3 key Ethereum derivatives metrics suggest $1,600 ETH support lacks strength

Ether (ETH) price is up 60% since May 3, outperforming leading cryptocurrency Bitcoin (BTC) by 32% over that span. However, evidence suggests the current $1,600 support lacks strength as network use and smart contract deposit metrics weakened. Moreover, ETH derivatives show increasing sell pressure from margin traders. The positive price move was primarily driven by growing certainty of the “Ethereum merge” transition to a proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus network in September. During the Ethereum core developers conference call on July 14, developer Tim Beiko proposed Sept. 19 as the tentative target…

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Coinbase exec at heart of insider trading scandal pleads not guilty in federal court

Former Coinbase Global product manager Ishan Wahi pleaded not guilty to two counts of wire fraud conspiracy and two counts of wire fraud in a Manhattan federal court on Wednesday, Reuters reported. Wahi is accused by United States law enforcement and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of insider trading while at Coinbase. He was arrested in May as he attempted to board a flight to India and was charged in July. Specifically, Wahi is accused of passing confidential information to his brother Nikhil and friend Sameer Ramani about cryptocurrencies Coinbase…

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Hackers might be responsible for removing $4.8M from crypto exchange ZB.com: PeckShield

Blockchain investigator PeckShield has reported roughly $4.8 million in crypto moved from ZB.com amid the exchange announcing the suspension of withdrawals. In a Wednesday tweet, PeckShield speculated that hackers might be responsible for transferring 21 types of tokens off of the exchange starting on Monday, including Tether (USDT), Shiba Inu (SHIB), and Tesra (TSR). According to the blockchain investigator, the funds totaled roughly $4.8 million at the time of publication. The total funds being transferred out from @ZBexchange are ~$4.8M and here is the detailed breakdown of tokens: https://t.co/uMpkvxtOAo pic.twitter.com/xo373Zyge1…

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Senators Stabenow, Boozman introduce crypto bill that extends CFTC’s regulatory powers

United States Senate Agriculture Committee chair Debbie Stabenow and ranking member John Boozman introduced the Digital Commodities Consumer Protection Act bill on Wednesday. The bill has been expected for several months. Like the Digital Commodities Exchange Act (DCEA) introduced into the House of Representatives by members of the House Agriculture Committee in April, the new bill enlarges the role of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The new bill is not the companion to the DCEA, however. According to the summary, the bill’s definition of digital commodities “includes Bitcoin and Ether and excludes certain…

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Nifty Newsletter, July 27–Aug 2

In this week’s newsletter, read about how Binance started its nonfungible token (NFT) ticketing service by partnering with a sports club. Check out the NFT exchange-traded fund (ETF) that was released by trading platform KuCoin and how Google AI was able to paint BAYC-inspired NFTs. In other news, learn about how much the NFT community spent in minting NFTs in the first half of 2022 and check out the upcoming NFT album by British rock band Muse. And, don’t forget about this week’s Nifty News roundup featuring Dr DisRespect’s NFT…

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MicroStrategy stock MSTR hits 3-month high after CEO’s exit

MicroStrategy (MSTR) stock opened higher on Aug. 3 as investors digested the news of its CEO Michael Saylor’s exit after a depressive quarterly earnings report. Microstrategy stock up 142% since May lows  On the daily chart, MSTR’s price surged by nearly 14.5% to $324.55 per share, the highest level since May 6. The stock’s intraday gains came as a part of a broader recovery that started on May 12 at $134. Since then, MSTR has grown by 142% versus Nasdaq’s 26.81% gains in the same period. MSTR daily price chart.…

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Robinhood’s Crypto Unit Fined $30 Million By New York Financial Regulator

The New York Department of Financial Services, or NYDFS, has fined Robinhood’s cryptocurrency arm $30 million for suspected anti-money laundering violations, cybersecurity, and consumer protection regulations. NYDFS Superintendent Adrienne Harris announced on Tuesday that Robinhood Crypto would pay a $30 million penalty to the state “for major violations in the areas of bank secrecy act/anti-money laundering responsibilities” and cybersecurity issues that allegedly breached New York regulations. Robinhood’s crypto subsidiary, according to Harris, will also be compelled to employ an independent consultant to examine the firm’s compliance and rehabilitation activities.  …

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Riot Blockchain’s Bitcoin mining productivity dropped 28% YOY amid record Texas heat

Crypto mining firm Riot Blockchain reported it produced fewer Bitcoin (BTC) in July 2022 than that in July 2021 after scaling down operations at its Texas facility. In a Wednesday announcement, Riot said its miners had produced 318 Bitcoin in July, more than 28% less than the 443 BTC the firm reported generating in July 2021. According to Riot CEO Jason Les, the firm curtailed operations by 11,717 megawatt-hours in July in response to increasing demand on Texas’ energy grid. Many parts of the Lone Star State experienced several days with temperatures…

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AVAX Struggles To Hold Above Resistance As It Eyes $40

Avalanche (AVAX) struggles to hold above key support that will set the tone for a rally to the $40 mark region anticipated by many. The price of Bitcoin (BTC) saw a retracement as it could not break and hold above important support that corresponds with the daily 50 exponential moving average (EMA). BTC’s unable to hold that region has led to AVAX struggles to form good support.  Avax Weekly Chart Analysis Avax Weekly Chart Analysis | Source: AVAXUSDT On Tradingview.com The weekly chart for Avax shows a downtrend reversal to…

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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, DC will accept crypto donations

The archdiocese of Washington, D.C. of the Roman Catholic Church will begin accepting donations in cryptocurrency as part of an effort to grow its ministries. In a Tuesday announcement, crypto platform Engiven said it would be facilitating donations to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. for fundraising efforts and to increase the church’s “digital stewardship initiatives.” According to the archdiocese’s website, the funds will be used to directly support 139 D.C.-area parishes as well as local programs including providing food to those in need. “The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of…

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