Turkish crypto exchange joins COPA to fight against ‘patent trolls’

Major Turkish crypto exchange BtcTurk has joined the crypto patent alliance (COPA) to team up with prominent firms in their mission to provide open access to patents and empower the adoption of crypto technologies.  COPA aims to abolish patents as it’s perceived as an obstacle to innovations within the sector. The nonprofit favors a more communal approach when it comes to intellectual property. Its members include prominent crypto firms like prominent firms like Coinbase, Block and Aquarius. Apart from crypto-native companies, firms like MicroStrategy and Meta have also joined COPA.…

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Third non-EU country, Ukraine, joins the European Blockchain Partnership

After Norway and Liechtenstein, Ukraine became the third country outside the European Union (EU) to join the European Blockchain Partnership (EBP), an initiative derived by 27 member states to deliver cross-border public services. The Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine announced the country’s move to join the EBP as an observer on June 17. With the ultimate goal of integrating its digital economic space with the EU, Ukraine plans to expand its interstate blockchain network partnership with other countries. Ukraine’s intent to join the EBP dates back to July 2021,…

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Former president of the New York Stock Exchange joins Uniswap Labs as an advisor

On Wednesday, Uniswap announced that former New York Stock Exchange president Stacey Cunningham will join the company as an advisor. Cunningham served as the first female president of the New York Stock Exchange after beginning her career as a trader on its floor. She said in a statement that she believes in the potential of Uniswap’s commitment to fairer markets.Uniswap is betting on her experience with TradFi translating over to DeFi to further help them evolve their place in Web3. Cunningham has also been listed as one of BBC’s 100 Women,…

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Iota Foundation joins Dell to develop real-time carbon footprint tracking

Iota Foundation, a nonprofit distributed ledger technology ecosystem provider, has partnered with tech giant Dell Technologies to develop a data-driven solution for the real-time tracking of carbon footprints.  Dell’s edge solutions team announced the onboarding of Iota, climate change-focused technology company ClimateCHECK and BioE to develop a solution on top of Dell’s in-house Data Confidence Fabric (DCF) and Project Alvarium initiatives. We’ve partnered w/ @Iota, BioE, & @ClimateCHECK to develop real-time carbon footprint tracking through a #data confidence fabric! Hear how #ProjectAlvarium accurately tracks carbon footprints w/ #DellTech Edge solutions. https://t.co/u5CxmbMBAL@Intel…

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Tether Joins the Polygon Network with Introduction of its Stablecoin

Tether has further stretched the company’s reach and influence with the introduction of a dollar-pegged stablecoin (USDT) on the Polygon Network, a deal that extended the stablecoin to over 11 blockchain networks. Through its relationship with Tether, the Polygon ecosystem is expected to have a stable currency for investors, which will help generate yield in and out of the network. This will all be achieved through the integration of Tether’s stablecoin USDT, which is tied to 1:1 to the U.S. dollar and has a market capitalization of about $73 billion.…

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MSP Recovery joins forces with Tokenology to release tokenized healthcare initiative

MSP Recovery LLC, a healthcare recovery firm based in Miami, United States and valued in the region of $32.6 billion, has announced a collaborative partnership with Web3 solution Tokenology to launch a fraud-prevention blockchain platform, titled Lifechain. Lifechain will seek to utilize the verifiable and transparent nature of blockchain technology to enhance the accessibility of healthcare charges, claims and medical records for patients and industry professionals. MSP Recovery’s consumer application LifeWallet — which launched in January this year and has since registered over 1 million users, according to recent data…

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BlackRock joins stablecoin issuer Circle’s $400M funding round

Circle, a major peer-to-peer payments firm and the principal operator of the UDC Coin (USDC), has announced a $400 million funding round and a new partnership with the American investment firm BlackRock. The USDC issuer has entered into an agreement for a funding round featuring investors like BlackRock, the investment advisory firm Fidelity Management and Research, the London-based hedge fund Marshall Wace and Fin Capital, as Circle officially announced Tuesday. The investment round is expected to close in the second quarter 2022. Apart from providing strategic investment and being primary asset…

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Starbucks joins NFT party, UK government seeks stablecoin regulations and Crypto Twitter rallies behind cancer fighter, Hodler’s Digest: Apr. 3-9

Coming every Saturday, Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link. Top Stories This Week Starbucks announces NFT initiative as union-busting controversy continues Nonfungible tokens continue making headlines, with coffee giant Starbucks having recently signaled its intent on joining the NFT party. “Sometime before the end of this calendar year, we are going to be in the NFT business,” said…

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Former US Senator and House member joins Crypto Council for Innovation

Cory Gardner, who served as a United States senator for Colorado from 2015 to 2021, has joined the Crypto Council for Innovation, a crypto advocacy group aimed at establishing dialogues with governments and regulatory agencies on the benefits of digital assets. In a Thursday announcement, the Crypto Council for Innovation, or CCI, said Gardner was one of three new members to join the group’s leadership team. Under CEO Sheila Warren, the former senator will work alongside Amanda Russo, a communicators adviser for the World Economic Forum, and Annie Dizon, a…

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Jack Dorsey’s Block joins $41M funding for Japanese fintech Kyash

Kyash, a Tokyo-based digital wallet, announced a $41.2 million, or 4.9 billion yen, raise in a Series D round. Since launching in 2015, the cashless mobile app and corresponding credit card have grown its total funding to an estimated $108 million, or 12.8 billion yen.  Both global investors and Japanese banks joined the round, including Japan Post Investment Corporation, Jack Dorsey’s Block, which was formerly known as Square, as well as Altos Ventures Goodwater Capital and StepStone Group in the United States. Additional investment came from Greyhound Capital in the…

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