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Seoul Central District Court | Former presidential campaign committee member sentenced to jail for crypto scam

Former South Korea presidential advisor sentenced for crypto scam

A South Korean professor, formerly a committee member in current president Moon Jae-in’s presidential campaign, has been sentenced to two years in prison for promoting a scam cryptocurrency. Fast facts According to local reports, the professor and former advisor to Moon Jae-in’s 2017 electoral campaign was sentenced to two years in jail on fraud charges […]
CryptoPunks

CryptoPunk NFTs smash records as VISA purchases a CryptoPunk for US$150K

CryptoPunks sales volume increased by over 1,100% in the last 24 hours
Bitcoin on dollar banknotes, institutional investors should not missed De-Fi

Why institutional investors cannot afford to ignore DeFi

Much of traditional finance still believes DeFi is too risky and not worth the bother, writes Ilia Maksimenka of PlasmaFinance. Are these perceptions accurate?
Bitcoin mining

Bitcoin miners may soon face tougher digging

As the crypto hashrate continues to recover, miners will likely have to work harder for their coins.
XRP cryptocurrency

Ripple: SEC ex-chief Hinman’s views on XRP are ‘dubious’

Ripple also challenges SEC’s use of ‘deliberative process privilege’ to prevent agency documents on Bitcoin, Ethereum and XRP from disclosure.
Poly Network hacking saga ends

Poly Network hackers return remaining stolen assets

The Poly Network hacking saga has finally reached a happy ending with the crypto thieves releasing the last key to the remaining funds of 28,953 Ether and 1,032 Wrapped Bitcoin tokens, worth approximately US$141 million, on Monday. According to Poly Network, the company is in the process of returning full asset control to users, although […]
Dalian cross sea bridge,Dalian Commodity Exchange pay e-CNY for warehousing fees in the futures trading

Futures exchange pays e-CNY for warehousing fees

Dalian Commodity Exchange paid storage fees to a delivery warehouse in the form of e-CNY, the first time applying central bank digital currency (CBDC) in futures trading. Fast facts According to the report, Dalian Liangyun Group, which received the e-CNY warehousing fees, said that e-CNY transfer has no inter-bank transfer fees, and it would not […]
Iran

Iran expected to lift Bitcoin mining ban next month

Iran, which imposed a temporary ban on Bitcoin mining a few months ago, is expected to lift the prohibition next month, according to local media reports. Fast facts The Iran Power Generation, Distribution and Transmission Company told the state-run ISNA that the ban will be lifted on Sept. 22, local English media Financial Tribune reported. […]
Axie Infinity, The Philippines wants to tax Axie Infinity and its players' earnings

Philippines wants to tax Axie Infinity and players’ earnings

With play-to-earn crypto games like Axie Infinity continuing to attract users, tax authorities in the Philippines are looking into taxing such blockchain-based game companies as well as the income earned by users on such platforms, according to a report by the Manila Bulletin. Fast facts Philippines’ finance undersecretary Antonette C. Tionko said earnings from these […]
Circle

USDC to be 100% backed by cash, US Treasuries

Circle, issuer of the world’s second-largest stablecoin USDC, has announced plans to be 100% backed by cash and short-term U.S. Treasuries by September. The company’s most recent attestation showed USDC’s US$22.2 billion supply was backed by only 61% “cash and cash equivalents.” Fast facts Circle had indicated earlier in the month that it wishes to […]
BTC ATMs

El Salvador rolls out 200 Bitcoin ATMs ahead of nationwide adoption

In preparation for El Salvador adopting Bitcoin as legal tender, the nation is rolling out 200 ATMs and preparing 50 bank branches across the nation to allow residents to exchange crypto for fiat easily, President Nayib Bukele has announced over the weekend via Twitter. Fast facts With El Salvador’s Bitcoin adoption bill coming into effect […]
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Solana sees investment inflows of $7M, largest of any digital asset: CoinShares

After six consecutive weeks of outflows, institutional sentiment for digital assets is turning, with net inflows of US$21 million last week, according to CoinShares, Europe’s largest digital assets fund manager. Fast facts Total assets under management (AUM) across all digital asset fund providers rose to US$57.3 billion, the highest since mid-May, driven by the recent […]
The capital city of Shaanxi, Xi'an, it's iconic bell tower at dusk. Now Shaanxi Province accepts e-CNY as toll fee, and plan to popularize it to the whole province

Shaanxi Expressway accepts digital yuan as tolls

Shaanxi Province has built the province’s first toll lane that supports digital yuan payments; the first payment was successfully made on August 16. Fast facts Shaanxi Province says it will continue to install digital renminbi payment equipment at all expressway toll stations in the province. Shaanxi Province is located in the western inland region of China, and […]
e-CNY

Digital yuan trials now looking like a ‘soft launch’ stage

China’s high penetration of smartphones, digital-savvy population helps reduce e-CNY testing time, observers say
Crypto market barchart, Bitcoin, solana and cardano goes up

Bitcoin price above $50K, Cardano and Solana at all-time highs as crypto market surges

Led by Ethereum rivals, crypto prices are in an upswing with over $2.1 trillion in total market cap. Is this the start of another crypto bull run?
Cryptocurrency coins on dollar banknotes, digital assets are expected to rival fiat in 5-10 years

Survey predicts crypto will rival or replace fiat within 10 years

Cryptocurrency and other digital assets are expected to rival or displace fiat currencies within the next decade, according to Deloitte’s 2021 Global Blockchain Survey. Fast facts More than three quarters of the 1,280 executives and practitioners surveyed by Deloitte, the global consulting, tax services and auditing firm, think that digital assets “will serve as a […]
The9

The9 sets up another joint venture to mine crypto in Kazakhstan

The9 Ltd., a Chinese gaming company that only a few months ago pivoted its business to crypto mining, is setting up another joint venture in Kazakhstan as it ramps up its mining operations in the Central Asian nation that shares a border with China. Fast facts Nasdaq-listed The9 has signed an investment memorandum through a subsidiary […]
Bit Digital

Bit Digital reports growing losses as it moves crypto miners from China to North America

Bit Digital, a New York-headquartered Bitcoin mining company that has had significant operations in China, recorded growing losses in the second quarter of this year as it continued relocating its China-based machines to North America. Fast facts In the second quarter of this year, Nasdaq-listed Bit Digital booked a net loss of US$1.34 million, compared […]
Hacker

Liquid crypto exchange hackers use ETH mixer to evade detection

The hunt for hackers who stole an estimated US$97 million from the Japanese crypto exchange Liquid last week has hit some snags as the cybercriminals have been actively hiding their tracks with a crypto mixing tool as they move to transfer their loot into other wallets. Fast facts According to public blockchain information on Etherscan, […]
XREX co-founders

Taiwanese startup XREX raises $17 million to advance crypto payment services

XREX’s fundraise reflects Taiwan’s ambition to be part of fintech and blockchain innovation in spite of the island’s strict banking regulations.
Singapore Richard Teng

Binance taps former SGX chief regulatory officer as Singapore CEO

Binance Singapore today announced the appointment of Richard Teng, former chief regulatory officer of the Singapore Exchange (SGX), as chief executive, bolstering its leadership ranks with former regulators while battling growing regulatory woes around the world. Fast facts Teng was CEO of the Abu Dhabi Global Market for six years before stepping down in March. […]
China Flag with cracked bitcoin icon, Key things to know about China’s latest crypto ban

As China cracks down on crypto, blockchain technology keeps flowering

Steelmaker Ansteel Group and lithium battery producer Tianneng are the latest companies to make use of blockchain in accordance with China’s national strategy.
KYC

Binance imposes mandatory KYC for all services with immediate effect

Beset by legal and regulatory woes around the world, Binance — the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume — today announced that it is implementing mandatory know-your-customer (KYC) with immediate effect as it steps up its anti-money laundering (AML) compliance. Fast facts All new Binance users are now required to complete “intermediate verification” — which […]
real estate, ADDX and Investcorp tokenise US real estate fund

Digital securities exchange ADDX join Investcorp to offer tokenized US real estate fund

ADDX, a digital securities exchange headquartered in Singapore formerly known iSTOX, has partnered with Investcorp, a Bahrain-based alternative investment management firm to offer a tokenized real estate fund focused on residential properties in the United States, ADDX announced on Thursday. Fast facts Investcorp raised US$150 million for the fund that has invested in five multi-family […]
Golden bitcoins and South Korea flag | Zero exchanges in Korea ready for impending deadlin

Come next month, will all of South Korea’s crypto exchanges hit a regulatory wall?

Despite a looming compliance deadline, currently there are no crypto exchanges in South Korea that meet the new government reporting requirements to continue operating, according to financial authorities. Fast facts The Financial Services Commission (FSC) revealed through a press release that none of the domestic cryptocurrency trading platforms have successfully complying with the nation’s new […]
Schebesta

Aussie tech entrepreneur offers Bitcoin to those vaccinated against Covid

Finder.com CEO Fred Schebesta is offering AU$5 (US$2.85) worth of Bitcoin to every Australian who is fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Fast facts Announcing the plan on Sydney radio this week, the self-made millionaire said he was looking for a way to contribute to the vaccination effort and thought this could be a way to help. […]
Japan

Coinbase partners with Mitsubishi UFG for entry to Japan

The largest cryptocurrency exchange in the U.S. has partnered with one of Japan’s largest banks to gain market entry. What does the move say about the Japanese market as the industry is rocked by yet another crypto exchange hack?
Ontario buildings

Canadian regulator seeks enforcement action against crypto exchange OKEx

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) is seeking to bring an enforcement action against Aux Cayes Fintech Co. Ltd., which operates the OKEx platform, for allegedly violating Ontario securities law, according to a statement. Fast facts According to the statement of allegations filed by the OSC’s enforcement team on Aug. 18, Seychelles-incorporated Aux Cayes — which […]
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Thai-listed Brooker Group reports $24 million in crypto holdings in 1H 2021

The Brooker Group, a publicly listed financial consultancy and capital management company in Bangkok, this week reported that it held US$23.86 million of digital assets, according to its financial results for the first six months of 2021. Fast facts The Brooker Group also reported an impairment loss of US$12 million in the first half of […]
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Justin Sun’s Weibo account blocked again

TRON founder Justin Sun’s social media account on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like microblog platform, appears to have been blocked again, along with the accounts of several other cryptocurrency-related interests. Fast facts TRON is a blockchain with a cryptocurrency native to the system founded by Sun in 2017. Sun, 31, has been active on social media, and […]
Cardano hits new high price

Cardano hits new all-time high as upcoming smart contracts send ADA into new price discovery

Cardano’s Alonzo upgrade is fueling ADA’s price growth into top-3 cryptocurrency. Major crypto players are now also signaling bullishness on Cardano.
hacker, Poly Network recovers US$427 million

Calling Poly Network incompetent, upset hackers refuse to give back remaining $141M

The Poly Network hackers have returned assets worth around US$427 million, the company announced on Thursday. But hackers accused the company of “incompetency” and are refusing to give back the rest of the loot. Fast facts The hackers had transferred the stolen assets worth over US$600 million in total to mutli-signature wallets controlled by the […]
China

China shuts down website and social media of high-profile blockchain center

China continues its crackdown on certain illegal social organizations, as authorities shut down the website and social media accounts of the China Blockchain Application Center — a organization once led by some of the nation’s most prominent crypto industry leaders, state media China National Radio reported yesterday. Fast facts The China Blockchain Application Center was […]
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Aleph.im launches decentralized indexing for Solana

Aleph.im, a cross-blockchain storage and computing network, announced today the release of a decentralized indexing tool for the Solana blockchain ecosystem. Fast facts
Magnifying glass zooming in on cryptocurrency exchange Binance logo on trading platform

Binance users burned by outage band together to take legal action

Crypto traders who suffered losses on Binance due to tech outages are turning to arbitration and crypto litigation finance.
A Bitcoin next to growing sprouts, decreased carbon footprint of blockchains make them a more viable solution to ESG issues

How UN goals are guiding new blockchain ESG investment vehicles

As ESG drives more corporate agendas, Sonic Capital’s Sphere aims to provide access to blockchain investment opportunities toward a greener future.
Thai currency notes and coins

Thailand publishes CBDC study results, pilot test to start in 2022

The Bank of Thailand today published the results of its retail central bank digital currency (CBDC) study and public survey, which the central bank says will guide the development of the country’s CBDC pilot test. Fast facts The Bank of Thailand underscored that a CBDC for the general public “must not adversely affect monetary policy […]
Business lady showing her bitcoins in hands.

Shanghai court rules Bitcoin is virtual property, not currency

A district court in Shanghai has ruled that Bitcoin is virtual property, not a currency that is allowed to circulate, according to a statement released earlier this week. Fast facts A Minhang district court in Shanghai stated this week that it heard a case in which a plaintiff purchased Bitcoin mining machines from a defendant […]
De Nederlandsche Bank

Netherlands warns Binance is illegally offering crypto services

The central bank of the Netherlands has issued a warning that Binance — the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the world by trading volume — is illegally operating in the country. Fast facts Binance is providing crypto services in the Netherlands without the required legal registration with De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), according to the regulator. “This […]
Finance Minister

El Salvador’s finance minister says Bitcoin is ‘totally optional’

In what will likely be a relief for many Salvadorans, El Salvador’s finance minister said the use of BTC will remain “totally optional” and businesses will not be sanctioned for not using it when the country’s controversial BTC law comes into effect on Sept. 7, reports Yahoo News. Fast facts The country’s adoption of BTC […]
Diverse computer hacking shoot

Antinalysis hung out to dry. Solana eclipses Uniswap. Alibaba’s auction action.

Top blockchain and crypto news: A darkweb stain is scrubbed away. Solana’s moment in the sun. Alibaba huddles with Tencent.
Dark web tool Antinalysis shuts down

Shutdown of dark web tool Antinalysis suggests harder times ahead for crypto criminals

Money laundering token tracer developed using AMLBot application programming interface was suspended within eight hours of public exposure.
Pepe

OpenSea dumps Pepe the Frog NFT series

Despite having verified it, and with investors already spending millions on the project, OpenSea has delisted the NFT series after being notified by its creator.
FF mining1

BIT Mining revenue soars despite losses from operational pivot

Operating costs and crypto bear market suck up cash after former lottery operator bets on digital assets
Chainalysis global crypto adoption index

Led by Vietnam and India, global crypto adoption jumps over 880%

Asia is now tops in the world in cryptocurrency adoption. Vietnam, India and Pakistan are now the top three countries in the world in crypto use — and other Asian countries aren’t far behind, according to Chainalysis’ 2021 Global Crypto Adoption Index published today. Fast facts Thailand, China and the Philippines also ranked in the […]
SEBI asks depositories to use blockchain

Indian market regulator asks depositories to use blockchain

The Securities and Exchange Board of India, a markets watchdog, has asked depositories to employ blockchain to record and monitor the creation of securities and covenants involving non-convertible securities, according to a report by Livemint. Fast facts SEBI formed a group in November to suggest ways to strengthen the process of creating and monitoring securities, […]
yuan

E-CNY tests ramp up as more banks enable top-up feature

In China, digital yuan testing, which increasingly looks like a soft rollout, is continuing full steam ahead, with more banks allowing their customers to top up their e-CNY wallets. Fast facts An additional 13 banks have started to allow their customers to recharge their wallets directly in the e-CNY app, bringing the total number of […]
LEIPZIG, GERMANY - JANUARY 25: Visitors watch a game of an e-sport tournament `Dota 2` during the digital festival DreamHack Leipzig on January 25, 2020 in Leipzig, Germany. DreamHack combines a variety of digital entertainment, including e-sport tournaments, LAN parties, Pokemon competitions and virtual reality presentations, as well as a cosplay contest. (Photo by Jens Schlueter/Getty Images)

Crypto exchanges diving into esports sponsorships to engage young digital natives

Bybit, a cryptocurrency exchange based in Singapore, announced today a multi-year partnership with popular esports team NAVI (“Natus Vincere”), which will display Bybit’s logo on NAVI’s jerseys as well as charity initiatives, school projects, and anti-hate and anti-bullying campaigns. Fast facts “The Covid-19 pandemic has changed many established conventions in a number of human experiences,” […]
White hat hacker, Poly network offers job to hacker

Poly Network offers hacker top job as another hacker saves SushiSwap from potential $350M attack

Poly Network wants to hire the hacker who stole over US$600 million worth of tokens from the platform last week — as its chief security advisor, according to a tweet by the company. Fast facts In response to the job offer, the hacker posted a joke on the Ethereum blockchain that was shared in a […]
Crypto exchange Binance appoints Greg Monahan as Global Money Laundering Reporting Officer

Binance names new global anti-money laundering chief as it beefs up compliance efforts

Binance — the world’s biggest cryptocurrency by trading volume — today announced the appointment of Greg Monahan, a former U.S. Treasury criminal investigator, as its global anti-money laundering officer, according to a company statement. Fast facts Monahan’s appointment comes as Binance seeks to bolster its compliance efforts amid increasing scrutiny from regulators around the world — […]
Digital assets company BC Group and Hong Kong skyline

BC Group’s OSL digital asset revenues jump 70% in first half

BC Technology Group, a Hong Kong-listed technology digital asset company and parent of OSL, the first licensed digital asset platform in the city, today announced that its group revenues rose 54% year on year to HK$153 million (US$20 million) in the first half of 2021, driven by a 70% increase in OSL’s digital asset business […]
Plastic

IBM, Nomura to use blockchain for plastics recycling in new consortium

IBM Japan, Mitsui Chemicals and Nomura Research Institute have announced a new consortium to explore how blockchain technology can be used to create better plastic recycling methods, according to a press release from the NRI. Fast facts Making new plastics from recycled plastics is an exact process that requires knowing the specific chemical makeup of […]
Dogecoin

Dogecoin Foundation re-established, Vitalik Buterin now on board

Following a few years of inactivity, the Dogecoin Foundation is being reestablished with Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin serving as the organization’s “blockchain and crypto adviser,” according to an announcement posted Tuesday on the foundation’s website. Fast facts Originally founded in 2014, the non-profit organization aims to support the Dogecoin ecosystem and community with a particular […]
NFTs for providing support to Afghan families

NFTs used to raise funds for displaced Afghan families

With the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan capturing headlines around the world, Jack Butcher, the founder of New York-based graphic design agency Visualize Value, has partnered with the Cooperative for American Remittances (CARE) humanitarian charity to launch a non-fungible token fund to provide “care packages” to displaced Afghan families. Fast facts The NFT care packages are […]
Union Bank of the Philippines partners Hex Trust to enter the digital asset ecosystem

Union Bank of Philippines partners with Hex Trust to enter digital asset ecosystem

Union Bank of the Philippines and Hex Trust, a Hong Kong-based digital asset custodian, today announced that the bank was partnering with Hex Trust to provide digital asset custody services to it as it enters the digital asset sector. Fast facts As part of the collaboration, Hex Trust will provide digital asset custody as an […]
A stack of coins on fiat notes

How stablecoins can help investors weather crypto storms

Notwithstanding Iron Finance’s collapse, stablecoins can play important roles for consumers and the economy, writes Julian Hosp of Cake DeFi.
India’s crypto sector on edge as crypto bill that may lead to ban awaits cabinet approval

India’s crypto sector on edge as bill that may lead to ban awaits cabinet approval

If cabinet approves crypto bill by November, it could be introduced as early as parliament’s winter session.
Ripple and SEC logos along with Slack screenshot

Ripple decries SEC’s demand for employee Slack messages on XRP

Ripple claims the SEC’s request for 1 million more of the company’s internal messages is costly and unlikely to resolve disputes at the heart of the litigation.
e-CNY

Digital yuan patent applications on the rise

The number of digital yuan patents is growing, with patent applications related to digital currency numbering 271 since the beginning of last year, data compiled by Mpaypass.com show, as tests of e-CNY continue under the Chinese government’s watchful eye. Fast facts The data shows that the total number of patent applications since 2020 has surpassed […]
blue sky

Twitter’s Bluesky announces new project lead

Twitter’s much anticipated decentralized social media standard, Bluesky, finally has a project lead in crypto developer Jay Graber, Graber announced yesterday on her own Twitter account. Fast facts Bluesky was announced in late 2019, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said decentralization could address some of the key issues surrounding social media, such as moderation. “Centralized […]
Alibaba Auction NFT

Alibaba launches new auction service as it doubles down on NFTs

Accessibility of Alibaba Auction through Tencent’s WeChat service hints at closer relationship between two longtime rivals.
Poly Network hackers delay handover of stolen assets

Poly Network hackers delay handover of stolen assets

The hackers claim that trust issues with the Poly Network team are slowing down the complete handover of stolen assets.
Bukele

Fitch warns El Salvador’s Bitcoin adoption will drag down credit rating

In another criticism of El Salvador’s planned Bitcoin adoption, global credit scoring agency Fitch Ratings has warned the move will likely adversely affect credit ratings of the country’s insurance sector, due to heightened foreign exchange and earnings volatility risk. Fast facts Fitch Ratings explained in a press release on Monday that once a law comes […]
NFT & fiat currencies, NFT's uses can be beyond arts and collectibles

How NFTs could be the future standard for trading and investing

Non-fungible tokens are taking the art and collectibles world by storm. But more valuable uses for NFTs lie just around the corner, writes Ilja Laurs of Dappscape.
Kakao's Klaytn Foundation and GroundX logos with Singapore Merlion and Marina Bay Sands

Kakao to spearhead global expansion of Klaytn blockchain from Singapore

South Korean internet giant Kakao this week announced that its newly established non-profit entity headquartered in Singapore — the Klaytn Foundation — will lead the development and global expansion of the Klaytn blockchain, according to a company release. Fast facts The Klaytn Foundation, together with Krust, Kakao’s newly established global accelerator unit, and GroundX, which […]
Microsoft logo on a black background

Microsoft, Alibaba to build antipiracy system on Ethereum

U.S. software behemoth Microsoft is looking to develop anti-piracy measures on Ethereum using research from Chinese internet giant Alibaba and Carnegie Mellon University, according to a paper released by Microsoft’s research department. Fast facts Partnering with Alibaba and Carnegie Mellon, Microsoft says the new system — dubbed “Argus” — will run on a public blockchain […]
Bitcoin cryptocurrency

Cardano sees inflows of $1.3M amid 6th week of outflows from crypto funds

Digital asset investment products saw outflows of US$22 million last week — the sixth consecutive week of outflows, according to CoinShares, Europe’s largest digital assets fund manager. Fast facts Total outflows for the past six weeks amount to US$115 million and mark the longest run of consecutive outflows since January 2018, CoinShares reported. However, the […]
Solana logo, Solana becomes the hottest blockchain at the moment

What is Solana and why is it the hottest blockchain of the moment?

Solana prices are soaring to all-time highs and SOL is now a top-10 crypto. In this Forkast.News explainer, learn why investors are heaping love on this Ethereum rival.
DappRadar

U.S., Indonesia drive NFT wave, DappRadar report shows

A new report by DappRadar shows that interest in NFTs has come mainly from the United States and Indonesia, and that Russia and India have a presence in the market as well. Fast facts DappRadar, an NFT and decentralized finance and decentralized app store and a data provider, revealed this month in its user behavior […]
Infrastructure

U.S. Treasury eases concerns over crypto reporting requirements

In welcome news for the U.S. crypto industry, the Treasury Department is slated to clarify that only crypto companies that fit its definition of “brokers” will have to comply with new tax reporting requirements outlined in the country’s US$1 trillion infrastructure bill, Bloomberg reports. Fast facts Quoting an anonymous Treasury source, Bloomberg reported that crypto […]
HIVE

HIVE buys more crypto mining rigs from Bitmain, adding to Canaan deal

HIVE Blockchain Technologies, a Vancouver-headquartered crypto mining company, is buying 1,800 machines from Chinese mining rig maker Bitmain to expand its mining operation. Fast facts HIVE said that it had ordered 1,800 Antminer S19j Pro miners from Bitmain, and the new machines are expected to bring an aggregate hash power of 180 petahash per second, […]
QQ Music NFT

Tencent unit QQ Music sells first NFTs

Chinese tech giant Tencent’s music streaming arm, QQ Music, has jumped on the non-fungible token bandwagon and over the weekend sold out its first NFT featuring popular Mando-pop singer Tiger Hu. Fast facts QQ Music, one of China’s major music entertainment platforms, plans to roll out a slew of music NFTs. Over the weekend, all […]

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