• CZ denies rumors of senior Binance executives resigning due to regulatory challenges.
• BlackRock CEO Larry Fink compares crypto to ‘digitizing gold’ and praises Bitcoin as an ‘international asset’.
• Salesforce survey finds majority of finance customers comfortable with crypto, less so AI.

CZ Denies Rumors of Senior Executives Leaving Binance

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance denied reports that any of its senior executives had resigned due to ongoing regulatory challenges. The statement from Changpeng Zhao (CZ), the CEO of Binance, addressed the false rumors that had been circulating in the media. He also highlighted the company’s commitment to comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink Likens Crypto to ‚Digitizing Gold‘

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink recently likened cryptocurrencies to „digitizing gold“ in an interview on CNBC . He praised Bitcoin as a „store of value“ and an „international asset,“ highlighting its potential for growth in various markets around the world. He also noted that BlackRock is currently exploring ways to enter into the cryptocurrency space, though he did not provide further details.

Salesforce Survey Reveals Majority Comfortable With Crypto

A survey conducted by Salesforce found that a majority (60%) of financial service institution (FSI) customers worldwide are comfortable with cryptocurrencies, while only 21% said they fully trust AI chatbots. The survey was conducted between March 7 and April 12, 2023, covering 6,058 respondents from 12 countries across five continents.

Bitwage Halts USDC Payments For US Residents Due To Regulations

Payroll provider Bitwage has announced it will be halting USDC payments for US residents due to „strict regulations.“ While Bitwage still plans on offering USD payments for users outside the US via ACH transfers or wire transfers, those within the country will have limited options for receiving their payouts in digital currency form until further notice.

Valkyrie Refiles Spot-Bitcoin ETF Application With Coinbase As Surveillance Partner

Valkyrie Digital Assets has refiled its application for a spot-Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) with Coinbase Global Inc as its designated surveillance partner . The filing comes just weeks after Valkyrie withdrew its earlier application which was submitted back in February this year but never approved by regulators at the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).