India central bank plans digital Rupee rollout
India plans to implement the country’s digital currency in phases, Reserve Bank of India’s deputy governor Shri T Rabi Sankar said at a webinar organized by the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, New Delhi. Fast facts “CBDC (central bank digital currency) will be in the arsenal of most if not all central banks in the […]
NatWest blocks customer payments to Binance
In the latest blow to Binance — the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange — U.K. bank NatWest is now blocking its customers from making payments to Binance both in the U.K. and abroad, reports Yahoo Finance. NatWest acted after Binance has come under increasing regulatory pressures. Fast facts The move by NatWest — a Scotland-based bank […]
Indonesian regulators play catch-up as crypto investment soars
Indonesia has seen red-hot growth in the crypto asset market, but the country’s regulators are just beginning to get to grips with burgeoning industry and formulate policy responses.
How Asia is leading the way for digital currencies
Despite growing global interest, CBDCs are not all at the same stage of development. Amit Ghosh of R3 explains how countries in Asia are paving the way.
Ping An trials e-CNY; Core Scientific to go public
Ping An trials e-CNY while Core Scientific is the next to get on the SPAC train.
NFT platform Mintable to auction collection of comics legend Stan Lee
Mintable — a Singapore-based, Mark Cuban-backed non-fungible token platform — today announced the launch of a limited-edition NFT collection featuring comic book legend Stan Lee. Fast facts The collection, which includes three paintings by artist Rob Prior and a selection of photographs and videos of Lee taken by his friend and later caretaker, will be […]
Hyper-realistic virtual influencer Rae mints NFTs
It’s not only real-world idols that look to earn a profit from issuing non-fungible tokens. Rae — a virtual influencer in Singapore rendered through computer-generated imagery and powered by artificial intelligence — is selling “her” first NFTs on Mintable. Fast facts Rae — whose creators’ identities remain mysterious — has dropped her first NFT series […]
Vitalik Buterin: Ethereum is more than DeFi. Is social media its next big use?
At EthCC in Paris, Ethereum’s boyish creator lays out a vision for the blockchain’s non-finance uses — like ridding social media of bots and fake news.
NFT buzz continues as OpenSea raises US$100M
OpenSea, the world’s second-biggest non-fungible token marketplace by trading volume, has raised US$100 million in a series B funding round led by venture capital firm A16z, the company has announced. Fast facts The new funding raises the company’s value to US$1.5 billion, making it a unicorn — a start-up with a valuation of more than […]
Shipping network launches blockchain-based cargo app in China
Trade platform the Global Shipping Business Network has launched its first blockchain-based application in China to reduce paper usage and enhance efficiency and transparency in the shipping industry. Fast facts Named Cargo Release, the new blockchain-based app will connect the whole shipping supply chain, including shipping lines, consignees, their agents and terminals. The app promises […]
U.S. crypto miner Core Scientific to list via SPAC merger
U.S. cryptocurrency miner Core Scientific Holding is set to list on the Nasdaq exchange through a merger with a special-purpose acquisitions company, boosting the value of the combined business to around US$4.3 billion. Fast facts Core Scientific, one of the biggest crypto mining companies in the U.S., announced yesterday that it had entered into merger […]
Australian bourse warns of centralized exchange crypto custody risks
ASX, which operates Australia’s stock market, says the custody of cryptocurrency held on centralized exchanges presents a significant cybersecurity risk to investors, and recommends that regulatory action be taken to protect digital assets. It made the comments in a submission to the country’s Senate Select Committee on Australia as a Technology and Financial Center. Fast facts […]
Chinese insurer Ping An seeks digital yuan payments for new Covid-19 policy
China’s trial of e-CNY, the digital version of the national currency, the yuan, has extended to the insurance industry, with conglomerate Ping An encouraging medical staff in the southern city of Shenzhen to pay premiums for a Covid-19 insurance plan using the new currency. Fast facts One Ping An branch in Shenzhen is offering insurance […]
SEC Chair Gensler: stablecoins could be treated as securities
Hinting at a potential future crackdown on stablecoins, Gary Gensler — the chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission — told the American Bar Association this week that cryptocurrencies whose prices are based on traditional assets could be subject to securities law enforcement. Fast facts Gensler’s remarks followed those of U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet […]
Blockchain gaming unicorn Animoca Brands and Brinc launch NFT accelerator
Hong Kong-based blockchain gaming company Animoca Brands and global venture accelerator Brinc have launched Launchpad Luna, a new accelerator program to identify, mentor, and invest in promising blockchain and non-fungible tokens (NFT) startups, according to a company statement. Fast facts Projects accepted into the accelerator program will receive training, end-to-end support and funding of up […]
Tesla ‘most likely’ will accept Bitcoin again, once environmental targets are met, says Musk
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said while Bitcoin mining is steadily becoming more environmentally friendly through the use of renewable energy, he is not yet sure that it’s enough for Tesla to resume accepting the cryptocurrency as payment for purchases. Fast facts Speaking at the virtual Bitcoin event “The ₿ Word” with fellow panelists Twitter CEO […]
India’s crypto community plays for time as New Delhi dithers on regulation
The prospect of a ban on cryptocurrencies has haunted the industry for years, but it appears to be receding as delayed rules give policymakers time to think before they act.
Why Thailand’s oldest bank is investing US$110 million in DeFi
In a special Q&A, Mukaya ‘Tai’ Panich of SCB 10X, the venture arm of Siam Commercial Bank, marvels at decentralized finance innovations. ‘Whatever traditional finance has, there’s a parallel version in DeFi.’
FTX closes record fundraise; China Mobile gets hot wallet patent
FTX closes record fundraise. Additionally, China Mobile gets hot wallet patent.
FTX’s $900 million deal. Dogecoin in the doghouse. Digital yuan dragnet.
Top blockchain and crypto news: FTX swells to $18 billion valuation. Etherum and Dogecoin disowned by creators. US pols call for Olympics boycott of e-yuan.
Polkadot staking liquidity DeFi project Bifrost wins 5th Kusama parachain auction
Bifrost, a staking liquidity decentralized finance project on Polkadot and Kusama has won the fifth Kusama parachain slot auction, with more than 5,000 contributors staking 136,817 Kusama (KSM). Fast facts Bifrost is a DeFi protocol designed to connect Polkadot and different proof-of-stake blockchains and provide staking derivatives. Bifrost’s win marks end of the current round […]
Crypto miner ships China-based rigs abroad in deal with U.S. fossil fuels firm
Optimum Mining Host-Black Rock Petroleum plan comes as Canaan seeks greener operations through Czech partnership.
EU to ban anonymous crypto asset wallets in AML/CFT push
The European Commission intends to tighten anti-money laundering and counter-financing of terrorism rules by banning anonymous crypto asset wallets as it seeks to align European Union law with Financial Action Task Force standards, according to legislative proposals presented yesterday. Fast facts A key change is a proposed amendment to the 2015 EU regulation on transfers […]
Robinhood seeks market valuation of US$35B in upcoming IPO
Fee-free trading app Robinhood is seeking a market valuation of US$35 billion in its upcoming initial public offering, according to a filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Although the amount is significant, it is lower than the US$40 billion initially estimated, due in part to slow crypto trading in recent months. Fast facts […]
Mastercard partners with USDC to pilot crypto payments
Mastercard has announced a pilot program in partnership with Circle’s USDC stablecoin and others to enable cardholders to pay merchants using cryptocurrency anywhere Mastercard is accepted, according to a company press release. Fast facts USDC will act as an intermediary between fiat and other cryptocurrencies in the new system, allowing all merchants to offer card […]
Kakao’s Ground X wins South Korea’s CBDC bidding war
South Korea’s central bank has named Ground X, Kakao’s blockchain subsidiary, as its partner in the country’s central bank digital currency simulation project. Fast facts Ground X was designated as the preferred bidder, beating out Naver and SK C&C. Ground X has more experience in blockchain than the other bidders, operating public blockchain platform Klaytn […]
FTX crypto derivatives exchange closes record $900M Series B with $18B valuation
Fast-growing FTX just pulled off the largest-ever fundraise for a crypto exchange to date. Will heightened regulatory scrutiny lie in its near future?
Are SEC commissioners bolstering Ripple’s defense in XRP lawsuit?
San Francisco-based Ripple Labs has asked a court to take into consideration recent comments by Securities and Exchange Commission members Hester Peirce and Elad Roisman on a lack of regulatory clarity over crypto in an effort to block the agency’s attempt to throw out Ripple’s fair notice defense, according to a new legal filing. Fast […]
Clean-energy crypto mining ETF launches to put an ‘E’ in Bitcoin
As Bitcoin’s carbon footprint continues to make ESG investors uneasy, a new clean-energy crypto mining ETF aims to allay their environmental concerns.
Neon virtual machine allows Ethereum dApps, tools to scale on Solana blockchain
Neon Labs, a firm focused on secure blockchain technology, announced today that it will be deploying a cross-chain Ethereum virtual machine on the Solana testnet. Neon’s EVM will allow any decentralized application from the Ethereum ecosystem to leverage the high throughput and fast block times of Solana, and to access the lower gas prices of […]
Blockchain platform Enjin joins UN Global Compact to further sustainable NFT goals
Singapore-based Enjin, a non-fungible token and gaming blockchain platform, today announced it is joining the United Nations Global Compact corporate sustainability initiative as part of its efforts to develop a sustainable NFT ecosystem. Fast facts The Global Compact is a voluntary sustainability initiative for companies working towards implementing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Through its […]
Senators urge E-CNY ban; Russia woos crypto-miners
US Senators urge E-CNY ban while Russia woos crypto-miners
Chinese e-commerce giant Taobao sells NFTs at annual shopping festival
Demand for non-fungible tokens appears insatiable as industry distances itself from crypto sector to avoid crackdown.
Russia looks to tap demand for power as crypto miners flood out of China
Plentiful electricity, cold climate are among drawcards as Chinese mine operators flee crackdown at home.
U.S. senators ask athletes to boycott digital yuan at Beijing Winter Olympics
Privacy concerns prompt call for Americans to avoid e-CNY as lawmakers point to use of WeChat app to ‘surveil, threaten and arrest Chinese citizens.’
Cryptocurrency payments appear to stall in Singapore
Retailers reluctant to accept currency they are said not to trust even as large finance sector players offer crypto products and beef up their holdings.
Chinese fireworks artist Cai Guoqiang auctions first NFT for $2.5M
Chinese fireworks artist Cai Guoqiang has entered the world of non-fungible tokens, recently auctioning off his first NFT work for US$2.5 million. Fast facts Cai’s work “Transient Eternity — 101 Ignitions of Gunpowder Paintings,” commissioned by the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai, was auctioned on TR Lab for US$2.5 million after a 48-hour bidding period […]
BlockFi ordered to stop offering interest accounts to New Jersey customers
U.S. crypto lending platform BlockFi has been ordered by the New Jersey Bureau of Securities to stop accepting new customers who are based in New Jersey for its interest-bearing accounts due to alleged violations of securities laws. The order takes effect from from July 22. Fast facts In a series of tweets, BlockFi’s CEO and […]
France calls for EU securities watchdog to regulate cryptos across bloc
The European Securities and Markets Authority should regulate digital currencies in the European Union, according to a proposal by the Autorité des marchés financiers, France’s securities regulator. Fast facts The AMF said it made sense for a single body to take charge of regulation across the bloc to ensure a Europe-wide framework could be applied, […]
Axie Infinity’s AXS token falls nearly 50% from peak
AXS, the governance token of blockchain-based game Axie Infinity, is down almost 50% from its all-time high of US$28.61 last Thursday, according to data from CoinMarketCap. It was trading at US$15.28 at press time. Fast facts Despite the slide, the gains AXS had made over the previous few weeks mean it is still trading more […]
Street performers embrace digital payments as cashless society emerges
Buskers and street performers who accept electronic or digital currency often receive larger sums than they do accepting only cash, according to a recent survey by RMIT, a university in the Australian city of Melbourne. The trend has accelerated following global lockdowns amid Covid-19 as familiarity with QR codes and other technologies grows. Fast facts […]
Crypto ‘Michelin Guide’ releases South Korea’s first token ratings report
The Korea Institute of Virtual Asset Valuation has released its first report evaluating the investment outlook for seven South Korean cryptocurrencies. KiVAV founder Park Jae-kyung said some domestic token issuers may be looking for quick money instead of developing their tokens long term. Fast facts KiVAV’s report, released yesterday, gave only the Mass Vehicle Ledger […]
U.S. needs ‘to act quickly’ to regulate stablecoins, treasury secretary says
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says that the United States needs “to act quickly to ensure there is an appropriate U.S. regulatory framework in place” for stablecoins. Fast facts Yellen made her comments at a Meeting of the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets, held on July 19. According to a readout of the meeting, […]
Turkey to debate crypto regulation bill in October
Turkey’s deputy finance minister says a draft bill to create a cryptocurrency regulatory framework will be submitted to parliament in October, according to a report by CNN Türk. Fast facts The bill will define different types of virtual currencies and principles for their issuance and distribution. The country’s Capital Markets Commission will supervise companies handling […]
Grayscale launches new DeFi fund to woo investors seeking token-free exposure
Cryptocurrency investment manager Grayscale has started a fund focused on decentralized finance tokens and based on CoinDesk’s new DeFi-specific index, the company has said in an announcement. Fast facts The fund offers investors a selection of leading DeFi protocols through a market capitalization-weighted portfolio designed to track the index. It allows investors to allocate funds […]
Bitcoin sees outflows amid inflows for Ethereum, Cardano, XRP in crypto market ‘summer doldrums’
The cryptocurrency market remains quiet, with net inflows of just US$2.9 million last week, according to digital asset investment firm CoinShares’ weekly digital asset fund flows report. Fast facts “The summer doldrums are here, but in line with seasonal expectations,” wrote James Butterfill, a CoinShares’ investment strategist. Bitcoin investment products saw net outflows of US$10.4 […]
Bitcoin’s promise of financial freedom still beckons, academic says
In a special Q&A, Yale-NUS College professor Andrew Bailey says the world’s oldest cryptocurrency has untapped potential to promote liberty, equality and justice around the world.
E-CNY white paper released; Malaysia steamrolls mining rigs
E-CNY white paper explains how it will work with physical RMB while Malaysia steamrolls mining rigs.
China’s digital yuan moves a step closer with smart-contract technology
Central bank in apparent push for adoption ahead of Olympics as it doubles up on warning over non-state cryptocurrencies.
Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post to make NFTs to preserve history
Hong Kong newspaper the South China Morning Post is making a foray into the world of non-fungible tokens in the latest move by a Hong Kong publisher to preserve content through blockchain technology. Fast facts The SCMP today released its “ARTIFACT” lite paper, a project designed to advocate “a standardized metadata structure for recording accounts […]
Binance CEO says ‘never easy’ running a crypto exchange as ‘new chapter awaits’
Changpeng “CZ” Zhao, the CEO of Binance — the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume — today said it was “never easy” running a crypto exchange in a series of tweets about key products Binance has launched over the past four years. Fast facts “Never easy,” Zhao tweeted, referring to an extract from the […]
Dogecoin rallies as Musk dons sunglasses
The price of Dogecoin rose more than 15% at the weekend after Tesla CEO Elon Musk changed his Twitter profile picture to a photo featuring the dog breed whose likeness features on the memecoin. Fast facts Musk’s new picture featured the billionaire wearing mirrored, aviator-style glasses with a Shiba Inu dog reflected in them. Dogecoin’s […]
How to solve the Bitcoin energy consumption problem
As the world grapples with crypto mining’s carbon footprint, Nischal Shetty of WazirX examines the technical and regulatory solutions.
Bitcoin mining difficulty drops further as China ban begins to bite
The difficulty of mining Bitcoin has dropped a further 4.81% in its latest fortnightly adjustment, according to data from BTC.com, bringing it to the lowest point since January last year. Fast facts The decline marks the fourth consecutive drop in the difficulty rate for the world’s leading cryptocurrency — the longest slide in its history. […]
Malaysian police are crushing it in illegal Bitcoin mining crackdown
In viral video, Borneo police use a giant steamroller to destroy 1,069 crypto mining rigs that had been caught running on stolen electricity.
Ethereum documentary featuring Vitalik Buterin beats crowdfunding target
A round of crowdfunding for Ethereum documentary “Ethereum: The Infinite Garden,” which is set to feature Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin and Ethereum Foundation Executive Director Aya Miyaguchi, has exceeded its target of 750 ETH, raising 1,035.96 ETH (around US$2 million). Fast facts In the spirit of decentralization, the fundraising exercise, which ended on July 16, […]
SEC and Ripple reschedule Hinman deposition on Ethereum and XRP to July 27
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Ripple Labs have agreed to reschedule the deposition of William Hinman, the former head of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, to July 27. Fast facts Last week, U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn ruled to authorize Hinman’s deposition to proceed, with a delay to allow the SEC […]
Late digitization is Asia’s edge in crypto, says Fireblocks CEO
While the West has first mover advantage in traditional banking, Asia — not wedded to ol infrastructure — now has an edge in the crypto era, says Michael Shaulov of Fireblocks.
Bitcoin interest declines; Rolling Stone gets into NFTs
Bitcoin interest declines while Rolling Stone gets into NFTs.
Binance draws warning over stock tokens from Hong Kong regulator
Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission today issued a warning that Binance — the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume — was not allowed to conduct “regulated activity” in the city, specifically trading in stock tokens. Fast facts In its statement, the SFC said it was aware that Binance was offering stock tokens in […]
How blockchain can transform social media | Part 2
Why is social media’s current centralization problematic, and what would a decentralized Twitter or Facebook look like?
South Korean exchange Bithumb cuts ties with platforms abroad
South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb announced today that Bithumb Global and Bithumb Singapore will no longer be licensed to use its name after their contracts expire on July 30. Industry experts say the South Korean business’s severing of links with eponymous operations outside the country is designed to prevent any association with possible future money […]
Bitcoin price Google searches at lowest point for 2021. Is BTC still an inflation hedge?
The price of gold is rising with inflation. Then why is ‘digital gold’ Bitcoin’s price stagnant — and public interest in BTC falling to a new low?
Chinese crypto news service forced to shutter site
Bishijie’s suspension deprives users of industry news and community forum as Beijing continues campaign targeting cryptocurrency sector.
Hong Kong finance sector body prepares response to planned virtual asset rules
Hong Kong’s Financial Services Development Council — a cross-sector advisory body established by the government to engage the city’s financial services industry — is putting together industry feedback on the government’s legislative proposals related to virtual assets and virtual asset service providers. Fast facts In May, Hong Kong’s Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau released […]
Binance unauthorized in Italy, regulator warns
Italy has become the latest jurisdiction to clamp down on Binance amid regulatory pressure around the world centered on the biggest crypto exchange by trading volume. Fast facts Binance Group companies are “are not authorized to provide investment services and activities” in Italy, not even through the exchange’s website, “whose sections called ‘derivatives’ and ‘Stock […]
Axie Infinity fans play their way to payday as game token prices soar
Play-to-earn game Axie Infinity has caught the blockchain community’s attention in the past few months as the price of its governance token has kept rising. Now it’s hit an all-time high, players are earning some serious money.
Court grants Ripple bid to force ex-SEC director to testify in XRP case
Ripple scores major discovery win as judge rules ex-SEC official William Hinman must answer ‘central question’ on Ethereum in the globally-watched case about XRP.
UK finance watchdog to spend £11M to warn young people off crypto investment
Britain’s financial crimes enforcement agency is set to launch a campaign costing £11 million (US$15.2 million) to warn young people about the risks of investing in cryptocurrencies. Fast facts Financial Conduct Authority CEO Nikhil Rathi said social media users aged 18 to 30 would be the target audience. “As with the GameStop episode, more people see investment as […]
Rolling Stone launches first NFT of cover featuring pop star Tones and I
Music magazine Rolling Stone Australia is releasing a cover as a non-fungible token to coincide with the release of the debut album by pop star Tones and I, according to a company blog post. The album is out today. Fast facts The cover on offer, which features the singer-songwriter, is Rolling Stone Australia’s debut cover […]
Square to build new Bitcoin DeFi platform, says CEO Jack Dorsey
CEO Jack Dorsey announced that his mobile payments company Square has created a new division dedicated to decentralized finance (DeFi) on Bitcoin. For now, Dorsey is referring to the new Square Bitcoin DeFi platform as TBD, having not yet decided on an official name. Fast facts The DeFi space, which has grown exponentially over last […]
Has the NFT bubble burst? The data says otherwise
Axie Infinity, Meebits and Bored Ape Yacht Club are some of those keeping the market for non-fungible tokens alive.