Abu Dhabi regulator introduces its ‘guiding principles’ for crypto

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The Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA), the financial regulator of Abu Dhabi Global Market free economic zone (ADGM), published its “Guiding Principles” on its approach to digital asset regulation and supervision. Friendly in tone to the crypto industry, the principles pledge to comply with international standards in Anti-Money Laundering (AML), combating the financing of terrorism (CFT) and supporting financial sanctions. Five principles were published without date specification on the official webpage of the ADGM. They go under the titles of Internationally Recognised Regulatory Framework, Dynamic and Market-Oriented Regulations, Risk-focused and…

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ETH whales move holdings onto exchanges before Merge

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The top 10 Ethereum non-exchange addresses have seen an 11% decline in their holdings over the past three months, while on-exchange whale addresses have seen a 78% increase. The Ethereum blockchain is slated for one of the most significant updates since its inception as it transitions from its current proof-of-work mining consensus to a proof-of-stake (PoS) one. The Merge date is scheduled for Sept. 15, after the successful Goerli testnet integration — the final testnet merger before the actual transition. Ether (ETH), Ethereum’s native token, saw a bullish surge in…

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China begins next phase of CBDC testing with e-CNY payment for public transport

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According to multiple sources China officially began rolling out the next round of its central bank digital currency (CBDC) pilot test program. In the city of Guanzhou, it is now possible to pay for public bus rides with the digital yuan (e-CNY) CBDC on 10 transit routes, which is a first for the country. To do so, passengers simply need to download the e-CNY app, deposit funds and scan the QR code located in the bus payment section to pay for their ride. Similarly, the day before, the city of…

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Bitcoin threatens 20-month low monthly close with BTC price under $20K

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Traders are increasingly betting on a deeper dive to June’s lows or even beyond, with $20,000 struggling to hold. Bitcoin (BTC) looked set to equal its lowest monthly close since 2020 on Aug. 28 as bulls failed to take control. Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD criss-crossing $20,000 with hours until the weekly candle completed. The pair had been unable to make up for lost ground over the weekend, and just days from the end of the month, even $20,000 appeared vulnerable as support. At the time…

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Over $100 million worth of NFTs have been stolen since July 2021

$100 million worth of NFTs have been stolen since July 2021

Elliptic, a London-based blockchain analysis provider has revealed that over $100 million worth of Non-Fungible tokens’ have been stolen between July 2021 and July 2022. NFTs had their debut on mainstream media and crypto in 2021 with explosive interest and return on investments following the launch of well-known NFT drops like the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) and Mutant Apes (MA). Despite being popularized in 2021 with the growth of NFT collections all over the world, the origins of NFTs can be traced back to 2012/13. TNFTs are cryptographic assets…

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Aussies buy fuel and chips with crypto across 175 fuel outlets

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Commenting on the rollout, Crypto.com’s Karl Mohan tipped the adoption of an AUD-backed stablecoin as being the catalyst to make crypto payments mainstream in Australia. Convenience store and petrol station brand On The Run (OTR) has launched crypto payment support across all 175 of its petrol stations and convenience stores across Victoria, South Australia (SA), and Western Australia (WA) as of Thursday. As previously reported, the move is part of a collaboration between OTR, Singapore-based exchange Crypto.com and DataMesh, a Sydney-based payment systems provider. The exchange has provided its Pay…

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Almost $200 Million Drained From Nomad Exploit

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In a series of continued exploits and hacks that the crypto industry has been experiencing as of late, the Nomad bridge hacked news doesn’t come as a shocking surprise. Nomad, a cross-blockchain transfer bridge, was recently exploited and drained for $200 million. The current market crash, alongside NFTs crashing to the floor, made crypto enthusiasts cautious to invest in new cryptocurrency releases. While the top exchanges are listing new cryptos each day, hacks like these create an air of panic among investors. Let’s take a look at how the nomad…

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Crypto hackers stole almost $2 billion in H1 2022

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The interest in cryptocurrencies is diminishing worldwide; the NFTs market is dwindling, and Bitcoin is experiencing the biggest price drop in 11 years. Yet, cybercriminals continue to make billions by targeting various crypto projects. According to the data analyzed by the Atlas VPN team, based on the numbers provided by Slowmist Hacked, cybercriminals looted $1.97 billion from 175 crypto project hacks in the first half of 2022. The Ethereum ecosystem suffered the most, with more than $1 billion stolen in 32 events. Monetary losses were calculated based on the conversion…

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Elon Musk Says He Will Continue Supporting Dogecoin “Wherever Possible”

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he will continue “supporting Doge wherever possible” in reaction to the news that The Boring Company is now accepting Dogecoin as payment for a ride. Elon Musk has been a backer of Dogecoin ever since he stated in April 2019 that the meme coin was his favorite cryptocurrency. He has since been a strong supporter of Dogecoin, tweeting about everything from having SpaceX put a “literal Dogecoin on the literal moon” to mining the meme token with his children. In the weeks leading up to…

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52% of Dogecoin Addresses Remain in Profit Despite Recent Price Drop

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A total of 52% of Dogecoin addresses are “in profit’’ on their investments at a current price of $0.06, according to data from IntoTheBlock. This comes despite the fact that Dogecoin remains down nearly 90% from its May 2021 peak of around $0.73. IntoTheBlock’s In/Out of the Money gives the percentage of addresses that are profiting (in the money), breaking even (at the money), or losing money (out of the money) on their positions at the current price. The In/Out of the Money indicators also look at unrealized profits and…

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OpenSea announces migration to Seaport protocol

Seaport protocol

OpenSea, the most popular nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, marketplace by trading volume, announced that it was migrating to Seaport. Among many perks, the protocol says it will feature lower gas fees, the ability to make offers on entire collections, removal of new account initialization fees and more user-friendly signature options. As told by OpenSea, users would pay 35% less for gas fees when transacting on Seaport. Based on data from 2021, it would amount to an estimated $460 million (138,000 ETH) in total savings. In addition, the removal of the…

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MicroStrategy will hold onto its Bitcoin however the market performs

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The recent market downturn has spurred Michael Saylor to publicly state that MicroStrategy is not in danger of being liquidated. The company’s financial reports seem to back his claim. Michael Saylor insists that MicroStrategy is not at risk of liquidation despite the recent Bitcoin crash. The MicroStrategy CEO retweeted a May 10 post today in which he laid out the company’s financial situation. In the original post, MicroStrategy claimed that it would only be at risk of getting liquidated on a $205 million loan it received to buy Bitcoin if…

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Bored Ape NFT Floor Price Falls to $88,155 as ETH’s Value Takes a Battering

Bored Ape NFT

The floor price of major non-fungible tokens has fallen substantially as the crypto winter worsens. This metric illustrates how much the cheapest NFT in a collection currently costs. Data from NFT Price Floor shows the least expensive Bored Ape now costs 78.5 ETH. At current rates, that’s worth just $88,155 — a painful retracement considering all these NFTs have commanded six-figure price tags for the best part of a year. Bored Ape holders have suffered a double whammy. Not only has their value in ETH plunged as the bear market…

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Cryptocurrency Market Wipes Out $2 Trillion in Value Since November Peak

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The cryptocurrency industry has wiped out about $2 trillion in value since hitting a $2.9 trillion peak in November 2021. All of the major digital tokens are deep in the red this year. Bitcoin has slumped more than 53 percent to around $22,000. Ethereum has lost 68 percent to about $1,200. Cardano has plunged 65 percent to below 50 cents. Dogecoin has collapsed 68 percent to roughly a nickel. Litecoin has cratered nearly 70 percent to under $50. Bitcoin and its crypto peers could be leading the financial markets lower,…

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Coinbase to lay off 1100 employees

Coinbase crypto exchange

Coinbase is the latest crypto firm to take an axe to its workforce, outlining plans to lay off around 1100 people – 18% of its workforce – as it looks to cut costs in the face of “current market conditions”. In an SEC filing, the firm says it will reduce its workforce to about 5000 this quarter – by 30 June. The move will cost between $40 million and $45 million in severance and other termination benefits. Coinbase had already put in place a hiring freeze and rescinded a host…

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