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Blockchain Bites: OCC’s Head Stepping Down, Anchorage to Become First National ‘Digital Asset Bank’

Bitcoin is booming again as crypto-bull Brian Brooks pushes through his “open access” banking rules before stepping down as the top U.S.  banking regulator.Top shelfGoing public?The Winklevoss twins are considering taking Gemini Trust, the cryptocurrency exchange and custodian founded in 2014, public, according to a Bloomberg interview. “We are definitely

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Ukraine Government Picks Stellar Development Foundation to Help Build National Digital Currency

Ukraine’s government has chosen the Stellar blockchain network as a platform to build a central bank digital currency (CBDC).Announced Monday, the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine and the Stellar Development Foundation (SDF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to build out a “virtual assets ecosystem and national digital currency of

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Singapore’s National Research Foundation Invests $9M in Blockchain Innovation

A Singapore government research department has launched a new program intended to advance commercial applications of blockchain within the city-state.According to a report by The Strait Times on Monday, the S$12 million (US$8.99 million) program from the National Research Foundation (NRF) will support research and development of real-world use cases

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China’s national blockchain project adds Polkadot support

Chinese government-backed blockchain initiative, the Blockchain Service Network, or BSN, is introducing support for another batch of major blockchain protocols. On Nov. 26, it announced that it will integrate Polkadot, Oasis and Bityaun into its ecosystem on Nov. 30.Polkadot's blockchain protocol is designed to connect multiple specialized blockchains into one unified

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US intelligence is looking at Chinese CBDC as a national security threat

The United States national security apparatus is warning other agencies about China’s upcoming digital currency. On Wednesday, news outlet the Washington Examiner reported on a letter that National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe had sent Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton earlier in the month.According to the report, Ratcliffe offered to

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Australian Central Bank, Commonwealth, National Australia Bank Partner on CBDC Research Project

The Australian central bank announced Monday it’s partnering with Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank, Perpetual and ConsenSys Software to explore the possible use and implications of a wholesale form of central bank digital currency (CBDC) using distributed ledger technology (DLT). Source

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