New Spanish Regulations to Target Crypto Investment Ads

As part of regulations that are set to become effective in mid-February, crypto-asset investment promoters will be required to inform the Spanish securities watchdog of the contents of any ad that targets over 100,000 people. 10-Day Advance Notice Rule The Spanish government has tasked the country’s securities watchdog with authorizing advertisements that promote cryptocurrencies, a report has said. Also, as part of the new measures, crypto-asset investment promoters will be required to notify the Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores (CNMV) of any promotional campaign that targets more than 100,000…

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French Connection Finance: FCF Pay Partners With 500+ E-Commerce and in-Store Merchants

French Connection Finance (FCF) is a dividend generating cryptocurrency that runs on the Binance Smart Chain (BSC) network. FCF is building an ecosystem that benefits investors whilst developing products that have strong real-world value. This story will cover four exciting aspects of FCF’s project: 1) The innovative and rewarding ecosystem 2) FCF Pay – a premier crypto and fiat payment gateway 3) New partnership (500+ e-commerce and brick & mortar stores) 4) Upcoming exchange listings The Rewarding Ecosystem Get paid to do nothing. Okay, not nothing – but almost nothing.…

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Australian Regulator Warns Against Investing Retirement Funds in ‘High Risk’ Crypto-Assets

An Australian regulator has warned residents seeking to self-manage their retirement funds to be wary of investing in crypto-asset investments that promise high returns in a short space of time. The regulator reiterates in the warning that crypto-assets are a high-risk and speculative investment. Scammer Tactics The Australian financial services regulator, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), has warned residents that self-manage their superannuation funds to be wary of scammers that are using the lure of quick and high returns offered by crypto assets to defraud unsuspecting victims. The…

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How a GOP majority in Congress might handle Biden in 2023

Republicans are feeling so good about their chances of retaking Congress this fall that they’re already debating their governing relationship with President Joe Biden. And they’re divided over how to handle their potential big wins. With Biden and Democrats floundering right now, the GOP is increasingly favored to vault back to partial power in Washington by flipping the House, and potentially also the Senate, in the coming midterms. What comes next isn’t quite clear: Some Republicans are mulling ways to collaborate with Biden on issues like trade, energy or tech;…

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Dems stare down another failure to deliver for their base

Democrats are back in a familiar spot this week, pushing hard for legislation they know will fail. And they’re grappling openly with what to tell their voters when they come up short. In many ways, Democrats’ bind on their election reform legislation is a sequel to the stalemate they’re trapped in on their $1.7 trillion party-line social spending plan. Both bills, which have no GOP support, pitted the party’s base and most of its members against Senate centrist resistance. But Democratic leaders set the stakes even higher for their bid…

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The Republican War Over a Republican State

STAR, Idaho — The Republican primary for governor was still months away, but in the packed city hall chambers in this Oregon Trail town 18 miles west of Boise, the campaign was already heated. Six candidates — two each for governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state — had accepted the invitation from the county Republican women’s club to make their case to the 75 or so citizens who filled the folding chairs and stood at the back. Cowboy hats outnumbered face masks. The stakes in Idaho’s primary next May…

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GOP pulls debate threat from Trump playbook

Donald Trump thumbed his nose at traditional retail politics, preferring large rallies and appearances on conservative TV. In defeat, he refused to deliver the familiar concession speech and instead falsely claimed that his Republican or Democratic opponents stole elections. Now it’s the presidential debates that are about to get a Trump makeover. They may never be the same again. With last week’s Trump-inspired threat to boycott 2024 debates sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates, the Republican National Committee began priming the electorate for a race in which the GOP…

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Bitpay Statistics Show the Use of Bitcoin for Payments Is Dwindling

The use of bitcoin as a digital currency for payments has gone down significantly, according to the numbers stemming from Bitpay, one of the leading cryptocurrency payments processors. While most of the purchases were made with bitcoin back in 2020, this dominance has dwindled, opening the space for other tokens and currencies, such as ethereum and stablecoins, to enter the crypto payments arena. Bitcoin Use for Payments Diminished in 2021, Bitpay States Bitcoin’s use as digital payments currency has dwindled since 2020. This was the conclusion that Bitpay, one of…

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Crypto Job Postings Increased 400% in 2021 According to Linkedin

According to new data from Linkedin, a professional work-based social network, the number of cryptocurrency-related job postings soared in 2021. The increase was even higher than the general increase in tech-related job postings. The nature of these posts is also diversifying, with various industries requiring people with crypto know-how. Linkedin Says Crypto Jobs Are on the Rise An analysis of the cryptocurrency jobs sector made by the work-based social network Linkedin found that cryptocurrency job postings soared in 2021 even when compared to other growing fields. The company stated that…

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ETH 2.0 Contract Surpasses 9 Million Ethereum Worth $28 Billion

The number of ether locked in the Ethereum 2.0 contract has exceeded 9 million ethereum or more than $28 billion using today’s exchange rates. The amount of ethereum locked into the contract has increased 22.29% since the first week of September 2021, when the contract held 7.4 million ether. Ethereum 2.0 Contract Exceeds 9 Million Ether While the proof-of-work (PoW) side of the Ethereum network has seen its hashrate tap all-time highs above 1 petahash per second (PH/s) this year, the transition to Ethereum 2.0 continues with ether being locked…

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Lucrosus Capital Launched $LUCA – Decentralized Venture Capital (DeVC)

PRESS RELEASE. The cryptocurrency market in the last months has witnessed the enormous success of promising valuable blockchain projects. Nevertheless, even investors from traditional markets are starting to detect the real potential of cryptocurrencies. They pour vast amounts of funds into the blockchain market. Therefore, the biggest success boom of promising projects is yet to come in 2022 and it is a good time to invest at current lower prices. This is a desirable situation for Venture Capital funds because demand for their services is rapidly increasing. However, their target…

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Pakistani Bank Asks Customers to Avoid Conducting Crypto Transactions

A major bank in Pakistan has reportedly asked its customers to avoid conducting cryptocurrency transactions. Bank Alfalah’s action came shortly after the State Bank of Pakistan, the country’s central bank, submitted a report to the Sindh High Court recommending a complete ban on cryptocurrency. Bank Alfalah Asks Customers to Avoid Conducting Crypto Transactions Pakistani Bank Alfalah has reportedly started sending SMS alerts to its customers, asking them to avoid carrying out cryptocurrency transactions using its banking channels. Incorporated in 1992, Bank Alfalah is one of the largest private banks in…

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India’s Prime Minister Modi Calls for Global Collaboration on Crypto — Says ‘We Have to Have a Similar Mindset’

India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, has called on governments worldwide to collaborate on cryptocurrency. He pointed out that “The kind of technology that is associated with it, the decisions taken by a single country will be insufficient to deal with its challenges.” Indian Prime Minister Urges ‘Every Country, Every Global Agency’ to Collaborate on Cryptocurrency Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about cryptocurrency at the World Economic Forum’s virtual Davos Agenda conference Monday. “The challenges we have been facing are also increasing. To counter these, there is a need for…

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Singapore Restricts Crypto Ads — Central Bank Says Crypto Trading Not Suitable for the General Public

Singapore’s central bank has issued guidelines to discourage cryptocurrency trading by the general public. The central bank emphasized that “the trading of cryptocurrencies is highly risky and not suitable for the general public.” Singapore’s Central Bank Discouraging Crypto Trading by the General Public The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the nation’s central bank, announced Monday that it has issued guidelines “to discourage cryptocurrency trading by [the] general public.” The guidelines restrict cryptocurrency trading service providers from promoting their digital payment token (DPT) services to the general public. DPT is commonly…

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25% of US Adults Plan to Start Investing in Crypto, Survey Shows

A U.S. consumer survey shows that 25% of respondents who currently do not own cryptocurrency plan to start investing in crypto. “2021 was a good year for crypto. Of the respondents that own crypto, more than half reported that they had just started investing in the space within the last year.” ‘2021 was a good year for crypto’ Cryptocurrency exchange Huobi released a report titled “Crypto Perception Report 2022” Thursday. The report includes “an in-depth survey to learn how the average person views cryptocurrencies, their thoughts on emerging trends, and…

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Trump superfans dream of a run again, and of JFK Jr. on the ticket

FLORENCE, Ariz. — Ray Kallatsa is a die-hard Trumper who “definitely” wants to see former President Donald Trump run for office again in 2024. So it was natural that he’d travel from Tucson to see Trump’s first rally of 2022. But as Kallatsa stood there on Saturday, pondering whom he would like to see as Trump’s next veep — from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, to former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, to onetime national security adviser turned ardent conspiracy theorist Mike Flynn — an unorthodox idea came to him. “JFK…

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ADALend: A New Perspective On Native Cardano DeFi From the Eyes of ADALend’s CEO

A scalable, trustless, and decentralized lending protocol called ADALend is being developed to allow users to operate in a self-governed environment. They made a commitment from the beginning to build natively on the Cardano blockchain, which will allow the lending platform to aggregate protocols that support business models that provide economic support to billions of customers. According to a recent interview with Kaspars Koskins, CEO at ADALend, The company will be an innovative platform to lend digital assets backed by the technology of smart contracts. The platform will allow its…

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15 Privacy Coins See Double-Digit Weekly Gains, Monero Jumps 13%, Secret Gains 50%

Despite the fact that regulations have tightened and bureaucrats worldwide are scrutinizing cryptocurrency usage, a few privacy coins have jumped considerably higher in value over the last week. Monero jumped 13% during the last seven days, while the token secret increased 50%, and dusk spiked by 47% this past week. Monero, Secret, Dusk Network Values Spike This week a few privacy-centric crypto assets have seen double-digit percentage gains over the last seven days. According to metrics stemming from coingecko.com’s list of privacy coin market capitalizations, there’s $12.2 billion worth of…

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Bitcoin, Ethereum, Monero Hashrates Tap Lifetime Highs — Dash, ETC, LTC Hashpower Lower Than Prior ATHs

During the first month of 2022, both Bitcoin and Ethereum’s hashrates have climbed to all-time highs (ATHs). While Bitcoin’s hashpower surged to over 200 exahash per second (EH/s), Ethereum’s hashpower jumped to over 1 petahash per second (PH/s). A few mineable digital asset networks, however, saw their hashrates decline since their ATHs and the processing power behind these protocols hasn’t returned back to the highs captured long ago. While Some Hashrates Skyrocket, Processing Power From Other Crypto Networks Remains Lackluster At the time of writing, Bitcoin’s processing power is coasting…

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PlaceWar Co-Founder Myrtle Anne Ramos Talks Gamified Internet Culture, Metaverse and Play-to-Earn

PlaceWar is a decentralized strategic play-to-earn game universe deployed on a multi-chain with highly engaging artillery gameplay that allows players to create and define the outlook of the in-game world through building, battles, and alliances. Myrtle Anne Ramos is the Co-Founder and CEO of PlaceWar. She recently joined the Bitcoin.com News Podcast to talk about the game: Myrtle Anne Ramos is the founder of the Award Winning PR Firm of 2020 by PitchDeck Asia (Marketing, Growth Hacking, Sales, Social Media Management, Giving opportunities to people, Media Distribution Services, Investor Relations,…

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Report: Walmart Trademark Filings Hint at Retailer’s Intent to Produce Metaverse and NFT Concepts

According to a recent report, the American multinational retail corporation that operates a chain of department stores, Walmart Inc., is seemingly prepping to enter the industry of non-fungible token (NFT) technology and metaverse concepts. Walmart USPTO Trademark Filings Are Littered With Descriptions of NFTs, Blockchain Tech, Digital Collectibles, Metaverse, and Virtual Department Store Games On January 16, CNBC contributor Lauren Thomas published a report that says “Walmart is quietly preparing to enter the metaverse.” That’s according to seven filings stemming from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The trademark…

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Cardano Price Surges After Metaverse Project Launch, ADA Gains More Than 30% in 7 Days

The smart contract token cardano has surged in value during the last 24 hours after a metaverse project called Pavia launched. Seven-day statistics indicate that cardano’s price has spiked 30.9% over the week and took over the fifth-largest crypto market cap position on Sunday evening (EST). NFT and Metaverse Project Pavia Pushes Cardano’s Price Higher Cardano (ADA) has seen a price increase during the last seven days and 24-hour stats show ADA has jumped 9.5% against the U.S. dollar. Cardano is a smart contract network, similar to Ethereum, and during…

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Kristi Noem’s on a Political Rocket Ship. But Don’t Rule Out a Crash.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — One Saturday last fall, around the opening of South Dakota’s pheasant hunting season, a crowd of businesspeople and political benefactors who’d come to meet and hunt with the state’s governor, Kristi Noem, trickled back to the Sheraton for dinner and an auction. The whole weekend had been billed as a business recruiting event for South Dakota, and auction proceeds went to conservation efforts in the state. But the vibe was almost indistinguishable from a typical political fundraiser: an evening, closed to the press, where donors mingled…

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Dems push to back a hot, clean energy source

Clean energy advocates who have turned the wind and sun into an energy boom are hoping to do the same with a resource that lies thousands of feet below the ground: the Earth’s own heat. Geothermal energy has been used for decades to run power plants. But now, with the potential infusion of billions in federal money, it could be on the cusp of technological breakthroughs that allow it to grow from a tiny sliver of the energy market into a global force that helps to combat climate change. Backers…

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’Not a tolerable situation’: Patient groups take aim at CMS over Alzheimer’s coverage decision

Drugmakers and patient advocacy groups are waging a campaign to cast Medicare officials as villains after the program limited coverage of a pricey new Alzheimer’s drug and demanded tougher criteria than the FDA to prove it works. Their goal is to strong arm the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services into covering Aduhelm, the $28,200-per-year drug, for far more people. The effort comes in response to Medicare’s decision to only cover Biogen’s new treatment for patients enrolled in ongoing clinical trials, effectively cutting off access to the first new Alzheimer’s…

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Opinion | Where MLK’s Vision Is Starting to Be Realized

In championing nonviolent protest to dismantle Jim Crow segregation, Martin Luther King Jr. always reminded his audience of his ultimate vision for America: “the creation of the Beloved Community,” a world in which all people could live together “as brothers in community, and not continually live with bitterness and friction.” For King, the Beloved Community was not a utopian abstraction but a realistic — if radical — vision for racial integration and reconciliation that a critical mass of committed citizens could achieve. Getting there required gathering information about existing systems…

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Dock Launches Ambassador Program

PRESS RELEASE. On a mission to increase brand awareness, grow the community, and promote their upcoming projects, Dock has launched an Ambassador program. In return for executing various tasks including creating extra content to promote an update or launch, translating a blog post, or sharing social media posts, Ambassadors will earn rewards in DOCK tokens. Dock is seeking ambassadors from a wide variety of skills backgrounds to join the program, they will play an important role in growing and maintaining Dock’s community, set up local language groups, translate blog posts,…

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Business Advisory Firm Expects Criminal Cryptocurrency Transactions to Fall by 30% by 2024

Gartner, an advisory firm, has predicted that criminal cryptocurrency transactions or transfers will fall by 30% by 2024. The firm says factors such as the transparency of the blockchain, as well as the democratization of fraud prevention tools, will contribute to this decline in such transactions. Blockchain Transparency Despite the surge in the value of crypto-related crimes recorded in the past year, Gartner, a business advisory firm, predicts that “successful cryptocurrency thefts and ransomware payments will drop by 30%” in two years’ time. According to Gartner, such a drop will…

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Most Defi Hacks in 2021 Had to Do With Centralization Issues, According to Certik

Certik, a blockchain security and auditing firm, has reported that the most common attack vector for hacks in decentralized finance (defi) protocols had to do with centralization in 2021. This data is present in Certik’s latest report, where the company also examines the growth of defi in 2021, and how other chains such as Avalanche and BSC rose as alternatives to Ethereum’s high fees. Centralization Costs Defi Protocols $1.3 Billion in 2021 A new report issued by Certik, a blockchain security and auditing firm, has revealed that centralization issues in…

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Konami’s Castlevania Anniversary NFT Sale Raises Over $160K

Konami, a Japanese game developer and software publisher, raised more than $160K in its first foray into the non-fungible token (NFT) scene. This was the result of an NFT auction related to the 35th anniversary of Castlevania, one of its most popular franchises. The end result contrasts with what other companies have experienced so far, facing a negative backslash regarding these activities. Konami Takes to Opensea With Castlevania NFTs Konami, one of the most recognized Japanese gaming development companies, raised more than $160K in sales during its first NFT related…

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