• Block founder and CEO Jack Dorsey just confirmed that the company, formerly known as Square, plans to move forward with plans to build a bitcoin mining system.
• North Korean hackers stole almost $400 million worth of digital assets from crypto platforms last year, mostly in the form of ether.
• The Chinese state-backed blockchain deployment infrastructure platform Blockchain Services Network (BSN) is moving closer to supporting NFTS — under the condition that the NFTs aren’t connected to cryptocurrency or public blockchains.
• Congress is officially looking into the environmental impact of blockchain, especially proof-of-work networks like Bitcoin.
• Digital collectible company Candy Digital is launching its Secondary Marketplace to allow users to buy and sell previously released officially licensed Major League Baseball NFTs starting January 15.
• Canadian startup Conduit has raised $17 million in a funding round led by Portage Ventures, according to a statement. FinVC, Gemini Frontier Fund, and ex-a16z partner Rex Salisbury participated in the round.
• Seashell, a startup building an investment app to offer high yields, has raised $6 million in a seed funding round.
• Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that Tesla now accepts Dogecoin as payment for the company’s merchandise. DOGE-eligible products in the Tesla store can be purchased by sending DOGE to Tesla’s Dogecoin wallet.
• A group of U.S.-based banks is launching their own stablecoin, USDF. The stablecoin will be issued by the USDF Consortium, which will allow its members (financial and banking institutions) to issue USDF.
• Revolut, a leading fintech platform, and neobank has received a special banking license to operate in Spain.
• The Russian neobank Tinkoff is joining the world of cryptocurrencies by purchasing a stake in Aximetria. This Swissmyt0uegistered and licensed company provides clients worldwide with services and solutions for digital financial assets.
Digital World Acquisition Stock Rises After Indictment of Trump
Shares of Digital World Acquisition Corp., the special-purpose acquisition company trying to merge with former President Donald Trump’s social-media company, rose Friday. Mr. Trump was