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Besync.io: Yaratıcılığın Dijital Devrimini Başlatıyor!

Besync.io, yaratıcılığı dijital dünyada sınırları zorlayan bir platform olarak yapay zeka piyasasında dikkatleri üzerine çekmeyi planlıyor. Günümüz hızla gelişen dijital çağında, içerik ve görsellerin rolü giderek artıyor. İşte tam da bu noktada, yapay zeka teknolojisinin yaratıcılığa getirdiği devrimi yaşatan bir platform olarak Besync.io öne çıkmayı hedefliyor.

Yapay Zeka ve Yaratıcılık Buluşuyor

Besync.io, yapay zeka teknolojisinin gücünü yaratıcılığınızla birleştiriyor. Bu platform, içerik oluşturmayı, görsel tasarımı ve video hazırlamayı daha hızlı, daha verimli ve daha eğlenceli hale getiriyor. Herkesin yaratıcı potansiyelini keşfetmesine ve gerçekten etkileyici içerikler oluşturmasına olanak tanır.

Akıllı İçerik Oluşturucu

Besync.io’nun öne çıkan özelliği, akıllı içerik oluşturucu. Yapay zeka tabanlı algoritmalar, hedef kitlenize ve içerik türünüze uygun etkileyici ve benzersiz metinler üretiyor. Blog yazılarından sosyal medya paylaşımlarına, ürün açıklamalarından daha fazlası sadece birkaç tıklamayla hazır.

Kullanıcı Dostu Arayüz

Platformun kullanıcı dostu arayüzü, tasarım deneyimi olmayan kullanıcıların bile içerik üretebilmesini sağlıyor. Siz tasarımı düşünürken, Besync.io sizin için teknik detayları ele alıyor. Kreatif olmanıza engel olmadan, zengin içerikler tasarlayabilir ve yayınlayabilirsiniz.

Sürekli İyileşen ve Yenilikçi

Besync.io, sürekli olarak yeni özellikler ve geliştirmelerle güncelleniyor. Böylece her zaman en son trendlere uygun içerikler oluşturabilir ve becerilerinizi geliştirebilirsiniz. Besync.io ile yaratıcılığınızı sınırları zorlayarak daha da ileri taşıyabilirsiniz.

WordPress Eklentisi ile Daha Fazla Kolaylık

Besync.io’nun WordPress için özel bir eklentisi bulunuyor. Bu eklenti, WordPress kullanıcılarının içerik oluşturma ve düzenleme süreçlerini daha da kolaylaştırıyor. Artık WordPress web sitenizin içeriğini Besync.io’nun gücü ile yönlendirebilirsiniz.

İletişim ve Daha Fazla Bilgi

Besync.io’nun WordPress uyumlu eklentisi hakkında daha fazla bilgi almak ve bu güçlü yaratıcılık aracınızı hemen kullanmaya başlamak için Besync.io‘yu ziyaret edin. Besync.io, dijital içerik dünyasının geleceğini şekillendiren bir devrimin parçası olmanızı bekliyor.

Lawyer who laundered $400M from OneCoin scam denied new trial: Report

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The lawyer responsible for laundering $400 million from the OneCoin fraud has been denied a motion seeking a new trial, despite a prosecution witness having perjured themselves in the trial against him in 2019.According to a Sept. 18 report from Bloomberg, 54-year-old lawyer Mark Scott argued that he didn’t know OneCoin was a fraudulent operation at the time and should not be charged for his role in setting up the fund that laundered money for OneCoin founder Ruja “Cryptoqueen” Ignatov. Scott was found guilty of money laundering and bank fraud conspiracy in November 2019, with prosecutors finding that Scott earned a total of $50 million through a fraudulent fund that processed payments and transactions siphoned from the OneCoin scheme. His legal team has been seeking a new trial since, citing a false testimony from a government witness in the original trial. As the #OneCoin turns: now money launderer Mark Scott’s motion denied. How many years?
Docketed today: “ORDER as to Mark S. Scott’s motions for a new trial pursuant to Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure 29 and 33. the motions are DENIED.” https://t.co/CpstHJAkrr— Inner City Press (@innercitypress) September 18, 2023

However, during a Sept. 18 hearing, United States District Judge Edgardo Ramos denied the attorneys’ request for a new trial, saying he was unconvinced that “an innocent person may have been convicted” despite the false testimony delivered during the 2019 trial by Konstantin Ignatov. Konstantin Ignatov was a government witness who admitted to aiding his sister Ruja in the OneCoin fraud.Lawyers for Scott said that they would appeal the decision, claiming that his client was “disappointed that the court did not grant a new trial given the undisputed evidence that the Government’s sole cooperating witness perjured himself.”Related: OneCoin head of compliance facing 40-year sentence after US extraditionOneCoin was launched in 2014, and marketed itself as a cryptocurrency that was similar in structure to Bitcoin. However, it was later revealed to be a pyramid scheme that functioned by luring in new users with fictitious claims and promises of high future earnings.The prosecution claimed that Scott used the $50 million in proceeds from OneCoin to finance an expensive lifestyle, buying a swathe of luxury goods including numerous multimillion-dollar homes, watches, sports cars and a 17 meter yacht.On Sept. 12, Ramos sentenced OneCoin’s co-founder Karl Greenwood to 20 years in prison in the United States, after he was found guilty of a litany of charges including fraud and money laundering. In 2014, a woman named Ruja Ignatova launched a fake cryptocurrency named “OneCoin”. Despite the currency never existing, Ruja convinced people all over the world to invest. In 2017, after raking in $4 billion profit, she boarded a plane to Greece and hasn’t been seen since. pic.twitter.com/DoJCfmy0Uj— Informative & Interesting (@infotale_in) March 15, 2023

Ruja Ignatov has not been seen since October 2017 and is currently on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Ten Most Wanted List.Big Questions: What’s with all the crypto deaths? 

Bitbuy enters strategic partnership with Canadian crypto ATM firm Localcoin

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Canadian fintech corporation WonderFi, a firm backed by billionaire Kevin O’Leary, recently announced a strategic partnership between Bitbuy and cryptocurrency ATM provider Localcoin ATM.The partnership, announced on Sept. 18, will shore up Localcoin’s crypto ATM offerings throughout Canada with Bitbuy’s exchange platform and the “deep liquidity” that comes with it, according to a press release from WonderFi. PRESS RELEASE: Bitbuy Partners with Localcoin, Canada’s Largest Bitcoin ATM ProviderBitbuy’s digital asset offering now powers nearly 50% of Canada’s Bitcoin ATMsMORE DETAILS: https://t.co/rqBDoHev1O— WonderFi (@WonderFi) September 18, 2023

Bitbuy was the first cryptocurrency exchange to receive full regulatory approval in Canada. It was acquired by WonderFi in the January 2023 purchase of its parent company, First Ledger Corp., for close to $162 million (206 million Canadian dollars).Localcoin purportedly operates the largest cryptocurrency ATM network in Canada. According to the press release, its 900 machines make up some 33% of the national total — which stands at approximately 2,700, making Canada second only to the United States in total adoption. According to the press release, with this partnership, “Bitbuy’s digital asset services will cover nearly 50% of Canada’s Bitcoin ATMs.”Last year, Ontario Securities Commission CEO Grant Vingoe said the regulator believed “more than 30 per cent of Canadians plan to buy crypto assets” in 2023, despite the recent exodus of numerous crypto companies from the market.As Cointelegraph previously reported, while ByBit and Binance both made their exits from the Canadian cryptocurrency scene, citing regulatory changes, WonderFi CEO Dean Skurka told Cointelegraph last month that the increased regulatory clarity was bringing institutional investors to cryptocurrency and digital assets to Canada. Related: CoinSmart president says crypto taxes are a ‘little bit more favorable’ outside USIn a statement given to Cointelegraph, Localcoin ATM CEO Tristan Fong also announced the impending launch of a Localcoin Wallet app and an undisclosed “extended range” of cryptocurrencies available at Localcoin ATMs:“We’re always evaluating opportunities to grow and enhance our offerings. As part of our aggressive Canadian & International network expansion, we’re also excited to announce upcoming features: an extended range of cryptocurrencies available at our ATMs, our Localcoin Wallet app, and the ability to sell bitcoins online for e-transfer or cash pick up at our locations. While full details are on the horizon, we’re committed to bringing crypto to the masses.”

Price analysis 9/18: SPX, DXY, BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, ADA, DOGE, TON, SOL

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Bitcoin and select altcoins are attempting to make a comeback as traders expect the Fed to hold rates steady during their meeting this week.

Web3 is about solving business problems, not token prices: Google Cloud exec

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The crypto industry is far too focused on token prices, rather than figuring out how smart contracts can be used to solve real-world business problems, according to Google Cloud’s Web3 lead. In an interview with Cointelegraph, Google Cloud’s Head of Web3 James Tromans stressed the need to focus more on the business logic in the smart contract rather than the supply and demand dynamics of the token:“What are the business problems that you want to get executed? When you’re running a smart contract to execute some business logic to solve your business problem, you’re using a token, but the token is not the thing, it’s the business problem that’s the thing.”“So I would like us to get away from all this talk about tokens and token speculation as if that is Web3 — that is not Web3,” Tromans added.One of Google Cloud’s main blockchain services is its Blockchain Node Engine, offering users a self-hosted node to access blockchain data, conduct transactions, build smart contracts and run decentralized applications.Tromans argued that blockchain and smart contracts can lead to innovation, lower operational costs and new revenue streams.Google Cloud’s James Troman in a recent interview at Token 2049 in Singapore. Source: Google CloudDespite the bear market, Tromans said Google Cloud has still seen strong demand from enterprises looking to integrate blockchain technology:“Over the past 12 to 15 months in the traditional enterprise space, interest in leveraging blockchain technology to improve efficiency, reduce cost and improve the speed of innovation hasn’t gone away.”Most of this demand has come from the TradFi sector to solve basic finance and accounting problems, Tromans explained. But Google Cloud customers are increasingly looking at integrating blockchain-based solutions in digital identity and supply chain, he added.Digital ID in particular has been a hot topic of debate in the Web3 world of late, with the recent launch of Worldcoin on Jul. 24 — an iris biometric cryptocurrency project founded by OpenAI chief executive Sam Altman in 2019.Blockchain tech isn’t invisible enoughTromans however argues that blockchain tech won’t likely see mass adoption, at least until user experience improves. “If the average end user, who isn’t a computer scientist, who doesn’t understand blockchain, has to know about their private keys — we’ve got it wrong. They have to be abstracted away,” he explained.“When you load the Web browser, you’re using a bunch of high tech capabilities like TCP-IP and HTTPS. None of these protocols mean anything to most people,” Tromans added, suggesting that Web3 should strive for the same thing.Tromans said Web3 developers will need to build frictionless solutions to help users recover private keys and help take care of their data for them to have a “fantastic” user experience.Thank you @savannah_fortis for a great fireside discussion at #ProofOfTalk in Paris this week. https://t.co/U3BjAU878k— James Tromans (@jmtromans) June 16, 2023

Related: Google Cloud broadens Web3 startup program with 11 blockchain firmsWhen user experience is optimized, blockchain technology will solve problems in a range of industries, he said.“When this technology is solving for payment, helping games have lower cost or helping artists be more creative and get paid for their work so they can have careers but not actually have to know about how the technology is functioning, that’s critical [and] very, very important for the wide scale adoption of the technology.”“When Web3 hits mass adoption, we won’t call it Web3. We’ll just call it the web again,” he said.Magazine: Joe Lubin — The truth about ETH founders split and ‘Crypto Google’

3 steps crypto investors can take to avoid hacks by the Lazarus Group

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Cryptocurrency users frequently fall prey to online hacks with Mark Cuban being just the latest high-profile example how nearly a million dollars can leave your digital wallet. It is possible to substantially bolster the security of your funds by heeding three simple guidelines that will be outlined in this article. But before delving into these, it’s crucial to understand the type of threat that exists today. FBI has clear evidence on the Lazarus GroupThe Lazarus Group is a North Korean state-sponsored hacking group, known for their sophisticated attacks linked to various cyberattacks and cybercriminal activities, including the WannaCry ransomware attack.WannaCry disrupted critical services in numerous organizations, including healthcare institutions and government agencies by encrypting files on infected computers and demanding a ransom payment in Bitcoin (BTC).One of its earliest crypto-related hacks was the breach of South Korean crypto exchange Yapizon (later rebranded to Youbit) in April 2017, resulting in the theft of 3,831 Bitcoin, worth over $4.5 million at the time.The Lazarus Group’s activities in the cryptocurrency space have raised concerns about its ability to generate funds for the North Korean regime and evade international sanctions. For instance, in 2022 the group was tied to a number of high-profile cryptocurrency hacks, including the theft of $620 million from Axie Infinity bridge Ronin. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) blamed Lazarus Group for the Alphapo, CoinsPaid and Atomic Wallet hacks, stating that losses from all of these hacks add up to over $200 million the group has stolen in 2023.This month, the FBI have attributed Lazarus Group to a $41 million hack of the crypto gambling site Stake, which was carried out through a spear-phishing campaign that targeted some of its employees. Lastly, according to blockchain security firm SlowMist, the $55 million hack of the crypto exchange CoinEx was carried out by the North Korean state sponsored hackers.Most hacks involve social engineering and exploit human errorContrary to what movies usually display, meaning hackers either gaining physical access to devices or brute forcing passwords, most hacks occur through phishing and social engineering. The attacker relies on human curiosity or greed to entice the victim.Those hackers may pose as customer support representatives or other trusted figures in order to trick victims into giving up their personal information. For instance, a hacker might impersonate a company’s IT support and call an employee, claiming they need to verify their login credentials for a system update. To build trust, the attacker might use public information about the company and the target’s role.Related: North Korean crypto hacks down 80%, but that could change overnight: ChainalysisPhishing attacks involve sending deceptive emails or messages to trick recipients into taking malicious actions. An attacker might impersonate a reputable organization, such as a bank, and send an email to a user, asking them to click on a link to verify their account. The link takes them to a fraudulent website where their login credentials are stolen.Baiting attacks offer something enticing to the victim, such as free software or a job opportunity. An attacker poses as a recruiter and creates a convincing job posting on a reputable job search website. To further establish trust, they may even conduct a fake video interview, and later inform the candidate that they have been selected. The hackers proceed by sending a seemingly innocuous file, like a PDF or a Word document, which contains malware.How crypto investors can avoid hacks and exploitsLuckily, despite the increasing sophistication and capabilities of hackers today, there are three simple steps you can take to keep your funds safe. Namely: 

  • Use hardware wallets for long-term storage of your crypto assets, not directly connected to the internet, making them highly secure against online threats like phishing attacks or malware. They provide an extra layer of protection by keeping your private keys offline and away from potential hackers.

Common crypto hardware wallets. Source: Enjin

  • Enable Two-Factor Authentication, or 2FA, on all your crypto exchange and wallet accounts. This adds an extra security step by requiring you to provide a one-time code generated by an app like Google Authenticator or Authy. Even if an attacker manages to steal your password, they won’t be able to access your accounts.
  • Be extremely cautious when clicking on links on emails and social media. Scammers often use enticing offers or giveaways to lure victims. Use separate “burner” accounts or wallets for experimenting with new decentralized applications and for airdrops to reduce the risk of losing your funds. 

This article is for general information purposes and is not intended to be and should not be taken as legal or investment advice. The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed here are the author’s alone and do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions of Cointelegraph.

Bitcoin price holds $26K as MKR, AAVE, RUNE and RNDR flash bullish signals

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After forming successive Doji candlestick patterns on the weekly chart for the past three weeks, Bitcoin (BTC) is on target to end the week on a positive note. This is an early sign that the uncertainty between the bulls and the bears is resolving to the upside.Although the recovery is still in its early stages, the Federal Open Market Committee meeting on Sep. 20 could boost volatility. The majority of the market participants expect the Federal Reserve to maintain a status quo on rates but surprises could arise during Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s press conference following the rate decision.Crypto market data daily view. Source: Coin360Bitcoin’s recovery from the strong support near $24,800 has ignited buying interest in select altcoins, which are providing trading opportunities. For these altcoins to continue their upward trajectory, Bitcoin needs to maintain above $26,500.Could Bitcoin’s relief rally pick up momentum, triggering buying in select altcoins? Let’s study the charts of top-5 cryptocurrencies that are showing promise in the near term.Bitcoin price analysisBitcoin rose above the 20-day exponential moving average ($26,303) on Sep. 14, indicating that the selling pressure is reducing. Since then, the bulls thwarted several attempts by the bears to yank the price back below the 20-day EMA.BTC/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingViewBuyers will try to build upon their advantage and drive the BTC/USDT pair to the 50-day simple moving average ($27,295). This level may act as a minor hurdle but if overcome, the pair is likely to reach $28,143. The bears are expected to defend this level with vigor.If bears want to maintain the upper hand, they will have to sink the price below the 20-day EMA. That may trap the aggressive bulls and open the doors for a potential retest of the pivotal support at $24,800.BTC/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingViewThe price has been trading above the 20-EMA on the 4-hour chart indicating that the bulls are buying on dips. This suggests that the traders expect the recovery to continue. If buyers clear the hurdle at $26,900, the pair may climb to $27,600 and eventually to $28,143.If bears want to make a comeback, they will have to sink and sustain the price below the 20-EMA. Such a move will clear the path for a further fall to the 50-SMA and later to the strong support zone between $25,600 and $25,300.Maker price analysisBuyers propelled Maker (MKR) above the 50-day SMA ($1,162) on Sep. 15, indicating that the bulls are attempting to take charge.MKR/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingViewThe MKR/USDT pair is on its way to $1,370. This level is likely to witness a tough battle between the bulls and the bears. If the bulls do not give up much ground from this level, the likelihood of a break above it increases. If that happens, the pair could pick up momentum and dash toward $1,759.The crucial level to watch on the downside is the 20-day EMA ($1,162). If this level cracks, it will suggest that the pair may swing inside the large range between $980 and $1,370 for some time.MKR/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingViewThe 4-hour chart shows that the bulls remain in command but the RSI near the overbought territory suggests a minor correction or consolidation in the near term. The 20-EMA remains the key level to watch on the downside. A break and close below it could indicate the start of a deeper correction toward the 50-SMA.Instead, if the price bounces off the 20-EMA, it will be a sign that the bulls continue to buy the dips. That may start a rally toward the stiff overhead resistance at $1,370. Aave price analysisAave (AAVE) surged above the moving averages on Sep. 16, indicating that the bulls have made their move. However, the long wick on the day’s candlestick shows selling at higher levels. AAVE/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingViewA minor advantage in favor of the bulls is that they did not allow the bears to make a comeback and are again trying to sustain the price above the 50-day SMA ($59). If they succeed, the AAVE/USDT pair is likely to accelerate toward $70 and later to $76.The 20-day EMA ($56) is the important support to keep an eye on in the near term. If the price skids below this level, it will suggest that bears are active at higher levels. That could sink the pair to the solid support at $48.AAVE/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingViewThe 4-hour chart shows that the bulls recently purchased the pullback to the 20-EMA, indicating that the sentiment has turned positive. Buyers will try to propel the price above the resistance at $63. If they can pull it off, the pair could soar to $70.Contrary to this assumption, if the price turns down and breaks below the 20-EMA, it will suggest that demand dries up at higher levels. The pair could then slide to the 50-SMA which may attract buyers.Related: How low can the Bitcoin price go?THORChain price analysisTHORChain (RUNE) has staged a smart recovery in the past few days, indicating that the buyers are attempting a comeback.RUNE/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingViewThe up-move is nearing the solid resistance at $2, which is likely to act as a major roadblock. If the price turns down sharply from $2, it will indicate that the bulls are rushing to the exit. That could tug the price down to the 20-day EMA ($1.62).Contrarily, if the RUNE/USDT pair does not give up much ground from the current level, it will suggest that the bulls are holding on to their positions as they anticipate the rally to extend further. If $2 is taken out, the pair could start a new uptrend to $2.30 and subsequently to $2.80.RUNE/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingViewThe 4-hour chart shows that the $2 level is acting as a resistance. The price may pull back to the 20-EMA, which is likely to act as a strong support. If the price rebounds off this level with strength, the bulls will again attempt to overcome the obstacle at $2. If they manage to do that, the pair may soar toward $2.30.The first sign of weakness will be a break and close below the 20-EMA. That could tempt several short-term traders to book profits. The pair may then slump to the 50-SMA.Render price analysisRender (RNDR) broke out and closed above the 50-day SMA ($1.58) on Sep. 15, indicating that the selling pressure could be reducing. RNDR/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingViewThe moving averages are on the verge of a bullish crossover and the RSI is in the positive territory indicating that bulls have a slight edge. If the price turns up from the 20-day EMA ($1.50), it will suggest a change in sentiment from selling on rallies to buying on dips. That could start a stronger recovery to $1.83 and then to $2.20.This positive view could invalidate in the near term if the price continues lower and breaks below the moving averages. The RNDR/USDT pair could then plummet to $1.38 and later to $1.29.RNDR/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingViewThe moving averages on the 4-hour chart are sloping up and the RSI is in the positive territory, indicating advantage to buyers. The first support to watch on the downside is the 20-EMA. If the price turns up from this level, it will signal that bulls continue to view the dips as a buying opportunity. That increases the possibility of a rally to $1.77.On the contrary, if the 20-EMA gives way, the pair could slide to the 50-SMA. This is an important level for the bulls to defend because a break below it may sink the pair to $1.39.This article does not contain investment advice or recommendations. Every investment and trading move involves risk, and readers should conduct their own research when making a decision.

Paxos’ $500K Bitcoin fee, FTX tokens sales set to begin, and more

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Top Stories This Week

Paxos confirms it’s responsible for paying a $500K Bitcoin transaction fee

The Bitcoin miner who received 19.8 BTC in fees from blockchain infrastructure firm Paxos has returned the funds following Paxos’ claim that it made a mistake in paying over $500,000 in transfer fees. On Sept. 10, Paxos paid the six-figure fee to move $2,000, with the average network fee typically being around $2. The company later acknowledged the mistake, confirming the transfer came from its servers. Almost a day after Paxos’ claims, the Bitcoin miner who received the funds went on X (formerly Twitter) to express frustrations after agreeing to refund the amount to Paxos. The funds were returned on Sept. 15.

Court approves sale of FTX digital assets

A bankruptcy court has approved the sale of FTX digital assets in weekly batches through an investment adviser and under preestablished guidelines. The sale does not include Bitcoin, Ether and “certain insider-affiliated tokens,” which can be sold through a separate decision by FTX after 10 days’ notice. FTX sales are not expected to have a heavy impact on markets. According to a recent shareholder update, the bankrupt exchange has $833 million worth of Bitcoin and Ether. A total of $3.4 billion is held in Digital Assets A — the top 10 assets the company holds — which include Solana, Bitcoin, Ether, Aptos and others.

Gemini Earn users could recover all funds in new DCG remuneration scheme

Digital Currency Group has proposed a new agreement plan for the creditors of the now-bankrupt Genesis Global. The plan estimates unsecured creditors will receive “a 70–90% recovery with a meaningful portion of the recovery in digital currencies.” Additionally, the remuneration plan says the recovery of claims for Gemini Earn users would be projected at “approximately 95–110%” without any contribution from Gemini. According to the filing: “If Gemini were to agree to provide $100 million to Gemini Earn users under the Proposed Agreement, as it previously did, there would be little doubt Gemini Earn users would receive more than full recovery.”

Franklin Templeton files for spot Bitcoin ETF

Asset manager Franklin Templeton applied with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission to launch a spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). According to the application, the fund would be structured as a trust. Coinbase would custody the BTC, and The Bank of New York Mellon would be the cash custodian and administrator. Franklin Templeton has $1.5 trillion in assets under management and joins a long list of asset managers waiting for regulatory approval. The SEC recently delayed decisions on spot ETF applications from WisdomTree, Valkyrie, Fidelity, VanEck, Bitwise and Invesco on Aug. 31.

Two more top executives depart Binance.US amid layoffs, SEC action

The exodus of executives from crypto exchange Binance has reached the firm’s offshoot in the United States, as at least three top employees left Binance.US over the past few days. This week’s departures included the exchange’s CEO, Brian Shroder, alongside legal head Krishna Juvvadi and chief risk officer Sidney Majalya. The mass exit is believed to be tied to the ongoing U.S. investigation into Binance and Binance.US. The SEC sued Binance.US, Binance and CEO Changpeng Zhao in June for allegedly engaging in unregistered securities operations and other improprieties. On Aug. 28, the agency requested to file sealed documents in the case, fueling concerns about a criminal probe by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Winners and Losers

At the end of the week, Bitcoin (BTC) is at $26,465, Ether (ETH) at $1,628 and XRP at $0.50. The total market cap is at $1.05 trillion, according to CoinMarketCap.

Among the biggest 100 cryptocurrencies, the top three altcoin gainers of the week are Toncoin (TON) at 21.30%, VeChain (VET) at 11.94% and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) at 11.36%. 

The top three altcoin losers of the week are ApeCoin (APE) at -16.82%, Astar (ASTR) at 14.47% and Flare (FLR) at 12.61%.

For more info on crypto prices, make sure to read Cointelegraph’s market analysis.

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Prediction of the Week 

Bitcoin price all-time high will precede 2024 halving — New prediction

Bitcoin has a $250,000 target for after its next block subsidy halving — but new all-time highs will come sooner, according to the latest BTC price prediction from BitQuant, a popular social media commentator who sees a rosy future for the largest cryptocurrency.

On Sept. 15, the pseudonymous “central banker and Bitcoiner” revealed a pre-halving target above $69,000. “No, Bitcoin is not going to top before the halving,” he wrote in part of the commentary.

Bitcoin has just over six months before the halving, the event that cuts miner rewards earned per block by 50% every four years. “No, BTC is not going to $160K because the magnitude of every pullback is large,” he wrote, adding that “this means it will peak after the halving, in 2024. And yes, the target price is around $250K.”

FUD of the Week 

SEC charges company behind Stoner Cats NFT series with unregistered securities sale

Stoner Cats 2 LLC (SC2), the company behind the Stoner Cats animated web series, has agreed to a cease-and-desist order and other measures imposed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission after being charged with conducting an unregistered offering of crypto-asset securities in the form of nonfungible tokens (NFTs). According to the SEC, SC2 sold more than 10,000 NFTs for about $800 apiece. The sale took 35 minutes and occurred on July 27, 2021, and the proceeds were used to fund the series. Besides agreeing to the cease-and-desist order, SC2 will pay a civil penalty of $1 million.

OneCoin co-founder Greenwood gets 20 years in US jail for fraud, money laundering

Karl Greenwood, co-founder of OneCoin with Ruja Ignatova, was sentenced in the United States to 20 years in prison and ordered to pay $300 million on Sept. 20. Ignatova remains at large. Greenwood, who is a citizen of the United Kingdom and Sweden, was sentenced in a court in New York. In a statement by the Justice Department, U.S. Attorney Damian Williams called OneCoin “one of the largest fraud schemes ever perpetrated.” The multilevel marketing and Ponzi scheme reaped $4 billion from 3.5 million victims, the statement said. Ignatova has not been seen since October 2017 and is on the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Ten Most Wanted List.

North Korea’s Lazarus Group responsible for $55M CoinEx hack

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3 key Ethereum price metrics suggest that ETH is gearing up for volatility

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Ether (ETH) price has been dealing with some strong headwinds and on Sept. 11, the price of the altcoin endured a critical test when it plunged to the $1,530 support level. In the days that followed, Ether managed to stage an impressive recovery, by surging by 6%. This resurgence may signal a pivotal moment, following a month that had seen ETH endure losses of 16%. Even with the somewhat swift recovery, Ether’s price performance raises questions among investors about whether it has the potential to climb back to $1,850, and ETH derivatives and network activity might hold the key to this puzzle.Ether/USD price index, 1-day. Source: TradingViewMacroeconomic factors have played a significant role in mitigating investor pessimism given that inflation in the United States accelerated for the second consecutive month, reaching 3.7% according to the most recent CPI report. Such data reinforces the belief that the U.S. government’s debt will continue to surge, compelling the Treasury to offer higher yields. Scarce assets are poised to benefit from the inflationary pressure and the expansive monetary policies aimed at bridging the budget deficit. However, the cryptocurrency sector is grappling with its own set of challenges. Regulatory uncertainty and high network fees limit investors’ appetiteThere’s the looming possibility of Binance exchange facing indictment by the U.S. Department of Justice. Furthermore, Binance.US has found itself entangled in legal battles with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), leading to layoffs and top executives departing from the company.Besides the regulatory hurdles faced by cryptocurrencies, the Ethereum network has witnessed a notable decline in its smart contract activity, which is at the core of its original purpose. The network still grapples with persistently high average fees, hovering above the $3 mark. Ethereum network dApps rank by active addresses. Source: DappRadarOver the past 30 days, the top Ethereum dApps have seen an average 26% decrease in the number of active addresses. An exception to this trend is the Lido (LDO) liquid staking project, which saw a 7% increase in its total value locked (TVL) in ETH terms during the same period. It’s worth mentioning that Lido’s success has been met with criticism due to the project’s dominance, accounting for a substantial 72% of all staked ETH.Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum, has acknowledged the need for Ethereum to become more accessible for everyday people to run nodes in order to maintain decentralization in the long term. However, Vitalik does not anticipate a viable solution to this challenge within the next decade. Consequently, investors have legitimate concerns about centralization, including the influence of services like Lido.ETH futures and options show reduced interest from leverage longsA look at derivatives metrics will better explain how Ether’s professional traders are positioned in the current market conditions. Ether monthly futures typically trade at a 5 to 10% annualized premium — a situation known as contango, which is not unique to crypto markets.Ether 2-month futures annualized premium. Source: Laevitas.chThe premium for Ether futures hit its lowest point in three weeks, standing at 2.2%, indicating a lack of demand for leveraged long positions. Interestingly, not even the 6% gain following the retest of the $1,530 support level on Sept. 11 managed to push ETH futures into the 5% neutral threshold.One should look at the options markets to better gauge market sentiment, as the 25% delta skew can confirm whether professional traders are leaning bearish. In short, if traders expect a drop in Bitcoin’s price, the skew metric will rise above 7%, while periods of excitement typically have a -7% skew.Ether 30-day options 25% delta skew. Source: Laevitas.chOn Sept. 14 the Ether 25% delta skew indicator briefly shifted to a bullish stance. This shift was driven by put (sell) options trading at an 8% discount compared to similar call (buy) options. However, this sentiment waned on Sept. 15, with both call and put options now trading at a similar premium. Essentially, Ether derivatives traders are displaying reduced interest in leverage long positions, despite the successful defense of the $1,530 price level.On one hand, Ether has potential catalysts, including requests for a spot ETH exchange-traded fund (ETF) and macroeconomic factors driven by inflationary pressure. However, the dwindling use of dApps and ongoing regulatory uncertainties create a fertile ground for FUD. This is likely to continue exerting downward pressure on Ether’s price, making a rally to $1,850 in the short to medium term appear unlikely.This article is for general information purposes and is not intended to be and should not be taken as legal or investment advice. The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed here are the author’s alone and do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions of Cointelegraph.

BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, ADA, DOGE, SOL, TON, DOT, MATIC

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Bitcoin (BTC) has been stuck inside a large range since April, indicating indecision about the next directional move. Efforts by the bears to sink the price below the support of the range were thwarted by the bulls on Sep. 11. However, Bitcoin is not out of the woods yet. Jamie Coutts, a chartered market technician and crypto market analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, while speaking to Cointelegraph said that if the tightening cycle extends, followed by “an uptick in unemployment and more stress in the banking sector, then there could be a bit more pain for risk assets like Bitcoin.” Daily cryptocurrency market performance. Source: Coin360Cryptocurrency traders have also remained cautious. A Bitfinex report shows that the cryptocurrency industry witnessed capital outflows of $55 billion in August. The drop in liquidity has caused isolated events to “have a bigger impact on market movements,” the report added.Will Bitcoin turn down and retest its pivotal support? Could Bitcoin’s weakness trigger further selling in altcoins? Let’s study the charts of the top-10 cryptocurrencies to find out.Bitcoin price analysisBitcoin broke and closed above the 20-day exponential moving average ($26,228) on Sep. 14, indicating that the downside momentum is weakening.BTC/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingViewThe 20-day EMA is flattening out and the relative strength index (RSI) is near the midpoint, signaling that the BTC/USDT pair may stay range-bound between $24,800 and $28,143 for some more time.If bears want to make a comeback, they will have to quickly pull the price back below the 20-day EMA. Such a move will suggest that higher levels are being sold into. That could result in a retest of the strong support at $24,800.Ether price analysisEther (ETH) plunged below the $1,550 support on Sep. 11 but the bears could not build upon this strength. This suggests solid buying at lower levels.ETH/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingViewThe bulls thereafter started a recovery, which has reached the 20-day EMA ($1,638). This level is likely to witness a tough battle between the bulls and the bears. A break and close above the 20-day EMA could trap several aggressive bears, resulting in a short squeeze. That could propel the price to $1,745.Instead, if the price turns down from the 20-day EMA, it will suggest that the bears remain in command. The sellers will then make another attempt to sink the ETH/USDT pair below $1,550 and resume the downtrend.BNB price analysisBNB (BNB) bounced off the psychological support near $200 on Sep. 12, indicating that the bulls are active at lower levels.BNB/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingViewThe recovery has reached the 20-day EMA ($215), which is an important level to watch out for. If the BNB/USDT pair turns lower from the current level, it will indicate that the sentiment remains negative and traders are selling on relief rallies. That will increase the risk of a breakdown below $200. Contrarily, the RSI is forming a positive divergence, indicating that the selling pressure could be reducing. A rise above the 20-day EMA could open the doors for a retest of the 50-day SMA ($225).XRP price analysisXRP (XRP) has been trading between $0.41 and $0.56 for the past several days. The price has recovered to the 20-day EMA ($0.50), which is an important level to keep an eye on.XRP/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingViewIf buyers thrust the price above the 20-day EMA, it will indicate that the selling pressure is reducing. That could start a sustained recovery toward the overhead resistance at $0.56. This level may again act as a roadblock.If the price turns down from $0.56, it will indicate that the range-bound action may continue for some more time. The next trending move is likely to begin after bulls push the price above $0.56 or bears sink the XRP/USDT pair below $0.41.Cardano price analysisThe strong selling in Cardano (ADA) pulled the price to $0.24 on Sep. 11 but the bears could not break the crucial support.ADA/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingViewThe rebound off $0.24 on Sep. 12 reached the 20-day EMA ($0.26) on Sep. 15. This level is likely to witness a tussle between the buyers and sellers. If the ADA/USDT pair turns down sharply from the 20-day EMA, it will indicate that every minor rise is being sold into. That could increase the risk of a drop to $0.22.Contrarily, if buyers shove the price above the 20-day EMA, it will signal the start of a stronger recovery to $0.28. Dogecoin price analysisDogecoin (DOGE) continues to trade between the 20-day EMA ($0.06) and the solid support at $0.06. This tight-range trading is unlikely to continue for long and a breakout may happen soon.DOGE/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingViewIf buyers kick the price above the 20-day EMA, it will suggest that the sellers may be losing their grip. That could start a relief rally to the 50-day SMA ($0.07) where the bears are expected to intensify selling.Contrary to this assumption, if the price turns down sharply from the 20-day EMA, it will enhance the prospects of a break below $0.06. If this support breaks down, the DOGE/USDT pair may plummet to $0.055.Solana price analysisSolana (SOL) has been swinging between $14 and $27.12 for the past several months. The price has reached the 20-day EMA ($19.51) where the bears are likely to pose a stiff challenge.SOL/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingViewIf buyers thrust the price above the 20-day EMA, the SOL/USDT pair could reach the overhead resistance at $22.30. This level may again act as a strong hurdle but if bulls overcome it, the pair could climb to $27.12.On the contrary, if the price turns down from the 20-day EMA, it will signal that demand dries up at higher levels. The bears will then try to resume the downtrend and yank the price to the vital support at $14.Related: Japan to allow startups to raise funds by issuing crypto instead of stocks: ReportToncoin price analysisToncoin (TON) snapped back from the 20-day EMA ($1.75) on Sep. 12, indicating that the bulls are viewing the dips as a buying opportunity.TON/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingViewThe price reached the first resistance at $1.98 on Sep. 13 where the bears are trying to halt the up-move. A minor advantage in favor of the bulls is that they have not ceded ground to the bears. This suggests that the bulls are in no hurry to book profits as they anticipate the up-move to continue.If the $1.98 level is taken out, the TON/USDT pair could reach $2.07. This is an important level for the bears to defend because a break above it could propel the pair to $2.40. On the downside, a slide below the 20-day EMA could tilt the advantage in favor of the bears.Polkadot price analysisPolkadot (DOT) has been trading below the breakdown level of $4.22 for the past few days, which is a negative sign.DOT/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingViewThe bulls are trying to start a relief rally but that is likely to face strong selling at $4.22. If the price turns down from the overhead resistance, it will suggest that bears remain in control. The sellers will then try to sink the DOT/USDT pair below $3.90. If they succeed, the pair could collapse to $3.44.If bulls want to prevent the decline, they will have to push and sustain the price above $4.22. If they do that, it will suggest that the markets have rejected the breakdown. The pair may then attempt a rally to the 50-day SMA ($4.61).Polygon price analysisPolygon (MATIC) slipped below the critical support at $0.51 on Sep. 11 but the bears could not maintain the selling pressure. That started a rebound, which is nearing the 20-day EMA ($0.54).MATIC/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingViewThe bears will attempt to stall the recovery at the 20-day EMA and tug the price below $0.50. If they manage to do that, it will signal the resumption of the downtrend. The MATIC/USDT pair could then slump to $0.45.Although the downsloping moving averages indicate advantage to bears, the positive divergence on the RSI suggests that the bearish momentum may be slowing down. If buyers clear the obstacle at the 20-day EMA, the pair may climb to $0.60.This article does not contain investment advice or recommendations. Every investment and trading move involves risk, and readers should conduct their own research when making a decision.