Oman Invites Bids From Firms Interested in Creating Regulatory Framework for Virtual Assets

Authorities in the Middle Eastern state of Oman have asked specialized companies, interested in helping the country set up a regulatory framework for virtual assets, to submit their proposals. Interested companies need to submit their proposals no later than March 23, 2022. Process Divided Into Two Phases The Oman financial regulator, the Capital Markets Authority (CMA), recently invited companies interested in helping it set up a regulatory framework for virtual assets to participate in a tender process. According to a report by Unlock Media, this process of creating the regulatory…

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Report: Google Launches Blockchain Division

The software behemoth Google has reportedly started a new blockchain-based division inside its Labs group. The division will also deal with other distributed computing and data storage technologies. While the company has been wary of associating with any form of cryptocurrency, Bill Ready, Google’s president of commerce, stated on January 19 they were paying a lot of attention to the area. Google Goes Blockchain Google, one of the biggest software companies in the world, is reportedly launching a new blockchain division as part of its Labs group. The blockchain division…

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LBank Exchange Will List ADENE (ADEN) on January 27, 2022

PRESS RELEASE. INTERNET CITY, DUBAI, Jan. 25 2022 – LBank Exchange, a global digital asset trading platform, will list ADENE (ADEN) on January 27, 2022. For all users of LBank Exchange, the ADEN/USDT trading pair will be officially available for trading at 18:00 (UTC+8) on January 27, 2022. The gambling industry has become an empire that is owned by some powerful bodies (centralized casino system) who are solely making profits only for themselves. As the first fully decentralized game system of the 4th generation, ADENE (ADEN) is here to disrupt…

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Myanmar Military Government Proposes to Jail Digital Currency and VPN Users

Myanmar’s military-ruled government is proposing to enact laws that will see users of virtual private networks (VPN) and digital currencies being jailed for up to three years. In addition, offenders will be made to pay fines of up to $2,800. Draft Bill Open for Comments Myanmar’s military-ruled government is proposing to enact a law that outlaws the use of virtual private networks (VPN) and digital currencies in that country. Once enacted, violators of the new law not only face jail time but will be made to pay a fine. According…

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Goldman Sachs Sees the Metaverse as $8 Trillion Opportunity

Global investment bank Goldman Sachs has predicted that the metaverse could be an $8 trillion opportunity. Several others have similarly predicted that the metaverse is a multitrillion-dollar market. Goldman Sachs Says the Metaverse Could Be an $8 Trillion Opportunity Global investment bank Goldman Sachs has predicted that the metaverse could be an $8 trillion opportunity. Goldman Sachs’ analyst Eric Sheridan explained the bank’s metaverse prediction in a recent “Exchanges at Goldman Sachs” episode, titled “Understanding the metaverse and web 3.0.” He was asked about the evolution of the metaverse ahead…

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Rich Dad Poor Dad’s Robert Kiyosaki: Bitcoin Is Crashing, Will Buy When BTC Tests $20K

The author of the best-selling book Rich Dad Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki, says he will buy more bitcoin if and when the price of the cryptocurrency tests $20K. He noted that bitcoin’s price crashing is “great news,” adding that the “Time to get richer is coming.” Robert Kiyosaki Plans to Buy More Bitcoin Robert Kiyosaki, the author of Rich Dad Poor Dad, tweeted Sunday about the price of bitcoin and when he will buy more BTC. Rich Dad Poor Dad is a 1997 book co-authored by Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter.…

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US Still Dominates Bitcoin Mining Sector, 30-Day Stats Show Foundry USA Takes Top Pool Position

Since the Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index (CBECI) project updated its mining map in mid-July, the United States has continued to dominate in terms of the amount of hashpower worldwide. Moreover, data shows that Foundry USA has managed to command the top pool position with 755 bitcoin block rewards mined during the last 30 days. The United States Commands a Large Concentration of Bitcoin Miners, 66 Exahash Recorded in the US on January 24 According to chainbulletin.com’s mining map, there is a large concentration of the Bitcoin network’s hashrate located…

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The Winners of Metaverse Alliance 2021 Global Metathon

PRESS RELEASE. Lasting for two months, the largest Metaverse Hackathon (called Metathon) organized by Metaverse Alliance and LD Capital has officially ended on January 21, 2022, PST. Over 100 contestants took part, with nearly 280 developers from 13 different countries engaged. To ensure the professionalism and fairness of the Metathon, 36 judges were invited from the leading funds such as Republic, Delphi Digital, Binance Labs, LD Capital, YGG, HashKey Capital, Huobi Ventures, OKEx Blockdream Ventures, KuCoin Labs, DHVC, NGC, SpringWind, Kardiachain, MEXC Pioneer, etc., top tier public chains such as…

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Technical Analysis: Cosmos Climbs Higher, While Solana’s Fall Continues

After trading lower for the majority of Monday’s session, cryptocurrency prices were slowly starting to find support, with a few markets rallying, as we headed toward the end of the day. Cosmos One such crypto was cosmos (ATOM), which was the biggest gainer in the top 20, climbing by almost 10% to start the week. ATOM/USD climbed to an intraday high of $36.23, which is around $10 from its all-time high (ATH), which it hit on January 7th. Monday’s move came as prices rebounded from the recent support level of…

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Top Meme Coins by Market Capitalization Shed Billions, DOGE Down 80% Since All-Time High

As digital asset markets have shed significant value during the last two weeks, the top meme coins by market capitalization have dropped considerably against the U.S. dollar. The top meme asset dogecoin has lost 23.9% over the last seven days, while shiba inu’s value was reduced by 31.1% this week. Dogecoin Down 80% Since All-Time High, Shiba Inu Down 75% Since High On Monday, January 24, 2022, the top meme coins by market capitalization have lost 3.1% over the last day. Currently, the myriad of meme tokens today account for…

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Bitcoin, Ethereum Technical Analysis: BTC Falls to 5-Month Low

The selloff in cryptocurrencies continued to start the week, with bitcoin falling to its lowest level since July. Ethereum was also trading in the red, hitting multi-month lows in the process. This comes as the overall global market cap in cryptos was down close to 9% at the time of writing. Bitcoin Bitcoin (BTC), which has been the main focus of the recent decline in crypto prices, was trading 3% lower on Monday (at the time of writing), and almost 20% down from its position at the same time last…

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SEC Has Taken 97 Crypto Enforcement Actions So Far — Crypto a Top Priority for Chairman Gensler

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has brought 97 cryptocurrency enforcement actions so far. Furthermore, the securities regulator has imposed approximately $2.35 billion in total monetary penalties against digital asset market participants. 97 Crypto Enforcement Actions Cornerstone Research published a report titled “SEC Cryptocurrency Enforcement: 2021 Update” last week. The report analyzes SEC enforcement activities from July 2013 to December 2021, the company detailed, elaborating: Since the first action in July 2013, the SEC has brought a total of 97 enforcement actions as of December 31, 2021. According to…

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Fantom Surpasses Binance Smart Chain as the Third-Largest Defi Blockchain

The total value locked (TVL) in decentralized finance (defi) protocols has lost ​​6.8% during the last 24 hours as crypto markets have experienced more losses. However, the Fantom blockchain has seen a TVL increase, jumping 46.62% over the last week. Fantom has managed to knock Binance Smart Chain (BSC) down a notch, as it now holds the third-largest share in the world of defi. Fantom’s Total Value Locked in Decentralized Finance Jumps 46% in 7 Days The defi and smart chain blockchain project Fantom has officially surpassed BSC in terms…

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Binance Becomes the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Industry’s First to Join the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA)

Binance, the world’s leading blockchain and cryptocurrency infrastructure provider, today announced that it has joined the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA), a nonprofit corporation focused on identifying, validating, mitigating, and neutralizing cybercrime threats. Binance is the first organization from the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry to formally join the alliance. The NCFTA was established in 2002 to enable the responsible sharing of information and subject matter expertise with partners from private sector industries, law enforcement, and academia. Its goal is to develop and share threat intelligence as part of the…

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‘Ponzi Schemes Have Created a Negative Reputation for the Industry’ — Uganda Blockchain Advocate

Education and awareness campaigns are still viewed as important channels that draw people to cryptocurrencies and blockchain. This has been particularly true in some parts of Africa where bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are proving to be a useful alternative to fiat currency. Blockchain Education and Advocacy From Uganda Despite a surge in the use of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies that started with the pandemic-inspired lockdowns, many people, particularly in Africa, are still unfamiliar with these technologies. To bridge this knowledge gap, many blockchain enthusiasts in Africa have chosen to focus…

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Luna Foundation Guard Launches to Support UST Peg as Stablecoin Blows Past $11B Market Cap

The Luna Foundation Guard, a new decentralized organization developed to support the Luna ecosystem, has been launched last week in Singapore. The institution will offer funding in the form of grants to support initiatives built on top of the Luna network. One of its biggest functions will be to establish a “forex reserve” that will aid UST, the companion stablecoin of the Luna ecosystem, to maintain its peg. Luna Foundation Guard Launches to Support Terra Ecosystem The Luna Foundation Guard, a non-profit organization, has launched to help support and maintain…

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No Developed Nation Bans Cryptocurrencies, Telegram Founder Pavel Durov Warns Russia

Pavel Durov, founder of the messaging app Telegram, has criticized Bank of Russia’s proposal to impose a blanket ban on a range of crypto-related activities. Such move would stifle high-tech development and chase away blockchain specialists, Durov says. Durov Speaks Out Against Bank of Russia Push for Crypto Ban The cryptocurrency ban proposed by the Central Bank of Russia (CBR) will destroy a number of high-tech sectors and spark an outflow of IT specialists, Pavel Durov, the man behind the popular-in-the-crypto-community messenger, Telegram, has predicted. The Russian entrepreneur also alerted…

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Mercadolibre Gets Closer to Crypto With Investments in Paxos and Mercado Bitcoin

Mercadolibre, one of the biggest Latam-based unicorns, has announced strategic investments in two cryptocurrency exchanges: Paxos and Mercado Bitcoin. With these investments, the platform gets closer to cryptocurrency, having already bought bitcoin as a direct investment for its treasury, and offering the possibility of investing in crypto for its users in several countries in Latam. Mercadolibre Puts More Money Behind Crypto Mercadolibre, one of the biggest e-commerce platforms in Latam, with more than 70 million customers, announced strategic investments in two exchange platforms. The Latam-based unicorn announced on January 20th…

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UBS Warns of Crypto Winter Amid Expectation of Fed Rate Hikes and Regulation

UBS, Switzerland’s largest bank, has warned about a crypto winter where prices crash and may not recover for years. The bank’s analysts explained several major reasons affecting the prices of cryptocurrencies. UBS Expects Crypto Winter That Could Last Years Switzerland’s largest bank, UBS, has warned of a crypto winter where prices crash and may not recover for years. The bank’s analysts, led by James Malcolm, recently explained in a note to clients several reasons why cryptocurrency may lose its attractiveness to investors this year. Firstly, the UBS analysts detailed that…

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Biden Administration Preparing to Release Government-Wide Crypto Strategy: Report

The Biden administration is reportedly drafting a government-wide cryptocurrency strategy as an executive order. The directive is expected to be presented to President Joe Biden in the coming weeks. The strategy could be released as soon as next month. US Government-Wide Crypto Strategy The Biden administration is reportedly preparing to release an initial government-wide strategy on digital assets, including cryptocurrencies. The strategy is being drafted as an executive order, Bloomberg reported Friday, citing people familiar with the matter, who revealed that senior administration officials have held multiple meetings on the…

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Hoo AMM Pool Launched, New Access to Increase User Yields

PRESS RELEASE. According to Hoo users who participated in AMM (Automated Market Maker) test, each liquidity pool of Hoo has listed quantitative data, such as total liquidity, 24H transaction fee, 1 day and 7 days annualized return for users’ reference. Compared to on-chain DEX providing liquidity such as Uniswap, users can operate at the Hoo website without consuming Gas fees, and the operation is faster and without worrying about security issues such as smart contract vulnerabilities and hacker attacks. At present, Hoo has opened pools of BTC/USDT, ETH/USDT, SOL/USDT, DOGE/USDT,…

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Bitcoin Falls Beneath $40K, Dragging Crypto Economy Below $2 Trillion

On Thursday evening around 10 p.m. (EST), the price of bitcoin fell beneath the $40K zone for the first time since September 21, 2021. During Friday’s early morning trading sessions, bitcoin plunged to a low of $38,250 per coin. Furthermore, the market capitalization of the entire crypto-economy has slipped under the $2 trillion mark, down 7.5% to $1.94 trillion. Bitcoin Sheds 8% Over the Last 24 Hours, Down 40% From November’s All-Time High The price of bitcoin (BTC) dropped below the $40K zone for the first time in 122 days.…

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Laos Licenses 2 Cryptocurrency Trading Platforms

The central bank of Laos has issued licenses to two cryptocurrency trading platforms. Lao Digital Assets Exchange (LDX) and Bitqik are now the only two licensed entities that can offer full brokerage and trading services in cryptocurrencies and other digital assets in the country. 2 Cryptocurrency Exchanges Authorized in Laos Laos’ central bank, the Bank of the Lao P.D.R. (BOL), has reportedly issued licenses to two companies to trade in cryptocurrencies, local media reported Wednesday. The first authorized platform is Lao Digital Assets Exchange (LDX), a joint venture between the…

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Tom Brady’s Autograph NFT Agency Gets $170 Million in Series B Funding Round

Autograph, the NFT agency co-founded by famous NFL player Tom Brady, has raised $170 million in its series B funding round. The company revealed that the funding round was led by Andreessen Horowitz and Kleiner Perkins, with the participation of other notable companies in the field. The funds raised will contribute to the expansion of the company with new, undisclosed partnerships reportedly on the way. Autograph Raises $170 Million Autograph, the NFT firm that NFL star Tom Brady co-launched last year, has raised $170 million in its latest funding round.…

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UFC Partners With Dapper Labs to Launch NFT Collection ‘UFC Strike’

The creators of the Flow blockchain network and NBA Top Shot, Dapper Labs, announced the launch of a new non-fungible token (NFT) compilation called “UFC Strike.” According to Dapper Labs, the new NFTs will launch on Sunday, January 23, and feature “amazing displays of striking and grappling from UFC fighters.” MMA Entertainment Giant Partners With Dapper Labs to Introduce ‘UFC Strike’ NFT Collection Since 1993, the American mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion company Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has grown to be one of the world’s most popular sports firms. According…

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LBank Exchange Will List STEP on January 21, 2022

PRESS RELEASE. INTERNET CITY, DUBAI, Jan. 21, 2022 – LBank Exchange, a global digital asset trading platform, will list STEP on January 21, 2022. For all users of LBank Exchange, the STEP/USDT trading pair will be officially available for trading at 21:00 (UTC+8) on January 21, 2022. While being used to revolutionize the financial world, crypto can also be used to revolutionize the way for people to keep fit and healthy. As a revolutionary mobile App, Step makes it possible to get rewarded with cryptocurrency when working out and staying…

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Bank of Russia Proposes Wide Ban on Cryptocurrency Use, Trade, Mining

True to its hardline stance on decentralized digital money, the Central Bank of Russia is now pushing for a wide-ranging ban on crypto-related activities such as issuance, exchange, and mining. A consultation paper published by the regulator cites threats to financial stability and citizens’ wellbeing among the main reasons for the proposed restrictions. Russia’s Central Bank Seeks Public Opinion on Restrictive Crypto Policy The monetary authority of Russia is advocating a ban on an array of crypto activities in a report titled “Cryptocurrencies: Trends, Risks, Measures.” The document was published…

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Indian Government Needs More Time to Finalize Crypto Bill: Report

Indian government officials reportedly said that India’s cryptocurrency bill will require more time because crypto is a complex subject. The bill is therefore unlikely to be introduced in the upcoming session of parliament. The government reportedly wants to hold more discussions to build a consensus on a regulatory framework for crypto. Crypto Bill Unlikely to Be Introduced in the Budget Session of Parliament The Indian government may not introduce a cryptocurrency bill in the upcoming session of Parliament, the Economic Times reported Wednesday. The government wants to hold more discussions…

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JPMorgan: Ethereum Losing Ground to Other Crypto in NFT Market Due to High Transaction Fees, Congestion

JPMorgan has told its clients that ethereum is losing ground to rival cryptocurrencies, such as solana (SOL), in the non-fungible token (NFT) market due to sky-high transaction fees on the network. “It looks like, similar to defi apps, congestion and high gas fees has been inducing NFT applications to use other blockchains,” said JPMorgan. Ethereum Losing Ground in NFT Market, Says JPMorgan Global investment bank JPMorgan sent a note to clients last week explaining that ethereum is losing ground to rival cryptocurrencies, such as solana (SOL), in the non-fungible token…

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Mad Money’s Jim Cramer Warns About Dogecoin — Says DOGE Is a Security, SEC Will Regulate

The host of Mad Money, Jim Cramer, has warned about dogecoin (DOGE). He said that the meme cryptocurrency is a security and will be regulated. He also questioned the supply of dogecoin. Jim Cramer’s Dogecoin Warning Jim Cramer, the host of CNBC’s Mad Money, warned about investing in dogecoin (DOGE) Thursday. Cramer is a former hedge fund manager who co-founded Thestreet.com, a financial news and literacy website. “Please be careful with dogecoin,” he tweeted, adding that the meme cryptocurrency “is a security” and “will be regulated.” In addition, he wrote:…

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