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Stably releases a stablecoin on the BTC network

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A few days ago, a stablecoin pegged at a 1:1 ratio to the U.S. dollar and backed by fiat was introduced on the Bitcoin network (BTC). The token, called Stably USD (USDS), was issued by a company named Stably using the Ordinals protocol.

StablyUSD is not technically a new stablecoin. It has been in existence since 2019 and was recently converted to a BRC-20 standard token on the Bitcoin blockchain. According to a recent report, Stably is issued on 11 different networks, including Ethereum, BNB Chain, and Arbitrum, with a market capitalization of $7 million.

The launch of the new stablecoin has raised several questions among community members

Firstly, according to the company’s website, USDS has a total supply of $69.420 trillion, which is more than double the U.S. national debt and is likely a reference to meme culture. Additionally, the token’s documentation includes the address of a backup wallet with a $220 balance.

Earlier, the coin’s issuer tweeted that the stablecoin is backed and redeemable 1:1 by a U.S. dollar pledge, which is managed by regulated custodian Prime Trust. Stably also claimed that the asset undergoes monthly audits to ensure the presence of reserves. However, it is more likely that Prime Trust does not hold the reserves directly, as it is not FDIC-insured and instead utilizes accounts at multiple banks.

The USDS listing on CoinGecko reveals that the token reached an all-time high price of $9.89 on November 30 and subsequently plummeted to $0.05 on December 9, 2022. The liquidity on UniSwap’s decentralized exchange (DEX) is approximately $5,000, spread across two trading pairs.

Although Stably claims that USDS is the first stablecoin on the Bitcoin network, this is not entirely accurate. USDT was originally launched on OMNI, a BTC sidechain, in 2014. There are also other USDS-backed stablecoins currently operating on the blockchain, such as DoC on Rootstock.

Whether this will be another BRC-20 trend that quickly diminishes or marks the advent of a new era of stablecoins brought about by the controversial Ordinals protocol, only time will tell.

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Bitcoin Surges to $63,000 as US Whales and Institutions Drive Buying Spree

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Bitcoin has returned to the $63,000 level during early trading on Monday, July 15. This marks a two-week high, prompting some analysts to suggest that the downtrend has broken.

On July 15, on-chain analytics platform CryptoQuant suggested that the move has been driven by “U.S. whales” as institutional Bitcoin purchases increase again.

Coinbase Premium Gap

Analysts looked at the Coinbase premium gap to determine the trend shift.

“Looking at the Coinbase premium gap, the movement of U.S. whales, which had a selling trend, has recently become buy.”

The Coinbase premium gap is the difference between the Coinbase Pro price (USD pair) and the Binance price (USDT pair). High premium values could indicate strong buying pressure from investors in the United States.

CryptoQuant analysts added that so far, “it is only a rebound that slightly compensates for the decline.”

However, the fact that Bitcoin rebounded on the weekend means that additional funds can be expected to flow into spot Bitcoin ETFs on weekdays, they added before concluding that there is a possibility of more upward momentum. More than a billion dollars flowed into spot Bitcoin ETFs in America last week. However, retail trading remained subdued.

CryptoQuant concluded that the market was due to a period of recovery following a prolonged pullback.

“Even from a psychological perspective, it appears to be a good period for Bitcoin to rebound, as market participants have already experienced fear and frustration due to a considerable period of adjustment.”

Market analyst ‘Rekt Capital’ noted that the downtrend had been broken when the asset topped $61,500, and BTC was about to reclaim the post-halving reaccumulation range.

Fellow analyst Michaël van de Poppe commented, “Global uncertainty is rising after the assassination attempt on Trump.”

He added that this was an “ideal climate” for Bitcoin to go upwards consistently.

BTC Price Outlook

With BTC reclaiming $63,000 on July 15, the next level of resistance lies around the $65,000 price zone, which was last breached on June 20.

At the time of writing, the asset was trading at just over $63,000, following a gain of 4.7% over the past 24 hours.

Moreover, total market capitalization has increased by over $100 billion in rare weekend trading activity, largely influenced by the Donald Trump assassination attempt.

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BNB Smart Chain Losses Dropped 83% in Q2 2024: Security Report

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[PRESS RELEASE – Dubai, UAE, July 15th, 2024]

  • BNB Chain experienced a decrease of ~83.3% in total amount loss in Q2 2024 in comparison to Q2 2023
  • Moreover, in Q2, 2024 BNB Chain experienced a ~19% decrease in total losses and a ~18.6% decrease in the number of security incidents compared to Q1, 2024

Salus, the Web3 security firm tackling the most complex security challenges through fundamental scientific research, has today released its BNB Chain 2024 Security Report. The report provides an in-depth analysis of the security events that unfolded on BNB Smart Chain (BSC) during the second quarter of 2024 and reveals a significant security milestone of an 83.3% reduction in financial losses on BSC between Q2 2024 and Q2 2023. In addition, its findings show that in Q2, 2024 BNB Chain experienced a ~19% decrease in total losses and a ~18.6% decrease in the number of security incidents compared to Q1, 2024.

Alongside the in-depth analysis of the security incidents that took place on BSC in Q2 2024, the report also delves into the types of projects targeted. It highlights common attack techniques used during this period and presents data regarding the financial losses incurred, including:

  • Significant improvement in Q2, 2024: Loss amount on BSC dropped by 19% to ~$11.7m in Q2 2024 compared to Q1, 2024 and a ~83.3% decrease in total loss amount on BSC in Q2, 2024 compared to Q2, 2023. This demonstrates the success of security measures and the continuous commitment to enhancing the security of the BNB Chain ecosystem.
  • A look at the blockchain industry: In Q2, BSC represented 5.97% of the total $95,552,224 stolen across all chains.
  • Types of attacks and threats: The most frequent attack vectors were contract vulnerabilities and exit scams. In Q2, there was a noticeable decrease in both the total amount and the number of incidents compared to Q1. The total amount in Q2 was $11,731,093, down from $14,446,914 reported in Q1. The number of incidents in Q2 was 35, down from 43 in Q1.

BNB Chain continues to be a strong industry player, demonstrating its robust performance and boasting growing daily active users and transaction count. The report highlights a quarter with a notable reduction in both the total amount lost and the number of security incidents. The total financial impact shows a clear improvement, underscoring the effectiveness of the security measures that have been put in place.

These results are a testament to the resilience and proactive efforts of the BNB Chain team and community. The landscape of blockchain security is ever-evolving, and going forward, BNB Chain’s AvengerDAO will keep improving its ability to:

  • Identify scam projects early
  • Focus on projects with large liquidity
  • Monitor malicious activities and mitigate hacks as early as possible
  • Expand its reach and actively inform users of risks

Users can view the Security Report here.

About BNB Chain

BNB Chain is a community-driven blockchain ecosystem that is removing barriers to Web3 adoption. It is composed of:

  • BNB Smart Chain (BSC): A secure DeFi hub with the lowest gas fees of any EVM-compatible L1; serves as the ecosystem’s governance chain.
  • opBNB: A scalability L2 that delivers some of the lowest gas fees of any L2 and rapid processing speeds.
  • BNB Greenfield: Meets decentralized storage needs for the ecosystem and lets users establish their own data marketplaces.

Setting a high bar for security, the AvengerDAO community protects BNB Chain users while Red Alarm provides a real-time risk-scanner for Dapps. The ecosystem also offers a range of monetary and ecosystem rewards as part of its Builder Support Program.

For more, users can follow BNB Chain on X or start exploring via BNB’s Dapp library.

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Ripple v SEC Lawsuit: One Year Anniversary Since the Company’s Biggest Partial Court Win

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  • Ripple’s partial court victory a year ago, where certain XRP sales were not deemed securities, boosted the asset’s price. The ongoing trial continues with disputes over penalties.
  • XRP rose 23% in the past week, likely due to speculation that the lawsuit may soon conclude.

One Year Passed by

Despite the numerous developments in the past several months, the legal spat between Ripple and the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) remains ongoing. It all started in December 2020 when the regulator sued the company and some of its executives, accusing them of conducting an unregistered securities offering via XRP sales. 

Ripple achieved a significant court victory almost exactly a year ago (on July 13) when Judge Torres ruled that its programmatic sales to secondary trading platforms do not constitute offers of investment contracts. The decision fueled a massive rally for XRP, whose price shot by over 70% in a matter of hours, surpassing the $0.80 mark. 

Shortly after, the magistrates dismissed the SEC’s intention to appeal the ruling, while CEO Brad Garlinghouse and Executive Chairman Chris Larsen were cleared of all charges brought by the agency. 

According to some industry participants, those triumphs (yet partial ones) gave Ripple the upper hand in the battle. That said, a resolution in favor of the company could trigger massive volatility and a potential uptick in XRP’s price (similar to what was witnessed after the previous victories).

The lawsuit entered its trial phase in April this year. Instead of an outcome, though, it keeps offering additional confrontation. A bone of contention is the size of Ripple’s potential penalty. The SEC initially sought a staggering $2 billion fine, while the company insisted on a sum no larger than $10 million. 

Ripple also pointed to Judge Amy Jackson’s decision to dismiss the SEC’s claims that secondary market sales of Binance’s BNB token constituted securities transactions. It filed a Notice of Supplemental Authority, arguing that the ruling supports its case that the alleged illegal sales of XRP do not warrant “harsh remedies.”

The SEC maintained that the lawsuit against Binance is “wholly irrelevant” to the one against Ripple. On the other hand, it softened its tone, proposing a reduced penalty of $102.6 million.

XRP Price Outlook

Ripple’s native token has been among the best performers in the crypto market in the past several days. It is up by 23% on a weekly scale, briefly surpassing the $0.55 mark for the first time since early May (per CoinGecko’s data).

One possible reason could be the increased expectation that the lawsuit is drawing to an end. Some of the people speculating that an official agreement could be announced as early as this summer include the American lawyers Fred Rispoli and Jeremy Hogan. 

Those curious to learn more about the case and its potential impact on XRP’s price, feel free to take a look at our dedicated video below:

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