Putin argues for blockchain-based international payments system

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticised the dependency on large banks and third parties in the global financial payments system, calling instead for an independent settlements system using blockchain.

The Russian leader made these attacks during a speaking arrangement at the International AI Journey Conference in Moscow on 24 November

During the event, which was organised by Russia’s largest bank and major government lender Sberbank, Putin...

Cardano to launch algorithmic stablecoin in January 2023

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Cardano, the proof-of-stake blockchain network oft touted as Ethereum’s most serious competitor, plans to launch an algorithmic stablecoin in January 2023.

Project ‘Djed’, which is being developed in partnership with COTI, a DAG-based Layer 1 protocol, will use an algorithm that is backed by excess collateral through a cryptocurrency reserve.

Djed is set to launch on Cardano’s mainnet as early as January next year, so long as it passes an audit and a planned...

Sam Bankman-Fried deepfake aims to scam FTX collapse victims

A deepfake of former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried aims to scam victims of the exchange’s collapse.

FTX was the third-largest cryptocurrency exchange and Bankman-Fried was seen as the face of crypto in Washington. The exchange enjoyed many celebrity endorsements and secured a 19-year, $135 million sponsorship agreement with Miami-Dade county that included the local stadium being renamed the FTX Arena.

All of that success went up in smoke when concerns around the...

Nike deepens its web3 presence with .SWOOSH platform

Nike is going deeper down the web3 rabbit hole with the unveiling of its own platform.

The iconic brand is launching .SWOOSH (pronounced “dot swoosh”), a platform where fans can buy – and even co-create – virtual items.

“Web3 digital technology has opened the door for creators and collectors like never before (shoutout to our friends and mentors at RTFKT for leading the charge and helping us understand what’s even possible),” the company explained in a blog...

Blockchain analytics firm TRM Labs nets £60m in expanded Series B

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Blockchain analytics firm TRM Labs has expanded its Series B funding round with a £60 million injection led by Thoma Bravo.

The intelligence company uses blockchain data and advanced analytics to detect and tackle financial crime.

The expanded round was led by global private equity firm Thoma Bravo, with Goldman Sachs and previous TRM investors Amex Ventures, Citi Ventures, and PayPal Ventures all participating.

TRM’s initial Series B kicked off in December...

Decentralized Storage Alliance launches with Filecoin, AMD among founders

A new alliance called the Decentralized Storage Alliance aims to increase adoption and bridge the chasm between Web2 and Web3.

Founding members of the alliance include Filecoin, AMD, Ernst & Young, and Seagate. The members bring vast experience which spans both Web2 and Web3.

“With top-tier leaders across Web2 and Web3 coming together to explore the unrealized potential of decentralised technology, this Alliance has the power to transform the foundation of the...

CashApp integrates Bitcoin Lightning Network support

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CashApp has added support for transaction payments through the Bitcoin Lightning Network.

Developed by Block Inc, CashApp is a mobile payment processing app similar to PayPal.

The new feature allows CashApp users to send and receive Bitcoin through its quicker, more efficient layer-2 protocol. Lightning is particularly well suited for small transactions, with near-instant processing times, compared to the minutes or sometimes hours required by the Bitcoin...

Half of all DeFi exploits come from cross-chain bridge attacks

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A half of all DeFi exploits occur on cross-chain bridges and a staggering £2.2 billion has been stolen from them by hackers in the past two years.

The latest figures come from a new report by crypto data aggregator Token Terminal and stand out as enormous in comparison to other DeFi security breaches.

In the same period, hackers netted only £635 million from DeFi lending hacks and a comparatively meagre £320 million from decentralised exchange...

South Korea to launch blockchain-based digital ID scheme by 2024

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The South Korean government is working on a blockchain-based digital ID for its citizens that could launch as soon as 2024.

According to Bloomberg reporting, South Korean citizens will soon have access to digital IDs embedded in their mobile phones to function in the place of physical resident registration cards.

The blockchain-based IDs would be fully decentralised so that the government cannot see how or when the ID is being used.

They are planned for a 2024...

China’s digital yuan breaks £12.4bn in transaction volume

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China’s CBDC project - the digital yuan - has seen more than 360 million transactions completed with a total value of 100 billion yuan (£12.4bn).

Although still in its pilot phase, such stats make the digital yuan, or e-CNY, the most widely adopted CBDC in the world.

The latest figures come from an official WeChat post by the Bank of China on October 10. Almost six million merchants are now supporting the digital yuan as legal tender across 15 provinces participating...