Blockchain gaming takes a colossal step forward as media giant announces new offering

Multinational media and entertainment conglomerate, WarnerMedia, is joining the blockchain gaming ecosystem via its subsidiary, Turner Sports. The company, which is responsible for sports broadcasts on channels such as TBS, TNT, and TruTV among others, recently announced “Blocklete Games”; a platform which will allow players to collect, train, trade, and compete with digital athletes while earning cash prizes. This is all made possible through the implementation of non-fungible tokens, or NFTs — crypto tokens that are each verifiably unique, despite being issued under the same specifications as other tokens of…

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Hydra’s ‘Complex Drug Delivery System’ in Russia Overshadows Western Darknet Markets

On September 14, the blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis reported on the infamous Russian darknet marketplace (DNM) known as Hydra and noted the DNM is Eastern Europe’s “sixth-largest service by volume in the region.” Moreover, the report also reveals that Hydra has created a “complex drug delivery system” inside Russia and throughout various countries in Europe as well. Russia’s Hydra Market: The 6th Largest Crypto Service by Volume in Eastern Europe At the end of August, the darknet marketplace (DNM) community said goodbye to the Empire Market, which unexpectedly decided to…

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How crypto tokens could change our entire experience of value transfer – Cointelegraph Magazine

Programmable money (PM) is in the air. It may be the next stage in the evolution of money. And it could be as disruptive as any financial technology in development today. Yes, China is close to launching the first central bank digital currency (CBDC) at scale — perhaps within the next 12 months — but if so it will be eclipsed before the decade’s end by CBDC 2.0, i.e., digital currency attached to blockchain-enabled smart contracts. At least, that’s what many think. Programmable money is money with constraints. An analogy…

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Explaining DLCs, Smart Contracts On Bitcoin – Bitcoin Magazine

Bitcoin has been critiqued by those in the altcoin community for the past few years over its inability to host smart contracts. But recent work from developers at Suredbits, Crypto Garage and Atomic Loans — along with efforts from some independent contributors — on Discreet Log Contracts (DLCs) is bringing smart contracting to Bitcoin and will quell some of these critics. DLCs are uniquely positioned to bring smart contracting to Bitcoin using oracle contracts that are much more private and scalable than previously thought possible. What Are DLCs? DLCs are…

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India’s Crypto Bill Omitted From Parliament Agenda While New Ban Report Appears

Despite much anticipation, the Indian cryptocurrency bill is not included in the list of bills to be introduced in the current session of parliament. Meanwhile, a new report of India’s government planning to ban cryptocurrency trading has emerged. Indian Government’s Cryptocurrency Plan The Indian government has been deliberating on how it will treat cryptocurrencies in the country after a draft crypto bill was submitted by an interministerial committee headed by former Finance Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg last year. The government originally said that it planned to introduce this bill in…

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Italian soccer club SS Lazio goes crypto with StormGain exchange

Another major soccer club is entering the cryptocurrency industry by tapping a partnership with a cryptocurrency exchange. SS Lazio, an Italian professional sports club, signed a multi-year deal with crypto trading platform StormGain. Announcing the news on Sept. 16, StormGain said that it is now the “official crypto trading partner” of SS Lazio. According to the firm, the newly announced deal will enable StormGain and Lazio to boost fan engagement through unique giveaways like exclusive VIP suite hospitality at Lazio home matches. As part of the initiative, StormGain will be…

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Blockchain needs to walk before it runs to DeFi

Decentralized finance has become the fastest-growing sector of the blockchain industry. Today, there are over 200 projects working on a wide variety of decentralized financial products and services. That number continues to increase every day as new DeFi-related projects launch.  The most telling figure of this rapid growth is the staggering amount of money that is locked in DeFi, recently having passed the $7 billion threshold. The challenge is that increased growth leads to higher risks. As DeFi continues to grow at a rapid pace, this burgeoning industry will experience…

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Report: Market Valuation of 14 Banking Giants Shed $635 Billion This Year

The world’s largest banks lost a considerable amount of market valuation amid the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new report that estimates financial incumbents lost $635 billion. Between December 2019 and August 2020, the market caps of 14 major banking institutions lost upwards of 30-50% during the time period. A newly published report written by Buyshares and the researcher Justinas Baltrusaitis, shows that during the first half of 2020, the world’s banks lost a considerable amount of market capitalization. Buyshares data shows that 14 select “major global banks” lost a…

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More than $1B in Bitcoin has been tokenized for DeFi

More than $1 billion worth of Bitcoin (BTC) has now been tokenized to access decentralized finance protocols on the Ethereum network. That’s equivalent to the entire total value locked, or TVL, in DeFi less than four months ago. According to DeFi Pulse, roughly 98,300 BTC (worth $1.05 billion) has been tokenized using protocols other than Blockstream’s Lightning Network — equating to more than 12% of the DeFi’s sector’s $8.57 billion combined capitalization. Number of Bitcoins locked in DeFi protocols: Defi Pulse The milestone illustrates the increasing popularity of ETH-based protocols…

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