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Daily Crypto, Blockchain & Web3 Update 2023-05-26
China’s state-affiliated media company CCTV aired a video about cryptocurrency on May 24 that garnered a lot of attention on Crypto Twitter. Binance CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao called it a “big deal” and claimed that historical coverages like these “led to bull runs.”
Just a day after CZ’s comment, the CCTV network removed the video from its platform. The video program discussed recent developments around cryptocurrency compliance in Hong Kong.
Cryptocurrency exchange Binance continues expanding its global reach by securing new regulatory approvals in Thailand. Gulf Binance, a joint crypto venture of Binance and Gulf Energy’s innovation arm Gulf Innova, has received digital asse’s Ministry of Finance.
The new crypto venture will combine Binance’s digital asset expertise with Gulf’s deep understanding of the Thai market. The companies have been closely working together for more than a year to explore the opportunity to launch a local digital asset exchange.
The South Korean government is moving forward with new laws to require officials to report on their holdings of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.
South Korea’s National Assembly has unanimously passed a bill that obligates lawmakers and high-ranking public officials to report on their crypto assets. The lawmakers approved the new bill during a plenary session on May 25, the local news agency News1 reported.
A recession is generally identified when there is a decline in the gross domestic product (GDP) in two successive quarters. In Germany’s case, the country’s GDP reportedly fell by 0.3% for the quarter, following a decline of 0.5% in the fourth quarter of 2022.
Members of the crypto community were split on the potential effects of the recession on the crypto economy. While some believe it’s a bullish signal for crypto, others think it might not have that much-desired effect on the space.
Gideon Nweze, the founder and CEO of the newly launched Digital Bitcoin Art and Assets (DIBA) nonfungible token (NFT) marketplace, believes there’s an alternative way to bring NFTs to Bitcoin that doesn’t impact block space and transaction fees.
Nweze recently put this belief to the test, launching a beta version of his NFT marketplace on May 19. Rather than using Ordinals, it leverages the RGB Smart Contract Protocol to mint NFTs on top of the Bitcoin network.
Meta AI recently published pre-print research showing off a radical new “Megabyte” framework for building generative pre-trained transformer (GPT) systems.
Dubbed “promising” by OpenAI’s Andrej Karpathy, former director of artificial intelligence at Tesla, the new architecture is designed to process large volumes of data — such as images, n
Vienna-based cryptocurrency investment company Bitpanda has finalized a licensing agreement with Coinbase, making Coinbase a liquidity provider for Bitpanda Technology Solutions.
According to the announcement, the collaboration between both entities will enable “Coinbase to offer one of the most scalable Investing-as-a-Service infrastructures to their institutional clients, such as banks and financial institutions outside of the United States.”
Crypto project Worldcoin has reportedly raised $115 million in a Series C round led by Blockchain Capital. Funds will be used to support its decentralized World ID and recently released crypto wallet, World App.
Co-founded by OpenAI's CEO Sam Altman and built by developers of Tools for Humanity, Worldcoin aims to tackle problems stemming from the growing complexity of artificial intelligence, such as proof of personhood, in the digital age. Venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz, Bain Capital Crypto, and Distributed Global are also investors in the round.
African, Asian and Eastern European countries are using Binance Pay to bridge cryptocurrencies as a payment source for goods and services, according to a regional Binance exec.
A strategic partnership with WooCommerce is also expected to expand the reach of Binance Pay, with an estimated 40% of global websites using the e-commerce plugin. The integration allows cryptocurrency users to make payments with 70 different tokens.
The consortium, which includes Arrington Capital, outbid NovaWulf to acquire Celsius Network’s assets, while the Blockchain Recovery Investment Consortium serves as a backup bid.
The policies include a series of cash benefits to attract metaverse-related companies to set up shop in the city.
The company behind ChatGPT announced it would award 10 grants of $100,000 to teams worldwide to develop a democratic process for determining AI rules.
Both national and global companies will participate in the upcoming pilot project of the Brazilian central bank digital currency.
Circle launched EUROC last year as a regulated stablecoin, which means that each token is fully backed by euro reserves held at United States-regulated financial institutions.
The ESMA reminded investment firms that crypto would remain unregulated in most jurisdictions despite upcoming regulations.
The chip developer released its second-quarter revenue forecast, which was 50% higher than market estimates, followed by a 28% increase in company shares.