Stars Arena secures funds to plug $3M exploit, set to reopen after security audit

Avalanche-based Web3 social media app Stars Arena announced that it has secured the funding to cover the $3 million hole left by an exploit on Oct. 6. The team also added that it will re-open the smart contract once a full security audit has occurred. In an announcement on X, the Stars Arena team noted: … Read more

SEC initiates legal action against FTX’s auditor

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has commenced legal proceedings against an accounting firm that had provided services to cryptocurrency exchange FTX prior to its bankruptcy declaration. According to a September 29 statement, the SEC alleged that Prager Metis provided auditing services to its clients without maintaining the necessary independence, as it continued … Read more

Web3 made simple: Brinc joins forces with Cointelegraph Accelerator

Web3 startups often face challenges unique to the nascent ecosystem — complex regulatory landscapes and scaling with decentralization are just two of many. Venture capital flowing into Web3 startups experienced a big drop over the last year, and new projects need more help than ever to carry their work throughout the early phases. This is … Read more

Binance Australia GM ‘really confident’ regulators will side with crypto

Binance Australia General Manager Ben Rose says he’s “really confident” that Australian regulators will eventually make the right choices when it comes to laws that govern digital assets in the country.  “There are lots of very smart people in the government working really hard on [crypto] policy, so I’m really confident that we’ll get there … Read more

CME Group to launch BTC, ETH reference rates aimed at Asia’s investors

Derivatives marketplace CME Group is launching Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) reference rates for the Asia Pacific region, in another sign of growing institutional interest in crypto from Asia. On Aug. 16, derivatives marketplace CME Group said it’s partnered with crypto indices provider CF Benchmarks and on Sept. 11 to launch the two Asia Pacific-focused … Read more

‘No fucking way’ — Joe Rogan, Post Malone slam US government CBDC

Podcaster and commentator Joe Rogan has blasted the idea of a United States central bank digital currency, describing a digital dollar as a “game over” scenario for American citizens.  In an Aug. 8 episode of the widely-watched podcast Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan and rapper Post Malone turned to topics surrounding the U.S. financial system, pausing … Read more

Elon Musk tweets and Twitter bot spam influences altcoin prices: Study

Crypto-spouting Twitter bots could be playing a much larger role in artificially inflating the price of altcoins than previously understood, a new study has suggested. Using a sample of various FTX-listed cryptocurrencies in a study published Aug. 2, the Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI) said it analyzed over 3 million tweets posted between Jan. 1, 2019, to … Read more

UFO hearing: Crypto degens spare no time crafting 50 alien shitcoins

Crypto degens have been quick to try and capitalize on a widely-watched hearing where former United States government officials have claimed the existence of alien spacecraft and “biologics.” Testifying under oath at the House Oversight Subcommittee on National Security, David Grusch, a former Pentagon task force member on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) and whistleblower, accused … Read more

Tokenizing music royalties as NFTs could help the next Taylor Swift

Since 2021, pop superstar Taylor Swift has been rerecording and releasing her entire back catalog of albums in an effort to break away from her previous record label and gain greater control over her art. The fact she has to go through such a painstaking, expensive process just to recover what most would consider rightfully … Read more

Coinbase Wallet launches instant messaging feature with XMTP

Coinbase Wallet users can now send instant messages to each other using their Ethereum identities, according to a  July 12 blog post from Coinbase. The new feature relies on the Extensible Message Transport Protocol (XMTP), an instant messaging system that allows users to communicate using blockchain addresses. XMTP is also used by decentralized social media … Read more