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May 31, 2021       /       Unchained Daily       /       Laura Shin

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What Do You Meme?

The Bitcoin car raced in the Indy 500 yesterday, placing 8th after leading for 32 laps.

In other memes:


What’s Poppin’?

The SEC is filing charges against five individuals over their involvement with Bitconnect.

According to the SEC’s complaint, BitConnect raised $2 billion in unregistered securities from 2017 and 2018 through the use of a network of promoters. Lara Shalov Mehraban, the associate regional director of the SEC’s New York office, said in a press release, “these defendants unlawfully sold unregistered digital asset securities by actively promoting the Bitconnect lending program to retail investors.” She added, “We will seek to hold accountable those who illegally profit by capitalizing on the public’s interest in digital assets.”

Bitconnect (BCC) was, to put it bluntly, a Ponzi scheme. BCC was a cryptocurrency built on top of Bitcoin with a simple premise: trade your Bitcoin for BCC, lock in the instantaneous value of BCC for a set period of time, and earn massive amounts of interest — calculated daily. On top of the to-good-to-be-true promise of daily compounding, Bitconnect also used a system of invites and referrals, where users could invite friends to join the platform in exchange for bonuses.

Here is an example of a Bitconnect shill from back in the day: 

Bitconnect crashed in 2018 thanks to cease and desist orders from Texas and North Carolina, with its token collapsing from over $470 to below $1. 

While it may seem that Bitconnect is getting its due justice, Gabriel Shapiro, a partner at BSV Law, was skeptical, tweeting: 


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  • The Bitcoin Reddit, /r/bitcoin, just hit 3 million subscribers. If you have nothing going on this Memorial Day weekend, I would recommend perusing the many, many threads available here: 


On The Pod…

June 14th is the 5-year anniversary of Unchained. 🎉

On Tuesday, June 15th, we’ll publish a 5-year anniversary episode with questions or messages from you listeners to me.

If you want to have your question or message included:

  • record a video or audio message of 60 seconds or less stating your name, where you’re from and your question or message.
  • email it to hello@unchainedpodcast.com with “anniversary” in the subject line (or just respond to this email)!

You can also email a question, and I will read it on the air. If so, please let me know how you’d like to be identified. (And let me know how to pronounce your name.)

The deadline to get your submissions in is Thursday, June 10 by 5 pm ET/2 pm PT.

Thanks so much for supporting Unchained all these years! 🙏

Check out the latest episode of Unchained:

Rep. Tom Emmer, One of the Most Active Crypto Congress Members, on Taxes and DeFi

House Representative Tom Emmer, of Minnesota, is one of the most active voice for crypto and blockchain in the US government. In this episode, he discusses:

  • what book made Tom fall down the crypto rabbit hole

  • why Tom believes the Financial Accounting Standards Board needs to set clear accounting standards for cryptocurrencies

  • why the current way of accounting for Bitcoin on balance sheets may be a detriment to companies in the future

  • how he feels about the acting head of the OCC putting together a “sprint team” of federal regulators to establish overarching crypto standards

  • why he is fighting to change tax rules for forked coins

  • what problems the Eliminate Barriers to Innovation Act might solve

  • why he is so passionate about the Securities Clarity Act, which would explicitly separate digital tokens from securities

  • how DeFi should be regulated and why he is not a fan of FATF’s recently proposed guidance

  • Tom’s prediction for when these bills may actually become law


Book Update

My book, The Cryptopians: Idealism, Greed, Lies, and the Making of the First Big Cryptocurrency Craze, is now available for pre-order now.

The book, which is all about Ethereum and the 2017 ICO mania, comes out Nov. 2nd. Pre-order it today!

You can purchase it here: http://bit.ly/cryptopians

Source: https://unchainedpodcast.com/a16z-eyeing-a-2b-bet-on-crypto/

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How Archer Swap Has Helped End Ethereum’s Bidding War

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Most DeFi users have heard of Ethereum’s high congestion issues, but few are aware of the controlling forces operating behind the scenes, and how badly they can be impacted by this single problem. When traders send a regular transaction via the Ethereum network, it is susceptible to attacks from bots or front-running software run by entities seeking to profit from trader activity.

Ethereum’s ecosystem is perhaps amongst the fastest growing in the crypto space. Thus, there are already many solutions that tackle this issue and operate for the benefit of the users and decentralized exchange (DEX) traders. Most of them have gone under the radar.

Archer Swap is part of the Archer DAO, a project with features designed to mitigate the risks associated with sending transactions on Ethereum. It protects users from Miner Extractable Value (MEV) strategies, sandwich attacks, and front-running bots while maintaining a connection with Uniswap and SushiSwap, two of the most popular DEXs on Ethereum.

In this sense, Archer Swap can be described as a DEX extension that enhances the trader experience on these dApps. This protocol combines two powerful sets of features that give traders improved operations on Ethereum – protecting them and making trades more cost-efficient.

The first set of benefits are called Archer MEV Shield. Besides protecting transactions from bot attacks, it allows users to eliminate failed transaction fees, a recurring problem on Ethereum. Traders can also cancel transactions at no additional cost.

The second feature is called Archer Trader Extractable Value (TEV), a proprietary and innovative concept introduced by Archer Swap. Operating within the Archer Relay, Archer TEV uses automated rebalancing transactions with bots to sync market prices when big market moves occur.

After a trade or a big swap, there is usually an arbitrage opportunity in a market. Archer TEV uses these opportunities to capture the value and redistribute it to Archer Swap users. In essence, Archer TEV takes revenue generated by Archer Swap and gives it back to one of the protocol’s core components, the traders.

Archer Swap Launches Campaign To Reward Traders

Following a community vote, Archer DAO recently launched a 6-week campaign to buy back and distribute its native token ARCH. In this way, the protocol can reward early adopters. The tokens will be acquired with the revenue generated by Archer TEV.

The protocol won’t have to touch its treasury reserves to attract new users to the platform. The protocol and the users will benefit – as more users trade on Archer Swap, the campaign will have more resources to acquire and distribute ARCH. Therefore, the token will most likely see an increase in buying pressure during the coming weeks, and the platform will see a surge in the number of users.

Archer DAO will distribute rewards every Friday from June 11th to July 16th, 2021. The platform will calculate rewards for each user based on their transacted volume for each week. The rewards will be delivered automatically and with basically 0 risk for the users, all they need to do is trade.

Archer Swap has had famous trades. In May, during the high of the dog meme coins, the inventor of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, used Archer Swap to dump his supply of Shiba Inu (SHIB), AKITA, MIRI, ELON, and others into the market.

The dump served a good cause, as Vitalik used this money to send over $1 billion to different charity organizations. The most notable is the Covid-19 relief campaign for India started by Polygon’s co-founder, Sandeep Nailwal. This trade could be among the most famous in 2021 and was enabled by a protocol whose main objective is to shield its users and give them back the power to operate safely within the Ethereum dark forest.

Source: https://bitcoinist.com/how-archer-swap-has-helped-end-ethereums-bidding-war/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-archer-swap-has-helped-end-ethereums-bidding-war

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Crypto Crash Trends On Twitter As Bitcoin Falls Below $30,000

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Twitter has gone into a frenzy after bitcoin fell below $30,000 this morning. The hashtag #cryptocrash is currently trending on the platform. This is after the coin broke the $30,000 stronghold and fell below it. A price that has been a stronghold for bitcoin for a while now. Speculations were that as long as the asset didn’t fall below $30,000, then there would be a recovery.

Related Reading | Galaxy Digital CEO: Bitcoin Dips Should Be Bought Despite BitMEX News

Bitcoin has been in a downtrend for a couple of days now. News of mining rigs closing down in China pushing the price even further down. Falling below $30,000 means bitcoin is about to erase its gains for 2021. The coin was trading at $29,001 n December 2020. Only breaking the $30,000 barrier in 2021. Now bitcoin is trading at only 3% gains for the year 2021.

Bear Market Trends

Richard Bernstein was on Trading Nation two weeks ago to talk about the trends in bitcoin. The CEO called bitcoin a bubble. He pointed out that bitcoin was currently in a bull market. Noting that people were leaving the markets that were actually in a bull market behind.

Chart showing bitcoin crash below $30,000

Bitcoin crashes below $30,000 before recovering back up to $32,000 | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com

Bitcoin has been struggling for the past two months. This was after the coin finally hit the all-time high of $64k in April. There was a lot of speculation that the coin was headed for $100k. But it seems the asset had other plans.

Analysts have compared this to the 2018 crash. When bitcoin hit a new ATH of nearly $20k and then proceeded to lose 80% of its value. At one point trading at a little over $3k.

There Is Still Hope For Bitcoin

Mike Novogratz was on CNBC earlier to talk about the price drop below $30,000. Novogratz said that while he was less happy than he was at $60,000, he still hopeful about the coin.

Novogratz further explained that calling a bottom on the crash is hard to do. This he attributed to the large liquidations currently taking place across a number of assets.

With regards to the $30,000 price level, Novogratz said, “We’ll see if it holds on the day. We might plunge below it for a while and close above it.”

Related Reading | Over 3 Metric Tons Of Bitcoin Mining Rigs Airlifted Out Of China

The co-founder of Galaxy Digital noted that he wasn’t worried about the price crash. Explaining that he does not expect another crash of the 2017 magnitude to occur again. This he chalked up to the maturity of the ecosystem. Pointing out that much more mature players are now moving into the system.

“Every single bank is working on their own crypto project, how they can get bitcoin to their wealthy clients. I think a lot of clients that didn’t buy it the first time will see this as an opportunity to buy it and get involved.

– Mike Novogratz, CEO of Galaxy Digital

Twitter users have taken to the platform to express their opinions on the current market movements. There are countless tweets asking people to not panic. That the market is going to recover. And right now, it is starting to look like they’re right as the market has gone back into the green. Bitcoin is currently back up to $32k, after a dramatic price drop below $30k.

Featured image from Forbes, chart from TradingView.com

Source: https://bitcoinist.com/crypto-crash-trends-on-twitter-as-bitcoin-falls-below-30000/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=crypto-crash-trends-on-twitter-as-bitcoin-falls-below-30000

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Asia Broadband Forays into Crypto with Gold-backed Token and Exchange

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Asset-backed tokens have long offered significant promise to transform the world of finance and investing. 24/7 trading, instant settlement, and fractionalization are just a few of the benefits offered when assets are recreated as cryptocurrencies on a blockchain. From the perspective of the cryptocurrency investor, tokens backed by real-world assets may also offer an opportunity to hedge a portfolio against some of crypto’s notorious volatility, which has once again been in evidence over recent weeks.

The traditional hedging instrument of choice, gold, is ripe for tokenization. Owning physical gold comes with issues such as storage and security, not to mention that it’s a relatively illiquid asset. Instruments such as ETFs may not offer the same direct exposure to gold prices. In contrast, gold-backed tokens are directly linked to gold prices and provide a fast and easy way to buy and sell gold, introducing new liquidity to the markets.

Over recent years, several firms have attempted to launch a version of tokenized gold; however, there has been an absence of operators from within the gold sector itself. Now, Asia Broadband, Inc. (OTC: AABB), a resource company focused on the production, supply, and sale of precious and base metals, has released its own gold-backed token.

For the 25-year-old US firm, it’s the first foray into the world of digital assets. And for the cryptocurrency space, it’s the first time an established player has emerged with a vertically integrated “Mine-to-Token” concept.

About Asia Broadband and AABBG

Asia Broadband was established in 1996, producing and supplying precious and base metals from Mexico to clients based in Asia. It’s now a US-listed company, delivering value to shareholders through its vertical integration approach to its value chain. In 2020, the company achieved an all-time high annual gross profit of $16.8 million, and over $100 million in assets for its first quarter of 2021.

The shift into cryptocurrency has come about thanks to the direction of the company’s president, CEO, COO, and Director, Chris Torres. Despite being a long-established business and finance leader, he has an aptitude for technology and possesses extensive knowledge of cryptocurrency investing. As a result, Asia Broadband has now released the AABB Gold (AABBG) token.

The company believes there’s a significant market for investors interested in owning cryptocurrencies as a digital store of value but who are likely to be put off by the inherent volatility in the crypto markets.

AABBG is backed by the gold mines owned and operated by Asia Broadband, along with $30 million in physical gold reserves. The company has made a public pledge to back 100% AABBG by gold reserves, supplied uniquely by its own mining operations, with third-party sources used only as a backup.

This vertically integrated “mine-to-token” concept is completely unique. Investors can benefit from knowing that they’re dealing with an established, US-listed firm and gain exposure to gold without any of the existing challenges.

Price and Demand

The minimum token price is pegged to the current spot price of gold, which means the token benefits from the lower volatility of gold relative to the cryptocurrency space, offering a sense of stability. Given fears of devalued fiat currencies, the bull case for gold remains intact, and AABBG could also rise as a function of increasing gold prices. As the price of gold fluctuates, the floor for AABBG tokens can change, but the potential upside price of the token will be driven by market demand.

It’s also worth noting that Asia Broadband’s experience and network in the gold sector also offer significant potential to drive demand. As the company has put extensive focus on the vertical integration of its own sales network in Asia, these global relationships provide the potential for cross-selling and deeper liquidity.

AABBG launched in March and, within two weeks, had sold $1 million worth of tokens. It’s now developing a proprietary exchange to allow AABBG holders to trade their tokens for various cryptocurrencies.

The entry of established professional firms to the asset-backed token sector could be just what it needs to get kick-started. With industry expertise, global networks in the business, and innovative business models, it’s evident that they’d have plenty to bring to the table.

Image by Daniel Dino-Slofer from Pixabay

Source: https://bitcoinist.com/asia-broadband-forays-into-crypto-with-gold-backed-token-and-exchange/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=asia-broadband-forays-into-crypto-with-gold-backed-token-and-exchange

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