Performance Art Film Is Now Tokenized on the Ethereum Blockchain

HOW ARE WE, a performance art collaboration consisting of 15 short works filmed in COVID-19 quarantine, has been hashed and minted into a non-fungible token on the Ethereum blockchain. Additionally, a mechanism has been put in place to reward the project’s contributors whenever the asset is sold. Artists benefit from potentially appreciating assets A legally binding contract grants the rights to the film to the holder of the ERC-721 token in which the hash and metadata of the artwork is stored. This means that if, for instance, the Museum of…

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Market Update: Crypto Assets Slowly Gather Gains, Bitcoin Needs Capital Inflow, ADA Jumps 85%

Cryptocurrency market prices have improved a great deal since our last market update, as the overall market capitalization of all 5,700+ coins has gained $16 billion since June 14. Most of the top digital assets have remained in a consolidated cycle and a great number of cryptos have been able to hold above their 50-day averages. Crypto Market Capitalization Inches Toward $300 Billion The crypto community is curious about what’s going to happen next in the land of digital currency markets. Today, on Wednesday, July 8, a great number of…

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Waiting for Ethereum 2.0, but Layer-Two Solutions Are Needed Now

Ethereum has been the center of focus in the cryptosphere for some time now, and for good reasons. As the popularity of the second-largest blockchain network continues to grow, so too does the urgency for improved performance and scalability. The Ethereum network has been dealing with some congestion issues, the most recent of which resulted in its transaction fees ballooning in June 2020. The network congestion even led to an increase in the maximum gas allowed per block on the Ethereum blockchain, enabling more transactions to be processed but also…

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Ride-Hailing Giant DiDi Joins China’s Digital Yuan Project

Chinese ride-hailing juggernaut DiDi Chuxing has joined the digital yuan project, a CBDC developed by the People’s Bank of China, or PBoC. According to an announcement  DiDi shared with Cointelegraph earlier today, the company has entered into “a strategic partnership” with the Digital Currency Research Institute of the PBoC. Together, DiDi and the PBoC’s think tank will reportedly work to bring the DC/EP solution to the former’s large-scale transportation network, which DiDi also refers to as “the world’s largest one-stop on-demand transportation platform.” The statement reads: “Under PBOC’s overall DCEP…

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Crypto Facilities Gets FCA Nod to Set up Crypto Futures Venue

Crypto Facilities, a subsidiary of Kraken cryptocurrency exchange, has obtained a Multilateral Trading Facility (MTF) license from the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). An MTF is a European regulatory term for a self-regulated financial trading venue. MTFs are an alternative to a traditional stock exchange where a market is made in securities, typically using electronic systems. Touting this as a first on the European continent, Crypto Facilities says the license enables it to expand its product range. It will do this whilst staying inside the regulatory perimeter. Traditionally, an MTF…

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Chainlink Rises 15% Amid China’s Blockchain Network Launch

Chainlink (LINK) reached an all-time high of $5.60, appreciating 15% on the day. This comes amid the news that China’s Blockchain Service Network, or BSN, launched this past weekend. LINK price over the past 12 months. Source: Nomics. The BSN recently integrated Chainlink’s price oracles into its ecosystem. The founding members of the BSN consortium were local tech leviathans like the China Mobile Communication Corporation and China Union Pay. Its stated goal is to advance blockchain technology in China.  135 nodes go live in China A source familiar with BSN’s…

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Could a Cardano & Litecoin Team Up Be in the Works?

Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson recently said that he would not mind working with Litecoin founder, Charlie Lee, to test cross chain communication. “It would be great to do something together,” Hoskinson said in a July 7 tweet to Lee.  Both men founded industry giants Hoskinson founded Cardano (ADA), which, at press time, sits seventh on the list of crypto assets in market cap size, according to CoinMarketCap. Litecoin maintains the eighth spot. Both figure heads hold notable status in the crypto and blockchain space.  “I love the idea of testing cross…

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CFTC Is Waiting on SEC to Allow Futures Trading of More Digital Assets, Says CFTC Chairman

In a July 7 interview with predecessor Jim Newsome, current Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Heath Tarbert ran down a list of pending concerns standing between cryptocurrencies and the long-awaited promised land of regulatory clarity. Securities regulation and the CFTC’s purview Tarbert was careful to outline the distinction between the work of the CFTC and its elder brother regulator, the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC.  The determination of whether a digital asset is a security is “the sole province of the SEC,” Tarbert explained. “If their…

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Escalating Bank Runs Spur Chinese Government to Require Approval for Large Cash Transactions

A series of bank runs has prompted the Chinese government to begin requiring approval for large cash deposits and withdrawals at commercial banks, starting with banks in a northern province. Recently, two bank runs happened within a week as people lost faith in financial institutions amid unprecedented economic contraction. China’s Efforts to Prevent Bank Runs China has launched a measure aimed at curbing bank runs. Starting July 1, residents of the northern province of Hebei are required to “apply for approval if they plan to make large cash deposits or…

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Twitter Users Can Now Send Crypto to Each Other With Torus

Torus, a Singaporean crypto key management platform, now allows users to send cryptocurrencies through social media platforms such as Twitter. With Torus’ latest update, v1.7.2, users can now send tokens to any Twitter or GitHub account, even if that account has never used Torus’ crypto wallet, the firm said. Torus publicly sends ETH to Buterin, Musk, and CZ on Twitter Announcing the news on Monday, Torus showcased a couple of Twitter transactions, featuring 0.01 Ether (ETH) transfers to major crypto figures such as Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao…

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