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    Cosmos ATOM Also Loses Its Gains As Market Fluctuates Heavily

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    Cosmos ATOM Also Loses Its Gains As Market Fluctuates Heavily

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    ATOM remained an exception to the general downtrend of the crypto market for a couple of days as it continued to gain despite heavy price fluctuations of other tokens. The Ethereum Merge took place successfully on September 15th, marking a historic moment in the history of crypto. However, just as some analysts predicted, it did not result in a spike as optimists have forecasted. In fact, most cryptos, including ETH, and BTC, experienced a downturn at the same time. This confirmed the “Buy the rumor, sell the news” tag; crypto analysts conferred on the event in advance. Related Reading: XRP Price Rallied 7%, Is It Gearing To Test The Next Resistance? Nonetheless, one token continued to stand out amidst the bearish market trends, the native crypto of the Cosmos protocol. Despite the extreme market fluctuations, ATOM continued to glide upward, gaining up to 20% in 48hours. ATOM is trading below $16 at the time of writing, still above more than 10% of its pre-merge price of $14. The Cosmos native token has been experiencing its up and downs in an ever-ascending trendline, unlike the wider market. ATOM Gains Were Due To IBC and Staking Opportunities The recent gains lead back to the influx of protocols migrating to the Cosmos blockchain. After the crash of the Terra ecosystem, several projects rebuilt their operations on Cosmos Hub. Consequently, each project adds value to ATOM by participating in the inter-blockchain security system IBC. Cosmos also offers staking opportunities with a lucrative APY of close to 18%. Furthermore, the network is introducing different utilities into its ecosystem, which will increase the value of ATOM going forward. One of these is the liquidity staking the protocol is ready to launch. Additionally, protocols on Cosmos are preparing to launch their own stablecoins, with ATOM most likely the primary assets for minting. Recent Macroeconomic Events Contribute to Increased Market Volatility Meanwhile, recent macroeconomic events have increased bearish pressure on the digital assets market. As cryptos struggle to breach various price barriers and flip bullish, these factors bear down, causing the assets to fluctuate. Events like the recent release of the August inflation data reveal the continued rise of inflation. Related Reading: Chiliz (CHZ) Could Be Set For A Hot Streak With This Data Ethereum, for instance, has been rising and falling within the $1,700 and $1,500 range in the past seven days. Its volatility curve has been on a downward trend for the past week. The second largest crypto by market cap is down 11% since the Merge. ETH is currently trading below $1,500. As for Bitcoin, the crypto dropped below the $21,000 zero mark on Thursday in response to the Tuesday inflation data release. The first coin has been trading inconsistently within the range of $19,000 to $23,000. BTC is trading at above $20,000 at the time of writing. Featured image from Pixabay and chart from TradingView.com

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    How VCs are preparing for a two-year-long crypto bear market | Avichal Garg interview

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    How VCs are preparing for a two-year-long crypto bear market | Avichal Garg interview

    The CEO and Co-founder of Electric Capital, Avichal Garg, shares his views on the crypto projects and companies with the highest chances to come out stronger from this crypto winter. 0:00 Intro 0:56 How does the current bear market compare with the previous one? 2:13 How long will this crypto winter last? 6:03 Investments in the metaverse have increased in 2022 — what does this mean? 8:15 How do you think NFTs will bring crypto into the mainstream? 11:40 Outro Subscribe to Cointelegraph Markets Pro: https://pro.cointelegraph.com Check out the latest crypto merch at the Cointelegraph Store: https://store.cointelegraph.com/ Want to join the Cointelegraph team? Check out https://cointelegraph.com/careers. #Cointelegraph #Bitcoin #CryptoMarkets Subscribe to Cointelegraph: https://goo.gl/JhmfdU Follow COINTELEGRAPH:
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    ApeCoin Climbs 4.3% In Last 7 Days – Where’s APE Getting All That Energy?

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    ApeCoin Climbs 4.3% In Last 7 Days – Where’s APE Getting All That Energy?

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    ApeCoin (APE), the Bored Ape Yacht Club token, has been rallying over the past week with gains registering at a peak of 4.3% and trading at the $5.12 level. APE shows energy, rallies 4.3% in the past seven days Coin impacted by general crypto slump US inflation also weighing down on crypto price APE is a busy bee and apparently, the recent uptick enjoyed by APE is said to have been ushered by current projects or developments in the network. The Ape Foundation has recently rolled out a couple of recommendations in line with the Decentralized Autonomous Structure (DAO) election procedure. In the event that these proposals are approved, there would be a rolling election instead with an election of council members every three months. Related Reading: NEAR Bulls Charge Their Way Past $4.7 Amid Lack Of Spike In Volume ApeCoin Recent Developments Contributed To Its Surge With the rest of the other altcoins having a hard time breaking through, quite the opposite is happening for ApeCoin. APE price has surged and looking bullish. However, the plunge in the value of crypto is dubbed to be of the reasons why APE isn’t gaining traction. ApeCoin has recently posted on Twitter stating that this provides an increasingly stable ecosystem to haul in new members and so far, ensures the consistency of the DAO to manage and transfer knowledge and expertise to the community. Community members have been recommending broader representation from individuals who do not have existing affiliations with crypto-backed organizations to avoid any conflict of interests. Currently, the Ape Foundation is composed of Amy Wu (FTX Ventures), Yat Siu (Animoca Brands), Alexis Ohanian (Reddit), Maaria Bajwa (Sound Ventures), and Dean Steinback (Horizon Labs). Crypto Market Experiencing Downtrend According to CoinMarketCap, ApeCoin’s price had nosedived by 4.05% or trading at $4.73 as of this writing. The crypto market has been experiencing a downtrend recently with the total market cap sliding to below $1 trillion as observed in the past 24 hours. Evidently, the king of crypto, Bitcoin, failed to climb or show any improvement as it trades at roughly $20,000 yesterday. U.S. inflation seems to be severely impacting crypto prices. So, it is indeed the crypto market’s overall dilemma that prevents ApeCoin from moving further up north. Another factor that is preventing the gains of ApeCoin is the current dollar strength. The U.S. dollar is on an upward trend since Thursday as it shoots through previous highs in line with the U.S. Federal Reserve trying to tame inflation. Related Reading: Why Celsius Investors Don’t Seem Upbeat Despite CEL Rallying 30% Their efforts are seen to work with the U.S. dollar remaining stable at 109.84. More so, the risk-off market sentiment has also helped the U.S. dollar, increasing the demand for fiat currencies such as the U.S. dollar. Judging by the technical side, APE seems to have gained support at the $4.95 zone and a breach below this mark could allow the coin to capsize further until it touches the support zone of $4.35.  On the other hand, the daily timeframe revealing an upward trendline is beneficial to altcoins. On the flip side, a breach at the $4.35 level could trigger a downtrend for the APE/USD pair to funnel down to as low as $3.12. APE total market cap at $1.46 billion on the daily chart | Source: TradingView.com Featured image from The VR Soldier, chart from TradingView.com

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    How Crypto is Evolving Luxury Real Estate in the USA

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    How Crypto is Evolving Luxury Real Estate in the USA

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    What if buying a piece of real estate wasn’t a complex and time-intensive process? Dealing in real estate typically involves interacting with an intermediary, swimming through paperwork, and paying steep fees and commissions. Even with the latest advancements in technology, many jurisdictions still require real estate buyers and sellers to show up in person to execute their documents. Most often, this is due to notaries being required to see people physically sign documents, and while some notaries can do this task virtually, not all have the same capabilities. Now, with the help of cryptocurrency (specifically NFTs and smart contracts), the trajectory of real estate transactions is rapidly changing. We’re talking about taking out the middleman and obtaining and transferring ownership with ease. Sales can even be made through sites similar to eBay, but with a new level of added security. In this writing, we will be specifically focusing on crypto’s effect on the luxury real estate market. But first, let’s start with the basics—how NFTs and smart contracts work. What is an NFT? NFTs, short for non-fungible tokens, are cryptographic tokens that can come in the form of many things (e.g., music, drawings, videos).  Each NFT is 100% unique and cannot be replicated or replaced. Many times, NFTs represent digital ownership of something, such as a piece of digital art. In other instances, they can be representative of a physical item, such as real estate property and memberships. NFTs use blockchain technology to maintain their verifiability and proof of ownership. Theoretically, the actual digital file that an NFT lies on can, in fact, be copied, but this does not mean that someone has taken over ownership. The culprit would need access to the smart contract that’s attached to the NFT as well. Moreover, they would have to be able to alter the smart contract that has been recorded on the blockchain, which is virtually impossible to do. What is a smart contract? Smart contracts are self-executing pieces of code built to facilitate a transaction. The transaction automatically resolves after pre-defined conditions have been met. The contracts are coded into the blockchain and maintained by regulators after recording them. They are binding contracts that do not require the interference of a central authority or legal system. Because of this, they’re much more cost-efficient. After all, attorneys, realtors, and appraisers are never cheap. How are the two transforming luxury real estate? As previously mentioned, the two above elements are changing the luxury real estate industry by cutting out intermediaries, but another way is by innovating the use of memberships. If you’ve ever owned a timeshare or had a country club membership, you probably know that ownership is not easily transferred. Moreover, your package typically includes an annual renewal process and membership dues. Now, with promising memberships such as the Aspen Lakes Membership by RHUE Resorts, assets can be owned in perpetuity without the need for annual renewal. Said assets can even be passed down through family members and friends if desired. Conversely, memberships can be sold in secondary markets such as OpenSea, an NFT marketplace that’s similar to eBay. Through the NFT membership model, Aspen Lakes Membership purchasers can enjoy: Little to no application process or fees No annual recurring dues Transferability with ease (no middleman required) Existing amenities, such as the world-class 18-hole golf course, pro-shop, restaurant, wedding and event center. Most NFTs are restricted to being purchased with cryptocurrency only which can ostracize certain investors. RHUE Resorts is combating this by allowing the purchase of memberships through cryptocurrency or debit/credit cards. This allows them to appeal to the traditional market while also engaging crypto-enthusiasts. City DAO Another example is the crypto project City DAO. The idea here is that a person can purchase a piece of land in Wyoming and sell rights of governance to interested parties. Those who want to be a piece of the government structure must obtain a certificate of citizenship via NFT. It’s important to note that citizens are not the owners of the land. They only make decisions regarding it, which includes policy changes and regulations. Of course, in this kind of “government” structure, there are only so many memberships that can be purchased. FlyFish Club FlyFish Club (FFC) brings an interesting spin to the food industry. The private dining club hosts the world’s very first NFT restaurant that requires an NFT membership for dining access. Said restaurant will feature over 10,000 square feet and be in an “iconic location” in New York City. In addition, FFC NFT purchasers can enjoy “various culinary, cultural, and social experiences,” according to the FlyFish Club website. The project makes several big promises, however, it’s still in its infancy. Great offerings and optimistic ideas While NFTs and blockchain are opening doors in several industries, it’s still hard to tell which ventures are going to “stick.” Projects like City DAO have interesting ideas but have yet to provide anything concrete. On the other hand, companies such as RHUE Resorts are established and flourishing, providing luxury in real life immediately. The blockchain looks to revolutionize numerous industries with the many efficiencies and advantages it has over traditional alternatives. Real estate has shown that it’s ripe for improvement and looks to be the perfect candidate to enter the world of cryptocurrency and NFTs.

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    Is the Rise of Digital Real Estate Worth the Hype? Insights into 3 of the biggest Metaverse Projects

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    Is the Rise of Digital Real Estate Worth the Hype? Insights into 3 of the biggest Metaverse Projects

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    Picture this! It’s the mid-1980s. The internet, which was going to connect everyone around the world and revolutionize how they communicated, had just started, and everyone wanted a part of it. Fast forward to the early-mid 2000s, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and Tumblr had just arrived on the scene, and social media was born. Today, the Metaverse is the new kid on the block, and it just seems like people can’t stop talking about how it is redefining the digital real estate landscape and how it will change how we interact with the internet, and each other, forever. But wait, “Metaverse,” “Digital Estate”, what do those mean, and more importantly, what’s the hype all about? What Is Digital Real Estate, and How Does It Relate to the Metaverse? Digital real estate is, simply put, property that exists on the internet. Traditionally, this used to be in the form of websites, social media accounts, or even email lists. However, today, digital real estate includes virtual spaces and assets in the Metaverse which you can own, lease, or develop, just like in the physical world. The Metaverse is a term used to describe the virtual world where people can interact with each other and with digital content in an immersive experience. This virtual world can take many forms, but it typically includes some combination of 3D avatars, virtual spaces, and other virtual assets such as in-world tokens. So, from having meetings with employees in a virtual office to selling digital art or fashion in a virtual gallery to exploring exotic virtual worlds with fantastic avatars and breath-taking creatures, the Metaverse provides opportunities for businesses to do things that were once impossible, or at least impractical. Now that we know what digital real estate is and what the Metaverse is, let’s take a look at some specific Metaverse projects that are helping to shape the digital real estate landscape. Projects That Show Why Digital Real Estate is Worth the Hype There are many different Metaverse projects out there, but here are three that show the potential of digital real estate and the Metaverse. SIDUS HEROES A major upcoming project that is set to make waves and leverage digital real estate potential in Metaverse gaming is SIDUS HEROES. The brainchild of a massive collaboration between some of the best minds in blockchain tech and gaming, with a large supporter base, SIDUS HEROES is set in a virtual universe inhabited by NFT characters from twelve technological races with unique traits and features. The game is notably listed as one of New Zoo’s top 10 gaming projects to look out for and one of Coin Market Cap’s top NFT games for 2022. Conceived as a game where players can travel to all corners of the Metaverse and seek out various adventures, SIDUS HEROES has also forayed into adding digital real estate value into its gameplay. SIDUS HEROES metaverse apartments are the form of digital real estate in the game that can be bought, sold, or rented out to other players. The apartments are located in the capital city of the in-game universe and provide private space quarters where players can store virtual household items within the game. With only 6000 apartments of different rarity, i.e., Common, Epic, and Legendary, in the game, they have been designed with various features and amenities that make them worth investing in for players. These include robots, which provide bonuses for investment activities within the game; plants, which produce the fruits that upgrade the in-game heroes and pets; and workbenches, which are used to create new pharmaceutical items. Of course, players can use these assets to develop different industries within the game, which can translate into actual revenue for whoever is holding them. Apartments in the SIDUS HEROES metaverse will soon be out for sale, and early investors can start to get their hands on these valuable in-game assets. With the digital real estate landscape getting heated up and projects like SIDUS HEROES leading the charge, it’s advisable to keep your eyes peeled, follow updates on its Opensea, Twitter, and Discord channels,  watch out for its upcoming release, and keep your crypto wallet ready. The successful precedent set by similar projects with established communities, innovative gaming marketplace, and ecosystems like SIDUS HEROES highlights that players have every reason to invest in digital real estate for their game-play value and investment potential. Let’s check out two of these similar projects below. Otherside BAYC The Otherside BAYC is an offshoot of the successful Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT project. Yuga Labs, BAYC Creator, announced the project in March 2022 and was launched on 30th April 2022. Although the Otherside Metaverse is currently in development, it is already one of the most talked about projects in the Metaverse space. The world will feature playable characters will feature up to 10,000 playable characters in a massively multiplayer online role-playing game. Its in-world natural voice chat also takes in-world communication to its next level. With the awe-inspiring tour that Bored Ape and Mutant Ape owners participated in during July, it’s easy to see why 55,000 Otherdeed–plots of land in the Otherside sales were sold for more than $300 million when the project’s first round of land selling concluded; and why the value of Otherdeeds has grown over time, enabling it to scale over $1 billion in sales in the secondary market, becoming the fastest NFT collection to do so. Illuvium Illuvium is another upcoming Ethereum-based MMORPG, set to be officially released in 2022 on Mac and PC. With 100,000 land plots available in the game, 22,000 were put up for sale for early investors and prospective sellers, making over $72 million in sales. Like in real life, the owners can use these plots in various ways to make money. These include mining fuel to sell to game players, generating NFT blueprints, renting space to other players, etc. These possibilities have made many enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the game’s official launch and a possible future land sale. Key Takeaway Digital real estate is worth the hype, and Metaverse projects are a big part of why. While the three projects discussed above lend credence to the explosive potential of digital real estate, it happens that SIDUS HEROES is the only one with a launch coming up soon for interested players. Although it is in its early adoption phase, placing a cap on how much it can multiply in value is impossible. Like NFTs and actual real estate, the primary driver of digital real estate’s value is scarcity. With a limited supply of apartments, coupled with an ever-growing demand for them, the value of digital real estate will only increase with time. For example, while the BAYC project minted at 0.08 ETH, just a little over a year later, its floor price on the Open Sea is 72.6 ETH. These projects are changing the way we think about virtual worlds and asset ownership, and they have the potential to revolutionize the gaming industry. With so much potential, it’s no wonder that more value is increasingly being attached and generated by digital real estate.  

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