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BIG Weekly Newsletter

February 10, 2022
Issue: No 118

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This week read about how PayPal establishes advisory council for crypto and blockchain, why blockchain-based internet company 3air abandons Cardano for SKALE network and how FIS’ Worldpay to operate node on crypto.org blockchain.

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BLOCKCHAIN HEADLINES

PayPal establishes advisory council for crypto and blockchain
The addition of six members to its Blockchain, Crypto and Digital Currencies advisory council would help to support its current and future products as well as its goal of creating a more inclusive digital financial ecosystem.

COINTELEGRAPH

        Blockchain-based internet company 3air abandons Cardano for SKALE network
        Haskell developers on Cardano prompted 3air to switch over to a more Ethereum-friendly environment. The skillset for Haskell, which is Cardano’s primary programming language, appears to be in short supply.

        COINTELEGRAPH

        FIS’ Worldpay to operate node on crypto.org blockchain
        FIS announced that Worldpay is partnering with cryptocurrency exchange Crypto.com to operate a validator node on its blockchain Crypto.org. The crypto exchange will also use Worldpay to process card-based purchases and sales of digital assets.

        LEDGERINSIGHTS

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

        MUFG to issue stablecoins for security token settlement
        MUFG is planning to use a stablecoin digital currency to enable instant settlement of security tokens. MUFG Trust has developed a blockchain-based security token platform Progmat.

        LEDGERINSIGHTS

            Ripple lawyers' advice on digital tokens set for unsealing in key SEC case
            Ripple and the government have offered widely divergent accounts of exactly what Ripple’s outside counsel said in the two memos, which have been docketed only under seal.

            REUTERS

                Security tokens market cap surpasses $3.5 Billion following dignity gold launch
                A lot has changed in the security tokens landscape over the past few months. New projects continue to explore opportunities in this space, confirming the appeal of STOs.

                CRYPTOMODE

                    FINANCIAL SERVICES & CENTRAL BANK DIGITAL CURRENCY (CBDC)

                    US Federal Reserve releases discussion paper on central bank digital currency
                    The Federal Research Board released its long-anticipated discussion paper on the potential benefits and risks of issuing a retail central bank digital currency (CBDC).

                    FINTECHNEWS

                    KPMG in Canada makes first direct crypto investment — adds Bitcoin, Ether to corporate treasury
                    “This investment reflects our belief that institutional adoption of crypto assets and blockchain technology will continue to grow and become a regular part of the asset mix.”

                    BITCOIN

                    China’s X-Border CBDC ambitions will bring digital yuan to broader global stage
                    The Chinese government is seeking to “strengthen” its cross-border yuan payments infrastructure over the next five years, as part of an overall initiative for financial standardization.

                    PYMNTS

                    CRYPTOCURRENCIES, DeFi and NFT

                    Bitcoin will reach $200K in second half of 2022, FSInsight Says
                    Bitcoin became increasingly correlated with equities toward the end of the fourth quarter of last year and fell when faced with the prospect of central bank tightening, FSInsight said in a note entitled “Digital Assets in a Post-Cycle World.”

                    COINDESK

                    Latest DeFi bridge exploit results in $4.4M losses for Meter
                    The Meter Passport token bridge platform has incurred $4.4M in losses due to a smart contract hack, caused Hundred Finance to lose $3.3M through under-collateralized loans.

                    COINTELEGRAPH

                    Animoca’s nWay launches Olympic play to earn NFT game
                    The Olympic Games Jam: Beijing 2022 was officially licensed by the International Olympic Committee to use non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and was launched a day before last Saturday’s Beijing opening ceremony.

                    LEDGERINSIGHTS

                    RECOMMENDED INDUSTRY REPORTS AND BOOKS

                    report
                    A New Intellectual Framework - Connecting the Invisible Dots
                    This paper aims to set out some relevant ideas for the creation and establishment of a successful Financial DIGITAL MARKET INFRASTRUCTURE provider.

                    SDX

                    Voice of the Customer for DLT
                    The key findings are that, although there has been a move into digital assets, only 40% of the respondents are active or about to become active in digital assets within the next two years. The
                    majority of those who will invest will hold less than 1% of their portfolio in this asset class.

                    ISSANET

                    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

                    UPCOMING EVENTS

                    THE BLOCKCHAIN EVENT
                    Feb 8-11, 2022
                    BLOCKCHAIN ORACLE SUMMIT
                    June 7-9, 2022


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