🌪 CloneX NFTs Sell Out in Auction Roiled by Attacks and Controversy

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🌪 CloneX NFTs Sell Out in Auction Roiled by Attacks and Controversy

TOO MANY ATTACKS On Nov. 29, RTFKT Studios was all set to begin the public sale of its CloneX avatars. Then the attacks on its website started. At just after midnight on Nov. 30, the metaverse-first design outfit hit the pause button. “Minting will start tomorrow,” the firm tweeted. “Apologies for this fck up, we had way too many attacks.”

MYSTERY The sale resumed as promised and quickly sold out, according to a message in the team’s Discord. Yet some users are skeptical that an attack ever occurred. Such is life in the wildlands of NFT auctions these days — under digital assault one minute, selling out a hot avatar the next, then mystery around whether an attack occurred at all.


CloneX NFTs sold out after a wild sale.

HYPE With the metaverse entering a phase where activity must match the hype, investors are eyeballing sales like RTFKT’s for such strangeness. And the money involved is massive.



🚀 Surging Ether Hits 42-month High Against BTC

THREE DAYS Ethereum has made another leg up against Bitcoin, with the ETH/BTC chart tagging its highest level since May 2018. On Dec. 1, ETH traded for 0.0837 BTC after rallying 12% over three days to test prices not seen since May 2018. The move coincides with combined total value locked (TVL) of the DeFi sector posting a new record high of $277.6B, according to DeFi Llama.


ETH/BTC on Coinbase: TradingView

BULL MARKET However, Ether is still down 52.4% from its June 2017 high of 0.176 BTC. Ether also posted a secondary top at nearly 0.123 BTC when the bull market ended in January 2018. The current bull cycle has seen Ethereum steadily gain 423% over Bitcoin since hitting a local low of 0.016 BTC in early September 2019. Ethereum has recently been range-bound between roughly 0.058 BTC and 0.083 BTC since quickly rallying by 174% during April of this year.

BURN Compared to the previous cycle, commentators, including Anthony Sassano, the host of The Daily Gwei, have argued that the Ethereum market exhibits much stronger fundamentals owing EIP-1559’s introduction of a burn mechanism to Ether’s fee market, plus surging on-chain activity from the DeFi and NFT sectors.



🤔 DAOs as a Solution to the Problem of Aggregation in Culture

The problem of aggregation, where rational actions at the individual level lead to an irrational outcome at the collective level, is prevalent in macroeconomics and financial markets. A bank run is a classic example.

The solution in TradFi is often centralized agency in the form of (government) institutions, powered by a countervailing incentive structure. In regards to the example of a bank run, individuals are rationally motivated to withdraw their deposits in a mad dash for the exit, despite having this action exacerbating the effects at the collective level.

As a response to this problem of aggregation – the FDIC was instituted as a countervailing agency, incentivized by the need to provide stability to the banking system. Similarly, in the spring of 2020, the Federal Reserve was a neutralizing force against the rational behaviour of investors fleeing the market. The Fed’s agency is motivated by its mandate for macroeconomic stability.


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🔗 'Coin Signals' trader pleads guilty to commodities fraud, faces up to 10 years: The Block

On November 30, the Department of Justice announced that Jeremy Spence pleaded guilty to commodities fraud in operating "cryptocurrency funds" that were, authorities say, Ponzi schemes that lost investors a total of $5 million.

🔗 Crypto.com to Acquire Nadex, Small Exchange to Expand US Presence: CoinDesk

Cryptocurrency exchange Crypto.com agreed to buy North American Derivatives Exchange (Nadex) and Small Exchange Inc. to expand its presence in the U.S.


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