NFT investor accidentally burns $135k CryptoPunk trying to borrow money

A nonfungible token (NFT) from the CryptoPunks collection worth 77 Ether (ETH) was sent to a burn address to be permanently destroyed. However, the collector’s intent was just to borrow some money against it to buy another NFT. NFT collector Brandon Riley added CryptoPunk #685 to his collection on March 13 by paying 77 ETH, hoping to hold it for the long term. Now feels like an appropriate time to introduce #BAYC 586 to #Punk 685 (acquired a week ago). Hope to hold both for a decade… LGF! pic.twitter.com/SLb68rY6MR —…

Mastercard opens network to USDC, OKX departs Canada, Bitcoin climbs

Take, for example, the recent issues that Circle-issued USD Coin (USDC) faced when it depegged from the U.S. dollar following Silicon Valley Bank’s collapse. Two weeks later, Mastercard boldly integrated the stablecoin into its infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific region, allowing users to spend USDC through its network. It’s happening, folks! And let’s not forget about Bitcoin (BTC) — that digital gold is still on the rise and decoupling from Wall Street, once again proving its value proposition and prompting calls for a hedge against equity markets in the long run.…

The world could be facing a dark future thanks to CBDCs

During the financial crisis of 2007–2008, many people lost trust in traditional financial institutions and turned to alternative forms of currency, such as cryptocurrencies. It was a way for people to maintain their financial freedom and privacy in a system that had let them down. However, the rise of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) raises serious concerns about privacy and freedom. One of the most significant concerns with CBDCs is the death of anonymity. Currently, cash transactions offer the secrecy and anonymity needed for financial freedom. People can use cash…

Ethereum faces 6-month lows versus Bitcoin — Will ETH price rebound?

Ethereum’s native token, Ether (ETH), continues its multi-month downtrend against Bitcoin (BTC) in March, rising 5.5% versus the latter’s 19.5% gains on a month-to-date (MTD) timeframe. Bitcoin overshadows Ethereum amid banking crisis As of March 23, the ETH/BTC pair was down about 9% month-to-date (MTD) to 0.0633 while staying on course to record its worst month since September 2022 when it fell 11.75%. ETH/BTC monthly price chart. Source: TradingView From a fundamental perspective, traders preferred Bitcoin over Ether, hoping it would protect them from the ongoing banking turmoil in the…

Cathie Wood’s ARK sells Coinbase stock for the first time in 2023

Cathie Wood’s investment management firm ARK Invest is moving to take profits from its Coinbase stash, selling the first batch of Coinbase stock this year. On March 21, ARK sold 160,887 Coinbase shares from its ARK Fintech Innovation exchange-traded fund (ARKF) for $13.5 million, according to an investor notification seen by Cointelegraph. The transaction became ARK’s first sale of Coinbase stock in 2023, following three months of active buying in 2023. The sold amount accounts for 23% of all Coinbase stock acquired by ARK so far in March and about…

Coinbase teams up with Brazilian central bank’s Pix to offer expanded services

Coinbase is expanding its services in Brazil through partnerships with local services, the company announced March 21. Round-the-clock customer support in Portuguese and easier onboarding are among its upgrades. Coinbase has inked deals with Brazilian payment solutions provider Ebanx and Pix, the instant payment app operated by the Central Bank of Brazil. The new partnerships will make it easier to purchase crypto using the Brazilian real, as well as enable deposits and withdrawals from Coinbase accounts in real. Brazilians will also have easier access to opening a Coinbase account.  Coinbase has…

Mastercard to settle transactions for stablecoin wallet in APAC

Global payment provider Mastercard is launching a stablecoin digital wallet integration with the Australian stablecoin platform Stables. Mastercard and Stables on March 20 announced a collaboration to allow retail customers in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region to spend their stablecoins anywhere Mastercard is accepted. The collaboration involves a stablecoin-only wallet built by Stables, coming with a payment card supported by Mastercard. The payment card enables users to save and spend the USD Coin (USDC) stablecoin by converting the digital currency into fiat and settling on Mastercard’s network. The card will be…

Crypto.com gets MVP preparatory license from Dubai regulator

Crypto.com announced it has obtained a minimal viable product (MVP) preparatory license from Dubai’s Virtual Asset Regulatory Authority (VARA). This preparatory phase operations license came after the exchange obtained provisional approval from the Dubai regulator in 2022. In the preparatory stage, the MVP license allows the exchange to fulfill the conditions to operate within set VARA rules. The rules outline that no company may carry out, or appear to, any virtual asset activity through promotions and offers in Dubai unless it is authorized and licensed by VARA. Dubai’s VARA was…