Tencent files for patent related to virtual concerts in Metaverse

Chinese tech conglomerate Tencent has filed for a virtual concerts patent with the Chinese National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) according to business data-tracker Qichacha. The application comes as Chinese companies race to secure Metaverse trademarks. Even though the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) took a strong stance against the Metaverse and nonfungible tokens (NFTs) in November, stating that it would track them with Anti-Money Laundering tools, more than a thousand Chinese companies have submitted over 16,000 metaverse-related trademark applications according to a report from Chinese news outlet, The Paper. Despite…

Monthly NFT buyers dip below 800K as searches ‘fall off a cliff’

The unique number of NFT buyers in February dipped below 800,000 for the first time since October, and search volume for nonfungibles also dropped significantly. According to data from CryptoSlam, there were 796,009 NFT buyers on secondary markets in Feb. (down 12% compared to Jan.) that accounted for roughly $2.6 billion worth of sales (down 40% on the month before). A caveat to that however, is that January was a massive month for NFTs which may suggest the decreases in February are simply part of a relatively healthy pullback. January…

Bob Dylan goes meta as Sony and Universal partner with Snowcrash NFT platform

Solana-based NFT marketplace Snowcrash has announced that Sony Music and Universal Music Group — the two largest music labels in the world — have officially partnered with the upcoming platform. The two music labels will release Bob Dylan and Miles Davis NFT collections later this year, ahead of wider integration with their rosters of artists. Jesse Dylan, who probably not coincidentally is Bob Dylan’s son, is the co-founder of the Snowcrash marketplace, which draws its namesake from Neal Stephenson’s 1992 sci-fi novel that also invented the term Metaverse. Bob Dylan…

Ethereum Prints Bearish Pattern, Why It Could Correct To $2.8K

Ethereum failed to surpass $3,050 and corrected lower against the US Dollar. ETH price is declining and might test the $2,800 support zone in the near term. Ethereum failed to continue higher above $3,040 and started a downside correction. The price is now trading above $2,880 and the 100 hourly simple moving average. There was a break below a key bullish trend line with support near $2,960 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD (data feed via Kraken). The pair could extend decline towards the $2,800 support if it breaks the…

Former ConsenSys employees file for audit claiming ‘serious irregularities’

A group claiming to represent 35 former ConsenSys AG (CAG) employees has requested an audit under the Swiss Code of Obligations to investigate “serious irregularities” they allege occurred at the company during mid-2020. CAG, also known as Mesh, is the company behind top Ethereum-based wallet provider MetaMask and was founded by Joseph Lubin, who is also the co-founder of Ethereum. According to a press release, the group of employees who claim to represent around 50% of all known shareholders submitted the request to a Swiss Court on March 1. The…

New York state ramps up blockchain monitoring to enforce sanctions

New York state’s efforts to enforce sanctions against Russia have ramped up a gear with the Department of Financial Services, or DFS, expediting the procurement of additional blockchain analytics technology. According to a statement released Wednesday, the department will use the technology to help detect exposure to Russian individuals and entities subject to federal sanctions, by the virtual currency businesses licensed by the department. NY Gov. Kathy Hochul issued an executive order Feb. 27 directing state agencies to divest from Russian institutions and companies, as well as entities that provide…

Dragonfly Research claims Ethereum is the ‘MS-DOS’ of blockchains

An experiment from Dragonfly Research that compared the performance of six blockchains by testing the capacity of automated market makers (AMMs) on each has found Solana’s Orca decentralized exchange (DEX) was the clear winner in trades per second.  It managed 273.34 trades per second and created a new block every 590 milliseconds. BNB Smart Chain wasn’t too far behind with 194.6 trades per second on PancakeSwap, followed by Polygon, Avalanche, Celo (CELO) and, finally, Ethereum. A blog post by researcher “GM” argued that while there was a rich ecosystem built on Ethereum…

TA: Bitcoin Price Gearing For Another Lift-Off: Rally Isn’t Over Yet

Bitcoin made another attempt to gain pace above the $45,000 resistance against the US Dollar. BTC is still consolidating and remain supported near $43,000. Bitcoin spiked above the $45,000 resistance zone and traded as high as $45,349. The price is trading above $43,000 and the 100 hourly simple moving average. There is a major bullish trend line forming with support near $42,500 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken). The pair could correct lower, but the bulls might be active near $43,000 or $42,500. Bitcoin…

SEC investigating NFT market over potential securities violations: Reports

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), led by crypto-skeptical Chairman Gary Gensler, is reportedly investigating NFT creators and marketplaces for securities violations, according to a report from Bloomberg.  Anonymous sources in the report claim that the SEC is investigating whether: “certain nonfungible tokens… are being utilized to raise money like traditional securities.” Throughout the last few months, attorneys from the SEC’s enforcement unit have reportedly sent subpoenas demanding information on specific NFTs and other token offerings. While crypto lending products have been the subject of great regulatory scrutiny over…