Do Kwon faces legal troubles in Korea, China remains a top contributor to Bitcoin mining, and Ethereum eyes ‘huge testing milestone’ ahead of merge: Hodler’s Digest, May 15-21

Coming each Saturday, Hodler’s Digest will assist you to observe each single vital information story that occurred this week. One of the best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, main cash, predictions and rather more — per week on Cointelegraph in a single hyperlink.

Prime Tales This Week

Courtroom paperwork reveal Do Kwon dissolved Terraform Labs Korea days earlier than LUNA crash

Terraform Labs co-founder dissolved two of the entity’s areas in South Korea, in addition to Terraform Labs Korea, simply previous to the LUNA and UST collapse, in accordance with authorized paperwork. Though the choice to dissolve the places of work was made throughout an April 30 shareholder assembly, the timing raised eyebrows inside the cryptocurrency group. 

As one would possibly count on, the aftermath of Terra’s implosion continued to reverberate throughout the market this week. South Korea’s authorities is trying into the scenario and Do Kwon himself may very well be summoned to a parliamentary listening to.




Large testing milestone for Ethereum: Ropsten testnet Merge set for June 8

Within the first half of June, Ethereum’s Ropsten testnet merge is scheduled to begin. Put merely, the occasion will simulate the Ethereum proof-of-work (PoW) mainnet and Ethereum proof-of-stake (PoS) Beacon Chain merge.

“Ropsten testnet is getting merged on June 8!” mentioned Prysmatic Labs Ethereum core developer Preston Van Loon. “Merging Ropsten is a big testing milestone in the direction of Ethereum’s mainnet merge later this yr.”

Additional reporting signifies an August goal for the precise merge.


China returns as 2nd high Bitcoin mining hub regardless of the crypto ban

Though China banned crypto in 2021, the nation nonetheless accounts for about 21% of Bitcoin’s mining energy as of January 2022, in accordance with knowledge from the Cambridge Bitcoin Electrical energy Consumption Index (CBECI). 

Again in 2019, China held over 75% of the world’s Bitcoin hash charge. Though 21% is a step down from its former glory, the quantity places China in second place when it comes to BTC’s world hash charge, with the USA in first. The CBECI additionally included knowledge on different international locations, revealing that the states of Kentucky, Georgia and Texas at the moment lead BTC hash charge manufacturing within the U.S.




Crypto giants co-launch Chainabuse platform to water down rising scams

The crypto group now has a free platform for elevating consciousness about scams and different nefarious exercise, due to mixed efforts from Circle, Aave, TRM Labs, Civic, Hedera, The Solana Basis and Binance.US. 

The net platform, referred to as Chainabuse, gives each people and companies a spot to supply consciousness about fraud in crypto and finance. Moreover, the platform features a database of hacks and scams.


Goldman Sachs and Barclays spend money on UK crypto buying and selling platform Elwood

Elwood Applied sciences, an institutional crypto buying and selling platform, has secured funding from two mainstream giants: Barclays and Goldman Sachs. A part of a Sequence A funding spherical, the investments from the mega banks got here alongside different gamers, akin to Galaxy Digital. 

Goldman sees growing institutional crypto curiosity, in accordance with world head of digital property Matthew McDermott. “As institutional demand for cryptocurrency rises, we now have been actively broadening our market presence and capabilities to cater for consumer demand,” he mentioned.






Winners and Losers


On the finish of the week, Bitcoin (BTC) is at $29,037, Ether (ETH) at $1,943 and XRP at $0.40. The overall market cap is at $1.24 trillion, in accordance to CoinMarketCap.

Among the many largest 100 cryptocurrencies, the highest three altcoin gainers of the week are Kyber Community Crystal v2 (KNC) at 46.16%, KuCoin Token (KCS) at 19.99% and Kadena (KDA) at 17.37%. 

The highest three altcoin losers of the week are TerraUSD (UST) at -62.18%, Convex Finance (CVX) at -23.47% and Helium (HNT) at -21.56%.

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





Most Memorable Quotations


“When the market is scorching, it’s exhausting to focus as a result of there’s a lot noise.”

Aleksandra Artamonovskaja, partnerships lead at Joyn


“Specializing in and investing in person expertise is the street to mass adoption and to the brand new world of Web3.”

Dominik Schiener, co-founder and chairman of the Iota Basis


“Ethereum’s overwhelming mindshare helps clarify why its customers have been prepared to pay greater than $15 million in charges per day on common simply to make use of the blockchain.”

Andreessen Horowitz (a16z)


“If you happen to create an algorithmic stablecoin and also you don’t count on speculative assaults, welcome to the actual world.”

Mike McGlone, senior commodity strategist for Bloomberg


“ESG is a rip-off. It has been weaponized by phony social justice warriors.”

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla


“Crypto as a expertise and asset class introduces worth and innovation which can be distinctive and irreplaceable, and we consider that one unhealthy apple within the quick run won’t have an effect on long-term demand for crypto property and the trade as a complete.”

Jun Du, co-founder of Huobi World


Prediction of the Week 


Bitcoin worth predictions abound as merchants deal with the subsequent BTC halving cycle

Bitcoin remained within the doldrums this week, reflecting uncertainty and subdued demand throughout the digital asset house. Hypothesis on the place BTC would possibly head subsequent revolves across the timing of the asset’s four-year halving cycle, in addition to Bitcoin’s earlier worth motion. One doable final result, primarily based on the halving cycle, sees BTC’s worth probably bottoming within the last two months of 2022. Some speculators, nevertheless, stay eager for an upcoming $100,000 blow-off high for BTC.



FUD of the Week 

Deus Finance’s dollar-pegged stablecoin DEI falls beneath 60 cents

DEI, an algorithmic stablecoin of the Deus Finance mission, declined to $0.52 earlier this week. The asset was meant to carry worth on par with $1. Nevertheless, DEUS, the mission’s governance token, elevated considerably in worth, reaching $327.28 at one level, up from $163.40. The DEI worth collapse got here after the protocol skilled two flash mortgage assaults in current months. Fears of a UST-style financial institution run on the asset additionally compelled Deus Finance builders to pause DEI redemptions.


South Korean watchdog reportedly fines Terraform Labs $78M for tax evasion

Terraform Labs and Do Kwon reportedly should pay $78 million attributable to tax evasion, in accordance with information outlet Naver. The tax evasion costs come from South Korea’s tax authority. 

This isn’t the primary time Terraform Labs has raised crimson flags on tax evasion. The corporate first appeared on tax authorities’ radar in June 2021 on suspicions of company and earnings tax evasion.


Axie Infinity’s Discord bot compromised, hackers problem faux minting message

The Discord channel for GameFi NFT mission Axie Infinity noticed its MEE6 bot (a commonly-used device on Discord for channel administration) compromised this week. Amongst its wrongful actions, the apprehended bot put out an unfaithful minting announcement. MEE6 bot takeovers are reportedly nothing new. The scenario was mounted, though customers could should restart Discord for the adjustments to take impact. The MEE6 Discord assist channel didn’t acknowledge the suspicious exercise.



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