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  • The bitcoin halving coincided with some other major launches on the blockchain, including cutting-edge programming innovations that should attract more developers to the network.
  • For years, rival chains like ethereum and solana have competed with bitcoin on functionality because both have smart contracts natively integrated into the underlying chain.
  • Recent features added after the halving make large-scale bitcoin DeFi a reality, and programmers are capitalizing on the opportunities as bitcoin’s market value surpasses $1.3 trillion.

Magic Eden programmers gathered at an Airbnb in San Jose, California, to hack in preparation for the so-called bitcoin halving.

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In the eastern hills of San Jose, California, 17 programmers working for the popular ordinal market maker, Magic Eden, crammed into a 4-bedroom, 3,875-square-foot house rented on Airbnb. Their goal was to spend a week hacking to prepare for the so-called bitcoin halving – an event that is baked into the chain’s code and helps ward off inflation through programmatic monetary policy.

Much of the debate over the halving, which occurs roughly every four years, has been over whether new issuance of the world’s largest virtual currency would be halved. But the halving lockdown also coincided with a couple of other major launches on the blockchain, including cutting-edge programming innovations that should attract many more programmers and many more venture capital dollars into the bitcoin ecosystem.

Additionally, unlike past halving events, the largest cryptocurrency in the world hit a new all-time high above $73,000 in March as record flows entered the bitcoin ecosystem via newly launched bitcoin spot exchange-traded funds in the U.S.

“Bitcoin has never been healthier – what was previously missing was a vibrant developer ecosystem,” said Zedd Yin, co-founder and COO of Magic Eden.

Some Magic Eden programmers have taken breaks from hacking to play arcade games.

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The Magic Eden hacker pop-up house was modest but had a few bells and whistles that carried the small crew along throughout the week.

These perks included Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Street Fighter-themed arcade-style machine games in the living room, plus a DIY open bar on a folding plastic table in the dining room.

Engineers also participated in the hackathon with the distinct advantage of knowing what they wanted to build. In the days leading up to the halving, Yin, 33, brought her team together under one roof in Northern California with a clear goal in mind: to code and launch the ultimate marketplace for a new wave of digital products coming to the blockchain of Bitcoin. On Monday morning, Magic Eden’s Runes platform went live, helping solidify its place as the go-to forum for dealing with these new bitcoin offerings.

I’ve liked rival chains for years ethereum AND solana they competed with Bitcoin in terms of functionality, because they both have smart contracts – that is, programmable pieces of code – natively integrated into the underlying chain. This has been one of the main reasons why developers around the world have flocked to these blockchains to build applications.

Magic Eden’s pop-up hacker house included arcade games and a ping pong table with a full bar.

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Enter Casey Rodarmor.

The popular bitcoin developer completely disrupted this dynamic last year when it introduced bitcoin’s version of non-fungible tokens known as ordinals, which developers ended up using as the basis for bitcoin-issued coins called BRC-20 tokens. The launch was uneventful at first, but it ended up being a huge success.

Late Friday night, at the exact moment the bitcoin halving was initialized, Rodarmor unveiled its latest creation, Runes, which is basically just a better, more efficient version of the BRC-20 tokens.

“People really respect Casey and think he captured lightning in a bottle,” said Nic Carter of Castle Island Ventures. “And so there are very high expectations for runes too.”

Technically speaking, runes simply enable the issuance of fungible token assets on the bitcoin base chain. They could be stablecoins, memecoins, or any variety of fungible token.

The reason this is important for developers is its efficiency compared to existing BRC-20 tokens, Bitcoin’s widely used fungible token standard that has already received a lot of popularity. Having a universally accepted token standard like this is seen as key to helping unlock the scope of decentralized finance on bitcoin. Decentralized finance, or DeFi, is a parallel banking system that eliminates intermediaries like lawyers and banks and relies on code for enforcement.

“Fungible tokens are a significant part of every significant ecosystem like solana and ethereum, so runes represent an important step in the evolution of bitcoin,” said Yin, who previously helped lead the product for all trading products institutional at CoinBase.

Bill Barhydt, who runs Abra, a company that supports miners with a mix of services, including automatic settlements, and has access to macro data across the industry, said bitcoin simply cannot scale 100% on-chain via the own level one. The problem has to do with the fact that the bitcoin blockchain does not have the built-in smart contract capabilities needed to replicate the banking stack of a chain like ethereum or solana.

“BRC-20 tokens and ordinals, its successor runes, sidechains like stacks, and DeFi on bitcoin are all showing strong promise in user adoption, which is set to dramatically increase demand for the space of bitcoin lockdown and adoption, which I believe will create a positive feedback loop will further drive bitcoin price increases over the next few years,” Barhydt said. “It’s truly remarkable the level of new development work happening around bitcoin,” she added.

Venture capital investors agree.

“I’ve never seen the pace of deals move so aggressively in the bitcoin space in my entire career,” Carter tells CNBC.

For a week, the Magic Eden team gathered at an Airbnb in San Jose to work on code for a new digital asset marketplace that would go live at the Bitcoin halving block.

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Indeed, VC appetite for these layer two bitcoin projects has increased in recent months.

PitchBook says that the fourth quarter of 2023 was the first time in nearly two years that the value of cryptocurrency trades increased, reaching $1.9 billion, up 2.5% from the previous quarter. While still far from the 2021 high of $31 billionfunds are rebuilding interest and confidence in the space.

“There has definitely been a revival of capital interest in the bitcoin layer two space,” said Muneeb Ali, who co-founded Stacks, an open-source blockchain network that brings smart contracts to bitcoin.

Stacks is a separate chain from Bitcoin but the two are able to work together. The project also launched its update at the time of the halving block, which reduced the transaction time to five seconds, compared to the 10 to 30 minute block times tied to Bitcoin’s base chain.

“Having so much interest in venture capital just confirms that the bitcoin ecosystem is poised to grow,” said Ali, who noted that the pace of projects launching on bitcoin has also picked up momentum over the past six months, from half a dozen projects started at more than 50.

A new report released by Austin-based venture capital fund Trammell Venture Partners found that the bitcoin startup sector had a successful year in the pre-seed stage, noting a 360% year-over-year increase in transaction counts.

“The founders really want to build specifically on bitcoin,” Christopher Calicott, the fund’s managing director and founding partner, said of the study’s findings.

The report also notes that early-stage native Bitcoin startups raised just under $1 billion from 2021 to 2023.

Take Alpen Labs. The second-level project, which is bringing cutting-edge scaling technology known as zero-knowledge proof to Bitcoin, has just emerged from stealth mode with Ribbit Capital leading a $10.6 million round. Another popular layer two solution called “Build on Bitcoin” or BOB, has raised $10 million in seed funding.

Ordinals, BRC-20 and other innovations introduced in 2023 really helped build momentum ahead of the halving,” Ali said. “They made bitcoin fun for developers again and showed that users will prefer NFTs, assets and apps over bitcoin if provided the opportunity.”

In the eastern hills of San Jose, California, 17 programmers working for the popular Ordinals marketplace maker, Magic Eden, crammed into a 3,875-square-foot, 4-bedroom house rented on Airbnb.

Amyl Husayn

For years, developers have tried to insert additional functionality into the basic bitcoin chain. Barhydt told CNBC that demand for DeFi, particularly yield and lending, is a key driver of cryptocurrency adoption.

Sidechains like stacks, for example, have worked to bring the speed and competitive transaction costs of solana-style binaries into the bitcoin ecosystem, in order to decongest the main chain and allow the overall bitcoin economy to grow.

With Runes, these existing projects have a new tool they can use to grow, as it allows them to potentially connect to a native, lightweight token system on the bitcoin main chain instead of having to generate their own independent token environment.

“Runes presents an efficient system for creating and managing fungible tokens directly on bitcoin in a way that reduces blockchain footprint and improves scalability compared to other token standards,” said Hong Fang, president of cryptocurrency exchange OKX. “This has important implications for second-layer solutions and sidechains that are working to scale Bitcoin,” added Fang, who previously spent nearly a decade working at Goldman Sachs.

Stacks’ Ali dubbed the post-halving environment “Bitcoin’s second season.”

“Season two is all about the builders’ return to bitcoin. Users are finally separating bitcoin as an asset from bitcoin, like binary,” he said.

As for Yin and his team, another important aspect of the rune hackathon was the need for a little more due diligence on Airbnb properties.

The team had an outdoor gas fireplace that didn’t work so there was a constant gas leak smell throughout the week, the rental apartment’s WiFi was down the entire first day, and a handful of people sick with Covid.

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Binance Burns $971 Million in BNB! Cryptocurrency Explodes!

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Binance Burns $971 Million in BNB! Cryptocurrency Explodes!

Monday, July 22, 2024 ▪ 3 minute read ▪ by Eddy S.

Binance recently completed its 28th quarterly BNB token burn. This event saw the destruction of 1,643,698.8 BNB tokens, valued at approximately $971 million at the time of the burn. This strategic initiative is part of the cryptocurrency exchange’s ongoing efforts to reduce the total supply of BNB! This increases its scarcity and potentially its value.

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Binance: BNB Skyrockets After Recent Crypto Burn!

The concept of crypto burning involves permanently removing a certain number of tokens from circulation. This is done by sending tokens to a burn address, a special wallet from which they can never be retrieved. By reducing the overall supply of BNB, Binance aims to create a deflationary effect, which can drive up the price of the remaining tokens. This practice is a key element of Binance’s long-term strategy to increase the value of BNB and reward its holders.

The recent burn has had a significant impact on the cryptocurrency market. Following the announcement, BNB price increased by 0.5% to $596 and trading volume jumped by 22%. This increase in price and trading activity indicates growing investor confidence in BNB and Binance’s overall strategy. Investors often view token burns as a positive sign, as they demonstrate the company’s commitment to maintaining the value of its native token.

A show of strength for Binance!

The success of these burns highlights Binance’s solid financial health and ability to generate significant profits. The funds used for the burns come from Binance’s profits, underscoring the crypto platform’s strong revenue streams and operational efficiency.

Binance’s latest BNB token burn not only reduced the total supply of BNB, but also boosted investor confidence and cryptocurrency market activity. As Binance continues to run its quarterly burns, the long-term outlook for BNB remains positive! This, with a potential price appreciation and increased investor interest.

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5 Million PUSH Circulating Supply Stolen in WazirX Hack, Token Drops 48%

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5 million of circulating PUSH supply stolen in WazirX hack, token falls 48%

The entire reserve of PUSH tokens held on WazirX was stolen following the recent security breachresulting in the theft of over $230 million in digital assets. The hack, which occurred on July 18, 2024, sent shockwaves through the crypto community and led to a significant drop in the value of the affected tokens.

For Push Protocol, the developer of the PUSH token, the exploitersold 100% of the PUSH token holdings belonging to WazirX users. This massive sell-off contributed to a 48% drop in the value of the PUSH token. The stolen PUSH tokens were traced to an Ethereum address identified by Push Protocol. At press time, PUSH has recovered as much as 23% to $0.099, resulting in a net decline of 34% since yesterday.

Harsh, the founder of Push Protocol, provided exclusive comment to CryptoSlate, stating, “We are currently communicating with the WazirX team to see what the action plan may be,” indicating that efforts are underway to address the situation and potentially mitigate the impact on affected users.

WazirX took immediate action in response to the hack, temporarily suspending all deposits and withdrawals to prevent further losses. The exchange also launched a reward program offering up to $23 million for information leading to the recovery of stolen funds.

ZachXBT has suggested that the cyberattack could be linked to North Korean perpetrators, based on similarities in the types of services used and transactional behaviors observed in previous attacks attributed to North Korean hackers.

Push Protocol has a circulating supply of 60 million tokens. Harsh commented,

“100% of the user reserves on the exploited exchange (Wazirx) have been sold. The remaining 55 million remain with the community and other exchanges, users, investors, etc.”

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Utility Tokens on the Rise: Why Investors Are Abandoning Doge, Shib, and Bonk for Rollblock!

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Utility Tokens on the Rise: Why Investors Are Abandoning Doge, Shib, and Bonk for Rollblock!

Memecoins are known to be the most unpredictable yet potentially profitable assets. Early investors in Dogecoin (DOGE), Shiba Inu (SHIB) and Bonk (BONK) have been able to enjoy huge net returns.

While some of these still have potential to recover in the next bull cycle, investors are also looking at new, brighter gems. One utility token that has successfully captured investors’ attention is Rolling block (RLBK). It has innovative technology, a unique platform to play and earn, and the potential to make huge profits by the end of 2024.

The Future Looks Uncertain for Dogecoin (DOGE)

Dogecoin (DOGE) has made an impressive comeback amid the long-awaited cryptocurrency market resurgence. It recently surpassed 90 million wallet addresses, reflecting a huge growth in Dogecoin’s user base. Analysts are even seeing the possibility of a super cycle for Dogecoin where it could enter the $1 to $1.50 range.

However, this forecast is very ambitious. Realistically, Dogecoin has only been in the green zone for the past 30 days. Although the memecoin has made a small dip, it seems to be in choppy waters. With an intraday gain of over 3.7%, the future looks very bright for Dogecoin, with some analysts predicting that Dogecoin could rise further in Q3.

Shiba Inu (SHIB) needs huge bullish momentum to keep pace with the market

Over the past 30 days, Shiba Inu (SHIB) has seen a small decline of 0.77%. Things have been tough for Shiba Inu lately, especially after the news of hackers stealing 5.4 trillion Shiba Inu tokens. According to Coinmarketcap, Shiba Inu is currently worth $0.00001783, down 81% from its all-time high.

Shiba Inu can recover now if buyers regain control. Market sentiment has changed positively and trading volume has remained strong. If Shiba Inu manages not to fall further, then the local trend could remain bullish. Unfortunately, analysts suggest that this bullish trend is a short-lived event.

Can Bonk (BONK) Rebound to the Top During This Rally?

Bonk is one of the best performing meme coins ever created. Investors reaped millions of dollars in profits when Bonk’s value soared as much as 7581% in a year. However, things haven’t been the same for Bonk since then.

According to Coinmarketcap, Bonk is currently trading at $0.00003076. This has increased by over 31% in seven days, leading investors to wonder if Bonk is making a comeback. However, with some analysts predicting a sharp decline in the coming weeks, investors should be cautious before committing their money to such a risky asset.

Rollblock (RBLK) Quickly Becomes the Next Big Token

With such uncertain market conditions for memecoins, investors are now shifting their attention to newer alternatives. One such token that is getting all the hype is Rolling block (RBLK). This GambleFi play-to-earn coin offers the best of both worlds to investors: they can safely trade cryptocurrencies while gambling and placing bets!

This highly profitable project introduces a DeFi casino with over 150 game modes. Using blockchain technology, the platform makes it impossible to change bets, giving investors complete peace of mind.

Players earn $RBLK as a reward for playing. Token holders will be granted a share of the platform’s profits, with Rollblock allocating up to 30% of its revenue to a buyback mechanism.

In Phase 4 of its presale alone, Rollblock has already raised as much as $1.2 million, reflecting the huge demand for the token. Compared to other tokens with uncertain growth trajectories, Rollblock is trading at a highly competitive price of $0.017. Before the presale ends, analysts predict that this value will increase by 800%, with a huge rally on the day of release!

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Definition, how it works with cryptocurrency trading

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What is an atomic swap?

An atomic swap is an exchange of cryptocurrencies from separate blockchains. The idea is to remove centralized intermediaries like exchanges and reduce the steps required to exchange tokens, but many exchanges and companies have created swap solutions to simplify the process.

The term atomic comes from the term “atomic state” where a state has no substates. This refers to a cryptocurrency transaction between two people using different blockchains that either happens or it doesn’t happen, there is no choice.

Most atomic swaps enabled wallets and blockchains use smart contracts. Smart contracts are programs within blockchains that execute when certain conditions are met. In this case, the conditions are that each party accepts the transaction before a timer expires. Using a smart contract in commerce prevents either party from stealing cryptocurrency from the other.

Atomic exchanges are also called Crossed chain atomic exchanges.

Key points

  • An atomic swap is a cryptocurrency exchange between two parties who wish to exchange tokens from different blockchains.
  • Atomic swaps are useful if you only have one cryptocurrency but need to use another in a transaction.
  • To make an atomic swap, special wallets or exchange services are needed, because the technique is still being developed and perfected.

Understanding Atomic Swaps

Each cryptocurrency is backed by a blockchain, which is designed only to accept transactions in specific tokens. For example, the Bitcoin and Ethereum blockchains each have a native token that cannot be transferred to the other. You must first convert them into fiat currency and then purchase the other using other cryptocurrencies and exchanges to get what you want. Depending on the cryptocurrency, this can take several transactions. Atomic swaps allow you to exchange tokens from different blockchains in one transaction.

Some decentralized exchanges can do atomic swaps for you. A decentralized exchange (DEX) has no central authority regulating it; it is a platform where you can trade without a third party. You can also choose from cross-chain swap providers, where you transfer your digital assets into another wallet, do the swap, and transfer them back out.

Atomic exchanges rely on each party providing proof via key cryptography and acceptance by both parties via the encrypted key.

History of Atomic Exchanges

The concept was conceived shortly after the materialization of altcoins, cryptocurrencies other than Bitcoin. The creation of altcoins caused some cryptocurrency holders to become interested in moving capital between coins. This type of token swap first appeared in September 2017, when an atomic swap was conducted between Decred and Litecoin.

Since then, startups and decentralized exchanges have created ways to facilitate swaps and have given users the same ability. For example, Lightning Labs, a startup that created the Lightning Network for Bitcoin transactions, has conducted off-chain swaps using the technology.

Special cryptocurrency wallets have also been developed that can perform cross-chain atomic swaps: Liquality has developed a wallet that allows you to trade Bitcoin, ETH and more, connecting to swap providers such as 1inch, Jupiter and Sovryn.

Atomic exchange process

In an atomic swap, two token holders agree to exchange their tokens. A smart contract is programmed to lock both token holders’ tokens and redeem them for the desired tokens. For example, if Alice wanted to exchange one bitcoin (BTC) for an equal amount of Bob’s monero (XMR), the smart contract would lock both amounts on their respective blockchains. Once Alice and Bob agree to the exchange, the smart contract would redeem Bob’s BTC on the Bitcoin network and Alice’s XMR on the Monero network.

Atomic exchanges use Hash Timelock Contracts (HTLC) to automate the exchange of tokens. As the name suggests, HTLC is a time-limited smart contract between parties that involves generating a cryptographic hash on each end.

A cryptographic hash function is an algorithm that converts variable-length data, such as a person’s wallet address and transaction information. It converts them into a hexadecimal number with a fixed length. In general, the number that is generated is called a hash.

HTLC requires both parties to acknowledge receipt of funds within a specified time frame. If one party fails to confirm the transaction within the time frame, the entire transaction is canceled and the funds are not transferred. This eliminates Counterparty riskor the risk that one party will accept the offered coins and refuse the transfer of their own coins.

How to do an atomic swap

Atomic Swaps sound complicated, but for most users they can be very simple. Atomic Swap enabled wallets or decentralized exchanges like Atomic Swap or Uniswap allow you to choose between your cryptocurrency to exchange for another token. The swap may be labeled “Exchange” or “Swap” in the wallet interface.

Once you have selected the appropriate action, choose the tokens you want to exchange; you will see the amount you will receive in the token you are exchanging. The interface should tell you the exchange rate and network fees, have you review the transaction, and give you a button to press to initiate the exchange.

Depending on the network, whether you are using an exchange or trading with another user, the swap may take several minutes to complete. For example, Atomic Wallet instructions state that a swap should take about 20 minutes, but other decentralized wallets or exchanges may take less or more time.

What is the atomic exchange mechanism?

Atomic swaps are typically initiated by users and executed by a smart contract. The smart contract can be programmed in many ways, but most tend to lock up the swapped tokens or burn them, then issue new tokens to the swappers.

What are the advantages of Atomic Swaps?

When two entities want to exchange tokens, they can use an atomic swap to ensure that no third parties are involved. This technique is faster and generally cheaper than going through exchanges or other token exchange service providers.

Is an atomic swap anonymous?

In most cases, the only information publicly available is token amounts and users’ public addresses. However, if other information is made available, these addresses can be traced back to their owners, so they are realistically pseudonymous.

The bottom line

The term atomic swap is used to refer to two users exchanging tokens from incompatible blockchains. Swaps are typically executed by smart contracts, which freeze or burn the original tokens and issue new ones on the corresponding blockchains.

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