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Meta expands its Instagram NFT features to 100 countries

Instagram

After launching a non-fungible token (NFT) pilot on Instagram for American users earlier this year, Meta has announced plans to expand its NFT features to as many as 100 other countries.

The test launch for the NFTs on Instagram went live in May to select creators in the United...

‘Free-for-all’ Nomad exploit drains $190M of crypto

Cross-chain bridge Nomad has fallen victim to a “free-for-all” exploit that drained around $190 million in crypto.

Just last week, Nomad announced that it had secured $22.4 million in seed funding from high-profile backers including Coinbase Ventures, Crypto.com Capital, and...

Nomad raises £18.4m for secure cross-chain DeFi protocol

Bridge

DeFi cross-chain interoperability protocol Nomad has secured a $22.4 million (£18.4m) seed round from leading investors in the crypto industry.

Crypto investment firm Polychain led the round, with Coinbase Ventures, Crypto.com Capital, OpenSea, Wintermute, Gnosis, Algaé and Polygon...

Compass Mining announces expansion plans weeks after lay-offs

Mining

Texas-based Bitcoin mining company Compass Mining has revealed expansion plans for one of its data centres through a hosting partnership with Compute North.

The 75 megawatt expansion comes two weeks after Compass Mining laid-off 15% of its staff and implemented salary cuts for its top...

Former Coinbase manager charged with insider trading

A former manager for popular cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has been charged with insider trading.

32-year-old Ishan Wahi was a product manager at Coinbase Global. The Seattle resident was arrested alongside his 26-year-old brother Nikhil Wahi on Thursday morning.

The Wahi...

Binance slapped with $3.3M fine by Dutch central bank

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has been slapped with a $3.3 million fine by the central bank of the Netherlands.

The central bank, De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), issued Binance Holdings with the fine after the exchange failed to gain regulatory approval to operate in the...

2.6 million Shenzhen residents sign up for digital yuan airdrop

Shenzhen, China

More than 2.6 million of Shenzhen’s 18 million residents signed up for the Chinese city’s upcoming airdrop of 30 million digital yuan, or e-CNY.

City officials announced the airdrop two months ago as part of a recovery plan to stimulate consumer spending after the country’s most...

Millicent Labs demos full-reserve digital currency for UK government

Blockchain fintech company Millicent Labs has completed a sandbox test for a full-reserve digital currency (FRDC) with co-funding from the UK government’s Research and Innovation branch.

An FRDC is a privately issued digital currency pegged to a fiat currency, according to...

Cardano launches Vasil upgrade on testnet

Cardano’s much-anticipated Vasil upgrade has successfully launched on the project’s testnet.

Vasil is the most significant upgrade for Cardano since ‘Alonzo’ in September 2021 which brought smart contracts to the platform.

The platform’s main developer, IOHK,...

Nansen begins tracking Solana’s NFT ecosystem

Blockchain analytics firm Nansen now supports tracking Solana’s large NFT ecosystem.

Nansen says Solana has been one of its most requested chains and has a “thriving” NFT ecosystem.

The real-time, on-chain data provided by Nansen certainly shows the demand for...

North Korea’s stash of stolen crypto has plunged in value

Victims of North Korea-linked crypto thefts may take some comfort in knowing that connected wallets have plunged in value.

Despite the recent drawdown, the exponential rise in the value of cryptocurrencies over the past decade has made them key targets. Hackers are regularly seeking...

Coinbase Commerce adds seven cryptos, instant fee-free payments

Coinbase Commerce has added support for seven more cryptocurrencies and enabled instant, fee-free payments.

The largest US-based crypto platform says consumers tell it that fees are a key reason they choose not to pay in cryptocurrencies. Merchants, meanwhile, want to be paid...

Tether CTO responds to reports of hedge funds shorting USDT

Tether CTO Paolo Ardoino has responded to reports of hedge funds shorting its USDT stablecoin.

A “short” is a bet against the value of an asset. In contrast, a “long” position is a bet that an asset will appreciate in value.

On Monday, the Wall Street Journal...

OpenSea adds new security features amidst NFT market downturn

OpenSea, the most popular NFT marketplace, has announced a new security feature to protect its users from the growing number of scams in the NFT space.

It comes at a time when the company is under increasing fire for the proliferation of stolen and plagiarised NFTs passing through its...

Ethereum Virtual Machine goes live on Cardano testnet

Ethereum developers that are considering defecting to Cardano can now test their dApps on the growing blockchain platform.

https://twitter.com/InputOutputHK/status/1535979507840167943

Cardano’s Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) has full compatibility with Ethereum upgrades and...

Crypto market falls to lowest capitalisation since January 2021

The global crypto market has tanked below one trillion dollars (£820 billion) for the first time since January 2021.

According to data from CoinMarketCap, Bitcoin is down 13 percent over the past 24 hours and Ethereum is down 16 percent.

The trend marks the twelfth...

Pintu bags $113m Series B to meet Indonesian crypto demand

Pintu, a popular Indonesian crypto exchange, has closed a $113 million (£90m) Series B round of funding as the country’s crypto market experiences a boom in popularity.

The round, which leads on from a $35 million Series A last August, saw investment from prominent firms such as...

FTX’s Bankman-Fried could donate $1 billion in 2024 US elections

Sam Bankman-Fried, billionaire altruist and FTX exchange founder, has claimed he could donate upwards of $1 billion (£796m) to help influence the outcome of the 2024 United States presidential election.

In an interview on the “Whats Your Problem?” podcast, Bankman-Fried said he...