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❓️ Beyond the Hype: Solana’s Valuation Under Scrutiny by Jason Calacanis

🪙 Ark Invest Sells Grayscale Bitcoin Trust Holdings Amid ETF Buzz

⛔️ India Blocks Binance and Other Major Offshore Exchanges Over Non-Compliance

❄️ Avalanche Foundation is About to Start Buying Meme Coins for the ‘Culture’

Doubts surrounding Solana's nearly $46 billion valuation emerge as Jason Calacanis questions the legitimacy of crypto market valuations.

Jason Calacanis expressed some doubts about Solana's valuation, primarily centered on the perceived gap between its market value and tangible business applications. Calacanis also highlighted the industry-wide issue of market caps surging based on speculation rather than genuine financial performance. On the other side of the debate, blockchain expert and Solana developer Armani Ferrante provided a much more optimistic perspective. Ferrante emphasized the transformative potential of blockchain technology in reshaping global computing systems.

The ARK Next Generation Internet ETF, under the leadership of Cathie Wood, liquidated its entire holding of 2.25 million shares in the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust on Wednesday.

Ark Invest has raised quite a few eyebrows by selling its entire 2.25 million shares in the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust after a resurgence in Bitcoin's value, which has more than doubled throughout 2023. The timing of this move coincides with a significant year-end rally in Bitcoin and anticipations of the SEC approving spot Bitcoin ETFs in the near future. The Grayscale Bitcoin Trust was once a pivotal holding in the ARK Next Generation Internet ETF, but Wood's fund has been systematically reducing its exposure, suggesting a strategic shift in response to the changing market dynamics and regulations.

The exchanges under scrutiny, including Binance, Kucoin, Huobi, Kraken,, Bittrex, Bitstamp, MEXC Global, and Bitfinex, have received notices to provide explanations for their failure to comply with the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002.

The finance ministry has issued a statement detailing new regulations for virtual digital asset (VDA) service providers, emphasizing that entities involved in activities like exchanging virtual digital assets for fiat currencies and managing their transfer must register with the Financial Intelligence Unit-India (FIU-IND). The FIU-IND, a national agency with a key role in analyzing and sharing information on suspicious financial transactions with enforcement agencies and international counterparts, plays a vital role in the monitoring and regulation of financial activities within the country.

Avalanche has announced its intention to use its $100 million NFT incubator initiative to start investments in specific meme coins.

In a Dec. 29 post on X , the Avalanche Foundation announced its plan to integrate investments in select meme coins into its "Culture Catalyst" initiative. Originally launched in March of 2022 with a focus on supporting promising NFT projects on the Avalanche network, the initiative now extends its scope to include meme coins. The foundation aims to leverage its $100 million fund to acquire specific Avalanche-based meme coins, creating a collection that recognizes and promotes the cultural and entertaining aspects represented by these digital assets.

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