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April 03,2022

Crypto Market Slowly Recovers, Investors Refuse To Sell, & Terra Continues To Gain Momentum

With everything that has been happening over the past few years, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, China shutting down all crypto mining efforts within the country, and most recently the Russia-Ukraine war, it is becoming abundantly evident that Bitcoin (BTC) holders may simply not want to sell anymore as the market continues its road to recovery.

Stablecoins like TerraUSD (UST) become increasingly popular

Do Kwon, the creator of Terraform Labs and Ethereum Layer-1 blockchain rival Terra, appears to be seeking to amass USD $10 billion in Bitcoin (BTC) reserves for the project. The purchase will go a long way towards backing the projects BTC stablecoin, known as TerraUSD (UST). Also, not only is this number in the same conversation as the large amounts being famously purchased by MicroStrategy's Michael Saylor, but Terras buying of BTC will in all likelihood happen more gradually as opposed to sporadically.  If everything goes as planned though, the crypto industry believes it might be a huge bull-run catalyst.

Since the values of Bitcoin, Ethereum (ETH), and altcoins such as Dogecoin (DOGE) have grown more erratic in recent months, cryptocurrency enthusiasts are increasingly gravitating toward stablecoins such as Terra to invest in due to their more predictable price action. With a total market cap of more than $34 billion, LUNA, the native token of the blockchain network Terra, is the ninth largest cryptocurrency, overtaking both Polkadot (DOT) and Avalanche (AVAX).

Why is Terra important?

TerraUSD is a stablecoin designed to lessen the volatility associated with cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. Tether (USDT), another popular stablecoin, is linked to more traditional currencies, such as the U.S dollar, using cash and cash equivalents rather than an algorithm and accompanying reserve token.

Terra was created in 2018 by Do Kwon and Daniel Shin. Kwon also serves as the CEO of Terraform Labs as previously alluded to, the same company that is developing the Terra ecosystem as well as protocol.

Moreover, the Terra ecosystem is a fast expanding network of decentralized applications (dApps), which has resulted in continuous Terra demand and rising Luna prices. Terra stablecoins can thus be spent, saved, traded, and swapped on the Terra blockchain. Terraform Labs does not profit from transactions involving their crypto. According to Kwon, it is entirely reliant on external money to function.

Terras value almost doubled this past February, increasing from a low of $47 to $91 and is now worth more than $100. The war between Russia and Ukraine is partly responsible for the increase in its value. With the way that the world and the crypto market in general is going, it is becoming abundantly clear that stablecoins like Terra will in all likelihood continue to perform exceedingly well as more investors are actively choosing to play it safe and rely on dependable stablecoins.

April 02,2022

Searches Ethereum Merge Have Recently Surged

Searches for the phrase Ethereum Merge have recently surged considerably among blockchain investors and crypto enthusiasts, owing to the fact that its structure shall soon be modified in pursuit of improving overall energy level efficiency.

The shift implies that Ethereum will transition from a PoW (Proof-of-Work) methodology to a PoS (Proof-of-Stake) mechanism, with the goal of reducing its reliance on fossil fuels and thereby decreasing the damage caused to the environment.

One of the aims of this move is to render Ethereum cryptographic mining unnecessary in order to lessen the environmental effect of the process, as well as to increase blockchain security against possible assaults and exploits.

Nevertheless, as a result of this merger, fewer tokens will be minted since the quantity of Ether will be reduced. Additionally, Ethereum merge will not result in the formation a new token and the transaction costs wont be reduced either, according to Ethereum developer Tim Beiko.

March 31,2022

Kraken Now Supports Bitcoins Lightning Network

Kraken, one of the most popular cryptocurrency exchanges, now supports Bitcoin's Lightning Network for low-cost and quick BTC withdrawals and deposits.

According to Pierre Rochard, Bitcoin Product Manager at Kraken, adoption will primarily come from consumers who have fiat in their bank accounts and want to convert it to Bitcoin.

He went on to suggest that Kraken appears to be an ideal venue for them to do so, after which they may top up their mobile Lightning wallet and utilize it as a medium of exchange. That is certainly the next phase in the evolution of Bitcoin, he concluded.

Kraken became a member of the Lightning Network and established its own Lightning node. As such, every client may now use the new integration which permits withdrawals and deposits of maximum 0.1 BTC, or 10 million satoshis, per transaction.

March 31,2022

Washington State Governor Signals Acceptance Of Blockchain With Bill Signing

After three years and one veto, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has officially signed a bill into law earlier today that intends to extend the state's acceptance of blockchain technology across multiple industrial as well as financial sectors.

As a result of the legislation, Governor Inslee established the Washington Blockchain Work Group which would reportedly explore various possible uses for blockchain technology in the rapidly advancing digital age in which we currently find ourselves.

The Work Group will include seven government officials and eight leaders from various trade organizations from around the state. It will primarily research practical use-cases of blockchain technology and submit a report to Governor Inslee by December 1st, 2023.

With this, Washington becomes the most recent of many U.S. states to adopt blockchain technology or cryptocurrencies in general, including Wyoming, Texas and New York.

March 30,2022

OpenSea Teases Solana based NFTs In April

OpenSea, the highly popular NFT marketplace, has just provided a preview of its long-rumored integration of non-fungible tokens on the Solana blockchain, which is currently scheduled for April.

The video showed a sequence of community requests for Solana NFTs, with the caption proclaiming that this is infact the greatest kept secret in Web 3.0.

Presently, OpenSea only supports NFTs on the Klaytyn, Ethereum, and Polygon blockchains and is the worlds biggest marketplace with almost $24 billion (USD) in overall sales volume.

Although the majority of non-fungible tokens are on Ethereum, Solana nevertheless contains some significant NFT collections like Degenerate Ape Academy and Solana Monkey Business.

March 27,2022

Rio Will Officially Be Accepting Bitcoin (BTC) Payments For Taxes On Real Estate

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will officially begin accepting Bitcoin (BTC) payments for taxes on urban real estate inside their municipal borders, also known as Imposto sobre a propriedade predial e territorial urbana (IPTU).

The new pro-cryptocurrency tax regulations will go into effect in 2023, according to the Secretary of Economic Development, Innovation, and Simplification, Chico Bulhes.

To that end, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao announced the opening of a new office in the region to support this cause led by Brazilian Mayor Eduardo Paes. With the implementation of this proposal, Rio de Janeiro will become the first Brazilian city to accept BTC payments.

Finally, there are also plans of implementing NFT-oriented governance regulations in a variety of areas, including tourism, culture and art.

March 27,2022

Ethereum Overtakes MasterCard And Bank Of America In Market Cap As Investors Look Forward To PoS Transition

With the crypto market seeing a brief upswing as of late, prominent digital assets such as Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH) and Cardano (ADA) have all performed well.

Ethereum in particular, the second biggest cryptocurrency by market cap, has actually seen its value remain over $3k for many days now, allowing its market capitalization to officially surpass that of traditional financial organizations such as Bank of America and MasterCard.

On the right track but a long way to go

Notwithstanding its recent climb, Ethereum remains well behind other major financial companies like JPMorgan Chase. Nevertheless, this specific banks market capitalization pales in comparison to Bitcoin, which is presently worth more than $840 billion.

Moreover, the Ethereum market cap has since increased by over 10% in the previous week to more than $375 billion as of the time of this writing. This growth also correlates with the assets value increasing by around 11% to its current price of more than $3,000. This is entirely understandable considering that recent reports indicated that huge sums of ETH withdrawals frequently preceded an increase in the coins price. This is clearly what is happening right now, since over 180,000 units of Ethereum were taken from various cryptocurrency exchanges about two weeks ago.

Another bullrun on the way?

In an attempt to comprehend what is driving Ethereums current price in its upward movement, some crypto analysts have speculated that the upcoming Ethereum Merge is attracting investors in droves.

As such, the highly anticipated change of the Ethereum network from a Proof of Work (PoW) system to a Proof of Stake (PoS) network will make the asset even more appealing to institutional investors who may be holding back due to worries about energy usage and environmental concerns. However, with the networks PoS update, more investors are likely to come into Ethereum.

Simultaneously, the network may be able to gain control of the NFT and DeFi spaces from other smart contract-oriented blockchains such as Avalanche, Cardano, and Solana. Still, as is so often the case in this sector, only time will tell what will happen as Ethereums rivals are experiencing success in their own right, particularly Charles Hoskinsons Cardano.

March 27,2022

Former IBM And Twitch Executives Jump Ship To Join Unstoppable Domains

Unstoppable Domains, a top platform for user-controlled digital identity on Web 3.0 with over 2 million registered NFT (non-fungible token) domains, recently announced that they have hired two senior executives to oversee the company's worldwide development initiatives in Europe and Asia.

Big catches for Unstoppable Domains

As such, Sajjad Rehman has joined Unstoppable Domains as the new Head of Europe, after leaving Amazon's Twitch VP of Business Development EMEA. Meanwhile, Nilkanth Iyer, who formerly held senior positions at CAST and IBM, has joined the organization as the new Head of Asia.

Sandy Carter, Unstoppable Domains' Senior Vice President of Business Development, stated that the team is very excited to welcome two seasoned professionals who can help the platform make an impact in Europe, Asia, and beyond. She added that with Sajjad's and Nilkanth's assistance, Unstoppable Domains will continue to strengthen the new alliances in these locations, increase the staff, and finally welcome millions of new Web 3.0 consumers.

What will be the new hires' main responsibilities?

With nearly 15 years of experience behind him, Sajjad will primarily be responsible for onboarding new partners, including metaverse applications, cryptocurrency wallets and exchanges, fintech services, and lastly gaming platforms in Europe. Before Twitch, he served as the Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development at Jagex, where he was instrumental in the growth and exit of one of the U.K's most successful venture-backed game studios.

Meanwhile, Nilkanth Iyer will concentrate on collaborating with wallets and exchanges in Asia to capitalize on the enormous possibilities for development. Since partnering with India-based Layer-2 solution Polygon, Unstoppable Domains has gained significant traction in the region. Nilkanth formerly worked at IBM in cloud ecosystem development, where he was responsible for onboarding a million developers to the IBM Cloud Platform. He most recently assisted in the expansion of software intelligence business CAST in India, the Middle East, and ASEAN. He will leverage his extensive industry expertise to assist Unstoppable Domains gain further traction in major markets including South Korea, Singapore and Vietnam.

With these two, Unstoppable Domains looks to live up to its moniker and truly become an unstoppable force on a global scale.

March 26,2022

Here’s Why Everyone Should Be Paying Attention To AQRU

What is AQRU?

AQRU is a secure, easy-to-use and reliable investment platform that is available on the web as well as on all iOS and Android compatible devices. Users can buy or transfer a wide variety of cryptocurrency assets while simultaneously also earning annual interest of up to 12% on what they may invest in, which is paid every second.

AQRU is also registered in the Republic of Lithuania and is fully regulated, although it should be mentioned that the platform does not currently work with U.S based clients.

Why choose AQRU?

Naturally, there are many platforms out there which seem to offer the same service as AQRU. Upon closer inspection however, it becomes clear to see that this platform provides some unique and innovative features that may not be found elsewhere.

For starters, there is a 12% interest rate on various stablecoins and that the interest is paid in kind, which means that the USDT interest rate will be paid in USDT, DAI interest rate will be paid in DAI, and so on. If we were to compare this rate with others on the market, we would see that this is infact one of the highest available particularly when it comes to stablecoins. Moreover, the interest rate is 7% on BTC and ETH and there is even a $30 million insurance policy against hacking endeavors.

As if that werent enough, the interest is paid in real time per second as aforementioned. This is of the utmost significance as usually, most other platforms would normally have a lock-in period whereas with AQRU it is possible to withdraw funds whenever desired. There are also no fees whatsoever regarding the purchase of crypto assets, and the minimum deposit is just 100 EUR with no cap on how big the investment might be as the stated percentage on the total value of the investment is provided and paid daily with no hidden agenda or ulterior motives.

Finally, AQRU has instant withdrawals and cash withdrawals that function on a 24 hour basis with absolutely no lock-in periods either or any fees on fiat withdrawals. Needless to say, AQRU really has thought of everything.

But how does one sign up?

Getting started on AQRU couldnt be any simpler, as it only takes about 20 seconds to open an account and sign up. Upon registering, AQRU also offers a free 10 USDT bonus just for joining! Users are also encouraged to check out the website beforehand and see how everything works. Once signed up, they can then witness their interest growing in real-time.

Lastly, users will be required to verify their identities via a straightforward online verification system that only takes a couple of minutes to complete, after which deposit and withdrawal functionalities will be made available. As previously alluded to, the withdrawals can be made in either fiat or crypto, and whereas the fiat withdrawals are without any fees, there are however some low fees for crypto withdrawals. Lastly, users can expect to receive their asset within a day inclusive of the interest which would have been earned at the time.

For more information and regular updates, be sure to check out AQRUs website.

March 25,2022

Russian Chief of Energy Proposes Accepting Bitcoin For Oil And Gas From Trading Nations

Pavel Zavalny, the Russian Federations Chief of Energy, has proposed the idea of accepting Bitcoin (BTC) as payment for its oil and gas from relatively friendly nations like China and Turkey.

He said that instead of the international standard U.S currency, these nations may begin paying for energy in Russian Rubles, Chinese Yuan, Turkish Liras, or even BTC.

He went on to say that hostile countries might pay for their oil in Rubles or gold. At the moment however, it is unclear if Russia has the authority to amend the terms of current contracts with nations that pay in Euros or U.S dollars.

In related news, Russia has been looking at viable methods to avoid international economic penalties imposed on it for invading Ukraine. Russian banks have since been removed from the SWIFT system, preventing them from settling cross-border payments, and most firms, with the exception of the oil and gas trade, have similarly been barred from doing business with Russia.

March 21,2022

Australia Aims To Regulate Cryptocurrency

Australia has joined the increasing list of nations aiming to regulate the cryptocurrency industry, with the government unveiling plans for a major revamp of payment system improvements that shall reportedly also include virtual currencies.

According to various reports, the proposed legislation would primarily focus on crypto taxes, investor protection, and supervision of digital banks as well as exchanges.

As per Australias Minister of Financial Services, Jane Hume, the governments goal is to guarantee that everyone involved with crypto be able to operate inside a regulated environment as the use of various digital assets continues to increase across the globe.

Australias desire to regulate cryptocurrencies initially became known in 2021, when Treasurer Josh Frydenberg stated that the country will eventually be announcing new regulations.

March 20,2022

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Officially Legalizes Crypto As Donations Continue To Pour Into The Country

A month after the countrys parliament approved a law to begin preparing a framework for the regulation as well as management of cryptocurrency assets like Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH), Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has now officially promulgated the structure upon which the nation will build local markets for BTC along with various other altcoins, thereby legalizing the emerging industry.

A new digital age for Ukraine

In the words of Ukraines Deputy Prime Minister of Digital Transformation, Mykhailo Fedorov, all market participants shall be given legal protection under the law and the chance to make informed decisions which would be based on transparent, open and fair consultations with local government agencies.

The legislation establishes the legal status, categorization, ownership, and regulators of digital assets, in addition to the requirements for cryptocurrency service providers to successfully register themselves. The countrys Stock Market and National Commission on Securities market will oversee the burgeoning digital space. Moreover, exchanges shall be legally permitted to operate, and banks will reportedly open accounts for them too.

As such, the state body is in charge of developing and implementing virtual asset policy, regulating the sequence of digital asset circulation, providing permits to the service providers of these assets, and finally conducting supervision and financial surveillance concerning this sector.

Good news in a bad time

Of course, one of the main reasons as to why Ukraine has legalized crypto is because of the ongoing conflict with Russia. While the war has unfortunately still not ended as of this time, it has nevertheless prompted crypto donations to flow into Ukraine from across the globe. In fact, just during the last month, the country has received at least $100 million in cryptocurrency donations from those who wish to assist its defense and humanitarian endeavors.

Perhaps it was because of the immense pressure of fighting back against the Russians combined with the fact that so many donations were indeed digital assets (including NFTs that finally prompted President Zelensky to legalize crypto. After all, he had initially rejected such a proposal back in September of last year.

In any case, one can only hope for a swift end to the ongoing conflict that has already claimed so many innocent lives. Regarding crypto however, Ukraines Ministry of Finance is presently working on amendments which will be added to the nations civil and tax codes in order to properly launch the digital assets market for Ukraines citizens.