SWIFT, Capgemini team up to test using the international network for CBDC transfers

The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, or SWIFT, the Belgian financial messaging network used by banks in international money transfers, announced Thursday that it is teaming up with French IT company Capgemini to conduct experiments with cross-border central bank digital currency (CBDC) payments. This is SWIFT’s second research project on CBDC. SWIFT and Capgemini are testing ways to link multiple CBDC networks, as well as CBDC and traditional currency networks, as a proof of concept. The majority of central banks worldwide are working on creating CBDCs, “with numerous central…

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NEAR developers to get seamless Web3 app deployment with Pocket Network

Pocket Network (POKT), a relay infrastructure middleware protocol, announced a service integration to improve the network bandwidth of NEAR blockchain while enabling faster deployment times for Web3 developers. According to Pocket Network, the latest integration with NEAR allows native developers to deploy their applications on other supported blockchains, including Ethereum, Solana, Fuse, Avalanche, Harmony and Polygon. In addition, by having integrations with multiple blockchains, NEAR developers can overcome concerns regarding single points of failure due to bottlenecks or other service disruptions. Pocket Network aims to accomplish 100% up-time for projects via…

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Bitcoin network fortifies as mining difficulty records ATH of 31.251T

Further distancing itself from any concerns of planned attacks on the blockchain, the Bitcoin (BTC) network established a new mining difficulty all-time high of 31.251 trillion — exceeding the 30-trillion mark for the first time in history. The creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, warranted the security of the BTC network through a decentralized network of BTC miners who are tasked with confirming the legitimacy of transactions and minting new blocks. Given the extensive community support — from developers to hodlers to traders to miners — that spans over 13 years,…

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Celsius Network execs deny rumors of significant losses amid market volatility

The fallout from extreme volatility in the crypto market hasn’t significantly affected Celsius Network, according to its leadership.  Seemingly in response to a now deleted tweet from Twitter user David Belle that claimed the platform had been “completely wiped out,” Celsius CEO Alex Mashinsky posted a message to his more than 172,000 Twitter followers that “all funds [were] safe” and the platform was continuing to do business. Mashinsky acknowledged the “extreme market volatility” currently impacting projects including Terra (LUNA) and stablecoin TerraUSD (UST). Rumblings that Celsius is getting wiped out, if…

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Binance temporarily suspends LUNA, UST withdrawals citing network congestion

As the crypto community still tries to decipher Terra’s ongoing pegging-de-pegging fiasco in relation to its stablecoin offering TerraUSD (UST), major crypto exchange Binance temporarily suspended the withdrawals for Terra (LUNA) and UST on Tuesday.  The market value of UST, Terra’s stablecoin offering, recently fell below the expected $1.00 price point as LUNA’s price witnessed a sharp decline owing to a major selloff. At the same time, the BTC/UST trading pair on Binance reached highs of more than $42,000, while other Bitcoin dollar markets struggled to preserve $30,000, as reported by…

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Bitcoin network transactions and fees surge amid investor de-risking

The number of transactions on the Bitcoin network has spiked over the past week, which blockchain analysis firm Glassnode suggests are ‘urgent’ transactions due to investors de-risking. A sudden influx of 42,800 transactions hit the mempool on Bitcoin (BTC) last week. Glassnode’s chief analyst says these were likely “urgent” transactions due to the high amount of fees paid per transaction. The average fee rose to $2.72 last week, about 15% higher than the typical average according to bitinfocharts, an on-chain data tracker. The findings were reported in the Glassnode “Week…

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Solana developers share 3 key mitigation steps to make the network robust

TheSolana network faced its seventh outage on April 30, resulting in a downtime of over seven hours. The developer team has come out with an outage report along with three key mitigation steps to make the network more stable. The network outage on Solana was caused by a significant surge in the number of transactions due to nonfungible token (NFT) minting bots. The bots used Candy Machine, a popular application used by Solana NFT projects to launch collections. The transaction volume reached 6 million per second, overflowing individual nodes with…

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Solana suffers 7th outage in 2022 as bots invade the network

The Solana (SOL) network suffered a seven-hour outage overnight between April 30 and May 1 due to a large number of transactions from nonfungible token (NFT) minting bots. A record-breaking 4 million transactions, or 100 gigabits of data per second, congested the network causing validators to be knocked out of consensus resulting in Solana going dark at roughly 8 PM UTC on April 30. It wasn’t until seven hours later on May 1, 3 AM UTC that validators were able to successfully restart the main network. Validator operators successfully completed…

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Bitcoin network difficulty breaks into a new all-time high of 29.794T

Reassuring its position as the most resilient blockchain network against attacks, the Bitcoin (BTC) network recorded a new all-time high network difficulty for the second time this month in April — jumping from its previous all-time high of 28.587 trillion to 29.794 trillion. Greater network difficulty demands greater computational power to successfully mine a BTC block, which prevents bad actors from taking over the network and manipulating transactions, also known as double-spending. As evidenced by data from blockchain.com, Bitcoin’s network difficulty has seen almost a year-long uptrend since August 1,…

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Bitcoin network hash rate hit a new record high amid price volatility

The hash rate of the Bitcoin (BTC) network hit a new ATH, even when the price of the top cryptocurrency struggled to get past the $40,000 mark. The network’s hash rate hit a new record high of 258 EH/s on Thursday before settling around the 220 EH/s mark.  The recent rise in the BTC network hash rate signifies the growing number of miners on the blockchain. The Bitcoin network hash rate has grown more than 400% since the Chinese crypto mining ban last year when it fell below 70 EH/s. The…

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