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European banking regulator sees ‘major concern’ in retaining staff to handle crypto: Report

The chair of the European Banking Authority, or EBA, a European Union agency that regulates banking activities, has reportedly expressed concern that a dearth of talent experienced in the crypto space could hurt its ability to oversee the market. According to a Wednesday report from the Financial Times, EBA chair José Manuel Campa said that hiring and retaining staff knowledgeable about cryptocurrencies was a “major concern,” given the growing demand for experts in the public and private sectors. Campa suggested that many industry experts could be more drawn to positions paying wages higher than those at the EBA, which were comparable to government jobs in the European Commission. In addition, the chairperson reportedly hinted the EBA may be unprepared for exercising its authority over token offerings and other digital asset products, with many regulators often unable to keep up with a “very dynamic” crypto space. “I don’t know exactly what I would be confronted with in two years,” sai..

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NFT domains platform Unstoppable raises $65M Series A at $1B valuation

On Wednesday, nonfungible token (NFT) domains platform Unstoppable Domains announced that it closed a $65 million Series A funding round at a valuation of $1 billion. Notable investors in the deal include Pantera Capital, Mayfield, Gaingels, Alchemy Ventures, Redbeard Ventures, Spartan Group, OKG Investments, Polygon, CoinDCX, CoinGecko, We3 syndicate, Rainfall Capital, Broadhaven, EI Ventures, Hardyaka, Sound Media Ventures, Boost VC and Draper Associates. Unstoppable said it will use the fresh capital to fuel product innovation and grow partnerships in the Web3 space. Unstoppable Domains offers NFT domains, which are suites of smart contracts live on a public blockchain that give users control of their stored data. NFT domains enable users to send or receive crypto and interact with decentralized applications in lieu of their wallet addresses. A one-time, upfront fee is needed to unlock one's domain for life, with no further renewal payments required. Since its inception in 201..

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How blockchain can address Austria’s energy crisis

Climate change has become one of the biggest global challenges for humanity. At the same time, the dependence on hydrocarbon energy sources such as coal, oil and natural gas is still strong. Supply lines around these energy sources are further vulnerable to geopolitical tensions. Due to the current sanctions against Russia, experts now expect rising electricity prices and negative effects on the energy market in Europe. The Austrian government understands the urgent need for the energy transition and has set the ambitious goal of being climate neutral by 2040. Alternative solutions to fossil energy have been slow to emerge and, for the most part, are not yet efficient enough on a large scale. But there are promising approaches — especially in the form of decentralized renewable energies or blockchain technology in peer-to-peer (P2P) energy trading. There are already pilot projects in Austria dealing with P2P trading on the energy market. At the forefront are blockchain scale-up Riddle..

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Ethereum’s bearish U-turn? ETH price momentum fades after $1.6K rejection

Ethereum's native token Ether (ETH) tumbled on July 26, reducing hopes of an extended price recovery. The ETH/USD pair dropped by roughly 5%, followed by a modest rebound to over $1,550. Ethereum gets rejected at $1,650 These overnight moves liquidated over $80 million worth of Ether positions in the last 24 hours, data from CoinGlass reveals. ETH/USD hourly price chart. Source: TradingViewThe seesaw action also revealed an underlying bias conflict among traders who have been stuck between two extremely opposite market fundamentals. The first is the euphoria surrounding Ethereum's potential transition to proof-of-stake in September, which has helped Ether's price to recover 45% month-to-date. However, this bullish hype is at odds with macroeconomic headwinds, namely the Federal Reserve's and the European Central Bank's hawkish stance, which put pressure on risk assets and saw Ether price shed 68% from its record high of $4,950 to date. But the short term could ..

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GameStop ‘Falling Man’ NFT saga shows people’s power at its finest

A recent nonfungible token (NFT) listing on GameStop’s marketplace became the center of controversy in the NFT world. The listing received heavy backlash from the community, which prompted the marketplace to take action within a day, showing how a community can come together to reverse the wrong. The NFT in question, titled “Falling Man,” showed a man in a space suit falling downwards. The NFT in question had quite a resemblance to the infamous 9/11 photo of a man falling to his death that has since s become a defining moment of the deadly attacks. Many believed the NFT was mimicking the 9/11 victim and also infringed on the copyright of the image taken by original photojournalist Richard Drew. In another discussion on the meme stock subreddit GME_Meltdown, a user pointed out that the figure in the NFT is a rendering of an existing 3D model of a Russian flight suit created by an independent artist, which was used without the permission of the original artist. The GameStop team eventual..

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Square Enix partners with Enjin to launch Final Fantasy VII collectibles

Game development giant Square Enix partnered with nonfungible token (NFT) platform Enjin (ENJ) to launch a digital and physical collection featuring Final Fantasy VII, a highly popular video game series. In an announcement, Enjin said that to get the NFTs, fans must pre-order Final Fantasy VII's 25th-anniversary products at Square Enix's store. The products will include a code to the digital collectible counterpart, which can be redeemed on the NFT platform Efinity network in 2023. According to Enjin chief technology Witek Radomski, the partnership will have a good effect on digital assets and entertainment. The CTO noted that this is because Square Enix is making its way into the industry, setting an example for other big gaming firms. In May, the gaming giant revealed its plans to issue tokens and make investments in the Web3 gaming space. The firm highlighted that it will launch more NFTs featuring its games as part of its 2022 business strategy. The success of its init..

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Thai SEC launches digital hotline for Zipmex users

In the aftermath of the Thai cryptocurrency exchange Zipmex stopping withdrawals last week, local financial regulators are stepping in to look into potential losses by investors. Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is taking action to collect all necessary information from investors on how they have been affected by issues on Zipmex. The regulator officially announced on July 25 that Zipmex customers can submit information via an online forum on the Thai SEC’s official website. The SEC has received a number of complaints from people affected by Zipmex after the crypto exchange temporarily suspended withdrawals of the Thai baht and digital assets on Wednesday, the regulator said. “In the past, the SEC issued a letter requesting the company [Zipmex] to provide an efficient system to contact customers and handle complaints, as well as to take into account the protection of the interests of customers,” the announcement notes. Zipmex is one of the major cryptocurrency excha..

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Tether, Bitfinex, Hypercore collab to launch encrypted P2P apps

Staying true to the “bear market is for building” motto, crypto exchange Bitfinex along with Tether (USDT) and Hypercore announced the launch of a fully encrypted platform, Holepunch, for building peer-to-peer applications. As part of the initiative, the trio launched Keet, an encrypted application capable of facilitating real-time audio and video calls, text chat and file sharing. Partners aim to bestow control over data while breaking technology monopolies with Holepunch, according to the announcement. Tether and Bitfinex funded the development of the Holepunch platform. Paolo Ardoino, the chief technology officer of Tether and Bitfinex, will lead the new initiative as the chief strategy officer. Speaking on behalf of Tether and Bitfinex, Ardoino highlighted the need to address the growing privacy concerns, stating: “It [Tether and Bitfinex] believes that freedom of choice, communication and finances are the lifeblood of the future, and anything that will enhance those freedoms is wo..

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The best bear market plan? ‘Relentless optimism for the future,’ says fintech CEO

While many crypto veterans give out a wide range of bear market advice and strategies, some opt for a more straightforward approach—optimism. Being resilient and positive during this time is very important, according to Jeremy Almond, the CEO of Paystand, a business-to-business (B2B) payments fintech. Almond told Cointelegraph that the best way to plan during the crypto winter for companies is having what he calls a “brutal understanding of the facts” and “relentless optimism for the future.” He explained that: “As a company, you always want to be resilient in case of hard times but also optimistic about the world we are creating.”The CEO expressed that companies get to be the ones to implement the vision. Because of that, Almond said that they need to be prepared, saying that the best companies are those who are resilient and enduring. The Paystand executive also highlighted the data that shows that crypto will hit 1 billion users in the coming years. According to Almond, crypto is h..

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Will the Fed prevent BTC price from reaching $28K? — 5 things to know in Bitcoin this week

Bitcoin (BTC) enters a new week with a question mark over the fate of the market ahead of another key United States monetary policy decision. After sealing a successful weekly close — its highest since mid-June — BTC/USD is much more cautious as the Federal Reserve prepares to hike benchmark interest rates to fight inflation. While many hoped that the pair could exit its recent trading range and continue higher, the weight of the Fed is clearly visible as the week gets underway, adding pressure to an already fragile risk asset scene. That fragility is also showing in Bitcoin’s network fundamentals as miner strain becomes real and the true cost of mining through the bear market shows. At the same time, there are encouraging signs from some on-chain metrics, with long-term investors still refusing to give in. Cointelegraph takes a look at the week’s possible market movers in a tense week for crypto, equities and more. Fed to decide on next rate hike in “another fun” weekThe story of the ..

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