Web3 Foundation makes bold claim to SEC: ‘DOT is not a security. It is merely software’

The entity supporting research and development of Polkadot as well as overseeing fundraising efforts for the blockchain has argued that the United States Securities and Exchange Commission should not consider the DOT token a security under its regulatory purview. In a Nov. 4 blog post, the Web3 Foundation Team’s chief legal officer Daniel Schoenberger said Polkadot’s native token (DOT) had “morphed” and was “software” rather than a security. Schoenberger said the claim was “consistent with the views” it had shared with the SEC following discussions it began in November 2019.…

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NEAR Protocol partners with Google Cloud to support Web3 devs

NEAR Foundation has announced a new partnership between Google Cloud and NEAR Protocol, providing infrastructure to NEAR’s Web3 startup platform, Pagoda.  According to an Oct. 4 announcement, this partnership will allow Google Cloud to provide “technical support” to NEAR grant recipients by providing infrastructure for NEAR’s Remote Procedure Call (RPC) node provider to Pagoda. Near Protocol is a decentralized application (DApp) platform that focuses on usability among developers and users. It uses sharding technology to achieve scalability and, as a competitor to Ethereum, is also smart-contract capable and a proof-of-stake…

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Web3 is the solution to Uber’s problem with hackers

Uber is a staple of the gig economy, for better or worse, and a disruptor that once sent shockwaves throughout the mobility space. Now, however, Uber is being taken for a ride. The company is handling a reportedly far-reaching cybersecurity breach. According to the ride-hailing giant, the attacker has not been able to access sensitive user data, or at least, there is no evidence to suggest otherwise. Whether or not sensitive user data was exposed, this case points to a persistent issue with today’s apps. Can we continue to sacrifice…

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Warner Music Group partners with OpenSea to create more Web3 opportunities for artists

On Sept. 29, global music and entertainment company Warner Music Group (WMG) announced a partnership with nonfungible token (NFT) marketplace OpenSea to provide a platform for select musical artists to build and extend their fanbase into the Web3 community.  According to the release, the collaboration between these two entities will allow select WMG artists to get early access to OpenSea’s newly rolled-out feature, which enables artists to launch their NFT collections and limited-edition projects on their own customizable and dedicated drop pages. These WMG artists will have access to personalized storytelling…

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Blockchain Gaming Publisher and Web3 Firm Animoca Brands Secures $110 Million

Blockchain gaming publisher Animoca Brands announced the company has raised $110 million in a funding round led by Temasek, Boyu Capital, and GGV Capital. The company raised the funds by issuing convertible notes to a handful of institutional investors. Animoca Brands Raises $110 Million From Strategic Investors Animoca Brands has raised another $110 million this month after the company secured $100 million from Temasek and others, at the end of August. The latest capital raise, announced on September 8, explains that Temasek, Boyu Capital, and GGV Capital led the round,…

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Ashanti aims to bring women to Web3, says “owning is important” at NFT music meetup

The billion-dollar music industry is undergoing a major transition as artists begin to understand the potential of owning their work through nonfungible tokens (NFTs). Ashanti, the multi-platinum-selling singer, actress and co-founder of EQ Exchange — a women-led Web3 platform — recently shed light on this during a Cotton Candy Records meetup that took place on June 20 in New York.  Speaking on a panel alongside Janice Taylor, founder and CEO of EQ Exchange, Ashanti went into detail about how important ownership is for creators today. Drawing from personal experience, Ashanti…

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Binance-owned Trust Wallet adds buy option via Binance Connect

Trust Wallet, a major self-custodial cryptocurrency wallet owned by the Binance crypto exchange, has completed a significant integration to enable easier crypto purchases. The Trust Wallet platform has integrated Binance’s official fiat-to-crypto provider Binance Connect, allowing users to purchase more than 200 crypto assets directly from credit or debit cards, the firm announced to Cointelegraph on June 22. Trust Wallet’s new crypto buy option is designed to simplify the process of buying crypto, enabling verified Trust Wallet users to fund their wallet with more than 40 fiat currencies. In order…

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WEF 2022: Satoshi Nakamoto could be a woman, says Meta VP Nicola Mendelsohn

The fourth day of the ongoing world economic forum saw major discussion around the role of women in web3 and how the decentralized ecosystem is the place for inclusiveness. Women are investing in crypto at half the rate of men. Join us at #WEF22 to hear about solutions we can implement to get women at the forefront of this digital revolution. @KristinaLCorner @sarahendline @Billwrightv @nicolamen @srolondon https://t.co/jBbiauzSWi pic.twitter.com/xWlhqv5p5m — The Female Quotient (@femalequotient) May 25, 2022 Cointelegraph editor in chief Kristina Lucrezia Cornèr moderated a panel on ‘Why Web3 Needs…

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DeFi-ing exploits: New Chainalysis tool tracks stolen crypto across multiple chains

Blockchain analytics firm Chainalysis has released a new tool to track transactions across Decentralized Finance protocols and multiple blockchains. Chainalysis launched a beta version of its Storyline software on May 18. Touted as a “Web3-native blockchain analysis tool,” Storyline aims to track and visualize smart contract transactions with a focus on nonfungible tokens (NFTs) and DeFi platforms. This is in line with the growing popularity and prevalence of NFTs and DeFi in the cryptocurrency space over the past year. Chainalysis provides blockchain analysis and annual reports on cryptocurrency crime trends…

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Tezos Foundation Launches Fund to Collect NFT Creations by African and Asian Artists

The Tezos Foundation recently said it has committed $1.23 million to a fund that will be used to collect non-fungible tokens (NFTs) created by African and Asian artists. Photographer Misan Harriman has been selected as the curator of the foundation’s permanent art collection. Supporting a New Generation of Artists The Swiss non-profit organization, Tezos Foundation, recently said it has committed about $1.23 million (£1 million) to a fund, which will be used to collect non-fungible tokens (NFTs) of upcoming artists from Africa and Asia. The artists’ works will be curated…

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