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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Stablecoin USDC Launches on Hedera Network

Circle announced today the launch of its trademark stablecoin USDC on top of the Hedera network. This action is part of the multichain commitment that Circle announced earlier this year, with the objective of further expanding the reach of the currency in the cryptocurrency market. With the addition of USDC as the first stablecoin in its ecosystem, Hedera aims to start developing its own decentralized finance (defi) environment, and it is now offering more than $2.5 billion in ecosystem grants. Circle to Support Hedera-Based USDC Circle, one of the leading…

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Play-to-Earn on Playdapp’s Flagship RPG “Along With the Gods: Knights of the Dawn” in 7 Days

PRESS RELEASE. Fast-rising Blockchain gaming platform PlayDapp has revealed the addition of a Play-to-Earn feature on its flagship game ‘’Along with the Gods: Knights of the Dawn’’. This development is expected to build on the existing features offered by PlayDapp. Play-to-Earn gaming is a rising phenomenon that has gathered steam in recent months. This is due to the positive benefits, as gamers have more freedom to build the gaming economy and receive rewards for transacting in-game assets. PlayDapp’s flagship game, Along with the Gods’’ Knights of the Dawn already has…

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Chainalysis Adds Bitcoin to Balance Sheet — Its First Cryptocurrency Acquisition

Blockchain data platform Chainalysis has announced that it is adding bitcoin to its corporate investment portfolio. This is the company’s first acquisition of cryptocurrency, the CEO revealed. Chainalysis is valued at $4.2 billion. Chainalysis’ First Acquisition of Cryptocurrency Blockchain data analytics firm Chainalysis announced Tuesday the addition of bitcoin to its balance sheet. Chainalysis will acquire bitcoin using the brokerage services of the New York Digital Investment Group (NYDIG), the bitcoin investment arm of Stone Ridge Asset Management. NYDIG will also provide custody of the coins purchased. Chainalysis has been…

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Gary Gensler Explains Why SEC Approves a Bitcoin Futures ETF

SEC Chairman Gary Gensler has shared why the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) decided to approve a bitcoin futures exchange-traded fund (ETF) to trade on the NYSE. Meanwhile, the Commission has not approved a spot bitcoin ETF. Why SEC Approves Bitcoin Futures ETF As the first futures-based bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) in the U.S. debuted on the NYSE, the chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) explained why the regulator greenlighted a bitcoin futures ETF but not a spot bitcoin ETF. In an interview with CNBC Tuesday,…

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Coinbase Becomes Exclusive Cryptocurrency Platform for NBA, WNBA, USA Basketball

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has partnered with the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Nasdaq-listed crypto company is now the exclusive cryptocurrency platform partner of the NBA, Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), NBA G League, NBA 2K League, and USA Basketball. NBA’s First Cryptocurrency Platform Partnership The Nasdaq-listed cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase and the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced “a multiyear partnership” Tuesday. The partnership “makes Coinbase the exclusive cryptocurrency platform partner of the NBA, Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), NBA G League, NBA 2K League and USA Basketball,” the announcement details, adding:…

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Proshares Bitcoin Strategy ETF Debut Captures Close to $1 Billion in Volume

The first bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) launched in the United States and smashed records on Tuesday, capturing close to $1 billion in total volume. Eric Balchunas, the senior ETF analyst for Bloomberg said that the Proshares Bitcoin Strategy ETF (BITO) definitely “defied expectations.” Proshares Bitcoin ETF Commands Serious Volume Proshares Bitcoin Strategy exchange-traded fund (BITO) did well on its first day, as it closed the day at 4:00 p.m. (EDT) at $41.94 per unit. Meanwhile, the price of bitcoin (BTC) soared on Tuesday, tapping a high of ,367 on the…

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Concierge Service Catering to Crypto Whales Sees 500% Increase in Clients Over the Last 6 Months 

On Tuesday, Concierge.io, the exclusive travel service backed by Travala.com announced it added new luxury services in order to give crypto investors “a more premium experience to live out their travel dreams.” The concierge service for “the crypto world’s elite” details its added experiences like a seven-star igloo in Antarctica, all-inclusive African safaris, and a stay at a Japanese castle. Exclusive Travel Service Adds New Services The firm Concierge.io is the concierge service focused on cryptocurrencies and it leverages professional travel managers in order to provide customers with unique and…

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Chimeras Play-to-Earn Metaverse Completes Successful Funding Round

PRESS RELEASE. Chimeras successfully raised over $2 million in its latest fundraising round, which will help to fund the play-to-earn project’s market and product development. October 18th, 2021 – The Chimeras Play-to-Earn metaverse project has completed its funding round with the participation of leading blockchain venture companies, including Master Ventures, AU 21, Poolz, BullPerks, X21, OIG Invest, Panda Capital, Shima Capital, LVT Capital, Otis Capital and Lotus Capital. The round successfully raised over $2 million which the Chimeras team has earmarked for the metaverse’s product development and marketing campaigns, including…

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Iran to Pilot ‘National Cryptocurrency,’ Amend Central Bank Law

The central bank of Iran is gearing up to begin the pilot phase of its digital currency project in the near future, its new head announced to representatives of local media. The monetary authority is also preparing to move forward with a plan to reform the legislation that governs its own activities. Iran Preps Pilot for Sovereign Digital Currency The “national cryptocurrency” of Iran will enter its pilot stage soon, the recently appointed Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Ali Salehabadi has unveiled. Speaking to reporters after his…

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BTC Futures Open Interest Soars Leading up to Bitcoin ETF’s Official Launch

Prior to the launch of the Proshares Bitcoin Strategy ETF (BITO), open interest in bitcoin futures products has been surging since the start of the month, according to data from the Coinbase Institutional arm Skew Analytics. Binance and FTX command the lion’s share of bitcoin futures’ open interest with 40.67% of the market. Moreover, data from bybt.com’s bitcoin futures’ open interest metrics, shows the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) commands 15.54% of all the open interest in bitcoin futures tallied this week. Bitcoin Futures Open Interest Has Risen Significantly On Tuesday,…

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As DOGE, SHIB Markets Fall Back, Baby Doge Coin and Dogelon Mars Prices Skyrocket

Following shiba inu’s 260% gains during the last 30 days, the third-largest meme-based crypto asset in terms of market capitalization, baby doge coin (BABYDOGE), has taken the lead in terms of market performance. Another meme asset, dogelon mars (ELON) has soared 286% this past week. Moreover, during the last seven days, baby doge coin’s price spiked 40% in value and over 3.4% in the last 24 hours. This Past Week Dogelon Mars and Baby Doge Coin Soared in Value While bitcoin (BTC) has spiked over the $60K zone and currently…

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Hindu Paramilitary Group Calls on Indian Government to Regulate Cryptocurrencies

Hindu nationalist group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has called on the Indian government to regulate cryptocurrencies. “The government has to ensure that it is regulated in the larger interest of the society,” the group reportedly said. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Calls for Crypto Regulation Mohan Bhagwat, head of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), said during his speech at an annual event marking the Hindu festival of Dussehra Friday: Clandestine, uncontrolled currency like bitcoin has the potential to destabilize the economy of all countries and pose serious challenges. The RSS is a…

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ZoidPay Chrome Extension Lets Shoppers Buy with Crypto on Amazon, eBay and 40M+ Online Retailers

PRESS RELEASE. The ZoidPay Chrome extension will allow users to spend their cryptocurrencies on products, pay subscriptions, and even book flights with 40+ million online retailers. October 19th, 2021, Bucharest, Romania — ZoidPay has announced the launch of its Chrome Extension, allowing millions of users to shop using various cryptocurrencies with all online merchants across the world. Shop Easier than Ever Before The ZoidPay Chrome Extension is platform agnostic, letting shoppers connect to it using any digital wallet. Currently being rolled out in phases, the Chrome Extension will be available…

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Fraud-Accused South African Bitcoin Trader to Turn Himself Over to Police: Report

Sandile Shezi, the young South African bitcoin trader who is facing fraud charges, has denied allegations he scammed shareholders in his Global Forex Institute. Shezi: Shareholders Signed Up for Education, Not Investments Despite his rejection of the allegations, a spokesperson for the country’s police told the Sunday Times newspaper that Shezi has agreed to turn himself in. As reported by Bitcoin.com News, a warrant for Shezi’s arrest had been issued after two aggrieved investors reported the bitcoin trader to the South African police. Now, as he contemplates turning himself in,…

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Brazilian Asset Manager Kinea Makes Exploratory Investment in Ethereum

One of the biggest asset managers in Brazil, Kinea, disclosed it made an exploratory investment in Ethereum. The announcement was made by Marco Aurélio Freire, manager of funds for Kinea, who stated the company had invested a small amount of its holdings in ethereum starting two months ago. Kinea, the investment arm of Banco Itau, has more than R$56 billion (about $10.2B) in assets under management. Kinea Looks Into Crypto Investments Kinea, one of the leading asset managers in Brazil, has made an exploratory investment in the cryptocurrency world. The…

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National Police in Spain Warn of Surge in Cryptocurrency-Related Scams

The National Police have issued a warning for a wave of cryptocurrency-related investment scams in Spain. The amount that has been lost in these kinds of investments recently is €240,000 related to just two complaints. However, there has been a rise in the complaints presented by citizens due to the popularity that these financial instruments are experiencing now. National Police Warn About Crypto Scams in Spain The National Police of Spain has issued a warning to citizens about the rise of cryptocurrency-related scams in the last few days. In the…

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FinCEN Links More Than $5 Billion in Bitcoin Transactions to Ransomware

FinCEN, the U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, linked more than $5 billion in bitcoin transactions to the most common ransomware variants out there. The organization stated in a report issued last week that the mean average total monthly suspicious amount of ransomware transactions was $66.4 million during the first two quarters of 2021. FinCEN also determined that the most used cryptocurrency associated with these activities was bitcoin. FinCEN Dives Into Ransomware Attacks FinCEN, the U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, found that more than $5 billion in bitcoin transactions were linked…

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Microstrategy CEO Advises Nigeria and Zimbabwe to Adopt Bitcoin Standard, Says BTC Is ‘Kingmaker’

Microstrategy CEO Michael Saylor has suggested Nigeria and Zimbabwe issue currencies that are backed by bitcoin if they want to fix their economies. He surmised that using the bitcoin standard will end starvation and allow citizens of both countries to have a decent life. National Currencies Backed by Bitcoin In a video clip where he also addresses claims that the Bitcoin network cannot scale, Saylor suggests that if Nigeria and Zimbabwe purchase bitcoins worth $2-3 billion, they could well end the currency woes they presently face. Saylor explained: You wanna…

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Charity and Community Focused Project ‘TheFloorNFT’ Announces New Artistic Collectibles on Ethereum

PRESS RELEASE. The Floor NFT’s are fresh, hand-drawn, non-PFP (Profile Picture), artistic collectibles on the Ethereum Blockchain, crafted with love by DAHR in his pleasing cartoonish art style. Only 7777 provably rare artworks were generated from 150 traits/attributes in order to gather together a first-ever NFT condominium community. The Floor NFT spawned from the idea of wanting to give back to the world, what the NFT community has given to the founders of the project in the form of a charity based project. The Floor NFT tries to capture the…

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Financial Advisors Managing $110 Trillion Can Now Offer Crypto Trading to Clients via Interactive Brokers

Registered investment advisors (RIAs) with about $110 trillion under management can now offer their clients cryptocurrency trading through Interactive Brokers. RIAs manage portfolios of almost 61 million clients. Registered Investment Advisors Can Now Offer Cryptocurrencies to Clients Global investment firm Interactive Brokers Group (Nasdaq: IBKR) announced Monday the launch of cryptocurrency trading for registered investment advisors (RIAs) in the U.S. This offering will enable RIAs to “trade and custody bitcoin (BTC), ethereum (ETH), litecoin (LTC) and bitcoin cash (BCH) via Paxos Trust Company on behalf of clients.” They will be…

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NY Attorney General Targets 5 Crypto Companies: 2 Lending Platforms Ordered to Shut Down

New York Attorney General Letitia James has ordered two cryptocurrency lending platforms to shut down and requested three other platforms to answer questions regarding their activities immediately. The letters to the companies published on the attorney general’s website indicate that the two platforms are Nexo and Celsius Network. New York Cracks Down on Unregistered Crypto Lending Platforms New York Attorney General (NYAG) Letitia James announced Monday her new efforts to crack down on unregistered cryptocurrency companies. In New York, lending platforms must register with the Office of the Attorney General…

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Grayscale Confirms Plan to Convert GBTC Into Bitcoin ETF

Grayscale Investments has confirmed its plan to file for its bitcoin trust (GBTC) to be converted into a bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). “The NYSE Arca will file a document called the 19b-4 to convert GBTC into an ETF,” said Grayscale’s official. GBTC to Become Bitcoin ETF Grayscale Investments has confirmed that it will convert its flagship product, Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC), into a bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). Jennifer Rosenthal, Grayscale’s communications director, tweeted Monday: Today, I’m happy to confirm that Grayscale will file for GBTC to be converted into an…

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Top Ten Crypto Market Capitalizations Shifted a Great Deal Since the Last Time BTC Hit $60K

The price of bitcoin recently jumped above the $60,000 per unit mark on October 15, and the leading crypto asset has not seen prices this high since mid-April six months ago. However, as far as the top digital assets are concerned, in terms of market capitalization, things are a whole lot different. For instance, ether tokens are worth a lot more than they were six months ago and binance coin values were higher back then than they are today. Six Months Later as Bitcoin Returns to $60K, Some Crypto Coins…

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BEUROP Launches DeFi Trading and Marketing Platform for Blockchain Startups

PRESS RELEASE. Blockchain Euro Project BEUROP has announced the launch of its DeFi trading and Marketing platform for cryptocurrency startups and everyday users. Monday 18th, London, England — Following the launch of it’s deflationary BEPR token, Blockchain Euro Project (BEUROP) is preparing to establish its first product: a DeFi crypto trading and marketing platform for developing blockchain industry startups. What is BEUROP? BEUROP is a European blockchain-powered company that focuses on making cryptocurrency startups transparent, efficient, and reliable. The company’s new flagship product is a DeFi trading & marketing platform…

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A Slew of Defi Tokens Outperform Bitcoin’s Weekly Gains, Defi TVL and NFT Sales Spike

October has been a strong month for cryptocurrencies like bitcoin but a number of decentralized finance (defi) tokens have seen higher double-digit gains this past week. Moreover, non-fungible token (NFT) sales have picked up and after the total-value locked (TVL) in defi crossed $200 billion on October 5, two weeks later another $22 billion has been added to the TVL. Defi Network Tokens Polkadot, Polygon, Binance Coin, Stacks Outperform Bitcoin’s Weekly Gains Bitcoin (BTC) has been doing extremely well and BTC dominance has increased to 45.3% during the last week.…

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Big Three Credit Agency Fitch Says Stablecoin Growth Could Be ‘Disruptive’ to Securities Markets

American credit rating agency Fitch Ratings, one of the ‘Big Three’ credit rating agencies, has published a report that says stablecoin growth could affect securities and commercial paper (CP) markets. The agency says stablecoins could be “disruptive” and “stablecoin-related turbulence” could “transmit shocks” to other markets. Fitch Ratings: ‘Stablecoins Could Be Disruptive for CP Markets’ On Monday, the ‘Big Three’ credit agency Fitch Ratings published a report on stablecoins and the growth of these new assets. The report follows a study from Fitch that discusses El Salvador adopting bitcoin (BTC)…

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Local Businesses in New York Urge Governor to Impose Statewide Bitcoin Mining Moratorium

The governor of New York state, Kathy Hochul, has been urged by a group of local companies to deny business permits to bitcoin miners. The letter specifically asks for the “denial of permits for the Greenidge Generating Station and the Fortistar North Tonawanda Facility.” The letter also calls for the New York government to assess “proof-of-work” (PoW) digital currency mining in the state as the local businesses believe PoW mining “drastically undermines New York’s climate goals.” Local Businesses From New York Urge Governor Kathy Hochul to Impose a Statewide Bitcoin…

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Cardano Subsidiary Emurgo in Partnership With Pan-African Venture Studio

Emurgo, the investment arm of Cardano, has partnered one of its subsidiaries with Adanian Labs, a pan-African venture studio that is focused on building a platform where African tech start-ups can thrive and access all key resources that allow them to grow sustainably. Financial and Educational Empowerment via the Blockchain According to a statement issued by Adanian Labs, the goal of this partnership arrangement is to bring financial and educational empowerment via Cardano’s blockchain platform to the billions who lack these opportunities. “This investment is part of EMURGO Africa, a…

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CoinFLEX AMM+ Arena: Bring Your Competitive Edge to the AMM Experience

PRESS RELEASE. CoinFLEX, a crypto futures exchange, is the first centralized exchange to launch a hybrid Automated Market Maker called AMM+. CoinFLEX will be hosting an ‘AMM+ Arena’ competition where users will be rewarded based on their ranking and weekly trading volume. The past two years have been an enormous period of growth for AMMs. While the AMMs are a crypto-native innovation born out of decentralized finance, CoinFLEX is the first centralized exchange (CEX) to launch an AMM for the futures market. The AMM, called AMM+, trades directly in CoinFLEX’s…

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