Today in Crypto: Bitget Q3 Report Finds BGB Trading Volume Exceeded $1.3 Billion, US Doctor Pleaded Guilty to Hiring Hitman With BTC, Beluga Raises $4 Million

Today in Crypto: Bitget Q3 Report Finds BGB Trading Volume Exceeded $1.3 Billion, US Doctor Pleaded Guilty to Hiring Hitman With BTC, Beluga Raises $4 Million

Exchange news

  • Bitget released a financial report highlighting the platform’s achievements for Q3 2023, stating that, despite the spot trading and derivative trading volume on centralized exchanges (CEXs) declining by 22% and 23%, respectively, Bitget achieved one of the highest increases in market share of 9.43%. It further reported that the BGB token reached the top 5 CEX tokens by market cap, with a 300% year-to-date price growth; the number of BGB holders overpassed 350,000 in Q3; the trading volume for BGB exceeded $1.3 billion; the exchange unveiled its expansion plans into the Middle East region, and it launched the $100 million fund to support the Web3 ecosystem.

Crime news

  • A Georgia, USA, doctor pleaded guilty to using the dark web to hire a hitman to kill his girlfriend, paying over $16,000 in bitcoin (BTC) for the job. According to the US Attorney’s Office, the order included the victim’s name, address, Facebook account, license plate, and car description, with James Wan (54) stating: “Can take wallet phone and car. Shoot and go. Or take car.” In April 2022, Wan transferred a 50% downpayment of approximately $8,000 in BTC to the dark web marketplace, but that payment was lost, so he followed it up with another one. The administrator confirmed the new address was correct and that the BTC had arrived in the escrow account. A week later, he sent another $8,000 worth of BTC to ensure his escrow account contained the total required to complete the order, followed by $1,200 in May after the BTC price had dropped. FBI agents learned about the order, notified the victim, and provided her protection, the press release said.

Investment news

  • Crypto platform Beluga announced a $4 million seed round from crypto and FinTech investors. The round was led by Fin Capital with participation from AnagramUDHCDispersion CapitalAptos Labs2 Punks CapitalBorderless CapitalKyber Capital186 VenturesW11 CapitalRubik Ventures, and more. Angel investors included Charlie Lee, Founder of Litecoin; Mike Lempres, Former Chief Risk and Legal Officer of Coinbase; Brandon Gath, Head of Kraken Ventures; Akash Garg, Former CTO of MoonPay; Salil Pitroda, Former Blockchain.com Board Observer; Howard Lindzon, Co-Founder of Stocktwits; and Jim Robinson, Co-Founder of RRE VenturesAccording to the press release, in the coming months, Beluga plans to launch more tools to help onboard new users and help them find and use the best crypto products.

Regulation news

  • The use of cryptocurrency by Hamas to fund its strike on Israel is likely to raise red flags in Asian countries that are framing regulations to govern the digital currency, the South China Morning Post reported, citing analysts. “It is a kick on the backside for most governments. All regulatory bodies will take a closer look at crypto regulation. Governments will need to start implementing new rules and regulations,” said Raj Kapoor, founder of India Blockchain Alliance. Some countries may even “bring up the narrative that banning cryptocurrencies is the way forward,” argued Anndy Lian, Singapore-based author of the book NFT: From Zero to Hero. He added that banning crypto would just drive terrorist financing underground and make it harder to trace and stop. “Cryptocurrencies can be traced and tracked, while fiat (currency) such as US dollars cannot.” Terrorist financing underscores the need for harmonizing standards across jurisdictions, analysts opined.

AI news

  • ELONN.AI (ENHANCED_LANGUAGE_ORIENTED_NEURAL_NETWORK), backed by SMART VALOR, a Switzerland-based technology company and the only digital asset exchange listed on Nasdaq in Europe, today announced the first stage of its product roadmap and the app launch. Per an announcement, “in a bold pursuit to disrupt the supremacy of Big Tech in the realm of AI, the founders’ vision is to craft an AI companion, elevating every investment experience with heightened intelligence, safety, and effortless simplicity.” Olga Feldmeier, the Chief Evengelizer of ELONN.AI, said that “we believe that the future of AI is decentralized, open-source and does not belong in walled gardens.” As an initiator, SMART VALOR, has funded the initial development of ELONN.AI for the amount of $14 million, with part of the funding stemming from the company’s initial public offering (IPO) on Nasdaq First North last year, it said.

Blockchain news

  • Q Development AG, the company supporting the decentralized Q Protocol, which works to strengthen the governance of blockchain-based projects, announced the beginning of stage two of its Saving & Borrowing Incentive Program. Per the press release, the initiative is designed to encourage the use of Q’s Saving and Borrowing platform, which enables users to borrow QUSD stablecoins against collateral such as WBTCDAI, and USDC. Users receive Q tokens for asset bridging when assets are transferred from Ethereum to Q; locking collateral assets into a Q vault; and parking QUSD stablecoins within Q’s Saving Portal. The initiative comprises three phases, each lasting three weeks, with subsequent phases only commencing should a pre-set total value locked (TVL) goal be met. The current phase requires users to lock a total of $500,000 by October 29, it said.

 

 

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Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author- “NFT: From Zero to Hero” and “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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Anndy Lian comments on NFT sales falling below US$1 billion | 3AC files for bankruptcy | Stablecoins

Anndy Lian comments on NFT sales falling below US$1 billion | 3AC files for bankruptcy | Stablecoins

This video is featured on The Daily Forkast, July 4th, 2022, presented by Joel Flynn for the latest in blockchain & crypto news. The following were highlighted:

Monthly NFT sales fall below US$1 billion for the first time in a year. (https://forkast.news/monthly-nft-sales-below-1billion-12-months/)

Meanwhile, Three Arrows Capital files for Chapter 15 bankruptcy in the US.
(https://forkast.news/headlines/three-arrows-capital-chapter-15-bankruptcy/)

Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX doubles down on BlockFi bailout.
(https://forkast.news/headlines/blockfi-deal-sam-bankman-fried-ftx-clients/)

And finally, experts weigh in on the future of stablecoins.

Experts who commented on this video include:
Anndy Lian, Chief Digital Advisor, Mongolian Productivity Organization
Annabelle Huang, Managing Partner, Amber Group
Jason P Gottlieb, Chair of Digital Assets, Morrison Cohen
Trent Barnes, Principal, Zerocap

00:37 – Monthly NFT sales fall below US$1 billion for the first time in a year.
03:12 – Three Arrows Capital files for Chapter 15 bankruptcy in the US.
04:00 – Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX doubles down on BlockFi bailout.
09:23 – Experts weigh in on the future of stablecoins.

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Original Source: https://forkast.news/video-audio/crypto-winter-hits-nfts-three-arrows-capital-files-for-bankruptcy/

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author- “NFT: From Zero to Hero” and “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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Monthly NFT sales fall below US$1 billion for first time in 12 months

Monthly NFT sales fall below US$1 billion for first time in 12 months

Crypto industry sales are slumping, but it’s not just hedge funds and lenders that have been hit hard by the crypto winter. The NFT industry has also begun to feel the chill.

The troubles at crypto hedge funds and lenders were a center of attention in June, but business in the non-fungible token (NFT) market also got hit, with monthly sales dipping below US$1 billion for the first time in 12 months, according to NFT data aggregators CryptoSlam.

For context, June last year was the same month that Axie Infinity exploded in popularity, putting NFTs and play-to-earn gaming on the map in the process.

Plummeting crypto prices share some of the blame for the poor NFT sales, but unique monthly buyers in June also fell almost 50% from a high of more than 1 million in January and now stand at less than 600,000 for the first time since July 2021.

In another telling sign, the floor price for a Bored Ape Yacht Club — one of the biggest NFT collections — fell below US$100,000 for the first time in over a year in mid-June to a low of US$86,277. That’s almost an 80% plunge from a high of more than US$400,000 in late May.

“The NFT market has not been immune to the crypto market (and business) turbulence and when coupled with [traditional finance] downturn — in particular the tech stocks crash — it is a perfect storm for loss of confidence,” Jonathon Miller, Australian managing director of crypto exchange Kraken, told Forkast in shared written commentary.

The 70% drop this year in the price of Ether, the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency, also influenced NFT trading, as it’s the native token of Ethereum, the most popular blockchain for hosting NFTs. Ether prices traded around US$1,055 on Monday in Asia.

However, after a volatile few weeks, crypto prices held relatively steady over the weekend, with all major coins fluctuating no more than 1% in the 24 hours through Monday afternoon in Asia.

Bitcoin held steady around US$19,300 over the weekend after dropping below US$19,000 for the first time since December 2020 on Friday to change hands at US$19,133 at press time. Amid this NFT market downturn, Kraken is set to join the likes of Binance and Coinbase by opening the waitlist for its own NFT marketplace set for full release in the next few months.

“The seeming collapse of closed book lending businesses may be viewed in the long run as a reminder that open transparent infrastructure is ultimately the foundation upon which a new wave of digital financial tools will be built,” Miller said.

“The projects and businesses that stay as true to this as possible are the ones that can weather the storm,” he said.

Another way NFT marketplaces or exchanges can stand out from the crowd is by specializing and offering unique services, for instance by focusing on sports-based NFTs, according to Anndy Lian, Chief Digital Advisor, Mongolian Productivity Organization, and a blockchain author.

“I think the NFT market could recover faster than the crypto original market,” said Lian, highlighting partnership deals between Binance and Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo as a sign of what’s to come.

“All these moves, which cost perhaps hundreds of millions, are telling us that this will be a big strategy,” he added. “We cannot just depend on what you see in crypto native; you need to bring in new blood.”

Original Source: https://forkast.news/monthly-nft-sales-below-1billion-12-months/

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author- “NFT: From Zero to Hero” and “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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