Cardano developers launch Marlowe to ease smart contract creation

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Input Output Global, the creator of Cardano, has launched Marlowe, a toolkit to facilitate smart contract creation in the ecosystem. Marlowe is a tool that simplifies how developers and ordinary people with no coding experience can develop, test, and deploy smart contracts. Marlowe, which has gone through testing by an external firm, has numerous features like reusable and customizable templates, a built-in simulator to test contracts, easy setup, and powerful APIs. In a statement in Lisbon, the developers said that they were partnering with TxPipe to offer access to Marlowe…

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Binance reportedly withdraws from Austria

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Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has reportedly withdrawn its application in Austria and is now focusing on achieving MiCA compliance. Binance is fighting battles on multiple fronts in 2023, as it tries to fend off the US Securities and Exchange Commission while pulling out from several markets in Europe. Specifically, the cryptocurrency exchange has left the Netherlands after it failed to secure a licence from the Dutch central bank, and it also faced an investigation in France concerning its anti-money laundering procedures. Now, reports from Finance Forward have surfaced that Binance is…

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MicroStrategy buys Bitcoin worth $347M to strengthen its crypto holding

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On Wednesday, 28 June, MicroStrategy founder Michael Saylor revealed that the renowned firm purchased 12,333 Bitcoin between 29 April and 27 June, spending $347 million. The latest buy saw the company strengthening its crypto holding. MicroStrategy acquired its BTC assets at $28,136 average price. MicroStrategy now has 152,333 Bitcoins, worth more than $4.6B at prevailing prices. The firm is among the largest BTC hodlers. Moreover, MicroStrategy has remained resilient despite challenges plaguing the crypto space. While Michael Saylor has been supporting the leading crypto, even backing BTC’s layer2 platform Lightning…

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European Commission outlines vision for digital euro

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The European Commission on Wednesday released a proposal for a digital euro that would ensure free access to the CBDC across the bloc and establish a legal framework so that digital euro payments can be made from device to device, both online and offline. “The digital euro would be available alongside existing national and international private means of payment, such as cards or applications and it would work like a digital wallet where people and businesses could pay with the digital euro anytime and anywhere in the euro area,” the…

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Warner Music, Polygon Labs Launch Blockchain Music Accelerator

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Further committing to blockchain-based initiatives, Warner Music Group announced Wednesday that it has formed a new music accelerator program in partnership with Polygon Labs that seeks to bolster decentralized music-related apps and projects built on the Polygon network. The program will specifically seek out projects operating at the intersection of music and the blockchain. Some examples of top priorities for Warner and Polygon purportedly include companies attempting to create new mechanisms for the decentralized distribution of music, those focused on fostering artist-fan communities, those building on-chain ticketing solutions, and those…

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More than 50 Crypto Tokens including ADA, LUNA, and TRX Now Considered Securities by the US SEC

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Our cherished digital assets may not be as innocent as you think!” This line could easily be mistaken for sensationalist tabloid fodder, but unfortunately for crypto enthusiasts around the globe, it has become a startling reality. In a move that has left the world of digital currencies in a state of shock and uncertainty, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has officially classified more than 50 popular cryptocurrency tokens – including the likes of Cardano ($ADA), Terra ($LUNA), and Tron ($TRX) – as securities. Let’s take a look at…

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JPMorgan uses blockchain for 24/7 dollar transfers with Indian banks

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Global financial services company JPMorgan continues exploring the benefits of blockchain, deploying the technology to eliminate some restraints of traditional finance. The banking giant has partnered with six major Indian banks to introduce a blockchain-based platform enabling interbank settlement of U.S. dollar transactions, Bloomberg reported on June 5. The participating banks include HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, Yes Bank, IndusInd Bank and JPMorgan’s own banking unit at Gujarat International Finance Tec-City, or GIFT City. The blockchain project aims to expand the capacity of the existing settlement system, JPMorgan’s senior…

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Gemini’s banking relationship with JPMorgan ‘remains intact’

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In a brief and straightforward message, crypto exchange Gemini denied rumors, saying its banking relationship with JPMorgan remains intact. Crypto exchange Gemini took to Twitter on March 8 to deny rumors about its banking relationship with United States financial conglomerate JPMorgan being terminated. In a brief and straightforward message, Gemini stated that “despite reporting to the contrary, Gemini’s banking relationship remains intact with JPMorgan.” The comments came in response to a previous report that claimed without naming a source that the banking ties between the two companies were ending. The…

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US Government Transfers 40,000 Bitcoin, Will It Affect The Price?

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The Bitcoin price is under heavy pressure due to fears of “sticky” inflation and yesterday’s ultra-hawkish comments from U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) chairman Jerome Powell. At press time, BTC was trading just above $22,000 and continued to show no strength yet. At this time comes news that the US government is in the process of selling off some of its seized Bitcoin. Blockchain security firm PeckShield first reported that addresses associated with the US government transferred 49,000 BTC worth $1.08 billion today, which were seized from the Silk Road hacker.…

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Vitalik Buterin Has an NFT Collection? Quadratic Funding Drop Pulls In Millions

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Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin is a Web3 luminary, so word today of an NFT collection featuring his apparent stamp of approval has set Crypto Twitter ablaze—and led to surging sales of the NFTs to the tune of several million dollars’ worth. The NFT collection, which celebrates Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin’s contributions to a popular Web3 funding model, was created by Metalabel in collaboration with Web3 funding platform Gitcoin. The open edition mint launched on March 1, but NFT traders may have missed the memo before today when secondary sales suddenly…

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Shiba Inu (SHIB) Becomes New Payment Option for Unstoppable Domains

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Unstoppable Domains, the decentralized domain provider, has announced that its users can now purchase its domain names using Shiba Inu (SHIB), the cryptocurrency that has gained significant popularity since its launch in August 2020. Unstoppable Domains has been consistently expanding the number of purchasing options by adding a wider range of cryptocurrencies. The company has already been accepting popular virtual currencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin. In early March, it added support for Dogecoin (DOGE). Unstoppable Domains is a technology that provides a decentralized name service to users for…

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Tether Mints 1 Billion USDT Amid Bitcoin (BTC) Price Drop and Binance USD (BUSD) Scandal

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As reported by Whale Alert, stablecoin issuer Tether has minted another billion USDT. The event came right in the midst of the Binance USD (BUSD) scandal, which the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is reportedly seeking to have recognized as an unregistered security. Tether’s CTO, Paolo Ardoino, was quick to announce to the public that the minting of a billion USDT is an authorized but unissued transaction. This amount will be used as inventory for issuance requests in future periods as well as chain swaps, Ardoino stressed. USDT and BUSD…

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Revolut users can now earn rewards for staking crypto

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UK fintech Revolut is launching a crypto staking feature that will enable users to gain returns on their holdings with additional crypto-based rewards. The feature will require Revolut users to participate in proof-of-stake blockchains to support the security of the network, akin to mining of many popular blockchains. UK and select EEA market users will be able to stake in various crypto blockchains such as Ethereum, Cardano, Polkadot and Tezos and can be compensated with rewards. Revolut crypto customers can earn up to 11.65% APY in rewards when staking in…

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Lightning Network reaches all-time high in bitcoin capacity

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Lightning Network, a Layer 2 payment network built on top of the Bitcoin blockchain, has reached an all-time high in terms of capacity, or the amount of bitcoin (BTC) locked in payment channels. The payment channel capacity on the Lightning Network has grown 63% since the beginning of last year, according to data from The Block Research. Currently, the network has over 5,490 BTC ($128 million) in capacity, up from 3,350 BTC on Jan. 1, 2022. This is being seen as a positive sign for the adoption of Bitcoin transactions.…

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North Korea hackers stole as much as $1.7bn in 2022

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Cyber hackers backed by North Korea carried out a theft of $1.7bn (£1.4bn) of crypto in 2022, taking the previous record of cryptocurrency threat up by at least four times, according to a report by a blockchain analysis firm. The past year was on record “the biggest year ever for crypto hacking”, Chainalysis said in its report. Isolated in the global market and reeling under international sanctions, cybercriminals in North Korea are allegedly turning to crypto theft to aid its booming nuclear arsenal. “For context, North Korea’s total exports in…

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