CRYPTO investors saw Bitcoin and Shiba Inu recover some ground on Tuesday as a new “utility NFT” offers domain security for those with Ethereum and Polygon coin in their cryptocurrency wallets.
Bitcoin was up by 1.06% by the end of the day, putting the coin’s value at $42,541 after its massive crash in early 2022.
Over the last seven days, Shiba Inu has also struggled, but a 2.60% increase Tuesday put the coin back at $0.00002750, according to CoinBase.
A new startup, Unstoppable Domains, will offer single sign-on service using NFT domains for Etherum and Polygon.
CoinDesk reports that the “Login with Unstoppable” service will allow users to create a unique username in the form of an NFT, which will work “like Google sign-in, without the snooping and with much more flexibility.”
Unstoppable Domains CEO Matthew Gould told the outlet, “We think NFT domains are a really great place for building digital identity.”
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Crypto investor death mystery
A new documentary on rogue crypto trader Gerald Cotton, who took up to $215million in Bitcoin and other digital currencies to his grave, has sparked rumors he may have faked his death.
Cotton’s sudden death from complications of Crohn’s disease at age 30 shocked the crypto world – but some believe it may have been part of an elaborate “exit scam”.
One source in the documentary goes as far as to claim Cotton may have used a substance known as “Haitian zombie powder” to fake his death.
Elon Musk says Dogecoin is best for transactions
The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX says Dogecoin is the best cryptocurrency for transactions.
Elon Musk told Time Magazine that the meme coin is better suited to transact with over Bitcoin for two reasons.
He said the transaction volume of Bitcoin is low and the cost per transaction is high.
Musk said he believes Bitcoin is more suitable as a store of value while Dogecoin “encourages people to spend, rather than sort of hoard.”
Dogecoin spikes after Tesla news
Dogecoin saw a more than 20 percent jump after Elon Musk announced Tesla would start accepting it as payment.
He said in a Tweet that Tesla would allow purchases of some merchandise with Dogecoin and “see how it goes.”
Dogecoin went from a fraction of a penny in worth at the start of 2021 to a record-high price above 74 cents in May, CNBC reported.
Fake websites and crypto
One fairly widespread scamming technique involves websites that appear to be a new cryptocurrency mining operation or investment opportunity.
The sites encourage investors to wire in money, sometimes offering investment “tiers” and promising greater returns.
But when users attempt to withdraw their cash, they are unable to and told to input even more cryptocurrency.
Crypto scams and dating apps
Some cryptocurrency scam operations have started using dating apps to reel in potential targets.
In some reports, scammers pose as a long-distance love interest sharing a hot new cryptocurrency opportunity.
About 20 percent of the money lost through dating scams in the last year reportedly involved cryptocurrency.
How to check for blockchain scams
Cryptocurrencies operate on blockchain networks.
Scammers often claim their blockchain is “in development” or “about to be released,” but all legitimate cryptos will have an accompanying website to verify the currency.
Users can type the name of the crypto into any search engine with the phrase “blockchain explorer” or “blockchain scan” to find the connected blockchain, if it even exists.
What is a blockchain?
A blockchain is where encrypted data can be transferred securely, making it nearly impossible to duplicate or counterfeit.
This ledger is the foundation of any cryptocurrency transaction.
The cryptocurrency allows people to trade currency or assets digitally outside of any government or bank.
What is the Metaverse? continued
Meta’s VR boss Andrew Bosworth said: “The metaverse is a set of virtual 3D spaces where you can share immersive experiences with each other when you can’t be together.”
“What comes after the internet? Instead of looking at a screen, you get to be in the experiences.
“You don’t have to experience it in VR. Most people initially will experience it on screens they already have.”
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg called it “the next version of the internet,” and predicted the true metaverse will be ready within the decade.
What is the Metaverse?
The Metaverse has a broad definition. It is an internet, but it is immersive – so you live within it.
The platform will have games, social networks, videos, shopping, health and fitness and more.
How to create, buy and sell NFTs, part three
Buying an NFT, like any collectible, is a risky bet on the value going up.
If there is no demand for the NFT you buy, then you could end up paying a large amount for something that declines in value or that you cannot sell.
NFTs are still a new market so there is unlikely to be the same demand you will find for other physical items such as trading cards, art, or classic cars.
You could also create your own NFT but there is no guarantee of a buyer and you could end up wasting your time and money.
Like Bitcoin, you can buy and sell NFTs on specialized online marketplaces.
How to create, buy and sell NFTs, part two
If you’ve chosen Ethereum as your blockchain, here’s what you’ll need to mint your NFT.
First sellers will need an Ethereum wallet, such as MetaMask, Trust Wallet or Coinbase Wallet.
Next you will need around $50-$100 in ether.
Once you have these, you can connect your wallet and upload the music, image, or file that you want to turn into an NFT.
How to create, buy and sell NFTs
NFTs are tradable, unique items that have taken the internet by storm in recent months.
Some of the virtual assets have sold for millions of dollars, but most people still have no clue what they are – or where you can buy and sell them.
To create an NFT, you need to choose what to create — from artwork, music, collectibles, digital trading cards, movies, video footage, and more.
Then choose which blockchain you want to issue your NFT on and get ready to sell.
Cryptocurrency may shut down Kosovo’s power supply
The mining of cryptocurrencies has often been linked to the high usage of electricity.
The government of Kosovo has highlighted the adverse effects of cryptocurrency mining on a country’s electricity supply by placing a complete ban on cryptocurrency mining, as the Balkan state grapples with an energy crisis.
Indeed, the fears of crypto mining on the country’s power supply have forced the government to instruct security services to arrest citizens that defy the order.
R.I.P. Mr Goxx, the crypto-trading hamster
Sadly, Mr Goxx, the crypto-trading hamster, passed away on November 23.
The tragic news was shared on Mr Goxx’s official Twitter account.
“We feared this day like no other and are truly shocked for it to happen just now,” Mr Goxx’s Twitter account tweeted on Wednesday.
“In deep sorrow, we have to announce the loss of our beloved furry friend.”
The account continued: “Being with us as a pet for quite a while, he became famous out of nowhere. Mr. Goxx has brought joy to people all across the globe and reminded us not to take life too seriously.
“He shed light into dark moments of pandemic, inflation and many kinds of trouble.”
The amount to be traded is determined when Goxx runs through one of two “decision tunnels”.
Depending on which tunnel he runs through, the amount he will buy or sell the cryptocurrency changes in 20 euro increments.
All of the data is rigged to a computer that makes the transactions in real-time on Goxx’s behalf.
Speaking to the BBC, the two 30-something German men behind Mr Goxx the crypto-trading hamster explained that the idea started as a joke.
“We felt that everything keeps getting more expensive these days and building savings is super-hard to achieve with high rents to pay,” they said.
“It seems like most people from our generation see no other chance than throwing a lot of their savings on the crypto market, without having a clue what’s going on there.
“We were joking about whether my hamster would be able to make smarter investment decisions than we humans do.”
Crypto-trading hamster, continued
The four-legged financial fiend was not completing transactions himself, of course.
Instead, Goxx’s trading decisions were made inside a camera-rigged “office” attached to his regular cage.
Every day, when he entered the office, a stream was started on Twitch and a tweet was sent out to his followers notifying them that trading had begun.
The hamster then ran on an “intention wheel” that chose one of 30 different cryptocurrencies to trade.
A crypto-trading hamster outperformed market
A hamster in Germany previously traded in cryptocurrencies and consistently outperformed the S&P 500.
The furry animal, called Mr Goxx, was busy working since June, thanks to a specially adapted cage.
He determined which currencies to buy or sell by running on his wheel or walking through one of two tunnels.
Mr Goxx started trading on June 12, 2021.
The site states that the page is just for fun and does not offer financial advice.
What are Altcoins, continued
Simon Peters, crypto-asset analyst at eToro, said: “They build on the success of bitcoin by slightly changing the rules, economics or use cases to appeal to different users.”
“Altcoins vary greatly in their use cases and practical application. They typically have a form of technology they underpin or provide a liquidity solution to a product or service.”
What are Altcoins?
Altcoin stands for alternative coin, a type of virtual currency that uses the so-called blockchain to allow secure transactions.
Altcoin is a category of cryptocurrency rather than a currency itself, and there are more than 900 different altcoins available.
Record crypto investments, part two
The crypto industry blew up in 2021 with crypto exchanges, start-ups dealing with NFTs, and play-to-earn gaming all highlighted as factors by Fortune.
Increasing interest in the Metaverse also led to multi-million dollar investments.
Crypto investments top $30billion
Investors contributed a record $30billion to the cryptocurrency industry in 2021, according to Fortune.
The news outlet cited data from Bloomberg News that reportedly showed $7.2billion came from investors based in the United States.
The $30billion is almost four times the $8billion that investors spent with companies in the crypto industry in 2018, Fortune reported.
Bitcoin milestone, part two
Bitcoin was created in 2009 by an unknown computer whizz using the alias Satoshi Nakamoto.
Data from Blockchain.com on Monday showed 18.9 million of the 20,999,999,9769 possible Bitcoins had been mined.
It’s a milestone that took 12 years to reach.
Experts believe the last Bitcoin will be mined in February 2140.
One Bitcoin is currently worth around $47,000.
Value could shoot up as the coins become more scarce, experts said.
Less than 10 percent of Bitcoin left to mine
There is less than 10 percent of Bitcoin left to mine as the cryptocurrency passed a major milestone in December.
Data from Blockchain.com showed 18.9million out of a possible 21million of the virtual coins have been mined.
Bitcoin is the world’s first entirely virtual currency and new currency is created by mining, a complex online process that uses computer code.
It involves using a computer to solve a mathematical problem with a 64-digit solution to create new coins.
For each problem solved, one block of Bitcoin is processed. The miner that is first to solve the problem is rewarded with a new Bitcoin.
These new coins are then stored virtually through an online database called the blockchain.
Sending cryptocurrency on WhatsApp
WhatsApp, a popular messaging app, is testing a cryptocurrency payment feature for some users in the US.
Meta, formerly known as Facebook, owns WhatsApp and is letting some users send and receive Pax Dollars.
Pax currency is deemed a “stablecoin” because it’s connected to the US dollar.
The feature is powered by Novi, Meta’s digital wallet.
According to Novi, making payments will be easy, like sending other kinds of attachments in WhatsApp.
There’s no word on when the cryptocurrency payment feature might roll out to more users and countries.