Monthly Archives: February 2021

Amid ongoing legal proceedings, Bitfinex announces Tether loan repayment

A half-billion dollar loan has been closed out, but multiple court cases grind on In a short statement today, Bitfinex — the sister company to centralized stablecoin Tether — announced that it has repaid Tether an outstanding loan balance of $550 million. This action fully closes out a larger $750 million loan from a $900 million credit line first issued in 2018 — a credit line which has been at the center of a market manipulation lawsuit in New York and a broader lawsuit from the New […]

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Coinbase outage caused crypto purchase issues, not an intentional ban

Coinbase posted an in-depth explanation of its Jan. 29 platform difficulties. On Jan. 29, a number of Coinbase users reported issues with the platform’s buy and sell functions. The Coinbase difficulties arose just a day after Robinhood barred GameStop share purchases following surging prices on the stock. A recent blog post indicates the Coinbase difficulties arose from an outage, not a ban on trading.  “Between 4:25am and 9:31am PST on Friday, January 29, api.coinbase.com had an outage,” Coinbase said in a post on Feb. 5. “During this […]

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A Mysterious Dogecoin Address Absorbed 27% of the Supply, the Top 20 Addresses Captured 50%

Just recently, the crypto asset dogecoin has seen some significant price gains and on Wednesday, Tesla’s founder Elon Musk tweeted about the digital currency incessantly. While people have been discussing the dogecoin pumps and Elon’s suggestive tweets, crypto supporters have been discussing a single dogecoin address that holds 36 billion tokens or more than 27% of the entire supply. Dogecoin and the ‘Thickest Wallet’ Dogecoin (DOGE), the meme token that came to life on December 6, 2013, has seen its fair share of market action this year. […]

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Going feeless is the only way to enable blockchain adoption

Feeless transactions can play a role in enabling DeFi, allowing the sector to further develop and grow in importance. Face-to-face transactions are starting to seem quaintly archaic as many countries continue or even expand lockdowns due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Since the start of the crisis in early 2020, digital transactions have surged, particularly in e-commerce and digital banking. In contrast with face-to-face transactions, such as a direct payment of cash in exchange for a product or service, digital financial transactions typically require an intermediary, such […]

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Crypto custodian Protego gets national charter from the OCC

Protego joins Anchorage as the first string of digital asset firms to get national trust bank licensing. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has granted another crypto firm a national charter. Per an announcement shared with Cointelegraph today, Washington-based institutional crypto custodian Protego is the second crypto-native firm to get national licensing from the OCC.  The new charter is conditional, and Protego is authorized as a national trust bank rather than a traditional bank, meaning that it will not handle deposits. Interestingly, Protego is a […]

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Review: “Layered Money” By Nik Bhatia

“Those willing to accept bills and other forms of deferred settlement demonstrate to us that money is fundamentally hierarchical. If a merchant demanded gold payment upfront for the delivery of goods, it was his right to do so. But if another merchant accepted a bill that represented a promise to pay gold later, his willingness to defer final settlement is proof alone that the layers of money are not a construct of bankers but immanent in the human tendency to keep tabs with each other.”  Nik Bhatia, […]

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After Yearn exploit, attacker funds frozen and reimbursement plans developing

Seized funds bring the damage down to $9 million as multiple communities ponder the next step in reimbursing user funds Following an exploit last night that cost yield vault project Yearn.finance $11 million in stablecoin DAI, crypto community members from multiple projects have rallied to mitigate the effects, reclaim exploited funds, and reimburse affected users.  First reported by the project at 5:09 pm EST, the exploit was a complex arbitration attack on Yearn’s version 1 DAI yield vault. According to a disclosure published by Yearn this morning, […]

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Ether price breakout to $1,750 sees Ethereum network fees hit all-time high

It’s not just the Ether price itself setting records on Friday — users are having to pay more than ever to send transactions and some exchanges can’t cope. Largest altcoin Ether (ETH) built on its recent all-time highs on Feb. 5 to climb ever closer to $2,000. ETH/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView Ether price hits record $1,750 Data from Cointelegraph Markets and TradingView showed a fresh breakout occurring for ETH/USD during Friday trading.  At the time of writing, Ether was targeting $1,750 as 6.5% daily […]

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All Tifon Gas Stations in Croatia Now Accept Cryptocurrencies

Forty-six Tifon gas stations across Croatia have reportedly started accepting cryptocurrency payments. Using payment processor Paycek, customers can pay with a number of cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin and ether. Tifon gas stations in Croatia started accepting cryptocurrency payments at the beginning of February. There are currently 46 Tifon gas stations in the country. Paycek, a service by Croatian fintech startup Electrocoin, will process crypto payments for Tifon. According to its website, Paycek supports bitcoin (BTC), ether (ETH), XRP, stellar (XLM), and EOS. Cryptocurrency payments are converted into fiat […]

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Wallstreetbets vs. Wall Street: A prelude to DeFi bursting onto the scene?

Was stock trading app Robinhood the villain in the GameStop saga? “In a decentralized trading market, no one would have that power.” Was last week’s Reddit versus Wall Street stand-off really the “beginning of the end for centralized finance,” as Gemini founder Tyler Winklevoss described it? Or was it just a one-time instance of individuals coming together to right a perceived wrong — with no long-term economic consequences? As GameStop, a struggling videogame retailer, came under attack by hedge-fund short sellers, a coalition of individuals spearheaded by […]

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