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China turns up pace on CBDC release, tests infrastructure prior to adoption

The COVID-19 crisis has done little to dampen China’s interest in becoming the first major economy to distribute a central bank digital currency. Quite the contrary, its digital currency/electronic payment project appears to be picking up speed. In the Shenzhen region, for example, 100,000 local citizens this month received for free

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Bitcoin in Race for Adoption Before Central Banks Launch Digital Currencies: Australia’s Macquarie

With a runway of a year or more before the Federal Reserve and other major central banks can launch digital currencies, bitcoin and other private cryptocurrencies could gain a foothold in electronic commerce. European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde says bitcoin needs to be regulated. (European Central Bank, modified

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Mance Harmon: Three Market Trends Fueled Enterprise DLT Adoption in 2020

After many years of investment, experimentation and infrastructure improvements, the intersection of three market trends are paving the way for enterprise adoption of public distributed networks: tokenization, decentralized finance (DeFi) and business logic moving to layer 2. In 2020, it became ever more apparent that these trends, in addition to hard

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Adoption, scams and regulator FUD: 2020’s biggest crypto disappointments

While 2020 has been a landmark year for the crypto space, there have been a few notable letdowns. Despite the growing mainstream acceptance of virtual currencies, some governments are still creating policies that stifle innovation, placing their countries at a disadvantage in the emerging digital economy.Decentralized finance was a major

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Binance enables SegWit support for Bitcoin deposits as adoption grows

Binance, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by volume, has incorporated Segregated Witness, or SegWit, support for Bitcoin (BTC) deposits. The SegWit support was extended to deposits on Christmas Eve, Binance said in an official statement. The protocol upgrade was initially enabled only for withdrawals. Effective immediately, Binance users can

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BitGo assets hit $16 billion as institutional adoption grows

BitGo, whose investors include Galaxy Digital Ventures, Goldman Sachs and Valor Equity Partners, reported Wednesday that digital assets under custody have surpassed $16 billion for the first time, offering further validation that institutional demand has arrived. In an official press release, BitGo said institutional investors are seeking exposure to digital assets

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Waves Enterprise and Conflux partner to promote hybrid blockchain adoption

Corporate blockchain solutions provider Waves Enterprises has partnered with Chinese decentralized ledger technology (DLT) startup Conflux Network to boost hybrid data transactions in permissioned networks. The collaboration, announced on Thursday, will see Waves Enterprise using its anchoring technology to allow companies to facilitate data transfer across private and public blockchains.

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