Bitfrost releases upgraded SALP 2.0 after protocol helped secure $450M via parachain auctions

On Friday, Bifrost, a Web 3.0 derivatives protocol that provides decentralized cross-chain liquidity for staked assets, launched the updated Slot Liquidity Auction Protocol dubbed “SALP 2.0.” Projects such as Moonbeam, Unique network, OAK network, Polkadex, etc., held their parachain crowdloans on Kusama and Polkadot via the original SALP. A total of 177,690 vsKSM ($439 million) and 3,045,564 vsDOT ($21 million) was minted through the protocol. The SALP protocol works by releasing the liquidity of tokens staked during an auction; liquid derivatives such as vsDOT and vsKSM are issued on a…

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Iran to Shut Down Crypto Mining Farms Amid Record High Power Demand

Authorities in Iran plan to unplug licensed crypto mining facilities as electricity consumption in the country is reaching record highs. The mining farms will be cut off from the grid on Wednesday, the Islamic Republic’s Ministry of Energy announced. Legal Crypto Miners in Iran to Halt Operations Again Due to Electricity Shortages Authorized crypto mining enterprises in Iran will have to unplug their power-hungry coin minting equipment from the beginning of Tir, the next month in the Iranian calendar, or Wednesday, June 22. Mostafa Rajabi Mashhadi, spokesman of the Ministry…

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Ethereum analyst warns of ‘clean fakeout’ despite 30% ETH price rebound

Ethereum’s native token, Ether (ETH), underwent a sharp relief rally after falling to $880, its lowest level in eighteen months, on June 18. ETH price regains 30% in two days Ether’s price reached above $1,150 this June 19, marking 30%-plus gains in just two days. However, at the beginning of the new weekly session this June 20, the ETH/USD pair hinted at giving up its weekend gains, with its price plunging by almost 9% from the $1,150 high.  PostyXBT, an independent market analyst, told his 79,800 followers to be careful…

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Russian Finance Ministry Rules Out Sale of Oil for Bitcoin

The Russian government considers bitcoin as a payment option for small business transactions, not for oil exports, the country’s finance ministry has indicated. A top official emphasized the department means that cryptocurrencies may be used in barter deals, but not as legal tender. Crypto Payments Not for Russian State Settlements, Ministry of Finance Says Cryptocurrency payments, in terms of international transactions, are seen by the authorities in Moscow as an alternative option for small private business contracts, but this will not affect Russian oil deliveries. The clarification was made by…

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Elon Musk’s support for Dogecoin grows stronger following $258B lawsuit

Not even a $258 billion class-action lawsuit alleging a crypto pyramid scheme could stop Elon Musk from publicly displaying his continued support for Dogecoin (DOGE). On June 16, a New York district court received a class action complaint against the world’s richest man Elon Musk and his companies, SpaceX and Tesla, for an alleged Ponzi scheme using DOGE tokens. The lawsuit demanded $258 billion in total monetary damages from Musk while requesting the court to rule DOGE trading as gambling in the United States. I will keep supporting Dogecoin —…

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$100K BTC Predictions, Peter Schiff on Recession and Bitcoin, Bill Gates Slams NFTs — Bitcoin.com News Week in Review

It’s been a week of polarizing opinion in crypto news. Whether it’s cryptocurrency fund managers predicting $100K bitcoin by the end of the year, Peter Schiff saying things “will only get worse as the recession deepens,” or Bill Gates slamming crypto and NFTs, citing the Greater Fool Theory, there’s been no shortage of spicy debate and notable economic forecasting going on. Read about it all right here, in this week’s Bitcoin.com News Week in Review. PWC: Majority of Crypto Fund Managers Surveyed Predict Bitcoin Could Reach $100K by Year-End Major…

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The BTC origin story: Who designed the Bitcoin logo?

The bright orange Bitcoin (BTC) logo, for over a decade, has become synonymous with financial freedom amid modern-day recession and stringent governmental oversight. However, unlike the mysteries tied to Bitcoin’s origin, the development of the Bitcoin ‘₿’ logo is fairly documented in the depths of the internet.  When Bitcoin was introduced 13 years ago by creator Satoshi Nakamoto, the first iteration of the Bitcoin logo represented a gold coin with a “BC” text embedded in the center, as shown below. However, on February 24, 2010, Nakamoto came up with a…

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Bitcoin, Ethereum Technical Analysis: BTC Below $20,000, ETH Slips Under $1,000

Bitcoin fell below $20,000 on Saturday, as the sell-off in cryptocurrency markets continued to start the weekend. ETH was also trading below a key level, as prices fell below $1,000 for the first time in over 18 months. Bitcoin Bitcoin fell below $20,000 on Saturday, as bearish momentum extended entering the weekend. Despite the best effort of bulls to hold the line, the recent price support of $20,200 finally gave way earlier today. As a result of this, BTC/USD fell to an intraday low of $18,905.98 earlier in today’s session,…

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NFT platforms in China grow 5X in four months despite government warnings

The popularity of nonfungible tokens is on the rise as recent data shows that the number of digital collectible platforms in China has grown to over 500, a 5X increase from February 2022, when the total number of NFT platforms was just over 100. According to a report published by a local Chinese daily, the sharp rise in the number of NFT platforms comes amid the growing hype and popularity of the digital collectibles in the country. Major tech giants including Tencent and Alibaba have shown interest in the nascent…

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Organizer of Binance-Sponsored Crypto Tour Says Campaign Was Successful

A crypto enthusiast and organizer of the Binance-sponsored Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Awareness Tour (BCAT) recently held in Nigeria, has rejected reports he was arrested by security agents reportedly spooked by large crowds that were following the campaign. The enthusiast said the high number of people that attended the BCAT tour proves that Nigerians “want to continue to explore blockchain and cryptocurrency and improve their lives.” Nigerian Interest in Crypto and Blockchain Growing A Nigerian blockchain and crypto educator, Tony Emeka, has clarified that the security agents that made an appearance…

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