Monthly Archives: January 2022

Ethereum Fees Drop 53% in 20 Days — Polygon Hermez, Loopring Offer Lowest L2 Fees

Ethereum’s average network fees have dropped to the lowest value in 30 days at 0.0096 ether or $24.64 per transaction. Median-sized ethereum fees are lower today as well, as fees are between $8.37 to $10.82 per transaction as ether fees haven’t been this low since January 1. Onchain Ethereum Fees Drop, Current Bitcoin Fees 91% Cheaper Than Ethereum Fees It’s cheaper today to send ethereum (ETH), as network fees are 0.0096 ETH or $24.64 on average to send the second leading crypto asset. On January 30, 2022, […]

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Bitcoin, Tether And Poking The Financial Beast

Tether has long been viewed as a problem by certain organizations as it enables bitcoin businesses to operate beyond the rails of banking. One of the longest-running problems in the Bitcoin ecosystem for businesses has been banking relationships. Prior to NYDIG and their recent efforts to start plugging American banks and credit unions into Bitcoin rails, the only banking options for businesses in the space were Signature Bank in New York and Silvergate out of California. Major banks have been very combative and at odds with businesses […]

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Clever NFT traders exploit crypto’s unregulated landscape by wash trading on LooksRare

LooksRare aims to be an alternative to OpenSea, but the amount of wash trading on the platform raises questions on whether users really view it as a viable competitor. LooksRare made its debut on Jan.10 and the recently launched NFT marketplace has drawn a lot of attention, not only because its daily trade volumes were more than double Opensea’s on the second day of trading, but also because it has become the new playground for wash traders. Wash trading is a series of trading activities involving the […]

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Crypto Ban in Russia Can Have Opposite Effect, Medvedev Warns as Opposition Mounts Against Proposal

Dmitry Medvedev, former president and prime minister of Russia, has voiced his concerns over Bank of Russia’s initiative to ban most crypto operations. Prohibition could bring the opposite result, the Russian politician warned, joining a chorus of opinions against the restrictive policy. More Officials and Organizations Reject Central Bank’s Call to Prohibit Cryptocurrency Central Bank of Russia’s proposal to place a number of crypto-related activities outside the law has sparked a wave of reactions in Moscow. Among the critics are the Finance Ministry which put out its […]

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Top 5 cryptocurrencies to watch this week: BTC, LINK, HNT, FLOW, ONE

BTC is attempting to form a bottom while LINK, HNT, FLOW and ONE are showing early signs of accumulation. Bitcoin’s (BTC) relief rally rose above $38,500 on Jan. 29, but the bulls are struggling to sustain the higher levels. For the past few days, Bitcoin’s sentiment has closely followed the U.S. equity markets. Hence, analysts warned traders to be careful and not to read much into any possible weekend rallies when traditional markets are closed because it could be a trap. However, analysts at trading suite Decentrader […]

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Stablecoin Issuance Surged Last Year — UST Saw the Largest 12-Month Increase

Stablecoins have become prominent payment rails in the world of cryptocurrencies commanding $177 billion in fiat value today. The top ten stablecoins by market capitalization represent the largest share of the value in the fiat-pegged coin economy and many of these tokens grew exponentially last year. Terra’s UST stablecoin grew the most last year, jumping 5,431% in 2021. A Deep Dive Into Stablecoin Growth During the Course of 2021 Stablecoins today represent 9.77% of the $1.8 trillion crypto-economy today which is $177 billion in USD value. While […]

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Fossils vs. Renewables, PoW vs. PoS: Key policy issues around crypto mining in the U.S.

A recent meetup on the Capitol Hill highlighted several key debates that will define the mining industry’s development in the years to come. On Jan. 27, a group of eight U.S. lawmakers, led by Senator Elizabeth Warren, sent letters to the world’s six largest Bitcoin mining companies, demanding to reveal the detailed data on their electricity consumption. This isn’t the first time Senator Warren requested this information from a mining operation — last month a similar letter was sent to Greenidge Generation, which uses a natural gas […]

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Inside the blockchain developers’ mind: How to build the next big social DApp

Fee-less system or flexible blockchain with smart contracts: What do you choose to build your DApp? Or you don’t need to choose at all? Cointelegraph is following the development of an entirely new blockchain from inception to mainnet and beyond through its series, Inside the Blockchain Developer’s Mind, written by Andrew Levine of Koinos Group. People use social applications daily, but despite all the hype around supposedly “next-gen” blockchains, none of those social applications are decentralized. Let’s unpack why, using two blockchains as a reference: Ethereum and […]

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Value Locked in Defi Climbs Higher, Polkadot TVL Spikes, Terra’s LUNA Sheds 21%

On Sunday, January 30, 2022, the top smart contract protocol tokens by market capitalization is $592 billion or 32.66% of the $1.8 trillion crypto economy. Meanwhile, the total-value locked (TVL) in decentralized finance (defi) protocols is $192.42 billion up 5.28% since January 23. Defi TVL Climbs More Than 5%, Ethereum Defi Dominance Still 60%, Cross-Chain Bridge TVL Jumps 13.5% At the end of the week, crypto asset prices have rebounded from the market carnage that took place seven days ago. During the last week, the top two […]

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Bitcoin miners believe global hash rate to grow ‘aggressively’

Despite the price of BTC, the Bitcoin network is the strongest it’s ever been, according to industry experts. Bitcoin (BTC) seems to be on everyone’s mind lately as the world recently witnessed the price of BTC take a rather unexpected bearish turn this month. On January 21, 2022, Bitcoin reached six-month lows, sinking below $40,000 for the first time in months.  While some panicked, other industry experts pointed out that the Bitcoin network has become verifiably stronger than ever before. The growth of the Bitcoin network has […]

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