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Bill Gates puts NFTs on blast as ‘shams’

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Bill Gates recently spoke at a climate conference and addressed crypto projects like NFTs as shams, saying they have no real contribution.

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Updated: June 15, 2022 at 11:50 am

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Billionaire Bill Gates criticized crypto and related projects such as NFTs as shams based on the greater fool theory.

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He made the comment during a talk at the climate conference hosted by TechCrunch on June 15. Referring to the Bored Ape Yacht Club, he joked:

“Obviously, expensive digital images of monkeys are going to improve the world immensely,”

Bill Gates tells us what he really thinks of Bored Apes at #TCClimate: pic.twitter.com/vBc8BaaTup

— TechCrunch (@TechCrunch) June 14, 2022

The greater fool theory is a financial behavior based on crowd psychology that suggests assets can be traded at a significantly higher price than their actual worth when enough investors are willing to pay for them.

Gates is pro digitalization, but con-crypto

Gates said he’s not involved in crypto assets in the long or short term. Instead, he prefers asset classes that are bound to a company and the products it makes.

During a discussion with Elon Musk, Gates criticized crypto before saying that Bitcoin was too risky for retail investors and caused immense environmental damage.

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In 2021, Gates explained why he was against crypto by saying it could lead to tax evasion. However, he does agree with the benefits of the digitalization of money and supports the idea of central banks ruling out their digital currencies.

Gates said:

“I do think moving money into a more digital form and getting transaction costs down, that something the Gates Foundation does in developing countries.

But there we do it so you can reverse the transaction, you have total visibility of who’s doing what, so it’s not about tax avoidance or illegal activity.”

Bitcoin critics worry about the value

Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Peter Schiff are the most prominent figures who criticize cryptocurrencies.

Buffett and Schiff also seem to share the same worries as Gates when they explain why they reject the idea of cryptocurrencies. All three figures worry about the value of cryptoassets and argue that once the investors stop buying, all cryptoassets will be worthless.

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Warren Buffett

Famous investor Warren Buffett argues that cryptocurrencies are worthless because they don’t produce anything. He says:

“If I have all the Bitcoin… what am I going to do with it except sell it back to you?”

He confidently says he doesn’t own any Bitcoin and never will.

Peter Schiff

CEO of Euro Pacific Capital Peter Schiff also agrees with Gates and Buffett saying that Bitcoin does not have a value on its own. Therefore, Schiff believes crypto assets will be worthless once the crypto hype goes away.

He says he will only adopt Bitcoin when and if it becomes an everyday currency.

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Japanese Virtual IP Firm Raises $10 Million To Accelerate Metaverse Business

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Japanese Virtual IP Firm Raises $10 Million To Accelerate Metaverse Business

Brave Group Inc., a Japanese virtual IP firm, recently said it had raised $10 million in new capital and that the company expects to use part of these funds to boost its “solution services for clients in the metaverse marketing business.” Taking part in Brave Group’s latest funding round were two local companies, foreign investment funds, as well as individual investors.

Metaverse Market Growth

A Japan-based virtual IP business, Brave Group Inc., recently said it had raised $10 million in new funding, thus bringing the total raised so far to $18 million. The company is set to use the new capital to strengthen its existing business operations and to “expand its solution services for clients in the metaverse marketing business.”

In a recent statement, Brave Group revealed that Japanese companies like Dawn Capital and Osaka Gas Co. Ltd. had participated in the round that also featured “foreign investment funds and individual investors.” In remarks following the announcement of the capital raise, Kazuhiro Ishikura, a general partner at Dawn Capital, said:

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As the boundary between real and virtual life disappears, the form of entertainment will also change, and new IP content KOLs are expected to be born. As the metaverse market grows globally, we believe that the Brave group’s content will be at the center of the enthusiastic virtual communities that will emerge. We hope that the strength of the anime and manga culture that Japan has cultivated over the years will be brought to the world virtually.

Yuichi Sakamoto, senior general manager with Osaka Gas’ innovation department, is quoted stating his company is ready to help Brave Group Inc. “realize lifestyles and businesses that respond to the New Normal.”

For his part, the CEO of Brave Group Inc., Keito Noguchi, said through the $10 million fundraise, his company would now “maximize the impact of Brave group’s IP not only in Japan but also in the world.”

What are your thoughts on this story? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Terence Zimwara

Terence Zimwara is a Zimbabwe award-winning journalist, author and writer. He has written extensively about the economic troubles of some African countries as well as how digital currencies can provide Africans with an escape route.

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Saddle․Finance Creates New Standards For DeFi Trading

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Saddle․Finance Creates New Standards For DeFi Trading

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DeFi is a sub-sector in the crypto industry that has witnessed significant innovation since its inception. However, the narrative has struggled to stay consistent, affecting the domain overall. The current bear market has wiped out more than half of DeFi Total Value Locked (TVL), hampering innovations. Furthermore, several projects have simply forked (copied) existing protocols and brought zero ideas to the market.

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Amidst all of this, one project is making strides with the best innovations DeFiers have seen in a long time. Saddle Finance is the protocol that enables efficient DeFi trading for stablecoins and pegged-value crypto assets like wETH and wBTC. It redefines DeFi trading by offering cheap, efficient, swift, and low-slippage swaps for traders and high-yield pools for Liquidity Providers. The protocol has facilitated over $2B in transaction volume to date.

Enabling an Efficient and Secure DeFi Trading Experience

Saddle Finance is an AMM-based decentralized exchange (DEX) running on multiple blockchains, including Ethereum, Fantom, Arbitrum, Optimism, and Evmos. It is designed specifically for trading stablecoins and pegged crypto assets.

The platform is ideal for HODLers and newbies because of its easy-to-use interface. Its strongest point, however, is that it ensures minimum slippage while swapping assets. This is accomplished through innovative liquidity pools that use the StableSwap mathematical formula to maintain market liquidity.

The protocol is also known for its top-notch security. It has been audited by some of the best auditing firms in the sector, including Certik, Quantstamp, and OpenZeppelin. Moreover, the platform is backed by several renowned venture capital firms like Polychain Capital, Electric Capital, Dragonfly Capital, Framework, Coinbase Ventures, Nascent, and BoostVC.

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The project’s most intriguing aspect is its open collaboration. Saddle’s code is completely open-source, inviting Web3 developers to join the mission and build on top of the protocol. Moreover, its recent SEMPI project has enabled developers to get compensated for developing and forking the protocol.

$SDL: The Utility Rich Token Powering Saddle Ecosystem

$SDL is the native utility token of Saddle Finance. Its use cases revolve around staking, yield farming, and governance. The platform recently announced the completion of $SDL’s first vesting stage. Thus, users who provided funds to its liquidity pools can now trade and transact $SDL tokens.

They can also stake $SDL on saddle.exchange to earn rewards and receive the $veSDL tokens. $veSDL is the vote escrowed (ve) token that will serve as the platform’s governance token. Stakers will be able to vote with $veSDL and manage the $SDL supply in associated liquidity pools. Beyond that, users can provide liquidity to the SDL/WETH pair on SushiSwap

In the future, Saddle also plans to create more initiatives to take the protocol to the next level. These include migrating to on-chain governance, adding liquidity to $SDL through Tokemak, and introducing a new gauge to unlock extra staking yield boosts. The protocol will also issue bonds through Olympus Pro to generate more protocol-owned value.

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Similarly, launching a borrowing function against liquidity providers and adding leveraged yield farming through Rari Capital’s Fuse is also part of the plan. Lastly, Saddle intends to improve its virtual swaps and launch new services where users can deploy their own customizable pools.

Building the Future of DeFi

Although the current bear market has hit DeFi hard, the sector’s long-term potential is enormous. Innovations are critical in keeping this space alive. Saddle Finance is thus heavily focused on creating innovative solutions in DeFi. Its stableswap model, along with robust tokenomics, is an excellent example of genuinely innovative solutions.

The $SDL token and its utilities across various protocols clearly indicate token-level innovation. It is now tradable on the platform. Join the emerging revolution by staking $SDL on saddle.exchange—contribute to DeFi’s future while earning passive income.


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Chinese State-Run Media Warns About Bitcoin’s Price Falling To Zero As Regulators Issue Fresh Crypto Warning

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Chinese State-Run Media Warns About Bitcoin’s Price Falling To Zero As Regulators Issue Fresh Crypto Warning

A Chinese state-run newspaper has published an article warning about bitcoin’s price falling to zero amid the crypto market sell-off. Meanwhile, financial regulators in Shenzhen have issued a new warning about cryptocurrency.

State-Run Newspaper Warns About Bitcoin Becoming Worthless

China’s state-run newspaper Economic Daily published an article warning about bitcoin Wednesday, according to SCMP. The nationwide newspaper is directly under the control of the Central Committee of the ruling Chinese Communist Party.

The article warned that investors should beware of the risk of bitcoin prices “heading to zero” amid the recent crypto market sell-off.

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“Bitcoin is nothing more than a string of digital codes, and its returns mainly come from buying low and selling high,” the newspaper details, adding:

In the future, once investors’ confidence collapses or when sovereign countries declare bitcoin illegal, it will return to its original value, which is utterly worthless.

The newspaper details that the lack of regulation in Western countries, such as the United States, helped create a highly-leveraged market that is “full of manipulation and pseudo-technology concepts.” The article describes it as an “important external factor” contributing to bitcoin’s volatility.

The warning from the state-run media reflects Beijing’s firm stance against cryptocurrency and related activities that the government has outlawed.

New Warning About Crypto by Chinese Regulators

On Tuesday, the Financial Regulatory Bureau of Shenzhen, the Shenzhen Central Sub-branch of the People’s Bank of China, and the Shenzhen Development and Reform Commission also jointly issued a warning that investors should be vigilant of illegal financial activities relating to crypto and how to avoid being scammed.

The notice states that virtual currency trading and speculation “seriously endanger” the safety of people’s property and breed gambling, illegal fundraising, fraud, pyramid schemes, money laundering, and other illegal and criminal activities. It also claims that they disrupt the country’s economic and financial order.

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The financial authorities cited a statement published in September last year by China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), and 10 ministries and commissions declaring that virtual currency is not legal tender and related activities are illegal financial activities.

What do you think about the state-run newspaper publishing a warning about bitcoin’s price sinking to zero and the Chinese regulators warning about illegal crypto activities? Let us know in the comments section below.

Kevin Helms

A student of Austrian Economics, Kevin found Bitcoin in 2011 and has been an evangelist ever since. His interests lie in Bitcoin security, open-source systems, network effects and the intersection between economics and cryptography.

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