Ether (ETH) rose to a two-month high, outperforming bitcoin after Ethereum ran the final dress rehearsal of Ether’s switch to the proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus from the proof-of-work (PoW) consensus. This brings the Ethereum mainnet one step closer to the Merge expected to take place in mid-September. The Merge will combine Ethereum’s current PoW chain with the PoS Beacon chain. If the Merge is successful, the Ethereum blockchain will become more scalable and efficient, its electricity requirements expected to fall by over 99%. [Read more at CoinDesk]
BlackRock launched a new private spot Bitcoin (BTC) trust. The fund is only available to U.S. institutional investors and seeks to track the performance of Bitcoin, less the expenses and liabilities of the trust. Private investment trusts that do not solicit investments from retail investors do not need to register with regulatory authorities in the United States. But others, such as the Grayscale Bitcoin Investment Trust, can still become publicly traded (though not SEC-registered) on the over-the-counter markets. [Read more at BlackRock]
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The CBDC Think Tank, in partnership with Georgetown University and the DC FinTech Week, is hosting a Digital Currency Lecture Series, a set of digital currency lightning talks delivered by subject matter experts, on October 14 in Washington DC. [Request an invite here]