Did Grayscale push Bitcoin back up to the $40K mark?

Within 48 hours of Grayscale reopening its services to new investors on January 13, Bitcoin’s price shot up by almostd 20%, to once again hover just under the $40,000 mark.  During the same period, the institutional investment firm added 4,618 BTC to its portfolio at a current value of $182 million. Including last quarter’s intake of $3.3 billion, which is mostly BTC, Grayscale’s crypto portfolio sits at $27.6 billion. Bitcoin isn’t the only coin to see strong support since January 13 with the entire crypto market adding $137 billion to…

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Gamers are still Nvidia’s masters, but Ether miners could change that

Gaming hardware giant Nvidia has addressed the ongoing shortage of its new RTX 3000 product line after high demand from gamers, and to a lesser extent, cryptocurrency miners, pushed up prices and cut availability. Nvidia chief financial officer Colette Kress said the company didn’t have good visibility into how much demand came solely from cryptocurrency miners, but she doesn’t believe it’s a big part of the business at this time. That’s despite reports of some Ether (ETH) miners constructing rigs comprised of 78 of Nvidia’s Geforce RTX 3080 graphics cards,…

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RSK’s token spikes 30% after founder appears on podcast

RIF, the utility token for smart contract network RSK, shot up over 30% in price after an appearance by its founder on the Jan. 13 edition of The Pomp Podcast. The gain equates to a $36 million increase in market cap for RIF, most of which has occurred in the last 12 hours. $RIF up 20% now and it’s just the beginning. Building infrastructure on top of #bitcoin The most secure network in the world. — TradingToolCrypto (@RealTradingTool) January 14, 2021 RIF, short for “RSK Infrastructure Framework,” is the token…

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0x (ZRX) price rallies 35% ahead of v4 mainnet update

Decentralized exchanges (DEX) are a giant leap in permissionless and transparent trading, and they exist as fantastic alternatives to centralized exchanges.  While DEXs ease the process of listing new ERC-20 tokens and remove the need to pay a central authority high listing fees, they stil have the issue of high gas fees. This is precisely the issue 0x Protocol (ZRX) aims to solve. The 0x Protocol (ZRX) ICO raised $24 million in August 2017 for 50% of its supply, with no pre-sale. As an ERC-20 token, the permissionless Protocol connects…

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Exodus of key staff from Aragon amid philosophical differences

It’s been a rough week for the Aragon governance platform where philosophical differences have brought about a long list of resignations. Aragon co-founder Jorge Izquierdo announced on Jan. 11 he would no longer be working as CEO of the for-profit Aragon One, a company dedicated to building tools and services related to Aragon. Aragon is an Ethereum-based platform involved with decentralized governance. The announcement took place just hours after news broke that Aragon had purchased Dvote Labs, the company behind blockchain voting protocol Vocdoni. Today I resigned as Aragon One’s…

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DEX and interoperability upgrades show TomoChain (TOMO) wants DeFi dominance

The cryptocurrency market started the year in full force and with all the bullish breakouts happening it can be difficult to discern which projects are simply being driven by the macro trend and which are making gains based on solid tech developments and improving fundamentals.  As the price of Bitcoin dropped more than $11,000 between Jan. 10 and Jan. 11, a number of altcoins saw double-digit losses but a few DeFi and layer 2-oriented coins bucked the trend and quickly recovered as BTC price consolidated. For example, TomoChain (TOMO) saw…

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Yearn proposes “buyback and build” strategy for YFI holders

The Yearn.finance community is introducing a proposal to reform the current token economics of YFI. Popularly called “buyback and build,” the proposal aims to bolster the project’s treasury while also generating value for all stakeholders. Its list of authors includes Yearn core developers Banteg, Tracheopteryx and Lehnberg, as well as Gabriel Shapiro, partner at BSV Law and occasional Yearn contributor. Currently, Yearn.finance uses a staking and dividends model. Holders must place their tokens in the yGov contract and receive a portion of the revenue generated by its yield strategies. This…

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Altcoins move higher while Bitcoin price finds resistance near $35,000

On Jan. 12 Bitcoin (BTC) price rebounded slightly as the price attempted to re-enter the $37,000 range but at the time of writing increased selling is pushing the price back toward the $32,000 mark. While the bearish price action may have shaken out newer investors who are unfamiliar with Bitcoin’s whipsaw volatility, the recent 28% drop doesnt even maike it on the list of the top-5 worst BTC pullbacks in history. In fact, today’s 20% rebound marked one of Bitcoin’s largest one-day rebounds ever. Daily cryptocurrency market performance. Source: Coin360…

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Here’s why IOST, Horizen (ZEN) and Avalanche (AVAX) surged as Bitcoin crashed

Bitcoin’s (BTC) recent plunge could have been caused due to profit-booking by institutional investors, according to a report by crypto fund manager CoinShares. The report noted a sharp drop in institutional inflows during the first week of the new year and weekly outflows from several crypto investment products. Crypto market data daily view. Source: Coin360 While the recent 28% decline may have scared some new investors, Bitcoin HODLers were likely unfazed as they’ve encountered six larger corrections during Bitcoin’s massive bull run in 2017. Therefore, describing a 20% fall as a…

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