Binance’s CZ Says Crypto Price Fluctuations Normal as Industry Is Still Growing

Changpeng Zhao, the CEO of the popular crypto exchange Binance, has said it might take Bitcoin some months to a couple of years to get back to the all-time-highs previously reached by the coin. ChangPeng told Guardian ePaper, a UK-based news outlet, that he believes if investors in 2018 were told that Bitcoin would be $20k in 2022, they would have been very happy. However, he admitted that the current $20k price of Bitcoin is low considering its previous highs. CZ said, “I think given this price drop from the all-time…

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Ethereum difficulty bomb delayed but network adoption still growing

Ethereum network developers have decided to delay the difficulty bomb, a major step leading up to the highly anticipated Merge upgrade for the layer-1 blockchain. They set the delay to two months in order to “be sure that we sanity check all the numbers before selecting an exact delay and deployment time” according to core developer Tim Beiko in a June 11 tweet. In short, we agreed to the bomb delay. We were already over time, and want to be sure that we sanity check all the numbers before selecting…

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Fed governor explains who needs crypto regulation and why demand for it is growing

Regulation is needed to open the crypto ecosystem to a larger public, United States Federal Reserve Board Governor Christopher Waller told an audience at the SNB-CIF Conference on Cryptoassets and Financial Innovation in Zurich, Switzerland. Financial intermediaries can help manage risk for new crypto users, but cannot eliminate it, Waller said, and new and fast-growing financial products need public confidence to survive. The banking official used historical examples to show the relationship between technical innovation, regulation and the amassing of fortunes. “New technology — and a lack of clear rules…

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Question of centralization faces growing crypto insurance industry

Cryptocurrency markets have been maturing over the last few years, making demand for crypto insurance solutions larger as more advanced players dip their toes into the nascent ecosystem. Investopedia reports that cryptocurrency insurance is seen as a “big opportunity,” with a spokesman from one of the world’s largest insurers, Allianz, saying that the company has explored product and coverage options in the cryptocurrency space as it becomes “more relevant, important and prevalent on the real economy.” The cryptocurrency ecosystem is still seen as dangerous and volatile, where funds aren’t completely…

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Self-Regulatory Organizations Growing Alongside New U.S. Crypto Regulation

As the adoption of crypto takes off, the industry is exerting increasing influence on American society. This can be seen in its lobbying efforts and political action committees, for example, and in its own organizational efforts, such as business associations that promote it at the state, regional and national levels. Another way crypto is influencing society is through self-regulation.  The broader impact of self-regulation may be less apparent than when a PAC finances a political campaign or a startup is nurtured in a crypto industry-sponsored accelerator, and that limited visibility…

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Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change calls cryptocurrency CO2 emissions a ‘growing concern’

The United Nations arm aimed at assessing the science related to climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, has named crypto among technologies that may require greater energy demands. According to a report released on Monday, the IPCC said cryptocurrencies, as part of the infrastructure around data centers and information technology systems related to blockchain, had the potential to be a “major global source” of carbon dioxide emissions. The group said that estimated CO2 emissions between 2010 and 2019 suggested there was only a 50% probability of…

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From taxes to electricity, blockchain adoption is growing in Austria

Austria has been actively transforming into an attractive location for providers of blockchain-based products, with the government itself experimenting with the technology and trying to create a legal basis upon which companies can use it.  With regard to blockchain-based applications in the economy, however, Austria is still in the experimental phase, with most firms still running pilot projects. Still, politicians and economists alike see potential for select industries. Public administration reform via blockchain The Austrian government is quite open to blockchain innovations, cryptocurrencies aside, and has supported various projects in…

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Bitcoin hovers at $43K on Wall Street open amid growing fever over Terra’s $3B BTC buy-in

Bitcoin (BTC) showed signs of wanting higher levels still on March 22 as Wall Street trading saw a return above $43,000. BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView Terra co-founder: ‘Most of’ $3 billion still unpurchased Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView followed BTC/USD as it continued its newly confident stride to three-week highs. The pair had already gained thanks to encouraging macro signs from China, but it was news from within that really set the pace on the day. In a Twitter Spaces conversation with infamous Bitcoin pundit Udi…

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Rakuten launches NFT marketplace to capitalize on growing adoption in Japan

Major Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten has announced the launch of its own nonfungible token (NFT) trading platform dubbed Rakuten NFT. The firm initially revealed its plans to launch a proprietary NFT marketplace in 2021 amid the growing popularity of non-fungible tokens worldwide. According to Rakuten, the NFT marketplace also hosts a platform that allows IP owners to create their own websites for issuing and selling NFTs. Cointelegraph contacted the Rakuten team for further information on the development, and this story will be updated as more details become available. With a…

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Major crypto exchanges eye Asian market amid growing regulatory clarity

Major crypto exchanges originating from Asia as well as from the West have shown an increasing interest in the Asia-Pacific region.  Coinbase launched in Japan last year, joining the selected group of exchanges to offer crypto trading services to native customers. Binance, the world’s leading crypto exchange by trading volume, has forged a series of new partnerships in Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand. The growing interest in global crypto exchanges in Asia could be attributed to the crypto craze in the region, despite regulatory uncertainty in several countries. The Asia-Pacific region…

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