Weekly Crypto News Recap - June 23, 2023

June 23, 2023


JPMorgan Expands Its Blockchain-Based Token to Euro Payments: Bloomberg

Banking giant JPMorgan has expanded its blockchain-based settlement token JPM Coin to euro-denominated payments. Since its inception in 2019, over $300 billion in transactions have been processed using JPM Coin, making it one of the most extensive uses of blockchain technology by a traditional financial institution, albeit still a drop in the bucket compared to the nearly ~$10T JPMorgan processes daily by conventional means. The system allows JPMorgan's institutional clients to make wholesale payments between accounts around the world using blockchain tech as the rails. German tech firm Siemens conducted the first euro payment on the platform.

Regulatory Orders Says Prime Trust Has 'Shortfall of Customer Funds'

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Offchain Labs unveils tool to build Layer 3 ‘Orbit’ chains on Arbitrum

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Offchain Labs, the team behind the Arbitrum Layer 2 project, released a dedicated 'tooling' for developers to launch their own Layer 3 blockchains using the Orbit software stack. Orbit allows developers to create their own dedicated chain that settles on one of Arbitrum’s Layer 2 chains: Arbitrum One and Arbitrum Nova. The team said that, with Orbit chains, developers can define their own governance protocols, privacy, permissions and fee tokenomics. In addition to the new tooling, Offchain Labs has also rolled out a sandbox environment called Orbit Devnet, which lets developers safely test and debug their smart contracts and applications before deploying them as Orbit chains.

Polygon Proposes POS Chain To Become ZK Compatible


Charles Schwab, Citadel-backed crypto exchange goes live today: WSJ

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EDX Markets, a cryptocurrency exchange supported by major financial players Citadel Securities, Fidelity Investments, and Charles Schwab, went live, offering trading in bitcoin, ether, litecoin, and bitcoin cash. Unlike traditional cryptocurrency exchanges, EDX said it draws on traditional finance standards operating as a "non-custodial" exchange and won’t handle customers' digital assets
. Instead, EDX will provide a platform where firms can execute trades between cryptocurrencies and fiat currencies. The actual transfer of crypto and cash between parties to settle the trades takes place outside of EDX's platform. While EDX plans to launch a clearinghouse later this year to facilitate trade settlement, it intends to utilize third-party banks and a crypto custodian for holding customer assets. Lastly, EDX won’t directly serve individual investors but expects retail brokerages to route investors' orders to buy and sell cryptocurrencies on its platform — mirroring the stock market.


Jack Dorsey's Block Bitcoin Wallet Opens Beta, Announces Coinbase Support
Bitcoin Options Volume Jumps to $3.3B as Price Rallies to Two-Month High
Fed Chair Powell Says Bitcoin Has 'Staying Power' as an Asset Class
Bitcoin adoption in Mexico boosted by Lightning partnership with retail giant
Bitcoin Hits $29,000 Following BlackRock, WisdomTree, Invesco ETF Filings
Binance Sets Up Bitcoin Lightning Nodes to Ease Deposits and Withdrawals
Bitcoin dominance crosses 50% for first time since April 2021
Jack Dorsey Pledges $5M to Help Bitcoin Core Developers


Casa launches multisignature Ethereum self-custody vault
Inside Paradigm’s plan to make Ethereum more resilient
Flashbots co-founder warns of ‘serious challenges’ beyond MEV bots in departure letter
Ethereum core devs consider raising limit on maximum effective validator balance
JPMorgan Report: Hinman Documents in SEC-Ripple Case Strengthen Ether
Why ZK-rollups need data availability — Avail co-founder
Ethereum Layer 2 Network zkSync Era's Locked Value Surpasses $500M


Solana-Based Crypto Lending Platform Jet Pivots to Fixed-Rate Term Lending
Algorand Cuts Block Time After New Upgrade
PEPE's 79% Weekly Gains Lead Meme Coin Surge as DOGE, SHIB, FLOKI Up Double Digits
Shiba Inu Introduces ‘Shibacals’ to Link NFTs to Real-World Items; SHIB Jumps
Starknet moves closer to EVM compatibility with upcoming ‘Kakarot’ testnet
MakerDAO buys $700M in US Treasury bonds
Struct Finance Launches Customizable Interest Rate Products, Enabling DeFi Users To Earn Predictable Returns
Optimism Unveils $40M Public Goods Funding Round
Bitcoin Cash jumps 21% following EDX Markets listing
Latest Cardano Node Upgrade Goes Live on Mainnet
Binance’s BNB Chain introduces layer-2 testnet powered by Optimism
Sui awards $500k to CertiK for uncovering critical ‘HamsterWheel’ vulnerability
Cosmos DEX Osmosis cuts token inflation by 50%, plans fee sharing in OSMO 2.0 update
Aave community rejects Gauntlet’s proposal to freeze CRV tokens on V2
Frax founder supports proposal for ‘aggressive’ FXS token buybacks
Uniswap Taps Wormhole and Axelar For Cross-Chain Bridging After Lengthy Analysis


Japan’s Largest Bank to Support Global Stablecoin Issuance
TrueUSD maintains it has no exposure to Prime Trust despite community claims
Circle Restarts U.S. Treasury Purchases in BlackRock-Managed USDC Reserve Fund
U.S. House committee to vote on crypto, stablecoin legislation in July
Binance announces zero maker fees for TUSD pairs
Tether Issues USDT on Kava Blockchain; KAVA Token Climbs 5%
Stablecoin protocol Reserve invests $20M in Convex, Curve and Stake DAO
Curve Looks To Expand crvUSD Collateral Assets
Dai Flips BUSD To Become Third-Largest Stablecoin As Binance Stares Down Mounting Legal and Regulatory Setbacks
Tether’s Banking Relationships, Commercial Paper Exposure Detailed in Newly Released Legal Documents


Santander, Crédit Agricole asset arm receives French crypto custody license
Crypto Friendly Xapo Bank Expands to India, Rest of South Asia
QCP Capital, SBI Alpha Execute First Uncleared Crypto Options Trade Using Bitcoin as Collateral
South Korean Crypto Yield Firm Haru Invest Fires More Than 100 Employees: Report
Ledger releases white paper for hardware wallet seed recovery tool
Tether and Bitfinex pledge $100K grant for private operating system


Gods Unchained Launches On Epic Games Store
Binance Celebrates ‘The GOAT’ With New Cristiano Ronaldo NFT Collection
Puma, Gutter Cat Gang and LaMelo Ball Team Up to Release NFT Sneakers
NFT Creation Platform Zora Launches Creator-Focused Layer 2
First Animated Film Funded by a DAO Brings Nouns NFT Collection to Life
Bored Ape Creator's 'HV-MTL Forge' Mech Game Revealed
Czech automobile conglomerate Škoda Auto launches NFT platform
Fortnite's Collab With Nike's NFT Platform Doesn't Include In-Game NFTs
Improbable Opens Up the Tech Behind the Bored Ape Metaverse
Ethereum CryptoPunks NFT burned and reborn on Bitcoin network


A New Bitcoin Mining Giant Prepares to Enter the Fray
New York City Spa Gets Heat for Heating with Bitcoin Mining
CleanSpark adds hashrate with $9.3M acquisition of Georgia mining campuses
Bitcoin miner Core Scientific files its Chapter 11 plan
Ukrainian Investigators Find ‘Illegal Crypto Mining Farm’ at State-run Firm
Bitcoin Miner Iris Energy Revives High-Performance Computing Strategy Amid Booming Interest in AI
Russia’s Ministry of Energy Pushes to Legalize Crypto Mining


Crypto.com Approved to Operate in Spain
Winklevoss twins’ Gemini launches Ethereum staking in the UK
Steve Cohen-backed exchange drops spot crypto trading due to lack of demand: Bloomberg
Binance.US solves USD withdrawal issues but warns it won’t last long
Crypto exchanges should phase out internal market makers, says BitMEX boss
Binance Enters Central Asia with Launch of Local Service in Kazakhstan
Crypto Exchange BIT Unveils Options Market for Cardano's ADA Token
Crypto Exchange Gemini Announces New Expansion Into Asian Region To Capture ‘Next Wave of Growth’
FTX paid over $120 million in advisor fees between February 1 and April 30
Crypto.com Is Trading on Its Own Exchange, Insists That’s Totally Fine
Binance Subsidiary Cancels Registration With UK Regulator
NYSE-Backed Crypto Marketplace Bakkt Delists Cardano, Solana and Polygon After SEC Calls Them Securities: Report


Northstake Raises $3M to Boost Institutional Crypto Staking
Animoca Brands' Anichess Secures $1.5M for Decentralized Chess Game
Binance Labs and CoinFund Lead $10 Million Funding Round for Cosmos Blockchain Neutron
DeFi infrastructure startup Maverick Protocol bags $9 million raise
Payments startup dtcpay closes $16.5 million round led by Pontiac Land chair
Australian Data Center Startup Arkon Expands to U.S. With $26M in Fresh Funding
DeFi Credit Protocol Concordia Raises $4M in Round Led by Tribe, Kraken Ventures


Valkyrie Submits Application for Spot Bitcoin ETF to SEC, Joining BlackRock, WisdomTree, Others
Bitcoin equities ETF hits Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange
Three Arrows Capital founders launch new VC fund
Galaxy-Backed Investment Platform Truvius Taps CoinDesk Indices for Digital Asset Portfolios
Crypto Robo-Adviser Hedgehog Launches as App With Gemini as Custodian
GBTC discount narrows to 33% amid buyout rumors, revived spot Bitcoin ETF interest
Invesco Reapplies for Bitcoin ETF, Advocates for More Crypto Investment Products
BlackRock ETF launch would put pressure on Grayscale’s valuation: Bloomberg analyst
GBTC Share Price Soars, Discount Narrows to Multi-Month Low on BlackRock ETF Filing Optimism
Grayscale Bitcoin Trust Gets a Bullish Bump After BlackRock ETF Filing
Crypto investment products experience outflows for 9th consecutive week


BlackRock touts ‘monumental’ impact of tokenization, even if it arrives slowly
More than 50% of Fortune 100 companies report blockchain initiatives, Coinbase finds
Crédit Agricole’s CACEIS secures crypto custody registration in France
Tech giant Alibaba announces crypto-friendly chair following Daniel Zhang stepping down
Deutsche Bank Applies for Digital Asset Custody License in Germany: Report


EU Legislation for Digital Euro Is Put on Hold: Source
Central Banks Propose CBDC, Stablecoin Standards With Amazon, Grab Running Trials
BIS makes case for ‘unified ledger’ but describes crypto as a flawed system
IMF Official Presents Blueprint for Cross-Border CBDCs
‘Britcoin’ launch inches closer after Project Rosalind CBDC tests


SEC allows BlockFi customers to be repaid before collection of $30.2M fine
Alameda seeks to claw back $700 million SBF paid ‘super networkers’
Crypto Ban May Not Be Best Approach to Balance Risk, Demand: IMF
Former CFTC chair alleges SEC acted deliberately in timing of Coinbase lawsuit
Ripple gets in-principle nod for digital asset services in Singapore
Binance faces scrutiny in Brazil, exec summoned to testify before Congress
Federal Agencies Form New U.S. Crypto Crime Task Force
France DeFi Paper is Latest Sign of Global Regulators Warming Up to Crypto
Japan's Crypto Exchanges Seek Looser Margin Trading Regulations for Growth
Judge Signs Off on Binance, SEC Deal to Move All U.S. Customer Funds, Wallet Keys Back Onshore in Lieu of Restraining Order
CFTC to Review Prediction Market Kalshi’s Contracts to Bet on Control of Congress


Bitcoin mining heats water in Brooklyn Bathhouse, users flip out
European Investment Bank taps blockchain for Climate Awareness Bond


100K ChatGPT logins have been leaked on dark web, cybersecurity firm warns
Tron Founder Justin Sun Unstakes $30M of Ether from Lido, Sends Tokens to Huobi
Degens Have Bet $170K in Crypto on Missing Titanic Submarine Being Found
Russian Who Sent Crypto to Ukrainian Army to Face Treason Charges
UK core inflation surges: A grim report for Bank of England
Apple removes malicious Trezor app from App Store
NFT card game Z-ERA hacked for $285k; native coin loses virtually all value
Atomic Wallet Hackers Use THORChain to Conceal Stolen $35M Funds
Do Kwon Guilty of Passport Forgery; Sentenced to 4 Months in Montenegrin Prison
Crypto Community Donates $1M to Sleuth ZachXBT After Defamation Lawsuit
On-chain sleuth ZachXBT sued for libel after claiming plaintiff drained funds from project

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