Nasdaq needs clear regulations to launch crypto exchange VP

Nasdaq, the United States stock exchange, has no immediate plans of launching a crypto exchange until there’s better regulatory clarity from policymakers, said Tal Cohen, the company’s executive vice president. In an interview with Bloomberg, Cohen said that the retail side of the crypto market is fairly saturated and there are enough crypto exchanges catering to the needs of retail investors. He added that his firm would continue its focus on crypto custody services that were launched on Sept. 20. Cohen also shed some light on other crypto-related services that the exchange…

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Solana tech developer Coral raises $20M, plans to launch ‘xNFT’ protocol

Solana ecosystem developer Coral has closed a $20 million investment round backed by some of crypto’s biggest venture funds, setting the stage for the launch of its new interactive wallet later this month.  The investment round was co-led by FTX Ventures and Jump Crypto with additional participation from Multicoin Capital, Anagram, K5 Global and other investors, Coral announced Wednesday. Coral said it would use the funds to build internal capacity and launch its flagship product, Backpack. Backpack is said to be an interactive wallet that delivers “crypto-native experiences” through so-called…

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Pro sports league Karate Combat to launch DAO for fan, athlete governance

Karate Combat, a prominent full-contact martial arts league, announced the decision to form a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) to transition its governance to fans and athletes. Karate Combat’s DAO will be launched as part of a three-year sponsorship deal with Hedera’s HBAR Foundation, expected to go live in December 2022. Holders of Karate Combat’s in-house governance token, KARATE, will get to vote on various decisions, which include determining the league’s budget, resource allocation, supplier selection, marketing strategy and rule changes. In addition, the DAO will enable fans to vote on…

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FTX, Bybit among the first exchanges to launch spot ETHW trading

Major cryptocurrency exchanges, FTX and Bybit, are among the first crypto trading platforms to launch spot trading for Ethereum proof-of-work (PoW) tokens. While the Ethereum blockchain has not forked into two separate networks just yet, crypto exchanges are rushing to start trading EthereumPoW (ETHW) tokens. At the time of writing, ETHW Fork IOU token is now trading on five exchanges, including the global FTX exchange, the FTX US platform, Bybit, Gate.io and MEXC Global, according to data from CoinGecko. According to the data, FTX is handling more than 80% of…

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F2Pool, Poolin to start Ethereum PoW mining after ETHW mainnet launch

Despite Ethereum’s historic transition to a proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus mechanism, mining pools are increasingly signing up for mining on the upcoming proof-of-work (PoW) version of Ethereum. EthereumPoW, the community advocating for ETHPoW, or the PoW Ethereum version, has released a list of mining pools that are going to continue mining after the ETHW mainnet launch. According to EthereumPoW, some major Ethereum mining pools are going to continue mining despite Ethereum’s switch to the eco-friendly PoS consensus mechanism. At the time of writing, the list of ETHW mining pools composes a…

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Magic Eden defends launch of NFT royalty enforcement tool

Solana-based nonfungible token (NFT) marketplace Magic Eden has fended off some community backlash following the launch of MetaShield, its new enforcement tool aimed at deterring NFT buyers who bypass creator royalties.  MetaShield, which was reportedly launched in partnership with NFT marketplace and aggregator Coral Cube saw mixed reactions from the NFT community following its launch on Sep. 12, who were split on whether NFT marketplaces should protect creator rights or cut royalty fees to make NFTs cheaper for collectors.  The NFT royalty enforcement tool is designed to allow NFT creators…

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The ‘launch of a rocket’ — Observers on the future of Ethereum post-Merge

The Ethereum Merge is set to occur later today with the energy-efficiency focused transition expected to have a major impact on crypto investment and adoption, experts say.  Speaking to Cointelegraph in the lead up to the Merge, StarkWare president and co-founder Eli Ben-Sasson noted that the Ethereum Merge will be the “first step in a process that will lead to exceedingly widespread adoption of Ethereum.” The immediate importance of the Merge is the dramatic effect on energy consumption. The Merge is expected to see Ethereum’s energy cut by 99.95% compared…

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Linux to launch Foundation to support digital wallet development

The Linux Foundation, a global nonprofit organization that enables innovation within the blockchain ecosystem through access to open source technology, has announced plans to launch the OpenWallet Foundation (OWF).  The OWF is a collaborative effort between companies in the technology and public sector, as well as stakeholders within the blockchain ecosystem, to develop open-source software to support the interoperability of digital wallets; software designed to send, receive, store and monitor digital assets. According to a press release issued on Sept. 13, the primary goal of the OWF is to build…

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Sept. 22 is the date for Cardano’s Vasil hard fork launch, 3 months after target date

Cardano has set September 22 as the date for its Vasil mainnet upgrade, founder of the blockchain Charles Hoskinson announced on his YouTube vlog Friday. The hard fork was originally scheduled for June of this year and rescheduled twice. According to Cardano-associated R&D company Input Output Hong Kong (IOHK), which worked on the update, three necessary critical mass indicators have been reached: “1. 75% of mainnet blocks being created by the final Vasil node candidate (1.35.3)  2. approximately 25 exchanges upgraded (representing 80% of ada liquidity)  3. top 10 DApps…

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Flare Network and Lena Instruments launch new crowdfunding mechanism

Interoperability-focused blockchain Flare Network has partnered with software infrastructure firm Lena Instruments to implement a crowdfunding mechanism that lowers the risks associated with startup investing.  Lena Instruments announced what it called a “CloudFunding” launchpad that lets Flare investors allocate a percentage of the rewards that they earned into investments to new crypto startups without moving their initial investments. Apart from providing a low-risk investing solution for its contributors, the platform also aims to help projects that have launched on the platform have regular cash flows during the reward distribution periods.…

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