Thailand’s Crypto Utopia — ‘90% of a cult, without all the weird stuff’ – Cointelegraph Magazine

The story of how a Bitcoin OG set up a Libertarian crypto community and commune for digital nomads on beautiful islands in Thailand three times — and why he hasn’t yet given up on the dream. It’s a wild tale involving “unchecked merrymaking,” crypto-influencers, police grillings, seasteading, a reported $20,000-a-month burn rate, rumors about shamans and drugs — and a major collision between idealism and reality. It was also, by all accounts, a whole lot of fun.     Cryptopia became the House of DAO, and a new version is…

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Kieran Warwick’s 2032 plan for Illuvium – Cointelegraph Magazine

Kieran Warwick created the play-to-earn game Illuvium with his brothers Aaron and Grant — all siblings of DeFi maverick Kain, the founder of Synthetix. He shares his alpha on how NFT game mechanics can be designed in such a way that playing them can be fun and profitable in the long term. Warwick entered the retail world right out of high school, eventually becoming an online shopping entrepreneur. He got his start in the crypto world at brother Kain’s company BlueShyft, which first made Bitcoin and crypto exchange payments available…

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The Sandbox Partners With Time Magazine to Launch the “Time Square” on the Metaverse

The popular blockchain gaming company, The Sandbox, has joined forces with TIMEpieces, the NFT arm of TIME Magazine. According to the announcement, the partnership’s goal is to reimagine Times Square, the iconic New York City landmark, as a virtual hub for commerce and art in the Metaverse. To consolidate this collaboration, TIME acquired land in The Sandbox. This newly acquired land will house the virtual TIME Square landmark and serve as the platform’s space for virtual experiences as TIMEPieces holders would be able to attend exclusive meetings on the land.…

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6 Questions for Daniel Yan of Matrixport – Cointelegraph Magazine

We ask the buidlers in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sector for their thoughts on the industry… and throw in a few random zingers to keep them on their toes!   This week, our 6 Questions go to Daniel Yan, founding partner and chief operating officer at Matrixport — a digital assets financial services platform where users can invest, trade and leverage crypto assets.   Hey guys, this is Dan — I am a founding partner at Matrixport. I have been COO of the company since 2019 overseeing the day-to-day operation…

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New world, new rules – Cointelegraph Magazine

Photography often has to weather disruptive changes — from film to digital, for example — and photographers find themselves needing to master new technologies or face losing out to more tech-savvy competitors. NFTs are just another transformation in how we consume images. Can photographers adapt and benefit from them?     Coming to grips with the NFT market can give a whole new lease of life to a photographer’s work.   Back in the dark ages I go back a long time in photography. To the dark ages — or…

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Celsius crisis and the hated accredited investor laws – Cointelegraph Magazine

Accredited investor laws are the bane of many in the crypto industry, who see them as preventing small investors from accessing big opportunities. When Celsius was recently forced to cut off access to U.S. citizens who were not accredited investors, many cried foul. Did it help some users avoid the current crisis? Or do accredited investor laws go too far in saving users from themselves — and from profits, too? Two weeks ago, as speculation about Celsius’ solvency began to mount, users started experiencing trouble withdrawing money from their accounts.…

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6 Questions for Annabelle Huang of Amber Group – Cointelegraph Magazine

We ask the buidlers in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sector for their thoughts on the industry… and throw in a few random zingers to keep them on their toes!   This week, our 6 Questions go to Annabelle Huang, the managing partner at Amber Group, a global leading digital asset platform.   Prior to Amber Group, I served as the Asia lead at AirSwap, a decentralized trading platform that enables peer-to-peer trading on the Ethereum blockchain. Before transitioning into digital assets, I advised private equity funds, U.S. corporates and hedge…

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Social credit system or spark for global adoption? – Cointelegraph Magazine

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin’s Soulbound Token proposal for a robust identity and reputation system has stirred up the crypto community.  Soulbound Tokens or SBTs are non-transferable, non-financialized tokens tied to a unique profile proving verifiable achievements and commitments. Still at the concept stage, it’s suggested SBTs will be capable of tracking memberships, credentials and affiliations with educational establishments, decentralized lenders and other entities. Supporters say that SBTs could be the use case for the next bull market. But others have likened the concept to China’s social credit system and say…

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6 Questions for Alex Wilson of The Giving Block – Cointelegraph Magazine

We ask the buidlers in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sector for their thoughts on the industry… and throw in a few random zingers to keep them on their toes!   This week, our 6 Questions go to Alex Wilson, co-founder of The Giving Block — a crypto donation solution that provides an ecosystem for nonprofits and charities to fundraise Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.   Alex is a co-founder of The Giving Block, a Shift4 company. The Giving Block is a leading crypto philanthropy platform that makes accepting and fundraising cryptocurrencies…

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The trouble with automated market makers – Cointelegraph Magazine

Automated market makers are a true public good in crypto, enabling genuinely decentralized trading 24/7 and supporting the wider DeFi ecosystems. But they’re not without a host of problems, writes digital economist and academic Christos A. Makridis. The decentralized finance (DeFi) market has surged since 2021, growing from just over $20 billion to nearly $160 billion as of March 2022, compared with a rise in the total cryptocurrency market from $433 billion to $2.5 trillion over the same period. While the recent crypto washout in the wake of the collapse…

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