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An Ethereum blockchain upgrade, crypto regulatory battles, and Bitcoin price discussion: Hodler’s Digest, Aug. 1-7



Coming each Saturday, Hodler’s Digest will assist you to observe each single essential information story that occurred this week. The most effective (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, main cash, predictions and far more — every week on Cointelegraph in a single hyperlink.

Prime Tales This Week


Sq. to amass Australian fintech Afterpay in $29B deal

Jack Dorsey’s digital funds agency Sq. entered right into a $29 billion inventory deal to buy Australian purchase now, pay later (BNPL) agency Afterpay this week. 

Identical to the identify Afterpay implies, Sq. will primarily be shopping for the agency now and paying later, with the transaction set for the primary quarter of 2022 and to be paid out solely in Sq. frequent inventory.

Bitcoin (BTC) proponent Anthony Pompliano was happy with the information, noting on his net collection The Greatest Enterprise Present that Sq. is likely one of the solely shares he owns, as he forecasted that the agency’s valuation will explode following the acquisition.

In an Aug. 3 YouTube video, Pomp went for sheer and utter clickbait with the title “SQUARE is going to be worth 1 TRILLION dollars,” and he emphasised the potential of rolling out Afterpay’s BNPL providers to 70 million Money App customers and 2 million Sq. retailers.


Ethereum London onerous fork goes dwell

The London onerous fork arrived nearly on schedule on Aug. 5, ushering in Ethereum Enchancment Proposal 1559. An fascinating function of the improve is that it additionally ushered in some bullish sentiments from Ethereum (ETH) proponents and some bitter grapes from Bitcoin maxis. 

Ethereum has now transitioned away from a bidding-based charge market to a set price-and-burn mechanism, which can see the asset develop into deflationary if extra ETH is burned than issued in block rewards. Nonetheless, this can be extra seemingly after the swap to proof-of-stake with ETH 2.0If the asset does develop into deflationary, it might attain the standing of “ultrasound money,” which is a time period that has additionally been a long-running meme in ETH communities that mocks Bitcoiners’ description of BTC as sound cash due its capped provide of 21 million.


BREAKING: White Home confirms assist for minor adjustments to crypto tax proposal

The White Home formally backed a last-minute modification to the controversial U.S. infrastructure plan that proposes expanded cryptocurrency taxation to boost an extra $28 billion in income. The modification maintains stringent reporting necessities for blockchain builders and validators whereas exempting miners. 

Nonetheless, the modification’s imprecise wording and lack of clearly outlined phrases recommend that crypto builders and proof-of-stake validators would nonetheless be topic to expanded reporting and taxation that some have described as “unworkable.”

For some cause, members of the White Home appear intent on cracking down on tax evasion in crypto with out understanding the nuances of the business. Additionally they appear to miss the blatant rorting of the system from multinational giants who primarily vacuum capital out of the folks’s pockets whereas paying zero tax.


Mike Novogratz blasts US officers for poor grasp of crypto business

Amid the backdrop of looming crypto rules that can almost certainly improve taxes and lower income, Galaxy Digital CEO Mike Novogratz has come out swinging in response to Senator Elizabeth Warren’s remarks calling cryptocurrency “the wild west” of the U.S. monetary system.

The billionaire crypto proponent’s jabs had been, after all, delivered by social media, with Novogratz taking to Twitter on Aug. 3 to assert that the majority U.S. officers don’t know what they’re speaking about relating to crypto: 

“Crypto is the future of our financial system and our citizens deserve officials that do their homework to understand this new technology. Most of our leaders haven’t done that yet. We also need regulators and politicians who understand that new ideas need room to grow.”


Circle and Unstoppable Domains to introduce username-based USDC funds

Circle and Unstoppable Domains are working to introduce username-based addresses as an alternative choice to long-winded alphanumeric crypto pockets addresses to assist the not-so-tech-savvy, a.ok.a. newbies and boomers. 

Based on an Aug. 4 announcement, blockchain area identify supplier Unstoppable Domains and stablecoin issuer Circle are collaborating to launch readable “.coin” usernames for USD Coin (USDC) transfers.

As a part of the partnership, each corporations will collaborate to allow assist for .coin username extensions throughout wallets and crypto exchanges that listing the quantity two-ranked stablecoin. 

Underneath this association, USDC transfers will develop into akin to sending an e mail, seemingly mitigating the issue of transferring cash to the fallacious deal with, dropping funds eternally and dwelling with regrets over one’s lack of due diligence.

Winners and Losers



On the finish of the week, Bitcoin is at $42,651, Ether at $2,867 and XRP at $0.74. The full market cap is at $1.73 trillion, in accordance to CoinMarketCap.

Among the many largest 100 cryptocurrencies, the highest three altcoin gainers of the week are Voyager Token (VGX) at 94.22%, THORChain (RUNE) at 50.69%, and Ravencoin (RVN) at 44.13%.

The highest three altcoin losers of the week are Amp (AMP) at -14.97%, XinFin Community (XDC) at -4.74%, and Telcoin (TEL) at -1.66%. 

For more information on crypto costs, make certain to learn Cointelegraph’s market evaluation.



Most Memorable Quotations


“We can see Bitcoin on the balance sheets of cities, states, governments, companies, small [and] big investors.”

Michael Saylor, MicroStrategy CEO


“We’re now moving into a world where we have these nonfungible software objects that have unique identities that can actually accept money, pay money and can participate in governance, either in decentralized autonomous organizations or potentially other kinds of governments that can govern themselves.”

Joe Lubin, ConsenSys founder and CEO


“I’m spending five hours a day on everything from regulation to licensing and everything in between.”

Sam Bankman-Fried, FTX CEO


“Primarily, crypto assets provide digital, scarce vehicles for speculative investment. Thus, in that sense, one can say they are highly speculative stores of value.”

Gary Gensler, chair of the U.S. Securities and Alternate Fee


“Crypto is a bit like the parable of the blind men and the elephant. People touch it from different sides. They get distracted and carried away and energized about these different topics.”

Marc Andreessen, Andreessen Horowitz normal companion and co-founder


“If you put a gun to my head, and you said, ‘I can only have one.’ I would choose gold.”

Ray Dalio, billionaire hedge fund supervisor


“Just so we’re all clear here, the SEC has no authority over pure commodities or their trading venues, whether those commodities are wheat, gold, oil….or #crypto assets.”

Brian Quintenz, U.S. CFTC commissioner


“The more people with stablecoins in the pocket, the more people who can participate in decentralized finance.”

Matthew Gould, Unstoppable Domains CEO

Prediction of the Week 


Bitcoin chart fractal suggests BTC price can have rallied to no less than $80K by September

If this newest bullish BTC prediction seems to be true, Bitcoiners could quickly be capable to begin driving their lambos on the moon. 

Nunya Bizniz, an impartial market analyst, posted a bullish prediction on Aug. 1, as they highlighted that the latest rally of round 40% in late July included 10 consecutive days of beautiful inexperienced candles, and not these horrible crimson ones that bears love a lot. 

The analyst famous that every of BTC’s earlier 10-day bull runs has ended up with no less than a 100% price improve inside 30 to 60 days. Due to this fact, if historical past repeats itself, Bitcoin’s price could double and surge to new all-time highs across the $80,000 mark.

FUD of the Week 


South Korean regulator to reportedly shut down 11 crypto exchanges

Crypto rules in South Korea could develop into extra stringent after information circulated this week that South Korea’s high monetary regulator, the Monetary Companies Fee, or FSC, is reportedly planning to close down a dozen native cryptocurrency exchanges amid accusations of fraud.  

The FSC will droop operations of no less than 11 mid-sized crypto exchanges in South Korea on account of alleged unlawful actions and fraudulent collective accounts, in accordance with native media retailers.  

The publication cited nameless business sources claiming that the names of the exchanges weren’t but disclosed, so Koreans won’t know precisely what to FUD over till the names come to gentle. The sources argued that the talked about crypto exchanges will probably be unable to get approval for operation by the FSC. 

The report additionally notes that the authority is planning to implement stricter rules for smaller crypto exchanges in South Korea, which means that anybody agency that wishes to partake in unlawful habits must do it on a big scale.


Monero’s former maintainer arrested within the US for allegations unrelated to cryptocurrency

Talking of alleged illicit habits, Riccardo Spagni, the previous maintainer of the Monero (XMR) cryptocurrency, was arrested final month in Nashville, Tennessee, however not for something associated to crypto.  

Spagni is going through fraud fees tied to alleged offenses in South Africa between 2009 and 2011, throughout his time serving as an data know-how supervisor at an organization dubbed Cape Cookies. 

Spagni allegedly fabricated extra invoices from a provider of Cape Cookies, which included inflated costs for items and providers, alongside together with his financial institution particulars as a substitute of the suppliers’. He now faces a listening to on Aug. 5 to find out whether or not he’s held, pending trial. If convicted in South Africa, he faces 20 years in jail.


Breaking: BSV reportedly suffers ‘massive’ 51% assault

Bitcoin SV reportedly suffered a “massive” 51% assault on Aug. 3 that resulted in as much as three variations of the chain being mined concurrently.

Talking concerning the assault, Lucas Nuzzi, a community knowledge product supervisor at Coin Metrics, acknowledged on Twitter that “someone is seriously trying to destroy BSV,” and added that:

“For over 3 hours, attackers were able to take over the chain. All exchanges that received BSV deposits during that time might have been double spent.”


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