ECB Paper Marks Success Factors for CBDCs, Digital Euro

A paper published by the European Central Bank (ECB) discusses various conditions for successful implementation of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) such as the eurozone’s own digital euro. The authors also point to different risks that such projects entail, like the danger of crowding out the private sector. ECB: Digital Euro Should Be Widely Used for Payments, Not Investment In order to create a successful CBDC, a monetary authority needs to establish the digital currency as a widespread means of payment and exchange that also has a sufficient store of…

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Ethereum Might Dethrone Bitcoin as Best Crypto Store of Value, Study Argues

A recent paper authored by members of several universities, including Sydney and Macquarie, argues that recent changes in Ethereum monetary policy are making it a better store of value than bitcoin. The deflationary effect that the EIP-1559 proposal has caused in the issuance of the currency is said to be the main cause of this. Ethereum in the Spotlight A new paper released by members of Australian universities last month is putting the spotlight on Ethereum and its possible future as a store of value. The paper, titled “Better than…

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Binance Names Three Nigerian Reality TV Show Celebrities as African Ambassadors

Binance has named three former housemates from the popular Nigerian reality television show “Big Brother Naija” as the cryptocurrency exchange’s brand ambassadors for the African continent. Bringing Crypto to the Mainstream Leading cryptocurrency exchange Binance has said as part of its plan to increase its foothold on the African continent, it has partnered with three former Big Brother Naija housemates. The exchange said the three former housemates, Hazel Oyeze Onou, Ikechukwu Sunday Okonkwo, and Pere Egbi will help it bring crypto to the mainstream. In a statement published by Techpoint…

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FBI Seizes Bitcoin Worth More Than $2.2 Million From Ransomware Affiliate

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has seized bitcoin worth more than $2.2 million tied to ransomware payments. The cryptocurrency allegedly belongs to an affiliate of Gandcrab and Revil/Sodinokibi ransomware. US Seizes Bitcoin Worth Over $2 Million The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has seized almost 40 bitcoins from a Russian resident tied to Revil and Gandcrab ransomware, according to a court document unsealed Tuesday. The forfeiture complaint reads: The United States of America files this verified complaint in rem against 39.89138522 bitcoin seized from Exodus wallet … that is…

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British Security Think Tank’s Report Warns NFTs Could Bolster Money Laundering Schemes

The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), the British defense and security think tank, questions whether or not non-fungible token (NFT) assets can be used for money laundering purposes. The report determines that in order to mitigate the money laundering risks a ‘know your customer’ monitoring system “needs to be implemented.” RUSI: ‘NFT Technology Can Raise Alarm Bells From a Money Laundering and Financial Crime Perspective’ The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies otherwise known as RUSI, was founded in 1831 and it is the oldest defense and…

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Elizabeth Warren Queries Bitcoin Mining Operation, US Senator Says Crypto Miners Raise Environmental Concerns

Senator Elizabeth Warren has written a letter to the CEO of the New York bitcoin mining firm Greenidge Generation, Jeff Kirt, asking for details on the company’s emissions. Warren’s letter insists “Greenidge and other [bitcoin mining] plants raise concerns about their impacts on the global environment.” Elizabeth Warren Takes Aim at Bitcoin Mining Operations The former law professor and the United States Democratic Party senator from Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, has taken aim at cryptocurrency mining operations after she criticized digital currency markets in recent times. In mid-September, Warren pressed the…

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Security Focused DeFi Project EverRise Now Live on 3 Blockchains, Staking Introduced

Originally launched on June 15th, 2021, EverRise is a blockchain technology company that offers bridging and security solutions across multiple chains through an ecosystem of decentralized applications. With their RISE token, they were the first to bring the buyback to crypto. Since then, the buyback mechanic has become standard in space with countless forks. EverRise v2.0 EverRise is working on bringing their ecosystem of dApps to as many blockchains as possible to increase adoption of safety protocols across all DeFi. Keeping that in mind, EverRise, have recently gone live with…

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BCH Ecosystem Gains New NFT and Dex Platforms, TVL in Smartbch Defi Climbs 180% in 30 Days

During the last few months, the Smartbch project has swelled with numerous projects, custom tokens, and the total-value locked (TVL) in five Smartbch decentralized exchange (dex) platforms has jumped more than 180% since November 3. Smartbch Defi TVL Climbs 180% in a Month — Bitcoin Cash Universe Now Has 5 Dex Platforms Eight months ago, bitcoin cash (BCH) proponents were introduced to a new website (smartbch.org) that featured a project called Smart Bitcoin Cash or Smartbch for short. Smartbch is a Bitcoin Cash sidechain that is compatible with Ethereum’s EVM…

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Blockchain.com Reveals Non-Fungible Token Marketplace and NFT Explorer

The crypto firm Blockchain.com is joining the slew of digital currency exchanges that have launched non-fungible token (NFT) marketplaces in recent times. On December 2, the company announced it is launching the Blockchain.com NFT marketplace, and select users can sign up for beta access today. Blockchain.com NFT Marketplace Launches Beta Access Non-fungible token (NFT) assets have become a billion-dollar industry and it seems like this technology will be a mainstay for years to come. As the NFT hype grows exponentially in 2021, a number of crypto-asset exchanges have launched NFT…

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US Treasury Secretary Yellen Says She’s Undecided Whether the Fed Should Issue Digital Currency

The U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says that she has not made up her mind about whether the Fed should issue a central bank digital currency (CBDC). “There are some benefits” to a digital dollar, Yellen said, but noted that “there are also meaningful costs.” Janet Yellen Has Not Decided Whether the Fed Should Develop a Digital Dollar Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Thursday during an interview at the Reuters Next conference that she has not formed an opinion about whether the Federal Reserve should create a digital dollar. She…

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