Monthly Archives: November 2021

Ethereum Layer-two developer StarkWare valued at $2B following $50M raise

Sequoia Capital led ZK-Rollup protocol StarkWare’s Series C funding round. Israel-based StarkWare announced on Nov 16 via Twitter that it had raised $50 million in a Series C funding round, and that the firm’s valuation is now at $2 billion. Sequoia Capital was the lead investor, among other contributors. Seven months ago, StarkWare raised $75 million in a Series B funding led by Paradigm. We are excited to announce our Series C of $50M at $2B. A big thanks to our lead investor, @sequoia, our wonderful follow-on […]

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12-Month Mega Gains — A Dozen Crypto Assets Gained More Than 7,000% Since Last Year

The crypto asset bitcoin has seen a phenomenal year gaining 261.5% over the last 12 months and the second leading crypto asset, ethereum, rose by 819.9% since mid-November 2020. However, a slew of digital currencies saw much larger gains during the last 12 months and a dozen crypto assets have gained anywhere between 7,000% to a whopping 27,000% in value. 12 Crypto Assets That Spiked 7,000% to Over 27,000% in Value Since Mid-November 2020 On Wednesday, November 17, 2021, the crypto economy with its 10,870 coins and […]

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Acting OCC head calls for consolidated supervision for crypto firms

Michael Hsu said this approach would require more cooperation from both federal and state regulators, with “less regulatory competition” and “more interdependence.” Michael Hsu, the acting head of the United States Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, hopes to address gaps in supervision for companies dealing with cryptocurrencies. In published comments before the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia on Tuesday, Hsu called for consolidated supervision for crypto firms in which regulators or an authorized group could conduct oversight of a company and its subsidiaries to mitigate […]

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$9 Billion in Bitcoin: Court Trustee Says Mt Gox Rehabilitation Plan ‘Final and Binding’

Mt Gox claimants may see restitution soon as a recent filing from the Tokyo District Court’s trustee Nobuaki Kobayashi explains that the rehabilitation plan is now “final and binding.” The document published on Tuesday notes that an announcement will follow that discloses the “details of the specific timing, procedures, and amount of such repayments.” Mt Gox Creditors May See Bitcoin Returned Soon On Tuesday, Nobuaki Kobayashi published a notice of confirmation that the rehabilitation plan has been finalized. $Over 9 billion worth of bitcoin (BTC) may find […]

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Portal partners with Polygon to advance DeFi on Bitcoin

Polygon’s scaling solution hosts in excess of 400 decentralized applications across a 1.5 million user base. Decentralized exchange, or DEX, and self-custody wallet platform Portal has announced a strategic partnership agreement with layer-two blockchain network Polygon to advance Bitcoin functionality in the decentralized finance, or DeFi, market. Portal currently offers fully decentralized on-chain spot and options trading, as well as peer-to-peer lending and borrowing. This partnership is expected to expand these user capabilities through the enablement of zero-knowledge swap functionalities for wBTC/BTC as well as POS/WBTC to […]

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Navigating CityCoins: Miami citizens to earn Bitcoin despite the city not holding crypto

The mayor of Miami plans to give residents a Bitcoin dividend, but what exactly does this mean, and is there any real utility in this move? Miami is quickly becoming the crypto capital of the United States. In August of this year, the Magic City was the first state in the U.S. to launch MiamiCoin (MIA), its very own cryptocurrency used for civic engagement. A few months later, Mayor Francis Suarez announced that every Miami resident with a digital wallet will be eligible to receive a Bitcoin dividend.  […]

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Blockchain unicorn ConsenSys valued at $3.2B following $200M raise

MetaMask’s monthly active users have grown 38-fold since 2020 as demand for DeFi and NFTs continues to surge. Blockchain infrastructure provider ConsenSys has reached a lofty valuation of $3.2 billion after closing a $200 million funding round, joining over a dozen other crypto-focused companies to reach coveted unicorn status this year alone. The $200 million financing round saw participation from several new investors, including Marshall Wace, Third Point and Think Investments, who contributed alongside existing investors such as Dragonfly Capital, Electric Capital, Spartan Group, Coinbase Ventures, HSBC, […]

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Bacon Protocol offers industry-first ‘NFT mortgages’

Blockchain technology and smart contracts are helping to expand the residential mortgage market beyond the grip of big banks and governments. Decentralized mortgage lender Bacon Protocol has minted its first seven mortgages as nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, offering investors and borrowers new options for accessing the residential mortgage market.  The interest rate for each NFT mortgage ranges from 1.5% to 3.1% on properties in four U.S. states, the company disclosed Wednesday. That’s the interest rate borrowers pay after minting their mortgage through Bacon Protocol. By comparison, the […]

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Oasis Foundation launches $160M development fund

The funds are earmarked for DeFi, NFT, tokenization and metaverse projects that are building on the Oasis Network. Developer group Oasis Foundation has launched a $160 million ecosystem fund to bootstrap promising projects building on top of Oasis Network, a privacy-enabled blockchain with a focus on decentralized finance (DeFi) and the so-called data economy. The fund was established to attract new developers to the Oasis Network so that they can build the next generation of decentralized applications that support DeFi, nonfungible tokens, data tokenization and the metaverse, […]

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Iconic Staples Center, Home of Los Angeles Lakers, Changing Name to Crypto.com Arena

Staples Center, one of the most iconic and globally recognized sports and entertainment arenas in the world, is changing its name to Crypto.com Arena. Crypto.com has also become an official cryptocurrency platform partner of the Los Angeles Lakers and the LA Kings. Staples Center’s New Name Is Crypto.com Arena AEG, the owner of Staples Center, and Crypto.com “have launched a historic, 20-year naming rights agreement that will rename the AEG-owned and operated Staples Center,” both companies independently announced Tuesday. Located in downtown Los Angeles, the 20,000-seat, award-winning […]

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