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PwC Says 80% of Central Banks Are Considering CBDCs, Bitcoin Lightning Network Raises $70 Million

Updated: Apr 7, 2022

Daily Market Wrap

  • Crypto market cap: 2.09 trillion, down 3.40%

  • BTC price stands at USD 45,355, down 2.91%

  • ETH price stands at USD 3,355, down 4.90%

  • Top gainer: STEPN (GMT), up 9.28%

  • Top loser: Waves (WAVES), down 15.12%

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Why it matters:

  • CBDCs would allow for cost-effective, 24/7/365 cross-border transactions

  • In 2020, China became the first major economy to pilot a CBDC project for public use via the digital yuan

  • On the other hand, wholesale projects, which include digital currencies used by financial institutions that have accounts with central banks, are also being piloted; however, CBDC projects are maturing at a much faster rate

Crypto daily spotlight

Brief introduction: Taro, more formally known as Taproot Asset Representation Overlay, is an open-source protocol powered by the Lightning Network. Lightning is a Layer-2 payment protocol built on top of Bitcoin. Taro improves Bitcoin’s scripts and consequently, the network’s scalability, security and privacy. The improvements made by Taro are possible because of Taproot, a soft fork that allows for Bitcoin upgrades and was implemented in November 2021.

Why it matters:

  • Taproot’s upgrade includes main features: Schnorr signatures, Tapscript and Merkelized Abstract Syntax Trees (MAST)

  • The $70 million Series B funding round was led by Valor Equity Partners and global asset manager, Baillie Gifford

  • Taro’s security is based on embedded consensus, which means that transactions must be validated on the Bitcoin blockchain

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  3. Ledger Buys Virtual Land in The Sandbox

  4. Bitcoin Miner Riot Blockchain Mined 511 BTC in March

  5. Layer-2 Ethereum Scaling Solution Boba Network Secures $45 Million in Funding

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