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How blockchain is transforming the investing and securities industry

Modern financial markets still rely on slow and inefficient plumbing from a bygone era, writes Oi Yee Choo of iSTOX. Here is how blockchain offers a system upgrade.

Want in on bitcoin? Here are 5 things new crypto investor must know

If you’re wondering how to get started in investing in bitcoin or other cryptocurrency, this Forkast.News guide is for you. But beware the risks and pitfalls.

US must embrace digital dollar and cryptocurrency: Blockchain institute report

The Blockchain Research Institute-led report for Biden’s administration also outlines recommendations for crypto regulations and a national blockchain strategy.

Using blockchain to bolster vaccines and trust in public health | Part 3

As Covid vaccines come to market, immunization programs are being undermined by disinformation and counterfeiting. Here’s how blockchain can help.

Sonic Capital’s Stefan Rust predicts a ‘Cambrian Explosion’ of tokens in 2021

In this edition of the Forkast Forecasts, the founder and CEO at Sonic Capital and former Bitcoin.com CEO shares his views on the growth of decentralized finance and big partnerships in the crypto community.

Forkast Forecasts for 2021: Mance Harmon of Hedera Hashgraph on China, DeFi and industry giants

In this inaugural Forkast Forecast, the co-founder and CEO of Hedera Hashgraph offers his views on China’s blockchain drive and what the industry will be like in 2021.

How blockchain can launch more space industry startups into orbit

As space becomes increasingly commercialized, blockchain has the potential to be the backbone of this new economic frontier, says Jeff Garzik of SpaceChain.

Is China trying to put its cryptocurrency industry out of business?

After crackdowns on crypto exchanges, China is now freezing bank accounts. Why is the world’s largest bitcoin producer tightening the vise over its miners?
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Will Diginex’s backdoor Nasdaq listing start a crypto industry trend?

Diginex CEO Richard Byworth reveals that world’s largest cryptocurrency companies are now seeking his advice on going public. How did Diginex do it?

Is DeFi’s breathtaking rise just like the ICO bubble?

DeFi’s explosive gains in 2020 may look like the 2017 ICO craze all over again. But Chyna Qu of DeFiner explains why the two are very different.

Hong Kong and now Australia heating up global digital currency race

China’s DCEP digital yuan and new US interest in digital dollar are fueling sense of urgency on CBDCs — as blockchain firm ConsenSys paves the way.

Cryptocurrency’s carbon footprint is massive and not sustainable

Bitcoin and crypto mining now use more energy than some nations. To help lead fintech into a greener future, Ripple pledges to be carbon net-zero by 2030.

Why India’s crypto industry needs regulatory clarity more than ever

India is now a vibrant cryptocurrency hub, but its future remains uncertain. Sathvik Viswanath of Unocoin explains what’s holding back the nation of 1.3 billion.

How blockchain could remix the music industry (and why it hasn’t yet)

Most artists earn a pittance and have little bargaining power against record labels and streaming platforms. But blockchain could level the playing field.

PwC’s ‘Time for Trust’ report misses mark on blockchain in China

The ‘Time for Trust’ report downplays the growing impact that blockchain is having on China’s economy. Here’s what’s really going on with this technology.
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Why blockchain is the trust-building technology our post-Covid world needs

By promoting transparency and data security, blockchain is poised to transform international trade. Dr. Geoff Jiang of Ant Group explains how.

Crypto tax in Australia: what investors need to know

Australians can buy bitcoin from post offices and use cryptocurrency in soda vending machines. But are confusing tax policies discouraging wider adoption?

Will the glare of Justin Sun blind the public to TRON 4.0?

Ahead of the revamped blockchain platform’s July 7 launch, TRON’s flamboyant founder woos fans with gifts. But some netizens find him hard to love.
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Bitmain drama escalates with new threats and use of force. Do customers care?

Game of Thrones at the world’s largest bitcoin mining rig maker culminates, in this week’s episode, with a once-exiled company founder storming and seizing back the corporate castle.
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Blockchain will disrupt the entertainment industry. Which part first?

Cinemas are closed, Netflix is here, but torrent providers renew their careers!

Magic Leap’s demise is sucking life out of the augmented reality industry

The Covid-battered economy and Magic Leap’s woes are blowing headwinds at the nascent industry. But AR software, ads and mobile platforms offer hope.

China will soon have its first bachelor’s program in blockchain. Why isn’t the talent-starved industry more excited?

Blockchain education conundrum: China wants blockchain growth, but its tech labor supply “quality” falls short of high employer demands. A Forkast.News exclusive report on a new program in Chengdu and clues to what might be holding China back.

Why Canaan’s red ink illustrates the big challenges now facing crypto mining

Aside from concerns about mismanagement, what else is causing Canaan to flounder? Forkast.News analyzes Canaan and the many storms — including the Covid economy and the next Bitcoin halving — now rocking the world of crypto mining.

India crypto leader calls Supreme Court victory against central bank ‘game changer’ for industry

India’s crypto sector saw a major boost after its Supreme Court ruled to lift a ban on crypto trading, paving the way for more blockchain development.

Here’s how blockchain can — and can’t — disrupt the world’s telecom industry

In this first article of a three-part Forkast.News series, we will examine how blockchain can — and can’t — disrupt the world’s telecom industry, and take a closer look at where efforts are falling flat.

China’s enterprise blockchain policy backs government aim to lead industry

China’s blockchain policy for enterprises is similar to that of the public sector: provide more efficiency and disintermediation. What’s different about enterprise policy is the added element of competitiveness.

Indonesia’s decentralized island society makes blockchain a must-have | Opinion

Indonesia is a country of 17,508 islands and 260 million people, including 171 million internet users. It’s a huge market, dominated by the digital economy that’s ripe for blockchain disruption.
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Switzerland is a blockchain haven, but government lags behind, says Trust Square CEO

Although Switzerland’s Crypto Valley may seek to become a global blockchain hub, its government is too slow to adopt the technology even as Facebook’s Libra incorporates in the country, according to Trust Square cofounder Daniel Gasteiger.

Giving patients power over data builds trust in health care, says Blockdoc’s Alan Chiu

Using blockchain to handle patients’ data can lay the groundwork for genetic tests, telemedicine and AI.

ConsenSys founder Joseph Lubin says Ethereum can be a trust layer for the planet

Ethereum has amassed a nearly unbeatable network effect, but regulatory compliance is still a major hurdle.

Blockchain is key to realizing the digital industrial revolution

Over the past few decades, the internet boom has been helping fill the information gap in our society. Online businesses such as those in e-commerce and social media emerged to help the world share information more efficiently, allowing for the digital transformation of traditionally “offline” industries. Despite the many years of effort, however, this digital […]

WATCH: OECD: The Next Big Thing — Major Developments in DLT from Industry & Governments in the Year Ahead

To celebrate the end of 2020, here is a Forkast.News editor favorite from our archives — a story that still rings fresh, true and — in a world now measured in nanoseconds — timeless. What is holding back mainstream adoption? What role do governments need or want to play? The Next Big Thing plenary panel […]

Opinion | Why the Security Token Industry Hasn’t Taken Off

Trustless payment methods were the first disruption blockchain brought to the financial industry. The second wave of disruption came about when the ICO boomed in 2017 as a way to reach a larger market of investors through crowdfunding smart contracts on Ethereum. In 2017 alone, ICOs raised around $7 billion. More recently, we’re seeing the […]

QuadrigaCX CEO Dies, Customers Can’t Get Funds: What You Need to Know

Edited June 23, 2019 Key Highlights Dec. 9, 2018 — Gerald Cotten QuadrigaCX CEO dies of complications from Crohn’s disease while in India. Dec. 10, 2018 — Jaipur Police release NOC (No Objection Certificate) to Cotten’s widow, allowing her to return to Canada with the body of her husband. Jan. 2019 — QuadrigaCX announces CEO’s death. It […]

Standard Chartered enters crypto trading arena

British bank Standard Chartered launches a crypto trading desk for institutional clients, focusing on Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Consensys persists in SEC lawsuit for crypto clarity

Ethereum firm Consensys continues its legal battle with the SEC for clear crypto regulations, despite the regulator ending its Ethereum 2.0 probe.

Konami and Avalanche unveil Resella NFT platform.

Konami Digital Entertainment teams up with Avalanche to launch Resella, a platform enhancing NFT transactions and Web3 access.

Hashdex aims for first dual Bitcoin-Ethereum ETF in the U.S.

Crypto asset manager Hashdex files for a pioneering Bitcoin-Ethereum ETF, targeting SEC approval.

Ethereum’s price soars as SEC probe concludes

Ethereum’s market value rises following SEC’s decision to end its investigation, boosting investor confidence.

TON blockchain’s TVL soars past US$600 mln, signaling growth

The Open Network (TON) has achieved a record Total Value Locked (TVL) of $608 million, indicating a thriving ecosystem and increased investor trust.

Helio expands Shopify plugin with Solana Pay for diverse crypto transactions

Helio’s latest update to its Shopify plugin via Solana Pay introduces a broader cryptocurrency acceptance and innovative merchant tools.

Telegram’s TON blockchain eclipses Ethereum in daily users

TON blockchain surpasses Ethereum in user activity, leveraging Telegram’s extensive user base for growth.

Terraform Labs to dissolve following US$4.47 billion settlement

Terraform Labs and ex-CEO Do Kwon to pay billions in SEC fraud settlement, marking one of the largest penalties in U.S. history.

Bitcoin price dips ahead of US inflation report and Fed’s decision on interest rates

Strong U.S. economic data has led to a decrease in Bitcoin value as markets brace for Fed’s decision on lending rates.

Ethereum Name Service tops NFT charts sales with over US$4.27 million

Ethereum Name Service tops daily NFT sales, followed by significant activity on Ethereum and Bitcoin blockchains.

Friend.tech to leave Base for own blockchain

Friend.tech’s transition to a proprietary blockchain, Friendchain, prompts user concerns and market fluctuations.

The Sandbox raises US$20 mln, achieves unicorn status

The Sandbox secures funding to enhance its metaverse platform and support its creator economy.

Robinhood acquires Bitstamp in US$200 mln deal

Trading platform Robinhood Markets to expand its crypto services with Bitstamp acquisition.

Florida man admits to US$8.4 mln crypto fraud scheme

Florida resident Juan Tacuri pleads guilty to wire fraud, faces two decades behind bars.

Ethereum’s Buterin denounces celebrity memecoins, urges purposeful innovation

Ethereum’s Buterin criticizes superficial celebrity crypto trends, advocating for impactful, long-term projects.

Binance to limit certain stablecoins to comply with EU crypto rules

Binance to limit non-compliant stablecoins under EU’s MiCA regulation.

May NFT sales post worst performance since October

NFT sales slump in May as major blockchains have worst month of the year.

Immutable’s Guild of Guardians knocks off NodeMonkes from top daily NFT sales spot

The NFT market sees a surge led by Guild of Guardians, with other collections showing significant daily changes.

Ripple adds US$25 mln for crypto-friendly PAC

Ripple’s $50 million contribution to Fairshake PAC aims to sway 2024 U.S. elections towards crypto-friendly candidates.

Game NFTs rank in the top 3 for daily sales; Fantasy Top leads with US$831K

The Fantasy Top collection outperformed others in daily NFT sales, signaling a robust market interest.

Bitcoin cracks US$70,000, Ethereum nears US$4,000; JENNER, PEPE and memecoins drive markets

Ethereum’s price surge signals market optimism and hints at growth potential.

House passes bill to limit Fed’s CBDC authority

US House mandates congressional approval for Fed’s digital dollar issuance.

Game NFTs rise as Guild of Guardians Avatars, DMarket and Fantasy Top lead sales

Guild of Guardians avatars see a significant increase in daily sales, topping the NFT market.

Coinbase resumes XRP trading in New York

New York residents regain access to XRP on Coinbase

SEC approves Ether ETFs

SEC officially approves Spot Ethereum ETFs months after Bitcoin.

Crypto engagement dropped to 7% among US adults in 2023, Fed finds

Fed survey shows a decline in US adult crypto usage to 7% in 2023, with only 1% using it for transactions.

Tech giants team up against online dating scams

Major tech companies form a coalition to tackle the surge romance and crypto scams.

CryptoPunks face backlash while DMarket leads NFT sales

Ethereum’s NFT market sees a significant daily increase, outperforming other blockchains with a notable rise in sales volume.

Alleged owner of Incognito drug market arrested

23-year-old Rui-Siang Lin could face life in prison for running a $100M dark web drug market

Grayscale Investments names Peter Mintzberg as CEO

One of the world’s largest digital currency asset management company has changed CEOs.

Bitcoin rises as inflation eases

Bitcoin’s value climbs after April CPI data suggests a slowdown in inflation, potentially influencing Federal Reserve interest rate decisions.

Tornado Cash crypto mixer developer gets 64 months in prison

Dutch court convicts Tornado Cash creator for aiding in crypto crimes.

Bitcoin Runes etching revenue plummets for miners

Runes etching on Bitcoin network drops drastically, affecting miners’ income.

NodeMonkes leads NFT sales with US$876K in a day, CryptoPunks drops off top 10

NodeMonkes snatches the top spot from CryptoPunks, ending a two-day streak of leading the market.

Chainalysis sets up Dubai HQ, bolsters UAE’s crypto ambitions

Blockchain analytics firm Chainalysis has launched its regional headquarters in Dubai, advancing the UAE’s goal to be a top cryptocurrency hub.

CryptoPunks, BAYC lead NFT daily sales, put Ethereum on top

CryptoPunks collection outperformed other NFTs in daily sales, as Ethereum led all blockchains.

DMarket opens week as top NFT in daily sales

DMarket tops daily NFT sales with over US$842,000.