Cryptonomics – your weekly Crypto, NFT & Metaverse readings 📰
22nd November – 28st November 2021
This is Rizvi, entrepreneur and crypto enthusiast based in Zurich, Switzerland. Every week, I’ll share with you some of my weekly readings and thoughts around crypto and blockchain topics, from market insights to trading activities. Feedback is more than welcome!
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🪙 Crypto Market News
BitMart Crypto-exchange loses $150m to hackers. The latest centralized exchange hack may be among the most devastating to date as BitMart has lost $196 million in various cryptocurrencies. A tweet from security analysis firm PeckShield first called attention to the alleged hack Saturday night. One of BitMart’s addresses currently shows steady outflows of entire token balances, some worth tens of millions of dollars, to an address currently labeled by Etherscan as the “BitMart Hacker.” 📰 Coindesk
Jack Dorsey’s Square to change its name to Block. Square Inc. is changing its corporate name to Block Inc., signaling a push beyond the company’s main sales and payments products into businesses like music, cash transfers and the blockchain. The company, co-founded and run by cryptocurrency enthusiast Jack Dorsey, will continue to call its seller product Square, and the new corporate identity won’t lead to any organizational changes. The company’s stock ticker—SQ —will also stay the same. 📰 Fortune
Mining Bitcoin with volcanoes still costs more than oil. Ricardo Navvaro, an ecologist in El Salvador, has questioned the country’s decision to mine Bitcoin using geothermal energy from volcanoes, claiming geothermal energy is more expensive than oil. “Geothermal still costs more than oil, otherwise we would already be using more of it. What will end up happening is that we will just be buying more oil,” reportedly said Ricardo Navarro, who leads the El Salvadoran Center of Appropriate Technology. 📰 Decrypt
Craig Wright avoids $170 billion Bitcoin lawsuit claim, must pay $100M. Craig Wright, who claims he is Bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto, is off the hook for a multibillion-dollar payment to the estate of computer scientist Dave Kleiman, which argued that the men created Bitcoin together. But Wright will still have to pay $100 million to the company he and Kleiman founded after a federal jury in Florida found the nChain chief scientist liable for conversion, 📰 Decrypt
Facebook’s top crypto executive David Marcus is leaving the company. David Marcus who leads crypto unit Novi and previously helmed the company’s Messenger unit, announced Tuesday that he will be leaving the company later this year. Marcus joined Facebook in 2014. His departure marks another major exit from a long-time Facebook executive — in September, Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer announced he was stepping down from his role after 13 years at the company. Former Upwork CEO Stephane Kasriel who previously worked as the head of Product for Novi will be taking over Marcus’ role at the top of the org. 📰 Techcrunch
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🖼️ NFT & Metaverse News
OpenSea hires new CFO from Lyft. Booming NFT marketplace OpenSea has revealed its first chief financial officer: Brian Roberts, the former CFO of ride-sharing app Lyft. Roberts worked as head of global corporate development at Microsoft before joining Walmart for three years to lead its mergers and acquisitions teams. 📰 Decrypt
Bored Ape Yacht Club artist Seneca releases new Ethereum NFTs. The lead artist behind the iconic Bored Ape Yacht Club collection, who goes by the name of All-Seeing Seneca, released a new set of NFTs today at Dfinity’s Iconoclast gallery event at Art Basel Miami. The drop was much-anticipated considering BAYC’s immense success: the collection has generated over $1 billion dollars in total sales. 📰 Decrypt
Nifty Gateway to cut Ethereum gas fees by 70% on ‘Wallet-to-Wallet’ NFT trades. NFT marketplace Nifty Gateway recently made a significant shift, pivoting from its original focus solely on curated art drops to becoming an aggregator of Ethereum NFT marketplaces. But as co-founders Duncan and Griffin Cock Foster told, that was just one step towards a larger plan. Today, the company is revealing a new method to cut Ethereum gas fees by up to 70% on NFT transactions. 📰 NFT Plazas
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