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Total crypto market cap hits new all-time high of $1.13 trillion

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The combined value of all cryptocurrencies broke a new record of close to $1.139 trillion at 8:50 a.m. UTC on Feb. 4 . While long-term analysts often eye Bitcoin’s solo chances of eating into gold’s total market cap, the combined value of all cryptos together is currently more competitive with the total market cap of silver, at just under $1.5 trillion.

Having broken the $1 trillion milestone early in Jan. 2021, today’s crypto market is seeing greater distribution of growth between the top two assets in the game: Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH). On Jan. 7, the date of the market’s $1 trillion breakthrough, Bitcoin dominance clocked in at 69%, versus Ether’s 13.5%. By contrast, the most recently updated data from CoinMarketCap this week has Bitcoin dominance at 62.2% versus Ether’s share at 15.6%. Bitcoin

Total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies. Source: CoinMarketCap

Ether’s relatively stronger market share signals the asset’s record performance this week, having scored a new all-time high of $1,653 on Feb. 3. On the same date, Bitcoin dominance was down to 61.6%.

As of the time of writing, Ether is up over 6% on the day at $1,623, with Bitcoin up 3.5% to $37,142. Soaring Ether prices have seen a corresponding increase in gas fees, with knock-on consequences for DeFi protocols — though a proposed fee and burn mechanism for Ether from Vitalik Buterin and Eric Conner has boosted the confidence of Grayscale Investments, which considers that the move, if pursued, could create “a positive feedback loop for Ether’s price.”

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Market analysts have this week also pointed to current incentives for bulls to push Bitcoin’s target to $40,000, including tomorrow’s total of $1 billion in Bitcoin options open interest set to expire.

 

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Binance’s Trading Volume Hits $100 Billion in Just One Day

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Binance continues to see unprecedent trading activity while attempting to sail through regulatory hurdles

Binance’s daily volume hit an eye-popping $100 billion on Oct. 20, according to a tweet by CEO Changpeng Zhao.

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The leading crypto exchange recorded this crucial milestone on the day Bitcoin, the largest cryptocurrency, reached a new all-time high of $67,276.

Despite introducing stricter measures for users due to severe regulatory scrutiny, Binance enjoys a comfortable lead over other crypto exchanges in both spot and derivatives trading, according to data provided by CoinMarketCap.

Eerier this month, the trading platform also announced a $1 billion ecosystem fund.         

Meanwhile, the decentralized finance sector is catching up with centralized behemoths. The total value locked in DeFi protocols has hit $100 billion for the first time.

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Binance Smart Chain DeFi protocol PancakeHunny suffers flash loan attack

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As the users argue “what’s better,” Ethereum or Binance Smart Chain, the latter saw another decentralized protocol being exploited. PancakeHunny on BSC was attacked by a flashloan and no, this wasn’t a first for the protocol.

Blockchain security and data analytics company Peckshield Inc. announced the attack on Twitter.

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The last time that this protocol was exploited, was in June, wherein the team had noted the creation of a smart contract to exploit the Hunny Minter Smart Contract. The contract was subsequently executed 91 times, as per the team.

The team took a long time to respond to the hack this time but assured the users that their funds were safe. The team added in a preliminary report,

“On 20 October 2021, at 0920 UTC. A smart contract was created to exploit the Hunny TUSD vault. The Contract was subsequently executed 26 times.”

PeckShield provided some details about the same noting,

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According to the agency, this hack was possible due to a profit inflation bug, which converts the relatively small amount of harvested ALPACA, to a large amount of TUSD for staking. PeckShield added,

“These converted TUSDs are then counted as profit, now inflated to mint large amount of $HUNNY!”

Source: Twitter

Actions taken by the team

The PancakeHunny team has stopped the minting process for the TUSD vault while assuring that funds in Hives were all SAFE. The exploit did not affect other Hives and Vaults but the price of HUNNY.

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They added that the issue has been identified and the team will change its rooting to higher liquidity pools to prevent the aftereffects of price manipulation of LP pools.

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NBA Makes Coinbase Its Exclusive Crypto Partner

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Coinbase has joined FTX in scoring major partnerships in the sports industry     

The National Basketball Association has announced a multi-year deal with Coinbase, America’s biggest crypto trading platform in an Oct. 19 press release.   

Coinbase will act as the exclusive partner of the NBA, NBA G League, Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), and other leagues. 

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As part of the deal, the exchange will have a brand presence during televised games as well as unique content and activations that are meant to boost crypto awareness.  

Kate Rouch, Coinbase’s chief marketing officer, says that the company is proud of joining forces with the NBA:

The freedom to participate and benefit from the things you believe in is at the heart of Coinbase’s mission.  Nobody believes this more than NBA and WNBA fans. We’re proud to become the Leagues’ official cryptocurrency partner.

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The shares of Coinbase are up roughly 3% at press time. 

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