Solana (SOL) price rises as airdrops attract new users to the network

Over the past six months blockchain projects that have issued token airdrops have re-emerged. Most notably, the airdrops by Uniswap (UNI) and MEME will be remembered as recipients were rewarded with gains ranging from $20,000 to $600,000 simply for holding the tokens. One Ethereum (ETH) competitor that has seen numerous projects launch with airdrops in the past three weeks is Solana (SOL), an open-source project that focuses on utilizing blockchain technology to provide decentralized finance solutions. While Solana isn’t explicitly making a concerted effort to launch these projects, the protocol’s main…

Reddit reminisces defunct ‘Bitcoin faucet’ website that gave away 19,700 BTC for free

Reddit’s r/Cryptocurrency community revived an interesting piece of Bitcoin (BTC) history on Sunday, with a new thread reminiscing about the time that American software developer Gavin Andresen gave away 19,700 BTC.  A thread started by “uGroundbreakingLack78” took the Reddit community all the way back to June 2010 when Andresen first launched the so-called Bitcoin faucet website. Using the domain “freebitcoins.appspot.com,” Andresen allowed users to earn 5 BTC per day just by solving a captcha, which is a program intended to distinguish human from machine input. User “uGroundbreakingLack78” explained: “To fuel…

Romanian university plans to accept crypto payments for admission fees

A public university in the Romanian city of Sibiu in Transylvania has said it will allow students to pay for their admission fees in crypto. According to an announcement from Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, or LBUS, on Wednesday, the institution plans to implement crypto payment methods for its more than 11,000 students starting in July. Students will reportedly be able to pay for admission fees — tuition is roughly $1,000 per year for undergraduates — using Elrond (EGLD), which the university will then convert to Romanian leu. “Our university…

BTC December futures reach $73,500 — Is everyone flipping ultra bullish?

Bitcoin (BTC) has been struggling to break the $60,000 resistance for almost a month. But despite the impasse, BTC futures markets have never been so bullish. While regular spot exchanges are trading near $59,600, the BTC contracts maturing in June are trading above $65,000. Futures contracts tend to trade at a premium, mainly on neutral-to-bullish markets, and this happens on every asset, including commodities, equities, indexes, and currencies. However, a 50% annualized premium (basis) for contracts expiring in three months is highly uncommon. BTC futures curve, in USD. Source: bitcoinfuturesinfo.com…

Bitcoin mining company follows Tesla by setting up shop in Austin

North America-based crypto mining company Blockcap announced over the weekend it would be establishing new offices in Austin, Texas. In an announcement from Blockcap on Friday, the mining company claimed once its new facilities are operational in the Lone Star State’s capital, its hashing power will be roughly 3.5 exahash per second from a total of 42,000 rigs, reportedly doubling its capabilities. According to blockchain data, this would represent more than 2% of the hashrate for the entire Bitcoin (BTC) network, roughly 167 million terahash per second at the time…

Binance Coin (BNB) market cap passes Santander and UBS — What’s next?

2021 has been an impressive year for Binance Coin (BNB), which so far has rallied by more than 900%.  One of the primary drivers of BNB’s growth was continued congestion on the Ethereum network. As this struggle carried on, Binance Smart Chain (BSC) emerged as an alternative, meeting the rapidly growing decentralized finance (DeFi) sector’s demands. As BNB reached a $64 billion market capitalization, it has surpassed traditional banks, including Santander, the Bank of Montreal, and UBS. Meanwhile, some analysts point to the estimated value and impact of Coinbase’s upcoming direct…

Why is XRP seeing a monster rally when Ripple is worth just $3B on the secondary market?

The equity of Ripple, the company that builds the infrastructure around XRP — the digital asset used by networks like RippleNet to process cross-border payments — is reportedly trading at $2 to $3 billion in the secondary market. Yet, the XRP holdings of Ripple, are reportedly worth $70 billion, which is many times higher than the valuation of the firm’s equity. Returns over last year…Cardano $ADA: +3,290%BinanceCoin $BNB: +3,058%Polkadot $DOT: +1,353%Ethereum $ETH: +1,171%Uniswap $UNI: +953%Chainlink $LINK: +875%Bitcoin $BTC: +728%XRP $XRP: +532%Litecoin $LTC: +406%Bitcoin Cash $BCH: +161%Gold: +3%US Dollar Index $USD: -8% —…

Anchoring the worlds with flexible and high-performance on-chain governance

With adoption accelerating, blockchain’s potential to transform life in every way — from how business is conducted to labor division, operating systems and methods of collaboration — comes closer to fruition every day. If blockchain is the foundation to a truly digital model, then governance is the key to linking together the on and off-chain worlds. Governance itself encompasses and dictates the functionality of blockchain, from its organization structure to workflow execution, voting and incentives.  Conceptually, governance can be understood as on and off-chain; the former being divided into protocol…

Bitcoin Takes Aim at $70,000 as Institutional Demand Skyrockets

Key Takeaways Bitcoin appears to have resumed its uptrend after a prolonged stagnation period. Now, the only resistance level that separates BTC from new all-time highs is the $62,000 hurdle. Breaking through this barrier would likely see prices rise to $70,000. Share this article Following a month-long consolidation period, the buying pressure behind Bitcoin is finally being reflected on prices. The flagship cryptocurrency has broken through a crucial resistance level, threatening to rise toward $70,000. Institutional Demand Skyrockets According to Bloomberg, Tesla’s decision to allocate some of its wealth into…