Starbucks joins NFT party, UK government seeks stablecoin regulations and Crypto Twitter rallies behind cancer fighter, Hodler’s Digest: Apr. 3-9

Starbucks joins NFT party, UK government seeks stablecoin regulations and Crypto Twitter rallies behind cancer fighter, Hodler’s Digest: Apr. 3-9

Coming every Saturday, Hodlers Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more a week on Cointelegraph in one link.

Top Stories This Week

Starbucks announces NFT initiative as union-busting controversy continues

Nonfungible tokens continue making headlines, with coffee giant Starbucks having recently signaled its intent on joining the party. Sometime before the end of this calendar year, we are going to be in the business, said Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz via a Partner Open Forum on Monday.

The talk surfaced in tandem with a rising interest in unionization led by workers of the chains U.S. stores. One of the folks heading up the union movement, Laila Dalton, was let go from Starbucks shortly after the announcement. Comments from Schultz show he is not in favor of unions.

UK government moves forward with regulatory framework on stablecoins for payments

The U.K.s HM Treasury expressed interest in crypto regulation on a number of fronts. Included in the mix was the recognition of the potential for stablecoins as commonplace payment vehicles, with the aim of fitting the asset type into current regulatory guidelines.

Its my ambition to make the U.K. a global hub for crypto-asset technology, and the measures weve outlined today will help to ensure firms can invest, innovate and scale up in this country, HM Treasury Chancellor Rishi Sunak noted.

Economic Secretary to the Treasury John Glen said: If crypto technologies are going to be a big part of the future, then we, the U.K., want to be in and in on the ground floor.

ProShares files with SEC for Short Bitcoin Strategy ETF

Tuesday saw a filing for a different type of Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) from ProShares one that would allow investors to bet against futures. ProShares has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for its Short Bitcoin Strategy ETF. Essentially, shares of the ETF would profit when Bitcoin futures go down in price instead of up. These so-called inverse ETFs, which are designed to perform the opposite of the benchmark in which they track, are relatively common in the futures market.

ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF, based on Bitcoin futures, was listed in October 2021 after the SEC approved the product. The newly filed ProShares Short Bitcoin Strategy ETF has a June listing goal, although a decision from the SEC could see this being delayed.

Blockstream and Block Inc to build solar Bitcoin mining facility powered by Tesla technology

A new collaboration between crypto storage company Blockstream and Jack Dorseys Block (formerly Square) will see the development of a fully solar-powered, open-source mining facility.

According to the announcement, the mining facility will be outfitted with a 3.8 megawatt Tesla solar PV (photovoltaic) array and 12 MWh (megawatt hour) lithium-ion battery Tesla Megapack. With this mining facility, the companies intend to investigate the feasibility of operating a zero-emission energy mine.

The collaboration will also see the development of a publicly accessible dashboard, which will display key metrics including the power output, total number of mined , storage performance, expenses and return on investment, to name a few.

Winners and Losers

At the end of the week, Bitcoin () is at $42,388.53, er (ereum-price”>) at $3,207.75 and XRP at $0.76. The total market cap is at $1.96 trillion, according to CoinMarketCap.

Among the biggest 100 cryptocurrencies, the top three altcoin gainers of the week are Mina (MINA) at 17.56%, NEAR Protocol (NEAR) at 16.07% and Convex Finance (CVX) at 10.06%.

The top three altcoin losers of the week are Waves (WAVES) at -50.60%, Zilliqa (ZIL) at -37.08% and Axie Infinity (AXS) at -29.43%.

For more info on crypto prices, make sure to read Cointelegraphs market analysis.

Most Memorable Quotations

Under the global inflation backdrop, Bitcoin has the chance to become a broadly used currency in international settlement.

Chen Li, CEO and co-founder of Youbi Capital

While it is clear that the energy requirements of global Bitcoin mining have grown significantly since 2017, recent literature indicates a wide range of estimates for 2020 (47 TWh to 125 TWh) due to data gaps and differences in modelling approaches.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Theres no reason to treat the crypto market differently just because different technology is used.

Gary Gensler, chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Just imagine where we could be in five years, where virtually everyone in the Western world will have a smartphone wallet on their smartphone and theyll likely be able to transact with every restaurant in the world.

Anthony Scaramucci, founder and managing partner of Skybridge Capital

The scarcity and pristine nature of Bitcoin as collateral may well be returning to the foreground once again.

Glassnode

El Salvador is an independent democracy and we respect its right to self-govern, but the United States must have a plan in place to protect our financial systems from the risks of this decision, which appears to be a careless gamble rather than a thoughtful embrace of innovation.

Norma Torres, U.S. representative, on El Salvador making Bitcoin legal tender

If people have an itch to contribute soming or to do a side project in this space, I would say, Throw your heart into it, because youre going to get feedback and connections and insights and experiences from it that you just wouldnt have dreamt of.

MTC, founder of Sats Ledger

FUD of the Week

Aussie crypto ‘finfluencers’ face tough new legal restrictions

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) recently waved a red flag pertaining to influencers involved in finance. ASIC essentially warned influencers, both solo and companies employing influencers, of using language that might be seen as financial promotion. The warning from ASIC mentions finance as opposed to crypto specifically, but crypto is often grouped into the category of finance.

If you present factual information in a way that conveys a recommendation that someone should (or should not) invest in that product or class of products, you could breach the law by providing unlicensed financial product advice, the ASIC information sheet states.

Some comments of opposition regarding the move in part relate to the lack of clarity regarding what counts as financial influence.

Shopify facing another lawsuit from crypto holders over Ledger data breach

A collection of Ledger hardware wallet users have brought a legal case against Ledger, Shopify and TaskUs. In short, the case alleges that the defendants did not take appropriate steps to prevent the leak of a significant number of Ledger buyers personal data in 2020.

The complaint alleges that Ledger and Shopify misled customers by advertising the unmatched security of their products promises that are at odds with the current leak. The plaintiffs also claimed that Shopify and TaskUs were aware of the leak for over a week before alerting customers. Shopify was in charge of Ledgers online store at the time of the leak, and TaskUs is a third-party data consultant responsible for handling customer service, as delegated by Shopify, according to the legal complaint.

The group of Ledger users behind the legal complaint seeks certain damages, as well as disclosure of what data was actually leaked.

EU bans providing ‘high-value crypto-asset services’ to Russia

In an attempt to further suppress Russian nationals from using cryptocurrencies to safeguard assets amid the war in Ukraine, the Council of the European Union announced its intent to prohibit providing high-value crypto-asset services to the country.

Some of the other restrictive measures proposed by the European Commission this Friday include banning transactions and freezing assets connected to four Russian banks as well as a prohibition on providing advice on trusts to wealthy Russians.

Just a day before the Councils announcement, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin claimed that Russian entities and individuals hold more than $130 billion in crypto assets an amount that nearly equals Russias total gold holdings, which is valued at roughly $140 billion as of March 2022.

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