NFTs Deemed Property by Singapore High Court Justice; FCA Scrutinises Financial Regulation of Big Tech Firms

In today's ExchangeWire news digest: Singapore's High Court justice rules that NFTs qualify as property; the UK's FCA prepares to examine the financial regulation of big tech firms; and Apple reveals more ads are coming to the App Store.


Singapore High Court justice rules NFTs are property

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) meet numerous legal requirements to be deemed property, according to Singapore’s High Court justice. The ruling followed a claim from Singapore citizen Janesh Rajkumar, who used his Bored Ape NFT as collateral for cryptocurrency loans on NFTfi, a crypto trading platform.


FCA to examine big tech’s financial regulation

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) will examine how to regulate the financial services of big tech firms due to concerns they could hinder competition across Britain’s financial services sector.

The FCA has stated that companies such as Google, Apple, and Amazon are well placed to benefit consumers by innovating financial services and lowering costs. The watchdog also stated, however, that those benefits “could be eroded if these firms can create and exploit entrenched market power to harm healthy competition and worsen consumer outcomes”.


Apple to add more ads to App Store

Apple has announced that more app-related adverts are coming to the App Store. In an internal email, the tech behemoth revealed that ads would begin to appear in the App Store’s "Today" tab, as well as in the “You Might Also Like” section beneath individual app listings. The ads will appear from today (25th October) and in all countries except China.


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Fact of the Day

USD$3.4bn (~£3bn) - the revenue generated by NFT sales in August 2021.

Source: Kadima Digital