Sanctioned Russian Bank Tests In-app Operations With Digital Rubles

Sanctioned Russian Bank Tests In-app Operations With Digital RublesA Russian bank, one of the country’s largest by assets, has conducted a successful trial with digital ruble transactions processed through its mobile app. The state-owned Promsvyazbank was one the institutions placed under Western sanctions earlier this year in connection with Moscow’s actions in Ukraine. Russian Bank Experiments With Digital Ruble Transfers via Mobile Application […]

Sequoia Capital Designates $500-600 Million to Crypto Fund Focused on Liquid Digital Assets

Sequoia Capital Designates $500-600 Million to Crypto Fund Focused on Liquid Digital AssetsOn February 17, the venture capital firm Sequoia Capital announced the launch of a new $500 million to $600 million sub-fund dedicated to “liquid tokens and digital assets.” The company noted during its announcement that the new fund highlights Sequoia’s strategic “commitment to crypto.” Venture Firm Sequoia Capital to Launch a Fund Focused on Liquid […]

Crypto Exchange Binance Joins Expert Center at Russian Banks Association

Crypto Exchange Binance Joins Expert Center at Russian Banks AssociationDigital asset exchange Binance has become the first crypto company to support the Association of Banks of Russia in efforts devoted to regulating the country’s growing cryptocurrency market. The coin trading platform will also work with authorities in Moscow as they try to adopt rules for the industry. Binance to Provide Crypto Expertise to Russian […]

Bulgarian Stock Exchange Launches 8 Crypto ETNs

Bulgarian Stock Exchange Launches 8 Crypto ETNsBulgarians can now invest in crypto assets through their country’s stock market. The Bulgarian Stock Exchange has recently launched eight ETNs based on two digital currencies, bitcoin and ethereum, following the example set by leading European platforms that support such products. Crypto-Based ETNs Offered to Bulgarian Investors Bulgarian Stock Exchange (BSE) has started trading crypto […]

Ethereum Web3 Wallet Rainbow Raises $18 Million From Alexis Ohanian’s Seven Seven Six

The team behind the Ethereum wallet Rainbow announced the project has raised $18 million in a Series A funding round led by Alexis Ohanian’s venture capital firm Seven Seven Six. The new financing that follows the startup’s $1.5 million seed round will allow Rainbow to focus on “onboarding the next 100 million users to Web3.”
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Red Bull Racing Partners With Bybit, F1 Team Says It’s the ‘Largest per Annum Crypto Sports Deal to Date’

Red Bull Racing (RBR) has announced the cryptocurrency exchange platform Bybit has joined RBR as a principal team partner. According to the announcement, RBR says the deal is the “largest per annum cryptocurrency sports agreement to date.” Red Bull Racing and Crypto Exchange Bybit Ink Multi-Year Deal On February 16, 2022, the Formula One racing […]

Bank of Russia Reports First Successful Digital Ruble Transfers Between Users

Bank of Russia Reports First Successful Digital Ruble Transfers Between UsersTesting of the digital ruble has started in Russia with the country’s central bank announcing the first complete transactions between individual wallets. The monetary authority, a staunch opponent of cryptocurrencies, says its digital currency will create new opportunities for citizens, businesses, and the Russian state. Digital Ruble Transactions Carried Out by Commercial Banks and Bank […]

Polygon Raises $450 Million From Sequoia Capital India, Softbank, Shark Tank’s Kevin O’leary

The blockchain project Polygon announced it has raised $450 million on Monday in a fundraising round led by Sequoia Capital India with participation from more than 40 venture capital firms. Polygon says that the money will allow the team to help scale Ethereum and bolster the mass adoption of Web3 applications. Sequoia Capital India and […]

Fitch Ratings Downgrades El Salvador Deeper Into Junk Status Citing Bitcoin Risks

Fitch Ratings Downgrades El Salvador Deeper Into Junk Status Citing Bitcoin RisksOne of the largest rating agencies in the U.S., Fitch Ratings, has downgraded El Salvador’s long-term default rating deeper into junk status, citing risks from adopting bitcoin as legal tender as a key reason. “The adoption of bitcoin as legal tender has added uncertainty about the potential for an IMF program that would unlock financing […]

Animoca Brands and Venture Accelerator Brinc Launch $30 Million Play-to-Earn Guild Fund

The blockchain firm Animoca Brands announced the company has partnered with the venture accelerator Brinc in order to launch a play-to-earn (P2E) Guild Accelerator Program. Both firms plan to dedicate $30 million over the next two years toward early-stage startups focused on expanding the global P2E ecosystem. Animoca Brands and Brinc Launch P2E Fund for […]