US Treasury Seeks Public Comments on Crypto-Related Illicit Finance and National Security Risks

The U.S. Department of the Treasury is seeking public input on “digital-asset-related illicit finance and national security risks.” The department warned: “The growing use of digital assets in financial activity heightens risks of crimes such as money laundering, terrorist and proliferation......

Ford Files 19 Trademark Applications Preparing a Possible Metaverse Push

Leading automotive company Ford has filed 19 trademark applications related to possible metaverse activities. In the documents, the company hints at the potential launch of Ford-branded NFTs (non-fungible tokens) on its own marketplace, and also refers to the offering of virtual......

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......

Russia’s Sberbank to Allow Users to Issue NFTs on Its Blockchain Platform

Recognizing existing demand for non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, one of the largest banks in Russia, Sberbank, now intends to allow users to issue them on its blockchain platform. The financial institution also plans to cooperate with art sites and galleries across......

Hackers Offer to Sell Belarus President Lukashenko’s Passport as NFT

Anti-government hackers have attempted to sell what they say is an NFT of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko’s passport. The members of the ‘Belarusian Cyber Partisans’ collective claim to have obtained the passport data of all of the country’s citizens. Cyber Guerrillas......

L2 Scaling Solution Arbitrum Deploys Nitro Rollup Stack Migration

The layer two (L2) scaling solution Arbitrum revealed on Wednesday that the team has implemented the project’s Nitro rollup stack migration. Earlier this month, Arbitrum developers noted that the Nitro migration would reduce network fees and improve throughput. Arbitrum Developers Implement......

Veve Partners With Marvel to Drop Limited Edition NFT Covers Featuring Spider-Man, Black Panther

On August 29, the digital collectibles company Veve announced that the platform has launched digital variant non-fungible token (NFT) covers from three Marvel comic book artists. Veve and Marvel detailed that the NFT drops called the Marvel Artworks collection will be......

Spending $276M in Ether — Colossal Ethereum Whale That Participated in the Genesis ICO Transfers 145,000 ETH

After three years of dormancy, a massive ethereum whale that participated in the project’s first token sale, also known as the Genesis initial coin offering (ICO), spent 145,000 ether worth just over $276 million using today’s ethereum exchange rates. Mega Ethereum......

Funko Partners With Entertainment Giant Paramount to Drop Avatar Legends NFTs

On July 29, the pop-culture consumer products firm, Funko, announced that the company has partnered with the multinational mass media and entertainment corporation Paramount Global. The two corporations plan to introduce a series of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) based on the Avatar......