Russian Oil Companies Propose to Mine Cryptocurrencies at Their Wells

Companies involved in oil production in Russia have come up with a project to organize the mining of cryptocurrencies right next to the oil fields they are exploiting. Data centers devoted to coin minting can be powered by the excess gas released during oil extraction which would otherwise be wasted. Ministries and Central Bank Review Crypto Mining Project by Russian Oil Industry Government institutions in Moscow are now discussing an initiative launched by Russia’s oil companies to start mining cryptocurrency at their extraction sites. The industry is proposing to utilize…

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Next-Generation Cryptocurrency LTNM to List on FMFW.Io Exchange (Formerly Bitcoin.com Exchange)

PRESS RELEASE. Palo Alto, October 18, 2021 – LTNM, the next generation insured asset-backed cryptocurrency, continues to gain momentum and expand its global acceptance as it announced today it will be listed on FMFW.io Exchange (formerly known as Bitcoin.com Exchange), a top-tier cryptocurrency exchange. This represents a milestone for both parties – one where LTNM will list on one of the world’s leading exchanges, while FWFW.io will be the second crypto exchange to list it. LTNM will be available for trading with BTC and USDT pairs, and the official trading…

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FTX Raises $420 Million in Series B-1 — Crypto Exchange Commands $25 Billion Valuation

The digital currency exchange FTX Trading Limited announced the firm has raised more than $420 million in a Series B-1 fundraise. The capital raise follows the crypto exchange’s financing round at the end of July when FTX raised $900 million. After the raise was announced on October 21, FTX said the firm’s estimated valuation is around $25 billion today. Crypto Exchange Giant FTX Raises $420 Million in Series B-1 On Thursday, the crypto asset exchange FTX revealed it raised more funds in a Series B-1 financing round. The company raised…

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$2.2 Trillion Asset Manager Pimco Looking to Trade Cryptocurrencies, CIO Says

Pimco, an asset manager with $2.2 trillion under management, is looking to start trading cryptocurrencies. “We’re trading from a relative value perspective,” the firm’s chief investment officer said. Pimco’s clients include central banks, sovereign wealth funds, public and private pension funds, financial and non-financial corporations, foundations, and endowments. Pimco Getting Into Crypto Pimco’s chief investment officer, Daniel Ivascyn, told CNBC in an interview Wednesday that his company is looking to trade digital assets, noting that some of its hedge fund portfolios are already investing in crypto-linked securities. Pimco, an asset…

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Tesla Hodls Bitcoin in Q3, Elon Musk Tweets BTC at $69K Meme

Tesla is currently holding bitcoin worth $1.26 billion on its balance sheet, the company’s third-quarter earnings report shows. The electric car company reported a bitcoin-related impairment of $51 million in the quarter. Meanwhile, CEO Elon Musk tweeted a meme showing the price of bitcoin at $69K and ether at $4.2K. Tesla Continues to Hold Bitcoin on Balance Sheet Elon Musk’s electric car company, Tesla (Nasdaq: TSLA), released its third-quarter earnings report Wednesday. The company posted $13.757 billion in revenue, a 57% increase from the same period last year. It wrote:…

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US Public Pension Fund for Firefighters Adds Bitcoin and Ether Worth $25 Million to Portfolio

The $5.5 billion pension fund for the U.S. city of Houston’s firefighters has announced an investment in bitcoin and ether. “This investment marks the first announced investment in digital assets by a public pension plan in the U.S.” ‘A Watershed Moment for Bitcoin and Its Place in Public Pensions’ The Houston Firefighters’ Relief and Retirement Fund (HFRRF), the pension fund for the city of Houston’s firefighters, announced Thursday that it had purchased bitcoin and ether for the defined benefit plan’s portfolio. The announcement describes: This investment marks the first announced…

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Carbon Credit Token MCO2 Is Now Listed on Gemini – Learn About the Green Asset Set to Save the Planet

MCO2 is a carbon credit token traded by Moss.Earth. One MCO2 token is equivalent to one carbon credit. It is now possible to find this asset available on the largest exchanges on the planet, such as Gemini. The token goes through several processes to guarantee the security and reliability of the product. MCO2 Is the First Carbon Credit Based Token on Gemini The MCO2 token is an asset that makes the carbon credit market more democratic, secure, dynamic, and liquid. Carbon credits are no longer just an extra expense for…

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Rap Star Snoop Dogg Teams up With the Harlem Globetrotters in an NFT Sitcom

On October 20, the iconic rap star Snoop Dogg announced he’s participating in a non-fungible token (NFT) sitcom with the popular basketball team the Harlem Globetrotters. According to the announcement, the NFT drop is part of a campaign featuring a limited edition Snoop Dogg and Globetrotters NFT collection. NFT Whale Snoop Dogg Partners With the Harlem Globetrotters It’s well known that the musician and American rapper Snoop Dogg is a fan of cryptocurrencies and non-fungible token (NFT) assets. In recent times, the crypto community discovered that Snoop was a crypto…

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Australia Needs Regulations to Facilitate Crypto Business, Senate Committee Reports

A Senate committee in Australia has made a number of proposals to address the lack of proper regulations for the cryptocurrency space. The lawmakers believe the country needs new rules for its fintech and digital asset industries to be able to compete with jurisdictions that are already attracting some of its own crypto firms. Senate Committee Calls for Accommodating Crypto Rules in Australia The rapid expansion of the crypto space has caught many governments by surprise, but while other nations are already providing market participants with some regulatory clarity, Australia…

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As the Crypto Economy Nears $3 Trillion, Top 10 Crypto Exchanges Hold Over $206B, More Than 7%

The crypto economy has come awfully close to nearing the $3 trillion handle as far as the value of all 10,000+ crypto assets is concerned. Today, crypto market aggregation sites show the entire crypto-economy at $2.756 trillion is worth more than the value of Apple’s market cap at $2.467. Furthermore, the top ten crypto-asset exchanges, in terms of cryptocurrencies held in reserves, hold more than $200 billion or 7.47% of the entire crypto economy. 10 Centralized Crypto Exchanges Hold 7.47% of Crypto Economy’s Value in Custody Digital currencies are far…

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Ethereum Jumps 21% Higher This Week, Second Largest Crypto Market Nears All-Time High

After bitcoin reached its all-time high (ATH) on Wednesday, the second-largest crypto asset in terms of market capitalization, ethereum, is nearing its own ATH. The last time the crypto asset hit an ATH was five months ago on May 12. Ethereum Climbs 46% in 30 Days, Commands Half Trillion Market Cap The digital currency ethereum (ETH) came awfully close to surpassing its all-time high this week, reaching $4,379 per unit on the exchange Deribit. That’s only 0.1141% away from the ATH ethereum tapped five months ago ($4,384) on May 12,…

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Nigerian Agency Refuses Blockchain Start-Up Application — Says Tech Not Recognized by Government

Nigeria’s company registration agency, the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), reportedly rejected an application for registration by a start-up on the basis that blockchain is yet to be recognized by the Nigerian government. Decision Disappoints Blockchain Community According to a report, the unnamed start-up, which is building an API connection for blockchain gaming rewards, was told the agency will only process the application once the reference to blockchain technology is resolved. The CAC reportedly wrote: “Blockchain is yet to be recognised by the Nigerian government, kindly expunge.” As expected, the decision…

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Sources Say Valkyrie Bitcoin Strategy ETF Set to Launch on Nasdaq This Week

After the Proshares Bitcoin Strategy exchange-traded fund (ETF) listed and smashed records in the first two days of trading, Vaneck’s bitcoin futures ETF was given the green light to start trading next week. Furthermore, sources say that the Valkyrie Bitcoin Strategy ETF is set to launch this week with a possible listing on Friday. Proshares Bitcoin ETF Smashes Records October is the month of bitcoin exchange-traded funds as the United States approved the first ETF last week. Proshares Bitcoin Strategy ETF (NYSE: BITO) listed on Tuesday and saw close to…

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Competition and Hype Drive Young Crypto Investors, UK Watchdog Finds

A sizable majority of young investors seeking high-risk opportunities are motivated by competition and hype, a new survey has indicated. They often turn to cryptocurrency and forex products, according to the poll conducted by the U.K.’s financial regulator. FCA Launches ‘Investsmart’ Campaign Targeting Risk Prone Investors The U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has carried out new research into the attitudes of young investors towards high-risk products. The watchdog has surveyed 1,000 respondents, aged between 18 and 40, as it launches a 5-year campaign to reach out to inexperienced investors that…

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Blockchain Game Developer Animoca Brands Raises $65 Million – Ubisoft, Sequoia China Participate in Funding

On Wednesday, the global developer utilizing popular brands, gamification, A.I., blockchain, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and mobile technology, Animoca Brands announced the company has closed a capital raise for $65 million. Animoca Brands now has an overall valuation of $2.2 billion after raising funds from firms like Liberty City Ventures, Ubisoft Entertainment, Sequoia China, and Dragonfly Capital. Animoca Brands Raises $65 Million In July, Animoca Brands announced the company raised $138.88 million in order to deliver digital property rights via non-fungible token (NFT) technology. The company Animoca Brands was co-founded by…

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Mars4 – Unique NFT Land Plots of the Red Planet for Crypto Fans

There was a time when space travels showed only on screens and dreams about Mars seemed out of this planet. Welcome to the present, then it has become real. Now You can own a piece of the Red Planet by participating in the Mars Land NFT sale running on Ethereum. Touch the red earth, take the first step, discover the water, or grow the first plant on Mars. MARS4 – How is it unique? Mars4 – centered ecosystem where you can explore a virtual Mars Metaverse, own and customize your…

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Real Estate Platform Pacaso Accepts Crypto Assets for Payments, CEO Says ‘Mass Crypto Adoption Well Underway’

On October 20, the day bitcoin smashed a new all-time price high, the real estate platform Pacaso announced it will be accepting cryptocurrencies via Bitpay. The CEO of the real estate firm that helps people buy and co-own a second home, Austin Allison, says the firm has seen increased crypto adoption “across the real estate industry.” Real Estate Platform Pacaso Now Supports Crypto Payments The firm Pacaso is a real estate platform co-founded by Spencer Rascoff and Austin Allison. Rascoff is well known for co-founding Zillow Group and co-founding Hotwire.com…

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Billionaire Paul Tudor Jones Now Prefers Crypto Over Gold as Inflation Hedge

Billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones says that bitcoin is currently “winning the race against gold.” He added that the cryptocurrency is his preferred inflation hedge over gold. Paul Tudor Jones Chooses Bitcoin Over Gold Paul Tudor Jones, the founder of asset management firm Tudor Investment Corp., talked about bitcoin being his preferred hedge against inflation in an interview with CNBC Wednesday. He said: Clearly, there’s a place for crypto. Clearly, it’s winning the race against gold at the moment … It would be my preferred one over gold…

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US Senators Urge Facebook to Discontinue Crypto Wallet Pilot Citing ‘Insufficient’ Ability to Keep Consumers Safe

A group of U.S. senators has asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to discontinue his company’s crypto wallet pilot and commit to not bringing the cryptocurrency Diem to market. “Facebook cannot be trusted to manage a payment system or digital currency when its existing ability to manage risks and keep consumers safe has proven wholly insufficient,” the lawmakers said. US Senators Urge Facebook to Stop Crypto Wallet Pilot U.S. Senators Brian Schatz, Sherrod Brown, Richard Blumenthal, Elizabeth Warren, and Tina Smith wrote a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg regarding the…

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Cboe Acquiring Erisx to Enter Cryptocurrency Spot and Derivatives Markets

Cboe is acquiring Erisx to enter the crypto spot and derivatives markets. “With Erisx, in a single step, Cboe is able to enter the digital asset spot, data, derivatives, and clearing ecosystem. Now is the right time to fully embrace and help define this emerging asset class,” said Cboe’s chief operating officer. Cboe Entering Crypto Spot and Derivatives Markets Cboe Global Markets Inc. (Cboe: CBOE) announced Wednesday that it has agreed to acquire Eris Digital Holdings LLC (Erisx). Erisx’s futures exchange and clearing house are regulated by the Commodity Futures…

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Soldex Signs Long Term Partnership With Speqto Technologies

Soldex is thrilled to announce that it has officially partnered with Speqto Technologies to accelerate the development of it’s decentralized exchange (DEX) solution, and to build and program the A.I.-powered bots, that form part of the services offered by Soldex to the public. Speqto Technologies were selected as the vendor due to their extensive expertise in building Decentralized Exchanges (DEX) and A.I. trading bots. Soldex has confirmed that the partnership has already been finalized and that the two companies are well underway in the development process of the following features:…

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Vaneck Bitcoin Futures ETF Gets Green Light from SEC — Fund to Join Proshares BTC ETF Listing on NYSE

The wealth manager Vaneck will be launching its bitcoin futures exchange-traded fund (ETF) in the United States following the Proshares ETF listing that launched on Tuesday. According to the post-effective filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Vaneck bitcoin futures ETF launch is approved to be listed after October 23. Vaneck’s Bitcoin Futures ETF Is the Second US Fund to Get Approval From Regulators This week, the Proshares Bitcoin Strategy exchange-traded fund (BITO) launched with a lot of fanfare and the ETFs volume broke records on Tuesday.…

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Treasury Says Crypto Reduces Efficacy of US Sanctions, Seeks More Funding

The U.S. Department of the Treasury says that the growing use of crypto assets challenges the efficacy of American sanctions. “We are mindful of the risk that, if left unchecked, these digital assets and payments systems could harm the efficacy of our sanctions,” the Treasury Department explained. Treasury Says Crypto Threatens Efficacy of U.S. Sanctions The U.S. Department of the Treasury released its 2021 Sanctions Review Monday. “Technological innovations such as digital currencies, alternative payment platforms, and new ways of hiding cross-border transactions all potentially reduce the efficacy of American…

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Analyst That Said $200-300K Bitcoin ‘Looks Programmed’ Still Says BTC Price ‘Nowhere Near a Top’

On Wednesday, just before bitcoin surpassed the digital asset’s all-time high (ATH), the crypto analyst known as “Techdev” says the “2-week chart looks strong and ready for much higher highs.” Just 26 days ago, Techdev said that “$200-300K bitcoin looks almost too programmed” and this week, the analyst noted that we are “nowhere near a top.” Bullish Forecasters Rejoice Over Correct Predictions — ‘$200-300K Bitcoin Looks Almost Too Programmed’ The leading digital currency bitcoin (BTC) has been on a tear during the last few weeks as it has continuously gained…

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Bitcoin Smashes Through All-Time High Surpassing $66,000 per Unit

The spot price of bitcoin smashed through the leading crypto asset’s all-time high (ATH) surpassing $66,000 per unit after the first bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) was launched in the United States. The last time bitcoin touched an ATH six months ago on April 14, 2021, the price tapped $64,804 per unit. Bitcoin Records New All-Time Price High The fiat value of bitcoin (BTC), measured in U.S. dollars, has reached an all-time high. The price has touched $66,299 per unit on Bitstamp, surpassing the digital asset’s ATH captured six months ago.…

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Russia Considers Partially Replacing Dollar Reserves With Digital Assets in Future

Amid ongoing sanctions, the government of Russia has been working to limit the country’s dependence on the U.S. dollar. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs now says it’s possible to partially replace the greenback in currency reserves and trade settlements with other currencies and even digital assets in the future. Foreign Ministry Official Sees Russia Acquiring Digital Assets to Reduce US Dollar Dependence In its efforts to counter the negative effects of expanding U.S. sanctions, the Russian Federation is putting an emphasis on “dedollarization,” Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Pankin remarked in…

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Binance USD (BUSD): A Case Study for Stablecoin Compliance and Security

Binance USD (BUSD) has become one of the fastest-growing cryptocurrencies in the world, with a variety of use cases and growing demand amid the continued growth of the crypto markets. A key component to BUSD’s success is its unwavering compliance to the world’s most stringent regulatory standards, ensuring safety and security for all of the stablecoin’s users. Stablecoins have emerged as major players in the crypto market this year, driven by user demand for flexible liquidity in fiat currency terms. These cryptocurrencies, whose market values are pegged to the worth…

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Polkadot and Ethereum 2.0 — A Look at the Solutions Building the Scalability of Tomorrow

Both Ethereum 2.0 and Polkadot are promising sharding-based protocols overcoming the scalability challenges facing legacy blockchains. Although slightly different, together, the Relay Chain and Beacon Chain represent another significant leap forward, especially for interoperability. Partitioning the Problem: Sharing the Load via Sharding Scalability has been a hotly debated topic after networks bumped up against the limits over the last year. Yet, long before it entered the mainstream conversation, developers postulated several angles of attack. Despite the triumphant launch of layer 2 approaches in 2021, layer 1 sharding solutions have long…

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Ghana Central Bank Working to Make CBDC Available to Offline Users

The Ghanaian central bank is seeking to make its digital currency, the e-cedi, available to offline users, an official with the bank has said. Overcoming the Challenge of Limited Power According to Kwame Oppong, who heads fintech and innovation at the Bank of Ghana (BOG), the e-cedi is also expected to facilitate transactions without the need for power or connectivity. “Financial inclusion is limited by the availability of connectivity and power. What we hope to be able to do – and we’re one of the people pioneering this – is…

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Facebook’s Novi Launches Pilot Program in Guatemala and US Using Pax Dollar

Novi, Facebook’s digital wallet, will launch a pilot program to test the functionality of the service in two countries: Guatemala and the U.S. The test will allow Novi to test all of its main functions and to evaluate what things need to be improved before launch. Novi will use pax dollars as the main currency during the test, but David Marcus, head Of Facebook Financial, stated they still plan to launch with Diem once it gets greenlighted by regulators. Novi Launches Test Pilot Sans Diem Novi, Facebook’s digital wallet, is…

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