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Bitcoin targets record 8th weekly red candle while BTC price limits weekend losses

Bitcoin (BTC) gave bears little joy over the weekend as the May 22 weekly close looked set to revolve around $30,000. BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView Waiting for Bitcoin to “make a decision” Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView followed BTC/USD as it held a narrow range after the Wall Street trading week. With volatility absent, traders hoped for a move to larger areas of support or resistance next. “Still wedged between the supply and demand zone .. Hoping for a break today so we have some…

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SWIFT Is Experimenting With Decentralized Technologies to Allow CBDC Interconnection

SWIFT, the interbank payments protocol and messaging system, has announced it is working to connect the different central bank digital currency (CBDC) protocols in development today. The company has partnered with Capgemini, a digital services provider, making a series of experiments to ensure that the new set of CBDCs have cross-border payments and remittance capabilities. SWIFT Set to Modernize Connection Systems SWIFT, the bank and payments interconnection protocol, is working to bring its services to the upcoming group of central bank digital currencies. The member-owned cooperative has announced…

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Needed: A massive education project to fight hacks and scams

The common narrative around the prevailing threats to mainstream adoption of cryptocurrencies is that regulators will put the kibosh on their legality, it has to get much easier for “ordinary” people to use, and the magnitude of its volatility has to be tempered. All of these are true. But there’s something perhaps just as consequential: scams, hacks, fraudulent exchanges, dumps and the like. Why? Every attack leaves a scar. And the scars are mounting fast. According to a study by Chainalysis, scammers got away with $14 billion worth of crypto…

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Tim Draper Bullish on Bitcoin Due to Its Inflation Hedge Traits

Tim Draper, an early bitcoin investor, has declared he is still optimistic about the value of the first cryptocurrency even with the downturn its price has taken in the last months. Draper believes that the asset is still valuable as an inflation hedge, and that the market we are navigating right now is “very similar” to the dot-com bubble burst, but with higher inflation. Tim Draper Still Bullish on Bitcoin Tim Draper, the venture capitalist famous for his early investments in bitcoin, has explained his stance when it…

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Ethereum Prepares For Ropsten Testnet Merge As Token Struggles To Hold $2k Support

The Ethereum 2.0 update is generating a lot of buzz and interest, and we’re getting closer to its launch than ever before. Ethereum 2.0 Goes To Testnet Testing for Ethereum’s long-awaited Merge is progressing, though not at the rate that many had hoped. Testing on Ropsten, Ethereum’s largest and primary testnet, which has the closest similarity to the mainnet, is the next key milestone in the Merge testing process. Ropsten testing will be merged on June 8, according to Ethereum client developers. Although there is no official indication on when…

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Exchange Inflows Rock Bitcoin, Ethereum As Market Struggles To Recover

With the market in turmoil, digital assets such as Bitcoin and Ethereum are seeing their prices challenged in ways that have sent shivers down the spines of investors. The downtrend had triggered massive sell-offs that had sent prices towards yearly lows. Despite the volume already being sold off, sellers look to not be done yet. This is evidenced by the volume of Bitcoin and Ethereum that has been making its way to centralized exchanges recently. Bitcoin, Ethereum Rocked By Inflows The inflows had been growing steadily recently and given the…

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Weaker dollar lifts Bitcoin to $30.7K as analyst eyes 60% BTC dominance

Bitcoin (BTC) hit 48-hour highs overnight into May 20 as U.S. dollar weakness gave bulls some much-needed respite. BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView Dollar strength declines after 20-year record Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView recorded a high of $30,725 for BTC/USD on Bitstamp. Still struggling to flip $30,000 to reliable support, the pair nonetheless avoided a deeper retracement, helping calm fears that last week’s $23,800 capitulation event did not mark the bottom. The U.S. dollar index (DXY) provided the background to Bitcoin’s relatively solid performance, this…

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Dubai Couple Ties the Knot in the Metaverse

A Dubai based couple has decided to be wed in the metaverse after legal problems stemming from their nationalities initially forced them to tie the knot in Georgia in 2019. After the wedding, the couple said they will use their own experience to help others get married in the metaverse as well. The Metaverse After Wedding Party After encountering legal troubles registering their marriage, Florian Ughetto, a French national residing in Dubai and his fiancee, Liz Nunez, were reportedly planning to wed in the metaverse on May 19. The couple…

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DeFi-ing exploits: New Chainalysis tool tracks stolen crypto across multiple chains

Blockchain analytics firm Chainalysis has released a new tool to track transactions across Decentralized Finance protocols and multiple blockchains. Chainalysis launched a beta version of its Storyline software on May 18. Touted as a “Web3-native blockchain analysis tool,” Storyline aims to track and visualize smart contract transactions with a focus on nonfungible tokens (NFTs) and DeFi platforms. This is in line with the growing popularity and prevalence of NFTs and DeFi in the cryptocurrency space over the past year. Chainalysis provides blockchain analysis and annual reports on cryptocurrency crime trends…

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Crypto Exchange Coinbase Slows Hiring Amid Market Downturn

Leading U.S. crypto exchange Coinbase is slowing hiring, citing the current down cycle in the market as a reason to rethink its staffing strategy. The company’s management believes the move will allow the trading platform to match its hiring needs with its business goals. Coinbase to Reassess Headcount Needs, Focus on Integrating Recent Hires Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has announced a change in its staffing plans. After previously aiming to triple its size heading into this year, the company now feels it’s prudent to slow hiring and reassess its personnel needs…

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