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Darknet market crypto crimes on the rise in 2023, $1.7B revenue — Chainalysis

Darknet markets experienced a notable uptick in cryptocurrency revenue, reaching $1.7 billion in 2023.

OKX adds Uniswap API on DEX, launches gas-free trading

OKX chief innovation officer Jason Lau explained that within the new feature liquidity providers will cover the swapping fees.

Bitcoin miner reserves held steady in February, despite $40B flows to exchanges

Despite maintaining reserve levels in February, recent fluctuations in BTC’s price had triggered significant sales from miners.

Biotech, AI and climate tech are booming sectors for startups — Web Summit Qatar

Cointelegraph’s team is at Web Summit Qatar, covering key predictions for 2024 in venture capital, technology and beyond.

StarkWare launches open-source ZK prover at ETHDenver

StarkWare announced the launch of its new, open-source prover at ETHDenver.

US lawmakers advance resolution to get banks in on crypto custody

The House Financial Services Committee has voted to advance a resolution that, if successful, would throw out the SEC’s controversial guidelines preventing U.S. banks from custodying crypto assets.

Euro-denominated Bitcoin futures will bolster institutional adoption — CME director

The launch of euro-denominated Bitcoin and Ether futures products will lead to more institutional adoption in Europe, according to CME Group’s executive director.

Crypto miner Marathon Digital unveils Bitcoin layer 2 network Anduro

Anduro utilizes merge-mining, which could allow miners to earn revenue from sidechain transactions while continuing to mine BTC.

Marathon Digital revenue surges 452% in Q4 amid ‘banner year’

Company stock dipped slightly despite the bumper earnings report, though MARA has gained 300% over the past 12 months.

US gov’t moved $922 million of seized Bitcoin after BTC price broke $60,000

The government’s transfer occurred the same day Bitcoin breached the $60,000 mark for the first time in over two years.

Funds hacked in 2024 increased by 15.4% vs. the same period in 2023 — Immunefi

Ethereum was the most targeted chain for hackers in 2024, accounting for 85% of the value lost in February.

Coinbase users report zero balance bug as Bitcoin price taps $64K

While Bitcoin was flirting with a new ATH, an apparent bug caused Coinbase users to see their account balances hit all-time lows.

Uniswap DEX to launch web wallet extension

The Uniswap DEX will also launch its V4 protocol in Q3 2024.

MicroStrategy a ‘timely play’ on Bitcoin halving, $990 target price: Benchmark

MicroStrategy offers a “timely play” on the Bitcoin halving, says Benchmark which issued a buy rating for MSTR shares at a price target of $990.

Weekend Bitcoin trading drops due to TradFi institutions and spot ETFs

Weekend Bitcoin trading volume has continued to slow in 2024 as institutional involvement increases, Kaiko reported.

Bitcoin breaks ATH against a dozen currencies as BTC price breaches $59K

As BTC’s price nears its all-time-high price in United States dollar terms, it has already broken ATH records against multiple fiat currencies.

Telegram ad platform to launch via TON blockchain

The Telegram Ad platform will launch in March in partnership with the TON blockchain. The platform will pay 50% of all revenue to all channel owners in Toncoin.

Deadline looms for Hong Kong crypto exchanges to apply for licensing

The city opened its VATP licensing regime last year.

Do Kwon to be extradited to the US, CZ’s passports seized: Law Decoded

The High Court in Podgorica reportedly rejected a request to extradite Kwon to South Korea.

ENS to end domain suit after DAO greenlights $300K settlement

Ethereum Name Service (ENS) will be able to keep its domain under a settlement agreement with Manifold Finance.

Bitcoin L2 tokens surge double digits as BTC notches 25-month high

Bitcoin-related layer-2 and smart contract platforms are seeing token prices surge as BTC pumps to a 25-month high.

Vitalik Buterin has an open-source solution to Elon Musk’s Microsoft OS issues

A few users on X lauded Buterin for promoting open-source software; however, a few others also pointed out that Linux has its own share of issues.

Ripple’s XRPL taps Axelar for RWA, cross-chain communication

Ripple and the Axelar Foundation are partnering to add interoperability to the XRP Ledger blockchain.

MicroStrategy’s X account hacked, shilling Ethereum token phishing scam

The official X account for MicroStrategy has been hacked, with victims reportedly losing over $440,000.

Bitcoin miner Riot says chip shortage, climate-focused regs are risks to profit

Bitcoin mining firm highlighted several industry, economic and geopolitical risks that may impact its business operations in a 10-K filing.

US-based OANDA gets green light to offer crypto trading in the UK

The crypto brokerage firm has often chosen regions with strict regulatory requirements, first the U.S. and now the U.K.

Crypto exchange BitForex halts withdrawals, stops responding to users

Three BitForex hot wallets saw outflows of around $56.5 million in cryptocurrencies. Shortly after, the exchange stopped processing transactions.

ZachXBT recovers majority of $177K stolen NFT proceeds after 9-month probe

ZachXBT reported that he assisted in recovering a “decent chunk” of the funds from the sale of a stolen DeGods NFT amounting to $177K in May 2023.

Blockchain cybercrimes trigger action from China’s national prosecutor

China’s Supreme People’s Procuratorate targets rising cybercrimes, focusing on blockchain and metaverse offenses.

Privacy-focused Aleo users concerned after KYC documents leak

Aleo, a zero-knowledge blockchain, accidentally exposes user data, sparking privacy concerns. Users report KYC leaks, highlighting the need for secure protocols...

Newly released Satoshi emails reveal a treasure trove of early Bitcoin lore

Early Satoshi Nakamoto collaborator Martti Malmi published 120 pages of email correspondence between himself and the creator of Bitcoin.

Uniswap (UNI) price gains 50% after fee-sharing governance proposal

Uniswap’s native token soars after a proposal to reward UNI stakers.

46% of largest crypto airdrops peaked within 14 days — CoinGecko

A recent report by crypto data aggregator CoinGecko revealed that 38% of the largest airdrops in the last four years reached all-time highs during the 2021 bull market.

Valkyrie launches 2x leveraged Bitcoin futures fund

According to Valkyrie, the leveraged Bitcoin futures ETF aims to provide results two times the “performance of the CME Bitcoin Futures market.”

Empirical analysis identifies blockchain as highest-performing information security startup investment

Swiss researchers identified blockchain as the highest performing information security sector investment between 2010 and 2022.

DeFi protocol Blueberry pauses lending following mystery exploit

DeFi lending and leverage protocol Blueberry has been temporarily suspended following an ongoing exploit.

Axie Infinity co-founder loses $9.7M in 3,248-ETH wallet hack

Ronin Network co-founder Aleksander Larsen highlighted that the Ronin bridge had been audited and is designed to pause if an unusually large withdrawal is detected.

Former US President Trump no longer anti-Bitcoin, says can ‘live with it’

Crypto proponents believe Trump purposefully dropped a pro-BTC sentence followed by a pro-U.S. dollar sentence to gauge opinion.

Texas company mounts court challenge to SEC crypto authority

The Crypto Freedom Alliance of Texas and digital asset company Lejilex have sued the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over the agency’s position on crypto assets.

Tether won’t confirm or deny if it’s dropping USDT on Tron

Tether, the issuer of the USDT stablecoin, didn’t answer if it would stop supporting the Tron network after rival Circle pulled support.

Citrea raises $2.7M in seed funding to launch Bitcoin ZK-rollup

Bitcoin ZK-rollup project Citrea has raised $2.7 million in a seed round led by Galaxy Ventures with participation from Delphi Ventures.

Bitcoin pre-halving ‘pullback’ calls for $45K BTC price support retest

BTC price analysis sees Bitcoin retracing to test support around the halving.

Paris Saint-Germain begins Web3 drive as a new blockchain validator for Chiliz Chain

The French football club aims to explore various avenues in the cryptocurrency sector, starting with becoming an infrastructure provider on the Chiliz Chain.

AI tokens record double-digit gains as market cap doubles in a month

The total market cap of AI-based tokens has surged by over 9% to $17.8 billion since Nvidia’s quarterly earnings report.

Oxford economist who predicted crypto going mainstream says ‘quantum economics’ is next

Oxford economist and mathematician David Orrell gave a recent interview discussing the future of quantum economics.

Crypto advocacy group calls on Senate Banking Chair not to support Elizabeth Warren’s AML bill

Perianne Boring, founder and CEO of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, penned a letter to Senator Sherrod Brown highlighting the potential dangers of a crypto-focused bill.

Circle to cease minting USDC on Tron network effective immediately

Stablecoin issuer Circle has announced that it will discontinue minting USDC on the Tron blockchain effective immediately.

AMD hardware accelerators to support blockchain interoperability

AMD brings FPGA hardware accelerators to the Wormhole ecosystem, to enhance blockchain interoperability and enable trustless message-passing between...

Emojis can predict better crypto trading outcomes, according to scientists

A team of researchers from Europe and Asia recently conducted research determining that emoji associated with positive sentiment toward crypto were a predictor for asset performance.

UK could pass stablecoin, staking laws within six months: Report

After years of slow progress, the U.K. government is expected to pass new laws concerning stablecoins and crypto staking within the next six months.