Crypto investment platform Fasset granted operational license in Dubai

Digital asset investment platform Fasset was granted an operational license on Nov. 29, according to a listing on the Dubai Virtual Asset Regulatory Authority (VARA) website.The Virtual Asset Service Provider (VASP) Licence granted to Fasset allows it to perform broker-dealer services lega ...

Robinhood to roll out US-stock trading to the British market

In another attempt to expand its business internationally, online trading platform Robinhood has announced its plans to launch its stock-exchange application in the United Kingdom. In an interview with Bloomberg, Robinhood co-founder and CEO Vladimir Tenev said that the app has a ...

Digital Canadian dollar fails to impress despite high awareness

A recent public consultation on Canada’s central bank digital currency (CBDC) initiative revealed an overall negative sentiment from Canadians, confirming the Bank of Canada’s concerns around its country-wide adoption.Through the ‘digital Canadian dollar public consultation,’ the Canadian ...

Elon Musk tells advertisers trying to ‘blackmail’ X — ‘Go fuck yourself’

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is making the headlines again, this time for an expletive-laden outburst on live TV at an annual conference hosted by The New York Times.Speaking at the 2023 DealBook Summit in New York on Nov. 29, Elon Musk, the owner of micro-blogging platform X (former ...

Sam Altman officially returns to OpenAI as Microsoft finally joins board

Sam Altman, one of the founders of OpenAI, has officially returned to office as the firm’s CEO, ending a whirlwind few weeks caused by his abrupt and unexpected temporary departure. Addressing OpenAI employees in a company memo made public on Nov. 29, Altman confirmed that ...

Crypto exchange FTX gets nod to sell $873M of assets to repay creditors

Bankrupt crypto exchange FTX has been given the green light to sell around $873 million of trust assets, with proceeds used to repay creditors impacted by the exchange’s collapse in 2022, according to a Nov. 29 filing in a Delaware bankruptcy court.The $873 million in assets will be source ...

Bitcoin ETF race gets 13th entrant, BlackRock revises ETF model

Swiss asset manager Pando Asset has become an unexpected late entrant into the spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) race in the United States.On the same day, investment giant BlackRock met with the country’s securities regulator to pitch an updated ETF model based on the ag ...

Over 75% of Web3 games ‘failed’ in last five years: CoinGecko

More than three-quarters of all blockchain games launched in the last five years are dead in the water, according to a recent study from CoinGecko.Out of 2,817 games launched between 2018 and 2023, which were included in the study, only 690 of them still have a somewhat active player base. ...

Binance will end support for BUSD stablecoin in December

Major cryptocurrency exchange Binance announced it will cease support for all Binance USD (BUSD) products starting on Dec. 15 following Paxos halting the minting of new coins.In a Nov. 29 notice, Binance said users should withdraw or convert their existing BUSD on the exchange into other a ...

Former British Chancellor’s crypto firm Copper launches tokenized securities platform

London-based crypto trading firm Copper plans to start offering tokenized securities early next year, according to reports on Nov. 29. Under the leadership of former British Chancellor Phillip Hammond, the company expects to capitalize on institutional investors' demand.The service is expe ...

SoFi Technologies to cease crypto services by Dec. 19

United States personal finance company SoFi Technologies will end crypto trading services for its users by Dec. 19.According to the Nov. 29 announcement, new crypto account openings on SoFi are suspended immediately. All existing SoFi crypto users must either migrate their accounts to Bloc ...

Wormhole raises $225M at $2.5B valuation

Cross-chain protocol Wormhole has secured a $225 million investment at a valuation of $2.5 billion.According to the Nov. 29 announcement, the investment round was led by Brevan Howard, Coinbase Ventures, Multicoin Capital, Jump Trading, ParaFi, Dialectic, Borderless Capital, and Arrington ...

Poloniex prepares to resume withdrawals after $100M hack

Cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex is preparing to resume withdrawals and deposits after suffering a $100 million hack on Nov. 10.Poloniex took to X (formerly Twitter) on Nov. 29 to announce that it will be gradually resuming deposit and withdrawal services on Nov. 30 at 02:00 am UTC. ...

IOTA launches $100 million Abu Dhabi foundation for Middle East expansion

The open-source blockchain developer IOTA announced on Nov. 29 that it is launching a foundation, the IOTA Ecosystem DLT Foundation, based in Abu Dhabi to focus on the growth of its distributed ledger technology (DLT) in the Middle East region. According to the announcement, the new founda ...

Jack Dorsey wants to decentralize Bitcoin mining with new investment

Twitter (now X) co-founder and Bitcoin (BTC) advocate Jack Dorsey is backing a new BTC mining pool to help miners regain control of block rewards and transaction fees.Dorsey has led a $6.2 million seed round for Mummolin, the parent company of the new decentralization Bitcoin mining pool c ...

Cristiano Ronaldo sued for promoting Binance, unregistered securities

Pro-soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has been hit with a proposed class-action lawsuit from plaintiffs claiming they suffered losses from his promotion of the now-legally embroiled crypto exchange Binance.A Nov. 27 filing to a Florida District Court claimed Ronaldo “promoted, assis ...

Tether’s ‘new era for capital raises’ Bitfinex bond flops

Bitfinex’s recently launched Tether (USDT) tokenized bond, hailed as a “new era for capital raises,” appears to have failed to garner the investment and interest the firm anticipated.Bitfinex Securities, a platform focused on listing tokenized real-world assets (RWA), ann ...

Genesis strikes repayment deal with parent firm DCG to end $620M lawsuit

Bankrupt crypto lender Genesis and its parent company, Digital Currency Group (DCG), has struck a deal that could end an ongoing lawsuit to claw back $620 million in repayments from DCG. In a Nov. 28 filing to a New York Bankruptcy Court, Genesis said DCG agreed to pay its outstanding ...

What crypto traders can learn from Charlie Munger — even if he hated BTC

Legendary investor and billionaire Charlie Munger, known as the right-hand man of Warren Buffet who helped build investment powerhouse Berkshire Hathaway, has passed away at 99 years of age.Munger’s family informed Berkshire “that he peacefully died this morning at a California hospital,” ...

‘Clear runway’ opens for all Bitcoin ETF approvals in Jan: Analysts

Bitcoin (BTC) spot exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in the United States now have a “clear runway” to potential simultaneous approvals after an advanced decision to delay the bids of Franklin Templeton and Hashdex ETFs, according to ETF analysts.In a Nov. 28 X (Twitter) post, Bloom ...

Amazon launches ‘Q’ — a ChatGPT competitor purpose-built for business

Amazon has launched its own artificial intelligence-powered assistant built for business, “Amazon Q.” The AI chatbot can be used to have conversations, solve problems, generate content, gain insights and connect with a company’s information repositories, code, data and en ...

Fireblocks launches trading system to mitigate centralized exchange risk

Multi-party computation (MPC) wallet provider Fireblocks has released a new trading system for institutions that use centralized exchanges, according to a Nov. 28 announcement. Called “Off Exchange,” the new system allows institutional traders to swap tokens without first depositing t ...

Oxford quantum computing spinout announces $100M funding round led by Japan’s SBI

Oxford University physics spinout Oxford Quantum Circuits (OQC) recently announced the launch of Toshiko, a 32-qubit quantum computing services platform, alongside a $100-million Series B funding round led by Japan’s SBI Group’s investment arm.The company claims that Toshiko is ...

Changpeng Zhao steps down as Binance.US chair

Changpeng “CZ” Zhao, the former CEO of major cryptocurrency exchange Binance, will also step down from his position as chair of the board of directors for United States-based exchange Binance.US.In a Nov. 28 X — formerly Twitter — post, Binance.US reminded users the ...

Canaan secures new financing as revenue falls 55% in Q3

Bitcoin (BTC) miner Canaan is seeking new capital amid a slump in its revenue and bottom line.According to its Q3 2023 earnings report released on Nov. 28, the company seeks to sell $148 million in equity through an at-the-market offering. The day before, Canaan announced that it had reach ...

More foreign banks join China’s CBDC pilot trials

More foreign banks have joined China’s digital yuan central bank digital currency (CBDC), the e-CNY, following British bank Standard Chartered’s entry on Nov. 27, bringing its total to four.According to local news reports, Hong Kong-based HSBC, Hang Seng Bank and Taiwanese bank Fubon ...

Bitcoin mining firm Phoenix Group delays share listing

Cryptocurrency mining firm Phoenix Group is preparing for its public trading launch after seeing a significant oversubscription during the pre-market sale on Nov. 21.Phoenix’s public trading launch will be delayed as the firm has revised the date for its forthcoming initial public offering ...

​​Hong Kong authorities say 145 victims and $18.9M lost in Hounax scam

Hong Kong authorities reported on Nov. 27 that 145 users were affected in a scam by the unlicensed cryptocurrency exchange Hounax, resulting in a loss of 148 million HKD ($18.9 million), according to local media Shenzhen Commercial News. On Nov. 25, local police held an initial press ...

eToro, M2 win AGDM crypto licenses to operate in UAE financial center

Crypto investment platforms eToro and M2 received various degrees of approval from Abu Dhabi Financial Markets Authority (ADGM) to offer their services in the United Arab Emirates.eToro received approval for a Financial Services Permission (FSP) that allows a provider to operate as a broke ...

ARK offloads $5.2M in Coinbase stock amid 18-month high

ARK Invest, one of the companies that filed an application for a spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF), is again taking profits on its Coinbase (COIN) shares as the stock price surges.On Nov. 27, ARK sold 43,956 Coinbase shares from its ARK Fintech Innovation ETF (ARKF), according ...

FTX users name Mercedes F1 team and MLB in new promo lawsuits

Mercedes-Benz Formula One team and Major League Baseball helped FTX perpetrate fraud through promotional deals with the crypto exchange, according to a group of FTX users in a newlThe plaintiffs, consisting of FTX users, filed twin class-action suits in a Florida District Court on Nov. 27, ...

Vitalik Buterin: AI may surpass humans as the ‘apex species’

Super-advanced artificial intelligence, left unchecked, has a “serious chance” of surpassing humans to become the next “apex species” of the planet, according Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin. But that will boil down to how humans potentially intervene with AI de ...

Coinbase shares hit 18-month high after Binance charges

Crypto exchange Coinbase (COIN) shares have hit an 18-month high after rival exchange Binance and its former CEO Changpeng Zhao pleaded guilty to money laundering and sanctions violations in the United States.On Nov. 27, Coinbase closed at $119.77, its highest since May 5, 2022, when it cl ...

SEC still looking for potential FTX-style fraud at Binance.US: Report

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission is still looking for evidence that Binance.US had a backdoor to potentially control customer assets in a similar style to FTX, according to a Nov. 27 report by the Wall Street Journal.In June, the SEC filed a lawsuit against Binance and ...

Tornado Cash token falls 57% after Binance announces delisting

The governance token for crypto mixer Tornado Cash (TORN) has fallen by over 50% on Nov. 26-27, according to data from Coingecko. The crash came on the same day that crypto exchange Binance announced it was delisting the token.Tornado Cash 24-hour chart. Source: Coingecko.Tornado Cash is a ...

IBM brings ‘utility-scale’ quantum computing to Japan as China and Europe struggle to compete

IBM announced the completed installation of a 127-qubit quantum computing system at the University of Tokyo on Nov. 27. According to the company, this marks the arrival of the first “utility-scale” quantum system in the region.  ...

Binance CEO outlines plan for crypto exchange after CZ steps down

Richard Teng, Binance’s former global head of regional markets and now CEO, announced his intention to drive growth at the crypto exchange following Changpeng “CZ” Zhao stepping down.In a Nov. 27 blog post, Teng said he had the support of CZ and Binance’s leadership ...

Crypto exchange grace period to remain unchanged in Hong Kong despite scandals

A one-year grace period for cryptocurrency exchanges operating in Hong Kong will remain in place despite recent scandals.According to local news reports on Nov. 27, Julia Leung, Hong Kong's Under Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, stated, "Even if the grace period ends tomo ...

Standard Chartered joins China’s CBDC pilot testing

British multinational bank Standard Chartered will partake in trials of China's digital yuan central bank digital currency (e-CNY CBDC), one of the first foreign banks to do so in the country.According to the Nov. 27 announcement, Standard Chartered, through its partner City Bank Clearing ...

Binance-linked HKVAEX still preparing to apply for license in Hong Kong

Hong Kong cryptocurrency exchange HKVAEX has not applied for a virtual asset trading platform license with Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), a spokesperson for HKVAEX has said.Amid multiple reports erroneously suggesting that HKVAEX has applied for an SFC license, the HK ...

OKX launches crypto exchange, wallet services in Brazil

Cryptocurrency exchange and Web3 developer OKX announced the expansion of its services for users in the Brazilian market with a local crypto exchange and Web3 wallet platform. On Nov. 27, the company said it is focusing on providing a gateway to decentralized finance (DeFi) and c ...

Crypto miner Hive expands data center operations in Sweden

The cryptocurrency mining company Hive Digital Technologies revealed plans to expand its global presence through a new acquisition of property and a data center in Boden, Sweden.On Nov. 27, the company announced that it's entered a property transfer agreement with Turis AB to take over the ...

US, Britain and other countries ink ‘secure by design’ AI guidelines

The United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and 15 other countries have released global guidelines to help protect AI models from being tampered with, urging companies to make their models “secure by design.”On Nov. 26, the 18 countries released a 20-page document outlining h ...

Circle and SBI Holdings partner to boost USDC circulation in Japan

Circle, the stablecoin issuer behind USD Coin (USDC), is teaming up with Tokyo-based financial services firm SBI Holdings to boost the adoption of USDC and Web3 services in Japan.Circle said it concluded a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with SBI Holdings on Nov. 27, which will underpin ...

Crypto exchange HTX reinstates Bitcoin services after $30M hack

Bitcoin (BTC) deposits and withdrawals have returned to the Justin Sun-linked crypto exchange HTX, formerly Huobi, after it suffered a $30 million exploit on Nov. 22.In a Nov. 26 blog post, HTX said deposit and withdrawal functionality is back for multiple currencies, including BTC, Ether ...

Lightning devs must ‘wake up’ and fix security bugs, not please VCs: Bitcoin dev

Developers working on the Bitcoin layer 2 Lightning Network have become less security-oriented and more focused on producing cash flow for their investors, argues a former Lightning Network developer.Bitcoin core developer and security researcher Antoine Riard, made headlines last mon ...

Blast’s marketing approach “cheapens the work of a serious team” — Paradigm

Crypto venture capital firm Paradigm criticized Blast’s protocol marketing strategy, claiming the startup “crossed lines in both messaging and execution." The VC firm is a seed investor in Blast.The head of research at Paradigm, Dan Robinson, shared a statement on X (formerly T ...

What’s next for Binance’s Changpeng “CZ” Zhao

A recent court filing suggests that Changpeng "CZ" Zhao's legal challenges are just beginning, despite pleading guilty to violating the United States Anti-Money Laundering requirements in a settlement with the Department of Justice. Zhao is expected to be sentenced in February 2024. H ...

Binance onboarded millions into finance but forgot the paperwork — Columbia professor

Recent events surrounding the crypto exchange Binance sparked significant debate about the United States’ crackdown on crypto firms. According to Omid Malekan, adjunct professor at Columbia Business School and author, the Department of Justice’s approach in the case is very different from what is ...

Nigeria’s Patricia Technologies relieved as arrest made in crypto wallet heist

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) said it has arrested one politician, Ambassador Wilfred Bonse, concerning the theft of over $246,153 (200 million naira) from Patricia Technologies’ crypto wallet.The disclosure was made by ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Force Public Relations Officer, in a ...

Crypto documentary ‘Bull Run’ takes on Bitcoin, tokenization and trading addiction

The film industry has been suggested by many as one of the next frontiers of Web3 and blockchain technology. With movies historically funded by wealthy investors or centralized production companies, blockchain offers a unique set of tools to decentralize the investment process. Filmmakers can lau ...

Crypto Biz: Binance’s CZ falls, Grayscale and BlackRock meet with SEC, and more

Imagine building a company from a $15 million initial coin offering to an impressive $60 billion empire. That’s exactly what Changpeng “CZ” Zhao has done with Binance since he founded the crypto exchange in 2017 before resigning on Nov. 21 as part of a settlement with the United States Department ...

Interactive Brokers Hong Kong licensed in Hong Kong for retail virtual asset trading

The brokerage firm Interactive Brokers Hong Kong has been licensed in Hong Kong for virtual asset trading by retail clients, according to a post on LinkedIn by the Managing Director for Asia Pacific at Interactive Brokers, David Friedland.The post said the trading of virtual assets is curr ...

KyberSwap hacker offers $4.6M bounty for return of $46M loot

The decentralized exchange KyberSwap has offered a 10% bounty reward to the hacker who stole $46 million on Nov. 22 and left a note of negotiation. The exchange wants 90% of the loot returned by 6 am UTC on Nov. 25.On Nov. 23, KyberSwap alerted users that its liquidity solution, KyberSwap ...

Cathie Wood’s ARK dumps 700K GBTC shares in one month

Cathie Wood’s investment firm ARK Invest has sold 700,000 shares of the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) over the past month, even as Bitcoin (BTC) hit 17-month highs over excitement for a possible spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF).The ARK Next Generation Internet ETF (ARKW) sold 36,16 ...

Nansen phishing emails flood crypto investors’ inboxes

Numerous users of the crypto analytics platform Nansen have received phishing emails from scammers pitching an “exclusive opportunity” to participate in the fictitious “Nansen Airdrop.”On Nov. 23, crypto community members on X (formerly Twitter) flagged an ongoing p ...

Dutch exchange Bitvavo cleared to operate in France

Netherlands-based cryptocurrency exchange Bitvavo is set to expand its services to French users after successfully registering as a digital asset service provider with France’s Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF).The expansion into France comes just weeks after Bitvavo secured regulatory ...

Wallet of Satoshi vanishes from Apple and Google’s US app stores

Bitcoin (BTC) Lightning payments app Wallet of Satoshi (WoS) has disappeared from Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store in the United States as it closes in on over 1 million transactions for November.On Nov. 24, several users and crypto community participants shared on X ( ...

Jim Cramer admits he was wrong about Bitcoin — ‘I was premature’

Markets commentator Jim Cramer has tacitly admitted he was wrong about Bitcoin (BTC), saying he was premature in calling for investors to sell the cryptocurrency. In a Nov. 22 segment of his CNBC Mad Money show, Cramer responded to a caller who inquired about buying shares in Bitcoin ...

‘Strap yourselves in’ — Bull market coming early 2024, say crypto exchange heads

The market has already entered the first phase of a major rally, with the number of people buying crypto trickling upward which is expected to accelerate early next year, say the heads of Australia’s largest crypto exchanges.Independent Reserve CEO Adrian Przelozny told Cointelegraph he ex ...

It sounds fishy, but SBF really IS trading mackerel in prison: Report

The crypto trading days of former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried are over, and the recently convicted founder has found a new thing to trade while in jail — fish. The Wall Street Journal reported on Nov. 23 that Bankman-Fried recently traded four packets of Mackerel — known in ...

X restricts Changpeng Zhao’s account after name change removes ‘Binance’

Social media platform X — formerly Twitter — restricted the account of former Binance CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao without explanation other than suggesting “they may have potentially violated the X Rules.”On Nov. 23, X users could briefly view CZ’s acc ...

HTX to restore services ‘within 24 hours’ after $13.6M hack

Crypto exchange HTX, formerly Huobi Global, will resume deposits and withdrawals within 24 hours after suffering a $13.6 million exploit on Nov. 22.According to its official announcement, the exchange promised to "fully compensate for the losses caused by this attack and 100% guarantee the ...

Milei vowed to close Argentina’s central bank — But will he do it?

The image of a presidential candidate destroying a model of the central bank with a sledgehammer will not leave Argentines' memories for a long time. But once President-elect Javier Milei is seated on the throne on Dec. 10, will he still have the courage to follow a winding and risky path? ...

Alchemy bags money services license in Iowa, expands US services

The Singaporean crypto-fiat payment gateway, Alchemy Pay, announced a further expansion into the United States market on Nov. 23 with the acquisition of its money services license in the state of Iowa. According to local state regulations, any entity or individual engaged in currency ...

CoinFLEX creditors dissatisfied with restructuring to OPNX: Report

Some creditors of cryptocurrency futures exchange CoinFLEX are alleging that OPNX, a new crypto exchange established in part by Three Arrows Capital (3AC) co-founders Kyle Davies and Su Zhu, was created using CoinFLEX assets without their consent. According to a writ of summons filed ...

Justin Sun-related crypto platforms hacked 4 times in 2 months

Tron founder Justin Sun's crypto businesses have come under repeated attack from hackers over the past two months, with at least four hacks of the largest exploits targeting platforms related to the crypto entrepreneur.Sun’s HTX crypto exchange has been hacked at least twice since the plat ...

Kraken co-founder hails ‘more fair’ playing field as DOJ fines Binance

Kraken co-founder Jesse Powell has welcomed the result of the Binance investigation in an "X” (formerly Twitter) post and has highlighted the need for long-term-oriented visionaries and shareholders. Over the last 12 months, leaders of major crypto exchanges such as FTX and Bina ...

Is Binance’s $4B settlement the green light for spot Bitcoin ETFs?

Binance’s $4.3 billion settlement with the United States was the final hurdle before the country’s securities regulator approves spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs), many industry watchers claim.The settlement involved Binance agreeing to Justice Department and Treasury c ...

Appeals court rejects Sam Bankman-Fried’s bid for release

FTX founder and convicted fraudster Sam Bankman-Fried will stay jailed after failing to convince a United States appellate court that he should be freed while his legal team appeals his conviction.In a Nov. 21 mandate, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said Bankman-Fried&rsq ...

No ‘mass exodus of funds’ following Binance-DOJ settlement — Nansen

Blockchain analytics firm Nansen reported that following a settlement for civil and criminal charges against Binance and CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao, outflows from the crypto exchange didn’t result in a “mass exodus of funds.”In a Nov. 22 X post, Nansen said  ...

Binance CEO’s downfall is ‘the end of an era’ — Charles Hoskinson

In a Nov. 22 YouTube video, Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson reflected on the news that Binance CEO Changpeng "CZ" Zhao has stepped down from the exchange. Hoskinson claimed that this event represents “the end of an era.” He argued that entrepreneurs g will need to comply with regula ...

Nvidia posts record $18B third quarter revenue, cites generative AI as primary driver

Nvidia announced third-quarter revenue for 2023 of $18.12 billion, a company record, as the firm’s market cap now reaches $1.22 trillion.The better-than-expected earnings follow a 12-month growth trend, during which the company saw earnings increase by 34% over the last quarter and 206% ov ...

Setting new standards for crypto exchanges in the post-FTX era: Report

The year 2022 saw a historic breakdown of trust in exchanges and other crypto service providers. The collapses of Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX and Alex Mashinsky’s Celsius are still fresh in the community’s memory, SBF’s trial only recently having concluded. These cases serve as a painful reminder tha ...

CoinMarketCap rival CoinGecko acquires NFT startup Zash

Major cryptocurrency tracking website CoinGecko is scaling its data offering by acquiring the nonfungible token (NFT) data infrastructure platform Zash.CoinGecko plans to integrate Zash’s NFT data into its Application Programming Interface (API) by the second quarter of 2024, the firm anno ...

New Binance CEO Richard Teng pitches ‘very strong’ foundation to skeptics

Amid ongoing confusion, uncertainty and rumors around the recent departure of Changpeng “CZ” Zhao as Binance CEO, his replacement, the new Binance CEO Richard Teng, took to X (formerly Twitter) to attempt to boost investor confidence.Soon after CZ announced he was stepping down ...

Mt. Gox creditors offered fresh hope with new ‘commencement of repayment’ email

Creditors of Mt. Gox, a now-defunct Bitcoin (BTC) exchange that lost 850,000 BTC to a hack in 2014, have reportedly received a new email hinting at soon-to-come repayments.Nobuaki Kobayashi, the trustee overseeing the Mt. Gox Bitcoin exchange’s estate, on Nov. 21 started sending out emails ...

CZ cites Star Trek to Binance staff: ‘l need everyone to continue performing admirably’

The former Binance CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao stepped down from his role on Nov. 21 after pleading guilty to not following anti-money laundering laws. He then issued a statement via a messaging platform to the company. CZ's letter began circulating on social media on Nov ...

Bankrupt crypto lender Genesis sues Gemini to recover $689M worth of ‘Preferential Transfers’

Bankrupt crypto lending platform Genesis Global Capital has filed a lawsuit against cryptocurrency exchange Gemini Trust to recover $689 million in preferential transfers, a court filing on Nov. 22 shows.The lawsuit alleges that Gemini made preferential transfers of approximately $689,302, ...

New Zealand dollar stablecoin goes live through local crypto exchange

A New Zealand dollar-pegged stablecoin has gone live through a partnership with New Zealand crypto exchange Easy Crypto and Australian blockchain development firm Labrys.In a Nov. 22 announcement, Labrys and Easy Crypto said the NZDD will be backed 1:1 with cash in trust and regulated by t ...

CZ released on $175M bond, could return to Dubai

Binance founder Changpeng “CZ” Zhao will pay a $175 million release bond and agree to return to the United States 14 days before his Feb. 23, 2024 sentencing — possibly allowing him to return to Dubai. In a Nov. 21 bond document filed in a Seattle federal court, Zhao agreed to share with t ...

Binance charges prove ‘following the rules’ was the right decision: Coinbase CEO

Brian Armstrong, CEO of crypto exchange Coinbase, thinks that his company made the right decision to comply with U.S. money transmitter licensing laws.In a Nov. 21 social media post, Armstrong weighed in on the news that rival exchange Binance is pleading guilty to criminal charges, statin ...

Breaking: Binance’s CZ pleads guilty to violating anti-money laundering requirements—WSJ

Binance founder Changpeng "CZ" Zhao has agreed to step down as CEO of the crypto exchange as the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) prepares to announce that it's secured a $4.3 billion settlement with the company.According to The Wall Street Journal, CZ intends to plead guilty to several ch ...

Spot Bitcoin ETF: Why this time is different

A wave of optimism around the potential approval of a spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) in the United States has ignited bullish price action in the crypto market in recent weeks. But that could be just the beginning: If a spot Bitcoin ETF receives a greenlight by the U.S. Secur ...

Microsoft, Salesforce, and Nvidia swoop in to hire OpenAI employees as walkout threats increase

OpenAI’s decision to fire CEO Sam Altman may have put the company’s future in jeopardy. Reportedly, a lion’s share of its employees have threatened to walkout unless the ousting is reversed. Complicating matters further, a number of executives from big tech orgnaniza ...

Celsius entity to focus only on mining under proposed reorganization plan

Cryptocurrency lending firm Celsius said its reorganized company will focus only on Bitcoin mining following feedback from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).In a Nov. 20 announcement, Celsius said the core business of the ‘NewCo’ company proposed under ...

Tether’s bank partner Britannia sued over $1B deposit: Report

Tether’s bank partner Britannia Financial is reportedly facing a lawsuit over claims it failed to pay the full price of revenue-generating assets allegedly related to a large deposit from Tether.Arbitral International, a company registered in the British Virgin Islands, has sued Britannia ...

CZ, Buterin, Dorsey top crypto social media popularity charts as SBF clings to 10th place

A mix of highly influential and controversial entrepreneurs make up the latest list of the ten most popular crypto entrepreneurs based on their social media presence, with Binance CEO Changpeng ‘CZ’ Zhao leading the pack in first place and convicted fraudster Sam Bankman-Fried trailing& ...

Crypto community responds to Kraken lawsuit, Deaton slams ‘dishonorable’ Gensler

The crypto space has been making its feelings known about the latest blow from regulators in the United States, a lawsuit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against crypto exchange Kraken. The lawsuit was filed on Nov. 20 based on the SEC's allegations that Kra ...

Kraken co-founder slams ‘decel’ SEC, warns others should flee US

Kraken co-founder Jesse Powell has lashed out at the Securities and Exchange Commission after it sued his crypto exchange for alleged securities law violations. In a Nov. 21 post to X (formerly Twitter), Powell called the regulator “USA’s top decel” — a term us ...

Apple sued for blocking crypto tech for P2P payments

Disgruntled consumers have filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple claiming the tech giant has conspired to limit peer-to-peer payment options on its devices and block crypto technology from iOS payments apps.The Nov. 17 complaint filed in a California District Court alleges Apple ...

BNB pops after report that DOJ wants $4B settlement with Binance

BNB (BNB) has gained over 7% in the last day after Bloomberg reported that the United States Department of Justice is contemplating a $4 billion settlement with Binance to resolve its investigation into the company.Cointelegraph Markets Pro shows BNB spiked 6% to $262 in around 30 minutes ...

Blockchain Association files support in suit to lift Tornado Cash sanctions

The Blockchain Association has thrown fresh support behind six plaintiffs suing the United States Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) over its sanctions on the crypto mixer Tornado Cash.In a Nov. 20 amicus curiae brief to a U.S. appellate court, the crypto advocacy group argue ...

SEC sues Kraken alleging it violated securities laws

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has sued Kraken alleging it failed to register as an exchange, broker, dealer and clearing agency with the regulator and claimed it commingled customer funds. In a Nov. 20 complaint, the SEC claimed that since 2018, ...

Cambodian digital currency bakong amps up use case with Alipay agreement

The bakong, a digital currency operated by the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC), will provide users with access to the Alipay merchant network and enable cross-border transactions on Alipay+ using QR codes under a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed at the FinTech Expo in Singapore, the local ...

Bittrex Global announces all trading will be disabled as it winds down operations

Liechtenstein-headquartered cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex Global has announced it plans to wind down operations starting with the suspension of trading activity on Dec. 4.In a Nov. 20 update published to its website, Bittrex Global said all users with U.S. dollar holdings needed to conve ...

Microsoft and Nvidia stocks reach all-time highs amid OpenAI CEO shuffle

Microsoft (MSFT) stocks hit an all-time high of $378.81 on Nov. 20 on the back of a tumultuous weekend for the AI sector involving the ousting of OpenAI CEO and co-founder Sam Altman. Not to be outdone, Nvidia (NVDA) stocks also reached an all-time high of $499.60, continuing a trend that’s ...

US Justice Dept. is reportedly ready to settle with Binance for $4 billion

The US Justice Department is negotiating with Binance in an attempt to resolve its investigation into the company, according to a November 20 report from Bloomberg citing people familiar with the discussions. The agreement would require Binance to pay $4 billion in fines. In return, the company w ...

Political donations aplenty: Event recap for North American Blockchain Summit

Once branded for a Texas-specific audience, the North American Blockchain Summit (NABS) shook things up in 2023 — changing its location and name as many United States lawmakers prepared for an election season.Hundreds of crypto and blockchain enthusiasts gathered in Fort Worth, Texas ...

Crypto exchange Bullish buys 100% stake in crypto media site CoinDesk: Report

Crypto media platform CoinDesk was acquired by crypto exchange Bullish on Nov. 20, according to a report published in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). The crypto exchange is headed by former New York Stock Exchange president Tom Farley. The media platform said that former Wall Street Jo ...

Who is the new OpenAI CEO Emmet Shear?

The Microsoft-backed artificial intelligence (AI) company OpenAI had a major shift in leadership over the weekend after its board of directors abruptly ousted former CEO and co-founder Sam Altman on Nov. 17. In the days following the board received pressure to reinstate Altman as CEO ...

Free-to-play Web3 games hold the key to mass adoption, YGG co-founder

Next year’s most successful Web3 games will pivot from play-to-earn (P2E) to instead focus on being completely free-to-play to dr in players, says Yield Guild Games CEO and co-founder Gabby Dizon. Speaking to Cointelegraph, Dizon said unlike games such as Axie Infinity — w ...

Atomic Wallet asks to toss suit over $100M hack saying it has ‘no US ties’

The company behind Atomic Wallet has asked a United States court to dismiss a class action suit seeking damages from a $100 million hack arguing the claims should’ve been filed in Estonia where it's based.In a Nov. 16 dismissal motion in a Colorado District Court the Estonian firm argued i ...

A timeline of Sam Altman’s outing from OpenAI

The tech world reeled and Altman’s colleagues rallied to his side, with then-OpenAI president and co-founder Greg Brockman announcing his own resignation. With enormous public backlash from shareholders and employees, the board of directors is holding talks to possibly reinstate Altman. ...

Bitcoin-friendly Javier Milei wins Argentina presidential election

Argentina's Bitcoin (BTC)-friendly Javier Milei won the country’s presidential run-off election on Nov. 19, beating out his opponent Sergio Massa.With almost 99% of the vote counted, Milei won over 55% of the votes with a nearly 3 million vote lead according to Bloomberg data. ...

Who is Mira Murati, OpenAI’s interim CEO?

OpenAI’s board of directors ousted founder Sam Altman on Nov. 17, shocking the technology world, while appointing Mira Murati as its interim CEO. Since then, the board has been facing strong criticism from the startup major clients and investors. According to a Bloomberg report, ...

Ripple’s James Wallis underscores CBDCs’ role in breaking financial barriers

James Wallis, Ripple’s vice president for central bank digital currencies (CBDC) Engagements, has highlighted the role of CBDCs in advancing global financial inclusion in a brief video. Wallis clarifies that financial inclusion aims to extend financial services to individuals worldwide, especiall ...

OpenAI’s crisis escalates as more staff resign after CEO removal: Report

The turmoil at OpenAI continues to escalate after its founder Sam Altman was abruptly ousted on Nov. 17, with three senior researchers reportedly quitting the artificial intelligence company.OpenAI’s board of directors announced Altman's removal from the CEO position in a blog post, ...

dYdX founder claims targeted attack led to $9M insurance claim

Decentralized exchange (DEX) dYdX was forced to use its insurance fund to cover $9 million in user liquidations on Nov. 17. According to dYdX founder Antonio Juliano, the losses resulted from a "targeted attack" against the exchange. Based on reports from the dYdX team on X (formerly ...

Crypto wallet with zero connectivity: NGRAVE joins Cointelegraph Accelerator

Cryptocurrencies are digital-only assets that investors can delegate custody to a third party, such as an exchange, store in hot wallets, or rely on their own hardware wallets. Security concerns with online solutions and third-party risks (not your keys, not your coins) have increased the need fo ...

Sam Altman ousted from OpenAI, CTO Mira Murati named interim CEO

ChatGPT developer OpenAI has removed founder Sam Altman from its CEO position, according to a November 17 blog post. Chief technology officer Mira Murati will be promoted to interim CEO. According to the post, the Board of Directors engaged in a “deliberative review process,” which re ...

Crypto Biz: Uniswap’s Android wallet app, Cboe to launch BTC, ETH margin futures, and more

As the final weeks of 2023 approach, it’s fair to say that one of the most dominant trends and drivers of crypto companies’ strategies over the past months can be summed up in a single word: licenses. In a tight regulatory environment, getting the green light from regulators has been ...

ENS developers urge Unstoppable Domains to drop patents or face lawsuit

Founder and lead developer of Ethereum Name Service (ENS) Nick Johnson is urging blockchain domains company Unstoppable Domains to drop a recently awarded patent or face a lawsuit, according to an open letter shared on X (formerly Twitter). In January, Unstoppable Domains was granted ...

Tech firm Republic taps Avalanche for profit-sharing investment note

Neo-investment and technology firm Republic plans to issue a blockchain-based security token that will pay dividends to retail investors from profits across its broad portfolio of investment holdings.The Republic Note is a profit-sharing digital asset that will be launched on the Avalanche ...

Crypto lobby spending in U.S. set to beat 2022 record: Report

With more than a month left before the end of 2023, the United States crypto industry has already spent $20 million on lobbying efforts. In the last year, the total sum stood at $22.2 million. According to the CoinGecko report, published on Nov. 14, the U.S. crypto lobby has spent $20 ...

CoinShares gets buying rights to Valkyrie’s crypto ETF unit

European digital asset management firm CoinShares secured the exclusive option to acquire the exchange-traded fund (ETF) unit of its United States competitor Valkyrie Investments, including the Valkyrie Bitcoin Fund that’s awaiting approval in the U.S.CoinShares said on Nov. 17 that ...

Web3 should draw newcomers, not be a ‘money grab from brands’ — Tech CEO

The crypto industry should focus on building blockchain-based solutions everybody can benefit from instead of launching cash grabs for brands, says Amy Peck, CEO of tech-focused consulting firm EndeavourXR.Peck told Cointelegraph at the Lisbon Web Summit that Web3 firms should be build-fir ...

Brazil’s crypto regulatory environment is driving competitiveness — CEO of Coinext

Cryptocurrency may be "out of fashion", but it still draws new users to Web3 every day, in particular in emerging markets such as Brazil, according to Bitcoin maximalist José Ribeiro, CEO of crypto exchange Coinext. During the Web Summit in Lisbon, Ribeiro discussed with Cointelegraph ...

Aave Companies rebrands to Avara, acquires Ethereum self-custody ‘Family Wallet’

Decentralized finance (DeFi) group Aave Companies has been rebranded to Avara as it looks to broaden its user base across the Web3 ecosystem.Stani Kulechov, founder and CEO of Avara (formerly Aave Companies), tells Cointelegraph that the company’s growing number of offerings, including liq ...

Blockdaemon among founders of BSN Spartan Network governing body

The Singapore-based BSN Foundation, a global blockchain infrastructure organization, officially announced its launch with five international founding members on Nov. 16.BSN’s founding members include the institutional digital asset wallet Blockdaemon, the blockchain infrastructure automati ...

South Korea’s pension fund bags 280K Coinbase shares: SEC data

The National Pension Service (NPS), a public pension in South Korea and one of the world’s largest pension funds, bought just over 280,000 shares of the global cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase in the third quarter of this year, an investment that has gained 39% in value since the purchase. ...

Philippines to sell $179M in tokenized treasury bonds for the first time

The Philippines Bureau of the Treasury announced it would offer 10 billion pesos ($179 million) of one-year tokenized treasury bonds for the first time after canceling the traditional auction scheduled for Nov. 20.The Bureau of the Treasury will offer these tokenized bonds to institutional ...

Binance to launch Thai exchange in joint venture with local energy giant

Binance will publicly roll out a Thailand-based crypto exchange in early 2024 via a joint venture with local energy giant Gulf Energy Development.A Nov. 15 Stock Exchange of Thailand filing by Gulf Energy said the venture, called Gulf Binance, will initially be available on an invitation-o ...

Solana hoses down ‘inaccurate’ CertiK report on Saga phone security flaws

A recent video from blockchain security firm CertiK made a series of “inaccurate” claims about a potential security vulnerability in Solana’s crypto-enabled Saga phone, Solana Labs has said. In a Nov. 15 post on X (formerly Twitter), CertiK claimed the Saga phone con ...

Paxos to issue USD stablecoin in Singapore, wins initial approval

Crypto infrastructure firm Paxos has secured in-principle approval from Singapore’s regulator for a new entity that’s planning the launch of a U.S. dollar-backed stablecoin.In a Nov. 15 statement, Paxos said it received an initial nod from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (M ...

Grayscale ETH futures ETF a ‘trojan horse’ for spot Ethereum ETF: Analyst

Grayscale Investments is using its Ether (ETH) futures exchange-traded fund (ETF) application as a “trojan horse” to corner the United States Securities and Exchange Commission into approving its spot Ether ETF, says Bloomberg ETF analyst James Seyffart.Seyffart said in a Nov. ...

Bakkt shifts focus to custody services, adds support for DOGE, SHIB, other coins

Crypto firm Bakkt appears to be returning to digital asset custody as its primary business, adding support for six new coins, according to an announcement on Nov. 15. Aside from Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH), Bakkt will expand its custodial support to include Bitcoin Cash (BCH), ...

Microsoft, Tencent and other tech giants join Decentralized Infura Network

Microsoft, Tencent and 16 other Web2 giants have partnered with Consensys on its mission to decentralize the Infura network — the key point of access to Ethereum for much of the decentralized finance (DeFi) sector.The partnerships aim to increase decentralization on the Infura networ ...

Commerzbank granted crypto custody license in Germany

The German bank Commerzbank has been granted a crypto custody license by local regulators, according to an announcement released by the lender on Nov. 15. Commerzbank says it is the first “full-service” German bank to be granted this license in the country under the legal framework of ...

Robinhood meme stock punters denied class suit certification

Investors pursuing legal action against Robinhood over trading restrictions imposed in early 2021 have faced another setback in court after the Florida Southern District Court rejected the request for class certification by the plaintiffs on Nov. 13, 2023. Chief Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga s ...

Binance Labs invests in ARKM, the native token of Arkham platform

Binance Labs, the venture capital arm and incubator arm of Binance, said on Nov. 15 that it has invested in Arkham (ARKM), the native token of the “deanonymizing” blockchain platform Arkham.The company said in a blog post on the website that the investment aims to support “on-cha ...

Poloniex crypto exchange resumes withdrawals after $100M hack

Justin Sun’s cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex is preparing to resume operations after suffering a major hack in mid-November, according to an official company announcement posted on Nov. 15In the statement, the company said that the platform has “mostly completed” the restoration ...

XRP spike on hoax filing a ‘bad look’ but won’t sway SEC’s ETF approvals

The Nov. 13 XRP (XRP) price action stemming from a falsified BlackRock XRP trust filing shouldn’t sway the United States securities regulator’s decision to approve or delay spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded funds (ETFs) — but it isn’t a good look, say industry observers. ...

Blockchain.com $110M funding round halves its 2022 valuation: Report

Crypto exchange and wallet provider Blockchain.com closed a $110 million Series E financing round, an investment that more than halves its previous 2022 valuation of $14 billion.In a Nov. 14 blog post, Blockchain.com said the closing of its Series E round was led by the United Kingdom-base ...

Uniswap launches Android wallet app with built-in swap function

Uniswap Labs has publicly released an Andriod mobile wallet app with built-in swap capability on the Google Play store.The new app allows users to make swaps through the decentralized exchange (DEX) from within the app, eliminating the need for a separate web browser extension, Uniswap Lab ...

FTX, BlockFi claims settlement allowed to proceed, judge declares

Bankrupt crypto companies FTX and BlockFi have been allowed to proceed in negotiations for their claims settlement, according to a new court filing.On Nov. 13, United States bankruptcy judge Michael Kaplan ordered the end of an automatic holding placed on proceedings between the two firms. ...

Owner of Hong Kong crypto exchange OSL secures $90M investment

BC Technology Group, the operator of Hong Kong’s publicly-listed cryptocurrency exchange OSL, has announced a significant investment from industry firm BGX.BC Technology entered into a partnership with BGX, which agreed to subscribe for shares in BC Technology for an investment of about 71 ...

Goldman Sachs leads $95M funding round for blockchain payment firm Fnality — Report

Global investment bank Goldman Sachs and French universal bank BNP Paribas have reportedly led a new funding round for Fnality, a blockchain-based wholesale payments firm backed by Nomura Group.Fnality has raised 77.7 million British pounds ($95.09 million) in a second round of funding, Re ...

Crypto.com granted Dubai crypto license

Crypto exchange Crypto.com’s Dubai entity was granted a Virtual Assets Service Provider (VASP) license by the city’s regulator, pending operational approval.In a Nov. 14 press release, Crypto.com said that once fully approved by Dubai’s Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority ...

FTX Foundation staffer fights for $275K bonus promised by SBF

An employee of FTX’s charity wing recruited by FTX co-founder Sam Bankman-Fried is trying to get paid $275,000, the remainder of his claimed 2022 salary bonus.Ross Rheingans-Yoo's lawyers argued in a Nov. 13 court filing that only $375,000 of his $650,000 bonus was paid by FTX. They ...

XRP jumps then dumps on faked BlackRock XRP trust filing

A BlackRock filing suggesting the asset manager was creating an XRP (XRP) exchange-traded product caused a 12% spike in XRP, which it quickly lost after the filing was confirmed as fake.The saga lasted an hour late on Nov. 14 as X (Twitter) users picked up on a Delaware filing showing Blac ...

CBOE to launch BTC, ETH margin futures trading in January with 11 firms supporting

Cboe Digital has announced the launch date of Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) margin futures trading – Jan. 11, 2024. The regulated crypto-native exchange and clearinghouse will become the first in the United States to offer both spot and leveraged derivatives trading on a single platform, it ...

History tells us we’re in for a strong bull market with a hard landing

While the United States Federal Reserve decided to hold interest rates at its November meeting, they remain at their highest level since well before the global financial crisis (GFC) of 2008-09. The Federal Funds rate stands at 5.25-5.5%, similar to the United Kingdom’s 5.25%, while in the ...

Taiwanese crypto exchange and VASP member Bitgin under investigation for money laundering

Taiwan cryptocurrency exchange Bitgin is under investigation by the country's police force for money laundering. According to local news reports early this week, Yuting Zhang, the firm's COO, was arrested by Taiwanese police for his alleged role in the "Eighty-Eight Guild Hall" money laundering i ...

No CZ, no problem: Binance Blockchain Week showcases Turkish crypto industry

Binance Blockchain Week Istanbul 2023 saw global crypto exchange Binance bringing its flagship event to Turkey on Nov. 8–9, where business is conducted in the Turkish lira — a top trading pair on its platform. While Binance CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao was absent fr ...

Crypto news site The Block shakes off SBF ties with Foresight Ventures deal

The Block, a crypto-focused media company, sold a majority stake of its company to a venture capital firm in Singapore, according to reports, which has valued it at $70 million.Foresight Ventures, the firm behind the deal, is buying an 80% stake for $60 million. The VC firm says The Block ...

Stablecoin firm Tether minted 4B USDT in 4 weeks: Data

Major stablecoin issuer Tether has been increasingly minting new USDT (USDT) tokens, issuing 4 billion USDT over the past month.Tether issued another 1 billion of Tether on the Tron blockchain on Nov. 10, the blockchain data provider Whale Alert reported. The latest USDT minting came just ...

Bithumb plans to be first crypto exchange listed on Korea stock market: Report

Crypto exchange Bithumb plans to become the first digital asset company to go public on the South Korean stock market. Local news outlet Edaily reported on Nov. 12 that Bithumb is getting ready for an initial public offering (IPO) on the KOSDAQ — South Korea’s version of the United St ...

FTX files billion-dollar lawsuit against ByBit over asset withdrawals

The FTX bankruptcy estate, headed by CEO John J. Ray III, has filed a lawsuit against ByBit, its investment arm Mirana, and various executives. The aim is to recover funds and digital assets that ByBit withdrew from FTX just before its collapse, with the current value close to $1 billion.T ...

Ex-FTX execs team up to build new crypto exchange 12 months after FTX collapse: Report

Several former FTX executives have teamed up to help build a new cryptocurrency exchange in Dubai with a specific focus on what FTX failed to do — secure customer funds.Ex-FTX lawyer Can Sun is leading the way with Trek Labs, a Dubai-based startup that received a license to offer cry ...

Bitcoiners pitch draft bill to preserve blockchain, decentralization in Argentina

Non-government organization Bitcoin Argentina presented a draft bill proposing to regulate the cryptocurrency market in a way that preserves decentralization and strengthens public trust.The proposed legal framework was pitched by Bitcoin Argentina's president Ricardo Mihura at LABITCONF 2 ...

BlackRock argues SEC has no grounds to treat crypto futures and spot ETFs differently

BlackRock has argued that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission doesn't have any legitimate reason to treat spot-crypto and crypto-futures exchange-traded fund applications differently. BlackRock’s plan for a spot-Ether (ETH) ETF called the “iShares Ethereum Trust” ...

Singapore startup dtcpay launches retail crypto payments system with Chinese partners

Singapore-based dtcpay is launching a payment system that will use fiat and cryptocurrencies for in-store and online payments. The company mentioned Tether (USDT), Ether (ETH) and Bitcoin (BTC) in its announcement.The company is partnering with open-source blockchain PlatON for privacy-pro ...

Hodlnaut heading for liquidation after failure of restructuring, sale efforts

Crypto lender Hodlnaut’s days appear to be numbered after the High Court of Singapore ended judicial management and ordered its liquidation. Users’ funds have been frozen since August 2022. Former Hodlnaut interim judicial manager (IJM) Aaron Loh Cheng Lee announced in a l ...

JPMorgan rolls out programmable payments for institutional blockchain platform JPM Coin

Multinational banking firm JPMorgan has rolled out a programmable payment feature for institutional users of its private blockchain platform JPM Coin.Naveen Mallela, who heads up JP Morgan’s bank-led blockchain platform Onyx, shared details of the new functionality on LinkedIn via an initi ...

Wallet crypto bot rolls out on Telegram in Colombia, SA and Kenya

Cryptocurrency trading bot Wallet is debuting its global rollout on the Telegram messenger in several countries in Latin America and Africa.The Open Platform (TOP), the Dubai-headquartered investment platform affiliated with TOP Labs and Wallet, announced the global rollout of the Wallet c ...

Hong Kong ‘ready’ to capitalize on crypto’s next bull run: Hashkey Capital

Hong Kong is “very ready” for the next wave of mass crypto adoption, with an influx of crypto talent that has been spilling into the aspiring digital asset hub, says Jupiter Zheng, a partner at Hashkey Capital. Speaking to Cointelegraph, Zheng, partner of liquid funds and ...

SafeMoon CEO bail release goes on hold after Feds cite flight risk

United States federal prosecutors have managed to put SafeMoon CEO Braden John Karony’s bail release order on hold, citing flight risk and his release being a possible “danger to the community.On Nov. 9, New York District Judge LaShann DeArcy Hall stayed a Nov. 8 bail release order after p ...

Lightspeed Faction launches $285M startup fund for crypto projects

Venture capital firm Lightspeed Faction has created a $285 million fund for crypto startups, according to a Nov. 9 announcement. The fund will focus on “early stage blockchain projects” and will also provide capital as these projects scale, the announcement stated. ...

Court confirms Celsius bankruptcy exit plan, $2B in crypto to go to creditors

The Celsius bankruptcy plan has been approved. The path is now clear for customers to see some of their funds returned and receive shares in the reorganized company, which will be called NewCo.Judge Martin Glenn of the Southern District of New York Bankruptcy Court issued a confirmation on ...

Microsoft enters $100M partnership with Canadian firm after quantum breakthrough

Canadian quantum computing firm Photonic has emerged from stealth to raise $100 million for its all-silicon quantum computing platform. Among the investors is new partner Microsoft, who will co-develop quantum networking solutions with the startup.The investment and partnership come as num ...

Financial Supervisory Commission of Taiwan awards first securitized token license

Taiwan's financial watchdog, the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC), has awarded the country's first security token offering (STO) license to Cathay Securities.According to local news reports on Nov. 9, Cathay received regulatory approval for its "Sunshine Green Yield" STO bonds with a ...

BlackRock iShares Ethereum Trust registered in Delaware

BlackRock has apparently registered an Ethereum trust in the state of Delaware, which is possibly a first step toward an Ether (ETH) spot exchange-traded fund (ETF). BlackRock registered an analogical Bitcoin (BTC) trust in June, shortly before filing with the United States Securities ...

Crypto VC firm Spartan Capital invests in Pendle to drive DeFi growth

Singapore-based digital asset investment firm Spartan Group has announced investment in the decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol Pendle Finance (PENDLE).After actively supporting Pendle since its launch in 2021, Spartan Group’s crypto venture capital arm Spartan Capital has made a follow- ...

Cathie Wood’s ARK bags 1.1M Robinhood shares in one day

ARK Invest, the investment firm founded by major Bitcoin (BTC) advocate Cathie Wood, is actively accumulating stock of the crypto-friendly app Robinhood (HOOD).On Nov. 8, ARK made a massive Robinhood stock purchase, bagging a total of 1.1 million shares for about $9.5 million in one day, a ...

Frankfurt Stock Exchange includes crypto trading facility in strategy-2026

Deutsche Börse AG, the German stock exchange headquartered in Frankfurt, has included crypto in its strategic priorities for the next few years. According to the strategic report “Horizont 2026”, published on Nov. 7, Deutsche Börse seeks “an expansion of the leading position in the ar ...

Standard Chartered’s venture arm to set up crypto fund in UAE

SC Ventures, the fintech investment arm of the British bank Standard Chartered, will establish a Digital Asset Joint Venture investment company in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in partnership with a Japanese financial conglomerate, SBI Holdings. In the press release from Nov. 9, Alex ...

Yuga Labs confirms UV lights likely cause of eye issues at ApeFest

Ultraviolet (UV) lights were the likely culptit behind the reported vision loss, eye pain and skin issues for at least 15 attendees of Yuga Labs’ ApeFest event in Hong Kong last week, the nonfungible token (NFT) conglomerate has confirmed.On Nov. 5, attendees began reporting eye and ...

Crypto exchange CoinSpot reportedly suffers $2M hot wallet hack

Australian crypto exchange CoinSpot has reportedly been hacked for $2.4 million in a “probable private key compromise” over at least one of its hot wallets.According to a Nov. 8 post to his Telegram channel, blockchain sleuth ZachXBT highlighted two transactions entering the alleged hacker ...

Marathon Digital sees 670% revenue gain in Q3 as Bitcoin production surges

Bitcoin mining firm Marathon Digital Holdings saw its revenue surge $670% year-on-year in the third quarter of 2023, amid a nearly five-fold increase in Bitcoin production.The results saw Marathon also swing to a quarterly profit, with $64.1 million of net income in the third quarter, acco ...

Binance used ‘tortured’ interpretation of law in bid to toss suit, says SEC

Binance’s arguments used in its motion to dismiss a lawsuit from the United States securities regulator relies on an incorrect legal analysis and have no basis in law, the regulator has argued.In a Nov. 7 court filing the SEC rebuffed Binance’s earlier bid to toss the regulator’s suit sayi ...

Gemini’s Travel Rule measures reflect ‘worrying creep’ of overregulation

Crypto exchange Gemini newly announced measures to comply with the controversial crypto Travel Rule in the United Kingdom reflects a “worrying creep” toward overregulation and will strip customers of their freedom for self-custody, according to a Trezor analyst.On Nov. 7, crypt ...

Visa launches global AI advisory practice focused on generative systems

Visa announced the launch of its new global AI advisory practice on Nov. 8. The consultation service will be part of Visa Consulting & Analytics (VCA) and, according to a press release, will focus on “providing actionable insights and recommendations to empower clients to unlock the potential ...

HKEX-listed tech firm launches $15M Bitcoin fund

Linekong Interactive, a gaming and film production company headquartered in Beijing and listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (HKEX), is allocating $15 million to invest in projects building on the Bitcoin network.Wang Fang, the founder of Linekong, said in a Nov. 8 tweet tha ...

Pay and dump? How businesses accepting crypto payments influence adoption

Cryptocurrency enthusiasts often argue that businesses need to start accepting crypto as payments for adoption to grow — boosting usability and potentially creating strong demand for these currencies.Some crypto communities often focus heavily on growing business adoption, with maps now co ...

OPNX gets EU spot crypto trading license in Lithuania

Crypto exchange OPNX has obtained a virtual asset service provider license (VASP) in Lithuania, allowing it to provide spot crypto exchange services throughout the European Union, according to a Nov. 8 announcement seen by Cointelegraph.OPNX trading interface. Source: OPNXThe announcement ...

How decentralized platforms democratize crypto funding initiatives

While the prevailing traditional financing models resulted in the crypto and blockchain sector raising billions of dollars over the years, they are not without weaknesses, according to Project Catalyst’s group product manager.At the recent Cardano Summit in Dubai, Kriss Baird, the pr ...

Robinhood eyes European expansion amid Q3 revenue drop

Trading platform Robinhood has revealed its intentions to expand into Europe in the coming weeks. The company is exploring establishing brokerage operations in the United Kingdom. It made this decision known on Tuesday, Nov 7.The commission-free trading app made this announcement as it rev ...

Crypto banking app Bitwala relaunches via new partnership with Striga

European cryptocurrency banking platform Bitwala, formerly known as Nuri, is coming back after ceasing operations and returning customer funds last year.Bitwala is relaunching operations under its original name, in partnership with the support of the banking infrastructure company known as ...

Binance launches Web3 wallet for its 120M registered users

Crypto exchange Binance announced the launch of its new Web3 wallet at the Binance Blockchain Week conference in Istanbul, to be made available to all users via the Binance mobile app.During the launch, Changpeng “CZ” Zhao, CEO of Binance, revealed the intent behind launching the service: ...

OpenSea investor marks down stake in platform by 90%: Report

United States tech investment firm Coatue Management has marked down the value of its stake in non-fungible token (NFT) platform OpenSea by 90%. On Nov. 7, The Information reported on a document it reviewed showing Coatue reduced its investment from $120 million to $13 million — ...

Stablecoin issuer Circle weighing up 2024 public launch: Report

USD Coin (USDC) issuer Circle is contemplating an initial public offering (IPO) in early 2024, according to Bloomberg.A Nov. 7 Bloomberg report citing people with knowledge of the matter said the stablecoin issuer is talking to its advisers about the move but there’s no certainty the ...

Ex-Cantor execs launch crypto lending platform in expectation of Bitcoin ETFs

A new crypto-lending platform dubbed Tokenet says it will service what it expects to be an influx of institutional clients following the potential United States approval of spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange traded fund (ETF). The platform was launched by a team of executives who previously ...

Marathon, Riot among most overvalued Bitcoin mining stocks: Report

Bitcoin (BTC) mining heavyweights Marathon Digital and Riot Platforms are among the most overvalued crypto mining companies relative to their competitors, says MinerMetrics founder and analyst Jaran Mellerud.The key metric backing Mellerud's claim is enterprise value-to-sales ratio — measu ...

Wintermute claims NEAR backed out of $11M stablecoin redemption deal

The NEAR Foundation and Aurora allegedly reneged on an offer to convert $11 million worth of USN stablecoins, Wintermute founder and CEO Evgeny Gaevoy has claimed.In a Nov. 7 X (Twitter) post, Gaevoy claimed NEAR refused to honor a commitment to facilitate the sale of $11.2 million worth o ...

IBM launches $500M fund to develop generative AI for enterprise

IBM announced the launch of a $500 million Enterprise AI Venture Fund on Nov. 7 that, according to the company, will be focused on “accelerating generative AI technology and research for the enterprise.”Focused on accelerati ...

Vietnamese Web3 coalition Ninety Eight launches $25M ecosystem fund

Vietnamese Web3 coalition Ninety Eight, creator of the Coin98 decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem, has launched a $25 million ecosystem fund dedicated to accelerating Web3 startups in Asia.According to the Nov. 7 announcement, the fund will provide financial and strategic support for se ...

VARA demonstrates how regulators can work in tandem with the market: VARA Vice Chair

The Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority [VARA] is one of the earliest world regulatory bodies to release comprehensive crypto assets regulations to promote crypto-related activities in Dubai. Established in March 2022, VARA was created to promote the Emirate as a regional and international hub fo ...

Meta bans usage of generative AI ad creation tools for political advertisers

Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, is not allowing political campaigns and advertisers to use its generative artificial intelligence (AI) advertising tools, a company spokesperson said in a Reuters exclusive report. On Nov. 6 Meta updated its help center to reflect th ...

Nifty News: The Simpsons roast NFTs, Yuga Labs exec departs after anti-semitic tweets and more

The Simpsons roasts NFTs in new Halloween episodeAnimated television series The Simpsons spent an entire segment mocking nonfungible tokens (NFTs) during the latest 34th annual Treehouse of Horror Halloween special, in a segment called “Wild Barts Can’t Be Token.” ...

Ava Labs cuts 12% of staff to ‘reallocate resources’ toward expansion

Ava Labs, the team behind the Avalanche Blockchain, has confirmed it laid off 12% of its employees in a recent wave of staff cuts, citing the need to reallocate its resources.The firm’s founder and CEO Emin Gün Sirer confirmed the news on Nov. 7 after several former Ava Labs emp ...

US lawmaker proposes to cut SEC chair Gary Gensler’s salary to $1

A United States lawmaker wants to strip the Securities and Exchange Commission chair Gary Gensler of his salary by paying him just $1 per year.In a proposed amendment to the Financial Services and General Government (FSGG), Rep. Tim Burchett suggested that Gensler’s salary be brought ...

Moody’s unveils service that uses AI to predict stablecoin depeggings

Moody’s Analytics is launching a new stablecoin service that will use AI to predict probable depeggings “in a 24-hour time horizon” while providing real-time insights about stablecoin issuers’ liquidity and stability.The stablecoin market is getting stabler, Moody&r ...

Binance’s spot trading market share falls to 40% in 2023: Report

Crypto exchange Binance's market share in spot trading has fallen to 40% in late 2023, compared to 62% a year ago.According to the November 6 report by blockchain analytics firm 0xScope, the exchange has lost one-third of its market share in the past 12 months. "Binance's spot trading volu ...

Telegram Wallet avoided self-custody to ease crypto onboarding, COO says

Telegram Wallet, a major Telegram bot allowing users to buy and sell cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC), has chosen custody over self-custody to chase easier onboarding goals, according to a senior executive.In July 2023, crypto-friendly Telegram messenger officially announced the integra ...

Yuga Labs addresses Apefest ‘vision damage’ issue; community calls out poor management

Several attendees of Yuga Labs’ ApeFest event on Nov. 4 in Hong Kong reported eye-related issues, including burns, damaged vision and “extreme pain” in their eyes.Yuga Labs’ official X account has now addressed the issue, claiming they are aware of the reports of po ...

How blockchain, AI can help research into extending human life

Blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI) have long been paired to change how people view identity and verification. Between those innovations come data, described by experts as the new oil — extracted, amassed, refined, processed and turned into something useful.While most blockch ...

Mauritius mulls wrapping metaverse into financial services

The Financial Services Commission (FSC) of Mauritius started collecting feedback from industry stakeholders and the general public regarding the inclusion of metaverse within the financial services industry.The FSC Mauritius dedicated the entire month of November to amass comments on the s ...

Metaverse projects failed on lack of correct business model: MetaMinds CEO

The metaverse may no longer have mainstream appeal to some global tech leaders compared to two years ago. However, weaknesses in the testing of the various investments and initiatives in the emerging technology may have resulted in some of them failing.On the sidelines of the recent Cardan ...

London Stock Exchange seeks digital assets director

The London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG), the parent company of the London Stock Exchange and other fintech companies, has posted on LinkedIn that it's seeking a director of digital assets. LSEG says it is looking for candidates who have a “passion for and understanding of digital asset ...

FTX seeks sale of Grayscale and Bitwise trust assets worth $744 million

Bankrupt crypto exchange FTX has requested the bankruptcy court in Delaware to allow it to sell certain key trust funds, including assets from crypto asset manager Grayscale and custody service provider Bitwise valued at around $744 million.In a court filing dated Nov. 3, FTX debtors reque ...

Spot Bitcoin ETF hype reignited zest for blockchain games: Yat Siu

Enthusiasm surrounding a possible spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange traded fund (ETF) isn’t just driving up the price of Bitcoin — it's also sparked a resurgence of enthusiasm for blockchain games, says Animoca Brands founder Yat Siu. Speaking to Cointelegraph at Hong Kong Finte ...

Luxor refutes claims its Bitcoin hashrate-backed product is BlockFi, Celsius 2.0

An upcoming Bitcoin (BTC) hashrate-backed product that could offer 10% to 13% returns shouldn’t be compared to failed products by BlockFi or Celsius as its returns come from proof-of-work, not “ponzi schemes,” claims the product’s creator Bitcoin mining firm Luxor Technolo ...

ApeFest attendees report ‘extreme pain’ and vision problems after event

Attendees of a Yuga Labs’ ApeFest event on Nov. 4 in Hong Kong have reported burns, damaged vision and “extreme pain” in their eyes, which they attribute to the use of improper lighting.“Woke up in the middle of the night after ApeFest with so much pain in my e ...

VC Roundup: private accounts, tokenization, and healthcare infrastructure grab investors’ attention

Blockchain-based startups continue to gather funding during the current bear market, with MetaMask partner Blockaid raising $33 million in October. However, the overall funding in the crypto industry has dropped to levels last seen in 2020, amassing $2.1 billion over 297 deals in the third quarte ...

Elon Musk launches AI chatbot ‘Grok’ — says it can outperform ChatGPT

Elon Musk and his artificial intelligence startup xAI have released “Grok” — an AI chatbot which can supposedly outperform OpenAI’s first iteration of ChatGPT in several academic tests.The motivation behind building Gruk is to create AI tools equipped to assist huma ...

Fake Ledger Live app sneaks into Microsoft’s app store, $588K stolen

Almost $600,000 in Bitcoin (BTC) has been stolen from users who downloaded a fake Ledger Live application on Microsoft’s app store, according to cryptocurrency sleuth ZachXBT.The on-chain analyst spotted the scam, “Ledger Live Web3” on Nov. 5, which is tricking users into ...

Bitfinex users fall for ‘minor’ phishing attack after employee gets hacked

Cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex said it suffered a “minor” information security incident after one of its customer support agents was hacked earlier in the week (Oct. 30 — Nov. 5).It led to a spree of phishing attacks against Bitfinex users but little damage was done, th ...

Blockchain adoption continues unabated — Bloomberg analyst

Should the current rate of adoption continue, blockchain technology could have 100 million daily users by 2028, according to projections by Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Jamie Coutts. On X (formerly Twitter), Coutts pointed out that blockchain adoption has been "unabated" throughout ...

Crypto Biz: Value of X halves, CME rises among top Bitcoin futures exchanges, and other news

The crypto industry continues to anticipate the approval of a spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) in the United States as more investment managers file amended applications with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).The high level of anticipation has even caused the Chicago Merc ...

Coinbase user agreement dispute reaches US Supreme Court

The United States Supreme Court has taken up a legal dispute concerning Coinbase and its users, specifically addressing a significant procedural matter on whether a judge or an arbitrator should decide which contract governs disputes.According to a report from Bloomberg, this issue stems f ...

Bug in Fed’s payment system prevents bank customers from getting paid

Some of the largest United States banks are not able to facilitate customers deposits after one of the Federal Reserve’s payment systems suffered an outage on Nov. 3.The Federal Reserve said the bug was caused by a "processing issue" in the Automated Clearing House — a payment ...

FTX advisers sharing customers’ data with FBI: Report

Advisers for bankrupt crypto exchange FTX have been disclosing data from customers’ transactions and accounts with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), according to court documents seen by Bloomberg. In response to subpoenas issued by several FBI field offices during the past fe ...

English school turned BTC miner in China expands capacity with 220 new units

China-based BTC Digital announced the purchase of 220 new Bitcoin (BTC) mining units on Nov. 3, bringing its total number of machines to 2,174, with over 230PH/s of computing power. The new acquisitions are expected to become operational by the end of the month.The deal was made with &ldqu ...

Could regulation have prevented Sam Bankman-Fried’s criminal verdict?

Sam Bankman-Fried was found guilty of all seven counts of fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud in the late hours of Nov. 2. The jury delivered its verdict in less than 10 minutes after nearly 4 hours of deliberation, leaving his parents to fall silent in the crowded courtroom at the Southern Dist ...

Help or hindrance: Is Web3 really improving mainstream industry and products?

Web3 has been gaining ground in mainstream industries with the rise of Web3 business models based around nonfungible tokens (NFTs), blockchain technology and crypto. But it’s still an open question whether it’s actually improving mainstream industry and products. According ...

Apple MacOS malware targets crypto community and engineers

A new malware discovered on Apple’s macOS — tied to the North Korean hacking group Lazarus — has reportedly targeted blockchain engineers of a cryptocurrency exchange platform.The macOS malware “KandyKorn” is a stealthy backdoor capable of data retrieval, dire ...

What’s next for the ‘crypto king’ Sam Bankman-Fried?

Sam Bankman-Fried is back in his federal prison cell in Brooklyn after being found guilty for all seven charges in his criminal trial. His lawyers however, say the fight isn’t yet over.Bankman-Fried’s attorney Mark Cohen said in a Nov. 2 statement that Bankman-Fried “main ...

Individuals will ultimately shape the metaverse: Sandbox founders

Individual creators and brands will ultimately determine the future of the metaverse, as opposed to any centralized entity, according to the co-founders of The Sandbox.On Nov. 3, the team behind the Ethereum-based metaverse launched The Sandbox Map, allowing “LAND” owners to pu ...

Sam Bankman-Fried found guilty on all charges

Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried has been found guilty of all of the seven charges in his criminal trial by a jury in New York.Bankman-Fried was found guilty of two counts of wire fraud and two counts of wire fraud conspiracy along with one count of securities fraud, one count of commoditi ...

Coinbase narrows loss while crypto trading volumes fall in Q3

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase narrowed its net loss to $2 million in the third quarter, as notched a year-on-year increase in revenue despite lower trading volumes. The firm’s net loss in Q3 was trimmed from a $545 million net loss in the prior year period, according to a Nov. 2 e ...

Marathon Digital will use landfill methane to mine Bitcoin in Utah pilot project

Marathon Digital has begun mining Bitcoin (BTC) using power generated from methane gas siphoned off a landfill. The 280-kW off-grid pilot project is operating in Utah.Marathon teamed up with Nodal Power on the project. Nodal Power was launched in November 2022 and produces energy from land ...

Jury directions begin in Sam Bankman-Fried criminal trial

Closing arguments for the criminal trial of Sam Bankman Fried (SBF), the disgraced founder of crypto exchange FTX, have officially concluded with U.S. Southern District of New York Judge Lewis Kaplan moving to jury instructions.As per the indictment from last December, Bankman-Fried faces ...

‘He lied to get customers’ trust’: Prosecution makes closing argument against SBF

The government presented its rebuttal against Sam Bankman-Fried on Nov. 2 in response to statements made by his defense during the closing arguments a day earlier.A jury of 12 will receive final instructions in the Southern District Court of Manhattan on Nov. 2, with a verdict expected by ...

Swiss wholesale CBDC pilot kicks off in alliance with central, commercial banks

The Swiss National Bank (SNB), six commercial banks and the SIX Swiss Exchange will work together to pilot the issuance of wholesale central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) in the nation, officially known as the Swiss franc wCBDC.The pilot project dedicated to wholesale CBDC, named Helveti ...

Tether issues $610M debt financing to Bitcoin miner Northern Data

Tether (USDT) stablecoin issuer is raising the bet on Bitcoin (BTC) mining by issuing a major debt facility to German-based BTC mining company Northern Data AG.Northern Data AG has secured a 575 million euro ($610 million) debt financing facility from Tether to drive further investments ac ...

Axie Infinity developer brings Japanese Web2 games to Ronin

On November 2, Sky Mavis, the developer behind the popular monster-battle nonfungible tokens (NFT) game Axie Infinity, announced a partnership with Korean gaming studio Act Games, to bring a variety of Japanese video game franchises to its native Ronin blockchain.In an email seen by Cointe ...

Spot ETF-induced Bitcoin rally isn’t guaranteed to stick: Analysts

While the approval of a spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) will likely spike the price of Bitcoin, some analysts are concerned it won’t be enough to fully thaw the markets from its winter chill. On Oct. 24 Bitcoin staged its largest single day rally in over a year, su ...

MicroStrategy’s Bitcoin bag is up $900M amid BTC price surge

Business intelligence firm MicroStrategy has notched a paper gain of $900 million on its stack of 158,400 Bitcoin, spurred by optimism over the potential approval of spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds.The Michael Saylor-founded firm added 6,067 Bitcoin (BTC) since the third quart ...

Sam Bankman-Fried “doubled down” by buying Binance’s stake in FTX — U.S. prosecutors

Federal prosecutors claimed Sam "SBF" Bankman-Fried “doubled down” on the use of customers’ funds when he purchased Binance’s $2 billion stake in FTX in 2021. According to U.S. government attorneys, Bankman-Fried paid for the buyout with funds from FTX customers.The prosecution is deliveri ...

Visa completes digital Hong Kong dollar pilot test with local banks

Payment processor Visa has completed the Hong Kong Monetary Authority's central bank digital currency (CBDC) Pilot Programme with HSBC and Hang Seng Bank.According to the November 1 announcement, the e-HKD Programme involves tokenization of deposits, where the money deposited with a bank i ...

Worldcoin claims 4 million app downloads and 1 million active users

Iris-scanning project Worldcoin has reached a new milestone, as its mobile World App has now been downloaded over 4 million times, according to a November 1 blog post from the project’s team. If this number is eventually confirmed by Coingecko, it could place World App in sixth place in Coi ...

“That’s fraud,” prosecutors say in closing arguments at SBF trial

Sam "SBF" Bankman-Fried’s trial has entered the final stages, with the prosecution delivering its closing arguments in the case on Nov. 1.Closing arguments are the last opportunity for lawyers to convince the jury and judge that they should win the case. Prosecutors had previously estimate ...

Onyx Protocol exploiter begins siphoning $2.1M loot on Tornado Cash

Decentralized peer-to-peer lending protocol Onyx Protocol lost roughly $2.1 million in an exploit of a market with no liquidity that was deployed on Oct. 27. The Onyx Protocol hacker exploited a known bug, a rounding issue behind the popular CompoundV2 fork, explained blockchain inves ...

Meet the 13-year-old student selling sneakers for Bitcoin: The Agenda podcast

Footwear has long been a critical element of culture and fashion worldwide. For some, shoes exist only to protect one’s feet from the elements; but for others, they are the most critical part of a wardrobe. Sneakers, in particular, have developed a cult following, with some ultra-rare pairs selli ...

FTX and Alameda Research wallets send $13.1M in crypto to exchanges overnight

The crypto wallets linked to now-defunct crypto exchange FTX and its sister trading firm Alameda Research have sent over $13 million in different altcoins to numerous crypto exchanges early on Nov. 1.According to data from on-chain analysis firm Spotonchain, the FTX wallet first transferre ...

AI chatbots are illegally ripping off copyrighted news, says media group

Artificial intelligence developers heavily rely on illegally scraping copyrighted material from news publications and journalists to train their models, a news industry group has claimed.On Oct. 30, the News Media Alliance (NMA) published a 77-page white paper and accompanying submission t ...

Oyster Protocol founder gets 4 years jail for $5.5M tax evasion

Amir Bruno Elmaani, the 31-year-old founder of the now-defunct cryptocurrency scheme Oyster Protocol has been handed the maximum sentence of four years in prison for tax evasion.The United States Attorney’s Office said on Oct. 31 that Elmaani — also known by the alias “Bruno Block” — was s ...

Bitget, Floki teams accuse each other of manipulation after token listing

The teams behind the Floki protocol and Bitget crypto exchange have accused each other of market manipulation after the protocol’s token, TokenFi (TOKEN), was listed and delisted by Bitget. This is according to an October 31 social media post from the Floki team and a blog post from Bitget.  ...

Circle to phase out consumer accounts, but business and Mint will remain

Stablecoin issuer Circle will close out consumer or individual accounts on November 30, according to emails received by Circle customers on October 31. In an email to Cointelegraph, the stablecoin issuer confirmed that it is closing the accounts but confirmed that business and institutional &ldqu ...

Tether attestation shows cash and cash equivalents of 86% as loans decline

The reserves for stablecoin issuer Tether contained approximately 86% cash and cash equivalents as of September 30, according to a new attestation report from accounting firm BDO. This is the highest percentage of cash and cash equivalents that have ever made up Tether’s reserves. ...

SBF criminal trial moves to closing arguments

The ongoing criminal trial involving FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) will move into closing arguments on November 1. On Day 15 of the SBF trial, lead defense attorney Mark Cohen's request for acquittal was denied by presiding judge Lewis Kaplan. Instead, the case will move to clos ...

SBF says spending FTX customers’ money was part of ‘risk management’: Report

Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), the founder of cryptocurrency exchange FTX, claims that spending clients' fiat deposits was just part of "risk management" for his intertwined crypto hedge fund Alameda Research.During the former crypto executive's court testimony on October 31, prosecutor Danielle ...

Siemens and Microsoft partner to push AI adoption in industrial sectors

The German technology company Siemens has partnered with Microsoft and announced its new generative artificial intelligence (AI) -powered assistant the Siemens Industrial Copilot. On Oct. 31, the companies revealed the AI assistant to promote “human-machine collaboration” and enhance ...

Sam Bankman-Fried lawyers pitch for changes to judge’s jury instruction

Attorneys representing former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried have written another letter to the presiding judge, seeking changes to the jury instructions. In the letter addressed to Judge Lewis Kaplan, the defense attorneys requested that the jury consider the role of English law in governing FTX’s te ...

TradFi goes crypto: Finance giant brings decades of experience to new crypto exchange

The crypto world is volatile, with users steadily seeking a sense of trust and security. Now, a traditional finance giant, MultiBank Group, wants to change the global perception of crypto for the better with its know-how and expertise spanning over two decades.It’s hard to claim tha ...

US judge deals blow to artists in copyright suit over AI generated art

Artists have been dealt a setback in their copyright fight against generative AI firms after a class-action lawsuit against several of the firms was dismissed by a United States judge, citing a lack of evidence.In an Oct. 30 order, California District Court Judge William Orrick said the co ...

Hong Kong advances CBDC pilot, bringing e-HKD trials to Phase 2

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) is gearing up for the second phase of the e-HKD (e-Hong Kong dollar) pilot program as it announced the successful completion of the Phase 1 trial of its in-house central bank digital currency (CBDC). The HKMA launched the e-HKD pilot program in ...

Twitter is now worth half of the $44B Elon Musk paid for it: Report

Elon Musk’s social media platform, X (formerly Twitter), is worth less than half of what the tech billionaire bought it for in October last year, an internal memo has reportedly revealed.According to an Oct. 30 report from Bloomberg, the internal memo and sources familiar with the ma ...

‘I don’t own Bitcoin, but I should’ — legendary investor Druckenmiller

Billionaire investor Stanley Druckenmiller praised Bitcoin (BTC) for establishing a “brand” over last decade and half — admitting while he doesn’t own any Bitcoin, he ought to. The billionaire shared his latest thoughts on Bitcoin in an Oct. 30 interview with hedge ...

‘Fuck regulators,’ said SBF behind closed doors: Report

Despite publicly supporting drafting crypto regulation to protect customers, disgraced crypto exchange FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) appears to have shared a deep disdain for regulators.During the ongoing FTX criminal trial, Assistant U.S. Prosecutor Danielle Sassoon inquired if the ...

CME becomes second-largest Bitcoin futures exchange as open interest surges

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), a regulated Bitcoin (BTC) Futures exchange, now stands just behind Binance in terms of notional open interest (OI) to rank second in the list of BTC futures exchanges.CME’s OI hit $3.58 billion earlier on Oct. 30, pushing the regulated derivatives exc ...

Saudi’s NEOM partners with Animoca Brands for regional Web3 development

Web3 games developer Animoca Brands and Saudi Arabia’s NEOM Investment Fund announced a new partnership on Oct. 30 to drive Web3 development in the region. According to the announcement, the new deal will have Animoca working with NEOM to build Web3 enterprise service capabilities. Th ...

3 unique ways hackers are stealing your crypto: Bitrace Report

To track down and counter the sudden disappearance of tokens from crypto wallets requires investors to know the various ways bad actors use to steal cryptocurrencies successfully. Blockchain investigator Bitrace has identified three effective ways hackers gain access to crypto in ...

Elon Musk says posts busted by Community Notes won’t earn revenue share

Posts corrected by X’s community-driven fact-checking feature will be “ineligible for revenue share,” to stem the flow of misinformation and sensationalism, says Elon Musk. In an Oct. 29 X post, the executive chairman said misleading or inaccurate posts “corrected&r ...

El Salvador pro-Bitcoin president Nayib Bukele launches re-election bid

El Salvador president Nayib Bukele has filed paperwork to be re-elected in the country’s upcoming 2024 presidential election in February.Bukele, a Bitcoin advocate, received strong support from the public on Oct. 26 after he was officially nominated by his party to run for re-electio ...

Brazil’s USDT adoption soars in 2023, makes up 80% of all crypto transactions

Stablecoin Tether (USDT) has seen a significant surge in adoption in Brazil, accounting for 80% of all cryptocurrency transactions in the country, according to data from Brazil’s revenue service agency. As of mid-October, USDT transactions in Brazil this year amounted to $271 billion ...

Bitcoin-friendly El Salvador can become the ‘Singapore of the Americas’: VanEck advisor

El Salvador can follow Singapore’s lead and become a financial center in the Americas, according to  Gabor Gurbacs, strategy advisor of investment management firm VanEck.“I say often to portfolio managers and asset allocators that El Salvador has the potential to become th ...

Sam Bankman-Fried’s perspective on FTX fall

Sam “SBF” Bankman-Fried took the stand this week to testify in his ongoing criminal trial in the Southern District of New York, denying any wrongdoing between FTX and Alameda Research, while acknowledging making "big mistakes" during the companies’ fast-paced growth.  ...

Crypto Biz: BlockFi emerges from bankruptcy, Worldcoin halts USDC payments and more

Crypto lender BlockFi announced its emergence from insolvency this week, just a few days after FTX announced that it successfully reclaimed approximately $7 billion in assets. FTX debtors, comprising FTX and affiliates, estimate that $8.7 billion has been misappropriated from customers. BlockFi h ...

Google to invest another $2B into AI firm Anthropic: Report

Google has doubled down on its artificial intelligence bets by investing another $2 billion into AI startup Anthropic, according to a new report.Google invested $500 million upfront into Anthropic, a rival to ChatGPT creators OpenAI, and will pay off the remaining $1.5 billion over time, a ...

Wall Street Journal corrects article misciting Hamas’ crypto terrorism funding data

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has partially corrected an article which mischaracterized the extent to which Hamas and other militant groups have been funding its terrorism activities with cryptocurrencies.The Oct. 10 article — titled “Hamas Militants Behind Israel Attack Raised ...

Kraken to suspend trading for USDT, DAI, WBTC, WETH, and WAXL in Canada

Kraken will suspend all transactions related to USDT, DAI, WBTC, WETH, and WAXL in Canada in November, according to multiple customer emails shared with Cointelegraph.In response to a request for comment from Cointelegraph, a Kraken spokesperson said, via email, “we constantly monitor the ...

Audits and rug-pulled projects, a $650B token burn, and major DeFi protocol quits UK: Finance Redefined

Welcome to Finance Redefined, your weekly dose of essential decentralized finance (DeFi) insights — a newsletter crafted to bring you the most significant developments from the past week.The past week in DeFi was filled with bullish resurgences for many projects, but it was the Uniswap fou ...

Elon Musk’s X aims to revolutionize finance as a central hub

Elon Musk’s venture, X (formerly known as Twitter), aims to position itself as a central financial hub, encouraging individuals to consider using X as their primary financial solution instead of traditional bank accounts for various financial requirements.According to reports, during ...

Binance founder CZ’s fortune gets slashed $12B, while SBF is still at $0

Binance co-founder and CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao has seen his net worth slashed by $11.9 billion amid falling trading volumes at his exchange.On Oct. 26, the Bloomberg Billionaires Index cut Binance’s revenue estimates by 38% amid a slump in exchange volumes which knocked Zhao down to 95th p ...

Ryder Ripps ordered to pay Yuga Labs $1.6M in copyright lawsuit

A United States district court judge has ordered nonfungible token (NFT) artists Ryder Ripps and Jeremy Cahen to pay Bored Ape Yacht Club creator Yuga Labs a total of $1.57 million in disgorgement and damages, along with legal fees, bringing an end to the long-running “copycat” NFT la ...

HTX’s Justin Sun claims record profits despite staff cuts

Chinese blockchain personality Justin Sun, who also serves as the de facto owner of crypto exchange HTX (formerly Huobi Global), claims that the firm posted a profit of $98 million in Q3 2023.According to the October 26 thread, Sun says that HTX generated a total of $202 million in revenue ...

SBF grilled in court on deleted messages during testimony

Disgraced FTX founder Sam “SBF” Bankman-Fried tried to explain his rationale for deleting corporate messages during a closed-door testimony without the presence of the trial’s jury on Oct. 26. When prompted as to why he started using corporate communications on the encrypted messaging ...

Bitmain to start shipping new Bitcoin Antminer T21 in January 2024

Bitmain, a major global manufacturer of Bitcoin (BTC) application-specific integrated circuits (ASIC), has officially released its new air-cooled BTC miner, Antminer T21.Bitmain took to Twitter on Oct. 26 to announce the world premiere of the new Antminer T21, the firm’s new air-cooling mi ...

Gary Gensler teases details of SEC’s $5 billion take from enforcement actions, shades crypto

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chief Gary Gensler’s speech before the 2023 Securities Enforcement Forum shed light on the regulatory body’s enforcement actions that led to $5 billion in judgments and orders. However, Gensler’s dig at the cryptocurrency market became a ...

Hashing It Out: A case for Web3 social media, and is Friend.tech a security?

The Web3 industry continues its mission to disrupt the World Wide Web, and social media is one of its primary targets. In the 34th episode of Cointelegraph’s Hashing It Out, host Elisha Owusu Akyaw interviews Ryan Li, co-founder of CyberConnect, about the concept of decentralized social media.&nb ...

Mastercard partners with crypto payment firm MoonPay for Web3 services

Global payment giant Mastercard continues exploring cryptocurrency benefits through a new collaboration with crypto payment platform MoonPay.MoonPay officially announced on Oct. 25 a partnership with Mastercard aiming to jointly explore how Web3 tools can improve experiential marketing, or ...

Sam Bankman-Fried has no way to ‘out-fox’ prosecutors: Scaramucci

Sam Bankman-Fried will be no match for government prosecutors who will poke holes in his defense when he takes the stand in his criminal trial, says SkyBridge Capital founder Anthony Scaramucci.In an Oct. 25 interview on CNBC’s “Last Call,” Scaramucci said the Department of Justice prosecu ...

FTX probes $6.5M in payments to AI safety group amid clawback crusade

Bankrupt crypto exchange FTX is looking to demand information on millions of dollars in payments it had previously given to a nonprofit AI safety organization — the Center for AI Safety (CAIS).In an Oct. 25 bankruptcy court filing, the lawyers helming FTX claimed the firm gave $6.5 million ...

‘Magnificent seven’ tech stocks tumble a whopping $280B as crypto surges

More than $280 billion has been wiped from the “magnificent seven” tech stocks following the release of several earnings reports on Oct. 25, triggering fears of a looming tech recession.The so-called “magnificent seven” refers to the top seven blue-chip tech firms i ...

Crypto firms have already breached new UK promo rules 221 times, says FCA

Crypto-promoting firms have breached the United Kingdom’s new crypto marketing rules at least 221 times since coming into force in early October, says the country’s financial regulator. In an Oct. 25 statement, the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said since the Oct. 8 cr ...

Crypto donations raised by Hamas ‘remain tiny,’ says Elliptic

Blockchain forensic firm Elliptic says there’s “no evidence” that Hamas is receiving a significant volume of cryptocurrency donations to fund its attacks against Israel.“There is no evidence to support the assertion that Hamas has received significant volumes of cry ...

Hashdex sits down with SEC over spot Bitcoin ETF application

Asset manager Hashdex recently held a meeting with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to address the regulator's concerns about its application to allow the Hashdex Bitcoin Futures exchange-traded fund (ETF) to hold spot Bitcoin, a source familiar with the matter told Cointelegraph.  ...

Recovery firm proposes cracking former Ripple CTO’s $244M Bitcoin hard drive

A company is petitioning former Ripple chief technology officer Stefan Thomas for a hard drive containing more than 7,000 Bitcoin (BTC) that he has been unable to access for years.In an Oct. 25 open letter, crypto recovery firm Unciphered offered to unlock an IronKey hard drive belonging t ...

FTX and Alameda linked wallets transfer $10M of crypto to exchanges in just 5 hours

Wallets linked to bankrupt crypto firms Alameda Research and FTX transferred over $10 million worth of cryptocurrency to exchange deposit accounts in five hours on October 24-25, according to data from blockchain analytics platform Spot On Chain. The movement of these funds may indicate that the ...

Bitfinex Securities announces tokenized bond

Bitfinex Securities, a platform focused on listing real-world tokenized securities has announced its first tokenized bond that will be listed later in November this year. The new tokenized bond called ALT2611 is a 36-month, 10% coupon bond, denominated in USDT and issued by Mikro Kapital, one of ...

Crypto speculations simmer after cryptic posts on X

The crypto community on X (formerly known as Twitter) has been thrown into a series of guessing games by a couple of cryptic posts made by prominent individuals.One of these posts was made by David Schwartz, Ripple’s chief technical officer (CTO). He published a  picture of ...

UK’s FinProm a welcome change, but challenge persists: Transak compliance head

On Oct. 8, the United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) imposed new marketing rules compelling cryptocurrency firms to promote their products and services clearly, fairly and transparently. From banning referral bonuses to crypto firms implementing a 24-hour cooling-off peri ...

BlackRock fined $2.5M by SEC for incorrect investment disclosure

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission has fined investment adviser BlackRock Advisors $2.5 million, accusing it of failing to accurately describe investments in the entertainment industry that comprised a significant portion of a publicly traded fund it managed.Acc ...

FTX navigates post-bankruptcy options, weighs sale or revival

FTX Trading Ltd., formerly a prominent player in the cryptocurrency exchange sector, is carefully considering its future after going through bankruptcy proceedings. According to a report, during a court hearing in Wilmington, Delaware, Kevin M. Cofsky, the company's investment banker ...

Coinbase disputes SEC’s crypto authority in final bid to toss regulator’s suit

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission overstepped its authority when it classified Coinbase-listed cryptocurrencies as securities, the exchange has argued in its final bid to dismiss a lawsuit by the securities regulator.In an Oct. 24 filing in a New York District Court, Coi ...

No, ARK 21 Shares spot Bitcoin ETF is not listed on DTCC website

Despite swirling rumors on social media, ARK Invest’s spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) does not appear to be listed on the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation’s (DTCC) website.On Oct. 25, numerous high-profile crypto accounts on X (Twitter), including Mike Al ...

Galaxy predicts 74% Bitcoin price increase first year after ETF launch

Bitcoin’s (BTC) price will increase 74.1% in the first year after spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are launched in the United States, according to estimates from crypto investment firm Galaxy Digital.In an Oct. 24 blog post, Galaxy Digital research associate Charles Yu estima ...

BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin ETF mysteriously disappears — then reappears — on DTCC site

The ticker for BlackRock's spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) IBTC has reappeared on the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation’s (DTCC) website after disappearing for a few hours.The price of Bitcoin surged to new yearly highs following the Oct. 23 surprise appearance ...

BlockFi emerges from bankruptcy and opens wallet withdrawals

Crypto lending platform BlockFi has emerged from bankruptcy and is ready to pay back some of its creditors, according to an October 24 blog post. Withdrawals “are currently available to nearly all Wallet customers,” the post stated, adding that Blockfi Interest Account (BIA) and Loan ...

Crypto advocates file amicus brief to address users’ Fourth Amendment privacy rights

Cryptocurrency advocacy group DeFi Education Fund (DEF) has urged a United States court to consider the unique aspects of blockchain technology when evaluating the privacy rights of cryptocurrency users under the Fourth Amendment.DEF filed an amicus brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals (Firs ...

Uniswap founder burns $650B HayCoin against speculation

Uniswap founder Hayden Adams burned 99% of the HayCoin (HAY) supply on Oct. 20, according to an announcement on X (formerly Twitter). The majority of the tokens have been removed from circulation due to Adams’ concerns about price speculation over the previous days.Adams deployed the ...

Patricia exchange CEO announces debt restructuring via convertible notes

Following the launch of Patricia token (PTK) issued to customers to manage users’ debt by Patricia, a Nigerian cryptocurrency exchange, the chief executive officer of the exchange (CEO), Fejiro Hanu, has confirmed that customers now have the option to convert their owed funds into Patricia ...

‘Every customer solution’ will be integrated with AI: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Microsoft looks set to go all-in on artificial intelligence, with CEO and chairman Satya Nadella outlining intentions to integrate AI with essentially all its customer solutions and every layer of tech stacks. The firm has made several significant AI plays in 2023, with its partnership wit ...

Binance shutting down European Visa debit card in December

Binance Visa debit card services will close down in the European Economic Area (EEA) on December 20, according to an announcement by the cryptocurrency exchange on Oct. 20. Binance accounts will be unaffected.According to a Binance letter to customers posted online, the Binance card issuer ...

Sam Bankman-Fried asked FTX attorney to ‘come up’ with legal argument for $8B hole

Sam Bankman-Fried instructed FTX's former general counsel Can Sun to "come up" with any legal explanation for the $8 billion hole in Alameda Research's books, according to Sun's testimony in court on Oct. 19.Sun flew from Japan to testify in the ongoing trial as part of his non-prosecution ...

Simplifying Web3 adoption with solutions tailored for businesses and enterprises

The digital era is in full swing, and with it comes a surge of opportunities that promise to redefine the business landscape. The buzz around blockchain technology and Web3 functionalities is real and for a good reason.They are not just buzzwords but gateways to unparalleled securit ...

Reddit mods dumped tokens hours before blockchain program termination

Popular social network platform Reddit announced the wind-down of its blockchain-based community points program on Oct. 17 citing scalability issues. The announcement created controversy in the crypto community with many calling it a rug-pull as the price of the native token on different subreddi ...

Tether to publish reserve reports in real time in 2024: Bloomberg

Tether Holdings, the issuer of the world’s largest stablecoin by market capitalization, Tether (USDT), is reportedly preparing to update the frequency of releasing its reserve data reports.Paolo Ardoino, Tether’s chief technical officer and upcoming CEO, disclosed that the firm plans to st ...

‘This will be our last post’ — LBRY throws in towel against the SEC

Blockchain company LBRY Inc. — the creators of the LBRY blockchain — has issued its final message to the crypto, citing “several million dollars” of debts that have now made it impossible for the firm to continue.“This will be our last post,” said the LB ...

Crypto exchange Binance restores euro services after new fiat partners

Crypto exchange Binance has announced it has onboarded new partners to handle euro deposits and withdrawals, months after losing its previous fiat partner PaySafe in September. In an Oct. 19 statement, Binance announced that it had signed agreements with new fiat partners for euro pay ...

‘He broke his word’ — Ex-ConsenSys staff sue founder over employee equity deal

Over two dozen former employees of Ethereum infrastructure firm ConsenSys have filed a fresh lawsuit against the firm’s founder and CEO, Joseph Lubin, over claims he diluted employee equity shares against earlier promises.The former staff allege that Lubin — who is also a co-founder of Eth ...

Coinbase open sources code for layer-2 network Base

Coinbase layer-2 network Base has announced it has open-sourced its code repositories and smart contracts to increase transparency and accountability while simultaneously allowing public contributions to the project. In an Oct. 19 blog post, Base announced that as of today, developers ...

Tim Draper warns of crypto scams using his AI-synthesized voice

American venture capitalist Tim Draper issued a warning on social media that scammers are attempting to con crypto users using an artificial intelligence (AI) voice generator.In an Oct. 19 post on X (formerly Twitter), Draper warned his roughly 254,000 followers to be mindful of “thi ...

Settlements giant DTTC acquires blockchain infrastructure developer Securrency

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTTC) has signed an agreement to acquire Securrency, a digital asset infrastructure developer. The acquisition will allow DTCC to embed digital assets gradually in its existing products and services, it said. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. I ...

Binance Q3 report appraises crypto market as ‘challenging’ amid high interest rates

It’s been a challenging quarter for crypto, Binance has confirmed in its Q3 market pulse report. The market was down in many sectors, the report found, although the entry of institutional players such as Deutsche Bank, Sony and PayPal helped offset some of the pain. The global c ...

Atomic Wallet freezes $2M in ‘suspicious deposits’ on exchanges

Hacked cryptocurrency wallet Atomic Wallet has frozen $2 million in “suspicious deposits” in a joint effort with major crypto exchanges.Announcing the news to Cointelegraph on Oct. 19, Atomic Wallet said that blockchain intelligence firms Chainalysis and Crystal have assisted the wallet fi ...

Grayscale files for new spot Bitcoin ETF on NYSE Arca

Major cryptocurrency investment firm Grayscale has filed a new application with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a new spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF).Grayscale on Oct. 19 submitted an S-3 form registration statement with the SEC intending to list the shares o ...

UAE emirate launches new free zone for digital assets, Web3 and AI

Ras Al Khaimah ruler Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi inaugurated the new RAK Digital Assets Oasis (RAK DAO), an economic free zone dedicated to supporting companies involved in digital and virtual assets, blockchain, Web3, and artificial intelligence (AI), on Oct. 19.As previously reported ...

India state refiner HPCL uses blockchain to verify purchase orders

India’s state-run refiner Hindustan Petroleum (HPCL), one of India’s largest oil and gas companies, is launching a blockchain system to enable automated verification of purchase orders (POs).HPCL has partnered with the blockchain software firm Zupple Labs to integrate its blockchain-based ...

Binance France director resigns, adding to list of exits from crypto exchange

Stéphanie Cabossioras has stepped down from her role as the executive director of Binance France, becoming at least the 10th senior executive to leave Binance this year.In an Oct. 19 post on X (formerly known as Twitter), Binance France resident David Prinçay confirmed Caboss ...

Tesla earnings: Bitcoin bags untouched as firm splashes out on AI

Electric vehicle maker Tesla made no changes to its sizeable Bitcoin (BTC) holdings for the fifth quarter in a row. However, it has directed more funds to double its computing capacity amid artificial intelligence (AI) efforts.Tesla’s Q3 2023 results released on Oct. 18 show as of Sept. 30 ...

Lightning Labs releases Taproot Assets alpha, bringing stablecoins to Bitcoin

Bitcoin layer-2 infrastructure firm Lightning Labs has released the mainnet alpha of Taproot Assets, a protocol aimed at enabling stablecoins and real-world assets to be issued on the Bitcoin and Lightning Network.The current version, Taproot Assets v0.3, will provide a “feature ...

OpenAI partners with G42 in Dubai eyeing Middle East expansion

OpenAI, the maker of popular artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot ChatGPT, and Dubai-based technology holding group G42 announced a new partnership on Oct. 18 to expand AI capabilities in the Middle East region. The two companies plan to leverage OpenAI’s generative AI models in secto ...

BAYC creator Yuga Labs completes restructuring to focus on metaverse

Yuga Labs, a company behind the major nonfungible token (NFT) project, Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC), has completed restructuring amid the ongoing challenges in the industry.Yuga Labs CEO Daniel Alegre took to X (formerly Twitter) on Oct. 17 to report that the company has finalized its restr ...

Hong Kong’s attitude toward crypto sours after JPEX saga: Survey

Public attitude towards cryptocurrency in Hong Kong has taken a dive following the JPEX crypto exchange scandal, according to the initial findings of a new survey.The survey, conducted by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology’s business school, was to understand how publ ...

Coinbase lobbying efforts face setback from Hamas’ crypto use: Berenberg analysts

The use of cryptocurrency by Hamas militants to fund recent attacks on Israel may have set back Coinbase’s crypto lobbying efforts in the United States, says a new investment report from Berenberg Capital Markets. In an Oct. 18 research note, Berenberg lead analyst Mark Palmer said th ...

Reddit to wind down blockchain-based rewards service ‘Community Points’

Reddit has said it will soon shutter its long-running, blockchain-based rewards service “Community Points,” citing scalability concerns. In an official Oct. 17 announcement in the r/cryptocurrency subreddit, a Reddit team member said while the platform saw “some futu ...

Immutable delays $67M token vesting by another year

Developers of Ethereum layer-2 nonfungible tokens (NFT) scaling solution Immutable (IMX) will delay the vesting of 125 million IMX in token rewards, worth $67 million at the time of publication, to July 2024.According to the October 17 announcement by Robbie Ferguson, Immutable's co-founde ...

Russian telecoms giant MTS announces ads service targeting Telegram users

Russia’s largest telecommunications firm MTS claims that it will launch an advertising service targeting Russian Telegram users, while the social messaging application denies that it has any agreements in place.The company made the announcement on Oct. 17, outlining the launch of advertisi ...

Banks’ crypto exposure must be disclosed — BIS’ Basel Committee

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) released a consultation paper on Oct. 17, proposing to make it compulsory for banks to disclose their crypto exposure. The Basel Committee comprises central banks and financial authorities from 28 ju ...

Ripple job posting hints at possible IPO, XRP community says

The fintech company Ripple released a new job posting on Oct. 16 for the role of ‘Shareholder Communications Senior Manager,’ across multiple locations in and outside the United States. The job posting prompted many crypto enthusiasts to label it as an official hint about the company& ...

DeSci-focused DAO community funds cancer research

VitaDAO, a decentralized collective dedicated to early-stage longevity research, funded the launch of a biotech company, Matrix Biosciences, dedicated to the treatment of cancer and aging diseases.The initial discussions around the use of high molecular weight hyaluronic acid (HMW-HA) for ...

Coinbase suspends 80 non-USD trading pairs to improve liquidity

The United States-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is removing dozens of trading pairs in order to improve liquidity on its platform.Coinbase has suspended 80 non-USD trading pairs, including those with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC), stablecoins like Tether (USDT) and fiat curr ...

TrueCoin’s third-party vendor breach potentially leaks TUSD user data

Stablecoin TrueUSD (TUSD) announced a potential leak of certain Know Your Customer (KYC) and transaction history data as one of TrueCoin’s third-party vendors got compromised. TrueCoin was the operator of the TUSD stablecoin till July 13, 2023. On Oct. 16, a third-party vendor&r ...

‘I’m still not seeing it’ — Judges skeptical of Ryder Ripps’ BAYC appeal

Nonfungible token (NFT) artist Ryder Ripps’ most recent attempt to dismiss the Bored Ape Yacht Club-related lawsuit against him appears to have fallen on skeptical ears.In an Oct. 17 hearing, three judges from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth District appeared largely unper ...

FTX customers could get $9B shortfall claim payout by mid-2024

Customers of bankrupt crypto exchange FTX and FTX US could see over 90% of assets returned to them by the end of the second quarter of 2024 after a proposed settlement was reached between FTX creditors and debtors.On Oct. 17, FTX debtors said they reached a “major milestone” in ...

Clarification on sharing false spot Bitcoin ETF news

Dear Cointelegraph readers,We are incredibly grateful for the support and trust you have placed in our publication over the last 10 years. We strive to deliver the most thoughtful, engaging and impactful news affecting the cryptocurrency space.Earlier today, during routine coverage, ...

Binance halts onboarding of new UK users

Crypto exchange Binance will stop accepting users in the United Kingdom as of 5 p.m. local time on Oct. 16.According to Binance's announcement, the move came after the country's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) imposed legally binding requirements on its partner Rebuildingsociety.com ...

Token adoption grows as real-world assets move on-chain

While critics wrote off much of the initial hype surrounding the tokenized real-world asset (RWA) market, the sector has been on a tear over the past year or so. In fact, Boston Consulting Group expects the tokenization of global illiquid assets to be a $16 trillion industry by the end of the dec ...

Crypto yield platform Haru Invest to suspend server

Troubled cryptocurrency platform Haru Invest is planning to suspend its server a few months after halting withdrawals in June 2023.Haru Invest is thinking of shutting down its server in order to reduce the server maintenance costs of services, Haru Invest CEO Hugo Lee announced on Oct. 16. ...

Aussie crypto exchanges look to new licensing regime with cautious optimism

Australian crypto exchanges have praised plans from the Australian Treasury to regulate cryptocurrency exchanges under pre-existing financial services licensing measures.In an Oct. 16 consultation paper, the Treasury outlined a new suite of proposed regulations, that suggested regulating c ...

Grayscale GBTC discount falls to 16% as markets bet on Bitcoin ETF approval

Grayscale’s Bitcoin investment vehicle, Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) is trading at its lowest discount in nearly two years, as spot Bitcoin ETFs continue to inch toward potential approval in the United States. The latest data from YCharts shows GBTC’s discount to Bitcoin net ...

Sam Bankman-Fried requests long-acting Adderall to focus during trial

FTX co-founder Sam Bankman-Fried has asked a United States judge for long-release Adderall, saying he’s finding it hard to concentrate properly during his criminal trial.In an Oct. 15 letter to New York District Judge Lewis Kaplan, Bankman-Fried’s lawyers asked if Bankman-Fried ...

South Korean exchange Upbit gets initial license nod from Singapore

The Singapore entity for Upbit, South Korea’s largest exchange by volume, has been given in-principal approval for a Major Payment Institution (MPI) license in Singapore.On Oct. 16, Upbit Singapore said the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) gave the in-principle license nod, allowing i ...

Australia proposes to regulate crypto exchanges under TradFi license regime

The Australian federal government may soon require cryptocurrency exchanges to hold a financial services license issued by the local financial regulator, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC). In the newly-unveiled “Regulating digital asset platforms” consultation ...

Restaurant Implements $50 Cleaning Fee for Overindulgent Brunch Guests

Google has announced its commitment to protect users of generative artificial intelligence (AI) systems within its Google Cloud and Workspace platforms in cases where they face allegations of intellectual property infringement. This move aligns Google with other companies like Microsoft, Adobe, and ...

Shocking Allegations in SBF Trial: Bribery, Deleted Messages, and Frozen Funds

Caroline Ellison, the former romantic partner of Sam "SBF" Bankman-Fried, the founder of FTX and former CEO of Alameda Research, claimed in her courtroom testimony that SBF bribed Chinese officials with a $150 million bribe to unfreeze $1 billion in funds locked in local exchanges. These funds, belo ...

Binance Introduces Self-Transaction Prevention Feature to Prevent Unnecessary Fees

Binance, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges, is expanding its self-transaction prevention (STP) function to prevent unnecessary trading fees associated with unintentional self-trades. The STP functionality will be fully rolled out for all users of spot and margin trading on Binance's platfo ...

NASAA Supports SEC in Coinbase Lawsuit, Defends Applying Securities Laws to Digital Assets

The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) has filed an amicus curiae in support of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in its lawsuit against Coinbase. The NASAA argued that digital assets should not be treated as "somehow special" and that the SEC's actions agai ...

Canadian Bitcoin Miner Hut 8 Stays Committed to Accumulating Self-Mined BT

Hut 8, a Canadian Bitcoin (BTC) mining company, continues to accumulate self-mined BTC despite a merger deal with US Bitcoin (USBTC). In September 2023, Hut 8 mined 111 Bitcoin, bringing its self-mined BTC reserves to 9,366 Bitcoin. While this represents an 8% increase from the previous month, it is ...

Tenstorrent and Samsung Partner to Revolutionize AI Chip Production

Canadian startup Tenstorrent has entered into a partnership with Samsung's chip manufacturing division, marking a significant development in the AI chip industry. The collaboration aims to bring the next generation of AI chiplets to market, revolutionizing chip production for data centers. The partn ...

Hong Kong’s Crypto Initiatives Spark Optimism for East Asia’s Cryptocurrency Scene

Recent developments in Hong Kong are poised to breathe new life into the cryptocurrency scene in East Asia. This region has faced significant challenges, primarily due to China's comprehensive ban on cryptocurrency trading activities that have been in place since 2019. However, the tide may be turni ...

Effective Altruism Influence: How It Shaped FTX’s Decision-Making and Culture

Effective altruism, an ethical philosophy that encourages people to make as much money as possible to give it away later for charitable purposes, played a role in the decision-making processes at crypto exchange FTX, leading to what some described as "increasingly risky and ridiculous" actions. Adit ...

Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried’s Criminal Trial Scheduled for 21 Days in October and November

The former CEO of FTX, Sam Bankman-Fried, is scheduled to appear in court for a criminal trial lasting approximately 21 days. The trial is set to commence on October 4 and conclude on November 9, according to a recently released trial calendar. The calendar includes jury selection beginning on Octob ...

Mixin Network Faces Largest Hack of 2023, Offers $20 Million Reward to Recover Stolen Funds

Coinbase International Exchange, holding a class F license from the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA), has announced that it has obtained additional regulatory approval to offer perpetual futures trading to non-US retail customers. Coinbase International had previously launched crypto derivatives ...

Bitcoin Price Analysis and Market Trends: September 2023

Prominent cryptocurrency influencer Ben Armstrong, previously known as BitBoy, found himself in a dramatic situation as he was arrested while live-streaming outside the residence of a former business associate. Armstrong accused the associate of possessing his Lamborghini. The incident unfolded afte ...

Crypto Analytics Firm Nansen Reports Security Breach Affecting 6.8% of Users

Nansen, a well-known crypto and blockchain analytics company, has reported a security breach involving one of its third-party vendors, affecting 6.8% of its users. The breach granted hackers access to admin rights for an account used to provision customer access to the Nansen platform. While Nans ...

How to Build Your Own DIY Cryptocurrency Hardware Wallet: A Guide for Enthusiasts

Cryptocurrency enthusiasts with the right skills and knowledge can build their own DIY cryptocurrency hardware wallet similar to a Trezor, an open-source hardware wallet. Florin Cocos, an electronics design manager, successfully created his DIY Trezor Model One using open-source code in 2018, even w ...

Alchemy Pay Expands Global Reach with U.S. Payment License Acquisition

Alchemy Pay, a cryptocurrency payment gateway, is expanding its global presence with the acquisition of a major payment license in the United States. The company has successfully secured a Money Transmitter License in the state of Arkansas, according to an announcement made to Cointelegraph on Se ...

Cryptocurrency Dominates Reported Overseas Assets in South Korea: National Tax Service Report

In South Korea, a recent report from the country's tax organization, the National Tax Service (NTS), highlights the dominance of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) among reported overseas assets. The NTS issued an official announcement on September 20, revealing that 1,432 individuals and corpor ...

Understanding Cryptocurrency Phishing Risks: Protecting Your Assets During Celsius Network’s Bankruptcy Proceedings

Creditors of the troubled crypto lender Celsius Network are facing an increased risk of phishing attacks as the lender's bankruptcy proceedings near their conclusion. Reports on social media have indicated a rise in phishing attacks by scammers pretending to be Stretto, the bankruptcy services pl ...

Crypto Biz: Coinbase’s lending bet, a new ads policy at Google and Marathon’s mining performance

Crypto giant Coinbase seems to be strategically steering its ship amid constant crypto industry turbulence in 2023. The company recently unveiled its lending platform for institutional investors, aiming to fill the void left behind by major players during 2022’s crypto winter, when firms su ...

The Fed could lose $100B — Does this spell catastrophe for Bitcoin?

On this week's episode of “Macro Markets,” Cointelegraph analyst Marcel Pechman delves into a thought-provoking discussion on the United States Federal Reserve’s financial woes. Pechman opens by highlighting how the Fed is grappling with staggering losses and emphasizes a fundamental macroec ...

Ripple acquires Fortress Trust, expands license portfolio in the US

Financial technology firm Ripple is expanding its portfolio of regulatory licenses in the United States with the acquisition of Fortress Trust, according to an announcement on Sep. 8. Fortress Trust provides regulatory and technology infrastructure for blockchain organizations. The co ...

Nasdaq receives SEC approval for AI-based trade orders

Nasdaq announced that the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved its request to operate the first exchange AI-driven order type on Sep. 8.Called the dynamic midpoint extended life order (M-ELO), the new system expands on the M-ELO automated order type by making ...

Apple secures rights to book on Sam Bankman-Fried for $5M: Report

Multinational technology company Apple has reportedly paid $5 million for the rights to author Michael Lewis’ upcoming book on former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) following a bidding war.According to a Sept. 7 report from The Ankler, Apple secured the rights to the book Going Infinite: ...

NFT startup Rario loses founders after $120M funding last year: Report

Rario, a Polygon-based platform issuing cricket-related nonfungible tokens (NFTs), has reportedly seen its founders leaving the firm after two years since launch.Founders of Rario, including Rario CEO Ankit Wadhwa and chief technology officer Sunny Bhanot, are being pushed out as investors ...

ChatGPT web traffic drops for third consecutive month in August

The popular artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot, ChatGPT, has seen a decrease in user traffic worldwide for the third consecutive month this August, according to data from analytics company Simliarweb. In August, desktop and mobile site traffic to OpenAI’s popular chatbot from visito ...

Ant Group launches a new blockchain brand for Web3 developers

Ant Group, the owner of the world's largest mobile payment platform Alipay, revealed its new sub-brand under the name ZAN. The brand will focus on blockchain development and services for both institutional and individual Web3 developers. The official press release, published on Sept. ...

Decentralized Infura launch within months, Web2 cloud giants may join: Consensys

A decentralized version of Infura will launch by the end of the year, with major Web2 cloud providers set to become part of the network, the chief strategist of ConsenSys says. “We’re looking to launch something later this year, but then there’s going to be what they call ...

Aussie fintech prays for crypto clarity as it launches Bitcoin-backed loans

Australian fintech firm Block Earner is charging ahead with plans to launch a crypto-backed loans product, despite staring down an upcoming court date with the financial regulator for allegedly offering financial products without a license. The new crypto loan product allows Australia ...

Web3 made simple: Brinc joins forces with Cointelegraph Accelerator

Web3 startups often face challenges unique to the nascent ecosystem — complex regulatory landscapes and scaling with decentralization are just two of many. Venture capital flowing into Web3 startups experienced a big drop over the last year, and new projects need more help than ever to carry thei ...

Coinbase signals EU, Canada, Brazil, Singapore and Australia as priorities

Coinbase has flagged several countries outside the United States where it intends to focus its operations in the near term, citing their comparatively clearer crypto laws.In a Sep. 6 blog post, Coinbase’s international business VP, Nana Murugesan and international policy VP, Tom Duff ...

Binance CEO brushes off negativity, assures firm has ‘no liquidity issues’

Binance co-founder and CEO Changpeng ‘CZ’ Zhao has hosed down recent rumors against his firm, assuring its balance sheet and employee retention remain robust, despite the recent market uncertainty. The Binance boss blamed negative news, rumors, bank runs, lawsuits, the closing ...

JPMorgan moves into deposit tokens for settlements: Report

Financial giant JPMorgan is making another move into the crypto space with a new blockchain-based solution for cross-border transactions, reveals a report by Bloomberg. The system, however, won't be available until the bank receives the green light from regulators in the United States.  ...

Tencent unveils ChatGPT rival in China amid continuing US AI chip ban

Chinese technology corporation Tencent unveiled its “Hunyuan” artificial intelligence (AI) system, a multimodal large language model (LLM) similar to OpenAI’s ChatGPT, at the Global Digital Ecosystem Summit in Shenzhen on Aug. 7.  ...

AI and blockchain will ‘reshape sectors’ and create new markets from scratch — Moody’s

Artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technologies have reached a "tipping point" and are set to shrink established industries while creating new ones, forecasts a report from Moody's Investors Service published on Sep. 6. According to the authors, the combined impact of AI and ...

Taiwan to restrict unregistered, noncompliant foreign crypto exchanges

East Asian country Taiwan is reportedly planning to put restrictions on unregistered overseas crypto exchanges operating within its jurisdiction as a part of its incoming guidance for virtual asset service providers (VASPs). On Sept. 7, a local media outlet, the Central News Agency,&n ...

Binance crypto exchange saw departure of 10 key executives in 2023. Here’s the list

The world’s leading crypto exchange by trading volume Binance has seen the departure of 10 key executives from various departments in the first nine months of 2023. While executive departures from a company are a norm based on their preset contractual obligations, the number of executives l ...

AI-generated Drake song up for Grammy nomination

A viral track from the anonymous producer “Ghostwriter” using an artificial intelligence (AI)-generated vocal track of the rapper Drake has been submitted for consideration for a Grammy award, according to a Sept. 5 New York Times report.The track “Heart on My Sleeve&rdqu ...

US Treasury, IRS propose cryptocurrency regulations for brokers

Two federal agencies of the United States — the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) — have released a set of cryptocurrency regulations proposal detailing brokers' reporting requirement.The Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administrati ...

Google makes AI disclosure mandatory in political campaign ads

Google is making updates to its political content policy to include a new mandate that all verified election advertisers must disclose uses of artificial intelligence (AI) in campaign content. On Sept. 6 the tech giant said the disclosures are required where there is “synthetic conten ...

VanEck, ARK filings ‘officially’ start clock for spot Ethereum ETFs: Analyst

The race for the United States’ first spot Ethereum exchange-traded fund has officially begun after new 19b-4 filings by the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), which will "ultimately start the clock" for an SEC decision.  On Sept. 6, the CBOE filed two 19b-4 appli ...

Celsius Network files ‘adversary complaint’ against EquitiesFirst

Bankrupt crypto lender Celsius Network has filed a complaint against lending firm EquitiesFirst Holdings in a bid to recoup assets.According to a sealed adversary complaint filed on Sept. 6, Celsius is seeking injunctive relief and a declaratory judgment associated with the "recovery of mo ...

Following SEC delays, Ark Invest and 21Shares file for spot Ether ETF

Amid the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) delaying a decision on Ark Investment Management’s spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund, the firm has proposed an investment vehicle with exposure to Ether (ETH).In a Sept. 6 filing, Ark Invest and 21Shares requested ...

Genesis sues parent company DCG, other affiliate for $600M in overdue loans

Bankrupt cryptocurrency lender Genesis Global Capital (GGC) filed two suits on Sept. 6 seeking the repayment of overdue loans from affiliated companies. The loans are worth over $600 million in total. GGC filed the complaints against Digital Currency Group (DCG) and DCG International ...

VC Roundup: Enterprise blockchain, Bitcoin staking and Web3 pique investors’ interest

The sharp increase in global interest rates may have limited investors’ appetite for crypto ventures, but new projects are still flourishing and attracting capital to speed up growth. Data from the Cointelegraph Research Venture Capital Database shows June closed out with a 29.73% decrease ...

HashKey signs MOU for crypto exchange insurance

Users of Hashkey Exchange Hong Kong will soon be able to receive insurance protection on digital assets custodied on the platform.According to local news reports on Sept. 6, Hashkey has signed a memorandum of understanding with fintech firm OneDegree for insurance coverage on exchange wall ...

Google will allow ads for NFT games starting September 15

Google has updated its cryptocurrency advertising policy to allow for blockchain-based NFT gaming advertisements as long as they don’t promote gambling or gambling services. According to a blog post from Google, the new changes will go into effect starting Sep. 15 and will be restrict ...

SBI expands Ripple remittance tech to banks in Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines

Japanese financial holding company SBI Group has announced that its international remittance services arm SBI Remit has partnered with Ripple and SBI Ripple Asia to offer an XRP (XRP) remittance service to bank accounts in several Southeast Asian countries. In an announcement, the com ...

Crypto VC: Risk and investment strategies with Shima Capital

Venture capital has been a key driver for myriad startups in the blockchain space. Founders know how competitive it can be to secure valuable VC funding that can keep the lights on and employees paid during the critical first days of a new project.In a new interview series, Cointelegraph s ...

Top Binance execs in Russia leave as firm considers exiting the market

Gleb Kostarev, Binance's head of Eastern Europe and Russia, took to Facebook on Sept. 6 to announce its departure from Binance.In his Russian-language announcement, Kostarev said that today marks the last day of his long-running work at Binance, adding:“I am stepping down a ...

Paris Hilton, a16z back IP ownership network Story Protocol

The new blockchain-based IP ownership network Story Protocol closed a $54 million funding round on Sept. 7, which included investments from big names like Paris Hilton’s 11:11 Media, and Andreessen Horowitz, also known as a16z. The platform uses blockchain technology to help content c ...

Sam Bankman-Fried appeal against bail revocation ‘meritless’: Prosecutors

The United States Attorney's Office has filed an affirmation of the denial of bail to former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, claiming that he could attempt witness tampering, and stating that no release conditions would assure the safety of the witnesses. Prosecutors responded to several claims made i ...

Marathon’s Bitcoin mining rate fell 9% in August

Marathon Digital Holdings, a United States-based crypto mining operator, produced 1,072 Bitcoin in August. This is 9% less than in July, but still five times more than in August 2022. On Sept. 5, Marathon shared the unaudited BTC production and miner installation updates for August. A ...

DApp store for your wallet: Consensys readying cross-chain Metamask Snaps

MetaMask’s eagerly awaited Snaps will allow users to interact with a variety of different blockchain networks, receive updates from projects and will help demystify what’s happening in complex transactions, says Consensys head of strategy Simon Morris.Speaking to Cointelegraph ...

Colombian Bitcoiner aims to orange-pill coffee lovers one bean at a time

José Luis Garcia is a coffee-lover and entrepreneur trying to make his mark in the city of Medellín — the birthplace of Colombia’s modern coffee industry. Since the October launch of his start-up Lightning Koffee, Garcia has two goals in mind: Make a decent c ...

AI-coded smart contracts may be flawed and ‘fail miserably’ when attacked: CertiK

Artificial intelligence tools such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT will create more problems, bugs and attack vectors if used to write smart contracts and build cryptocurrency projects, says an executive from blockchain security firm CertiK.Kang Li, CertiK’s chief security officer, explained to Cointe ...

US-based Genesis Global Trading will eliminate its crypto spot trading service

Genesis Global Trading (GGT) will close down its cryptocurrency spot trading service on Sept. 18, according to press reports. GGT is affiliated with the Digital Currency Group (DCG), but it was not affected when the parent company’s crypto lender, Genesis Global Capital, declared bankruptcy ...

Report suggests 6 billionaire crypto traders earned their fortunes from Bitcoin

A report released by London-based investment migration consultancy firm Henley & Partners suggests there were more than 40,000 crypto millionaires in the world holding Bitcoin (BTC). According to the ‘Crypto Wealth Report’ published on Sept. 5, Henley & Partners said there wer ...

MetaMask launches feature to sell ETH for fiat

Cryptocurrency wallet MetaMask has announced the launch of a feature allowing users to sell Ether (ETH) for fiat currency.In a Sept. 5 post on X — formerly Twitter — MetaMask said users with crypto wallets connected to the platform’s Portfolio decentralized application wo ...

Coinbase to upsize debt repurchase by $30M

Cryptocurrency exchange has upsized its debt buyback offer from $150 million to $180 million.According to the Sept. 5 announcement, Coinbase will commit a total of $180 million to buying back its 3.625% Senior Notes due 2031. The offer will lapse on Sept. 18 at 11:59 pm Easten Time.  ...

Chinese tech-giant CEO says over 70 AI models have been released in China

The CEO of Chinese tech company Baidu, Robin Li, said on Sep. 5 that more than 70 artificial intelligence (AI) models have been released in the country, according to a report from Reuters. Li commented that the over 70 AI language models that have been released were created with over ...

Crypto collapses generate hundreds of millions of dollars for lawyers

The legal industry has emerged as a major winner amid cryptocurrency collapses like FTX and Celsius, generating hundreds of millions of dollars for lawyers.Lawyers, accountants, consultants, analysts and other professionals have collected at least $700 million in fees from the bankruptcies ...

Cronos Labs begins recruitment phase for $100M accelerator program

Web3 startup accelerator Cronos Labs has launched the third cohort of its accelerator program which aims to support early-stage projects by providing funding opportunities and mentorship. The scheme is backed by $100 million in investment that will be used to support crypto startups.  ...

MetaMask scammers take over government websites to target crypto investors

Crypto scams targeting MetaMask users are using government-owned website URLs to con victims and access their crypto wallet holdings.Ethereum-based crypto wallet MetaMask has been a long-standing target for scammers — which involves redirecting unwary users to fabricated websites tha ...

South Korean Hana Bank enters crypto custody business with BitGo

One of the largest South Korean banks, Korea Exchange Bank (KEB Hana Bank), is moving to offer digital asset custody services through a new partnership with major cryptocurrency custody firm BitGo Trust Company.KEB Hana Bank has signed a strategic business agreement with BitGo to jointly e ...

Micro $3 Bitcoin miners won’t make bank, but that’s not the point: Inventors

While lacking in performance, micro Bitcoin mining devices should be seen as a stand against the Bitcoin ecosystem’s purportedly biggest flaw, its inventors argue.Micro Bitcoin mining devices — often open-source and pocket-sized — have been serving a niche part of the mar ...

Crypto is in ‘arms race’ against AI-powered scams: Quantstamp co-founder

With the field of artificial intelligence evolving at near breakneck speed, scammers now have access to tools that can help them execute highly sophisticated attacks en masse, warns the co-founder of Web3 security firm Quantstamp.Speaking to Cointelegraph at Korea Blockchain Week, Quantsta ...

Crypto casino Stake reopens withdrawals just 5 hours after $41M hack

Crypto betting platform Stake has reopened deposits and withdrawals and resumed services for users only five hours after the platform was hacked to the tune of $41.3 million, blockchain security firms estimate.Stake confirmed that all services resumed at 9:28pm UTC time on Sept. 4 — ...

SBF releases memorandum asking court to block prosecutor filings

Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder and former CEO of defunct cryptocurrency exchange FTX, has filed a memorandum on Sep. 1 asking the court to deny the prosecutor’s in limine requests. The memorandum, penned by SBF’s lawyer Mark Cohen, calls the requests filed by the United States Departm ...

Binance head of product quits as executive exodus continues

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance continues to lose some of its key executives amid increasing scrutiny of the platform from regulators around the world.Binance head of product Mayur Kamat has confirmed he is leaving the crypto exchange after nearly two years.“It is time for me to ste ...

Artbitrum founder says Stylus is a game changer for EVMs

A recently released tool for Arbitrum developers could onboard more devs to Ethereum Virtual Machines (EVM) and improve its code, says Offchain Labs co-founder Ed Felten.Speaking to Cointelegraph at Korea Blockchain Week, Felten lauded Arbitrum Stylus, which Offchain released on a testnet ...

Gala Games founders biff over $130M theft, corporate waste allegations

The co-founders of blockchain gaming platform Gala Games have locked horns in court over two separate lawsuits, one alleging the theft of $130 million worth of Gala (GALA) and the other, alleging corporate waste.On Aug. 31 Gala co-founders Wright Thurston and Eric Schiermeyer, also the fir ...

How Web3 can prevent Hollywood strikes – Replay joins Cointelegraph Accelerator

Streaming video is one of the fastest-growing markets in the world, with the OTT video industry alone projected to reach $200 billion in 2023. Short for “over-the-top” video, the OTT video ecosystem includes on-demand video as well as ad-supported video content, and it is mainly driven by the gro ...

Robinhood bought back Sam Bankman-Fried’s stake from US govt for $606M

Cryptocurrency and stock trading platform Robinhood has announced the purchase of more than 55 million shares of the firm previously held by former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried.According to an Aug. 31 blog post, Robinhood completed a purchase of 55,273,469 shares for roughly $606 million foll ...

AI could revolutionize human resources, but there are risks

As businesses globally grapple with the challenges of talent acquisition, employee retention and optimizing workplace dynamics, the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to offer innovative solutions has become a focal point of discussion among human resources (HR) professionals.  ...

OKX plans to enter India, hire local employees for Web3 exploration

reportThe cryptocurrency exchange OKX plans to enter the Indian market and recruit local employees in an effort to expand its possibilities of Web3 applications, according to a CoinDesk report. OKX’s CMO, Haider Rafique, said it plans to scale up its wallet services “exponentially” vi ...

Oprah and The Rock collect crypto donations for Maui wildfires victims

The crypto community joins in to support the Maui community as a relief fund championed by A-list celebrities Oprah Winfrey and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson accepts donations in cryptocurrencies.In early August 2023, a series of wildfires broke out on the island of Maui, Hawaii, c ...

Ronaldinho denies part in alleged $61M crypto scam at congressional hearing

Retired pro soccer star Ronaldinho Gaúcho has testified at a congressional hearing in Brazil, denying his involvement in an alleged $61 million crypto pyramid scheme that bore his name.On Aug. 31 Ronaldinho appeared before a parliamentary committee inquiry where he refuted any role in the ...

Binance Australia GM ‘really confident’ regulators will side with crypto

Binance Australia General Manager Ben Rose says he’s “really confident” that Australian regulators will eventually make the right choices when it comes to laws that govern digital assets in the country. “There are lots of very smart people in the government wor ...

KC Fed tracks healthy growth of crypto ATM industry despite predatory operators

The crypto ATM business is thriving in the United States, despite criticism for illegal or predatory behavior, according to a report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Crypto ATMs have a growing customer base that could sometimes benefit from better education about crypto, the r ...

Worldcoin signs up over 9K users in Argentina in a single day despite criticism

Human ID project Worldcoin signed up over 9,500 users in Argentina in a single day in August, setting a record for single-day signups. To achieve this feat, facilitators onboarded participants at an average rate of less than nine seconds per person, according to an Aug. 31 announcement from the p ...

Nexo launches crypto Mastercard for EEA citizens

Bulgarian decentralized lending platform Nexo has unveiled a crypto-powered debit and credit Mastercard for citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA).According to the Aug. 31 announcement, the Nexo Card will allow users to spend their euro, U.S. dollar, and British pound stablecoins via ...

China’s Baidu and other tech companies release ChatGPT-like AI chatbots

Four China-based tech companies launched their own artificial intelligence (AI) chatbots on Aug. 30 for public use after receiving approval from the Chinese government. Baidu, Baichuan Intelligent Technology, SenseTime and Zhipu AI all launched their chatbots less than two weeks after ...

Binance pushes new stablecoin as it confirms plan to cease BUSD support

Crypto exchange Binance has encouraged users to start converting their Binance USD (BUSD) stablecoin holdings into a newly listed stablecoin amid plans to wind down support for BUSD. In an Aug. 31 statement from Binance, the crypto exchange confirmed prior speculation that it will gra ...

Binance scouts art for Pierre Gasly’s F1 helmet at Abu Dhabi GP

The winner of a new art competition hosted by Binance will see their design featured on the helmet of the racing driver Pierre Gasly from the Alpine Formula One team during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, slated for Nov. 26, 2023.Crypto exchange Binance announced a helmet design competition to s ...

Crypto may see second wind in the US as courts ‘rein in the SEC’ — Lawyer

There are hopes that the United States could see a new crypto resurgence after several rulings this year have seen court judges “rein in the SEC,” according to a digital asset lawyer from K&L Gates.On Aug. 31, Jeremy McLaughlin, a partner at the global law firm, noted that multiple U.S ...

Coinbase CEO reveals top 10 crypto ideas he’s urging devs to work on

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong has unveiled the ten ideas he is most excited about when it comes to crypto's future, sharing hopes that developers can use the bear market to take them to the next level.On Aug. 30, the Coinbase boss shared his vision of a crypto future in a company blog post& ...

Vivek Ramaswamy: Grayscale win ‘clears a path’ for Bitcoin innovation

United States presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy has lauded Grayscale’s recent victory over the federal securities regulator, arguing the decision will help keep Bitcoin and blockchain innovation from going overseas. In an Aug. 30 post on X (formerly Twitter) the pro-Bitcoin Repu ...

Bitcoin ETFs have 75% chance of approval this year: Bloomberg analysts

Bloomberg analysts have raised the probability for an approved spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) by the end of 2023, following a recent Grayscale victory against the federal securities regulator. In a Aug. 30 post on X (Twitter), Bloomberg senior ETF analyst Eric Balchunas said they ...

Sensitive data leaked in Kroll cybersecurity breach — Report

It appears that a data breach involving FTX bankruptcy claims agent Kroll has resulted in the leak of sensitive information, contrary to earlier reports. In an alleged Kroll Q&A Summary published on Aug. 30, FTX users' email addresses, mailing addresses, account numbers, unique ba ...

76% of Vietnamese crypto holders invest based on referrals — Report

Over three-quarters of Vietnamese crypto holders make investment decisions through friends' referrals.That's according to an Aug. 30 report by Vietnamese venture capital firms Kyros Ventures and Coin68, alongside Animoca Brands. In the 3,300-participant survey, 75.5% of participants admitt ...

Crypto donations fund fire relief efforts on Maui

Relief efforts are still underway on the Hawaiian island of Maui following a series of wildfires severely damaging major areas including Lahaina.All Hands and Hearts, a disaster relief organization, has been collecting cryptocurrency and fiat donations to assist local Maui residents in the ...

Coinbase stock surges after favorable federal ruling for Grayscale

Coinbase's stock experienced a significant surge on Aug. 29 after reports emerged that a federal judge had ruled in favor of Grayscale in their SEC legal dispute.In the final moments of the trading session on Tuesday, Aug.29, the value of COIN stood at $85.13 per share, marking an increase ...

DOJ calls SBF’s fraud allegation defense ‘irrelevant,’ requests additional info

The lawyers representing the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a new court document late on Aug. 29 arguing that Sam Bankman-Fried should provide additional disclosures to his planned defense. The document called the current proposed argument, which claims his lawyers ap ...

Google Cloud to digitize El Salvador’s governance, healthcare and education

Google Cloud announced a new partnership with the government of El Salvador on Aug. 29 to establish an office and provide Google Distributed Cloud (GDC) services in the country. The partnership aims to digitize the country, update government services and improve the healthcare and edu ...

Jamaican taxi drivers bullish on accepting Jam-Dex CBDC

Bus and taxi operators in Jamaica are eager to use the country’s in-house central bank digital currency (CBDC) — Jam-Dex — as locals seek operational efficiencies and reduced costs and security risks.The Central Bank of Jamacia launched Jam-Dex, short for Jamaican Digital ...

British MPs call on government to scrap AI exemptions that hurt artists

A British parliamentary committee is pressuring the government to axe plans that would allow artificial intelligence developers to freely train their systems on existing works of music, literature and art. In an Aug. 30 report, the Culture, Media and Sport Committee warned the governm ...

SEC’s first deadlines to approve 7 Bitcoin ETFs coming over the next week

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission is facing its first deadlines to decide on seven new Bitcoin (BTC) spot exchange-traded fund applications with the latest being Sept. 4 amid its defeat to Grayscale Investments in a U.S. federal appeals court.Investment firm Bitwise will ...

SEBA Bank secures in-principle nod for crypto services in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong arm of crypto-friendly Swiss bank SEBA Bank has received in-principle approval from the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) allowing it to deal in virtual assets.On Aug. 30, SEBA Hong Kong said its in-principle approved license would allow it to operate with cry ...

Elon Musk’s X moves closer to crypto payments with new state license

Rhode Island’s regulators have granted X (Twitter) a currency transmitter license marking a step forward for the company’s foray into the financial services sector. The license is legally required for companies conducting financial activities on behalf of users related to sending and ...

Tether adds Bahamas-based private bank Britannia as partner: Report

Tether, the stablecoin issuer behind USDT, has reportedly added Britannia Bank & Trust, a private bank based in The Bahamas to process dollar transfers on its platform.It is understood Tether has instructed clients to send money to Britannia’s bank account over the last few months, acc ...

Circle launches USDC stablecoin on Mercado Pago in Chile

Fintech company Circle announced a partnership with Mercado Libre to bring the USDC stabelcoin to Mercado Pago on Aug. 29. 1/ The largest fintech in LATAM, @mercadopago ...

Breaking: Grayscale wins SEC lawsuit

Crypto asset manager Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) has scored a major victory against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in its efforts to convert its over-the-counter GBTC application into a listed Bitcoin ETF.According to August 29 court filings, U.S. Court of Appeals Circuit J ...

Canaan’s 2Q mining revenue jumps 43% on 1Q, but net loss climbs 31%

Bitcoin mining company Canaan announced its unaudited financial results for Q2 2023, showing growth in computing power sold and BTC mining revenues while it tackled a significant net loss of $110 million. up 31% on Q1.The NASDAQ-listed company outlined a variety of reasons influencing incr ...

Media companies grapple with AI both inside and outside newsrooms

Many leading media companies have taken a stance against allowing artificial intelligence (AI), like OpenAI’s ChatGPT, into the newsrooms, and have withheld permission for AI to scan their content on the web. It has been reported that multiple mainstream media companies including CNN, ...

DoJ wants to bar SBF’s expert witnesses from testifying in court

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a motion on Aug. 28 to have all seven of the expert witnesses for Sam Bankman Fried banned from testifying in court. In the motion, the DOJ claims SBF’s proposed experts and their accompanying disclosures “suffer from an array of def ...

Argo Blockchain cuts 2022 debt by half, down to $75M

The mining company, which has been one of a number of firms to struggle amid negative market conditions and a highly-competitive mining ecosystem, reported half year net losses of $18.8 million in 2023, down over 50% from a net loss of $39.6 million in H1 2022.Argo also notes that it has r ...

FTX Temporarily Suspends Accounts Following Kroll Cybersecurity Breach

Following the recent Kroll cybersecurity breach, FTX Derivatives Exchange, a financially distressed cryptocurrency trading company, has opted to temporarily suspend accounts of impacted users accessing its claims portal. FTX's decision which was posted on X (formerly known as Twitter) was underta ...

Hashdex Enters Competition for Bitcoin ETF Spot with Unique Approach

Hashdex, a crypto asset management company, has joined the competition for a spot Bitcoin (BTC) ETF in the United States. The firm, known for its global leadership in crypto asset management, has submitted an application to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a Bitcoin futures E ...

PayPal’s Stablecoin PYUSD Struggles with Adoption Challenges, On-Chain Data Shows

PayPal recently released stablecoin PayPal USD (PYUSD) is facing challenges gaining traction, on-chain data reveal. According to findings from blockchain analytics firm Nansen, roughly 90% of PYUSD is currently held in stablecoin issuer Paxos Trust's wallets. Holdings on crypto exchange wallet ...

Judge Rejects Special Shareholders Class in Celsius Network Bankruptcy Case

Judge Martin Glenn shot down efforts to have a special shareholders class declared in the Celsius Network bankruptcy case in a court document filed on Aug. 25. The judge also declined to settle whether or not the CEL token was a security. In a motion filed on July 25 and heard before the U ...

NFT Prices Soar as Donald Trump’s Mugshot Goes Viral: Crypto Community Reacts

The price of nonfungible tokens (NFTs) featuring Donald Trump surged after news outlets released a photo of the former United States President as part of his criminal case in the state of Georgia for allegedly attempting to subvert the will of voters in the 2020 election. According to data from N ...

Vauld Crypto Exchange Receives Court Approval for Board Restructuring

Vauld, a Singapore-based crypto exchange, that has been ongoing bankruptcy proceedings since August 2022, has said that it received permission from the court to restructure its board. The new top management will lead the company’s bailout process. On Aug. 24, Vauld’s co-founder Darshan Bathija ...

Atari Founder Optimistic About Web3 Games: Ownership and Education in Focus

Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari and inventor of Pong — one of the first commercially successful video games — has shared optimism for the future of Web3 games, particularly as it comes to bringing ownership to virtual worlds. During the Digital Entertainment Leadership Forum in Hong Kong on ...

WinRAR Zero-Day Vulnerability Exploited to Compromise Crypto and Stock Trading Accounts

The developers behind file compression software WinRAR have patched a zero-day vulnerability that allowed hackers to install malware onto unsuspecting victims' computers, enabling them to hack into their crypto and stock trading accounts. On Aug. 23, Singapore-based cybersecurity firm Group-IB re ...

Vessel Capital Launches $55 Million Fund to Support Web3 Startups

Venture capital firm Vessel Capital has announced a $55 million fund to invest in Web3 infrastructure and applications, TechCrunch reported. According to the founders, their goal is not to scale, but rather to assist crypto founders working on early-stage startups to launch and grow their project ...

Crypto VC Investment Trends and Potential Impact of ETF Approvals

July saw a drop in capital inflows from venture capitalists by 10.26% resulting in $700 million raised according to Cointelegraph Research VC Database. The last two months rejected the potential upward trend, as it seems that macroeconomic conditions revolving around the United States Federal Res ...

Nvidia’s Soars 10% on Q2 Earnings Beat and Strong AI Chip Demand

Shares of computer chip manufacturer Nvidia soared nearly 10% in after-hours trading as surging demand for AI chips saw the firm post Q2 earnings that significantly beat Wall Street estimates. In its Q2 earnings report, the company posted a whopping $13.5 billion in revenue for the quarter — an 8 ...

UK Treasury’s Efforts to Combat Financial Cold Calls and Cryptocurrency Regulations

As the United Kingdom prepares for a ban on finance-related cold calls, the UK Treasury issued a consultation and call for evidence to gauge a full picture of the impact on businesses, or the costs associated with introducing and implementing the ban. On May 3, the UK government announced an ambi ...

Binance.US Partners with MoonPay to Enable USDT Transactions on Crypto Platform

Two months after becoming a crypto-only platform, Binance.US has announced a new partnership with crypto payments firm MoonPay to allow users to buy the U.S. dollar-pegged stablecoin Tether (USDT) to use on its platform. The crypto exchange announced on Aug. 22 that USDT was being adopted as the ...

Legal Battle Ensues as BlockFi Counters FTX and Three Arrows Capital’s Claims

Bankrupt cryptocurrency lender BlockFi is trying to block attempts by the similarly bankrupt FTX and Three Arrows Capital (3AC) that aim to retrieve hundreds of millions of dollars to pay back their creditors. BlockFi claimed in an Aug. 21 filing to a New Jersey bankruptcy court that its own cred ...

CBDCs seen offering faster settlements by 87% global securities firms: Citi survey

Discussions around ways to shorten local settlement cycles within the next five years have got most securities firms eyeing local central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). CitiBank’s latest edition of the Securities Services Evolution whitepaper highlighted India’s recent move to T+1 settlements, ...

FTX Founder’s Detention Conditions Raise Concerns Over Vegan Diet and Medication Access

FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried has seemingly been doing it tough behind bars, eating only bread with peanut butter to accommodate his vegan diet, while exhausting his supply of prescription medication. In the same hearing where Bankman-Fried pleaded not guilty to seven fraud-related charges, B ...

AMPTP Proposal Addresses AI Usage and Data Transparency in Entertainment Industry

The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) released details of its proposal for striking actors and writers on Aug.22, which included standards for the entertainment industry surrounding the usage of artificial intelligence (AI) and data transparency. Under the proposed condi ...

Proposed Jury Instructions for FTX Co-founder Sam Bankman-Fried’s Trial

United States prosecutors have put forward their proposed instructions to the jury ahead of the October trial for FTX co-founder Sam Bankman-Fried. The lengthy 100-page Aug. 21 filing breaks down how prosecutors would like presiding Judge Lewis Kaplan to instruct the jury in Bankman-Fried’s case ...

Komainu Secures Full Operating License from Dubai’s VARA for Crypto Services

Komainu, a joint venture between leading Nomura, and crypto firms CoinShares and Ledger, received a full operating license from Dubai’s Virtual Asset Regulatory Authority (VARA). The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has opened its door to crypto innovations, supported by federal grants and pro-crypto r ...

Generative AI Impact on Jobs: A Closer Look at Automation Potential and Gender Disparities

Generative AI is more likely to complement existing jobs than take over them entirely, though certain roles, such as clerical work, could see more of their tasks automated than others. According to an Aug. 21 Generative AI and Jobs study by the International Labour Organization — a United Nations ...

Doubts Cast on BRICS Common Currency Proposal by Macroeconomist

Macroeconomist Lyn Alden has cast doubt on a proposal that would see five countries work together to develop a common BRICS currency — arguing it will likely struggle to get off the ground and fail to dethrone the United States dollar. In an interview with Cointelegraph just days before the BRICS ...

Friend.tech Disputes ‘Leaked’ Data Claims, Clarifies Source of Information

The team behind the viral decentralized social media platform Friend.tech has refuted a report that claimed that the personal information of more than 100,000 of its users was “leaked.” The now-amended report, first posted by The Block, suggested that data posted by Banteg, a pseudonymous develop ...

Palo Alto Networks CEO Urges Modernization of Cybersecurity Amid Rising Threats

Palo Alto Networks CEO Nikesh Arora has urged companies to modernize their cybersecurity systems, cautioning that bad actors have become much faster at breaching company defenses than ever before. Speaking to Jim Cramer on CNBC’s “Mad Money” on Aug. 21, the cybersecurity firm CEO said that compan ...

YouTube’s AI Principles for Music Industry Collaboration: Balancing Innovation and Creativity

YouTube released its “principles” for working with players in the music industry on artificial intelligence (AI) technology, on Aug. 21. The CEO of YouTube, Neal Mohan, outlined in a blog post that now is a critical time to “ boldly embrace this technology with a continued commitment to responsib ...

Crypto Industry Update: Binance’s Closure, Prime Trust’s Bankruptcy, BitGo’s Funding, and PayPal’s Hub

It’s been another week of mixed developments in the crypto industry, with established players winding down operations while newcomers introduce new crypto features and services. Binance’s buy-and-sell crypto arm was shut down on Aug.16, with the crypto exchange remaining under widespread regulato ...

Exploring Crypto Funding: Grants vs. Venture Capital in the Bear Market

As the bear market keeps slashing venture capital investments in the crypto industry, alternative funding options, such as grants, have been gaining traction as a means of supporting the community while enabling the growth of established projects. According to Blockchain Grants, at least 40 c ...

FTX Founder Seeks Court Permission for Collaborative Defense Preparation

Seven days following the Department of Justice's bail revocation for disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried, he is now seeking permission to spend five weekdays outside to collaborate with his legal team on his defense case. According to a letter sent to US District Judge Lewis Kaplan on Fri ...

Ex-FTX exec Salame won’t testify in alleged illegal campaign donation case

Former FTX executive Ryan Salame will reportedly avoid testifying about his role in FTX’s alleged illegal campaign donation scheme if he is subpoenaed in Sam Bankman-Fried’s criminal trial.Lawyers representing the former FTX co-CEO said that Salame will be unavailable as a witn ...

Binance seeks protective order against SEC’s ‘fishing expedition’

Binance has asked a court for a protective order against the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, accusing the regulator of undertaking a “fishing expedition” with its discovery requests.In an Aug. 14 court filing, Binance argued while it’s worked in good fai ...

Crypto highlighted as ‘novel and complex’ risk to US banks: FDIC report

Crypto-assets and their related activities present key risks to the United States banking system and warrant closer supervision, warns a leading U.S. financial regulator. For the first time, cryptocurrency was given a dedicated section in the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s a ...

Crypto custodian Prime Trust files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Crypto custodian Prime Trust has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware after facing a shortfall in customer funds.The company said in an Aug.15 filing that it has between 25,000 to 50,000 creditors and estimated liabilities between $100 million to $500 million compared to ...

Grayscale Bitcoin ETF decision could happen this week, pundits say

Grayscale Investments, which has been seeking to convert its Bitcoin (BTC) trust into a spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund, could be getting a decision on its lawsuit against the federal securities regulator before the week’s end.In an Aug. 11 tweet, Scott Johnsson, a general partner ...

CoinDesk to lay off part of editorial staff in preparation for sale of stake: Report

CoinDesk is reportedly planning layoffs in its editorial department ahead of the sale of a stake in the publication to investors, according to media reports. TechCrunch wrote that CoinDesk CEO Kevin Worth sent an internal email warning that “several roles, predominantly in our m ...

Chinese man sentenced to 9 months in prison for buying $13K in USDT

An individual, identified only as “Mr. Chen,” has been convicted by the Fuzhou Mawei People’s Procuratorate on charges of “offense of concealment and concealment of crime” for purchasing 94,988 Chinese yuan ($13,067) worth of Tether (USDT) for an acquaintance.According to local news report ...

Coinbase VP says Canada can be a ‘global leader’ in crypto

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase announced an expansion of its services offered to Canadian users on Aug. 14 through a partnership with local financial services company Peoples Trust Company. Coinbase integrated the option for 100% of its users to deposit and withdraw money from their ...

Coinbase app is ‘broken’ for UX, admits CEO Brian Armstrong

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong says the rise of on-chain activities on its new layer-2 network Base has exposed how “broken” the Coinbase app is for user experience, and has pledged to improve it. In an X (Twitter) post on Aug. 13, Armstrong said a number of pain points have ...

Weekend Wrap: Uniswap dev sacked for alleged rug, Steadefi hacker goes mixing and more

Uniswap dev loses job, was it worth it? A Uniswap developer known as “AzFlin” has been sacked by the founder of Uniswap Labs, Hayden Adams, for allegedly creating a memecoin and rug pulling it a few hours later for 14 wrapped-Ether (wETH), worth $25,800. It is understood ...

Sam Bankman-Fried spends 3rd night in notorious New York jail

Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried is going into his third night with over 1,500 other inmates in one of New York’s most notorious jails — a far cry from his parents’ multimillion-dollar five-bedroom home in Stanford.The FTX co-founder had his bail revoked at an Aug. 11 hea ...

Voyager’s token transfer to Coinbase sparks sell-off suspicions

Bankrupt cryptocurrency lender Voyager Digital transferred 1,500 Ether (ETH), worth around $2.77 million and an additional 250 billion Shiba Inu (SHIB), worth roughly $2.7 million, to crypto exchange Coinbase on Aug.11, according to Etherscan.The motive behind the transactions has triggere ...

Crypto Biz: PayPal’s stablecoin goes live, Bitstamp seeks capital, and Coinbase’s L2

In a move that can reshape the digital payments landscape, financial technology giant PayPal has unveiled its United States dollar-pegged stablecoin PayPal USD (PYUSD). In line with expectations, the launch has ignited a complex debate within the crypto community.Ethereum&rsquo ...

Bitdeer’s losses widen in Q2 after one-time $33M listing fee, shares up 44%

Bitcoin miner Bitdeer Technologies, a firm spun-off from prominent Bitcoin Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) manufacturer Bitmain, recorded a net loss of $40.4 million in Q2 2023, up from a net loss of $15.6 million in Q2 2022.The company disclosed in its earnings report publi ...

SEC decision on Bitcoin ETFs won’t leave out Wall Street giants

The Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) delay in deciding whether to approve a spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) in the United States is fueling expectations that a final verdict will come in a batch that includes key players on Wall Street, including BlackRock and Fidelity.&nb ...

FC Barcelona secures $132M investment for blockchain and NFT venture

Spanish soccer club FC Barcelona has secured a 120 million euro ($132 million) investment from Libero Football Finance AG and Nipa Capital B.V. for its Web3 initiative, Barça Vision.According to the Aug. 11 announcement, FC Barcelona sold a 29.5% stake in Bridgeburg Invest, the hold ...

XRP briefly hits $50 on Gemini as users suspect relisting ‘price glitch’

Crypto users have reported seeing “wonky” prices for Ripple’s XRP (XRP) token on the Gemini crypto exchange hours after it relisted the token on its platform for deposits and trading. Several crypto community members on X (Twitter) on Aug. 11 posted screenshots of what ma ...

Robinhood beats investors’ appeal in GameStop meme stock case

A United States federal appeals court has upheld a decision to dismiss an investor class-action lawsuit against online brokerage firm Robinhood Markets over its meme stock trading debacle in early 2021. A total of 16 investors took part in a class action lawsuit against the trading platfor ...

NFT project y00ts to return $3M grant as it ditches Polygon for Ethereum

Non-fungible token project y00ts is again switching blockchain networks, only four months after bridging the majority of its NFTs from Solana to Polygon. DeLabs, the NFT firm behind y00ts, announced via its X (Twitter) account on Aug. 9 it will soon be migrating to Ethereum in li ...

Apple’s 30% tax rules will stay for now, crypto and NFTs may have to wait

Crypto app developers hoping for a loosening of Apple’s App Store rules will have to wait longer after a United States Supreme Court held off on granting a request to let apps direct users to payments outside of Apple’s ecosystem.An Aug. 9 decision from Justice Elena Kagan decl ...

Aptos token rises 11.6% after Microsoft deal to marry AI with blockchain

Aptos (APT), the cryptocurrency powering layer-1 blockchain Aptos Network, is up approximately 11.6% since announcing it will leverage Microsoft’s suite of artificial intelligence tools to advance Web3 adoption among banks and financial enterprises.This will be achieved by enabling t ...

Fireblocks discloses massive vulnerability affecting crypto wallets

Over 15 widely-used crypto wallet providers and projects have gaping vulnerabilities that could potentially see millions of crypto wallets drained, according to digital asset infrastructure firm Fireblocks.In an Aug. 9 press release, Fireblocks said the series of vulnerabilities, dubbed Bi ...

Bitcoin miner Riot Platforms trims Q2 loss to $27.7M

Colorado-based Bitcoin mining firm Riot Platforms narrowed its second quarter net loss to $27.7 million as it ramped up its Bitcoin production and reached record hash rate capacity. The crypto miner posted total revenue of $76.7 million — up 5.2% from Q2 2022 — which was primarily driven b ...

SEC to seek appeal and stay in Ripple Labs court case

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission is moving to appeal a July court decision from its lawsuit against Ripple Labs, which had ruled the sale of XRP (XRP) is not a security when sold to retail investors.In an Aug. 9 letter to Judge Analisa Torres — the presiding ...

Aave’s Earning Farm protocol targeted by reentrancy attack — PeckShield

Blockchain security firm PeckShield revealed fresh vulnerabilities targeting decentralized finance (DeFi) projects on Aug. 9. According to the firm, Aave’s Earning Farm has been compromised by a reentrancy attack, resulting in the theft of at least $287,000 worth of Ether (ETH). ...

Coinbase celebrates art, music and gaming with a three-week blockchain event

Presented by Coinbase, the Onchain Summer festival will bring the community together for three weeks in August to build, socialize, play and celebrate innovation.The inclusive nature and global reach of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology have given rise to a diverse communit ...

FTX’s former law firm hit with lawsuit alleging it set up shadowy entities

FTX’s former primary counsel Fenwick & West LLP has been hit with a class-action suit claiming it aided the crypto exchange’s alleged multi-billion dollar fraud.An Aug. 7 filing by a group of FTX customers in a California District Court alleged the law firm set up several “shadowy enti ...

Blockchain Capital’s X account hacked to promote token claim scam

The X (Twitter) account of crypto-focused venture capital firm Blockchain Capital was seemingly taken over by scammers attempting to lure users with the promise of a token claim.On Aug. 9, Blockchain Capital’s account made multiple posts promising a giveaway of “BCAP” tokens and directed u ...

US Fed steps up oversight of banks’ involvement with crypto firms

The United States Federal Reserve is broadening the scope of its supervision program which oversees U.S. banks that engage with the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry. An Aug. 8 announcement by the Federal Reserve Board established the Novel Activities Supervision Program, which aims t ...

Marathon Digital Q2 results miss revenue and earnings forecasts

Crypto mining firm Marathon Digital missed earnings and revenue expectations with its second-quarter 2023 results. Marathon's Q2 2023 results on Aug. 8 reported revenues of $81.8 million compared to Zacks Investment Research's estimate of $83.2 million.The crypto miner reported a ea ...

Core Scientific’s bankruptcy plan includes equity stake for Bitmain and Anchorage

Cryptocurrency custody firm Anchorage Digital and major mining manufacturer Bitmain could take equity stakes in Core Scientific as part of the firm’s restructuring plan.According to an Aug. 8 filing in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, Bitmain pla ...

Bitstamp to suspend trading of major altcoins for US users

Cryptocurrency exchange Bitstamp will suspend trading of Axie Infinity (AXS), Chiliz (CHZ), Decentraland (MANA), Polygon (MATIC), Near (NEAR), Sandbox (SAND) and Solana (SOL) for customers residing in the United States beginning Aug. 29.According to the Aug. 8 announcement, trading of the ...

Futurama’s latest reboot takes aim at Bitcoin miners

The animated science fiction series Futurama, which was created long before Bitcoin (BTC) was even a gleam in Satoshi Nakamoto’s eye, poked fun at cryptocurrency miners in the third episode of its most recent iteration.In the episode “How the West Was 1010001,” which was released on Hulu o ...

Coinbase begins $150M debt buyback at 36% discount

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase will begin buying back up to $150 million of its 2031 senior notes for 64.5 cents on the dollar, a discount of 35.5%.According to the Aug. 7 announcement, the tender offer will last until Sept. 1, with an early premium of three cents on the dollar on top of ...

Binance receives licenses to offer crypto services in El Salvador

Global cryptocurrency exchange Binance has reported being granted licensing to provide services to residents of El Salvador.In an Aug. 8 announcement, Binance said El Salvador’s Central Reserve Bank had approved the exchange’s application for a Bitcoin Services Provider license ...

OpenAI launches web crawler ‘GPTBot’ amid plans for next model: GPT-5

Artificial intelligence firm OpenAI has launched “GPTBot” — its new web crawling tool which it says could potentially be used to improve future ChatGPT models.“Web pages crawled with the GPTBot user agent may potentially be used to improve future models,” Open ...

Zoom updates terms after backlash, won’t train AI without consent

Video-conferencing platform Zoom has updated its terms of service after widespread backlash over a section concerning AI data scraping, clarifying that it won’t use user content to train AI without consent. In an Aug. 7 post, Zoom said its terms of service were updated to further con ...

PayPal USD: Boon for Ethereum but not decentralization, says community

PayPal’s new Ethereum-based stablecoin, PYUSD, has been seen as bittersweet news for the crypto community. While it could finally see Ethereum find its place in mainstream adoption, it could also spell trouble for decentralization and personal control of assets, warns the community. ...

Blockchain​.com scores payment license from Singapore central bank

Crypto exchange Blockchain.com has been granted a payments license from Singapore’s central bank, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).Blockchain.com announced on Aug. 7 it received its major payment institution (MPI) license from MAS on Aug. 1, allowing the platform to pro ...

Telegram crypto bots gain momentum in the market: Binance Research

Telegram bots have been increasingly emerging as a new tool to get exposure to cryptocurrency markets and a number of related services.The cumulative crypto trading volume associated with Telegram bots exceeded $190 million as of early August 2023, according to a new report by Binance’s re ...

CoinsPaid claims North Korean hacking group used fake job interview to steal $37M

Estonia-based cryptocurrency payments firm CoinsPaid suspects North Korean hackers with the Lazarus Group gained access to its systems through fake recruiters targeting employees.In an Aug. 7 blog post, CoinsPaid said an exploit which allowed hackers to steal more than $37 million on July ...

India House passes bill to ease Big Tech data compliance

The lower house of India’s parliament voted in approval of a bill that would ease data compliance regulations for Big Tech companies on Aug. 7, according to a report from Bloomberg. The Digital Personal Data Protection Bill 2023 would ease storage, processing and transfer standards fo ...

Breaking: PayPal launches PYUSD stablecoin for payment

American financial technology company PayPal launched a new stablecoin called PayPal USD (PYUSD) on Aug. 7.  The U.S. dollar-pegged stablecoin will be issued by Paxos Trust Co. and fully backed by U.S. dollar deposits, short-term Treasurys and similar cash equivalents. It’s ...

Weekend Wrap: Celsius’ Mashinsky fraud suit is on, Tether class suit dismissed and more

Celsius' Mashinsky motion to dismiss deniedThe former chief executive of crypto lending platform Celsius Network, Alex Mashinsky, is back on track to face a civil fraud lawsuit after a New Yor judge denied his motion to dismiss the case.A court order issued on Aug. 4 by New York Cou ...

Controversy as MakerDAO’s Spark Protocol blocks users with VPNs

MakerDAO, one of the early pioneers of decentralized finance, has sparked criticism over its decision to block virtual private network (VPN) users from accessing its recently launched lending platform, Spark Protocol.At the time of writing, VPN users that attempt to access the Spark Protoc ...

Curve Finance opens bounty after exploiter’s return deadline expires

Decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol Curve Finance is extending a bug bounty offer to anyone who is able to identify the exploiter responsible for draining over $61 million from its pools on July 30. Curve and other protocols affected by the attack offered a 10% bug bounty to the hac ...

Huobi’s TVL drops to $2.5B amid rumors of insolvency, investigations in China

Cryptocurrency exchange Huobi has seen outflows worth $64 million between Aug. 5-6, amidst ongoing rumors about its solvency and that Chinese authorities were investigating its executives. Outflows over the weekend resulted in the exchange's total value locked (TVL) falling to $2.5 billion at the ...

OPNX exchange bids for crypto lender Hodlnaut in Singapore: Report

Crypto lender Hodlnaut appears to have found a white knight investor to exit its bankruptcy proceedings. According to a Bloomberg report, OPNX exchange has made an offer to take over 75% of the company.The deal would see a capital injection of nearly $30 million worth of FLEX tokens into H ...

XRP price disappoints after court ruling, Deaton remains optimistic

Despite a brief rally, the XRP (XRP) price did not reach anticipated levels after a recent favorable court ruling for the token. Among those with ambitious price targets for the cryptocurrency is pro-XRP lawyer John Deaton.Deaton addressed a post from a user named Moon Lambo on X (formerly ...

Tether unveils mining software to boost efficiency and capacity

Tether developers are set to release innovative JavaScript libraries created to facilitate the transmission of commands and signals to Bitcoin (BTC) mining hardware, including WhatsMiner, AvalonMiner and Antminer.In a post shared on X (formerly Twitter) by Paolo Ardoino, the ...

X will foot legal bills of users unfairly treated by employers for posting or liking content: Elon Musk

Elon Musk stated that his social media company X (formerly Twitter) will fund the legal bills of any user that was treated unfairly by their employer for engaging with content on the platform. In an April 5 X thread announcing the move, Musk said that lawsuits of any scale will be supporte ...

New York AG probes transactions at Genesis, ties with Barry Silbert: Report

Digital Currency Group (DCG) is now under scrutiny for its financial transactions involving its subsidiary, Genesis Global Capital. The investigation is reportedly being conducted by New York Attorney General Letitia James, Bloomberg reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.Federa ...

No crypto plans for X: Elon Musk debunks scam token claims

Elon Musk has stated that his social media platform X (formerly Twitter) has no plans to launch crypto tokens in response to a post regarding questionable X and Twitter-based digital currencies on Saturday, Aug. 5.In response to a post by DogeDesigner, Musk addressed the issue of scam toke ...

Coinbase CEO says leaving US ‘not even in the realm of possibility right now’: Report

Brian Armstrong, chief executive officer at Coinbase, has reportedly waffled about whether the cryptocurrency exchange plans to leave the United States amid regulatory uncertainty.According to an Aug. 4 report from the Financial Times, Armstrong said Coinbase was “staying in the Unit ...

Crypto Biz: Worldcoin plans to open source data, MicroStrategy preps for BTC halving, and more

The launch of the controversial digital ID crypto project, Worldcoin, has stirred up a wave of attention and debate. Led by Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, Worldcoin made headlines with its promise to introduce a futuristic digital identity system based on iris scanning, differentiating humans fro ...

Coinbase earnings show the company is now much more than just an exchange

Coinbase, a leading U.S. cryptocurrency exchange, shared its second-quarter results on Aug. 3. Despite showing a net loss, some positives emerged, like a 13% cut in operating expenses from the last quarter and a 3% boost in its cash reserves to $5.5 billion. Coinbase key financial metric ...

Curve-Vyper exploit: The whole story so far

The decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem has experienced a challenging week after a seismic security incident led to over $61 million being stolen from Curve Finance’s pools, leaving several protocols facing broader contagion risks.This attack exposed vulnerabilities across DeFi pr ...

Core Scientific appoints Adam Sullivan as CEO amid restructuring process

Publicly traded Bitcoin (BTC) miner Core Scientific has appointed Adam Sullivan its CEO. Sullivan, who previously served as the company’s president, took the role on Aug. 4, while co-founder and former CEO Mike Levitt remains chairman of the board.Sullivan has over a decade of financial se ...

Ensuring integrity of blockchain transactions: Trust through audits

Blockchain auditing is the process of examining and verifying the data and transactions stored within a blockchain network. It focuses on assessing the integrity and accuracy of the information recorded on the blockchain to ensure it aligns with the intended rules, protocols and regulations. ...

Google accused of illegally terminating contract staffers who worked on AI: Report

Google and Accenture, which have a joint business venture, are being accused by the Alphabet Workers Union of being in violation of federal labor laws in the United States, according to a Bloomberg report. The union claims that Alphabet acted against a law that prohibits retaliat ...

Ether ETF applications flood the SEC as ProShares files the 11th

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission has been recently inundated with applications for Ether (ETH) futures exchange-traded funds (ETFs), with a grand total of 11 Ether-based filings being submitted in less than a week. The latest ProShares ETF application was filed on ...

Coinbase to file order seeking dismissal of SEC lawsuit

Coinbase plans to file an order seeking dismissal of the lawsuit by the Securities and Exchange Commission on Aug. 4, with the crypto exchange’s legal chief saying it expects to win the case.On its Aug. 3 second-quarter 2023 earnings call, Coinbase Chief Legal Officer Paul Grewal exp ...

Block posts 34% increase in Bitcoin revenue in Q2 but shares stumble

Shares in payment technology firm Block Inc. tumbled after hours despite its second-quarter results beating earnings expectations, including a 34% year-on-year increase in Bitcoin (BTC) revenue.In a Q2 earnings call, Block reported a whopping $2.4 billion in Bitcoin sales on its Cash App p ...

Coinbase Q2 beats estimates amid Blackrock custody deal, institutional focus

Crypto exchange Coinbase reported $663 million in net revenue for the second quarter of 2023, boosted by its custody deal with Blackrock and institutional focus, despite recent action taken against it by regulators.Net revenue was down 10% compared to Q2 2022 but beat estimates, attributed ...

Worldcoin: Should you let Sam Altman scan your eyeballs for WLD?

OpenAI founder Sam Altman launched Worldcoin in July, a cryptocurrency token offered to people willing to share their biometric data by scanning their eyeballs with an Orb, seeking to link real-world identity with decentralized blockchain identity. Many aspects of the project embody the dystopian ...

The Sandbox implements KYC measures for protocol staking

Metaverse platform The Sandbox will require Know Your Customer (KYC) verification for its staking processes, according to an Aug. 3 announcement. The announcement stated that only verified users could deposit The Sandbox (SAND) tokens, which are native to the platform, and claim staki ...

Agence France-Presse sues Elon Musk and X/Twitter over compensation for news

Agence France-Presse (AFP) announced a lawsuit against X, the company formerly known as Twitter, on Aug. 2, citing Europe’s “neighboring rights” legislation.According to a press release, AFP is asking the courts to force X — which the press release refers to as &ldq ...

AI boom to beat electricity and PCs, $200B investment by 2025: Goldman Sachs

Artificial intelligence could eventually have a bigger financial impact on the American economy than electricity and personal computers, according to economists at investment banking giant Goldman Sachs.In an Aug. 1 investment report, Goldman Sachs economists Joseph Briggs and Devesh Kodna ...

Australian financial regulator sues eToro over ‘volatile’ trading products

Australia’s financial regulator has sued eToro over its contract for difference (CFD) product, alleging the trading platform used insufficient screening tests when offering the leveraged derivative contracts to retail investors.The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (A ...

Robinhood turns profitable in Q2, but crypto revenue declines

Robinhood released its second-quarter results, achieving profitability for the first time since becoming a public company, despite a drop in revenue in the second quarter of 2023. According to its quarterly report released on Aug. 2, Robinhood’s revenue from cryptocurrency transaction ...

KuCoin suspends Bitcoin and Litecoin mining pools

KuCoin's Bitcoin (BTC) and Litecoin (LTC) mining pools will be suspended from 16:00:00 on Aug. 15, 2023 (UTC) until further notice. The exchange said the decision was "in line with KuCoin's evolving business strategy" but didn't elaborate further. It's unclear if the decision is relat ...

Saylor’s MicroStrategy plans $750M stock sale, possibly buying more Bitcoin

United States-based software development company MicroStrategy is planning to raise up to $750 million via a stock sale and says it may use the proceeds to buy more Bitcoin (BTC). In a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission on Aug. 1, MicroStrategy announced it has entered i ...

SBF denies witness tampering amid leak of ex-girlfriend’s diary

Lawyers for Sam Bankman-Fried have denied that he attempted to intimidate witnesses in his criminal trial by talking to New York Times reporters and argued there is no reason to jail him.In an Aug. 1 letter to Judge Lewis Kaplan, Bankman-Fried’s lawyers claimed the prosecution’s attempt to ...

FTX creditors unimpressed with exchange’s bankruptcy exit plan

A body representing FTX customers said it is “extremely disappointed” by the exchange’s draft bankruptcy exit plan and claims it was ignored by FTX’s restructuring team.In a July 31 court filing, FTX’s Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors (UCC) said despi ...

MicroStrategy returns to profit and now owns $4.4B worth of Bitcoin

Business intelligence firm MicroStrategy — one of the largest corporate holders of Bitcoin (BTC) in the United States — managed to return to profitability in the second quarter amid a surge in the price of Bitcoin.In a Q2 earnings results filing posted on Aug. 1, MicroStrategy ...

GameStop will stop support for its crypto wallets, citing ‘regulatory uncertainty’

Gaming retail company GameStop has announced it will remove its digital wallets from the market starting in November, citing “regulatory uncertainty of the crypto space.”In a notice posted to its website, GameStop said iOS and Chrome Extension wallets will no longer be available starting o ...

Voyager customers targeted by scammers during 30-day withdrawal period: Report

Scammers set their sights on Voyager Digital customers during the month-long window when they were able to withdraw some portion of their funds from the bankrupt crypto brokerage, Bloomberg reported, citing Darren Azman, a lawyer for the firm. Law enforcement has been notified of the situation, h ...

Binance Japan begins launching trading services for residents

Major cryptocurrency exchange Binance has announced the launch of a Japan-based arm roughly two years after receiving a warning from the country’s financial regulator.In an Aug. 1 announcement, Binance said local crypto exchange Sakura Exchange Bitcoin has launched as Binance Japan i ...

Nomura’s crypto arm Laser Digital bags Dubai VARA license

The crypto arm of Nomura has obtained an operating license from Dubai’s Virtual Asset Regulatory Authority (VARA) amid the Japanese financial holding firm’s attempts to leave its mark in the digital asset space.Laser Digital Middle East FZE, Nomura’s Dubai-based digital asset subsidiary, a ...

US defense bill may be ‘problematic’ for USDC and stablecoins: Analysts

Circle’s USD Coin (USDC) and other stablecoins could potentially face a compliance nightmare if a new national defense bill that passed in the United States Senate makes it all the way.In a July 31 investment note seen by Cointelegraph, Berenberg analyst Mark Palmer explained that a recent ...

‘Let’s just diversify and see’ — Binance CEO on its stablecoin strategy

Binance CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao is looking to bring smaller algorithmic stablecoins to the market, in a bid to offer investors options other than the current global stablecoin giants.Speaking in a July 31, ask me anything (AMA) session on Twitter, CZ cited risks associated with ...

How blockchain is transforming fundraising for startups and entrepreneurs

The venture capital world has long been known for its traditional approach to funding and investing in startups. However, the emergence of blockchain technology can potentially disrupt this industry and revolutionize the way venture capital operates.One significant aspect of this disruptio ...

Coinbase CEO says SEC told it to delist everything but Bitcoin: Report

Crypto exchange Coinbase was once told by the United State securities regulator to delist all cryptocurrencies on its platform except for Bitcoin (BTC), according to CEO Brian Armstrong.In a July 31 interview with the Financial Times, Armstrong revealed that the U.S. Securities and Exchang ...

Australia’s Bendigo Bank blocks high-risk payments to crypto exchanges

Australia’s Bendigo Bank has become the fourth major bank in the country to announce blocks for “high-risk crypto payments,” citing the need to protect customers from investment scams.The bank said on July 31 it implemented new rules on instant payments to crypto exchanges which adds “some ...

Alibaba, silver, gold, Bitcoin, Ethereum: Mike Novogratz’s ideal portfolio

Galaxy Digital's founder Mike Novogratz shared what an ideal investment portfolio would look like for a young and high-risk tolerance investor during an interview with Bloomberg Wealth, saying that he'd invest in the Chinese giant Alibaba, silver, gold, Bitcoin (BTC), and Ethereum (ETH).“I ...

D.C. Circuit reverses SEC ruling on SPIKES futures, calls it “arbitrary and capricious”

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) suffered another setback on July 28 as the D.C. Circuit overturned a ruling by the regulator ordering that SPIKES Index securities should be treated as 'futures' rather than as 'securities futures'. The judge panel called the SEC order "arbitrary ...

GitHub, Hugging Face, urge EU to relax open-source AI rules

An open letter from GitHub, Hugging Face, Creative Commons and other tech firms are calling the European Union to ease upcoming rules for open-source artificial intelligence models.The letter urges policymakers to review some of the provisions of the EU's Artificial Intelligence Act, claim ...

Kansas Heartland Tri-State Bank closed by FDIC as banking crisis deepens

The ongoing crisis surrounding the U.S. banking system struck again as Heartland Tri-State Bank of Elkhart was closed on July 29 by the Kansas Office of the State Bank Commissioner, with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) taking control. On July 31, the four branches of ...

X’s ad revenue sharing: Crypto payments on the horizon?

Following the announcement of X’s (formerly Twitter) ads revenue sharing initiative, crypto exchange Kraken proposed the possibility of accepting payments in Bitcoin (BTC).The X community responded positively to the tweet, praising the suggestion as a welcome idea. VJ Crypto Gue ...

Lawmakers probe Apple’s App Store policies on blockchain, NFTs

United States Representatives Gus Bilirakis and Jan Schakowsky penned a formal letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook about concerns related to the California-based company’s App Store, and the potential effect of its guidelines on emerging technologies like blockchain and nonfungible tokens (NFTs). ...

SEC, Binance unite against Eeon’s lawsuit intervention

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Binance have submitted responses regarding the entity “Eeon,” which has sought to intervene on behalf of customers in the SEC’s case against the crypto exchange.According to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, ...

Crypto Biz: Elon Musk’s X targets financial services, PacWest emergency rescue and more

Social media platform X — formerly known as Twitter — may soon advance plans to add financial services to its users, hoping to become the American equivalent of the Chinese super-app WeChat.The concept of super-apps isn’t new. Tech giant Tencent, the company behind WeChat ...

French privacy watchdog questions Worldcoin’s data collection method: Report

The French National Commission on Informatics and Liberty (CNIL), France’s data protection agency, is questioning the legality of Worldcoin's data collection methods, according to a Reuters report. In an email to Reuters on July 28, CNIL said: ...

The Agenda podcast chats with Energy Web on how to fight climate change with the help of blockchain

This summer, parts of the United States are wilting under a multimonth stretch of sweltering heat, and data suggests that summer temperatures will continue to creep up in the coming years. The planet is on what seems to be a pretty clear path to soon reaching 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming for th ...

Elon’s ‘not afraid of blowing things up’ — ex-Twitter exec on working under Musk

A former product director at Twitter, now X, has shed new light into the once inner workings of the social media firm, along with some of the peculiarities that come with working under entrepreneur Elon Musk. In a lengthy 2,400-word tweet and accompanying video, Crawford described the ...

SEC adopts cyberattack disclosure rules, listed crypto firms included

Public companies in the United States, including listed crypto firms, will be required to disclose any major cybersecurity incidents within a four-day time limit, under new rules adopted by the United States securities regulator.The rules from the United States Securities and Exc ...

AI researchers say they’ve found a way to jailbreak Bard and ChatGPT

United States-based researchers have claimed to have found a way to consistently circumvent safety measures from artificial intelligence chatbots such as ChatGPT and Bard to generate harmful content. According to a report released on July 27 by researchers at Carnegie Mellon Universit ...

Grayscale urges SEC to approve all Bitcoin ETFs simultaneously

Crypto fund manager Grayscale is urging the Securities and Exchange Commission to approve all proposed spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded funds (ETFs) at the same time to avoid one having an advantage.A July 27 post by Grayscale Chief Legal Officer Craig Salm said its legal team submitted ...

Sequoia slashes its crypto fund by 66% after industry collapses: Report

Venture capital giant Sequoia Capital reportedly downsized its cryptocurrency fund from $585 million to $200 million, amid a liquidity crunch and a pivot away toward smaller crypto players.According to a July 27 Wall Street Journal report, the tech-focused VC firm told investors in March i ...

Stablecoins pose lower risk than bank deposits, says ex-Fed policy analyst

Stablecoins cannot be compared to bank deposits in terms of risk, argues a new policy paper authored by former Federal Reserve Board analyst Brendan Malone on behalf of technology investment firm Paradigm. The document explores the risks stablecoins pose to the financial sys ...

Digital marketing will become Web3’s next major use case, says report

The Web3 ecosystem could become the next golden opportunity for digital marketers, with almost 200 companies already thinking deeply about how to utilize the Web3 tech stack.On July 25, Web3 marketing analytics firm Safary released a comprehensive report titled “The Web3 Growth Landscape 2 ...

Sam Bankman-Fried to have campaign donation charge dropped: Prosecutors

United States prosecutors are expected to drop a charge against FTX co-founder Sam Bankman-Fried that alleged he haconspired to make unlawful campaign contributions.In a July 26 letter to District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan, U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said the government was informed ...

Crypto payment gateway CoinsPaid suspects Lazarus Group in $37M hack

Cryptocurrency payments platform CoinsPaid has pointed the finger at North Korean state-backed Lazarus Group as being behind the hacking of its internal systems, which allowed them to steal $37.3 million on July 22.“We suspect Lazarus Group, one of the most powerful hacker organisati ...

Meta sinks $3.7B in metaverse money pit as CEO eyes Threads user retention

Meta's metaverse-related losses topped $3.74 billion over the second quarter with the Big Tech player spending $7.7 billion on its virtual reality business so far in 2023.Its second-quarter 2023 results released on July 26 saw Meta report an 11% revenue gain compared to the same quart ...

Semi-centralized exchange opens doors to its innovative Web3 ecosystem for trading and governance

In the rapidly evolving world of cryptocurrency, significant changes have occurred within the crypto sector, particularly concerning crypto exchanges, over the past few years. Centralized exchanges (CEXs) have experienced remarkable growth, transforming into industry gi ...

Canada proposes new capital rules for crypto holdings

Canada’s financial watchdog is proposing changes to its capital and liquidity approach to crypto assets, according to an announcement on July 26. According to the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), the proposed rules will simplify institutions’ approach to ...

Italian central bank backs DeFi tokenization project with Polygon, Fireblocks

The Bank of Italy’s Milano Hub innovation center will provide support for a project developed by Cetif Advisory to research a security token ecosystem for institutional decentralized finance (DeFi). The project has no “commercialisation purpose” but will extend &ldqu ...

SEC files charges against Quantstamp for $28M initial coin offering

Blockchain security firm Quantamp is set to return $28 million raised in a 2017 initial coin offering (ICO) following charges brought by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.The U.S. agency announced that it had formally charged the California-based firm on July 21 for cond ...

Meta Platforms fined $14 million for Onavo privacy issues: Report

An Australian court has reportedly ordered Meta Platforms, the owner of Facebook, to pay fines amounting to 20 million Australian dollars ($14 million) for collecting user data through a smartphone application, Onavo. According to a Reuters report, Australia’s Federal Court has ordere ...

PacWest stock flash crash recovers after rescue merger with Banc of Cali

Shares in PacWest bank flash crashed by 27% on July 25 only to quickly recover in after-hours trading on the news it had merged with the Banc of California.PacWest Bancorp (PACW) stock slumped from $10.33 to $7.50 in late trading on July 25, sparking concern among the finance and crypto co ...

Miami Heat’s Jimmy Butler seeks dismissal from Binance promo class suit

Professional basketball player Jimmy Butler has asked to be dismissed from a class-action lawsuit targeting celebrities involved in the alleged promotion of unregistered securities by Binance, saying tweets he appeared in did not promote the named securities.In a July 24 filing, Butler&rsq ...

Namibia signs crypto exchange regulation bill into law

The Namibian Government officially signed a law to regulate Virtual Asset Service Providers operating in the country last week, reversing its original 2017 decision to ban cryptocurrency exchanges.On July 21, the VASP-regulating law was inserted into the Gazette of the Republic of Namibia ...

Deloitte, Chainalysis alliance to give law enforcement a crypto edge

Professional services giant Deloitte is set to boost its clients’ blockchain-tracking capabilities following a strategic alliance with crypto analytics firm Chainalysis.Announced during a Chainalysis conference in Washington DC on July 25, the tie-up will see Chainalysis’ block ...

KuCoin denies mass layoffs, says cuts are part of normal operations

Cryptocurrency exchange KuCoin has shut down rumors suggesting it was preparing to lay off 30% of its workforce — a figure that amounts to approximately 300 staff — in the coming weeks. “We want to clarify that KuCoin has not initiated any alleged layoff plans,” a K ...

Alphapo payment provider hack now estimated at over $60M — ZachXBT

The alleged Alphapo payments provider hack of July 23 is now estimated to have caused losses exceeding $60 million, according to a July 25 report from on-chain sleuth ZachXBT. The loss was previously reported at roughly $31 million.Hack ...

AI and dot-com bubble share some similarities but differ where it counts

Artificial intelligence (AI) has seen tremendous growth in recent years, exploding into popular culture and industry and leading to comparisons with the now infamous dot-com bubble and crash of the 1990s.During the late 1990s up until the early 2000s, internet-based companies were the subj ...

Reading the Elon Musk ‘tea leaves’ — Is Dogecoin coming for Twitter?

A subtle change in Elon Musk’s Twitter bio after his platform’s rebrand to “X” has again fanned the flames of speculation that Dogecoin (DOGE) may have a future on the platform.On July 25, eagle-eyed Twitter (now X) users began pointing out that Elon Musk’s pr ...

Binance and CEO Changpeng Zhao intend to seek dismissal of CFTC complaint

Crypto exchange Binance and its CEO, Changpeng “CZ” Zhao, are planning to file a motion asking a court to dismiss a lawsuit from the United States commodities regulator.In a July 24 filing to an Illinois District Court, multiple Binance entities, Zhao and former Chief Compliance Officer Sa ...

OpenAI shutters AI detector due to low accuracy

Artificial intelligence powerhouse OpenAI has discreetly pulled the pin on its AI-detection software, citing a low rate of accuracy.The OpenAI-developed AI classifier was first launched on Jan. 31 and aimed to aid users, such as teachers and professors, in distinguishing human-written text ...

Crypto investors cool on Bitcoin funds, turning to Ether and XRP

Bitcoin-related investment products appear to have lost some of their sheen among crypto investors, recording its first week of outflows since Blackrock filed for spot Bitcoin ETF in June.According to a July 24 report by CoinShares Head of Research James Butterfill, Bitcoin (BTC)  ...

Arkham Intel Exchange approves $5K bounty for info on Do Kwon and Terra wallets

A platform aimed at “deanonymizing the blockchain” has accepted its first submission concerning information on wallet addresses connected to Terraform Labs and its co-founder, Do Kwon.In a July 24 announcement, Arkham Intel Exchange said it had accepted a submission from t ...

Coinbase vs SEC court dates confirmed for initial case arguments

The latest development in the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s lawsuit against cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase comes as a date is confirmed for the two parties to voice their initial arguments. On July 24, Coinbase’s chief legal officer, Paul Grewal,&nbs ...

FTX’s Bankman-Fried seeks gag order for all witnesses in criminal case

Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried has agreed to a gag order preventing him from making comments to third parties that may interfere with his trial — but argues other potential witnesses should be gagged as well, including current FTX CEO John Ray.The gag order against Sam Bankman-Fried was ...

Elon Musk to rebrand Twitter to X, but Crypto Twitter has other ideas

Twitter users, along with the avid crypto community, may soon see a very different version of the social media app — which is set to ditch its iconic blue bird logo for an “X” as part of a major rebrand. Crypto Twitter hasn’t been particularly thrilled with some of ...

Federal Reserve of San Francisco hiring crypto architect for CBDC project

San Francisco's Federal Reserve Bank is seeking a crypto architect for a central bank digital currency project, an Indeed job posting has revealed. According to the role description, the employee will work on CBDC research and development.The position is full-time and hybrid, wit ...

Arkansas counties rush to pass noise regulations for crypto miners

Several counties in the U.S. state of Arkansas are rushing to pass emergency legislations allowing them to control noise and other activities related to crypto mining before a new state law comes into effect on August 1, according to local media reports. The new state law brings crypt ...

Solana’s Parrot Protocol submits proposal to go tokenless, investors risk face -89% returns

A recent proposal from Parrot Protocol's team, a Solana-based liquidity network, has sparked controversy among its community members. The proposal, up for vote until July 27, calls for the redemption of its PRT tokens for liquid treasury value, and the transition to a no-token protocol.Bas ...

Ripple applies for crypto license in the United Kingdom

Payment protocol Ripple has recently applied for a registration as a crypto asset firm with the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), a spokesperson for the firm told Cointelegraph. The company is also seeking a payments license in Ireland as part of its massive investment in the re ...

Celsius Network reaches settlements to exit bankruptcy

Bankrupted crypto lender Celsius Network reached two settlements that allows it to return assets to customers and end its bankruptcy proceedings, according to court filings on July 20. The settlements will be analyzed by Judge Martin Glenn at a hearing on August 10 and address $78.2 b ...

OpenAI launches official ChatGPT app for Android

On July 21, OpenAI revealed its plan to launch an Android version of the popular artificial intelligence (AI) ChatGPT chatbot in the coming week. The launch follows its release to iOS users in May.The company announced the launch in a tweet and provided a preorder page in the Google Play S ...

AI companies commit to safe and transparent AI — White House

On July 21, The White House announced that prominent artificial intelligence (AI) companies, such as OpenAI, Google and Microsoft, have committed to developing AI technology that is safe, secure and transparent. The White House also acknowledged other companies like Amazon, Anthropic, Meta and In ...

Nigerian social payments app shuts down crypto exchange services

Nigerian social payments app Bundle has announced it is shutting down its crypto exchange arm. According to the July 20 statement released on the company blog, Bundle said that it would cease operations of its exchange services as part of the shareholders’ decision to restructure the ...

Twitter to impose daily limits on DMs for unverified accounts, citing an effort to ‘reduce spam’

More controversial changes are coming to Twitter, with the social media platform set to introduce daily direct message (DM) limits for unverified users. In a July 21 tweet, Twitter Support stated that the platform will “soon be implementing some changes in our effort to reduce spam i ...

Crypto Biz: Binance slashes costs, Ripple ready for US banks and crypto VCs return

The crackdown on crypto firms by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) appears to have severely affected Binance’s business. During the past few weeks, the crypto exchange reportedly fired over 1,000 employees and slashed some benefits. According to Binance, ...

AI21 Labs debuts anti-hallucination feature for GPT chatbots

AI21 Labs recently launched “Contextual Answers,” a question-answering engine for large language models (LLMs). When connected to an LLM, the new engine allows users to upload their own data libraries in order to restrict the model’s outputs to specific information. ...

UK court grants appeal from Craig Wright in Bitcoin rights lawsuit

A British court granted an appeal on July 20 that gave Craig Wright the right to argue in litigation that the Bitcoin file format is well-defined enough to qualify for copyright protection. Wright, who since 2016 has claimed to be the inventor of Bitcoin (BTC), launched a lawsuit agai ...

McDonald’s debuts McNuggets Land in The Sandbox

McDonald’s Hong Kong has picked The Sandbox to build its first Web3 experience, McNuggets Land, a virtual world dedicated to celebrating Chicken McNuggets’ 40th anniversary. The experience takes users to a virtual store with a hidden factory and a tour through the history of the chick ...

Canadian police warn crypto investors on growing home robbery trend

A Canadian police department has issued a public warning of a possible trend where high-value cryptocurrency investors are being robbed in their own homes.On July 19, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Richmond, a city south of Vancouver, said several similar robberies involving c ...

UK banks risk losing licenses for debanking customers over political views

The British government is reportedly set to announce measures that could see banks stripped of their license if they choose to debank customers due to their political views. A July 20 report from The Times said the United Kingdom’s government is considering tighter conditions on ...

Stablecoin dominance slides as market cap falls to near 2-year lows: CCData

The market capitalization of stablecoins has hit the lowest level since August 2021 coming on the back of 16 consecutive months of decline, a new report says.Cryptocurrency analytics platform CCData released a report on July 20 saying the stablecoin market cap fell 0.82% from the start of ...

FTX sues Sam Bankman-Fried and other former execs to claw back $1B

FTX has sued former CEO Sam Bankman-Fried and other former key executives from the now-bankrupt crypto exchange to recover more than $1 billion in allegedly misappropriated funds. A July 20 complaint filed in a United States Bankruptcy Court named former Alameda Research CEO Caro ...

Hackers compromise Uniswap founder’s Twitter account to promote scam

Members of Crypto Twitter have quickly identified and warned others against a scam being pushed by Uniswap founder Hayden Adams’ compromised account.The "Web3 Security Alerts" channel on Telegram notified followers that Adams’ Twitter account had been compromised on July 20. Th ...

OpenAI launches ‘custom instructions’ for ChatGPT so users don’t have to repeat themselves in every prompt

OpenAI announced the beta launch of “custom instructions” for ChatGPT on July 20. The much-requested feature will allow users to create a preface for their prompts featuring instructions for the artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot to consider before responding to queries.  ...

Former Binance​ US CEO joins Hashdex board

Brian Brooks, former Acting Comptroller of the Currency for the United States government, has joined the board of directors for crypto-focused asset manager Hashdex.In a July 20 announcement, Hashdex said Brooks had become the fifth member of its board and will serve as a strategic advisor ...

Terraform Labs seeks access to FTX wallets in fraud defense

Terraform Labs is seeking permission from a judge to subpoena data from bankrupt crypto exchange FTX, claiming the information could help its defense against a lawsuit brought by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in February, a court filing shows.  In a s ...

Aptos’ new user growth hits 900% after integration with social media app Chingari

The Aptos blockchain has seen a surge of activity following its integration with Chingari, an Indian social media platform previously powered by Solana. According to on-chain data, the number of new users jumped 900% over the previous month, up to nearly 90,000 onboarding on-chain daily.  ...

US law protects institutions and exposes retail investors — Rep. Torres

On July 13, 2023, United States District Court Judge Analisa Torres ruled that Ripple’s XRP (XRP) token should not be considered a security when sold on retail digital asset exchanges.Stuart Alderoty, chief legal officer at Ripple, told Cointelegraph that last week’s ruling mak ...

China’s digital yuan nears $250B transaction volume: Central bank governor

Nearly $250 billion worth of transactions have taken place using China’s digital yuan in the one-and-a-half years since the start of its pilot, the country’s central bank governor has claimed.On July 19, People’s Bank of China governor Yi Gang spoke at a conference in Sin ...

ChatGPT’s capabilities are getting worse with age, new study claims

OpenAI’s artificial intelligence-powered chatbot ChatGPT seems to be getting worse as time goes on and researchers can’t seem to figure out the reason why. In a July 18 study, researchers from Stanford and UC Berkeley found ChatGPT’s newest models had become far less ...

ZK proofs could change the internet, not just Web3 — Aleo exec

Zero-knowledge proofs could be used to solve the “biggest problem” plaguing the internet today: privacy, according to one cryptocurrency executive. Speaking with Cointelegraph at the Ethereum Community Conference (EthCC) the marketing chief at privacy-focused infrastructure pla ...

Tesla’s diamond hands: EV maker’s Bitcoin holdings see no change in Q2

For the fourth quarter in a row, Tesla hasn’t sold or added to its digital asset holdings, with the electric vehicle manufacturer continuing to hold $184 million worth of its remaining Bitcoin (BTC).In Q2 2023 earnings released on July 19, the net value of Tesla’s Bitcoin holdings stood at ...

Crypto VCs share lessons on startup success at EthCC

When bringing a new crypto to market, the fastest way to do so is arguably with the help of venture capital (VC) financing. But such a high-risk, high-reward operation in a rapidly evolving field can carry a large degree of uncertainty. At the Ethereum Community Conference event in Paris, several ...

Nasdaq halts launch of cryptocurrency custody service

Global securities marketplace Nasdaq is halting the launch of its own cryptocurrency custody that it previously planned to roll out by the end of the second quarter of 2023.It suspended the launch because of regulatory risks in the United States, CEO Adena Friedman announced during the fir ...

Australia’s financial regulator cancels license for FTX’s local entity

The Australian financial services regulator has finally canceled the financial license of FTX Australia, the bankrupt crypto exchange’s local subsidiary. On July 19, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission announced the cancellation, which took effect July 14. FTX A ...

Polychain Capital, Coinfund raise $350M for new crypto funds: Report

Over $350 million has been raised by crypto venture capital firms Polychain Capital and Coinfund, with respective reported raises of $200 million for a new investment fund and $152 million for a seed fund.A July 18 Forbes report said Polychain’s $200 million sum was raised in the &ld ...

Meta and Microsoft launch open-source AI model Llama 2

Big Tech firms Meta and Microsoft have teamed up to launch Llama 2, an open-source large language model from Meta that will feature on Microsoft’s Windows and cloud computing platform Azure.The pair announced the collaboration on July 18 saying Llama 2 was made free for research and ...

Bitcoin rally will lead to “speculative blow-off top” in 2024, Mark Yusko predicts

BlackRock’s application for a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) has sparked the beginning of a new crypto bull market, which will go parabolic at some point closer to the halving scheduled for April 2024, according to Mark Yusko, the chief investment officer and founder of Morgan Creek Capital.& ...

“When evaluating a fiat-to-crypto on-ramp, three things matter” — Q&A with Uphold

Although the crypto market is growing and evolving, and market players boast various clever payment solutions, there is still ample room for improvement toward broader Web3 adoption. Until last year, decentralized finance (DeFi) constituted a relatively small part of th ...

Threads copies Twitter again, introduces ‘rate limits’ to combat bots

Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter alternative, Instagram Threads, has been forced to implement rate limits in response to a growing number of reports citing spam attacks and crypto-shilling bots.Instagram head Adam Mosseri announced the introduction of rate limits in a July 17 post on the Th ...

Apple’s headset could redefine what being in the metaverse means

The release of Apple’s new mixed-reality headset, Vision Pro, could cause a seismic shift in how users will experience the metaverse, with developers potentially moving away from the absolute isolation of virtual reality.Unlike today's virtual reality headsets, which center on full i ...

Chainlink launches cross-chain protocol bridging blockchain to TradFi

The development firm behind the Chainlink protocol and its native LINK token has gone live with its cross-chain protocol, aimed at providing interoperability between traditional financial firms and both public and private blockchains.In a July 17 post on the Chainlink blog, Chainlink ...

Cathie Wood bullish on Coinbase after Ripple court ruling

Cathie Wood, the founder and CEO of ARK Investment Management, said she remains bullish over Coinbase in light of Ripple’s partial victory over the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 13. While Wood noted the ruling wasn’t in outright favor of Ripple, she lauded the outcome as ...

Binance cuts back on employee benefits, citing ‘decline in profit’: Report

Global cryptocurrency exchange Binance reportedly cut back on certain benefits to its employees in June amid reevaluation efforts at the firm.According to a July 17 report from The Wall Street Journal, Binance said it had stopped offering reimbursement to employees for certain expenses inc ...

Elon Musk’s new AI startup is as ambitious as it is doomed

Almost nothing is known about Elon Musk’s latest endeavor, an artificial intelligence startup named xAI. But “almost nothing” is still something. And we can glean a lot from what little we do know.As Cointelegraph recently reported, Musk announced xAI on July 12 in a statement compris ...

Ripple CLO says court ruling could encourage banks to adopt XRP: Report

Stu Alderoty, chief legal officer of Ripple Labs, has reportedly said United States-based banks may turn to XRP for cross-border transactions following a recent court ruling.According to a July 17 CNBC report, Alderoty expressed confidence that U.S. banks and financial institutions could b ...

Ripple case: SEC appeal unlikely as agency gains from ‘current confusion’ — Haun Ventures CEO

A former federal prosecutor turned chief executive of a crypto-focused venture capital fund says she would be “surprised” if the United States securities regulator lodges an immediate appeal against the Ripple case ruling, as it currently benefits from lack of “legal clarity.&rd ...

Ripple decision is ‘troublesome on multiple fronts,’ says former SEC official

Former Securities and Exchange Commission official John Reed Stark spoke out against the recent ruling on Ripple Lab’s case, calling the decision “troublesome on multiple fronts” in a LinkedIn analysis.Stark broke down Judge Analisa Torres' decision from July 13 by e ...

Enterprise blockchain: ‘Ethereum for Business’ explains key use cases

The cryptocurrency market has encountered its share of ups and downs over the past year, but blockchain technology continues to see impressive growth as businesses seek digital transformation. Recent findings from the market research platform, MarketsandMarkets, estimated the global b ...

A new age in investing: The transformative power of asset tokenization

Asset tokenization has long been regarded as one of the most compelling applications of blockchain technology. Back in June 2019, the United States investment banking giant BNY Mellon declared it has the potential to “dramatically change the dynamic” for investors and u ...

US ‘dominates’ crypto startup funding in Q2: Report

Despite facing regulatory scrutiny in the United States, crypto firms continue to innovate, with nearly half of all capital investments flowing towards U.S. crypto businesses, according to a recent report.Published by crypto investment firm Galaxy Digital on July 14, the report stated that ...

‘Multichain was a big blow’, says Andre Cronje as Fantom TVL slumps

Fantom's co-founder Andre Cronje classified Multichain's debacle as a "big blow" to the smart contract platform, which saw a sharp decline in activity in the past weeks as a result of Multichain's problems. According to data from DefiLlama, Fantom's total value locked (TVL) dropped fr ...

ARK Invest sells more Coinbase shares, eyes Meta platforms, Robinhood

As Coinbase stock reaches a 52-week high, ARK Invest — the investment management firm led by Bitcoin (BTC) bull Cathie Wood — has recently sold more of its shares in the crypto exchange.Following ARK Invest’s significant acquisition of Coinbase shares during the bear market, ...

Synthetix takes on counterparty risks with Infinex derivatives exchange

Decentralized finance protocol Synthetix is preparing to expand its range of affiliated products.Synthetix founder Kain Warwick revealed intentions to introduce a new derivatives front-end called Infinex to the decentralized trading infrastructure of Synthetix. The upcoming exchange w ...

Allowing Coinbase to go public was not a ‘blessing’ of the business: SEC

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has argued in court that approving a firm's S-1 application to go public, does not represent a “blessing” from the agency, nor provide a verification that the business is regulatory compliant. ...

BlockFi CEO ignored risks from FTX and Alameda exposure, contributing to collapse: Court filing

Zac Prince, the CEO of bankrupt cryptocurrency lending firm BlockFi, allegedly disregarded recommendations from the company’s risk management team over lending assets to Alameda Research. According to a July 14 filing with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of N ...

Binance headcount reduction hits 1,000 employees: Report

Binance is celebrating its sixth anniversary, with over 1,000 people reportedly laid off in recent weeks, The Wall Street Journal reported.According to former employees, cuts were global and customer-service workers were heavily affected, particularly in India. Including this week's layoff ...

Everything that’s happened with Celsius and Alex Mashinsky so far

On July 13, authorities arrested Alex Mashinsky, the former CEO of Celsius Network. He faces criminal and civil charges stemming from his time at the cryptocurrency lending platform, which he helped co-found in 2017.Though the potential criminal proceedings of Mashinsky and indictment of C ...

Crypto will transcend international currencies — BlackRock CEO

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink has delivered fresh remarks supporting cryptocurrencies’ role in democratizing investing worldwide, pointing to growing interest among the companys clients in digital assets.“More and more of our global investors are asking us about crypto,” Fink said dur ...

3AC co-founders’ OPNX exchange onboards FTX, Celsius bankruptcy claims

OPNX, an exchange dedicated to the trading of bankruptcy claims against fallen crypto firms, has listed FTX and Celsius claims.According to the July 14 announcement, FTX claims specifically can be immediately onboarded and converted into collateral in the form of OPNX's native reborn OX (r ...

Binance CEO reflects as exchange turns 6 — ‘It was never all smooth sailing’

Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao wrote a letter addressing the exchange’s users, reflecting on past crypto winters and laying out key trends shaping up within the industry as the company celebrates its sixth anniversary. Within the letter, Zhao highlighted some of the company’s ...

Monochrome revises filing for spot Bitcoin ETF at Aussie stock exchange

Australian-based crypto investment firm Monochrome Asset Management has updated its application to offer a spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) through its partner Vasco Trustees.The ETF — Monochrome Bitcoin ETF (IBTC) will be able ...

Sam Altman’s Worldcoin passes 2M sign-ups after months of touring

Worldcoin, a cryptocurrency and digital identification project has seen more than two million users sign up to its “global identity protocol” dubbed World ID. According to a July 13 statement, the World ID project — which is still in beta testing— passed two mi ...

Sam Bankman-Fried wants ‘close friends’ to visit without a security pat down

Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried wants to be able to have his “close friends” visit him at his parent's home without them being subject to security checks. In a July 13 letter to New York District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan, lawyers representing Bankman-Fried requested the judge ...

Breaking: Ripple wins case against SEC as judge rules XRP is not a security

Ripple Labs scored a victory in the United States District Court in the Southern District of New York on July 13 as Judge Analisa Torres ruled in favor of the company in a case brought forth by the Securities and Exchange Commission dating back to 2020.According to documents filed on ...

Breaking: Celsius Network fined $4.7B by FTC

The United States Federal Trade Commission has issued a $4.7-billion fine against bankrupt crypto lender Celsius Network. However, the judgement will be suspended to “permit Celsius to return its remaining assets to consumers in bankruptcy proceedings.”According to the July 13 announcement ...

If good UX is like driving auto, Web3 is ‘driving stick’ — UX designers

The current state of Web3 user experience is akin to driving a manual transmission car — there’s more control, but most users will find it unnecessarily clunky, according to several UX designers.Over the years, discussion around mainstream adoption of Web3 has centered around t ...

Crypto miner Hive Digital drops ‘blockchain’ from name amid pivot to AI

Crypto mining firm Hive Blockchain is now calling itself Hive Digital Technologies — after enacting a branding pivot that seeks to highlight its foray into artificial intelligence.The Vancour-based mining company said in a July 12 statement it has dropped “blockchain” fro ...

BNB Beacon Chain to add ‘panic’ feature that can ‘halt’ blockchain

The Binance-operated BNB Beacon Chain mainnet is set to add a new feature in its upcoming hard fork, which will give the blockchain the ability to “halt” the production of new blocks if certain conditions are met.In a July 12 statement from BNB Chain, the “ZhangHeng&rdquo ...

Dapper Labs makes 3rd round of cuts in 9 months amid NFT slump

Nonfungible token collection and technology firm Dapper Labs has announced its third round of staff layoffs in less than a year.On July 13, Dapper Labs CEO Roham Gharegozlou announced that the firm has said goodbye to “51 brilliant colleagues and friends.”In a note to em ...

What to expect from the first Coinbase-SEC hearing

A pre-motion hearing set to take place on July 13 between the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and crypto exchange Coinbase should provide a sense of the litigation tone and its potential impacts on the broader crypto industry, legal sources told Cointelegraph. Previously sche ...

Elon Musk kickstarts new AI company to ‘understand the universe’

American business magnate Elon Musk has launched a novel company dubbed “xAI” with the goal of understanding “the true nature of the universe."According to the July 12 announcement, xAI will work closely with Twitter, Tesla and other companies owned by Musk to “make ...

Crypto scams are down 77% — but this exploit is making a huge comeback

Cryptocurrency scams have fallen a massive 77% from $3.3 billion to $1.1 billion over the first six months of 2023, according to a recent report by blockchain intelligence firm Chainalysis.The catch, though, is that ransom attacks are back in trend, with perpetrators pocketing 62.4% more r ...

Bad news for Ripple? LBRY judge passes ruling on if secondary crypto sales are securities

Ripple may be holding its breath a bit longer after a United States District Judge refused to rule on if the secondary sale of LBRY Credits (LBC) constitutes a security.On July 11, New Hampshire District Court Judge Paul Barbadoro made the ruling in the case the United States Securities an ...

Cboe refiles 5 Bitcoin ETFs to include Coinbase surveillance agreements

Exchange operator Cboe Global Markets has amended five spot Bitcoin (BTC) Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) applications to include a surveillance-sharing agreement (SSA) with Coinbase.On July 11, Cboe amended filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the ETFs fr ...

BlackRock Bitcoin ETF could unlock $30 trillion worth of wealth, Bloomberg analyst says

$30 trillion worth of capital could suddenly unlock for the Bitcoin market if a Bitcoin spot ETF is approved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, according to Bloomberg ETF analyst Eric Balchunas. That is the estimated amount of assets controlled by financial advisors in th ...

SEC is ‘wrongfully attempting’ to police crypto markets: Paradigm counsel

Crypto investment firm Paradigm’s special counsel Rodrigo Seira has slammed the United States securities regulator for “wrongfully” pursuing crypto exchange Bittrex in an attempt to police secondary crypto markets.In a July 11 Twitter thread, Seira added his thoughts afte ...

Bitcoin halving bullish for Saylor’s MicroStrategy: Berenberg Capital

The upcoming Bitcoin (BTC) halving is set to blow fresh wind in the sails of Bitcoin-focused stocks such as Michael Saylor founded tech firm MicroStrategy.In a research note shared with Cointelegraph, New York-based investment firm Berenberg Capital Markets explained its reasons for a bul ...

Gaming gear maker Razer hacked, user data, encryption keys for sale online: Report

A post appeared on a hackers’ forum on July 8 offering information allegedly hacked from gaming hardware maker Razer. “I have stolen the source code, encryption keys, database, backend access logins etc,” the hacker declared. The Straits Times said it saw a sample of ...

The UN holds a robot press conference about the state of AI

At the AI for Good 2023 global summit, a panel of robots and their creators sat in front of the press to answer journalists’ questions on topics such as job automation, artificial intelligence (AI) leadership and collaboration with humans for a better future. The summit was hosted by ...

Rush for Hong Kong’s crypto licenses yet to translate to jobs: Recruiters

Crypto firms may appear to have been prepping entry to Hong Kong with unabated excitement, but it’s yet to translate into in-country hires, according to recruitment executives. On June 1, around 150 companies lined up for a local crypto license which permits the operation of a local crypto ...

Canada’s court deem 👍 emoji valid as a contract agreement: Report

A Canadian judge has ruled that the widely used thumbs-up emoji can affirm that a person is legally entering into a contract. According to a report from the New York Times, judge T.J. Keene said the decision mirrors a "new reality in Canadian society" as more people use emojis to expr ...

XRPL grows in Q2 despite SEC lawsuit concerns: Report

Despite lingering concerns over the Ripple vs. SEC lawsuit, The XRP Ledger (XRPL) has demonstrated significant growth in multiple areas of its protocol during the second quarter of 2023, according to a recent report from crypto analytics platform Messari.The report shows that the circ ...

Multichain attack triggers Twitter phishing scheme for FTM distribution

Hackers continue their relentless attacks, displaying no signs of slowing down. Shortly after the Multichain hack, scammers started spreading a phishing link on Twitter.The fraudulent distribution of Fantom (FTM) to users — falsely linked to the Multichain attack — is rapidly s ...

Crypto Biz: Winklevoss slams Silbert, Twitter’s double-edged sword and more

Twitter’s plans to roll out a payment platform took a major step forward this week as its subsidiary, Twitter Payments, received its first money transmitter licenses in the United States states of Michigan, New Hampshire and Missouri. The company — reportedly building a so ...

AI tool revolutionizes brain tumor treatment by guiding surgeons: Study

An artificial intelligence (AI) tool has emerged to assist doctors in combating aggressive brain tumors. It aids in identifying crucial characteristics that provide guidance during surgery.The Cryosection Histopathology Assessment and Review Machine (Charm) is an advanced tool that efficie ...

Ripple Labs to revolutionize real estate industry through tokenization

Ripple Labs Inc, a company known for blockchain innovation and digital payments, has announced an initiative to transform the real estate industry using tokenization.Antony Welfare, the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) advisor at Ripple, highlighted the growing global interest in CBDCs ...

Coinbase domain name reportedly used by scammers in high-profile attacks

Update (July 7 at 9:33 PM UTC): This article has been updated to include Coinbase's response. Coinbase’s users have been turning to Twitter to report scams and phishing attacks involving the company’s services and applications in recent wee ...

ETF approval may boost Bitcoin’s liquidity, but it won’t be a game changer — JPMorgan

A possible approval of a spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) won't be a game changer for crypto markets, although it might benefit the leading cryptocurrency, according to a report by JPMorgan managing director Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou.Based in London, Panigirtzoglou is part of JPMorgan ...

$30B stolen from crypto ecosystem since 2012: Report

From 2012 to the present, over $30 billion in crypto has been hacked in 1,101 documented incidents, a July 7 report from SlowMist has revealed.According to the blockchain security firm, the top five most common hacks are smart contract vulnerabilities, rug pulls, flash loan attacks, scams ...

BarnBridge DAO calls halt to ‘all work’ on DeFi protocol amid SEC probe

BarnBridge DAO members have been told to pause “all work” related to the project after a reported probe by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).In a July 6 post to the platform’s Discord channel, Douglas Park, a lawyer for the decentralized autonomou ...

FBI searched Kraken co-founder’s home in March: Report

The United States Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) reportedly searched the home of Kraken co-founder Jesse Powell in March as part of an investigation into claims he hacked and cyber-stalked a nonprofit arts group.It is claimed that Powell interfered with computer accounts by blockin ...

Binance’s top strategist confirms departure amid reports of US resignations

Binance's chief strategy officer Patrick Hillmann has confirmed he is leaving the crypto exchange amid reports that other top compliance executives in the United States have handed in their resignations.On July 6, Patrick Hillmann tweeted: "I am leaving [Binance], but I’m doing so on ...

Sam Bankman-Fried backed out of FTX sponsorship deal with Taylor Swift: Report

The sponsorship deal between defunct cryptocurrency exchange FTX and Taylor Swift was reportedly called off at the request of former CEO Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), and not the singer-songwriter as many reports have suggested.According to a July 6 report from the New York Times citing three i ...

US Homeland Security returns $314K from 2016 Bitfinex hack

Via a July 6 announcement, cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex says it has received $312,219.71 in cash and 6.917 in Bitcoin Cash (BCH) from the United States Department of Homeland Security. The seizure was conducted in cooperation with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. According to Bitfinex staf ...

Elon Musk calls for AI regulatory oversight: Report

Twitter's executive chairman Elon Musk continues to push for more regulatory oversight of artificial intelligence, claiming it may be "smarter than all humans at everything" in the future.In a video keynote address at a Chinese government-backed AI conference on July 5, Musk reportedly not ...

What is the ZK industry up to? Rollups, multichain bridges and VCs

Zero-knowledge proofs (ZK-proofs) are a key technology explored by many in the crypto industry. A zero-knowledge protocol is a cryptographic method that allows one party to prove to another party that something is true without revealing any information. The technology is vital for Eth ...

Bitcoin bull run incoming: Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao reveals when

Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao has delivered his prediction for the next Bitcoin (BTC) bull market.Speaking in a July 5, “ask me anything” session on Twitter, CZ covered the potential entry of BlackRock into the crypto market, gave an update on regulatory action against the exchange, and his t ...

Binance, Coinbase and Gemini staff are among the least happy, data suggests

Crypto exchanges including Gemini, Binance and Coinbase are home to some of the least happy employees in the industry, according to data derived from Glassdoor — though some argue the results may be skewed. A quadrant chart by tech recruitment firm TrueUp — understood to have collated data ...

Crypto’s Indiana Jones? Coinbase exec helps recover $322K worth of once-lost crypto

It’s not every day that one discovers they've suddenly become $322,000 richer — but for one lucky crypto investor, this is exactly what happened in the waning hours of July 5.In a recent Twitter thread, Conor Grogan, the head of product at Coinbase explained how he uncovered hu ...

Bitcoin miners raked $184M in fees in Q2, surpassing all of 2022

Bitcoin (BTC) miners made a lofty $184 million from transaction fees in the second quarter, far more than what they pocketed over the entire 2022 — as Bitcoin’s price surged and BRC-20 tokens flourished.The $184 million payout is more than a 270% increase from the first qu ...

CFTC investigators conclude ex-Celsius CEO Mashinsky broke US rules: Report

Investigators from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission have reportedly determined that bankrupt crypto lender Celsius and its former CEO Alex Mashinsky broke a number of U.S. rules before the company's implosion.According to a July 5 report from Bloomberg, attorneys from the CFTC ...

On-chain derivatives are DeFi’s next boom opportunity — Apollo Crypto

On-chain derivatives are set to become the next big growth sector in the decentralized finance (DeFi) space, says Henrik Andersson, the chief investment officer of Australian crypto investment firm Apollo Crypto.In a wide-ranging interview with Cointelegraph, Andersson said he thinks the i ...

Binance.US market share drops below 1% amid regulatory lawsuit: Report

United States-based cryptocurrency exchange Binance.US has reportedly seen its market share drop more than 20% amid a lawsuit from federal financial regulators.According to a July 5 report from Reuters citing data from Kaiko, the market share of Binance.US in the U.S. dropped from more tha ...

HSBC trialing quantum-safe financial transaction network in the UK

London–based HSBC, the eighth-largest bank in the world, will conduct a series of trials and experiments utitlizing quantum encryption technology in collaboration with Amazon Web Services, BT and Toshiba.HSBC is the first bank to commit to trials on the new quantum “metro” network, a secur ...

BitgetX joins HKVAC as it aims for exchange license in Hong Kong

According to a July 4 announcement, BitgetX, the Hong Kong subsidiary of cryptocurrency exchange Bitget, has joined the Hong Kong Virtual Asset Consortium (HKVAC), which provides ratings services and indices to cryptocurrencies. Launched on May 31 with Huobi as its inaugural member, t ...

Crypto Twitter will see less exposure on Google due to rate limit slash

Twitter’s new rate limits are severely affecting the indexing and display of tweets on Google’s search engine, limiting the reach of the information shared on the microblogging site.According to web search industry outlet SearchEngineLand, Google Search has dropped over half of ...

Meta’s Twitter rival Threads to launch July 6, but will the crypto community budge?

Meta is planning to launch its new Twitter rival, Threads, on July 6, only days after Twitter’s “rate limit” debacle which has temporarily capped how many posts users can read per day.The platform, which is heavily tied to the photo and video-sharing social network Instag ...

Mark Cuban, John Reed Stark clash over the cause of FTX’s collapse

Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban has again locked horns with former securities official John Reed Stark, this time over who was ultimately to blame for FTX’s collapse and the impact on creditors. During a heated back-and-forth exchange, Cuban argued had the United States Securitie ...

OpenAI pauses ChatGPT’s Bing feature as users were jumping paywalls

ChatGPT’s Browse, a Bing-based search engine feature, has been temporarily disabled by OpenAI after a loophole enabled users to bypass paywalled content.In a July 4 tweet, OpenAI notified users of the temporary halt so it could patch the issue and “do right by content owners.&r ...

Advocates call for Hong Kong govt stablecoin to compete with Tether and USD Coin

Crypto and blockchain advocates have authored a report calling for the Hong Kong government to issue a stablecoin pegged to the region’s dollar, which could challenge the dominance of Tether and USD Coin.According to an English translation of a July 3 report provided by Chinese crypt ...

Google updates its privacy policy to allow data scraping for AI training

Google has made updates to its privacy policy that now allow it to take any publicly available data and use it for artificial intelligence (AI) training purposes. The update to the company’s privacy policy came on July 1 and can be compared to previous versions of the policy via a link pub ...

Winklevoss slams DCG’s Silbert — Not even SBF was ‘capable of such delusion’

Crypto exchange Gemini founder and CEO Cameron Winklevoss is again threatening to sue Digital Currency Group and its CEO Barry Silbert over delays in the resolution of Genesis for its Earn customers while slamming the CEOfor allegedly trying to play the victim card.In the July 4 “Ope ...

Bitcoin remains ‘primary focus’ for investors amid year highs: CoinShares

Bitcoin (BTC) has been the “primary focus” for institutional investors over the last two weeks, according to Coinshares, as the cryptocurrency continues to hit new prihighs for 2023. In a July 3 report from CoinShares’ Head of Research James Butterfill, the analyst noted ...

Kyle Davies to donate future OPNX earnings to 3AC creditors for ‘karma’

The co-founders of collapsed crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital (3AC) have pledged to donate a portion of earnings from their newest crypto venture to creditors who lost money in the fund’s 2022 collapse.In a July 3 Twitter Space, 3AC co-founder Kyle Davies said it would be &ldqu ...

BlackRock spot Bitcoin ETF filing names Coinbase as ‘surveillance-sharing’ partner

The most recent filing involving asset manager BlackRock’s attempt to launch a spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) included a “surveillance-sharing agreement” with cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase.According to a June 29 filing with the United States Securities and Exc ...

Twitter rival Mastodon’s active user base increases by 100K+

A day after Twitter imposed new limits on the number of posts users can see (based on their verification status), rival social media company Mastodon reported a significant increase in traffic. According to a July 2 post from Mastodon creator and CEO Eugen Rochko, the platform’s ...

SEC has pushed investors into ‘toxic’ crypto products and FTX: Winklevoss

For the last decade, the United States securities regulator has forced investors into “toxic” and “unregulated” crypto products, says Gemini co-founder Cameron Winklevoss.On July 2, the Winklevoss twin slammed the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)'s cons ...

Elon Musk imposes ‘rate limit’ on Twitter citing extreme ‘system manipulation’

Social media platform Twitter is temporarily limiting the number of posts that users will be allowed to read per day, after seeing “extreme levels of data scraping and system manipulation,” according to executive chairman Elon Musk. In a July 1 post, Musk said the temporary lim ...

Celsius Network approved to convert altcoins into BTC or ETH

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has approved bankrupt crypto lender Celsius Network’s plan to convert its altcoins into Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH).The order was issued by Judge Martin Glenn, and the liquidations will pave the way for the dis ...

Crypto ATM firm Bitcoin Depot will go public on Nasdaq starting July 3

Bitcoin Depot, one of the largest cryptocurrency ATM firms in the United States, has announced the closing of a merger deal allowing the company to go public.In a June 30 announcement, fintech firm GSR II Meteora Acquisition Corporation said its stockholders had approved the merger for the ...

Crypto Biz: Binance’s chaotic June, miners gear up for halving, Bitfinex’s Latam expansion

June was a tough month for Binance, as it faced stress tests worldwide after the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a lawsuit against the crypto exchange and its leadership.In a nutshell, over the past 30 days, the Belgian financial regulator ordered Binance to ce ...

$656M lost from crypto hacks, scams and rug pulls in H1 2023: Report

According to a June 30 report by Web3 security firm Beosin, the total value of cryptocurrencies lost in scams, hacks and rug pulls amounted to $656 million during the first half of 2023. This includes the loss of $471.43 million in 108 protocol attacks, $108 million in various phishing scams and ...

Crypto VC is struggling only from a North American perspective — Animoca Brands CEO

The crypto space has been in an uneven state around the world, with Web3 startups flourishing in the Middle East and Asia, while North American crypto entrepreneurs face challenges under tough macroeconomic and regulatory conditions, according to Animoca Brands CEO Yat Siu. Speaking w ...

South Korean crypto lending firm Delio under investigation by regulators

According to a report by local news outlet Digital Asset, South Korean crypto lending firm Delio is currently under investigation by the country's Financial Services Commission (FSC) as of June 30. The Commission alleges fraud, embezzlement, and breach of trust related to Delio's unilateral decis ...

US SEC deems spot Bitcoin ETFs filings as inadequate: Report

There may be a longer wait for a spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) in the United States, as the Securities and Exchange Commission labeled investment managers’ recent applications inadequate.According to The Wall Street Journal, the securities regulator told the Nasda ...

Universities use blockchain-based storage to protect and democratize data

Academic institutions house some of the world’s most important data generated from years of research. Yet centralized data storage models are becoming a concern for many universities looking to keep critical information safe and accessible. Danny O’Brien, a senior fellow at the Fileco ...

Blockchain Australia CEO calls for unified efforts to stamp out crypto scams

Blockchain Australia’s new CEO, Simon Callaghan, is urging Australia’s banks, the government and the crypto industry to come together to combat rising cryptocurrency scams.Speaking on the final day of Australian Blockchain Week in Melbourne on June 30, Callaghan announced that ...

Federal Reserve’s banking bailouts reach a new weekly high of $103B

The United States Federal Reserve ’s emergency fund for embattled banks has seen its highest level of distressed asset redemptions since its inception three months ago.The emergency lending program — known as the Bank Term Funding Program (BTFP) — was introduced ...

Coinbase layer-2 network Base closes in on mainnet launch

Base, a new layer 2 application-focused protocol by Coinbase, has just one criterion left to fulfill before being ready for mainnet launch.On June 29, the team said the Optimism-powered, Ethereum-secured network has been subject to six months of rigorous security audits — both intern ...

Crypto offers Africans a ‘lifeline’ from inflation and corruption, say execs

While many investors in the West may look to crypto to speculate the next biggest trend, blockchain technology is actually solving “real-world problems” in Africa such as hyperinflation and "corruption," executives told Cointelegraph.Speaking to Cointelegraph, Chris Maurice, fo ...

‘Sam Bankman-Fried really hurt the industry’ — Anthony Scaramucci

During a panel at Collision 2023 in Toronto, Anthony Scaramucci, founder of Skybridge Capital and former White House communications director, stated that disgraced crypto executive Sam Bankman-Fried “really hurt the industry in the United States from a regulatory perspective." Scaramucci con ...

Inflection AI raises $1.3B in funding led by Microsoft and Nvidia

On June 29, Palo Alto-based Inflection AI announced the completion of a $1.3 billion raise led by Microsoft, Reid Hoffman, Bill Gates, Eric Schmidt and Nvidia. The new capital will be partly allocated to building a 22,000-unit Nvidia H100 Tensor GPU cluster, which the company claims is the larges ...

Solana’s Cardinal shuts down, citing economic conditions

Solana’s Cardinal protocol is winding down operations due to economic conditions, nearly a year after raising $4.4 million to improve nonfungible tokens (NFT) utility. According to an announcement on Twitter, withdrawals should be made by Aug. 26. Cardinal Labs was an infrastruc ...

Major US banks get passing grade in ‘severe recession’ stress test

The American central bank has determined that all 23 of the country’s largest banks would be able to survive a severe recession following its “stress tests.”The report issued on June 28 also showed relative weakness among the midsize and regional banks, however, the stress test only requir ...

BlackRock lauds AI as ‘mega force’ to drive returns

Global investment titan BlackRock, which manages some $10 trillion in assets, has declared artificial intelligence a “mega force” that could create significant returns for investors in today’s “unusual” market.In its mid-year outlook report, the BlackRock Inve ...

Italy’s central bank calls for framework to prevent stablecoin runs

Italy’s top banking authority has called for a “robust, risk-based” regulatory framework for stablecoins, which could help prevent a worst case scenario — a “run” on stablecoins. The central bank’s recently released “Markets, Infrastruct ...

FTX reboot on the way: CEO holds talks with ‘interested parties’ — Report

Bankrupt crypto exchange FTX is one step closer to relaunching as an entirely new exchange.According to a June 28 report from The Wall Street Journal, FTX restructuring chief John Ray said the company had “begun the process of soliciting interested parties to the reboot of the FTX.co ...

Australian stock exchange may consider listing tokenized real-world assets

The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) is unlikely to directly list a cryptocurrency on its exchange but could consider an “appropriately-backed” tokenized real-world asset such as gold.Speaking to Cointelegraph, Dan Chesterman, the ASX’s chief information officer and group executive of ...

Maple Finance announces direct lending to fill the void left by BlockFi, Celsius

Web3 lending platform Maple Finance has announced the launch of a direct lending program, according to a June 28 fact sheet from the platform’s development team. The program is intended to replace services previously provided by Celsius, BlockFi and other now-bankrupt lenders.The fir ...

CFTC issues $54M default judgment against trader in crypto fraud scheme

On June 28th, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced that Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York had issued a default judgment that granted a permanent injunction against Michael Ackerman, a resident of Alliance, Ohio.  ...

$7.8B lost in crypto Ponzi and pyramid schemes in 2022: Report

According to a report published by blockchain intelligence firm TRM Labs on June 28, a combined $7.8 billion was paid to cryptocurrency pyramid and Ponzi schemes worldwide in 2022. In addition, another $1.5 billion in crypto was alleged by TRM to have been spent on darknets for illicit activities ...

Bitcoin ETF race gets hotter as ARK Invest adds surveillance agreement to application

ARK Investment Management has amended its spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) application with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, making it similar to BlackRock’s recent filing. The amendments include a surveillance sharing agreement with the Ch ...

MicroStrategy buys $347M worth of Bitcoin amid market thaw

On June 28, software analytics firm MicroStrategy announced the corporate purchase of 12,333 Bitcoin (BTC), worth $347 million at the time of publication. After the transaction, the total balance of BTC owned by MicroStrategy increased to 152,333 ($4.52 billion), with an average purchase price of ...

Open source: Buzzword or real security for crypto wallets?

Last month, hardware crypto wallet manufacturer Ledger announced its “Ledger Recover” program designed to allow customers to back up their seed phrases to the cloud and link it with their real-world identity.The announcement was met with heavy pushback from the crypto community, as many sa ...

FTX alleges former exec used ‘hush money’ to silence whistleblowers

FTX has filed a lawsuit against a former regulatory and compliance executive at the exchange, alleging he made a series of payments attempting to prevent staff from blowing the whistle about the exchange’s issues.On June 27, FTX filed a lawsuit against Daniel Friedberg who held multiple ro ...

FTX suspends $500M sale of stake in AI firm Anthropic: Report

The sale of FTX's $500 million stake in artificial intelligence startup Anthropic has reportedly been put on hold, adding a potential delay to the bankrupt crypto exchange's efforts to fill a $2 billion hole remaining in its balance sheet.Citing people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg&n ...