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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 […]

SEC’s Hester Peirce calls for clear crypto regulation

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce urges for sensible crypto regulation to support innovation and protect U.S. industry interests.

Robinhood integrates with Arbitrum for efficient crypto swaps

The trading app Robinhood has partnered with Ethereum scaling solution Arbitrum to offer token swaps in its self-custody wallet.

SEC scrutinizes Terraform Labs’ US$166 mln legal retainer

The financial watchdog contends the payment may be intended to avoid future judgments and should instead aid investors and creditors.

FTX founder seeks reduced sentence of under 6.5 years

Sam Bankman-Fried’s legal team argues for a lighter prison term, criticizing the 100-year recommendation as excessive.

HTX resubmits Hong Kong crypto license application

After a brief withdrawal, HTX reapplies for a Hong Kong crypto trading license.

China warns of counterfeit digital yuan app scam

The Chinese government alerts citizens to a fraudulent app imitating the official digital yuan platform.

Wright submits 164,000 pages in an attempt to prove he’s Satoshi

Craig Wright’s claim as Bitcoin creator faces scrutiny in court with new evidence and testimonies.

UK moves to classify cryptocurrencies as property

The UK Law Commission proposes a new legal framework to recognize cryptocurrencies as property, aiming to provide clarity and protection for digital assets.

StarkWare revises STRK token unlock plan after community backlash

Following criticism, StarkWare adjusts its STRK token release schedule to ensure a more gradual release over the coming years.

Yuga Labs sees leadership shift and NFT sales surge

Greg Solano’s return as Yuga Labs CEO spurs a significant increase in Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT prices.

Do Kwon to face US extradition for Terra collapse charges

Montenegro court approves extradition of Terraform Labs’ Do Kwon to the US, where he faces fraud charges.

Circle ends USDC support on TRON network

USDC halts TRON support, aligning with Circle’s IPO plans.

Animoca brings 3 crypto wallets onto its Mocaverse network

Animoca Brands announces partnerships with OKX Wallet, Crypto.com DeFi Wallet, and Halo Wallet, elevating the user experience in the Mocaverse network.

Aptos joins the Web3 phone business after Solana’s success

New cryptophone by Aptos and Jambo priced at US$99 targets customers in Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America.

US Treasury: crypto’s role in Hamas funding minor

“Terrorists” still prefer to use traditional finance products, according to U.S. Treasury’s Brian Nelson.

Revolut to list Bonk alongside US$1.2 mln learning campaign: report

Bonk will join Ethereum-based memecoins such as Dogecoin and Shiba Inu on the platform.

DN404, a new hybrid NFT standard challenges ERC-404

The NFT landscape evolves with DN404, a fresh rival to the ERC-404 standard.

ERC-404 frenzy drives Ethereum gas to eight-month peak

The rise of ERC-404 tokens brings a new dimension to the Ethereum blockchain, blending the characteristics of ERC-20 and ERC-721 tokens.

First ERC-404 passes US$32,000

ERC-404 is a new Ethereum token standard for semi-fungible tokens.

Montenegro court overturns extradition of Terra founder Do Kwon

International tug of war over Kwon’s fate takes a new turn with Montenegro court’s reversal on extradition.

Jack Dorsey’s BlueSky now open for all

BlueSky, the decentralized social media platform by Jack Dorsey, opens its doors to the public.

South Korean crypto criminals to face life sentence

Crypto criminals with more than US$3.76 billion in profits may face life in South Korea.

Unlicensed crypto exchanges face shutdown in Hong Kong

Only two exchanges are licensed to provide crypto trading services to Hong Kong’s retail sector so far.

Tether, Solana’s Yakovenko back Oobit with US$25 mln funding

Industry giants Tether and Yakovenko invest in Oobit’s $25M funding round.

Yuga Labs’ payout from Ripps and Cahen raised to nearly US$9 mln

Ryder Ripps and Jeremy Cahen must pay almost US$7 million in Yuga Labs’ attorneys’ fees, court documents show.

Genesis proposes US$1.6 bln asset sale amid bankruptcy

Genesis, in bankruptcy, seeks court approval to sell Bitcoin and Ether trust assets worth US$1.6 billion.

OPNX exchange to cease operations

OPNX, founded by Su Zhu, ceases operations due to FTX estate’s recovery claims.

US charges trio in FTX crypto exchange hack

The mystery of the FTX hack unfolds as the DOJ charges three unnamed suspects for the US$400 million theft in November 2022.

Bybit eyes Hong Kong license: crypto expansion plans

Crypto derivatives exchange Bybit seeks to enter Hong Kong’s market with a new license application.

Celsius Network’s US$3 bln repayment begins

Celsius Network starts repaying $3 billion to creditors, marking a step towards resolving its bankruptcy.

USDT issuer Tether pockets US$2.85 bln in profits in Q4 2023

Tether reports a record US$2.85 billion profit last quarter as its USDT soars towards US$100 billion market cap

BNB Chain highlights DeFi, gaming and AI in 2024 roadmap

The “One BNB Paradigm” aims to streamline BNB Chain’s ecosystem, focusing on DeFi, gaming, and AI.

OpenSea open for acquisition amid NFT market shifts: report

Non-fungible tokens (NFT) marketplace OpenSea is reportedly considering acquisition proposals. According to DL News, OpenSea Chief Executive Officer Devin Finzer said the firm has not ruled out the possibility of selling the company, and indicated a willingness to engage with interested parties.  ”We think that if the right partnership comes along, then that’s something we […]

Transak streamlines crypto conversions with Visa Direct integration

Transak integrates with Visa Direct to simplify crypto-to-fiat transactions globally.

Solana-based GameStop meme coin gains traction after retailer pulls plug on crypto

A GME-themed meme coin, not affiliated with the video game retailer GameStop, is replicating the company’s meme stock frenzy on the Solana blockchain.

Investors lost 54.3% less crypto in 2023, Chainalysis says

The total value of stolen crypto decreased last year but the number of individual hacking incidents grew.

JPMorgan downgrades Coinbase to underweight

Analysts at JPMorgan slash Coinbase rating to underweight, questioning ETF impact.

Mt. Gox confirms addresses for BTC repayment plan

Long-awaited Bitcoin repayments closer as Mt. Gox confirms creditor addresses.

Terraform Labs Seeks U.S. bankruptcy shield

Do Kwon-founded Terraform Labs files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S.

SEC delays Fidelity’s Ethereum ETF decision

Fidelity’s bid for a spot Ethereum ETF hits a snag as SEC delays decision.

Bitcoin spot ETFs break US$10 bln trading barrier

Investors flock to Bitcoin spot ETFs, pushing trading volumes past the US$10 billion milestone.

HashKey joins unicorn club after US$100 mln raise

HashKey Group achieves unicorn status following a US$100 million funding round, reaching a US$1.2 billion valuation.