Bank of England governor questions need for digital pound

Andrew Bailey, the Bank of England (BoE) governor, expressed skepticism on the need for a digital pound shortly after finance ministers from eurozone countries backed further work on a digital euro.  The BoE governor recently questioned the need for a wholesale central bank digital currency (CBDC), citing that there already is a “wholesale central bank money settlement system with a major upgrade.” In addition, Bailey also expressed that there are no plans to abolish cash regarding retail use. The BoE governor does not believe that retail payments need to change…

Mango Markets exploiter Avraham Eisenberg ordered into detention pending trial

In a new update to the Mango Markets exploit saga, the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico has issued an order of detention to the infamous Mango Markets exploiter Avraham Eisenberg. After holding a detention hearing, United States Magistrate Judge Bruce McGiverin decided that it was necessary to detain Eisenberg for several reasons. According to court documents, there is no condition or combination of conditions of Eisenberg’s release that will reasonably assure his appearance as required. In addition to this, the court also specified other reasons.…

Fidelity plans NFT marketplace: Nifty Newsletter, Dec. 21–27

In this week’s newsletter, read about investment giant Fidelity planning to enter the nonfungible token (NFT) space and how Italy’s NFT market will grow. Check out how North Korean hackers use phishing websites to target NFT holders and listen to a conversation with Crypto Raiders in the NFT Steez podcast. And, don’t forget this week’s Nifty News featuring Japanese gaming firm Square Enix investing millions in an NFT game developer.  Fidelity plans NFT marketplace and financial services in the metaverse On Dec. 21, investment firm Fidelity filed three trademark applications…

China GPU prices drop to new lows after the Ethereum Merge

As the Ethereum network’s move to a proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus mechanism drives adoption from institutional investors, the prices for graphics processing units (GPUs), often used for mining cryptocurrencies like Ether (ETH), have gone down in China.  Following the historic Ethereum Merge on Sept. 15, the previously highly sought-out Nvidia GeForce GPUs have become significantly cheaper, according to a report by the South China Morning Post. Peng, a Chinese merchant, gave the RTX 3080 as an example as the GPU’s price dropped from $1118, or 8,000 yuan, to 5,000 yuan within…

OpenSea implements a new protocol that ranks NFT rarity

With thousands of nonfungible tokens (NFTs) getting minted every single day, trying to find rare pieces can be a challenge for NFT collectors. However, as the industry continues to progress, the hassles in finding rare NFTs may soon become a thing of the past.  In a tweet, NFT marketplace OpenSea has announced the implementation of OpenRarity, a protocol that provides verifiable rarity calculations for NFTs, within its platform. The protocol uses a transparent mathematical approach to calculating rarity. OpenSea said that rare NFTs will be awarded lower numbers like 1…

BendDAO contract drained overnight with 15 ETH left to pay lenders

Lending protocol BendDAO has run out of Wrapped Ether (wETH) in its contract. At the time of writing, the contract only has 15 WETH to pay lenders, and an estimated 15,000 Ether (ETH) left to be paid to lenders.  Researcher NFTStatistics.eth dissected the issue in a Twitter thread, highlighting that NFT borrowers in the platform should now pay 100% interest on the ETH they borrowed. In addition, the debt positioned against the NFTs is also on the rise. Furthermore, the researcher noted that many of the NFTs that have been…

Coinbase denies reports of selling customer data to the US government

Crypto exchange platform Coinbase denied reports alleging that the company is selling its customer information to the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), an agency that works under the country’s Department of Homeland Security.  On Thursday, news that Coinbase has been providing geolocation data to the ICE has circulated online. Because of this, Twitter users like Solobase Mac were shocked and noted that they “didn’t sign up for that.” They tweeted: Now why would they be doing that? So basically invasion of privacy. Sells with out knowledge? They will…

BSV president urges Meta to store data for its metaverse on a public blockchain

While Meta has not yet launched its metaverse project, Bitcoin SV (BSV) Association President Jimmy Nguyen thinks that it would be better for the firm to store user data on a public blockchain.  In a Cointelegraph interview, Nguyen shared that a global and interoperable metaverse ecosystem would mean that individual data will be stored within a public blockchain. If Meta takes this method, Nguyen noted that Meta could become an interface that connects a blockchain to companies’ metaverse apps. This will allow other metaverses to access user data once users…

Terra to burn 1B UST from the community pool as holders vote for it

In another attempt to support the revival of Terra (LUNA), the community voted to burn a large amount of UST from its community pool.  Earlier in May, Terra founder Do Kwon explained that a potential solution to the Terra debacle is to absorb the stablecoin supply. In response to this, users proposed the burning of the 1 billion TerraUSD (UST) that was stored in Terra’s community pool and the remaining cross-chain UST that’s deployed on the Ethereum blockchain as incentives. According to the proposal, the burn will help “reduce the…