Michael Saylor will step down as MicroStrategy CEO but remain as executive chair

Bitcoin (BTC) maximalist Michael Saylor has announced that he will step down as the chief executive officer of MicroStrategy, the business intelligence firm he helped co-found in 1989. In a Tuesday notice on its second quarter earnings for 2022, MicroStrategy said Saylor would be assuming the new role of executive chair at the company, while president Phong Le will become CEO. The changes are expected to take effect on Aug. 8. “I believe that splitting the roles of Chairman and CEO will enable us to better pursue our two corporate…

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Crypto miner Digihost plans to move rigs from New York to Alabama

Digihost, a United States-based cryptocurrency mining company, has announced plans to move part of its fleet from New York to Alabama in an effort to lower energy costs. In a Tuesday announcement, Digihost said its 55-megawatt (MW) facility in Alabama — which the company acquired in June — will host some of its crypto miners from New York, leading to lower operating costs. According to the mining firm, it aims to have a hashing capacity of 28 MW at the Alabama facility by the fourth quarter of 2022, and 55…

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CoinShares reports $21.7M loss tied to Terra implosion

On Tuesday, European cryptocurrency investment firm CoinShares posted its interim Q2 2022 results. Compared to the prior year’s quarter, the firm’s revenue declined from 19.6 million pounds ($23.89 million) to 14.2 million pounds ($17.31 million). At the same time, its net income fell from 26.6 million pounds ($32.42 million) in Q1 2021 to 0.1 million pounds ($0.12 million).  CoinShares explained that the losses were largely tied to its exposure to the Terra (LUNA) — now called Terra Classic (LUNC) — ecosystem, which collapsed in May of this year: “While our Asset…

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Crypto users spent $2.7B minting NFTs in first half of 2022: Report

According to new market research published by blockchain data firm Nansen, crypto users spent 963,227 Ether (ETH), worth $2.7 billion, minting nonfungible tokens (NFTs) on the Ethereum blockchain in the first half of 2022. An overwhelming majority of minting took place on OpenSea.io.  Minting occurred across 1.088 million unique wallet addresses on Ethereum during this period, Nansen said. In comparison, about $107 million worth of NFTs were minted on BNB Chain and $77 million for Avalanche. A total of 263,800 unique wallet addresses were involved in NFT minting on the…

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Bitcoin derivatives show a lack of confidence from bulls

Bitcoin (BTC) has been trending up since mid-July, although the current ascending channel formation holds $21,100 support. This pattern has been holding for 45 days and could potentially drive BTC towards $26,000 by late August. Bitcoin/USD 12-hour price. Source: TradingView According to Bitcoin derivatives data, investors are pricing higher odds of a downturn, but recent improvements in global economic perspective might take the bears by surprise. The correlation to traditional assets is the main source of investors’ distrust, especially when pricing in recession risks and tensions between the United States…

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XRP In Bearish Mode As Ripple Unlatches 1 Billion Tokens From 2 Wallets

Ripple (XRP) is in bearish mode and was down 1.93% as seen overnight. Moreover, Ripple has recently freed up over 1 billion XRP tokens coming from two separate escrow wallets. Currently, the crypto trades at $0.38 on the biggest spot exchanges. Ripple has evidently locked over 55% of XRP’s total supply in escrows way back 2017. Analysts believe that its bearish sentiment or weakness is relevant to Bitcoin’s failure to surpass the $24,000 mark as opposed to the controversial unclasping of new tokens that happened recently. In effect, Ripple is…

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Hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen exits crypto startup Radkl amid bear market: Report

Steve Cohen, the founder of hedge fund Point72 Asset Management, has reportedly exited his investment in crypto trading firm Radkl. According to a Tuesday report from Bloomberg citing a Radkl spokesperson, Cohen has reduced his exposure to crypto investments following his exiting the trading firm. However, the spokesperson reportedly said Radkl was still “extremely well capitalized with its current investors” and was continuing to grow. Cohen, whose net worth was estimated at more than $17 billion, has backed crypto and blockchain projects both using his personal portfolio and through Point72.…

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Polkadot ‘cup and handle’ setup sees DOT price 50% higher by September

Polkadot (DOT) looks ready to extend its ongoing price recovery due to a classic bullish pattern forming on its daily chart. DOT paints “cup and handle” pattern Notably, DOT has been forming a “cup and handle” pattern since mid-June, confirmed by its price crashing and recovering in a rounding, U-shaped trajectory (cup), followed by the development of a trading range on the right-hand side (handle). DOT/USD daily price chart featuring “cup and handle” breakout setup. Source: TradingView Cup and handle patterns are typically bullish continuation setups that form during an…

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Zipmex gradually resuming Z Wallet withdrawals, says debt moratorium is not bankruptcy

Crypto exchange Zipmex, which operates in Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and Australia, released a statement this week denying reports that it has filed for bankruptcy and announcing its progress in resuming withdrawals from its Z Wallets.  Zipmex customers can withdraw Solana (SOL) from their wallets Tuesday and will be able to withdraw XRP on Thursday and Cardano (ADA) on August 9, the company said. Zipmex provides its customers with two wallets: the Z Wallet, used for Zipmex services and receipt of earnings and bonuses, and the Trade Wallet, where fiat currency…

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Aave devs propose freezing Fantom integration, citing lack of traction and potential vulnerability

On Tuesday, Marc Zeller, integration lead at decentralized finance (DeFi) borrowing and lending protocol Aave, proposed to freeze the platform’s v3 Fantom market. Created in 2018, Fantom is a directed acrylic graph smart contract platform that provides DeFi services and on which Aave is currently bridged.  Zeller explained the rationale for removing the Fantom bridge: “After the Harmony bridge event and the recent Nomad bridge exploit, the Aave community should consider the risk/benefits of keeping an active Aave V3 market on Fantom as this network is dependent on any swap…

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