Meta set to begin testing NFTs on Instagram Stories with SparkAR

Instagram’s parent company Meta announced Wednesday that it will begin testing NFTs on Instagram Stories using its augmented reality platform SparkAR. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said of the announcement, “We’re expanding our test so more creators around the world can display their NFTs on Instagram.” The company also mentioned in a recent article,  “Creators and collectors will be able to share their digital collectibles across Facebook and Instagram after we begin rolling out the feature on Facebook with select US creators at a later date.” Zuckerberg confirmed that Facebook is set to support NFTs…

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Canadian regulator takes enforcement actions against Bybit and KuCoin

The Ontario Securities Commission, or OSC, issued financial penalties against Bybit and KuCoin, claiming violation of securities laws and operating unregistered crypto asset trading platforms. In a Wednesday announcement, the Ontario regulator said it had obtained orders banning KuCoin from participating in the province’s capital markets and fining the exchange for more than $1.6 million. The OSC also announced that, as part of a settlement agreement, Bybit disgorged roughly $2.4 million and paid the regulator $7,724 as part of the costs of its investigation. Both firms allegedly failed to comply with…

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Central Bank of Qatar in “Foundation Stage” of Issuing Its Digital Currency

Qatar’s Central bank is exploring technological solutions and platforms to launch its digital currency. Qatar, with a population of 2.8 million, is about to join the growing list of countries adopting the central bank digital currency (CBDC) concept. In the latest development, the Qatar Central Bank (QCB) has started the foundation stage of issuing its digital currency. QCB Governor Sheikh Bandar bin Mohammed bin Saoud Al Thani explained that the bank is currently working to find technological solutions for its digital currency. He said this during the “Inflation Test” session…

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Tether to Launch New Pound Sterling-Backed Stablecoin

Tether announced today that it would start a sterling-backed stablecoin next month. This announcement comes after the UK decided to regulate the stablecoin sector in readiness for its attempt to turn London into a world crypto hub. This new stablecoin by Tether will be launched in early July and named GBPT. The stablecoin will be pegged at 1:1 to the pound sterling. The GBPT will also provide traders with a cheaper and faster way of transacting. The GBPT stablecoin will be the fourth stablecoin supported by Tether after the euro-pegged EURT, the…

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NFT, DeFi and crypto hacks abound — Here’s how to double up on wallet security

The explosiveness and high dollar value of nonfungible tokens (NFTs) seem to either distract investors from upping their operational security to avoid exploits, or hackers are simply following the money and using very complex strategies to exploit collectors’ wallets. At least, this was the case for me way back when after I fell for a classic message sent to me over Discord that caused me to slowly but all too quickly lose my most valuable assets. Most of the scams on Discord occur in a very similar fashion where a…

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Institutions are exploring the space — KPMG Canada crypto team

The Canadian operations of Big Four auditor Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler, or KPMG, may have a role to play in institutions entering the crypto space, according to two team members. Speaking to Cointelegraph at the Collision conference in Toronto on Tuesday, Kareem Sadek and Kunal Bhasin of KPMG Canada’s crypto assets and blockchain services team said the company had added Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) to its balance sheet to show others it “had skin in the game.” According to Sadek, holding digital assets was just the first step moving…

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BTC, ETH, BNB, ADA, XRP, SOL, DOGE, DOT, LEO, SHIB

Bitcoin (BTC) continues to face a tough battle near the psychological level of $20,000 as the bulls and the bears attempt to assert their supremacy. Trading firm QCP Capital said in their latest market circular that funding rates on derivatives markets were stable and bearish conditions were fading. Another ray of hope for the Bitcoin bulls is that Bitcoin miners may be capitulating as the recent decline in the price has made some mining machines unprofitable. Data from Arcane Research shows that public Bitcoin mining companies that had only sold…

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Voyager enters into $500M loan agreement with Alameda amid 3AC exposure

Trading platform Voyager Digital takes a loan from trading firm Alameda Research because of its exposure to crypto venture capital firm Three Arrows Capital (3AC).  In a press release by Voyager Digital, the firm announced that it has borrowed 15,000 Bitcoin (BTC) from Alameda to cover the losses that came from its exposure to the 3AC contagion. Voyager also noted that the company might issue a notice of default to 3AC if they fail to pay its loans from Voyager. The firm revealed that 3AC owes the Voyager 15,250 BTC…

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Coinbase Updates and Redesigns Mobile Wallet to Add Dapp Browser to Stay Ahead of Competition

Popular cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase (COIN) has redesigned its mobile wallet to include a browser that can search for decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols, games, NFTs, and transact on the company’s system. With this new upgrade, top decentralized apps (Dapp) are suggested on the browser’s homepage, giving users the opportunity to perform token swaps via a couple of clicks. A demo released by Coinbase Wallet’s Twitter address on Tuesday told users that the new features are already available on Coinbase’s web browser extensions. Adding this new feature may help Coinbase increase its…

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