Tether promises an audit in ‘months’ as Paxos claims USDT is not a real stablecoin

Tether’s general counsel said a full audit is coming in months. There will be an official audit of the world’s most popular stablecoin Tether within months according to the project’s general counsel. An audit for the world’s third-largest digital asset has been awaited for several years and increased regulatory pressure appears to have accelerated the process. In a rare mainstream media interview on CNBC, Tether CTO Paolo Ardoino and general counsel Stu Hoegner were asked some pressing questions on the subject of USDT’s backing and transparency. Hoegner responded to the…

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Ethereum must innovate beyond just DApps for DeFi degens: Vitalik Buterin

As second layer scaling matures for Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin urges the community to grow beyond the confines of DeFi. During his keynote at the EthCC conference in Paris, Ethereum co-founder and lead developer Vitalik Buterin implored the Ethereum community to innovate beyond the confines of decentralized finance. Describing non-financial utilities as “the most interesting part of the vision of general-purpose blockchains,” Buterin lamented that financial applications currently “dominate the Ethereum space.” “Being defined by DeFi is better than being defined by nothing. But it needs to go further.” Buterin outlines…

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Nigerian Pop Artist Shills Meme Coin and Price Briefly Doubles — Followers Question Artist’s Motives

The Nigerian pop artist and celebrity, Davido, recently posted several tweets endorsing ‘rapdoge,’ the so-called “first deflationary meme token fully supported by celebrities & rappers.” In one of the tweets, Davido tells his 9.5 million followers to “buy $20, $100 or $1000 worth of rap doge tokens and be ready to make some money.” Pump and Dump In a subsequent tweet, Davido, who has previously said he was thinking about starting a bitcoin trading company, asks: “Who listened to me about RapDoge?” Following the artist’s shilling of the coin on…

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SpaceX owns Bitcoin, Elon Musk and Nic Carter believe BTC is becoming greener

Musk revealed that SpaceX owns Bitcoin and that Tesla may be close to accepting BTC payments again after looking into BTC’s sustainability. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has revealed for the first time that his firm SpaceX owns Bitcoin (BTC). The company is yet to officially announce how much Bitcoin it has purchased, however Musk’s other company Tesla purchased $1.5B of the cryptocurrency earlier this year which sparked a major Bitcoin price rally. That rally came to an abrupt end after Tesla stopped taking Bitcoin payments due to environmental concerns, but…

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Why Bitcoin Bears Should Beware: A List Of Historical Fails

There are many who have opposed innovation that were proven monumentally wrong in their predictions. There will always be people who criticize creators of breakthrough technologies. And their criticisms may affect no one or millions depending on their reach. However, the loudest are often leaders in their fields and influential because of their work. These innovation antagonists oppose any who attempt what they deem impossible and ridicule those behind the most important inventions of their time. But their predictions age poorly as they are soon doused by the wave of…

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NFT Marketplace Opensea Raises $100 Million — Firm Becomes a Blockchain Unicorn

Opensea has become the latest non-fungible token (NFT)-focused firm to raise funds this year as the company announced raising $100 million in a Series B this week. The venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz led the Opensea financing round alongside investors like Kevin Durant, Ashton Kutcher, and Tobi Lutke. NFT Marketplace Opensea Joins the Blockchain Unicorns, Project Now Supports Polygon One of the largest non-fungible token (NFT) marketplaces today, Opensea, has announced the company has raised $100 million in a Series B funding round. Additionally, the project also announced it was…

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Record network activity and a second NFT boom send WAX price higher

WAXP price appears to be gaining strength after the NFT-focused project introduced staking, yield farming and partnerships with companies that offer pop culture collectibles. Just a few days before Bitcoin (BTC) price plunged below $30,000, the NFT sector was dominating headlines for the second time in 2021, led by a month-long 972% surge in the price of Axie Infinity.  Another NFT-focused protocol that has been gaining fundamental strength in recent months is Worldwide Asset eXchange, also known as WAX — a protocol that claims to “deliver the safest and most convenient…

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Protecting Your HODL Legacy: Shamir Backups And Inheritance Planning

Awareness of one’s own mortality is a sign of maturity, as is the recognition of the critical importance of securing one’s bitcoin. At the height of the 2017 bull run, I came across a sobering post. It went something like this: there was a young man who acquired about 20 bitcoin early on. As the price went from $1,000 to almost $20,000 over the course of 2017, he felt rich beyond his wildest dreams and decided to travel a bit. At one point he was in Mexico in a nice…

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ASX sounds crypto exchange custody warning, calls for better regulations

The Australia Securities Exchange says crypto investors in the country need to be mindful of the dangers of holding their cryptocurrencies on exchange platforms. The Australia Securities Exchange (ASX) has weighed in on the issue of crypto custody amid the ongoing discussions within the country’s Senate Select Committee on Financial Regulatory Technology. In a submission to the committee on July 16, ASX highlighted crypto custody on centralized exchanges as a significant risk factor for investors. The ASX submission outlined the implications of crypto exchange custody arguing that investors do not…

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Bitcoin Optech #158: Why Wallets Should Wait Before Generating Taproot Addresses

This week’s newsletter discusses changes to services and client software and why wallets should wait before generating Taproot addresses. The Bitcoin Optech newsletter provides readers with a top-level summary of the most important technical news happening in Bitcoin, along with resources that help them learn more. To help our readers stay up-to-date with Bitcoin, we’re republishing the latest issue of this newsletter below. Remember to subscribe to receive this content straight to your inbox. This week’s newsletter describes recent changes to services and client software, discusses why wallets should wait…

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