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SEC drops ETH 2.0 case, Australian spot Bitcoin ETF approved, ASI token super merger delayed

Jun 21, 2024
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Hello Snapshotters,

While markets were down this week, bullish news is lifting crypto spirits: The SEC dropped its ETH 2.0 investigation, which concludes that Ether is not a security but a commodity, an outcome that is celebrated as a major win for the crypto space. Down under, Australia’s biggest stock exchange, ASX, just approved its first spot Bitcoin ETF, while  U.S. ETH ETFs are in their final rounds of reviews, with comments from the SEC that have been described as “light and reasonable.”

Read on for the details.


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News Snaps

📕 SEC Closes Ethereum 2.0 Case

Blockchain developer Consensys said the U.S. SEC has closed its investigation into Ethereum 2.0. The SEC decision came after Consensys sent a letter for clarification of Ether’s category in the approval of spot Ether ETFs. The company describes the decision to classify Ether as a commodity as a “major win” for the industry.

📝 ETH ETFs Need Minor Corrections

This week, prospective Ether ETF issuers responded to the comments received from the SEC last week. Sources described the comments as “light and reasonable.”

🇦🇺 Aussie Spot Bitcoin ETF Approved

The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), Australia’s largest stock exchange, approved its first spot Bitcoin ETF. VanEck will be the issuer of the ETF, named VanEck Bitcoin ETF (VBTC), which commenced trading on June 20.

⛓️ Tokenized Shares on JPMorgan Chain

Fidelity International tokenized shares of its money market fund through JPMorgan’s Tokenized Collateral Network (TCN). TCN sits on Onyx Digital Assets, JPMorgan’s private blockchain network based on Ethereum.

🌟 MicroStrategy Offers New BTC Product

MicroStrategy announced pricing of a new $700 million convertible senior notes offering for Bitcoin purchases and corporate purposes. The offering was upsized from the previously announced $500 million. 

What’s Ahead

ASI Token Super Merger Delayed

ASI announced a revised date for the ASI token merger, now set for July 15. This is to “accommodate logistical requirements and technical dependencies of exchanges, validators, and broader ecosystem collaborators.”

Number of the Week

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Chart of the Week

Data has suggested that both BTC and ETH balances in centralized exchanges hit a three-year low. As of June 16, 2024, the total BTC balance was 2.8 million ($188 billion), down 15% from three years ago. The total ETH balance was 16.7 million ($60 billion), down 49% from three years ago. 

Withdrawal from centralized exchanges may be interpreted as bullish, as investors may have less tendency to trade their BTC or ETH balances for other assets.


Crypto Trivia

Since April 2023, Bitcoin has a higher market cap than…

A) Amazon
B) Apple
C) Meta (Facebook)

Find the correct answer at the end of this newsletter.

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Product Picks

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TWAP Bots Now Available in the App 

Time-Weighted Average Price (TWAP) bots are an advanced order type that enables you to execute large orders with greater flexibility and efficiency by splitting them up over a period of time to reduce price slippage and minimize risk. At launch, it will exclusively support both buy and sell orders for 23 tokens that can be traded against crypto or fiat. Learn more. 

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zkSync (ZK)

zkSync is an EVM-compatible ZK Layer-2 rollup that uses cryptographic validity proofs to deliver scalable and low-cost transactions on Ethereum in a trustless manner. 

Pirate Nation (PIRATE)

Pirate Nation is a fully on-chain free-to-play pirate-themed roleplaying game (RPG) on Ethereum and Proof of Play’s Apex chain. Players can build ships, recruit pirate crew, and engage in battles or search for treasures. 

LayerZero (ZRO)

LayerZero is an interoperability protocol that leverages Ultra Light Nodes (ULNs) and the Decentralized Oracle Network (DON) to streamline communication across different blockchains.

Crypto Level Up


What Reed’s Law Is and How It Impacts Cryptocurrency

Reed’s Law, created by computer scientist David Reed, is a principle dictating that, as new communities and subgroups for a cryptocurrency’s network emerge, its utility or value grows exponentially. Essentially, Reed’s Law highlights the power of social constructs within networks.

Applying Reed’s Law to Cryptocurrency

As more users join a cryptocurrency network, the potential for creating varied and complex communities within it skyrockets. Transactions rise, alongside the formation of dapps, governance protocols, and more.

How Reed’s Law Affects Traders

Reed’s Law suggests that cryptocurrency networks with higher potential for complex group interactions and community building may present more significant growth opportunities.

Get the full scoop on Reed’s Law.



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Security Tips

Singapore Issues Advisory on Akira Ransomware Threat

Three Singapore government agencies have issued a joint advisory regarding a variant of the Akira ransomware, which stole $42 million from 250 organizations worldwide. After taking control of a company’s devices and/or data, Akira demands payment in cryptocurrency if the victim wants their systems back.

Cybersecurity Best Practices to Protect Your Business From Ransomware

1. Always update your company’s devices and software to the latest operating system version. 

2. Keep your organization’s data backed up regularly and have a recovery plan in place. 

3. Remind staff not to click on links or download attachments from unknown emails.

Crypto Trivia Answer

C) Meta (Facebook)

With over 1.27 trillion in market cap, Bitcoin outshines Meta, currently ranked 10th of top assets by market cap.

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