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CBDCs better poised for cross-border payments than Bitcoin, stablecoins: ECB study

CBDCs better poised for cross-border payments than Bitcoin, stablecoins: ECB study

Bitcoin is the worst option for increasing the efficiency of cross-border payments while stablecoins occupy an intermediary position, the European Central Bank (ECB) said in a study published Monday.  See related article: Cryptocurrency is worthless: ECB Christine Lagarde Fast facts Central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) and domestic instant payment systems have the highest potential for […]
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Cardano users said to be indirectly affected by Nomad’s US$200 mln exploit

Monday’s attack on Nomad indirectly affected Cardano users as the protocol was one of multiple bridges deployed to Milkomeda C1, a layer 2 protocol which allows Ethereum decentralized apps (dApps) to be deployed in the Cardano ecosystem, Milkomeda said. See related article: More than 300 addresses said to perpetrate Nomad’s US$200 mln exploit Fast facts […]
Robinhood’s crypto arm fined US$30 mln for compliance failures

Robinhood’s crypto arm fined US$30 mln for compliance failures

The New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) slapped a US$30 million fine on the crypto arm of trading app Robinhood on Tuesday for allegedly violating the bank secrecy act, anti-money laundering, and cybersecurity regulations. See related article: Sam Bankman-Fried buys 7.6% of Robinhood; stock jumps Fast facts The financial regulator also asked the firm […]
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Waves community approves repayment plan for lending protocol Vires.Finance

Layer 1 blockchain Waves, which has been mired in a liquidity crisis, will go ahead with a revival plan recently approved by the community behind its decentralized finance (DeFi) lending protocol Vires.Finance, to allow certain account holders to withdraw funds or keep their positions for later repayment. See related article: Waves’ Neutrino USD loses peg […]
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MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor moves to chairman role to focus on Bitcoin

MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor is stepping down to become executive chairman “to focus more on our Bitcoin acquisition strategy and related Bitcoin advocacy initiatives,” according to a company statement released Tuesday. See related article: Vitalik Buterin calls MicroStrategy’s Michael Saylor a ‘total clown’ Fast facts According to the statement, this will allow the company to […]
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More than 300 addresses said to perpetrate Nomad’s US$200 mln exploit

More than 300 bad actors stole US$191 million from Nomad’s cross-chain bridge which resulted from a software upgrade that backfired, crypto analytics firm PeckShield told The Block on Tuesday. See related article: Nomad Bridge alerts law enforcement amid US$200 mln attack Fast facts A routine software update on one of Nomad’s smart contracts allowed users […]
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Bitcoin falls in market downtrend, ETH treads water, ETC and CRO edge up

Bitcoin was trending lower in early Asia trading on Wednesday with most major cryptocurrencies falling. Bitcoin was priced at US$23,048 as of 8 a.m. in Hong Kong, down 1.2% in the prior 24 hours. Ethereum was little changed at US$1,643, up 0.3%, according to data from CoinMarketCap. See related article: Bitcoin, Ethereum lose ground; Polkadot […]
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Nomad Bridge alerts law enforcement amid US$200 mln attack

In an update to its followers on Tuesday evening Asia time, cross-chain bridge Nomad said it is working to identify the attacker and recover the funds after an exploit drained nearly US$200 million on Monday. See related article: Nirvana’s ANA token down more than 80% after US$3.5 mln hack  Fast facts “We are working around […]
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Key TPS Capital staffer departs as firm distances itself from 3AC: report

Stefan Chu, who used to head over-the-counter (OTC) trading at TPS Capital, has left the organization as the company seeks to distance itself from the bankrupt hedge fund Three Arrows Capital (3AC), according to a report by The Block.  See related article: MAS takes aim at Three Arrows Capital, does not impose penalty Fast facts […]
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Solana an investor favorite as July registers strongest crypto inflows year-to-date: report

Crypto investments totaled US$474 million in July, mostly reversing outflows of US$481 million in June, even as Solana (SOL) witnessed year-to-date inflows of US$114 million, a report by Coinshares said. See related article: Ethereum needs scalability to retain market share: report Fast facts See related article: ETH crosses Bitcoin in options market for first time […]
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China’s central bank to expand digital yuan pilot program

The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) has listed the “orderly expansion of the scope of the digital yuan pilot” as one of its key tasks in the second half of the year, according to a Tuesday press release from the Chinese central bank’s second-half-year work plan. See related article: Covid-19, postponed Asian Games to push […]
Gold Bitcoin token on top of market graph | Bitcoin, Ethereum fall in Tuesday evening trade in Asia

Bitcoin, Ethereum fall in Tuesday evening trade in Asia

The cryptocurrency market is trading down in general, with Bitcoin and Ethereum down 2.2% and 6.1% over the past 24 hours in Tuesday evening trade in Hong Kong. See related article: ETH crosses Bitcoin in options market for first time in history Fast facts Bitcoin was trading at US$22,843.99, while Ethereum was changing hands at […]
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Ethereum needs scalability to retain market share: report

Bank of America (BofA) has said Ethereum needs improvements in scalability in order to retain its market share from newer blockchains such as Binance Smart Chain, Tron, Avalanche and Solana, according to a CoinDesk report.  See related article: Ethereum will soon turn 7 — and its upcoming ‘Merge’ will be well worth the wait Fast […]
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Prominent Chinese ETH miner plans proof-of-work fork amid The Merge

Ahead of Ethereum’s upcoming “Merge,” prominent Chinese crypto miner Chandler Guo has indicated he wishes to fork Ethereum to maintain a version of the network that remains proof of work (PoW), according to a report by Decrypt. See related article: Ethereum will soon turn 7 — and its upcoming ‘Merge’ will be well worth the […]
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NFT sales limp into August with a 25% drop from June to July amid crypto slump

Market analysts are mixed on outlook for non-fungible tokens, as some see mostly gloom, others point to glimmers of optimism.
BUSD reserves consist of 60.5% US Treasury bills, 4.21% cash

BUSD reserves consist of 60.5% US Treasury bills, 4.21% cash

Binance and Paxos Trust Company, which issues the dollar-pegged stablecoin BUSD (Binance USD), released the first unaudited breakdown of the reserves backing the token on Aug. 1. See related article: Binance spent over US$1B on compliance, founder Changpeng Zhao says Fast facts According to the reserve report, BUSD was backed by US$738 million in cash, […]
MetaKongz NFT in front of metaverse background | MetaKongz NFT prices plunge on OpenSea over internal conflicts

MetaKongz NFT prices drop on OpenSea over internal conflicts

South Korea’s non-fungible token (NFT) collection MetaKongz’ price on OpenSea NFT exchange has fallen over 17% on average after alleged in-house problems such as hacking and differences among its executives. See related article: Hyundai Card building its first NFT marketplace and wallet service Fast facts The price of MetaKongz NFTs on OpenSea in the last […]
Ripple down 3.5% after 1B XRP unlocked from escrow

XRP trades down 3.5% after Ripple unlocks 1 billion tokens from escrow

Blockchain payments company Ripple released 1 billion of XRP from three escrow accounts on August 1, pushing the price of its native token down by 3.4% in the past 24 hours, according to CoinGecko data. See related article: SEC fails to block XRP holders from aiding in Ripple case Fast facts In December 2017, Ripple […]
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Singapore court gives Vauld parent three-month protection from creditors

Defi Payments, the parent company of troubled Singapore-based crypto exchange Vauld, received court approval to protect the platform from potential lawsuits for three months. See related article: Singapore crypto lender Vauld reportedly owes retail investors US$363  million Fast facts See related article: Zipmex seeks moratorium from creditors in Singapore court
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Binance spent over US$1B on compliance, founder Changpeng Zhao says

Binance founder and CEO Changpeng Zhao Monday said the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume spent over US$1 billion on compliance efforts with its market share continuing to increase. See related article: Binance’s Changpeng Zhao sues Bloomberg publisher in HK Fast facts Zhao Monday said on his verified Twitter handle that a recent CoinDesk […]
Golden coins with ethereum and bitcoin symbol on a mainboard | ETH crosses Bitcoin in options market for first time in history

ETH crosses Bitcoin in options market for first time in history

Ethereum blockchain’s native token Ether (ETH) has surpassed Bitcoin (BTC) in the options market for the first time on Deribit exchange. See related article: Tether will support ETH 2.0 amid speculations of Merge delay Fast facts The cumulative dollar value of Ether options contract opens on Deribit was around US$5.7 billion, while open Bitcoin options […]
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Recovering crypto from insolvent companies may be easier than you think

A stolen painting may be lost forever, but a fraudulent Bitcoin transaction — with these legal strategies and tracing tools — can lead right to the criminal.
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Bitcoin, Ethereum lose ground; Polkadot skids after near six-week run up

Major cryptocurrencies were lower in early Tuesday trading in Asia, with Ethereum losing 3% in the past 24 hours to trade at US$1,634 as of 8 a.m. in Hong Kong. Bitcoin dipped 0.2% to trade at US$23,267, according to data on CoinMarketCap. See related article: Bitcoin, Ethereum fall back after posting monthly gains for July […]
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Chiliz CHZ jumps 25% on Socios, FC Barcelona partnership

Chiliz (CHZ) cryptocurrency jumped as much as 25% on Monday evening in Asia after announcing a US$100 million investment in FC Barcelona’s Barça Studios for a 24.5% stake in the soccer club’s digital content and distribution hub. See related article: South Korea’s Ifland metaverse dives into play-to-earn Fast facts Under the partnership, Socios.com and Chiliz […]
Alice Liu, chief executive and founder of DTC, wins Singapore's latest crypto service license

Digital Treasures Center latest to win Singapore’s crypto license

Digital Treasures Center (DTC) became the latest firm to receive the Major Payment Institution (MPI) license from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to become a regulated Digital Payment Token (DPT) services provider, the company announced on Monday.  See related article: Singapore’s central bank says cryptocurrencies have ‘no fundamental value’ Fast facts A full license […]
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Bitcoin, Ether edge lower in Asian trading, Dogecoin ends July with gains

Bitcoin and Ethereum were trading lower by 1.3% and 0.4% over the past 24 hours in Monday evening trade in Hong Kong. See related article: Bitcoin, Ethereum fall back after posting monthly gains for July Fast facts Bitcoin was trading down 1.3% at US$23,331.73 over the past 24 hours at 5:20 p.m. HKT on Monday, […]
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KuCoin ETFs to allow NFT purchase with USDT instead of ETH  

The new product will help over 20 million KuCoin users to access blue chip non-fungible tokens (NFTs) through direct purchases with USDT, instead of ETH, the cryptocurrency exchange said.  See related article: KuCoin dismisses rumors, eyes India for growth: report Fast facts KuCoin is partnering with Fracton Protocol and will initially list five NFT exchange-traded […]
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How data unions can reshape the global data economy

Europe’s Digital Markets Act will soon take power over personal data away from Big Tech and give it back to the people. How can data cooperatives help?

CoinFLEX slashes team to ‘right-size’ for acquisition or partnership

Crypto exchange CoinFLEX has let go a “significant number” of employees to cut costs and focus on its core business, according to a blog post published by the platform’s cofounders Sudhu Arumugam and Mark Lamb. See related article: ‘We’re in a crypto super cycle,’ says CoinFLEX CEO Fast facts The staff cuts and non-staff costs […]
FDIC clarifies that cryptocurrencies are not insured

FDIC clarifies that cryptocurrencies are not insured

The U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) clarified in a statement on Friday that it only protects insured bank customers in case a bank fails, and not assets issued by crypto companies.  See related article: Crypto lender Voyager ordered to stop misleading claims over deposit insurance Fast facts The FDIC’s comments come a day after […]
Tether will support ETH 2.0 amid speculations of Merge delay

Tether will support ETH 2.0 amid speculations of Merge delay

Bitfinex and Tether’s chief technology officer Paolo Ardoino said on Sunday that Tether plans to support ETH 2.0, amid widespread speculations that the Merge may get delayed yet again.  See related article: Ethereum one step closer to Eth2 with Ropsten testnet merger Fast facts While the Merge has been delayed multiple times, developers said it […]
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Vitalik Buterin calls MicroStrategy’s Michael Saylor a ‘total clown’

Ethereum cofounder Vitalik Buterin has taken a shot at MicroStrategy chief executive officer Michael Saylor, calling him a “total clown” after the latter called the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency “inherently unethical.” See related article: Crypto continues tear while Vitalik Buterin says Eth2 ‘not priced in’ Fast facts “Why do maximalists keep picking heroes that turn out […]
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Meta’s attempts at building a metaverse will ‘misfire’: Vitalik Buterin

Vitalik Buterin predicts the metaverse will be built, but any existing corporation trying to intentionally build one will not succeed, adding that efforts by Meta (formally Facebook) to do so will “misfire.” See related article: Will Facebook’s metaverse future transform how we live online? Fast facts In a Twitter thread over the weekend, the Ethereum […]
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Apple iPhone maker’s founder distances himself from crypto fraudsters using his image

Terry Gou, founder of Apple iPhone maker Foxconn, Saturday said that fraudsters have been using his images to promote cryptocurrency scams and that he has never invested in the crypto industry. See related article: Foxconn pledges to boost metaverse development this year Fast facts In a Facebook post on Saturday, the Taiwanese mogul said through […]
Man holding jacket open, dollar bills are inside the jacket pocket | S.Korea Busan Bank employee embezzles US$1.1 mln, invests in Bitcoin: report

S.Korea Busan Bank employee allegedly embezzles US$1.1 mln to invest in Bitcoin

An employee on the foreign exchange team of South Korea’s BNK Busan Bank allegedly embezzled 1.48 billion Korean won (US$1.1 million) in customer funds to invest in Bitcoin, local media reported. See related article: Illegal foreign exchange trading with Bitcoin ‘Kimchi Premium’ probed in S.Korea Fast facts The employee, whose name was not released, reportedly […]
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Bitcoin, Ethereum fall back after posting monthly gains for July

Bitcoin ended July trading at US$23,737 for a monthly gain of nearly 24% — its highest since October last year when it rose 40%. Ethereum gained about 60% in July. See related article: Bitcoin, Ether rally continues in Friday afternoon trading in Asia Fast facts Bitcoin fell about 1% on Monday morning in Asia, with […]
Shanghai Eases Some Control Measures As Outbreaks Ebb

Covid restrictions drive some Chinese Web 3.0 firms to Singapore

A lack of certainty over future regulation and a long lockdown in Shanghai are pushing some Chinese Web3 companies to set up shop in Singapore.
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Bitcoin, Ether rally continues in Friday afternoon trading in Asia

The cryptocurrency market continued its rally in afternoon trading in Asia on Friday, with Bitcoin and Ethereum up 4.4% and 5.7%, respectively, over the past 24 hours. See related article: Crypto continues tear while Vitalik Buterin says Eth2 ‘not priced in’ Fast facts Bitcoin was at one point changing hands above the US$24,000 mark in […]
SEC Chair Gary Gensler says most cryptocurrencies including stablecoins are securities

Amid Ripple XRP, Coinbase wrangles, Gary Gensler flexes SEC muscle

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Gary Gensler Friday reiterated the agency’s attempt to bring cryptocurrency exchanges under oversight and “register where appropriate as securities.” See related article: US crypto bill leaves ‘open question’ on securities: Tessler Fast facts See related article: SEC fails to block XRP holders from aiding in Ripple case
British law body recommends categorizing crypto as a new type of property

British law body recommends categorizing crypto as a new type of property

The Law Commission of England and Wales recommended classifying cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) as a new type of property in a consultation paper published on Thursday. See related article: Basel Committee starts public consultation on banks’ crypto asset exposures Fast facts The Law Commission, an independent statutory body responsible for reviewing and reforming laws, […]
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Bored Ape Yacht Club’s ApeCoin native token to fund 24-hour news website

The APE decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) approved a proposal to fund the 24-hour news website covering BAYC creator Yuga Labs and the community on Thursday.  See related article: Majority of ApeCoin token holders vote to stay on Ethereum Fast facts The Bored Ape Gazette website will become a 24-hour style news site complete with a […]
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Nirvana’s ANA token down more than 80% after US$3.5 mln hack

Solana-based decentralized finance protocol Nirvana Finance was exploited in a flash loan attack for US$3.49 million on July 28, the firm announced in a Twitter post, causing its tokens to topple by more than 80%. See related article: C.R.E.A.M. Finance suffers $28M flash loan hack Fast facts Using flash loans on lending protocol Solend, the […]
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Komainu latest to get Dubai’s approval to operate

Digital assets company Komainu has received a provisional license from the Dubai Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority (VARA) to offer cryptocurrency products and services to institutional clients in Dubai, CoinDesk said in a report.  See related article: Dubai could be crypto’s promised land, Citi says Fast facts Komainu is the latest to receive approval from Dubai […]
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Crypto lender Voyager ordered to stop misleading claims over deposit insurance

U.S. banking regulators have ordered crypto lender Voyager Digital to stop making “false and misleading” claims that its customer’s funds were insured by the government. See related article: Three Arrows, Voyager failures raise questions of who is next in crypto fall from grace Fast facts The Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (FDIC) […]
Terra allegedly ramped up its numbers with insider trading: report

Terra allegedly ramped up its numbers with insider trading: report

Terraform Labs and affiliates allegedly ramped up the numbers of its decentralized finance (DeFi) service Anchor Protocol by investing their own capital, a claim that South Korean prosecutors are currently looking into, state broadcaster KBS reported. See related article: S.Korea slaps ‘notification upon arrival’ on Terra’s Do Kwon Fast facts The local media outlet claims […]
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Zipmex seeks moratorium from creditors in Singapore court

Zipmex is seeking protection from potential claims or adverse actions for six months, citing “all efforts to focus on resolving the liquidity situation,” according to an announcement by the crypto exchange. See related article: Zipmex targets raising US$50 mln to cover exposure to embattled crypto lenders Fast facts See related article: Babel Finance says liquidity […]
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Bitcoin rig maker Canaan to deploy self-mining soon in US, executive says

Chinese crypto mining rig maker Canaan is ramping up its mining business and will soon start self- or joint-mining operations in the U.S., Edward Lu, a senior vice president of Canaan, told Forkast in an interview on Thursday. See related article: Bitcoin rig maker Canaan reports over US$200 mln in Q1 revenue Fast facts “Today […]
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Crypto continues tear while Vitalik Buterin says Eth2 ‘not priced in’

The crypto market continued its tear overnight Thursday in Asia with Bitcoin and Ethereum trading up 4% and 6%, respectively, in the 24 hours before business hours on Friday. See related article: Crypto, traditional markets see bump as Fed raises rates Fast facts Bitcoin was changing hands at its highest point in over a week […]
Harmony’s compensation plan upsets hack victims

Harmony’s compensation plan upsets hack victims

Harmony Protocol announced on Wednesday a reimbursement plan for wallets affected by the US$100 million hack on its Horizon cross-chain bridge last month, which was met by mostly negative feedback. See related article: North Korea said to be responsible for Harmony Horizon hack Fast facts The reimbursement will be with Harmony’s ONE cryptocurrency, distributed monthly […]
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Lido Finance floats 2nd proposal to sell LDO to Dragonfly Capital

Just two days after its initial plan failed to pass a community vote, staking giant Lido Finance submitted a new proposal on Monday for the sale of 10 million Lido DAO (LDO) tokens, about 2% of its total supply, to Dragonfly Capital. See related article: Fireblocks provides institutional investors access to Terra DeFi Fast facts […]
SEC fails to block XRP holders from aiding in Ripple case

SEC fails to block XRP holders from aiding in Ripple case

A U.S. federal district court dismissed the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s motion to revoke the “amici curiae” or “friends of the court” status granted to XRP holders in an order on Tuesday.  See related article: SEC wins time to resist crucial document handover to Ripple in XRP lawsuit Fast facts In a letter to […]
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Bad actors in North Korea, Russia send record-high funds to crypto mixers

A new report by Chainalysis shows that sanctioned actors, especially in North Korea and Russia, are sending record sums to crypto mixers.
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Immutable lays off 6% of workforce

Immutable has let go of about 6% of its workforce, including lead designer James Wakeham who was involved in the development of the game developer’s popular non-fungible token (NFT) game Gods Unchained.  See related article: Play-to-earn game developers pivot to engaging fans Fast facts A spokesperson from Immutable’s U.S. branch told gaming media outlet Kotaku […]
Creditors take hostile action as crypto firm Vauld seeks bankruptcy protection

Ethereum price surges amid bounceback, tenth shadow fork going live

Ethereum has been on a tear, gaining 14% in the past 24 hours. The world’s second-biggest cryptocurrency by market capitalization is now up ​​more than 47% in the past 14 days ahead of the Merge. See related article: Vitalik Buterin says Ethereum to be 55% complete post-merge Fast facts Ethereum is up 13.9% over the […]
Creditors take hostile action as crypto firm Vauld seeks bankruptcy protection

Creditors take hostile action as crypto firm Vauld seeks bankruptcy protection

Crypto lender Vauld, which halted withdrawals earlier this month, is facing hostile action from multiple creditors, according to a new affidavit reviewed by Moneycontrol.  See related article: Nexo in talks to buy out Vauld Fast facts As per the affidavit, Vauld has received two demand letters and two civil claims from four creditors.  One of […]
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Dubai police launch 2nd edition of NFTs, see use case for digital assets

Dubai police are dropping a second round of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), as digital assets conform to their interests in innovation, security and communication. In a statement on their website, Dubai police claim to be the first government entity in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to create its own digital assets and the first police organization […]
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Tether says USDT reserves have no Chinese commercial paper

Tether, the issuer of USDT, the world’s most traded stablecoin, said it doesn’t hold Chinese commercial paper in its reserves and it plans to reduce its commercial paper holdings overall. See related article: Tether slashes commercial paper, shows more reserves than liabilities Fast facts In a statement published on Wednesday, Tether said it “holds no […]
How tokenization could transform Hong Kong’s fixed income markets

Hong Kong to launch US$637 mln tech fund for startups: report

Hong Kong will launch a HK$5 billion (US$637 million) fund to support startups seeking to reach unicorn status, the city’s Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po said. See related article: Hong Kong’s Cyberport invests in digital asset custodian Hex Trust Fast facts See related article: Animoca Brands ups valuation to US$5.9B despite slumping markets
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Why DeFi remains attractive to institutions in a bear market

Despite the bleak macro outlook, more institutions are looking to gain exposure to the DeFi sector, writes Robert Alcorn of Clearpool. Here’s why.
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Crypto, traditional markets see bump as Fed raises rates

Both crypto and traditional markets saw significant gains overnight Monday in Asia after the U.S. Federal Reserve announced a 75-basis point interest rate increase to battle the worst inflation in the country in some 40 years. See related article: Fed may increase interest rates amid rising inflation Fast facts Interest rates in the U.S. are […]
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Voyager gives Sam Bankman-Fried’s ‘low-ball’ bailout offer a single digit

Top blockchain and crypto news: SBF’s Voyager rescue deal spurned. Tesla pulls U-turn with BTC sale. Tencent cuts local NFT staff as it looks abroad.
Scarred by Terra-LUNA, South Korea moves ahead with digital asset reform

Scarred by Terra-LUNA, South Korea moves ahead with digital asset reform

Aiming to uncover the next “BTS in finance,” Chairman Kim Joo-hyun of the Korean Financial Services Commission (FSC) is calling for “bold reforms” in financial regulations, including in crypto assets.
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US stablecoin bill draft may be released this week: report

Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are pushing to introduce a stablecoin bill draft this week before the House breaks for August recess, according to four unnamed sources “familiar with the plan” cited by The Block.  See related article: Hold onto your crypto bags, the regulators are coming Fast facts The proposal on stablecoin […]
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3,000 Biggie Smalls-inspired NFTs sell out in 10 minutes

The 3,000 generative non-fungible token (NFT) collection featuring late rapper Christopher Wallace, better known as Notorious B.I.G. or Biggie Smalls, sold out in about 10 minutes at marketplace OneOf.  See related article: China’s ‘Instagram’ gets into virtual fashion with users strutting NFT clothes Fast facts Sky’s the Limit is an NFT profile picture collection that […]
Crypto startups VC funding reaches US$17.5B in H1 2022: report

Crypto startup VC funding reaches US$17.5B in H1 2022: report

Venture capitalists (VCs) poured at least US$17.5 billion into the crypto and blockchain industry in the first half of this year, Reuters reported, citing PitchBook data.  See related article: Blockchain, crypto investment soars in H1 2021 Fast facts VC investments in blockchain and crypto startups topped US$26.9 billion in 2021. North American startups were at […]
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Crypto market quickly rebounds after IMF predicts increased recession risk

Bitcoin quickly rebounded above US$21,000 coming into Asian trading hours on Wednesday after falling below the mark overnight since the International Monetary Fund (IMF) cut its global growth outlook for this year and next, warning that the world economy may soon be on the cusp of an outright recession. See related article: IMF says crypto crash […]
MicroStrategy shares fall after Jefferies downgrade to ‘underperform’

MicroStrategy shares fall after Jefferies downgrade to ‘underperform’

Investment banking firm Jefferies downgraded the MicroStrategy stocks from “hold” to “underperform.” See related article: Michael Saylor’s MicroStrategy buys more Bitcoin Fast facts MicroStrategy, the largest corporate holder of Bitcoin, has a premium valuation for a low-growth asset, Jefferies said in a research report released on Tuesday. Jefferies kept the MicroStrategy price target unchanged at […]
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HK crypto exchange OSL sells security tokens to institutional investors

Hong Kong-based digital asset trading platform OSL has started selling security tokens to institutional investors via a private placement, with the first purchasers including blockchain game company Animoca Brands, according to a press release on Tuesday. See related article: Chinese logistics network plans US fundraise via tokenized offerings Fast facts Each security token represents a […]
S.Korea places ‘notification upon arrival’ on Terra’s Do Kwon

S.Korea slaps ‘notification upon arrival’ on Terra’s Do Kwon

South Korean prosecutors investigating Terra-LUNA have requested the Ministry of Justice to place a “notification upon arrival” on Terraform Labs chief executive officer Do Kwon and a travel ban on Terra cofounder Shin Hyun-seung, according to local media reports. See related article: South Korean prosecutors said to have raided Terra cofounder Shin’s residence Fast facts […]
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Crypto exchange Bullish’s 2Q average daily volume rises 3-fold on the quarter

Average daily volumes (ADV) at Bullish cryptocurrency exchange in the second quarter of the year rose by about 212% to US$522 million, up from US$167 million in the first quarter, according to a business update released on July 26. The exchange is operated by Bullish (GI) Limited and regulated by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission.  […]
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Crypto exchange Kraken reportedly under investigation for Iran sanctions breach

U.S.-based crypto exchange Kraken is reportedly under investigation by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Control for allegedly violating economic sanctions against Iran, according to the New York Times. See related article: US charges two Europeans with helping N.Korea evade sanctions with crypto Fast facts Kraken allegedly allowed users in Iran and elsewhere to […]
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IMF says crypto crash hasn’t quite harmed broader financial system

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Tuesday that the cryptocurrency market turmoil hasn’t quite affected global financial stability. See related article: Crypto volatility hasn’t had macroeconomic implications so far: Jerome Powell Fast facts In a report published Tuesday, the IMF said crypto assets have “experienced a dramatic selloff” that has led to losses in crypto […]

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