ETF Countdowns, Screaming Buys, Happy New Years and 20 Crypto Jokes

Sead Fadilpašić
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This is your weekly digest of top crypto news from Cryptonews.com, followed by a collection of 20 hand-picked crypto jokes.

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This week in crypto: the Bitcoin ETF countdown has begun, representatives from at least seven companies seeking to launch ETFs met with the US SEC officials, Market Haven said spot BTC ETF is expected to generate a staggering demand, potentially reaching up to $3 billion in the initial days, and VanEck named bitcoin one of the firm’s “screaming buys” for 2024.

As this was happening, Solana and Avalanche took the 2023 throne with 620% and 290% price growth, a Taproot Wizards contributor launched a script to reject Ordinals inscriptions, and while Robinhood’s crypto revenue hit its lowest in three years, it nonetheless expanded its crypto operations.

Vitalik Buterin blamed rising transaction fees for Web3’s drift from decentralization, and he proposed three alternative methods aimed at simplifying Ethereum’s PoS design.

Then, China launched its first automated digital yuan wallet-opening machine for overseas passport holders, and Hong Kong prepared to authorize funds with direct exposure to digital assets, including spot crypto ETFs.

In the tax realm, while Japan’s government abolished the crypto tax on unrealized corporate gains, Argentina’s newly elected government introduced a novel bill to regulate crypto holdings for taxpayers.

Meanwhile, Surfshark found that nine of the fifteen most popular crypto apps collected data to track their users, and a privacy advocate alleged that the Ledger Live wallet software monitored its users. Speaking of privacy, OKX will delist eight privacy-focused coins in January.

Crime continued and will continue. South Korean police shut down gangsters’ $32m crypto scam ring, and Immunefi found that with the rise in crypto prices, 2024 may see the most substantial losses in Web3 ever.

Moving to the legal region of the crypto world, Mt. Gox creditors said they started receiving compensation payments via PayPal in Japanese yen, but soon they reported double payments, as the trustee asked for the second one back.

Changpeng Zhao’s wealth surged by $25 billion despite his many legal troubles in 2023, while a 23-year-old student turned out to be the majority owner of a Bitcoin mining farm fighting legal battles. China’s Supreme People’s Procuratorate disclosed the details behind the seven-year prison sentence given to RenrenBit founder Zhao Dong.

That’s not all. A US Bankruptcy Court granted approval for Celsius Network’s proposed “MiningCo Transaction,” FTX debtors released estimated values for cryptocurrency claims, and FTX and its debtors reached a settlement agreement with SBF to address claims related to the Embeda acquisition.

Meanwhile, the company called Rejuve is using AI and crypto to improve individuals’ health and longevity, while Sotheby’s made “close to $35 million” in digital art sales in 2023, describing it as “one of the most exciting years for digital art.”

Now, laugh at some jokes, and have a Very Happy New Year!

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GM, all. GM.

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Simple. To the point.

Source: xamanap / Twitter

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Expert bears.

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Thoroughly unimpressed and pre-heart attack.

Source: coin.bureau / Instagram

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Get him! He has the BTC I wished I bought in 2010!

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“I’m too rich currently, at this present moment that is right now!”

Source: Twitter

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This would at least be somewhat beneficial.

Source: Instagram

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And I need 10,000 of you every month.

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An oopsie and an oof.

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Inside view.

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The grandump strategy.

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This gran is not messing around.

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And discuss.

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Yeah,  I don’t know about those tiny background plants.

Source: coin.bureau / Instagram

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Is this checking consensual, and why not?

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Livestream.

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This year in review.

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Kill it! Kill it while it’s small!

Source: xamanap / Twitter

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Yes. Happy New Year, all!