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E-Commerce Giant Ebay Acquires NFT Marketplace Knownorigin

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E-Commerce Giant Ebay Acquires NFT Marketplace Knownorigin

The e-commerce and online auction giant Ebay has announced the company has acquired the non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace Knownorigin. Ebay declared that the acquisition is an “important step in Ebay’s tech-led reimagination.”

Ebay Purchases NFT Marketplace in Order to Make E-Commerce Site the World’s Top Destination for Collectibles

Ebay revealed on Wednesday that the company has purchased the NFT marketplace Knownorigin. Last February, Ebay’s chief executive officer, Jamie Iannone, discussed NFTs, cryptocurrencies, and how the company continues to “evaluate other forms of payments.” Knownorigin is a UK-based company and according to dappradar.com stats, the marketplace has seen $7.8 million in all-time sales.

The e-commerce and online auction corporation said on Wednesday that the acquisition is an “important step in Ebay’s tech-led reimagination, ushering in a new era of digital collecting to the world’s top destination for collectibles.” CEO Jamie Iannone also spoke about the acquisition and said that the NFT marketplace was a leader in the digital collectibles industry. Ebay, however, did not disclose the financials behind the deal and the company said the deal was ​​signed and closed on June 22, 2022.

“Ebay is the first stop for people across the globe who are searching for that perfect, hard-to-find, or unique addition to their collection and, with this acquisition, we will remain a leading site as our community is increasingly adding digital collectibles,” Iannone explained in a statement. The Ebay CEO added:

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Knownorigin has built up an impressive, passionate, and loyal group of artists and collectors making them a perfect addition to our community of sellers and buyers. We look forward to welcoming these innovators as they join the Ebay community.

Ebay’s Knownorigin acquisition comes during the crypto winter, and a time when many believe there will be quite a bit of mergers and acquisitions within the crypto industry. During the first week of June, Ripple Labs CEO, Brad Garlinghouse said: “I think there’ll be an uptick in M&A in the blockchain and crypto space.” Additionally, FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried explained at the end of May that FTX is ready to deploy billions on acquisitions.

Two days before the Knownorigin acquisition, the company that operates the decentralized exchange (dex) Uniswap, Uniswap Labs, announced that it acquired the NFT aggregation platform Genie. “In pursuit of our mission to unlock universal ownership and exchange, today we’re expanding our products to include both ERC-20s and NFTs,” Uniswap Labs detailed. “We’re excited to announce that we’ve acquired Genie, the first NFT marketplace aggregator, which lets anyone discover and trade NFTs across most platforms.”

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Report: Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse Hints At Future Mergers And Acquisitions

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Report: Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse Hints At Future Mergers And Acquisitions

While visiting the World Economic Forum (WEF) event in Davos, Ripple Labs CEO, Brad Garlinghouse discussed the firm’s growth opportunities and despite the crypto economy’s downturn, Garlinghouse spoke about future mergers and acquisitions.

‘I Think We’re More Likely to Be the Buyer,’ Ripple Labs CEO Brad Garlinghouse Said During an Interview in Davos

Just recently, during the WEF conference in Davos, Ripple Labs executive Brad Garlinghouse told CNBC in an interview that Ripple Labs has “a very strong balance sheet.” Garlinghouse spoke about Ripple Labs possibly participating in merger and acquisition (M&A) deals and Ripple Labs will be the buyer. “We’re now at a stage of growth where I think we’re more likely to be the buyer versus the … seller,” Garlinghouse told the CNBC author Arjun Kharpal. Garlinghouse further noted that he expects to see an increase in M&A in the blockchain industry.

“I think there’ll be an uptick in M&A in the blockchain and crypto space,” Garlinghouse explained during his interview. “We haven’t seen that yet. But I think that’s likely in the future. And I certainly think as that unfolds, we would consider things like that.”

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There has been a number of acquisitions in the crypto space during the latter half of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022. For instance, Coinbase acquired the firm Fairx Exchange in January 2022, and Opensea acquired Dharma Labs that month as well. In February, the ethereum software company Consensys announced the acquisition of the Mycrypto wallet. The following month in March, the fractional investing company Public announced the acquisition of the digital collectibles and non-fungible token (NFT) technology startup Otis.

In April, the payments and checkout and shopper network, Bolt, acquired Wyre for $1.5 billion. Moreover, at the end of May, Huobi Global revealed it acquired the Latin American crypto exchange Bitex. The Ripple Labs CEO’s statements in Davos also follow the billionaire and FTX co-founder Sam Bankman-Fried talking about spending billions on M&A deals. Garlinghouse explained in Davos that “there’s a lot of room for growth in crypto, and we’re looking at a lot of different niches for it.”

Meanwhile, the crypto asset xrp (XRP) is the sixth-largest market capitalization among more than 13,400 crypto assets in existence today. Year-to-date, however, XRP has lost 59.2% against the U.S. dollar and 34% was lost during the past 30 days. XRP also did not see an all-time high (ATH) seven months ago as many other digital assets did back in November 2021. XRP’s last recorded ATH was over four years ago on January 7, 2018, following the 2017 crypto bull run. XRP is down more than 88% since that ATH and its market valuation represents 1.49% of the entire crypto economy’s $1.28 trillion in value.

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Ripple CEO: SEC Lawsuit Over XRP ‘Has Gone Exceedingly Well’

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Ripple CEO: SEC Lawsuit Over XRP ‘Has Gone Exceedingly Well’

The CEO of Ripple Labs says that the lawsuit brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against him and his company over XRP “has gone exceedingly well.” He stressed: “This case is important, not just for Ripple, it’s important for the entire crypto industry in the United States.”

Ripple’s CEO Comments on SEC Lawsuit Over XRP

Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse discussed the SEC lawsuit over the sale of XRP during a fireside chat at the Paris Blockchain Week Summit Thursday.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sued Ripple, Garlinghouse, and co-founder Chris Larsen in December 2020 over the sale of XRP, which the securities watchdog said is an unregistered security offering. Ripple has disputed the SEC’s findings, insisting that XRP is not a security.

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Garlinghouse shared:

The lawsuit has gone exceedingly well, and much better than I could have hoped when it began about 15 months ago.

However, he noted that “the wheels of justice move slowly.” In November last year, Garlinghouse said he expects the lawsuit to conclude this year. “We’re seeing pretty good progress despite a slow-moving judicial process,” he said at the time.

Earlier this week, a judge ruled that the SEC cannot edit the contents of emails purporting to show conflicts of interest regarding how the securities regulator dealt with XRP and other crypto tokens, including ether (ETH).

Ripple is growing despite the ongoing lawsuit, Garlinghouse noted. “We’re having record growth,” he remarked Thursday. In January, he said that Ripple’s valuation has risen to $15 billion, emphasizing that his company’s financial position is the strongest ever despite the lawsuit over XRP.

Garlinghouse further explained at the fireside chat that if Ripple loses the lawsuit against the SEC, then most tokens trading on cryptocurrency exchanges would be similarly deemed securities and will have to register with the regulator. “That’s cost, that’s friction,” the executive exclaimed, stressing:

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If you determine XRP as a security of Ripple, we have to know every person that owns XRP … That’s an SEC requirement. You have to know all of your shareholders. It’s not possible.

“This case is important, not just for Ripple, it’s important for the entire crypto industry in the United States,” the executive opined, noting that there is a lot at stake if the SEC successfully classifies XRP as a security. “It would really be negative for crypto in the United States.”

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