Report: Egyptian Lawmakers Hail Parliament’s Endorsement of Pact to Join BRICS Bank

Egyptian lawmakers recently hailed the parliament’s endorsement of a pact that allows the country to join the New Development Bank, a report has said. According to the report, the lawmakers believe joining this BRICS-backed institution will help Egypt reduce its demand for dollars and enable it to preserve its forex reserves. Joining BRICS Following the Egyptian parliament’s recent endorsement of an agreement that paves the way for the country to join the New Development Bank, lawmaker Mohamed Abdel-Hamid, reportedly said the move helps reduce demand for U.S. dollars. Set up…

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Banks in Russia to Lose $700 Million a Year Due to Digital Ruble, Experts Say

Russian banks may be the main losers from the introduction of a digital ruble while retailers will save on acquiring fees, analysts have predicted. The benefits for consumers using the new digital currency are not that obvious as they may not be paid any interest or cashback. Launch of Russia’s Digital Ruble Said to Result in Losses for Banking Institutions Commercial banks may lose up to 50 billion rubles annually (almost $715 million) when a digital version of the ruble is introduced, according to a forecast produced by financial experts…

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Ebay Expands Into NFT and Web3 Space With New Job Openings

The online marketplace giant, Ebay, is seeking to fill several positions in the area of Web3 and non-fungible token (NFT) technology, according to several Linkedin job postings. Ebay is looking for a “creative crypto attorney” for the marketplace, Knownorigin, which it acquired in June 2022. Big Corporations Still Seek Workers to Manage Crypto and Blockchain Services Amid Widespread Layoffs According to Ebay job postings published on Linkedin, the e-commerce company is seeking to fill several positions in the non-fungible token (NFT) technology and Web3 space. This follows Ebay’s acquisition of…

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US Judge Dismisses Customer Lawsuit Against Crypto Exchange Coinbase

A U.S. district judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Coinbase and its CEO Brian Armstrong filed by customers of the crypto exchange. The lawsuit alleges that Coinbase sold 79 crypto tokens that are unregistered securities. Customer Lawsuit Against Coinbase Dismissed A proposed class action lawsuit filed in Manhattan by customers of cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase (Nasdaq: COIN) was dismissed with prejudice by U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer on Wednesday, meaning they cannot be brought again, Reuters reported. The lawsuit was filed against Coinbase Global Inc., Coinbase Inc., and CEO Brian Armstrong…

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Charlie Munger Urges US Government to Ban Crypto Like China Has Done

Warren Buffett’s right-hand man and the vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, Charlie Munger, has urged the U.S. government to ban cryptocurrencies like China has done. “A cryptocurrency is not a currency, not a commodity, and not a security. Instead, it’s a gambling contract with a nearly 100% edge for the house,” he stressed. Berkshire Vice Chair Charlie Munger Wants Cryptocurrencies Banned Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman Charlie Munger has urged the U.S. government to ban crypto in an opinion piece titled “Why America Should Ban Crypto,” published by the Wall Street…

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Robert Kiyosaki Discusses Why Gold, Silver, Bitcoin Are Rising Higher

The famous author of the best-selling book Rich Dad Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki, has shared his view on why the prices of gold, silver, and bitcoin are rising higher. Noting that silver is cheap right now, Kiyosaki urged investors to buy a silver coin and start getting richer. Robert Kiyosaki Bullish on Gold, Silver, Bitcoin The author of Rich Dad Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki, has shared his thoughts on why the prices of his top three investment picks — gold, silver, and bitcoin — are going up. Rich Dad Poor…

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Okx to Launch Okx Collective, a Metaverse Experience Powered by Manchester City Soccer Players

Okx, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the market, has announced the launch of its soccer-focused metaverse experience, called the “Okx Collective.” The immersive experience will include Jack Grealish, Rúben Dias, Ilkay Gündoğan, and Alex Greenwood, stars from Manchester City, the reigning champion of the Premier League. Okx To Launch Okx Collective Metaverse Sports clubs and their players are more and more inclined to tailor metaverse platforms to offer new immersive experiences to fans. Okx, one of the biggest cryptocurrency exchanges by volume traded, will launch its own metaverse…

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Optimism Plans to Enhance L2 Scaling Network With ‘Bedrock’ Upgrade in March 

The Ethereum scaling network Optimism, which operates as a layer two (L2) network, announced plans to upgrade its network in March. The upgrade, named “Bedrock,” aims to increase transfer speed, lower fees, and enhance compatibility with the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM). The Optimism Foundation stated in its proposal, “The Bedrock upgrade is a major step towards a multi-chain future.” Optimism’s Bedrock Upgrade: Optimizing Transfer Fees and Improving Node Performance Optimism, the L2 Ethereum scaling solution, plans to upgrade its network in mid-March 2023 with a new ruleset change called Bedrock.…

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Smart Contract Token Market Soars to $332 Billion; Defi Value Reaches High Not Seen Since FTX Collapse

The smart contract token economy rose 5.6% against the U.S. dollar on Thursday, reaching $332 billion. Additionally, the value locked in decentralized finance (defi) increased to nearly $50 billion, a record high not seen since the collapse of FTX. Smart Contract Economy and Defi TVL Bounces Back On Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023, the top smart contract platform coin economy increased to $332.86 billion, a rise of 5.6% in the last 24 hours. Currently, roughly $20.44 billion in global trading volume is paired with smart contract tokens. Of the top ten…

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FIO Protocol Launches NFT Domains Wrapped on Polygon

PRESS RELEASE. FIO Protocol, the leading decentralized solution for global blockchain usability, has announced the launch of FIO Domain wrapping on the Polygon blockchain. Wrapping is the process of taking a token from one blockchain and making it available for use on another. This launch moves FIO Protocol into the $31.4 billion NFT market by enabling users to buy, sell, and trade their FIO Domains as ERC-721 NFTs on all Polygon-enabled marketplaces. Founded in 2019, FIO Protocol offers NFT domain names that grant users full custody of their decentralized digital…

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