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Nifty News: Kevin Smith sells horror flick rights as NFT, Megadeth’s ETH, farming MEMEs …

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Filmmaker Kevin Smith is releasing his latest horror anthology “Killroy Was Here” as a non-fungible token. 

The owner of the NFT will secure the rights to exhibit, distribute, and stream the work, making it a revenue generator outside of just a resale. The filmmaker said on Twitter that: “Back in 1994, I took my first flick to Sundance to sell it. Now in 2021, I’m taking my new flick to CRYPTO to sell it!”

Smith, who will auction off his work on his independent crypto gallery ‘Jay and Silent Bob’s Crypto Studio’, stated that crypto provides a new platform upon which to tell a story. On April 14 he tweeted:

“I believe whoever buys it will sell it to a streamer, at the very least. They’re buying an NFT that also grants them ownership of the physical media files for KILLROY WAS HERE — so in an effort to support any type of theatrical distribution,”

Smith is collaborating with media and technology company Semkhor to produce and distribute NFTs. The studio will host what it calls “Regular Drops” which are built around “Smokin’ Tokens” commemorating different Jay and Silent Bob movies and the characters that starred in them.

Megadeth NFT nets 8.4 ETH

Big-4 metal band Megadeth has sold its first NFT which went for 8.4 ETH, or approximately $18,000 at the time. The piece, dubbed “Vic Rattlehead: Genesis”, features the band’s logo and the iconic mascot revolving in opposite directions for six seconds.

The NFT was sold on the Rarible marketplace where it started out priced at just 0.15 ETH. However, just 20% of the proceeds of the sale went to the band, with Rarible netting the rest.

Megadeth are not the first heavy band to jump on the NFT bandwagon. Slipknot percussionist M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan sold his first NFT earlier this month for 6.3 ETH, or around $14K at the time.

The one-off piece was an image of the original logo from Knotfest’s Electric Theatre that sees insects flying out of his mouth.

MEME farm v2

The long-awaited second iteration of NFT farming platform MEME has finally launched ushering in a number of feature improvements. In an announcement on April 13, the non-fungible token farming platform revealed that v2 had gone live. Version two has been rebuilt from the ground up in order to scale and meet the increasing demand for the platform, it added.

Improvements to the time taken for content to arrive on the platform have been made and there has been an upgrade to the user interface. It added that further layer 2 scaling improvements will be included in future releases in addition to content from renowned digital artist Beeple:

“In the coming weeks, we’ll see Beeple, and future versions of the platform that innovate on our tokenomics and other types of drop mechanics,”

In the eight months since its initial launch, MEME has made some remarkable achievements. These include attracting over 30 artists and creators and 6,700 NFT holders to the platform which has a reported total value locked of $25 million.

NFT news you may have missed

As reported by Cointelegraph, the U.S. Postal Service will soon be stepping into the NFT market in order to help customers purchase postage. In an announcement on April 13, e-postage provider CaseMail stated that the USPS had certified its postage as NFTs, for use by legal professionals and government agencies initially.

Baseball card maker Topps also announced that it would be launching a NFT collection in partnership with Major League Baseball and MLB Players Inc.

On April 13, the New York Stock Exchange also jumped on the bandwagon by minting NFTs celebrating the first trade made in the shares of prominent United State companies.

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Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/nifty-news-kevin-smith-sells-horror-flick-rights-as-nft-megadeth-s-eth-farming-memes

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DOGE is Young People’s Middle Finger to the System, Says Mike Novogratz

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Mike Novogratz, in a research report, stated that Dogecoin is “the most honest shitcoin”, calling it a “store of value” for young people wishing to express a “little bit of a middle finger to the system”.

Dogecoin’s Recent Price Action

DOGE has entered a steep and stunning climb during the past few months, going from mere pennies to over $0.65. Young people betting on the speculative and volatile crypto asset have made staggering amounts of money thanks to the recent insane rate of return.

Many theorize that this rise has been fueled by Tesla founder and business mogul Elon Musk, who often refers to Dogecoin on his infamous Twitter profile, tweeting in a (usually) positive manner. Oftentimes when an “Elon tweet” comes out regarding Dogecoin, it gives a nice little boost to the price.

Most recently, Elon Musk revealed that he would be hosting SNL, dropping a single hint: Dogefather. This enigmatic message has spurred thousands of young people worldwide to invest in DOGE, which, although extremely risky, has been facing undeniably bullish price action as of late. Will Elon Musk’s SNL special provide the fuel needed for DOGE to power through to over a dollar, or will it be a ‘sell the news’ event?

Novogratz Draws Parallels to GME

Novogratz, in his interview, urged people to “listen to what Dogecoin is saying”, as he sees it as very comparable to the GameStop fiasco (where a group of young retail traders pushed GME to new heights, partially in an attempt to liquidate hedge funds that were shorting the stock).


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“There is nihilism and excitement to it,” Novogratz stated, adding, “there’s something really pure about it.”

Indeed, Dogecoin is not a successful ‘company’ in the traditional sense, and there is little to no innovative development work going on behind the scenes, but we’ve seen (in the stock market, for example) that the power of the masses if placed behind a single unifying idea, can work wonders.

It’s a massive game of tug of war — whether or not Dogecoin can sustain this dizzying momentum remains to be seen. One thing is for sure: millions of people will be tuning in to watch SNL this week.

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Latin America’s Biggest Online Marketplace, MercadoLibre, Disclosed Bitcoin Holdings

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On a financial results report dated May 5th, e-commerce giant MercadoLibre dropped the bomb. The company is the latest institution to add Bitcoin to its balance sheet. It follows MicroStrategy, Square, and Tesla’s highly covered buys. Bitcoin’s institutional adoption is in its infancy, but advancing non-stop.

In the financial highlights for 2021’s First Quarter, the company wrote a succinct:

As part of our treasury strategy this quarter we purchased $7.8 million in bitcoin, a digital asset that we are disclosing within our indefinite-lived intangible assets.

A modest allocation, considering MercadoLibre has almost $4B in assets, a cash reserve of $1.1B. It also has a market capitalization of approximately $76B. However, the move might be part of a bigger plan. The company recently opened a section on their website dedicated to real state commerce in Bitcoin and Bitcoin only. The pilot program includes 75 properties and 7 real state agencies willing to accept the cryptocurrency.

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The Bitcoin-on-the-balance-sheet club

The investment puts MercadoLibre in a pretty exclusive club. The institutional adoption pioneer was MicroStrategy, a company that then issued bonds to buy even more Bitcoin. Twice. At the time, Bitcoinist reported:

Microstrategy announced today that it purchased $15 million worth of Bitcoin. The company’s CEO, Michael Saylor, tweeted this morning that his company had bought approximately 253 BTC, bringing its total holdings to about 91,579 BTC.

After that, Square announced a moderate buy of $50M worth of Bitcoin, and months later another one of $170M. It’s worth noting that the company buys and sells BTC through their flagship product CashApp. And that it keeps buying more. Six months ago, Bitcoinist reported:

Ikigai Asset Management’s Hans Hague recently noted that per his analysis, Square and Grayscale alone have accumulated $2.3 billion worth of Bitcoin in the past quarter.

The biggest player of all, of course, is Elon Musk’s Tesla. Reports that the company made more money from that investment than for selling cars are all over the Internet. In any case, Tesla made a big splash when it entered the space. Bitcoinist reported:

Traders flocked into the cryptocurrency market a day after American carmaker Tesla announced that it had purchased $1.5bn worth of Bitcoin as “alternative reserve assets” to their cash holdings.

In its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Tesla said it plans to buy more Bitcoin in the future and—maybe—even enable its use as a medium of payment for its products and services.

MercadoLibre stock chart

MercadoLibre stock chart | Source: MELI on TradingView.com

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More about MercadoLibre

It may not be a big name in the European and North American markets, but MercadoLibre is ubiquitous in Latin America. The company operates in:

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Uruguay
  • Mexico
  • Spain
  • Bolivia
  • Venezuela
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Peru
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Panama

In the quoted financial results report, they describe themselves as: 

Founded in 1999, MercadoLibre is the largest online commerce ecosystem in Latin America, serving as an integrated regional platform and as a provider of the necessary digital and technology-based tools that allow businesses and individuals to trade products and services in the region. The Company enables commerce through its marketplace platform which allows users to buy and sell in most of Latin America.

A question remains, will Bitcoin holdings make MercadoLibre’s stock rise?

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Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital set to acquire BitGo for $1.2B

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Galaxy Digital is in the process of acquiring BitGo for $1.2 billion, which would be settled in stock and cash

Galaxy Digital, the firm owned by popular investor Mike Novogratz, is set to acquire BitGo, a leading independent digital assets infrastructure provider. The deal is worth roughly $1.2 billion and will be paid in both stock and cash.

In a press release yesterday Galaxy Digital said, “The acquisition will position Galaxy Digital as a leading global full-service platform for institutions seeking access to the crypto economy, offering an unparalleled breadth of industry-leading products and services at scale.”

Several reports surfaced last month, suggesting that the two companies are in advanced talks regarding an acquisition. Mike Novogratz, CEO and Founder of Galaxy Digital, said the acquisition of BitGo would turn his company into a one-stop-shop for institutions, boosting their efforts to institutionalise digital asset ecosystems and blockchain technology. Novogratz added, “The power of the technology, solutions, and people we will have as a result of this acquisition will unlock unique value for our clients and drive long-term growth for our combined business. We are excited to welcome Mike Belshe and the talented BitGo team to Galaxy Digital.”

Per the terms of the agreement, BitGo shareholders are set to receive 33.8 million newly issued shares of Galaxy Digital common stock. Furthermore, they will be paid $265 million in cash, which brings the total value of the deal to approximately $1.2 billion.

BitGo is one of the leading regulated custodians in the cryptocurrency sector. It currently provides services to over 150 exchanges and 400 institutional clients. BitGo controls over $40 billion in assets under management by supporting the custody of over 400 coins and tokens.  BitGo CEO and Founder Mike Belshe said joining Galaxy Digital is an exciting new chapter for the company, allowing their clients to access a wide set of financial solutions.

Galaxy Digital planning to go public in the US

Galaxy Digital is a publicly-listed company in Canada. However, the firm is planning to officially list on a US stock exchange this year. In that regard, the company’s board of directors approved a proposed reorganisation and domestication designed to help the company achieve its goal of going public in the United States.

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Source: https://coinjournal.net/news/novogratzs-galaxy-digital-set-to-acquire-bitgo-for-1-2b/

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