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NFTs Going Mainstream

Looking for a Bored Ape but don't have any crypto? No problem… fiat currency is gladly accepted. OpenSea, one of the biggest and most popular NFT marketplaces, will soon let you buy and sell your NFTs with credit cards, debit cards, or Apple Pay. MoonPay, a fintech infrastructure company, will provide the tech. Continue Reading →
Crypto Kool-Aid
I just spent the most wonderful week in Los Angeles speaking, moderating, and partying at NFT|LA, a gathering of Web3 enthusiasts with a special emphasis on NFTs and all things crypto. The organizers did an outstanding job mixing solid content and amazing experiences. I'm sure everyone had an incredible time. I'm also sure the audience was bifurcated into two clearly defined groups: predators and prey. Continue Reading →
I just read Nike Inc. v. StockX LLC, a 50-page complaint filed by Nike demanding that StockX (a used shoe seller) destroy all the Nike-branded NFTs it minted. Someone should tell Nike’s lawyers that an NFT is not an image, video, or audio file, but simply an immutable digital receipt of a transaction that references the location of the associated asset(s). Destroying the receipt has no impact on the intellectual property in question any more than throwing out a receipt from the grocery store has an impact on the items you purchased. Continue Reading →
A rock NFT valued at 444 ether (ETH), or $1.2 million, sold for 444 Wei ($0.0012) to a bot as the seller, DinoDealer, confused WEI and ETH. In a tweet, the seller said, "in one click my entire net worth of ~$1 million dollars, gone." Continue Reading →
Yuga Labs took its next step toward trying to build a broader media empire around the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) non-fungible token (NFT) series with the announcement of a cryptocurrency called ApeCoin, which will be the “primary token for all new products and services” from the company. That includes a newly announced play-to-earn blockchain game that the company plans to release later this year in partnership with the developer nWay. Continue Reading →
Thinking
Part of the power and promise of Web 3.0 is the concept of decentralization, the ability to transact without the need for a central authority or an intermediary such as a bank or centralized exchange. While the idea of decentralization is quite easy to understand, the devil is in the details. Continue Reading →

Crypto vs. Credit Cards

Visa vs. BTC
VisaNet can process more than 65,000 tps (transactions per second). By comparison, Bitcoin (BTC) can only process ~5 tps. Therefore, Bitcoin (and other cryptocurrencies by proxy) are inherently too slow for practical use. Before you buy into this apples-to-oranges comparison, let's define the word "process." With a little more clarity, you will be better able to frame your thoughts about centralized (VisaNet) versus decentralized (Proof of Work) crypto transactions. Continue Reading →

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