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News/Coin360 Daily Dispatch | Crypto Market Updates & Highlights | October 25, 2023

Coin360 Daily Dispatch | Crypto Market Updates & Highlights | October 25, 2023

Van Thanh Le

Oct 25 2023

9 months ago4 minutes read

Crypto Market Update

Table of Contents

Market Trends and Volatility

  • BlackRock's Bitcoin ETF Drama and SEC Fine
  • Ethereum Whale's Massive Move to Binance
  • Bankrupt FTX Awaits Restart and Legal Battle
  • Binance Resumes Withdrawals After Tech Glitch

Token and Platform Developments

  • Polygon's POL Token Hits Ethereum Mainnet
  • Fantom Unveils Testnet for Major Upgrade
  • LayerZero Enables Cross-Chain Movement for Lido Finance

Financial Movements and Outflows

  • Friend.tech Sees Record Fund Outflows
  • Uniswap Foundation's Mysterious Token Sales
  • Maestrobots Refunds Users After Smart Contract Exploit

Legal and Regulatory Updates

  • Coinbase Challenges SEC's Legal Authority
  • Digital Currency Group Reports Q3 Revenue Boost

Recovery and Bankruptcy

  • BlockFi Emerges from Bankruptcy with New Focus

Special Promotions and Market Activity

  • Solana Offers Zero-Fee Asset Transfers with MetaMask
  • NFT Market Revival Led by Blur and OpenSea
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BlackRock's Bitcoin ETF Drama and SEC Fine

BlackRock's Bitcoin ETF, IBTC, made a mysterious exit and return on the DTCC website, stirring market volatility. The ETF's reappearance fueled Bitcoin's price to rise above $34,000. Amidst this, BlackRock faced a $2.5M SEC fine for incorrect investment disclosures unrelated to crypto. 

Market sentiment for Bitcoin is bullish, hitting a Crypto Fear & Greed Index score of 72. Meanwhile, 82% of Bitcoin holders are "in the money," with 11% facing unrealized losses.

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Ethereum Whale's Massive Move to Binance

A major Ethereum whale has moved 30,710 ETH ($54.9 million) to Binance, potentially to sell and realize profits. This follows previous withdrawals of over $75.67 million. The influence of these large transactions on the market and the growing control of billionaire-tier Ethereum addresses are notable developments. Ethereum ETFs failed to generate the same excitement as Bitcoin ETFs in terms of trading volume.  

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Bankrupt FTX Awaits Restart and Legal Battle

Bankrupt FTX has received multiple bids for a potential restart, with a decision expected by mid-December. Meanwhile, FTX moved $8.6 million in Ethereum, ChainlinkAave, and Maker to Binance, presumably to repay creditors. In legal developments, Sam Bankman-Fried's defense team aims to question FBI agents to challenge the credibility of former subordinates who testified against him.

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Binance Resumes Withdrawals After Tech Glitch

Crypto withdrawals on Binance are now functioning as usual following a temporary outage due to a technical issue. The platform's X account confirmed the issue had been resolved. This occurred after a day of high trading volumes, coinciding with a rise in the price of bitcoin. This is the second time Binance has halted withdrawals, previously citing a backlog.


Polygon's POL Token Hits Ethereum Mainnet

Polygon's new native token, POL, has been launched on the Ethereum mainnet. The token will support various zero knowledge layer-2 chains and allow holders to validate different chains across the Polygon ecosystem. 

The transition from MATIC to POL is part of Polygon's plans to become the "value layer" of the internet. POL's price has increased since the launch, while MATIC's price has dipped. Users will have four years to transition their tokens from MATIC to POL.

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Fantom Unveils Testnet for Major Upgrade

Blockchain network Fantom has announced the testnet launch of Fantom Sonic, its major upgrade. The upgrade features the Fantom Virtual Machine (FVM) for faster smart contracts, Carmen database storage, and the Optimized Lachesis consensus mechanism. The price of Fantom's native token (FTM) has surged by over 25% in the last week.

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LayerZero Enables Cross-Chain Movement for Lido Finance

Blockchain interoperability protocol LayerZero has enabled the movement of Lido Finance's wrapped stETH token (wstETH) across Ethereum, AvalancheBNB Chain, and Scroll. 

The integration of wstETH into LayerZero's omnichain fungible token standard aims to facilitate cross-chain portability and expand DeFi opportunities outside of Ethereum. Lido Finance currently has the highest total value locked (TVL) among liquid staking protocols.


Friend.tech Sees Record Fund Outflows

Friend.tech, a SocialFi app, experienced its largest daily outflow of funds since its launch, with $5.81 million leaving the platform on October 23. The following day, an additional $3.21 million was withdrawn. 

The outflow may have been accelerated by the sale of keys by the platform's most valuable creator, Vombatus, whose key price dropped significantly as a result. However, the platform's spinoff, New Bitcoin City, has seen more than $3 million in net inflows in the past two weeks.


Uniswap Foundation's Mysterious Token Sales

The Uniswap Foundation has sold $43.3 million worth of UNI tokens in three days, with $13 million sold after notable gains. This sudden surge in token sales has raised questions about the foundation's motive. The foundation has not yet commented on the matter.  

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Maestrobots Refunds Users After Smart Contract Exploit

Maestrobots, a group of crypto bots on Telegram, has refunded users 610 ETH (worth over $1 million) after a 280 ETH smart contract exploit. Maestro chose to buy and refund tokens for most affected users, while two tokens were refunded in ETH due to liquidity concerns.  


Coinbase Challenges SEC's Legal Authority

Coinbase is urging a New York judge to dismiss the case brought against it by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), arguing that the agency's authority is limited to securities transactions. Coinbase also stated that the Howey Test, which the SEC cited, was stretched "beyond recognition." 

Other regulators have supported the SEC in an amicus brief filed earlier this month. Judge Katherine Polk Failla, overseeing the case, recently dismissed a similar case, suggesting that expanding securities laws is Congress' responsibility.


Digital Currency Group Reports Q3 Revenue Boost

Digital Currency Group (DCG) reported a 23% increase in revenue for Q3, driven by the resurgence of the crypto industry. Grayscale Investments, DCG's asset management unit, contributed $126 million to the total revenue. 

DCG has also paid $225 million to its bankrupt subsidiary, Genesis, as it aims to handle its financial obligations. DCG is currently involved in a lawsuit filed by the New York Attorney General, along with Genesis and Gemini, over alleged deceptive practices.


BlockFi Emerges from Bankruptcy with New Focus

Crypto lender BlockFi has announced that it has emerged from bankruptcy and will now focus on recovering assets and repaying creditors. The company plans to pursue legal action to recoup losses from collapsed firms FTX and Three Arrows Capital (3AC) and aims to distribute digital assets to clients in early 2024. 

The amounts distributed will depend on how much BlockFi can recover. The company stated that its efficient bankruptcy process has positioned it to maximize recoveries. Withdrawals are already available for most clients with funds in BlockFi's crypto wallet product.


Solana Offers Zero-Fee Asset Transfers with MetaMask

Solana is offering a limited-time promotion, in collaboration with DeBridgeFinance and Solflare, where users can transfer assets from their MetaMask wallet to Solana with zero fees. The integration allows for the management of SOL and Solana-based NFTs directly within the MetaMask wallet.

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Top Altcoin Gainers and Losers

Gainers:

Pepe PEPE (+23.67%)

FTX Token FTT (+15.72%)

Chainlink LINK (+10.47%)

Losers:

Mina MINA (-7.19%)

Bitcoin SV BSV (-3.34%)

dYdX DYDX (-3.02%)


NFT Market Map

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NFT Market Revival Led by Blur and OpenSea

The daily trading volume for NFTs has surged to over 11.5 million, signaling a revival in the market. Blur and OpenSea dominate the trading activity, with Ethereum and Solana leading in sales volume. Bored Ape Yacht Club and Mutant Ape Yacht Club are among the top performers in sales.  

This article has been refined and enhanced by ChatGPT.

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