Why Bitcoin and Ethereum Have Suddenly Pumped: Arthur Hayes

Arthur Hayes – co-founder of the crypto exchange BitMEX – broke down the macro backdrop to Bitcoin and Ethereum’s latest price pump.  The former CEO argued that the U.S. Treasury is responsible for the rally, due to upcoming plans to alter the supply of Treasury bills in the market.  RRPs, T-Bills, and Bitcoin Both Bitcoin and Ethereum broke out of trading ranges below $20,000 and $1400 respectively for the first time in weeks on Tuesday. The move was largely unexpected,…

Is Ether a Security? The CFTC and SEC Can’t Decide 

Two of America’s top financial regulators may not see eye-to-eye on Ether’s legal status.  Rostin Benham – Chairman of the Commodities and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) – reiterated on Monday that he views the asset as a commodity. However, he claims Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chairman Gary Gensler may think otherwise. Ether: Commodity or Security? The debate surrounding Ether will ultimately determine which agency has regulatory jurisdiction over the asset. Benham’s position aligns with what would give his agency…

Censorship Concerns: 51% of Ethereum Blocks Now OFAC Compliant

According to new data, over half of the blocks on the Ethereum network now reportedly comply with the US Treasury OFAC’s standards. This comes roughly a month after the platform’s monumental merge update. Phasing Out Tornado Cash The Office of Foreign Assets Control is the intelligence and enforcement agency of the US  Treasury Department. Indeed, the OFAC administers and enforces US  financial sanctions. A prime example of this is the recent, highly-publicized ban on crypto mixer Tornado Cash.  According to…

BNY Mellon Launches Bitcoin and Ethereum Custody Services

BNY Mellon – the oldest bank in the United States – just became the first to begin offering crypto custody services for its clients.  The custodian will now protect users’ cryptocurrencies alongside their traditional investments on its platform.  A Bank Adopts Bitcoin According to the Wall Street Journal, the bank partnered with the established crypto custodian Fireblocks to offer the service. The latter serves institutional clients and has hired former SEC chairman Jay Clayton as an advisor. The service is…

Ethereum Classic Hash Rate Explodes After The Merge

With Ethereum’s long-anticipated Merge finally complete, the network’s miners may have already found a new home in Ethereum Classic. The original Ethereum chain saw its hash rate explode following Thursday’s monumental upgrade.  Inheriting Ethereum’s Miners According to data from 2Miners, Ethereum Classic’s hashrate is now up to 305.65 terrahashes per second (TH/s). On late Wednesday, it stood at just 80 TH/s.  For context, 1 terrahash is equal to 1 000 000 000 000 hashes. These are guess answers generated by…

Singapore Residents Most Interested in the Merge: Report

With the Ethereum Merge only days away, crypto analysis company CoinGecko has looked into which countries are most interested in the imminent upgrade. According to CoinGecko reports, Singaporean crypto holders lead several others in terms of interest in Ethereum’s imminent historic milestone. Singapore’s "ETH Merge” Searches Eclipse US, Canada Ethereum’s dev team has confirmed that the network’s shift to the Proof-of-Stake consensus mechanism will occur between September 13 and 15. As the upgrade has been in the works for years,…

Ethereum Scaling Network Arbitrum Nitro Upgrade to Go Live on August 31

The Nitro upgrade for Ethereum layer-2 scaling solution Arbitrum is slated to take place on Wednesday, August 31. Arbitrum shared updates regarding the forthcoming upgrade in a Twitter post late last night.  Arbitrum Announces Nitro Launch Date The Ethereum-based scaling solution employs L2 structure, optimistic rollups to process transactions outside the Ethereum mainnet. Arbitrum completes operations in large batches off-chain before delivering them on Ethereum. With Nitro, however, the network should raise its transaction throughput and cut down transaction fees.…

Coinbase is Willing to List a Potential Ethereum POW Fork

Coinbase – America’s largest cryptocurrency exchange – has updated its statement detailing its approach to Ethereum’s upcoming Merge. The firm has now clarified that it's willing to list a possible forked version of ETH at the exchange. The statement, uploaded last week, was revised on Thursday to reflect Coinbase’s commitment to creating a “level playing field” for all assets. Should an ETH PoW fork arise following The Merge, this asset will be reviewed with the same rigor as any other…

Depositors Drain BendDAO ETH Reserves, No Bids on Defaulting NFTs

NFT-focused lending platform BendDAO is currently facing an insolvency crisis, having run out of funds to pay depositors. This comes shortly after predictions of mass NFT liquidations to reclaim the platform’s loans.  BendDAO is currently witnessing a bank run as several of the platform’s lenders withdrew their assets over the weekend. At writing the platform has roughly 425 wETH in its reserve and still owes its depositors about 13K ETH.  As analyst NFTStatistics.eth explained in a Twitter post, BendDAO’s debtors…

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