NFT partnerships and protocol integrations boost Tezos, WAX and Aleph.im

The roller coaster ride that is the cryptocurrency market continued its volatile ways on Dec. 8 as Bitcoin (BTC) price briefly slipped below the $49,000 level. Despite the setback, there are…

Central Banks of France and Switzerland announce successful trial of digital Euro, Swiss Franc

On Wednesday, the Banque de France (BdF), the BIS Innovation Hub (BISIH), and the Swiss National Bank (SNB) announced the success of a pilot run of a wholesale central bank…

Bitcoin rebounds on Wall Street open as exchange BTC reserves plunge after $42K dip

Bitcoin (BTC) recovered from a dip below $50,000 on Dec. 8 as Wall St. trading opened on a fresh bullish note. BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView Bitcoin market ditches…

What Facebook’s rebranding tells us about Big Tech’s ‘Game of Platforms’

In his monthly crypto tech column, Israeli serial entrepreneur Ariel Shapira covers emerging technologies within the crypto, decentralized finance (DeFi) and blockchain space, as well as their roles in shaping…

French fintech startup Lydia raises $100 million in Series C funding round

French crypto-friendly fintech startup Lydia has raised $100 million in a Series C funding round, per a report in TechCrunch.  The latest capital raise reportedly helped Lydia attain unicorn status…

Dogecoin and Ether rank in top 10 news searches on Google in 2021

Major cryptocurrencies Ether (ETH) and Dogecoin (DOGE) made the list of the world’s most searched terms in 2021 on Google On Tuesday, Google released its traditional annual list of the…

SBI announces crypto joint venture with Swiss digital exchange SIX

SBI Digital Asset Holdings, a fully owned subsidiary of Japanese banking giant SBI Holdings, announced a joint crypto venture with Switzerland’s SIX digital exchange (SDX).  The joint venture would be…

Binance Singapore arm acquires 18% stake in private stock exchange

Binance Asia Services, the Singapore arm of major cryptocurrency exchange Binance, has acquired a stake in a local private securities exchange, Hg Exchange (HGX). On Tuesday, the company officially announced the…

House memo details Congress’ priorities ahead of crypto CEO hearing

The United States House Committee on Financial Services released a memorandum detailing the points of discussion during the hybrid hearing on digital assets, to be held today at 10:00 a.m….

Bitcoin holds $50K as analyst says weekly timeframes confirm bull market remains intact

Bitcoin (BTC) retained $50,000 as support overnight into Dec. 8 amid confidence that the 2021 bull market was not yet over.  BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView Silver lining…