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March 4, 2024

$2 Billion in Bitcoin Left Exchanges on Friday, But Accumulation Addresses See Record-High Inflows

As Bitcoin surges past $65,000 for the first time since 2021, here’s what onchain data is telling us about the leading digital asset.

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Episode #614 | March 1, 2024

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November 21, 2023

Are TradFi Managers Finally Waking Up to Bitcoin?

The head of research at 3iQ, Mark Connors, said that bitcoin has asymmetric returns – a feature that investors widely covet.

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Bitcoin

March 4, 2024

$2 Billion in Bitcoin Left Exchanges on Friday, But Accumulation Addresses See Record-High Inflows

Onchain data can sometimes paint a conflicting picture, with exchanges recording some of the biggest withdrawals in five years, while addresses that only accumulate and never spend bitcoin are seeing record inflows. More than $2.3 billion worth of bitcoin was withdrawn from crypto exchanges on Friday, according to Glassnode data …

March 3, 2024

Marathon’s Slipstream Mines Largest Bitcoin Block on Record

The largest ever bitcoin block, measured by byte size, has been mined — and it consists entirely of a Bitcoin Ordinals inscription.  The block was mined by bitcoin mining firm Marathon Digital’s Slipstream, a direct transaction submission service on bitcoin made possible by the company’s proprietary mining pool MARA, and …

March 3, 2024

Decentral Park Capital’s Kelly Ye on Bitcoin’s Latest Surge

Bitcoin has had an unexpectedly strong run recently and is nearing its all-time high of just above $69,000. Kelly Ye, a portfolio manager and head of research at Decentral Park Capital, discussed from ETHDenver how spot bitcoin ETFs have been driving the rally.  She also talked about the other major …

March 2, 2024

How This Crypto Rally Is Different: Bitcoin Has Been Leading AltCoins

The price of bitcoin surged past the $60,000 mark on Wednesday for the first time since November 2021. The world’s largest digital asset by market cap has dominated the early part of the bull market rally, a time when altcoins often show the strongest performance. However, altcoins have started to …

Business

March 2, 2024

How This Crypto Rally Is Different: Bitcoin Has Been Leading AltCoins

The price of bitcoin surged past the $60,000 mark on Wednesday for the first time since November 2021. The world’s largest digital asset by market cap has dominated the early part of the bull market rally, a time when altcoins often show the strongest performance. However, altcoins have started to …

March 1, 2024

BlackRock’s Spot Bitcoin ETF IBIT Fastest Ever to Hit $10 Billion in Assets

BlackRock’s spot bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) has now joined an exclusive club of ETFs with over $10 billion in assets under management (AUM) — and the fund hit that mark in a record-setting seven weeks.  The iShares Bitcoin ETF (IBIT) first began trading on Jan. 11 with a slate of …

March 1, 2024

Weekly Recap: Gemini’s $1.1B Settlement, SBF Seeks Reduced Sentence

In this weekly recap, we cover: Gemini’s Billion-Dollar Settlement: Gemini agrees to a substantial $1.1 billion repayment to its Earn program customers, coupled with a $37 million regulatory fine. SBF’s Sentence Reduction Effort: Sam Bankman-Fried’s attorneys propose a prison sentence of 63 to 78 months, significantly less than the century …

February 29, 2024

BofA’s Merrill, Wells Fargo Offering Clients Access to Bitcoin ETFs: Report

Bank of America’s Merrill and Wells Fargo are now offering access to spot bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETF) to wealth management clients with brokerage accounts who request the products, according to a Bloomberg report, citing sources familiar with the situation.  The news comes after the spot bitcoin ETFs experienced a record …

DeFi

March 1, 2024

Weekly Recap: Gemini’s $1.1B Settlement, SBF Seeks Reduced Sentence

In this weekly recap, we cover: Gemini’s Billion-Dollar Settlement: Gemini agrees to a substantial $1.1 billion repayment to its Earn program customers, coupled with a $37 million regulatory fine. SBF’s Sentence Reduction Effort: Sam Bankman-Fried’s attorneys propose a prison sentence of 63 to 78 months, significantly less than the century …

February 27, 2024

Famed White Hat Hacker Samczsun on How to Improve Crypto Security

Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Fountain, Overcast, Podcast Addict, Pocket Casts, Pandora, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, or on your favorite podcast platform. Well-known white hat hacker and head of security at Paradigm samczsun recently took the wraps off a new security organization called the Security Alliance …

February 26, 2024

DYDX’s Unlocked Supply Set To Increase by 33.33 Million Tokens Worth About $116 Million

The unlocked supply of the native cryptocurrency for decentralized exchange dYdX is poised to increase by 33.33 million tokens by Friday, data from blockchain intelligence platform Messari shows. This forthcoming unlocking event is estimated to be valued at roughly $116 million.  The soon-to-be unlocked tokens will be allocated to three …

February 26, 2024

Nearly Half of Major Crypto Airdrops Peak in Value Within First 2 Weeks: CoinGecko

A comprehensive study by CoinGecko, examining the performance of 50 major cryptocurrency airdrops from early 2020 to February 2024, has uncovered a notable trend: 46% of these airdrops reached their highest valuation within the initial two weeks following their release. The analysis, focusing on the largest airdrops in terms of …

Ethereum

March 4, 2024

What Is Optimism Superchain And Why Is it Popular for Projects?

Optimism Superchain promotes the idea of a collaborative superchain ecosystem for connecting multiple Layer 2 networks and enabling them to interact with each other to alleviate network congestion challenges. This guide looks at how Optimism Superchain is ushering in a new age by tackling Ethereum’s scalability crisis from a new …

March 2, 2024

Why Base’s Creator Thinks Social Apps Will Be a ‘Huge Part’ of the Layer 2 Blockchain’s Success

Jesse Pollak, the creator of popular new layer 2 blockchain network Base and Coinbase’s head of protocols, said in an interview with Unchained at ETHDenver that social applications such as Farcaster and Friend.tech are a “huge part” of the endgame for Base.  “Our perspective is that onchain social is going …

March 1, 2024

Ethereum’s Dencun Upgrade Can’t Come Soon Enough as Gas Fees Surge

Bitcoin’s renaissance and a spectacular rally in cryptocurrency prices is making life difficult for users of the Ethereum network. As user demand and interest in both bitcoin (BTC) and ether (ETH) surges—on the back of the approval of spot bitcoin ETFs in the US and the potential approval of spot …

March 1, 2024

Why Spot Ether ETFs Likely Won’t Steal Bitcoin’s Thunder — Even if Staking Is Included

Ether (ETH) has an image problem, at least when it comes to mainstream investors. All eyes are on the potential upcoming approval of spot ether exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in the US — following the spectacular launch of the spot bitcoin ETFs — but analysts and experts in the ETF industry …

NFTs

March 3, 2024

Marathon’s Slipstream Mines Largest Bitcoin Block on Record

The largest ever bitcoin block, measured by byte size, has been mined — and it consists entirely of a Bitcoin Ordinals inscription.  The block was mined by bitcoin mining firm Marathon Digital’s Slipstream, a direct transaction submission service on bitcoin made possible by the company’s proprietary mining pool MARA, and …

February 26, 2024

Yuga Labs to End Support for NFT Marketplaces That Don’t Respect Royalties

Yuga Labs, the non-fungible token (NFT) heavyweight, announced on Monday afternoon that its collections with a royalty filter will only be available for trading on marketplaces that enforce royalty payments starting Tuesday. “We will be sunsetting our support for marketplaces who don’t support royalties for ALL creators. This means that …

February 23, 2024

Pudgy Penguins Is Getting a Domain Extension Via Unstoppable Domains

Web3 digital identity provider Unstoppable Domains announced Friday morning that crypto denizens and specifically holders of the NFT collection Pudgy Penguins can acquire domains that end in “.pudgy.” According to a press release shared with Unchained, the partnership between Unstoppable Domains and Pudgy Penguins through the introduction of the new …

February 19, 2024

Pudgy Penguins’ Floor Price Temporarily Surpasses That of Bored Ape Yacht Club

The floor price of Pudgy Penguins, the popular non-fungible token (NFT) collection, temporarily surpassed that of the iconic Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) over the weekend, another sign of growth for the NFTs based on the cute, flightless seabirds since Luca Schnetzler became CEO of the project in April 2022. …

Regulation

March 1, 2024

Weekly Recap: Gemini’s $1.1B Settlement, SBF Seeks Reduced Sentence

In this weekly recap, we cover: Gemini’s Billion-Dollar Settlement: Gemini agrees to a substantial $1.1 billion repayment to its Earn program customers, coupled with a $37 million regulatory fine. SBF’s Sentence Reduction Effort: Sam Bankman-Fried’s attorneys propose a prison sentence of 63 to 78 months, significantly less than the century …

February 29, 2024

SEC Commissioner Peirce Expresses Regret Over ‘Regulatory Ambiguity’ at ETHDenver

In a fireside chat at ETHDenver on Thursday evening, SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce expressed regret that crypto developers have to dedicate their brainpower to dealing with how to overcome regulatory hurdles.  “There’s a lot of optimism here and I like hearing people being excited about what they’re building, but it …

February 28, 2024

Winklevoss’ Gemini to Return $1.1 Billion to Customers of Failed Earn Product

Gemini, a crypto exchange launched in 2015 by twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss as part of the Gemini Trust Company, has “committed” to return $1.1 billion to customers of its failed Earn program, the New York State Department of Financial Services announced in a press release on its official site …

February 27, 2024

2024 Is the Biggest Global Election Year Ever, So What Does That Mean for Crypto?

2024 will see more voters globally participate in democratic elections than any other year in history. With voters in over 60 countries exercising their right to participate in politics, policies in various fields are being contested globally. Although cryptocurrencies were created with the intention of functioning independently from governments and …

Tech

February 28, 2024

ETHDenver Comes at a Critical Time for Ethereum: Here’s What to Expect

Denver is not just home to the Rockies, the largest mountain system in North America. The Mile-High City is where ETHDenver takes place, an annual community-run gathering for those curious about smart contracts, decentralized finance, and blockchain networks.  For the past decade, Denver has acted as a physical gateway to a …

February 27, 2024

Arweave AO Brings AI Models Into Smart Contracts

Decentralized storage network Arweave revealed on Tuesday the testnet of AO, which the company says is a new way to “infinitely” scale blockchains to handle larger computational workloads. AO could allow artificial intelligence (AI) large language models (LLMs) to operate directly within smart contracts, according to press materials provided to …

February 23, 2024

Uniswap’s UNI Soars on Proposal to Distribute Protocol Fees to Token Holders

The price of Uniswap’s governance token UNI soared nearly 62% on Friday morning as the Uniswap Foundation proposed a fee mechanism that would reward UNI holders who have staked and delegated their tokens. The proposal is an effort to strengthen Uniswap’s governance system.  The foundation’s governance lead Erin Koen posted …

February 23, 2024

Pudgy Penguins Is Getting a Domain Extension Via Unstoppable Domains

Web3 digital identity provider Unstoppable Domains announced Friday morning that crypto denizens and specifically holders of the NFT collection Pudgy Penguins can acquire domains that end in “.pudgy.” According to a press release shared with Unchained, the partnership between Unstoppable Domains and Pudgy Penguins through the introduction of the new …



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