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Happy Thursday!

It's been an eventful few weeks; while Bitcoin recaptured $55.000 for the first time since May, regulators worldwide still struggle with the issues posed by digital currencies. 

In other news, VISA plans to bring cryptocurrency services to traditional banks in Brazil and FINMA has approved the first crypto fund according to Swiss law. Meanwhile the Rabobank announced that it will not allow corporate transactions regarding digital assets any more, which triggered VNBL to submit a complaint for abuse of power.

On top of that we've got a super interesting keynote of lawyer and co-founder of Watsonlaw Willem-Jan Smits on MiCA, the European crypto regulation that will significantly change the crypto industry. 

Deals-wise, Q3 2021 marked another huge milestone for the crypto industry as companies raised an unprecedented sum through venture funding. So, as usual, multiple noteworthy $100 million+ raises. 

Let's get to it...

“It is not possible to, I think, destroy crypto, but it is possible for governments to slow down its advancement”

- Elon Musk

Jack Mallers announced the Strike API, allowing Twitter users to send tips via lighting.

💳 VISA has announced it is planning to bring cryptocurrency services to traditional banking platforms in Brazil.

🇧🇷 Brazilian lawmaker aims to make Bitcoin a legal 'payment currency'.

🏦 Wob-request concerning the financing of the supervision by DNB shows remarkable course of events.

🇨🇭 FINMA has approved the first crypto fund according to Swiss law. The fund invests primarily in crypto assets.

⁉️ Rabobank announces that it will not allow corporate transaction regarding digital assets anymore.

😠 In response to the Rabobank, VNBL has submitted a complaint with the ACM for abuse of power.

📖 Peter and Bert Slagter wrote a book about the current financial system which you can buy with Bitcoin and lightning.

📈 Wall Street could get four Bitcoin ETFs approved by the SEC by month-end.

🤩 Payments company Stripes is building a Bitcoin and crypto team to help their platform "support crypto use cases".
🙅‍♀ Regulators worldwide still struggle with the issues posed by digital currencies.

🗣️ Interesting keynote by Willem-Jan Smits at the hybrid BCNL Foundation meetup about MiCA, the European crypto regulation that will significantly change the crypto industry. It's published on YouTube here.

💡 The EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum has published a new thematic report on Energy Efficiency of Blockchain Technologies.
💸 Crypto companies raise record-breaking $6.5B in Q3 2021.

🎮 Vietnamese maker of blockchain-based game Axie Infitiny raises $152 million in funding led by Andreessen Horowitz.

⚡ Cross-Chain DeFi exchange THORSwap DEX raises $3.75M in Private Token Sale.

🌎 Fantom commits $314M in FTM to boost ecosystem development.

🍦 Gelato raises $11M as smart contract automation market heats up.

🏹 Polychain Capital, three arrows lead $230M investment in Avalanche ecosystem.

🤑 Binance has launched a 1$ billion crypto fund to promote the Binance Smart Chain as well as to promote a variety of other sectors.

💰 Crypto lending platform Celsius Network raises $400M.

💲 Elliptic has raised $60 million in a Series C funding round led by Evolution Equity Partners and aided by new investment from SoftBank.


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