Circle hopes new cross-chain USDC protocol will reduce exploits

Circle, creators of the stablecoin USD Coin (USDC), has launched a mainnet protocol enabling users to transfer USDC between the Ethereum and Avalanche blockchains. The cross-chain bridge is different from other bridges in that, instead of locking tokens sent to its contract, it completely burns coins on the sending chain and then mints new ones on the receiving chain. In the past, Avalanche users with USDC on Ethereum would need to deposit the tokens with a Circle-approved partner or use...

Singapore central bank approves Circle and Paxos stablecoins

Singapore

The Singapore central bank (Monetary Authority of Singapore) has approved licences for two stablecoin issuers, Circle and Paxos, to operate in the city-state.

US-based Circle, the issuer behind USD Coin (USDC), was granted approval for a major payments institution licence, meaning it can issue cryptocurrencies and facilitate domestic or cross-border payments.

Also a US firm, Paxos develops the Pax Dollar (USDP) and has received a licence to offer digital payment token...

Circle bags £300m from BlackRock to compete with top stablecoin Tether

Circle

Web3 finance firm Circle has agreed to a $400 million (£307m) funding round as part of a broad strategic partnership with BlackRock.

As the issuer of stablecoin USD Coin (USDC), Circle is responsible for the fifth largest cryptocurrency by market cap alongside a host of decentralised finance (DeFi) tools.

The funding round is expected to close in the second quarter with other investors including Marshall Wace LLP and Fin Capital.

In addition to the capital...