First AMM Layer2 DEX ZKSwap Announces Testnet Incentive Program with 1 Million ZKS Tokens Rewards

Asset Manager Vaneck Launches Physically-Backed Bitcoin Exchange-Traded Note On November 25, the asset manager Vaneck announced the launch of an exchange-traded product (ETP) called the “Vaneck Vector Bitcoin ETN.” The exchange-traded note is physically-backed by bitcoin and listed on the trading exchange Deutsche Böerse Xetra. The newly listed … read more. Major Australian Investment Firm Moves From Gold to Bitcoin A billion-dollar Australian investment management firm has gotten into bitcoin, citing that the cryptocurrency is superior to gold. Many of the firm’s clients have been asking about investing in bitcoin.…

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NYDIG raises $150 million for two Bitcoin investment funds

New York Digital Investment Group has raised $150 million through two separate cryptocurrency investment funds, according to documents filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission on Nov. 24 and Dec. 1. The NYDIG Digital Assets Fund I raised $50 million, with the NYDIG Digital Assets Fund II raising a further $100 million. Reports suggest that the money raised by Fund I, which invests purely in Bitcoin (BTC), came from just two unnamed investors. Meanwhile, the larger Fund II is reputed to have received its entire $100 million investment…

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Coinbase Says It Brokered Microstrategy’s Influential $425 Million Bitcoin Buy

U.S. crypto exchange Coinbase said Tuesday that it brokered Microstrategy’s $425 million bitcoin purchase earlier this year. Until now, it has not been clear who facilitated the deal. Microstrategy’s first bitcoin (BTC) haul of $250 million bought in August was executed over five days, Coinbase revealed in a case study of the transactions. The deals – done via the exchange’s brokerage unit called Coinbase Prime – leveraged human effort and trading algorithms that sliced Microstrategy’s order into 200,000 fills. Each fill averaged under 0.3 BTC in size, it said. Cutting…

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Lithuania Rakes in 6.4 Million Euros From Selling Seized Cryptocurrencies

Lithuania’s tax authority has sold the cryptocurrencies it previously seized for 6.4 million euros (approximately $7.6 million). The three cryptocurrencies confiscated were bitcoin, ether, and monero. This was the first time the tax authority sold seized cryptocurrencies. Lithuania Sold Seized Cryptocurrencies The State Tax Inspectorate (STI) under the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania announced Tuesday that it has sold the cryptocurrencies it confiscated in February and transferred 6.4 million euros to the state budget. The tax authority explained that this is the first time it has sold…

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Hackers Paradise: Yet Another Defi Protocol Exploited for Nearly $20 Million in DAI

Decentralized finance (defi) protocol Pickle Finance was hacked for $19.7 million of the stablecoin DAI over the weekend, as the defi industry appears to be turning into a hackers paradise. Pickle’s native token (PICKLE) plunged 62% on the news, falling from $23.27 to $8.70 when the hack was first reported on Nov. 21. At the time of writing, the token has since rebound 29% in 24 hours to $18.51, according to Coingecko data. This is the fourth hack to hit the defi space in just two weeks. Akropolis, Value Defi…

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Poker Site Buys $100 Million of Bitcoin Every Month to Pay Players in BTC

A major online poker website has been buying millions of dollars of bitcoin every day to meet demand from players wanting to cash out in bitcoin. This amounts to $100 million in bitcoin a month as about 95% of players now demand payouts in the cryptocurrency. Poker Site Buys $100 Million of Bitcoin Demand for bitcoin payouts has been rising, particularly after the recent price rally. One of the largest online poker websites, Winning Poker Network (WPN), has been buying millions of dollars worth of bitcoin in recent weeks from…

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Jeff Bezos-Backed African App Chipper Cash Launching Crypto Trading After Raising $30 Million

An African company backed by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Chipper Cash, has raised $30 million and is launching a cryptocurrency trading service due to high demand for cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin. Users of Chipper Cash will be able to buy and sell cryptocurrencies as well as U.S. stocks, such as Tesla, Apple, and Amazon, through the app. Jeff Bezos-Backed Chipper Cash to Begin Offering Crypto Trading African cross-border payments startup Chipper Cash has raised $30 million in a Series B funding round. It was led by venture capital firm Ribbit Capital,…

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$pickle in a pickle as attacker swipes $20 million in “evil jar” exploit

In yet another attack on a major decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol, farming project Pickle Finance has been exploited today to the tune of $20 million.  The attack transpired roughly two hours ago, and ETH-savvy Twitter users were quick to notice that pickle’s cDAI jar — Pickle’s term for a yield-bearing vault — had been emptied: I think @picklefinance‘s cDAI jar just got attacked and drained. https://t.co/Lxwi2dWSSZ pic.twitter.com/nUBE1KjEPh — mattyb (@mattybchats) November 21, 2020 Unlike other recent attacks however, this particular exploit did not feature flashloans — an increasingly maligned DeFi…

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Value DeFi protocol suffers $6 million flash loan exploit

Following a Twitter thread on Friday that highlighted the decentralized finance protocol’s flash loan exploit prevention methodology, Value DeFi appears to have been the victim of a $6 million flash loan exploit.  At roughly 10:45 AM EST, a user took out a flashloan of 80,000 ETH (over $36 million) from lending protocol Aave. Aave developer Emilio Frangella immediately called attention to the loan: 80.000 eth flashloan on @AaveAave https://t.co/ngnHIoNKpi — Emilio Frangella (@The3D_) November 14, 2020 According to Emiliano Bonassi, a self-described whitehat hacker and the co-founder of DeFi Italy, the…

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Quadriga CX Trustee Raises $30 Million for Reimbursements to Creditors, Claimants Want $171 Million Instead

The trustee of the now-defunct crypto exchange, Quadriga CX says the sell-off of the platform’s assets raised $30 million. This contrasts with the $171 million in claims that has been filed with the trustee by Quadriga creditors. Consequently, Ernst and Young (EY), the accounting firm mandated with administering Quadriga’s liquidation process, says it will not be able to reimburse in full all the claims. Disproportionate Claims As shown in one report, the trustee says it “received completed claim forms from 17,053 creditors of the exchange while a total of 42,957…

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