Can DeFi and CeFi coexist? Three takeaways from experts panel

As price action bewilders market makers and traders, experts in the crypto industry reached an agreement on several important points last week. Notably, centralized finance (CeFi) and decentralized finance (DeFi), can coexist, and a “blend” of financial products and services will be available to users in the future.  On Jan. 21, Cointelegraph moderated the panel discussion, “Can CeFi and DeFi Coexist?” for the Global Blockchain Business Council. In the video, panelists hash out questions related to adoption, banking the unbanked, and whether innovation means disruption of traditional financial services. Salient…

Crypto exchange FTX US closes $400M funding round to reach $8B valuation

Chicago-based crypto exchange FTX US has reached an $8 billion valuation following new funding. According to Reuters on Wednesday, the American affiliate of FTX closed a $400 million funding round led by SoftBank Group Corp, Temasek Holdings, Paradigm and Multicoin Capital. FTX US president Brett Harrison said that this development puts their firm as one of the largest crypto exchanges in the United States, and sends a message to the world that they are growing very rapidly. Harrison indicated that the firm will use the funds to further its offerings as…

Bitcoin pundits split over BTC floor as Bloomberg analyst eyes bounce

Bitcoin (BTC) could still fall under $30,000, but some prominent sources are already calling the end of the latest bearish turn on BTC/USD. In a tweet on Jan. 25, Mike McGlone, senior commodity strategist at Bloomberg Intelligence, eyed Bitcoin’s position relative to its 20-week moving average, noting that historically, current levels have marked a turning point. McGlone: Bitcoin “a bit extended” at all-time highs Still hopeful for Bitcoin to weather a macro storm this year, McGlone’s data places BTC/USD at the same position in which it halted downtrends in March…

Ethereum Aims Key Upside Break, What Could Stop Recovery

Ethereum is recovering losses above $2,400 against the US Dollar. ETH price is rising, but it must clear $2,550 for a steady increase. Ethereum is slowly moving higher towards the $2,500 and $2,550 resistance levels. The price is trading below $2,500 and the 100 hourly simple moving average. There was a move above a major bearish trend line with resistance near $2,500 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD (data feed via Kraken). The pair could rise steadily if there is a clear move above the $2,550 resistance zone. Ethereum Price…

NFL star’s massive tax bill highlights problems with BTC salaries

NFL Star Odell Beckham Jr’s (OBJ) decision to take his $750,000 salary in Bitcoin appears to have cost him dearly due to the market crash after he signed the deal. Owing to the vagaries of cryptocurrency tax laws and current prices, OBJ is estimated by some to have made 61% less than if he’d taken his salary in fiat. The loss has highlighted the tax complications from receiving a salary or yield in cryptocurrency as crypto investors have to pay tax on the amount it’s worth when it was received,…

Etherescan adds new messaging feature for anons: ‘Blockscan Chat’

The team behind the popular blockchain explorer and analytics platform Etherscan has launched an Ethereum-based wallet-to-wallet instant messaging service dubbed “Blockscan Chat.” Blockscan is currently in beta testing mode, and it currently enables users to engage in an instant wallet-to-wallet chat, access chats from multiple devices, block spammy or unwanted addresses and get notified on the block explorer when a message has been received. While the new feature is a great way to talk to other anons — say to negotiate an anonymous purchase — it might come in particularly…

Grayscale considers VeChain and Iota as Coinbase lists 4 low-cap coins

Grayscale, the world’s largest crypto asset manager, has added 25 coins to the list of assets it is considering adding to its investment products including VeChain, Iota, Monero and Axie Infinity. Other assets are consideration are: Algorand (ALGO), Arweave (AR), Bancor (BNT), BitTorrent (BTT), BORA (BORA), Convex (CVX), Cosmos (ATOM), Decred (DCR), Elrond (EGLD), Enjin (ENJ), Fantom (FTM), Gala (GALA), Gelato (GEL), Helium (HNT), Holo (HOT), Oasis Network (ROSE), Secret (SCRT), Spell (SPELL), Stacks (STX), The Sandbox (SAND), Universal Market Access (UMA), and Yield Guild Games (YGG). In addition to…

Bitcoin Eyes Steady Recovery, Why Bulls Might Struggle

Bitcoin started a recovery wave above $36,000 against the US Dollar. BTC must settle above the $38,000 zone to start a steady upward move. Bitcoin is trying to clear the $37,500 and $38,000 resistance levels. The price is now trading above $36,500 and the 100 hourly simple moving average. There is a key breakout pattern forming with resistance near $37,500 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken). The pair could start a steady upward move if there is a clear move above the $38,000 resistance.…

Ex-Goldman Sachs banker launches crypto app after $33M raise

The former Head of Product for “Marcus by Goldman Sachs” has launched a crypto investing app, “Domain Ventures,” raising $33 million from investors on Jan 25. Adam Dell, brother of Dell computers tycoon Michael, assembled a team of 25 former staff members from Goldman Sachs. Other staffers are leaving their roles at Bridgewater Associates, Morgan Stanley, Coinbase Global Inc. and BlockFi. Former Goldman Sachs CTO Elisha Wiesel, and Christopher Giancarlo, thformer Chairman of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission have also been tapped to join the project. The app is targeted…

Eth2 is no more after Ethereum Foundation ditches name in rebrand

The Ethereum Foundation has removed all references to Eth1 and Eth2 in favor of calling the original blockchain the “execution layer” and the upgraded Proof of Stake chain the “consensus layer.” Ethereum’s long-awaited transition from a Proof-of-work mining model to a Proof-of-Stake (PoS) consensus mechanism is expected to go live around in the second or third quarter of this year. Announcing the change the foundation cited a number of rationales including a “broken mental model for new users,” scam prevention, inclusivity and staking clarity. In a Jan.24 blog post, the…