Selected customers who are already on the waitlist will be invited to start using the service while earning crypto rebates, providing new opportunities for the use of their crypto holding in everyday situations.
The rebate feature will provide users with up to 4% back in crypto rewards when paying using their Coinbase card with Apple pay or Google Pay, a reward that will surely incentivize users to join the 29% of users who are using mobile phone payments in the United States.
The announcement also states that users “can earn 1% back in Bitcoin or 4% back in Stellar Lumens”, which is the latest feature added to the card by Coinbase since its launch in 2020.
Multiple crypto platforms like Binance, Crypto.com, and BlockFi have been stepping up their efforts to promote their own crypto cards as the industry pushes the use of cryptocurrency on retail transactions, boosting the mass adoption of crypto as more than an investment opportunity
Coinbase Pro Lists Dogecoin After Teasing Users
Coinbase Pro announced on June 1st that users are now able to transfer their Dogecoin (DOGE) holdings to their Coinbase Pro accounts ahead of the start of the Trading on June 3rd at 9 AM pacific time.
According to the announcement, the DOGE-USD, DOGE-BTC, DOGE-EUR, DOGE-GBP, and DOGE-USDT, order books will be launched once there is a sufficient supply of DOGE in the platform, with the process taking place in three phases: post-only, limit-only, and full trading.
Coinbase CEO, Brian Armstrong, had already teased users back on May 15th by saying that the exchange planned to list DOGE in the next six to eight weeks.
Dogecoin has been one of the most popular cryptocurrencies over the past months as big personalities and the internet community have railed behind the coin, which started as a joke, causing its value to increase by 13533.0% over the past year according to CoinGecko data.
The value of the cryptocurrency reacted to the news by raising by about 13%, allowing the cryptocurrency to occupy 6th place by market capitalization with a $47 billion market cap.
Coinbase Plans to Also Act as a Media Company
Armstrong recently shared via an official blog post his belief that “every tech company should go directly to their audience, and become a media company”, a belief that will signify a change in the way the company approaches its users from an educational standpoint.
The blog post announced the launch of a blog section called “Fact Check” in which the company will focus on combating “misinformation and mischaracterizations about Coinbase or crypto being shared in the world.”
While the articles posted by the company so far are reactive in nature, Armstrong stated that the company will be transitioning to a more proactive approach as time goes on in an attempt to educate users on the different elements of the cryptoeconomy.
The company is also planning to move beyond fact-checking by creating original content that highlights the latest events in the world of crypto through the use of podcasts, YouTube, blogs, Twitter, and other channels that make use of blockchain technology such as Bitclout.
While cryptocurrency has been getting a major place in traditional news outlets as it gains popularity, the information provided by these outlets can be biassed due to financial interests and lack of knowledge when it comes to the industry and underlying technologies.
Make no mistake – despite lower prices, cryptos are hitting it at all levels. Look out for the next bull.
PayPal and Visa Lead $300M Funding for Blockchain Capital
Blockchain Capital remains a major tech backer in the DLT space with investments in numerous crypto and DLT projects.
Fund V with $300M Funding
According to a press release published on Monday (June 22, 2021), Blockchain Capital has closed funding for its Fund V LP. The capital raise reportedly drew participation from several high-profile backers including global payment giants Visa and PayPal.
Capped at $300 million, Blockchain Capital’s latest fund was oversubscribed likely pointing to the continued appetite for DLT-related funding despite the current crypto market downturn. Apart from Visa and PayPal, university endowments, hedge funds, family offices, and pension funds also participated in the capital raise.
Bart Stephens, co-founder and managing partner at Blockchain Capital commented on the closure of the fifth VC fund, stating:
“We are incredibly honored to welcome a world class group of investors into Fund V who appreciate the value of a firm dedicated to a single industry. As founders ourselves, we know how hard it is to build companies, protocols and, indeed, a whole new industry.”
Spokespersons for both Visa and PayPal stated that their support for Blockchain Capital was part of efforts to boost innovation in digital finance. According to Jose Fernandez da Ponte, vice president and general manager of blockchain, crypto and digital currencies at PayPal:
“Investing in Blockchain Capital’s new fund allows us to engage with the entrepreneurs driving the future of the decentralized economy and the new wave of financial services.”
Serial Blockchain Backer
Blockchain Capital is a serial investor in the crypto and DLT space. The company’s portfolio of projects cuts across several facets of the emerging industry including United States-based exchange giants like Coinbase and Kraken.
Blockchain Capital’s investment portfolio also extends to the decentralized finance market arena, backing projects like Aave, UMA, and Nexus Mutual.
Since securing about $2 million in funding from Blockchain Capital and other investors back in May 2018, OpenSea has been able to attract additional investments, including a $23 million injection as reported by CryptoPotato back in March.
Ethereum, MATIC, Solana Price Analysis: 22 June
With a depreciation of 8.1% in 24 hours, the global crypto-market cap fell to 1.31 trillion at press time. Following Bitcoin’s footsteps, most altcoins in the market have been struggling within the bearish zone throughout the weekend. Ethereum and Solana, for instance, fell below their respective support levels. MATIC, on the contrary, while it moved south too, stayed above its support.
Ethereum failed to stay afloat above the $2,250 support level, with the alt trading at $1902 at press time. In case the coin doesn’t fall further, it could see resistance near $2055. The second-largest coin by market capitalization noted a decline of 27.2% over the past week.
ETH’s charts pictured a bearish crossover on 15 June and despite the price recovering slightly on 20 June, the MACD’s histogram underlined bearish momentum. The Bollinger Bands diverged in the early hours of 21 June, meaning that there could be a hike in price volatility.
The Chaikin Money Flow neared the equilibrium mark – A finding that predicted an even amount of capital outflows and inflows. Alas, at press time, capital outflows slightly exceeded inflows.
MATIC showed promising recovery from 12 June to 15 June post the crypto market crash. However, it failed to hold on to the same momentum and prices dipped soon after. Worth noting though that the alt had not breached its crucial support level of $1.04, unlike other altcoins, at the time of writing when MATIC was priced at $1.06.
A slight dip in prices would mean that MATIC too would break past the $1.04 support level. The Bollinger Bands were observed to be diverging, a sign of steep price volatility in the near term.
Finally, the MACD’s histogram gave bearish signals for the whole week while the Awesome Oscillator suggested that bearish momentum was building up. That being said, it did read a few scattered bullish trading sessions in between.
SOL breached its $31 support level in the last 24 hours and then broke past its $24 support level too. It was priced at $23.66, at the time of writing. The alt somehow had managed to recover briefly in the last 48 hours, however, it did see a decline of 24.1% soon after.
The market has been seeing intense selling pressure over the last few days. At press time, the coin had fallen below the 30-mark on the Relative Strength Index, a development which meant that the alt had hit the oversold and undervalued zone.
The Awesome Oscillator suggested that bearish momentum was continuing to build up on the charts. Finally, the widening of the Bollinger Bands projected a hike in price volatility.
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ZkTube Partners With Mo Works to Expand Global Outreach
ZkTube, a scaling solution built to offer safety, low gas fees, and optimal zero-knowledge proof mining, has announced a new partnership with Mo Works in a recent report, following a global expansion plan.
Mo Works is a Melbourne-based leading digital solution provider. Its collaboration with ZkTube happened after the company appointed Mo Works founder and director, Mo Hamdouna as their global marketing advisor.
Mo Works Backs ZkTube on Its Adventure For a Global Expansion
ZkTube seeks to scale and support blockchain transaction capacity and project while retaining the Defi performances of a distributed protocol. It is basically aimed at promoting the global market.
Following the partnership, Mo Works has agreed to bring its exclusive experience in the cryptocurrency industry to help kick the global growth of zkTube in an accelerating mode.
Considering the functionality of the partnering companies, the collaboration will cause an integration between both communities as Mo Works will begin to provide support for ZkTube’s launch of strategic community engagement programs. Thereby, enriching and exploring the performances of both companies all around the globe.
Mo Hamdouna expressed excitements on his new appointment saying;
“zkTube has a sophisticated, intelligent, and experienced team who will be disrupting the blockchain payment network industry with a technology solution that offers excellent safety, low gas fee, and optimal POS mining. I am very happy to work with their team on their project and look forward to a great year launching their solution.”
ZkTube’s aim to join efforts with Mo Works to raise a global community that will fully facilitate ZkTube’s marketing strategy and expansion plans towards the global launch is becoming a reality.
The founder of ZkTube affirmed this saying;
“the strategic partnership of Mo Works and zkTube will be instrumental in the overall development of the global marketing. But, more importantly, with Mo Works, our partnership will allow us to widen our community globally.”
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