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Bitcoin Reddit Roundup – August 2020

Every month, Bitcoin Magazine puts together a short recap of this months events as told through the best links from Bitcoin Reddit.

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Welcome to the 3rd edition of Reddit Roundup by Nik and Flip of Bitcoin Magazine!

This contains 40 links to most of the best quality content that was uploaded to Reddit for this month. Most links come from the popular r/bitcoin, but we also retrieved posts from other ones as well such as r/BitcoinMining.

In this roundup, there are 10 different categories each link falls under, and the categories are: Privacy, Adoption, Development, Security, Mining, Business, Education, Regulation & Politics, Archaeology (Financial Incumbents), and last but not least Memes, Fun, And Other.

Some of the awesome posts from the last week of the month may not be included in this edition, as Nik was away for BitBlockBoom in Dallas, Texas. Big shout out to Gary Leland for putting on such an amazing conference!

The biggest story of the month saw the mobile software company MicroStrategy buy a whopping 0.1% of the total Bitcoin supply to hold as company reserves. This shocked the Bitcoin world and since then we’ve seen other smaller businesses such as Tahini’s Restaurants & Snappa follow in their footsteps.

Fan-favorite Bitcoin exchange Cash App released that during Q2, they generated $875 million in Bitcoin revenue according to Yahoo. Buying and selling BTC is a very lucrative business that over time more and more companies will realize and want to take advantage of. For example, Cash App earned over 1.2 billion in revenue in quarter 2 of 2020, an increase of 361% over the year. 

At block height 642,034 on August 3rd, we saw a billion-dollar transaction take place where it only cost a small amount of 80 cents (0.0008034 BTC at 129.6 sat/vB). It can not be underestimated how impactful this technology can be. Companies being able to willingly send this amount of money for this low of fees gives companies new opportunities where they may have not had it before.

As we continue to go into this new digital age of living, many young people have an easier time understanding the concept of Bitcoin than older generations. JP Morgan said that older people tend to invest more in gold, while younger people invest more in Bitcoin. This makes sense as many young people tend to get a better grasp on Bitcoin and eager to share their new found knowledge with boomers, and this statement could not be more bullish. As time goes on the gold bugs will slowly go away while the younger generations rise up and adopt Bitcoin. It’s inevitable. 


Adoption

$1.2B MicroStrategy Will Hold Bitcoin as Part of its Cash Reserves (8/6) 

Bitcoin Has Broken Its All-Time High VS Argentine Peso, Turkish Lira And Brazilian Real (8/10)

MicroStrategy (Largest Independent Publicly-Traded Business Intelligence Company) Adopts Bitcoin As Primary Treasury Reserve Asset (8/11) 

“One of The Furthest North Bitcoin machines on earth”: Bitcoin ATM installed in Kitimat Canada (8/19)

Turkey Sees Record Bitcoin Volume Amidst Looming Currency Collapse (8/24)

Development

THNDR Games Has Surpassed 100,000 Lightning Transactions Sent With Only A 0.61 Sat Fee Per Tx (8/19)

Lightning Network: The Wumbo Update Is Here – The Cryptonomist (8/21)

JoinMarket v0.7.0 Released – One-Click Executable For Windows – Preliminary PSBT Support – BIP78 PayJoin Support – SNICKER Support (8/24)

Bitcoin Developer Grant Provided To Calvin Kim To Work on Utreexo (8/24)

Security

Metal Bitcoin Seed Storage Stress Test (Round IV) (8/3)

This is Why Bitcoin: Homeland Security Seized $2 Billion in Cash at Airports in 16 Years (8/3)

Different Way To Store Recovery Seed on To Stainless Steel In A Way That’s Accessible, Inexpensive, Physically Robust, And Inconspicuous (8/5) 

Cryptographer Recovers $300,000 Worth Of Bitcoin Bought in 2016 (8/10)

Mining

Bitcoin Hashrate Has Hit a New Record-High Again, Here’s Why It’s Optimistic. (8/2) 

Belarus Drama: Why Lukashenko Might Rush Into Bitcoin Mining (8/17) 

Sorry Goldbugs, This Is The Future (8/17) 

Business

1B USD Moved For About 80 Cents (8/3) 

Square Says Cash App Generated $875 Million In Bitcoin Revenue During Q2, Posting $17 Million In Gross Profit (8/5)

Turkish National Football Team – Now Sponsored by BTCTurk! (8/21)

Another Company Announces It Is Buying Bitcoin As Capital Allocation Strategy (8/24) 

Education

Debunking Common Bitcoin Myths By ARK Invest  (8/3)

The Evolution of Bitcoin [Infographic] (8/6) 

The 4 reasons Bitcoin is beating out every other asset class (8/5)

A Friend of Mine Recently Bought His First Bitcoin And Asked For Some Tips on How To Keep It Safe. Thought I’d Share Them Here As Well! (8/20)

See Also

Reddit Roundup - June 2020

How To Bitcoin During The Apocalypse (8/25)

Regulation & Politics

Putin Signs Law Legalizing Bitcoin & Other Cryptocurrencies, Lifting Them Out of Russian Legal ‘Grey-Zone’ (8/5)

Pro-Bitcoin Senate Candidate Wins Primary Race in Wyoming (8/20)

Full-Page Ad In Hong Kong Newspaper Tells Readers to Ditch Banks And Switch to Bitcoin (8/24) 

Archeology (Financial Incumbents)

Older Investors Go for Gold, Younger Ones Bitcoin, JPMorgan Says (8/5)

Max Keiser Taunts Warren Buffet, Saying He Will Buy Bitcoin At $50,000 As The Berkshire Hathaway Billionaire Offloads Banking Stocks To Buy Gold (8/16)

I Woke Up To This Text From My Grandad, A Retired Financial Advisor (And Bitcoin Skeptic) (8/18)

Memes, Fun, & Other

Alleged 17-Year-Old Twitter Hacker Has More Than $3 Million Worth of Bitcoin Assets (8/3)

Friendly Reminder: Don’t buy Bitcoin (8/3)

52 Eye-Opening Bitcoin Statistics & Facts To Know in 2020 (8/5)

What Did You Do During The Coronavirus? (8/10)

 Feed Some Chickens With LN On pollofeed.com (8/11)

10 Years Ago Today, A BitcoinTalk User Lost $600 in Bitcoin. That Bitcoin Would Now Be Worth $100 Million (8/11)

BLOCKCLOCK Mini Development Progress (8/18)

Fun Concept: Playing Monopoly But With Sats on The Lightning Network (8/23) 

Just Out of Cancer Surgery… (8/25) 

Source: https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/bitcoin-reddit-roundup?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bitcoin-reddit-roundup

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Kraken Daily Market Report for February 24 2021

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Overview


  • Total spot trading volume at $2.43 billion, up 18% from the 30-day average of $2.06 billion.
  • Total futures notional at $742.6 million.
  • The top five traded coins were, respectively, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Tether, Cardano, and Polkadot.
  • Strong returns from Augur (+22%), Icon (+20%), Lisk (18%), and Compound (18%).

February 24, 2021 
 $2.43B traded across all markets today
 Crypto, EUR, USD, JPY, CAD, GBP, CHF, AUD 
XBT 
$50855. 
↑4.0% 
$927.5M
ETH 
$1694.5 
↑7.3% 
$442.0M
USDT 
$1.0009 
↑0.06% 
$308.7M
ADA 
$1.0666 
↑11% 
$140.5M
DOT 
$36.359 
↑5.2% 
$112.8M
USDC 
$1.0002 
↑0.01% 
$58.0M
XDG 
$0.0552 
↑16% 
$46.8M
XRP 
$0.4888 
↑2.7% 
$45.1M
LTC 
$187.16 
↑5.4% 
$44.2M
LINK 
$28.266 
↑8.8% 
$43.1M
BCH 
$546.64 
↑5.9% 
$19.9M
ATOM 
$20.971 
↑4.1% 
$17.4M
XLM 
$0.4278 
↑11% 
$17.0M
FLOW 
$22.203 
↑3.6% 
$14.8M
UNI 
$26.741 
↑7.6% 
$13.7M
GRT 
$1.9695 
↑16% 
$13.2M
AAVE 
$398.38 
↑9.2% 
$9.83M
ALGO 
$1.1312 
↑12% 
$9.67M
KSM 
$259.95 
↑8.0% 
$9.22M
XMR 
$218.18 
↓1.3% 
$9.14M
DASH 
$253.84 
↑9.8% 
$8.88M
EOS 
$4.0463 
↑5.0% 
$8.57M
XTZ 
$3.8502 
↑8.5% 
$8.23M
TRX 
$0.0492 
↑9.5% 
$4.84M
DAI 
$1.0012 
↓0.01% 
$4.78M
ICX 
$1.7515 
↑20% 
$4.63M
QTUM 
$5.5107 
↑7.1% 
$4.55M
SNX 
$20.534 
↑13% 
$4.44M
OMG 
$5.0897 
↑8.7% 
$4.29M
BAT 
$0.5229 
↑9.5% 
$4.29M
SC 
$0.0113 
↑3.3% 
$3.78M
WAVES 
$10.304 
↑10% 
$3.76M
NANO 
$6.0203 
↑16% 
$3.59M
YFI 
$36385. 
↑8.8% 
$3.55M
ZEC 
$131.65 
↑3.6% 
$3.33M
FIL 
$37.762 
↑6.3% 
$3.21M
COMP 
$452.55 
↑18% 
$2.38M
OXT 
$0.5371 
↑8.4% 
$2.12M
ETC 
$12.339 
↑8.4% 
$2.07M
LSK 
$3.1380 
↑18% 
$1.93M
KAVA 
$3.7965 
↑17% 
$1.57M
MANA 
$0.2622 
↑13% 
$1.53M
REP 
$35.637 
↑22% 
$1.49M
CRV 
$2.2995 
↑7.7% 
$1.45M
KNC 
$1.7123 
↑6.8% 
$982K
MLN 
$41.951 
↑12% 
$834K
PAXG 
$1804.9 
↓0.2% 
$778K
KEEP 
$0.3739 
↑10% 
$710K
STORJ 
$0.6370 
↑12% 
$670K
ANT 
$4.7319 
↑10.0% 
$576K
BAL 
$40.659 
↑16% 
$568K
GNO 
$141.23 
↑11% 
$508K
REPV2 
$26.630 
↑8.9% 
$274K
TBTC 
$54060. 
↑9.8% 
$244K


#####################. Trading Volume by Asset. ##########################################

Trading Volume by Asset


The figures below break down the trading volume of the largest, mid-size, and smallest assets. Cryptos are in purple, fiats are in blue. For each asset, the chart contains the daily trading volume in USD, and the percentage of the total trading volume. The percentages for fiats and cryptos are treated separately, so that they both add up to 100%.

Figure 1: Largest trading assets: trading volume (measured in USD) and its percentage of the total trading volume (February 24 2021)

Figure 2: Mid-size trading assets: (measured in USD) (February 24 2021)

Figure 3: Smallest trading assets: (measured in USD) (February 24 2021)


#####################. Spread %. ##########################################

Spread %


Spread percentage is the width of the bid/ask spread divided by the bid/ask midpoint. The values are generated by taking the median spread percentage over each minute, then the average of the medians over the day.

Figure 4: Average spread % by pair (February 24 2021)



.


#########. Returns and Volume ############################################

Returns and Volume


Figure 5: Returns of the four highest volume pairs (February 24 2021)


Figure 6: Volume of the major currencies and an average line that fits the data to a sinusoidal curve to show the daily volume highs and lows (February 24 2021)



###########. Daily Returns. #################################################

Daily Returns %


Figure 7: Returns over USD and XBT. Relative volume and return size is indicated by the size of the font. (February 24 2021)



###########. Disclaimer #################################################

The values generated in this report are from public market data distributed from Kraken WebSockets api. The total volumes and returns are calculated over the reporting day using UTC time.

Source: https://blog.kraken.com/post/8041/kraken-daily-market-report-for-february-24-2021/

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India’s largest crypto exchange adopts decentralized Unstoppable Domains

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India’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, Unocoin, has adopted the blockchain-based Unstoppable Domains, which simplifies crypto transactions by turning blockchain addresses into human-readable web URLs.

Announced on Wednesday, the partnership between Unocoin and Unstoppable Domains — both funded by Silicon Valley investor Tim Draper — is expected to reduce remittance costs and simplify the transaction process for the exchange’s 1.2 million users.

Unstoppable Domains turns crypto addresses into decentralized websites on the Ethereum and Zilliqa blockchains. Instead of sending coins to a 42-character blockchain address, Unstoppable Domains allows users to create simple URLs ending in “.crypto” and “.zil” extensions. Domain names need only be purchased once, and then exist forever on the blockchain without requiring any renewal or maintenance fees.

The decentralized aspect of Unstoppable Domains should be of particular interest to Indian crypto users, especially amid the furor created by the Finance Ministry’s decision to ban the use of Bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptocurrencies.

Pushback against the country’s plan to outlaw cryptocurrency has emerged on social media in the form of the #IndiaWantsBitcoin campaign. Despite regulatory uncertainty, the co-founder and CEO of Unocoin, Sathvik Vishwanath, sees the adoption of Unstoppable Domains as being in line with the maturation of the crypto industry in India. Vishwanath said:

“The cryptocurrency space is maturing. In line with the growth of the industry, Unocoin aims to offer its users the best possible experience. Integrating the .crypto domain is a significant step not only for Unocoin users, but also for additional exchanges in the country exploring simpler and more user-friendly options for their users.”

Unstoppable Domains co-founder Brad Kam referenced the reluctance of the Indian government to allow the spread of cryptocurrency within its borders:

“India’s population has been historically scorned from cryptocurrency. Unstoppable Domains is excited to deliver the seamless sending and receiving of cryptocurrency to Unocoin’s users. Our aim is to simplify cryptocurrency addresses, and establish human readable names as the domain standard across wallets and exchanges.”

On Wednesday, Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das reiterated the central bank’s intention to create its own centrally issued currency, the digital rupee. This follows a common trend that has emerged in recent years as national governments attempt to reign-in the spread of decentralized cryptocurrencies and replace them with digital versions of existing fiat currencies.

As reported by Cointelegraph, Unstoppable Domains was recently integrated into Cloudflare’s Distributed Web Resolver, meaning any web browser can now access the .crypto URL extensions.

A spokesperson for Unstoppable Domains confirmed to Cointelegraph that even if Unocoin were to be shut down in the near future, the addresses and URLs created through the platform would remain unaffected.

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/india-s-largest-crypto-exchange-adopts-decentralized-unstoppable-domains

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DEX volumes have already surpassed $120b in 2021

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Ethereum-powered decentralized exchanges, or DEXes, continue to surge despite high transaction fees — with DEXes processing more than $120 billion in 2021 so far.

According to Ethereum market analytics platform Dune Analytics, combined DEX volumes posted a new record of $63 billion in January. February’s volume currently sits at $59 billion and is on track to hit $67 billion at the month’s end.

DEXes have already processed more volume in the first two months of 2021 than during all previous years combined.

Monthly DEX volume: DuneAnalytics

The Ethereum-powered DEX sector is still dominated by Uniswap and Sushiswap, who account for 65% of February’s trade combined. Uniswap currently represents more than double Sushi’s volume, controlling almost 50% of DEX market share.

However, looking at the weekly number of active traders on each platform shows that Uniswap represents more than three-quarters of Ethereum DEX users. Over the last seven days, nearly 142,000 unique wallets traded on Uniswap, followed by decentralized exchange aggregator 1inch with roughly 18,450 traders, and SushiSwap with 8,911.

However, not all DEX trading activity is occurring on Etheruem, with Binance Chain’s Pancake Swap surging to report a daily trading volume behind of more than $1.1 billion.

Despite some users migrating away from Ethereum-based DEXes, confidence in the sector as a whole is at an all-time high, with the total value locked in these exchanges sitting above $40 billion for the first time during recent weeks.

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/dex-volumes-have-already-surpassed-120b-in-2021

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