Indonesian student’s selfies fetch US$1 million in NFT sales

Sultan Gustaf Al Ghozali

An Indonesian college student has become an internet sensation after trade in the digital rights to his selfies fetched more than US$1 million on a platform for non-fungible tokens. Sultan Gustaf Al Ghozali, who studies computer science at a university in the central city of Semarang, has taken a picture of himself sitting in front of his computer almost every day for the last five years. He intended to use the collection of nearly 1,000 selfies to create a timelapse video for his graduation day. But after learning about blockchain…

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Tesla now accepts Dogecoin

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Tesla has started accepting Dogecoin payments for company merchandise, although the firm states that it will not issue refunds for purchases made in DOGE. Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that Tesla now accepts Dogecoin (DOGE) as payment for the company’s merchandise. DOGE-eligible products in the Tesla store can be purchased by sending DOGE to Tesla’s Dogecoin wallet. Although it now accepts DOGE, the firm also clarified that it is not taking any other crypto. The company stated that it cannot receive other assets but DOGE on its website. The business…

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China launches digital currency app for Android and Apple users in 10 cities

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Android and Apple users in 10 Chinese cities can now download a pilot version of the country’s digital yuan wallet app directly from the iOS and Android app stores that enables them to acquire, store and use China’s central bank digital currency (CBDC). To date, Chinese consumers have only been able to download and open a digital yuan wallet when participating in specific pilot projects — such as the ‘red envelope’ lotteries held in Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou and elsewhere — or in the form of CBDC wallets released by the…

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Billionaire investor Bill Miller puts 50% of net worth in Bitcoin

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Investor Bill Miller is bullish on Bitcoin (BTC) despite the cryptocurrency touching multi-month lows below $40,000 in early January 2022. Miller no longer considers himself just a “Bitcoin observer” but rather a real Bitcoin bull, as he said in a WealthTrack interview last Friday. The billionaire investor now holds 50% of his net worth in Bitcoin and related investments in major industry firms like Michael Saylor’s MicroStrategy and BTC mining firm Stronghold Digital Mining. An early Amazon investor, Miller owns almost 100% of the rest of his portfolio in Amazon,…

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BitMEX to Launch BMEX Token in 2022

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Major crypto derivates exchange BitMEX said it will launch its token, BMEX, in 2022, in two phases. The first phase, an airdrop, “starts now,” the company said, adding that users trading from now until the end of March, will be airdropped BMEX according to their trading volume. The exchange noted that the tokens will start to be airdropped on 1 February. They have already set up an incentive system to get new users onboarded, with all new account holders who go through know-your-customer (KYC) requirements being eligible to receive 5…

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Coinbase announces support for hardware wallets, starting with Ledger

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Major exchange Coinbase has announced it will begin to support crypto hardware wallets, starting with Ledger. The two companies made the announcement at the Ledger Open conference, which is taking place in Paris on Thursday and Friday. Ledger is a major supplier of cold hardware wallets, which store users’ private keys more securely than hot online wallets. Users of the Coinbase Wallet browser extension will be able to connect their Ledger hardware wallets, maintaining self-custody and full control over their assets. The partnership will be rolled out in phases, starting…

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India to set maximum penalty for violating crypto norms at fine of $2.7 million or 1.5 years in jail

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BloombergQuint (Bloomberg India) reported that the penalty for non-compliance with the Indian government’s crypto policies could range from a maximum fine of 20 crore rupees ($2.7 million dollars) or 1.5 years in jail. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will likely give cryptocurrency investors a deadline to comply with new rules and declare their assets. While the regulatory environment in the country holds a high degree of uncertainty, reports have indicated that investors’ crypto must soon be held in exchanges operating under the oversight of the Securities and Exchange Board of India,…

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58% of video game developers are already using blockchain

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A new study from the United Kingdom revealed that most game studios have already started exploring blockchain technology for their upcoming titles. Commissioned by blockchain platform Stratis and undertaken by insight agency Opinion, the new research surveyed 197 video game developers in the United States and the United Kingdom. The results showed that 58% of developers are beginning to use blockchain technology, and almost half of the respondents (47%) started incorporating nonfungible tokens (NFT). The study indicates developers’ confidence in blockchain and NFTs, as two-thirds of studios expect blockchain to…

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Zimbabwe may be the next country to embrace Bitcoin as legal tender

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Zimbabwe has been paying attention to the increasing demand for crypto among its people, which it views as a possible avenue for growth. The country has also been receptive to regulating the entire sector. Zimbabwe’s government is considering utilizing Bitcoin (BTC) as a legal payments option to meet this growing demand and harness the technology, according to local news. According to the news, retired Brigadier Colonel Charles Wekwete, the permanent secretary and head of the office of the president and cabinet’s e-government technology unit, confirmed that discussions with businesses are…

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Facebook Launches Novi Wallet Pilot With Ethereum Based USDP Stablecoin

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Facebook has unveiled the Novi digital currency wallet pilot in the United States and the Central American nation of Guatemala on Oct 19. While the wallet is free of any charges (at this time), operates with KYC and primarily focused on remittances, the interesting part is that Facebook has retired its Diem cryptocurrency project in favor of the Ethereum based Paxos issued USDP stablecoin – an ERC 20 token with custody services being sourced from Coinbase. The limited rollout carries the “Move the money instantly with no fees” allows the…

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Arab Bank has chosen Tezos to facilitate institutional custody service

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Arab Bank Switzerland announced Tuesday that it will integrate staking, trading and custody services onto the Tezos blockchain’s native token (XTZ) in a bid to provide a digital asset environment for institutions, corporations and high net-worth individuals. The 50-year old establishment partnered with Tezos in the hope of benefiting from the ecosystem’s inherent focus on energy conservation, low-gas fees and fast upgrades. Managing Director of Arab Bank Switzerland, Rani Jabban commented on the institution’s ambitions following the announcement: “Digital Assets are a cornerstone of our strategy, requiring strong agility while…

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El Salvador introduces fuel subsidy of $0.20 per gallon to locals who pay in BTC

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Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele has announced that local consumers can enjoy a $0.20-per-gallon reduction in petrol prices when paying, using the government-backed Bitcoin wallet, Chivo. Describing the news as “positive news for the pockets of Salvadorans,” the president announced the subsidy via Twitter on Thursday. According to a rough translation, Bukele stated: “The state company Chivo negotiated with the largest gas station companies in our country, so that starting tomorrow, their stations will sell each gallon of fuel $ 0.20 cheaper, with Chivo wallet.” Bukele emphasized that there is no…

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Europe becomes largest crypto economy with over $1T in transactions

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The region of central, northern and western Europe, or CNWE, has emerged as the world’s most active cryptocurrency block, receiving over $1 trillion worth of digital assets over the past year, according to new research from blockchain analytics firm Chainalysis. The report, which was released Tuesday, found that the CNWE region accounted for 25% of global crypto activity between July 2020 and June 2021. The region witnessed a sharp uptick in transaction volume across all crypto sub-categories, especially decentralized finance, or DeFi. Chainalysis describes crypto transactions as anything involving trade,…

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YouGov poll finds 27% support for making Bitcoin legal tender in US

A new poll has found that 27% of United States residents support the government recognizing Bitcoin (BTC) as legal tender. According to a poll from research and data analytics firm YouGov, 11% of respondents “strongly support” the idea that Bitcoin should be used as legal tender in the United States, and a further 16% of respondents would “somewhat support” it. The poll, which surveyed 4,912 U.S. residents, indicated that a larger number of Democratic respondents support the proposition than Republicans. Around 29% of Democrats stated they either strongly or somewhat…

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Mastercard acquires blockchain security start-up CipherTrace

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Payments giant Mastercard has signed an agreement to acquire blockchain analytics start-up CipherTrace as it looks to accelerate and expand its cryptocurrency strategy. The company says that CipherTrace’s security and fraud detection capabilities provide “additional transparency and support” for the digital asset ecosystem. Mastercard plans to integrate the start-up’s suite of crypto intelligence solutions with its own cybersecurity offerings. It says this will help businesses looking to build out their own virtual asset offerings identify and understand risks and to “help manage their digital asset regulatory and compliance obligations”. Ajay…

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