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Reports: FTX Targeting BlockFi Purchase At $25M

BlockFi, Celsius, Nexo, and more: tough times can lead to difficult measures, and this year’s bear market is showing no exception to some of these players. Look no further than the current state of affairs for centralized finance (CeFi) platforms, who have been facing substantial headwinds with no end in sight. Now, after days of rumors and reported exploratory deals, reports have emerged that powerhouse crypto exchange FTX is putting together the final ties around an acquisition deal of BlockFi at just a $25M valuation. The news comes after reports emerged that FTX passed on an acquisition deal for Celsius after seeing the CeFi firm’s balance sheet. BlockFi On The Block Should the purchase come to fruition at the reported valuation, it’ll be a major hit for BlockFi equity holders, following a nearly $5B valuation last year in the midst of bull market movement. However, that $25M number could move drastically between today’s reports and closing time – and a successful acquisition will of course take months to close. BlockFi CEO Zac Prince described the number as “market rumors” and outright denied the number, stating in a tweet that “we aren’t being sold for $25M.” FTX is on the shortlist of exchanges that have sought out opportunity in the midst of crypto market downturn, exploring buyouts or equity share purchases for both Celsius and BlockFi in recent weeks, according to a variety of reports. However, based on the hard facts available to the public, the viability and likelihood of a buyout for BlockFi is still difficult to measure. Celsius (CEL) has faced an uphill battle as the platform has still paused withdrawals for customers. | Source: CEL-USD on TradingView.com Related Reading | Ethereum Loses Steam As Exchange Supply Spikes State Of CeFi: Pulse Check How did we get here? Bear market downturn over the past month or two has caused major pain for CeFi platforms, in a flurry of madness that started with Celsius freezing withdrawals earlier this month amid worries of a bank run and lack of immediate liquidity within the platform’s holdings. BlockFi has undoubtedly faced the heat, too, as FTX provided the firm with a $250M emergency line of credit just last week. While reports across the market suggest that BlockFi has several options on the table, it seems that few will lead down a path that spares equity shareholders of value at present time. Nexo has largely stayed quiet during the chaos, but there’s various internet sleuths who have targeted Nexo with content campaigns around the company’s practices as well. Regardless of how you feel about CeFi, the decline of infrastructure in this bear market shouldn’t be celebrated – we’ll see how it all shakes out when the tides recover. Related Reading | USDC Exchange Reserves Rise As Investors Escape From Bitcoin Featured image from Pixabay, Charts from TradingView.com The writer of this content is not associated or affiliated with any of the parties mentioned in this article. This is not financial advice.

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Dogecoin (DOGE) Struggles, Drops 9% After Elon Musk Twitter Buyout

Dogecoin struggles to maintain its momentum, dropping steadily by 9%. And it seems investors are letting the chips fall where they may. Following the announcement that Elon Musk would buy Twitter, DOGE soared 26% and everything went bullish especially after the news that the Tesla CEO bought Twitter for $44 billion. Suggested Reading | Dogecoin (DOGE) Trading Volume Plunges – Here’s Why Musk Shakes Things Up For DOGE Apparently, the popular meme coin had a sharp spike in April 5 when Musk decided to join Twitter’s board with a 9.2% stake. Now, DOGE is losing all the gains and dropping hard in a short span of time. It seems that the buy pump following the Twitter acquisition of Musk was practically short-lived. Today, DOGE is slipping fast at 9%, according to CoinMarketCap. Currently, the DOGE value is a little above $0.14 per coin which reached its peak yesterday at around $0.1667. In the early months following its launch, DOGE surged and it even peaked at above $0.73 in May 2021. Since then, Dogecoin has had difficulty gaining traction despite being perpetually linked to the self-acclaimed “Dogefather” Musk. His clever memes and tweets stir more attention for dog-inspired meme coins. DOGE total market cap at $18.10 billion on the weekend chart | Source: TradingView.com Most Popular Dog-Inspired Meme Coin Dogecoin was a dog-inspired coin (Shiba Inu dog in particular) created as a joke. It was swiftly created in a matter of three hours. After its creation, Musk was very open about his support to DOGE (and other digital tokens), being what he calls as the people’s crypto. His snaps at Twitter directly impacts DOGE price. The centibillionaire’s influence on the crypto is definitely beyond hype because he can step on the gas and the brakes and it all just happens like clockwork. Suggested Reading | Dogecoin (DOGE) Jumps 30% After Elon Musk Buys Twitter DOGE On Twitter A lot of Dogecoin followers expected that Musk buying Twitter will help speed up DOGE’s tempo. It did for like 24 hours but the excitement and interest quickly dissipated. DOGE on Twitter is certainly something to look forward to. Currently, Twitter already allows tipping using Bitcoin and Ethereum. The social media juggernaut also allows customers to use their Ethereum NFTs as profile photos, being a part of their premium subscription.  With the addition of Dogecoin, customers will have more options in payments. Majority of cryptos are down by 3% at the moment. Shiba Inu has even slipped further down at 3% in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, the Shiba Inu coin is now set at a market value of $0.00002326. It’s all looking a little bleak at the moment for the crypto world but better days are ahead.   Featured image from The Motley Fool, chart from TradingView.com

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K-Pop & NFTs: A New Binance Deal Shakes Up Audio On The Blockchain

A new partnership has emerged in the NFT world between global crypto exchange Binance and South Korean entertainment company YG. Let’s dive into both properties, and how they are striving for a more eco-friendly and sustainable framework for the future non-fungible token (NFT) collaborations.       Related Reading TA: Ethereum Holds Strong At $2.5K: Indicators Show Fresh Increase A Look At The Binance & YG K-pop Partnership In this new partnership, Binance will provide the executional assets around the NFT platform and surrounding technological infrastructure, while YG will supply NFT content and gaming assets. The two companies said that creating eco-friendly NFTs will be one of the primary focal points for future collaborations, with a goal of bringing K-pop stars to the metaverse. This week’s announcement states that the memorandum of understanding (MoU) will reportedly give Binance access to develop digital assets based on the intellectual property associated with these artists. BNB:The Binance chart can be found on Tradingview.com. | BNB:USDtradingview.com In a statement to the press, global head of Binance NFT Helen Hai said that the platform will be working “closely with YG to create an eco-friendly ecosystem for NFTs.” She added that the company believes “that it is important to promote the use of sustainable blockchain platforms.” YG CEO Bo Kyung Hwang shared Hai’s sentiment, adding that the companies hope to “steadily build an innovative and eco-friendly NFT ecosystem.” K-pop Meets NFT: Round 2 K-pop, short for Korean pop music, represents a large chunk of money in the Korean entertainment industry; roughly $4B is generated from this genre alone each year, making it one of the biggest in the world. YG manages a number of notable K-pop stars, including Blackpink, Big Bang and Winner. This isn’t the first time k-pop and NFT’s have met up; back in November of last year, Hybe, a Korea-based entertainment label, partnered with the largest cryptocurrency operator in South Korea, K, which hosts the popular cryptocurrency exchange Upbit. The two properties launched a joint venture that focused on creating and marketing NFTs, tied to Hybe’s roster of artists. Animoca Brands, a growing player in the NFT and play-to-earn space, also announced it would partner with Korean record label Cube Entertainment to build a “k-pop metaverse.” YG has its hands full with some of k-pop’s biggest stars, so this won’t be hard for the fans to find nor follow, as k-pop has some of the most die hard fans. It’s only a matter of time before both worlds collide, and the k-pop industry taps into the new NFT gold rush. While some k-pop integrations have had luke-warm reception, it’s hardcore and loyal audience seems ripe for NFT adoption if audio-based NFTs and music-first metaverse plays are truly hear to stay. Only time will tell if this latest deal will have staying power in the market. Related Reading Why Bitcoin Could Hit $90K By The End Of 2022, According To This Prediction