This Week's ⚡️ Quick Bits & 🎥 Quick Media Digest (#76)

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  • Biden administration says they would oppose a bill permitting heavily regulated financial institutions to hold Bitcoin on behalf of customers.

  • EU securities regulator reviews whether to allow crypto assets into its €12T mutual fund market, potentially opening the door to major mainstream adoption.

  • LocalMonero and Agoradesk, peer to peer trading platforms, announces its closure by November 2024, starting a six-month wind-down.

  • Decentralized mixing service Incognito also stops operating their service.

  • Zeus Wallet founder believes that now is the time to take a stand and fight for KYC-free bitcoin self-custody wallets.

  • Nigeria to ban peer to peer cryptocurrency trading in the Naira, blaming crypto for harming the local currency.

  • Australian Taxation Office seeks personal and transaction data from 1.2M exchange users to identify those potentially evading tax obligations.

  • Microsoft warns of Android malware 'Dirty Stream,' exploiting a critical security flaw affecting popular apps with billions of installs.

  • Taiwan seeks to criminalize cryptocurrency firms that fail to abide by anti-money laundering rules.

  • Argentina to mine bitcoin with stranded gas and 1,200 miners, thanks to a partnership with Genesis Digital Assets.

  • Jack Dorsey's Block plans to purchase BTC monthly using 10% of its gross profit from Bitcoin products.

  • Bitcoin network has processed 1B transactions, in 15 years, four months, and four days after Satoshi Nakamoto mined the genesis block.

  • Address poisoning attack costs someone over $71M in wrapped bitcoin.

  • Nvidia is the only stock to beat BTC over the last 10 years.

  • Congressman Sean Casten introduces the Blockchain Integrity Act to temporarily prohibit financial institutions from transacting with funds that have gone through digital asset mixers.

  • Senator Cynthia Lummis slams DOJ for a hyper-aggressive stance on self-custody software.

  • Alexander Vinnik, BTC-e co-founder, pleads guilty to facilitating a $9B money laundering scheme linked to hacking and drug trafficking.

  • Crypto lobbyists prepare for the 2024 US presidential election, despite cryptocurrency not being a priority for most voters, with Bitcoin maximalists being a notable exception.

  • Glassnode report reveals long-term Bitcoin investors are increasingly HODLing onto their assets.

  • CoinRoutes report reveals Q1 2024 Bitcoin surge driven by spot ETFs lowered trading costs due to heightened trading volume.

  • Metaplanet, dubbed Asia's MicroStrategy, welcomes Dylan LeClair as director of Bitcoin strategy.

  • Susquehanna International Group, a global trading, technology, and investment firm, discloses that it holds over $1.8B in Bitcoin ETFs.

  • Reserve Bank of India is working to make its digital currency available without the need for internet access.

  • Butt Dickarson, a Bitcoin podcaster, publishes a half-hour secret recording with confessions from a social engineering Coinbase hacker.

  • Swan Bitcoin launches Managed Mining service for institutional investors and announces strategic collaboration with Tether, targets 100 EH by 2026.

  • Canaan launches new A1566 BTC mining machine that features an energy efficiency ratio of 18.5J/T though its 185T hashing power and 3420W power consumption.

  • Standard Chartered says Trump defeating Biden is good for Bitcoin.



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  • Unchained releases new Bitcoin commercial encouraging self-custody (May 2 | 0:37 min watch).

  • Trump says ‘I’m good with Crypto. If you’re for crypto you better vote for Trump’ (May 9 | 0:38 min watch).

  • Samson Mow of JAN3 predicts a greater Bitcoin war than the Blocksize Wars may be in sight now that Bitcoin is mainstream, possibly over the FATF’s Travel Rule, ‘What if Michael Saylor sides with BlackRock?’ (May 9 | 1:40 min watch).

  • Theya releases a video covering five new features they dropped last week, i.e., a redesigned web app, passkey integration, offline mode, Single-Key Vaults, and Multi-Vault support (May 3 | 6:33 min watch).

  • Unchained posts a video walkthrough for setting up Coinkite’s new Coldcard Q signing device (May 3 | 11:38 min watch).

  • Ohio State’s commencement speaker, Chris Pan, tries to orange pill 60,000 people after writing a speech on ayahuasca but gets booed for being a tad bit too cringe (May 5 | 19:15 min watch).

  • Lyn Alden, the author of Broken Money, launches a YouTube channel and posts the first video, a 30-minute explainer on how money and banking work and why they're broken (Apr 28 | 32:29 min watch).

  • Lightspark CEO David Marcus and Michael Saylor discuss enterprise adoption of the Bitcoin Lightning Network and a potential future where Bitcoin is the native currency of AI agents (May 2 | 1:00:53 min watch).




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