US Representatives Add Digital Currencies to the 2021 Defense Bill

The United States government is preparing to pass the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the latest bill includes a broad definition of currencies and includes “digital currencies.” However, after more than 50 NDAA bills passed, President Donald Trump plans to veto the act which is expected to authorize more than $740.5 billion. U.S. Congress members are expected to complete the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the 2021 fiscal year. The NDAA is the name for a series of U.S. laws that involve the U.S. Department of Defense…

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‘I am a wonder:’ An interview with an Axie Infinity NFT

The world’s first social media-managed NFT shares its views and plans with Cointelegraph On November 21st, the world’s first social media-managed, personality-branded non-fungible token (NFT) revealed itself to the cryptotwitter world: Axie #265, also known as “Axia.”  Axies — the cute, digital critters inspired by Pokemon — populate the rapidly growing blockchain-based game Axie Infinity. Each one is backed by an NFT, and even those who have never played Axie Infinity might be familiar with Axies due to the preposterous sums they fetch on the secondary market: one Axie recently…

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Ethereum fund to debut on the Toronto Stock Exchange

First conceived by Vitalik Buterin in Ontario, Ethereum is now available to Canadians in the form of an ETF. Next week, Canadian digital asset investment manager 3iQ will be launching an IPO of an Ethereum exchange-traded trust, The Ether Fund, on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the ticker QETH.U. The maximum offering for the launch is $100 million, and the closing date of the offering will be no later than December 10, 2020. 3iQ counts more than $400 million CAD under management, and maintains a focus on Bitcoin, Litecoin,…

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Following six-hour outage, Solana draws criticism and support

While some piled on the layer-one blockchain for its network hiccup, others offered support. Yesterday, a nearly six hour network outage from Solana, a layer-one blockchain known for its high throughput, drew both jeers and support from traders and developers across the smart contract space.  “At approximately 1:46pm UTC on December 4th, 2020, the Solana Mainnet Beta cluster stopped producing blocks at slot 53,180,900, which prevented any new transactions from being confirmed,” a live update blog post from Solana reported. The outage lasted roughly five and a half hours before…

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3 key metrics to watch as Bitcoin price tries to top $20,000

Afraid Bitcoin price might crash? These three key metrics help traders spot bullish and bearish sentiment in the crypto market. For the past week, Bitcoin (BTC) price has been flirting with the $20,000 mark, which has led some traders to lose their patience. In the eyes of some traders, the lack of bullish momentum is problematic, especially considering that BTC tested the $16,200 level roughly a week ago. Experienced traders know that there are key indicators that serve as telling signs of a trend reversal. These are volumes, the futures…

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Trading Exchange Okex’s Crypto Reserves Nosedived After Withdrawals Opened

Just recently, after the exchange paused cryptocurrency withdrawals, the trading platform Okex finally enabled digital currency withdrawals last Wednesday. Since then, the exchange seems to be experiencing an exodus of funds leaving, as onchain data shows Okex’s crypto-asset reserves like bitcoin, ethereum and tether have depleted considerably during the last ten days. Over the years a number of exchanges have had issues and have worried customers by stopping deposits and withdrawals for a period of time. Okex joined the list of exchanges that have halted withdrawals, as the cryptocurrency trading…

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Testnet of Facebook’s Much Vaunted Stablecoin Only Executes 6 Transactions per Second

The Facebook fronted stablecoin, Diem (formerly Libra)’s dismal testnet results undercut the assertion that the digital currency is a threat to global financial stability. This is the conclusion that can be deduced from a Diem blockchain explorer update which shows the network only processes an average of six transactions per second (tps), with the highest reported figure of 24 tps. The testnet for Diem has been live for more than 43 days at the time of writing. The stablecoin performance suggests more still needs to be done before the expected…

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BTC nerves, XRP bombshell, Libra rebrand: Hodler’s Digest, Nov. 28–Dec. 5

The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more — one week on Cointelegraph in one link! Coming every Saturday, Hodlers Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more a week on Cointelegraph in one link.   Top Stories This Week Bitcoin price hits new all-time high as crypto market matures Its happened! This week, Bitcoin officially reached an all-time high above $19,892…

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Huobi Global looks to become key player in Polkadot ecosystem

Huobi and the Web3 Foundation are pouring resources into supporting projects on Polkadot Two announcements from Huobi Global on Friday indicate that the cryptocurrency exchange is angling to become a key player in the growth of the Polkadot network.  In a pair of blog posts, the Seychelles-based exchange announced a Polkadot Sponsorship program, as well as a $5 million Tether stablecoin fund from the Huobi Innovation Lab to support “developers, event organizers, content creators, and ambassadors” throughout the Polkadot ecosystem. The Sponsorship program allows individuals to recommend Polkadot projects for…

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Billionaire Hedge Fund Manager Paul Tudor Jones Expects Bitcoin’s Market Cap to Grow Beyond $500 Billion

Famed hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones has updated his view on bitcoin. Envisioning a bullish future similar to “the metals complex where you have precious crypto,” he says that $500 billion is the wrong market cap for bitcoin, given all the “possibilities that it has.” He expects that the path forward for bitcoin from here is “north.” Paul Tudor Jones Expects Bitcoin’s Price to Head ‘North’ Paul Tudor Jones was again asked about bitcoin in an interview on Yahoo Finance on Thursday. The founder of asset management firm Tudor…

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