OpenSea announces migration to Seaport protocol

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OpenSea, the most popular nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, marketplace by trading volume, announced that it was migrating to Seaport. Among many perks, the protocol says it will feature lower gas fees, the ability to make offers on entire collections, removal of new account initialization fees and more user-friendly signature options. As told by OpenSea, users would pay 35% less for gas fees when transacting on Seaport. Based on data from 2021, it would amount to an estimated $460 million (138,000 ETH) in total savings. In addition, the removal of the…

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MicroStrategy will hold onto its Bitcoin however the market performs

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The recent market downturn has spurred Michael Saylor to publicly state that MicroStrategy is not in danger of being liquidated. The company’s financial reports seem to back his claim. Michael Saylor insists that MicroStrategy is not at risk of liquidation despite the recent Bitcoin crash. The MicroStrategy CEO retweeted a May 10 post today in which he laid out the company’s financial situation. In the original post, MicroStrategy claimed that it would only be at risk of getting liquidated on a $205 million loan it received to buy Bitcoin if…

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Bored Ape NFT Floor Price Falls to $88,155 as ETH’s Value Takes a Battering

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The floor price of major non-fungible tokens has fallen substantially as the crypto winter worsens. This metric illustrates how much the cheapest NFT in a collection currently costs. Data from NFT Price Floor shows the least expensive Bored Ape now costs 78.5 ETH. At current rates, that’s worth just $88,155 — a painful retracement considering all these NFTs have commanded six-figure price tags for the best part of a year. Bored Ape holders have suffered a double whammy. Not only has their value in ETH plunged as the bear market…

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Cryptocurrency Market Wipes Out $2 Trillion in Value Since November Peak

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The cryptocurrency industry has wiped out about $2 trillion in value since hitting a $2.9 trillion peak in November 2021. All of the major digital tokens are deep in the red this year. Bitcoin has slumped more than 53 percent to around $22,000. Ethereum has lost 68 percent to about $1,200. Cardano has plunged 65 percent to below 50 cents. Dogecoin has collapsed 68 percent to roughly a nickel. Litecoin has cratered nearly 70 percent to under $50. Bitcoin and its crypto peers could be leading the financial markets lower,…

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Coinbase to lay off 1100 employees

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Coinbase is the latest crypto firm to take an axe to its workforce, outlining plans to lay off around 1100 people – 18% of its workforce – as it looks to cut costs in the face of “current market conditions”. In an SEC filing, the firm says it will reduce its workforce to about 5000 this quarter – by 30 June. The move will cost between $40 million and $45 million in severance and other termination benefits. Coinbase had already put in place a hiring freeze and rescinded a host…

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Ethereum just completed a successful dress rehearsal for its most important upgrade ever

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Ethereum just completed its first big dress rehearsal for a long-awaited makeover that will be its most significant overhaul since the digital currency was launched nearly a decade ago. Cryptocurrencies such as ethereum and bitcoin are often criticized for the process of mining to generate new coins. Both currently use a so-called proof-of-work mining model, involving complex math equations that massive numbers of machines race to solve. Ethereum has been working to shift from the energy-intensive proof-of-work method for securing the network to a proof-of-stake model, which requires users to…

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Solana surpasses $2 billion in all-time NFT sales, is SOL worth buying?

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Solana SOL/USD is a blockchain platform that made a reputation for itself due to its high speed as well as efficiency. The SOL token is the native cryptocurrency used to pay for the transaction fees on top of the network, and ever since the launch of the project in 2017, Solana has grown into one of the largest projects that facilitate non-fungible tokens (NFTs), among decentralized applications (dApps). Solana has become the go-to blockchain network for non-fungible tokens (NFTs) throughout the past few years due to the fact that it…

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Investors dumping on Terra as LUNA 2 tanks 70% in two days

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The price of Terra (LUNA) has tanked around 70% since the re-launch of the Terra ecosystem via Terra 2.0 on May 28. Under the revival plan of Terraform Labs founder Do Kwon, new LUNA tokens, also referred to as LUNA 2, are being airdropped to investors that previously held Luna Classic (LUNC), TerraUSD Classic (USTC) and Anchor Protocol UST (aUST). According to data from CoinGecko, LUNA has dropped roughly 69% since its opening of $18.87 on Saturday to sit at around $5.71 at the time of writing. At this stage,…

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Monero enters ‘overbought’ danger zone after XMR price gains 75% in two weeks

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Monero (XMR) price may witness a sharp pullback by June because its 75% rally in the last two weeks has left the gauge almost “overbought.” Monero price RSI meets rising wedge Downside risks have been mounting due to XMR’s relative strength index (RSI), which almost hit 70 this May 23, indicating that the market is considered overvalued. An oversold RSI could amount to a bout of declining moves, as a rule of technical analysis. Additionally, Monero is also painting a bearish reversal pattern, dubbed the rising wedge. Rising wedges form…

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Robinhood to allow users hold their own crypto and NFTs

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Robinhood is handing over the keys to some of its customers’ crypto. The trading and investing company announced Tuesday it will let users hold and custody their own cryptocurrencies and NFTs in a separate, stand-alone app. It’s the latest move in the digital asset space for Robinhood as it reaches for growth beyond stock trading. The company shares are off more than 70% since its IPO. The new app will put Robinhood squarely in competition with Coinbase and start-ups like MetaMask. Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong called his company’s product the…

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Madonna teams up with Beeple on new exclusive NFT collection

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In March 2021, Beeple made headlines after his NFT collection sold for a whopping $69.3 million. While it may seem like the digital artist went silent after the phenomenal sale, Beeple has actually been working behind the scenes on a number of new collections, including a new project with Madonna. Beeple and pop singer Madonna have been working on a new NFT project called “Mother of Creation.” The collection, which will be live in 24 hours, has been in the works for one year. Mother of Creation showcases three distinct…

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El Salvador Buys Another 500 Bitcoins as Price Drops Below $31,000 USD

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El Salvador has doubled down on its Bitcoin initiative, making the country’s largest purchase to date as the cryptocurrency sees a significant plummet in price over the past week. On Tuesday, El Salvador president Nayib Bukele announced via Twitter that the country has now acquired another 500 Bitcoins at an average price of $30,744 USD, marking a new low in purchase price for the Central American country which now owns 2,301 BTC. At current prices, the number equates to roughly $72 million USD, which was accumulated over a series of…

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EU commissioner calls for global coordination on crypto regulation

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Mairead McGuinness, the commissioner for financial services, financial stability and capital markets union at the European Commission, is calling for global regulators to work together to address potential risks in the crypto market. In a Sunday opinion piece in political media outlet The Hill, McGuinness said the European Union and the United States could help lead the world in a regulatory approach for cryptocurrencies that considers the benefits of the innovative technology while addressing “significant risks.” The EU commissioner pointed to the volatility of certain assets, the risk of insider…

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Argentina’s largest two banks to allow crypto trading

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Argentina’s largest and second-largest private banks, Banco Galicia and Brubank, have announced that they will allow customers to make crypto purchases. Bloomberg reported on Monday that a resounding 60% of respondents to an Argentinian poll asked for more access to crypto, which catalyzed the banks’ decisions to begin allowing crypto trading. Affiliate at market research firm Americas Market Intelligence, Ignacio Carballo, tweeted confirmation on Tuesday with screenshots of Banco Galicia’s online interface that it had begun supporting Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), USD Coin (USDC) and Ripple (XRP) purchases. The South…

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More than $1.6 billion exploited from DeFi so far in 2022

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The decentralized finance (DeFi) space has been rife with hacks, exploits and scams so far this year, with over $1.6 billion in crypto stolen from users, surpassing the total amount stolen in 2020 and 2021 combined. Analysis from blockchain security firm CertiK revealed the statistics on Monday showing the month of March having the most value stolen at $719.2 million, over $200 million more than what was stolen in all of 2020. The March figure is largely due to the Ronin Bridge exploit where attackers made off with over $600…

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