Grayscale Fund Touts ETF Conversion as Price Discount Issue Solution

Grayscale, one of the largest cryptocurrency fund managers, has declared it is trying to morph the bitcoin trust GBTC into an exchange-traded fund (ETF) to solve its price woes. The exchange rate is now at a 20% price discount compared to its bitcoin holdings, a fact that has many worried about the overall sustainability of their business model. Grayscale Hints at Becoming an ETF Grayscale, the biggest cryptocurrency fund manager in the world, has declared its Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) is in the process to become an ETF to get…

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Liberian Central Bank Asks Local Crypto Startup to Drop its Plan to Launch a Digital Asset

The Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) has warned against a local crypto startup’s plan to proceed with the introduction of a digital financial product without adhering to the required regulation. According to the CBL, this act will not only be illegal but this will likely “undermine the country’s financial system.” The CBL’s warning follows an announcement by an organization known as The Abundance Community Coin (TACC) that plans to launch a crypto asset on May 14. According to a report, TACC claims that its token “has been created to help…

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Big Time Studios Aims to Bring NFTs to the Masses, Set to Raise $21 Million in Funding

The Los Angeles-based company Big Time Studios has announced the company is set to raise $21 million in two funding rounds backed by a number of investors. The company’s founder Ari Meilich was the CEO and co-creator of the Ethereum metaverse Decentraland. Big Time Studios aims to bring non-fungible token (NFT) assets to the billion-dollar gaming industry. Multiplayer NFT Game Maker Big Time Studios to Raise $21M in Funding A Decentraland founder who started the firm Big Time Studios wants to bring NFT solutions to the popular gaming universe. This…

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Bank of Israel Drafts Model of a Digital Shekel

The central bank of Israel has offered a glance at what a digitalized version of the national fiat currency may look like. According to a released “draft model” of the coin, Israelis should be able to use the digital shekel in payments, even offline, and convert it to cash at any moment. The Israeli central bank digital currency (CBDC) will provide some privacy, but not anonymity. This Is What the Digital Shekel Should Look Like The Bank of Israel is getting ready to jump on the CBDC bandwagon with a…

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Mastercard Payment Index: More Consumers in Three African Countries Plan to Use Crypto Based Payment Methods

According to a recent Mastercard payment index report, the Covid-19 related lockdowns helped spread the use of cryptocurrency in three African countries, namely Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa. The report also reveals that a greater number of consumers from these countries are “likely to use one emerging payment method in the coming year.” More Respondents Planning to Pay With Cryptos in the Upcoming Year In fact, according to findings of a survey conducted between February 26 and March 10, 2021, a significant number of the respondents from these countries plan…

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NFL Star Quarterback Tom Brady Hops on the Bitcoin Bandwagon, Turns on Laser Eyes

Tom Brady, who is widely known as the greatest quarterback of all time, has hopped on the bitcoin bandwagon. The seven-time Super Bowl champion has added laser eyes to his Twitter profile. Tom Brady Rumored to Be Loading up on Bitcoin Football star Tom Brady has hopped on the bitcoin train. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, who plays in the National Football League (NFL), is widely considered to be the greatest quarterback of all time. He became the G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time) in NFL history after winning his sixth…

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South Korea to Crack Down on Phishing Websites Attacking Crypto Users

South Korean authorities are intensifying their monitoring of phishing activity related to cryptocurrencies. The government has identified a record number of websites trying to obtain login details from crypto exchange users. Over 30 sites have been taken down in just three months this year. Seoul Strengthens Monitoring of Crypto Phishing Scams Rising market prices have led to an increased number of phishing attempts targeting investors and users of cryptocurrency in South Korea. The government in Seoul announced it’s strengthening its monitoring system to quickly detect such threats. It will also…

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Bitcoin Mining Operation Bitfarms to be Listed on Nasdaq Following DTC Eligibility 

The Toronto-based Bitcoin mining operation Bitfarms announced the company has been approved for a common stock listing on Nasdaq Global Market tier. The company is already listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and the firm’s Nasdaq listing will be listed under the ticker symbol “BITF.” Bitcoin Mining Operation Bitfarms to be Listed on Nasdaq Global Market Tier Bitfarms has announced that it will be a publicly-traded Bitcoin miner listed on Nasdaq Global Market tier. The tier platform by Nasdaq is reserved for companies who have sustainable finances and pass…

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Real Estate Listings Accepting BTC Touch Record Highs, 14.3 Homes per 100,000 Accept Crypto

Bitcoin and the crypto economy have been making their way into the world of real estate these days. A recently published report shows that Realtor.com data indicates that people selling property for crypto assets have risen a great deal. Statistics show that there are 14.3 crypto accepting listings per 100,000 homes in the company database. Real Estate Listings Are Seeing More Bitcoin Acceptance for Homes and Properties According to a report from Yahoo Money, the housing market and bitcoin are starting to “collide.” The report talks with real estate agent…

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Latam Based Exchange Bitso Gets Unicorn Status After $250 Million Funding Round

Bitso, one of the biggest cryptocurrency exchanges in Latam, has reached unicorn status after a funding round that managed to raise $250 million with the participation of some big names in the cryptocurrency world. The company announced it would use these resources to expand its operations and keep growing in its core markets, including remittances. Bitso Reaches Unicorn Valuation After Series C Funding Round Mexico-based exchange Bitso has become the first LATAM cryptocurrency unicorn, after getting a valuation of $2.2 billion on its Series C funding round. The round got…

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