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As Bitcoin meanders along (at time of writing) just north of US$30k, there’s plenty more action happening across the crypto market – including surges from Chainlink and Tezos.

We’ll dig into the market’s price action in a minute, but first a bit of a news roundup…


Crypto news: PayPal, Edge’s Bitcoin Mastercard, Salesforce, Jay-Z

• At long last, online-payments enabler PayPal is now letting users deposit and withdraw cryptocurrency to and from their personal wallets. This is a feature that’s been anticipated ever since PayPal introduced limited crypto trading in October 2020 and commercial crypto payments in March last year.

PayPal said in an announcement on June 7 that it will support “the native transfer of cryptocurrencies between PayPal and other wallets and exchanges”.

It noted that the feature is “consistently ranked by users as one of the most requested enhancements” to its crypto services.

• San Diego-based startup Edge has reportedly released the first “Confidential” Bitcoin Mastercard. And that means it doesn’t require any KYC (know-your-customer) compliance.

“There is no name or address associated with your Edge Mastercard, making for completely private transactions when your card is used,” stated the company’s website.

Note: according to crypto media outlet Decrypt, Mastercard says it has no official involvement with the new offering. Instead, Edge is apparently issuing the card through a Mastercard template program with America’s Patriot Bank.

• US software firm Salesforce is taking the crypto plunge, specifically into the realm of non-fungible tokens (NFTS).

The company is launching a pilot platform called NFT Cloud, on which users can mint and trade digital assets. Salesforce views the enterprise as a way to connect to its customers and “make NFT selling more accessible,” according to TechCrunch coverage.

Rapper Jay-Z, aka Shawn Corey Carter, aka @sc on Twitter, has teamed up with Block CEO Jack Dorsey to create a new project called the Bitcoin Academy.

The program is open to anyone from Brooklyn’s Marcy Houses public-housing complex, where the rapper grew up, and will teach financial literacy, run crypto camps for kids and more.

• For a couple more significant crypto-related happenings from the past 24 hours or so, you can read about a fat-cat financial services crypto-trading supergroup here… and a huge new Aussie-based collab between  Swyftx and Superhero.


Top 10 overview

With the overall crypto market cap at roughly US$1.3 trillion, down about 0.9% since this time yesterday, here’s the current state of play among top 10 tokens – according to CoinGecko.

There’s some Larry David-esque “meh” stuff going on in much of the top 10 cryptos over the past 24 hours… actually seven days, if you zoom out a bit.

Cardano (ADA) is the standout weekly exception with a 15.6% gain, although it’s the biggest daily loser in the majors today, down 2.7%. For now, though, it’s still largely holding on to the price progress that’s come on the back of its upcoming Vasil hardfork and blockchain upgrade.



Heads up: fresh US inflation data landing on Friday

For short-term market watchers, one thing to keep in mind for tomorrow is a fresh batch of US Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation data – reflecting the latest annual inflation rate – up to the end of May.

This may or may not have a say on the charts to round out the end of the week.

Some financial gurus are predicting there won’t be much change, if any at all, from the 8.3% annual inflation level announced last month. In fact, according to USA Today, many American economists believe March’s 8.5% figure marked the US inflation-rate peak.

Good news for the markets? Maybe looking further ahead, but it seems unlikely the Fed will be taking its foot off the interest-rate-hiking pedal over the next month or so.

Meanwhile, the European Central Bank is widely expected to begin combatting rising inflation by raising interest rates next month – for the first time in 11 years.

Some, however, are noticing a slightly different narrative…

Here in Australia, of course, the ASX 200 took a hit from the higher-than-expected 50bp rate hike announced earlier this week, but was rebounding somewhat as of yesterday.

Anyway, depending on how inclined you are to zoom in, the US figures are perhaps just something extra to keep half an eye on tomorrow while you enjoy a criminally expensive Friday tipple. Or not.


Uppers and downers: 11–100

Sweeping a market-cap range of about US$10.4 billion to about US$488 million in the rest of the top 100, let’s find some of the biggest 24-hour gainers and losers at press time.


• Terra Luna Classic (LUNC), (market cap: US$806 million) +27%

• Chainlink (LINK), (mc: US$4.4 billion) +10%

Tezos (XTZ), (mc: US$1.98 billion) 9%

• Helium (HNT), (mc: US$1.17 billion) 7%

• Theta Network (THETA), (mc: US$1.43 billion) 7%


Chainlink holders are having a great week – LINK is up 36% over the past seven days. This dramatic rise in relatively bearish conditions overall can be entirely put down to new announcements for the industry’s leading decentralised oracle.

The protocol’s developers have released a brand-new roadmap for Chainlink 2.0, which includes upcoming staking (passive income yield) for the LINK token. Cue rejoicing from the “LINK Marines” – the Chainlink faithful, who’ve been hoping for this feature for a good few years now.

Meanwhile layer 1 blockchain Tezos, a proof-of-stake competitor to the likes of Ethereum, Cardano and Solana, has hit a four-week high, currently changing hands for US$2.23, which is about 75% down from its all-time high of US$9.12.

XTZ is up nearly 15% on the week, and this price action comes after news announced earlier today that the stablecoin Tether (USDT) is launching on the Tezos blockchain. It’s good news for the potential growth of the blockchain’s DeFi ecosystem.

As for that LUNC pump… what to make of that? After what happened with the original Terra ecosystem last month, founder Do Kwon is certainly trying hard to dispel the completely understandable Terra 2.0-based FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt).

However, it’d be best to take any pump related to this project with a box of salt, as it seems the US Securities and Exchange Commission is right back on his case again



Elrond (EGLD), (market cap: US$1.4 billion) -7%

• Arweave (AR), (mc: US$681 million) -6%

Gala (GALA), (mc: US$.572 million) -5%

• eCash (XEC), (mc: US$990 million) -5%

• ApeCoin (APE), (mc: US$1.69 billion) -3%


Around the blocks

A selection of randomness that stuck with us on our daily journey through the Crypto Twitterverse…

As usual, Crypto Twitter is a seething hive of conflicting opinions on Bitcoin and crypto price-movement predictions.

Meanwhile, it appears Ethereum’s Merge testnet implementation has kicked off without a hitch…

… while there are some concerns for Litecoin (LTC) as it appears to have been delisted by some Korean crypto exchanges after its “MimbleWimble” privacy upgrade…

Lastly – NFT news… sorta… the actor Anthony Hopkins has reached out to Snoop Dogg and others regarding some non-fungible recommendations. Snoop, aka “Cozomo de’ Medici“, has been well down the NFT rabbit hole for ages now – so not a bad shout there at all.