BitTorrent

BitTorrent (BTT) is a digital token based on a blockchain that powers some of the world’s most popular decentralized protocols and applications. BitTorrent itself is a decentralized file-sharing protocol that was developed in 2001 by computer programmer Bram Cohen. It was designed to facilitate the transfer of large computer files without a central server, and … Read more

Ross Ulbricht Loses Bid to Dismiss Federal Silk Road Suit

Alleged Silk Road creator Ross Ulbricht has suffered a setback in his efforts to fight federal narcotics and money laundering charges after a US court rejected his bid to dismiss the suit. Ulbricht’s lawyer originally sought to dismiss the charges in late March, citing flaws in the legal definition of money laundering. As well, the dismissal … Read more

Gensler for a Day: Regulating DeFi With Fireblocks CEO Michael Shaulov

Today’s “Gensler for a Day” is Michale Shaulov, CEO of decentralized finance (DeFi) infrastructure and custody firm Fireblocks. Fireblocks occupies an extremely interesting position in the DeFi ecosystem: Late last month, it was proposed as the first “whitelister” for Aave Arc, a version of the Aave DeFi protocol aimed at serving institutions. That means higher … Read more

Decentralized Exchange ZkLink Raises $8.5M Ahead of Market Launch

Decentralized exchange (DEX) ZkLink has closed a $8.5 million funding round led by Republic Crypto to help ramp up for its market launch later this year. ZkLink aims to become the first multi-chain DEX to enable one-click, cross-chain transfers across both Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) and non-EVM-compatible chains. At launch, the first layer 1 chains … Read more

ICON

ICX is the native cryptocurrency of Icon: an interoperability blockchain protocol that helps connect multiple blockchains together for token and smart contract data sharing. One of the main problems with blockchain projects is they’re created independently and therefore aren’t able to interact with one another. For example, without protocols like Icon, it would be impossible … Read more

Payments Firm XanPool Raises $27M in Funding Round Led by Valar Ventures

Hong Kong based payments infrastructure firm XanPool has raised $27 million in a Series A funding round led by Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures, the company announced Friday. Other participating investors included CMT Digital and the founder and chairman of Wise, formerly TransferWise, Taavet Hinrikus.XanPool describes itself as a payments and liquidity network similar to Mastercard … Read more

Valkyrie Bitcoin Futures ETF Starts Trading, Joining Fray

Valkyrie Investments’s bitcoin futures exchange-traded fund (ETF) started trading early Friday, after winning the blessing of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission earlier in the week. The new Valkyrie fund, officially the called the Bitcoin Strategy ETF, went live on the Nasdaq under the ticker BTF when stock markets opened Friday at 9:30 a.m. ET, … Read more

Almost $7M in Bitcoin Held by Colonial Pipeline Attacker Is on the Move

Bitcoin now worth nearly $7 million held by the DarkSide ransomware group involved in the Colonial Pipeline attack in May is on the move, according to blockchain analytics firm Elliptic. Following the attack, which threatened the petroleum supplies of five eastern states in the U.S., DarkSide’s share of the amount paid in ransom remained dormant … Read more

These 10 Stocks With Digital Asset Exposure Have Bullish Charts, BofA Says

Bank of America (BofA) highlighted ten bullish charts for stocks with digital asset exposure, according to a research note today. The stocks are Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), American Express (AXP), Bunge (BG), Exelon (EXC), Facebook (FB), JB Hunt (JBHT), JPMorgan (JPM), SVB Financial (SIVB), Tesla (TSLA) and Workday (WDAY).Advanced Micro may have upside to $138 … Read more