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

Updated: Apr 7

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News of the Day


PwC analysts say that 80% of central banks are investigating central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) to improve cross-border transactions.


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


Lightning Labs’ Taro protocol has raised $70 million to bring low-fee stablecoin and asset transfers to the Bitcoin Lightning Network.


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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Daily News Roundup

  1. Overseas Singaporean Crypto Firms Must Be Licensed Under New Law https://bit.ly/3O2SH8b

  2. GameFi Platform and Play-to-Earn Guild Polemos Raises $14 Million in Seed Round at $100 Million Valuation https://bit.ly/3DI8owG

  3. Ledger Buys Virtual Land in The Sandbox https://bit.ly/3JiYdQ5

  4. Bitcoin Miner Riot Blockchain Mined 511 BTC in March https://bit.ly/35Kjjtd

  5. Layer-2 Ethereum Scaling Solution Boba Network Secures $45 Million in Funding https://bit.ly/35KpnSl


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