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Chinese Crypto Ban Makes Over 20 Crypto-Related Companies Withdraw from China

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China Securities Journal has reported that more than 20 crypto companies are leaving the Chinese market due to a new round of tight regulations

According to major news outlet China Securities Journal, the new China crypto ban is driving more than 20 companies working in cryptocurrency-related spheres (trading, mining, etc.) out of mainland China.

Among them is the largest exchange in the region, Huobi. Besides, the autonomous region of China, Inner Mongolia, has recently shut down 45 crypto mining projects.

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More exchanges and miners are leaving China

The new cryptocurrency ban in China was officially announced in September with preliminary smaller bans—mainly against crypto miners—taking place earlier this year since May, when Elon Musk tweeted that Tesla has stopped accepting Bitcoin due to its carbon footprint and stated that BTC miners should switch to renewable energy.

Chinese authorities then followed suit but on a much larger scale, starting to suppress crypto mining companies in their local energy hubs.

Now, according to the China Securities Journal, as of Oct. 7, more than 20 companies working with crypto have announced their firm intention to withdraw from the Chinese market completely, as all cryptocurrency transactions have been cursed as illegal.

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As reported by U.Today earlier, on Sept. 24, Huobi exchange halted the registration of new user accounts. Two days later it announced an upcoming withdrawal. However, according to Chinese crypto journalist Colin Wu, this decision was made a day before the crypto ban was announced.

BiKi, BHEX, CoinEx and Renrenbit are following suit. Huobi has urged its clients to move their funds to other platforms and wallets, promising to stop operating in mainland China completely by the end of December.

On Sept. 24, the largest Ethereum mining pool, Spark Pool, chose to stop working with Chinese users as well. As did NBMINER—the company that produces software for mining machines.

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Inner Mongolia seizes 10,000 mining machines

Other Chinese media outlets have spread the word that authorities on Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region of China, have seized 10,000 cryptocurrency mining machines. Up to now, about 45 mining crypto mining projects have been shut down in the region. In theory, this saves 6.58 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity annually: two million tons of coal burned.

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Terra prepares to burn more than 9% of LUNA’s total supply

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Burning nearly 90 million LUNA tokens into the community pool can put an upward pressure on the native token’s price.

Do Kwon, co-founder and CEO of Terraform Labs, the South Korean company behind the blockchain project Terra (LUNA), recently announced on Twitter that on-chain voting for project 44’s proposal will begin on Wednesday. ).

The proposal to start burning 88,675,000 LUNA from the community pool to mint 3 – 4 billion UST will reduce the total supply of native token by more than 9%.

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TVL on Earth reached ATH

After the integration of the IBC protocol last week and the launch of Wormhole V2 support for Terra, the total blocked value (TVL) in protocols on the network has reached a new high.

Last week, TVL on Earth reached $10.22 billion, with the Anchor, Lido, Mirror and Terraswap protocols accounting for more than 90% of the amount, according to data from DeFi Llama.

Currently, at US$9.97 billion, Terra is ranked as the fourth blockchain with the largest TVL, following Ethereum, Binance Smart Chain and Solana.

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New Bitcoin ETF Offers Shorting Bitcoin Futures, Creators Warn of Multiple Risks

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Direxion has filed for a Bitcoin ETF that allows traders to short BTC futures contracts

According to an article by Bloomberg, a new Bitcoin ETF, if approved, will enable traders to short Bitcoin futures. The filing was submitted on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

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Direxion wants to launch Bitcoin futures ETF for short-sellers

Bloomberg has written that, on Oct. 26, Direxion submitted documentation to launch the Direxion Bitcoin Strategy Bear ETF. Last week, two ETFs that track the performance of Bitcoin futures were launched by ProShares and Valkyrie.

Now, the BTC futures ETF industry in the U.S. may reach a new milestone—if the launch of the ETF for bears is approved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The debut of Bitcoin futures products last week prompted Bitcoin growth to almost $67,000 and a new all-time high.

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However, today, the flagship cryptocurrency retreated below the $60,000 level as a mind-blowing half-a-million worth of liquidations were conducted across major exchanges: Binance, Bitfinex, OKEx, Huobi and so on.

Slightly over $500 million worth of those crypto liquidations were long positions.

BITO ETF gains $1 billion in just two days

ProShares Bitcoin ETF last week became the second-most-traded asset on the NYSE on its first day of trading. Buy orders to the tune of 10,100 were placed on BITO (the ticker the ETF goes by), and seven times more orders were placed to sell it.

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After trading for two days, BITO reached $1 billion in net asset value. That is the equivalent of the net asset value of several Canadian Bitcoin ETFs that have been trading for a while already.

Direxion fund bears lots of risks

The new Bitcoin ETF filed for by Direxion bears numerous financial risks for short-sellers, the company warns. Trading this ETF may lead to shorters getting wiped out, Bloomberg writes, and Bitcoin’s massive price swings would be a problem here, too.

The SEC filing states that if you are not prepared to lose all your funds by investing in this ETF, you should not bet on it.

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This week, some in the crypto community also expect another Bitcoin futures ETF to kick off—the one filed for by the VanEck asset manager.

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Blockstream is sponsoring this tech for scaling Bitcoin [BTC]

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Major blockchain technology company, Blockstream has announced its sponsorship of work on Federated E-Cash. For the uninitiated, David Chaum was the man behind the concept of E-Cash that predates Bitcoin.

E-Cash Federation, on the other hand, is an entity that comprises of independent members assembled to develop a multi-sig wallet for the purpose of being a “blind, distributed custodian by acting as an e-cash mint.”

One of the main factors that have impeded Bitcoin’s adoption is scalability. On that note, Adam Back-led Blockstream has made significant strides. Even as scaling solutions like the Lightning network and federated sidechains have paved the way for large-scale adoption of the crypto-asset, they are yet to see substantial growth. Here come Federated blind mints, which the tech firm believes are a “natural complement to the existing scaling solutions.”

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Blockstream’s tryst about Bitcoin scaling

Blockstream stated that Federated E-Cash can help scale Bitcoin. It cited an innovative exciting possibility of integrating LN into federated mints. This, in turn, would make them interoperable with each other and the broader space. It further stated,

“One could imagine the emergence of community-run federations, where users have a natural trust in the federation members, which isn’t the case with traditional custodians. For the larger number of Bitcoin users who rely on custodial wallets to store their bitcoin, switching to an E-Cash Federation, reduces the trust profile and increases the privacy guarantee for these users.”

Blockstream is looking at an experimental project of a Federated E-Cash scheme dubbed MiniMint that is currently under development.

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$16M Funds for Bitcoin mining STO

The latest news comes a week after Blockstream announced raising $16 million funds in the sixth tranche of its BTC mining-focused security token [STO], called the ‘Blockstream Mining Note [BMN].’ This marked the rapidly rising interest from individual and institutional investors.

It was in March 2021 when Blockstream formally unveiled its BMN security token. Its offering essentially facilitated non-United States investors with an alternative to mine Bitcoin or invest in BTC mining stocks mining BTC with the help of BMN’s associated hash rate. Additionally, it was issued on Bitcoin’s Liquid sidechain with each BMN Series 1 granting market players up to 2k Tera hashes per second of BTC mined at the Canadian blockchain technology company’s enterprise-grade mining facilities.

Besides, Blockstream is also gearing up to list its BMN security token on Bitfinex Securities, which happens to be a relatively new STO platform by Bitfinex.

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Blockstream’s tryst about Bitcoin scaling

Blockstream stated that Federated E-Cash can help scale Bitcoin. It cited an innovative exciting possibility of integrating LN into federated mints. This, in turn, would make them interoperable with each other and the broader space. It further stated,

“One could imagine the emergence of community-run federations, where users have a natural trust in the federation members, which isn’t the case with traditional custodians. For the larger number of Bitcoin users who rely on custodial wallets to store their bitcoin, switching to an E-Cash Federation, reduces the trust profile and increases the privacy guarantee for these users.”

Blockstream is looking at an experimental project of a Federated E-Cash scheme dubbed MiniMint that is currently under development.

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