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IMF urges El Salvador to remove Bitcoin’s status as legal tender
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IMF urges El Salvador to remove Bitcoin’s status as legal tender

Members of the executive board at the International Monetary Fund are urging lawmakers in El Salvador to no longer recognize Bitcoin as legal tender.The IMF reported on Tuesday that though digital payments had the potential to increase financial inclusion in the Central American nation, the use of Bitcoin (BTC) as legal tender carried “large risks” related to financial stability, financial integrity and consumer protection. The executive board directors urged El Salvador authorities to “narrow the scope of the Bitcoin law by removing Bitcoin’s legal tender status,” also expressing concern about the potential risks of issuing Bitcoin-backed bonds.The officials’ recommendation came following the conclusion of an Article IV consultation in El Salvador. According to the IMF, during such a cons...
YouTube head of gaming Ryan Wyatt to resign and join Polygon Studios as CEO
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YouTube head of gaming Ryan Wyatt to resign and join Polygon Studios as CEO

On Tuesday, Ryan Wyatt, head of gaming at YouTube, announced he would be leaving the video-sharing platform in February. Partly due to his leadership, YouTube Gaming sees over 250 million daily logged users per day with hundreds of billions of watch time each year. Wyatt cited his passion for blockchain and Web3 development in explaining his resignation. He will soon join Polygon Studios as its CEO.Polygon Studios is the gaming and non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, arm of the namesake layer-two Ethereum scaling network. Polygon (MATIC) plans to commit $100 million to projects led by its subsidiary studio, which debuted last July. The firm's objectives are to develop decentralized gaming, attract blockchain enthusiasts to its NFT tokens ecosystem and establish Polygon as a competent b...
Kanye West wants royalties from Paparazzi photos, with the help of NFTs
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Kanye West wants royalties from Paparazzi photos, with the help of NFTs

Kanye West expressed his frustration at the paparazzi after being filmed arriving at Miami International Airport on Monday, as seen in a video posted by ET Canada. Kanye can be heard saying to the cameraman:"It's just really one-sided. You guys can follow us, you guys to stand from the hotel at any given time. You don't give us any percentage of what you make off us, off our kids. And I'm going to change that."Kanye in Miami | Source: ET CanadaThe cameraman argued that, "without candid photography, there wouldn't be a [documented] history of celebrities." However, it was clear that Kanye's main interest involved the right to royalties from paparazzi photos, rather than issues with the perceived invasion of privacy. "You know, NFT [non-fungible tokens] people get paid in perpetuity on the p...
McDonald’s jumps on Bitcoin memewagon, Crypto Twitter responds
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McDonald’s jumps on Bitcoin memewagon, Crypto Twitter responds

Prominent crypto entrepreneurs and supporters, who shared memes on Twitter about doing odd jobs amid an ongoing market crash, were joined by global fast-food giant McDonalds — the brand infamously linked with temporary Bitcoin (BTC) market crashes. BTC’s price has seen a steady downfall ever since breaching an all-time high of $69,000 back in November 2022. Eventually, as Bitcoin started trading below the $40,000 mark, crypto millionaires and investors on Twitter started sharing memes about getting jobs at fast-food restaurants.Source: Twitter/PlanBSalvadoran President Nayib Bukele, too, embraced the meme culture and uploaded a new profile picture that shows him at one of his speeches sporting a badly photoshopped McDonald’s branded cap and T-shirt.#NewProfilePic pic.twitter.com/...
Cardano projects SundaeSwap and CardStarter squabble over failed promises to investors
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Cardano projects SundaeSwap and CardStarter squabble over failed promises to investors

The ongoing drama between two projects built on the Cardano (ADA) blockchain escalated across multiple social media platforms Monday, much to the dismay of the ADA community.The issues began in April when accelerator program CardStarter announced it would launch its own decentralized exchange or DEX. Shortly thereafter, its founders incentivized investors to provide liquidity for the project on Uniswap in exchange for native CSWAP tokens. The platform's developers landed an agreement with a third-party DEX called SundaeSwap sometime later, marketing the deal as a "merger" last June. As per the agreement, CardStarter would no longer develop its promised DEX, and would instead provide liquidity to the existing SundaeSwap DEX.As told by Reddit user "Environmental-Law768", investors were ...
Here are 5 altcoins to study as crypto prices drop to near 1-year lows
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Here are 5 altcoins to study as crypto prices drop to near 1-year lows

The pain trade has been an unwelcome sight across the cryptocurrency market since the start of 2022 and over the past 24 days Bitcoin (BTC) and the altcoin prices have drifted, leading some analysts to suggest that a bear market is at hand.Despite traders' concern that another extended crypto winter could be starting, it times like these when investors can capitalize on great opportunities to pick up fundamentally sound cryptocurrencies at a discount.Crypto Fear & Greed Index. Source: Alternative.meIn that vein, here’s a closer look at several projects with strong fundamentals and a proven use case that could be good candidates for accumulation during the current market correction. Polygon (MATIC)The Ethereum (ETH) layer-two scaling solution Polygon (MATIC) is currently down 50.76% fro...
Strategies for trading cryptocurrency during a correction, explained
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Strategies for trading cryptocurrency during a correction, explained

A correction refers to a rapid price decrease, which traders can use to their advantage with the assistance of cryptocurrency trading bots. Although the definition for a correction differs, it is most often used to describe a rapid decrease in an asset’s price, usually at least 10% and up to 20%. If an asset falls more than that, the price dip is classified as a market crash. Corrections are often the result of a minor event, such as low trading volumes or other technical factors. They, therefore, occur fairly regularly, lasting a few days, weeks and, in some cases, months. The term correction is then used since the price will often return to its expected value. However, the alternative may also be true. A correction may lead to a larger decline, a bear market. As most know, the ...
Law Decoded: When central banks seek public discussion, Jan. 17–24
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Law Decoded: When central banks seek public discussion, Jan. 17–24

Last week, two central banks dropped public reports that can have a sizable impact on the crypto landscape in their respective countries and beyond. The U.S. Federal Reserve published a discussion paper entitled “Money and Payments: The U.S. Dollar in the Age of Digital Transformation,” which summarizes years of the Fed’s research on CBDCs. Meanwhile, the Central Bank of Russia released a report that called for a blanket ban on domestic cryptocurrency operations and mining. Both documents are framed as an invitation for public discussion, but the kinds of discussions that they will trigger are likely to be very different.Below is the concise version of the latest “Law Decoded” newsletter. For the full breakdown of policy developments over the last week, register for the full newsletter bel...
Indonesia’s crypto industry in 2021: A kaleidoscope
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Indonesia’s crypto industry in 2021: A kaleidoscope

In 2021, the number of global crypto holders has been estimated to have increased by 3.9% to more than 300 million crypto users worldwide, with more than 18,000 businesses already accepting cryptocurrencies as payment. India is currently in the lead with 100 million users, followed by the United States with 27 million users and Russia with 17 million users.According to data from Triple A, Indonesia has the seventh-largest crypto user base, below Brazil and Pakistan. It is estimated that there are 7.2 million Indonesians who own cryptocurrencies, while according to the Indonesian Blockchain Association, as of July 2021, the number of crypto owners in Indonesia is 7.4 million people, an increase of 85% from 2020. This number is significantly more than the number of stock investors in Indones...
Decentralized and traditional finance tried to destroy each other but failed
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Decentralized and traditional finance tried to destroy each other but failed

The year 2022 is here, and banks and the traditional banking system remain alive despite decades of threatening predictions made by crypto enthusiasts. The only endgame that happened— a new Ethereum 2.0 roadmap that Vitalik Buterin posted at the end of last year. Even though with this roadmap the crypto industry would change for the better, 2021 showed us that crypto didn't destroy or damage the central banks just like traditional banking didn't kill crypto. Why? To be fair, the fight between the two was equivalently brutal on both sides. Many crypto enthusiasts were screaming about the coming apocalypse of the world's financial systems and described a bright crypto future ahead where every item could be bought with Bitcoin (BTC). On the other hand, bankers rushed to defend the tradit...