Heavyweight Champ Francis Ngannou Plans to ‘Take Half of His UFC 270 Purse Paid in Bitcoin’

The reigning UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou has announced the mixed martial artist has partnered with the payments firm Cash App and plans to take half of his UFC 270 purse in bitcoin. Ngannou told his 620,100 Twitter followers that he believes “bitcoin can empower people everywhere.” ‘Bitcoin Is the Future and I’m a Believer’ — Mixed Martial Arts Champ Francis Ngannou to Take Half of His Purse in Bitcoin On January 18, 2022, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou explained that the fighter plans to get…

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Senate Dems free-fall toward filibuster face-off without a parachute

Senate Democrats will stick together on this week’s vote to push their voting and election reform bill past Republican opposition. Then they’ll focus on isolating two of their own centrists. The Democratic caucus is pressing forward with laying blame on Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) for the party’s failure to advance sweeping elections reform, thanks to their resistance to weakening the filibuster. The move carries considerable risk, given that Sinema and Manchin will be essential to any further success the party can muster this year — particularly…

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Win up to 3,000 USDT at LBank Exchange’s 100% Winning Event!

PRESS RELEASE. Isn’t it always nice to know that you are guaranteed to win? It’s not a dream as long as you participate in the latest lottery event hosted by LBank Exchange! With a 100% chance of winning, you may even end up bringing yourself great luck with the jackpot worth of 3,000 USDT as well as other exciting prizes! This lottery event will start from Jan. 14th, 2022 and end on Feb. 2nd, 2022 (UTC+8). You will receive the lottery code by simply completing designated tasks. Prizes are as…

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Blockchain Firm Animoca Brands Raises $358 Million to Enhance Web3 and the Metaverse

Animoca Brands has announced the blockchain and cryptocurrency-focused firm has raised $358.8 million to bolster the non-fungible token (NFT) industry and “build the open metaverse.” The capital raise follows the firm’s previous $65 million and $138.88 million raises last year and today, Animoca Brands has an overall valuation of $5 billion. Animoca Brands Raises $358 Million in Financing Led by Liberty City Ventures, Blockchain Company Has Pre-Money Valuation of $5 Billion The firm Animoca Brands is a global developer utilizing popular brands, gamification, A.I., blockchain, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and mobile…

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GOP takes a potent but risky new path: Hitting Biden on Covid

House Republicans are edging toward harder hits at President Joe Biden while he struggles to contain Covid’s Omicron variant. Just don’t expect it to become a centerpiece of their midterm-election messaging. That’s in part because the GOP has to walk a fine line on the pandemic — thanks to Donald Trump. After Biden and Democrats campaigned on a vow to help steer a virus-weary nation back to normalcy, arguing that the GOP failed to quickly respond when Covid first descended, Republicans now say Biden has proven himself unprepared to deal…

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Top 3 Rebase Token Markets Shudder — Stats Show TIME, OHM, BTRFLY Lost Billions Since All-Time Highs

While the crypto economy has shed more than 3% in fiat value during the last 24 hours dropping to $2.09 trillion, the top rebase tokens by market capitalization have seen significant losses this week. At the time of writing, the rebase token economy is valued at over $3.2 billion but has lost more than 10% in value during the last 24 hours. The largest rebase token economies such as Wonderland, Olympus, and Redacted Cartel have shed between 36% to 55% over the last week. Top 3 Rebase Token Protocols Shed…

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Why There’s a Civil War in Idaho — Inside the GOP

STAR, Idaho — The Republican primary for governor was still months away, but in the packed city hall chambers in this Oregon Trail town 18 miles west of Boise, the campaign was already heated. Six candidates — two each for governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state — had accepted the invitation from the county Republican women’s club to make their case to the 75 or so citizens who filled the folding chairs and stood at the back. Cowboy hats outnumbered face masks. The stakes in Idaho’s primary next May…

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Blossom Capital’s Newly Launched $432 Million Fund to Focus on Crypto Startups

Blossom Capital, the London-based venture capital firm founded by Candice Lo, Imran Ghory, Mike Hudack, and Ophelia Brown plans to dedicate more funds to the growing cryptocurrency ecosystem. On January 18, Blossom announced a new fund worth $432 million, and a third of the capital will be distributed to early-stage crypto firms. A Third of Blossom’s New $432 Million Fund to Bolster Crypto Companies On Tuesday, Blossom Capital announced the creation of a new venture fund worth $432 million and according to the company, a third of the funds will…

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Curtis Sword Becomes the First Blockchain-Based Large-Scale 3D ARPG

PRESS RELEASE. Curtis Sword, a 3D NFT ARPG mobile game on the blockchain, is excited to announce that it has fully launched on both Android and iOS. The project is the first GameFi-built game designed by the original “The Rise of Dragon” mobile game team. The game is the first large-scale 3D ARPG on the blockchain. Players can now explore fun blockchain games, interactive social networks, and a wide range of products and services with complete autonomy. Curtis Sword also offers union members a brand new opportunity to discover their…

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New Spanish Regulations to Target Crypto Investment Ads

As part of regulations that are set to become effective in mid-February, crypto-asset investment promoters will be required to inform the Spanish securities watchdog of the contents of any ad that targets over 100,000 people. 10-Day Advance Notice Rule The Spanish government has tasked the country’s securities watchdog with authorizing advertisements that promote cryptocurrencies, a report has said. Also, as part of the new measures, crypto-asset investment promoters will be required to notify the Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores (CNMV) of any promotional campaign that targets more than 100,000…

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French Connection Finance: FCF Pay Partners With 500+ E-Commerce and in-Store Merchants

French Connection Finance (FCF) is a dividend generating cryptocurrency that runs on the Binance Smart Chain (BSC) network. FCF is building an ecosystem that benefits investors whilst developing products that have strong real-world value. This story will cover four exciting aspects of FCF’s project: 1) The innovative and rewarding ecosystem 2) FCF Pay – a premier crypto and fiat payment gateway 3) New partnership (500+ e-commerce and brick & mortar stores) 4) Upcoming exchange listings The Rewarding Ecosystem Get paid to do nothing. Okay, not nothing – but almost nothing.…

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Australian Regulator Warns Against Investing Retirement Funds in ‘High Risk’ Crypto-Assets

An Australian regulator has warned residents seeking to self-manage their retirement funds to be wary of investing in crypto-asset investments that promise high returns in a short space of time. The regulator reiterates in the warning that crypto-assets are a high-risk and speculative investment. Scammer Tactics The Australian financial services regulator, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), has warned residents that self-manage their superannuation funds to be wary of scammers that are using the lure of quick and high returns offered by crypto assets to defraud unsuspecting victims. The…

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How a GOP majority in Congress might handle Biden in 2023

Republicans are feeling so good about their chances of retaking Congress this fall that they’re already debating their governing relationship with President Joe Biden. And they’re divided over how to handle their potential big wins. With Biden and Democrats floundering right now, the GOP is increasingly favored to vault back to partial power in Washington by flipping the House, and potentially also the Senate, in the coming midterms. What comes next isn’t quite clear: Some Republicans are mulling ways to collaborate with Biden on issues like trade, energy or tech;…

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Dems stare down another failure to deliver for their base

Democrats are back in a familiar spot this week, pushing hard for legislation they know will fail. And they’re grappling openly with what to tell their voters when they come up short. In many ways, Democrats’ bind on their election reform legislation is a sequel to the stalemate they’re trapped in on their $1.7 trillion party-line social spending plan. Both bills, which have no GOP support, pitted the party’s base and most of its members against Senate centrist resistance. But Democratic leaders set the stakes even higher for their bid…

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The Republican War Over a Republican State

STAR, Idaho — The Republican primary for governor was still months away, but in the packed city hall chambers in this Oregon Trail town 18 miles west of Boise, the campaign was already heated. Six candidates — two each for governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state — had accepted the invitation from the county Republican women’s club to make their case to the 75 or so citizens who filled the folding chairs and stood at the back. Cowboy hats outnumbered face masks. The stakes in Idaho’s primary next May…

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GOP pulls debate threat from Trump playbook

Donald Trump thumbed his nose at traditional retail politics, preferring large rallies and appearances on conservative TV. In defeat, he refused to deliver the familiar concession speech and instead falsely claimed that his Republican or Democratic opponents stole elections. Now it’s the presidential debates that are about to get a Trump makeover. They may never be the same again. With last week’s Trump-inspired threat to boycott 2024 debates sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates, the Republican National Committee began priming the electorate for a race in which the GOP…

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Bitpay Statistics Show the Use of Bitcoin for Payments Is Dwindling

The use of bitcoin as a digital currency for payments has gone down significantly, according to the numbers stemming from Bitpay, one of the leading cryptocurrency payments processors. While most of the purchases were made with bitcoin back in 2020, this dominance has dwindled, opening the space for other tokens and currencies, such as ethereum and stablecoins, to enter the crypto payments arena. Bitcoin Use for Payments Diminished in 2021, Bitpay States Bitcoin’s use as digital payments currency has dwindled since 2020. This was the conclusion that Bitpay, one of…

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Crypto Job Postings Increased 400% in 2021 According to Linkedin

According to new data from Linkedin, a professional work-based social network, the number of cryptocurrency-related job postings soared in 2021. The increase was even higher than the general increase in tech-related job postings. The nature of these posts is also diversifying, with various industries requiring people with crypto know-how. Linkedin Says Crypto Jobs Are on the Rise An analysis of the cryptocurrency jobs sector made by the work-based social network Linkedin found that cryptocurrency job postings soared in 2021 even when compared to other growing fields. The company stated that…

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ETH 2.0 Contract Surpasses 9 Million Ethereum Worth $28 Billion

The number of ether locked in the Ethereum 2.0 contract has exceeded 9 million ethereum or more than $28 billion using today’s exchange rates. The amount of ethereum locked into the contract has increased 22.29% since the first week of September 2021, when the contract held 7.4 million ether. Ethereum 2.0 Contract Exceeds 9 Million Ether While the proof-of-work (PoW) side of the Ethereum network has seen its hashrate tap all-time highs above 1 petahash per second (PH/s) this year, the transition to Ethereum 2.0 continues with ether being locked…

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Lucrosus Capital Launched $LUCA – Decentralized Venture Capital (DeVC)

PRESS RELEASE. The cryptocurrency market in the last months has witnessed the enormous success of promising valuable blockchain projects. Nevertheless, even investors from traditional markets are starting to detect the real potential of cryptocurrencies. They pour vast amounts of funds into the blockchain market. Therefore, the biggest success boom of promising projects is yet to come in 2022 and it is a good time to invest at current lower prices. This is a desirable situation for Venture Capital funds because demand for their services is rapidly increasing. However, their target…

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Pakistani Bank Asks Customers to Avoid Conducting Crypto Transactions

A major bank in Pakistan has reportedly asked its customers to avoid conducting cryptocurrency transactions. Bank Alfalah’s action came shortly after the State Bank of Pakistan, the country’s central bank, submitted a report to the Sindh High Court recommending a complete ban on cryptocurrency. Bank Alfalah Asks Customers to Avoid Conducting Crypto Transactions Pakistani Bank Alfalah has reportedly started sending SMS alerts to its customers, asking them to avoid carrying out cryptocurrency transactions using its banking channels. Incorporated in 1992, Bank Alfalah is one of the largest private banks in…

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India’s Prime Minister Modi Calls for Global Collaboration on Crypto — Says ‘We Have to Have a Similar Mindset’

India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, has called on governments worldwide to collaborate on cryptocurrency. He pointed out that “The kind of technology that is associated with it, the decisions taken by a single country will be insufficient to deal with its challenges.” Indian Prime Minister Urges ‘Every Country, Every Global Agency’ to Collaborate on Cryptocurrency Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about cryptocurrency at the World Economic Forum’s virtual Davos Agenda conference Monday. “The challenges we have been facing are also increasing. To counter these, there is a need for…

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Singapore Restricts Crypto Ads — Central Bank Says Crypto Trading Not Suitable for the General Public

Singapore’s central bank has issued guidelines to discourage cryptocurrency trading by the general public. The central bank emphasized that “the trading of cryptocurrencies is highly risky and not suitable for the general public.” Singapore’s Central Bank Discouraging Crypto Trading by the General Public The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the nation’s central bank, announced Monday that it has issued guidelines “to discourage cryptocurrency trading by [the] general public.” The guidelines restrict cryptocurrency trading service providers from promoting their digital payment token (DPT) services to the general public. DPT is commonly…

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