§ Nusefile: crypto news updates

# Nusefile

This site gathers links and commentary on what I think are useful news items that match my interests as a development journalist and communications researcher.

Crypto News

Crypto stories without the hype

My favourites from the cryptouniverse in the past month.

Advice, Global, Crime?, Coins, National, Swiss, Business, Wild Side, Catch Up

Advice

Introduction to the world of Bitcoin — cryptopolitan29 April 2021 (LINK)
Where Can You Use Your Cryptocurrencies as of 2021? — cryptopolitan28 April 2021 (LINK)

Range includes shopping, cable TV in the US, Canada and parts of Europe, restaurants and cafes, travel, retirement funds and even mortgages (if you provide a somewhat larger down payment than usual).

Is it still worth placing a bet on SushiSwap [SUSHI]? — ambcrypto23 April 2021 (LINK)
What Is the Stock-To-Flow Model and Why Do So Many Swear by It?decrypt.co23 April 2021
Privacy Coins and zk-SNARKs: How Do They Work?decrypt.co22 April 2021
How To Use Ledger Plus MetaMask – Guide To The Safest Crypto Setupcryptoticker17 April 2021
Digitizing Real Estate: An interview with Etherland CEO Marc Couzic13 April 2021
Kraken in Review – For whom is the popular exchange really suitable?12 April 2021

"With currently 55 different cryptocurrencies listed on the platform and trading fees of 0.16% and 0.26% for buys and sells respectively. All in all, Kraken is recommended for almost everyone."

Earlier advice

Global

Largest Latin American e-commerce Platform Accepts Bitcoin Now For Real-Estate — coingape29 April 2021 (LINK)
Cardano (ADA) Helping Ethiopia With 'The World’s Largest Blockchain Deployment' — cryptoglobe27 April 2021 (LINK)

It is partnering with Ethiopia's Ministry of Education to create a Cardano-powered "national ID and attainment recording system".

Charles Hoskinson: Cardano Is 1.6 Million Times More Energy Efficient Than Bitcoin — u.today26 April 2021 (LINK)
European Investment Bank might settle Euro-denominated bonds using blockchain14 April 2021
Bitcoin In Sports And What The Future Holds12 April 2021
CoinZoom Disrupts the Remittance Landscape With 0% Commission And Cryptocurrencies12 April 2021
Infosys Co-Founder Suggests Crypto Capital Inflow Can Solve India’s SME Financial Gap11 April 2021
Several Leading Crypto Organizations Form the CCI to Promote BTC Education10 April 2021
HSBC Changes Crypto Policy, Now Bars Clients From Buying Stock of Companies That Hold Bitcoin10 April 2021
Crypto Analyst Expects "Escape Velocity" When Bitcoin Breaks $60K. Here’s Why10 April 2021
Several Cloud Storage Crypto Assets Are Set To Go Parabolic, Says Trader Elliot Wainman: FIL, SC and BTT — 9 April 2021
Crypto traders on Robinhood reach record 9.5 million in Q19 April 2021
ECB's Isabel Schnabel Slams Bitcoin, Says Planned 'Digital Euro' is Better9 April 2021
UNICEF CryptoFund Gets $1 Million in 'Institutional Bitcoin' Donation6 April 2021

Crime?

Turkish Crypto Exchange Exit Scam: CEO Flees Country, 62 People Detained, Users Cannot Access $2 Billion of Funds — bitcoin.com24 April 2021 (LINK)
National Court of Spain Takes the Investigation of the Alleged Ponzi Crypto Scheme Arbistar — bitcoin.com23 April 2021 (LINK)

Coins

Ethereum Transaction Fees Dropped Substantially This Week — cryptogazette28 April 2021 (LINK)
Avalanche (AVAX) ecosystem introduces Avalaunch, a launchpad and Initial DEX Offering (IDO) platformsource25 April 2021
Kyber Network adds $20M insurance protection from Unslashed Financecryptoninjas24 April 2021
The Magnificent Seven: SOL, NANO, DGB, MKR, CAKE, VET, CELO — Biggest Gainers, April 16-23beincrypto23 April 2021
SOL reached a new all-time high price on April 23. NANO,CELO, and DGB have bounced at horizontal support levels. MKR has broken out from a descending resistance line.

The Hateful Eight: XTZ, IOST, GRT, CHZ, CRO, AVAX, RVN, ONE — Biggest Losers, April 16-23beincrypto23 April 2021
Solana (SOL) hits new highs as DApps, DeFi and stablecoins join the networkcointelegraph22 April 2021
Dogecoin [DOGE] Sheds 50% Gains Evoking Bubble Fearscrypto-economy.com17 April 2021
WEF Exec Makes A 'Dramatic' Bitcoin Warning Amid Coinbase-Fueled Bitcoin Price Maniaforbes17 April 2021
IOTA Price Analysis: Advances to Fresh Highs Amid Cryptomarket Declinescoinpedia17 April 2021
Altcoin Explorer: Avalanche (AVAX), Smart Contracts Done Rightbtcmanager17 April 2021
Protocol upgrades and Google Cloud integration lift EOS price 245% in 2021cointelegraph17 April 2021
Energy Web: accelerating a low-carbon, customer-centric electricity system by enabling any energy asset owned by any customer to participate in any energy market.altcoinbuzz17 April 2021
Bitcoin failed as a currency and is an open Ponzi scheme, Nassim Taleb saysfinbold16 April 2021
Analyst Who Called Crypto Crash Says Five Altcoins Are Set To Outshine Bitcoin: ETH, LINK, SUSHI, COMP, LTCdailyhodl15 April 2021
THORChain Climbs to Fresh All-Time Highs Amid Market Positivity14 April 2021
Bitcoin wins a fan: Time Magazine to accept and record BTC payments13 April 2021
LBRY Cryptocurrency Prosecution Shows SEC’s Misplaced Priorities — cei.org12 April 2021 (LINK)
Cardano Has One Big Edge Over Other Cryptos, Says Coin Bureau12 April 2021

"One big edge that Cardano has over Polkadot, and most other cryptocurrencies, is the size and engagement of the Cardano community."

IOHK Completes Decentralization of Cardano Block Production12 April 2021
Tezos (XTZ) Price up 25% in a Week Following Tenderbake Testnet Release12 April 2021

The Tenderbake testnet is a new algorithm adapted to handle an arbitrarily large number of validators.

BAT: the price of the token doubled in a month12 April 2021

It is likely that this fast and powerful rise in the price of BAT is linked to the launch of the Grayscale Basic Attention Token Trust, which is Grayscale’s fund that allows investors to invest in BAT by buying shares, not tokens.

Bitcoin's market cap surpasses 80% of Silver's11 April 2021
Compound Becomes First DeFi Project With Over $10B Total Value Locked10 April 2021
Theta Network and World Poker to Launch First Real-Time NFT Market Place10 April 2021
XRP Continues Gains Following 40% Gain on Saturday10 April 2021
Enterprise-level partnerships send VeChain (VET) price to new highs9 April 2021
Smart contract platform Avalanche integrates The Graph to expand querying and indexing9 April 2021
SingularityNET (AGI) rallies 1,000% as industries aim to merge AI with blockchain9 April 2021
Vesta Equity Will Use Alogrand Blockchain for Its Upcoming Home Equity Marketplace9 April 2021
NEAR Protocol launches Ethereum bridge for cross-chain interoperability6 April 2021

"Users can take advantage of faster transaction confirmation times and lower fees with the bridge."

Stellar crypto network hit by transaction stoppage, developers say issue is being investigated6 April 2021
After Solana, Tether Launches on Polkadot, Kusama6 April 2021
Uniswap v3 Is the Perfect Market Maker for Venture Capitalists1 April 2021

National

Cardano Developer IOHK Announces Major Partnership in Tanzania — u.today29 April 2021 (LINK)
A Caribbean Island in the Grenadines Will Soon Be A Bitcoin-Enabled Paradise — bitcoinmagazine29 April 2021 (LINK)
Ireland Now Requires Crypto Firms to Comply With AML and KYC Rules — decrypt.co27 April 2021 (LINK)
South Korea says it may shut all crypto exchanges in the country — cryptopolitan27 April 2021 (LINK)
South Korea Finance Minister: 'Taxing Crypto Is Inevitable Next Year' — reuters/decrypt.co27 April 2021 (LINK)

Hong Nam-ki said cryptocurrencies "are intangible assets", adding that it was a "misunderstanding" to label them as currencies. Any annual gains of more than 2.5 million won ($2,253) from trading of cryptocurrencies will be subject to a 20% capital gains tax.

Indonesian regulators consider tax on cryptocurrency transactions — cointelegraph27 April 2021 (LINK)

Currently, 13 cryptocurrency exchanges fall under regulatory oversight, and the tax would be automatically applied by these platforms should it be approved, according to a report by the Phnom Penh Post.

14% of Americans Own Crypto, Bitcoin Remains Most Popular: Surveycryptopotato24 April 2021
Tax Authority Seizes Cryptocurrencies Worth $25 Million From Hundreds of Crypto Investors in South Koreabitcoin.com24 April 2021
Nigerians Shun Local Currency — Seek to Protect Wealth From Inflation and Currency Depreciation with Foreign Currencybitcoin23 April 2021
Bitcoin falls to $50K after Biden floats doubling capital gains taxseekingalpha22 April 2021
Cuba Adopts Cryptocurrency as Part of Communist Party Agendadecrypt.co21 April 2021

The country has been exploring the idea since at least 2019. Now the government is making crypto officially part of its economic policy.

Turkey’s Ban on Using Crypto for Payments: A Blessing in Disguise? "encouraging" people living in Turkey to hold on to their crypto since they won't be able to use it for paying for goods and services — cryptoglobe — 16 April 2021
What Gary Gensler’s Confirmation As SEC Chair Means For Crypto — cfo — 16 April 2021
5 largest regulated US digital asset managers hold over $46B of crypto — cointelegraph — 12 April 2021
Romanian University partners with Elrond (EGLD) to accept crypto payments12 April 2021

Elrond was launched from Binance in 2019 and started initially as an exchange. Many graduates from the University are part of its team.

Data Shows Bitcoin Is Now Worth More Than Half of Entire US Banking System9 April 2021
Piper Sandler Survey Shows 9% of American Teens Have Traded Cryptocurrency9 April 2021

Swiss

Cardano, Uniswap and Other Altcoins Now Supported by Luxembourg-based Swissquote Bank Europe — u.today27 April 2021 (LINK)
World’s First Cardano and Stellar ETPs To Launch on Swiss Stock Exchange — cryptoglobe23 April 2021 (LINK)
Lockheed Martin adopts blockchain for supply chain management in Switzerland13 April 2021
Can crypto blockchain help bridge the financing gap for Fairtrade farmers? — genevasolutions — 12 April 2021
A Litecoin (LTC) ETP just launched in Switzerland6 April 2021
Credit Suisse, Instinet settle equities on same day via Paxos Settlement Service — theblockcrypto6 April 2021 (LINK)

Business

Gemini partners with Mastercard to launch crypto rewards credit card — cryptodaily.co.uk27 April 2021 (LINK)
Binance is launching its own NFT marketplace in Junetheblockcrypto27 April 2021
Gemini users can now buy Bitcoin with Apple Pay and Google Paycointelegraph23 April 2021
Coinbase Pro allows trading of USDT on its platform from 26 Aprilcoinnounce23 April 2021
GBTC sinks to record low — trading at a 19% discounttheblockcrypto23 April 2021
Rebel Group of Locked Account Holders Complain of "Binance Hell"cryptobriefing23 April 2021
Charles Schwab hints at offering crypto services if regulations become more clearcoinnounce23 April 2021
Bitcoin Bulls Back Free Speech Platform With $3.8 Million Investment in Locals.com, a dual content creation and broadcasting platformcryptobriefing21 April 2021
WeWork adopts Tesla’s ploy to accept crypto paymentsthecoinrepublic21 April 2021
The Elite Luxury Brands LVMH, Prada and Cartier formed an Unprecedented Collaboration to Develop Aura Blockchain Consortiumthecoinrepublic21 April 2021

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, a French multinational corporation, Prada S.p.A., an Italian luxury fashion house, and Cartier International SNC, a French luxury goods conglomerate, are joining forces. Aura is their one innovative solution to mutual challenges of "communicating information on authenticity, responsible sourcing, and sustainability in a secure, digital format".

Rothschild Investment Vehicle Doubles Down On Crypto, Invests In Krakencryptonews21 April 2021
Coinbase insiders dump nearly $5 billion in COIN stock shortly after listingcointelegraph16 April 2021
Coinbase Stock Debuted 51% Higher Than $250 Reference Pricedcforecasts14 April 2021
Exodus Wallet raises almost $60M in crypto in regulated offeringcointelegraph14 April 2021
Crypto Giant Grayscale Adds $1 Billion in 24 Hours Amid Litecoin, Stellar Lumens and Zcash Buying Spree12 April 2021
BNB Success Story, Here's How It Climbed from $1.50 to $640 in Just Four Years12 April 2021
Revolut Bank Will Now Provide Support For 11 New Cryptocurrencies12 April 2021
Binance Introduces Tradable Stock Tokens: Kicks Off With Tesla12 April 2021

The company added Uniswap, Synthetix, Cardano, Uma, Bancor, Filecoin, Yearn Finance, Loopring, Orchid, Numeraire, and The Graph.

MicroStrategy Board of Directors to Compensate Non-employee Directors With Bitcoin12 April 2021
Exodus Wallet Offers Shares Ahead of Coinbase IPO10 April 2021
Coinbase To Go Public on April 14, Announce Q1 Earnings Beforehand1 April 2021

On the Wild Side (includes prices and predictions)

Watch out for these signs with these alts – Solana, Compound, Dent, Maker and Sushiswap ambcrypto29 April 2021 (LINK)
Tesla sells $272 million of Bitcoin, but Elon Musk is still HODLing — bitcoin27 April 2021 (LINK)

The electric carmaker released its revenue filings yesterday and attributed a chunk of revenues to Bitcoin. "Tesla has made more profit by selling bitcoin than in 14 years of selling cars." Musk said Tesla sold 10% of its holdings to "prove the liquidity" of Bitcoin "in holding the asset on the books instead of cash". But Bitcoin fell from $64,000 to under $50,000 that week.

What you need to know this week about THETA, Chiliz, MANA, and Enjinambcrypto25 April 2021
Cardano [ADA] Falls Below Critical Support Zone After Slashing 23% Gainscrypto-economy23 April 2021
$300 Billion Evaporated From the Crypto Market Cap as BTC Slumps to a 7-Week Low (Market Watch)cryptopotato23 April 2021
Anonymous Dogecoin Holder Donates (undisclosed) Profits to a Dog Shelter in Floridabitcoin23 April 2021
Dogecoin price surge to $50 billion, now worth more than Barclayscryptopolitan19 April 2021
Bitcoin Price Dipped Below $52K Amid U.S. Treasury Rumors (Market Watch)cryptopotato18 April 2021
China’s Xinjiang Blackout and Bitcoin Hashrate Correction Caused BTC Price Crashcoingape18 April 2021
Edward Snowden’s 'Stay Free' crypto NFT Sells For Close To $5.5 Million — cryptodaily — 17 April 20
Dogecoin pumps 200% to become 5th largest crypto, and no one knows why — cryptoslate — 16 April 2021
Dilbert Creator Puts the 'F' in NFT, Fans Go 'Nuts'16 April 2021
Edward Snowden is auctioning off a non-fungible token to benefit the Freedom of the Press Foundation15 April 2021
We Went to the 'World’s First NFT Art Gallery' — It Was Just Like a Normal Gallery — decrypt.co — 15 April 2021
Mick Jagger is using NFTs to raise money for indie music venues15 April 2021
Nexo (NEXO) price analysis: A correction or end of the rally?7 April 2021
BitTorrent (BTT) Crashes 40% After Logging Milestone Price Rally — newsbtc — 6 April 2021

Catch Up

Earlier roundups

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