. On Oct. 24 Bitcoin staged its largest single day rally in over a year, su ...

Bitcoin beyond 35K for Christmas? Thank Jerome Powell if it happens

Historically, a Santa rally happens in the weeks leading up to Christmas when a collective sense of goodwill bleeds into equity markets. This is typically a seasonal blip and nothing to write home about. But this year, we could see a far more significant rally as the United States Federal Reserve ...

Ethereum futures premium hits 1-year high — Will ETH price follow?

Ether (ETH) price has declined by 14.7% since its peak at $2,120 on April 16, 2023. However, two derivatives metrics indicate that investors have not felt this bullish in over a year. This discrepancy warrants an investigation into whether the recent optimism is a broader response to Bitcoin (BTC ...

3 reasons why Ethereum price is down against Bitcoin

The price of Ethereum’s native token, Ether (ETH) is trading around a 15-month low versus Bitcoin (BTC), and the lowest since Ethereum switched to proof-of-stake (PoS).Cointelegraph takes a closer look at some of the reasons for the continuous drop of the ETH/BTC pair. Ether’s historic ...

Price analysis 11/1: BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, SOL, ADA, DOGE, TON, LINK, MATIC

Bitcoin (BTC) skyrocketed 28.5% in October, its second-best monthly gain of the year behind the 40% rally in January. After the strong showing in October, the next question on investors’ minds is, could the bullish momentum continue and Bitcoin extend its recovery going forward?Bernstein s ...

Visa completes digital Hong Kong dollar pilot test with local banks

Payment processor Visa has completed the Hong Kong Monetary Authority's central bank digital currency (CBDC) Pilot Programme with HSBC and Hang Seng Bank.According to the November 1 announcement, the e-HKD Programme involves tokenization of deposits, where the money deposited with a bank i ...

SafeMoon executive team charged with multiple fraud counts, arrests made

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Nov. 1 that it was charging SafeMoon and three of its executives with fraud and unregistered securities sales in connection with its SafeMoon token. The Justice Department unsealed charges against the men at the same t ...

PayPal scores UK crypto license after brief local Bitcoin buy halt

Global payment giant PayPal has received approval from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to offer crypto services in the United Kingdom.According to official FCA data, PayPal has been registered to offer “certain crypto asset activities” in the U.K. since Oct. 31, 2023.According ...

AI and real-world assets gain prominence in investor discussions

As nations make progress in promoting the expansion of the artificial intelligence sector, market data from Santiment indicates an uptick in conversations among investors and traders regarding the potential of real-world assets and artificial intelligence. At the same time, discussions con ...

Canadian MP urges community to study Bitcoin, cites Gensler’s pre-SEC stance

On the 15th anniversary of Bitcoin white paper release, Canadian Member of Parliament (MP) Joël Lightbound took the opportunity to thank the pseudo-anonymous creator Satoshi Nakamoto on the floor of the Canadian parliament while advocating for people to study Bitcoin.During his speech ...

US crypto custody firm BitGo wins BaFin license in Germany: Report

Major cryptocurrency custody firm BitGo is reportedly expanding its regulatory compliance in Germany more than three years after launching a dedicated local subsidiary.BitGo has obtained a cryptocurrency license from the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin), according to ...

Meet the 13-year-old student selling sneakers for Bitcoin: The Agenda podcast

Footwear has long been a critical element of culture and fashion worldwide. For some, shoes exist only to protect one’s feet from the elements; but for others, they are the most critical part of a wardrobe. Sneakers, in particular, have developed a cult following, with some ultra-rare pairs selli ...

FTX and Alameda Research wallets send $13.1M in crypto to exchanges overnight

The crypto wallets linked to now-defunct crypto exchange FTX and its sister trading firm Alameda Research have sent over $13 million in different altcoins to numerous crypto exchanges early on Nov. 1.According to data from on-chain analysis firm Spotonchain, the FTX wallet first transferre ...

Turkey aims to shed FATF gray list status with new crypto regulations

Turkey is reportedly drafting fresh regulations to govern crypto-assets in an effort to convince the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an international organization responsible for combating financial crimes, to remove it from a “gray list” of nations that have not done enough to combat money l ...

Invesco and Galaxy’s joint spot Bitcoin ETF added to DTCC’s site

The ticker for Invesco and Galaxy's spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) — BTCO — has appeared on the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation’s (DTCC) website. Invesco's Galaxy spot Bitcoin ETF product is listed on the DTCC's site. Source: DTCCAccording to web archiver WayB ...

Bitcoin futures data highlight investors’ bullish view, but there’s a catch

Bitcoin (BTC) price surged by 26.5% in October and several indicators hit a one-year high, including the BTC futures premium and the Grayscale GBTC discount. For this reason, it's challenging to present a bearish thesis for BTC as data reflects the post-FTX-Alameda Research collapse r ...

Will weakness in Magnificent 7 stocks spread to Bitcoin price?

The mega-cap tech stocks, which saw a robust start in 2023, are now grappling with massive trillion-dollar losses, leaving their shareholders concerned. Wall Street's unease over surging bond yields and higher interest rates has cast a shadow on these companies. Traders are now pondering the pote ...

SBF criminal trial moves to closing arguments

The ongoing criminal trial involving FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) will move into closing arguments on November 1. On Day 15 of the SBF trial, lead defense attorney Mark Cohen's request for acquittal was denied by presiding judge Lewis Kaplan. Instead, the case will move to clos ...

SBF says spending FTX customers’ money was part of ‘risk management’: Report

Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), the founder of cryptocurrency exchange FTX, claims that spending clients' fiat deposits was just part of "risk management" for his intertwined crypto hedge fund Alameda Research.During the former crypto executive's court testimony on October 31, prosecutor Danielle ...

Leveraging automated trading tools can be a game-changer in the volatile crypto market

At the end of October, Bitcoin (BTC) managed to break above a strong resistance level and continued to rise, reaching the psychological level of $35,000, the highest in about 16 months.This is good news for active crypto traders, who have been waiting for such a long-awaited bull ru ...

TradFi goes crypto: Finance giant brings decades of experience to new crypto exchange

The crypto world is volatile, with users steadily seeking a sense of trust and security. Now, a traditional finance giant, MultiBank Group, wants to change the global perception of crypto for the better with its know-how and expertise spanning over two decades.It’s hard to claim tha ...

Rising M2 money supply will see crypto become ‘Super Massive Black Hole’: Raoul Pal

The rising total money supply (M2) could propel crypto into another bull rally and help it outperform the traditional markets, according to Raoul Pal, co-founder and CEO of financial media platform Real Vision. Pal’s X post highlighted the correlation between the rising fiat market supply and the ...

Bitcoin ETFs may be headed for one epic Gensler ‘rugpull,’ say analysts

There’s a slim chance the United States Securities and Exchange chief Gary Gensler could pull the plug on spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded funds in one “amazingly sadistic” move, according to Bloomberg ETF analysts. In an Oct. 31 tweet directed at senior Bloomberg ...

Bitcoin options data highlights traders’ belief in further BTC price upside

The recent gains are a rare sight in 2023, even considering Bitcoin's impressive 108% year-to-date performance. Notably, the last instance of such price action occurred on March 14 when Bitcoin surged from $20,750 to $26,000 in just two days, marking a 25.2% price increase.Deribit BTC opti ...

Price analysis 10/30: SPX, DXY, BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, SOL, ADA, DOGE, TON

Bitcoin (BTC) price climbed by 15% last week and 10.45% the week before. The S&P 500 Index dropped 2.53% last week and 2.39% the week before. This shows that Bitcoin has decoupled from the S&P 500 Index in the short term and may chart its own course.However, the path higher may not ...

AVAX blockchain explorer to shut down as Etherscan fees draw controversy

Snowtrace.io, a popular blockchain explorer tool for Avalanche (AVAX), will shut down its website, powered by Etherscan's Explorer-as-a-Service (EaaS) toolkit, on November 30. The Snowtrace team clarified that only its explorer powered by Etherscan will be shut down.According to the Octobe ...

WSJ debacle fueled US lawmakers’ ill-informed crusade against crypto

Following October’s tragic events in Israel, a narrative linking Hamas funding to cryptocurrencies emerged from The Wall Street Journal in an Oct. 10 story authored by the paper’s Angus Berwick and Ian Talley. It fueled Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s crusade against the crypto sector. ...

Fed up with banks and centralized exchanges? It’s time for a change

A cutting-edge crypto platform says it offers all the advantages of centralized exchanges in a noncustodial environment. Changex offers seamless on and off-ramps to fiat, effortless purchases via bank transfers and debit cards, and cross-chain swaps for speedy conversions between digital a ...

‘Fuck regulators,’ said SBF behind closed doors: Report

Despite publicly supporting drafting crypto regulation to protect customers, disgraced crypto exchange FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) appears to have shared a deep disdain for regulators.During the ongoing FTX criminal trial, Assistant U.S. Prosecutor Danielle Sassoon inquired if the ...

Bitcoin’s bull move might not be over yet — Here are 3 reasons why

The bullish momentum that propelled Bitcoin (BTC) price to a year-to-date high continues into its third week as the price presses toward the $35,000 handle. Some notable developments that back the current bullish momentum are: The forming a golden cross between the 50-day ...

CME becomes second-largest Bitcoin futures exchange as open interest surges

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), a regulated Bitcoin (BTC) Futures exchange, now stands just behind Binance in terms of notional open interest (OI) to rank second in the list of BTC futures exchanges.CME’s OI hit $3.58 billion earlier on Oct. 30, pushing the regulated derivatives exc ...

Singapore plans joint crypto pilots with Japan, Switzerland and UK

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the country’s central bank and financial regulator, is planning to start crypto-related cooperation with some European countries and Japan.The MAS officially announced on Oct. 30 that it is partnering with the Financial Services Agency of Japan (F ...

The hype of tokenizing real world assets — a Swiss stablecoin use case

Stablecoins are essential to cryptocurrency markets, and traditional payment systems, especially cross-border ones, can also benefit from them. Edelcoin sets a new standard for stablecoins, offering low volatility, inflation protection, and zero reserve investment risk. Its verified reserv ...

Thailand’s KBank acquires crypto exchange business Satang

Thailand’s Kasikornbank, one of the largest banks in the country, is moving into the cryptocurrency industry by acquiring a majority stake in the local crypto business Satang.Kasikornbank, also known as KBank, acquired 97% of shares in the operator of Thailand’s Satang crypto exchange, acc ...

Standard Chartered-owned crypto platform Zodia launches in Hong Kong

Zodia, the institutional cryptocurrency custody platform co-owned by British banking giant Standard Chartered, Japanese SBI Holdings and the financial firm Northern Trust, is expanding its services to Hong Kong.Zodia Custody is launching services in Hong Kong in response to growing demand ...

Bitcoin price hovers near $35K as ETH, APT, QNT and RUNE turn bullish

Hopes of approval for a spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission boosted Bitcoin’s price by 27% in October. This improved sentiment, attracting aggressive buying by crypto investors.Bloomberg senior ETF analyst Eric Balchunas highlight ...

Community-powered crypto trading: CryptoRobotics joins Cointelegraph Accelerator

Crypto market charts can make traders feel exhausted just by looking at them, and chances are high that this contributed to the prolonged bear season. After experiencing historic lows for well over a year, both first-timers and experienced traders are looking for ways to stay afloat in the crypto ...

How Web3-powered streaming platform connects viewers and creators

A Web3-powered streaming platform, Replay vows to transform the entertainment industry — empowering viewers and creators alike. It allows audiences to be rewarded for their attention, all while unlocking new revenue streams for talented individuals behind the camera.The entertainmen ...

Kraken to suspend trading for USDT, DAI, WBTC, WETH, and WAXL in Canada

Kraken will suspend all transactions related to USDT, DAI, WBTC, WETH, and WAXL in Canada in November, according to multiple customer emails shared with Cointelegraph.In response to a request for comment from Cointelegraph, a Kraken spokesperson said, via email, “we constantly monitor the ...

Price analysis 10/27: BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, SOL, ADA, DOGE, TON, LINK, MATIC

Bitcoin (BTC) has been trading above $33,600 for the past two days, indicating that the bulls are not rushing to the exit. After a sharp rally, if the price does not give up much ground, it may cause FOMO and ignite another round of buying. That could push the markets further into overboug ...

Audits and rug-pulled projects, a $650B token burn, and major DeFi protocol quits UK: Finance Redefined

Welcome to Finance Redefined, your weekly dose of essential decentralized finance (DeFi) insights — a newsletter crafted to bring you the most significant developments from the past week.The past week in DeFi was filled with bullish resurgences for many projects, but it was the Uniswap fou ...

Chainlink leads the market with 61% weekly gain — What’s driving LINK price?

The Chainlink’s (LINK) token surged by a substantial 61.3% from Oct. 20 to Oct. 25, reaching a peak of $11.78 and marking its highest point since May 2022. LINK price then stabilized around $10.50, prompting investors to question the sustainability of this new price level.Chainlink (LINK) tok ...

‘Buy Bitcoin’ search queries on Google surge 826% in the UK

Google searches for “buy Bitcoin” have surged worldwide amid a major crypto rally, with searches in the United Kingdom growing by more than 800% in the last week.According to research from Cryptogambling.tv, the search term “buy Bitcoin” spiked a staggering 826% in ...

HTX’s Justin Sun claims record profits despite staff cuts

Chinese blockchain personality Justin Sun, who also serves as the de facto owner of crypto exchange HTX (formerly Huobi Global), claims that the firm posted a profit of $98 million in Q3 2023.According to the October 26 thread, Sun says that HTX generated a total of $202 million in revenue ...

Bitcoin is evolving into a multi-asset network

For more than a decade, the primary narratives surrounding Bitcoin (BTC) have focused on its role as a peer-to-peer digital cash and store of value.However, all indications suggest that we are witnessing a significant shift in this paradigm.Since the beginning of 2023, one of the mo ...

SBF grilled in court on deleted messages during testimony

Disgraced FTX founder Sam “SBF” Bankman-Fried tried to explain his rationale for deleting corporate messages during a closed-door testimony without the presence of the trial’s jury on Oct. 26. When prompted as to why he started using corporate communications on the encrypted messaging ...

Gary Gensler teases details of SEC’s $5 billion take from enforcement actions, shades crypto

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chief Gary Gensler’s speech before the 2023 Securities Enforcement Forum shed light on the regulatory body’s enforcement actions that led to $5 billion in judgments and orders. However, Gensler’s dig at the cryptocurrency market became a ...

Pro-Ripple lawyer predicts prolonged legal battle, hints at settlement factors

Pro-Ripple lawyer John Deaton has said he expects a lengthy legal process for the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) v Ripple case, possibly lasting a year. Deaton suggests that a settlement may only be considered if Coinbase's motion to dismiss (MTD) the SEC's case against it is successful.&nb ...

Bitcoin dominance hits 54% — Highest in 2.5 years as BTC halving approaches

Bitcoin’s (BTC) market dominance has reached 54%, its highest in the last 30 months, indicating the top cryptocurrency is strengthening just before the halving event scheduled for April 2024.The Bitcoin halving is an event in which the mining reward per block is halved, thus cutting ...

Crypto donations raised by Hamas ‘remain tiny,’ says Elliptic

Blockchain forensic firm Elliptic says there’s “no evidence” that Hamas is receiving a significant volume of cryptocurrency donations to fund its attacks against Israel.“There is no evidence to support the assertion that Hamas has received significant volumes of cry ...

Bitcoin price chases after $35K as BTC derivatives data signals fresh inflow

Bitcoin’s (BTC) price action is the talk of the town this week and based on the current sentiment expressed by market participants on social media, one could almost assume that the long-awaited bull market has started. As Bitcoin's price rallied by 16.1% between Oct. 22 and Oct. ...

Price analysis 10/25: BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, SOL, ADA, DOGE, TON, LINK, MATIC

Bitcoin (BTC) easily soared above the $31,000 to $32,400 resistance zone on Oct. 23, which came as a suprise to many market participants. Usually, the price tends to consolidate or hesitate near stiff overhead resistance levels but that was not the case this time around.Market participants ...

UK’s FinProm a welcome change, but challenge persists: Transak compliance head

On Oct. 8, the United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) imposed new marketing rules compelling cryptocurrency firms to promote their products and services clearly, fairly and transparently. From banning referral bonuses to crypto firms implementing a 24-hour cooling-off peri ...

Staking on LUKSO? Look no further: A new liquid staking protocol just went live

The liquid staking protocol, LEEQUID, eliminates entry barriers for crypto enthusiasts seeking to stake their coins. It is designed to be user-friendly, catering to individuals lacking technical expertise in running their nodes. It is the first staking pool for LUKSO, a newly released laye ...

Crypto market sentiment at highest point since BTC’s $69K all-time high

Bitcoin (BTC) market sentiment has returned to levels not seen since its price reached $69,000 in mid-November 2021, according to the Crypto Fear & Greed Index.The index is now at 72 out of a total possible score of 100, placing it within the “greed” ranking — a six-point increase from ...

BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin ETF mysteriously disappears — then reappears — on DTCC site

The ticker for BlackRock's spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) IBTC has reappeared on the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation’s (DTCC) website after disappearing for a few hours.The price of Bitcoin surged to new yearly highs following the Oct. 23 surprise appearance ...

Elizabeth Warren uses Hamas as her newest scapegoat in war on crypto

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is at it again. With mainstream press outlets including Germany’s Deutsche Welle running sensationalist headlines — “How cryptocurrency fueled Hamas’ terrorist attack” — Warren is using Hamas’ attack on Israel to fuel h ...

Bitcoin bulls fight to hold $34K as CME BTC open interest surpasses 100K

Bitcoin (BTC) is currently battling to hold the $34,000 level after a stellar rally and short squeeze saw its price push above $35,000 on Oct. 23.In an Oct. 24 market update, Capriole Investments founder Charles Edwards noted that after seven months of consolidation, Bitcoin’s upward ...

Busy week for Uniswap, and Platypus recovers 90% of hacked funds: Finance Redefined

Welcome to Finance Redefined, your weekly dose of essential decentralized finance (DeFi) insights — a newsletter crafted to bring you the most significant developments from the past week.The past week in DeFi was dominated by developments in the popular decentralized exchange platform Unis ...

Price analysis 10/20: BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, SOL, ADA, DOGE, TON, DOT, MATIC

Bitcoin (BTC) rose above $30,000 on Oct. 20, indicating that the path of least resistance is to the upside. Grayscale Investments filing a new application with the United States Securities and Exchanges Commission for a new spot Bitcoin ETF may have acted as a bullish trigger.In another po ...

Hong Kong securities regulator updates crypto policies, citing market developments

The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) of Hong Kong announced it will update its policies on virtual currency sales and requirements “in light of the latest market developments and enquiries from the industry”.In an Oct. 20 notice, the SFC said under the updated guidelines, certain vi ...

Web3 game project allegedly hired actors to pose as executives in $1.6M exit scam

On Oct. 10, the development team for gaming project FinSoul carried out an alleged exit scam, siphoning away $1.6 million from investors through market manipulation, according to a recent report from blockchain security platform CertiK shared with Cointelegraph. The FinSoul team alleg ...

Reddit mods dumped tokens hours before blockchain program termination

Popular social network platform Reddit announced the wind-down of its blockchain-based community points program on Oct. 17 citing scalability issues. The announcement created controversy in the crypto community with many calling it a rug-pull as the price of the native token on different subreddi ...

Google Cloud teams up with MultiversX amid blockchain firm’s focus on metaverse

Google Cloud has teamed up with blockchain infrastructure firm MultiversX (formerly Elrond) to boost its Web 3 presence. Google Cloud has integrated MultiversX into the platform which will in turn help Web3 projects and users derive valuable insights from powerful data analytics and artificial in ...

European Banking Authority, ESMA issue crypto entity suitability guidelines

The European Banking Authority (EBA) and the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) on Oct. 20 jointly released a consultation paper featuring two drafts. These drafts encompass the assessment of the suitability of management body members and shareholders or members holding qualifying s ...

Tim Draper warns of crypto scams using his AI-synthesized voice

American venture capitalist Tim Draper issued a warning on social media that scammers are attempting to con crypto users using an artificial intelligence (AI) voice generator.In an Oct. 19 post on X (formerly Twitter), Draper warned his roughly 254,000 followers to be mindful of “thi ...

Crypto Aid Israel raises $185K, distributes aid to 4 organizations, in 10 days

The Crypto Aid Israel collective has raised over $185,000 since its creation less than two weeks ago and has distributed aid to several humanitarian groups. The organization has carried out two rounds of aid distribution so far, dispensing around $50,000 (200,000 NIS). Nongovernmental ...

Binance Q3 report appraises crypto market as ‘challenging’ amid high interest rates

It’s been a challenging quarter for crypto, Binance has confirmed in its Q3 market pulse report. The market was down in many sectors, the report found, although the entry of institutional players such as Deutsche Bank, Sony and PayPal helped offset some of the pain. The global c ...

US Treasury plans to designate crypto mixers as money-laundering hubs: Report

The United States Treasury Department is reportedly planning to expand its sanctions to designate cryptocurrency mixers as money-laundering hubs following Hamas’ attack on Israel.According to an Oct. 19 report in The Wall Street Journal, Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo said the add ...

Why the 2024 Bitcoin halving may play out differently than in the past

The impact of the Bitcoin halving on crypto prices is often overestimated and the next halving, set for April 2024, may play out differently than previous ones, according to a leading analyst.The halving event, which every four years, cuts in half the rate by which new Bitcoins are created ...

Advocacy groups push back against Sen. Warren linking crypto with terrorism

United States-based crypto advocacy organizations are calling out Senator Elizabeth Warren and other lawmakers for some of the claims made regarding connections between the terrorist group Hamas and financing through cryptocurrency.On Oct. 17, Sen. Warren and more than 100 lawmakers signed ...

Elon Musk, Mark Cuban team up to contest SEC trial strategies

Elon Musk, Mark Cuban, with others, have collaboratively submitted a shared amicus brief to the Supreme Court, wherein they raise concerns about the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) approach to conducting internal proceedings without the inclusion of juries.Mark Cuban, ...

Coinbase selects Ireland as its European crypto hub

The United States-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is strengthening its presence in Europe and has officially announced Ireland as its chosen main European crypto hub.Coinbase has selected Ireland as its EU entity location of compliance with Europe’s major cryptocurrency regulatory f ...

IRS crypto tax reporting rules threat to industry — Coinbase legal chief

Coinbase crypto exchange chief legal officer Paul Singh Grewal called upon the crypto community to join the movement against the United States Treasury’s proposed tax reporting regulations on cryptocurrencies. Grewal urged the community to oppose the proposed regulations as it could set a d ...

Binance France director resigns, adding to list of exits from crypto exchange

Stéphanie Cabossioras has stepped down from her role as the executive director of Binance France, becoming at least the 10th senior executive to leave Binance this year.In an Oct. 19 post on X (formerly known as Twitter), Binance France resident David Prinçay confirmed Caboss ...

Sui token struggles to regain despite denial of ‘unfounded’ allegations

Sui’s native SUI token has struggled to regain ground after plunging more than 9% amid allegations from South Korean regulators, which have accused the Sui Foundation of manipulating the supply of the token for its own gain. SUI token gained a little under 1% in the last 24 hour ...

Just how bullish is the Bitcoin halving for BTC price? Experts debate

A recent panel at the Swan Pacific Bitcoin festival was cleverly titled, “Are halving price cycles bullshit?” Throughout the discussion, host and founder of the Bitcoin Layer Nik Bhatia asked Marathon Digital CEO Fred Thiel, Swan CIO Ralph Zagury and Swan product manager Andy Edstrom ...

Keep it simple: Cryptonauts shares tips on growing a crypto YouTube channel

While the term “fake news” has been floating around for a while, the phrase was given new life and popularity when former United States President Donald Trump turned it into a viral campaign slogan. “Fake news” eventually became a generation-defining meme, and this is likely because there is a ce ...

Coinbase lobbying efforts face setback from Hamas’ crypto use: Berenberg analysts

The use of cryptocurrency by Hamas militants to fund recent attacks on Israel may have set back Coinbase’s crypto lobbying efforts in the United States, says a new investment report from Berenberg Capital Markets. In an Oct. 18 research note, Berenberg lead analyst Mark Palmer said th ...

Reddit to wind down blockchain-based rewards service ‘Community Points’

Reddit has said it will soon shutter its long-running, blockchain-based rewards service “Community Points,” citing scalability concerns. In an official Oct. 17 announcement in the r/cryptocurrency subreddit, a Reddit team member said while the platform saw “some futu ...

Platypus Finance recovers 90% of assets lost in exploit

Decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol Platypus Finance said it had recovered 90% of assets that were stolen in a security breach last week.According to the October 17 announcement, developers said the protocol's net loss was limited to "18,000 Avalanche," worth $167,400 at the time of publ ...

Banks’ crypto exposure must be disclosed — BIS’ Basel Committee

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) released a consultation paper on Oct. 17, proposing to make it compulsory for banks to disclose their crypto exposure. The Basel Committee comprises central banks and financial authorities from 28 ju ...

This new crypto debit card brings low fees and convenience to cryptocurrency payments

Cryptocurrencies offer several advantages to traditional money, including lower costs, faster transfers, and decentralized systems that do not collapse at a single point of failure. Despite these benefits, many people don’t consider digital currencies practical for everyday use. Moreover, ...

UK’s ‘Help with Fees’ scheme won’t define crypto as disposable income

British citizens that hope to access legal assistance through the proposed ‘Help with Fees’ (HwF) scheme will not have cryptocurrency holdings classified as disposable income.The Ministry of Justice published its response following public consultation over its proposed legal aid scheme aim ...

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin sends $15M of USDC to Gemini

Blockchain sleuths have zeroed in on a recent transaction from a wallet associated with Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin, where he transferred $14.9 million worth of USD Coin (USDC) to the cryptocurrency exchange Gemini.According to an Oct. 17 post from blockchain analytics firm PeckShi ...

Clarification on sharing false spot Bitcoin ETF news

Dear Cointelegraph readers,We are incredibly grateful for the support and trust you have placed in our publication over the last 10 years. We strive to deliver the most thoughtful, engaging and impactful news affecting the cryptocurrency space.Earlier today, during routine coverage, ...

Uniswap to charge 0.15% swap fees beginning Oct. 17

Decentralized exchange Uniswap (UNI) will begin charging a 0.15% swap fee on certain tokens in its web application and wallet on October 17.According to a post by Hayden Adams, the DEX's founder, the affected tokens are Ethereum (ETH), USD Coin (USDC), Wrapped Ether (WETH), Tether (USDT), ...

SBF and Caroline Ellison conspired to keep Bitcoin under $20K, but did it work?

On Oct. 11, Caroline Ellison, the former head of the now-defunct Alameda Research, informed a U.S. court that she received instructions from FTX's co-founder and CEO, Sam "SBF" Bankman-Fried, to sell Bitcoin (BTC) if its price remained above $20,000. This admission came as a shock to ...

Price analysis 10/16: SPX, DXY, BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, SOL, ADA, DOGE, TON

After two successive weeks of gains, the S&P 500 Index (SPX) started the week on a positive note. This suggests a risk-on sentiment which is a bullish sign. The volatility is likely to pick up as 11% of the S&P 500 companies are expected to report results this week.The risk-on sent ...

SEC plans scrutiny of crypto dealer-brokers, transfer agents, per 2024 exam guide

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission released its 2024 examination priorities report on Oct. 16. The agency’s Division of Examinations has been publishing similar reports for over a decade to let its registrants know the emerging risks it will be focusing on. Crypto dealer-b ...

Binance halts onboarding of new UK users

Crypto exchange Binance will stop accepting users in the United Kingdom as of 5 p.m. local time on Oct. 16.According to Binance's announcement, the move came after the country's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) imposed legally binding requirements on its partner Rebuildingsociety.com ...

Crypto yield platform Haru Invest to suspend server

Troubled cryptocurrency platform Haru Invest is planning to suspend its server a few months after halting withdrawals in June 2023.Haru Invest is thinking of shutting down its server in order to reduce the server maintenance costs of services, Haru Invest CEO Hugo Lee announced on Oct. 16. ...

Crypto payment option for Honda cars only works via third-party platform

Major automobile manufacturer Honda does not accept cryptocurrency payments directly but one can use cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) to buy a Honda car through a third party.In early October, several publications mistakenly reported that Honda started accepting cryptocurrency as paymen ...

US government among largest Bitcoin hodlers with over $5B in BTC: Report

The United States government has become one of the largest Bitcoin holders with over 200,000 BTC worth more than $5 billion despite selling a few thousand BTC worth millions earlier this year.According to a data analysis based on public filings, crypto firm 21.co estimated that the U.S. go ...

Aussie crypto exchanges look to new licensing regime with cautious optimism

Australian crypto exchanges have praised plans from the Australian Treasury to regulate cryptocurrency exchanges under pre-existing financial services licensing measures.In an Oct. 16 consultation paper, the Treasury outlined a new suite of proposed regulations, that suggested regulating c ...

Australia proposes to regulate crypto exchanges under TradFi license regime

The Australian federal government may soon require cryptocurrency exchanges to hold a financial services license issued by the local financial regulator, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC). In the newly-unveiled “Regulating digital asset platforms” consultation ...

Bitcoin signals potential range expansion— Will SOL, LDO, ICP and VET follow?

The S&P 500 Index nudged higher by 0.45% to record its second positive week. While the United States equities markets were a slow mover, gold witnessed a massive run-up of more than 5% this week. Its rally of 3.11% on Oct. 13 was its best one-day performance since Dec. 1 of last year. However ...

The Future of Cryptocurrencies: Trends and Predictions

ECB President Asserts that Digital Euro CBDC Won't Be Completely Anonymous The European Commission (EC) has been making significant strides toward implementing a central bank digital currency (CBDC) in the Eurozone's 20 member states. The European Central Bank (ECB) had previously outlined plans ...

US Dollar Strength Index (DXY) at 10-Month High: Impact on Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies

The US Dollar Strength Index (DXY) recently achieved its highest level in almost 10 months, indicating growing confidence in the US dollar compared to other fiat currencies. This surge in demand for the US dollar has raised concerns among investors about its potential impact on Bitcoin (BTC) and cry ...

CoinEx Prepares to Resume Deposit and Withdrawal Services After $70 Million Hack

Cryptocurrency exchange CoinEx is preparing to reopen deposit and withdrawal services more than a week after experiencing a $70 million hack due to compromised hot wallet private keys. CoinEx previously communicated its intention to develop and implement a new wallet system to support the 211 blo ...

Cryptocurrency Dominates Reported Overseas Assets in South Korea: National Tax Service Report

In South Korea, a recent report from the country's tax organization, the National Tax Service (NTS), highlights the dominance of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) among reported overseas assets. The NTS issued an official announcement on September 20, revealing that 1,432 individuals and corpor ...

Former Deutsche Bank Investment Banker Pleads Guilty to Cryptocurrency Investment Fraud

A former Deutsche Bank investment banker, Rashawn Russell, has pleaded guilty to investment fraud in connection with a fraudulent cryptocurrency trading scheme. Russell, aged 27, was charged earlier this year for his involvement in a scheme where he operated a fraudulent cryptocurrency investment fu ...

Latvia’s Approach to Fintech Regulation: Innovation Hub, AI Adoption, and EU Alignment

Fintech innovations and emerging technologies have been rapidly evolving worldwide, prompting global regulators to adapt and establish regulatory frameworks. In this landscape, Latvia, a small Baltic country neighboring Estonia and Lithuania, has been quietly joining the efforts to understand and re ...

Nomura’s Laser Digital Launches Bitcoin Adoption Fund Targeting Institutional Investors

Nomura's digital asset subsidiary, Laser Digital Asset Management, has introduced the Bitcoin Adoption Fund, targeting institutional investors. This Bitcoin (BTC)-based fund represents the first in a series of digital adoption investment solutions that the firm plans to launch. Nomura, a Japanese fi ...

UK Competition Watchdog Warns of AI Dominance and Potential Consumer Harm

The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill in the United Kingdom (UK), which aims to expand authorities' ability to combat illicit cryptocurrency usage and tackle crypto-related financial crimes, is nearing the final stages of approval by the House of Lords. This bill, introduced in Septembe ...

Terra Luna Classic Proposes Raising Minimum Deposit to Combat ‘Spam’ Proposals

The Terra Luna Classic community is currently engaged in voting on various proposals, but there are growing concerns regarding the surge in "spam" proposals, particularly following a decline in LUNA prices. In response to this issue, a fresh proposal has emerged, suggesting an increase in the minimu ...

Why is Stellar (XLM) price up this week?

The Stellar token experienced a notable 11.5% increase in value between Sept. 2 and Sept. 8, a novelty given that Bitcoin and most altcoins are down for the week. The surge came after Stellar (XLM) tested the $0.113 support level, which marked its lowest point in the past eight weeks. T ...

Blockchain Association responds to US lawmakers’ request for crypto tax guidance

The Blockchain Association, a United States-based cryptocurrency advocacy group, has submitted suggestions for lawmakers to consider in potential legislation on the tax treatment of digital assets.In a Sept. 8 letter to U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Mike Crapo, the Blockchain Association sai ...

Price analysis 9/8: BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, ADA, DOGE, SOL, TON, DOT, MATIC

The bulls tried to shake Bitcoin (BTC) from its slumber on Sept. 7 but the rally was short-lived. This suggests a lack of clarity between the bulls and the bears about Bitcoin’s next directional move. Analyst CryptoCon said on X (formerly Twitter) that Bitcoin could remain in a “mid cycle lull” u ...

The Fed could lose $100B — Does this spell catastrophe for Bitcoin?

On this week's episode of “Macro Markets,” Cointelegraph analyst Marcel Pechman delves into a thought-provoking discussion on the United States Federal Reserve’s financial woes. Pechman opens by highlighting how the Fed is grappling with staggering losses and emphasizes a fundamental macroec ...

Bitcoin energy value metric puts BTC’s ‘fair value’ at $47K — Analyst

Bitcoin (BTC) price is trading in a frustratingly tight range between $25,500 and $26,500, leaving traders unsure of the next direction that asset could take.However, Charles Edwards, founder of Capriole Investments, believes that Bitcoin’s current price presents a low-risk long-term ...

10 years later, still no Bitcoin ETF — but who cares?

The first spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) application, filed in July 2013, was denied in both 2017 and 2018. A decade has passed since that initial application, and the Securities and Exchange Commission has rejected more than a dozen additional applications and repeatedly punted the date ...

Human vs. AI: Who is better at crypto investing?

Cointelegraph video journalist and YouTube host Giovanni Pigni challenged ChatGPT to a crypto investment game. Both contenders had $100 to build a strong crypto portfolio and make as much money as possible in two weeks. The goal of the experiment was to find out whether artificial int ...

Turkish crypto exchange Thodex CEO gets 11,000-year sentence for $2B scam: Report

The former CEO of Turkish crypto exchange Thodex, Faruk Fatih Özer, was sentenced to 11,196 years in prison by a Turkish court on charges of "establishing, managing and being a member of an organization", "qualified fraud", "laundering of property values".The Anatolian 9th High Criminal Co ...

Blockchain could have prevented Nigeria’s naira scarcity effects – Local experts

A group of local blockchain experts discussed how blockchain technology can help solve economic problems in Nigeria and throughout the African continent. In their discussion, Nigeria's naira flow shortage was used as a case study.At the Stakeholders in Blockchain Technology Association of ...

Africa’s blockchain journey begins with poverty alleviation – CEO Sumotrust

There has been a resounding call for Nigeria, and Africa in general, to incorporate blockchain technology into its mainstream living. However, during a fireside chat involving stakeholders in the Nigerian blockchain community, it was noted that poverty has to be conquered first before blockchain ...

Aussie fintech prays for crypto clarity as it launches Bitcoin-backed loans

Australian fintech firm Block Earner is charging ahead with plans to launch a crypto-backed loans product, despite staring down an upcoming court date with the financial regulator for allegedly offering financial products without a license. The new crypto loan product allows Australia ...

CFTC commissioner calls for crypto regulatory pilot program

Caroline Pham, a commissioner with the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), has suggested a limited pilot program in an effort to address crypto regulation.In a pre-recorded message for a Cato Institute event on Sept. 7, Pham said that following public roundtable disc ...

Hedge Fund Insights: ARK Invest’s 2023 Economic Analysis and Cryptocurrency Outlook

2023 has been a whipsaw year for investor sentiment and even though equities markets have defied expectations, a recent report from ARK Invest highlights reasons why the remainder of 2023 could present several economic challenges. ARK manages $13.9 billion in assets, and its CEO, Cathie Wood, is ...

DeFi 3.0 introduces a new way to hedge crypto assets against volatility

Price volatility is one of the biggest deterrents of the crypto market, dissuading newcomers from trading or investing in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) or Ether (ETH). Extreme market conditions can trigger billions of dollars in liquidations, making it less than ideal for institution ...

Binance to reimburse users $1M for Cyber Earn incident

Crypto exchange Binance is refunding users 1 million Tether ($1 million) over its handling of the CyberConnect (CYBER) token incident.As narrated by the exchange on Sept. 7, a price discrepancy on listed CYBER tokens occurred the week prior due to a liquidity crunch constricting CYBER cros ...

Binance’s indecision to freeze BNB wallets drew controversy in this $11M rug pull

A BNB Chain rug pull scams users out of $2 million ($11 million at today's BNB prices). Users ask Binance for help. Binance says it has frozen the funds but then retracts the statement. The funds sat in the address for nearly two years when Binance suddenly took action to freeze the scammer's wal ...

Crypto whale loses $24M in staked Ethereum to phishing attack

A cryptocurrency whale has fallen victim to a massive phishing attack, losing millions of dollars in staked Ethereum on the liquid staking provider Rocket Pool.A large cryptocurrency investor lost the entire address balance of Lido Staked ETH (stETH) and Rocket Pool ETH (rETH) due to a phi ...

Taiwan to restrict unregistered, noncompliant foreign crypto exchanges

East Asian country Taiwan is reportedly planning to put restrictions on unregistered overseas crypto exchanges operating within its jurisdiction as a part of its incoming guidance for virtual asset service providers (VASPs). On Sept. 7, a local media outlet, the Central News Agency,&n ...

Binance crypto exchange saw departure of 10 key executives in 2023. Here’s the list

The world’s leading crypto exchange by trading volume Binance has seen the departure of 10 key executives from various departments in the first nine months of 2023. While executive departures from a company are a norm based on their preset contractual obligations, the number of executives l ...

Nigeria central bank missed opportunity for blockchain regulation in 2021 — Convexity CEO

A group of Nigerian digital asset professionals took to the stage at the Stakeholders in Blockchain Technology Association of Nigeria (SIBAN)’s Digital Assets Summit 2023 in Abuja, to discuss the future of digital asset regulation in Nigeria.In the panel titled The Future of Digital Assets ...

Nigeria’s Web3 education efforts seek to tackle language challenges

While Nigeria appears to have a high level of blockchain and crypto awareness, the country is still facing issues related to public education in the field. A group of local blockchain experts discussed blockchain education's challenges in Nigeria at the Stakeholders in Blockchain Technology ...

Rejection of crypto bill exposes Aussies to ‘unregulated market’ — Senator Bragg

Australian investors will be left exposed to unregulated markets and investments will be driven away from the country if the Digital Assets (Market Regulation) Bill is rejected by parliament, the bill's author Senator Andrew Bragg has warned.On Sept. 4, the Senate Committee on Economics Le ...

Change to US accounting rules will be a boon to companies holding crypto in 2025

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has unanimously approved rules for accounting for the fair value of companies’ cryptocurrency holdings, according to media reports. The rules will go into effect in 2025.The FASB is the United States organization that sets accounting an ...

Bitcoin short-term holders capitulate as data highlights potential generational buying opportunity

Bitcoin (BTC) price action suggests that the asset remains in a precarious position and a recent report from ARK Invest said that short-term Bitcoin investors had no choice but to capitulate in August as the percentage of Bitcoin supply in profit fell by 14 percentage points. Bitcoin mar ...

Riot Platforms says Texas energy strategy reduced production costs by $31M

Bitcoin miner Riot Platforms mined fewer Bitcoin (BTC) in August than July, but received over $31 million in power credits. That is the equivalent of around 1,136 BTC, CEO Jason Les pointed out in a statement.Riot received an estimated $24.2 million in power curtailment credits under its c ...

Binance creates smart contract to refund users affected by $3M rug pull

Crypto exchange Binance has created an automated smart contract to reimburse users following the events of the Xirtam rug pull.According to a Sept. 6 announcement, users affected by the Xirtam rug pull can receive their money by connecting their wallets to Etherscan, passing a verific ...

Price analysis 9/6: BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, ADA, DOGE, SOL, TON, DOT, MATIC

Bitcoin (BTC) has been trading between $25,333 and $26,156 since Sep. 1. Typically, a volatility squeeze is followed by an expansion in volatility but it is difficult to predict the direction of the breakout with certainty. CoinGlass data shows that Bitcoin has fallen for six consecut ...

HashKey signs MOU for crypto exchange insurance

Users of Hashkey Exchange Hong Kong will soon be able to receive insurance protection on digital assets custodied on the platform.According to local news reports on Sept. 6, Hashkey has signed a memorandum of understanding with fintech firm OneDegree for insurance coverage on exchange wall ...

Google will allow ads for NFT games starting September 15

Google has updated its cryptocurrency advertising policy to allow for blockchain-based NFT gaming advertisements as long as they don’t promote gambling or gambling services. According to a blog post from Google, the new changes will go into effect starting Sep. 15 and will be restrict ...

OriginTrail on AI, real-world adoption and the value of knowledge: The Agenda podcast

Artificial intelligence (AI), large language models (LLMs) and machine learning have infiltrated just about every aspect of our technology-connected lives. Tools like ChatGPT offer an array of helpful utilities, but they also come with a potentially dark side, as ChatGPT and other LLM chatbots ar ...

Top Binance execs in Russia leave as firm considers exiting the market

Gleb Kostarev, Binance's head of Eastern Europe and Russia, took to Facebook on Sept. 6 to announce its departure from Binance.In his Russian-language announcement, Kostarev said that today marks the last day of his long-running work at Binance, adding:“I am stepping down a ...

Here’s why Bitcoin will hit $22K soon

In the latest episode of Cointelegraph’s The Market Report, analyst Marcel Pechman explores the drivers that point to Bitcoin heading to $22,000, with investor sentiment worsening after Grayscale Investment’s much-hyped legal victory against the United States Securities and Exchange Commissi ...

How to handle crypto trading gains and losses on your balance sheet

Currently, no accounting standards are dedicated to crypto assets, so broader guidelines per the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and Generally Accepted Accounting Practice (GAAP) are applied to cryptocurrency accounting.Balance sheets are among the three primary financia ...

Crypto market ‘dramatically underestimates’ bullishness of spot Bitcoin ETFs

The potential of a spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) approval to drive prices up is dramatically underestimated by the crypto market, claim analysts from crypto research firm K33 — formerly Arcane Research. In a Sept. 5 market report, K33 senior analyst Vetle Lunde and vic ...

Report suggests 6 billionaire crypto traders earned their fortunes from Bitcoin

A report released by London-based investment migration consultancy firm Henley & Partners suggests there were more than 40,000 crypto millionaires in the world holding Bitcoin (BTC). According to the ‘Crypto Wealth Report’ published on Sept. 5, Henley & Partners said there wer ...

Ethereum price risks losing the $1.6K support as multiple ETH price metrics decline

Ether (ETH) price surged by 31.3% from March 10 to March 18, coinciding with the U.S. Federal Reserve's injection of $300 billion to address the insolvency of Silicon Valley Bank.. Since then, Ether’s price consistently maintained a daily closing price above $1,600. However, investors ...

Bitcoin range trades as volatility subsides, will TON, LINK, MKR and XTZ follow?

Bitcoin (BTC) tried to break out of its range last week, but the bulls could not sustain the higher levels. Bitcoin is back inside the range and is trading near the $26,000 level. The price action of the past few days has formed two successive Doji candlestick patterns on the weekly chart, indica ...

MetaMask launches feature to sell ETH for fiat

Cryptocurrency wallet MetaMask has announced the launch of a feature allowing users to sell Ether (ETH) for fiat currency.In a Sept. 5 post on X — formerly Twitter — MetaMask said users with crypto wallets connected to the platform’s Portfolio decentralized application wo ...

Tracking profits and losses on crypto trades just got easier

All-in-one crypto trading solution TradeSanta has just unveiled its new crypto profit calculator to help users calculate fees, profits and losses before they open a trade.In a fast-moving market, keeping on top of your financial position isn’t easy. Just recently, Bitcoin (BTC) post ...

80 Chinese crypto influencer accounts shut down in latest crackdown

Sina Weibo, one of the most popular Chinese social media apps with over 258 million daily active users, has removed 80 influencer accounts promoting cryptocurrency activities citing official legislation.According to the Sept. 5 announcement, 80 crypto influencer accounts with over 8 millio ...

Coinbase to upsize debt repurchase by $30M

Cryptocurrency exchange has upsized its debt buyback offer from $150 million to $180 million.According to the Sept. 5 announcement, Coinbase will commit a total of $180 million to buying back its 3.625% Senior Notes due 2031. The offer will lapse on Sept. 18 at 11:59 pm Easten Time.  ...

40% of crypto trading platforms are decentralized: World Federation of Exchanges

A report from the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) noted that 40% of the crypto trading platforms are decentralized and make use of distributed ledger technology. On the other hand, the majority, or 60%, of platforms make use of Central Limit Order Books (CLOBs), quite similar to regulated exc ...

Jack Dorsey’s ₿trust acquires African Bitcoin organization Qala

₿trust, a non-profit organization funded by Twitter (now X) co-founder and Bitcoin (BTC) advocate Jack Dorsey, is scaling up its programs in Africa with a new acquisition.The non-profit has acquired Qala, an organization dedicated to training Bitcoin and Lightning engineers in Africa. The ...

Nima Capital goes dark after dumping 9M SNY tokens, community calls it VC rug

The price of the native token of decentralized finance (DeFi) cross-chain bridge Synapse (SNY) plummeted on Sept. 5 after an unknown liquidity provider on the platform dumped nearly 9 million SYN tokens and pulled all stablecoin liquidity from the bridge.The official X account for Synapse ...

Crypto collapses generate hundreds of millions of dollars for lawyers

The legal industry has emerged as a major winner amid cryptocurrency collapses like FTX and Celsius, generating hundreds of millions of dollars for lawyers.Lawyers, accountants, consultants, analysts and other professionals have collected at least $700 million in fees from the bankruptcies ...

South Korean Hana Bank enters crypto custody business with BitGo

One of the largest South Korean banks, Korea Exchange Bank (KEB Hana Bank), is moving to offer digital asset custody services through a new partnership with major cryptocurrency custody firm BitGo Trust Company.KEB Hana Bank has signed a strategic business agreement with BitGo to jointly e ...

Grayscale victory, SEC delays decision on Bitcoin ETFs: Law Decoded

On Aug. 29, crypto asset manager Grayscale Investments scored a major victory against the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in its efforts to convert its over-the-counter Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) into a listed Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). The U.S. Court of Appeals Circ ...

Price analysis 9/4: SPX, DXY, BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, ADA, DOGE, SOL, TON

The United States' equities markets are on a recovery path. The S&P 500 Index (SPX) surged 2.50% last week to record its best week since June. Even though Bitcoin (BTC) also attempted a relief rally, the bulls could not sustain the higher levels. In the end, Bitcoin finished the week with a m ...

Former MAS chair who called crypto ‘highly risky’ wins Singapore’s presidential race

Tharman Shanmugaratnam, former chair of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, has won the election for the city-state’s presidency with more than 70% of the vote.According to multiple reports from Sept. 2, Shanmugaratnam defeated presidential candidates Ng Kok Song and Tan Kin Lian to becom ...

OKX crypto exchange enters final stage of Hong Kong VASP license application

OKX cryptocurrency exchange has entered the final stage before acquiring a virtual asset service provider license (VASP) in Hong Kong. The crypto exchange expects the final approval for a VASP license by March 2024.In an interview, Li Zhikai, the global chief commercial officer of OKX,&nbs ...

Binance head of product quits as executive exodus continues

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance continues to lose some of its key executives amid increasing scrutiny of the platform from regulators around the world.Binance head of product Mayur Kamat has confirmed he is leaving the crypto exchange after nearly two years.“It is time for me to ste ...

99% of Nigerians are crypto aware — ConsenSys report

A global survey featuring respondents from 15 countries indicates that Africa’s largest economy, Nigeria, has the most cryptocurrency-aware population in the world.ConsenSys and YouGov released the findings from the global Web3 perception survey, which sought to provide both ...

Shibarium hits 1M wallets amid meteoric growth, SHIB yet to catch up

The total number of wallets on Shiba Inu’s newly launched layer-2 blockchain, the Shibarium network, has surpassed the 1 million mark in a meteoric rise since its relaunch. The milestone — announced in a Sept. 3 blog post by the official Shibarium team — means there were at least 900, ...

Shibarium hits 1M wallets amid meteoric growth, SHIB yet to catch up

The total number of wallets on Shiba Inu’s newly launched layer-2 blockchain, the Shibarium network, has surpassed the one million mark in a meteoric rise since its relaunch. The milestone — announced in a Sept. 3 blog post by the official Shibarium team — means there were at least 90 ...

FTX wallet shifts $10M in crypto, sparking fear of token dumps to come

A wallet owned by bankrupt crypto exchange FTX has moved $10 million worth of digital assets from the Solana (SOL) network to Ethereum, sparking concerns it could be the beginning of a series of token dumps amid the exchange’s bankruptcy proceedings. According to data from block ...

Web3’s Swiss Army knife of personal finance Changex joins Cointelegraph Accelerator

Decentralized finance (DeFi) gave birth to a wide range of financial services that aim to challenge what traditional finance (TradFi) offers. However, the user experience persists as a major issue hindering the widespread adoption of DeFi apps and solutions. For years, the DeFi ecosystem has been ...

Attorney outlines Ripple-SEC settlement path amid Coinbase case impact

Amidst speculation regarding a potential resolution between Ripple and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), attorney John Deaton, representing numerous XRP token holders, has outlined the possible steps the two parties might take if they opt for a settlement.Addressi ...

Cathie Wood bullish on Bitcoin and AI convergence

In a recent Twitter post, Cathie Wood, CEO of Ark Invest, expressed her positive view on the intersection of Bitcoin (BTC) and artificial intelligence (AI)In her tweet, Cathie Wood subtly hinted at the immense transformative potential inherent in the dynamic synergy between artificial inte ...

Whale Alert sparks speculation as XRP transfers surge

Amidst a series of rapid developments, the XRP cryptocurrency market experiences heightened activity. A recent substantial purchase has been detected by Whale Alert, a renowned crypto-tracking platform.Whale Alert reported a significant transfer of 66,666,659 XRP (approximately $33,065,809 ...

The story of a crypto influencer’s attempt to bend reality

In one of the weirder moments of my writing career, Carl “The Moon” Runefelt contacted me out of the blue seeking an “update to old information” in a May 2022 article. The article had touched on his involvement with the crypto payment platform Kasta, but Runefelt felt a pr ...

Balancer protocol exploited for $900K as DeFi hacks mount: Finance Redefined

Welcome to Finance Redefined, your weekly dose of essential decentralized finance (DeFi) insights — a newsletter crafted to bring you the most significant developments from the past week.In this week’s newsletter, Ethereum staking services have agreed upon a 22% limit on all validators to ...

Price analysis 9/1: BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, ADA, DOGE, SOL, TON, DOT, MATIC

Bitcoin’s (BTC) volatility has increased over the past few days. The price soared on Aug. 29 after Grayscale scored a victory over the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). However, the euphoria was short-lived as the price gave back all the recent gains on the news that the SEC ...

Bitcoin continues to outperform Warren Buffett’s portfolio, and the gap is set to widen

Warren Buffett, the renowned investor and chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, celebrated his 93rd birthday on Aug. 30. Throughout his lengthy career, he has adhered steadfastly to a value investing strategy that bears some resemblance to the "buy and hold" approach often associated with cryptocurrenc ...

Onboarding crypto users in Africa vs. the West — Fonbnk founder Christian Duffus explains

The African continent is considered a significant market for crypto adoption due to its youthful population, flawed economic management by governments, and inadequate financial infrastructure for internal and global connectivity. On Episode 28 of Hashing It Out, host Elisha Owusu Akyaw is ...

Brazilian crypto streamer loses $50K by accidentally exposing private key

Brazilian cryptocurrency streamer Fraternidade Crypto is one of the latest victims of unsafe self-custody practices, reportedly losing thousands of dollars due to a private key accident.During a live stream on YouTube on Aug. 29, Fraternidade Crypto channel’s owner Ivan Bianco unwittingly& ...

China court declares virtual assets legal properties protected by law: Report

People’s courts in China exercise judicial power independently and are not subject to interference by an administrative or public organization. These courts try criminal, civil, administrative, and cases that involve economic disputes.The report titled "Identification of the Property Attri ...

Bitwise withdraws Bitcoin and Ethereum market cap ETF application

In an unexpected turn of events, Bitwise has submitted a request to retract its application for the Bitcoin and Ethereum Market Cap Strategy Ethereum Futures Contracts (ETF), initially filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Aug. 3.While market sentiment turned bullish f ...

Bitcoin heads for red September, but analysts tip October as ‘days to watch’

Bitcoin investors may be in for a rollercoaster ride. While history shows September is typically a bumpy month for Bitcoin — two ETF analysts have suggested investors turn their gaze to mid-October as the next "major days to watch."According to historical data, Bitcoin’s monthl ...

KC Fed tracks healthy growth of crypto ATM industry despite predatory operators

The crypto ATM business is thriving in the United States, despite criticism for illegal or predatory behavior, according to a report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Crypto ATMs have a growing customer base that could sometimes benefit from better education about crypto, the r ...

Hurricane Idalia delays Ron DeSantis’ reported plans to accept crypto campaign donations

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis cancelled a campaign event in which he was reportedly planning to announce the acceptance of cryptocurrency contributions toward his 2024 presidential run. According to an Aug. 29 report from the Miami Herald, DeSantis cancelled a cocktail-hour fundraiser for ...

CME Bitcoin trading volume surpasses Bybit, but is it impacting BTC price?

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) introduced its Bitcoin (BTC) futures contract in December 2017. This was around the same time that BTC had reached an all-time high of $19,800, but by late 2018 the price had dropped to $3,100. Investors in cryptocurrencies quickly learned that CME derivative ...

$16M in crypto lost to hacks in August — Report

A total of $15.8 million in cryptocurrencies were lost to hacks or exploits in the month of August.According to an Aug. 31 report by blockchain security firm Immunfi, a combined $23.4 million in crypto was lost to a combination of hacks and fraud, a significant decrease compared to the $32 ...

Nexo launches crypto Mastercard for EEA citizens

Bulgarian decentralized lending platform Nexo has unveiled a crypto-powered debit and credit Mastercard for citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA).According to the Aug. 31 announcement, the Nexo Card will allow users to spend their euro, U.S. dollar, and British pound stablecoins via ...

No, Bitcoin is not in its ‘longest ever bear market’ — Here’s why

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) are not in their “longest ever bear market” and probably are not even in a bear market at all, according to some industry observers.MN Trading founder Michaël van de Poppe took to X (formerly Twitter) on Aug. 27 to claim that Bitcoin is currently in its ...

Breaking victim ‘trust’ in scammer is key to beat crypto scams, exchanges say

Cryptocurrency exchanges in Australia have been increasingly communicating with their users as part of preventative measures for scams. According to local crypto firms, such communication is the key to preventing scams as it is able to “break trust” between victims and scammers.Executives ...

Can institutional investors like BlackRock trigger the next big Bitcoin rally? –– Q&A with OANDA

Following a challenging year in 2022, positive signals are emerging for the future of Bitcoin (BTC). In July, Bitcoin’s value surged past $30,000, a noteworthy development attributed to asset manager BlackRock’s move to file for a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) through the United State ...

Arkham IDs Robinhood as 5th-largest ETH holder

Crypto analytics platform Arkham Intelligence has revealed financial services company and crypto trading platform Robinhood as a leading holder of Ether (ETH) and the owner of the fifth-largest ETH wallet, which contains about $2.54 billion of the cryptocurrency.Arkham stated on X (fo ...

Binance scouts art for Pierre Gasly’s F1 helmet at Abu Dhabi GP

The winner of a new art competition hosted by Binance will see their design featured on the helmet of the racing driver Pierre Gasly from the Alpine Formula One team during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, slated for Nov. 26, 2023.Crypto exchange Binance announced a helmet design competition to s ...

Can PEPE make a comeback? Traders, analysts and Pepe maxis weigh in

The biggest new memecoin of 2023, Pepe (PEPE) suffered one of the worst possible fates that can befall a new crypto asset; a partial rug pull — after its anonymous developers abruptly sold nearly $16 million worth of the token on Aug. 24. The official Pepe X (formerly known as T ...

Price analysis 8/30: BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, ADA, DOGE, SOL, TON, DOT, MATIC

Bitcoin (BTC) led the cryptocurrency markets higher on Aug. 29 following Grayscale’s victory in the lawsuit against the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. However, the rally could not be sustained as analysts cautioned that the victory did not guarantee the approval of a spot Bitco ...

Sensitive data leaked in Kroll cybersecurity breach — Report

It appears that a data breach involving FTX bankruptcy claims agent Kroll has resulted in the leak of sensitive information, contrary to earlier reports. In an alleged Kroll Q&A Summary published on Aug. 30, FTX users' email addresses, mailing addresses, account numbers, unique ba ...

Judge dismisses class-action suit against Uniswap over token scam losses

The United States District Court of Southern New York has dismissed a class-action suit against Uniswap Labs, its CEO, foundation and venture capital backers brought by plaintiffs who claimed they lost money due to scam tokens on the decentralized cryptocurrency exchange. Judge Katherine Polk Fai ...

76% of Vietnamese crypto holders invest based on referrals — Report

Over three-quarters of Vietnamese crypto holders make investment decisions through friends' referrals.That's according to an Aug. 30 report by Vietnamese venture capital firms Kyros Ventures and Coin68, alongside Animoca Brands. In the 3,300-participant survey, 75.5% of participants admitt ...

Crypto donations fund fire relief efforts on Maui

Relief efforts are still underway on the Hawaiian island of Maui following a series of wildfires severely damaging major areas including Lahaina.All Hands and Hearts, a disaster relief organization, has been collecting cryptocurrency and fiat donations to assist local Maui residents in the ...

Coinbase stock surges after favorable federal ruling for Grayscale

Coinbase's stock experienced a significant surge on Aug. 29 after reports emerged that a federal judge had ruled in favor of Grayscale in their SEC legal dispute.In the final moments of the trading session on Tuesday, Aug.29, the value of COIN stood at $85.13 per share, marking an increase ...

Will Evergrande’s collapse have a silver lining for crypto?

On the latest episode of The Market Report, Cointelegraph analyst Marcel Pechman delves into Grayscale’s victory against the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Even though there’s still no decision regarding the firm’s application for a spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund, ...

Nigeria’s Patricia crypto exchange seeks to explain its token amid confusion

The announcement of Patricia Token (PTK) by Nigerian crypto exchange Patricia was greeted by users with scepticism and some suspicion, as they took to social media to question the motives behind the move. Now, in a response to that reaction, the crypto exchange company has released a white p ...

South Korean parliament rejects motion to expel lawmaker over crypto scandal

South Korea’s parliamentary ethics subcommittee has voted down a motion to expel Kim Nam-kuk, a former member of the main opposition Democratic Party.A parliamentary ethics subcommittee of South Korea has voted down a motion to expel Kim Nam-kuk, a former member of the main opposition Demo ...

Elon Musk’s X moves closer to crypto payments with new state license

Rhode Island’s regulators have granted X (Twitter) a currency transmitter license marking a step forward for the company’s foray into the financial services sector. The license is legally required for companies conducting financial activities on behalf of users related to sending and ...

Chinese gov’t fires up the printer — How will it impact Bitcoin price?

News headlines have recently covered how China's struggling economy poses significant risk to global growth. Economic activity and the flow of credit in the region are weakening and analysts are not convinced that the Chinese government’s interventions are a sufficient fix for what appear to be s ...

Researchers develop Crypto Literacy Scale to measure consumer financial awareness

A trio of researchers from the University of Cincinnati recently developed a Crypto Literacy Scale (CLS) to help standardize and measure economic and financial knowledge as it relates to consumer and policy-maker understanding of cryptocurrencies and related technology.The team’s research ...

Reshaping real world assets with tokenization and original Ethereum’s vision: AMA with Mattereum

"I'm pretty disappointed with the way Ethereum has gone since its launch," said Vinay Gupta, founder of Mattereum and former coordinator of Ethereum's initial release, during Cointelegraph's AMA session. "The idea was that we could use blockchain to govern infrastructure in the real world. ...

Breaking: Grayscale wins SEC lawsuit

Crypto asset manager Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) has scored a major victory against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in its efforts to convert its over-the-counter GBTC application into a listed Bitcoin ETF.According to August 29 court filings, U.S. Court of Appeals Circuit J ...

FTX Temporarily Suspends Accounts Following Kroll Cybersecurity Breach

Following the recent Kroll cybersecurity breach, FTX Derivatives Exchange, a financially distressed cryptocurrency trading company, has opted to temporarily suspend accounts of impacted users accessing its claims portal. FTX's decision which was posted on X (formerly known as Twitter) was underta ...

Hashdex Enters Competition for Bitcoin ETF Spot with Unique Approach

Hashdex, a crypto asset management company, has joined the competition for a spot Bitcoin (BTC) ETF in the United States. The firm, known for its global leadership in crypto asset management, has submitted an application to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a Bitcoin futures E ...

Analyzing Bitcoin’s Correlation with Various Asset Types

The financial media often points out Bitcoin’s (BTC) correlation to Big Tech. “Bitcoin is trading like a tech stock” is a common narrative alongside BTC’s often acute inverse relationship with the United States dollar. But are these correlations set in stone, and can they help predict future pric ...

Binance.US Partners with MoonPay to Enable USDT Transactions on Crypto Platform

Two months after becoming a crypto-only platform, Binance.US has announced a new partnership with crypto payments firm MoonPay to allow users to buy the U.S. dollar-pegged stablecoin Tether (USDT) to use on its platform. The crypto exchange announced on Aug. 22 that USDT was being adopted as the ...

Friend.tech Disputes ‘Leaked’ Data Claims, Clarifies Source of Information

The team behind the viral decentralized social media platform Friend.tech has refuted a report that claimed that the personal information of more than 100,000 of its users was “leaked.” The now-amended report, first posted by The Block, suggested that data posted by Banteg, a pseudonymous develop ...

Coin Center’s Recommendations for US Crypto Tax Legislation

Cryptocurrency advocacy group Coin Center has provided suggestions for United States lawmakers to consider in potential legislation related to taxation of digital assets. In an Aug. 21 letter to Senators Ron Wyden and Mike Crapo, Coin Center pointed to the Virtual Currency Tax Fairness Act — a bi ...

Crypto Industry Update: Binance’s Closure, Prime Trust’s Bankruptcy, BitGo’s Funding, and PayPal’s Hub

It’s been another week of mixed developments in the crypto industry, with established players winding down operations while newcomers introduce new crypto features and services. Binance’s buy-and-sell crypto arm was shut down on Aug.16, with the crypto exchange remaining under widespread regulato ...

Weekly DeFi Recap: Reimbursements, Exploits, and Optimistic Milestones

Welcome to Finance Redefined, your weekly dose of essential decentralized finance (DeFi) insights — a newsletter crafted to bring you the most significant developments from the past week. Over two weeks after Curve Finance’s multiple pool exploits, the DeFi protocol has assured the hack victims t ...

FTX Founder Seeks Court Permission for Collaborative Defense Preparation

Seven days following the Department of Justice's bail revocation for disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried, he is now seeking permission to spend five weekdays outside to collaborate with his legal team on his defense case. According to a letter sent to US District Judge Lewis Kaplan on Fri ...

Ben McKenzie Advocates Treating Cryptocurrencies as Securities for Enhanced Investor Protection

American actor Ben McKenzie and co-author of "Easy Money: Cryptocurrency, Casino Capitalism and the Golden Age of Fraud" believes cryptocurrencies should be recognized as securities. Ben Mckenzie, known for his prominent role in the movie "Lonely Hearts," said the lack of regulation of cryptocurr ...

Price analysis 8/14: SPX, DXY, BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, ADA, DOGE, SOL, MATIC

Bitcoin has been stuck inside a tight range in August. Glassnode lead on-chain analyst Checkmate highlighted that the spread between the upper and lower Bollinger Bands for Bitcoin has shrunk to 2.9%, its third-tightest ever. Typically, periods of low volatility are followed by a ...

Bitcoin Frontier Fund launches accelerator program for Ordinals startups

The Bitcoin Frontier Fund, formerly Stacks Ventures, launched what it’s calling the first Bitcoin Ordinals accelerator program on Aug. 14.Program InformationThis program is led by VC ...

Machi Big Brother withdraws defamation lawsuit against ZachXBT

Taiwanese music celebrity Jeffrey Huang, also known as "Machi Big Brother," has withdrawn a defamation lawsuit against internet sleuth ZachXBT.In a bilateral announcement dated Aug. 14, Machi Big Brother said "Zach has many times in the past been of great service to the crypto community an ...

Chinese man sentenced to 9 months in prison for buying $13K in USDT

An individual, identified only as “Mr. Chen,” has been convicted by the Fuzhou Mawei People’s Procuratorate on charges of “offense of concealment and concealment of crime” for purchasing 94,988 Chinese yuan ($13,067) worth of Tether (USDT) for an acquaintance.According to local news report ...

Weekend Wrap: Uniswap dev sacked for alleged rug, Steadefi hacker goes mixing and more

Uniswap dev loses job, was it worth it? A Uniswap developer known as “AzFlin” has been sacked by the founder of Uniswap Labs, Hayden Adams, for allegedly creating a memecoin and rug pulling it a few hours later for 14 wrapped-Ether (wETH), worth $25,800. It is understood ...

This scenario could see Gensler replaced by SEC’s Crypto Mom: Former SEC official

The United States’ securities regulator could completely u-turn its approach to crypto enforcement, depending on a key election in the United States in 2024, according to former SEC official John Reed Stark.In an Aug. 13 tweet, the former SEC Office of Internet Enforcement chief pred ...

An ETF will bring a revolution for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies

But not everyone’s on board with the crypto ETF train. Critics argue that Bitcoin-linked ETFs could be even worse than centralized exchanges for the crypto market. Their main beef? There’s zero possibility of withdrawing the underlying instrument. This means the holders are never able to take adv ...

Bitcoin’s sideways price action leads traders to focus on SHIB, UNI, MKR and XDC

Bitcoin (BTC) is on track to form two successive Doji candlestick patterns on the weekly charts but a positive sign is that the price is sustaining above the 20-week exponential moving average ($28,072). This suggests that the bulls have not lost their grip.Popular pseudonymous trader Tech ...

Voyager’s token transfer to Coinbase sparks sell-off suspicions

Bankrupt cryptocurrency lender Voyager Digital transferred 1,500 Ether (ETH), worth around $2.77 million and an additional 250 billion Shiba Inu (SHIB), worth roughly $2.7 million, to crypto exchange Coinbase on Aug.11, according to Etherscan.The motive behind the transactions has triggere ...

Legal scholars file amicus brief in support of Coinbase

A group of six legal scholars specializing in securities law and related fields submitted an amicus brief in favor of crypto exchange Coinbase in its ongoing legal battle against the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).An amicus brief is a document filed in court by ...

CFTC charges residents of Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas for crypto fraud

Legal proceedings have been initiated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) against individuals and their organization, Fundsz, citing their involvement in a deceptive scheme concerning cryptocurrencies and precious metals trading.Rene Larralde from Melbourne, Florida, Juan Pa ...

Curve Finance vows to reimburse users after $62M hack

Decentralized finance (DeFi) platform Curve Finance has officially stated its intention to reimburse users impacted by the recent hack resulting in $62 million of losses. According to an X (formerly Twitter) post from its official account, ongoing investigations are yielding prog ...

Scientists used AI to find and track 95K ‘cryptocurrency free giveaway’ scams on Twitter

Researchers from San Diego State University in California developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system to identify, track and expose free cryptocurrency giveaway scams on X (formerly Twitter). Called GiveawayScamHunter, the automated system discovered 95,111 scam lists between Jun ...

Price analysis 8/11: BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, DOGE, ADA, SOL, MATIC, LTC, DOT

Bitcoin continues to frustrate investors with its tight-range consolidation, giving no clue about the possible direction of a breakout. Typically, the longer the range, the stronger the eventual breakout from it. Therefore, traders should be on their toes to latch on to the breakout when it ...

US gov’t debt downgraded — Huge news for Bitcoin?

On this week’s episode of Macro Markets, Cointelegraph analyst and writer Marcel Pechman explores the United States debt downgrade by Fitch Ratings. According to Pechman, this change signaled diminished confidence in the U.S. government’s ability to handle its fiscal responsibilities.The d ...

Bitdeer’s losses widen in Q2 after one-time $33M listing fee, shares up 44%

Bitcoin miner Bitdeer Technologies, a firm spun-off from prominent Bitcoin Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) manufacturer Bitmain, recorded a net loss of $40.4 million in Q2 2023, up from a net loss of $15.6 million in Q2 2022.The company disclosed in its earnings report publi ...

Bitcoin futures open interest at 2023 high while BTC trading volume at yearly low — What gives?

Bitcoin (BTC) traders are currently not pleased with the recent price trends, especially due to the inability of its price to surpass the $30,500 mark over the last four weeks. This frustration is compounded by the fact that several requests for spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are eithe ...

FC Barcelona secures $132M investment for blockchain and NFT venture

Spanish soccer club FC Barcelona has secured a 120 million euro ($132 million) investment from Libero Football Finance AG and Nipa Capital B.V. for its Web3 initiative, Barça Vision.According to the Aug. 11 announcement, FC Barcelona sold a 29.5% stake in Bridgeburg Invest, the hold ...

Bitcoin Lightning Network is growing, but 3 major challenges remain

The Lightning Network is a layer-2 solution built on top of the Bitcoin blockchain, and its primary objective is to address the Bitcoin network’s scalability issues. It also allows for faster and cheaper transactions by facilitating off-chain payments through a network of payment channels.&n ...

Binance drops majority of USD Coin reserves — Latest USDC news

In the most recent episode of The Market Report, analyst and writer Marcel Pechman delves into the topic of crypto exchange Binance’s proof-of-reserves. This report reveals a significant decline in USD Coin (USDC) balances, plummeting from $3.4 billion on March 1 to a mere $23.9 million by May 1. ...

Maple Finance secures SEC exemption for on-chain Treasury pools

Blockchain institutional capital marketplace Maple Finance has secured an exemption from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission to offer its one-month U.S. Treasury yields to accredited investors in the United States.Before the Aug. 9 announcement, the Maple Finance Treasury ...

Another Fantom project winds down citing Multichain exposure

SpiritSwap, a decentralized exchange (DEX) built on smart contract platform Fantom, will wind down operations starting Sept. 1, citing exposure to troubled Chinese cross-chain protocol Multichain.In the Aug. 9 announcement via Discord, developers revealed that the Multichain hack left Spir ...

Bitstamp to suspend trading of major altcoins for US users

Cryptocurrency exchange Bitstamp will suspend trading of Axie Infinity (AXS), Chiliz (CHZ), Decentraland (MANA), Polygon (MATIC), Near (NEAR), Sandbox (SAND) and Solana (SOL) for customers residing in the United States beginning Aug. 29.According to the Aug. 8 announcement, trading of the ...

CPI report may show uptick in US inflation — How will Bitcoin price react?

The S&P 500 index is currently trading only 6% below its all-time high, which was reached in January 202. Traditionally, such a situation would be seen as a bullish sign for risk-on assets, including commodities and cryptocurrencies, but this time, it appears that investors have been using th ...

Reddit community tokens soar on Kraken listing

Moons and Brick, two tokens created by users of social media platform Reddit, are up 48% and 443%, respectively, in the past week after being listed on cryptocurrency exchange Kraken.In an Aug. 7 announcement, Kraken announced the listing of Moons (MOON) and Brick (BRICK) fo ...

Coinbase begins $150M debt buyback at 36% discount

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase will begin buying back up to $150 million of its 2031 senior notes for 64.5 cents on the dollar, a discount of 35.5%.According to the Aug. 7 announcement, the tender offer will last until Sept. 1, with an early premium of three cents on the dollar on top of ...

PayPal stablecoin launch sparks wave of fake PYUSD tokens

Less than 16 hours have passed since the launch of PayPal’s new stablecoin (PYUSD), and opportunists, degens and potential scammers are already attempting to cash in on the hype with their own copycat tokens.According to data from decentralized exchange scanner DexScreener, nearly 30 ...

BlackRock’s misguided effort to create ‘Crypto for Dummies’

BlackRock, a multinational investment company, shocked many in the cryptocurrency industry in June when it filed an application for an exchange-traded fund (ETF), the iShares Bitcoin Trust. It’s seeking to overcome 10-year-long opposition from United States regulators to cryptocurrency ETFs ...

Buffett and Ackman take opposing sides on Treasury yields — What does it mean for Bitcoin?

Warren Buffett and Bill Ackman are two of the most successful investors in the world, but they have taken opposing views on the bond market in recent months.Only one can be right. Billionaire investor Bill Ackman says he is shorting US ...

Telegram crypto bots gain momentum in the market: Binance Research

Telegram bots have been increasingly emerging as a new tool to get exposure to cryptocurrency markets and a number of related services.The cumulative crypto trading volume associated with Telegram bots exceeded $190 million as of early August 2023, according to a new report by Binance’s re ...

Breaking: PayPal launches PYUSD stablecoin for payment

American financial technology company PayPal launched a new stablecoin called PayPal USD (PYUSD) on Aug. 7.  The U.S. dollar-pegged stablecoin will be issued by Paxos Trust Co. and fully backed by U.S. dollar deposits, short-term Treasurys and similar cash equivalents. It’s ...

CoinGecko now has an index for crypto tokens alleged as securities

CoinGecko launched a new index tracking the biggest crypto tokens viewed as likely securities by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The "Top Alleged Securities Coins" page sorts the selection of crypto assets by market capitalization, placing BNB (BNB) at the top of ...

SHIB, UNI, OKB and HBAR flash bullish signs as Bitcoin volatility hits record low

Bitcoin (BTC) continued its boring price action over the weekend, indicating that the bulls and the bears are not waging large bets as they are uncertain about the next directional move. Nevertheless, traders should continue to keep a close watch because a period of consolidation is usually follo ...

XRP price disappoints after court ruling, Deaton remains optimistic

Despite a brief rally, the XRP (XRP) price did not reach anticipated levels after a recent favorable court ruling for the token. Among those with ambitious price targets for the cryptocurrency is pro-XRP lawyer John Deaton.Deaton addressed a post from a user named Moon Lambo on X (formerly ...

CDC report underscores importance of Judge’s verdict in Ripple case

The Chamber of Digital Commerce (CDC), an American advocacy organization, on August 1, unveiled a comprehensive "impact and analysis" report on the SEC's lawsuit against Ripple. The report scrutinizes the case's verdict, highlighting its profound implications for the crypto industry's future. ...

No crypto plans for X: Elon Musk debunks scam token claims

Elon Musk has stated that his social media platform X (formerly Twitter) has no plans to launch crypto tokens in response to a post regarding questionable X and Twitter-based digital currencies on Saturday, Aug. 5.In response to a post by DogeDesigner, Musk addressed the issue of scam toke ...

CBDC supporter likely in White House next term, crypto divide not red v. blue: Grayscale

The next president of the United States is likely to be in favor of central bank digital currency (CBDC), crypto asset manager Grayscale observed in a post on its website, as the current frontrunners in both political parties have expressed their support for it. Neither seems to like Bitcoin. ...

Coinbase earnings show the company is now much more than just an exchange

Coinbase, a leading U.S. cryptocurrency exchange, shared its second-quarter results on Aug. 3. Despite showing a net loss, some positives emerged, like a 13% cut in operating expenses from the last quarter and a 3% boost in its cash reserves to $5.5 billion. Coinbase key financial metric ...

Korean superconductor LK-99 joins memecoin craze

Last month, a team of South Korean scientists claimed to have engineered a superconducting material, dubbed LK-99, that works under ambient temperature and pressure. In layman’s terms, the team allegedly created a material allowing electrical currents to flow without resistance or energy lo ...

Germany is dragging Europe’s economy down — and that’s great for crypto

In the latest episode of Macro Markets, Cointelegraph analyst Marcel Pechman discusses the recession in Germany, Europe’s largest economy. According to a recent headline in The Wall Street Journal, “Germany is dragging down Europe’s economy.“ The article explains how the country heavily depends o ...

Curve hacker behind $61M heist begins returning funds

The attacker behind the $61 million July 30 Curve Finance attack has returned 4,820.55 Alchemix ETH (alETH), worth approximately $8,889,118, to the Alchemix Finance team and 1 ETH, approximately $1,844, to the Curve Finance team. The Alchemix Finance protocol alETH-ETH pool on Curve is one of the ...

Block posts 34% increase in Bitcoin revenue in Q2 but shares stumble

Shares in payment technology firm Block Inc. tumbled after hours despite its second-quarter results beating earnings expectations, including a 34% year-on-year increase in Bitcoin (BTC) revenue.In a Q2 earnings call, Block reported a whopping $2.4 billion in Bitcoin sales on its Cash App p ...

Worldcoin: Should you let Sam Altman scan your eyeballs for WLD?

OpenAI founder Sam Altman launched Worldcoin in July, a cryptocurrency token offered to people willing to share their biometric data by scanning their eyeballs with an Orb, seeking to link real-world identity with decentralized blockchain identity. Many aspects of the project embody the dystopian ...

The Sandbox implements KYC measures for protocol staking

Metaverse platform The Sandbox will require Know Your Customer (KYC) verification for its staking processes, according to an Aug. 3 announcement. The announcement stated that only verified users could deposit The Sandbox (SAND) tokens, which are native to the platform, and claim staki ...

Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders urge closure of ‘$50 billion crypto tax gap’

A number of United States’ lawmakers have urged the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Treasury to speed up the closure of tax loopholes being exploited by “crypto tax evaders.”In an Aug. 1 letter, Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Bob Casey and Richard Blumenthal w ...

Robinhood turns profitable in Q2, but crypto revenue declines

Robinhood released its second-quarter results, achieving profitability for the first time since becoming a public company, despite a drop in revenue in the second quarter of 2023. According to its quarterly report released on Aug. 2, Robinhood’s revenue from cryptocurrency transaction ...

Price analysis 8/2: BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, DOGE, ADA, SOL, MATIC, LTC, DOT

Ratings agency Fitch downgraded the United States’ long-term credit rating from AAA to AA+ on Aug. 1 and this move dented the risk on sentiment. The U.S. equities markets witnessed profit-booking on Aug. 2 and the cryptocurrency market’s recovery stalled in its tracks.However, after the kn ...

KuCoin suspends Bitcoin and Litecoin mining pools

KuCoin's Bitcoin (BTC) and Litecoin (LTC) mining pools will be suspended from 16:00:00 on Aug. 15, 2023 (UTC) until further notice. The exchange said the decision was "in line with KuCoin's evolving business strategy" but didn't elaborate further. It's unclear if the decision is relat ...

Saylor’s MicroStrategy plans $750M stock sale, possibly buying more Bitcoin

United States-based software development company MicroStrategy is planning to raise up to $750 million via a stock sale and says it may use the proceeds to buy more Bitcoin (BTC). In a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission on Aug. 1, MicroStrategy announced it has entered i ...

MicroStrategy returns to profit and now owns $4.4B worth of Bitcoin

Business intelligence firm MicroStrategy — one of the largest corporate holders of Bitcoin (BTC) in the United States — managed to return to profitability in the second quarter amid a surge in the price of Bitcoin.In a Q2 earnings results filing posted on Aug. 1, MicroStrategy ...

GameStop will stop support for its crypto wallets, citing ‘regulatory uncertainty’

Gaming retail company GameStop has announced it will remove its digital wallets from the market starting in November, citing “regulatory uncertainty of the crypto space.”In a notice posted to its website, GameStop said iOS and Chrome Extension wallets will no longer be available starting o ...

Voyager customers targeted by scammers during 30-day withdrawal period: Report

Scammers set their sights on Voyager Digital customers during the month-long window when they were able to withdraw some portion of their funds from the bankrupt crypto brokerage, Bloomberg reported, citing Darren Azman, a lawyer for the firm. Law enforcement has been notified of the situation, h ...

Curve liquidation risk poses systemic threat to DeFi even as founder scurries to repay loans

On July 30, Curve Finance, a decentralized exchange on Ethereum, suffered a hack due to a vulnerability in certain pools built using the Vyper programming language.The price of Curve DAO (CRV) dropped 20.91% on the day of the hack, falling to a two-month low of $0.58. The next day, ...

Bitcoin investor sentiment slumps to a new low, even as macro and equities show improvement

Bitcoin (BTC) surpassed the $30,000 resistance on June 21, or 40 days ago, after a notable 19.5% gain in a week. Since then, it has been moving within a range filled with occasional moderate corrections and BTC price trades near $29,300. While these consolidation periods are common in traditional ...

US defense bill may be ‘problematic’ for USDC and stablecoins: Analysts

Circle’s USD Coin (USDC) and other stablecoins could potentially face a compliance nightmare if a new national defense bill that passed in the United States Senate makes it all the way.In a July 31 investment note seen by Cointelegraph, Berenberg analyst Mark Palmer explained that a recent ...

Crypto market loses $486M in July, most since 2022: Report

The cryptocurrency market is having its worst month of 2023, according to a report from Web3 outlet De.Fi shared with Cointelegraph. Losses for July totaled $486 million, more than six times the total from 2022:Cryptocurrency losses comparing July 2022 and July 2023. Source: De.FiTh ...

Price analysis 7/31: SPX, DXY, BTC, ETH, XRP, BNB, ADA, DOGE, SOL, LTC

The S&P 500 Index (SPX) continued its march toward its all-time high with a 3% gain in July. Signs of receding inflationary pressures and expectations of an end to the Federal Reserve’s tightening cycle are the factors that boosted risk-on sentiment.However, this bullish mood did not b ...

Decentralizing DCA: This exhange offers gas-free dollar-cost averaging

Cryptocurrencies attract a lot of investors due to their high volatility, but this also poses a significant challenge. The most difficult part of investing in crypto is finding the best time to enter the market. Ideally, the plan would be to buy low and sell high, but the extreme volatilit ...

Memecoin mania hits Base: Obscure tokens skyrocket amid rug pulls and FOMO

Memecoin madness has arrived on Coinbase’s Ethereum layer-2 scaling solution Base, bringing with it everything from remarkable shitcoin surges to classic token rug pulls.On July 30, memecoin traders were snapping up a suite of questionable tokens on Base, with one Brian Armstrong-the ...

Ethereum is about to get crushed by liquid staking tokens

Before we know it, liquid staking tokens (LSTs) are going to replace Ethereum’s native cryptocurrency, Ether (ETH). The LST market is already worth approximately $17 billion, and it has grown continuously since Ethereum’s Merge.While LSTs are just beginning to hit their stride, their advan ...

DOGE, MKR, OP and XDC gather strength as Bitcoin price remains range-bound

Bitcoin (BTC) has been stuck in a narrow range for the past several days. A minor positive is that the range has formed near the recent local high. This suggests that the bulls are not rushing to the exit as they anticipate another leg higher.Bitcoin’s consolidation has pulled its market d ...

Pro-XRP lawyer claims SEC prioritizes corporate capitalism over investors

Pro-XRP lawyer, John Deaton, has said that the actions taken by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against the crypto industry are driven by a broader motive to safeguard corporate capitalism rather than prioritizing the protection of investors.Deaton highlighted wh ...

DOJ wants SBF’s bail revoked over witness tampering, diary leak allegations

According to a July 28 court filing, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking the revocation of Sam Bankman-Fried’s (SBF) bail, accusing him of attempting to tamper with witnesses and leaking Caroline Ellison’s diary to The New York Times.The DOJ notes that SBF was released ...

Price analysis 7/29: BTC, ETH, XRP, BNB, ADA, SOL, DOGE, MATIC, LTC, DOT

The 25 basis point rate hike by the Federal Reserve on July 26 and the subsequent commentary by Fed Chair Jerome Powell failed to catapult Bitcoin (BTC) out of its range. This suggests that the event did not have any surprises and the outcome was already priced in by the markets.The crypto ...

X’s ad revenue sharing: Crypto payments on the horizon?

Following the announcement of X’s (formerly Twitter) ads revenue sharing initiative, crypto exchange Kraken proposed the possibility of accepting payments in Bitcoin (BTC).The X community responded positively to the tweet, praising the suggestion as a welcome idea. VJ Crypto Gue ...

Lawmakers probe Apple’s App Store policies on blockchain, NFTs

United States Representatives Gus Bilirakis and Jan Schakowsky penned a formal letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook about concerns related to the California-based company’s App Store, and the potential effect of its guidelines on emerging technologies like blockchain and nonfungible tokens (NFTs). ...

SEC, Binance unite against Eeon’s lawsuit intervention

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Binance have submitted responses regarding the entity “Eeon,” which has sought to intervene on behalf of customers in the SEC’s case against the crypto exchange.According to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, ...

Worldcoin releases audit reports showing resolved security issues

Proof of humanity protocol Worldcoin released its audit reports on July 28 as criticism of its data collection practices continues to mount. The new reports were conducted by security consulting firms Nethermind and Least Authority. According to an accompanying announcement from World ...

Seda co-founders discuss intersection of oracles and multichain

The year 2022 was not a very good year for Cosmos and its vision of inter-blockchain communications (IBC). The collapse of the Terra Luna ecosystem (the biggest protocol on Cosmos at the time), tension between co-founders and a fall in the token’s price all cast a shadow on its future prosp ...

The Agenda podcast chats with Energy Web on how to fight climate change with the help of blockchain

This summer, parts of the United States are wilting under a multimonth stretch of sweltering heat, and data suggests that summer temperatures will continue to creep up in the coming years. The planet is on what seems to be a pretty clear path to soon reaching 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming for th ...

Here’s how big food and beverage brands are using NFTs: Report

Nonfungible token (NFT) adoption is picking up steam across the food and beverage industry, with many fast-food chains showing interest in the asset class.A report by Research and Markets predicts that the global food and beverage NFT market size is expected to exceed $2 billion by 20 ...

Elon’s ‘not afraid of blowing things up’ — ex-Twitter exec on working under Musk

A former product director at Twitter, now X, has shed new light into the once inner workings of the social media firm, along with some of the peculiarities that come with working under entrepreneur Elon Musk. In a lengthy 2,400-word tweet and accompanying video, Crawford described the ...

Pro-XRP lawyer Jeremy Hogan’s scam tweet bonanza finally falls silent

The recent flood of scam tweets on pro-XRP lawyer Jeremy Hogan’s hacked account has finally dried up after nearly four days.Since July 24, the XRP community has been diligently warning others and tagging Twitter’s support after they noticed Hogan’s account tweeting malici ...

Bitcoin traders put eyes on $31K even as $2B in BTC options expire on Friday

The upcoming $2 billion Bitcoin (BTC) monthly options expiry on July 28 could potentially establish $29,500 as a support level. Some argue that the recent United States Federal Reserve interest rate increase to 5.25% had a detrimental effect on risk-on assets like cryptocurrencies. However, Bitco ...

‘Pro-crypto bill’ passes out of US House Agriculture Committee

Tact was pervasive in the United States House of Representatives Agricultural Committee’s consideration of the Financial Innovation and Technology for the 21st Century Act on July 27. With many references to bipartisanship and self-congratulatory mentions of the members’ cooperation a ...

How can Web3 bring financial freedom closer to reality for freelancers across the globe?

For many in the global workforce, the 9-to-5 workday is outdated. After a lengthy commute to work, which for some may be three hours each day, many find that upon returning home, they are too exhausted to enjoy their lives, leaving them in a vicious working cycle. Fortunately, with more co ...

99-year-old Hungarian artist’s computer-generated NFTs sold for $1.2M

Computer-generated nonfungible tokens (NFTs) created by Hungarian artist Vera Molnár in collaboration with Martin Grasser sold out in less than one hour during Sotheby’s Dutch auction for a total of 631 Ether (ETH), or around $1.2 million.Molnár’s Themes and Variations #1 sold for 19.84 ETH. ...

Nexo joins sanctions association as regulatory scrutiny increases

As regulatory scrutiny continues to circle the wider Web3 ecosystem, cryptocurrency lending platform Nexo will look to leverage training resources, connections and data by joining the Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists (ACSS).The association offers training and certification fo ...

UFO hearing: Crypto degens spare no time crafting 50 alien shitcoins

Crypto degens have been quick to try and capitalize on a widely-watched hearing where former United States government officials have claimed the existence of alien spacecraft and “biologics."Testifying under oath at the House Oversight Subcommittee on National Security, David Grusch, ...

Robert Kennedy Jr. reveals buying 2 Bitcoin for each of his 7 children

Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has confirmed he purchased a significant amount of Bitcoin (BTC) earlier this year — buying two BTC for each of his seven children.Speaking in a July 26 Twitter Space, Kennedy said the decision came after he received “a lo ...

Crypto payment gateway CoinsPaid suspects Lazarus Group in $37M hack

Cryptocurrency payments platform CoinsPaid has pointed the finger at North Korean state-backed Lazarus Group as being behind the hacking of its internal systems, which allowed them to steal $37.3 million on July 22.“We suspect Lazarus Group, one of the most powerful hacker organisati ...

ERC-20 inventor discusses origins, new blockchains, BRC-20 and more

In 2018, Ethereum lead developer Fabian Vogelsteller contacted the community for a new standard for smart contracts he created alongside co-founder Vitalik Buterin. Dubbed ERC-20, Vogelsteller, at the time, only wished for input regarding the novel idea. Little did he know that ERC-20 would ignit ...

Canada proposes new capital rules for crypto holdings

Canada’s financial watchdog is proposing changes to its capital and liquidity approach to crypto assets, according to an announcement on July 26. According to the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), the proposed rules will simplify institutions’ approach to ...

Ethereum death cross threatens more downside as ETH price trades at a key support level

Ether price is down today, and several data points are beginning to suggest that further downside could be in store. On July 24, Ethereum (ETH) experienced a drop close to its monthly low, reaching $1,825, amid Bitcoin's negative price action, as uncertainty loomed over macroeconomic ...

Era Lend on zkSync exploited for $3.4M in reentrancy attack

Lending app Era Lend on zkSync has been exploited for $3.4 million worth of crypto, according to a July 25 report from blockchain security firm CertiK. The attacker used a “read-only reentrancy attack” to drain the funds, which is a type of attack that interrupts a multi-step process ...

Solana game developer Automata announces mass layoffs

Solana game developer Automata (ATMTA) will undergo “a significant headcount reduction” to preserve its ability to develop Star Atlas. After the restructuring, the Automata team will comprise just 45 staff, compared to 235 in late 2022.According to the July 24 announcement on Discord, Mich ...

Connext, Alchemix launch cross-chain token standard to reduce bridge exploit losses

The Connext cross-chain bridging protocol has announced a new token standard to reduce losses from bridge hacks. According to a July 24 announcement, the new “xERC-20” standard allows token issuers to maintain a list of official bridges and control how many tokens can be minted by eac ...

Worldcoin launch raises eyebrows as WLD price notches a double-digit gain

Worldcoin (WLD), the native token of the “privacy-preserving digital identity (World ID)” project founded by OpenAI co-founder Sam Altman, soared after listing on major crypto exchanges on July 24. At the time of writing, WLD trades at $2.22, reflecting a 33% gain on the d ...

Price analysis 7/24: SPX, DXY, BTC, ETH, XRP, BNB, ADA, DOGE, SOL, MATIC

Bitcoin plunged to $29,000 on July 24, signaling that bears are trying to seize control. It looks like the failure to hold on to the higher levels may have tempted short-term bulls to book profits and aggressive bears to initiate short positions.Although the near term looks bearish, l ...

Web3 has permanently changed how marketing works

My journey into Web3 marketing officially began when I joined ConsenSys as chief marketing officer in 2016, where I built the first Web3 marketing team and helped bring Ethereum as well as the ConsenSys brand and many early Ethereum-based tools and applications to market. During my time at ...

Crypto lender Delio warns normal operations in jeopardy after asset seizures

South Korean crypto lending firm Delio has reportedly raised concerns over whether it can continue to provide normal services to clients after having its assets seized by a local financial regulator. In a July 22 blog post translated from Korean, Delio said an ongoing legal battle wit ...

Bitcoin’s dull price action ignites buying interest in LINK, FIL, SNX and THETA

Bitcoin (BTC) is struggling to rise above the overhead resistance at $31,000 but a minor positive is that the bulls have not allowed the price to dive below the $29,500 support. This suggests that a catalyst may be needed for the price to break out from its range.On the macroeconomic front ...

Nigerian central bank adds NFC upgrade to eNaira for contactless payments

Despite the former governor’s ousting nearly two months ago, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) continues to be committed to its central bank digital currency (CBDC) project, showing no indications of abandoning it.According to a report by local news outlet The Sun, the central bank recentl ...

SEC’s appeal won’t be a setback for XRP holders – Pro XRP lawyer

Amidst speculations that a potential appeal by the US SEC could negatively impact the crypto market, Pro-XRP lawyer, Attorney John Deaton has made it clear that even in the event of an appeal by the agency, it would not significantly affect XRP holders.After the judge's ruling stating that ...

What is the difference between DApps and protocols?

In recent years, the rise of blockchain technology has paved the way for groundbreaking innovations in the realm of decentralized systems. Among the revolutionary concepts are decentralized applications (DApps) and protocols. While both are integral components of the decentralized ecosystem, they ...

Nigerian social payments app shuts down crypto exchange services

Nigerian social payments app Bundle has announced it is shutting down its crypto exchange arm. According to the July 20 statement released on the company blog, Bundle said that it would cease operations of its exchange services as part of the shareholders’ decision to restructure the ...

Price analysis 7/21: BTC, ETH, XRP, BNB, ADA, SOL, DOGE, MATIC, LTC, DOT

Bitcoin continues to test investors’ patience, as it remains stuck inside a tight range. Although the near term is boring, traders need to be on their toes because narrow ranges are generally followed by a sharp increase in volatility. The only problem is that it is difficult to predict the ...

XRP price searches for a fresh bullish catalyst to trigger a move above $1

XRP's price booked an incredible 100% gain on the same day as the landmark ruling in the XRP securities case, but buyers are now struggling to hold on to these gains. The price surge came after Judge Analisa Torres of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New Y ...

Hybrid future: Unleashing the potential of DeFi and neobanking convergence

As people become accustomed to traditional, online-only banking, crypto innovators are building decentralized solutions that could radically change everyday finance.A quick Google search of the term “neobank” will bring up the 2007–2009 crisis for a good reason. In the aftermath of ...

Canadian police warn crypto investors on growing home robbery trend

A Canadian police department has issued a public warning of a possible trend where high-value cryptocurrency investors are being robbed in their own homes.On July 19, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Richmond, a city south of Vancouver, said several similar robberies involving c ...

Coin Center and Blockchain Association slam ‘unworkable’ US Senate DeFi bill

Crypto industry advocacy bodies have slammed a newly proposed United States Senate bill for what they say is a confused approach to regulating the decentralized finance (DeFi) sector.On July 20, crypto think tank Coin Center and crypto advocacy group the Blockchain Association released sep ...

US House Republican committee members introduce joint digital assets bill

A bill to create a regulatory framework for digital assets has been introduced by Republican members of the Agriculture and Financial Services Committees of the United States House, the result of several months of joint effort by the two committees.The 212-page bill — called the Fin ...

Can AI tools like ChatGPT replace dedicated crypto trading bots?

As Twitter, Instagram and TikTok users scroll through their feeds, reels and stories, compelling posts can catch their eye. Many of these posts claim that ChatGPT can turn anyone into a trading genius if offered the right prompts. Curiosity piqued, users are diving deeper into ChatGPT, an ...

Myanmar’s shadow government backs launch of crypto-based bank

Myanmar’s first entirely crypto-based banking institution has announced a soft launch for July 22 — a move that could see the country’s shadow government given greater access to financial services and funding.The Spring Development Bank is named after the Spring Revolution, the opposition ...

3 reasons why Bitcoin traders anticipate BTC price to briefly sweep the $27.5K level

After a spectacular first half of 2023, the price of Bitcoin (BTC) appears to have stalled out, being stuck between $29,000 and $31,500.There could be reason to believe that in the near term, the price of Bitcoin will tend to trade sideways or to the downside. This thesis can be based on t ...

Bitcoin’s bullish hype fades, but analyst says PlanB’s stock-to-flow model is still relevant

Bitcoin is struggling to reclaim its psychologically important level of $30,000 as analysts predict that choppy accumulation may last for months.Bitcoin (BTC) soared to a new yearly high of over $31,800 on July 13, driven by optimism surrounding the potential approval of exchange-trad ...

Why isn’t smart money’s effect on crypto’s original promise discussed more?

Ignoring the original, utility-driven ideas introduced in the early documents on digital cash became the new normal once adopters stumbled upon a cryptocurrency price ticker. Are new price tickers a sign of innovation?  There is a critical paradox when thinking about inven ...

US lawmakers propose SEC chair consider legislation, not enforcement approach to crypto

Two members of the United States House of Representatives have added their names to a list of lawmakers criticizing Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Gary Gensler’s approach to digital asset regulation. In a letter to Gensler dated July 19, Reps. French Hill and Dus ...

Bitcoin mining is becoming more environmentally friendly

Bitcoin (BTC) mining’s environmental impact has always been a controversial topic. On the one hand, critics emphasize that securing the Bitcoin network takes more power than some whole countries’ annual electricity consumption. On the other hand, much of the crypto community argues that it is a n ...

Crypto VCs share lessons on startup success at EthCC

When bringing a new crypto to market, the fastest way to do so is arguably with the help of venture capital (VC) financing. But such a high-risk, high-reward operation in a rapidly evolving field can carry a large degree of uncertainty. At the Ethereum Community Conference event in Paris, several ...

Nasdaq halts launch of cryptocurrency custody service

Global securities marketplace Nasdaq is halting the launch of its own cryptocurrency custody that it previously planned to roll out by the end of the second quarter of 2023.It suspended the launch because of regulatory risks in the United States, CEO Adena Friedman announced during the fir ...

AI optimizing crypto exchange functions — Bitget exec

Cryptocurrency exchanges are finding novel ways to improve internal departments and functions using artificial intelligence (AI), according to Bitget managing director Gracy Chen.Speaking to Cointelegraph editor Zhiyuan Sun during the Ethereum Community Conference in Paris, Chen highlighte ...

Bitcoin price falls to $29.5K, but on-chain data reflects investors’ growing interest

Bitcoin (BTC) price dropped below the $30,000 level on July 18, which retail investors may not have expected given the developments of the last month, but does the downside move represent an upcoming shift in the trend? Data suggests that over the longer term, it does not. To g ...

Crypto survey finds 47% of investors expect Ether to ‘surpass’ Bitcoin

Fidelity Digital Assets released a “Q2 2023 Signals Report” on July 18, which claimed that Ether’s outlook for the next 12 months and the long term is positive. Year-to-date, Ether (ETH) has gained 62%, but while the investment firm might be short-term bullish on Ether ...

Bitcoin rally will lead to “speculative blow-off top” in 2024, Mark Yusko predicts

BlackRock’s application for a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) has sparked the beginning of a new crypto bull market, which will go parabolic at some point closer to the halving scheduled for April 2024, according to Mark Yusko, the chief investment officer and founder of Morgan Creek Capital.& ...

“When evaluating a fiat-to-crypto on-ramp, three things matter” — Q&A with Uphold

Although the crypto market is growing and evolving, and market players boast various clever payment solutions, there is still ample room for improvement toward broader Web3 adoption. Until last year, decentralized finance (DeFi) constituted a relatively small part of th ...

EU stays on top of Web3 with metaverse, AI and crypto strategies

The European Union has been vocal about its place in the rapidly expanding ecosystem of emerging technologies. It has been a leader in establishing clear crypto regulations with its long-awaited Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA) framework signed into law in late May. The EU has als ...

Chair Gensler says SEC reaction to Ripple decision is mixed, still under consideration

United States Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler has commented publicly about the last week’s ruling on the agency’s suit against Ripple. Gensler gave a talk on artificial intelligence at the National Press Club on July 17 and was asked about the ru ...

Bitcoin price falls under $30K as macro and regulatory worries take center stage

Multiple pieces of data point to the Bitcoin price falling below $29,000 in the short term. Yes, you read that right. Let’s investigate the main issues contributing to the current downside in the Bitcoin price.Bitcoin (BTC) encountered difficulties breaking above $31,800 ...

Price analysis 7/17: SPX, DXY, BTC, ETH, XRP, BNB, SOL, ADA, DOGE, MATIC

Bitcoin remains stuck inside a narrow range, making it difficult to predict the direction of the next possible breakout. The U.S. Dollar Index (DXY), which generally moves in inverse correlation to Bitcoin (BTC), dropped below 100, but that has failed to propel Bitcoin higher. This suggests ...

Bitcoin and crypto brace for further upside as equities look to extend their recent gains

The long-awaited recession and resulting resumption of the 2022 bear market that many have been expecting have failed to materialize so far in 2023. In fact, most assets have caught a bid, with the Nasdaq hitting a 52-week high on July 12.How can this be, and will the rally continue? ...

7 payment gateways for fast online transactions

In today’s fast-paced digital world, speed and convenience are paramount when it comes to online transactions. Whether you run an e-commerce business or simply want to make swift payments online, having a reliable payment gateway that ensures seamless and speedy transactions, including support fo ...

Bitcoin price support at $30K opens the door for gains from UNI, ARB, AAVE and MKR

Bitcoin (BTC) attempted to break away from its boring sideways price action on July 13, following Ripple’s legal victory over the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, but the enthusiasm proved to be short-lived. Sellers pulled the price back into the range on July 14, indicating that ...

Senator Lummis urges clear crypto regulations after XRP ruling

Senator Cynthia Lummis, a Republican from Wyoming, has taken to Twitter to emphasize the significance of a recent court ruling by Judge Analisa Torres, which declared that the Ripple-associated token XRP should not be considered a security. Senator Lummis highlighted that this ruling underscores ...

Project roadmap or token price — Which is most important?

In the latest episode of Market Talks, show host and Cointelegraph head of markets Ray Salmond sat down with Polkadot ambassador and content creator KryptosChain to discuss the current state of the crypto market and drastic changes taking place in the Polkadot ecosystem. Accordin ...

Entity representing Binance customers seeks compensation

A third-party entity called Eeon has intervened in the lawsuit filed by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against crypto exchange Binance.As stated in the filing with the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Eeon claims that the SEC and attorn ...

Synthetix takes on counterparty risks with Infinex derivatives exchange

Decentralized finance protocol Synthetix is preparing to expand its range of affiliated products.Synthetix founder Kain Warwick revealed intentions to introduce a new derivatives front-end called Infinex to the decentralized trading infrastructure of Synthetix. The upcoming exchange w ...

5 peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platforms for borrowers and lenders

Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending, which links borrowers and investors directly, has become a well-liked substitute for traditional banking. P2P lending networks enable decentralized lending, in which people can borrow money from other people or institutions directly without the use of intermediaries, s ...

SEC accepts BlackRock’s Bitcoin ETF application, signaling regulatory review

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has accepted BlackRock’s application for a spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) following its acknowledgment of a similar application by Bitwise the day before.The SEC’s acknowledgment indicates the commencement of the off ...

It’s time for the SEC to settle with Coinbase and Ripple

In every major litigation, there comes a moment when you realize it’s time to settle. A ruling doesn’t go your way, a juror gives your legal team the side eye, the judge makes it clear it’s time for a settlement conference. After Judge Analisa Torres’ decision in SEC v. Ri ...

Cardano price turns bullish, but is there substance to the ADA rally?

Cardano experienced a remarkable price surge of 23.9% on July 13, leaving investors curious about the potential for further gains. This significant rally comes on the heels of a favorable judicial decision regarding XRP (XRP), leading many to question if Cardano (ADA) has what it takes ...

Ethereum scaling protocols drive zero-knowledge proof use: Finance Redefined

Welcome to Finance Redefined, your weekly dose of essential decentralized finance (DeFi) insights — a newsletter crafted to bring you the most significant developments from the past week.This week, Finance Redefined looks at the growing popularity of zero-knowledge proof-based scalable sol ...

Filecoin storage utilization surpasses 7% in Q2: Report

According to a July 13 report by Messari, Filecoin currently averages 954.2 pebibytes (1.07 billion gigabytes) worth of storage deals on its network, compared with 12.2 exbibytes (14.1 billion gigabytes) worth of raw storage capacity. Until recently, uptake had been sluggish due to high storage c ...

Crypto lender Geist Finance shuts down permanently over Multichain hack

Lending protocol Geist Finance is shutting down permanently due to losses from the Multichain exploit, according to a July 14 social media post from the app’s development team. Geist contracts were paused on July 6, then resumed in “withdraw and repay only” mode on July 9. The l ...

Price analysis 7/14: BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, ADA, SOL, DOGE, LTC, MATIC, DOT

Ripple Labs’ victory in the case against the United States Securities and Exchange Commission gives a significant boost to the crypto industry. In addition to benefitting Ripple and XRP (XRP), analysts believe that the ruling will weaken the regulator’s case against Binance and Coinbase.In ...

Solana price hits a 2023 high, but do strong fundamentals back the SOL rally?

Solana’s (SOL) price briefly surged to a new year-to-date peak on June 14 after Ripple’s partial win against the United States Securities Exchange and Commission in the case contesting XRP’s (XRP) position as a security. The token recorded gains of 48.09%, reaching a peak of $32.40 as ...

3AC co-founders’ OPNX exchange onboards FTX, Celsius bankruptcy claims

OPNX, an exchange dedicated to the trading of bankruptcy claims against fallen crypto firms, has listed FTX and Celsius claims.According to the July 14 announcement, FTX claims specifically can be immediately onboarded and converted into collateral in the form of OPNX's native reborn OX (r ...

Sam Altman’s Worldcoin passes 2M sign-ups after months of touring

Worldcoin, a cryptocurrency and digital identification project has seen more than two million users sign up to its “global identity protocol” dubbed World ID. According to a July 13 statement, the World ID project — which is still in beta testing— passed two mi ...

Demand is driving the price of Bitcoin to $130K

In any market, whether it is fruit and vegetables or financial assets, prices are determined by the intersection of supply and demand.If tomatoes are scarce due to a flood, with the same demand, the price in the supermarket will inevitably be higher — just as it will be higher if, with the ...

Why is XRP price up today?

XRP (XRP) price is up today following news that Federal District Judge Analisa Torres of the Southern District of New York ruled against the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s contention that XRP is a security. Shortly after the ruling became public, XRP price ro ...

Breaking: Celsius Network fined $4.7B by FTC

The United States Federal Trade Commission has issued a $4.7-billion fine against bankrupt crypto lender Celsius Network. However, the judgement will be suspended to “permit Celsius to return its remaining assets to consumers in bankruptcy proceedings.”According to the July 13 announcement ...

USB keystroke injectors still a threat to crypto users

The Diabolic Drive’s name sounds as ominous as its potential payload. The recently developed USB wireless keystroke injection tool is intended to stress test networks, but could it potentially be used as a means to steal cryptocurrency from unwitting users?The new gadget is set to be ...

Crypto miner Hive Digital drops ‘blockchain’ from name amid pivot to AI

Crypto mining firm Hive Blockchain is now calling itself Hive Digital Technologies — after enacting a branding pivot that seeks to highlight its foray into artificial intelligence.The Vancour-based mining company said in a July 12 statement it has dropped “blockchain” fro ...

IRS investigating crypto traders using Puerto Rico tax breaks: Report

Prosecutors from the United States and agents from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are reportedly investigating wealthy crypto traders and fund managers suspected of illegally benefiting from Puerto Rico’s tax breaks. According to a June 12 report from Bloomberg, investigator ...

Elon Musk kickstarts new AI company to ‘understand the universe’

American business magnate Elon Musk has launched a novel company dubbed “xAI” with the goal of understanding “the true nature of the universe."According to the July 12 announcement, xAI will work closely with Twitter, Tesla and other companies owned by Musk to “make ...

Bitcoin mining difficulty hits all-time high as BTC miner selling peaks

Bitcoin mining difficulty reached an all-time high of 53.91 trillion units after the latest difficulty adjustment on July 12. It is a measure of how difficult it is to mine Bitcoin (BTC) blocks.The blockchain adjusts its difficulty every two weeks to maintain its processing time ...

US Senate Finance Committee asks digital asset community how to tax it in open letter

United States Senate Financial Services Committee Chair Ron Wyden and ranking member Mike Crapo released an open letter to the digital asset community on July 11 asking for input on the taxation of digital assets. The senators are looking for solutions to highly complex taxation issues, so much s ...

Bitcoin ETF hopium fades as on-chain and futures data reflect traders’ muted activity

The price of Bitcoin has been trading between $29,900 and $31,160 for the past 18 days, causing concern among investors who are looking for explanations for the lack of a clear trend. After a 25.5% rally between June 15 and June 23 led to Bitcoin’s (BTC) highest price level ...

Algorand decentralized lending protocol Algofi to shut down by end of year

Algofi, the borrowing and lending protocol built on decentralized finance blockchain Algorand, will soon shut down.According to a July 11 announcement, developers' "belief in the strength of Algorand's technology and novel consensus algorithm has not wavered," however, the Algofi platform ...

Near Foundation treasury drops to $900M as token price plunges

At the end of Q2 2023, layer-one blockchain Near Protocol's (NEAR) treasury had declined to $900 million, led by a fall in the price of NEAR tokens from $1.99 to $1.38 apiece.At the ...

Bitcoin halving bullish for Saylor’s MicroStrategy: Berenberg Capital

The upcoming Bitcoin (BTC) halving is set to blow fresh wind in the sails of Bitcoin-focused stocks such as Michael Saylor founded tech firm MicroStrategy.In a research note shared with Cointelegraph, New York-based investment firm Berenberg Capital Markets explained its reasons for a bul ...

Bitcoin has entered a civil war — Over ‘art’

In an email dated Jan. 17, 1993, Hal Finney — a developer and early contributor to Bitcoin — shared the concept of “encrypted digital cards,” which are now known as nonfungible tokens (NFTs).“Giving a little more thought to the idea of buying and selling digital cash, I thought of a way to ...

BOE governor trashes crypto, stablecoins in favor of ‘enhanced digital money’

Andrew Bailey, a Bank of England (BOE) governor, delivered a speech July 10 in which he moved smoothly from the central bank’s efforts to control inflation and maintain public trust in financial institutions to why cryptocurrencies are not money. Instead of cryptocurrencies and st ...

Price analysis 7/10: SPX, DXY, BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, ADA, DOGE, SOL, LTC

Bitcoin has been struggling to rise and sustain above the $31,000 level for the past few days, but Standard Chartered has painted a bullish picture for this year and the next. In a report, the bank said that Bitcoin (BTC) could reach $50,000 this year and stretch the rally to $120,000 b ...

Gaming gear maker Razer hacked, user data, encryption keys for sale online: Report

A post appeared on a hackers’ forum on July 8 offering information allegedly hacked from gaming hardware maker Razer. “I have stolen the source code, encryption keys, database, backend access logins etc,” the hacker declared. The Straits Times said it saw a sample of ...

MiCA’s stablecoin transaction cap stifles crypto adoption, say lawyers

Stablecoin use could be "stifled" by daily transaction caps in the European Union's Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA) legislation, with some calling for the framework to be revised.On May 31, MiCA was signed into law which paved the way for the world’s first regulatory guidance on cryp ...

Bitcoin price gathers strength as SOL, AVAX, FIL and EOS prep for a breakout

Nonfarm payrolls rose by 209,000 in June, below economists’ expectations of an addition of 240,000 jobs. Although the figures show a cooling labor market, market observers remained concerned as the average hourly earnings growth held steady at 0.4% from May and 4.4% from a year ago.  ...

Cryptocurrency versus the SEC: A fight for fair digital investing

Bitcoin, Coinbase, Binance and more are all fighting for their lives as the United States Securities and Exchange Commission does everything in its power to eradicate the current cryptocurrency system in the United States and replace it with one it deems more “fair” to the Amer ...

XRPL grows in Q2 despite SEC lawsuit concerns: Report

Despite lingering concerns over the Ripple vs. SEC lawsuit, The XRP Ledger (XRPL) has demonstrated significant growth in multiple areas of its protocol during the second quarter of 2023, according to a recent report from crypto analytics platform Messari.The report shows that the circ ...

Multichain attack triggers Twitter phishing scheme for FTM distribution

Hackers continue their relentless attacks, displaying no signs of slowing down. Shortly after the Multichain hack, scammers started spreading a phishing link on Twitter.The fraudulent distribution of Fantom (FTM) to users — falsely linked to the Multichain attack — is rapidly s ...

Ripple Labs to revolutionize real estate industry through tokenization

Ripple Labs Inc, a company known for blockchain innovation and digital payments, has announced an initiative to transform the real estate industry using tokenization.Antony Welfare, the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) advisor at Ripple, highlighted the growing global interest in CBDCs ...

3 reasons why Bitcoin’s price is primed to hold the $30,000 level as support

Bitcoin’s price gave back some of its recent gains this week, but multiple data points suggest that $30,000 should hold as support going forward.Bitcoin (BTC) remained within a narrow 4.3% range for the 15 days leading up to July 7. Despite the proximity of the $29,895 to $31,165 rang ...

Price analysis 7/7: BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, ADA, DOGE, SOL, LTC, MATIC, DOT

Bitcoin is still struggling to stay above $31,000. While a tight consolidation near the overhead resistance is a positive sign, the failure to rise above it may result in short-term liquidations. However, a shallow pullback should not be considered a trend change because, many times, ...

$30B stolen from crypto ecosystem since 2012: Report

From 2012 to the present, over $30 billion in crypto has been hacked in 1,101 documented incidents, a July 7 report from SlowMist has revealed.According to the blockchain security firm, the top five most common hacks are smart contract vulnerabilities, rug pulls, flash loan attacks, scams ...

BarnBridge DAO calls halt to ‘all work’ on DeFi protocol amid SEC probe

BarnBridge DAO members have been told to pause “all work” related to the project after a reported probe by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).In a July 6 post to the platform’s Discord channel, Douglas Park, a lawyer for the decentralized autonomou ...

Multichain MPC bridge sees $100M+ outflows, sparking fears of exploit

Abnormally large outflows from the Multichain MPC bridge platform are sparking fears of a multi-million dollar exploit.On July 6, observers noticed that approximately $102 million worth of crypto has been withdrawn from Multichain’s Fantom bridge on the Ethereum side, as well as $666 ...

US Homeland Security returns $314K from 2016 Bitfinex hack

Via a July 6 announcement, cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex says it has received $312,219.71 in cash and 6.917 in Bitcoin Cash (BCH) from the United States Department of Homeland Security. The seizure was conducted in cooperation with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. According to Bitfinex staf ...

DeSo offers $1M bounty for building decentralized Reddit

Via a July 6 announcement, decentralized social media protocol DeSo has issued a $1 million bounty for building a competitor to Reddit using its native blockchain. In supporting the decision, developers wrote:"Reddit recently sparked controversy within its community following a de ...

What is the ZK industry up to? Rollups, multichain bridges and VCs

Zero-knowledge proofs (ZK-proofs) are a key technology explored by many in the crypto industry. A zero-knowledge protocol is a cryptographic method that allows one party to prove to another party that something is true without revealing any information. The technology is vital for Eth ...

Bitcoin bull run incoming: Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao reveals when

Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao has delivered his prediction for the next Bitcoin (BTC) bull market.Speaking in a July 5, “ask me anything” session on Twitter, CZ covered the potential entry of BlackRock into the crypto market, gave an update on regulatory action against the exchange, and his t ...

Binance, Coinbase and Gemini staff are among the least happy, data suggests

Crypto exchanges including Gemini, Binance and Coinbase are home to some of the least happy employees in the industry, according to data derived from Glassdoor — though some argue the results may be skewed. A quadrant chart by tech recruitment firm TrueUp — understood to have collated data ...

Crypto’s Indiana Jones? Coinbase exec helps recover $322K worth of once-lost crypto

It’s not every day that one discovers they've suddenly become $322,000 richer — but for one lucky crypto investor, this is exactly what happened in the waning hours of July 5.In a recent Twitter thread, Conor Grogan, the head of product at Coinbase explained how he uncovered hu ...

Searches for ‘AI jobs’ in 2023 are 4x higher than ‘crypto jobs’ when BTC hit $69K

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become a clear-cut winner in the battle for job seekers, according to a new analysis from cryptocurrency data aggregator CoinGecko. From 2020 to 2022, searches for “AI jobs” and “crypto jobs” remained fairly close, with AI takin ...

BitgetX joins HKVAC as it aims for exchange license in Hong Kong

According to a July 4 announcement, BitgetX, the Hong Kong subsidiary of cryptocurrency exchange Bitget, has joined the Hong Kong Virtual Asset Consortium (HKVAC), which provides ratings services and indices to cryptocurrencies. Launched on May 31 with Huobi as its inaugural member, t ...

Mark Cuban, John Reed Stark clash over the cause of FTX’s collapse

Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban has again locked horns with former securities official John Reed Stark, this time over who was ultimately to blame for FTX’s collapse and the impact on creditors. During a heated back-and-forth exchange, Cuban argued had the United States Securitie ...

UK government moves forward on bill aimed at empowering authorities to seize crypto

Lawmakers in the upper house of the Parliament of the United Kingdom are moving forward with legislation aimed at expanding authorities’ ability to target cryptocurrencies used for illicit purposes.In a meeting of the U.K. Parliament’s House of Lords on July 4, lawmakers conduc ...

Bitcoin ETFs: Even worse for crypto than central exchanges

Recent weeks have seen a surge in interest from traditional finance for crypto-based exchange-traded funds (ETFs). After the Securities and Exchange Commission took issue with its initial filing, BlackRock submitted a fresh application for a Bitcoin ETF on July 3. A week earlier, Fidelity led a c ...

UK financial watchdog reminds crypto firms of October deadline for marketing compliance

The United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority, or FCA, has announced that all crypto asset firms marketing to users in the country must be in compliance with its financial promotions regime by October 2023.In letters dated July 4, the FCA said starting on Oct. 8, companies operating in ...

Crypto firms won’t leave US despite apparent hostility: Merkle Science CEO

Despite recent narratives suggesting differently, the United States won't be losing its allure as a crypto hub, according to the CEO of blockchain analytics firm Merkle Science.A swathe of hostile regulatory actions leveled at crypto firms in the United States in recent months has led ...

Price analysis 7/3: SPX, DXY, BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, ADA, DOGE, SOL, LTC

The United States equity markets have witnessed a solid year so far. The Nasdaq Composite has soared 31.7%, its best first-half performance since 1983. Similarly, the S&P 500 Index’s (SPX) 15.9% gain is its best first half since 2019. This suggests that risky assets remain in demand.In ...

LTC, XMR, AAVE, and MKR turn bullish as Bitcoin stalls under $31K

Bitcoin (BTC) has been trading in a narrow range for the past few days but that doesn’t take away the sheen from its stunning 84% rally in 2023. The strong recovery in Bitcoin’s price has boosted buying in several altcoins, which have risen sharply from their yearly lows.As the second half ...

Binance caves to pressure over coin listings, scoring a win for privacy

Privacy advocates scored a big win in June with Binance’s announcement that it was backtracking on a decision to delist privacy coins for users in a number of European countries.As a result of the move, users in Italy, Poland, Spain and France will be permitted to continue trading tokens i ...

Bittrex challenges SEC’s authority in crypto lawsuit, seeks dismissal

Bittrex, a cryptocurrency exchange, has made a notable move in its legal dispute with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by submitting a motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed against it.In its recent court filing, Bittrex argues that the SEC does not possess the neces ...

Price analysis 7/1: BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, ADA, DOGE, SOL, LTC, MATIC, DOT

Bitcoin (BTC) witnessed a volatile trading session on the last day of the quarter. The bulls were trying to maintain Bitcoin’s price above $31,000 but they received a jolt on a Wall Street Journal report which stated that the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had returned app ...

Celsius Network approved to convert altcoins into BTC or ETH

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has approved bankrupt crypto lender Celsius Network’s plan to convert its altcoins into Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH).The order was issued by Judge Martin Glenn, and the liquidations will pave the way for the dis ...

Crypto ATM firm Bitcoin Depot will go public on Nasdaq starting July 3

Bitcoin Depot, one of the largest cryptocurrency ATM firms in the United States, has announced the closing of a merger deal allowing the company to go public.In a June 30 announcement, fintech firm GSR II Meteora Acquisition Corporation said its stockholders had approved the merger for the ...

$656M lost from crypto hacks, scams and rug pulls in H1 2023: Report

According to a June 30 report by Web3 security firm Beosin, the total value of cryptocurrencies lost in scams, hacks and rug pulls amounted to $656 million during the first half of 2023. This includes the loss of $471.43 million in 108 protocol attacks, $108 million in various phishing scams and ...

Over $204M lost to DeFi hacks and scams in Q2: Finance Redefined

Welcome to Finance Redefined, your weekly dose of essential decentralized finance (DeFi) insights — a newsletter crafted to bring you the most significant developments from the past week.The second quarter of 2023 saw over $208 million exploited and hacked from DeFi protocols, and with jus ...

Here’s what happened in crypto today

Here’s what happened in crypto today. South Korea passes crypto bill to tackle unfair tradingThe South Korean government is taking steps to protect cryptocurrency investors from implosions like Do Kwon’s Terra ecosystem by passing a new crypto bill.Chairman K ...

Crypto VC is struggling only from a North American perspective — Animoca Brands CEO

The crypto space has been in an uneven state around the world, with Web3 startups flourishing in the Middle East and Asia, while North American crypto entrepreneurs face challenges under tough macroeconomic and regulatory conditions, according to Animoca Brands CEO Yat Siu. Speaking w ...

South Korean crypto lending firm Delio under investigation by regulators

According to a report by local news outlet Digital Asset, South Korean crypto lending firm Delio is currently under investigation by the country's Financial Services Commission (FSC) as of June 30. The Commission alleges fraud, embezzlement, and breach of trust related to Delio's unilateral decis ...

Crypto mass adoption is coming, but how fast?

Cryptocurrencies must reach mass adoption to unlock their maximum potential as a network technology and their value as financial assets. As with other technologies, the adoption of crypto follows a classic bell curve: Starting from a small number of innovators, it grows as early adopt ...

The future economy: Anticipating the central role of crypto payments in financial transactions

With crypto gas prices dropping to lows after numerous recent innovations in scaling and interoperability across different chains, we can more vividly imagine a possible shift toward widespread crypto payments.Crypto payments at scale are currently prevented by regulation, lack of u ...

Don’t be naive — BlackRock’s ETF won’t be bullish for Bitcoin

There is no doubt that BlackRock’s spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) application — and the flood of contenders that followed — has buoyed the bulls. It could signal the winds of change in the regulatory sphere, they say. It could bring Bitcoin exposure to the masses, they ...

Forget about price! Polkadot Decoded 2023 says bear markets are for building

The Polkadot Decoded 2023 conference just wrapped up and this year more than 100 speakers and 100 blockchain projects were in attendance. The beauty of crypto bear markets is they catalyze a realignment of perspectives and objectives. All the hidden leverage is gone and most of ...

‘Sam Bankman-Fried really hurt the industry’ — Anthony Scaramucci

During a panel at Collision 2023 in Toronto, Anthony Scaramucci, founder of Skybridge Capital and former White House communications director, stated that disgraced crypto executive Sam Bankman-Fried “really hurt the industry in the United States from a regulatory perspective." Scaramucci con ...

Inflection AI raises $1.3B in funding led by Microsoft and Nvidia

On June 29, Palo Alto-based Inflection AI announced the completion of a $1.3 billion raise led by Microsoft, Reid Hoffman, Bill Gates, Eric Schmidt and Nvidia. The new capital will be partly allocated to building a 22,000-unit Nvidia H100 Tensor GPU cluster, which the company claims is the larges ...

Navigating the crypto maze: A call for standardized social token minting

The world of cryptocurrencies has witnessed a surge in the creation of community coins, often utilizing popular names like Elon Musk, Tesla and Andrew Tate, or even memes like Pepe. Unfortunately, these coins often have no real connection to the individuals or entities they reference, lead ...

Coinbase seeks dismissal of SEC suit, claims extraordinary abuse of process

In the ongoing legal battle between Coinbase and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, the American cryptocurrency exchange has filed a motion to dismiss the SEC’s complaint.In a legal document filed on Thursday, June 29 with the U.S. District Court for the Southern D ...

Price analysis 6/28: BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, ADA, DOGE, SOL, LTC, MATIC, DOT

A large part of the recent leg of Bitcoin’s rally started after BlackRock filed to list a spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) on June 15. Several applications by other firms have been rejected by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in the past. However, BlackRock’s filing has ...

Israeli authorities seize crypto from terror organizations, credit new technology

Israel has seized crypto wallets containing millions of dollars intended to fund terror, the country’s National Bureau for Counter Terrorist Financing announced June 28. Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant credited collaboration among the Israeli defense and justice ministries, Israe ...

CFTC issues $54M default judgment against trader in crypto fraud scheme

On June 28th, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced that Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York had issued a default judgment that granted a permanent injunction against Michael Ackerman, a resident of Alliance, Ohio.  ...

$7.8B lost in crypto Ponzi and pyramid schemes in 2022: Report

According to a report published by blockchain intelligence firm TRM Labs on June 28, a combined $7.8 billion was paid to cryptocurrency pyramid and Ponzi schemes worldwide in 2022. In addition, another $1.5 billion in crypto was alleged by TRM to have been spent on darknets for illicit activities ...

Crypto needs better self-custody: This platform is solving it

While Bitcoin (BTC) offered the world an era of true decentralization, the introduction of centralized exchanges and custodial services has lured people away from the original premise of crypto — trustlessness and self-custody. However, the collapse of major crypto exchanges such as FTX ac ...

MicroStrategy buys $347M worth of Bitcoin amid market thaw

On June 28, software analytics firm MicroStrategy announced the corporate purchase of 12,333 Bitcoin (BTC), worth $347 million at the time of publication. After the transaction, the total balance of BTC owned by MicroStrategy increased to 152,333 ($4.52 billion), with an average purchase price of ...

Bitcoin price surge will come from retail, not institutions: Fireblocks CEO

While an approved BlackRock spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) will funnel new institutional money to Bitcoin, it's going to be the retail investors that ultimately drive any significant price surges, according to Michael Shaulov, the CEO and co-founder of institutional custody pl ...

Japanese and Singaporean regulators join forces on crypto pilot project

On June 26, Japan’s financial regulator, the Financial Services Authority (FSA), announced a partnership with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) for the joint regulation and pilot testing of cryptocurrency projects in accordance with the latter’s “Project Guardian” initiative. The particip ...

Gary Gensler is hurting the little guys for Wall Street

Even the most stalwart crypto supporters could see why the Securities and Exchange Commission might target the crypto industry for some enforcement. Events of the past year — from the failure of Three Arrows Capital to the fraud at FTX — were bound to bring some scrutiny, and the indust ...

3AC liquidators look to recoup $1.3B from founders

Teneo, the liquidator behind bankrupt hedge fund Three Arrows Capital (3AC), is reportedly seeking to recover roughly $1.3 billion in funds from 3AC founders Su Zhu and Kyle Davies.According to a June 27 Bloomberg report, the liquidator claimed Davies and Zhu incurred the $1.3 billion ...

Web3 firms are spending up to $25M on HK crypto licenses: Report

According to a June 27 report by local news outlet Foresight News, Web3 firms in Hong Kong are spending anywhere between 20 million and 200 million Hong Kong dollars ($2.55 million and $25.5 million) for the acquisition of a Virtual Asset Service Provider (VASP) licenses. Sources explained: ...

Basis trading, simplified, and how exchanges adapt to institutional needs — Q&A with OKX

In the highly volatile and ever-changing cryptocurrency market, exchanges are striving to not only survive but thrive in all market conditions. They understand the importance of catering to institutional investors who demand innovative tools and solutions to meet their evolving needs. ...

Australian banks claim 40% of scams ‘touch’ crypto as it defends restrictions

Australia’s cryptocurrency industry banking woes will likely continue, with the government and major banks signaling no intention to back down against scams that “touch” crypto.During a panel at the Australian Blockchain Week on June 26, Sophie Gilder, managing director o ...

Crypto scams are going to ramp up with the rise of AI

With talk about integrating artificial intelligence and the cryptocurrency industry mostly focusing on how AI can help the crypto industry combat scams, experts are failing to pay attention to the fact that it could have the complete opposite effect. In fact, Meta recently warned that hackers app ...

Bull markets make money, bear markets make opportunities

As greed indexes stabilize after a buying binge, smart money begins to look for more unique and inherently fruitful opportunities.Solana, Cardano, CryptoKitties and other highly influential blockchain projects were initially developed during a bear market. Bitcoin (BTC) itself was d ...

Crypto investment products see largest weekly inflow since July 2022

A recent surge in activity surrounding exchange-traded funds (ETFs) has led to the largest weekly inflow for digital asset investment products since July 2022, according to a June 26 report by CoinShares.Totaling $199 million, inflows for the week of June 19–23 turned around a n ...

BTS: Revisiting the ‘buy $1 worth of Bitcoin’ video 10 years later

Crypto advocate Davinci Jeremie expected to become a hero to his community after talking about Bitcoin (BTC) 10 years ago and why people should buy at least $1 worth of it, but things did not turn out as he expected. In an interview with Cointelegraph, Jeremie shared the story of how ...

Coinbase Credit lends Hut 8 $50M to support Bitcoin treasury

The Canadian Bitcoin (BTC) mining company, Hut 8 Mining, has secured a credit facility from a subsidiary of the United States-based cryptocurrency exchange, Coinbase.Hut 8 officially announced on June 26 that it entered a $50 million credit agreement with Coinbase Credit. The credit facili ...

Binance eyes United Arab Emirates as ‘focal point’ for future operations

The United Arab Emirates is becoming the next big focus for Binance in the wake of a slew of enforcement actions in the United States against the crypto exchange.Speaking to Cointelegraph, Binance Dubai general manager Alex Chehade said the UAE is a prime destination for crypto businesses ...

US Treasury yields are rising — What does it mean for Bitcoin price?

United States Government bonds, or Treasurys, have a tremendous influence across all tradeable markets, including Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH). In that sense, risk calculation in finance is relative, so every loan, mortgage and even cryptocurrency derivatives depend on the cost of capital attrib ...

ChatGPT plugin goes live for Hedera network

A convergence of blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI) has occurred between ChatGPT and Hedera (HBAR), the native cryptocurrency of the Hedera network. By capitalizing on the decentralized characteristics of blockchain networks, ChatGPT can establish secure interactions with the Hedera netw ...

Ether price eyes $3K as exchanges’ ETH balances drop to an all-time low

Ethereum’s on-chain movements indicate bullish pressure building around Ether as its exchange balances reached an all-time low and staking deposits keep surging. Ether’s (ETH) technical charts suggest that the asset can reclaim $3,000 if buyers are able to push above the resistance be ...

Shiba Inu Burn Twitter account experiences suspension

The Shiba Inu (SHIB) burn tracker Twitter account, Shibburn, which is well-engaged with the crypto community, has been unexpectedly suspended. This suspension has garnered attention because the account holders had reached out to influential individuals like Elon Musk and Twitter’s new CEO, ...

Trader takes $4M short position on TrueUSD as issuer halts mints and redemptions

Following TrustToken’s decision to temporarily halt mints and redemptions of its TrueUSD (TUSD) stablecoin through its banking partner, Prime Trust, a trader has taken advantage of the situation by initiating an on-chain short position.According to on-chain data, an Ethereum user utilized ...

ECB official labels crypto as ‘deleterious’ with ‘no societal benefits’ in scathing speech

Fabio Panetta, an executive board member of the European Central Bank (ECB), has suggested a dark future for cryptocurrencies, in which the digital assets may be used for little more than gambling among investors.In written remarks for a panel at the Bank for International Settlements Annu ...

Bitcoin price data suggests bulls will succeed in holding $30K as support this time

Bitcoin (BTC) has been trading above $31,000 after its 24.3% rally between June 15 and June 23, which caught many off guard. For bears, that meant facing $165 million in short futures contract liquidations, but the unexpected rally also brought some degree of discomfort for investors using Bitcoi ...

Price analysis 6/23: BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, ADA, DOGE, SOL, MATIC, LTC, DOT

The rush to apply for a spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) rejuvenated the bulls, but this news is likely to boost the price only to a certain distance. As the price moves up, the risks of a crash increase if none of the ETF applications are approved. Trading firm QCP Capital, for exam ...

US Supreme Court halts Coinbase cases in its first crypto ruling

The United States Supreme Court decided in favor of cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase on June 23 in a partisan opinion that will halt court proceedings against the company in two California cases. Plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuits alleged Coinbase failed to provide proper relief ...

Shiba Wings customers love the food, not so much the crypto, says owner

After a grand opening in March, Australian fast-food diner Shiba Wings has seen plenty of customers walking through the doors for their fried delectables. Their appetite, however, hasn’t translated to crypto payments.The Shiba Inu (SHIB) themed diner first opened its door ...

Bitcoin and correlations — Examining the relationship between BTC, gold and the Nasdaq

Some news sources have been fond of making comparisons between Bitcoin’s (BTC) price action and that of other assets. In particular, the two most commonly compared asset classes are gold and tech stocks.While a correlation holds, it tends to be a big news story. Throughout much of 2022 and ...

BitGo terminates acquisition of Prime Trust

On June 22, wallet infrastructure provider and digital asset custodian BitGo announced on Twitter that it had decided to cancel its acquisition of fintech infrastructure provider Prime Trust. According to BitGo, “This decision was not made lightly.” The full announcement read: ...

Faroe Islands postal service issues NFT-embedded stamps

The Faroe Islands have issued a new series of digital “crypto stamps,” with a digital copy stored on the blockchain as a nonfungible token (NFT) while still serving as actual postage. On June 23, the Posta Faroe Islands’ official website for issuing postage announced that the aut ...

Banking is ‘slowly dying’ — Former TradFi execs on reasons for joining crypto

Despite plenty of regulatory action in the United States and an ongoing crypto winter, former TradFi executives, now in crypto, said there’s no desire to return to their old banking lives.Instead, several former traditional bankers told Cointelegraph they remain bullish about the ind ...

Three Arrows Capital founders launch new VC fund

On June 21, Open Exchange (OPNX), a platform for trading claims against bankrupt crypto entities, announced a new ecosystem partner dubbed “3AC Ventures." According to developers, “the partnership will invest in projects building in the OPNX ecosystem and working towards a decentraliz ...

3 reasons why Ethereum’s market cap dominance is on the rise

Ethereum has been the dominant smart contract and decentralized application (Dapp) network since its inception. An analysis based on Ether’s price (ETH), and its market capitalization, shows indisputable evidence that the blockchain has been gaining market share over time. Ether market c ...

Crypto payment solution Ramp expands on-ramp service, adds support for 40 fiat currencies

Ramp, a financial technology company specializing in crypto infrastructure, has announced a significant expansion of its platform’s compatibility, adding 40 new fiat currencies. According to a June 21 announcement, the expansion is set to allow users to more easily transact with vario ...

How to track and report crypto transactions for tax purposes

As cryptocurrencies and blockchain assets continue to grow in popularity and mainstream adoption, the United States Internal Revenue Service has taken an increasing interest in their taxation. In the U.S., cryptocurrency is subject to crypto tax and is classified as transactions inste ...

Why is Bitcoin price up today?

Bitcoin (BTC) price is up on June 20, reaching a 14-day high at $28,103. The fresh upside from BTC comes as recent negative news of the SEC cracking down on Binance and Coinbase and bullish traders are likely hopeful that BTC can break its 10-week losing streak. Daily cryptocurrency mark ...

Tether and Bitfinex pledge $100K grant for private operating system

On June 20, Tether Operations Limited, the firm behind United States dollar stablecoin Tether (USDT), along with cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex announced the allocation of a 100,000 USDT grant to support open-source privacy operating system Qubes OS. Paolo Ardoino, chief technology officer ...

Wall Street giants back EDX Markets, a new cryptocurrency exchange

EDX Markets, a newcomer to the cryptocurrency exchange landscape, has made a notable entry with backing from prominent financial institutions such as Citadel Securities, Fidelity Investments, and Charles Schwab. The company recently unveiled the launch of its digital asset market on June 20, mark ...

31% of young Aussies hold crypto despite being ‘risk averse’ — ASX survey

Despite seeing themselves as more “risk averse” than their older counterparts, nearly a third of all young Australian investors hold or have traded cryptocurrencies over the last year, a new study has found.In an Australian investor study from the Australian Securities Exchange ...

Why Cathie Wood is bullish on Coinbase stock and believes Bitcoin will reach $1 million

In an interview with Bloomberg, ARK Invest CEO and chief investment officer Cathie Wood recently discussed why her flagship fund, Ark Innovation (ARKK), is adding to its position in shares of Coinbase (COIN) after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sued Binance, one of Coinbase&rsq ...

Price analysis 6/19: SPX, DXY, BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, ADA, DOGE, SOL, LTC

The S&P 500 Index (SPX) has gained for five consecutive weeks, the first such instance since November 2021. In comparison, Bitcoin (BTC) is trading well below its local high of $31,000, made on April 14. This shows a clear divergence between the performance of the two asset classes.Som ...

Crypto investment products experience outflows for 9th consecutive week

On June 19, European cryptocurrency investment firm CoinShares published its “Digital Asset Fund Flows Report,” revealing that cryptocurrency investment products experienced outflows totaling $5.1 million last week. The outflows contributed to the continuation of a nine-week streak of outflows, r ...

Fed rate pause triggers traders’ pivot to stocks — Will Bitcoin catch up?

After a momentary retest of the $25,000 support on June 15, Bitcoin (BTC) gained 6.5% as bulls successfully defended the $26,300 level. Despite this, the general sentiment remains slightly bearish as the cryptocurrency has declined by 12.7% in two months.The dismissal of Binance.US's tempo ...

Etherscan launches AI-powered Code Reader

On June 19, Ethereum block explorer and analytics platform Etherscan launched a new tool dubbed “Code Reader” that utilizes artificial intelligence to retrieve and interpret the source code of a specific contract address. After a user inputs a prompt, Code Reader generates a response via OpenAI’s ...

How to use Solana Saga to buy and sell crypto

Solana Saga, the Web3 mobile phoneSolana launched its Web3 mobile phone, the first of its kind, in April 2023. The phone packs all the usual functionalities users have come to expect from a smartphone and tops it up with a Web3 experience. It includes a decentralized application (DApp) store and ...

Why is Cardano price down today?

The price of Cardano (ADA) is down over 3% on June 19 after dropping over 30% in the past two weeks. Is ADA’s price heading for its fourth red weekly candle in a row? No respite for Cardano price bullsOn June 19, ADA’s price fell over 3% to daily lows of $0.257 as traders continued to ...

Do Kwon gets 4 months in prison in Montenegro on fake passport charges

Terraform Labs founder Do Kwon has been found guilty of using a false passport by a court in Montenegro and has been sentenced to four months in prison.Kwon’s colleague and former Terraform Labs chief financial officer Han Chong-joon was charged alongside him and received the same sentence ...

Bear market allows crypto companies to ‘listen’ to users: KuCoin exec

Crypto has been at the mercy of an ongoing bear market that began in the spring of 2022 after a historic bull run that had investors, developers and users piling into the Web3 space. Despite interest slowing down and companies needing to adjust to the current market conditions, many i ...

Bitcoin bulls look to re-establish control — Will BNB, LTC, OKB and QNT follow?

The bears lost an opportunity when they failed to sustain Bitcoin (BTC) below the $25,000 level this week. That may have attracted buying from the bulls who are attempting to start a recovery in Bitcoin and select altcoins. Additionally, BlackRock’s application to launch a Bitcoin spo ...

Binance sends cease and desist notice to fraudulent Nigerian entity

Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao has announced that Binance has officially issued a cease and desist notice to the fraudulent entity known as Binance Nigeria Limited. On Sunday, June 18, Zhao took to Twitter to make the announcement. On June 9, the Nigerian Securities and Exchange ...

Binance CEO CZ deems SEC’s request for emergency relief unwarranted

Binance CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao expressed his happiness and relief as a prolonged dispute with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was successfully resolved. The SEC’s ongoing scrutiny had created a tense and uncertain period for the company, mak ...

Why is the crypto market up today?

The crypto market is up today, continuing gains from the Friday due to a mix of technical and fundamental factors.Oversold bounce across top crypto market assetsOn June 17, the crypto market's capitalization grew by over 2% to $1.05 trillion, up nearly 7.5% from the  $975.25 billion l ...

​SEC and Binance.​​US strike a temporary agreement on asset access

Binance, Binance.US, and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reportedly agreed on Friday, June 16, to temporarily limit access to customer funds exclusively to Binance.US employees.According to reports, the proposed agreement, pending approval from the overseeing fed ...

Tether responds to account deactivation controversy, raises compliance checks

Tether, the company behind market-leading stablecoin Tether (USDT), has addressed concerns regarding its operational decisions.According to documents released by the New York Attorney General (NYAG), Tether reportedly deactivated approximately 29 accounts belonging to prominent cryptocurre ...

Ethereum network upgrade and uptick in Arbitrum active users could trigger an ARB price reversal

While the Arbitrum governance token ARB has been in a consistent downturn since the airdrop in late March, its ecosystem shows healthy growth. A recent Nansen report shows that Arbitrum’s activity improved after the airdrop, stabilizing “at a level higher” than befor ...

3 key Ether price metrics point to growing resistance at the $1,750 level

Ether’s price plunged 7% between June 14 and June 15, reaching its lowest level in three months and impacting investors’ view that the altcoin was en-route to turning $2,000 to support. It is worth noting that the $1,620 bottom represents a $196 billion market capitalization for ...

Price analysis 6/16: BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, ADA, DOGE, SOL, MATIC, LTC, DOT

Bitcoin (BTC) is witnessing a tough battle between buyers and sellers near the $25,000 mark. A minor cause of worry for the bulls is that even the news of BlackRock having filed an application for a Bitcoin spot exchange-traded fund could not boost prices higher. This suggests that investors rema ...

Which altcoins will survive the SEC crackdown? Bitcoin OG explains

Proof-of-work coins that had a fair distribution at their launch are the most likely to avoid being labeled as securities by the U.S. SEC, according to Bitcoin OG and educator Dan Held. Last week, the SEC sued Binance and Coinbase, accusing them of offering a number of altcoins as&nbs ...

Mark Cuban takes on SEC, John Reed Stark and ‘crypto derangement syndrome’

Crypto Twitter was witness to a fierce debate this wee, with billionaire investor Mark Cuban accusing SEC’s Gary Gensler of throwing crypto under the bus while a former SEC official was quick to come to the regulator’s defense.In a spirited, back-and-forth exchange on Twitter w ...

Curve’s (CRV) price hits a 1-year low amid looming liquidation threat

Curve DAO’s governance token CRV dropped 12% on June15 after reports surfaced of risky loans taken by its founder, Michael Egorov, on Aave. The token recorded its lowest trading level against ether (ETH) at 0.00035010 ETH on June 15.According to on-chain analytics outlet LookOnChain, Egoro ...

Ripple partners with Colombia’s central bank to explore blockchain technology

Banco de la República, Colombia’s central bank, is partnering with Peersyst and Ripple to pilot blockchain technology on the XRP ledger. The Ministry of Information and Communications Technologies (MinTIC) in Colombia will oversee the project, which will use Ripple’ ...

Buying Bitcoin is preferable to BTC mining in most circumstances — Analysis

While, intuitively, mining Bitcoin may appear like a highly profitable endeavor, research suggests otherwise. After discovering Bitcoin (BTC), most users go down the rabbit hole and consider whether it is better to mine or buy Bitcoin directly. They usually give up on mining due to th ...

Ripple verdict could spark a new bull market — Or more malaise

The final quarter of 2020 saw the launch of a precedent-setting lawsuit by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission against Ripple Labs, CEO Bradley Garlinghouse and co-founder Christian A. Larsen. The allegation: raising north of $1 billion in 2013 through the unregistered sale of a ...

Hong Kong govt pressures banking giants to accept crypto clients: Report

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), which serves as the region's central bank and regulator, has reportedly put pressure on major banks including HSBC and Standard Chartered to accept crypto exchanges as clients.According to a June 15 report from the Financial Times, which cited three ...

Bitcoin dips below $25K for the first time in 3 months

The price of Bitcoin (BTC) has fallen below the $25,000 mark for the first time since March 17 following a hawkish Fed announcement amidanother turbulent week for the crypto industry. Within the span of 30 minutes on June 15, the price of Bitcoin fell 4% from $25,867 to $24,819 accord ...

French financial markets ombudsman reports jump in crypto-related mediations

Progress can have its drawbacks, as the French stock market regulator, the nongovernmental Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), has noticed. According to the AMF ombudsman, digital asset-related mediations rose sharply in 2022, as did the number of registered digital asset service ...

South Korean Bitcoin lending platform Delio pauses withdrawals

Delio, a virtual asset manager and lending platform based in South Korea, has announced the temporary suspension of customer withdrawals “in order to safely protect the assets of customers currently in custody.”The company made the decision in response to the recent suspension of digital a ...

Price analysis 6/14: BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, ADA, DOGE, SOL, MATIC, LTC, DOT

The United States equities markets rose after the Consumer Price Index print on June 13 came in below expectations, but Bitcoin and the altcoins failed to recover. This suggests that cryptocurrency traders are focused on crypto-specific issues and are not buying on favorable macroeconomic news.&n ...

Brazil’s president signs law aimed at having central bank regulate crypto firms

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, known to many as simply Lula, has signed legislation giving clarity to the roles the country’s central bank and securities regulator will take in regards to cryptocurrencies.In a June 14 notice, President Lula signed government decree No. 11.5 ...

Hinman documents suggest SEC is the wrong agency to govern digital assets, crypto lawyer says

On June 13, the long-awaited Hinman documents were finally unsealed and released to the public. The unveiled documents offer valuable insights into a significant speech delivered in 2018 by Bill Hinman, the former director of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) corp ...

Crypto yield platform Haru suspends transfers after investigation

On June 13, South Korean yield platform Haru Invest announced that it would be suspending deposits and withdrawals effective immediately. “First of all, the company sincerely apologizes that its latest announcement has caused concerns to our valued investors and customers," Haru said, claim ...

‘All of the SEC’s claims fail’ — Binance.US rebuts motion to freeze funds

Binance.US has asked the court to deny the securities regulator’s proposed temporary restraining order against its assets ahead of a June 13 hearing, claiming that the move would “effectively end” its business.In a June 12 filing, Binance.US slammed the SEC’s emerge ...

​​Crypto fund outflows reach $417M over 8 weeks as investor caution persists

On June 12, European cryptocurrency investment firm CoinShares published its latest weekly “Digital Asset Fund Flows Report,” revealing that cryptocurrency investment products experienced outflows of $88 million last week. The substantial drawdown added to the ongoing eight-week streak ...

Price analysis 6/12: SPX, DXY, BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, ADA, DOGE, SOL, MATIC

After the tough sell-off seen in the past week, the cryptocurrency markets will be looking for some support from the macroeconomic data this week. The all-important United States consumer price index report on June 13 will be followed up by the Federal Reserve’s policy decision on June 14.  ...

Bitcoin and select altcoins show resilience even as the crypto market sell-off continues

A bearish trend formation has been pressuring cryptocurrency prices for the past eight weeks, driving the total market capitalization to its lowest level in more than two months at $1.06 trillion, a 2.4% decline between June 4 and June 11.This time, the move wasn’t driven by Bitcoin ...

Vitalik Buterin: Ethereum ‘fails’ without these 3 important ‘transitions’

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin believes the success of Ethereum will come down to three major technical “transitions” that need to happen almost simultaneously — layer-2 scaling, wallet security and privacy-preserving features.In a June 9 post via his personal blog, ...

a16z opening London crypto office citing ‘predictable’ environment

Venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) is set to open its first office outside of the United States this year, adding to the backdrop of U.S.-based firms seeking greener pastures outside of the country. Chris Dixon, a16z’s crypto founder and managing partner, cited a &l ...

A sideways Bitcoin price could lead to breakouts in ETH, XRP, LDO and RNDR

Altcoin prices crumbled after the United States Securities and Exchange Commission announced lawsuits against Binance and Coinbase at the start of the week. Apart from the action against the two biggest crypto exchanges, investors seem to be nervous because the SEC labeled 23 cryptocurrencies as ...

US senator revamps efforts for crypto regulations amid SEC lawsuits

United States Senator Cynthia Lummis has said her efforts to push for a positive crypto regulatory framework are still in motion, with the rapid evolution and increasing adoption of cryptocurrencies adding to its urgency.Lummis received praise from Crypto Twitter as she shared her com ...

Hong Kong legislator invites Coinbase to the region despite SEC scrutiny

Touting its progressive stance on cryptocurrencies, a Hong Kong legislator has invited Coinbase and other crypto exchanges to establish operations in the region.Legislative Council member Johnny Ng took to Twitter to express support and assistance to “all global virtual asset tr ...

EU needs further efforts to implement crypto regulations: Btc. x CEO

Christian Anders, the CEO of Btc. x has said that despite the Markets in Crypto Assets (MiCA) being signed into law, the European Union (EU) might need to do a lot of more lobbying of different regulators in Europe and work with the different governments.In an interview with Cointelegraph, ...

Smart-contract platform partners with cryptocurrency ATM company for better crypto accessibility

Although cryptocurrencies are gaining public attention, whether it’s the European Union finalizing its Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA) regulation or memecoins rallying for 3,000% gains, one major concern remains: they are not easily accessible to the public. Recognizing this, Bitcoin ATMs ...

Nigeria to tax crypto, digital assets 10% on capital gains — Experts react

On the eve of his departure from office on May 28, former Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Finance Act, 2023, into law. The act introduces a series of tax reforms aimed at modernizing the country’s fiscal framework. Among its provisions was the introduction of ...

Real-world asset protocols outperform DeFi blue chips due to tokenization wave

Real-world asset (RWA) protocols have become a hot trend within decentralized finance (DeFi) circles.An RWA protocol is a decentralized application that allows entities to tokenize and trade real-world assets. These assets range from stocks and government bonds to real estate and commoditi ...

Price analysis 6/9: BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, ADA, DOGE, SOL, MATIC, LTC, DOT

Bitcoin remains well above the crucial support at $25,250, indicating that market participants have shrugged off the news of the lawsuits by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against Binance and Coinbase. When markets do not stay lower for long after negative news, i ...

SEC can’t find Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao, asks court for ‘alternative service’

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is seeking "alternative service” from the U.S. district court in Washington, D.C. to issue a legal summons to Changpeng Zhao, the CEO of cryptocurrency exchange Binance.Zhao and Binance were recently sued by the SEC over ...

Moody’s downgrades Coinbase, citing ‘uncertain magnitude’ of SEC charges

Credit ratings agency Moody’s has downgraded its rating of Coinbase from “stable” to “negative” following the SEC’s legal action against the crypto exchange for allegedly operating as an unregistered securities broker.In a June 8 statement, Moody’s ...

Bitcoin rebound falters amid SEC crackdown on exchanges, raising chance of a BTC price capitulation

Bitcoin’s price lost steam after a failed retest of the $27,400 resistance on June 6, signaling that investors became less confident after the recent regulatory actions by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against Binance and Coinbase. Both exchanges are b ...

US DOJ opposes bankrupt Bittrex’s plan to repay customers ahead of credited fines

The United States Justice Department (DOJ) has filed an objection to a motion by bankrupt cryptocurrency trading platform Bittrex to allow customers to withdraw their crypto and fiat. The U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is Bittrex’s biggest creditor, but its cl ...

CEX trading volumes fell to 4-year lows even before Binance, Coinbase suits

Trading volumes on centralized exchanges have fallen to their lowest levels in more than four years amid mounting regulatory pressure from United States regulators and lawmakers.According to a June 7 report from crypto analytics firm CCData, combined spot and derivatives trading volume in ...

Intuit introduces proprietary large language models for fintech with GenOS

Fintech giant Intuit, whose product offerings include TurboTax, Mint, Credit Karma, Mailchimp and QuickBooks, recently expanded its software services platform to include GenOS, an operating system for generative artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. According to Intuit, the new o ...

Security or not, Ether looks poised to hold the $1.8K level based on 3 key metrics

Ether’s price retested $1,780 after the news of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) suing cryptocurrency exchanges Binance and Coinbase, but it’s not preposterous to suggest that Ether bulls should be more than happy that its price did not break below the 67-day ...

Will crypto remittances be the future of global money transfers?

In this era of global economies, where cross-cultural exchanges and international transactions are increasingly common, the demand for efficient and accessible cross-border money transfers has reached new heights of importance. Whilst traditional remittance providers have long dominated th ...

SEC, Gensler-themed memecoins surge amid Binance and Coinbase lawsuits

A number of memecoins drawing their likeness from the United States Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and its chair Gary Gensler have seen a sharp spike in price following the regulator's lawsuits against crypto exchanges Coinbase and Binance.One such token is Good Gensler (GENSLR) whic ...

Why is Bitcoin price down today?

The bullish momentum that propelled Bitcoin (BTC) price to a 2023 high over $30,000 on April 11 is all but gone after a fresh wave of SEC-led regulatory enforcement against Coinbase followed the June 5 lawsuit against Binance exchange.The contraction in Bitcoin price follows a market-wide ...

Small business lending protocol Defactor tokenizes $100M in bonds

On June 6, decentralized finance (DeFi) lending platform Defactor Labs said that it tokenized $100 million worth of Alpha Bonds using the ERC-3643 token standard. The bonds, tokenized on the Polygon (MATIC) network, will be lent to small- and medium-sized enterprises using real-world assets, such ...

House Ag Committee looks at digital assets regulatory bill, Dems ask how to pay for it

If there was ever such a thing as an all-star lineup of regulators, the United States House of Representatives Agricultural Committee’s June 6 hearing on digital asset regulation would probably hold the record. The current chair of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Rostin Beh ...

Sequoia Capital announces three-way split to separate China business

Venture capital firm Sequoia Capital announced an impending split that will see the company break into three distinct partnerships serving the United States, China, and Asian markets separately. The move, announced on June 6, is intended to decentralize back-office functions for ...

Why is Ethereum (ETH) price up today?

On June 6, Ethereum's native token, Ether (ETH), rose nearly 2.25% to around $1,825, compared to its June 5 low at $1,775. The bounce appeared synchronously with a similar move elsewhere in the crypto market. Interestingly, the move accompanied the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's ...

Coinbase stock plunges 20% on SEC lawsuit

The stock of cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase plunged more than 20% at the open on June 6. At the time of publication, shares have pared some losses and are currently trading at $50.14, compared to an intra-day low of $46.43. The company’s market capitalization currently stands at $13.7 bill ...

Breaking: Coinbase targeted by state security regulators concurrent to SEC lawsuit

According to a statement published by the Alabama Securities Commission on June 6, a multistate task force comprising state regulators from Alabama, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, South Carolina, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin have issued a Show Cause Order against crypt ...

Cboe Digital receives nod for margin trades on its crypto futures exchange

Cboe Digital, a major options exchange in the United States, has had its application to offer margined futures contracts for Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) approved by the United States commodities regulator. While Cboe has offered crypto futures contracts since December 2017, margin trades ...

Crypto sentiment index dips back to March ‘fear’ levels amid Binance lawsuit

The Crypto Fear and Greed Index — a tool that measures broader market sentiment towards Bitcoin and the broader crypto market — has dipped to a level of “fear” not witnessed since March 11 this year, when Circle’s USD coin (USDC) briefly lost its dollar-peg. The stumble in market sent ...

SEC complaint hints at why Brian Brooks resigned as Binance​.US CEO

The SEC’s latest complaint against Binance could point to why former Binance.US CEO Brian Brooks chose to step down in August 2021, only three months after his appointment.According to a June 5 tweet from cryptocurrency lawyer James Murphy — known on Twitter as MetaLawMan &mdas ...

Why is the crypto market down today?

Right as analysts thought that Bitcoin (BTC) was on the cusp of showing signs of a price breakout, the crypto market took a turn to the downside after the SEC presented charges against Binance exchange. This has led some analysts to believe that the BTC price bottom is not yet in. Bit ...

AI-related crypto returns rose up to 41% after ChatGPT launched: Study

A recent study conducted by researchers at the Blockchain Research Lab in Hamburg, Germany indicates that OpenAI’s launch of ChatGPT represented a rising tide scenario for cryptocurrency assets related to artificial intelligence (AI). Launched in November of 2022, ChatGPT quickly beca ...

GameStop NFT back in the spotlight after partnership with Illuvium

On June 5, Ethereum blockchain game developer Illuvium announced a partnership with video game and consumer merchandise retailer GameStop to debut a 20,000 nonfungible token (NFT) collection starting June 12.According to developers, the “Illuvitars” NFTs are “dynamic coll ...

SEC sues Binance in US District Court for unregistered securities operations

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed suit against Binance, its U.S. platform and CEO Changpeng Zhao (CZ) in the District Court for the District of Columbia on June 5. 4.Our team is all standing b ...

Bitcoin price chart flashes a bullish sign that could lead to breakouts in ADA, QNT, RNDR and RPL

The United States equities markets welcomed the debt ceiling deal and the May nonfarm payrolls data on June 2 with strong rallies. The S&P 500 rose 1.8% during the week while the tech-heavy Nasdaq was up 2%. This was the sixth successive week of gains for the Nasdaq, the first such occasion s ...

Cryptocurrency markets’ low volatility: A curse or an opportunity?

Cryptocurrency markets are well-known for their volatility, where large price swings help investors create or lose fortunes. Yet there are often periods of relative stability where the tight price action bores some while being an opportunity for others.Since the beginning of the year, Bitc ...

Pro-XRP attorney’s phone hacked to promote LAW token

Pro-XRP lawyer, John Deaton, suffered a phone hack on June 4 amid a relentless cyberattack over several days.CryptoLaw, an account created by the attorney representing over 76,000 XRP (XRP) tokenholders in the Ripple vs. United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) lawsuit, ...

Rapid growth in DeFi-focused Ethereum liquid staking derivatives platforms raises eyebrows

Ether’s (ETH) DeFi activity has declined in the bear market and the sector faces further competition from Ethereum’s annual staking reward of 4%, according to Glassnode analysts. However, a DeFi narrative is building around liquid staking derivative (LSD) tokens that could revive Ethereum’s netwo ...

Uniswap scam alert: Fraudsters impersonate executives and create fake website

Hayden Adams, the creator of the Uniswap protocol and CEO of Uniswap Labs, recently expressed his surprise on Twitter regarding a scam where individuals created a fake Uniswap website.In a tweet, Adams indicated his astonishment at the elaborate nature of the scam, emphasizing that it requ ...