Sam Bankman-Fried gives bailouts, ‘Bitcoin useless’ searches soar, and debate over hidden themes behind BAYC continues: Hodlers Digest, June 19–25


Coming each Saturday, Hodler’s Digest will show you how to monitor each single vital information story that occurred this week. The greatest (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, main cash, predictions and rather more — per week on Cointelegraph in a single hyperlink.

Top Stories This Week



SBF and Alameda step in to stop crypto collapse contagion

Sam Bankman-Fried said on June 20 that his corporations Alameda Research and FTX could be “stepping in” to assist firms with liquidity troubles amid the present bear market. Over the course of the week, Alameda dished out a mortgage of roughly $500 million to Voyager Digital, which is affected by publicity to the possibly bancrupt Three Arrows Capital, whereas FTX equipped BlockFi with $250 million price of credit score.


New video revives debate over Bored Ape Yacht Club’s alleged ‘racist’ imagery

YouTuber Philip Rusnack, often known as Philion, revealed a video this week on Yuga Labs’ Bored Ape Yacht Club nonfungible token (NFT) undertaking, arguing that the crew has embedded alt-right inside jokes, Nazi imagery and racist caricatures of Black and Asian individuals within the paintings depicted within the tokenized avatars. Such a notion has been a long-running conspiracy concept within the NFT neighborhood, and whereas many individuals snort it off, others take the supposed proof as gospel.



‘Bitcoin useless’ Google searches hit new all-time excessive

With Bitcoin crashing again right down to the decrease $20,000s, Google searches for “Bitcoin useless” spiked within the week of Friday, June 18, and hit among the highest ranges on document. Google Trends tracks search curiosity over time and assigns scores of 1 to 100 primarily based on the whole variety of person searches. During this era, “Bitcoin useless” achieved an ideal rating of 100.


Bitcoin S2F mannequin offers false sense of certainty, says Vitalik Buterin

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin has critiqued the stock-to-flow (S2F) mannequin popularized by pseudonymous investor PlanB. The BTC-focused S2F drew important consideration in the course of the bull run final yr, because it went on a comparatively lengthy streak of correct predictions earlier than falling means off the mark in late 2021. Commenting on the S2F mannequin, Buterin famous, “I do know it’s rude to brag and all that, however I believe monetary fashions that give individuals a false sense of certainty and predestination that number-will-go-up are dangerous and deserve all of the mockery they get.”


Solend invalidates Solana whale pockets takeover plan with second governance vote

Solana-based DeFi lending protocol Solend created a counter governance vote to the controversial “SLND1 : Mitigate Risk From Whale” ballot this week after listening to the sturdy pushback from the neighborhood. The preliminary vote was meant to permit Solend to cut back the market danger of an enormous whale’s potential liquidation by letting the platform entry the whale’s pockets. However, the concept has been vetoed after the countervote polled 1,480,264 votes in favor of not going by means of with the whale takeover.






Winners and Losers


At the top of the week, Bitcoin (BTC) is at $21,241.99, Ether (ETH) at $1,214.06 and XRP at $0.37. The complete market cap is at $952 billion, in accordance to CoinMarketCap.

Among the largest 100 cryptocurrencies, the highest three altcoin gainers of the week are Storj (STORJ) at 89.27%, Synthetic (SNX) at 74.21% and Polygon (MATIC) at 51.76%. 

The prime three altcoin losers of the week are Harmony (ONE) at 4.06%, KuCoin Token (KCS) at 1.93% and PAX Gold (PAXG) at 1.55%.

For extra information on crypto costs, make sure that to learn Cointelegraph’s market evaluation.





Most Memorable Quotations


“Particularly within the space of digital asset buying and selling, I really feel that the UK has missed a trick […] We are getting very near the purpose the place it is going to be too late. Other jurisdictions are racing forward of us.” 

Philip Hammond, former U.Okay. Chancellor of the Exchequer 


“In quick, they’re simply ‘dangerous’ tasks. These shouldn’t be saved. Sadly, a few of these ‘dangerous’ tasks have numerous customers, typically acquired by means of inflated incentives, ‘inventive’ advertising, or pure Ponzi schemes.” 

Changpeng Zhao, founder and CEO of Binance 


“The SEC now appears to take the place once they sued us that ‘XRP is a safety and at all times has been,’ however they accredited Coinbase going public although Coinbase isn’t a registered broker-dealer.” 

Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of Ripple


“Web3 and crypto, typically, may be very market-driven, so you could have highs and downs. When we construct, we at all times are contemplating the lengthy recreation.” 

Stani Kulechov, founder and CEO of Aave 


“When issues are a bit tougher available in the market, you uncover who’s really constructing one thing that may final for the lengthy long run and what will move away.” 

Hester Peirce, commissioner of the SEC 


“Even if we weren’t those who brought about it, or weren’t concerned in it. I believe that’s what’s wholesome for the ecosystem, and I need to do what may also help it develop and thrive.” 

Sam Bankman-Fried, founding father of Alameda Research


Prediction of the Week 


‘Foolish’ to disclaim Bitcoin value can go beneath $10K — Analysis

With the worth of BTC hovering round $20,000 and the Fed but to disclose any new info concerning efforts to reel in inflation, crypto commentators have argued that the outlook of the worth within the quick time period is unsure. However, a possible contemporary pullback might solely contain a visit to $16,000, in accordance with some, whereas others have urged buyers to think about a drop to $10,000 as a possible state of affairs additionally. 

“Consolidating $BTC in a broad vary after which going up. MDD (most drawdown) isn’t that huge like -20%,” Ki Young Ju, CEO of on-chain analytics platform CryptoQuant, wrote in a part of a Twitter publish.

“At this stage, no one can say with certainty whether or not BTC will maintain this vary or if it can go to sub $10K value ranges ever once more, however it will be silly to not have a plan for that chance,” a tweet argued.



FUD of the Week 

Harmony’s Horizon Bridge hacked for $100M

The Horizon Bridge to the Harmony layer-1 blockchain was exploited for $100 million price of altcoins on June 24. From 7:08 am EST till 7:26 am EST, 11 transactions had been constructed from the bridge for varied tokens earlier than sending the tokens off to Uniswap to alternate for ETH. The Harmony crew mentioned it’s working with “nationwide authorities and forensic specialists” to find out who was accountable, and a autopsy will observe.


China’s WeChat bans crypto and NFT-related accounts

Social media and funds app big WeChat up to date its insurance policies to ban accounts that present entry to crypto or NFT-related providers. Under the brand new tips, accounts concerned with the issuance, buying and selling and financing of crypto and NFTs will probably be categorized as an “unlawful enterprise” and can both be restricted or banned outright.


Iranian authorities to chop energy provide for the nation’s authorized crypto mining rigs

According to experiences from native media retailers this week, Iran’s Ministry of Energy can have began shutting off the ability provide to all the nation’s licensed crypto mining corporations by the start of July. The authorities entity cited a possible electrical energy deficit in the course of the peak summer time season as the explanation.



Best Cointelegraph Features

The community-centered strategy to Web3 — Aave founder and CEO

“What if we really can have possession on our personal presence in social media — our profiles, our social identities?” requested Stani Kulechov.

Is there a means for the crypto sector to keep away from Bitcoin’s halving-related bear markets?

BTC’s excessive volatility and halving-related bear markets have a tendency to tug down funding and curiosity in all the crypto market. Can this be prevented?

Lummis–Gillibrand crypto invoice complete however nonetheless creates division

The senators launched new approaches to acquainted questions regarding digital belongings and divide regulatory duties. 





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