Meme Coin Markets Gain Close to 5% in 24 Hours, Dogecoin’s Value Jumps, 3 Meme Tokens See Triple Digit Gains

The top meme tokens by market capitalization have increased in value by 4.4% in the last 24 hours according to statistics. Dogecoin had a good week jumping more than 20% during the last seven days. However, 14 meme tokens surpassed dogecoin’s weekly jump as a few tokens have seen triple-digit spikes over the last week. Tesla Acceptance Pushes Dogecoin Up 20% This Week, Shiba Inu Gains Over 7% After the electric car company, Tesla announced the firm would be accepting dogecoin (DOGE) payments, the meme crypto spiked in value almost…

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Russia Busts Revil Ransomware Group on US Request, Arrests 14 Members

Russian law enforcement agencies have dismantled the notorious hacking group Revil, believed to be behind ransomware attacks in the U.S. involving cryptocurrency. Although Moscow is unlikely to hand over Russian citizens to Washington, the operation has been carried out on request from the United States, despite heightened geopolitical tensions between the two powers. Russia’s FSB Hits Cybercrime Group Revil On Friday, the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) announced it has conducted raids against Revil in the capital Moscow, St. Petersburg, Leningrad, and Lipetsk regions, together with the…

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Harris pushed hard for voting rights — then hit a brick wall

More than six months ago, Vice President Kamala Harris embraced a new mission: to lead the administration’s push for federal voting rights legislation. It was a chance to make her mark on a hugely important issue. And it took on added importance as her tenure turned bumpy over the summer. She dove into it. For months, she helped craft political coalitions with civil rights leaders, built outside pressure on Congress and engaged privately with lawmakers. She met with Black leaders, helped create a list of actions that federal agencies could…

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DeSantis uses conservative lifeline as Trump sours on him

TALLAHASSEE — Conservative social media influencers have flocked to Florida for “freedom,” “liberty” and another reason: Gov. Ron DeSantis. The Republican governor’s team has been courting popular conservative media and online figures, an effort that comes as former President Donald Trump appears to be turning on DeSantis. Some of those whom the governor’s staff are wooing are heavily involved in amplifying the anti-vax movement and downplaying the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. In early January — on the 6th no less — DeSantis hosted nine prominent social media…

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Value Locked in Defi Jumps 2.3% in 7 Days, Ethereum NFT Sales Dominate, Fantom TVL Jumps 26%

On Saturday, January 15, 2022, the value locked in decentralized finance (defi) protocols across a number of blockchains has increased from $233.95 billion since January 8, to $239.44 billion. Curve’s total value locked (TVL) dominance today is 9.76% with its $23.38 billion TVL. Meanwhile, native assets for the top nine smart contract platforms have seen seven-day gains improving from the week prior’s price slump. Defi TVL Jumps 2.3% Higher This Week Today’s top smart contract platform tokens are up in value against the U.S. dollar according to weekly statistics. The…

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Stablecoin USDC’s ERC20 Issuance Surpasses USDT’s Total Supply on Ethereum

On Saturday, January 15, 2022, the market capitalization of all the stablecoins in existence is $173 billion, which represents 7.93% of the $2.18 trillion crypto-economy. The market valuations of stablecoins tether and usd coin represent 71.84% of the entire stablecoin economy’s value. This week, the current total supply of usd coin surpassed tether, in terms of tokens issued on the Ethereum blockchain, as usd coin has a 0.568% larger fully diluted market capitalization on the smart contract network. USDC Issuance on Ethereum Surpasses Tether’s ERC20 Supply The current total supply…

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Bitcoin’s Hashrate Taps New Lifetime High, BTC Price 20% Above Production Cost, Difficulty Nears ATH

Bitcoin’s hashrate has been riding high again as the processing power tapped another lifetime high on January 15, 2022, reaching 219.68 exahash per second (EH/s). The new record follows the previous all-time high (ATH) on the first day of the year, when the network’s hashrate tapped 219.5 EH/s. Bitcoin’s Hashrate Hits a Milestone, Analyst Discusses Miner Capitulation, Estimated Bitcoin Production Cost Bitcoin miners are dedicating a lot of SHA256 processing power to the BTC network on January 15, as the network quickly reached an ATH just after 12:00 a.m. (EST).…

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Walensky faces CDC burnout as pandemic enters third year

In an early December call, Rochelle Walensky, director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, greeted a weary staff facing an ominous new chapter in the pandemic response. The Omicron variant was spreading rapidly, she said, leading to increases in cases and hospitalizations — an indication that the U.S. was in for another difficult winter. And employees of the agency’s pandemic response team, some of whom have worked on the CDC’s Covid-19 efforts since January 2020, had reached their breaking point. For more than a year, CDC scientists and officials…

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Cruises sail into a new era of Covid self-policing

The nightmare cruises of spring 2020 are back as Omicron sends passenger case rates soaring. Yet the CDC is poised to loosen the industry’s Covid leash, saying cruise lines are now positioned to police themselves. On Saturday, despite a 30-fold increase in on-board Covid cases, with cruise ships being turned away at ports and passengers getting sick, the CDC plans to lift all of its Covid restrictions on the cruise industry. Just two weeks ago, the agency was recommending against cruising even for vaccinated passengers, and the agency’s official guidance…

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Opinion | Don’t Pack the Court. Allow the Number of Justices to Float.

President Joe Biden’s commission to review possible Supreme Court reforms recently ended in rather anticlimactic fashion. After months of debate, all they could agree on was that there was zero consensus on how to fix the court. Now, it wasn’t totally the commission’s fault. The diverse and esteemed group of legal scholars was instructed not to endorse any single recommendation, only to weigh some of the dominant proposals. But the report itself was rather uninspiring, and so the drumbeat of court reform continues on: Sen. Elizabeth Warren soon became the…

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Opinion | When a National Unity Government Really Worked — And Why It Can’t Happen Now

No, Liz Cheney won’t be President Joe Biden’s running mate. No, Mitt Romney won’t be running with Vice President Kamala Harris. No, Hillary Clinton won’t be heading the Democratic ticket in 2024. All of these suggestions have been floated in the last few days to widespread scoffing. But if you really want a completely ludicrous scenario, how about Biden inviting former State Secretary Mike Pompeo and former Vice President Mike Pence into his Cabinet while enlisting Romney as his earnest advocate for some of his key policies. Totally off-the-wall, right?…

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Head of Investigative Committee Calls for Mandatory Identification of Cryptocurrency Users in Russia

Russians who use cryptocurrency should not be anonymous, the man who chairs Russia’s federal investigating authority has recently stated. The official leading efforts to fight corruption in the government called for additional regulations, including the introduction of mandatory identification for those who transact with digital coins. Anti-Corruption Official Pushes for Rules to Mitigate Risks of Using Cryptocurrency for Illicit Purposes Alexander Bastrykin, head of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, believes that people who use cryptocurrencies should not remain anonymous. The high-ranking official shared his opinion in an interview…

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IMF: Crypto Could Soon Pose Risks to Countries’ Financial Stability

Economists at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) say that “crypto assets are no longer on the fringe of the financial system.” In addition, they “could soon pose risks to financial stability especially in countries with widespread crypto adoption.” ‘Our Analysis Suggests Crypto Assets Are No Longer on the Fringe of the Financial System’ The International Monetary Fund (IMF) published a blog post on Tuesday warning about the risks crypto assets pose to financial stability. The post is authored by three economists from the IMF’s Monetary and Capital Markets Department: Tobias…

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First Cryptocurrency ATM Reportedly Installed in Uruguay

The ostensible first cryptocurrency ATM machine has been installed in Uruguay, developed as a joint initiative between Urubit and Inbierto, two national crypto companies. This represents a milestone for the country, which according to estimates has between 40K and 50K cryptocurrency users, whose primary avenue for purchasing crypto relies on peer-to-peer markets. Uruguay Enters the Crypto ATM Era Uruguay has received its reported first cryptocurrency ATM in its territory, which is already installed in Punta del Este, a city located in the southeast of the country. The cryptocurrency machine was…

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North Korean Hackers Stole $400 Million in Cryptocurrency Last Year — Ether Accounts for 58% of Stolen Funds

North Korean hackers stole cryptocurrency worth about $400 million last year in at least seven major attacks on crypto platforms. “Only 20% of the stolen funds were bitcoin … And for the first time ever, ether accounted for a majority of the funds stolen at 58%,” said blockchain data analytics firm Chainalysis. North Korean Hackers Stole $400 Million in Crypto Last Year Blockchain analytics platform Chainalysis published an analysis on North Korean hackers and their unlaundered cryptocurrency holdings Thursday. The firm described: North Korean cybercriminals had a banner year in…

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JPMorgan Client Survey: Majority Expect Bitcoin Price to Reach $60K or More This Year

Global investment bank JPMorgan has asked its clients what they think the price of bitcoin will be by year-end. Among the bank’s clients who responded, 55% expect the price of bitcoin to end the year at $60K or higher. What JPMorgan’s Clients Expect the Price of Bitcoin to Be by Year-End JPMorgan has conducted a survey of its clients about what they expect the price of bitcoin to be by year-end. The global investment bank released the results earlier this week. The survey was conducted between Dec. 13 and Jan.…

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Visa: One in Four Businesses Surveyed Plan to Accept Cryptocurrency Payments This Year

Payments giant Visa has conducted a survey of small businesses and found that almost a quarter of those who responded plan to accept cryptocurrency payments this year. “I think more people are feeling more confident with crypto,” said a Visa executive. Small Businesses in 9 Countries Plan to Accept Cryptocurrency This Year Visa published a study on digital payments Wednesday. It was conducted by Wakefield Research in December 2021 and included a survey of 2,250 small business owners with 100 employees or fewer in Brazil, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland,…

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