🚦Solana Rolls Out Congestion Fix

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Solana has rolled out a network update to address the Layer 1 network’s recent congestion issues due to memecoins and bots.

Crypto ETFs are going to Asia, with Hong Kong approving spot BTC and ETH ETFs on Monday.

In other Bitcoin news, Runestones wants to onboard millions of users to the world’s most valuable blockchain.

Meanwhile, a small project called XEN is taking over the Base network.

✍️ In today’s newsletter:

  • Solana adopts a network update to combat the recent congestion
  • Hong Kong approves Bitcoin and Ether ETFs
  • Runestones wants to become the biggest memecoin community
  • XEN is monopolizing most of the Base network’s resources

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🚦Solana Rolls Out Update in Bid To End Network Congestion


Solana has released an update (v1.17.31) aimed at alleviating recent network congestion. This update, recommended for MainnetBeta validators, includes five enhancements to improve performance. The network's congestion has primarily been driven by high traffic from memecoins and spam bots.

🧧Hong Kong Approves Bitcoin and Ether ETFs

Regulators in Hong Kong are gearing up to approve spot Bitcoin and Ethereum ETFs in the territory.

Sources familiar with the matter say that a subsidiary of Chinese firm Harvest Fund Management Company will likely be the first approved, along with Bosera Asset Management and HashKey Capital.

Harvest reportedly holds $210 billion in assets under management (AUM), whereas Bosera holds $10 billion in AUM, and HashKey surpasses the $1 billion mark.



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🪨Runestones Wants to Become the Biggest Memecoin Community, Says Creator

LeonidasNFT launched the Runestones collection, aiming to use memecoins to onboard millions into Bitcoin. The project rewards early adopters of the Ordinals ecosystem with memecoins, such as a dog in an orange hoodie, leveraging Bitcoin’s network to attract interest. Each Runestones holder is set to receive three memecoins as part of an airdrop tied to the upcoming Runes protocol.

⚠️Nearly 70% of Base Is Used By Project of ‘Questionable’ Utility

A small project called XEN, with a market cap of $28 million, is using up 68% of the state of Coinbase's Layer 2 network, Base, despite only 0.3% of users being involved. This high usage, driven by XEN and XENFT token minting due to low fees on Base, highlights challenges in blockchain resource allocation. Previously, XEN had a similar impact on Ethereum, notably driving up gas prices and contributing to Ethereum becoming temporarily deflationary in October 2022.


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