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As reported, the global payments platform recorded a massive $242 million USD worth of cryptocurrency transacted on the platform yesterday, breaking the record by almost double its previous record of $129 million USD earlier this year. In the last two weeks, the daily moving volume of cryptocurrency on the platform has spiked by nearly 1000%.

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Bakkt, one of the biggest cryptocurrency companies in the United States, will not support XRP as part of its further product development, according to the CEO.

Bakkt CEO Gavin Michael said that Bakkt is planning to roll out support for a number of altcoins on its platform in the future.

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The United Kingdom government appears to be cementing its position that XRP is an exchange token and not a security.

The report classifies XRP, Ethereum and Bitcoin as “tokens that are primarily used as a means of exchange.” So-called “exchange tokens” fall under an “unregulated” category that means they are neither e-money nor security tokens.

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The top large-scale Bitcoin investors, or Bitcoin whales, are adding to their Bitcoin holdings, with a more than 16% accumulation to their portfolios over the past month.

The top 100 wallet addresses saw around 334,000 Bitcoin, which was around $11 billion USD worth of Bitcoin at the time of transacting, flood in.

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Coinbase issued a rare apology Tuesday to UK and EU customers who the major cryptocurrency exchange said in a blog post have been affected by weeks of systems outages and trading restrictions.

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European Central Bank (ECB) President Christine Lagarde said bitcoin has facilitated “funny business” needs to be regulated.

Lagarde also described bitcoin (BTC, -1.06%) as a “speculative asset,” according to a report from FX Street.

The EU central bank chief said there will be a digital euro, hopefully in no more than five years.

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Major trading platform Huobi Global added deposits and withdrawals in Russian Rubles (RUB) in partnership with AdvCash payments processor.

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Vitalik Buterin trust that social recovery wallets could help newcomers feel safer in a world where everyone wants to be their own bank.

Social recovery wallets work like any ordinary wallet, except that they add guardians to the equation. Guardians are a group of people with the ability to sign a petition from the original wallet owner to facilitate access if the owner loses or forgets their keys for any reason.

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The price of Polkadot protocol’s DOT token has increased by over 38% in the last 24 hours, pushing it to $11.36.

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Huobi Global will launch POLS (Polkastarter) in Inno Hub on January 14th, 2021. Open POLS spot trading (POLS/USDT, POLS/BTC, POLS/ETH) at 20:00 on January 14th (UTC+8).

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Crypto derivatives exchange Deribit is now offering traders the ability to bet bitcoin will reach $400,000 by year’s end.

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Vonovia, a major European real estate group, has issued a 20 million euro ($24 million) bond using the Stellar blockchain.

Vonovia has deployed the Stellar blockchain to issue security tokens for the transfer of real estate rights. The tokens were issued through an online marketplace called firstwire. Vonovia said that the blockchain-powered bond has a total term of three years.

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Crypto exchange and custodian Gemini has acquired fintech startup Blockrize to launch a credit card in the U.S. that would offer up to 3% rewards in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

The team are working to launch the credit card later this year, and users in all 50 U.S. states will be able to earn crypto rewards by spending U.S. dollars.

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NEM has been released V0.10.0.5 of Symbol and the public testnet is available.

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Polkadot becomes fourth fargest cryptocurrency as markets surge again.

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Miami mayor Francis Suarez is considering putting some of the city’s treasury reserves into bitcoin.

“If I would have done it last year, I would have made 200% plus [return]. So I would have looked like a genius,” said Suarez.

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Cryptocurrency stablecoins could become systemically important overnight, says United States Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, and that’s why the Fed is determined to get its own central bank digital currency right.

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Blockchain mortgage platform Figure says it has closed a $100 million financing facility for its mortgage products from investment bank JPMorgan.

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The first three quarters of 2020 showed record-breaking results, but the Q4 report trumped all data. Grayscale Investment noted that the total investments during the last three months of the year were $3.3 billion, while the amount is $5.7 billion for the entire year. This means that nearly 60% of all investments came in Q4.

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Ethereum was apparently trending in French twitter according to Alistair Milne, a bitcoin investor.

Also for two weeks in a row, Bitcoin is the main topic on Brazilian Twitter with more than 122 thousands tweets. Exchange volumes are at record highs too as the number of crypto funds and the price skyrockets more than 475% against the Brazilian Real since the beginning of 2020.

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