The Ethereum network is being turbocharged by layer-two solutions

With Ethereum transaction fees still high, more layer-two powered platforms are emerging. The number of decentralized exchanges running layer-two solutions is growing as the Ethereum network struggles to keep up with its own popularity. As excessive Ethereum gas prices continue to hamper smaller transactions and operations on the network, the number of faster and cheaper options continues to expand as layer-two adoption increases. Layer-two solutions have the potential to process thousands of transactions per second, rather than the handful processed on layer-one. The LeverJ decentralized exchange has seen a surge…

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Proof-of-Work and Yield Farming: Binance and Poolin Launch Tokens Backed by Bitcoin Hashrate

There’s a new type of token gaining popularity in the crypto space with the launch of coins that are backed by a specific amount of proof-of-work (PoW) hashrate. On January 6, 2021, Binance launched a new project called the bitcoin standard hashrate token (BTCST), a coin that represents 0.1 terahash (TH/s). Furthermore, the mining operation Poolin has also revealed a hashrate token called pBTC35A and each token represents 1 TH/s hashrate with pre-determined SHA256 processing power. Tokens Backed by Proof-of-Work The Bitcoin (BTC) network has seen the protocol’s hashrate increase…

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Jack Dorsey cites Bitcoin as a better model for the internet in Trump ban explanation

Days after Donald Trump’s account was banned, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey explained that it was the right decision, but still sets a dangerous precedent. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey cited his passion for Bitcoin and decentralization in a 13-Tweet thread today explaining why the company banned U.S. President Donald Trump from the platform last week. Although claiming this was the “right decision for Twitter,” Dorsey admits it sets a dangerous precedent. Having to take these actions fragment the public conversation. They divide us. They limit the potential for clarification, redemption, and…

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Rick and Morty creator auctioning NFT artwork collection

The platform stated it would offer “several original artworks” from Justin Roiland as part of his NFT collection. The Winklevoss-owned Nifty Gateway has announced the auction of a crypto art collection from the voice actor and co-creator behind Adult Swim’s cult animation series Rick and Morty. According to a tweet from Nifty Gateway today, the non-fungible token, or NFT, marketplace will be auctioning artwork from Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland on Jan. 19. The platform stated “several original artworks” from Roiland would be offered as part of the collection.…

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New Comptroller of the Currency announced: Will he be as good for crypto?

Acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian P. Brooks is officially stepping down after eight months at the OCC. The head of the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) Brian P. Brooks has officially announced that he is stepping down on January 14, 2021. In a statement dated January 13, the organization said that Chief Operating Officer Blake Paulson will become Acting Comptroller of the Currency, replacing Brooks who has served for eight months. Brian P. Brooks to Step Down, Blake Paulson to Become Acting Comptroller of the…

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EToro warns users it’s running out of crypto to trade due to ‘unprecedented demand’

Exchange platform eToro is struggling amid surging demand for crypto, sending an email to all users warning of possible trading limitations this weekend. Israel-based exchange platform eToro is struggling to keep up with the demand from crypto traders according to an email sent to users earlier today. “The unprecedented demand for crypto, coupled with limited liquidity, presents challenges to our ability to support BUY orders over the weekend.” As a result, the platform is warning of “possible limitations to crypto BUY orders” and that “spreads on crypto assets may also…

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Rapid Profits: Bitcoin Hashrate Accelerates While Mining Difficulty Touches All-Time High

The Bitcoin network’s hashrate has been operating at very high processing speeds during the last few weeks, as the overall hashrate touched a whopping 171.2 exahash per second (EH/s) on Monday. Moreover, the network’s mining difficulty has also touched an all-time high (ATH) at 20.61 trillion, the highest difficulty the network has ever experienced in the last 12 years. One aspect of the Bitcoin (BTC) network that people look at to measure the protocol’s overall health and growth is the hashrate. At the time of publication, the BTC hashrate is…

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Grayscale Investments liquidates all of its XRP… while it still can

Grayscale is dissolving its XRP Trust and will distribute cash to investors after liquidating all XRP held by the trust. Institutional crypto-fund manager Grayscale Investments has begun the dissolution of its XRP Trust in response to the Security and Exchange Commission’s December 2020 lawsuit alleging the XRP token is a security under U.S. law. According to an announcement published Wednesday, Grayscale decided to dissolve the trust in response to the spate of XRP delistings from major crypto-asset exchanges after the SEC’s complaint was filed. Grayscale concluded: “It is likely to…

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Crypto mining allegedly worsening air pollution in Iran

Mining for Bitcoin may be contributing to “thick layers of toxic smog” and blackouts across many Iranian cities. The push by many in Iran to establish the country as a mecca for crypto miners may be having some unintended environmental consequences.  According to a Bloomberg report, the energy requirements of Bitcoin (BTC) and crypto mining in Iran coupled with the demand for heat in an exceptionally cold winter have contributed to a natural gas shortage, forcing power plants to allegedly burn “low-grade fuel oils” to meet the country’s electrical needs.…

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Indian Doctors Warn of Illegal Covid-19 Vaccine Sales for Bitcoin: Citizens Urged to Wait for Government Approved Vaccine

Indian doctors have warned that the sale of unauthorized Covid-19 vaccines on the black market, where vendors ask for bitcoin as payment, is illegal. According to the doctors, the unsanctioned marketing of the vaccine to the elite is prevalent in the state of Karnataka. Some doctors say the Indian government must intervene by tracking down these vendors. Vaccine for VIPs As media reports from that country confirm, doctors “have been getting calls from VIP patients, wanting to know whether these Covid-19 vaccines offered by certain dealers are genuine and can…

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