We’re “on the cusp of” a blockchain and NFT-enabled metaverse

One of the most powerful men in tech thinks that the metaverse — a term for a series of interlinked, persistent virtual worlds with self-contained economies — is just around the corner.  One of the most exciting use cases for blockchain and NFTs, enthusiasts inspired by Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash have long been hoping for a VR/AR world with a crypto-powered internal market. Now, however, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang thinks the technology to make it happen is on our doorstep. Speaking at the virtual Computex conference, Huang said that he…

Ethereum’s $1.5B options expiry on June 25 will be a make-or-break moment

On June 25, Ether (ETH) will face its largest options expiry in 2021 as $1.5 billion worth of open interest will be settled. This figure is 30% larger than March’s 26 expiry, which took place as Ether price plunged 17% in 5 days and bottomed near $1,550.  However, Ether rallied 56% after March’s options expiry, reaching $2,500 within three weeks. These moves were completely uncorrelated to Bitcoin’s (BTC). Therefore, it is essential to understand if a similar market structure could be underway for June 25 futures and options expiry. Ether…

A new milestone for Bitcoin, COVID hits conference, Buterin’s DOGE payday

Coming every Saturday, Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link. Top Stories This Week   Bill to make Bitcoin legal tender passes in El Salvador El Salvador has officially become the first country in the world to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender. A law outlining the proposals, introduced by President Nayib Bukele, passed with a “supermajority,” attracting 62 out…

When this indicator lights up, LUNA, MATIC and EGLD usually gain 10%

Consistency is not generally a hallmark of crypto asset price movements. In a market characterized by volatility, outliers often become the norm — while even macro analysis of large cap assets such as Bitcoin and Ether is often wide of the mark. For cryptocurrencies with smaller market capitalizations, finding trading patterns can be even harder. But as the VORTECS Score™ from Cointelegraph Markets Pro continues to absorb the history of almost 200 digital assets, careful analysis of some crypto tokens demonstrates that patterns do exist: Even if they may be…

GME and AMC stock surge may impact crypto meme coins, BTC not so much?

This year, stocks like the movie theater chain AMC Entertainment and video game retailer GameStop (GME) have been the vehicle for individual retail traders to show their dissent against the so-called “free market.”  Starting in late January and driven by sentiment from Reddit communities such as r/Wallstreetbets, these meme stocks have seen enormous growth this year. GameStop has shown 1,069.80% year-to-date returns, while AMC has shown 1,919.34% gains. At this rate, they should have 2,440% and 4,378% returns on an annual basis, respectively. Around the same time, Bitcoin (BTC) ventured…

$288K BTC price ‘still in play’ says PlanB as Bloomberg champions Bitcoin halving

Bitcoin (BTC) can still hit an average price of $288,000 in the next three years, confident analyst PlanB has said after BTC/USD shed 7% on June 12. In a tweet on Saturday, the creator of the popular stock-to-flow Bitcoin price models cast aside doubts over the Bitcoin bull run continuing. PlanB: Business as usual for BTC Alongside a chart describing Bitcoin as “going for gold,” PlanB was characteristically cool about Bitcoin’s recent progress despite a failure to break out above $40,000. As Cointelegraph reported, concerns from traders and external sources…

Forecasting Bitcoin price using quantitative models, Part 4

This is Part Four of a multipart series that aims to answer the following question: What is the “fundamental value” of Bitcoin? Part One is about the value of scarcity, Part Two — the market moves in bubbles, Part Three — the rate of adoption, and Part Four — the hash rate and the estimated price of Bitcoin. Hash rate and the estimated price of Bitcoin In data mining, the term “hash rate” is a security metric. The greater the hashing power, the greater its safety and resistance to external…

Bitcoin Taproot upgrade finally locked-in, activation set for November

The Taproot upgrade has achieved the first significant milestone on the road to activation as 90% of the Bitcoin (BTC) mining hash rate signaled for the protocol improvement within the current difficulty epoch. Data from Taproot.watch, a webpage created by Bitcoin developer Hampus Sjöberg, shows the lock-in stage is now completed. All recognized mining pools signaled for the upgrade with Slush Pool being the first to do so. It is perhaps fitting that Slush Pool also mined block 687285 that sealed the Taproot lock-in. TAPROOT LOCKED IN AT BLOCK 687285…

Adopting the Bitcoin standard? El Salvador writes itself into history books

The cryptocurrency space and wider economic community continue to laud a historic move by El Salvador to recognize Bitcoin as legal tender. The Central American country has become the first in the world to do so, and the move has also spurred a handful of other Central and South American countries to begin taking steps toward that same eventuality. Unsurprisingly, the move has made waves in the cryptocurrency community, with Bitcoin (BTC) proponents, in particular, highlighting the significance of the legislative change in driving cryptocurrency adoption. There have been some…