Daily Crypto, Finance, and Tech News Summary – December 21, 2023

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Are Regions Like Asia’s Hong Kong And Singapore The Next Crypto Cycle Epicenter?

Asia’s vibrant developer communities and robust Web3 and SocialFi ecosystems are setting the stage for the next crypto cycle.

Past cycles in the crypto world were influenced by factors like Bitcoin halving events, U.S. macroeconomic changes, and Web3 innovations.

Notably, yield farming—moving cryptocurrency liquidity pools from token to token, was a key driver in the previous cycle and was not sustainable.

Each cycle in the crypto space comes with its own cultural narrative.

The last one was defined by the NFT boom, highlighted by Beeple’s record-breaking sale and the rise of profile picture (PFP) NFTs.

Now, SocialFi, blending social media with finance, continues to take shape.

Platforms like Friend.Tech are already paving the way in this domain.

Institutional and regulatory shifts significantly impact crypto trends.

Previous cycles saw corporate adoption of Bitcoin and a surge in crypto ETFs and stablecoins by financial giants.

However, the U.S.’s ongoing regulatory challenges are pushing crypto initiatives to look beyond American shores, with Asia emerging as a frontrunner.

Cities across Asia host large developer communities and dynamic Web3 scenes, often supported by governments and enterprises.

The region’s enthusiasm for crypto, evident in events like Korea Blockchain Week and Token2049 in Singapore, positions it as a leader.

While the U.S. appears to be hindering its own crypto entrepreneurs, Asia is actively courting them.

Businesses are expanding into Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, where regulatory environments are more conducive to crypto growth.

This shift is evident in the region’s rapid adoption of Web3 technologies and its embrace of SocialFi, as seen with platforms like WeChat.

The trend known as “Asia speed” in adopting and developing Web3 technologies is striking.

Places like Hong Kong and Singapore are becoming hotspots for crypto innovation, contrasting starkly with the regulatory hurdles in the U.S.

The use of apps like Telegram for crypto transactions in Asia has grown in popularity.

Looking ahead, this scenario might shift post the next U.S. election, with expected regulatory clarity potentially reigniting U.S. leadership in Web3 innovation.

Until then, crypto businesses like Serotonin are focusing on bridging Western projects with Asian markets, indicating a more globally diverse and dynamic crypto landscape, led by Asia in the near term. Read more here.

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Japan to let startups sell digital tokens to venture capital funds.

Is 2024 the year digital asset tokenization truly begins?

Investment giant “Franklin Templeton” on Bitcoin ETFs and harnessing tokens to democratize markets.

State of crypto tokenization: “Adoption is equivalent to the internet in 2000”.

Deutsche Bank dives into cryptocurrency storage custody and tokenization services.

How Cloud Asia Be An Excellent Crypto Proving Ground For Systems Like Zucoin?

Asia’s thriving blockchain environment could be a lesser-known key to driving the next adoption crypto cycle.

Zucoin, featuring its unique Splitchain network, could discover a suitable environment in this tech-friendly atmosphere.

Major economic shifts can shape crypto and wider market trends, as we saw during the 2020 lockdowns.

The SocialFi, where the next wave of the finance industry is powered by everyday users is an interesting one to watch.

It’s been a long-term goal of crypto to allow anyone to easily contribute to any project, business or even person.

For example, an entrepreneur could crowdsource funding for a company or product from anywhere in the world, within hours or minutes, directly via crypto.

Instead of traditionally relying on a few bigger investors, a person could have millions of people who each contribute a tiny amount.

Some are also experimenting with selling off their own personal output and time, for an agreed period via a token.

People have then been able to trade that person or product’s output contract on token marketplaces, fractionalizing the original token even further.

Major factors that have held this back from widespread appeal are the complexity and friction of traditional blockchains, high fees for micro-transactions, along with regulatory hurdles.

The micro-transaction part has been solved by Zucoin, as its Splitchain network supports transaction amounts down to 32-decimal places—traditional blockchains typically support only 8.

It means the value of an item can be broken down into far, far small numbers, increasing accessibility to the token.

Pair this with no inherent fees built into Splitchain’s base (layer 1) network and micro-transactions are actually possible on Zucoin’s crypto system.

There’s a lot to explore here, but Zucoin, intending to make its network public and welcome permissionless network node contributions, might be able to utilize the regulation-friendly environment in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Asia’s mobile-prioritizing, tech-friendly audience presents a distinct edge to crypto projects.

Zucoin’s digital wallet app, providing an easy and effective user experience, might just appeal to these audiences.

“As the digital age expands, so does the realm of possibilities; innovation in one corner of the world sets the stage for global shifts.” —A principle from Adam Smith.

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