Daily Recap 2-8

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Coinbase's recent report highlights that blockchain technology could save consumers over $74 billion in credit card fees. Merchants currently pay over $126 billion in credit card processing fees, which could be virtually eliminated with blockchain use. Link

The Hong Kong SFC updated its cryptocurrency exchange licence application, adding three new companies: bitV, YAX and Bullish. The number of applicants has reached 16. The applications of Ammbr, BitHarbour and Meex were returned on February 7. Link

On February 7, Bitcoin spot ETFs registered a ninth consecutive day of net inflows, totaling $146 million. Despite Grayscale's GBTC ETF facing a single-day outflow of $80.78 million, other ETFs, excluding Grayscale, collectively gained $226 million, with Fidelity's FBTC ETF alone attracting $130 million. Link

During a bi-weekly consensus layer coordination call on Thursday, Ethereum developers scheduled the much-anticipated Dencun upgrade for March 13. This upgrade, also referred to as a "hard fork," is set to activate on the main Ethereum network at slot 8626176, which is expected to happen at 13:55 UTC on March 13. Link


$ENS - Discussion surrounding building their own Layer 2 solution. Link

$FRAX - Launched their Layer 2 network “Fraxtal” with partner apps. Link

$PYTH - Announced a retroactive airdrop for 160 eligible decentralised applications. The cumulative value of this airdrop is $45m. Link

$SOL - Matthew Sigel from VanEck attributed the Solana outage to a malfunction in its Berkley Packet Filter (BPF) loader, responsible for program deployment, upgrades and execution on Solana. He linked the issue to a prior proposal that introduced an interceptor blocking metadata use in BPF. Link

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