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Sam Bankman-Fried offers bailouts, ‘Bitcoin dead’ searches soar, and debate over hidden themes behind BAYC continues: Hodlers Digest, June 19–25


Coming each Saturday, Hodler’s Digest will make it easier to observe each single vital information story that occurred this week. The finest (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, main cash, predictions and rather more — every week on Cointelegraph in a single hyperlink.

Top Stories This Week



SBF and Alameda step in to stop crypto collapse contagion

Sam Bankman-Fried said on June 20 that his corporations Alameda Research and FTX could be “stepping in” to assist corporations with liquidity troubles amid the present bear market. Over the course of the week, Alameda dished out a mortgage of roughly $500 million to Voyager Digital, which is affected by publicity to the doubtless bancrupt Three Arrows Capital, whereas FTX equipped BlockFi with $250 million price of credit score.


New video revives debate over Bored Ape Yacht Club’s alleged ‘racist’ imagery

YouTuber Philip Rusnack, referred to as Philion, revealed a video this week on Yuga Labs’ Bored Ape Yacht Club nonfungible token (NFT) mission, arguing that the workforce has embedded alt-right inside jokes, Nazi imagery and racist caricatures of Black and Asian folks within the paintings depicted within the tokenized avatars. Such a notion has been a long-running conspiracy idea within the NFT neighborhood, and whereas many individuals snort it off, others take the supposed proof as gospel.



‘Bitcoin dead’ Google searches hit new all-time excessive

With Bitcoin crashing again all the way down to the decrease $20,000s, Google searches for “Bitcoin dead” spiked within the week of Friday, June 18, and hit a few of the highest ranges on document. Google Trends tracks search curiosity over time and assigns scores of 1 to 100 based mostly on the whole variety of consumer searches. During this era, “Bitcoin dead” achieved an ideal rating of 100.


Bitcoin S2F mannequin provides false sense of certainty, says Vitalik Buterin

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin has critiqued the stock-to-flow (S2F) mannequin popularized by pseudonymous investor PlanB. The BTC-focused S2F drew vital consideration in the course of the bull run final 12 months, because it went on a comparatively lengthy streak of correct predictions earlier than falling method off the mark in late 2021. Commenting on the S2F mannequin, Buterin famous, “I know it’s impolite to gloat and all that, but I think financial models that give people a false sense of certainty and predestination that number-will-go-up are harmful and deserve all the mockery they get.”


Solend invalidates Solana whale pockets takeover plan with second governance vote

Solana-based DeFi lending protocol Solend created a counter governance vote to the controversial “SLND1 : Mitigate Risk From Whale” ballot this week after listening to the robust pushback from the neighborhood. The preliminary vote was meant to permit Solend to scale back the market danger of a large whale’s potential liquidation by letting the platform entry the whale’s pockets. However, the concept has been vetoed after the countervote polled 1,480,264 votes in favor of not going by way of with the whale takeover.






Winners and Losers


At the top of the week, Bitcoin (BTC) is at $21,241.99, Ether (ETH) at $1,214.06 and XRP at $0.37. The whole market cap is at $952 billion, in accordance to CoinMarketCap.

Among the most important 100 cryptocurrencies, the highest three altcoin gainers of the week are Storj (STORJ) at 89.27%, Synthetic (SNX) at 74.21% and Polygon (MATIC) at 51.76%. 

The prime three altcoin losers of the week are Harmony (ONE) at 4.06%, KuCoin Token (KCS) at 1.93% and PAX Gold (PAXG) at 1.55%.

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





Most Memorable Quotations


“Particularly in the area of digital asset trading, I feel that the UK has missed a trick […] We are getting very close to the point where it will be too late. Other jurisdictions are racing ahead of us.” 

Philip Hammond, former U.Ok. Chancellor of the Exchequer 


“In short, they are just ‘bad’ projects. These should not be saved. Sadly, some of these ‘bad’ projects have a large number of users, often acquired through inflated incentives, ‘creative’ marketing, or pure Ponzi schemes.” 

Changpeng Zhao, founder and CEO of Binance 


“The SEC now seems to take the position when they sued us that ‘XRP is a security and always has been,’ but they approved Coinbase going public even though Coinbase is not a registered broker-dealer.” 

Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of Ripple


“Web3 and crypto, in general, is very market-driven, so you have highs and downs. When we build, we always are considering the long game.” 

Stani Kulechov, founder and CEO of Aave 


“When things are a bit harder in the market, you discover who’s actually building something that might last for the long longer term and what is going to pass away.” 

Hester Peirce, commissioner of the SEC 


“Even if we weren’t the ones who caused it, or weren’t involved in it. I think that’s what’s healthy for the ecosystem, and I want to do what can help it grow and thrive.” 

Sam Bankman-Fried, founding father of Alameda Research


Prediction of the Week 


‘Foolish’ to disclaim Bitcoin value can go beneath $10K — Analysis

With the worth of BTC hovering round $20,000 and the Fed but to disclose any new info relating to efforts to reel in inflation, crypto commentators have argued that the outlook of the worth within the fast time period is unsure. However, a possible recent pullback could solely contain a visit to $16,000, in response to some, whereas others have urged buyers to contemplate a drop to $10,000 as a possible state of affairs additionally. 

“Consolidating $BTC in a broad range and then going up. MDD (maximum drawdown) is not that big like -20%,” Ki Young Ju, CEO of on-chain analytics platform CryptoQuant, wrote in a part of a Twitter put up.

“At this stage, nobody can say with certainty whether BTC will hold this range or if it will go to sub $10K price levels ever again, but it would be foolish not to have a plan for that possibility,” a tweet argued.



FUD of the Week 

Harmony’s Horizon Bridge hacked for $100M

The Horizon Bridge to the Harmony layer-1 blockchain was exploited for $100 million price of altcoins on June 24. From 7:08 am EST till 7:26 am EST, 11 transactions had been constituted of the bridge for varied tokens earlier than sending the tokens off to Uniswap to change for ETH. The Harmony workforce mentioned it’s working with “national authorities and forensic specialists” to find out who was accountable, and a autopsy will observe.


China’s WeChat bans crypto and NFT-related accounts

Social media and funds app big WeChat up to date its insurance policies to ban accounts that present entry to crypto or NFT-related companies. Under the brand new tips, accounts concerned with the issuance, buying and selling and financing of crypto and NFTs shall be categorized as an “illegal business” and can both be restricted or banned outright.


Iranian authorities to chop energy provide for the nation’s authorized crypto mining rigs

According to reviews from native media shops this week, Iran’s Ministry of Energy can have began shutting off the facility provide to the entire nation’s licensed crypto mining corporations by the start of July. The authorities entity cited a possible electrical energy deficit in the course of the peak summer time season as the explanation.



Best Cointelegraph Features

The community-centered method to Web3 — Aave founder and CEO

“What if we actually can have ownership on our own presence in social media — our profiles, our social identities?” requested Stani Kulechov.

Is there a method for the crypto sector to keep away from Bitcoin’s halving-related bear markets?

BTC’s excessive volatility and halving-related bear markets have a tendency to tug down funding and curiosity in all the crypto market. Can this be prevented?

Lummis–Gillibrand crypto invoice complete however nonetheless creates division

The senators launched new approaches to acquainted questions regarding digital property and methods to divide regulatory tasks. 





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