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13 New Grayscale Candidates, Goldman Galaxy, Danske Ban + More News

By Sumejja Muratagić-Tadić
13 New Grayscale Candidates, Goldman Galaxy, Danske Ban + More News 101
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Investments news

  • Investment company Grayscale Investments has expanded their list of assets that they’re considering for inclusion into their product family, adding 1inch (1INCH), bancor (BNT), curve (CRV), internet computer (ICP), kava (KAVA), kyber network (KNC), loopring (LRC)], near (NEAR), polygon (MATIC), ren (REN), solana (SOL), universal market access (UMA), and 0x (ZRX). These projects join the list that the company published in February, but there is no guarantee that any of them will be added to their offering.
  • Major investment bank Goldman Sachs has begun trading bitcoin futures with Galaxy Digital, the crypto merchant bank founded by Mike Novogratz, reported CNBC. As more banks allow clients to trade BTC, the depth and breadth of the market improves, which should result in lower volatility, according to Galaxy Digital co-president Damien Vanderwilt.
  • Blockchain-based entertainment platform Decentral Games (DG) has raised USD 5m in its latest funding round that included investors such as Collab+Currency, Metaverse Ventures (Digital Currency Group), and Bitscale Capital among others, according to the emailed announcement. The additional funding will allow the company to bolster its team and accelerate the development of additional features and products, they said.

Banking news

  • Denmark’s biggest bank Danske Bank said it is upholding its bitcoin (BTC) ban in spite of growing interest in this asset. They cite insufficient transparency and only partial regulation, as well as opaque pricing as the key reasons why they’re not lifting the ban yet. Meanwhile, authorities in multiple countries are investigating the bank for its involvement in a money-laundering scandal in which EUR 200bn (USD 237bn) of nonresident money flowed through the bank's Estonian branch from 2007 to 2015, of which a "significant" part was found to be suspicious, according to an internal probe in 2018.

Adoption news

  • Crypto payment gateway Bitfinex Pay, of the crypto exchange Bitfinex, has been integrated into the education and employment marketplace ODEM so that users of the marketplace can purchase programs, as well as verify candidates and place jobs. As part of the partnership, ODEM will also be launching educational programs that will help other developers understand the power and functionality of Bitfinex Pay and streamline the implementation, testing, and deployment of this financial toolset, they said.

Mining news

  • Crypto mining company HIVE Blockchain Technologies said it has listed its common shares on the Nasdaq's Capital Markets Exchange. It is already listed on the TSX Venture Exchange, where it will retain its listing.

NFTs news

  • The McLaren Formula 1 team said it has chosen Tezos (XTZ) as their official blockchain partner to create a series of NFTs across F1, INDYCAR, and esports. They have yet to announce what NFTs they’re creating, but the Tezos brand will be represented across the McLaren Formula 1 and Arrow McLaren SP teams.
  • nWay, a subsidiary of Animoca Brands, said it launched nWayPlay.com, the home of officially licensed Olympic non-fungible token (NFT) Pins. Collectors can purchase assorted boxes of NFT Olympic Pins starting June 22, with the peer-to-peer transaction functionality on the marketplace to come online on June 29, they added.
  • News outlet CNN said it is launching their own NFT series called 'Vault by CNN: Moments That Changed Us', which will be sold starting late June 2021. There will be six weekly drops, and offerings will include key historical moments organized around specific themes including early CNN exclusives, world history, and presidential elections.

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