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Finance Redefined: UK government explores DeFi with a focus on staking and lending

Welcome to Finance Redefined, your weekly dose of key decentralized finance (DeFi) insights, a newsletter crafted to bring you some of the major developments over the last week. This past week, the DeFi ecosystem got recognition from the United Kingdom government, as they sought public feedback on taxation of the DeFi ecosystem, especially staking and lending. MakerDAO is looking to collaborate with the traditional banks, which would take place after the proposal gets community approval. Aave (AAVE) is planning to launch an overcollateralized stablecoin called GHO, subject to the community decentralized autonomous organization’s (DAO’s) approval. The hacker who exploited Solana-based liquidity protocol Crema Finance on July 2 returned most of the funds but was allowed to keep $1.6 million as a white hat bounty. After nearly two weeks of bearish dominance, the top 100 DeFi tokens finally started to trade in the green. The majority of the DeFi tokens registered double-digit weekly gains...

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Price analysis 7/8: BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, ADA, SOL, DOGE, DOT, SHIB, AVAX

Bitcoin (BTC) rallied to the 200-week moving average on July 8, a level that could act as a battleground between the bulls and the bears. Several analysts are watching this level because a break and close above it could be the first sign that the bear market may be ending. Bloomberg senior commodity strategist Mike McGlone said that Bitcoin’s 50-week and 100-week moving averages are showing similar signs as made before the 2018 bear market bottom. Therefore, McGlone expects Bitcoin to give a strong rebound in the second half of 2022. Daily cryptocurrency market performance. Source: Coin360Another positive sign is that Bitcoin rose above $22,000 on July 8 even as the United States dollar index (DXY) continued its northward march. This suggests that the strong inverse correlation between Bitcoin and the DXY may be starting to weaken. Could Bitcoin extend its recovery pulling the crypto markets higher? Let’s study the charts of the top-10 cryptocurrencies to find out. BTC/USDTBitcoin brok..

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US diplomats call on Japan’s crypto exchanges to cut ties to Russia: Report

Officials representing the United States government have reportedly urged Japan’s licensed cryptocurrency exchanges to stop doing business with Russia, seemingly as part of the country’s economic sanctions. According to a Thursday report from the Financial Times, U.S. diplomats requested several of the 31 crypto exchanges licensed to do business in Japan and certain miners to halt operations in Russia. Japan’s financial watchdog, the Financial Services Agency, or FSA reportedly issued demands to the respective exchanges to sever any remaining ties with Russia. Cryptocurrencies have become a point of contention among many lawmakers and regulators in jurisdictions imposing sanctions on Russia following the country’s invasion of Ukraine in February. The FSA and Japan’s Finance Ministry announced in March that crypto firms processing transactions involving sanctioned individuals or entities in Russia and Belarus would be subject to major fines or imprisonment. Under the leadership of Prim..

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Crypto Biz: Crypto broker goes bankrupt, Bitcoin miner capitulates and China VC funding soars

Those of us anxiously awaiting a summer relief rally for Bitcoin (BTC) may have to wait a little while longer. The bear market is still cleansing us of our excess — and revealing the most toxic players in our industry. I’ve talked to you about Terra (LUNA) — now renamed Terra Classic (LUNC) — Celsius, Three Arrows Capital, BlockFi— what about Voyager Digital? The crypto broker filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week, putting hundreds of thousands of creditors on high alert. This week’s Crypto Biz newsletter dissects Voyager’s bankruptcy proceedings and offers some potentially good news regarding Celsius. We also look at the latest high-profile miner to force-sell their Bitcoin and chronicle new capital raises for one of China’s most prominent venture firms. Celsius pays down 143M in DAI loans since July 1Celsius appears to be inching closer to repaying its outstanding debt to Maker (MKR) protocol after the crypto lender posted $142.8 million worth of Dai (DAI) stablecoins over a fo..

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Former head of TikTok gaming leaves Web2 to build core Web3 protocol

Cointelegraph had the opportunity to chat with Jason Fung, former head of gaming at TikTok, about his new company Meta0, why he decided to make the leap into Web3 and what he feels the future has in store for him. The former gaming head expressed an elevated level of excitement, proclaiming that it was Day One for the fledgling Metaverse technology startup. Fung explained that he plans to bring his wealth of knowledge and experience in gaming and software development to achieve a grander version of what the Metaverse could be. “Many Web2 companies are trying to figure out how metaverse fits into their business models. What does it mean to transfer the ownership of assets to users and to be more decentralized? Is it worth the risk associated with giving up control and ownership? There are legal considerations among others to think through before moving that direction."Fung said that Meta0 aims to encourage others in the Web2 space to begin making moves into Web3 and join the effort to ..

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Tether liquidates Celsius position with ‘no losses’ to stablecoin issuer

Tether’s Bitcoin (BTC)-denominated loan to Celsius Network has been fully liquidated without a loss, easing concerns that the stablecoin issuer may have oversized exposure to the embattled crypto lender. In a statement issued Friday, Tether explained that its lending arrangement with Celsius prevented any downside risk to its underlying business. Specifically, the BTC-denominated loan issued to Celsius was overcollateralized by 130%, and the original agreement allowed Tether to liquidate the collateral to cover the loan. “This process was carried out in a way to minimise as much as possible any impact on the markets and in fact, once the loan was covered, Tether returned the remaining part to Celsius as per its agreement,” the statement read. “Celsius position has been liquidated with no losses to Tether.” Rumors of Celsius’ insolvency began circulating last month after the crypto lender was forced to halt withdrawals due to “extreme market conditions.” Details of massive losses and l..

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Croatian Web3 startup offers lifetime Netflix and Spotify membership via NFTs

On Friday, Web3 subscription and ticketing solution provider Revuto announced a novel subscription model for Netflix and Spotify, using a nonfungible token (NFT) solution. Revuto said it would offer a lifetime digital subscription for Netflix and Spotify via its Revolution NFT. A total of 10,000 users would be eligible to get their hands on the unique subscription model. Dino Ivankovic, head of business development at Revuto explained how these subscription-based NFTs could become an ecosystem of their own. He told Cointelegraph: "We aim to bring more control to the end-user. NFT technology will allow users to monetize their unused subscriptions by sending or selling them to others who will be using them. Users might be able to even rent it in the future."These subscription NFTs can be traded on crypto exchanges as well, allowing for the growth of a secondary market for these types of NFTs. Once the NFT changes hands, the old user’s digital debit card would get canceled and the new own..

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Hong Kong securities regulator CEO to lead UK financial watchdog

Ashley Alder, the CEO of Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission, will become the next chair of the United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority. In a Friday announcement, the U.K. Treasury said it had appointed Alder to chair the country’s financial watchdog starting in January 2023. He will succeed interim FCA chair Richard Lloyd, who took office following Charles Randell’s departure in May. Alder has led the Hong Kong securities regulator since 2011 and also chaired the International Organization of Securities Commissions, or IOSCO. In a March report from the IOSCO, Adler said decentralized finance was “a novel and fast-growing area of financial services” but posed potential risks as the industry grew. In his acceptance to chair the FCA, Alder said the financial watchdog would help “chart the U.K.’s post-Brexit future as a global financial centre which continues to support innovation and competition through its own world-leading regulatory standards.” The U.K. regulator moni..

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Know thy customer: The future of KYC in crypto

Crypto and Know Your Customer (KYC) guidelines seem to be an unhappy marriage — pseudonymity in the digital currencies’ DNA doesn’t match the old-school centralized protocols of traditional finance, but cohabitation is inevitable for the maturing industry. The tension never really goes away, but even before recent months’ market failures for crypto, the regulators have been clearly hogging the blanket, nudging the established platforms toward more strict authentication procedures and cutting the privacy-hardline players off the market. Cardano co-founder Charles Hoskinson expressed a popular opinion from the industry side in the United States Congress when he told legislators that no regulators are doing a good job with KYC and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) safeguards at the moment. But, will the crypto community reach the point both technically and reputationally when it would get an opportunity for a more decentralized and more private KYC system? From passport snaps to third-party ..

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Compass Mining retrenches 15% of staff, execs to take major pay-cuts

Ongoing strife in the cryptocurrency space has forced Compass Mining to lay off 15% of its employees while top executives and staff take major pay-cuts. The firm announced its decision to downscale its workforce in a bid to weather difficult market conditions, just a week after the resignation of CEO Whit Gibbs and chief finance officer Jodie Fisher. Chief technology officer Paul Gosker and chief mining officer Thomas Heller have taken over the reins at the firm as interim co-presidents and CEOs. The duo penned a letter to staff, investors and the wider community outlining the company’s road ahead. While 15% of the company’s workforce faces difficult layoffs, the acting CEOs also announced that senior employees and its executive team will take significant pay cuts of up to 50%. The Compass Mining website currently displays its workforce — with 78 individuals making up the current team. Cointelegraph has reached out to the company to ascertain the exact number of staff that will leave ..

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