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BTC Tops $37k With FTX Exploring Sale & Reboot

SBF found guilty, BTC tops $37k as we approach April halving, and 3 bids placed to buy and reboot FTX -- plus the top news, stats, and reports of the week in crypto.

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Issue Summary: Welcome back to Coinstack, the weekly newsletter for institutional crypto investors and industry insiders. We review the top news, stats, and reports in the digital asset ecosystem for our 160k weekly subscribers. This week, we cover BTC passing $37k, a potential FTX sale and reboot, SBF’s Conviction, SEC vs. Terraform, Paypal’s SEC Subpoena, and big new venture rounds for Ritual ($25M), Llama ($6M), and Toposware ($5M).

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  1. Bitcoin Tops $37K for First Time Since May 2022 as 'Short Squeeze' Bumps Prices Amid BTC ETF Optimism - Over $62 million in bitcoin shorts were liquidated in the past 24 hours, contributing to higher prices. Bitcoin has surged recently amid optimism U.S. regulators will approve ETFs that hold BTC, something some experts believe will lure a flood of investment money into the original cryptocurrency.

  2. FTT Token Jumps 90% as Gensler Seemingly Paves Way for FTX Reboot - There are reportedly several groups in the running to take over FTX following last week's trial that saw the company's founder, Sam Bankman-Fried, receive a guilty verdict on seven criminal charges. FTX has received multiple bids for a potential restart, investment banker Kevin Cofsky of Perella Weinberg Partners said Tuesday. At least three bidders are in the running to buy the exchange, which traded tens of billions of dollars a day at its peak."Do it within the law," Gensler said in relation to reports of buyers emerging for the failed crypto exchange. FTT is currently trading at a seven-month high of $2.30 with trading volume over the past 24 hours exceeding $300 million,

  3. ⚖️ Guilty: Sam Bankman-Fried Convicted of FTX Fraud:A jury of nine women and three men found FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried guilty of seven fraud and conspiracy charges on Thursday in the former crypto mogul’s high-profile criminal case.

  4. ⚖️ SEC seeks summary judgment in lawsuit against Terraform, Do Kwon: The Securities and Exchange Commission has asked a New York judge to make a decision in its lawsuit against Terraform Labs and its co-founder Do Kwon without a full trial.

  5. ⚖️ PayPal hit with SEC subpoena over its PYUSD stablecoin: Payments giant PayPal is currently under regulatory scrutiny by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with its PYUSD stablecoin.

  6. ⚖️ US Supreme Court agrees to take up Coinbase case involving arbitration jurisdiction: The U.S. Supreme Court announced on Friday that it would hear a case involving Coinbase and whether a dispute involving a Dogecoin sweepstakes can be settled through arbitration.

  7. ⚖️ Sam Bankman-Fried Lambasted by Prosecutor Right Before Jurors Began Deciding His Fate: SBF Thought 'He Could Fool the World': The jurors were dispatched Thursday afternoon to do their duty – reviewing the seven fraud and conspiracy charges Bankman-Fried faces – after Judge Lewis Kaplan finished reading them 60 pages of instructions. 

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📊 Key Stats of the Week

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1. BTC dominance has declined from 53.1% to 51.5%, caused by non-ETH altcoins pushing higher. Simultaneously, Bitcoin derivatives markets are growing more optimistic. 

Source: @K33Research

2. Since September Solana has been a clear outperformer, with the SOL/ETH ratio back to pre-FTX levels.

Source: @KaikoData

3. Aptos Network ended Q3 strong with a notable surge in usage.

Source: @MessariCrypto

4. October was the second biggest month for DEX Volume on Solana since January 2022.

Source: @StepDataInsight

5. After looking dead in the water, Friend.tech (FT) activity revived from the dead over the last week. Impressively, the friend.tech app saw more volume than the entire Ethereum NFT market.

Source: @MessariCrypto

📝 Highlights from the Top Crypto Reports

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About the Author: Paul Veradittakit, is a Managing Partner at Pantera Capital, one of the oldest and largest institutional investors focused on investing into blockchain companies and cryptocurrencies. This is an excerpt from the full article, which you can find here.

Key Takeaways:

  • Dojo is a Cairo-based on-chain game engine for Starknet, aiming to use Cairo’s STARK-friendly language trait, to provide a best-in-class developer platform for high-quality blockchain games.

  • Dojo combines ECS game-dev with a blockchain dev stack, consisting of Torii (automatic indexer), Katana (gaming sequencer), and Sozo (development and deployment toolchain)

  • Dojo ecosystem applications span the range of open-economy RTS, MMO, TCG, and RPG games, especially where resources can be traded between players. Examples include Realms Eternum, Roll Your Own, Briq

  • Dojo creates blockchain-recorded, user-defined “autonomous worlds” that provide a new medium for creative expression, and Dojo and Starknet are well-positioned to become the industry-leading tech stack in this vertical


Dojo is a provable on-chain game engine for Starknet, providing developers with a toolkit to create high-quality games where all in-game assets, user actions, and transactions all take place on-chain on Starknet [1]. Let’s explore Dojo’s use of the Cairo language, before discussing Dojo’s features and functionality. We will then examine some of the applications built using this novel on-chain gaming framework, and finally discuss some of Dojo’s implications for the evolution of on-chain gaming.

Dojo Features and Functionality 

Dojo as a game engine contains a wide variety of subcomponents, including a Cairo-native ECS (Entity Component System), the Torii automatic indexer, the Katana gaming sequencer, and the Sozu development and deployment toolchain. Let’s walk through each of these in brief.

Entity Component System (ECS)

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