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Franklin Templeton shines spotlight on Bitcoin NFTs

Investment firm notes Bitcoin NFTs’ role in crypto innovation and market changes.

Coinbase to launch Worldcoin, Ordinals futures

Coinbase gears up to offer new altcoin futures next week to expand its perpetual offerings.

Ripple set to unveil USD-pegged stablecoin

Ripple’s upcoming stablecoin targets enhanced market transparency and compliance.

Singapore strengthens crypto oversight

MAS revises PSA to cover crypto custody, aiming to enhance user protection.

Tether becomes seventh largest Bitcoin holder

Stablecoin leader Tether acquires 8,889 units of Bitcoin.

Thai exchange Bitkub plans 2025 IPO

Thailand’s Bitkub aims for a 2025 IPO on SET to expand and compete in the global crypto market.

Telegram enables Toncoin for ad payments, shares profits with channels

Telegram introduces a new feature allowing channel owners to earn 50% ad revenue in Toncoin.

South Korea’s Upbit trading volume tanks

Upbit’s trading volume falls sharply from March’s peak amid market volatility.

FTX executives settle fraud lawsuit for US$1.35 mln

Ex-FTX leaders agree to $1.35M payout in class action settlement after founder’s sentencing.

KuCoin launches US$10 mln airdrop campaign amid legal woes

KuCoin’s $10 million airdrop aims to retain users despite DOJ and CFTC charges.

Dune Analytics expands blockchain data with Tron integration

Dune Analytics partners with TRON, enhancing data access and offering a $650,000 prize for HackaTRON developers.

Sam Bankman-Fried sentenced to 25 years in prison

Bankman-Fried plans to appeal the conviction and sentence.

DeFi group, apparel company sue SEC over crypto token classification

The DeFi Education Fund and Beba challenge the SEC to clarify the status of their $BEBA token as non-security.

Bitcoin breaks US$70,000 amidst market optimism

Bitcoin surpasses US$70,000 after 9 days below the mark.

BlackRock launches BUIDL fund for digital yield

BlackRock’s new blockchain fund, BUIDL, offers USD yields through tokenization, in partnership with Coinbase.

Bitcoin NFT sales drop by 44%, still leads market

Ethereum trailed Bitcoin’s NFT sales by less than US$600,000.

Bitcoin NFTs continue to dominate the market with a 74% sales bump

Bitcoin leads the NFT market with a significant sales increase, outperforming Ethereum, Solana, and BNB

Senators urge SEC to halt crypto ETF approvals amid concerns

U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Laphonza Butler have expressed concerns over the approval of crypto ETFs beyond Bitcoin.

North Korea’s Lazarus allegedly launders US$12 mln via Tornado Cash

Lazarus Group, linked to North Korea, has resumed laundering stolen funds using Tornado Cash, a crypto mixer sanctioned by the U.S.

UK court rules against Craig Wright’s Satoshi Nakamoto claim

Craig Wright is not Bitcoin’s creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, accourding to the High Court’s ruling.

Terraform Labs retains Dentons as legal counsel amid bankruptcy

Bankrupt Terraform Labs secures court approval to hire Dentons for legal representation, despite SEC objections.

Coinbase launches US$1 bln bond offering

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase Global, Inc. is set to raise US$1 billion through a bond sale.

Ex-Binance CEO’s passport confiscated ahead of sentencing

Changpeng Zhao must surrender Canadian passport and stay in the U.S. as part of revised bail conditions.

Bitcoin ETFs hit record inflows, propel BTC to new highs

Bitcoin ETFs have seen unprecedented inflows, with a single-day record of over US$1 billion, as the cryptocurrency maintains record high prices.

UK regulator permits crypto ETNs for professional investors

The UK’s (FCA) has greenlit crypto asset ETNs for professional investors, with the London Stock Exchange set to accept applications next quarter.

Bitcoin extends ATH run, breaks US$72,000

Bitcoin trades above US$72,000 for the first time in its history.

Bitcoin briefly surges past US$70,000

Bitcoin sets a new price record for the second time this week.

Pantera Capital targets US$250 mln Solana purchase from FTX assets

Crypto firm Pantera Capital aims to acquire $250 million in Solana tokens from bankrupt FTX’s holdings at a significant discount.

SEC Chair Gensler remains silent on Ethereum’s status amid ETF reviews

Gary Gensler, SEC Chair, avoids commenting on Ethereum’s security status as the agency reviews spot ETF applications.

MicroStrategy boosts Bitcoin bet with US$700 million debt offering

MicroStrategy increases its convertible debt offering to US$700 million to fund additional Bitcoin acquisitions, reflecting confidence in cryptocurrency.

SEC commissioners criticize unclear crypto enforcement after ShapeShift settlement

Two SEC commissioners express concerns over the agency’s ambiguous approach to cryptocurrency regulation following a recent settlement with ShapeShift.

Spain hits pause on Worldcoin’s data collection over privacy concerns

Spanish regulator orders Worldcoin to stop processing personal data, citing privacy violations.

BlackRock leads Bitcoin ETFs with record inflows

Bitcoin investment vehicles, including ETFs, now manage over 1 million BTC, with BlackRock’s ETF seeing a record $788 million in inflows as Bitcoin hits a new all-time high.

SEC presses court over Binance.US compliance issues

The SEC alleges Binance.US has not fully complied with information requests regarding customer assets.

Bitcoin falls after setting new all-time high

Record trading volumes in Bitcoin ETFs reflect growing investor interest and market confidence.

Tether’s USDT becomes the first stablecoin to US$100 bln

Tether’s USDT stablecoin reaches a market capitalization milestone.

FTX cautions against unauthorized asset sales

FTX warns public about unauthorized parties soliciting bids for its digital assets, reaffirming Galaxy Asset Management’s exclusive role.

Bitcoin gets closer to all-time high, breaks US$67,000 barrier

Bitcoin approaches its record peak, signaling strong investor confidence in the cryptocurrency market.

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.

Gemini to reimburse US$1.1 bln to Earn customers after settlement

Gemini exchange reaches a settlement to return funds to users affected by the Genesis bankruptcy.

Memecoins Bonk, Doge lead extended market rally

Dogecoin’s price has soared to $0.11, marking a significant increase and making it one of the top gainers in the cryptocurrency market.

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.

Bitcoin challenges all-time high but gets rejected at US$64,000

Bitcoin’s price has soared to a two-year high, nearing US$64,00.

PEPE gains 120% in a week, Bitcoin breaks US$57,000

Meme token PEPE leads top cryptocurrencies as Bitcoin continues to surge.

BitForex exchange halts, US$56 mln outflow sparks exit scam fears

Crypto exchange BitForex suspends operations without explanation, following a US$56 million withdrawal, raising concerns of a potential exit scam.

Axie Infinity co-founder suffers US$9.7 mln theft

Jeff Zirlin, Axie Infinity co-founder, loses nearly $10 million in Ethereum due to a security breach.

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.

Reddit invests in Bitcoin and Ethereum ahead of IPO

Social media platform Reddit has diversified its assets by investing in cryptocurrencies Bitcoin and Ethereum, as revealed in its IPO filing.

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.

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.

SEC’s crypto enforcement lawyer joins private law firm

Former SEC attorney Ladan Stewart transitions to White & Case, a firm known for defending crypto companies.

MetaMask boosts security with Blockaid’s privacy module

MetaMask partners with Blockaid to enhance security for over 30 million users.

Ether hits US$3,000, investors eyes on possible ETF approval

Ethereum’s native token, Ether, briefly surged to US$3,000 for the first time in 22 months before retracing.

Worldcoin’s WLD token hits record high as users surpass 1 mln

Worldcoin’s record surge comes on the back of OpenAI’s new text-to-video tool, Sora.

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.

Bitcoin returns to the US$1 trillion club

Bitcoin’s current market value is greater than the world’s eighth largest company.

Binance founder’s court date pushed back to April 30

Zhao has pleaded guilty to money laundering charges in November.

Solana’s second smartphone hits 100,000 pre-orders

The blockchain company’s latest mobile venture for a US$450 pre-order price per phone brings in US$45 million for Solana.

Sara Stratoberdha named new CEO of CoinDesk

Bullish, the cryptocurrency exchange, announces Sara Stratoberdha as CoinDesk’s new leader, emphasizing the platform’s commitment to unbiased and independent journalism under new ownership.

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.

SocialFi’s next big hit? Friendzone set to launch on Polygon

Friendzone is poised to challenge traditional social media models with its blockchain-powered SocialFi application on the Polygon network.

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.

Monero sinks as Binance announces delisting

Privacy coins face a setback as Binance removes Monero, impacting its market price.

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

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

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.