Polyient marketplace, Ronaldinho drop, and a ‘staggering’ $4800 NFT sale …

Investment firm and development studio Polyient has unveiled an NFT marketplace with decentralized finance (DeFi) functionality. The marketplace dubbed “PolyientX” is set for a beta release in August on Ethereum, with an official launch targeted for sometime in the Fall. The initial launch will feature NFTs from Ape In, a DeFi-enabled NFT collectibles game, and Rate Network, a decentralized NFT pricing, and rating protocol. According to Polyient, users can stake their NFTs in a vault to earn rewards, describing it as “a unique fee share mechanism where users, not corporate…

Ethereum (ETH) Outpaces Bitcoin, Why Bulls Aim Larger Increase

Ethereum is up over 5% and it broke the $2,400 resistance against the US Dollar. ETH price outpaced bitcoin and it seems like there are chances of more gains above $2,450. Ethereum started a fresh increase and it managed to surpass the $2,320 resistance zone. The price is now trading well above $2,300 and the 100 hourly simple moving average. There is a major bullish trend line forming with support near $2,340 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD (data feed via Kraken). The pair could correct lower, but the bulls…

Synthetix turns on layer-two alpha, launches Olympics betting on options platform

Decentralized derivatives and synthetic asset trading protocol, Synthetix, has launched trading on the Optimistic Ethereum layer two scaling platform. The long-awaited launch was announced by the Synthetix protocol exchange Kwenta on July 30. It enables the exchange to offer faster transactions and lower fees using optimistic rollup technology. Initially, there will be just four synthetic assets available for trading on layer two — sUSD, sETH, sBTC and sLINK. The data collected from this alpha launch and testing phase will enable the protocol to optimize synth trading on layer two and…

FinCEN’s new digital currency advisor says crypto’s ‘just another means of payment’

Michele Korver, the first-ever chief digital currency advisor for the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s (FinCEN), believes crypto assets are just another way of transferring value. Speaking to Law360 on July 29, the newly appointed Korver said cryptocurrency was “just another means of payment or value transfer that’s developed over time, just like any financial technology.” Korver offered a cool assessment of the digital asset sector, describing it as a natural evolution. “Financial technologies evolve over time and the innovation of money payments and value transfer will continue,” she said. “The…

Bitcoin Turns Green, Why Close Above $40K Is Crucial

Bitcoin price is trading in a positive zone above the $39,000 level against the US Dollar. BTC must settle above $40,000 for a sustained upward move in the near term. Bitcoin is trading positively above the $38,500 and $38,800 support levels. The price is still trading well above $39,000 and the 100 hourly simple moving average. There is a major bullish trend line forming with support near $39,000 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken). The pair is likely to accelerate higher if it settles…

PayPal set to launch crypto trading in the UK and may embrace DeFi

Global payments platform PayPal is looking towards the United Kingdom as the next market in which to expand its crypto trading services. According to the company’s second-quarter earnings call on Wednesday, PayPal has done very well out of crypto trading for the period. CEO Dan Schulman stated that the U.K. is likely to be the next country where crypto trading is offered. “Yeah, well, we continue to be really pleased with the momentum we’re seeing on crypto. […] We’re going to launch, hopefully, maybe even next month in the U.K.,…

Congressman takes aim at peers who think crypto could cause a ‘financial 9/11’

Representative Ted Budd of North Carolina, a member of the House Financial Services Committee and Congressional Blockchain Caucus, has urged lawmakers to embrace decentralized innovation. In what appears to be the first occasion in which a publicly elected official has met with a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO), Budd acknowledged the increasing concern about crypto among lawmakers while speaking to MakerDAO’s Chris Cameron on July 29. “There are some on the Senate side and some on the House side which fear, especially when it comes to currency, the blockchain, decentralized finance…

MicroStrategy pledges to buy more BTC despite paper loss on its holdings of $424.8M in Q2

Business intelligence and mobile software firm MicroStrategy has pledged to buy more Bitcoin despite reporting impairment losses of $424.8 million in Q2. This is only a paper loss however based on the price of Bitcoin at the end of the quarter and does not reflect a realized loss. Depending on how you add the figures up, MicroStrategy appears to have made nearly a billion dollars more from Bitcoin than it spent. Along with CEO Michael Saylor’s fervent belief in Bitcoin, that may be why it’s resolved to add more Bitcoin…

Why Another Wave Up For Altcoins Is Probable According To BTC Dominance

BTC dominance has always had an inverse effect on the price movements for altcoins. Historically, BTC dominance determines the direction the value of altcoins swings in. Bitcoin has so far maintained majority dominance on the market. But as more time passes, that dominance goes down as altcoins see more demand. BTC dominance simply shows how much demand there is for bitcoin compared to altcoins. The more BTC dominance rises, the lower the demand for altcoins. This means that for altcoins to rally up further, bitcoin demand has to go down.…

Bitcoin traders express mixed emotions about what’s next for BTC price

The rumor that Amazon would accept cryptocurrency payments sparked a wave of bullish enthusiasm across the crypto market earlier in the week but now this sentiment has begun to wane as Bitcoin (BTC) bulls face stiff resistance at the $40,000 level.  Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows that bears have managed to fend off multiple attempts to flip the $40,000 level to support and defense of this zone continued on July 29 as Bitcoin’s stagnant price action and added to concerns that the price could fall back to…