Monthly Archives: May 2022

Square Enix Closes $300 Million Sale of Western Studios to Bankroll Blockchain Pivot

Square Enix, the influential Japanese gaming and publishing company, has sold its Western studios and some of its Western intellectual properties (IPs) to Embracer Group. The deal, which values these properties at $300 million, will allow the company to focus on the development of new businesses more aligned with the refined direction of the company, which includes blockchain, the cloud, and AI as core elements. Square Enix Sells Assets to Refocus Its Business Square Enix, one of the most recognized Japan-based game publishing and development companies, announced […]

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Any dip buyers left? Bulls are largely absent as the total crypto market cap drops to $1.65T

Weak retail demand and bearish derivatives data reflect a dismal short-term outlook for the crypto market. The total crypto market capitalization has been trading within a descending channel for 24 days and the $1.65 trillion support was retested on May 6. The drop to $1.65 trillion was followed by Bitcoin (BTC) reaching $35,550, its lowest price in 70 days. Total crypto market cap, USD billion. Source: TradingView In terms of performance, the aggregate market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies dropped 6% over the past seven days, but this […]

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Crypto Biz: The real reason crypto hodlers should care about the Federal Reserve, April 28–May 4, 2022

On May 4, the FOMC voted to raise interest rates by 50 basis points. Here’s why Bitcoin investors need to care about central bank’s policy. Wall Street’s slow embrace of crypto means we all have to start watching the Federal Reserve again. Cointelegraph parsed through the latest Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) policy statement on Wednesday to try and uncover some nuggets of useful information. You can think of it as an exercise in financial esoterics to uncover the hidden meaning behind the Fed’s decision-making. As it […]

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Crypto mixer sanctioned by US Treasury for role in Axie Infinity hack

The crypto mixer is said to have processed $20.5 million out of the $620 million taken by North Korean Lazarus Group hackers. The United States Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced Friday that it was sanctioning cryptocurrency mixer Blender.io for its role in laundering proceeds from the hacking of Axie Infinity’s Ronin Bridge. North Korean state-sponsored hackers Lazarus Group have been identified as the perpetrators of the attack.  Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian E. Nelson said in a statement: “Today, […]

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Finance Redefined: DeFi protocols lost $1.6B, EU to rethink DeFi approach and more

The week in DeFi saw European lawmakers write a new chapter on DeFi, Virginia county plans to put its pension fun in a DeFi yield, DeFi protocols lost $1.6 billion to exploits and more The past week in the decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem saw many new developments from an adoption perspective and protocol developments. The European Commission added a new chapter on DeFi, showing the growing impact of the nascent ecosystem, while a county in the United States State of Virginia wants to put its pension fund […]

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There’s more to NFTs than just PFPs — 5 ways nonfungible tokens will transform industry

NFT art continues to grow in popularity, but what other industries could the technology disrupt in the next few years? The nonfungible token (NFT) sector has undergone a surge in popularity over the past year and a half as projects like Bored Ape Yacht Club and CryptoPunks captured the attention of the general public.  While the idea of fetching a six-figure payday for the latest trending digital art piece has been a major factor in the attention placed on the sector, the truth is that the crypto […]

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Spanish Securities Regulator Orders Binance to Stop Offering Cryptocurrency Derivatives

The Spanish securities regulator, the CNMV, has ordered Binance to stop offering cryptocurrency derivative products to customers in the country. According to local media, the crypto exchange giant has followed the orders of the regulator, withdrawing these products from its customers in Spain. Spanish Securities Regulator Sets Eyes on Binance The CNMV, which is the Spanish securities regulator, is putting more pressure on exchanges offering cryptocurrency-linked derivatives in the country. Binance, one of the biggest exchanges in the world by volume traded, has been required to drop […]

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Amid crypto hype, Google’s cloud unit creates Web3 team

The decentralized space continues its expansion and major brands are adopting Web3 tools, including Google’s cloud unit. Google’s cloud unit announced on Friday the formation of an internal team that will build services for blockchain developers and those running blockchain-based applications. This comes amid an explosion of interest, activity and adoption of crypto and Web3 tools from traditional sectors of the economy. Web3 infrastructure of the future Vice president at Google Cloud, Amit Zavery, reportedly told his team in an email on Friday of the aim to […]

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90% of surveyed central banks are exploring CBDCs — BIS

“Globally, more than two-thirds of central banks consider that they are likely to or might possibly issue a retail CBDC in either the short- or medium-term,” said the BIS. A survey conducted by the Bank for International Settlements, or BIS, suggested that many central banks around the world are looking into rolling out a central bank digital currency, or CBDC. In a paper released on Friday, the BIS Monetary and Economic Department said 90% of 81 central banks surveyed from October to December 2021 were “engaged in […]

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Peter Schiff Warns Economic Downturn in the US ‘Will Be Much Worse Than the Great Recession’

Following the Federal Reserve’s rate hike on Wednesday, economist Peter Schiff has had a lot to say since the U.S. central bank raised the benchmark rate by half a percentage point. Schiff further believes we are in a recession and says “it will be much worse than the Great Recession that followed the 2008 Financial Crisis.” Peter Schiff Says ‘Fed Cant Win a Fight Against Inflation Without Causing a Recession’ While many analysts were shocked by the U.S. Federal Reserve’s move, since it was the largest rate […]

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