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Whats up and welcome again to the second version of the brand new and improved TechCrunch Crypto e-newsletter. As beforehand talked about, alongside our usually scheduled information bits, I’ll be including some recent recurring segments and options – so when you do (or don’t) like what you see, let me know at email@example.com.
Fortunately, the crypto world wasn’t too chaotic this week – however let’s get into the largest headlines.
This week in web3
- Worldcoin to launch new Orb to make its eyeball scanning device look “more friendly”
- 1RoundTable bets on ‘long-term, less volatile’ strategy with new growth-stage crypto fund
- Can crypto’s recent wins resurrect venture interest?
- Terraform Labs files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
- After 12 years, Ripple’s president sees its payment and enterprise businesses evolving further
This week the crypto market noticed pink as the 2 greatest cryptocurrencies by market capitalization, bitcoin and ether, dropped 7 and 13.5%, respectively, on the week, in keeping with CoinMarketCap data. Even with that mentioned, the worldwide crypto market cap was comparatively unchanged on the week round $1.55 trillion.
Within the NFT world, gross sales quantity declined 16.4% over a seven day interval to $248 million, however the variety of patrons – and sellers – elevated round 50%, in keeping with CryptoSlam data. The highest three collections by gross sales quantity have been CryptoPunks at $19.33 million, CryptoUndeads at $12.36 million and Ordinals at $8 million, throughout the identical interval.
Our favourite ‘Crypto Twitter’ publish
Binance went to courtroom on Monday to dismiss The U.S. Securities and Alternate Fee June lawsuit in opposition to them – and the choose wasn’t entertaining a few of their arguments, as Fortune reporter Leo Schwartz, highlighted beneath.
In right now’s listening to for Binance’s movement to dismiss the SEC’s lawsuit, Binance’s attorneys are echoing Coinbase from final week that Howey wants a contract.
This time, the choose is pushing again. “You’re being a bit of too cute,” she says, arguing its language is broader.
— Leo Schwartz (@leomschwartz) January 22, 2024
The newest pod
For this week’s episode, I interviewed Anatoly Yakovenko, co-founder of Solana Labs, the expertise firm that goals to assist develop the ecosystem for the layer-1 blockchain Solana.
The dialog centered on Solana Cellular and its flagship web3 Android smartphone, Saga, which bought out in mid-December, in addition to its new telephone, Chapter 2 – which was introduced final week.
Inside its first 30 hours Chapter 2 had over 30,000 preorders – signaling numerous demand for the subsequent technology Android-based telephone. On the time of recording, Anatoly shared there have been over 40,000 preorders.
Anatoly and Jacquelyn mentioned the lengthy highway to promoting out Saga, how vital rewards and builders are and the nitty gritty particulars for Chapter 2. Additionally they dove into the corporate’s technique and long-term mission of going up in opposition to Google and Apple app shops and the way lengthy it might take for Solana Cellular to breakeven.
In case you want a refresher on Solana Cellular’s Saga telephone, we’ve bought you lined:
Observe the cash
- Polymer Labs raises $23M to construct out the Ethereum blockchain’s interoperability
- Avalanche-based Masa raised $5.4M to construct a “private knowledge community”
- Scene Infrastructure Firm raised $3M from a16z to develop FWB token’s utility
- Web3 gaming startup Arcade2Earn raised $4.8M in non-public token spherical
- Ingonyama raised $21 million to enhance zero-knowledge expertise
This record was compiled with info from Messari in addition to TechCrunch’s personal reporting.
What else we’re writing
Need to department out from the world of web3? Right here’s some articles on TechCrunch that caught our consideration this week.