The Weekly News Roundup, ending 27 March 2022

This week, the regulatory snowball gains momentum, nationstates debate legality and status of digital assets, this weeks DeFi hacks, and more.

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Number of Crypto Users in Africa Grew By 2,500% in 2021


Nuvei Partners With Ledger to Enable Direct Crypto On-Ramp for Users
14% of Salvadoran businesses have transacted in BTC: Chamber of Commerce
Teller Finance Introduces DeFi-Native Lending Market in Singapore
Commonwealth Bank Says Crypto ‘Already Mainstream’
Dogecoin Price Increases Exponentially as Bitcoin of America Adds It to BTC ATMs
Cowen Launches Digital Assets Division Cowen Digital LLC
LG Electronics adds blockchain and crypto as new areas of business

CBDC (are just Surveillance Tokens)
Jamaican Central Bank Plans to Airdrop $16 to First 100 Citizens Of CBDC
BIS joint pilot: Institutions can use CBDCs for international settlements

Company / Product / Project News
Ethereum ‘Merge’ edging closer with final Kiln testnet launch
Diem team members raise $200M to launch blockchain derived from it Adds FIFA World Cup Sponsorship to Sports Marketing Strategy
RUNE rally: A closer look at THORChain’s new synthetic assets

Chatter, Commentary and Opinions
Blackrock’s Fink Says Russia Invasion Could Accelerate Crypto Adoption

Self-Proclaimed Bitcoin Creator Craig Wright to Pay $43M in Prejudgment Interest
NYDIG, BlockFi, Pantera, Circle All ‘Targeted’ in HubSpot Data Breach
DeFiance Capital founder loses $1.6M in hot wallet hack
Marvel NFT partner Veve closes its marketplace after an in-app token exploit

Legal DAOs: Why are the Marshall Islands betting on a decentralized future?

‘Unlucky:’ Agave and Hundred Finance DeFi protocols exploited for $11M
DeFi to reach mass adoption via institutional participation, DEX founder says
Li Finance protocol loses $600,000 in latest DeFi exploit
SushiSwap community proposes Swiss legal structure to limit DAO liability

Australia Seeks Licensing of Crypto Exchanges Via Digital Services Act
FTX Launches Crypto Exchange Services in Australia
Coinbase Introduces Staking Rewards for Cardano (keep in mind that Binance changes very high pool fees (6%) and Coinbase might follow suit)
Gemini Obtains E-Money License in Ireland
Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta Files 8 Trademark Applications Including Crypto Trading
Bitcoin Balance on Exchanges at 3-Year Lows

Fundraising (keep an eye on these names)
Katie Haun’s Crypto VC Fund Raises $1.5 Billion

Santander Launches Loans Backed by Tokenized Wheat and Corn
Timechain joins Fireblocks to increase exposure
Robinhood Announces New Debit Card that Makes Crypto Investment Easy and Quick
Top Israeli bank to accept BTC and ETH trading through Paxos’ collaboration

Animoca Brands targets social media giants in latest Web3 expansion plans
Chip giant Qualcomm launches $100M Metaverse fund

Exxon Weighs Taking Gas-to-Bitcoin Pilot to Four Countries
Retail Miners Are More Resilient Than Large-Scale Operations
New Report Highlights Stratum V2 Importance
Maple Finance Originates $1B of Loans in 10 Months
Bitcoin mining could be good for US energy independence: Research

Nation States (and other political jursidictions)
DeSantis Says Businesses Should Be Able to Pay Taxes in Bitcoin
-Malaysian Multimedia Ministry calls on government to formalize crypto’s legal status
El Salvador Delays Volcano Bond Issue, Unveils State-owned Company Backing
Russia Approves Bitcoin Payments for Oil & Gas
SEC of Thailand Bans Crypto Payments

NFT (Tokenization)
NFL to Let Teams Seek Limited Blockchain Sponsorships
SoftBank Messaging Giant To Launch NFT Marketplace in Japan
Madonna Becomes Latest Celebrity with BAYC NFT
Loopring Surges as GameStop Buils NFT Marketplace on Layer-2 Protocol
Japanese Social Media Giant LINE Announces NFT Marketplace Debut 
ApeCoin Price Drops as Time Magazine Moves to Adopt Coin
Chinese internet giants remove NFT platforms fearing gov‘t crackdown
Abu Dhabi rolls out draft recommendations for NFT trading
BAYC’s ApeCoin up 50% this week as its creator raises $450M in new funding

Regulation, Legislation & Legal Matters
Where The World Regulates Cryptocurrency
UK Regulator Sets ‘Red Alert’ Deadline for Crypto Ads
BOE Pushes for More Crypto Regulation
Ripple Lawyers Accuse SEC of Inappropriate Conduct in Debate Between Blockchain Company & Regulatory Agency
Coinbase to track off-platform crypto transfers in Canada, Singapore, Japan
Indian crypto tax policy to treat each digital asset investment independently

The $10 Billion Bitcoin Bet On Stablecoins
ANZ Becomes First Bank to Mint Australian Digital Dollar

Singapore to Tax Income Generated From NFT Transactions

The Wall Street

Acorns Adds Bitcoin Futures ETF to Platform
Grayscale’s Latest Fund Focuses on Smart Contract Platforms
Proposed SEC Amendment Could See Spot Bitcoin ETF Approvals, Analysts Say
Goldman Sachs Makes OTC Crypto Options Trade in Partnership with Galaxy Digital

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Outside News
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