Crypto pumps after Fed rate hike, Zuck pins hopes on Metaverse making hundreds of billions, and Tesla posts $64M BTC achieve: Hodler’s Digest, July 24-30

Coming each Saturday, Hodler’s Digest will make it easier to monitor each single necessary 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


‘Bullish rate hike’ — Why crypto spiked within the face of unhealthy information

Despite the U.S. Federal Reserve saying a 75-basis-point curiosity rate hike on Wednesday, the crypto markets pumped considerably on the identical day with the momentum persevering with by means of the week. Quantum Economics founder and CEO Mati Greenspan jokingly known as it a “bullish rate hike” and acknowledged that traders had been clearly anticipating far worse. Analysts comparable to Swyftx’s Pav Hundal urged the latest rally could also be attributable to an easing of inflationary pressures round gasoline and items comparable to corn and wheat.


Ethereum dev confirms Goerli merger date, the ultimate replace earlier than the Merge

On Thursday, lead Ethereum developer Tim Beiko revealed that the ultimate Goerli testnet merger forward of Ethereum’s long-awaited Merge and swap to proof-of-stake will happen between Aug. 6-12. In what has been a protracted and much-delayed roadmap since late 2020, the Ethereum community is now within the last levels of finishing its largest improve so far. The official Merge is slated for Sept. 19 however may very well be topic to additional delays if there are points with the Goerli testnet.



Zuckerberg unfazed about $2.8B metaverse division loss in Q2

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged that he was unfazed by the corporate copping a $2.8 billion loss on its Metaverse division in Q2. He highlighted that the corporate’s Metaverse targets will take a number of years to roll out, however he sees a “massive opportunity” to make hundreds of billions of {dollars}, and even trillions, over time because the sector matures. “I’m confident that we’re going to be glad that we played an important role in building this,” he stated.


Cathie Wood sells Coinbase shares amid insider buying and selling allegations

Cathie Wood’s funding agency Ark Investment Management, which is one of the biggest shareholders of Coinbase (COIN), reportedly dumped 1.4 million COIN shares on Tuesday. The shedding was completed through three of Ark’s exchange-traded funds (ETF), and the sale was estimated to be value round $75 million. The agency reportedly held almost 9 million COIN shares in late June and has regularly snapped up the inventory because it opened at roughly $350 final April. Since then, the value has tanked closely to take a seat just under $63, and Ark most likely ought to have shorted it when Jim Cramer known as it “cheap” at $248 final August.


Tesla reviews $64M revenue from Bitcoin sale

The Elon Musk-led electrical automobile maker Tesla posted a decent $64 million revenue after promoting 75% of its BTC holdings in Q2. The positive factors appear notable contemplating the corporate offered in the course of the center of a bear market; nonetheless, what’s extra necessary and thrilling is that Musk seems to be lastly shedding curiosity in crypto and we received’t want to listen to from him anymore. The agency is claimed to nonetheless have 10,800 BTC on its books, which is value round $255 million on the time of writing.




Winners and Losers


At the top of the week, Bitcoin (BTC) is at $23,559.86, Ether (ETH) at $1,674.34 and XRP at $0.36. The complete market cap is at $1.08 trillion, in accordance to CoinMarketCap.

Among the largest 100 cryptocurrencies, the highest three altcoin gainers of the week are Optimism (OP) at 75.71%, Ethereum Classic (ETC) at 58.20% and Qtum (QTUM) at 41.89%.  

The high three altcoin losers of the week are Huobi Token (HT) at 9.10%, Kusama (KSM) at 8.98% and NEAR Protocol (NEAR) at 7.76%.

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





Most Memorable Quotations


“A lot of NFT projects are just speculation with no real tangible spine, no real true story. Having a football club to root for every week? That’s a spine that people attach themselves to.” 

Preston Johnson, co-owner of Crawley Town F.C. and co-founder of WAGMI United


“Industry shouldn’t be allowed to write the rules that they want to play by.”

Sherrod Brown, U.S. senator and chair of the Senate Banking Committee


“We think it is more relevant for local projects to benefit the local economy, and not just take products to the United States to benefit traders there, for example.” 

Lou Yu, head of KuCoin Labs 


“Powell is particularly skilled at delivering bad news. Clearly investors were expecting worse.” 

Mati Greenspan, founder and CEO of Quantum Economics


“The Metaverse is a massive opportunity for a number of reasons. I feel even more strongly now that developing these platforms will unlock hundreds of billions of dollars, if not trillions, over time.” 

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta


“I worry about things that are not directly related to blockchain and the Metaverse. I worry about climate change and about social fragmentation.” 

Neal Stephenson, writer of Snow Crash


Prediction of the Week 


GameFi trade to see $2.8 billion valuation in six years

Absolute Reports printed a GameFi-focused report this week estimating that the play-to-earn NFT gaming trade shall be value $2.8 billion by 2028. For it to achieve the goal, GameFi would want a compound annual progress rate of 20.4% over six years, on condition that the sector was estimated to be value $776.9 million final 12 months. The causes for this lofty goal, nonetheless, are locked behind a paywall.



FUD of the Week 

Solana-based stablecoin NIRV drops 85% following $3.5M exploit

The algorithmic stablecoin from Solana-based adaptive yield protocol Nirvana Finance, NIRV, de-pegged by 85% this week after the protocol was hacked for $3.49 million value of USDT. The incident was cited as a flash mortgage assault which resulted within the funds being siphoned from Nirvana’s treasury. Its native token, ANA, additionally dropped 85% consequently of the hack.


Phishing dangers escalate as Celsius confirms consumer emails leaked

On Tuesday, beleaguered and bankrupt crypto lending agency Celsius emailed its prospects, informing them {that a} record of their emails had been leaked by an worker of one of its enterprise knowledge administration and messaging distributors, The agency has performed down the incident, stating that it didn’t “present any high risks to [its] clients,” including that they only needed customers to “be aware” — though Celsius additionally stated related issues concerning customers’ belongings after pausing withdrawals a number of weeks in the past.


TikTok knowledge coverage debacle: Is consumer’s crypto in danger?

Popular social media app TikTok is going through backlash over its far-reaching knowledge assortment insurance policies that might extract giant quantities of delicate information from a consumer’s smartphone or laptop. As such, crypto customers at the moment are frightened about whether or not TikTok is succesful of scraping vital knowledge comparable to non-public pockets keys. “TikTok is not just another video app. That’s the sheep’s clothing. It harvests swaths of sensitive data that new reports show are being accessed in Beijing,” claimed U.S. Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr.



Best Cointelegraph Features

The Merge is Ethereum’s likelihood to take over Bitcoin, researcher says

Ethereum’s imminent transition to a proof-of-stake consensus mechanism will rework its financial coverage, doubtlessly making ETH extra scarce than Bitcoin.

Tokenomics not Ponzi-nomics: Influencing conduct, making cash

Economics is the research of human conduct involving scarce assets — and the results these behaviors have on these assets, explains Roderick McKinley.

When worlds collide: Joining Web3 and crypto from Web2

A good friend of mine who’s a seasoned Web2 tech government joined a Web3 firm in June. A switched-on operator, he requested to talk with all 16 employees earlier than deciding to hitch the agency.





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