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Mastercard Welcomes 5 Startups to Blockchain and Digital Asset Program

Mastercard Welcomes 5 Startups to Blockchain and Digital Asset ProgramMastercard’s Start Path Blockchain and Digital Asset program has expanded to include five new startups, aiming to explore innovative uses of blockchain technology. “Digital assets are becoming increasingly mainstream, speeding up commerce with trust and transparency,” Mastercard stated. Mastercard’s Digital Asset Program Expands Payments giant Mastercard announced Wednesday that five startups from around the world […]

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Blockchain gaming investments reached nearly $1B in April

The investment figures come alongside a record high 2.9 million daily unique active wallets (dUAW) for the month.

Blockchain gaming saw investments totaling $988 million in the month of April, the highest since January 2021. The number of daily unique active wallets also reached a record-setting 2.9 million for blockchain gaming. 

DappRadar, in partnership with the Blockchain Gaming Alliance, released its April blockchain gaming report on 17 May. The banner month for the sector accompanies similar trends in the overall decentralized applications (Dapp) market.

According to the report, the recent boon can be attributed to several factors including renewed consumer interest in digital assets within the context of gaming:

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The Hashgraph Association Partners With Qatar Financial Centre to Launch Digital Assets Venture Studio

The Hashgraph Association Partners With Qatar Financial Centre to Launch Digital Assets Venture StudioThe Hashgraph Association, a Swiss non-profit organization, has partnered with the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) to launch a $50 million digital assets venture studio. The venture studio aims to support companies in developing regulatory-compliant decentralized finance (defi) solutions. Supporting Web3 Startups With Bankable Defi Solutions The Hashgraph Association, a non-profit organization based in Switzerland, has […]

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‘We’re just scratching the surface’ of crypto and AI — Microsoft exec

The symbiotic relationship between AI and crypto is still in its nascent stages, according to tech execs.

Microsoft believes that artificial intelligence (AI) is “the defining technology of our time,” and it has been on the cutting edge of both AI research and investment. 

But that doesn’t mean the Seattle-based tech giant isn’t paying close attention to the cryptoverse too, including ways that blockchain technology and AI might one day support each other.

At the recent Cornell Blockchain Conference in New York, Yorke Rhodes, Microsoft’s director for digital transformation, blockchain and cloud supply chain, was asked how the company viewed this possible intersection of technologies.

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Mastercard launches ‘next generation’ of blockchain payments startup program

The program has added five startups and will trial various payment technologies ranging from blockchain to Web3.

Fintech giant Mastercard announced the addition of five new startups to its Start Path Blockchain and Digital Assets program on May 15. 

The Start Path Blockchain and Digital Assets program is a fintech accelerator program that focuses on “exploring future use cases to scale new solutions with startups around the world.”

Joining the program are crypto payment and card issuer Kulipa, blockchain software firm Parafin, decentralized physical infrastructure network (DePin) firm peaq, data platform Triangle, and blockchain developer Venly.

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OKX Ventures invests in Web3 ‘play ARPG to train AI’ game Blade of God X

The game is currently available in early access on the Epic Games Store.

Crypto and Web3 investment fund OKX Ventures recently invested in the Void Labs action role-playing game “Blade of God X,” an early access title with a purported ‘play … to train” feature allowing gamers to steer an artificial intelligence (AI) model’s training through gameplay.

According to a press release from OKX Ventures, the play-to-train concept “not only merges advanced AI agents with blockchain technology, but also allows players to train their AI agents through gameplay.”

Related: Experimental DAO with ‘leadership-as-a-service’ strategy to launch on live event

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Uniswap CEO weighs In on ethical token distribution

The Uniswap CEO strongly disapproved of low float tokens, considering them malicious and his biggest pet peeve.

Hayden Adams, Uniswap’s founder and CEO, has outlined his take on ethical considerations for effective token distribution. This comes a few days after the crypto community raised concerns about the transparency and fairness of token distribution on EigenLayer.

In an X post, Adams emphasized that he was discussing tokens, not points. He then criticized the practice of teasing and creating ambiguity during token distribution to inflate engagement metrics.

Adams cautioned against public speculation, mainly when the team is uncertain about future developments. He advised against teasing if one possesses information about a token distribution but does not plan to disclose the details.

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Popular Dogecoin (DOGE) Layer-2 Solution Dogechain To Shut Down Wallet Services Next Month

Popular Dogecoin (DOGE) Layer-2 Solution Dogechain To Shut Down Wallet Services Next Month

A prominent layer-2 scaling solution for the meme asset Dogecoin (DOGE) is announcing that it is going to be shutting down its wallet services next month. In a new thread on the social media platform X, Mishaboar, one of Dogecoin’s developers, tells investors to make sure they move their DOGE out of the Dogechain wallet […]

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Pantera invests in TON with high expectations for Telegram’s future

The Telegram-TON hookup opens up a broad spectrum of Web3 opportunities for Telegram’s 900 million monthly users, Pantera Capital said.

Pantera Capital has invested an undisclosed amount in The Open Network (TON). It is the crypto-focused venture capital firm’s “latest” investment in TON and motivated by its connection to the Telegram messaging service, the company said.

Telegram’s decision in April to incorporate TON gives TON “potential to become one of the largest crypto networks,” Pantera said in a long and enthusiastic blog post on its website. Telegram, with its 900 million monthly users and 36.7 million monthly downloads, “is well positioned to bring crypto to the world because of its shared Web3 ethos.”

In a laundry list of TON’s virtues, Pantera said the architecture of the TON blockchain provides performance and scalability that compares favorably with leading blockchains, and its wallet offers high utility with a simple interface.

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