Louis Vuitton and Johnnie Walker dabble in Web3

This week’s Nifty News sees the arrival of Louis Vuitton to the nonfungible token (NFT) gaming scene, Johnnie Walker’s entry into Web3 and Elon Musk’s apparent embrace of Bored Ape Yacht Club. Louis Vuitton makes its mark in the NFT gaming scene To commemorate Louis Vuitton’s bicentennial birthday in late 2021, the French luxury brand launched a NFT game called “Louis: The Game.” At the time of publication, the game has been dowloaded more than 2 million times on both Android and iOS devices. “Louis: The Game” follows its protagonist, Vivienne,…

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3 key metrics signal Terra (LUNA) price is preparing for a recovery

Terra (LUNA) price lost 31% over the past four weeks, erasing all of the gains accrued year-to-date and even though the token continues to outperform the broader cryptocurrency market by 20%, Terra is struggling to hold above the $85 support. Previously, a few bullish catalysts were Terra’s USD (UST) stablecoin flipping Binance USD (BUSD) to become the third-largest stablecoin on April 18 and the April 26 announcement that Fireblocks, a digital asset custody platform had seen institutional clients invest over $250 million into the Terra decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem. This…

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France’s financial authority approves Binance’s registration as digital asset service provider

The Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF), France’s authority responsible for regulating the financial market, has granted Binance’s registration to provide crypto-related services in the country. In a Wednesday update, the AMF included Binance France SAS in its list of registered digital asset service providers in France. The registration was a step toward allowing the crypto exchange to provide crypto-related services in France including custodying assets, exchanging digital assets for other tokens or legal tender, and operating a digital asset platform. According to the AMF, registration requires checks to ensure “good…

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Coinbase’s plans to purchase firm behind Mercado Bitcoin fall through: Report

Coinbase and Brazilian company 2TM, the parent company of Mercado Bitcoin, have reportedly scrapped talks around the crypto exchange purchasing the firm. According to a Tuesday Bloomberg report, 2TM and Coinbase have ended discussions around the United States-based crypto exchange buying the Brazilian company, which was valued at more than $2 billion. It’s unclear what led to the purchase potentially not going through, as 2TM reportedly declined to comment and a Coinbase spokesperson said it was simply “committed to the Brazilian market.” Coinbase and 2TM scrapped talks over a possible…

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Hundreds of NFTs listed on OpenSea from Shanghai residents during COVID lockdown

The city of Shanghai has been in a month-long mandated quarantine, which confines its 25 million residents to their homes. Initially, the latest COVID-19 outbreak began in March of this year and developed into the worst infection zone since the beginning of the pandemic.  As the virus infected hundreds of thousands of people, the extremely restrictive lockdown prevented residents from leaving their homes for weeks on end. In addition to the spike in infections, the lockdown prevented people from obtaining food and medical treatment, and introduced other austerities. This led…

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Bitcoin pushes to $40K, but are bulls strong enough to win Friday’s $735M options expiry?

Bitcoin (BTC) price has been stuck in a falling wedge pattern for the past two months and during this time it has tested the $37,600 support on multiple instances.  Adding to this “bearish” price action, BTC is down 16% year-to-date, which is in line with the Russell 2000s performance. Bitcoin/USD 1-day chart at FTX. Source: TradingView The real driver of Bitcoin’s current price action is investors’ concerns about worsening macroeconomic conditions. Professional investors are worried about the impact of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s tightening economic policies and on May 3,…

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California governor issues blockchain executive order building on US President’s regulatory efforts

Gavin Newsom, the governor of California, has signed an executive order aimed at harmonizing a regulatory framework for blockchain between the federal government and the U.S. state as well as spurring innovation in the space. In a Wednesday announcement, the California governor’s office said executive order N-9-22 and the California Consumer Financial Protection Law would allow the state to create “a transparent and consistent business environment for companies” in Web3 and the crypto space, including blockchain and financial technology firms. According to the order, the California state government will need…

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Bitcoin wobbles around $39K as Fed confirms up to 1% key rate target next

Bitcoin (BTC) stayed mostly steady at $39,000 on May 4 as the U.S. Federal Reserve conformed to expectations of a 0.5% key interest rate hike. BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView Bitcoin eerily calm on Fed statement Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD exhibiting minimal fluctuation as the Fed confirmed what many assumed had already been “priced into” markets. In contrast to previous remarks from the Federal Open Markets Committee (FOMC), the May 4 statement did not spark major volatility on crypto markets. The most that traders…

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Fed hikes interest rates by 50 basis points in effort to combat inflation

The United States Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) concluded two days of meetings Wednesday with a widely anticipated announcement of an interest rate hike of 50 base points, or 0.5%. It is the second of an expected seven rate adjustments this year. In March, the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark rate by 25 basis points, or 0.25%, marking the first upward adjustment since 2018.  Markets were braced for Wednesday’s hike, which was the steepest since 2000, so the immediate reaction was expected to be moderate given that Fed chair Jerome…

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