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Lummis casts doubt on Bankman-Fried-backed bill, plugs own solutions

Sen. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., an outspoken policymaker on digital asset issues, cast doubt on legislation that would give the Commodity Futures Trading Commission more power over crypto markets. 

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Kraken settles Iran sanctions violations with U.S. Treasury

Kraken agreed to a $362,000 settlement after voluntarily disclosing the violations.

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Crypto taxation talks gain traction in the EU

EU tax experts are calling for tougher rules on crypto assets, as the European Commission is expected to pick up draft tax proposals in December.

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Analysis of BlockFi’s Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Filing

Quick Take

  • November 28, 2022 BlockFi files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection
  • BlockFi estimates there will be funds left over to distribute to the more than 100,000 unsecured creditors
  • $1 – $10bn estimated assets available for distribution 
  • $1 – $10bn estimated liabilities outstanding 
  • Bankruptcy process led by CEO and Co-founder Zach Prince 
  • This is an ongoing series from The Block Research covering BlockFi’s insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings

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House lawmakers set first FTX hearing for Dec. 13

House lawmakers will hold an FTX hearing in December.

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Lagarde calls for broader crypto regulation following FTX collapse

The European Central Bank’s Christine Lagarde said that the collapse of FTX emphasizes the need for more rules around the digital asset industry, reiterating her call for more crypto legislation beyond MiCA.

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CFTC chair defends bill that FTX’s Bankman-Fried also backed

The CFTC chair defends legislation he’s asked Congress for, which also had the backing of embattled crypto mogul Sam Bankman-Fried.

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Wrapped ether remains perfectly fine, despite jokes on Twitter

Crypto Twitter has made a parody of the idea that wrapped ether might be in trouble. Here’s why there’s no need for alarm.

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Stardust Company Intelligence

Quick Take

  • Founded in 2018, Stardust enables game developers to easily create and manage NFTs within their game without the need for any blockchain code
  • Stardust products include Core API for game developers, Marketplace API, Stardust Vault (proprietary in-game custodial wallet solution) and Developer Dashboard
  • Stardust completed its Seed round ($5 million) in September 2021 and Series A round ($30 million) in October 2022 – both rounds were led by Framework Ventures
  • Stardust has a blockchain agnostic approach and is prioritizing multichain integration in the near future to satisfy developer needs (Polygon and Solana supported; Avalanche support planned for Q1 2023)
  • Stardust is planning to introduce more sophisticated features in 2023, such as credit card payment functionality for Stardust payment feature
  • Currently, +100 clients are using Stardust to build their games – there has been a 46% increase in games created from 2021 to 2022, a 321% increase in games being actively developed from 2021 to 2022

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Crypto lender BlockFi files for bankruptcy protection

Crypto firm BlockFi files for bankruptcy after FTX collapse.

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