Monthly Archives: November 2021

ESG oriented blockchain wants on-chain ‘nutrition labels’ for every commodity exchanged

Representatives from the Watr Foundation said that they seek to bring ESG transparency to commodities industry. The Watr Foundation, in partnership with blockchain platform Algorand, recently launched a project to provide ESG scoring for different commodities with a special focus on climate change. While the project has a clear environmental focus, the platform will also include labeling for everything from how a company treats its workers to the number of people participating in an asset’s ecosystem by gender.  Watr Foundation council president Maryam Ayati said in a statement: […]

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OTOY’s Render Network plans to render the metaverse on Solana

Solana’s programmable and secure underlying infrastructure is critical for scalable and shareable dynamic metaverse content, according to OTOY CEO Jules Urbach. Jules Urbach, the CEO and founder of OTOY, wants to democratize content creation, specifically as it pertains to virtual assets. OTOY’s technology intends to fulfill the promise of an open cloud-based metaverse via the Render Network — the first decentralized GPU rendering network & 3D marketplace built on OTOY’s OctaneRender NFT ecosystem. While at the inaugural Solana Breakpoint conference in Lisbon, Portugal, Urbach announced Render Network’s […]

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The Crypto Economy Soars Past $3 Trillion — Momentum of Value Grew Much Faster Than Apple’s Market Valuation

On November 8, 2021, the cryptocurrency economy’s market capitalization reached the $3 trillion mark after gathering significant value over the course of 12 years. The overall value of the 10,464 crypto-assets in existence is now larger than Microsoft’s market valuation at $2.52 trillion and Apple’s $2.47 trillion market cap. Cryptocurrency Economy Is Now More Valuable Than Company’s Like Microsoft, Apple, Google, Saudi Aramco Statistics indicate that on Monday, November 8, the net worth of the entire crypto-economy is valued at over $3 trillion, after jumping roughly 3.7% […]

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Mastercard Launches Bitcoin Payment Cards In Asia Pacific

The card giant partnered with three bitcoin service providers in the region to enable consumers to spend BTC anywhere that accepts Mastercard. Consumers and businesses in the Asia Pacific region can now apply for bitcoin-linked Mastercard credit, debit, and prepaid cards. The card giant partnered with cryptocurrency service providers Amber, Bitkub, and CoinJar to enable customers to pay for regular purchases with BTC. On the backend, cryptocurrency in the user’s account is instantly converted into fiat currency to allow the payment. Card giant Mastercard has partnered with […]

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Analysts expect parabolic Bitcoin price move after the ‘last’ resistance at $67K falls

Analysts say BTC price is set for a near parabolic price move once the “last” resistance at $67,000 is cleared. The bulls are on the march again and this time they’ve set their sights on a new all-time high for Bitcoin (BTC) price which is within striking distance of the $67,000 level. Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows that a late-night surge on Nov. 7 catapulted the price to an intraday high at $66,557 and at the time of writing trading volume continues to increase […]

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Brave to integrate with Solana blockchain on its privacy-enabled browser

More than 42 million Brave users will soon be able to access Solana dApps within Brave. During Solana’s Breakpoint conference in Lisbon, Portugal, executives at Brave and Solana Labs announced that the Brave browser would integrate with the Solana (SOL) blockchain and feature Solana decentralized applications, or dApps, on its browser. Simultaneously, Solana will promote the adoption of Basic Attention Tokens (BAT), the native digital currency of the Brave Browser, among its dApp users. We’ve partnered with @solana to integrate it into the browser and make it […]

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US officials seize $6.1M in crypto from ransomware actors, adds Chatex to sanctions list

“This will not be the last time — the U.S. government will continue to aggressively pursue the entire ransomware ecosystem and increase our nation’s resilience to cyber threats,” said Attorney General Merrick Garland. The United States Department of the Treasury has announced it will impose sanctions on the cryptocurrency exchange Chatex and its support network for allegedly facilitating transactions for ransomware actors. In an advisory update issued on Nov. 8, the Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control, or OFAC, added Chatex as well as IZIBITS OU, […]

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BREAKING: Mastercard launches crypto-linked cards across Asia-Pacific

From CBDCs to payments and up to crypto forensics, Mastercard has been highly active in the digital currency market. Credit card giant Mastercard made a big splash in the digital asset market on Tuesday by announcing the launch of crypto-linked payment cards across the Asia-Pacific region.  In partnership with three cryptocurrency service providers, namely Amber Group and Bitkub in Thailand and CoinJar in Australia, Mastercard will offer crypto-funded payment cards that enable users to instantly convert their digital assets into traditional fiat money. “Rather than directly transferring […]

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Fed board member to leave by 2022, leaving Biden to fill 3 seats

Randal Quarles has been a member of the Federal Reserve Board as well as its vice-chair for supervision since 2017. Randal Quarles has resigned his position from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, effective by the end of December.  In a Friday resignation letter addressed to United States President Joe Biden, Quarles said he planned to leave the Fed “during or around the last week of December of this year” after serving at the government agency for more than four years. He has been […]

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FarmVille NFTs on the horizon? Zynga hires new VP for blockchain gaming

Zynga will work on integrating NFTs and blockchain into its existing portfolio in addition to developing new NFT-based games. Nonfungible tokens (NFTs) scored another win with gaming giant Zynga’s announcement of the upcoming integration of NFTs and blockchain into the publisher’s portfolio. San Francisco-based game developer Zynga, best known for its FarmVille and CSR Racing series, appointed marketing veteran Matt Wolf as its vice president to oversee the company’s blockchain gaming efforts. With the addition of Wolf, Zynga will work on integrating NFTs and blockchain into its […]

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