June 12, 2024

Crypto Highlights: Mastercard’s Crypto Solution, Telegram’s 'Stars', Coinbase’s Smart Wallet, and More!

Welcome to the latest edition of Crypto Weekly Digest! 🌍

Get ready to embark on an exciting journey through the ever-evolving world of cryptocurrency and blockchain. This week, we’ve got a jam-packed lineup of thrilling news and groundbreaking developments that are sure to spark your interest and ignite your curiosity.

Whether you're a crypto wizard, an enthusiastic explorer, or just dipping your toes into the digital waters, there’s something here for everyone. 💎

So, buckle up and join us as we dive into the dazzling highlights and uncover the innovations that are shaping our digital future! Let’s get this crypto party started! 🎊

Mastercard's Crypto Credential Makes Sending Crypto Easy! 💳

Mastercard's Crypto Credential Makes Sending Crypto Easy

Mastercard's Crypto Credential is live, making it easier than ever to send and receive crypto!  Users on exchanges like Bit2Me, Lirium, and Mercado Bitcoin can now use simple aliases instead of those confusing blockchain addresses. This means smoother, more secure transactions across Latin America and Europe. 🇦🇷🇪🇺

This new system verifies users and ensures the recipient's wallet supports the digital asset, making transactions more trustworthy. Foxbit and Lulubit are the latest to join this exciting ecosystem, extending its reach even further. 💡

Mastercard's initiative is set to transform how we handle cross-border payments and could even expand into NFTs and ticketing in the future. With the Crypto Credential, sending crypto is as easy as sending an email! 📧

Shine Bright: Telegram Launches 'Stars' In-App Currency ✨

Telegram has unveiled "Telegram Stars," a sparkly new in-app currency for buying digital goodies. 🎉 These Stars can be swapped for Toncoin, a cryptocurrency worth a cool $18 billion.

Pavel Durov, Telegram's CEO, announced that Stars make paying for mini-app services on Android and iOS super easy.

Developers can use Stars to promote their apps and even get some sweet subsidies from Telegram to offset those pesky 30% commissions from Apple and Google. Plus, future updates promise even more fun features, like gifts for content creators. 🌟 Telegram is clearly on a mission to make digital purchases more dazzling and economical for everyone!

Coinbase’s Smart Wallet: No Gas Fees, Easy Onboarding! ☑️

Get ready to groove, crypto enthusiasts! 🎶 Coinbase is jazzing things up with its new smart wallet, making crypto transactions a breeze! 💹

This wallet eliminates the hassle of gas fees and recovery phrases, offering seamless onboarding through Face ID, Google Chrome profiles, or fingerprints. Users can manage assets, trade NFTs, and more, all while enjoying self-custody and the convenience of integration with major apps.

Initially supporting networks like Ethereum and Polygon, this wallet promises a smooth, user-friendly experience for everyone. Say goodbye to complicated crypto transactions and hello to simplicity! 💼

Ripple Teams Up with Georgia for a Digital Revolution! 🇬🇪✨

Ripple Teams Up with Georgia

Ripple is shaking things up in Georgia, partnering with the National Bank of Georgia (NBG) to digitize the local economy! 💻 Ripple's VP James Wallis and EPAM Systems' Alistair Brown have been busy meeting with Georgian officials to cook up some exciting plans.

Building on their digital lari project,  this dynamic duo aims to supercharge financial technology and make transactions smoother.

Ripple's involvement isn't just limited to Georgia—they’re also lending a hand to other nations with their CBDC projects. 🌍

Get ready, Georgia, because a digital transformation is on the horizon!

Germans Divided on Digital Euro: What’s the Fuss? 🇩🇪💶

Germany is buzzing with chatter about the digital euro, and it’s a mixed bag of opinions! 🤔 According to a recent survey by Deutsche Bundesbank, half of the respondents are all for this shiny new form of digital money, while the other half either aren’t interested or haven’t even heard of it.

And here’s where it gets even more interesting: many people are mixing it up with cryptocurrency or thinking it might completely replace cash. 💶  Privacy is a hot topic on everyone’s mind, with most people craving better protection than what current digital payments offer.

The digital euro is still in its early days and aiming for a grand debut by 2028. So, there’s plenty of time to sort out the details and clear up any confusion. Stay tuned, and let’s see how this digital adventure unfolds! 🔍

Kraken Gearing Up for $100M Funding Round Before Potential IPO! 🦑

Kraken, the U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange, is diving deep with plans for a whopping $100 million funding round as it swims toward a potential IPO. 🏦  According to a Bloomberg report, this exciting move is on the horizon for 2025, though Kraken is keeping the juicy IPO details under wraps for now. 🤫

Despite facing a civil lawsuit from the SEC for allegedly operating as an unregistered exchange, Kraken is forging ahead with its global crypto ambitions. With Coinbase making waves with its IPO in 2021, Kraken’s potential direct listing could be the next big splash in the crypto ocean! 🌊

Robinhood to Acquire Bitstamp for Institutional Crypto Trading in the US! 🏹

Robinhood to Acquire Bitstamp for Institutional Crypto Trading in the US

Robinhood is stepping up its crypto game by acquiring Bitstamp in a $200 million deal! 💸 This acquisition will let Robinhood serve institutional clients in the U.S., expanding its crypto offerings despite facing a Wells notice from the SEC. ⚖️

Robinhood's CEO, Vlad Tenev, is thrilled about the merger, highlighting Bitstamp's global footprint and advanced crypto services. The deal, expected to close by mid-2025, marks a significant move in Robinhood's mission to reshape the financial system with cutting-edge crypto products. 📈

Crypto Innovations: UAE Approves Stablecoins, Tether and Paxos Launch New Tokens! 💰

The UAE Central Bank has approved a new licensing system for stablecoins, focusing on dirham-backed tokens to ensure a regulated and secure digital economy. 🏜️ This move aims to enhance trust and transparency in digital transactions, positioning the UAE as a competitive financial hub. 🖥️  

Meanwhile, Tether is making waves with a $18.75 million investment in XREX Group and the launch of XAU1, a gold-pegged stablecoin designed to revolutionize cross-border B2B payments. XAU1 promises stability and a hedge against inflation, setting sparkling new standards for financial accessibility. 🏅

And there's more! Paxos International is introducing the Lift Dollar (USDL), the first interest-paying stablecoin regulated in the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM). This stablecoin, backed 1:1 by U.S. government securities, offers around 5% returns via Ethereum smart contracts and is initially available in Argentina. 🇦🇷  

Together, these developments highlight significant strides in digital finance, underscoring the UAE's leadership in fintech innovation and the global expansion of secure, regulated stablecoins. 💡

Fireblocks Expands with Coinbase for Global Crypto Trading! 🔗

Our partner, Fireblocks, has teamed up with Coinbase to bring new trading opportunities to the crypto world! 🌍

Now, institutional and retail investors outside the U.S. can trade perpetual futures and spot contracts on the Fireblocks platform via Coinbase International Exchange. This move targets hedge funds, trading firms, and family offices, offering secure and streamlined trading under predefined governance policies. 🛡️🔒

Perpetual futures let traders bet on price changes without owning the asset, unlike spot trading, where assets are bought and sold immediately. This expansion comes amid a crypto bull market, allowing Fireblocks to cater to growing institutional demand. 🔥

Fireblocks recently launched a custodian arm in the U.S. and has handled over $6 trillion in transactions globally, serving 30+ exchanges and 55+ banks. This powerful partnership marks a huge leap in boosting liquidity and diversifying investment portfolios with digital assets.

Travala Integrates Telegram Open Network: Travel with Toncoin! ✈️

Travala Integrates Telegram Open Network: Travel with Toncoin

Pack your bags, crypto travelers! 🧳 Travala, the crypto-friendly travel booking platform, now supports Toncoin (TON) through a fresh integration with the Telegram Open Network. 🤝

This means TON holders can book flights, hotels, and tours in over 230 countries using their tokens. The company, already accepting Bitcoin, XRP, Solana, Ether, and more, now boasts 127 payment methods in total. 🌍

CEO Juan Otero expressed excitement about this partnership, emphasizing Travala's commitment to mass cryptocurrency adoption. This integration marks another step in merging blockchain with the travel industry, providing new real-world use cases for digital assets. 🛫

As we've highlighted before, blockchain technology is transforming travel, with projects like Sleap's AI-powered booking and Japan Airlines' unique NFT experiences. With innovations like these, the future of travel looks not only efficient but also incredibly exciting. 🗺️

Nvidia's Stock Rockets Past Apple by 25x Amid Stock Split Buzz! 📈

Nvidia has left Apple in the dust this year, with its stock price soaring over 150% since January, compared to Apple's modest 6% rise. 💹 The excitement is fueled by Nvidia's upcoming 10-to-1 stock split, which has grabbed investor attention despite introducing potential price volatility.  Why the surge? Nvidia’s AI-powered semiconductor chips are in sizzling demand, making it a red-hot favorite among tech enthusiasts. 🔥🔌

In pre-market trading, Nvidia dipped slightly but remains a powerhouse, having briefly surpassed Apple to become the world's second-most valuable company with a market cap of $3 trillion. 💰 As AI continues to grow, experts believe Nvidia will maintain its explosive growth, potentially overtaking Apple in the near future. Hold on to your chips; this ride is just getting started! 🎢

DeFi TVL Hits $192B for First Time in 15 Months! 💰

The DeFi world is buzzing with excitement as the total value locked (TVL) in decentralized finance applications reached a whopping $192 billion in May, the highest since February 2022! 💥 This whopping 17% surge was driven by the appreciation of Ethereum and increased trading activity. Ethereum leads the pack with $130 billion, dominating 68% of the market, while Solana follows with $10.9 billion.💎

Here's an interesting twist: while the TVL is shooting for the stars, the number of unique active wallets (UAW) has dipped by 21%. This suggests that fewer users are locking in more value, making it a thrilling time to watch the DeFi space. 🔍

Is this a sign of upcoming growth for DeFi projects? 🤔 As key developers for the Paribus project, we're excited to see where this trend leads. Dive into our Paribus case study for a closer look at our journey in the DeFi world!

The Sandbox Raises $20M at $1B Valuation, Boosts Creator Economy! 🛠️

While many metaverse projects are struggling post-bear market, The Sandbox is making waves with a $20 million raise at a $1 billion valuation! 🌟 Animoca Brands' superstar platform is welcoming over 330,000 unique creators and plans to use these funds to supercharge its creator economy and launch a decentralized mobile metaverse in 2025. 📱

What’s cooking in The Sandbox? Expect new social features, shiny upgraded tools, and an enhanced multiplayer system—gearing up for some seriously exciting updates. 🎮 Despite the hurdles, The Sandbox proudly boasts 5.7 million user accounts and is on a mission to revolutionize user-generated content (UGC) games with true digital ownership. 🏞️

As the metaverse economy is projected to hit $5 trillion by 2030, The Sandbox's growth could be a game-changer! 🌐

McDonald's Metaverse "My Happy Place" Launches in Singapore! 🍔

McDonald's Singapore is stepping into the metaverse with its brand-new "My Happy Place" virtual world! 🍟 Locals can now build their dream virtual burgers, dive into multiplayer games, and score daily rewards. Partnering with Bandwagon Labs, McDonald's promises a fun, secure, and super creative experience, complete with integrated wallet services like MetaMask for exclusive, token-gated activities. 🔐

Clarence Chan, the founder of Bandwagon Labs, is buzzing about the metaverse’s multiplayer fun, creative freedom, and cool reward mechanisms. Running from June 6 to July 7, this metaverse experiment aims to boost customer engagement and potentially pave the way for future digital ventures. 🏆

Will this be the next big thing for fan engagement? Only time (and tasty virtual burgers) will tell! 🔮

Zilliqa 2.0: Faster, Greener, and Cross-Chain Ready! 🌿

Zilliqa is back with a bang, unveiling its 2.0 upgrade aimed at supercharging speed and cross-chain compatibility! 💨 Set to launch on the mainnet later in 2024, Zilliqa 2.0 promises a more efficient, eco-friendly, and versatile platform.

What’s new? The upgrade introduces x-shards, a sharding architecture allowing for customized blockchain experiences, and a shift from proof-of-work to a greener proof-of-stake consensus mechanism. 🌳

⚡ With lightning-fast block times as low as two seconds, Zilliqa 2.0 also features a cross-chain communication hub for smooth interactions with Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM)-compatible blockchains. This means developers can craft smart contracts in Solidity and use popular wallets like MetaMask. 🛠️

Despite a few bumps in the road, Zilliqa is ready to reclaim its spot as a leading blockchain network. Exciting times are ahead for the Zilliqa community—will this upgrade set new standards in the blockchain world? Stay tuned! 🌐

Apple Unveils AI-Powered Future at WWDC24! 🍏

Apple just wowed us at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC24) with the reveal of "Apple Intelligence," a suite of AI-powered features designed to make your devices smarter and more intuitive than ever! 🚀📱

One of the star attractions? Siri’s new ability to use ChatGPT—only if you opt-in, of course. Now, Siri can be even more helpful and conversational. 💬🧠

But that’s not all! Apple also rolled out iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia, packed with AI enhancements that promise to transform how you interact with your devices. Developer versions are available starting Monday, with public previews next month, and everyone gets the full rollout in the fall. 🍂🍁

While many are thrilled about these futuristic features, not everyone is on board. Elon Musk has voiced his concerns, calling it an "unacceptable security violation" and threatening to ban Apple devices from his companies. 🔥🤯

Stay tuned to see how this tech drama unfolds! 🎬📺

That’s a wrap for this week's edition of Crypto Weekly Digest! 📬

We hope you had a blast diving into the latest crypto insights and updates with us.  Stay tuned and keep connected for more thrilling news and developments in the crypto world.

Until next time, keep exploring and enjoying the ever-evolving landscape of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology! 🚀🔗

Stay curious, stay crypto! 🌐💡✨

June 12, 2024