Liam 'Akiba' Wright

Layer 1, 2, 3, parachain, sidechain – What’s the difference?

The emergence of various blockchain scaling solutions has sparked discussions about the differences and roles of Layer 1, Layer 2, Layer 3, parachains, and sidechains in the evolving crypto ecosystem. Understanding these concepts is crucial for developers, investors, and users navigating the complex landscape of blockchain technologies – but it’s not always very clear which […]
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AI crypto traders take profits pushing tokens down up to 20% after scorching 2024 rally

After a face-melting rally in the AI crypto sector over the past few months, investors appear to have taken a profit-taking approach over the past few days. The sector soared past $10 billion in mid-February, buoyed by Bittensor’s remarkable climb to a $4 billion market cap with an increase of over 220% in 2024. By […]
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Satoshi’s Vision down 17% against Bitcoin after Satoshi’s Verdict

While Bitcoin has seen a pullback from its recently set new all-time high of $73,750 on March 14, currently trading down around 8%, other Bitcoin forks have fared much worse. Following the morning of the landmark ruling against Craig Wright on March 14, Bitcoin Satoshi’s Vision is down 17% against BTC. Other Bitcoin forks, such […]
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Bitcoin long traders still leveraged at over $40 billion notional value above $50k

The notional total of leveraged long Bitcoin derivatives traders still surpasses $40 billion even after the recent swathe of liquidations, according to data from Coinglass. Shorts are primarily above $71,000 and amount to around $12 billion in notional value. Total open interest in futures contracts comes to $35 billion, while options contracts hold $31 billion […]
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Net ETF inflows of $132 million on volatile day for Bitcoin as market prepare to gap down

Bitcoin ETF inflows totaled $132 million on March 14, per data from Bitmex Research. The result, while strong, marks a slowdown from earlier in the week. BlackRock’s Bitcoin ETF saw $345.4 million in inflows, the highest among providers. However, Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) experienced outflows of $257.1 million, down slightly from the day before. In […]
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Avalanche Foundation buys self-proclaimed ‘completely useless’ memecoins for treasury

The Avalanche Foundation has announced its acquisition of five community (meme) coins native to the Avalanche blockchain network, as reported in a recent blog post. This move is part of the Foundation’s ongoing Culture Catalyst program, which aims to support Web3 creators, drive innovation on Avalanche, and promote broader blockchain adoption. According to the Avalanche […]
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Bitcoin leverage above $66k wiped out creating new floor for higher price discovery

Recent data on Bitcoin liquidations and leverage levels indicates unique price discovery activity as longs and shorts have been swept from the market. Much of the leveraged positions were shaken out last week as Bitcoin saw volatile price actions around the US market open. The liquidation chart from CoinGlass below highlights how trading activity on […]
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Bitcoin breaks $53k for first time in over 2 years as trading volume surges 30%

Bitcoin has broken the $53,000 level for the first time since Dec. 4, 2021, and is currently sitting around $53,538 as of press time.  Ethereum is also up on the day, surpassing $3,150, an increase of 4% on the intra-day low. However, the strength of the Bitcoin-led rally can be seen in the ETH-BTC ratio, […]
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BlackRock warned SEC lack of in-kind orders for Bitcoin ETF shares could hurt investors

A novel aspect of the new spot Bitcoin ETFs, as approved by the SEC, is the cash-creation mechanism for issuing and redeeming shares. The ETFs are considered commodity-shares ETFs, yet, as BlackRock points out in its iShares Bitcoin ETF (IBIT) prospectus, “all spot-market commodities other than bitcoin, such as gold and silver, employ in-kind creations […]
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Grayscale GBTC investors still in profit with average cost basis 20% below current prices

According to data from trading firm Webull, around 70% of Grayscale GBTC holders likely remain in profit. The average shares were purchased at $27.82, some 20% below the current price as of press time. The Webull data shows the state of the trust the day before its conversion to a spot Bitcoin ETF and indicates […]
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BlockFi secures key $21M agreement with Vrai Nom amid turbulent bankruptcy

BlockFi has reached an agreement in principle with Vrai Nom Investment in its complex bankruptcy proceedings, potentially marking a pivotal moment in the crypto lending firm’s efforts to navigate its financial challenges. BlockFi has been granted an adjournment on related hearings until Dec. 19. As BlockFi emerges from the shadows of its November 2022 bankruptcy […]
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The GAM3 Awards final nominees have been revealed with $2M prize pool

The GAM3 Awards 2023 in collaboration with GAM3S.GG and Magic Eden features a prize pool exceeding $2M. It will take place on Dec. 14. With 214 games initially nominated, the selection process was entrusted to a panel of over 70 experts from the traditional and web3 gaming sectors. This jury comprises executives from tech giants […]
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Anthropic halves hallucinations, adds 200k context as it launches Claude 2.1 with API access

With OpenAI in turmoil, rival Anthropic has released its latest model, Claude 2.1, which it says sets a new benchmark in artificial intelligence, particularly in its application within enterprise environments. As of Nov. 21, Claude 2.1 is already live, powering claude.ai’s chat experience, and is accessible via API. The company states that the update is […]
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