‘I am a wonder:’ An interview with an Axie Infinity NFT

On November 21st, the world’s first social media-managed, personality-branded non-fungible token (NFT) revealed itself to the cryptotwitter world: Axie #265, also known as “Axia.”  Axies — the cute, digital critters inspired by Pokemon — populate the rapidly growing blockchain-based game Axie Infinity. Each one is backed by an NFT, and even those who have never played Axie Infinity might be familiar with Axies due to the preposterous sums they fetch on the secondary market: one Axie recently sold for 300 Ether, or over $130,000 at the time of the sale.…

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Trading Exchange Okex’s Crypto Reserves Nosedived After Withdrawals Opened

Just recently, after the exchange paused cryptocurrency withdrawals, the trading platform Okex finally enabled digital currency withdrawals last Wednesday. Since then, the exchange seems to be experiencing an exodus of funds leaving, as onchain data shows Okex’s crypto-asset reserves like bitcoin, ethereum and tether have depleted considerably during the last ten days. Over the years a number of exchanges have had issues and have worried customers by stopping deposits and withdrawals for a period of time. Okex joined the list of exchanges that have halted withdrawals, as the cryptocurrency trading…

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Bitcoin carnage, Eth2 milestone, Libra launch, PayPal blunder: Hodler’s Digest, Nov. 21–27

Coming every Saturday, Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link.   Top Stories This Week Bitcoin price hits new all-time high as crypto market matures It’s happened! This week, Bitcoin officially reached an all-time high above $19,892 for the first time in almost three years after enjoying a rebound over the Thanksgiving weekend. Unfortunately, Tuesday’s new record didn’t bring…

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Facebook’s Diem stablecoin is an existential threat to traditional banking

Facebook, it is reported, could launch its long-awaited digital currency as early as January 2021 in the form of a U.S. dollar-backed stablecoin. Central banks and regulators have been galvanized into action since Facebook first announced its intentions by publishing a white paper in 2019. They are right to be concerned, as stablecoins — particularly ones such as the rebranded Diem that have the potential for massive network effects — bring new risks to consumers and savers as well as to the global financial system. Related: What Is Libra? Breaking…

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Crypto-Friendly Travel Site Travala Posts 503% Revenue Increase, 72% of Bookings Paid With Cryptocurrencies

Travel booking website Travala saw an increase in revenue of over 503% in November compared to the previous year. Out of all bookings, 72% were paid with cryptocurrencies, with bitcoin being the most popular choice. A Record Month for Travala The up and coming crypto-friendly travel booking website Travala.com released its monthly earnings report for November on Tuesday showing a record month. The platform’s “Total revenue for the month of November was $920,274 which includes hotel bookings, flight bookings, travel gift cards, and integration fees,” Travala detailed, adding: This represents…

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Ripple has sold $15M of its stock in MoneyGram

Ripple Labs has sold a huge chunk of its 2019 investment in MoneyGram.  Per a Friday night filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday night, from Nov. 27 through Dec. 4, Ripple Labs managed to sell 2,264,113 shares of MoneyGram (MGI). The tech firm netted a total of $15,303,792.60 from the sales. MoneyGram’s stock value has soared in recent months, from $2.94 on Oct. 1 to $8.53 on Nov. 23. In no small part thanks to news of Ripple’s sell-off, MGI has slipped back down to $6.54 as of…

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British Politician Nigel Farage Says Bitcoin Is the Ultimate Anti-Lockdown Investment

British politician and leader of the Brexit Party, Nigel Farage is lauding bitcoin branding it as the ultimate anti-lockdown investment. The controversial politician’s comments are drawn from one edition of his daily ‘Fortune & Freedom’ newsletter whose mission is to help “get your money and your destiny back in your hands.” Everyone Is Interested The newsletter is published by Southbank Investment Research whose mission is to “publish investment ideas that can change one’s life for the better.” Meanwhile, following the newsletter’s publication, Farage alongside Southbank’s Sam Volkering sat down for…

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Celsius’ CEO thinks Ethereum could lose its market dominance if this doesn’t happen

Ethereum 2.0 recently fired up its Beacon Chain, concluding Phase 0 of a scaling effort years in the making. Although he expressed faith in Eth2, Celsius CEO and founder Alex Mashinsky believes that the network could lose its spotlight if it doesn’t scale quickly and significantly. “Ethereum needs to prove it can scale its transactions 100x without compromising on security or decentralization,” Mashinsky told Cointelegraph when asked about Eth2’s next hurdle after its Beacon Chain launch. “If it fails to scale, Cardano and Polkadot will take over.” As of Thursday,…

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