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Ethereum to finally undergo shift to new energy model

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Ethereum is about to undergo its long awaited makeover, which will see the company shift from its energy intensive model.

The crypto has been working to shift from its proof-of-work method to a proof-of-stake model, which requires far less power than mining.

Crypto currencies have been criticised for their mining processes to generate new coins. But this new method will be eco-friendly and lead to faster transactions.

The transition has been repeatedly pushed back because of major flaws.

But developers reportedly say the latest test run was very smooth.

The price of Ethereum has lost nearly half its value this year and is trading at just over $1,800 USD.

Investors will continue to keep an eye out on what will come out of this upgrade.

Meanwhile, Bitcoin investors can enjoy a sigh of relief as the cryptocurrency bounces back after months of turbulence.

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Crypto’s Kraken slashes 30 percent of workforce

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One of the world’s largest crypto exchanges, Kraken, is laying off about 30% of its headcount, more than a thousand people.

The company’s co-founder and CEO Jesse Powell says the cuts are being made “in order to adapt to current market conditions.”

Powell wrote in a blog post that slowing growth, prompted by “macroeconomic and geopolitical factors,” had muted customer demand.

Powell says:

“We had to grow fast, more than tripling our workforce in order to provide those clients with the quality and service they expect of us,”

“I remain extremely bullish on crypto and Kraken.”

Crypto exchanges have been buffeted by withdrawals and regulatory scrutiny after the implosion of FTX, which is now spreading to other crypto exchanges.

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Crypto companies on the verge of collapse

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The collapse of crypto empire FTX has sent shockwaves right around the world, with many questioning the future of digital coins

Now, one Australian company is feeling the pinch.

Brisbane-based ‘Digital Surge’ says it will halt all withdrawals, citing the “greatly upsetting” news FTX is in administration.

Digital Surge allows investors to trade cryptocurrencies in a number of different ways, including through self-managed super funds.

CEO Dan Rutter says his company “operates as a broker and is committed to facilitating the best trade for users at any time”.

This means a portion of assets are actually held by trading partners.

FTX was one of these trading partners and as a result, Rutter says the company isn’t currently able to operate “business as usual”.

Withdrawals have already been blocked for over a week. The CEO says the company is still solvent and this is all related to short-term liquidity challenges.

Adding, “until a permanent solution has been implemented, it is a legal requirement for Digital Surge to suspend all deposits and withdrawals”.

But the company remains tight-lipped about how many customers are affected and what exposure it had to FTX.

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BlockFI the latest crypto collapse

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The contagion from the FTX crypto collapse has claimed another major scalp.

Cryptocurrency lender BlockFi has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

BlockFi claimed more than 100,000 creditors with liabilities up to $10 billion.

BlockFi was founded in 2017 and is now hoping bankruptcy protection will allow it to stabilize the company and restructure.

In a statement, the company says:

“With the collapse of FTX, the BlockFi management team and board of directors immediately took action to protect clients and the Company,”

“From inception, BlockFi has worked to positively shape the cryptocurrency industry and advance the sector.”

Days after FTX declared bankruptcy, BlockFi said it had significant exposure to FTX and its other corporate entities.

BlockFi is now the fourth crypto-focused company to seek bankruptcy protection this year, following FTX, Voyager Digital, and Celsius Network.

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