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In 2021 Binance was put under investigation by both the United States Department of Justice and Internal Revenue Service on allegations of money laundering and tax offenses. The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority ordered Binance to stop all regulated activity in the United Kingdom in June 2021.
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Although, the "ill-suited" SegWit adoption metric puts adoption at 50% in 2020-2021, "overestimating SegWit usage in Binance transactions by a factor of five," the SegWit utilization metric suggests that only about 1 in 10 inputs spent by transactions created by Binance used the efficient SegWit format, according to the analysts. While Coinbase has fully adopted SegWit, Binance’s SegWit adoption rates have been "trivial," measuring 10% by the end of 2021.
Via the SegWit utilization method, the firm found that, of 18 investigated exchanges, 6 have adopted SegWit fully, 6 are "struggling" with adoption, and 6 have made "little to no efforts" towards adopting it.
Victims of the bloodbath — which comes amid a broader stock market rout — range from the billionaire crypto titans who run leading marketplaces such as Coinbase and Binance to lowly retail investors who have poured their life savings into cryptocurrencies.
"It takes away the tourists from the true believers," said Kline, who’s the COO and co-founder of the crypto retirement investment site with 100,000 users. "There will be folks that say, you know what, crypto’s just not for me. But there will probably be just as many new folks coming into the market."
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The analysts further found that the largest block space consumers "by far" are major crypto exchanges Binance
and Coinbase . Transactions to and from Binance occupy some 15% of all block space, while transactions involving Coinbase are responsible for some 10%.
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Bitcoin’s plunge is likely to scare off some of the retail investors who poured money into crypto during its stimulus-fueled surge, BNB while potentially enticing those hoping to buy the dip, according to Chris Kline of Bitcoin
The firm has decided to investigate ways to measure the adoption of SegWit-related Bitcoin improvements, choosing to place the "spotlight" on exchanges – and introducing a new metric to measure this adoption, called SegWit utilization. SegWit (segregated witness) is a 2017 upgrade to the Bitcoin network meant to improve scalability.
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Berkshire Hathaway shares are up 5.6% over the past six months, Binance while bitcoin is down 56%. The 98-year-old Munger recently referred to cryptocurrencies as a "venereal disease" that he was "proud" to have avoided.
Other major cryptocurrencies including ethereum and solana are now worth fractions of their all-time highs. While Luna’s collapse is the most spectacular, other cryptocurrencies are also in freefall. Bitcoin was trading around $28,300 Thursday afternoon, down 20% over the past week and nearly 60% lower than its all-time high of $69,000 in November 2021.
Shares of Coinbase, the only major publicly traded cryptocurrency exchange, have fallen 84% since the company went public in April 2021. The company warned customers on Wednesday that their cryptocurrency holdings could be at risk if Coinbase goes bankrupt, although CEO Brian Armstrong insisted that bankruptcy isn’t in the cards.