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SafeMoon Partners With Simplex

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SafeMoon announced it had partnered with Simplex to begin offering streamlined and integrated SafeMoon wallets for crypto investors.

Simplex is an EU-licensed financial institution that provides fiat infrastructure for the crypto industry, securely processing credit card payments and making cryptocurrency accessible to all. Created in 2021, SafeMoon is the world’s fastest growing DeFi Crypto Currency made on the Binance Smart Chain (BSC), with 2.1 million holders and counting. The partnership with Simplex will enable crypto investors to invest in SafeMoon much more directly.

“Doing things differently is both our starting point and part of our end goal,” said John Karony, SafeMoon CEO. “This new SafeMoon wallet is a vital tool for our investors, and that’s why we’re happy to be partnering with Simplex – another company that understands the importance of operating on the principal of opening financial markets and strategies to everyone.

“One of our founding principles is transparency, so we’re extremely public with a great deal of our activity. It’s one of the reasons why we routinely hold ‘Ask Me Anything’ (AMAs) on Twitch. We want our investors to see and interact with us, to learn more about what we’re doing, and to become as deeply involved with their investment as they choose to be. That’s just an entirely different approach to crypto and investing in general. And it’s an approach we know works. Our growing army of investors is highly dedicated to our mission because they know we’re just as dedicated to providing service and value to them.”

SafeMoon: Crypto Done Differently

Specifically encoded to benefit long term holders (called “hodlers”), SafeMoon is a new but extremely popular crypto currency that incentivizes long-term investment by offering a core liquidity guarantee. In a bold attempt to discourage price volatility, often incited by massive day traders (crypto “whales”), the SafeMoon protocol charges sellers a fee of 10% of the amount sold while rewarding hodlers with 5 percent of the seller’s fee in SafeMoon tokens, and storing the other 5% in a public liquidity pool. In addition, SafeMoon opts for manual burns versus continuous burns, allowing SafeMoon more control over the coin’s overall supply.

With some of the most avid fans in the cryptosphere, SafeMoon skyrocketed to fame when it was featured in a sensational Times Square billboard ad wholly solicited by Reddit user “ighproperties” and funded by the SafeMoon community. SafeMoon has also recently been featured in national publications like Fortune and the Wall Street Journal. Currently working on multiple evolutions and company branches for the future, SafeMoon is planning the launch of a NFT exchange that would extend the SafeMoon concept to other cryptocurrencies, a SafeMoon app, and a deal with a major African country that would integrate SafeMoon as part of their public currency.

About SafeMoon

The SafeMoon Protocol is a community-driven, fair launched DeFi crypto token with three simple functions that occur during each trade: Reflection, LP Acquisition, and Burn. Bringing a truly innovative approach to tokenomics, holders get rewarded by simply holding SafeMoon coins with auto-generated liquidity and static farming. The longer a wallet is held, the more tokens are awarded by redistributing 5 percent of the 10 percent fee levied on all SafeMoon sales.

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Bitcoin ‘Whales Are Re-Entering As Risk Appetite Returns’, Says Stack Funds Research

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On Wednesday, Lennard Neo, Head Of Research at Stack Funds, a Singapore-based crypto-focused fund management company, explained why they believe that “Bitcoin is very close to the bottom.

His comments about Bitcoin were delivered in a research note (titled: “Strong support observed as Bitcoins get scooped up at $30,000”), which was published yesterday.

The research analyst wrote:

“We have observed a meltdown in long liquidations (7D MA) over the past few weeks. This coupled with the Leverage ratio (grey line) falling to a 2-year low after dipping below that of March 2020 levels, provides evidence that traders are more cautious in taking positions.

“Inflows for Bitcoin have skewed to spot accumulation as opposed to speculation, as investors match their expectations towards a longer-term horizon – signaling less propensity to sell.

“In the face of the recent sell-off, we also see significant support levels around the $30,000 handle, with substantial bids coming in to fill up the offers. The strength comes on the back of Microstrategy accumulating more Bitcoins, and we have noticed that Whales are also re-entering the market as risk appetite returns. Short squeeze hunters have also begun waning away in the near term as markets continue to establish ground on a consolidation phase.“

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Canaan Begins Its Own Bitcoin Mining Operations in Kazakhstan

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Bitcoin mining machines manufacturer Canaan has started mining bitcoin in Kazakhstan, following the crackdown on bitcoin mining in China.

Canaan said its AvalonMiner units are already in operation in Kazakhstan. When asked how many units and of which model has been deployed, a Canaan spokesperson declined to comment on specifics but said “a first batch of small-scale mining machines” have been deployed to start with.

Canaan foresees “a gradual ramp-up to full operational functionality over time,” the spokesperson added. The company has partnered with local mining companies in Kazakhstan for the initiative, they said.

China-based Canaan has been preparing to launch a crypto mining business in Kazakhstan for some time now. Earlier this month, the Nasdaq-listed company opened its first overseas after-sales service center in Kazakhstan as its global sales continue to increase.

Kazakhstan appears to be growing in popularity for bitcoin mining after China moved to shut down local bitcoin mining farms last month. Kazakhstan is close to China and has one of the cheapest electricity rates in the world.

Earlier this week, China-based BIT Mining, formerly known as 500.com, also shipped some of its bitcoin mining equipment to Kazakhstan. The company is set to send more machines to the country next month.

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Andreessen Horowitz Officially Launches New $2.2B Crypto Venture Fund

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Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) — prominent venture capital fund led by Ben Horowitz and Marc Andreessen — announced Thursday the close of its third crypto venture fund, a $2.2 billion fund that the firm says is the largest of its kind.

The new “Crypto Fund III” will be co-led by Chris Dixon and Katie Haun.

“The largest crypto fund ever raised to date, Crypto Fund III is a validating moment for the ecosystem and another sign that crypto becoming an ever more mainstream part of our financial infrastructure,” the firm said in a press release.

Rumors of Andreessen Horowitz (also known as a16z) raising a mega-fund have appeared in various reports in recent months. The Financial Times reported in April that the California-based investment firm would be raising $1 billion for a crypto fund. In late May, tech blogger Eric Newcomer wrote that the firm was raising $2 billion.

A source familiar with the raise now told The Block that interest came mostly from limited partners in the firm’s previous crypto funds, which have seen large returns. a16z netted more than $440 million from selling Coinbase stock soon after the exchange made its public markets debut on Nasdaq, according to CoinDesk.

a16z’s mandate in crypto has been broad, ranging from decentralized finance (DeFi) to bitcoin applications to so-called Web 3, or a decentralized version of the internet. The firm’s portfolio includes Dapper Labs, Celo, Uniswap, and Near.

“This fund allows us to find the next generation of visionary crypto founders, and invest in the most exciting areas of crypto,” Dixon and Haun wrote in a blog post. “We invest in all stages, from early seed-stage projects to fully developed later-stage networks.”

In addition to securing more than $2 billion to invest in crypto, a16z’s crypto business has been hiring aggressively. It has made a number of key hires including Anthony Albanese, who joined the firm last year from the New York Stock Exchange. Albanese is now being promoted to chief operating officer of a16z crypto.

The firm also hired Bill Hinman, a former director at the Securities and Exchange Commission, who once said ether (ETH) is not a security, and Rachael Horowitz, a veteran Silicon Vally communications strategist who previously was the top communicator at Coinbase, also recently joined. Horowitz has also held positions at Twitter, Google, and Facebook.

Additional new hires include policymaker Tomicah Tilleman, who is joining the firm as global head of policy after serving as a senior advisor to President Joe Biden.

“As with any new computing movement, crypto has endured a variety of challenges and misconceptions,” Dixon and Haun said. “That’s why we are also bringing together heavy-hitters across several functions to help translate “crypto” to the mainstream.”

The announcement of Crypto Fund III follows a flurry of recent activity in crypto venture investing. Despite the slump in coin prices, investors have been raising large sums of cash to pour into new crypto startups.

Framework Ventures recently announced a $100 million new fund to invest in DeFi. Blockchain Capital, meanwhile, recently announced a new $300 million fund with backing from tech giants PayPal and Visa.

Data from The Block shows investors poured more than $8.8 billion into startups during 2021, compared with 3.07 billion in all of 2020.

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