News of cryptocurrencies of the 3rd week of September 2023

Buterin spoke about the future of the Ethereum ecosystem

Vitalik Buterin, in an interview with David Hoffman, spoke about the future of Ethereum. The main goal is to create a whole independent technology stack that will not be inferior even to Google and Twitter. Vitalik also noted that he does not want the project to relax and decide that all achievements have already been achieved. Buterin believes that Ethereum will continue its development. He also expressed the opinion that in the future cryptographic solutions may become more decentralized and secure.

Coinbase Integrates Bitcoin's L2 Lightning Network Protocol

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong has officially confirmed that the cryptocurrency exchange is actively working on integrating the Lightning Network to help users transact with Bitcoin cheaper and faster. The Bitcoin Lightning network is already gaining momentum among cryptocurrency exchanges around the world, but not all major players were in a hurry to integrate this protocol.

Sony has announced plans to create its own blockchain

Sony Network Communications, a subsidiary of the Japanese conglomerate, announced a partnership with Startale Labs to develop a new blockchain network. To this end, the two companies have entered into a joint venture agreement that aims to make the new blockchain the basis of the global Web3 infrastructure.

Startale is a Singapore-based company with experience in working with Web3 infrastructure and developing innovative products needed to enable Web3 adoption. Startale was previously part of Astar Network before becoming a separate new company.

Fraudsters hacked Vitalik Buterin's Twitter

Hackers attacked the X account (formerly known as Twitter) of Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin. They posted a fraudulent ConsenSys link, scamming unsuspecting subscribers out of almost $700,000. The hackers used a typical modus operandi: the link allowed them to gain access to the wallets of unsuspecting subscribers, resulting in the loss of nearly $700,000 in NFT assets.

Telegram added the TON Space crypto wallet

Telegram and the TON Foundation jointly announced a new wallet called TON Space on Wednesday at the Singapore cryptocurrency conference Token2049, which was attended by more than 10,000 people. Since the collapse of FTX, the crypto community has undergone a major reckoning with the need to use self-custody wallets over centralized ones, where users have no control over their digital assets.

The wallet is developed by The Open Platform (TOP), which includes the wallet development team and the TOP Labs division, which works closely with the TON ecosystem and has a portfolio of TON-based applications.

A year ago, Ethereum switched to Proof-of-Stake

A year ago, on September 15, 2022, a big event occurred in the Ethereum network: the blockchain moved from the Proof-of-Work consensus mechanism to Proof-of-Stake. During the year, 3,600,000 ETH were burned, and the energy consumption of the Ethereum network decreased by ~99.95%. As a result of The Merge update, Ethereum became economically deflationary; the emission decreased by 300,000 ETH over the year.

Record Bitcoin network fee for one transaction — 19.82 BTC

This week, news appeared in the media that PayPal paid a network fee of 19.82 BTC when sending a transaction. After some time, the information was updated: it turned out that the transaction was sent by Paxos. The company assured customers that this event only affected Paxos' corporate operations and that customer payments were secure and unaffected. As a result, F2Pool returned the BTC that was accidentally sent as a fee.

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