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The most exciting crypto news of the week

Everything in view: The most exciting crypto news of the week

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Federal government restricts crypto-anonymity; study predicts record year for NFTs; MoneyGram cancels partnership with Ripple; Cardano looks to expand and FED defines requirements for CBDC approval.

Another exciting week in the crypto space is drawing to a close. A compact overview of the most important events around Bitcoin and Co.

The German government is planning additional measures to curb the use of crypto assets in connection with money laundering or terrorist refinancing. This emerges from a small enquiry of the FDP parliamentary group, which is exclusively available to BTC-ECHO. According to the question, future Bitcoin Supersplit crypto transactions that exceed a volume of 1,000 euros will have to be reported. Last year, gold transactions with a sum of 2,000 euros or more had to be disclosed. The current changes result from the introduction of the „Transparency Financial Information Act Money Laundering“ (TraFinG Gw) and the associated changes to the Money Laundering Act (GWG), among others to section 10 paragraph 3 no. 2 GwG.

This section of the law is now being expanded by another point within the framework of the TraFinG Gw. The federal government justifies this step with the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing. However, precise statistics on the concrete extent of the use of cryptocurrencies in the area of terrorist financing and money laundering and for the payment of donations to terrorist groups could not be provided at the request of the FDP.

New study says: „2021 will be a record year for NFTs“.

The trade in non-fungible tokens (NFTs) is booming. Again and again, unique digital artworks are sold for record sums. Canadian crypto analytics firm NonFungible has published a report predicting that 2021 is likely to be an extremely bullish year for NFTs. Overall, the total market capitalisation of all NFTs has grown to about 338 million by the end of 2020. In doing so, the NonFungible team believes that the momentum in 2020 is a sign that 2021 could be an even more eventful year for NFT adoption. The current bull market is therefore only a harbinger of what lies ahead in 2021. In addition, the NonFungible team expects a large number of mature use cases and structured projects to become established this year.

MoneyGram puts relationship with Ripple on ice

After Ripple had to cope with one stroke of fate after the other this year, now comes the next blow. The payment service provider MoneyGram terminates its partnership with XRP. As part of a two-year cooperation, MoneyGram had entered into an agreement with DLT company Ripple Labs since June 2019. In the process, Ripple agreed to invest US$50 million in MoneyGram. In return, Ripple could use the on-demand liquidity (ODL) service from the payment service provider. For the use of the XRP token, Ripple Labs paid market development fees to MoneyGram.

Now, the money transfer service provider expects no more profits from Ripple’s market development fees for the first quarter of 2021. In the first quarter of last year, the company generated $12.1 million from such revenues. Those payments now appear to be on hold. At least until the legal rift between Ripple Labs and the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is resolved. As a reminder, the agency claims that XRP constitutes an unregistered asset and that Ripple Labs is therefore in violation of US investment law.

Cardano has big plans in the coming months

A lot is about to change at Cardano (ADA) in the next 30 to 60 days. This is what CEO Charles Hoskinson said in a recent interview. In doing so, he explained in concrete terms how things are to continue with ADA after the long-awaited launch of the Goguen Mainnet. In the coming months, everything will revolve around smart contract applications. Above all, Hoskinson wants to expand massively in the DeFi sector. In addition, the interview reveals that Hoskinson has been meeting with some well-known names from the crypto scene over the past few months to push the adaptation of Cardano, especially with institutional investors. So far, Cardano is working with teams from Celsius, SingularityNET, Fireblocks and Prime Trust. In addition, the Cardano Foundation research team is said to be working on a new initiative that can drive smart contract development on Cardano. It is highly likely that the University of Wyoming will play a central role in this, Hoskinson said.

¿Qué empresa tiene más posibilidades de seguir los pasos de Tesla?

Bitcoin: ¿Qué empresa tiene más posibilidades de seguir los pasos de Tesla?

Los eventos de ayer fueron un hito para la criptoindustria más grande, con Tesla emergiendo para convertirse en la primera compañía de Fortune 500 en anunciar su compra exitosa de Bitcoins. Es más, la asignación de 1.500 millones de dólares de Tesla en Bitcoin alimentó un pico 1K Daily Profit instantáneo en la demanda, enviando el precio de la criptodivisa líder del mercado a un nuevo máximo histórico de 48.025 dólares.

Resulta irónico que la compra de #bitcoin por parte de @Tesla haya sido el detonante para que #bitcoin supere a #Tesla en capitalización de mercado. $BTC: $821,077,325,488$TSLA: $818,208,954,711

Movimiento Klever @elonmusk 🧡 pic.twitter.com/k84WEihPpN

– Misha Lederman (@mishalederman) 8 de febrero de 2021

En consecuencia, la capitalización bursátil de Bitcoin ha dado la vuelta a la de Tesla, convirtiéndose en el séptimo activo por capitalización bursátil a nivel mundial. Curiosamente, el precio de las acciones de Tesla ha subido algo más del 1,3% en las últimas 24 horas, mientras que los valores con menor capitalización bursátil pero con mayores asignaciones de Bitcoin han subido más del 20% en el mismo periodo de tiempo.

Algunos operadores se refieren a estos valores como „valores de Bitcoin“, ya que sus precios suelen subir al mismo tiempo que los de Bitcoin tras los anuncios que normalmente provocan subidas en el precio de la criptomoneda. De ellos, MicroStrategy subió un 19%, GBTC un 16% y Marathon Patent Group un 34% en las últimas 24 horas.

Bobby Ong fue uno de los muchos que comentaron el tema „Quién será el siguiente“. El CEO de CoinGecko dijo a AMBCrypto que la inversión de Tesla en Bitcoin „llegó mucho antes de lo esperado.“ En este momento, hay 19 empresas que cotizan en bolsa que poseen 104.530 BTC, una cifra que constituye alrededor del 0,57% de la oferta total de Bitcoin.

Según el ejecutivo,

„En mi opinión, la próxima empresa a tener en cuenta será Twitter. Su CEO Jack Dorsey es un conocido defensor de Bitcoin“.

Dado que Square Inc. de Dorsey ya había comprado 50 millones de dólares de Bitcoin en 2020, Ong espera que Twitter tome la delantera.

„Siguiendo, esperaría que otras compañías de Big Tech como Facebook, Alphabet y Amazon inviertan en Bitcoin“.

¿Qué implica esto? Bueno, esto podría significar una nueva ola de inversiones en Bitcoin, y no sólo de las instituciones.

Según el ejecutivo de CoinGecko, si las grandes instituciones aumentan sus participaciones, el público en general empezará a tener más fe y confianza en Bitcoin. Esto podría allanar el camino para una nueva ola de inversiones minoristas.

El equipo de investigación de Binance expresó un sentimiento similar. Según ellos,

„Tesla utilizó el 8% de sus tenencias de efectivo para comprar BTC y ya compraron BTC, por lo que la reacción actual del mercado es impulsada por los minoristas y no una reacción de la compra de Tesla“.

Il servizio Live-Streaming Service Twitch offre agli abbonati uno sconto del 10% se pagano con Cryptocurrency

Il servizio di live-streaming Twitch offre ora uno sconto del 10% sull’abbonamento per chi si registra con la crittovaluta. La nuova offerta di Twitch sfrutta il processore di pagamento Bitpay, in quanto si tratta della prima promozione di sconto basata sulla crittografia di un’azienda di questa portata.

Questa settimana, il servizio di live-streaming Twitch

Questa settimana, il servizio di live-streaming Twitch ha rivelato di offrire uno sconto del 10% per gli abbonati che pagano gli abbonamenti con una valuta criptata. Twitch è un servizio che permette lo streaming in diretta ed è stato introdotto nel 2011.

La piattaforma è molto popolare tra i giocatori in live-streaming e nel 2017 ha superato il servizio di streaming Youtube Gaming. Twitch ha oltre 27.000 canali partner, 15 milioni di utenti attivi ogni giorno e 2,2 milioni di emittenti ogni mese.

Per consentire alle persone di sfruttare le valute crittografiche per uno sconto del 10% sui servizi, Twitch, una consociata di Amazon, sta utilizzando il sistema di elaborazione crittografica di Bitpay per accettare i pagamenti.

La società Bitpay, con sede ad Atlanta, permette pagamenti in bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Billionaire, ethereum (ETH), quattro stablecoin in USD (GUSD, USDC, PAX e BUSD) e ripple (XRP). Essendo un abbonato Twitch, gli utenti hanno accesso esclusivo a emotes, badge e la possibilità di seguire regolarmente i loro streamer preferiti.

Secondo Bill Zielke, il responsabile del marketing di Bitpay „Twitch è il primo grande commerciante a lanciarsi in questa tendenza“. Twitch non è l’unico sito web di gioco e servizio di live streaming che offre il supporto della crittovaluta.

Un certo numero di società di gioco come Take Two

Un certo numero di società di gioco come Take Two (Disintegrazione e Mondo Esterno) e Microsoft supportano i pagamenti con la crittovaluta. Per ottenere lo sconto del 10% gli individui interessati a registrarsi per un abbonamento Twitch devono semplicemente selezionare „paga con Bitpay alla cassa“ per poter pagare con un asset digitale.

Bitpay ha spiegato che è entusiasmante vedere un’azienda di tendenza come Twitch accettare le valute criptate. L’azienda di Atlanta ritiene che l’industria del gioco vada di pari passo con il supporto delle risorse crittografiche. Proprio di recente Bitpay ha pubblicato un post sul blog che mostra „gli operatori di gioco online attirano i giocatori che usano Bitpay per i depositi istantanei di bitcoin“.

La società nota che l’accettazione del cripto aggiunge „il potenziale per espandere la base di utenti, abbassa i costi, elimina i chargeback, offre velocità e non ha confini“, come sottolinea la società Bitcoin (BTC) e altri asset cripto „possono essere inviati ovunque nel mondo in pochi minuti“.