DeFi Can Continue to Grow as ‘Useless’ Top 30 Coins Wither

Data published by crypto market analytics firm Messari on July 29 indicates that the collective capitalization of the decentralized finance (DeFi) sector is equal to only 1.5% of the entire crypto capitalization. According to Messari, the collective capitalization of every DeFi project put together is roughly $4.12 billion — less than that of the fifth-ranked crypto asset by market cap, Bitcoin Cash (BCH). Watkins also noted that “literal meme coin” Dogecoin (DOGE) boasts a larger capitalization than every DeFi project with the exception of MakerDAO (MKR). Despite the recent DeFi…

HEX Plasters UK With Ads Boasting of 11,500% Returns

Richard Heart’s controversial HEX token has launched an advertising blitz in the U.K., plastering ads on London public transportation, in newspapers, and during English Premier League soccer games.  As reported by Twitter user Metallic Elmo, scrolling text appeared behind players at the series of soccer matches on July 26.  “HEX price went up 11,500% in 129 days,” the ads stated, directing viewers to visit the ERC-20 token’s website. Four months ago — March 19 — the altcoin was priced at $0.0000359 according to crypto analytics site CoinMarketCap, compared to $0.004394…

$39M of Bitcoin Stolen in 2016 Bitfinex Hack Is on the Move

Some of the 119,756 Bitcoin that was stolen from crypto exchange Bitfinex in 2016 has started moving again.  According to a series of tweets posted by Whale Alert on July 27-28, wallet addresses known to be associated with one of the largest breaches ever of a crypto exchange moved 3503 Bitcoin (BTC) — worth roughly $38.7 million — over 12 transactions.  The largest individual movement was of 476.32 BTC, or approximately $5.2 million, while the smallest was 2.612703 BTC, or $28,849. Slowly moving billions in crypto To date, the hackers…

Bulls Control Bitcoin Price Even as Funding Rates Reach Record Highs

Bitcoin (BTC) price finally woke up and surged to a new 2020 high but as the markets surged past $10,000, some traders seem to have opened excessively leveraged long positions.  This effect became more noticeable as the funding rate for perpetual contracts reached the second-highest level this year at 12.4% per month. Funding alone shouldn’t be considered a red flag, especially in short-term periods. The problem lies mostly in contango, also known as futures basis, which has been unusually high in the past couple of days. This indicates that professional…

AMFEIX Threatens Users Who Share Coverage That Criticizes the Company

Last week Cointelegraph published a story about investors having difficulty getting their money back from a crypto fund called AMFEIX, which promised high-yield profits for investors who sent them Bitcoin (BTC). Our story described more than 500 pending withdrawals from users trying to get their money back, and AMFEIX’s unsatisfactory communication with those users. The company addressed its users via its official Telegram channel after the story was published, suggesting that the withdrawal delays were due to technical difficulties that had been an issue since May. It also stated that…

Facebook’s Zuckerberg and Telegram’s Durov Posture as Defenders Against Foreign Tech Invasions

Two icons of tech — one American, one Russian — are hard at work trying to win back the jilted governments of their home countries by stirring up concerns over foreign competitors.  When nationalism meets tech In a hearing tomorrow before the congressional Antitrust Subcommittee, Mark Zuckerberg plans to portray Facebook as the American champion to meet Chinese tech. Meanwhile, Pavel Durov has waged a similar campaign to rehabilitate Telegram in his native Russia, largely by painting U.S. tech as an invading force. It’s an interesting strategy, especially since the…

How Grayscale Investments Sells Bitcoin to Financial Advisors

In a webinar hosted by InvestmentNews, Grayscale Investments’ managing director, Michael Sonnenshein, and financial consultant, Tyrone Ross Jr., educated financial advisors about the benefits of crypto investments. A slide from Sonnenshein’s presentation. Grayscale offers ten crypto related investment products with its Bitcoin Trust, or GBTC, being by far the largest. Currently, it holds close to 400,000 BTC, though lately, the demand for the product has subsided. Physical representations of Bitcoin called into question Quite a bit of time was spent on some well known aspects of Bitcoin, like its finite…

Mainstream People Coming to Bitcoin, Digital Assets Data CEO Says

Mike Alfred, CEO of analytics firm Digital Assets Data, described increased Bitcoin (BTC) enthusiasm from the public amid flying prices. “We are seeing more signs of increased institutional interest,” Alfred told Cointelegraph of Bitcoin on July 28 — the day after bitcoin rose more than $1,000 in a 24-hour period. Bitcoin broke upward Crypto’s pioneer asset had a standout day on July 27, rising from $9,930 to $11,400 within a single daily price candle, according to TradingView.com data. “Volume was strong on Bakkt and CME yesterday,” Alfred said on July…

Regulatory Clarity Leads to Surge in Institutional Crypto Investors

Ciara Sun, head of global markets at Huobi Group, took part in a Cointelegraph China Great Bay Area International Blockchain Week pre-event interview on July 27. She stressed that although security and lack of infrastructure services might be the biggest hurdle for the crypto industry, more clarity in regulation across the globe has led to a great surge in institutional crypto investors. Systemic risks in crypto market infrastructure The biggest risk in the digital asset space, according to Ciara Sun, is hacking. She stressed that while hacking doesn’t typically lead…

Tether Exchange Inflow Reached 8-Month High as Bitcoin Rallied to $11K

Tether (USDT) exchange inflow has recently spiked to its highest level in the last 8 months, according to data from on-chain data provider Glassnode. Exchange inflows for the stablecoin reached a 2020 high yesterday as Bitcoin (BTC) soared to $10,270, although BTC has since continued on its rally, currently sitting at $11,000. USDT Exchange inflows. Source: Glassnode While research firms have found that there is an inverse correlation between the USDT held on exchanges and the price of Bitcoin, the inflow can also be considered as a bullish sign for…