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BIG Weekly Newsletter

April 07, 2022
Issue: No 126

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This week read about how Cardano Foundation and the University of Zurich expand academic blockchain research, why Abkhazia extends crypto mining ban till end of year and how UK’s new push to be a global crypto hub.

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Cardano Foundation and the University of Zurich expand academic blockchain research
Through the partnership, the foundation will work with the Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies (BDLT) Group at the University of Zurich to explore research topics.


        Abkhazia extends crypto mining ban till end of year
        Authorities in Abkhazia have decided to maintain a ban on cryptocurrency mining in the territory. The republic is restricting the energy-intensive extraction of digital currencies, citing problems with power supply.


        The UK’s new push to be a global crypto hub
        A major push by the British Treasury to make the country into an innovation hub around crypto and digital assets – going so far as to say that they will mint an official NFT.



        Japan Exchange Group to launch tokenized stocks by April 2025
        JEG, the operator of the TSE, outlined its medium term strategy and it would launch a digital securities market by April 2025. In Japan, digital securities refer to blockchain-based security tokens.


            A sustainable IPO in the form of a security token offering for aquaculture supplier Aquaturu Inc.
            Aquaturu will remain fully committed and dedicated to ensure the best product portfolio and to reach full internationalization within the coming years.


                UK plans DLT sandbox for Financial Market Infrastructures by 2023
                This will likely primarily cover FMIs looking to issue security tokens and others focused on using blockchain for post-trade clearing and settlement.



                    EU consults payment sector on digital euro in preparation for regulation
                    This industry-focused central bank digital currency consultation complements the one conducted by the European Central Bank last year, which was targeted at the general public.


                    Swiss digital private bank startup Alpian scores license and funding
                    Alpian, a digital-first private bank aimed at Switzerland's mass affluent market, is set to launch later this year, after securing a license and CHF19 million in Series B+ funding.


                    Citi report values metaverse at $10 trillion plus by 2030
                    It expects the metaverse to combine the physical and digital worlds with a growing number of use cases, including gaming, media and entertainment, manufacturing and enterprise, education, and health care.


                    CRYPTOCURRENCIES, DeFi and NFT

                    Bitcoin and the osmosis of war
                    From the Bitcoin inventor himself, Dr. Craig Wright, we learned that BTC has already gone through the osmosis of war.


                    DeFi sector TVL rises as investors return to a bullish crypto market
                    Decentralized finance token prices trending higher, the rise in the total value locked across protocols and increasing DApp revenue hint at a potential DeFi revival.


                    NFT taskforce asks Japanese Government to consider appointing Web3 minister
                    A Japanese NFT policy task force has reportedly told the country’s leaders to consider appointing Web3 minister, a report has said. If hired, this individual would be in charge of all matters relating to Web3.



                    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.


                    DLT in the Real World 2021
                    This survey draws on direct feedback from over 140 organisations around the globe: from all industry segments and geographies.


                    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

                    SECURITY TOKEN SUMMIT
                    May 15-16, 2022
                    BLOCKCHAIN ORACLE SUMMIT
                    June 7-9, 2022


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