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Infrastructure protocol Intu seeks to provide complete ownership to crypto accounts

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Infrastructure protocol Intu seeks to provide complete ownership to crypto accounts Soumen Datta · 8 hours ago · 1 min read

Intu allows ownership to be distributed across multiple devices or wallets, which can be changed or revoked in the event of a compromise, according to the co-founder.

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Updated: January 19, 2023 at 12:07 am

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Infrastructure platform Intu seeks to allow web3 users to protect their digital assets account like a crypto wallet with minimal cost. 

Intu users will be protected by local cryptography and native decentralization of their chosen blockchain, according to a recent report. The co-founder of the Intu platform,  James Bourque, told CryptoSlate:

Accounts created with Intu still have a public address like normal accounts, are non-custodial and decentralized like normal accounts, and work across most EVM-based chains, but boost users’ confidence knowing they can independently recover lost accounts, proactively secure them, and never have to rely on a third party company, network, or token.

According to the co-founder, Intu accounts don’t have a single private key to lose or expose as it allows ownership to be distributed across multiple devices or wallets, which can be changed, replaced, or revoked in case of a compromise.

As part of Intu’s web3-native encryption initiative, the platform allows end-to-end encryption without needing additional passwords, keys, or data. 

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As reported, web3 projects can integrate Intu into their dApps to provide users with ‘uncompromised’ asset ownership. The platform would reportedly permit anyone to share and recover web3 accounts safely. 

Intu claims that, at present, the only alternative to traditional web3 wallets is either complex MPC solutions or smart contract wallets that are centralized and incompatible with some dApps.

Market uncertainty has devastated the crypto ecosystem and led to a decline in VC investments last year. In spite of this, infrastructure firms received the largest share of funding among all the other sectors in the crypto space, in December 2022, at about 22%.

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Grayscale continues to challenge SEC for spot Bitcoin ETF conversion

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Grayscale continues to challenge SEC for spot Bitcoin ETF conversion Liam ‘Akiba’ Wright · 5 hours ago · 2 min read

Oral arguments for Grayscale’s case against the SEC is penned for March 7.

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Updated: February 7, 2023 at 6:35 pm

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Grayscale announced that it had filed its final briefs in its litigation against the SEC to challenge the decision to deny the conversion of the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust into a spot Bitcoin ETF on Feb. 7.

The company disclosed that it filed documents “essentially identical” to those sent previously, but it required additional “citations and references” to appease the judges.

“These are essentially identical to other briefs that were filed previously, but with additional citations and references. It’s a necessary requirement to prepare the briefs to be read by a panel of D.C. Circuit judges.”

The SEC has repeatedly denied all applications for a spot Bitcoin ETF while allowing derivative alternatives such as ProShares Bitcoin Strategy (BITO) and Valkyrie Bitcoin Strategy ETF (BTF).

Since their inception, Bitcoin Futures ETFs have acquired over $700 million in assets under management. However, the SEC has previously cited Bitcoin’s volatility as a significant concern for allowing a spot Bitcoin ETF.

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A detailed timeline of the dispute, which began in June 2022, is documented on the Grayscale website, including a breakdown of all filings.

GBTC SEC dispute timeline

The case’s oral arguments are scheduled for Mar. 7 in the District of Columbia. A pivotal point to be debated is Grayscale’s assessment of the SEC’s framework for allowing a spot Bitcoin ETF. The final brief submitted by Grayscale calls the SEC’s approach “fundamentally unreasonable.”

“The Commission’s approach is fundamentally unreasonable—as underscored by the fact that the Commission has made it impossible for any spot bitcoin ETP to satisfy the significant-market test, since there is no spot bitcoin market that the Commission considers “significant.””

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Over 600,000 small addresses FOMO’ed into Bitcoin at $20k

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Over 600,000 small addresses FOMO’ed into Bitcoin at $20k Oluwapelumi Adejumo · 15 hours ago · 1 min read

Bitcoin analysts said this cohort accumulation is good for the network because it would make the asset more decentralized over time.

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Updated: February 6, 2023 at 9:44 am

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Around 620,000 new Bitcoin (BTC) addresses holding 0.1 BTC or less joined the network when the flagship asset regained the $20,000 mark on Jan. 13, according to Santiment data.

Source: Santiment

The blockchain analytical firm noted that these investors were majorly driven by the fear of missing out (FOMO) on the BTC bounce that took the asset’s value to as high as $24,167 in 30 days.

During this period, BTC market sentiments entered the “greed” zone for the first time since March 2022.

The total number of these addresses reached 39.8 million, Santiment added — the highest level since Nov. 19 amidst the FTX collapse.

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Bitcoin analysts said this cohort accumulation is good for the network because it would make the asset more decentralized over time.

Meanwhile, amid this cohort’s new wave of investments,  a significant whale transaction occurred on Feb. 4, Santiment reported. A new whale address went from holding zero BTC to 13,369 BTC in one transaction, according to the firm. It added that this was the largest BTC transaction in the previous four weeks.

Bitcoin drops below $23k

Following a solid price performance in January, BTC price fell by roughly 4% since the beginning of February, according to CryptoSlate data.

The digital asset experienced a mild sell-off over the weekend that took its value to below $23,000 on Feb. 5, liquidating around $30 million from the market.

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Russian citizens sending ‘significant amounts’ via crypto to help Ukrainians

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Russian citizens sending ‘significant amounts’ via crypto to help Ukrainians Dorian Batycka · 7 hours ago · 1 min read

Ukraine’s deputy digital minister Alex Bornyakov says that the country has seen over 650 BTC and 10,000 ETH in donations since the start of the war

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Updated: February 2, 2023 at 9:09 pm

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Russian citizens against their country’s war against Ukraine are using crypto to voice their opposition.

“Donations to Ukraine has varied from one dollar to millions of dollars,” said Ukraine’s deputy digital minister, Alex Bornyakov, to Yahoo Finance’s The Crypto Mile on Feb. 2.

“Crypto, in certain cases, offers an anonymous way to transfer money. We see that some Russians are donating to us a significant sum,” Bornyakov said.

“The Russian people who have donated have sent significant amounts of money. I understand that from within Russia there is no other way for them to do this other than through crypto,” he added.

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The comments come nearly one year after Russia’s large-scale military invasion of Ukraine.

Since then, more than 100,000 people have sent aid to Ukraine using crypto currency, one-third of which came via the Crypto Fund Aid for Ukraine initiative, powered by Ukraine-based Kuna platform and blockchain company Everstake, with the support of the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine.

Most asset donations to Ukraine are in bitcoin, ethereum, cardano, solana, polkadot and stablecoins such as USDC  and USDT.

“So far Ukraine has received around 650 bitcoins, more than 10,000 ethereum, and there was also a significant amount of polkadot, almost 1.8 million in solana and $2.8m in the form of the USDC stablecoin,” Bornyakov said on February 2.

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