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Most of NFT industry working on recycled liquidity, says Forkast Labs’ co-founder

NFT sales and market capitalization show rising investor activities, but recycled liquidity and wash trading may tell a different story, Forkast Labs co-CEO says.

Bank bust

Contagion, regulation worries grow after crypto bank’s demise

CFTC chair calls Ethereum a commodity, in contrast to SEC chair Gensler’s position

CFTC chair Rostin Behnam has called Ethereum a commodity and not a security, in apparent contrast to past statements from SEC Chairman Gary Gensler.

Bitcoin, Ether fall amid interest rate hike fears, Silvergate liquidation; Forkast NFT 500 index slips 0.79%

Bitcoin and Ether fell in evening trading in Asia Thursday, with XRP the sole gainer in 24 hours among the top 10 non-stablecoin cryptocurrencies by market cap.

China’s parliament member to propose NFT regulation at ‘Two Sessions’

NFTs have entered China’s Two Sessions, with a delegate to propose an NFT regulatory framework.

South Korea pours US$51 million into metaverse projects

South Korea is investing 27.7 billion Korean won (US$21 million) into local services looking to utilize the metaverse, the ministry of science announced Wednesday, following Tuesday’s news that it would establish a US$30 million metaverse fund to help startups expand their businesses. See related article: Japanese tech, finance firms sign pact to build metaverse economic […]

Crypto mining rig maker Canaan shares slump after Q4 revenue sank 82%

Canaan’s shares on Nasdaq closed 3.83% lower at US$2.51 on Wednesday after the cryptocurrency mining rig maker reported an 82% year-on-year drop in revenue on Tuesday for the fourth quarter of last year, citing “lackluster market demand” for mining machines as the price of Bitcoin fell.

Crypto bank Silvergate to close, return all deposits; becomes latest victim of 2022 crypto turmoil

Silvergate Capital said Wednesday it will cease operations and liquidate its bank unit.

Forkast 500 NFT index dips, Vitalik-linked NFT token gains momentum

The Forkast 500 NFT Index dipped 1.25% to 4,235.97 in the 24 hours through 10:00 a.m. in Hong Kong on Thursday.
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Bitcoin crashes through US$22,000 floor as failure of Silvergate crypto bank hits market

The shuttering of Silvergate Bank was not unexpected, but it still drove Bitcoin and most of the top 10 non-stablecoin cryptocurrencies lower on Thursday morning in Asia.

How Singapore’s crypto ambitions are taking shape and what other nations can learn

Unique in the world, Singapore is a big investor and player in digital assets while advancing regulations that favor institutions over individual crypto users, writes Danny Chong of Tranchess.

Voyager gains court approval to sell assets to Binance U.S. in US$1.3 bln deal

Bankrupt crypto lender Voyager Digital received court approval from bankruptcy Judge Michael Wiles on Tuesday to sell its assets and transfer its customers to Binance’s U.S. arm, in a US$1.3 billion deal.

Women in crypto

Why progress isn’t the end of inequality.

Thailand to offer tax breaks to firms issuing investment tokens

The Thai Finance Ministry will waive corporate income tax and value-added tax for firms that conduct initial coin offerings (ICOs), according to a spokesperson.

Silvergate teeters as regulators circle and crypto firms cut ties

Top blockchain and crypto news: Silvergate woes spark bankruptcy talk. LDO dips on false enforcement rumors. Chinese leaders push digital development.

Bitcoin, Ether fall amid U.S. Fed chair warning of more interest rate hikes; Forkast NFT 500 index slips 0.65%

Bitcoin and Ether fell in afternoon trading in Asia on Wednesday, with XRP the sole gainer among the top 10 non-stablecoin cryptocurrencies by market cap.

Forkast 500 NFT index slips, BAYC NFTs leads in sales volume

The Forkast NFT 500 Index slipped 0.68% to 4,276.12 in the 24 hours through 4:45 p.m. in Hong Kong on Wednesday.

Fed’s Powell says stablecoins could have role in financial sector if properly regulated

Stablecoins could have a place in the U.S. financial services sector if appropriate regulation is put in place, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said on Tuesday at a hearing before Congress.

Forkast 500 NFT index edges up, Animoca Brands’ NFT collection leads in sales

The Forkast NFT 500 Index inched up 0.07% to 4,278.68 in the 24 hours through 9 a.m. in Hong Kong on Wednesday.

Bitcoin dips, Ether little changed, with top 10 crypto mixed following U.S. equity slump

Bitcoin and other major cryptocurrencies traded mixed on Wednesday morning in Asia, largely shrugging off the slump in U.S. equities overnight.

SEC shuts Miami hedge fund for alleged ties to US$100 mln crypto fraud 

The SEC announced emergency action against crypto hedge fund BKCoin and co-founder Kevin Kang in connection with an alleged fraud scheme.

Ethereum validators win ‘short term’ as Blur, OpenSea rivalry drives up gas fees

Ethereum validators are benefiting from the increasingly heated competition between the two largest NFT marketplaces that is driving up gas fees, but the windfall may not last much longer.

The Future of NFTs

As multi-chain NFTs take off, Forkast Labs launches a vital new way to measure value on the blockchain.

FTX’s Alameda sues Grayscale over crypto trusts

Alameda Research has filed a law suit against crypto conglomerate Digital Currency Group and its asset management business Grayscale over trust investments.

Bitcoin, Ether inch up as investors await U.S. Fed chair’s comments; Forkast NFT 500 index dips 0.44%

Bitcoin and Ether gained in Tuesday afternoon trade in Asia, along with most other top 10 non-stablecoin cryptocurrencies. Polygon’s Matic token led gains followed by XRP and Dogecoin.
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Hong Kong’s crypto scam losses in 2022 more than double from 2021: SCMP

Crypto scams accounted for over half of Hong Kong’s losses from computer-related crimes in 2022.

China’s WeChat social media giant integrates digital yuan into payment platform

WeChat, China’s leading social networking and payment app, has integrated the digital yuan into its payment network, which may help adoption of the CBDC.

South Korea reports US$4.3 billion in illegal foreign transactions involving cryptocurrencies

The Korea Customs Service has identified US$4.3 billion worth of illegal foreign currency transactions last year involving cryptocurrencies.

Bitcoin, Ether little-changed in downtrend day; Forkast NFT 500 index dips

Bitcoin and Ether traded mostly flat in a downtrend move for most of the top 10 cryptocurrencies in Tuesday morning in Asia. The new Forkast NFT 500 index slipped.
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Kraken to launch U.S. crypto bank amid regulatory headwinds

U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange Kraken is working on establishing its own bank, despite the recent regulatory headwinds

Singapore police begin probe linked to Do Kwon’s Terraform Labs: Bloomberg

Singapore’s police have begun investigations linked to Terraform Labs that was co-founded by fugitive Do Kwon, according to a Bloomberg report.

China’s Blockchain Bet

The Chinese “Two Sessions” meetings began over the weekend, and blockchain technology could be at the forefront of Beijing’s vision for growth

Bitcoin ATM firm accused of profiting from crypto scams via unlicensed machines: U.S. Secret Service

A crypto tech firm and three of its executives have been indicted for allegedly operating unlicensed Bitcoin ATMs in the U.S. that profited from scams.

Bitcoin gains, all other top 10 cryptos in the red amid Silvergate fallout

Bitcoin gained in Monday afternoon trade in Asia while all other top 10 non-stablecoin cryptocurrencies by market capitalization posted losses.
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What Web3 must do if it wants to attract 1 billion users

Web3 is growing more rapidly than the early internet, writes Ken Timsit of Cronos Labs. But to achieve mainstream success, the following issues must be addressed.

Binance documents show ties to U.S. unit unknown to regulators, WSJ reports

Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, reportedly didn’t disclose the extent of its ties and control over Binance.US, WSJ reported.

Bybit suspends U.S. dollar bank transfers, possible link to Silvergate shuttering crypto banking network

Bybit suspended U.S. dollar deposits and withdrawals via wire and bank transfers due to “service outages from a partner.”

Bitcoin treads water below US$22,500, Ether dips with other top 10 cryptocurrencies

Bitcoin and other top 10 cryptocurrencies fell on Monday morning amid concern about the troubled crypto bank Silvergate.

Momoguro NFTs sell out in 9 hours, generates US$7.6 mln of sales

Momoguro: Holoself, an Ethereum-native non-fungible token (NFT) collection launched by Emmy-winning animation studio, Baobab Studios, generated over 12,000 sales worth US$7.6 million on the first day of its launch, according to NFT data aggregator CryptoSlam. See related article: Weekly NFT sales drop, unique buyers surge amid Coinbase’s new NFT airdrop Fast facts See related article: […]

Weekly Market Wrap: Bulls fight to keep Bitcoin above US$22,300, as industry experts predict ‘crab walk’

With 69% of Bitcoin supply in profit, BTC is struggling to stay above the US$22,300 support level. A daily close below US$22,300 could see Bitcoin retest the US$21,450 support level. Industry experts share their end-of-March Bitcoin price predictions with Forkast.

Ethereum core developers delay Shanghai hard fork to early April

The expected launch of the Shanghai hard fork has been delayed from late March to the first two weeks of April, according to Ethereum developers on Thursday.

Bitcoin, Ether fall; Litecoin is biggest loser of day

Bitcoin and Ether fell by the end of Asian trading hours on Friday afternoon, together with all other top 10 non-stablecoin cryptocurrencies by market capitalization, weighed by the financial woes of crypto-focused bank Silvergate.

Weekly NFT sales drop, unique buyers surge amid Coinbase’s new NFT airdrop

The number of unique buyers rose to an all-time high this week after crypto exchange Coinbase dropped free NFTs to celebrate the launch of its new Layer 2 network Base.

Where is China’s digital economy heading? The ‘Two Sessions’ may give some pointers

Look for blockchain, self-reliance in technology discussions in China’s biggest political meetings of the year as China’s President Xi Jinping’s aims to build a digital economy.
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Circle joins Crypto.com, Coinbase in cutting ties with embattled crypto bank Silvergate

USDC issuer Circle said Friday that it is withdrawing from “certain services that involve” California-based cryptocurrency bank Silvergate.

Why DAO governance is riddled with problems and voting is a farce

DAOs are supposed to be democratic, egalitarian and inclusive, but those ideals are far from the current reality, writes Awa Sun Yin of Namada.

Bitcoin falls below US$23,000, Ether slides in crypto price slump across the board

Bitcoin and Ether prices slumped in Friday morning trading in Asia, along with all other top 10 non-stablecoin cryptocurrencies.

CBDC: Boon Or Bane?

Critics fear CBDCs could mean the end of cryptocurrencies, and an increasing number of countries are racing to develop their own.

Australia’s central bank identifies CBDC use cases as it prepares pilot launch

Australia has outlined potential use cases and providers for a central bank digital currency (CBDC), with a pilot program to be launched in the coming months.

Japanese banks to launch, test stablecoins on ‘Japan Open Chain’

Three major banks in Japan will issue stablecoins on an Ethereum-compatible blockchain created by the blockchain-related tools developer G.U. Technologies.

Bitcoin, Ether fall along with most top 10 cryptos amid potential for larger interest rate hikes

Bitcoin and Ether fell during Asian trading hours on Thursday, along with all top 10 non-stablecoin cryptocurrencies by market capitalization.

China’s digital yuan initiative gets cold reception from Hong Kong visitors

China is promoting digital yuan to Hong Kong visitors, but has not received much enthusiasm so far.

South Korea financial regulator to clamp down on voice phishing involving cryptocurrencies

South Korea will expand the existing law on voice phishing to include crypto related phone scams.

What policymakers need to know about the metaverse to make the real world a better place

The metaverse has the potential to make the real world more just and inclusive, writes Sébastien Borget of The Sandbox. Here are the key ingredients for its future success.

Bitcoin, Ether rise; Polygon leads rebound in top 10 non-stablecoin cryptocurrencies

Bitcoin and Ether rose in Thursday morning trading in Asia, along with all top 10 non-stablecoin cryptocurrencies. Polygon led the gains.

Singapore’s DDEx eyes security token offerings, mulls adding more cryptocurrencies

DBS bank’s digital exchange, which serves institutional clients, said macroeconomic conditions last year were not suitable for security token offerings (STO), but it will explore opportunities for such listings in 2023 and plans to add more crypto tokens.

Indonesia’s Crypto First

Indonesia’s crypto coming of age could help them become a blockchain superpower

Bitcoin Punks exceed 1,145 ETH in daily trading volume as Bitcoin Ordinals gain traction

Less than two months since the launch of the Ordinals protocol, Bitcoin Ordinals are gaining traction. Yuga Labs announced its first Bitcoin-native NFT collection, on the same day Bitcoin Punks saw over 1,145 ETH in trading volume. Industry commentators told Forkast what this could be for the Bitcoin network.

Creation of U.S. digital dollar would ‘crowd out’ crypto: ex-Biden adviser

A U.S. central bank digital currency would “crowd out” the cryptocurrency ecosystem and protect national security, according to an ex-top presidential adviser.

Blur NFT wash trading soars, fueling market distortions

Top blockchain and crypto news: Blur wash trading explodes. Coinbase extends developer foray with Base test. Hong Kong crypto embrace gets Beijing’s nod.

Visa not slowing down with crypto plans, says its crypto chief

American payments giant Visa is not slowing down its cryptocurrency plans despite last year’s bear market, according to the firm’s crypto head Cuy Sheffield.

Bitcoin, Ether rise along with most top 10 cryptos, amid ‘bull trap’ warning

Bitcoin and Ether gained in Wednesday afternoon trading in Asia, along with most other top 10 non-stablecoin cryptocurrencies by market capitalization. Asian equities mostly rose on Wednesday as investors digested economic recovery indications as Hong Kong ended its mask mandate.
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Former executive Nishad Singh pleads guilty to criminal charges in FTX collapse

Nishad Singh, former engineering chief of bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange FTX, pleaded guilty to fraud and several other criminal charges at a hearing on Tuesday related to the collapse of the company, Bloomberg reported.

Bitcoin, Ether fall; Polkadot leads losers among top ten tokens

Bitcoin fell in Wednesday morning trading in Asia, although held above the US$23,000 lower resistance line. Polkadot led the losers, while Litecoin rose.

Liquid staking TVL surpasses lending, becomes the second-largest among DeFi services

The total value of crypto assets deposited in liquid staking protocols rose to US$14 billion, surpassing lending services before Ethereum’s Shanghai update. 

Bitcoin’s price gains this year bring needed relief to cash-strapped crypto mining industry

Officials at Bitcoin mining companies say the rebound in prices so far this year for the world’s biggest cryptocurrency has thrown a lifeline to the industry after some miners sought protection from creditors last year amid the slump in the token’s price.

Yuga Labs to launch its first Bitcoin-based NFTs TwelveFold

Yuga Labs announced that it will launch TwelveFold later this week, its first NFT collection on the Bitcoin network.

NFT Fake Sales

The NFT market took a hit during the crypto winter, and as signs of healing start to show, there are concerns that some of the transactions are fake.

Bitcoin, Ether prices fall; Solana biggest loser in top 10 cryptos

Bitcoin and Ether fell in Tuesday afternoon trade in Asia, along with all other top 10 non-stablecoin cryptocurrencies by market capitalization, despite U.S. equities rising on Monday after last week’s selloff. Asian stock markets mostly rose on Tuesday as investors absorbed key economic indicators across the region.  
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Huawei forms Web3 alliance with Polygon, Morpheus Labs, others

Chinese smartphone maker Huawei partnered with multiple overseas Web3 firms, as part of the company’s blockchain and metaverse venture.

Coinbase exchange to delist Binance USD, says stablecoin ‘no longer met our listing standards’

Coinbase, the world’s second largest cryptocurrency exchange, said Monday it is suspending trade in the Binance USD (BUSD) as of March 13.

BitFlyer founder eyes CEO comeback, share sale amid boardroom conflicts: Bloomberg

Yuzo Kano, co-founder of Japan’s largest cryptocurrency exchange bitFlyer Inc., said he plans to return as CEO, sell shares to public.