NFT-related altcoins hit new highs after Bitcoin price rallies to $53K

Bitcoin’s daily close above the key $52,000 level signals that bulls intend to make a second attempt at securing a new all-time high. The cryptocurrency market saw an influx of activity on March 8 that provided a lift to the vast majority of the top tokens as the world celebrates International Women’s Day.  Bitcoin’s (BTC) recovery back above $50,000 was followed by a new wave of bullish optimism and analysis from Bloomberg senior commodity strategist Mike McGlone suggested that Bitcoin is pushing gold aside as a store of value in…

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This trading platform has a novel approach to welcoming new users

A fully regulated brokerage has unveiled a novel approach for attracting new users — and vows to put traders “on an equal footing with everyone else.” A fully regulated brokerage with more than 100,000 users globally has introduced a novel way of welcoming new customers to its platform. Quantfury says users who invite their friends to join the platform will receive stock or cryptocurrency as a reward — with a value of anywhere between $10 and $250 — and their friends will receive the same. According to the company, this…

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South African crypto firms warn opaque regulations are harming the industry

South African crypto firms are threatening to move operations abroad if lawmakers don’t provide clear regulatory guidelines. South African crypto firms are threatening to move abroad if local lawmakers are unable to provide regulatory clarity to its domestic digital asset industry. Speaking to Bloomberg, Sean Sanders, the CEO of local crypto investment platform Revix — who plan to relocate their head office to the United Kingdom, described the South African government as being “incredibly slow” in clarifying regulatory guidelines for the crypto industry. “That leads to businesses looking internationally. In…

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NuCypher and Keep Network propose ‘world’s first decentralized protocol merger’

Data encryption and protection protocols Keep Network and NuCyper have announced plans to integrate around a new network dubbed “Keanu.” The communities of crypto projects Keep and NuCypher are proposing a “hard merge,” with onlookers describing the move as “the world’s first decentralized protocol merger.” Proposals were published to the respective forums of Keep and NuCypher’s DAO on March 8, revealing discussions have been underway between the two projects for several weeks. If passed, the merger is expected to see the two projects integrated into a new interoperable network dubbed…

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Southeast Asia’s first Bitcoin fund launches to meet local institutional demand

The BCMG Genesis Bitcoin Fund-I will be available to accredited Asian investors. The Malaysia-based BCMG Genesis Bitcoin Fund-I, or BGBF-I, has officially launched, claiming to have become the first insured institutional crypto product available in the Southeast Asian region. An announcement states the fund launched in response to a growing demand for institutional crypto products in Southeast Asia. The fund leverages an Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered blockchain-based platform provided by Calfin Global Crypto Exchang, which purports to offer increased security for customer holdings. BGBF-I is regulated in Labuan, Malaysia, where IBH Investment…

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Former DC comic book artist fetches $1.85M auctioning Wonder Woman NFTs

Former DC comic artist, José Delbo, made $1.85 million in four days auctioning 914 NFTs depicting the popular fictional heroine Wonder Woman. José Delbo, an artist who illustrated the comic book series Wonder Woman during the late 1970s, has made $1.85 million in an auction selling non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, depicting the popular heroine. The 87-year-old Argentian, who also worked on Batman, Transformers, and The Beatles‘ Yellow Submarine comic book, collaborated with Milan-based crypto art duo Hackatao to produce the NFT drop, dubbed “Heroines.” In total, 914 individual NFTs were…

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Glassnode: $47k showed strongest on-chain support since BTC broke $11k

Approximately 6.5% of Bitcoin’s circulating supply moved on-chain while the markets found support at $47k, representing “one of the largest on-chain BTC accumulation levels” ever. On-chain crypto analytics firm Glassnode has reported significant on-chain support was found for BTC at the roughly $47,000 level, describing the event as the largest on-chain support identified since Bitcoin broke above $11,000 in late 2020. According to a March 8 report from Glassnode, approximately 1.2 million Bitcoin were moved on-chain as BTC’s price traded between $45,500 to $48,900 after bouncing off a local low…

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Ripple and MoneyGram to ‘wind down’ partnership

While the partnership between Ripple and MoneyGram has been officially terminated, the two firms have expressed they are open to resuming collaboration in the future. Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse has issued a statement announcing the fintech firm and MoneyGram International have together decided to “wind down” their partnership. However, the March 8 statement noted that both companies are committed to revisiting some form of partnership together in the future. Garlinghouse noted that together, Ripple and MoneyGram International (MGI) processed billions of dollars through Ripple’s RippleNet and On-Demand Liquidity (ODL) services,…

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Chiliz (CHZ) rallies 60% to a $1B market cap as fan token offerings expand

The success of the AC Milan Fan Token launch and plans to expand to the United States support Chiliz’s 1,000% rally over the past month. Non-fungible tokens and decentralized finance are two of the hottest concepts in the crypto sector and each is altering the way projects and companies interact with the public on a wide scale.  One project that is looking to apply these concepts into a framework for sports fan engagement is Chiliz (CHZ), a blockchain platform created by the Socios fan engagement platform. The project is designed…

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Ethereum to roll out Berlin upgrade with 4 EIPs

The mainnet launch, which is expected to take place on Apr. 14, incorporates four Ethereum Improvement Protocols. After months of planning, the Ethereum community has laid out a timeline for its upcoming Berlin upgrade, marking an important milestone in its development roadmap.  Berlin is scheduled to go live on the Ethereum mainnet at block 12,244,000, or Apr. 14, Tim Beiko wrote on Monday. Ropsten, the first testnet to upgrade, is scheduled for Mar. 10. The Goerli and Rinkeby networks are expected to upgrade in one-week increments on Mar. 17 and…

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