Macro Investor Dan Tapiero Says Crypto Adoption Slow: Emerging Economies Ahead of Developed States

Bitcoin and gold holder Dan Tapiero, says it is still early to talk of widespread crypto adoption as the proportion of users relative to the rest of the population remains low. Tapiero makes the remarks while referring to a study, which places Nigeria at top of the list of countries with the highest number of respondents that say they own or are using cryptocurrency. According to the study, 32% of surveyed Nigerians say they used or owned cryptocurrencies in 2020 while in Japan, which is last on the list, only…

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An Ethereum VR Game Featuring Atari and Care Bears Sells Plots of Virtual Land for $76K

A great number of Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have been selling on various marketplaces this year creating tens of thousands of dollars in NFT sales. One particular platform called The Sandbox has been selling virtual land parcels for thousands of dollars worth of ether. The Sandbox is a virtual world that lets players create and own blockchain-backed virtual items in the metaverse built on the Ethereum network. On October 18, Sandbox revealed two 6×6 estates had been sold for 210 ether ($76,931) or 28x the original price. In the future, digital…

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Monetary Stability: The IMF and Fed Chair Jerome Powell Discuss Digital Currency Implications

On Monday, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) published a report on crypto assets like central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) and global stablecoins (GSCs). Moreover, the IMF also hosted a virtual panel that discussed digital currencies and cross-border payments with the Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. The Fed Chair says as far as a U.S.-issued CBDC is concerned, it is “more important to get it right than to be first.” The IMF held a virtual panel that discussed digital currencies and cross-border payments on Monday morning. The panel was hosted by…

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Bitcoin Bar ‘Room 77’ Shuts Down

Room 77, the German bar and restaurant that claims to be the first retail outfit in the world to accept bitcoin payments, has shut down. Cypherpunk Holdings chief economist Jon Matonis broke the news on Twitter. Bar owner Jorg Platzer later confirmed it on Reddit. “Room 77 is closing for good,” Platzer revealed in a rather futuristic, celebratory post on Oct. 18. “We think our mission is accomplished and it is time to go back to our home planet. Thanks for all the fish and the generous tips!” No official…

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Peter Schiff’s Euro Pacific Bank Under Investigation by Tax Authorities in 5 Countries

Euro Pacific Bank, founded by gold bug and bitcoin skeptic Peter Schiff, is reportedly under investigation by the tax authorities of five countries. The bank’s customers allegedly include several tax fraud masterminds and a Russian syndicate described by the FBI as the world’s worst cybercrime group. Peter Schiff’s Euro Pacific Bank Probed by Tax Authorities Euro Pacific Bank, a Puerto Rico-licensed bank founded by gold bug and bitcoin skeptic Peter Schiff, is reportedly under investigation by the tax authorities of Australia, the Netherlands, the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Several…

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Cloudbet Unveils Betting With Gold in Gaming World First

Cloudbet, the pioneering crypto casino and sportsbook, has added Pax Gold to its platform, making history by allowing players to bet online with gold for the first time ever. The integration of gold betting on a crypto-gaming platform marks a unique milestone in the evolution of tokenisation, whereby a physical asset is made divisible, tradable and easier to exchange through smart contracts and blockchain technology. Each unit of PAXG is a digital asset backed by one fine troy ounce of a gold bar held in custody by the Paxos Trust…

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Rare Batman NFT Digital Art Collection Sells for Record 540 Ether

A five-piece collection of Batman digital art has sold for a combined 540.86 ether, or about $202,000, on Makersplace, a record price for non-fungible crypto artwork. The rare artwork is a collection of animations or PNG files of the Dark Knight. It was created by DC comic artist José Delbo and Trevor Jones, a crypto artist. The highest price was for Genesis, a “striking pencil sketch and powerful inked work … [later] interpreted in oil on canvas,” which sold for 302.5 ethereum (ETH), or about $113,000, at current exchange rates.…

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Filecoin Miners Start a Strike – FIL Validators Claim the Project’s Economic Model Is Not Working

The Filecoin project has surely seen a lot of hype but during the last few weeks before the launch, the cooperative digital storage crypto project has been criticized a great deal. This weekend a few Filecoin miners have been on strike and claim the economic model is not working out for them. Just recently the Filecoin (FIL) token offering has been a topical conversation, as the project joins the cryptocurrency economy. Moreover, controversy recently surrounded the project when the crypto community questioned the movement of 800,000 FIL tokens. Now another…

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The Great Financial Reset: IMF Managing Director Calls for a ‘New Bretton Woods Moment’

As the global economy shudders from the disastrous effects of central planning, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director in Washington, DC, Kristalina Georgieva is calling for a “new Bretton Woods moment.” Georgieva spoke about the juncture on October 15, and she stressed today’s economic hardships are the same as the difficulties the world faced at the end of World War II. Free market advocates on social media and forums believe the IMF managing director’s recent Bretton Woods speech should invoke increased suspicion. IMF Article Alludes to a ‘Huge Change…

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Bitcoin Adoption Soars in Turkey Amid High Inflation, Lira Hitting Record Low

People in Turkey are increasingly turning to bitcoin as the local currency, the Turkish lira, recently hit another record low against the dollar. Bitcoin adoption in Turkey outshines other countries in the region. Turkey Is Regional Leader in Bitcoin Adoption Bitcoin adoption has been increasing in Turkey as the local currency, the Turkish lira, hit another record low Thursday, reportedly touching 7.95 to the dollar. The dollar has gained about 33% against the lira so far this year and some analysts are predicting that it will soon hit 8.5. “The…

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