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Swiss Central Bank Completes Wholesale CBDC Trial

  • The second phase of Project Helvetia was conducted in partnership with the Bank of International Settlements, the Swiss National Bank, and the SIX Digital Exchange.
  • Completed in the fourth quarter of 2021, the tests saw a wholesale CBDC being integrated into the systems of Citi, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, Hypothekarbank Lenzburg, and UBS banks.
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  • The second phase of Project Helvetia was conducted in partnership with the Bank of International Settlements, the Swiss National Bank, and the SIX Digital Exchange.
  • Completed in the fourth quarter of 2021, the tests saw a wholesale CBDC being integrated into the systems of Citi, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, Hypothekarbank Lenzburg, and UBS banks.
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TaxBit Network to Offer Free Crypto Tax Forms

  • Users of participating platforms will be able to use the TaxBit ecosystem to generate their transaction history data for free when filing taxes.
  • More than 500 platforms have decided to participate in the TaxBit Network, amongst which are PayPal, Binance.US, Coinbase, FTX.US, Gemini, and more.
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Coinsuper Reportedly Stops Customer Withdrawals

  • Dozens of customers have been unable to withdraw their money and tokens from the exchange since late November, messages from telegram suggest.
  • At least seven users have filed reports with the police, which is currently investigating one case connected to the exchange.
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Grim Finance Suffers Reentrancy Attack, Loses $30M

  • The hacker made five deposits into the vault while the first was being processed by exploiting the protocol's vault contract.
  • The project quickly paused its vaults, but not before the attacker stole around $30 million worth of digital assets, causing Grim Finance's TVL to fall to $4 million.
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Binance Withdraws Crypto License Application in Singapore

  • The exchange's CEO explained on Twitter that the move was connected to Binance's recent acquisition of Singapore-regulated securities exchange HGX.
  • The exchange is also winding down its services in the area, with Singapore users no longer having the ability to deposit fiat or crypto to the platform.
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Gemini and Bancolombia to Enable Crypto Trading in Colombia

  • Starting 14 December, Bancolombia clients will be able to trade four crypto assets, namely BTC, ETH, LTC, and BCH.
  • The partnership is part of a year-long pilot program run by Colombia’s financial regulator SFC to test banking services for crypto platforms.
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Crypto.com to Acquire Two U.S. Exchanges

  • The popular crypto exchange has offered IG Group $216 million for its stakes in U.S.-based Nadex and Small Exchange.
  • The acquisition, expected to be complete in the first half of 2022, will enable Crypto.com to offer its U.S. customers access to derivatives and futures products.
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Galaxy Digital to Raise $500M Through Convertible Debt

  • The company will issue exchangeable senior notes, with the debt bearing a 3% interest rate, which will reach maturity in 2026.
  • The deal, expected to close this December, also allows the bond holders to exchange the debt for company stock.
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eToro to Delist ADA and TRX for U.S. Customers

  • On 26 December U.S. users will loose the ability to open new positions in ADA and TRX, and by 31 December will no longer be able to stake the tokens.
  • eToro will limit the selling of the assets sometime in Q1 2022, after it has made its wallet compatible with ADA and TRX.
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Huobi Global to Restrict Trading Services in Singapore

  • In order to comply with local regulators, Huobi revealed it will be shutting down its operations in Singapore by 31 March, 2022.
  • Users in the area have been advised to close down their positions, and withdraw their digital assets before that date.
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Huobi Global to Migrate Spot Trading Services to Gibraltar

  • The new GFSC license enables Huobi to use DLT for "storing or transmitting value belonging to others" to or from Gibraltar.
  • Huobi hopes it will be able to attract both retail and institutional clients who want to trade through a regulated platform.
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Thailand’s Oldest Bank Acquires Controlling Stake in Bitkub Exchange

  • Siam Commercial Bank has acquired 51% of the total shares in Bitkub for the price of 17.85 billion baht, or around $536 million.
  • The deal is still pending regulatory approval, but the exchange expects to complete the transaction by the first quarter of 2022.
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Digital Currency Group Valued at $10B After $700M Secondary Sale

  • The secondary investment round was led by SoftBank's Vision Fund2 and Latin America Fund, and saw participation from GIC Capital, Ribbit Capital and CapitalG.
  • The goal of the round was not to raise capital for DCG, but provide early investors with the "opportunity" to exit and take profits.
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Scammers Steal $65,000 As YouTube Search Results Recommend Fake Apple Event Video

  • The scammer impersonated Apple, taking advantage of the highly anticipated October 18 event by the company.
  • No BTC was stolen, but more than 17 Ethereum were swindled out of their three owners.