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Hello, dear MNO readers! First up I want to start this week’s digest by offering a sincere apology for missing our usual post last week. Due to unforeseen technical errors I was unable to get our Weekly CryptoNews Digest published, and for that, I sincerely apologize.

I know you rely on us for your weekly dose of crypto happenings, and I deeply regret any inconvenience this may have caused. The good news is that the technical glitch has been resolved, and we’re back on track! You can expect the MNO regular content schedule to resume, starting with this very post.

As always, I’ll be serving up the latest crypto news, insights, and analysis every week, so be sure to stay tuned. And don’t forget to cast your vote in the next poll running on the MNO TalkBack page for a few more weeks. Your input is important, and I’m eager to hear your thoughts on the latest crypto trends.

You might remember that since its inception in 2007, the MNO blog has been the go-to resource for insightful information and lively discussions on a wide range of topics. As a long-time follower of the industry myself, I can attest to its value and relevance in the ever-evolving world of cryptocurrencies.

My passion for keeping up-to-date with the latest developments in the crypto space has only grown stronger over time, and I’m excited to continue sharing my thoughts and insights with this knowledgeable and engaged community.

As a regular feature, I present the Weekly CryptoNews Digest, a comprehensive round up of the most significant news and developments in the world of cryptocurrencies from the past week. By staying informed with this digest, you can rest assured that you won’t miss out on any crucial updates or trends in this dynamic and rapidly evolving industry.

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Get ready for an exciting journey as we delve into the latest and greatest crypto news from March 18th to March 24th, 2024! In this edition of the MNO Weekly CryptoNews Digest, we’ll be diving into the most noteworthy market trends, industry rumors, and essential updates.

So, without further ado, let’s see what’s been going on in the world of cryptocurrencies! What are you waiting for? Join me on this thrilling journey, and together, we’ll explore the dynamic, ever-changing landscape of crypto. Get ready for a wild ride full of twists and turns!


Solana emerged as a breeding ground for meme coins in recent weeks. These meme coins, often inspired by pop culture or jokes, tend to be highly volatile and speculative investments.

The frenzy started with Dogwifhat (WIF), a meme coin with a Shiba Inu dog wearing a hat as its mascot. WIF saw a significant price surge earlier in the week, attracting a lot of attention and user activity on the Solana network.

Slerf’s Burning Blunder:
Following WIF’s success, another meme coin named Slerf (SLERF) entered the scene. However, Slerf’s launch wasn’t without a hitch. In a major blunder, the developer accidentally burned over $10 million worth of Solana tokens (SOL) while trying to clear their wallet before launch.
– Despite this mistake, Slerf still managed to launch and surprisingly reached a market capitalization of $500 million within hours. This highlights the speculative nature of meme coins and the unpredictable behavior of the market.

Underlying Factors:
There are a few possible reasons why Solana became a hub for meme coins:
– Lower transaction fees: Compared to Ethereum, Solana offers lower transaction fees, making it attractive for launching new tokens.
– Active developer community: Solana has a vibrant developer community that’s constantly innovating and creating new projects.
– Retail investor interest: Meme coins often attract retail investors looking for quick gains, and Solana’s growing popularity might be drawing them in.

A Word of Caution:
– While the meme coin frenzy can be exciting, it’s crucial to remember the high risks involved. These coins can be very volatile and experience extreme price swings.
– It’s important to conduct thorough research before investing in any meme coin, especially considering the recent incident with Slerf.


Dogecoin (DOGE) saw a significant price increase of 18% on March 21st, likely fueled by optimism surrounding the launch of DOGE futures contracts.

The DOGE Futures Boost:
The price increase for DOGE was likely driven by speculation surrounding the launch of DOGE futures contracts. Futures contracts allow investors to speculate on the future price of an asset, in this case, DOGE.
– The launch of these futures contracts signifies growing institutional interest in DOGE. This can be seen as a positive development, as it suggests that more established financial players are viewing DOGE as a legitimate investment option.
– The anticipation surrounding the futures launch could have triggered a buying frenzy among retail investors (individual investors), further pushing up the price.

Dogecoin’s Rise and Volatility:
– It’s important to remember that DOGE has a history of significant price volatility. While the futures news caused a surge last week, the price could fluctuate considerably in the future.
– Unlike Bitcoin, which has a limited supply, DOGE has an unlimited supply, meaning new coins can be created infinitely. This, in theory, could limit its long-term price appreciation compared to scarcer assets like Bitcoin.

The Future of DOGE:
Whether the launch of futures contracts leads to sustained growth for DOGE remains to be seen. The long-term viability of DOGE will likely depend on factors like:
– Utility beyond “meme coin”: Can DOGE develop real-world use cases beyond its status as a meme coin?
– Community engagement: Will the strong DOGE community continue to support the coin?
– Market sentiment: Overall market sentiment towards cryptocurrencies will also play a role in DOGE’s future price performance.


Last week Binance, a leading cryptocurrency exchange, announced that the total value of user assets held on its platform exceeded $100 billion for the first time. This is a significant milestone for Binance, demonstrating the continued growth and trust users place in the exchange.

Factors Behind the Surge:
There are two main factors contributing to this surge:
– Strong Inflows: Binance has been experiencing a strong inflow of user funds, indicating that more and more people are using the platform to trade and store their cryptocurrencies.
– Rising Crypto Prices: The overall rise in cryptocurrency prices throughout March also played a role. As the value of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum increased, the total value of user assets held on Binance naturally went up as well.

Transparency Measures:
– Binance emphasizes its commitment to user fund security. They claim to hold all user funds on a 1:1 ratio, with additional reserves. This means they hold the same amount of each cryptocurrency that users have deposited.
– To ensure transparency, Binance uses a system called Proof-of-Reserves (PoR). This allows users to independently verify that Binance has the reserves it claims to hold.

What it Means:
This news signifies a few things:
– Growth of the Crypto Market: The $100 billion milestone reflects the overall growth and maturity of the cryptocurrency market.
– User Confidence in Binance: The significant amount of user assets held on Binance indicates that users trust the platform to securely manage their cryptocurrencies.


The news surrounding Sam Bankman-Fried’s (SBF) sentencing centers around the upcoming court date and the contrasting recommendations for his punishment. Here’s a breakdown:

– Sentencing Date: March 28th, 2024 marks the official date for SBF’s sentencing hearing. This will take place before New York District Judge Lewis Kaplan.
– Conviction and Charges: Recall that SBF, the former CEO of the collapsed crypto exchange FTX, was found guilty in November 2023 on multiple charges. These charges included fraud, conspiracy, and money laundering related to his alleged manipulation of FTX and Alameda Research, a crypto hedge fund he co-founded.
– Disparate Sentencing Recommendations: Currently, there’s a significant difference between the proposed sentences from the prosecution and SBF’s defense team:
– Prosecutors: The US Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking a harsh punishment, recommending a sentence of 40 to 50 years in prison. They argue that SBF’s crimes represent a “historic fraud” that caused immense financial damage.
– Defense Team: SBF’s lawyers are pushing for a much lighter sentence, suggesting a term of 6.5 years behind bars. They downplay the severity of the situation and claim SBF is remorseful for any mistakes.

What to Expect:
– Judge’s Decision: Ultimately, Judge Kaplan will determine the final sentence based on the presented evidence, arguments from both sides, and sentencing guidelines.
– Potential Appeals: Regardless of the sentence, there’s a chance either party, the prosecution or SBF’s defense, could appeal the decision. This would lead to a lengthy legal battle.

Market Impact:
– The outcome of SBF’s sentencing could have a ripple effect on the cryptocurrency market. A harsh sentence might discourage some investors from participating, while a lenient one could embolden bad actors.


In a recent development, Montenegro’s Court of Appeal has upheld a previous ruling to extradite Do Kwon, the co-founder of Terraform Labs, to South Korea. This decision comes after a series of appeals by Kwon’s legal team.

Charges in South Korea: Kwon faces criminal charges in South Korea related to the collapse of Terraform Labs’ cryptocurrency ecosystem in May 2022. This event caused significant financial losses for many investors.

Previous Appeal:
– Earlier in March 2024, a high court in Montenegro initially ruled in favor of extradition. Do Kwon’s defense team appealed this decision, but the Court of Appeal has now sided with the original ruling.

What’s Next:
– The exact timeline for Do Kwon’s extradition is still unclear. However, with the appeals process seemingly exhausted in Montenegro, South Korean authorities are likely to seek to have him transferred to their custody soon.
– Do Kwon could potentially face trial in South Korea, where he could be sentenced to prison time if convicted of the charges against him.

Impact on the Crypto Industry:
– This extradition case is being closely watched by the cryptocurrency industry. It sets a precedent for how countries might handle similar situations involving founders of failed crypto projects.
– The outcome of Do Kwon’s case could also impact investor sentiment towards Terra (LUNA) and other cryptocurrencies associated with Terraform Labs.


Google Search now allows users to search for their Ethereum Name Service (ENS) domain and potentially see their corresponding Ethereum wallet balance directly in the search results.

– Goodbye Complex Addresses, Hello Readable Names: Previously, you could only search for long and complicated Ethereum wallet addresses. This integration makes things easier by using human-readable ENS domain names instead.

– Building on Existing Feature: This functionality expands on what Google introduced in May 2023. Back then, they enabled searching for public Ethereum wallet addresses and viewing their balances directly on Google Search.

Benefits of ENS Integration:
– Enhanced Accessibility: Sending and receiving crypto becomes more user-friendly. Instead of sharing a long string of characters, users can simply provide their ENS domain for transactions.
– Improved Usability: No more manually copying and pasting lengthy wallet addresses, reducing the risk of errors.
– Wider Adoption: This integration by Google could potentially expose Ethereum and cryptocurrencies to a wider audience by making them more user-friendly.

Things to Remember:
– While this is a positive development, it’s important to remember that cryptocurrency is still a relatively new technology and carries inherent risks.
– This feature might not be available in all regions or for all users yet.

Thanks for reading this latest week’s edition of the MNO Weekly CryptoNews Digest! To all of the subscribers, commenters, and participants in the discussion – your engagement is what keeps this blog alive, and I am grateful for your support.

Just a heads up that I’ll be back next Monday with the latest crypto news and price trends for the Weekly CryptoNews Digest. Catch you all next week on MNO – For Money Lovers!

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