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07/07/2024. Weekly CryptoNews Digest (July, 01 – July, 07)

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Hello all, and welcome back to the MNO blog, your trusted source for all things crypto since 2007! As we dive into the sweltering heat of July, we’re grateful for the sunshine that brings life to our world. Just as the sun’s warmth illuminates our days, we’re here to shed light on the latest crypto happenings and provide you with the tools to navigate the ever-changing landscape.

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By staying connected with MNO, you’ll be well-equipped to make informed decisions and maximize your returns in the world of crypto and HYIPs. So, grab a cold drink, sit back, and let’s dive into this week’s Weekly CryptoNews Digest to cover the most talked-about events that happened over the first days of July – from July 1st to July 7th, 2024. Let’s get started, shall we?


BITCOIN AND ETHEREUM PRICES SLIDE AS CRYPTO MARKET TUMBLES

The cryptocurrency market has been in a downturn over the past week, with the total market capitalization falling below $2.5 trillion. This decline has impacted major coins like Bitcoin and Ethereum, which have both seen significant price drops.

Bitcoin (BTC) has slid to its lowest level since late February, breaking through key support levels. Ethereum (ETH) has also faced downward pressure, with its price falling as well.

At the time of writing this article, Bitcoin (BTC) was priced around $57,000, while Ethereum (ETH) had dipped below the $3,000 mark, representing an 8% and 12% decline, respectively, compared to the prices seven days ago.

The recent downturn in the cryptocurrency market can be attributed to a confluence of factors, causing jitters among investors and pushing prices down. One major concern is the looming Mt. Gox bitcoin sell-off. Mt. Gox, a defunct cryptocurrency exchange that went bankrupt in 2014, is finally starting to repay its creditors in Bitcoin. This means a large amount of Bitcoin, estimated to be around $9 billion, could potentially flood the market. Investors fear this influx could drive down the price of Bitcoin as supply suddenly outpaces demand.

Another factor contributing to the decline is the slowdown in investment for Bitcoin ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds). These ETFs allow investors to gain exposure to Bitcoin without directly buying and holding the cryptocurrency itself. However, the initial surge of interest in Bitcoin ETFs seems to be waning. This could be due to a number of reasons, including increased volatility in the market and ongoing regulatory uncertainty surrounding cryptocurrency. The slowing growth of ETF inflows indicates a cautious approach by investors, who may be waiting for clearer signals before diving back in.

These factors, combined with other potential influences like broader economic anxieties, have created a climate of fear in the cryptocurrency market. This has led to a self-fulfilling prophecy of sorts, where investor panic triggers sell-offs, further driving down prices. It’s important to note that the cryptocurrency market is still relatively young and prone to significant fluctuations. While the current downturn is concerning, it’s also a reminder of the inherent volatility of this asset class.


BITCOIN MINERS BRINK OF CAPITULATION AS PROFITS PLUMMET

Bitcoin miners, the unsung heroes who secure the Bitcoin network, are facing a harsh reality. Shrinking profits are squeezing their margins, raising concerns about a potential mass exodus from the mining industry. This situation has some analysts worried about a “capitulation” event, mirroring the dramatic collapse of crypto exchange FTX in November 2022.

The primary culprit behind the miners’ woes is a combination of factors. The price of Bitcoin itself has been on a downward trend, directly impacting the rewards miners receive for validating transactions. Additionally, the ever-increasing difficulty of mining Bitcoin, designed to maintain a steady block production rate, requires ever-more powerful and expensive hardware. This, coupled with rising energy costs, creates a perfect storm for shrinking profit margins.

If the situation continues on this trajectory, miners may be forced to make tough decisions. Some may be pushed to sell off their mining rigs, leading to a decrease in the overall network hash rate, the measure of computing power dedicated to securing the Bitcoin network. A significant drop in hash rate could potentially compromise the security of the network, creating a worrying scenario for the entire Bitcoin ecosystem.


PRIVATE EQUITY EYES BITCOIN MINERS FOR AI POTENTIAL

While Bitcoin miners face a struggle due to shrinking profits, a glimmer of hope emerges from an unexpected source: private equity firms. These investment giants are reportedly showing interest in the Bitcoin mining industry, not for the traditional purpose of mining Bitcoin itself, but for a surprising reason – Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The key lies in the massive computing power utilized by Bitcoin miners. These high-performance rigs are ideal for complex AI calculations, which require immense processing power. Private equity firms see an opportunity to leverage the existing infrastructure of Bitcoin miners and repurpose it for AI applications. This could involve integrating the miners’ hardware with AI software platforms, creating a hybrid system capable of handling demanding AI workloads.

This potential shift could be a game-changer for both parties. Bitcoin miners grappling with financial difficulties could find a lucrative new revenue stream by partnering with AI companies. Private equity firms, on the other hand, gain access to readily available, high-powered computing resources without the upfront costs of building their own data centers. However, significant challenges remain, such as adapting existing mining hardware for AI tasks and ensuring efficient energy usage. The success of this integration will depend on overcoming these hurdles and forging mutually beneficial partnerships.


CELO FOUNDATION LAUNCHES DANGO L2 TESTNET

The Celo Foundation recently unveiled a significant step forward for their blockchain network: the launch of the Celo L2 Testnet Dango. This testnet represents a critical step towards achieving faster, cheaper, and more scalable payments worldwide. Dango is built on the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) compatibility, aiming to bridge the gap between the established Ethereum ecosystem and the functionalities offered by Celo.

Celo itself is designed specifically for real-world financial applications, focusing on fast and low-cost transactions. However, as with other blockchains, scalability remains a challenge. L2, or Layer 2, solutions offer a way to alleviate this issue. By processing transactions off the main blockchain (Layer 1) and then batching them for finalization on Layer 1, Dango aims to significantly increase transaction throughput while maintaining the security of the Celo network.

The launch of Dango marks an exciting opportunity for developers. The EVM compatibility allows them to leverage existing tools and resources from the Ethereum ecosystem, simplifying the process of building decentralized applications (dApps) on Celo. This not only benefits developers but also fosters a broader user base by attracting those already familiar with Ethereum-based applications. With Dango as a testing ground, developers can refine their Celo dApps before deploying them on the mainnet, ensuring a smooth and efficient user experience.


WEB3 USER BOOM FUELS METAMASK’S SECURITY PUSH

Web3, a concept encompassing decentralized applications, blockchain networks, and a new vision for the internet, is experiencing a surge in adoption. According to a recent report by DappRadar, the number of active Web3 users skyrocketed to a record high of 10 million in the second quarter (Q2) of 2024. This represents a significant 40% increase compared to Q1, highlighting the growing interest in this decentralized space.

This user boom coincides with efforts to improve security within the Web3 ecosystem. MetaMask, a popular crypto wallet and gateway to Web3 applications, is taking steps to bolster its security measures. The integration of Wallet Guard, a security-focused firm, signifies MetaMask’s commitment to protecting its users’ digital assets. This collaboration will likely involve Wallet Guard’s team joining MetaMask’s product safety team, ensuring a smooth integration and ongoing security improvements.

The rapid growth of Web3 users underscores the potential of this technology, but it also emphasizes the need for robust security protocols. MetaMask’s proactive approach to security serves as a positive step towards building a more secure and trustworthy Web3 environment for users and developers alike.


BITCOIN BULLS SEE OPPORTUNITY IN WEAKENING JOB MARKET

And finally, there may be some positive news for the future recovery of crypto markets. Recent reports showing a slowdown in the US job market might seem like bad news overall, but some analysts see a potential silver lining for Bitcoin. The logic goes like this: a weakening job market could lead the Federal Reserve to loosen its monetary policy by cutting interest rates. This, in turn, has historically been seen as a positive for Bitcoin, which some investors view as a hedge against inflation that looser monetary policy can bring.

Jag Kooner, head of derivatives at Bitfinex, argues that a weaker-than-expected jobs report could fuel expectations of future rate cuts. This, he suggests, could entice investors seeking alternative assets to flock towards Bitcoin in anticipation of a more favorable economic climate for the cryptocurrency. It’s important to note, however, that this is just one perspective, and the relationship between the job market, interest rates, and Bitcoin is complex.

That’s all for today’s Weekly CryptoNews Digest! As the sun shines brightly on this warm July day, take a moment to reflect on the past week and let me express my gratitude to each and every one of you, dear MNO community, for your continued engagement and enthusiasm. It’s been a pleasure to share the latest crypto updates and insights with you, and I’m thrilled to have you along for the ride.

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As we head into the weekend, I hope you take some time to relax, recharge, and enjoy the warm sunshine. July is a beautiful month, and I’m grateful to be able to share it with all of you.

I’ll be back next Sunday with more crypto news, analysis, and insights. Until then, thank you again for being part of the MNO family. Remember to stay informed, stay prosperous, and always keep in mind: MNO – For Money Lovers!

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