JP Morgan is bullish on Bitcoin, SpaceX launches the first crypto satellite and guess which CEO served pizzas on the 12th Bitcoin Pizza Day? These stories and more this week in crypto.
JP Morgan is Bullish on Bitcoin
Global investment bank, JP Morgan, published a positive note on cryptocurrencies. The bank’s strategists wrote that the past month’s crypto market correction looks more like capitulation and going forward they see upside for bitcoin and crypto markets in general. The firm has also proclaimed cryptocurrency as its preferred alternative asset class along with hedge funds.
SpaceX Launched the First Crypto Satellite
SpaceX launched the world’s first crypto satellite. The Crypto1 is a crypto-satellite module hitching a ride aboard a Falcon 9 rocket for SpaceX’s Transporter 5 mission. The coffee mug-sized module was created using over-the-counter parts and in space, it will provide a physically unreachable and tamper-proof platform from which blockchain and ledger applications can be launched.
US Has Dropped the Regulatory Ball on Crypto
Securities and Exchange Commissioner, Hester Peirce, says the US has dropped the regulatory ball on crypto. Pierce, who has previously criticized her SEC colleagues’ take on crypto, said of the U.S. “We’re not allowing innovation to develop or experimentation to happen in a healthy way, and there are long-term consequences of that failure.”
ECB: Crypto Links to Banks Threaten Stability
The European Central Bank has warned that the crypto industry’s deepening ties with traditional banks pose a risk to financial stability. A spokesperson for the ECB admitted that so far investors have been able to handle the $1.3 trillion market loss but predicted that at this rate, a point will be reached where unbacked crypto assets represent a risk to financial stability.
Tether Launches Mexican Peso Stablecoin
Stablecoin issuer, Tether, has launched MXNT, a stablecoin that is pegged to the value of the Mexican peso. Tether’s announcement stated that the multibillion-dollar flow of remittances into Mexico and the difficulties involved with money transfers have created a unique opportunity for stablecoin usage and adoption.
Security Risk Threatens the Ethereum Beacon Chain
The Ethereum beacon chain, which will be crucial to the Ethereum Merge upgrade later this year, experienced a security risk known as a blockchain “reorganization” when a duplicate version of the blockchain emerges. Though the reorg lasted long enough to raise serious concerns for malicious attack, it may just have been bad luck caused by miners running outdated mining software.
A New Terra Network Is Coming
After the disaster of the TerraUSD and Luna collapse, the Terra blockchain team has announced plans to launch a new genesis version – this time without an algorithmic stablecoin. The governance proposal called “Terra Ecosystem Revival Plan 2” has been passed and a new codebase released to prepare for the new network.
Binance Celebrates Bitcoin Pizza Day
Binance celebrated the 12th anniversary of ‘Bitcoin Pizza Day’ in style. CEO CZ, donned an apron and served customers from a pop-up pizza store in France. 12 years ago bitcoin miner, Laszlo Hanyecz, used bitcoin to buy two pizzas from Papa John’s for 10000 BTC marking the first time crypto was used to purchase real-world goods.
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That’s what’s happened this week in crypto, see you next week