Major Asian banks unite to form ‘multiple’ CBDC pact on blockchain

Several major banks across Asia have joined forces to construct a cross-border central bank digital currency, according to a joint announcement issued on Feb. 23. Dubbed the Multiple Central Bank Digital Currency Bridge — or m-CBDC — the project sees the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the Bank of Thailand, the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates, and the Digital Currency Institute of the People’s Bank of China combine to create a CBDC prototype using distributed ledger technology. Building upon the “Inthanon-LionRock” research project started in 2019, the latest phase of…

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Tezos Announces Major Upgrade to Improve Network Functionality – Altcoins Bitcoin News

Open-source platform Tezos has just announced Edo, its fifth and most ambitious upgrade to its blockchain to date. This upgrade will add the Sapling protocol, tickets, and a new Adoption Period to support future upgrades that improve network functionality. Sapling, Tickets, and a New Adoption Period will Bolster Future Upgrades Tezos has been ramping up development activity following the growing hype around its native token XTZ, which has risen nearly 120% year-to-date as of writing. Its last update, Delphi, was released three months ago and cut gas costs by 75%.…

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Private finance emerges as crypto’s next major growth catalyst

Long gone are cryptocurrency’s days as an obscure hub for experimental ventures in cryptography. 2020 marked a seminal year for the space, with cryptocurrencies taking major strides into the mainstream as governments, supranational organizations and corporate entities alike made significant entrances into an industry they collectively call the “digital asset space.”  As per centralized authorities’ choice, cryptography and its primary feature, privacy, have been relegated from the front-and-center role they once played as cryptocurrency’s main attractions. In their place, a breadth of ever-more enticing DeFi applications has taken the limelight…

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Cardano approaches a new major upgrade as ADA posts an inspired rally

The Cardano Foundation’s coin ADA, hit its all-time high of $0.97 on Feb. 12, having started the year trading at $0.18, thus entailing 438% gains year to date. Apart from the macro trends in the cryptocurrency industry driving up the price of flagship assets, such as Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) translating to other altcoins, such as LINK, DOT, etc., Cardano’s growth could also be attributed to the network updates that Cardano has been running on its blockchain network. On Feb. 3, Cardano’s development firm Input Output Hong Kong successfully…

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Major Darknet Marketplace for Stolen Cards Shuts Down After Making Over $1 Billion in Bitcoin – Featured Bitcoin News

The longest-running marketplace for stolen credit cards on the darknet has announced the shutting down of its services. The administrator of Joker’s Stash, founded in 2014, stated that the site would be taken down in February. Site Generated Over $1 Billion in BTC ‘Over the Past Years,’ Claims a Security Research Firm According to the announcement made through its forum, the admin known as “Jokerstash” stated that “it’s time for us to leave forever.” Stash’s users could spend their account balances until Feb. 15, before the admin proceeds to “wipe…

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XRP sinks below LTC again after new lawsuit from major investor

XRP has once again lost its place as the fourth-largest cryptocurrency, with lawsuits mounting against Ripple after one of its major investors followed the SEC in filing a complaint against the project. According to a Jan. 6 report from Bloomberg, Tetragon, one of the lead investors in a $200 million Series C funding round for Ripple in 2019, has filed a complaint against the firm in the Delaware Chancery Court. The investment company claims it is seeking a court to “enforce its contractual right to require Ripple to redeem” Series…

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When altseason? Here’s why Bitcoin is leaving major altcoins like Ethereum behind

Ether (ETH), the native cryptocurrency of the Ethereum blockchain, has been lagging behind Bitcoin (BTC). Historically, when BTC surges, altcoins tend to rally with larger upside price movements. This time, Bitcoin has been clearly outperforming the altcoin market, particularly in December. BTC market cap dominance has recently risen to a one-year high of around 70%, largely due to the big sell-off in XRP in the past week.  BTC/USD vs. ETH/BTC (yellow), LTC/BTC (orange), XRP/BTC (blue) 1-day candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: Tradingview The difference in the price discovery of Bitcoin The difference…

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Every Major Bank Will Have Exposure to Bitcoin, Says Renowned Fund Manager Bill Miller

Veteran investor Bill Miller says that all major banks, investment banks, and high net worth firms will eventually have some exposure to bitcoin or something like it. He said that bitcoin’s staying power is getting better every day. Bill Miller’s Bullish Statements About Bitcoin A growing number of major corporations have been gaining exposure to bitcoin, prompting speculation of when the rest of them will follow. Following Microstrategy’s $425 million investment, Square invested in bitcoin and Paypal launched a cryptocurrency service. Now, famous investor Bill Miller reportedly told CNBC on…

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Major Defi Token Prices Plunge, as Money Moves Back Into Bitcoin

Major decentralized finance (defi) projects fell sharply in October, with token prices tumbling by between 30% and 56%, as money appears to be moving away from the overhyped space and back into bitcoin. According to Coingecko data, Andre Cronje’s Yearn Finance (YFI) fell fastest, crashing 56% to around $10,400 as of Nov. 1, down from $23,800 thirty days earlier. Since Sept. 12, YFI total market capitalization has bled $957 million from a high of $1.27 billion. The asset, whose price peaked at over $43,000 two months ago, currently boasts $312.9…

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Amid IRS bounty and competitor progress, Monero developers ship a major update

First announced in September, Monero developers today went live with a network update featuring a new version of its node software, codenamed ‘Oxygen Orion.’ The product of 30 contributors, the update promises significant improvement across nearly all aspects of the privacy-focused cryptocurrency’s performance.  The highlight of the new update is the compact linkable spontaneous anonymous group (CLSAG) feature. According to the Monero blog, CLSAG will reduce transaction sizes by 25% and improve transaction times by 10% while maintaining transactional privacy. The developers wrote:  “CLSAG enables smaller and faster transactions with…

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