The first Bitcoin ETF receives approval, a state fund invests in Bitcoin and tons of blockchain patents from the Middle Kingdom. The top news of the week.
Welcome to the top bitcoin news of the week. This was of particular interest to our readers last week
For the past two years, hackers have been trying to break into the seventh largest Bitcoin wallet . An address that at today’s exchange rate is $ 714 million. According to the CTO of the cybercrime secret service Hudson Rock, Wallet.dat will be published in various hacking forums in order to finally crack the password. Alon Gal, Chief Technology Officer of the cyber crime company Under the Breach, now wants to solve access to Bitcoin Future with a super powerful quantum computer. This raises two questions: What is the chance that someone with a quantum computer can gain access to a random wallet with a lost password? And: do the developments in quantum computing pose a threat to the security of the Bitcoin blockchain?
First Bitcoin ETF receives approval
In 2018 and 2019, the Bitcoin ETF was the trending topic. Especially after the bubble burst two years ago, many investors hoped for another bull market through the approval of a Bitcoin ETF. Optimistic and future- oriented companies like VanEck failed several times when trying to issue a Bitcoin ETF. The Brazilian asset manager and fund provider Hashdex has now succeeded in bringing the world’s first Bitcoin ETF onto the market .
The Norwegian government’s pension fund, also known as the „Oil Fund“, has more than $ 1 trillion in assets. Including 1.4 percent of all global stocks. The fund is considered the largest sovereign wealth fund at all. Now the fund also indirectly holds almost 600 Bitcoin through its stake in the tech company MicroStrategy . So the fund has indirectly invested approximately $ 6.3 million in bitcoin. The stake in MicroStrategy amounts to 1.51 percent.
Alibaba is filing 10 times more blockchain patents than IBM this year
Blockchain patent race continues with Alibaba in the lead: According to the latest data, the country’s e-commerce giant, Alibaba, appears to be leading the way. In fact, Alibaba is a leader not just in China – but on a global scale. So submitted ten times as many patents as IBM. In terms of the total number of registered patents, IBM remains in first place for the time being. If Alibaba continues to patent at this pace, however, it could fight its way to the top until the end of the year. It is important to note that the large number of patents from China is also likely due to the government subsidizing these filing procedures. As a result, companies don’t have to pay for the patent application process, which is especially helpful for startups.
$ 100,000: New sales record for Bitcoin artwork
The digital work of art „Right Place & Right Time“, the representation of which is based on the price development of Bitcoin, was sold to the company TokenAngels for more than 100,000 US dollars . The artist behind the project, Matt Kane, created the NFT art object, which depicts a creative version of the Bitcoin logo. That is why NFTs are also being used more and more for art. The token is used to certify ownership of the respective object.