Cardano launches its algorithmic stablecoin, Djed

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Cardano has launched its algorithmic stablecoin, Djed (DJED), on its mainnet after a successful security audit.

The stablecoin, backed by Cardano’s native ADA token, is pegged to the US dollar and uses the Shen (SHEN) token as its reserve coin.

Unveiled in November last year, the announcement was met with widespread online debate over the place of algorithmic stablecoins in the future of blockchain, given the collapse of TerraUSD (UST) months prior.

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California DMV taps Tezos blockchain for digital car title transfers

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The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is trying to digitise car titles and title transfers on a private Tezos-built blockchain.

The state agency has collaborated with Tezos and blockchain software firm Oxhead Alpha to build a successful proof-of-concept.

The move is part of a wider push to modernise the state’s in-place systems for car titles and increase transparency in title transfers. California’s DMV is responsible for all vehicle registrations and...

National Australia Bank to launch 1:1 AUD stablecoin

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National Australia Bank (NAB) plans to launch an Australian dollar-pegged stablecoin on the Ethereum network in mid-2023.

The move would make National Australia Bank the country's second ‘Big 4’ bank to launch such a coin, after rival bank ANZ minted 30 million tokens of its A$DC stablecoin in March 2022.

Much like ANZ’s coin, NAB plans to use its AUDN stablecoin to streamline cross-border payments and support carbon credit trading, according to a report from...

GammaRey fintech finalises £267m merger with GoLogiq

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Blockchain fintech and financial management platform GammaRey has signed a merger agreement with e-commerce and consumer data analytics firm GoLogiq.

Together the two US-based companies hope to grow their market share of the Generation Z wealth management market.

“The combined company plans to initially focus on the high-growth market of wealth management for Generation Z and millennials,” GoLogiq said.

“This new generation of wealth-builders represents...

Turkish central bank completes first CBDC trials for digital lira

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Turkey’s central bank has completed the first of its trials for the country’s central bank digital currency (CBDC), the Digital Turkish Lira.

The Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey (CBRT) announced on 29 December that it had successfully completed the “first payment transactions” to use the digital lira.

Limited, closed-circuit pilot tests with key stakeholders will continue into the first quarter of 2023, after which the pilot is expected to integrate...

Visa will ‘actively contribute’ to web3 development

Visa refuses to become a dinosaur and will “actively contribute” to developing the web3 and crypto ecosystem.

Aside from maximalists, few experts believe that crypto poses an existential threat to fiat currencies. Legacy payment processors like Visa and Mastercard have increasingly been joining the web2-era disruptors like PayPal and Square in supporting the web3 and crypto ecosystem.

Greater public adoption of “crypto” will likely come through CBDCs (Central...

Goldman Sachs ready to buy crypto firms after FTX bankruptcy

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In the midst of FTX’s collapse and tanking crypto company valuations, leading financial services firm Goldman Sachs is eyeing up investment opportunities while prices are low.

During an interview with news outlet Reuters, Goldman Sachs executive Mathew McDermott said Wall Street are closely following the fallout from the collapse as calls for regulation in the industry grow stronger.

McDermott said the firm believes investment opportunities are now “priced more...

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...

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...

UK Parliament launches inquiry into risks of NFTs

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A British Parliament committee is planning an inquiry into the benefits and risks of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and wider blockchain technology as a whole.

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee will assess whether NFT investment poses a risk to vulnerable speculators.

Julian Knight, Chair of the DCMS Committee, said: “NFTs swept through the digital world so fast that we had no time to stop and consider.”

NFTs broke onto the mainstream last...