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DID you see what Africa is doing with Web3?


Should you’ve spent any time studying about blockchain and Web3, you already know that this trade is full of massive buzzwords and half-baked ideas. However, ideas comparable to decentralized identity services, or DIDs, convey actual that means and utility to Web3. Should you haven’t but wrapped your thoughts round DID, it refers to a self-owned, unbiased id that allows trusted information change. In different phrases, it places digital id administration and administration immediately in your arms as a substitute of some third get together’s. 

On this week’s Crypto Biz, we check out a Web3 partnership designed to convey DID-powered fee options to Africa. We additionally chronicle Maple Finance, the European Central Financial institution and Nasdaq.

Funds platform Fuse integrates ChromePay to convey DID companies to Africa

Is Web3 even attainable with out decentralized id companies, or DIDs? It depends upon who you ask. For Web3 fee options Fuse and ChromePay, DIDs will play a vital position in increasing entry to the decentralized web, particularly in locations like Africa. This week, the businesses introduced a brand new partnership to convey a collection of DID-powered Web3 fee merchandise to the African continent. Particularly, ChromePay will combine the Fuse blockchain, permitting customers to entry each conventional and blockchain-based funds immediately on their cell units.

Maple Finance launches $300M lending pool for Bitcoin mining companies

Crypto lending platform Maple Finance is displaying no indicators of slowing down amid the bear market. The corporate introduced this week that it might provide up to $300 million worth of secure debt financing to Bitcoin (BTC) mining companies. Why is that this necessary? Nicely, for starters, the mortgage may assist miners keep afloat throughout certainly one of Bitcoin’s most severe downturns. The mortgage might be secured by bodily and mental property owned by the mining companies, together with their BTC mining rigs.

European Central Financial institution chooses Amazon and 4 different companies to prototype digital euro app

The European Central Financial institution, or ECB, will prototype its digital euro app with 5 e-commerce and fintech corporations led by Amazon. Nexi, EPI, Worldline and CaxaBank spherical out the listing of companions the ECB has chosen to develop particular capabilities for the digital euro prototype. Though the ECB has been imprecise about its intent to launch a central financial institution digital foreign money, the financial authority seems to be laying the groundwork for its implementation. I’m no fan of CBDCs, so make of this what you’ll.

Nasdaq reportedly making ready crypto custody companies for establishments

The bear market is likely to be an ideal alternative for institutional traders to study crypto and, by extension, start investing within the digital asset class. (Regulatory clarity will also help.) It was reported this week that monetary companies agency Nasdaq is preparing to offer digital asset custody services — a transfer that would make shopping for and holding BTC and different cryptocurrencies extra palatable for institutional traders. For my part, it’s solely a matter of time earlier than banks, hedge funds and household workplaces start dabbling in crypto. At this stage, not contemplating Bitcoin is a major career risk for investors. Ignore BTC at your peril!

Earlier than you go: Why did the crypto market dump after the Ethereum Merge?

Ethereum’s extremely anticipated Merge was accomplished efficiently final week, however even that didn’t forestall crypto costs from crashing once more. On this week’s Market Report, I sat down with Marcel Pechman, Benton Yaun and Ray Salmond to debate the components impacting crypto markets. I additionally shared my ideas on when Bitcoin may attain its definitive cycle backside. You’ll be able to watch the complete replay beneath.

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