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Polymarket Bets Reflect Low Confidence in Ethereum ETF Approval by SEC

According to a wager on the decentralized betting platform Polymarket, the likelihood of a spot ethereum exchange-traded fund (ETF) gaining approval from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission currently stands at just 7%. This forecast commenced in January with a 76% probability of approval but has since plummeted by 91% over the last three months.

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Investment Firm Franklin Templeton Believes Solana Will Become the…

Franklin Templeton, a leading investment firm with over $1.5 trillion in assets under management (AUM), believes Solana has the potential to become the third-largest cryptocurrency in the market. The firm praised the resilience of the project, its continued airdrops, and the work developers have undertaken to fix the network’s recent congestion issues.

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Philippines Regulator to Unveil Cryptocurrency Regulatory Framework…

Emilio B. Aquino, chairperson of the Securities and Exchange Commission in the Philippines, announced plans to introduce a regulatory framework for cryptocurrency in the latter half of 2024. Aquino expressed optimism that tech giants Apple and Google will promptly comply with the SEC’s request to remove Binance’s applications from their app stores.

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Ethereum Technical Analysis: ETH Bulls Maintain Drive Amid Fluctuat…

As ethereum trades at $3,135, technical indicators present a nuanced picture for traders. Oscillators largely suggest neutrality with a mix of bullish signals, while moving averages indicate a balance of both positive and negative signals across different time frames.

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Sui Surpasses Solana in Daily Transactions Amidst Spam Token Frenzy

  

Sui, a scalability-focused blockchain, has surpassed Solana, a top 10 cryptocurrency network, in activity levels, registering 41 million transactions on April 3. The activity overheating on Sui is caused by ‘spam’, a Sui native token designed to stress test the network’s capabilities, assigning tokens to users equivalent to the number of transactions issued.

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Former Bitmex Chief Expects Bitcoin to Trade Within $60K-$70K Range…

Former Bitmex CEO Arthur Hayes predicts bitcoin will range-bound trade between $60,000 and $70,000 until August. “The slow addition of billions of dollars of liquidity each month will dampen negative price movement from here on out,” Hayes said, adding that he expects “prices to bottom, chop, and begin a slow grind higher.”

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BTC-e Operator Alexander Vinnik Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering C…

According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Alexander Vinnik, a former operator of the BTC-e exchange, has admitted to a conspiracy to launder money. This admission of guilt comes over six years following his arrest in Greece on July 25, 2017.

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USDT Stablecoin Supply on TON Blockchain Hits 130 Million in 2 Weeks

Since the introduction of USDT on the TON blockchain, the supply of this stablecoin has grown by over 70 million within just two weeks, totaling 130 million. While USDT operates across multiple blockchains, its presence on TON has positioned it as the eighth largest in terms of circulating supply.

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Bitcoin Miner Riot Platforms Records Modest Revenue Gain Despite 36…

Riot Platforms Inc., an integrated bitcoin mining company, reported revenues exceeding $79.3 million in the first quarter of 2024. The revenue increase was slight, rising from $73.2 million to $79.3 million. Remarkably, this was achieved even as Riot Platforms experienced a 36% decrease in the number of bitcoins mined, down to 1,364.

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Standard Chartered Warns Bitcoin Price Could Fall to $50K

Standard Chartered Bank has warned that bitcoin’s price could potentially decline to $50,000. The head of digital asset research at the bank attributed this forecast to a mix of crypto-specific factors and broader macroeconomic influences.

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Coinbase Announces Support for Bitcoin's Lightning Network

Coinbase, a leading U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange, has finally announced the implementation of the lightning network, a Bitcoin layer 2 scaling solution. Coinbase will now allow its users to take advantage of this scaling protocol to avoid paying high fees for Bitcoin transactions, enhancing the utility of crypto for customers using Coinbase’s services.

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US Coal Miner Uses Excess Power to Mine BTC; Earns 61 Coins in Q1 2024

  

Alliance Resource Partners (ARLP), a coal mining company in the U.S., recently disclosed its use of underutilized electricity loads for bitcoin mining. Cary Marshall, the company’s CFO, revealed that ARLP concluded the first quarter of 2024 with an approximate total of 425 bitcoins.

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Blockchair’s Lead Developer Expresses Concerns Over Bitcoin’s Secur…

Nikita Zhavoronkov, the lead developer of Blockchair, a cryptocurrency block explorer, has expressed his concerns about Bitcoin’s dwindling security budget. Zhavoronkov stated that the network needs to experience sustained high fees to offset the security impact of the latest halving. After the issuance of Runes following the halving, fees have returned to normal levels.

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Russian Crypto Exchange Unable to Process Withdrawals; Angry Users…

Approximately 50 users of Beribit, a Russian cryptocurrency exchange, recently tried to storm the company’s Moscow offices to demand their digital assets. Beribit’s management has attributed the delay in processing withdrawal requests to an audit initiated following the discovery of discrepancies in the exchange’s balance sheet.

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Russia to Enact a Ban on Domestic Operations Of Cryptocurrency Exch…

Russia is preparing to enact a ban on the organization of cryptocurrency exchanges in the country via the approval of a bill that regulates mining activities. According to statements made by Russian Duma Financial Market Chairman Anatoly Aksakov, digital financial assets like the digital ruble will be allowed to circulate.

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Citi: Brazil Is at the Top of Digital Money Initiatives in Latam

A recent report by Citi, a global financial institution, has put Brazil at the top of the nations leading the digital money initiatives in Latin America. The report states that Brazil features a combination of factors that ease the adoption of digital money such as government support and digital payment solutions.

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HK vs. US: China AMC Leads but Can't Lift Hong Kong Spot Bitcoin ET…

Hong Kong’s debut of six spot bitcoin and ethereum exchange-traded funds (ETFs) garnered HK$87.5 million ($11 million) on their first day, April 30. However, these ETFs underperformed compared to their U.S. counterparts, which had attracted a much larger sum of $4.6 billion on their initial day.

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Samourai Wallet Co-Founder Keonne Rodriguez Pleads Not Guilty, Rele…

On Monday, April 29, Keonne Rodriguez, co-founder of the non-custodial bitcoin wallet Samourai, entered a plea of not guilty to accusations of operating a money transmitter and engaging in money laundering. Rodriguez secured his release by posting a $1 million bail and will be confined to his residence in Harmony, Pennsylvania, with his movements monitored via geolocation technology.

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In a Sea of Mining Giants, One Solo Miner Strikes Digital Gold by F…

While bitcoin mining has become increasingly difficult and block rewards have dropped from 6.25 bitcoins to 3.125 bitcoins, a solo miner discovered block 841,286.

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Microstrategy Boosts Bitcoin Holdings to 214,400 BTC With Latest Pu…

Microstrategy, the Nasdaq-listed software intelligence firm and “the world’s first bitcoin development company,” has disclosed that it now holds 214,400 bitcoins after the latest purchase. “We acquired 25,250 additional bitcoins since the end of the fourth quarter, our 14th consecutive quarter of adding more bitcoin to our balance sheet,” said the company’s chief financial officer.

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Study: Half of Canadian Institutional Investors Actively Offered On…

  

According to a recent survey, half of Canadian institutional investors and financial services organizations have actively offered at least one type of cryptocurrency asset product or service to clients in the past year.

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Latam Insights: Venezuela to Leverage USDT for Sidestepping Sanctio…

Welcome to Latam Insights, a compendium of Latin America’s most relevant crypto and economic news during the last week. In this issue: Venezuelan oil company PDVSA could use USDT to sidestep U.S. sanctions, Chivo Wallet denies hacking allegations, and Nubank expands its crypto functionality in Brazil.

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Veteran Trader Peter Brandt Suggests BTC May Have Topped, Predicts…

  

According to veteran pro trader Peter Brandt, bitcoin may have peaked when it achieved a new all-time high of $73,835. However, there is a possibility that it could now decline to the mid-$30s or even lower, Brandt said. Interestingly, Brandt suggests that such a decline could be the “most bullish thing” from a long-term perspective.

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South African BTC Ponzi Scheme Mastermind Succumbs to Heart Attack…

Johann Steynberg, the mastermind behind a South African bitcoin Ponzi scheme, recently died of a heart attack while under house arrest on a farm in Brazil. According to his Brazilian wife, Steynberg left no will and had no assets that could be inventoried.

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Solana Advances Congestion-Alleviating Central Scheduler Feature to…

Anza, a dev collective behind Solana, recommended the adoption of Agave v1.18.12 into the blockchain’s devnet and testnet. This new version of the mentioned client ships with a central scheduler that aims to reduce congestion by increasing fee collection and reducing conflicting transactions. Anza is calling for increased testing on this functionality.

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FBI Warns Against Using Unregistered Cryptocurrency Money Transmitt…

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has issued a warning about using unregistered cryptocurrency money transmitting services that fail to comply with U.S. anti-money laundering laws. The agency has provided tips for the public to protect themselves, advising them to avoid providers that do not require Know Your Customer (KYC) information.

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Amid Shifts in Bitcoin Mining Economics, Steep Discounts Emerge for…

According to current metrics, older bitcoin mining rigs are not generating the same revenue as they did before the halving, particularly with the hashprice at approximately $0.056 per terahash per second (TH/s) per day.

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Swiss National Bank Chief Raises Concerns About Adding Bitcoin to C…

The chairman of the Swiss National Bank has expressed reservations about incorporating bitcoin into the central bank’s currency reserves. He stated that no decision has been made yet to invest in bitcoin, underscoring the necessity for currency reserves to be liquid, sustainable, and easily tradable, given their use in international payments.

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Deutsche Bundesbank President on Digital Euro: 'The Eurosystem Has…

Joachim Nagel, President of the Deutsche Bundesbank, praised the privacy traits a hypothetical upcoming digital euro would possess. During a speech, Nagel specified that the Eurosystem would have “no interest” in monitoring the payments and expenses of digital euro users and would not be able to identify them based on their payments.

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Standard Chartered Updates Prediction: Doubts SEC Will Approve Spot…

Standard Chartered, which was previously optimistic about the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approving spot ether exchange-traded fund (ETF) applications in May, has now revised its prediction. The bank still sees a positive long-term future for spot ethereum ETFs.

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