The sentencing of former FTX exec Ryan Salame is the first among those who pleaded guilty to crimes related to the exchange’s collapse

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BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin Trust is on the cusp of passing Grayscale’s GBTC in assets under management
The company is making public a previously private offer rejected by Bitfarms’ board of directors last month
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Semler Scientific, a publicly traded medical tech company, joined MicroStrategy by buying up millions of bitcoin
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As someone who’s been knee-deep in the trenches of blockchain development, I can’t help but wonder if these behemoths are really cutting it anymore

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Bitcoin L2s aim to boost scalability while preserving decentralization and security, unlocking a better user experience, and new avenues for Bitcoin-powered innovations. However, no existing Bitcoin L2 leverages the full security of Bitcoin.

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When it comes to long-term custody, exchanges just aren’t worth it — and frankly, it’s absurd to ignore the risks they pose as custodians

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Plus, the doge passes away and fantasy.top trading slows

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Gracy Chen replaces Sandra Lou as Bitget’s chief executive after joining the company in 2022

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Big deals this week include Web3 social media platform Farcaster’s fundraise of $150 million in a Series A led by Paradigm

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It’s not hard to see why the current open book nature of public blockchains is a cause for concern for many would-be users and enterprise adopters

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Bitcoin L2s aim to boost scalability while preserving decentralization and security, unlocking a better user experience, and new avenues for Bitcoin-powered innovations. However, no existing Bitcoin L2 leverages the full security of Bitcoin.
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Blockworks Research

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Blockworks Research

The Across protocol emerges as a dominant bridge within the Ethereum and L2 ecosystem, settling notable volumes with low latency, low fees, and no slippage. Across seeks to expand beyond just bridging as an application, to ultimately become modular, optimistic middleware for settling generalizable cross-chain intents.
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