New BlackRock ETF invests in 35 blockchain companies

Fin is an experienced editor with a focus on the frontlines of global business news and cutting-edge technological trends. He has published engaging interviews with leading industry figures from the likes of CBS, Rakuten, Spotify, and more. When not tapping away behind a laptop, he can be found researching and exploring the cryptocurrency and NFT markets. You can follow his Twitter @FinStrathern or connect with him at https://www.linkedin.com/in/finstrathern/. BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, has launched a new exchange-traded fund (ETF) providing European customers with access to investment in the…

Blockchain interoperability goes beyond moving data from point A to B — Axelar CEO Sergey Gorbunov

Cross-chain communication between blockchains is more than just moving data from point A to B, but how it can connect applications and users for enhanced experiences and fewer gas fees in Web3, outlined Sergey Gorbunov, Axelar Network co-founder and CEO, speaking to Cointelegraph’s business editor Sam Bourgi on Sept. 28 at Converge22 in San Francisco.  As the crypto industry has developed over the past few years, blockchain interoperability has seen a surge in demand, attracting venture capital and welcoming players, such as Axelar, which reached unicorn status in February. According…

Blockchain gamers surge as users attempt ‘stacking crypto:’ DappRadar

User activity on blockchain gaming decentralized applications (DApps) surged in September, with a host of games posting significant increases in the number of active users. According to data from DappRadar, seven out of the top 10 games in terms of the number of “unique wallet addresses interacting with dapp’s smart contracts” increased over the past 30 days, with all of the top five games being in the green during that time frame. At the time of writing, the DApps registering growth in the period include Web3 gaming platform Gameta, and…

Pantera plans to raise $1.25B for second blockchain fund: Report

Dan Morehead, founder and CEO of Pantera Capital, reportedly said the hedge fund was planning to raise $1.25 billion for a second blockchain fund. According to a Sept. 28 Bloomberg report, Morehead said Pantera aimed to close the blockchain fund by May. The fund will reportedly invest in digital tokens and equity in an effort to appeal to institutional investors. “We want to provide liquidity for people that are kind of giving up because we’re still very bullish for the next 10 or 20 years,” said the Pantera CEO, according…

Pantera Capital’s CEO suggests Blockchain growth will continue despite economic turmoil

The economic landscape may seem dire at the moment, but it’s unlikely to affect blockchain development, according to Pantera Capital CEO Dan Morehead. In an interview for Real Vision on Thursday, the venture capitalist said that he believes blockchain technology will perform based on its own fundamentals, regardless of the conditions indicated by traditional risk metrics: “Like any disruptive thing, like Apple or Amazon stock, there are short periods of time where it’s correlated with the S&P 500 or whatever risk metric you want to use. But over the last…

China accounts for 84% of all blockchain patent applications, but there’s a catch

China accounts for 84% of all blockchain applications filed worldwide, according to the latest data shared by the country’s government official. China has steered clear of the cryptocurrency market. However, the Beijing government has been supportive of the underlying blockchain technology. The country has actively promoted the use of blockchain tech over the years, and thus the high percentage of blockchain patents isn’t surprising. President Xi Jinping has also played a key role in promoting the nascent blockchain technology. In 2019, the president called upon citizens, tech companies and stakeholders…

Latham & Watkins Releases Second Edition of The Book of Jargon® — Blockchain, Crypto & Web3

Mobile and desktop reference tool defines nearly 600 industry terms. NEW YORK, Sept. 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to publish the second edition of The Book of Jargon® — Blockchain, Crypto & Web3, a comprehensive digital glossary developed for the business, academic, and legal communities. The resource renders the often complex vocabulary, acronyms, and slang of the blockchain, cryptocurrency, and Web3 sector more accessible and understandable to all. With nearly 600 terms, the user-friendly glossary is roughly double the size of the first edition, incorporating…

Jump-Backed Wormhole, Pyth Launch on Aptos Blockchain

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Maturing blockchain industry paves the way for enterprise adoption

A session at this year’s Blockchain Expo Europe highlights that blockchain is reaching a stage of maturity that paves the way for enterprise adoption. The session was presented by Pedro Lopez-Belmonte, Senior Manager of Web3 and Technology Innovation at Richemont, on day one of Europe’s leading blockchain conference. One of the first charts presented during the session was Gartner’s hype cycle, which shows blockchain platforms now leaving the trough of disillusionment and entering the slope of enlightenment: This area of the cycle is where emerging technologies leave behind their initial…

Bandai Namco, SEGA among gaming giants eyeing blockchain gaming

Japanese gaming giants are positioning for mainstream blockchain game adoption and will not be swayed by the section of gamers that are against crypto and nonfungible tokens (NFTs), an executive from the Oasys blockchain project told Cointelegraph. Speaking to Cointelegraph at the 2022 Tokyo Games Show last week, Oasys representative director Ryo Matsubara emphasized that the project’s big-name partners such as Bandai Namco, Sega and Square Enix are not just jumping on the crypto bandwagon — there’s a long-term vision for blockchain-based gaming: “We have a shared vision about blockchain at…