BlackRock CEO Eyes Ethereum ETF

🌐 Fink Supports Ethereum ETF

BlackRock CEO Backs ETH: Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, expressed support for Ethereum ETFs, seeing potential in their growth. He mentioned Ethereum's recent shift to a proof-of-stake model.

Ethereum's Energy Efficiency: Fink emphasized Ethereum's energy efficiency post-upgrade. The switch has reportedly reduced energy consumption by 99%, aligning with BlackRock's sustainability goals.

Investment Shift Significance: This endorsement is significant for crypto, marking a potential shift in institutional investment attitudes. Fink's comments suggest a growing acceptance of digital assets. Read More.

️ On today's Top Picks:

  1. 📝 Circle files for US IPO.
  2. 🗡️ Near Foundation to cut staff.
  3. 🐻 Berachain Artio Testnet is live.
  4. 🪂 Orbiter Finance confirms token.

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Crypto News


Bitcoin ETF's see $4.6B in volume on first day of trading.

Senator Warren says SEC is wrong with Bitcoin ETF decision.

Vanguard blocks clients from trading Bitcoin ETFs.

CoinShares acquires Valkyrie Funds following Bitcoin ETF approval.

• ⭐️ Circle files for US initial public offering (IPO).

StarkWare CEO Uri Kolodny steps down due to medical challenges.

• ⭐️ Near Foundation to cut 40% of staff though treasury “remains strong.”

Do Kwon counsel request US court delay SEC trial due to extradition uncertainty.

Genesis settles with NYFDS, forfeits BitLicense, and pays $8M fine.

Coinbase partners with Yellow Card to expand USDC access in Africa.

Optimism RetroPGF Round 3 results are live distributing 30M $OP.

Gelato's proposal to power ApeChain is live.

Alpha


• ⭐️ Berachain Artio Testnet is live.

Linea announces first mint date for LXP is set for January 22nd.

Mantle Journey Season Alpha ends January 15th.

Orbiter Finance launches Manta Airdrop Extravaganza.

Encode Club announces Q1 bootcamps.

Binance Bytes by Binance Research.

Q1 Roadmap Calendar by LayerGG.

Airdrops


• ⭐️ Orbiter Finance confirms launch of token is set for this year.

Dymension $DYM airdrop claim closes in several days.

Namada $NAM airdrop claim closes.

Ambient airdrop strategy by mztacat.

Finance News


Robinhood $HOOD lists all eleven Bitcoin ETFs.

US Inflation rises to 3.4% for December, higher than expectations.

IRS waives penalties on unpaid taxes for 2020, 2021.

Biden administration to forgive some student loan borrowers' balances early.

BlackRock $BLK to buy Global Infrastructure Partners for $12.5B.

Citigroup $C to cut 20K jobs by 2026.

Wells Fargo $WFC second branch votes to unionize.

Metro Bank CFO James Hopkinson leaves company due to personal reasons.

Google $GOOG cuts hundreds of jobs across engineering and hardware teams.

Tesla $TSLA faces supply chain delays due to crisis on the Red Sea.

EBay $EBAY to pay $3M penalty to resolve a US criminal probe.

Security and Exploits


CoinGecko secures X accounts following phishing attack.

SlowMist issues security alert for a Uniswap arbitrage MEV bot scam.

GitLab releases security updates fixing two critical vulnerabilities.

Token Unlocks


• CyberConnect / 1.26M $CYBER / ~$9.24M / JAN 14


Funding


SkyArk Chronicles, a Triple-A game creation system and online gaming platform; raises $15M in funding led by Binance Labs.

Pontem, a Web3 product development studio; raises $6M in funding co-led by Faction and Lightspeed Venture Partners.

Bitfinity, a Bitcoin Layer 2; raises $5.5M in funding.

Kasu, a risk-optimized RWA yields platform; raises $3M in Seed funding.

Eesee, a one-stop liquidity solution for sellers; raises $2.9M in funding.

De(.)Fi, a Web3 superapp and Web3 antivirus; raises an undisclosed amount in funding led from 21Shares.

Orbiter Finance, a ZK-Tech based Ethereum acceleration engine; raises an undisclosed amount in Series A funding led by OKX Ventures.

Particle, a permissionless leverage trading protocol; raises an undisclosed amount in Seed funding led by Polychain.

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Merkl logoMerkl (Arbitrum)STEURUSDC39.91%
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