Biggest Movers: RUNE Rallies to Start the Week, as SAND Extends Recent Gains

RUNE rose by over 10% to start the week, surging as global crypto markets pushed to enter the green on July 4. After a slow start to the day, the crypto market cap is up 3.15% as of writing, with SAND another notable mover, as it extended recent gains, rising by nearly 13% in the process. Thorchain (RUNE) RUNE was a notable mover on Monday, as prices rose by over 10% on the Independence Day of the United States. The token rose to an intraday peak of $2.08 to start…

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Crypto Lender Vauld Suspends Withdrawals, Company Is Discussing ‘Restructuring Options’ With Advisors

On July 4, the crypto lending company Vauld announced it suspended withdrawals, trading, and deposits after disclosing the firm is “facing challenges.” While not naming any specific companies, the Singapore-based cryptocurrency lending platform and exchange mentioned “financial difficulties” stemming from “key business partners.” Vauld Suspends Withdrawals Over ‘Financial Difficulties’ During the last 30 days, a number of cryptocurrency lending platforms have revealed that their finances are not very sound. For instance, the crypto lender Celsius paused “all withdrawals, swaps, and transfers between accounts,” on June 12, 2022. Furthermore, on July…

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Bitcoin, Ethereum Technical Analysis: BTC, ETH Hover at Key Support Levels to Start Week

Bitcoin continues to hover below $20,000 to start the week, as U.S. markets were mainly closed due to the Independence Day celebrations. This past weekend’s volatility carried forward into Monday’s session, with ETH remaining close to a breakout below $1,000. Bitcoin Bitcoin started the week in the red, as the world’s largest crypto token continues to hover below $20,000. Following a volatile weekend of trading activity, BTC/USD dropped to an intraday low of $18,971.81 on Monday. As a result of this move, bitcoin continued to trade close to its support…

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Colombia to Use Ripple Ledger to Issue Land Registry Certificates

The government of Colombia announced a new system that will allow it to use the Ripple Ledger to store and authenticate property titles. The system, which was developed by a third-party company called Peersyst Technology, aims to allow the National Land Agency to issue a record number of land adjudications for citizens. Colombia to Register Land Titles on the Ripple Ledger While the main uses of blockchain technology are currently linked to assets with transactional value, like cryptocurrencies, there are companies and governments leveraging it for other uses. The government…

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Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt Is Skeptical About the Metaverse Concept

Eric Schmidt, who was CEO of Google, has declared that there is confusion about the concept of the metaverse and what it means for people. Schmidt stated that, even with a company like the former Facebook pivoting its operations to occupy the metaverse market, there is still not a clear definition of the concept and how it will affect people’s lives. Metaverse Still Not Defined, According to Google’s Former CEO Eric Schmidt While there has been a considerable number of companies and firms that are already putting funds into and…

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Bank of Russia Ready to Legalize Crypto Mining If Miners Sell Minted Coins Abroad

The Central Bank of Russia would agree to the legalization of cryptocurrency mining, provided the proceeds from the activity are converted to fiat outside of Russia. The regulator’s latest position on the matter comes after it softened its stance on the possible use of cryptocurrencies for payments, even if only internationally. Central Bank of Russia to Accept Legalization of Cryptocurrency Mining The monetary authority in Moscow is now ready to back the legalization of crypto mining under the condition that Russian miners are obliged to sell the coins they obtain…

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Indian Central Bank RBI: Cryptocurrencies Are a Clear Danger — Financial Stability Risks Likely to Grow

India’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), sees cryptocurrencies as “a clear danger.” However, the financial stability risks posed by crypto assets currently appear to be “limited.” RBI on Crypto’s Danger and Financial Stability Risks The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) released the 25th issue of its Financial Stability Report (FSR) Thursday. RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das wrote: Cryptocurrencies are a clear danger. Anything that derives value based on make believe, without any underlying, is just speculation under a sophisticated name. The RBI chief further opined: “While technology has…

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Mad Money’s Jim Cramer Says Crypto Immolation Shows the Fed’s Job to Tame Inflation Is Almost Complete

The host of Mad Money, Jim Cramer, claims that “With the immolation of crypto, the Fed’s job is almost complete.” He stressed that “one front in the war on inflation that’s been an outstanding total victory for the Fed” is the battle against financial speculation. Jim Cramer on Fed’s Policy, Inflation, Crypto Jim Cramer discussed crypto and the Federal Reserve’s fight against inflation on CNBC’s Mad Money show Thursday. Cramer is a former hedge fund manager who co-founded Thestreet.com, a financial news and literacy website. He began by stating, “crypto…

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Russian Media Censor Roskomnadzor Blocks Major Crypto News Website

Bits.media, a leading news outlet in Russia’s crypto space, has been blocked by Russia’s telecom and mass media watchdog, Roskomnadzor. The site is now inaccessible through most Russian internet providers, the online edition announced, stating it intends to contest the measure. Roskomnadzor Denies Russians Access to Bits.media Crypto news website Bits.media became unavailable to most of its readers in Russia this week and its team found that the Russian media censor Roskomnadzor is to blame. The government agency has added an unspecified number of its pages to a register of…

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Jed McCaleb’s Ripple Stash Down to 81 Million — Co-Founder’s XRP Cache Likely to Dry Up This Year

After selling billions of xrp tokens since 2014, the former Ripple Labs executive Jed McCaleb only has 81.53 million xrp left to sell. In mid-February 2021, it was expected that McCaleb’s stash would run dry that year in May. However, the selling took much longer, but today’s data shows there’s only $26 million worth left. Data Shows Jed McCaleb’s Ripple Stash Nears the Bottom of the Barrel With $26 Million in Coins Left to Sell It has been known for quite some time that the co-founder of Ripple Labs, Jed…

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Exploit Forces Crema Finance to Temporarily Suspend Services, $8.7 Million Stolen

According to the decentralized finance (defi) protocol Crema Finance, the application was hacked on July 2, 2022. A Twitter account called “Solanafm” says the defi protocol lost around $8.7 million from the attack. Crema Finance Vulnerability Causes Defi App to Lose Millions — 6 Flashloans Executed Another defi protocol has lost funds to a hacker as the Solana liquidity application disclosed it was attacked on Saturday, July 2, 2022. “Attention,” Crema Finance wrote on Saturday. “Our protocol seems to have just experienced a hacking. We temporarily suspended the program and…

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Blockfi CEO Says FTX Has an ‘Option to Acquire’ Crypto Lender at a Price of up to $240M

According to Blockfi’s co-founder Zac Prince, the company has signed definitive agreements with the crypto firm FTX and the deal is currently up to shareholder approval. The deal represents a total of $680 million, but Prince also noted that $240 million of that total could be used to acquire Blockfi at a variable price up to that amount. FTX Could Buy Blockfi for $240 Million, CEO Zac Prince Says Company Lost $80 Million From 3AC Exposure Zac Prince, the co-founder of Blockfi, explained that his company has come to an…

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Tax Agency Starts Checking Crypto Traders in Romania

Authorities in Romania are going after investors who failed to report revenues from crypto trading and pay tax. The offensive is part of efforts to respond to financial trends, the country’s tax body said in a statement, unveiling it was able to identify almost €50 million of undeclared crypto gains. Tax Authority in Romania Verifies Gains From Cryptocurrency Trading Romania’s National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF) announced this week that officials from its department responsible for prevention of tax evasion and fraud have initiated inspections to establish the revenues received…

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Kuwait-Based Islamic Bank Enters the Metaverse

Warba Bank, a Kuwait-based Islamic bank, recently became the latest corporation from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to enter the metaverse. The bank now occupies two sites in the metaverse, one Decentraland and another one on Sandbox. Pioneering Digital Transformation In what has been described as a first for an Islamic bank, the Kuwait-based Warba Bank recently said it now occupies two sites in the metaverse, one on Decentraland and another on Sandbox. The bank’s presence in the metaverse is expected to bolster its communication with the young…

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Report: Huobi to Start Layoffs That Could ‘Exceed 30%’ — Founder May Sell Stake in Company

According to the Chinese journalist Colin Wu, otherwise known as “Wu Blockchain,” the cryptocurrency company Huobi may lay off 30% of the firm’s staff due to “a sharp drop in revenue.” Furthermore, the reporter claims that Huobi’s co-founder Leon Li is reportedly looking to sell a large stake in the digital assets company. Colin Wu Reports Layoffs Are Coming to Huobi and the Alleged Sale of 50% Stake On June 28, 2022, Colin Wu, the local cryptocurrency and blockchain journalist from China, explained that Huobi “will start layoffs, which may…

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Ethereum Transfer Costs Continue to Slide — Network Fees Tap a 19-Month Low

On Saturday, Ethereum transaction fees tapped a low not seen since November 2020 as the average network fee dropped to 0.0016 ether or $1.67 per transfer. Average fees on Saturday have been as low as 32 gwei or $0.69 per transfer as Ethereum gas fees have been steadily dropping since May 11, 2022. Ethereum Fees Drop to the Lowest Range Since November 2020 Ethereum’s average gas fees tapped a low on July 2, 2022, not seen in 19 months or November 12, 2020. Essentially, the gas or network fee is…

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Meta Ending Crypto Project Novi After Mark Zuckerberg Unveiled Metaverse Digital Wallet

Meta Platforms, formerly Facebook, has announced the end of its crypto project Novi. Users are advised to withdraw funds as soon as possible. The announcement followed the introduction of a digital wallet for the metaverse, announced by Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Crypto Project Novi Ending Facebook owner Meta Platforms Inc. (Nasdaq: META) announced Friday that its crypto project pilot Novi “is ending soon.” According to its website: Novi will no longer be available for use after September 1. In Friday’s announcement, Meta explained that starting July 21, users will no…

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Coinbase Responds to Reports of Selling Customer ‘Geo Tracking’ Data to US Government

The Nasdaq-listed cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has insisted that it does not sell “proprietary customer data” after reports surfaced that its Tracer product is providing “historical geo tracking data” to the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Coinbase Responds to Reports of It Selling Customer Data to U.S. Government Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase came under fire last week when reports surfaced accusing the Nasdaq-listed company of selling customer data to the U.S. government. Coinbase Tracer, the analytics arm of the cryptocurrency exchange, has signed a contract with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement…

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EU Makes Deal on MiCA Legislation to Regulate Crypto Markets

Representatives of key European Union (EU) institutions and member states reached an agreement on the Markets in Crypto Assets regulatory proposal. The progress in the negotiations over the comprehensive legal framework for the Union’s crypto space comes after earlier this week European officials agreed to adopt a set of anti-money laundering rules for cryptocurrency transactions. EU Parliament, Council, Commission Agree to Tame ‘Wild West’ Crypto Market Negotiators representing the major institutional bodies of the European Union agreed to implement the landmark Markets in Crypto Assets (MiCA) legislation across the 27-strong…

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Report: Embattled Crypto Hedge Fund Three Arrows Capital Files for Chapter 15 Bankruptcy

The troubled crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital Ltd., otherwise known as 3AC, has filed for bankruptcy according to recent court filings. The court papers show 3AC is aiming for an ancillary Chapter 15 proceeding so liquidators and creditors cannot seize the firm’s U.S. assets. 3AC Files for Bankruptcy — ‘Tremors’ From the Crypto Market Fall ‘Continue to Reverberate,’ Says JPMorgan Analyst Following the reports that Three Arrows Capital Ltd. (3AC) was reprimanded by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and faced liquidation from a court order stemming from the…

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NFT Sales Stave off Crypto Market Downturn This Week With a Slight Uptick in Volume

Non-fungible token (NFT) sales have managed to stay consistent this week while the crypto economy saw more losses over the last seven days. The week prior, $152.9 million in NFT sales were recorded across 18 blockchains and during the past week, $154.3 million in sales were executed. While Ethereum saw the most NFT sales this week, the chain saw a 9.23% decline in ether-based NFT sales volume. NFT’s Avert This Week’s Crypto Downturn as NFT Sales Saw a Modest Increase At the time of writing, approximately $154,366,090 in NFT sales…

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BTC’s Lower Price Shrinks Bitcoin Mining Profits, Hashrate Remains Unaffected

While bitcoin’s fiat value has dropped more than 70% below the all-time high recorded in November 2021, the price reduction has made it so miners are making fewer profits depending on the devices they operate. Despite miner profits sliding, Bitcoin’s hashrate has remained high coasting along at 180 exahash per second (EH/s) to 261 EH/s. In three days or more than 600 blocks away, Bitcoin’s next difficulty adjustment is also estimated to increase by 0.3%. Bitcoin Mining Revenue Keeps Getting Smaller — Fewer Machines Profit Miners continue to keep the…

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Biggest Movers: ATOM up for Fourth Straight Session, While XTZ Rebounds on Saturday Low

Cosmos rose for a fourth consecutive session to start the weekend, as prices edged closer to a resistance point. While cosmos (ATOM) extended gains, tezos (XTZ) rebounded following a streak of recent losing sessions, with bulls seemingly buying this weeks’ dip. Cosmos (ATOM) Cosmos (ATOM) extended its recent bullish run on Saturday, as prices have now risen for four consecutive sessions. The token rose to an intraday peak of $8.33 to start the weekend, as prices have so far increased by over 12% in today’s session. This latest move saw…

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Bitcoin, Ethereum Technical Analysis: BTC Edges Closer to $18,800 Support Level on Saturday

Bitcoin moved closer to its long-term support level of $18,800 to start the weekend, as prices of cryptocurrencies were once again lower. While bitcoin has now fallen for seven straight sessions, ethereum also saw similar declines, and as of writing is down 2.40% from yesterday’s high. Bitcoin The world’s largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization bitcoin (BTC) was once again in the red on Saturday, as prices edged closer to a key support level. Following a high of $19,590.12 on Friday, BTC/USD rallied to an intraday low of $19,027.08 to start…

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Sleeping Bitcoins Wake Up, Kiyosaki Waits for $1,100 BTC, and Zuckerberg Eyes Metaverse Money — Bitcoin.com News Week in Review

As July begins and markets remain bearish, there’s still no shortage of dynamic developments in the crypto space. In this week’s Bitcoin.com News Week in Review, ‘sleeping bitcoins’ from 2010 make moves, Rich Dad Poor Dad author Robert Kiyosaki says he is waiting for bitcoin to test $1,100, Russia denies debt default allegations, and Mark Zuckerberg discusses the opportunities of the metaverse. String of 200 ‘Sleeping Bitcoins’ From 2010 Worth $4.27 Million Awakens A large number of so-called ‘sleeping bitcoins’ have awoken from slumber as four block rewards were spent…

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Senator Indira Kempis Proposes Bill to Make Bitcoin Legal Tender in Mexico

Indira Kempis, senator of the Mexican Congress, has proposed a bill that would make bitcoin legal tender in the country. The bill bases its action on the hardships that Mexican citizens are facing went trying to access financial products and education. However, the Central Bank of Mexico has been against the introduction of bitcoin into the financial system of the country. Bill Proposes to Make Bitcoin Legal Tender in Mexico Mexico is another of the countries in Latam that is taking a look at what bitcoin might bring when introduced…

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Study: AUM of Crypto Investment Products at Record Lows in June, Trust Products Garner Lowest Total Since December 2020

The latest data from Cryptocompare shows that assets under management (AUM) of crypto investment products reached record lows during the month of June. The data also shows 21 Shares Short Bitcoin ETP as the only digital investment product that registered a positive 30-day return (30.8%) as of June 23. Three Arrows Capital Insolvency Factor The AUM of crypto investment products dropped to record lows in the month of June 2022, the latest data from Cryptocompare has shown. According to the regulated benchmark administrator and digital asset data firm, this drop…

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US Regulator Charges South African MTI and Its Operator With $1.7 Billion Fraud Involving Bitcoin

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has charged Mirror Trading International (MTI) and its operator with a $1.7 billion fraud involving bitcoin. This action is the regulator’s largest fraud scheme case involving the cryptocurrency. CFTC Takes Action Against MTI The CFTC announced Thursday that it has charged a “South African pool operator and CEO with $1.7 billion fraud involving bitcoin.” The regulator added: This action is CFTC’s largest fraud scheme case involving bitcoin. The derivatives watchdog has filed a civil enforcement action, charging Cornelius Johannes Steynberg and Mirror Trading…

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Crypto Exchange Coincoinx to Launch Crypto to Fiat Payments App in Venezuela

Coincoinx, a cryptocurrency exchange, will reportedly launch a service that will allow users to skip trading crypto for fiat to make payments in Venezuela. The service, which is called Coinpago, will allow users to make payments in every store and retailer in the country that accepts Pagomovil, a banking service that allows seamless fiat transfers between banks in the country. Coincoinx to Ease Crypto Payments in Venezuela While cryptocurrency is slowly going mainstream, becoming more popular in many locations around the world, there are still many retailers and service providers…

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TSX-Listed Voyager Digital ‘Temporarily’ Suspends Trading, Deposits, and Withdrawals

After the TSX-listed Voyager Digital revealed that it was owed $655 million from Three Arrows Capital (3AC), the company secured a $500 million credit line from Alameda Ventures in order to “safeguard customer assets.” Five days later on July 1, Voyager announced the crypto company was “temporarily suspending trading, deposits, withdrawals and loyalty rewards.” Another Crypto Firm Freezes Withdrawals, Voyager CEO Says ‘It Was a Tremendously Difficult Decision’ The embattled digital currency firm Voyager Digital (OTCMKTS: VYGVF) announced a temporary withdrawal and deposit pause on Friday, according to a recent…

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