Armstrong tweets in public airing of Coinbase’s internal discontent

A disgruntled Coinbase employee, identified only as 0x58E3, created a petition on Mirror.xyz on Thursday calling for the removal of three company executives. The petition, titled Operation Revive COIN, has been taken down, but it was captured by the Internet Archive and other websites. Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong responded to it at length on Twitter.  Coinbase chief operating officer Emilie Choi, chief product officer Surojit Chatterjee and chief people officer LJ Brock were the targets of the call for removal for “executing plans and ideas that have led to questionable…

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Here’s how blockchains are helping to advance the global energy grid

The blockchain industry’s impact on the energy sector has been a major source of controversy over the past five years. Governments and environmental protection advocates have routinely expressed concerns about the amount of energy required to keep the Bitcoin network secure. Data shows the network’s energy consumption now rivals the yearly energy consumed by some small countries. Historical Bitcoin network power demand. Source: CCAF While much of the debate has centered around the negative environmental impacts of Bitcoin (BTC) mining, the drive to maximize earnings from mining and integrate blockchain…

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Stablecoins are paving the way for mass adoption of crypto, June 2–8

Stablecoins are a controversial subject in crypto. Questioning the legitimacy and backing of Tether (USDT) is a right of passage for many entering the crypto market for the first time. The meltdown of the Terra (LUNC; or the old LUNA) ecosystem left little doubt that algorithmic stablecoins don’t have a future beyond Do Kwon’s fantasies. Pesky regulators are constantly poking and prodding at dollar-pegged assets to carve out firmer rules on their usage.  But, if you look beyond all the fear, uncertainty and doubt, stablecoins are providing liquidity to millions…

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Do Kwon’s alleged $80 million withdrawals before Terra fallout triggers mixed reactions

Reports that Terra (the new LUNA orLUNA2) founder Do Kwon allegedly withdrew $80 million monthly before the project crashed surfaced Friday, leading members of the community to voice their opinions on the matter. In a tweet, crypto trader and analyst Michaël van de Poppe said that Kwon deserves imprisonment. He compared the Terraform Labs CEO to the infamous fraudster Bernie Madoff. “Honestly, he deserves jail,” Van de Poppe wrote. Twitter user DaisiObanla also agreed with Van de Poppe. According to DaisiObanla, he wants to hear the news that Kwon is…

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Jack Dorsey is building ‘Web5’ powered by Bitcoin

Block subsidiary TBD has announced plans to build a new decentralized web centered around Bitcoin (BTC), underscoring founder Jack Dorsey’s belief that the largest blockchain network will play a major role in the internet’s evolution.  The new project, called “Web5,” represents the latest Bitcoin-centric endeavor to be pursued by Dorsey since stepping down as CEO of Twitter in November 2021. Whereas Web3 incorporates blockchain technology and tokenization to decentralize the internet, Web5 is being envisioned as an identity-based system that only utilizes one blockchain: Bitcoin. Twitter user Namcios broke down…

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Number of DAOs surge, Solana launches $100M DeFi fund

This past week, the decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem was ruled by decentralized autonomous organizations and new fund launches for the growth of the Web3 ecosystem. The total number of DAOs surged by eight times while Solana launched a $100 million DeFi fund. Optimism, an Ethereum layer-2 protocol that Vitalik Buterin recently praised for its governance model, lost 20 million tokens due to a mix-up of layer-1 and layer-2 addresses. A leaked 600-page copy of a United States crypto draft bill also grabbed the community’s attention, as it proposes heavy regulatory…

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Bitcoin, altcoins sell-off on record-high inflation, but traders still expect BTC to consolidate

Global financial markets once again find themselves trending lower on June 10 after the Consumer Price Index (CPI) came in at a blistering 8.6% year-over-year increase, the highest print since 1981.  The hotter-than-expected CPI print resulted in a collapse of the $30,000 support and Bitcoin (BTC) price sold off to a daily low of $28,852 before dip buyers managed to bid the price back above $29,000. BTC/USDT 1-day chart. Source: TradingView Here’s what several analysts in the market are saying about the outlook for Bitcoin moving forward since there appears…

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Circle to acquire Web3 platform Cybavo, bolstering its stablecoin adoption

Circle, a peer-to-peer financial services firm, has agreed to acquire Cybavo, a digital asset infrastructure platform. The deal will allow Circle to provide “infrastructure as a service” for firms wanting to develop on Web3. Developers will be able to work on their products without having to worry about digital asset security, operations, or blockchain infrastructure management. According to the Friday press release, Circle and CYBAVO intend to further promote the adoption of USD Coin (USDC) and Web3 applications while integrating technology deeply into their core product suite. Circle signed an…

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MoneyGram’s USDC transfer service launches in several countries

Cross-border transfer service MoneyGram officially launched its stablecoin-powered payment channel on Friday, giving users the ability to send USD Coin (USDC) payments worldwide that can be withdrawn as cash by recipients.  The service is being rolled out across several key remittance markets, including Canada, the United States, Kenya and the Philippines, Circle and MoneyGram announced Friday. Global cash-out functionality will be available by the end of June. To encourage adoption, the USDC transfer service will carry zero fees for the first 12 months. As Cointelegraph reported, MoneyGram’s new transfer service…

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CZ visits Palau to kick off BNB Chain-supported ID NFTs for digital residency program

The Republic of Palau announced Friday that it will issue identification cards to its digital residents in the form of nonfungible tokens (NFTs) on Binance’s BNB Chain blockchain. Binance founder and CEO Changpeng Zhao (CZ) was on hand in the Pacific Island nation for the unveiling of the NFTs and to meet with Palauan President Surangel S. Whipps, Jr. Palau introduced its Root Name System (RNS) Digital Residency program in January. California-based Cryptic Labs took part in the development of the program, which provides global citizens with identity cards issued…

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