UK Crypto Bill, Cardano Vasil Upgrade, $1 Billion For FTX
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It’s another week where the markets are swinging at the mercy of macroeconomic activity! 🥴 In the midst of the chaos, Cardano’s anticipated upgrade is underway, new crypto regulations are brewing, and there’s a flurry of massive fundraising for many Web3 companies! You might wanna grab some popcorn for this! 🍿
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Markets

Earlier this week, the U.S. Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 75 basis points after the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, bringing the Federal Funds Rate to 3.25%. Bitcoin reacted with a 6.5% swing to the downside that bottomed at $18,600, though it's since recovered to hit the 19,000 mark again

The U.K.’s central bank also took centre stage yesterday, raising its key interest rate by 50 basis points. This is part of an ongoing trend in which the likes of Canada, Switzerland, and the eurozone have recently taken similar actions - signaling a phase of aggressive monetary tightening policy.

Investors are now rightly concerned about the extent to which restrictive monetary policies could suppress economic output - a factor that could negatively impact the prices of cryptocurrencies.

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Cardano Vasil upgrade goes live


The five-day Cardano Vasil hard fork process began yesterday - a process the Cardano Foundation says will improve network performance. Cardano co-founder Charles Hoskinson has described it as the hardest update the developers have done since the project launched in 2017.

Cardano developer Input Output said the Vasil hard fork will leverage Cardano's hard fork combinator technology to introduce new features without losing any data from the older version of the blockchain.

The Vasil hard fork and an upgrade to its Plutus scripting language are set to be completed on September 27. On completion, it’ll be possible to write Cardano smart contracts with less code. That makes lower transaction fees possible because more of them can fit into each block or batch of transactions on the network.

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Regulation
UK’s new bill aims to help law enforcement seize, freeze crypto

The United Kingdom has introduced a new bill that would make it easier for law enforcement agencies to freeze and seize crypto assets.

The bill, tagged the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency, is intended to strengthen the country’s image as a place for legitimate businesses to thrive while driving out dirty money.

The director general for the National Crime Agency, Graeme Biggar, said: “Domestic and international criminals have for years laundered the proceeds of their crime and corruption by abusing U.K. company structures and are increasingly using cryptocurrencies. These reforms – long awaited and much welcomed – will help us crack down on both.”

The first reading of the bill happened in the House of Commons on Thursday, with the second reading scheduled for Oct. 13.

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Exchanges
FTX to raise up to $1 billion at a $32 billion valuation

FTX is in talks with investors to raise up to $1 billion in new funding that would keep the company’s valuation at roughly $32 billion, according to people with knowledge of the discussions. Negotiations about the fund are still ongoing, and according to reports, the terms are not yet final.

Some of the fresh capital, on top of the $400 million round from January, is intended to fuel more deal-making. This is in line with the company’s growing reputation as a market consolidator since the beginning of the crypto winter. In July, FTX signed a deal that gives it the option to buy lender BlockFi, and the company was in discussions to acquire South Korean Bithumb. FTX also offered to buy bankrupt crypto brokerage Voyager Digital in August but was turned down for what was called a “low ball bid.”

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Defi
Immunefi raises $24M in series A


Immunefi, a popular bug bounty system for smart contracts and decentralized finance (DeFi) projects, announced it had raised a $24 million Series A funding round led by Framework Ventures.

Immunefi is a platform offering bounty programs for ethical hackers, in which security researchers can review code, disclose vulnerabilities, and get rewarded for their efforts. According to the firm, it currently protects over $100 billion in user funds locked across multiple DeFi protocols and smart contracts, with as many as 301 projects hosting their bug bounty programs on Immunefi. These include some well-known names such as Chainlink, MakerDAO, Synthetix, SushiSwap, PancakeSwap, and more.

According to Immunefi CEO Mitchell Amador, the $24 million funding is part of a "consolidation effort" that will enable it to build out infrastructure to meet the growing demand for its services.

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