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Following the Vasil hard fork in September, Plutus Scripts (a Cardano-based smart contracts platform) has rapidly hit over 4,000 smart contacts. According to data acquired by Finbold, the number of smart contracts on Cardano reached the 4,027 mark on December 3, per statistics from Cardano Blockchain Insights.

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The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) signed in new laws for Electronic Money Institutions (EMIs) — non-bank entities offering digital payment instruments — to ensure the timely issuance of a CBDC in the next three years. The World Bank helped Pakistan design the new regulations, according to local media Arab News.

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A Chinese court in the city of Hangzhou has said nonfungible token (NFT) collections are online virtual property that should be protected under Chinese law.

The court decided it necessary to “confirm the legal attributes of the NFT digital collection” for a case and admitted “Chinese laws currently do not clearly stipulate” the “legal attributes of NFT digital collections.”

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As crypto company valuations are affected by the recent FTX debacle, financial services firm Goldman Sachs is looking to swoop in and invest millions to purchase or invest in crypto firms while the prices are low.

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Top crypto exchange Crypto .com has teamed up with American multinational beverage corporation Coca-Cola to launch a collection of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) it calls the “Piece of Magic” NFTs. The partnership will see about 10,000 NFTs hosted on Crypto .com’s blockchain.

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Major crypto lender Nexo will be leaving the United States over the next few months, as the company was unable to reach an agreement with the country's regulators. Nexo stated that it would be "phasing out its products and services in the United States in a gradual and orderly fashion over the coming months."

The reason behind this move includes "inconsistent and changing positions among state and federal regulators," which Nexo said it had tried to accommodate by adapting and modifying its business.

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Bankrupt crypto lender Celsius was granted an extension on its exclusivity period until Feb. 15, 2023. The court approval would give the troubled crypto lender another couple of months to file for a Chapter 11 restructuring plan.

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A member of the Iranian parliament has told local media the government plans to impose new punishments on women who do not wear a hijab in public, with individuals who refuse to comply after two warnings possibly having their bank accounts frozen.

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First launched in 2019 and pegged to the offshore Chinese Yuan (CNH), CNHT is one of Tether’s four major stablecoins, and its launch on the TRON ecosystem represents a “big milestone for crypto and Asia community,” in the words of TRON’s founder Justin Sun.

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Video game company Atari now allows holders of its NFT collection, Atari NFT, to print framed prints and posters through a new collaboration with print-on-demand company Pixels.

Atari NFT holders may connect their Ethereum wallets to AtariPrints .com to create physical versions of their NFTs, which are available in five different sizes.

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A security firm says North Korean hackers created a bogus crypto exchange that infects users’ internet-connected devices with malware – which allows them to access sensitive networks so they can steal cryptoassets.

The claims were made by the security provider Volexity, and backed by the likes of Malwarebytes. Volexity claimed that BloxHolder was a clone of the bona fide trading platform HaasOnline. It produced examples of near-identical webpages and word-for-word-identical text from the two sites as evidence.

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Crypto exchange giant Binance has enough reserves to back its users’ Bitcoin (BTC), according to global auditing firm Mazars. New auditing report, which was requested by Binance for the same snapshot in time, appears to confirm the accuracy of Binance’s contention.

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CryptoCompare has revealed that smart contract platform Cardano (ADA) has seen the number of daily active users jump in November after the collapse of the popular cryptocurrency exchange FTX. Cardano’s daily active users rose 15.6% to 75,800 last month, the highest number recorded since May.

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Cross-chain bridge protocol Nomad is getting set to relaunch and partially reimburse those that lost funds in its $190 million hack earlier this year.

“Since the Nomad Token Bridge hack, the team has been working hard on recovering funds and making the necessary updates to safely relaunch the Nomad Token Bridge,” the team noted, in a Medium post.

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The yield farming and generating solution on Cardano is not the most popular part of the Cardano ecosystem. However, Optim Finance's bonds and vaults are long-awaited products that are expected to bring more fundamental value to the ecosystem as a whole.

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Crypto lender Celsius Network must return around $44 million worth of crypto back to customers, even if it didn't enter Celsius's interest-bearing accounts.

Celsius filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July, when the firm revealed it had between $1 billion and $10 billion in liabilities and claimed more than 100,000 creditors.

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America’s largest crypto exchange, Coinbase, doesn’t want its customers to use the Tether stablecoin. It’s instead offering incentives on its own stablecoin, USDC.

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DeFi Kingdoms’ revamped Serendale realm is officially live on metaverse blockchain Klaytn. A new utility token, JADE, will be minted through a native DEX and used for all game-related features in Serendale. The relaunch of Serendale marks a major milestone for the game.

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Seattle-based major coffeehouse chain Starbucks is expanding its exposure to Web3 and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) with the launch of the beta version of Starbucks Odyssey, a new loyalty program made available to a small group of waitlist members comprising customers and employees in the US.

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Cryptocurrency investment firm BlockTower Credit and DeFi lending protocol MakerDAO will vote on whether to fund $220 million in so-called real-world assets through Centrifuge.

If the vote passes, BlockTower will provide $70 million in junior capital — that is, funds allocated to speculative activity and used for high-risk, high-reward investments — and Maker will approve $150 million in senior capital to create a $220 million pool on Centrifuge, a Berlin-based protocol that is bridging real-world assets to DeFi through tokenization.

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