Ethereum Ropsten testnet planned for June 8 marks “huge milestone”

The Ropsten public testnet, a testing environment that is the closest replication of the Ethereum mainnet, is set to undergo its long awaited merge on June 8.

The merge will mimic Ethereum’s upcoming transition from using a proof-of-work consensus mechanism to a proof-of-stake one. This allows developers to test and finalise adjustments for Ethereum’s mainnet merge later this year.

Ethereum DevOps engineer Parathi Jayanathi submitted a pull request for the Ropsten...

A16z State of Crypto: “It is still early days for web3”

Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), a prominent venture capital firm investing heavily in the web3 sector, has published its first “State of Crypto” report exploring current trends in the market.

The overarching takeaway from the report is that web3 and the crypto market develop in cycles.

As prices climb, interest in the sector grows to the point where it can no longer be sustained. Following a (usually steep) falloff in prices, innovators develop new projects that revive...

Tether depegs from $1 mark following TerraUSD and LUNA collapse

Tether (USDT)

It has been a rough week for crypto, but an even rougher week for stablecoins.

Tether (USDT), the stablecoin mainstay of the crypto space, snapped as low as $0.95 in the early hours of May 12 amidst wider market fears surrounding TerraUSD (UST).

Earlier in the week, UST depegged from its intended $1 mark, falling as low as $0.29. In a desperate bid to restore UST’s price, Terraform Labs have been printing and selling millions of its stabilising token, LUNA, causing it...

Terra network suffers massive losses as UST falls below dollar peg

Terra Anchor

Whilst the whole cryptocurrency sector is tanking to lows not seen since last summer, few coins are having a worse time than TerraUSD (UST), the largest algorithmic stablecoin on the market.

UST, which is supposed to always be worth $1, briefly fell to $0.98 on May 7 following a number of major withdrawals from decentralised finance (DeFi) protocols on the Terra network.

The situation worsened on May 9 when UST’s price plummeted to $0.68 amidst a wider market selloff...

Instagram to add NFT support in upcoming pilot

Instagram

Meta-owned Instagram is adding support for users to show off their non-fungible tokens (NFTs) from a number of the most popular blockchain networks.

In much the same vein as Twitter’s NFT integration late last year, users will be able to select their NFTs as display pictures, post their NFTs, and share them with their followers.

However, CoinDesk has confirmed that Instagram users will not be charged a fee for this service as Twitter originally did following its...

Central African Republic adopts Bitcoin as legal tender

Bitcoin

The Central African Republic (CAR) has become the second country in the world to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender, following on from El Salvador's decision in September last year.

Despite being rich in mineral wealth, CAR is one of the world’s poorest countries and has suffered from decades of conflict.

According to DataReportal, CAR has the lowest internet penetration rates of any country in the world – excluding North Korea – at just 7.1%. As such, the incentives...

Binance unveils Refugee Crypto Card to support displaced Ukrainians

Ukraine

Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange, has launched its Binance Refugee Crypto Card for Ukrainian Binance users who were forced to move to Europe due to the ongoing war with Russia.

The card has been created to allow displaced Ukrainians to conduct crypto transactions and complete purchases at card-accepting retailers in the European Economic Area (EEA).

Helen Hai, head of Binance Charity, said: "At such a difficult time for Ukraine, it's clear that...

Cronos partners with Chainalysis for security and compliance support

Chainalysis x Cronos

Cronos, the native token of Crypto.com’s ecosystem, has partnered with leading blockchain analytics firm Chainalysis to bring security and data services to its token.

Previously known as Crypto.com Coin, Cronos (CRO) runs on the first Ethereum-compatible blockchain network to use Cosmos SDK technology. It fluctuates towards the end of the top twenty cryptocurrencies in terms of its market capitalisation.

The partnership has already added Chainalysis KYT (Know Your...

Solana NFTs launch in beta on leading marketplace OpenSea

Sun Rising

Solana NFTs (non-fungible tokens) have finally gone live on Opensea, the leading NFT marketplace.

Despite being the home ground of Ethereum-based NFTs, OpenSea’s users have long requested integration of the Solana network.

Launching in beta with 165 NFT collections and partners, OpenSea plans to “improve the Solana experience” over time and add more collections every day.

OpenSea said: “Solana has emerged as one of the fastest growing NFT ecosystems in...

EU Parliament passes proposals to hinder cryptocurrency privacy

EU flags outside the EU headquarters.

European Union (EU) lawmakers have supported controversial proposals to outlaw anonymous crypto transactions.

More than 90 lawmakers from the EU Committees on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) and on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) voted in favour of the measures.

The new rules would extend anti-money laundering requirements that apply to conventional fiat payments over EUR 1,000 to the European crypto sector.

However, they would also remove...