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News/Coin360 Daily Dispatch | Crypto Market Updates & Highlights | March 28, 2024

Coin360 Daily Dispatch | Crypto Market Updates & Highlights | March 28, 2024

Van Thanh Le

Mar 28 2024

4 months ago4 minutes read
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Crypto Market Update

Table of Contents

Market Movements and Whale Activity

  • Bitcoin Market Confidence Soars with Whale Buys
  • Ethereum's Upgrade Sparks Centralization Concerns
  • Sam Bankman-Fried Receives 25-Year Sentence
  • KuCoin's Airdrop Amid Legal Hurdles

ETFs and Institutional Investments

  • BlackRock Leads with Historic ETF Growth
  • Ondo Finance Invests in BlackRock's BUIDL Fund

Token Airdrops and Community Growth

  • Ethena's Community-Driven Token Airdrop

Tokenization and Treasury Notes

  • Surge in Tokenized U.S. Treasury Notes

Country-Specific Crypto Developments

  • El Salvador's Bitcoin Bet Continues
  • Indonesia Enhances Crypto Regulation

Meme Coins and Market Engagement

  • Meme Coins: The Gateway to Crypto Adoption

Tech Integrations and Blockchain Data

  • Google Integrates Blockchain Data into Search

Crypto Halvings and Price Volatility

  • Bitcoin Cash Anticipates Halving with Price Surge

Blockchain Ecosystems and Layer Innovations

  • Degen Chain Engages Community with Tipping

Security Incidents and Protocol Vulnerabilities

  • Prisma Finance Faces Major Security Breach

Stock Market Reactions and Valuation Debates

  • MicroStrategy's Valuation Debate Intensifies

Domain Innovations and Web3 Identity

  • Pudgy Penguins Innovates with Web2 Domains
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Bitcoin Market Confidence Soars with Whale Buys

Bitcoin's trajectory appears bullish, with significant movements by whales and institutional players signaling a robust market. Whales have been actively buying, adding over 100,000 BTC, valued at around $7 billion, despite a dip below $70,000, showcasing confidence. Concurrently, a significant portion of old whales are shifting their holdings to new institutional players like Fidelity and BlackRock through spot BTC ETFs, hinting at a strategic risk mitigation or selling trend. 

The anticipation around the final Bitcoin options expiry before the next halving, involving about $15 billion in open interest, points to potential upside volatility. Market analysis suggests bullish volatility, especially as options worth billions are set to expire in-the-money, indicating strong market confidence. 

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Ethereum's Upgrade Sparks Centralization Concerns

Ethereum's Dencun upgrade sparked blob activity, reminiscent of Bitcoin Ordinals' early days, with a surge in inscriptions and high gas fees due to popular 'BlobScriptions.' Meanwhile, Ethereum's validator count hit one million, stirring debate over potential over-centralization and technical challenges. 

Fidelity Digital Assets raised concerns about the rising validator count, emphasizing bandwidth risks and centralization. Amid the drama, Ethereum developers investigated an incident causing missing blocks on the mainnet, possibly linked to recent upgrades or the handling of blobs, highlighting ongoing challenges in network stability and security. 

The Ethereum (ETH) price correction may not be over, as it underperforms compared to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The ETH/BTC ratio declined, daily active addresses on Ethereum dropped, and resistance at the $3,600 level presents a challenge. 

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Sam Bankman-Fried Receives 25-Year Sentence

Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried was sentenced to 25 years in prison for financial fraud, with losses of $1.7 billion for investors, $1.3 billion for lenders, and an $8 billion customer shortfall. The defense argued for 63 to 78 months, while the prosecution pushed for 50 years, emphasizing complex sentencing considerations in emerging technology cases.  

The bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange FTX plans to sell its 41 million Solana (SOL) tokens, valued at $7.65 billion, to institutional investors at a 68% discount. Investors must adhere to a four-year vesting period for their purchase. This sale has been met with legal challenges from creditors, and at least one investor has confirmed buying SOL at a discounted price.  

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KuCoin's Airdrop Amid Legal Hurdles

KuCoin plans a $10M airdrop of Bitcoin (BTC) and KuCoin (KCS) tokens as a token of gratitude to loyal users amid legal challenges. The airdrop follows delays in user withdrawals and precedes federal charges for regulatory violations. The move aims to reward user loyalty during the exchange's time of crisis.  

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BlackRock Leads with Historic ETF Growth

BlackRock's Bitcoin ETF, managed by CEO Larry Fink, emerged as the fastest-growing ETF in history, boasting $17.1 billion in Bitcoin holdings within its first two months, outpacing the growth of the first gold ETF. Despite regulatory uncertainties around Ethereum's classification as a security, BlackRock remains committed to launching a spot Ether ETF, reinforcing the firm's bullish outlook on cryptocurrency's long-term viability. Fidelity Investments also proceeded with filing a registration statement for an Ethereum ETF, underlining the financial industry's persistent push into cryptocurrency ETFs amidst a regulatory landscape that remains in flux.


Ondo Finance Invests in BlackRock's BUIDL Fund

Ondo Finance plans to add $95 million of its assets to BlackRock’s BUIDL tokenized fund, boosting the fund's total assets under management (AUM) to $240 million. The move validates the concept of tokenizing traditional securities and aligns with Ondo's strategy for instant settlement and redemptions. BlackRock's BUIDL attracted $240 million in its first week, with assets primarily consisting of USDC and investments in cash, US Treasury bills, and repurchase agreements. The fund marks the first tokenized fund on a public blockchain.  

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Ethena's Community-Driven Token Airdrop

Ethena is launching an ENA token airdrop after the success of its USDe stablecoin. The airdrop entails distributing 750 million ENA, with specific vesting schedules for long-term holders. Claiming ENA is secure through the official site, emphasizing community trust and the protocol's growth. Ethena aims to decentralize its ecosystem and empower the community.  


Surge in Tokenized U.S. Treasury Notes

The tokenization of U.S. Treasury notes on public blockchains has exceeded $1 billion, with a ten-fold increase since January 2023. This surge is attributed to rising global interest rates. Notably, BlackRock's BUIDL fund has seen a 400% growth to $240 million in a week, indicating a significant uptick in tokenized government securities.  


El Salvador's Bitcoin Bet Continues

El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele has publicly revealed the country's significant Bitcoin holdings, amounting to nearly $400 million. The decision to embrace Bitcoin as legal tender, alongside the U.S. dollar, has faced criticism but remains a unique experiment. Despite this, the citizens' utilization of Bitcoin for transactions is limited, while the president maintains high popularity despite controversy.  


Indonesia Enhances Crypto Regulation

Indonesia's Financial Services Authority (OJK) will take charge of regulating cryptocurrencies in January 2025. Crypto firms must pass a sandbox evaluation to operate legally, aiming to prevent fraudulent activities. The sandbox environment ensures product safety and reliability, transitioning the industry from commodities to financial instruments oversight, emphasizing consumer protection and education.  


Meme Coins: The Gateway to Crypto Adoption

Maartje Bus, Vice President of Research at Messari, argued that meme coins are the "Trojan Horse" for crypto adoption. She emphasized their potential to captivate both crypto and non-crypto enthusiasts, acting as a gateway to the Web3 space. Meme coins, driven by their humorous nature and speculative appeal, are attracting widespread interest and driving engagement in the crypto market.  


Google Integrates Blockchain Data into Search

Google has expanded its search engine to include blockchain data from Bitcoin and Ethereum virtual machine networks like Fantom, allowing users to access transaction details directly within search results. The company supports three address formats for Bitcoin and four EVM-compatible chains. Fantom's FTM token has surged by over 110% in the past month.  


Bitcoin Cash Anticipates Halving with Price Surge

Four days ahead of the second Bitcoin Cash (BCH) halving, the cryptocurrency has surged, with a 15% gain in 24 hours and a 33% increase in open interest, now at $706 million. The halving, set for April 4, will reduce block rewards from 6.25 BCH to 3.125 BCH, driving bullish sentiments and heightened price volatility expectations.  

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Degen Chain Engages Community with Tipping

The Degen chain, a layer-3 blockchain within the Farcaster ecosystem, has debuted with the native gas token DEGEN. Since its January launch on Farcaster, it has garnered 53,000 DEGEN holders and over 553,000 transactions, mainly involving tipping for quality content. It offers a sandbox for developers to explore community engagement models.  

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Prisma Finance Faces Major Security Breach

Prisma Finance, a decentralized finance (defi) entity, has suffered an $11.6 million security breach in its liquid staking protocol. Cyvers and Peckshield detected the intrusion, with the total loss reaching ~3,257.7 ETH. Prisma Finance swiftly responded by pausing the protocol, investigating the exploit, and advising users to sever connections to prevent further losses.  

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MicroStrategy's Valuation Debate Intensifies

MicroStrategy's stock fell 14% after Kerrisdale Capital's report suggested the stock is overvalued relative to Bitcoin. Kerrisdale, short on MicroStrategy and long on Bitcoin, pointed out the significant premium MicroStrategy trades at compared to Bitcoin. The implied Bitcoin price from MicroStrategy's shares is $177,000, two and a half times the cryptocurrency's spot price.  

Top Altcoin Gainers and Losers

Gainers:

Dogecoin DOGE (+16.15%

Floki Inu FLOKI (+14.87%

Bonk BONK (+12.53%

Losers: 

Internet Computer ICP (-14.37%

Sui SUI (-6.40%

Mantle MNT (-5.56%

NFT Market Map

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Pudgy Penguins Innovates with Web2 Domains

Pudgy Penguins partners with Unstoppable Domains to elevate its '.pudgy' domain to Web2 status, aligning it with traditional TLDs like '.com'. This collaboration aims to enhance digital identity evolution by introducing low-cost web3 solutions and expanding ICANN-registered gTLD options. The move signifies a strategic leap towards a user-focused online environment.  

This article has been refined and enhanced by ChatGPT. 

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