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Ethereum’s bearish U-turn? ETH price momentum fades after $1.6K rejection

Ethereum's native token Ether (ETH) tumbled on July 26, reducing hopes of an extended price recovery. The ETH/USD pair dropped by roughly 5%, followed by a modest rebound to over $1,550. Ethereum gets rejected at $1,650 These overnight moves liquidated over $80 million worth of Ether positions in the last 24 hours, data from CoinGlass reveals. ETH/USD hourly price chart. Source: TradingViewThe seesaw action also revealed an underlying bias conflict among traders who have been stuck between two extremely opposite market fundamentals. The first is the euphoria surrounding Ethereum's potential transition to proof-of-stake in September, which has helped Ether's price to recover 45% month-to-date. However, this bullish hype is at odds with macroeconomic headwinds, namely the Federal Reserve's and the European Central Bank's hawkish stance, which put pressure on risk assets and saw Ether price shed 68% from its record high of $4,950 to date. But the short term could ..

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GameStop ‘Falling Man’ NFT saga shows people’s power at its finest

A recent nonfungible token (NFT) listing on GameStop’s marketplace became the center of controversy in the NFT world. The listing received heavy backlash from the community, which prompted the marketplace to take action within a day, showing how a community can come together to reverse the wrong. The NFT in question, titled “Falling Man,” showed a man in a space suit falling downwards. The NFT in question had quite a resemblance to the infamous 9/11 photo of a man falling to his death that has since s become a defining moment of the deadly attacks. Many believed the NFT was mimicking the 9/11 victim and also infringed on the copyright of the image taken by original photojournalist Richard Drew. In another discussion on the meme stock subreddit GME_Meltdown, a user pointed out that the figure in the NFT is a rendering of an existing 3D model of a Russian flight suit created by an independent artist, which was used without the permission of the original artist. The GameStop team eventual..

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Square Enix partners with Enjin to launch Final Fantasy VII collectibles

Game development giant Square Enix partnered with nonfungible token (NFT) platform Enjin (ENJ) to launch a digital and physical collection featuring Final Fantasy VII, a highly popular video game series. In an announcement, Enjin said that to get the NFTs, fans must pre-order Final Fantasy VII's 25th-anniversary products at Square Enix's store. The products will include a code to the digital collectible counterpart, which can be redeemed on the NFT platform Efinity network in 2023. According to Enjin chief technology Witek Radomski, the partnership will have a good effect on digital assets and entertainment. The CTO noted that this is because Square Enix is making its way into the industry, setting an example for other big gaming firms. In May, the gaming giant revealed its plans to issue tokens and make investments in the Web3 gaming space. The firm highlighted that it will launch more NFTs featuring its games as part of its 2022 business strategy. The success of its init..

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Thai SEC launches digital hotline for Zipmex users

In the aftermath of the Thai cryptocurrency exchange Zipmex stopping withdrawals last week, local financial regulators are stepping in to look into potential losses by investors. Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is taking action to collect all necessary information from investors on how they have been affected by issues on Zipmex. The regulator officially announced on July 25 that Zipmex customers can submit information via an online forum on the Thai SEC’s official website. The SEC has received a number of complaints from people affected by Zipmex after the crypto exchange temporarily suspended withdrawals of the Thai baht and digital assets on Wednesday, the regulator said. “In the past, the SEC issued a letter requesting the company [Zipmex] to provide an efficient system to contact customers and handle complaints, as well as to take into account the protection of the interests of customers,” the announcement notes. Zipmex is one of the major cryptocurrency excha..

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Tether, Bitfinex, Hypercore collab to launch encrypted P2P apps

Staying true to the “bear market is for building” motto, crypto exchange Bitfinex along with Tether (USDT) and Hypercore announced the launch of a fully encrypted platform, Holepunch, for building peer-to-peer applications. As part of the initiative, the trio launched Keet, an encrypted application capable of facilitating real-time audio and video calls, text chat and file sharing. Partners aim to bestow control over data while breaking technology monopolies with Holepunch, according to the announcement. Tether and Bitfinex funded the development of the Holepunch platform. Paolo Ardoino, the chief technology officer of Tether and Bitfinex, will lead the new initiative as the chief strategy officer. Speaking on behalf of Tether and Bitfinex, Ardoino highlighted the need to address the growing privacy concerns, stating: “It [Tether and Bitfinex] believes that freedom of choice, communication and finances are the lifeblood of the future, and anything that will enhance those freedoms is wo..

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The best bear market plan? ‘Relentless optimism for the future,’ says fintech CEO

While many crypto veterans give out a wide range of bear market advice and strategies, some opt for a more straightforward approach—optimism. Being resilient and positive during this time is very important, according to Jeremy Almond, the CEO of Paystand, a business-to-business (B2B) payments fintech. Almond told Cointelegraph that the best way to plan during the crypto winter for companies is having what he calls a “brutal understanding of the facts” and “relentless optimism for the future.” He explained that: “As a company, you always want to be resilient in case of hard times but also optimistic about the world we are creating.”The CEO expressed that companies get to be the ones to implement the vision. Because of that, Almond said that they need to be prepared, saying that the best companies are those who are resilient and enduring. The Paystand executive also highlighted the data that shows that crypto will hit 1 billion users in the coming years. According to Almond, crypto is h..

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Will the Fed prevent BTC price from reaching $28K? — 5 things to know in Bitcoin this week

Bitcoin (BTC) enters a new week with a question mark over the fate of the market ahead of another key United States monetary policy decision. After sealing a successful weekly close — its highest since mid-June — BTC/USD is much more cautious as the Federal Reserve prepares to hike benchmark interest rates to fight inflation. While many hoped that the pair could exit its recent trading range and continue higher, the weight of the Fed is clearly visible as the week gets underway, adding pressure to an already fragile risk asset scene. That fragility is also showing in Bitcoin’s network fundamentals as miner strain becomes real and the true cost of mining through the bear market shows. At the same time, there are encouraging signs from some on-chain metrics, with long-term investors still refusing to give in. Cointelegraph takes a look at the week’s possible market movers in a tense week for crypto, equities and more. Fed to decide on next rate hike in “another fun” weekThe story of the ..

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The University of Tokyo to offer courses in the Metaverse

The University of Tokyo, also known as Todai is set to offer a range of study programs later this year that will take place in the Metaverse. According to a Saturday report from the local news outlet The Asahi Shimbun, the courses will be offered to students ranging from high school to adult learners in the workforce. The publication stated that the Metaverse study programs will not be delivered via its own dedicated faculty that offers degrees but will instead operate under Todai’s faculty of engineering and engineering-related graduate schools. Students who complete the courses will receive certificates. Todai’s project has been launched to address the lack of skilled personnel working on “digital transformation” and “advanced technologies.” University officials also emphasized that studying in the Metaverse will also create a situation in which “anyone, regardless of age, gender, social standing and area of residence, can learn about engineering and information science.” Crypto an..

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Experts clash on where virtual reality sits in the Metaverse

Virtual reality (VR) will eventually have a place within the Metaverse, but not for the foreseeable future given its slow adoption rates, according to experts. There isn’t much that can rival the experience of having one’s senses almost immersed in a virtual world — which is why many believe that the technology will have a natural fit for the Metaverse. It's a technology that Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta is betting big on by introducing Meta accounts that it says will allow users to access its Meta Horizons platform more easily through Oculus VR headsets. Founder and CEO of metaverse platform CEEK Mary Spio is also one waving the VR metaverse flag. In an interview with Cointelgraph, Spio argues that the true power of a Metaverse cannot be realized unless users are totally immersed through the use of VR devices. Spio’s metaverse platform CEEK helps digital content creators, including musicians and athletes, connect directly with their fanbase in a virtual world setting. Spio said that ..

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Yuga Labs ‘inappropriately induced’ BAYC investors: Class action

A proposed class-action lawsuit alleges that Yuga Labs “inappropriately induced” the community to buy Bored Ape Yacht Club nonfungible tokens (NFTs) and the project’s affiliated ApeCoin (APE) token. The proposed class-action driven by law firm Scott+Scott was published on Thursday, claiming that Yuga Labs used celebrity promoters and endorsements to “inflate the price” of the BAYC NFTs and the APE token. It also alleges that Yuga Labs promoted the growth prospects and chance for huge returns on investment to “unsuspecting investors:” “After selling off millions of dollars of fraudulently promoted NFTs, YUGA LABS launched the Ape Coin to further fleece investors.”“Once it was revealed that the touted growth was entirely dependent on continued promotion (as opposed to actual utility or underlying technology) retail investors were left with tokens that had lost over 87% from the inflated price high on April 28, 2022,” it added. The law firm is currently seeking impacted investors who suf..

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