PRESS RELEASE. As inflation soars & opportunities begin to diminish, an increasing number of individuals all over the world are turning to raffles, lotteries & other gambling endeavors as their only means of escape. The problem is, there is no way to prove beyond any doubt that any on the market are legitimate. A raffle is a method of raising funds by selling numbered tickets, one or more of which are then drawn at random, with the winner or winners receiving a prize. As such, DeHub has recently announced they have built & launched an NFT raffle protocol that is provably fair and on chain utilizing Chainlink VRF (Verifiable Random Function) through the world’s very first million dollar NFT raffle. Not only do players finally get the transparency they deserve, even losing ‘NFTickets’ still provide utility and access to DeHub’s d’apps.
What’s there to know about DeHub’s raffle?
Entering the raffle only costs $11 (BUSD) and participants stand a chance of winning a $1 million home (or equivalent value in stablecoins) in the United Kingdom. This is in fact the world’s inaugural house raffle based on blockchain technology, which also means that it is provably fair, verifiable and transparent.. This is important because more often than not, the vast majority of raffles and other types of prize draw-based events turn out to be scams and the participants usually lose their money and most don’t get their funds back either. Raffal.com reported it sold over 3.5m tickets in the last 18 months across 65 home raffles, yet only 17 exchanged hands. So far, DeHub has already sold over 100 ‘NFTickets’ for the first house being raffled, which is part of an 8-figure real estate portfolio that the team is also currently in the process of generating capital against through direct liquidations and pioneering, provably fair and random raffles.
Why is the raffle important?
Every year, millions of individuals in the United Kingdom fall victim to raffle scams. It is an unregulated industry that preys on the most vulnerable. As inflation further impoverishes the working and middle classes, a growing number of people will have no choice but to turn to these raffles out of desperation since they may not see any other way out of their current financial situation. However, the main issue is that there is no way to prove that a raffle is fair and reliable. To make matters worse, the U.K. government does not regulate raffles and it does not have the best track record with the crypto and blockchain industry either. DeHub has realized that there is a clear need for a raffle that is not only profitable, but one that is also trustworthy and dependable. By hosting the $1 million fair on-chain raffle using NFTs and Chainlink’s verified random function, DeHub is hence also solving a major problem in the world while simultaneously breathing new life into the industry and providing an innovative use-case for blockchain technology and NFTs.
DeHub strives to be the blockchain sector’s premier entertainment and lifestyle hub. By building real-world blockchain integrations in order to consistently improve user experience as well as offer enhanced protection across a wide range of different yet interrelated areas, DeHub is harnessing blockchain technology to build real world integrations that enhance lives globally while highlighting the importance of the technology. The platform’s native token, $DEHUB, can thus be used for various purposes such as accessing d’app features such as gaming arcades or staking, watching existing content and voting on content funding, renewals and cancellations on their censorship resistance streaming d’dapp. Users can also spend the token or any compatible stablecoin through DeHub’s cross realm digital & physical marketplace to obtain an array of products which are all secured and tradeable as NFTs. In addition, there are multiple ways to earn across the platform including but not limited to playing, watching, partner airdrops, engagement and staking, with more methods to be added as DeHub continues to develop the beta and alpha decentralized applications (dApps).
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Bitcoin (BTC) Nearly Taps $25,000 Level For the First Time Since June
Bitcoin (BTC) is showing several bullish signs in the daily time frame but has yet to break out from a short-term corrective pattern.
Bitcoin has been moving upwards since reaching a long-term low of $17,622 on June 18. On July 19, it broke out from a long-term descending resistance line, which had been in place since the end of March.
On Aug. 11, BTC reached a local high of $24,918, which was the highest since June 12. However, it failed to sustain this increase and created a long upper wick in its daily candlestick (red icon).
If the upward movement continues, the closest resistance area would be found at $29,370. This target is the 0.382 Fib retracement resistance level.
An interesting reading comes from the daily RSI, which moved above 50 at the same time which the price broke out from the descending resistance line.
Since then, the RSI has created an ascending triangle (dashed), which is often considered a bullish pattern. The indicator is currently at 61, right at the resistance line of this pattern.
Therefore, a breakout above it would likely also cause the price to accelerate upwards.
Short-term BTC pattern
Despite the relative bullishness from the daily time frame, the six-hour chart shows that BTC has been trading inside an ascending parallel channel since the June 18 bottom. Such channels usually contain corrective patterns, meaning that an eventual breakdown from it would be expected.
Moreover, the price has created what resembles an even shorter-term double top (red icons), which is considered a bearish pattern made at the resistance line of the channel.
On Aug. 9 (green circle), the price rebounded from the midline of this channel and at a short-term ascending support line.
So, whether BTC breaks out from the channel or breaks down from the support line will likely determine the direction of the future trend.
Wave count analysis
The main wave count indicates that BTC is likely in wave three of a five-wave upward move (black). The sub-wave count is shown in yellow, and also suggests that the price is in wave three. So, this seems to be a 1-2/1-2 wave formation. If correct, it would mean that the upward move will accelerate in the near future.
In order for the count to remain correct, Bitcoin has to hold on above the slope of the original 1-2 (black).
The most likely long-term wave count is also bullish, aligning with the proposed short-term count.
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Binance recovers the majority of funds stolen from Curve Finance
Binance recovered and froze around $450,000 worth of the stolen assets, which is around 80 percent of the stolen funds.
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Crypto exchange Binance has recovered a big part of the funds from the recent hack that targeted the decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol Curve Finance.
In a tweet, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao announced that the exchange has frozen and recovered $450,000 of the stolen assets, which is more than 80 percent of the stolen funds. According to Zhao, the hacker tried to send the funds to the exchange in various ways but was detected by Binance. The exchange is currently working to return the funds to their rightful owners.
The Curve Finance team detected the hack on Tuesday and alerted their users to refrain from using their website. An hour after the warning, the team announced that it was able to find and resolve the issue. However, the attackers were still able to hijack around $537,000 worth of USD Coin (USDC) before the issue was resolved.
According to experts from the blockchain analytics firm Elliptic, a hacker compromised the domain name system (DNS) of Curve Finance, which ended with malicious transactions getting signed. The experts told Cointelegraph that the funds were then sent to various exchanges and crypto mixers in an attempt to hide the trail. In the end, the funds were sent to Binance and were caught by its team.
This is not the first time this week that the good actors in the crypto community have worked to return stolen funds. On Monday, whitehat hackers and researchers returned an estimated $32.6 million worth of USDC, Tether (USDT) and other altcoins to Nomad, following the recent $190 million exploit.
The Curve Finance exploit is only one of the many attacks that happened in 2022. According to analytics firm Chainalysis, $2 billion worth of funds were drained because of cross-chain bridge hacks. This is 69% of the overall stolen amount in the year.
Institutional staking won’t take off unless asset lock-up solved: Coinbase CFO
Coinbase’s new institutional-focused staking product won’t be a “near-term phenomenon” while liquid staking is still being worked out.
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Institutional staking of crypto assets, including the post-Merge Ethereum, could become a “phenomenon” in the future, but not while their assets still need to be “locked up.”
Speaking during a Q2 earnings call on Tuesday, chief financial officer Alesia Haas noted that she didn’t expect their new exclusive institutional staking service, rolled out in Q2, to be a “near-term phenomenon” until a “truly liquid staking option” is available:
“This is the first time we had the products available. Previously, the way that institutions could have access to staking is via Coinbase Cloud […] But offering it as the delegated staking service similar to what we have for retail customers.”
However, Haas said it was still “early days” for their new staking service, adding they’ll likely only see a “real material impact” when they have created a liquid staking option for post-Merge Ethereum, also known as Eth2.
Liquid staking is the process of locking up funds to earn staking rewards, while still having access to the funds.
Haas explained that many financial institutions “don’t want their assets held indefinitely:”
“So when you stake ETH2 you are locking in your assets into Ethereum until the Merge and then some period after. For some institutions, that liquidity lock-up is not palatable to them. And so, while they may be interested in staking, they want to have staking on a liquid asset.”
Haas reaffirmed this issue is “something we are looking to solve,” and added that once this liquid staking is available for financial institutions that can pool in funds at higher proportions, “we’ll see the real material impact of institutional revenue.”
Investors and institutions have been able to access Coinbase’s delegated staking service through Coinbase Prime, which was first launched in Sep. 2021. The platform also offers other integrated services, such as access to a custody wallet with enhanced security, real-time crypto market data and analytics, and other crypto-native features like decentralized governance.
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