How blockchain transforms Christmas giving

Blockchain technology in Christmas giving

From enhancing transparency and trust in charitable donations to introducing the concept of tokenized gifts, blockchain is infusing a new spirit into the season. 

As the festive lights begin to twinkle and the scent of pine fills the air, the season of giving takes center stage. The tradition of exchanging gifts during Christmas has long been a symbol of love, compassion and generosity. However, in the digital age, this age-old practice is already undergoing a profound transformation, thanks to the integration of cutting-edge tech like blockchain. 

Blockchain, the decentralized and transparent…

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FTX and Alameda move $23.59M in assets to Binance, Coinbase, OKX

In four days, wallets linked to defunct crypto trading firms FTX and Alameda Research moved $23.59 million worth of digital assets to top cryptocurrency exchanges.

Blockchain analytics firm Spot On Chain identified the movement, estimating that the defunct entities have transferred $591 million since Oct. 24 using 59 different cryptocurrency tokens.

The wallets linked to FTX spread the latest transfer of $23.59 million across 19 tokens: 3,150 ETH  valued at $6.8 million, 59.6 million ALEPH (ALEPH) worth $6.41 million, $2.48 million in Curve (CRV), $990,000 in Avalanche (AVAX), and $848,000 in Chainlink (LINK).

#FTX and #Alameda Research moved out $23.59M worth of 19 assets to #Binance,…

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VanEck files fifth amendment for spot Bitcoin ETF under ‘HODL’

Asset manager VanEck filed a fifth amended application for a spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) on Dec. 8.

According to the regulator’s database, the amended filing to the S-1 Form with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) highlights updates to the VanEck Bitcoin Trust, a spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund. A spot Bitcoin ETF is an investment vehicle that lets people buy shares in a fund that tracks the price of Bitcoin.

The VanEck ETF is now expected to be listed under “HODL”, which is either a misspelling of “hold” or an acronym for “hold on for dear life.” Bitcoiners use the phrase to describe a strategy of buying and never selling the digital asset. 


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EU officials reach ‘historic’ AI regulation deal

The EU Parliament and Council negotiators reached a provisional agreement on the rules governing the use of artificial intelligence on Friday, Dec 8.

The agreement covers the governmental use of AI in biometric surveillance, how to regulate AI systems such as ChatGPT, and the transparency rules to follow before market entry. This covers technical documents, adherence to EU copyright, and sharing training content summaries. 

The EU wants to be the first supranational authority with laws on AI, specifying how it is to be used beneficially while protecting against risks. The deal was struck following a near 24-hour debate on Dec. 8 and 15 hours of negotiations thereafter.

The agreement…

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Check Out the Top Crypto Gainers of the Day

  1. Step App (FITFI): 53.7%
  2. WazirX (WRX): 48.9%
  3. BENQI (QI): 48.9%
  4. Milady Meme Coin (LADYS): 47.3%
  5. (SFUND): 35.8%
  6. Onyxcoin (XCN): 32.2%
  7. Raydium (RAY): 24.8%
  8. Cardano (ADA): 24.6%
  9. BitTorrent (BTT): 23.8%
  10. Grok (GFT): 22.9%

Disclaimer: Market capitalizations can vary in real-time. The information provided here is intended purely for educational purposes and should not, under any circumstances, be construed as financial advice.

Kyberswap comes to the rescue of hack victims, Platypus hacker walks free: Finance Redefined

Welcome to Finance Redefined, your weekly dose of essential decentralized finance (DeFi) insights — a newsletter crafted to bring you the most significant developments from the past week.

Cointelegraph interviewed Velvet Capital’s CEO on the challenges facing DeFi and the key barriers it needs to overcome to go mainstream. Cosmos-based Umee and Osmosis merge to create “DeFi Hub,” where Umee’s UX Chain code will be reimplemented on the Osmosis chain, combining features of the two networks.

The Platypus hacker has managed to evade accountability for the $8.5 million exploit on the protocol after claiming to be an ethical hacker. The court allowed the exploiter to walk free.


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Less than 2% of El Salvador’s population holds crypto: Report

In spite of the continuous efforts by the government of El Salvador to promote widespread cryptocurrency adoption within the nation, a recent CoinGecko report highlights the limited number of crypto owners in the country.

Published on December 7, the report reiterates that El Salvador stands alone as the only country in the world actively using crypto as legal tender. However, a relatively small percentage of its population currently hold Bitcoin (BTC): 

“Despite these progressive measures, Bitcoin adoption in El Salvador remains relatively low.”

According to data from Triple A, approximately 109,175 people own Bitcoin in El Salvador’s population which consists of 6.36 million. This…

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Fidelity and SEC meet to discuss spot Bitcoin ETF application

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently met with Fidelity to seek additional clarity on its spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) application.

According to a filing published on December 7, two Cboe BZX Exchange representatives, along with six personnel from the SEC and nine individuals from Fidelity, discussed the workings of the Wise Origin Bitcoin Trust in the meeting.

“The discussion concerned Cboe BZX’s proposed rule change to list and trade shares of the Wise Origin Bitcoin Trust under Cboe BZX Rule 14.11(e)(4). Fidelity also provided the attached presentation.”

The filing incorporated PowerPoint slides used during the meeting to illustrate…

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Macro conditions, ETF optimism collide at the right time ahead of bitcoin halving

Cryptos extended their rally Friday as stocks traded sideways. Analysts say the bull run for bitcoin is beginning. 

Bitcoin was back in the green Friday after a slight dip Thursday. The largest crypto was trading around $43,700 at time of publication after briefly surpassing $44,000 yet again. 

Ether was trading mostly flat Friday, but maintained its monthly gains of nearly 25% over the past 30 days. As 2023 comes to a close, ether is up around 95% year-to-date. 

Equities posted mild gains, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite indexes gaining around 0.2% each midway through the trading session Friday. 

With bitcoin’s next halving slated for April 2024, coinciding with a potential…

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Crypto lawyer wants to depose Changpeng Zhao for civil case

Adam Moskowitz, who has been the lead attorney in a number of civil cases involving crypto firms, filed a motion to take a deposition from former Binance CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao.

In a Dec. 8 filing in United States District Court for the Southern District of Flordia Miami Division, Moskowitz said Zhao’s testimony would be “crucial to the claims and defenses of all parties” involved. The law firm filed the motion as part of a $1 billion lawsuit against Zhao, Binance, and crypto influencers, which a court ordered stayed in August.

Moskowitz and his firm have represented several clients in cases against high-profile crypto firms and related entities. He was counsel for many victims…

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