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Bitcoin sees correlation with equities as Brazil’s 4-month trading volume hits $6 billion

Kaiko Research said Bitcoin’s (BTC) correlation with equities is rising, with a 90-day correlation rising to 0.17 last week after hitting a multi-year low of 0.01 in March. Meanwhile, Brazil experienced a significant rise in volume and is outpacing the dollar. Bitcoin’s 90-day correlation with equities rose to 0.17 the week of May 5, above […]
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OpenAI introduces GPT-4o model, promising real-time conversation

OpenAI announced a new model, GPT-4o, which will soon allow real-time conversation with an AI assistant. In a May 13 demo, OpenAI members showed that the model can provide breathing feedback, tell a story, and help solve a math problem, among other applications. Head of Frontiers Research Mark Chen noted that, although users could previously […]
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Vanguard, BlackRock up MSTR holdings, while TradFi firms continue disclosing Bitcoin ETF investments

Vanguard and BlackRock have increased their stakes in MicroStrategy holdings (MSTR) on May 10. Vanguard holds 1.6 million shares of MSTR worth $2.6 billion as of the end of the first quarter, up from 1.2 million shares worth $727.6 million at the end of December 2023. BlackRock now holds 1.2 million shares worth $2.1 billion, […]
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Grayscale amends Ethereum ETF filing, says investors ‘want and deserve’ the fund

Grayscale amended a regulatory filing through which it intends to convert its Ethereum Trust to a spot exchange-traded fund (ETF). The company’s March 15 amendment strengthens its earlier filing in multiple ways. The update supports the argument that surveillance sharing within the CME ETH market is sufficient to protect against fraud and manipulation in the […]
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Vanguard CEO says Bitcoin ETFs do not ‘belong in a long-term portfolio’

Vanguard CEO Tim Buckley said Bitcoin needs to “change as an asset class” for the investment firm to consider it as a viable option and has no intention of changing its mind about spot Bitcoin ETFs until that happens. Buckley made the statement in a preview clip of an upcoming webcast posted on March 15. […]
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Binance Labs spun-off into independent entity outside the Binance group umbrella

Binance spun off its $10 billion venture capital arm, Binance Labs, into an independent entity that will no longer be under the group’s purview months ago. Bloomberg drew attention to the silent change in a March 15 report, which revealed that Binance Labs had added a disclaimer about the change on its website earlier in […]
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Saylor says Bitcoin will ‘eat gold’ in the coming months

MicroStrategy executive chairman Michael Saylor predicted that Bitcoin will “eat gold” in the coming months because it is a far superior asset in every way. The MicroStrategy chair made the statement during a CNBC interview on March 11, where he added that Bitcoin was not only superior to gold but all conventional assets, including real […]
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Biden’s 2025 budget targets crypto tax loopholes, expands digital asset oversight

The Biden administration released its proposed budget for 2025 on March 11, which includes provisions to implement a series of regulatory measures targeting digital assets. The proposed rules are expected to generate nearly $10 billion in additional tax revenue by 2025. Closing loopholes The new budget proposals specifically target a loophole that has previously allowed […]
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Wyoming to recognize DAOs as legal entities under newly passed law

Wyoming has passed a law recognizing blockchain-based decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) as legal entities. The bill — titled the Decentralized Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Act (DUNA) — was signed by the state’s Governor on March 7 and will be effective starting July 1. The full text of the bill does not explicitly name DAOs. Instead, it […]
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Worldcoin files lawsuit to appeal Spain’s ban

Worldcoin developer Tools for Humanity has filed a lawsuit to appeal Spain’s recent ban on its data collection and usage within the country for three months. Worldcoin said in a March 6 blog post that Spain’s regulators circumvented the regular process around EU GDPR rules by issuing their order, leaving it no choice but to […]
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BlackRock’s spot Bitcoin ETF surpasses $10B in AUM, faster than any other to date

BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin Trust (IBIT) now has more than $10 billion in assets under management (AUM), according to data from CoinGlass. Bloomberg ETF analyst Eric Balchunas noted that IBIT is one of just 152 exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that have reached the $10 billion mark. Currently, roughly 3,400 ETFs exist in total. He observed that IBIT […]
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Biden administration’s notorious Bitcoin mining survey halted after legal backlash

The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) agreed to stop the emergency survey of Bitcoin miners as part of an agreement to end the lawsuit filed by several industry players, including the Texas Blockchain Council. According to the March 1 court filing, the EIA must destroy any survey information it has already received and information yet […]
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Grayscale CEO says there is ‘insatiable demand’ for spot Bitcoin ETFs

Grayscale CEO Michael Sonnenshein said the financial industry has “never seen such insatiable demand for an ETF wrapper” as it has seen with Bitcoin ETFs. Sonnenshein made the statement during a CNBC interview on March 1, where he shared his insights about the performance of spot Bitcoin ETFs and the market’s response to their recent […]
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Crypto losses hit $67 million in February, pushing yearly losses to $200 million – Immunefi

Crypto industry losses amounted to $67 million in February over 12 incidents, with hacks accounting for 97.54% of funds stolen, according to Immunefi’s latest crypto losses report. Meanwhile, the remaining 2.46% of the funds stolen were lost due to fraud. Despite the significant losses during the month, there was a notable decrease compared to January […]
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Bitcoin reclaims $54k two years after painful crash at the start of winter

Bitcoin (BTC) surged 6% on Feb. 26 to a new two-year high of $54,910 after US markets began trading, an indication of rising interest in the flagship crypto from retail and institutional investors. Bitcoin was trading at roughly $54,650 as of press time, up 5.6% on a daily basis, with a market cap of $1.07 […]
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Bitcoin breaks past $42k, hitting a five-day high

The price of Bitcoin surpassed $42,000 on Jan. 26 amidst significant spot Bitcoin ETF flows and an upgrade to Coinbase’s stock rating. Bitcoin (BTC) was valued at $42,040.36 with a market cap of $824.4 billion at 8:05 pm UTC on Friday. That marks 5.3% growth over 24 hours. Bitcoin’s current price also represents a five-day […]
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OpenAI claims New York Times was in partnership talks prior to lawsuit

OpenAI published a blog post on Jan. 8 in which it responded to an ongoing lawsuit previously initiated by The New York Times. On Dec. 27, the newspaper alleged in a lawsuit that OpenAI violated copyright law and used millions of its articles to train automated chatbots. OpenAI, however, claims that The New York Times […]
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SEC lists eight updated 19b-4 filings as spot Bitcoin ETF process nears deadline

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) began to publish notices of filing updates related to spot Bitcoin ETFs on Jan. 8. As of 10:45 p.m. UTC, the SEC’s national securities exchange page listed amendments to eight 19b-4 filings detailing proposed rule changes. Six of those updated filings concern proposed rule changes through which the […]
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BTC tops $47k as CNBC predicts Wednesday Bitcoin ETF approval

The price of Bitcoin (BTC) surpassed $47,100 on Jan. 8 amidst expectations of spot Bitcoin ETF approvals over the coming days. Bitcoin was priced at $47,162 at 7:15 p.m. UTC. At the time, its market cap is roughly $918 billion. The latest high represents daily gains for Bitcoin and other top-ten crypto assets. Bitcoin (BTC) […]
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Kraken legal chief dismisses SEC charges as ‘hollow,’ citing Ripple victory

Kraken, facing charges from the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), plans to fight and respond to the complaint in court, confirmed the company’s Chief Legal Officer (CLO), Marco Santori, in a conversation with CNBC on Nov. 30. Santori said: “The SEC alleges that … Kraken is a exchange clearing house and broker dealer for investment […]
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SEC meets with Hashdex to discuss its Bitcoin ETF proposal

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) met with Bitcoin ETF applicant Hashdex this week, according to a Nov. 29 memo from the agency. The discussion, which took place on Monday, Nov. 27., concerned a proposed rule change to allow NYSE Arca to list and trade shares of Hashdex’s Bitcoin ETF. According to the SEC […]
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SEC opens comment period for Fidelity’s proposed Ethereum ETF

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) began to accept comments on Fidelity’s proposed spot Ethereum ETF through a Nov. 30 filing. That filing indicates that the securities agency is now soliciting comments on a proposed rule change from Cboe BZX. If approved, that rule change will allow the exchange to list and trade Fidelity’s […]
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Binance delists Tornado Cash as TORN value plummets

Binance announced plans to delist Tornado Cash’s native token, TORN, on Nov. 27, closely coinciding with massive losses for the coin. The exchange announced plans to delist TORN on Nov. 27 at 6:00 PM UTC. This coincided with a sudden loss in value for the asset, which dropped from $3.90 to as low as $1.94 […]
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Grayscale Bitcoin Trust’s discount narrows to 8% amid growing ETF optimism

According to market data from YCharts on Nov. 24, the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) discount rate has narrowed to 8.06%. The “discount” refers to the situation where the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) shares are trading at a price lower than their underlying net asset value (NAV). GBTC began trading at a discount in early 2021, […]
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Grayscale files updated Bitcoin ETF prospectus days after talks with U.S. SEC

Grayscale submitted an updated filing for its pending spot Bitcoin ETF to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Nov. 22. The filing in question is an amended S-3 prospectus, a type of registration form used by firms that have previously met other reporting requirements. Bloomberg ETF analyst James Seyffart suggested in an X […]
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U.S. Treasury calls $3.4B Binance resolution FinCEN’s largest settlement in history

The U.S. Department of the Treasury published its comments on settlements with Binance and related parties in a statement on Nov. 21. Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen said: “Binance turned a blind eye to its legal obligations in the pursuit of profit. Its willful failures allowed money to flow to terrorists, cybercriminals, and child […]
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Hester Peirce says SEC shouldn’t block spot Bitcoin ETFs, speaks on Binance resolution

Commissioner Hester Peirce of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) commented on pending spot Bitcoin ETFs to Bloomberg on Nov. 22. Peirce said that, although she cannot comment on currently active ETF proposals, she is open to approving such a product. She said: “I’ve been very transparent that I’ve thought for many years now […]
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Binance’s new chapter begins with hefty fines and compliance commitments

Binance issued a statement on Nov. 21 regarding its resolution of investigations from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and other agencies. There, Binance stated that it is pleased to announce the resolution and admitted to past wrongdoing. The crypto exchange company said: “When Binance first launched, it did not have compliance controls adequate for […]
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Binance’s Changpeng Zhao pleads guilty to money laundering, comments on resignation

Now-former Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao has pleaded guilty to money laundering charges, according to reports from The New York Times on Nov. 21. Zhao reportedly entered his guilty plea in federal court in Seattle today and agreed to pay a $50 million fine as part of the plea deal. That fine is separate from Binance’s […]
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Apple entered anti-crypto agreements with competitors, class action suit claims

A class action suit filed on Nov. 17 in California alleged that Apple entered anti-competitive agreements that partially restricted the use of cryptocurrency. Specifically, plaintiffs said that agreements between Apple and its competitors prevent iOS Peer-to-Peer Payment Market apps from offering decentralized crypto features. The plaintiffs asserted that Apple’s agreements apply to various other payment […]
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