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BIG Weekly Newsletter

July 29, 2021
Issue: No 90

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Welcome to the BIG weekly Newsletter.

This week read about how Julius Baer taps Wecan Comply’s blockchain-based compliance platform, why Tesla to explore blockchain for sustainable batteries with miner BHP and how bitcoin and crypto custodian raises $310 million to achieve $2 billion valuation.

Each week we focus on Blockchain Education Basics, so you can improve your understanding this week the topic is DIFFICULTY (Bitcoin).

Remember to listen to our Partner Podcasts - THE SWISS ROAD TO CRYPTO with Didier Borel.

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BLOCKCHAIN EDUCATION BASICS

DIFFICULTY (Bitcoin) - The difficulty is a measure of how difficult it is to mine a Bitcoin block, or in more technical terms, to find a hash below a given target. A high difficulty means that it will take more computing power to mine the same number of blocks, making the network more secure against attacks.

BLOCKCHAIN HEADLINES

Julius Baer taps Wecan Comply’s blockchain-based compliance platform
Julius Baer has formed a partnership with Wecan Comply for private banks and external asset managers.

FINTECHNEWS

        Tesla to explore blockchain for sustainable batteries with miner BHP
        BHP will collaborate with Tesla to make the battery supply chain more sustainable, with a focus on end-to-end raw material traceability using blockchain.

        LEDGERINSIGHTS

        Bitcoin and crypto custodian raises $310 million to achieve $2 billion valuation
        Fireblocks, crypto custodian focused on institutions, announced that it raised $310 million through a Series D round of funding. It gives the firm a valuation of $2 billion.

        FORBES

        REGULATED DIGITAL ASSETS (STO, TRADING, CUSTODY, COMPLIANCE)

        SEC Chair hints some stablecoins are securities
        Stock tokens and stablecoins backed by securities might be treated as securities under U.S. law.

        COINDESK

            Dfinity faces class-action lawsuit claiming ICP token is unregistered security
            Dfinity has been hit with a class-action suit in California alleging that the company sold its native ICP tokens as an unregistered security.

            DECRYPT

                No code
                ‘No-Code’ platform for token minting introduced on Solana
                DEX platform Dexlab has introduced MintingLab, a Solana-based platform to make minting and issuing tokens accessible for people with no background in coding.

                COINDESK

                    FINANCIAL SERVICES & CENTRAL BANK DIGITAL CURRENCY (CBDC)

                    Congress divided over need for a CBDC digital dollar
                    During Congressional hearing about CBDC multiple Members of Congress expressed reservations about a digital dollar.

                    LEDGERINSIGHTS

                    India may pilot a CBDC soon, says central bank deputy governor
                    The digital currency will lower the economy’s reliance on cash, enable cheaper and smoother international settlements, and protect people from the volatility of privacy cryptocurrencies.

                    TECHCRUNCH

                    Nigeria to pilot its CBDC from October this year
                    Nigeria is faced with the problem of financial inclusion. As a digital form of cash, a CBDC would help make cash more accessible and enable the population to participate in Nigeria’s growing e-commerce economy.

                    LEDGERINSIGHTS

                    CRYPTOCURRENCIES, DeFi and NFT

                    Amazon denies report of accepting bitcoin as payment
                    Amazon denied a media report saying the e-commerce was looking to accept bitcoin payments by the end of the year. The company posted a job opening for a digital currency and blockchain product lead.

                    REUTERS

                    Goldman Sachs files Defi ETF application
                    Goldman Sachs has filed an application to offer an ETF linked to the performance of decentralized DeFi companies. The instrument would help institutions and retail investors gain exposure to DeFi assets with the help of a regulated bank.

                    BITCOIN

                    Chicago Bulls team up with Shopify to launch NFT series
                    The NBA’s Chicago Bulls have launched NFTs depicting six championship wins from the 1990s via leading e-commerce platform Shopify.

                    COINTELEGRAPH

                    HUMANITARIAN & NOT FOR PROFIT

                    How blockchain, NFTs, and on-demand satellites are saving Africa’s wildlife
                    Exodus Orbitals has announced its partnership with the Lady Rocket Foundation to apply satellite technology to protect African wildlife against poaching and climate change.

                    CRYPTOSLATE

                        RECOMMENDED INDUSTRY REPORTS AND BOOKS

                        Digital Assets: Finstar Space magazine
                        Innovative ecosystems are emerging around digital assets. The Finstar and Hypothekarbank Lenzburg teams want to be at the forefront so that they get to know the possibilities of the technology and the customers of the new opportunities that can benefit.

                        FINSTAR

                        Cryptocurrencies for Corporate Treasury
                        Cryptocurrencies are experiencing a 'mainstreaming moment.' With companies like MicroStrategy and Tesla purchasing large amounts of bitcoin for treasury purposes, the question arises: can crypto become a suitable store of wealth for corporates and institutional investors.

                        BITCOINSUISSE

                        PODCAST SERIES

                        THE SWISS ROAD TO CRYPTO PODCAST

                        In this podcast Didier Borel discovers people in Switzerland playing an active role in crypto and tech. He talks to entrepreneurs, tech innovators and disruptors shaping the future in this country. Switzerland has always played a key role in banking and has recognized the need to foster innovation.
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                        UNCHAINED PODCAST

                        Laura Shin is a crypto/blockchain journalist and host of the Unchained and Unconfirmed podcasts. As a former senior editor of Forbes, she was the first mainstream reporter to cover crypto assets full-time. She gives an overview to all experts and novices alike on the use cases making a real impact, and their vision for the future of this innovative technology!
                        Unchained podcast

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