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Bitcoin, Ethereum Technical Analysis: BTC Jumps to 6-Month High Abo…

Bitcoin surged above $24,000 on Feb. 02, as markets continued to react to the latest U.S. Federal Reserve policy decision. On Wednesday, the central bank moved to increase rates by 25 basis points, while signaling that further hikes could be on the cards. Ethereum also rallied, with prices nearing $1,700.

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Bitzlato to Restore Operations and Withdrawals From Russia, Co-foun…

Russia-linked cryptocurrency exchange Bitzlato, seized by Western law enforcement, plans to relaunch and permit partial withdrawals, a co-founder announced. Members of the trading platform’s team also intend to relocate the business to the Russian Federation.

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Nigerian Crypto Users and Enthusiasts Dismiss 100% BTC Premium Claims

Nigerian blockchain and crypto enthusiasts have said recent reports suggesting that local residents are paying a premium of almost 100% on top of the prevailing price of bitcoin “are totally false.” They argue that such reports are based on a claim that is being propagated by persons who do not fully grasp the dynamics in the country and should therefore be ignored.

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82% of Millionaires Ask About Putting Crypto in Their Portfolios, S…

Asset management firm Devere Group says that 82% of millionaires surveyed have asked their financial advisors about adding cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin, to their portfolios despite the crypto winter. “Wealthy investors understand that digital currencies are the future of money, and they don’t want to be left in the past,” the firm’s chief executive said.

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Ethereum to Reach Peak of $2,474 Per Token in 2023, Finder's Survey…

Seven days ago, finder.com, a product comparison website, published a forecast report based on predictions from several crypto and fintech experts, predicting bitcoin’s year-end price for 2023. Following the bitcoin price prediction report, Finder released another survey focused on ethereum, the second-largest crypto asset in terms of market capitalization.

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Massachusetts-Based Bankprov to End Loan Offerings Secured by Crypt…

The Amesbury, Massachusetts-based Bankprov, a subsidiary of Provident Bancorp, has announced that it will no longer provide loans secured by cryptocurrency mining rigs. In a filing with the U.S.

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Biggest Movers: DOGE Hits 8-Week High as Meme Coins Rally on Tuesday

Dogecoin climbed to an eight-week high on Jan. 31, as prices broke out of a key resistance level on Tuesday. The meme coin surged ahead following the release of the latest consumer confidence report in the United States. Shiba inu also moved higher, rebounding from losses to start the week.

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Panamanian Crypto Bill Might Get a Second Wind in the Highest Court…

The fate of the Panamanian crypto bill project, which was approved by the Panamanian National Assembly last year, now depends on the decision of the supreme court of the country. The sanction of the project, which was vetoed by President Laurentino Cortizo, is now in the hands of the court after Congress rejected the veto measure.

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Report: Elon Musk's Payments Vision for Twitter Takes Shape, Small…

Seven months ago, current Twitter owner Elon Musk said, prior to acquiring the social media giant, he would integrate cryptocurrency payments. According to sources, a team is working on the infrastructure for a payment platform, and Twitter is proceeding with regulatory approvals and registrations.

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Kazakhstan Parliament Adopts Law Regulating Crypto Mining and Exchange

  

Lawmakers in Nur-Sultan have approved the final version of the law “On Digital Assets in the Republic of Kazakhstan.” The new legislation, including several other bills, regulates the circulation of cryptocurrencies in the country and introduces a licensing regime for crypto miners and exchanges.

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Bitcoin Difficulty Surges 4.68%, Taps New All-Time High; Metric Set…

The Bitcoin blockchain recorded another difficulty increase on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023, at block height 774,144. The network’s difficulty increased by 4.68%, from 37.59 trillion to an all-time high of 39.35 trillion.

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Ethereum Classic’s Hashrate and Price Trend Lower After Ethereum Po…

Just before the Ethereum network transitioned from a proof-of-work (PoW) blockchain to proof-of-stake (PoS), Ethereum Classic’s hashrate saw a significant increase. Three days after The Merge, Ethereum Classic had 214.37 terahash per second (TH/s) of hashrate. However, since then, the network’s hashrate has decreased significantly as 44.33% of it has been lost over the last 134 days.

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Artificial Intelligence and Cryptocurrency: The Rise of AI-Focused…

Trends show that artificial intelligence (AI) will be a major topic in 2023, as data indicates a surge in interest. Since interest peaked and Microsoft invested billions into Chatgpt, demand for AI-focused cryptocurrency projects has risen dramatically.

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Crypto Bank Custodia Denied Membership in US Federal Reserve System

The U.S. Federal Reserve Board has rejected the attempt of Custodia Bank to become member of the Federal Reserve System. According to the decision announced Friday, the application submitted by the digital asset bank is inconsistent with legal requirements.

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Elon Musk Reaffirms Offer to Eat Happy Meal on TV if McDonald's Acc…

Tesla and Twitter CEO Elon Musk has reaffirmed his commitment to eat a McDonald’s Happy Meal on TV if the fast food chain accepts the meme cryptocurrency dogecoin (DOGE). Musk originally made the offer a year ago but McDonald’s responded with a counteroffer at the time.

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FTX Co-Founder Sam Bankman-Fried Seeks Removal of Bail Restrictions…

Sam Bankman-Fried, the disgraced co-founder of FTX, is seeking access to crypto assets associated with FTX and Alameda Research, according to a letter written by his attorney, Mark Cohen. Cohen insists that the existing bail conditions “related to crypto asset transfers should be removed.”

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Sao Paolo Introduces Blockchain in Data Access Law

  

The Brazilian city of Sao Paolo has introduced the concept of blockchain in its municipal data access and transparency law. The concept of blockchain is defined as a technology that can be of use in this field, but the city has not defined the structures or the implementation for its use in the future.

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Biggest Movers: DOGE up to 6-Week High, as AVAX Jumps 13% on Saturday

Dogecoin rose to a six-week high on Saturday, as prices rose above a key resistance level to start the weekend. The meme coin climbed to its strongest point since December, as the global crypto market cap was mostly in the green in today’s session. Avalanche also surged today, hitting its strongest point since August.

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Ban on Crypto Mining in Residential Areas Proposed in Russia

Advisors to the Kremlin have suggested that home crypto mining should be banned in Russia, or in some of its regions. The stated motive for the proposal is to prevent fires in residential buildings. Amateur miners have been blamed for high loads on the grid causing breakdowns and blackouts.

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Goldman Sachs Ranks Bitcoin Best Performing Asset so Far This Year

Goldman Sachs has ranked bitcoin the best-performing asset so far this year. The cryptocurrency also tops the global investment bank’s list as the asset with the highest risk-adjusted return — above gold, real estate, the S&P 500, and the Nasdaq 100.

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California DMV Is Putting Its Titles on the Blockchain

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in California is running a project to digitize all of its titles and put them on a blockchain. The project, which will use the Tezos blockchain and has the assistance of Oxhead Alpha, a crypto dev company, aims to allow users to transfer titles as NFTs in the future.

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Several Crypto Exchange Websites Taken Down in Kazakhstan

Financial authorities in Kazakhstan have targeted at least five online platforms exchanging cryptocurrencies outside the law. Documents, computer equipment, and cryptocurrency wallets have been seized during searches in the northern part of the country.

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‘Prohibitive’ Capital Rules for Banks Holding Crypto Win Support in…

Lawmakers in the European Union have backed legislation imposing new capital requirements for financial institutions, including strict rules meant to cover crypto-related risks. The latter concern banks keeping digital assets and are expected to enter into force in January, 2025.

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Binance Processed $346 Million for Crypto Exchange Bitzlato, Report…

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has reportedly processed nearly $346 million in crypto transactions for Bitzlato, the coin trading platform that was shut down in an international law enforcement operation. U.S. authorities say the world’s largest trading platform for digital assets was among Russian-owned Bitzlato’s major counterparties.

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Twitter Users Spot Crypto Scam Tweet on Verified Robinhood Account,…

According to multiple sources, the Twitter account of Robinhood was allegedly hacked on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023. The account posted a tweet promoting a Binance Smart Chain token listed on the Pancakeswap decentralized exchange. An analysis of the situation on the blockchain shows that the token received fewer than $1,000 in purchases before Robinhood removed the tweet.

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Crypto, Equity, Metal Markets Plunge as Tech Earnings Disappoint an…

Equity markets began the day in the red following the latest corporate earnings reports from some of the world’s largest firms, including Microsoft. The tech giant’s recent conference call was considered disappointing, and earnings from firms such as Boeing, Texas Instruments, and 3M were also lackluster.

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Unredacted Financial Documents Show Blockfi's $1.2 Billion Connecti…

Unredacted documents mistakenly sent to the bankruptcy court indicate that the now-defunct crypto lender Blockfi had more than $1.2 billion tied up with FTX and Alameda Research. The accidentally revealed documentation shows that Blockfi’s exposure to the bankrupt crypto firm FTX was more than what the company had previously disclosed.

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Economist Peter Schiff Explains Why Bitcoin and Gold Are up This Ye…

Economist and gold bug Peter Schiff has explained why bitcoin and gold are going up this year. “They’re rising for opposite reasons,” he said, claiming that the price of gold is climbing as investors view the metal as a hedge against inflation and a weaker dollar.

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Bunzz Raises $4.5M Seed Round to Expand its Smart Contract Hub for…

PRESS RELEASE. Singpore, Singapore, 24th January, 2023, Chainwire. Bunzz a web3 development platform for decentralized applications, has completed a $4.5M seed round. Investors included gjmp, DG Daiwa Ventures, Coincheck, and Ceres.

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Ghanaian Cedi Second Worst-Performing Asset Among Sub-Saharan Afric…

In just the first 17 days of the new year, the Ghanaian currency reportedly depreciated by 12.7%, making it the second worst-performing among Sub-Saharan Africa’s top 15 currencies. While one U.S. dollar bought 13.10 units of the cedi on the parallel market, according to the latest Bank of Ghana data, one greenback buys around 10.36 units of the local currency.

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