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09/22/2021 07:00 PM

Former ConsenSys venture exec launches $50 million fund, with backing from large family offices

Less than two months after starting the deck for it, Kavita Gupta — a former executive at ConsenSys – announced the close of the cryptocurrency market's last crypto fund: Delta Blockchain Fund.

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09/22/2021 03:45 PM

NFT startup Dapper Labs raises $250 million in new funding

Dapper Labs, the maker of the popular basketball NFT game platform NBA Top Shot, has raised $250 million in a new funding round.

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09/22/2021 03:19 PM

Invesco and Galaxy Digital team up to develop crypto ETF suite

Asset management giant has partnered with Mike Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital to develop a range of cryptocurrency-linked exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

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09/22/2021 02:28 PM

Solana-based DEX Orca raises $18 million from Three Arrows Capital and others

Orca, a Solana-based decentralized cryptocurrency exchange, has raised $18 million in a Series A funding round.

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09/22/2021 02:01 PM

[SPONSORED] TRON USDC now available

Delivering on a vision for an interoperable global standard for dollar digital currency, Circle and TRON have partnered to make USD Coin (USDC) available on the TRON blockchain, which has grown to more than 56 million accounts and nearly 2.5 billion transactions since its founding just four years ago. TRON is home to a broad ecosystem for digital assets in Asia and around the world, and the TRON community can now benefit from easy access to the world's fastest-growing, regulated dollar digital currency. 

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09/22/2021 02:00 PM

Robinhood is rolling out crypto wallet and transfer features

Robinhood has announced that it is introducing its long-awaited crypto wallet and transfer features to select customers.

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09/22/2021 08:32 AM

Mapping out Ethereum’s DeFi ecosystem

Quick Take

  • Despite potential regulatory concerns surrounding the Decentralized Finance (DeFi) vertical and subsequent stablecoins that power much of its ecosystem, DeFi has been the most popular deal type amongst investors for the majority of 2021
  • The DeFi vertical has received nearly $1.3 billion investment across 275 funding rounds, with Ethereum-based applications receiving a significant percentage of that capital from January to August
  • In total, Ethereum’s DeFi ecosystem has amassed at least 320 startups and protocols across 14 verticals, which The Block has mapped out below
  • This ecosystem map has been UPDATED from here
     
     

09/22/2021 03:30 AM

Bitcoin mining firm Genesis Digital Assets raises $431 million led by Paradigm

Iceland-headquartered bitcoin mining firm Genesis Digital Assets has raised $431 million in a strategic funding round led by investment firm Paradigm.  Genesis Digital Assets said in an announcement on Tuesday that other investors in the round included NYDIG, Stoneridge, FTX, Ribbit, Electric Capital, Skybridge, and Kingsway Capital. Kingsway also invested $125 million in a previous […]

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09/21/2021 11:07 PM

Judge denies Ripple’s request for SEC crypto trading disclosures

A U.S. Magistrate Judge has denied Ripple's request for documents detailing regulators' crypto trading activity. 

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09/21/2021 10:33 PM

Blockchain startup Blockdaemon raises $155 million in Series B funding

Blockdaemon is now worth $1.26 billion. Its funding infusion coincides with a push away from Ethereum and toward different blockchains.

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09/21/2021 09:45 PM

Chainalysis used an IP-scraping block explorer to aid law enforcement, leaked docs say

There is some confusion as to Chainalysis' involvement with a blockchain explorer following a leak of documents from Italian law enforcement.

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09/21/2021 08:55 PM

SEC chair Gary Gensler says he wants to clean up crypto before a ‘spill’

Gensler said he's looking to make sure crypto comes under regulatory purview and meets policy goals so the fast-growing technology doesn't "undermine the stability of the system." 

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09/21/2021 06:46 PM

Ethereum challengers are dangling token rewards to attract big-name DeFi projects — and it’s working

Quick Take

  • Seven different challenger blockchains have rolled out rewards programs for DeFi developers.
  • The incentive schemes have packed an immediate punch, but can the momentum be sustained?

09/21/2021 05:40 PM

Crypto fund One River Digital secures Series A investment

One River Digital Asset Management, a crypto-focused asset manager targeting institutional clients, has secured a Series A investment.

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09/21/2021 04:57 PM

$30M in ETH on the move after authorities confirm arrest of WEX exchange founder

Authorities may be having trouble confiscating funds from the successor exchange to BTC-e.

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09/21/2021 04:31 PM

Crypto asset manager Osprey Funds launches Polygon trust product

Crypto asset management firm Osprey Funds has launched a Polygon trust product for private placement.

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09/21/2021 03:29 PM

US Treasury sanctions Russia-based crypto exchange for laundering over $160 million in bitcoin

Suex was involved in ransomware, darknet markets, scams and the defunct crypto exchange BTC-e.

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09/21/2021 03:00 PM

Blockchain monitoring startup Metrika raises $14 million from Coinbase Ventures and others

Metrika, a U.S.-based startup that provides operational monitoring tools for blockchain networks, has raised $14 million in a Series A funding round.

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09/21/2021 02:56 PM

[SPONSORED] “The Bitcoin Trading Ecosystem and the Emerging Institutional Infrastructure” Report

The new report examines the evolution of the Bitcoin trading ecosystem and includes findings from the latest institutional survey conducted by LMAX Digital

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09/21/2021 02:38 PM

Former Monero lead maintainer Riccardo Spagni released from jail

Former Monero lead maintainer Riccardo Spagni has been released from court today after he was arrested over alleged fraud at a cookie company.

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