Gaming Platform Enjin and Metaverseme Merge NFTs With Augmented Reality to Enhance Gaming Experience

The blockchain gaming platform, Enjin and Metaverseme, an augmented reality (AR) platform are set to introduce tradeable AR fashion assets to the Ethereum blockchain. The Enjin-powered non-fungible token (NFT), which can be worn by users’ avatars in the Metaverseme app, will launch on February 23. Revolutionary Apps and Games According to a statement, the Metaverseme app will allow users to quickly snap selfies in the real world and generate hyper-realistic avatars. The AR mode maps users’ real-world environment, where their digital avatars can be brought to life as they wear…

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Privacy-Centric Messaging App Signal Experiments With Stellar-Based Mobilecoin Project

One of the most popular privacy-centric messaging applications Signal has seen explosive growth during the last two months over things like the Whatsapp acquisition and the recent Big Tech censorship. According to a number of reports, the company has been experimenting with monetization and more recently Signal has been reportedly testing the crypto network Stellar. The mobile company called App Annie detailed at the end of 2020, Signal had around 20 million active users a month. Following the announcement that Facebook was acquiring Whatsapp and changing its privacy terms, there’s…

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American Cancer Society Creates Its First Crypto Only Donation Fund

The American Cancer Society has set up a fund for crypto donations so the nonprofit can raise at least $1 million by early 2021. Together with The Giving Block, the U.S.-based voluntary health organization expects to collect funds via several cryptocurrencies. Donations to Fund Cancer-Related Research Plummeted 50% in 2020 According to the announcement, the cancer crypto fund seeks to provide funding to ongoing research initiatives. The move happens within the context of a strong decrease in donations over 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Cancer Society says the…

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S&P Global: Cryptocurrencies Have Become Mainstream and Are Here to Stay, Bitcoin Reminiscent of Gold Rush

S&P Global says cryptocurrencies have become mainstream and appear to be here to stay, as more companies are offering crypto services and adoption is growing worldwide. Meanwhile, an S&P analyst believes that bitcoin’s rise is reminiscent of the U.S. gold rush. S&P Global Says Bitcoin Has Become Mainstream Financial information and analytics firm S&P Global released a special report on the current condition of cryptocurrencies last week. It states: Once considered an alternative trend, cryptocurrencies have become mainstream and appear here to stay. The report references a number of factors,…

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Massive Gamestop Short Squeeze Highlights the Fragility of Today’s Financial System

The bigwigs trading stocks on Wall Street have been upset this week as billion-dollar hedge funds have been crippled by Redditors and memes. Not too long ago, the firm Gamestop’s shares were plummeting, and Wall Street veterans lined up a mountain of short bets against the company’s stock. However, members of the Reddit forum called “Wall Street Bets” discovered the short positions, and subsequently turned things around by purchasing the stock and placing long positions on Gamestop’s shares. On Tuesday, Gamestop’s stock (GME) spiked well over 148%, as GME trade…

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Second-Generation Lending Protocol Lendefi Is Coming for Compound’s Crown

PRESS RELEASE. Lendefi is a brand-new protocol aiming to provide opportunities such as lending and borrowing, leveraging and investing. Lendefi is an innovative second-generation DeFi lending protocol that allows lenders to earn interest on stablecoin deposits, and for borrowers to obtain undercollateralized loans (UCLs) to invest in popular digital assets. The main advantage of Lendefi is the possibility of undercollateralized loans, meaning you can borrow more than the collateral (serving as a type of security) you provide. Existing lending protocols, for their part, allow overcollateralized loans, meaning users are limited…

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FinCEN Extends Crypto Rulemaking Review Period as Senate Confirms Janet Yellen

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued a notice extending the comment period for its crypto wallet proposal. The extension came shortly after the U.S. Senate confirmed Janet Yellen as the new U.S. Treasury Secretary. FinCEN Extends Comment Period for Crypto Wallet Rulemaking FinCEN, a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, announced Tuesday that it has submitted for publication in the Federal Register an extension notice affecting crypto regulation. The announcement came shortly after the U.S. Senate confirmed Janet Yellen as the new Treasury Secretary. The Tuesday…

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Research Proves Recent Transfers of 8,000 Ten-Year-Old ‘Forgotten Bitcoins’ Were Sold to Coinbase

For months now our newsdesk has followed the tracks of a mysterious whale from 2010, a miner who not only mined thousands of bitcoin back in the day, but has also spent over 8,000 bitcoin during the past ten months. This week, the Russian blockchain researcher, Issak Shvarts published a report about the decade-old block rewards, and he claims to have shown “full proof” that the bitcoins are now owned by Coinbase and also distributed after the transfers. The Case of the Mysterious 2010 Block Reward Spends For a while…

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Former UK Cyber Intelligence Official Pushes for Law Change to Stop Bitcoin Ransomware Payments

A former U.K. cybersecurity chief has raised concerns that ransomware incidents are close to “getting out of control.” Ciaran Martin has also called for laws to prevent people from paying bitcoin to cybercriminals. Former Official Claims Most of the Cybercriminals Are Based in Russia During an interview with The Guardian, Martin, who was the head of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), pointed out that insurance firms are indirectly funding organized crimes in ransomware incidents. Martin believes that companies’ insurance claims from ransomware attacks help perpetuate the criminal circle. Moreover,…

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Spanish Crypto Exchange 2gether Won’t Reimburse All Stolen Funds From the 2020 Hack

Spanish cryptocurrency exchange 2gether has announced that it won’t compensate users for the full amount of bitcoin (BTC) and ether (ETH) stolen in August 2020. The exchange said that almost 5,000 of its customers won’t receive their cryptos under the compensation plan. Company Asks 9% of Its Users for More Time to Gather the Remaining Funds According to the announcement, 91% of the users will be fully compensated as part of the firm’s capital round to gather enough funds for the purpose. The crypto exchange argues that it cannot pay…

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