IMF plans to meet with El Salvador’s president, potentially discussing move to adopt Bitcoin

The International Monetary Fund has previously spoken out against smaller nations like the Marshall Islands recognizing a digital currency as legal tender. The International Monetary Fund has said El Salvador’s recent decision to make Bitcoin legal tender in the country may raise legal and financial concerns. In a Thursday press briefing from the International Monetary Fund, or IMF, spokesperson Gerry Rice said the group was already in discussions with lawmakers in El Salvador over a loan to support the country’s economy, having approved emergency funds related to the pandemic last…

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Arrington Capital to back Algorand projects with $100M growth fund

“The Arrington Algorand Growth Fund represents yet another key strategic pillar in supporting the momentum of those building on top of what we think is the best technical platform for regulated DeFi and the future of finance,” said Sean Ford, COO of Algorand. Support for the Algorand ecosystem appears to be growing, with digital asset manager Arrington Capital earmarking $100 million for projects building on the smart-contract platform.  The massive Arrington Algorand Growth Fund, or AAGF, has been designed to accelerate additional development across all facets of the smart contract…

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Senator Warren Calls Out Bitcoin’s Energy Consumption — Bitcoiners Bite Back

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren criticized Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies yesterday in a Banking Senate Subcommittee hearing. In the hearing, Warren criticized the energy consumption that Bitcoin and other proof-of-work (PoW) cryptocurrencies need to operate. Warren also thinks cryptocurrencies are the “wild west” of investments and called for a regulatory crackdown on the industry. Some on social media were quick to bite back, however, pointing out Warren’s flawed logic and perceived hypocrisy. Senator Elizabeth Warren Takes on Bitcoin Senator Elizabeth Warren declared her opinion on bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies yesterday in a…

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Finance Redefined: The shadow DeFi conference in Miami! June 2-9

Talking with big brains about DeFi, regulation, CBDCs, and institutional adoption at the Bitcoin conference in Miami! Last week, I made the mistake of being just about the only DeFi denizen who actually went to the Bitcoin 2021 event in Miami.  While I managed to catch up with a handful of builders and big brains in the convention center, my time would have been better spent tracking down degens at the various satellite events, yacht parties, and nightclub meetups — the “shadow conference” for DeFi taking place while boomercoin maximalists…

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Bitcoin price hits stock-to-flow rebound level not seen since 2017 all-time high

Deviation from the stock-to-flow average has always resulted in a reversal to new all-time highs, data shows. Bitcoin (BTC) spending over three weeks in the $30,000 range is proving a crucial test for one of its best-known price models. As noted by Philip Swift, co-founder of trading suite Decentrader on June 11, Bitcoin is issuing a major challenge to the stock-to-flow price forecasting tool. Is it bounceback time for BTC price? BTC price action has hovered in a lower corridor between $30,000 and $40,000 since mid-May. This has worried day…

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Dhruv Bansal On Societal Organization Systems And Bitcoin

The visionary Unchained Capital co-founder excitedly details his thoughts on why bitcoin is so inspirational. This interview with Dhruv Bansal was conducted by myself in an effort to obtain valuable insight into a rather visionary Bitcoiners mind, and I believe my mission was accomplished. Bansal’s answers are profound and thought-provoking, giving us a glimpse into his thoughts on Bitcoin at large. Be sure to check out his talk at Bitcoin 2021 here after reading the edited transcript of our interview below. Casey Carrillo: Hi everyone, I have here Dhruv Bansal,…

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OVR Using Chainlink to Connect the Metaverse to Real World Data and Events

OVR.ai is announcing a live and ongoing integration with Chainlink, the marketing-leading decentralized oracle network that provides smart contracts with secure and reliable off-chain data and computation. The current integration involves the use of Chainlink Verifiable Randomness Function (VRF) to fairly and transparently select a special grant fund winner from the list of participants taking part in the upcoming OVRLand Treasure Hunt. Additionally, the OVR team plans to leverage Chainlink oracles throughout the platform to connect the physical world to OVRLand’s digital metaverse, enabling a virtual experience that’s impacted by…

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Guild of Guardians pre-game registrations hit 133K as NFT sales surge

Guild of Guardians was developed by Stepico Games, a Ukraine-based game developer, and published by the Australian-based marketplace Immutable. The community behind Guild of Guardians, an NFT-based role-playing game, appears to be enthusiastic about the forthcoming title after they snatched up nearly all of the NFTs that were part of the so-called founder’s sale.  Since going live earlier this week, Guild of Guardians’ NFT sale has raised over $3 million, the company announced Wednesday. The title raised $2 million in the first hour of the founder’s sale and $2.8 million…

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The Conundrum Of Bitcoin Legal Tender Laws

The adoption of bitcoin by El Salvador poses an interesting contradiction of freedoms, albeit solved on a secondary level. Nayib Bukele, El Salvador’s laser-eyed President, shocked the world at the Bitcoin 2021 conference in Miami when he announced that bitcoin would become legal tender in his country. A few days later, the “Bitcoin Law” was passed, ushering in a new era for the virtual currency. There is something about the law — mandating that vendors accept bitcoin — that goes against the voluntary “opt-in” ethos of Bitcoin. However, there are…

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Iran Seizes 3,000 Crypto Mining Devices in a Week

Authorities in Iran have confiscated 3,000 units of mining hardware in just one week as part of a push to curb illegal crypto mining amid power shortages and blackouts. In a single year, Iranian law enforcement has shut down over 180 crypto farms in Tehran Province alone. Over 500 Crypto Mining Rigs Confiscated in Tehran As the government’s offensive against unauthorized crypto mining intensifies, authorities have discovered and seized more than 3,000 pieces of mining equipment, Iran’s power utility announced Wednesday. Over 500 devices have been confiscated in Tehran Province,…

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