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Bitcoin rewards and NFTs may help grow the blockchain

Welcome back to Chain Reaction, a podcast diving deep into the stories, backgrounds and latest news with the biggest names in crypto. For this week’s episode, I interviewed Alex Adelman, the co-founder and CEO of Lolli. Founded in 2018, Lolli is a bitcoin rewards app that lets people earn bitcoin or cash back when they […] → Read More

Alchemy launches tool that allows devs to start building dApps within 4 minutes

Alchemy, a web3 development platform, is releasing a new tool to help developers create web3 applications faster, the company exclusively told TechCrunch. The tool, “create-web3-dapp,” will help builders start their application within four minutes, Elan Halpern and Vitto Rivabella, product leads at Alchemy, noted. “Web3 is so new,” Rivabella said. “Everyone is experimenting and new […] → Read More

Coinbase’s layer-2 blockchain may help expand scaling on Ethereum

Coinbase, the second-largest crypto exchange by trading volume, is diving into the blockchain world in a move that some are excited about. → Read More

Coinbase is adding another layer to its business through the blockchain space

This week big news rolled out in the layer-2 blockchain space as Coinbase launched Base, an Ethereum-focused layer-2 blockchain. → Read More

Rollup provider Eclipse launches software to allow Solana apps to be compatible with Polygon

Customizable rollup provider Eclipse is launching a Solana-focused scaling solution, which allows applications to be compatible with Polygon, the companies exclusively told TechCrunch. Rollups, a part of the layer-2 blockchain ecosystem, are a scaling solution to help make blockchains faster and cheaper. Rollups work by compiling a number of transactions into one bundle to go onto […] → Read More

Coinbase launches blockchain Base to help developers build dApps on-chain

Coinbase, the second largest crypto exchange by trading volume, has launched Base, an Ethereum-focused layer-2 (L2) blockchain, Jesse Pollak, lead for Base and head of protocols at Coinbase, told TechCrunch. In the past, Coinbase has homed in on the trading and exchange side of its business, but from the utility perspective, it’s still too hard […] → Read More

Google Cloud partners with Tezos blockchain to bring web3 technology to its customers

Google Cloud has partnered with the Tezos Foundation to grow its web3 application development and provide new services for its customers, the companies announced on Wednesday. “Tezos as an ecosystem has built a reputation in institutional and B2B onboarding,” Mason Edwards, chief commercial officer at Tezos Foundation, said to TechCrunch. “This is going to enable […] → Read More

Digging into Coinbase’s better-than-expected Q4 results

Alternative revenue sources may be a key factor for exchanges as Coinbase sees trading volumes fall but other nontrading areas rise. → Read More

Coinbase shares rise after nontrading revenues increase amid a continued crypto winter

Coinbase, the second-largest crypto exchange by trading volume, released its Q4 2022 earnings on Tuesday, giving shareholders and market players alike an updated look into its financials. In response to the report, the company’s shares are down modestly in early after-hours trading. In the fourth quarter of 2022, Coinbase generated $605 million in total revenue, […] → Read More

AI-powered crypto search engine Kaito raises $5.3M to improve browsing with AI, ChatGPT

Kaito, an AI-powered search engine for crypto, raised $5.3 million in a seed round led by Dragonfly Capital to help users browse web3 better. → Read More

NFTs could give Bitcoin a facelift as it increases its blockchain demand

The past few weeks in crypto land have been focused on the latest craze: Ordinals. What are Ordinals, you ask? → Read More

Ordinals creator views his Bitcoin-centric creation as ‘digital artifacts,’ not just NFTs

About 122,500 Bitcoin-focused Ordinals have been inscribed to date as the project gains momentum across the crypto ecosystem. → Read More

Stelo Labs raises $6M in a16z-led round to help crypto wallet users protect themselves

Stelo Labs raised $6 million in a round led by a16z to help crypto wallet users protect themselves through a browser extension. → Read More

Former Amazon, Starbucks exec launches Yelp-like platform to review and discover NFTs

Amid signs of life in the NFT market, an NFT-focused startup, Thred, launched today to help users discover new collections, the company exclusively told TechCrunch. “We think of it like a Yelp, Tripadvisor or Zillow of the space,” Ben Straley, founder and CEO of Thred, said to TechCrunch. Straley has over 25 years of experience […] → Read More

SEC’s proposal could affect which crypto companies can manage assets

The rule aims to keep customer assets segregated, so if an adviser or custodian files for bankruptcy like Celsius or FTX, users’ assets would be protected. → Read More

Crypto index platform Alongside raises $11M led by a16z

Alongside, a crypto index-focused platform, has closed an $11 million seed round led by Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), the company exclusively told TechCrunch. “At a high level, we’re building what I describe as an on-chain Vanguard,” Austin Diamond, CEO and co-founder of Alongside, said to TechCrunch. “The goal is low-fee index products designed to enable total […] → Read More

Bitcoin NFTs are growing quickly as community sees long-term potential

Ordinals, an NFT-like project on Bitcoin, has grown quickly the past month, signaling a possible new frontier for the cryptocurrency. → Read More

Monad Labs raises $19M to grow its smart contract platform and improve the Ethereum space

Monad Labs, the team supporting the Monad blockchain, has raised $19 million in seed funding led by Dragonfly Capital, it exclusively told TechCrunch. “Monad is an effort to fundamentally optimize smart contract platforms,” Keone Hon, co-founder and CEO of Monad Labs, said to TechCrunch. “We’re ultimately building a platform to optimize both consensus and execution […] → Read More

Crypto makes you more attractive, according to a new Binance survey

In true Valentine’s Day fashion, we’re diving into the theme of love…and crypto? According to a new study by Binance, the world’s largest blockchain by trading volume, crypto could have a positive impact on one’s attractiveness. Yes, really. Approximately 83% of participants said liking crypto was an “attractive feature in a relationship,” while 70% said […] → Read More

Want to buy an NFT with your credit card? Magic Eden lets you do just that

NFT platform Magic Eden partnered with web3 infra company MoonPay to help users buy digital collectibles with credit cards, Apple Pay and more. → Read More