Star Girl’s one million active users go with the Flow blockchain

After inking deals to bring third-party games and stablecoins onto the Flow blockchain, Dapper Labs has announced two related sales for the FLOW token. Dapper Labs is continuing to expand partnerships with third-parties for its Flow blockchain, with Animoca Labs set to launch two crypto-powered games on Flow. On September 22, blockchain gaming firm Animoca Brands announced that its MotoGP and Star Girl games will launch on the Flow blockchain early next year. Animoca is an investor in Dapper Labs. The Star Girl series consists of multiple free-to-play mobile games…

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Booming African crypto adoption drives concerns over regulation

African crypto adoption has exploded in 2020, prompting fears of a heavy-handed regulatory response 2020 has seen an acceleration in African crypto adoption, with the continent emerging as the second-largest region for peer-to-peer (P2P) trading, and two African nations ranking in the top eight of the Chainalysis crypto adoption index. However, the booming growth has caught the attention of Africa’s financial regulators, sparking concerns that a rush to introduce heavy-handed oversight could quell innovation in the local crypto industry. Nigeria has led the continent’s growth in 2020, posting weekly P2P…

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Bitcoin FUD and negative social sentiment typically precede a bounce

Social media sentiment for Bitcoin has slumped to two year lows which is good for those wanting to go against the crowd. On-chain analytics provider Santiment asserts that Bitcoin and crypto assets tend to bounce when social sentiment indicates there is a lot of fear, uncertainty and doubt, which suggests that now is a buying opportunity. According to its Bitcoin weighted social sentiment against price chart, this is exactly what is currently going on. Since its weekend lows, Bitcoin prices have recovered around 2.4% to current levels. https://t.co/bFKcBHUDY4 1) Prices…

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RockX launches $20 million investment program for the Polkadot ecosystem

The Polkadot ecosystem is set to get a $20m boost from RockX Digital asset development company RockX has launched a $20 million investment program to support the Polkadot (DOT) ecosystem over the next five years. The funding, capped at a maximum of $500,000 worth of DOT tokens per project, will be provided alongside technical support from the team’s developers. In return, the firm will receive tokens or equity from supported projects. RockX, which currently runs a node for Polkadot, Cosmos, Solana, Oasis, and Terra, was co-founded by Alex Lam, who…

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Yam plans protocol overhaul despite first successful V3 rebase

Despite Yam’s first post-relaunch rebase executing successfully, its developers are planning many more changes to the protocol. Yam, the decentralized finance (DeFi) sector’s original food-themed clone protocol, has successfully completed its first rebase since its V3 relaunch. Yam’s relaunch on September 18 followed the spectacular failure of Yam V2 last month — where a bug in the protocol’s unaudited code rendered governance impossible after only two days by rebasing the token’s supply 10 times higher than its design intended. The Yearn.finance style protocol describes itself as “an experiment in fair…

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Developer reveals ‘biggest unsolvable Lightning attack vector’

Larger payment channels on Bitcoin’s Lightning network could be exploited according to an independent developer Independent Bitcoin Lightning developer, Joost Jager, has outlined an exploit of the micro-payments network that could result in channels being compromised with very little effort and negligible cost. However, he said he’s hard at work on a possible solution. 1/ Lightning is great, but can’t say it is battle-tested. If script kids would be interested, they could take down those shiny new 5 BTC #wumbo channels with negligible cost and no effort at all. pic.twitter.com/9PTkxfF042…

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Are we dumb? Financial illiterates ‘twice as likely to own crypto’

Those with less financial knowledge may be twice as likely to invest in crypto. A report from Canada’s central bank shows that while most Canadians are knowledgeable about basic finance and Bitcoin, few actually hold any crypto assets. According to the results of Bank of Canada’s 2019 Cash Alternative Survey published in August 2020, financial literacy is positively associated with the awareness of cryptocurrencies but negatively associated with ownership. The bank considers financial literacy as a basic understanding of investing and saving for retirement, with 47% of respondents from August…

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South Korean regulator is wary of NFT-based games

The South Korean gaming regulator is reluctant to embrace NFTs. The South Korean blockchain gaming industry is concerned regulators are looking unfavorably on non-fungible token based games, after the Game Rating and Administration Committee (GRAC) postponed an application for the NTF-based Five Stars on September 22.  According to iNews24, the watchdog decided to hold off from issuing a rating for Five Stars, a game developed by South Korean tech giant, Kakao. The company is well-known for its recent ventures in the local crypto industry. Non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, are crypto…

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MicroStrategy CEO could ‘liquidate $200M in Bitcoin on Saturday’

‘We can liquidate it any day of the week, any hour of the day,’ said Michael Saylor. Michael Saylor has said that all $400 million of business intelligence firm MicroStrategy’s Bitcoin reserve holdings could be liquidated at any time. In a Sept. 22 interview, Saylor told Bloomberg that although “volatility isn’t really a reason to sell,” he would not hesitate to dump MicroStrategy’s 38,250 Bitcoin (BTC) at a moment’s notice if an alternative asset’s yields were to jump. Selling such a large amount of the crypto asset could easily cause…

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Brazilian fund manager and Nasdaq to launch world’s first Bitcoin ETF

Brazil’s Hashdex is teaming up with Nasdaq to bring the world’s first Bitcoin ETF to the Bermuda Stock Exchange. Regulated Brazilian fund manager Hashdex has inked a deal with Nasdaq to launch the world’s first crypto asset exchange-traded fund (ETF) on the Bermuda Stock Exchange (BSX). The stock exchange announced it had approved the ‘Hashdex Nasdaq Crypto Index’ on September 18, revealing that 3 million Class E shares will be issued for trade on the platform. Cointelegraph Brazil confirmed the Nasdaq partnership and ETF with Hashdex’s chief executive, Marcelo Sampaio…

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