The Monero Moon (Issue 37)
The Monero Moon is a curated weekly newsletter regarding all things Monero.
Development, Releases, and Technology
Logs of the Monero Developers Meeting on April 2nd regarding the upcoming v15 Monero network upgrade are available to read. The next Monero Developers Meeting regarding the v15 network upgrade is scheduled for Saturday the 16th of April 2022 at 17:00 UTC in #monero-dev on IRC, Libera and Matrix.
Haveno, a peer to peer exchange based on Monero's multisignature, recently received funding to develop its user interface. Haveno aims to be a non-custodial, decentralized exchange for crypto and fiat currencies built on Tor and Monero. Learn more about Haveno here.
If you have or are thinking of upgrading to the new Ledger Nano S Plus hardware wallet, please be aware that some users have reported issues using the device, and that support for Monero will be added in the next CLI/GUI wallet release.
Cake Wallet v4.3.9 has been released. Check out the tweet below for more details.
Martha Bueno, Candidate for Commissioner Miami-Dade District 10, recently tweeted that Monero is a better choice for those who require financial privacy.
Martha Bueno @BuenoForMiami@the1RyanOhli For Cuba specifically, Bitcoin is not the best option because of the issue with privacy. Cubans face up to 10 years in jail for receiving funds from outside Cuba if they are accused of being anti government. (Law 143) The risk is too high.
European Union lawmakers recently voted in favor of controversial measures to outlaw anonymous cryptocurrency transactions, requiring KYC for even small peer to peer crypto transactions from unhosted wallets. At the moment this is still draft legislation. More information can be found here. Patrick Hansen has done a good job of covering this issue.
Belgium’s federal tax authority mentions Monero on their website, and even includes a link to GetMonero.org!
US Congressman Tom Emmer recently voiced his support of private cryptocurrencies.
Bitcoin’s long term security as miners’ rewards are reduced came under the cryptotwitter spotlight, with Hasu, a research collaborator at Paradigm, claiming Bitcoin to be facing headwinds in the long-term. Thankfully, Monero doesn’t face this issue as it has an ongoing tail-emission to incentivize and reward miners securing the blockchain.
Alex Thorn @intangiblecoins#bitcoin fees are at all-time lows. the craziest thing? fall 2021 was the first bull run not accompanied by a major spike in fees. how is that possible? what does it mean? here's a thread explaining the most confounding (and awesome) chart in bitcoin. (remember june 2021) https://t.co/gnWssTckX2
The world’s largest darknet market, Hydra, was recently shutdown by law enforcement, and $25 million dollars in Bitcoin was confiscated. One must ponder whether this is the last time a DNM will use BTC as a currency. Andy Greenberg from Wired pointed out that Hydra was not just a marketplace for illicit goods, but also used for laundering dirty money. The Wired article titled Shutdown of Russia's Hydra Market Disrupts a Crypto-Crime ATM can be read here.
Privacy X released a YouTube video titled MONERO The ONLY Legal Crypto Wallet That Doesn't Break The LAW. Watch it here.
Monero Talk recently held a Monerotopia live stream. The video includes a price Report with aFungible, special Monerotopia 2022 guest speakers, Luke Smith (Why Monero Matters), the Monerotopia Virtual Conference Host Rafael LaVerde, and music artists Crypt0Bear and Freenauts.
Monero Talk recently interviewed Richard Cooper, an entrepreneur who helps men understand the truth about money. Richard shares his opinion about CBDCs, social credit systems, and how to get people into Monero and increase adoption.
The Open Economy Initiative recently published a new YouTube video to discuss some of the latest things happening within Monero.
The members of Monero Reddit community made a coordinated effort to represent Monero on the r/Place graphic. Check out their final efforts below.
The Monerotopia event is taking place in Miami today, April 7th, and they have an amazing lineup of speakers and even Crytp0 Bear is putting on a concert. Philip Zimmermann, creator of PGP, will also be doing a Q&A session at MoneroTopia! For those unable to attend in person, Doug from Monero Talk also announced they have teamed up with The Crypto Vigilante group to offer virtual tickets, allowing you to access a live stream of the conference. You can still head over to the Monerotopia website and grab a ticket to one of the hottest Monero conferences around!
Guns N’ Bitcoin’s Freedom Tech Trade Show and Conference is taking place in Miami from the 9th-10th of April. This year they’re adding the topic of Monero, and the conference will feature talks from members of the Monero community. More information can be found here.
The next MoneroKon 2022 Planning Meeting is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 9th 2022 at 17:00 UTC in the #monero-events IRC channel. Additionally, check out the MoneroKon 2022 website for more information on the upcoming Monerokon conference to be held 18-19th of June at Arroz Studios in Lisbon, Portugal. Monerokon are also accepting presentation and workshop proposals if you want to get involved. MoneroKon is going to be a celebration of all things Monero, privacy, and financial technology, and is aiming to be THE annual meeting of privacy advocates, cypherpunks, scientists, and philosophers.
Exchanges and Merchants
Chris, the owner of Helicon Brewing just outside Pittsburgh PA, now accepts XMR at his brewery after creating his own payment system. Helicon Brewing are big supporters of Monero, and unlike other cryptocurrency they receive which is sold for fiat, any XMR they receive in payment is stored in their hardware wallet on a boat. Head over for a few beers and support Helicon and XMR! Learn more about Helicon Brewing and crypto here.
Mataroa blog, a privacy focused blogging platform for minimalists, now accepts Monero payments. More information can be found here.
Dangerous Freedom’s CCS proposal to create python tools and educational material for checking inflation in Monero has almost been funded. This could potentially result in some great educational materials to help others understand how Monero works. Donate here.
Several crowdfunding proposals are awaiting community feedback before they can start accepting funds through the Community Crowdfunding System (CCS). For now they are just proposals, but if they receive some positive feedback from the community they will be moved to a “Funding Required” stage so that they can accept Monero donations through the CCS.
The Monero Moon have put forward another CCS proposal for funding the next 18 issues. If you enjoy reading the Monero Moon please show us some support and comment whether you support our proposal. Our previous CCS proposal from last year can be found here. Further information can be found here.
Midipoet is raising funds to attend the 2022 Oslo Freedom Forum - May 23-25 2022 in Oslo - and more specifically like to attend the Financial Freedom Track, in order to raise awareness and lobby for privacy focused cryptocurrency such as Monero.
m0n3r0d1c3 has submitted a CCS proposal to help launch a Monero Dice casino. More information can be found here.
willk has put forward their CCS titled Let more people use XMR, telegram push, small transactions done in seconds, docker private deployment, provide free API service.
Donald A. Iljazi has made a proposal to translate Monero applications, websites, and content into Greek. Check out the proposal here.
Trading & Speculation
According to Moon333, Monero formed bullish Gartley, and is a good long opportunity on the XMR/BTC pair.
flytheus shared a post predicting a 14% increase in price on the XMR/USD pair.
Total Monero in Circulation — 18,103,864 XMR
Monero Total Marketcap —$3,989,908,987
XMR/USD Price — $219 USD
XMR/BTC Price — 0.00467 BTC
LocalMonero.co Street Price — $218 USD
Average Transaction Fee — 0.00014 XMR ($0.03)
Hashrate — 2.844 Ghash/s
Monero Mining Pools Hashrate Distribution —
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Want to help contribute to the Monero Project? Developers, marketers, event coordinators, translators, Instagram personalities, meme creators, public speakers — whatever your skills may be, it is extremely likely there is something you can do to assist. I urge you to reach out to the Monero community on Reddit, IRC, GitHub, Twitter, or Telegram. The official Monero website is GetMonero.org.
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