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BIG Weekly Newsletter

August 19, 2021
Issue: No 93

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This week read about how blockchain security firm CertiK raises $24M in funding round, why Microsoft is looking to use the ethereum blockchain to prevent piracy and how Terra Virtua moves to Polygon blockchain, citing environmental concerns.

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Bitcoin Mempool - The Mempool is a “waiting area” for Bitcoin transactions that each full node maintains for itself. After a transaction is verified by a node, it waits inside the Mempool until it’s picked up by a Bitcoin miner and inserted into a block.


Blockchain security firm CertiK raises $24M in funding round
Blockchain cybersecurity startup CertiK raised $24 million in an extension of its Series B funding round that was led by Tiger Global Management and GL Ventures.


        Microsoft is looking to use the ethereum blockchain to prevent piracy
        Microsoft is looking to use the ethereum blockchain to combat digital piracy by relying on the network's transparent and decentralized nature.


        Terra Virtua moves to Polygon blockchain, citing environmental concerns
        Digital collectibles platform Terra Virtua has moved from the ethereum blockchain to Polygon in an attempt to be greener. The move is part of an upgrade to take the platform out of beta testing.



        neoFIN, Cashlink and Tangany are launching a new STO platform
        The regulated crypto custodian already manages a total volume worth more than 400 million euros. This includes the wallets of the investors in the first neoFIN-STO for the Hamburg shipping company Vogemann.


            SEC Chair Gary Gensler tells Sen. Elizabeth Warren that the SEC needs more regulatory authority over crypto
            Gensler explains that the cryptocurrency market is made up of platforms where people can trade or lend tokens on centralized and decentralized platforms.


                World of Wonders launches Security Token Offering (STO)
                Wunder Sendebetrieb GmbH consequently relies on the efficiency advantages of blockchain technology when it comes to raising capital.



                    Reserve Bank of India: perhaps the time for CBDCs is nigh
                    The Reserve Bank of India’s Deputy Governor T Rabi Sankar spoke about the promise of a digital rupee, confirming that India is currently pursuing a phased strategy for its potential central bank digital currency.


                    Jamaica’s central bank says court order required to track CBDC transactions
                    The Bank of Jamaica, has said customer protections prevent the ability to trace digital dollar transactions despite the technology enabling the ability to do so.


                    Cambodia’s central bank unveils cross border digital currency payments from Malaysia
                    When it comes to researching CBDCs, improving cross-border transactions is a key motivation for many central banks. This is because a large proportion of international remittances is made from people sending money back home.


                    CRYPTOCURRENCIES, DeFi and NFT

                    Crypto market tops $2 trillion for the first time in nearly 3 months as bitcoin rallies
                    The crypto market has faced a number of headwinds over the summer. The biggest was the renewed regulatory scrutiny on the industry from authorities in China which has forced bitcoin mining operations to shut down.


                    DeFi’s 1inch Network launches on Ethereum scaling platform optimism
                    The move to the layer 2 network makes 1inch Network the second decentralized finance app on Optimistic Ethereum, with the first being Uniswap.


                    NFT craze = Dot Com Bubble 2.0
                    NFTs have simply become a buzzword where the meaning of the phrase is irrelevant, but labeling products with it will surely make its price appreciate.


                    HUMANITARIAN & NOT FOR PROFIT

                    An NFT “Care Package”: tokens that deliver humanitarian aid in Afghanistan
                    The United Nations Refugee Agency estimates that over half a million people in Afghanistan have been internally displaced this year.



                        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.


                        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.


                        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.

                        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

                        UPCOMING EVENTS

                        BLOCKCHAIN EXPO
                        Sep 13-15, 2021
                        9:00 AM CEST

                        DIGITAL ASSETS
                        Oct 18-22, 2021
                        9:00 AM CEST


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