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  2. Cryptocurrency exchange Binance launched its NFT marketplace on Thursday. The platform allows users, including artists, creators, and crypto enthusiasts, to mint and trade non-fungible tokens (NFTs). It employs Binance’s blockchain infrastructure and features various forms of digital artwork and collectibles. NFT Collection Brings Together Celebrated Artists in a ‘Genesis’ Auction The long-awaited Binance NFT Marketplace is now live, the world’s leading digital asset exchange announced. The platform kicks off with a premium event auction called ‘Genesis,’ its first ‘Mystery Box’ collection,
  3. U.K.’s financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), has warned that 111 companies are offering crypto services in the country without proper registration. “This is a very real risk so we are worried about that,” said the regulator’s head of enforcement and market oversight. 111 Unregistered Firms Operating in the UK Britain’s financial watchdog, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), has identified 111 companies operating in the crypto space without necessary registration, Reuters reported Tuesday. The FCA head of enforcement and market oversight, Mark Steward, told City &
  4. The Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway (Finanstilsynet) has cautioned investors about investing in cryptocurrencies as the price of bitcoin plunged Tuesday. “There is a strong need for a legal framework and investor protection if cryptocurrency is to be able to become a suitable form of investment for consumers,” the regulator’s consumer coordinator wrote. Norway’s Financial Regulator Warns of Crypto Risks Norway’s financial regulator, Finanstilsynet, posted a notice on its website Tuesday warning about the risks of investing in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. It is written by the
  5. PRESS RELEASE. Bitcoin.com Exchange is thrilled to announce the listing of SENT, being available to trade on the 23rd June 2021 at 10:00AM UTC. SENT is the native governance token of the Trade The Chain global community of crypto traders and enthusiasts, and was built to help traders make better decisions. The founding team is composed of veterans with backgrounds in asset management, prime brokerage, journalism, and more. SENT has started trading with USDT as a pair. What is SENT? SENT prioritizes community and ensures fair distribution of tokens. Token holders participate in the governance
  6. E-Livestock Global, a venture-funded social enterprise, recently launched a blockchain-based livestock traceability system for Zimbabwean cattle farmers. The Mastercard “Provenance solution”-powered system, claiming to be the first of its kind in Africa, aims to bring “end-to-end visibility to the cattle supply chain.” It could also help Zimbabwean farmers prove the origin and health records of their cattle while reducing risks to buyers. Solution Brings Hope to Zimbabwe Cattle Farmers According to a statement released by Mastercard, this solution could not only bring hope to farmers who lost
  7. Canaan Inc., the crypto mining rig manufacturer based in Beijing, has announced the company plans to mine cryptocurrencies in Kazakhstan. The company says that the firm’s next-generation Avalonminer mining rigs are already deployed in the world’s largest landlocked country. Canaan Joins the Bitcoin Mining Fray The publicly-listed company Canaan (Nasdaq: CAN) has revealed the firm is entering the fray of bitcoin mining with its own self-operated mining business. Canaan is one of the oldest bitcoin mining hardware manufacturers in the world as it was founded by Nangeng Zhang in 2013. In the co
  8. The non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace Rarible has revealed the company has raised $14.2 million in a Series A funding round. Rarible details the funds will be leveraged to take NFTs to the mainstream and announced integration with the consumer-centric blockchain called Flow. Rarible Raises $14.2M in Series A Funding Round On Wednesday, the NFT marketplace Rarible, a protocol for creating, selling, and collecting non-fungible, blockchain-based collectibles, revealed the organization raised more than $14 million. The Series A funding round was led by Venrock, Coinfund, and 01 Advisors and th
  9. South Korean authorities have identified thousands of tax evaders as part of an intensifying crackdown on tax dodging among crypto investors. Following a prolonged investigation, the government has reportedly seized cryptocurrency worth millions of dollars. Tax Agents Target Wealthy Tax Evaders in Greater Seoul Area More than 53 billion Korean won ($47 million) in crypto assets have been confiscated from 12,000 people who allegedly tried to hide money from the government. The funds were in bitcoin (BTC), ethereum (ETH) and other cryptocurrencies, Reuters reported quoting the government of Gy
  10. The Bank of International Settlements (BIS) says that it is now clear that cryptocurrencies are not money but speculative assets, emphasizing that in many cases they are used “to facilitate money laundering, ransomware attacks, and other financial crimes.” BIS Criticizes Cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin The Bank of International Settlements published its annual economic report Wednesday, discussing cryptocurrencies, particularly bitcoin, as well as central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). The BIS explained that “Several recent developments have placed a number of potential innovations involving dig
  11. Bitcoin ATM provider Chainbytes is setting up a bitcoin ATM manufacturing hub in El Salvador. The move follows the country passing a bill making bitcoin legal tender. The company plans to make El Salvador “the manufacturing hub of bitcoin ATMs for all of the Americas.” Bitcoin ATMs Coming to El Salvador U.S.-headquartered Chainbytes LLC, a bitcoin ATM provider, announced Tuesday that it is launching operations in El Salvador, the country which recently passed a bill making bitcoin legal tender. Chainbytes revealed that it plans “to make El Salvador the manufacturing hub of bitcoin ATMs for a
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  13. Visa Inc. and Paypal have invested in Blockchain Capital’s new fund. The venture capital firm focuses exclusively on the crypto ecosystem and blockchain technology. Blockchain Capital Raises $300M for Its New Fund Blockchain Capital announced Tuesday that it has raised $300 million for its 5th venture capital fund (Fund V). Paypal and Visa were among the investors. Others include pension funds, major university endowments, and family offices from around the world, the company said, adding that select investors, including Paypal and Visa, will participate in its strategic partnership program.
  14. Upland has just hit a major milestone in their platform, and for the NFT landscape as a whole. Being one of the world’s fastest growing digital metaverses, Upland’s users have recently minted the millionth NFT property on the platform. Not long after being featured on CBS/Paramount Plus’ 60 Minutes+, Upland, the property trading metaverse, has reached a record-breaking milestone by surpassing over one million NFT properties minted in just 18 months since its inception. Upland is one of the world’s fastest growing blockchain games, with an active community of tens of thousands of daily activ
  15. Coinbase is now registered as a cryptocurrency exchange to operate in Japan. The Japanese financial regulator has approved Coinbase to trade five cryptocurrencies. Japan’s top financial regulator, the Financial Services Agency (FSA), announced last week that it has registered Coinbase as a crypto exchange service provider based on the revised Fund Settlement Act. According to the FSA, Coinbase is approved to trade bitcoin (BTC), bitcoin cash (BCH), ether (ETH), stellar lumen (XLM), and litecoin (LTC). The approved entity is a Japanese subsidiary of Coinbase Global, a Nasdaq-listed company. C
  16. The American economist, financial commentator, and gold bug Peter Schiff had a lot to say about bitcoin’s price sliding on Tuesday. Schiff has always claimed bitcoin’s value will one day drop to nothing. This week he insists bitcoin’s chart shows a head and shoulders top pattern with a “neckline around $30K the pattern measures a move to zero.” Schiff Believes Microstrategy Will Sell Every Last Satoshi After bitcoin (BTC) dropped 10% Monday during the overnight and into the morning sessions on Tuesday, Peter Schiff took to his soapbox on Twitter and hammered the leading crypto asset. Schiff o
  17. A South African bank, Absa, has reportedly blocked use of its credit cards for users buying cryptocurrencies on international exchanges, according to one media report. The claims come after clients of the financial institution reported receiving a text message informing them of the suspension of online payments made to leading crypto exchange, Binance. Binance’s Alleged Non-Compliance With South African Regulations According to a Mybroadband report, Absa’s private banking contact center initially suggested that the new measures, which are believed to have gone into effect on June 18, 2021, we
  18. Amber Group, a Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency trading company, has attained “unicorn” status. The company managed to raise $100 million in its Series B funding round. With the new influx, the company is now valued at one billion dollars, making it a unicorn. Amber Group’s strategy is said to make them market neutral, allowing customers to garner gains in bullish or bearish markets. Amber Group Reaches Unicorn Status Amber Group, an algorithmic trading company, reached unicorn status in its latest funding round. The company, formed by former Morgan Stanley traders almost entirely, raised $100
  19. The STC Terminal will be launched by the end of July 2021 and will be a major milestone in the wide-scale tokenization of the economy. It will make issuing a token accessible to everyone, including individuals, organizations, corporations, startups and decentralized finance (DeFi) projects. What Is the Student Coin Terminal? Student Coin is a platform that allows users to easily design, create, and manage personal, corporate, NFT, and DeFi tokens. The ecosystem is powered by its STC native cryptocurrency and consists of several services including the STC Wallet, the STC Exchange, the STC App
  20. On Tuesday, Stronghold Digital Mining, Inc., an ESG-friendly cryptocurrency miner announced it has raised $105 million in two private equity securities funding rounds. Stronghold’s operations convert waste coal into alternative energy in order to mine bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. ESG-Friendly Crypto Miner Turns Coal Waste to Bitcoin, Operation Raises $100M While many have been focused on the environmental concerns stemming from outdated reports and maps, a number of ESG-friendly cryptocurrency mining firms have been making moves in the industry. Stronghold Digital Mining is a Pennsylva
  21. The National Bank of Rwanda (NBR) has become the latest African central bank to join the digital currency movement after an employee confirmed the institution is studying the possibilities of issuing its own digital currency. CBDC Implications on Financial Stability According to the employee, John Karamuka, this study will be looking at economic, financial, and technical aspects related to central bank digital currencies (CBDC), as well as “the operationalization model.” The study will also analyze the “implication of the CBDC on monetary policy and financial stability.” However, in his rem
  22. The Bank of France has successfully completed an experiment involving the use of CBDC to settle listed securities. The test has been carried out with the help of an alliance of partners led by SEBA Bank, a digital asset banking provider based in the Swiss crypto valley. Central Bank and Crypto Company Conduct Successful CBDC Test As part of a program launched in March 2020, central bank digital currency (CBDC) has been used to simulate the settlement of listed securities, Bank of France announced in a press release published Monday. On June 18, the regulator simulated the issuance of CBDC to
  23. The island country of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea has been known to be friendly toward cryptocurrency solutions and blockchain technology for years now. According to a regional report, government sources say more than $70 billion moved through the country over past years while regulations were lax. Furthermore, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) was critical of Malta at a recent confidential meeting. Members of a Confidential FATF Meeting Critical of Malta “Sources privy to [a] confidential FATF meeting,” said that the financial regulator is concerned about Malta, according to a regio
  24. Authorities seized more than 400 Bitcoin miners in Venezuela this weekend in two major confiscations. Local reports indicate military personnel seized 332 miners from a transport truck. In another procedure, authorities seized 72 miners hidden in a house. These activities resulted in the apprehension of four individuals. Mining in Venezuela is perfectly legal, but it requires permits and licenses from Sunacrip. 400+ Miners Seized Authorities in Venezuela seized more than 400 mining machines last weekend in two separate events. In the first, 332 miners were seized at a control checkpoint in th
  25. The independent, publicly-traded business intelligence company Microstrategy announced the acquisition of 13,005 bitcoin on Monday, at a purchase price of approximately $489 million in cash. The company’s CEO Michael Saylor revealed the latest purchase on Twitter, and the firm now has more than 100,000 bitcoins on its balance sheet. Microstrategy Now Holds 105,085 Bitcoin Michael Saylor’s firm Microstrategy now has approximately 105,085 bitcoins which it bought for around $2.741 billion. Using the purchasing average, the company says it purchased all the BTC at around “$26,080 per bitcoin, in
  26. The U.S. government is selling bitcoin and litecoin worth $377K via the General Services Administration (GSA). The auction closes at 5 p.m. on Monday, with the possibility of an extended closing time. The government auction house is selling the digital assets in 11 lots and so far, the lots have seen active bidding. The GSA Auction House Has Close to Ten Bitcoin and 150 Litecoin for Sale, Auction Ends Today From June 18 to Monday, June 21, the General Services Administration, otherwise known as the GSA, is auctioning two types of crypto assets. GSA auction bidders can try to buy 11 lots of cr
  27. China’s central bank has sent notice to the country’s financial institutions instructing them to stop dealing with cryptocurrency transactions. The disclosure notes that the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) aims to protect Chinese citizens and “combat the speculation of Bitcoin and other virtual currency transactions.” PBOC Tells Banks to Stop Dealing With Crypto Exchanges and OTC Desks On June 21, 2021, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) issued a notice to a number of financial institutions concerning crypto transactions. The PBOC says it has discussed the issue of cryptocurrencies with financ
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