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News Summary: Visa Pulls Plug on FTX Deal, New Rugpull, BCH May Become Legal Tender, Binance & Bitget Aim to Help Reduce FTX Impact
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- Payments giant Visa has terminated ties with the collapsed crypto exchange FTX, Reuters reported. The financial services company’s official statement said that “we have terminated our global agreements with FTX and their U.S. debit card program is being wound down by their issuer.” They described the situation as “unfortunate,” adding that the company is “monitoring developments closely.”
- Blockchain security company CertiK reported yesterday that its Skynet on-chain monitoring service detected major volatility in the price of the Flare token, and that the investigation has determined that >95% drop in the price of the token was the result of a rugpull. Approximately $18.5 million was taken from this incident, it said.
- Bitcoin cash (BCH) could be legal tender in Saint Kitts and Nevis by next March, its prime minister and finance minister Terrance Drew said at a conference on Saturday. Drew stated that the decision would follow a process of due diligence and consultation with experts and the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank.
- Hong Kong said it would issue tokenized government green bonds by the end of the year, per an official note. It revealed several pilot programs, one of which is the issuance of a new batch of tokenized green bonds for institutional investors.
- Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao announced a recovery fund to assist projects struggling with liquidity. He tweeted: “To reduce further cascading negative effects of FTX, Binance is forming an industry recovery fund, to help projects who are otherwise strong, but in a liquidity crisis. More details to come soon.”
- Bitget said that it has set aside 5 million USD worth of Builders' Fund, aiming to help those affiliates, influencers, and professional traders who are distressed by the FTX collapse, said the announcement. Those affiliates can apply for financial aid. Gracy Chen, Managing Director of Bitget, said that the exchange and “many other active builders are still working hard to cultivate the crypto world. During this dark time, we should join forces, help each other, and wait for dawn.”
- Huobi subsidiary Hbit revealed that it has $18.1 million on FTX. Out of that, $13.2 million were customer funds, which it said it would cover through an unsecured loan of up to $14 million.
- US Congressman Brad Sherman stated that “efforts by billionaire crypto bros to deter meaningful legislation by flooding Washington with millions of dollars in campaign contributions and lobbying spending have been effective.” He said that he planned to work with his colleagues in Congress to examine options for federal legislation in the coming weeks.
- Layer-1 blockchain platform Fantom today announced the next wave of its grants program alongside Gitcoin, a platform for open-source development in Web3. Through this collaboration, Fantom will allow the ecosystem builders within the Fantom Network to participate in a test round on Gitcoin’s new grants protocol. Gitcoin will work alongside the Fantom Foundation to bolster dapp development on the network, and enable users to directly support promising projects, said a press release.
- Bitcoin (BTC) mining firm Canaan posted a Q3 net income of $8.6 million, which is a 90% decrease from Q2, as well as an 88% decrease from the same period in 2021, which is, according to the press release. The revenues dropped some 41% from $230,000 in Q2 2022, while gross profit fell 75% from $130 million seen in the previous quarter. However, Canaan continues to expand and scale its operations around the world, including research and development projects, as well as mining operations, said CEO Nangeng Zhang.