November 9

Tunisia has become the first country to start moving its national currency to a blockchain platform. The Central Bank of Tunisia announced that the digitization of the Tunisian dinar has started and that the paper-backed CBDC will be issued on the Universa Blockchain. 

The country will not issue a new currency. Instead, part of its reserves will be simply moved to the platform and citizens will be able to exchange their physical money for e-dinars.

Digital banknotes cannot be counterfeited — each banknote is protected by cryptography.”


“Last week Lightning Labs developer Joost Jager revealed an experimental, new proof of concept: Whatsat, a version of lightning that can be used to send private messages.

Messages sent on lightning are free for now. Whatsat ‘relies on the fact that there is no charge for a failed payment. The payment reaches the recipient, the recipient extracts the message and they fail the payment,’ Jager said. But, should he develop the idea further, it’s likely to charge a nominal amount.”


“The SFC has granted virtual bank licences to 12 entities so far. On the list is Infinium Limited, a joint venture between Tencent, Industrial and Commerce Bank of China (ICBC) and other two Hong Kong-based institutional investors.”


“Leading stablecoin operator Tether has announced it will support crypto podcaster Peter McCormack in a lawsuit against self-proclaimed Bitcoin (BTC) creator Craig Wright. General counsel for Tether revealed on Nov. 8 that Tether also rejects Wright’s claims of being Satoshi Nakamoto.

We admire Peter’s conviction and are humbled to support his defense against what we see as frivolous and vexatious litigation.”