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BIG Weekly Newsletter

February 24, 2022
Issue: No 120

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This week read about how Aventus taps Scytale Ventures to boost Polkadot parachain plans, why FTX launches gaming unit to offer crypto services to other companies and how Coinbase Wallet extends support to Ledger hardware wallet.

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Aventus taps Scytale Ventures to boost Polkadot parachain plans
Aventus Network has buddied up with crypto investor Scytale Ventures to snag a parachain slot on the interconnected Polkadot blockchain ecosystem.


        FTX launches gaming unit to offer crypto services to other companies
        FTX, a leading cryptocurrency exchange is launching its own gaming unit to focus on lending crypto services to gaming companies, acting as a middleman.


        Coinbase Wallet extends support to Ledger hardware wallet
        Coinbase has partnered with Ledger to release a limited-edition Coinbase-branded Nano X hardware wallet. The Coinbase Wallet extension, available in the Chrome Web Store, is a noncustodial wallet that allows users to store and transact cryptocurrencies.



        Security token startup Securitize acquires Pacific Stock Transfer
        Securitize, the blockchain startup backed by Santander, Nomura, MUFG, SBI, and Sony Financial Ventures, has acquired Pacific Stock Transfer. As a security token company, Securitize was founded to digitize the recordkeeping for stock holdings.


            NY stock exchange owner ICE buys stake in tZero security token platform
            tZero operates a blockchain-based alternative trading system upon which companies can list tokenized versions of their stocks. The firm is fully regulated with SEC and acts as a broker-dealer in the digital asset space, also offering a number of cryptocurrencies.


                Dignity Corporation's DIGau Security Token to list on BitGlobal Exchange
                Dignity Corp. is a blockchain development company using security tokens and a regulation-forward approach to provide investors and institutions with a simple way to invest in the United States precious metals, mining, and mineral sector.



                    Riksbank CBDC project starts to formulate e-krona requirements
                    Sweden’s Riskbank had completed its second phase of CBDC technical trials and is now planning to formulate the requirements for an e-krona. It has not yet made a decision about whether to issue a retail CBDC.


                    European Commission to launch digital euro consultations in March, propose Bill early next year
                    The European Commission will also prepare new legislation to establish the legal basis for the digital version of the common European fiat. A draft is expected in 2023.


                    Taiwan to complete retail CBDC simulations by September
                    Taiwan is on its second phase of retail central bank digital currency (CBDC) research. In September this year, it expects to complete trials of its prototype CBDC in technical simulations after concluding a feasibility study.


                    CRYPTOCURRENCIES, DeFi and NFT

                    Bitcoin inflows on the rise despite declining prices
                    Bitcoin has declined and the trend keeps pointing towards further downside as investors become warier of the market.


                    Swiss index provider launches new product tracking 10 DeFi tokens
                    Switzerland-based fund manager Compass Financial Technologies has launched an index for 10 Decentralized Finance (DeFi) tokens dubbed the “Compass Crypto Basket Fundamental DeFi Index” (CCBFDEFI).


                    Snoop Dogg plans metaverse record label. Readies Sandbox NFT drop
                    Snoop Dogg has acquired the music label Death Row Records from Blackstone-backed MNRK Music Group. Through the use of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and virtual reality.



                    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.


                    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.


                    PODCAST SERIES


                    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

                    Crypto Garage in Seefeld Drinks - 2nd Edition
                    Mar 10, 2022
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                    BLOCKCHAIN AFRICA CONFERENCE 2022
                    Mar 17-18, 2022
                    BLOCKCHAIN ORACLE SUMMIT
                    June 7-9, 2022


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