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In today's roundup, Ocean is back in the news for filtering certain privacy-related transactions. Oil prices fall further, and the ECB is tipped to start cutting rates soon. Early Binance users might be in line for a nasty shock as past transaction data is revealed as part of the exchange's deal with the US authorities. And SKALE validators have passed an important proposal.
Ocean Controversy Grows As Pool "Censors" Whirlpool CoinJoin Transactions
The Jack Dorsey-backed mining pool is already in the spotlight for filtering out Ordinals transactions, which it describes as "spam".
Oil Slump Deepens Despite OPEC+ Cuts
Oil prices have dropped to a five-month low, with Brent at $74.30 and WTI at $69.38 a barrel. Market skepticism over OPEC+'s production cuts' efficacy, amidst rising non-cartel supply and declining demand, drives this trend. Geopolitical factors and increased US inventories add to the downward pressure.
"Financial Colonoscopy" Incoming For Former Binance Users
As part of the $4 billion deal cut with US authorities, five years of transaction data on the exchange will be pored over and any evidence of illicit activity forwarded to law enforcement.
Markets Anticipate ECB Rate Reductions Amid Economic Downturn
Investors anticipate ECB rate reductions in 2024, reflecting a shift in expectations due to easing inflation and economic downturn fears. The eurozone's prolonged reliance on low rates and recent remarks by ECB executives support the prediction of multiple rate cuts.
Soaring Prices Of Grayscale Crypto Funds Signal Market Shift
Grayscale's cryptocurrency funds, including the Filecoin Trust, are experiencing high trading premiums, some over eight times their underlying value. This trend, contrasting the crypto winter, aligns with market dynamics and regulatory landscapes, with Grayscale pushing for ETF conversions.
Landmark SKALE Chain Pricing Vote Passes
SKL token holders and network validators have unanimously passed a key vote that aims to ensure the sustainability of the network and profitability of validators, starting in the new year.
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