Nigerian crypto adoption rises despite govt crackdown

Nigerian cryptocurrency adoption continues to rise in spite of government crackdown, with peer-to-peer (P2P) trade volume for Bitcoin posting its second strongest week on record last month. According to data from Google Trends, Nigeria still ranks number by search interest for the keyword “Bitcoin” as of this writing. P2P Bitcoin trading denominated in the Nigerian Naira has also steadily increased in 2021, with Nigeria ranking behind only the United States as the second-largest market for peer-to-peer BTC trading, according to Useful Tulips. The growing Bitcoin adoption in Nigeria has helped…

DHedge scales up on Polygon, integrates with SushiSwap

Decentralized asset management protocol, dHEDGE, has launched its V2 deployment on Polygon. The new platform also boasts an integration with popular decentralized exchange, SushiSwap. Speaking exclusively to Cointelegraph, dHEDGE’s Henrik Andersson highlighted v2’s new Guarded Open Access Transactions (GOAT) framework — which enables v2 users to access whitelisted DeFi DApps whitelisted by the dHEDGE decentralized autonomous organization (DAO). Andersson emphasized that the GOAT framework will significantly increase the speed with which dHEDGE is able to launch new integrations with third-party protocols, stating: “It’s like a general framework for us to…

Bank of America outlines 4 potential benefits of El Salvador’s Bitcoin strategy

Bank of America, one of the nation’s largest financial institutions based on total assets, believes El Salvador could have a lot to gain with its latest foray into Bitcoin (BTC). In a report published last week, analysts at the bank said El Salvador’s decision to recognize BTC as legal tender could streamline remittances, promote financial digitization, provide consumers with greater choice and open up the country to American firms and digital currency miners. The bank noted that remittances account for a staggering 24% of El Salvador’s gross domestic product, but…

PayPal reportedly assembling crypto team in Ireland as Bitcoin adoption grows

Global payments provider PayPal is in the process of recruiting for several cryptocurrency-related positions at its Ireland offices, further highlighting the company’s ambitions in the rapidly growing digital asset market.  The Dublin-based Irish Independent, one of the country’s most popular news outlets, reported Sunday that PayPal is looking to fill various crypto-focused roles in compliance, anti-money laundering and business development for its Dublin and Dundalk offices. Related: PayPal set to launch crypto trading in the UK and may embrace DeFi PayPal launched a dedicated crypto and blockchain business unit earlier…

NFTs are a game changer for independent artists and musicians

The revolution will not be televised — it will be minted. Earlier this year, we saw the meteoric rise (and fall) of nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, in mainstream media and popular culture. We all heard about them, but was the hype real? Top businessmen and media moguls, such as Mark Cuban and Gary Vee, still strongly advocate NFT use and the role smart contracts will play in the near future, while each week new NFT exchanges and drops continue to roll out. Jay-Z’s Twitter profile picture is an NFT CryptoPunk. …

BlockFi faces regulatory heat, a sign of possible crypto lending regulations?

BlockFi’s eventful 2021 has continued in the second half of the year as state regulators in the United States began to crack down on the company’s crypto interest-bearing accounts. The move likely marks another operational headache for the non-bank lender in a year of substantial fundraises and public listing plans interspaced by controversy and technical blunders. State regulators going after crypto interest-bearing accounts may also stand as a bellwether of possible federal regulations targeted at the cryptocurrency loan market. Indeed, such a scenario might be possible given the current focus…

DeFi in style? Here’s how women can break into the game

There are many things to think about when entering this field: what inspires someone to do so; how blockchain technology, crypto and DeFi match with your overall personal or professional philosophy; and how one can change the life of others through promoting DeFi adoption, breaking the stigma surrounding this industry. Have you ever considered entering the decentralized world of blockchain technology? Is there anything holding you back? In the DeFi industry, the above questions could be very intimidating, but the many women who have cracked into the space are changing…

Bitcoin sellers in ‘disbelief’ or BTC price wouldn’t still be at $41K — Analyst

Bitcoin (BTC) closed July above $41,000 in a “bullish engulfing” candle that dramatically upends its previous downtrend. In a tweet on Aug. 1, investor and entrepreneur Alistair Milne joined many celebrating a classic return to form for BTC price action. Bitcoin refuses to flip bearish After seeing three straight monthly red candles in a row, BTC/USD held onto late gains to post a monthly close that few had anticipated. Despite the dip to $29,000, bears failed to stay in the driving seat as July drew to a close as resistance…

We can do better at doing good

Charity fundraising risks being left behind in the shift to online activity. But taking inspiration from the COVID-19 pandemic trends, and new payment technology, could open doors. Change comes whether you’re ready or not, but being ready means you can seize the opportunity. The past year has accelerated the pace of digital transformation dramatically — sure, personal contact was already moving online, and contactless payments were slowly replacing cash, but the pandemic did not so much push as shove the world faster and farther than anyone expected. This creates specific…