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Crypto Exchanges KuCoin and OKX Asked by Authorities To Freeze $67,000,000 in Bitcoin Tied To Do Kwon: Report

Two crypto exchange platforms are being reportedly asked by South Korean authorities to freeze tens of millions of dollars worth of Bitcoin (BTC) tied to Terra (LUNA) founder Do Kwon. According to a new report by Bloomberg, South Korean prosecutors are asking the KuCoin and OKX crypto exchanges to freeze 3,313 BTC linked to a […]

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Prosecutors Say Embattled Terra (LUNA) Founder Do Kwon Now on Interpol Red Notice: Report

The international policing organization Interpol is officially requesting that law enforcement worldwide help locate and arrest the embattled Terra (LUNA) founder Do Kwon, according to a new report. Bloomberg notes that South Korean prosecutors in Seoul confirmed Interpol has placed a “red notice” on Kwon. The prosecutors requested the action earlier this month after claiming […]

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LUNC Price Increases as Binance Decides To Burn Trading Fees

In response to proposals from the LUNC community, Binance has decided to burn all fees on LUNC spot and margin trading pairs. Binance said it would send the trading fees and margin trading pairs to LUNC burn addresses. The announcement was made via a blog post on Binance’s official website. The Terra Classic community expressed dissatisfaction with an ‘opt-in button proposed by Binance CEO. Binance offered the opt-in button to allow users to choose whether to implement a 1.2% tax burn on their spot. Related Reading: ETH Struggles To Break Past $1,300 Resistance – Back To $1K? After careful evaluation and consideration, Binance decided to take cognizance of the community’s dissatisfaction and set a new proposal. However, during their assessments, Binance also discovered that implementing an opt-in proposal would take time, and traders may not support it. Therefore, proposed a better and faster way of assisting the Terra Classic community. Details Of Binance’s New Burn Mechanism On Tera Classic Spot According to Binance, it would update the amount of LUNC to be burned, its USDT equivalent, and on-chain transaction ID weekly. In addition, the blog announcement outlined rules that would guide the burn mechanism. Binance would calculate the total trading fees on LUNC spot and margin trading pairs to be burned from the previous week every Monday at 00:00:00 UTC. Successive on-chain burn transactions and reports would get updated on Tuesdays at 00:00:00 UTC. The first batch of burning trading fees would be calculated from September 21 at 00:00:00 UTC to October 1 at 23:59:59 UTC. This would exclude rebates on LUNC spot and margin trading pairs for Binance Spot Liquidity Provider Program from September 21 to 27, 2021. Additionally, Binance would convert other tokens’ trading fees to LUNC on Mondays. The CEO of Binance stated that Binance would not push burn costs on users. The Terra Classic burn would not affect BNB fee discounts, rebates, or other accruing fee adjustments. The CEO further explained they intend to maintain the same trading experience and liquidity while ensuring the supply decrease of LUNC. LUNC Price Skyrockets By 70% After Binance Announcement The tremendous support of Binance to the Terra community produced a positive result in LUNC price. After the announcement, LUNC’s price increased by more than 70%. The Interpol issuance of a red notice against the Founder of Terraform Labs, Do Kwon, affected the price of LUNC adversely. South Korean prosecutors confirmed that Interpol issued the Red Notice against Kwon on September 26. Related Reading: Algorand: ALGO Price All Go With Nearly 30% Rally In Last 7 Days LUNC price plummeted by nearly 20%, while LUNA price fell by 18% after the announcement. It was trading below $0.0002 but is currently trading at $0.00032. Featured image from Pixabay, Chart: TradingView.com

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Australian Central Bank Details Active CBDC Pilot Project In Telling Whitepaper

Australians are already testing a CBDC. Surprising no one, considering the authoritarian way that the government handled the lockdowns. The jury is still out on Central Bank Digital Currencies, while some authorities see them as problematic and prone to abuse, others are running a pilot program. The Reserve Bank of Australia, the country’s Central Bank, […]

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FTX Wins Auction For Voyager Digital Assets, Valued Over $1B

Voyager Digital has officially completed it’s auction for acquisition, with powerhouse exchange FTX securing the winning bid, according to emerging reports (and confirmed via press release) in recent hours. Reports in recent weeks had stated that the flagship exchange was in the bidding mix with competitors Binance and CrossTower, with all three supposedly in the final running for Voyager’s assets – and each of which were supposedly offering unique packages in the bidding process. With FTX coming out on top, let’s take a look at what sort of implications can lie from this acquisition moving forward. FTX & Acquisitions  FTX has long sought a ‘growth by acquisition’ model with mixed results. The firm is currently in the process of working through an acquisition of CeFi crypto lender BlockFi, which sought to avoid the same fate as competitor Celsius. FTX’s U.S. division is looking to acquire BlockFi, and can now add Voyager Digital to it’s list of new assets to build the FTX rolodex. While the aforementioned Binance and lesser-known exchange CrossTower were reportedly in the mix, it was FTX who came out with the most appetizing bid – despite rumors that Binance’s offer included a large cash sum payment. Rumors had swirled in recent days around the deal’s closing, with commentators suggesting that FTX would shell out $50M in cash in it’s bid, and that the company desired that existing Voyager customers were moved over the FTX platform – where they could claim a pro rata share of the coins the debtors possess from the existing Voyager accounts. It remains to be seen if and how that will play out. According to the press release, FTX’s winning bid is valued at roughly $1.4B. Voyager Digital (VOYG) is traded on OTC market, TSX, and has seen value dilution commensurate with the platform’s downfall. | Source: TSX: VOYG on TradingView.com Related Reading: Why Investing In Terra Classic (LUNC) May Be A Bad Idea Where Things Go From Here The closing of the deal will allow FTX to finalize acquisition of Voyager’s assets, but the timeline around these processes is still murky. Voyager can now still move forward with it’s Chapter 11 filing and look to reconcile debtors and former customers to some degree – but certainly not wholly. Nonetheless, FTX will see all of Voyager’s assets and customer accounts moved under their umbrella. The move is likely seen as a win for FTX, who submitted a bid attempt for Voyager Digital back in July with no traction. Related Reading: Binance Coin Could Be Set For A Litmus Test, Eyes $280 Featured image from Pexels, Charts from TradingView.com The writer of this content is not associated or affiliated with any of the parties mentioned in this article. This is not financial advice. This op-ed represents the views of the author, and may not necessarily reflect the views of Bitcoinist. Bitcoinist is an advocate of creative and financial freedom alike.

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Ethereum’s Buterin Seeks Dogecoin’s Switch to PoS as DOGE Becomes 2nd Largest PoW Coin

Ethereum's Buterin Seeks Dogecoin's Switch to PoS as DOGE Becomes 2nd Largest PoW Coin

Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of Ethereum, has hinted at his desire to welcome Dogecoin to the PoS community. This divulgence comes as the asset assumes the second position of the largest PoW network following Ethereum’s switch to PoS. Vitalik hopes Dogecoin and Zcash will switch to PoS soon Vitalik Buterin revealed the inclination while speaking […]

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Cosmos ATOM Also Loses Its Gains As Market Fluctuates Heavily

ATOM remained an exception to the general downtrend of the crypto market for a couple of days as it continued to gain despite heavy price fluctuations of other tokens. The Ethereum Merge took place successfully on September 15th, marking a historic moment in the history of crypto. However, just as some analysts predicted, it did not result in a spike as optimists have forecasted. In fact, most cryptos, including ETH, and BTC, experienced a downturn at the same time. This confirmed the “Buy the rumor, sell the news” tag; crypto analysts conferred on the event in advance. Related Reading: XRP Price Rallied 7%, Is It Gearing To Test The Next Resistance? Nonetheless, one token continued to stand out amidst the bearish market trends, the native crypto of the Cosmos protocol. Despite the extreme market fluctuations, ATOM continued to glide upward, gaining up to 20% in 48hours. ATOM is trading below $16 at the time of writing, still above more than 10% of its pre-merge price of $14. The Cosmos native token has been experiencing its up and downs in an ever-ascending trendline, unlike the wider market. ATOM Gains Were Due To IBC and Staking Opportunities The recent gains lead back to the influx of protocols migrating to the Cosmos blockchain. After the crash of the Terra ecosystem, several projects rebuilt their operations on Cosmos Hub. Consequently, each project adds value to ATOM by participating in the inter-blockchain security system IBC. Cosmos also offers staking opportunities with a lucrative APY of close to 18%. Furthermore, the network is introducing different utilities into its ecosystem, which will increase the value of ATOM going forward. One of these is the liquidity staking the protocol is ready to launch. Additionally, protocols on Cosmos are preparing to launch their own stablecoins, with ATOM most likely the primary assets for minting. Recent Macroeconomic Events Contribute to Increased Market Volatility Meanwhile, recent macroeconomic events have increased bearish pressure on the digital assets market. As cryptos struggle to breach various price barriers and flip bullish, these factors bear down, causing the assets to fluctuate. Events like the recent release of the August inflation data reveal the continued rise of inflation. Related Reading: Chiliz (CHZ) Could Be Set For A Hot Streak With This Data Ethereum, for instance, has been rising and falling within the $1,700 and $1,500 range in the past seven days. Its volatility curve has been on a downward trend for the past week. The second largest crypto by market cap is down 11% since the Merge. ETH is currently trading below $1,500. As for Bitcoin, the crypto dropped below the $21,000 zero mark on Thursday in response to the Tuesday inflation data release. The first coin has been trading inconsistently within the range of $19,000 to $23,000. BTC is trading at above $20,000 at the time of writing. Featured image from Pixabay and chart from TradingView.com

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Ethereum Funding Rates Hit The Low Amid The Shift From PoW

The Ethereum upgrade has shifted the network from Proof-of-Work (PoW) to Proof-of-Stake (PoS). The Ethereum mainnet and the Beacon Chain will finally merge as a single blockchain through the transition. According to the estimations of EtherNodes, the Ethereum transition will occur if there are no underlying technical challenges. Before now, the team of developers confirmed the checklist for the Merge before releasing it. Related Reading: Investor Sentiment Sees Sharp Positive Spike Following Crypto Market Recovery There have been several sentiments and reactions concerning the Merge lately. This significantly impacted ETH and all its derivatives in the crypto market. Some participants are accumulating more expecting a sudden spike in price. But some are even disposing of what they have due to fear of volatility. Sentiments On Merge Affects ETH Funding Rates Currently, expectations and more attention are glued to the Ethereum blockchain. But based on the state of the miners, there could be variation in the transition estimated time. From the look of things, the ETH futures traders seem to be calculating their moves. The data from CryptoQuant revealed that Ethereum funding rates had hit a new all-time low. This recent point marks the lowest for the Ether derivatives. ETH funding rate is a metric that provides forced convergence of prices between the contract and the underlying asset. It indicates the payment that comes from long to short or short to long traders. The difference between an asset’s spot and the perpetual futures contract prices provides the funding rate. Negative Value For Ethereum Funding Rates And Implication CryptoQuant data give a negative value for the Ethereum funding rates. This means that the dominant force in the order book goes to short traders. Hence, will be paying long traders accordingly. Futures traders place high importance on funding rates. This is because these rates are like spontaneous catalysts that could alter their trading stance positively or negatively. As a result, they will make huge profits or suffer massive losses. Related Reading: Bitcoin Must Hold This Level Or Risk Falling To $10,000 Usually, traders that pay high funding while using high leverage will likely have losses. However, such a flip is possible to occur even when the market is not under a severe bearish influence. So, they may resort to hedging as protection. The negative value of the ETH funding rates implies that futures traders are currently hedging their spot exposure. A considerable explanation for such results points to the Merge. Hence, the traders could exercise more caution due to potential volatility that could erupt after the transition. Featured image from CNN, chart from TradingView.com