Top Crypto Stories for Week of 2/18/22 by DJ Kupo
Top Crypto Related Articles This Week -2/18/22
Roundup by @DJKupo
OpenSea Launches venture arm, NFT ecosystem grant program (The Block)
Coinbase Plans 2K-Employee Hiring Spree This Year; sees “enormous product opportunities ahead for the future of Web 3” (CoinDesk)
US Treasury reiterates that the IRS won’t consider crypto miners, stakers or coders to be brokers (The Block)
JPMorgan Is the First Bank Into the Metaverse, Looks at Business Opportunities (CoinDesk)
NYSE Files Trademark Application for Its Own NFT Marketplace (CoinDesk)
NYSE First Trade #NFT: @Roblox ⚙️ First trade on 3.10.21. Click the link in our bio to view all NYSE First Trade NFTs.
Mastercard to Offer Crypto and NFT Consulting Services, May Help Develop CBDCs (Decrypt)
The business world is facing an influx of #innovation. To help businesses evolve we have expanded our preeminent #payments-focused consulting service with new practices dedicated to Open Banking, Open Data, Crypto & Digital Currencies, and Environment, Social & Governance (ESG).
Twitter Adds Ethereum Wallet Support to Tipping Feature (CoinDesk)
Disney hires Mike White to lean into metaverse efforts (The Block)
Coinbase Launches Crypto Remittance Pilot for Mexico (Blockworks)
Illicit Crypto Transactions Hit All-time High of $14B in 2021 (Blockworks)
Stronghold Capital Launches With $100M Fund for Web3, Blockchain and Fintech (Blockworks)
Pleased to announce the launching of Stronghold Capital, a $100M investment fund.
#StrongholdCapital will focus on companies & funds across 3 areas:
1. Underrepresented founders/fund managers
2. The #payments and #fintech ecosystem
3. The #Web3 and #blockchain ecosystem
Canadian federal police seek blockade of crypto wallets tied to ‘Freedom Convoy’ (The Block)
It’s not just banks.
Canada’s new dragnet, will encompass basically every part of the financial system (including securities dealers) in order to cut off the truckers from funding.
Red Bull Racing Signs $150M Sponsorship With Crypto Exchange Bybit (Decrypt)
🗣 “I’m delighted to welcome Bybit to the Team. They share the Team’s passion to exist at the forefront of technological innovation” Christian on @Bybit_Official #RaceToTheNextLevel
Crypto Trading Platform Aurox Takes First Outside Money in Advance of Public Offering (Blockworks)
Crypto Trading Platform, Aurox, Takes First Outside Money in Advance of Public Offering.
Check out the full article by @michael_bodley via @Blockworks_:
blockworks.co/crypto-trading… $URUS #Crypto #Cryptocurrency #DeFi #InvestingCrypto Trading Platform Aurox Takes First Outside Money in Advance of Public Offering – BlockworksAurox is considering all options for the listing, including the traditional route, a direct listing or merging with a SPACblockworks.co
New York’s Thrive Capital closes its eighth fund with a whopping $3 billion (TechCrunch)
Sequoia Capital Is Looking to Invest Up to $600 Million in Crypto Startup Tokens (Decrypt)
Sony Ventures Corporation hits first close of its $215M fourth fund (TechCrunch)
Illinois lawmakers want to attract Bitcoin miners to the state with data center tax incentives (The Block)
FBI Forms New Crypto Crimes Unit as DOJ Names Enforcement Team Director (Decrypt)
Justice Department Announces First Director of National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team
“Ransomware and digital extortion—like many other crimes that are fueled by cryptocurrency—only work if the bad guys get paid—which means we have to bust their business model.”—Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco at the Munich Cyber Security Conference #MCSC22
Circle, the firm behind stablecoin USDC, valued at $9 billion under revamped SPAC deal terms (The Block)
Crypto Investors Are Wealthier. No One Knows How Much They’re Spending (WSJ)
Super Bowl Ads Suggest the Future Is Now—From Crypto to the Metaverse (WSJ)
OpenSea’s NFT Free-for-All (WSJ)
Hackers Steal Bitcoin, Crypto Worth $36 Million from Retirement Accounts (The Street)
BlockFi Agrees to Pay $100 Million in Penalties and Pursue Registration of its Crypto Lending Product (SEC)
U.S. clients are no longer able to sign up for or transfer funds to the BlockFi Interest Account.
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Russia Set to Recognize Crypto as a Form of Currency (The Block)