En Eff Tee News – March 20, 2023

🗼 Brigitte Macron, wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, is apparently an NFT enthusiast. In a recent interview, she discussed the potential benefits of Non-Fungible Tokens for the art world and expressed concerns over US regulations pushing the crypto industry abroad. She highlighted the importance of embracing new technologies like NFTs to promote artistic creation and support cultural institutions while emphasizing the need for more favorable regulations to avoid losing innovation and talent to other countries.

🖼️ Bitcoin ($BTC) ordinal NFTs have become a trending asset, with more than 500,000 NFTs minted in the last two months. This popularity has led creators to switch from blockchains like Ethereum ($ETH) to mint NFTs on the Bitcoin network. Despite the ease of creating and managing these NFTs through wallets like Hiro, Sparrow, and UniSat Wallet, concerns persist over their impact on the Bitcoin network. Critics argue that ordinal NFTs threaten the network’s privacy, security, and efficiency, as storing data like images, videos, and games leads to congestion and increased transaction fees.

👨‍💻 The rise of digital creativity has transformed the intellectual property landscape, making it challenging for creators to protect their works. Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) present a solution to this issue, offering provenance, immutability, traceability, monetization, and accessibility for creative works. With the potential for new business models, NFTs can incentivize consumers to use legitimate distribution channels, reward fans with exclusive experiences, and encourage partnerships between brands. As a secure and profitable solution, NFTs empower creators to safeguard and monetize their digital works, explore new business opportunities, and create a more stable and sustainable creative environment.

🚿 Wash trading in February increased by $126% in February, according to CoinGecko.The top three contributors to NFT wash trading volume were X2Y2, Blur, and LooksRare, with $0.28 billion, $0.15 billion, and $0.08 billion, respectively. The rise in wash trading is attributed to users incentivized to increase trading volumes for rewards. NFT wash trading accounted for 23.4% of unadjusted trading volume across the six biggest marketplaces combined, with X2Y2 and LooksRare contributing the highest percentages at 85% and 80.8%, respectively. Wash trading is the repeated buying and selling of an asset to manipulate trading volume and prices.

🔷 Polygon ($MATIC) has partnered with Salesforce ($CRM), to launch an NFT-based loyalty program. The collaboration aims to help businesses easily integrate NFTs into their existing CRM systems, allowing them to create innovative and personalized customer engagement experiences. By leveraging the power of NFTs, companies can offer unique rewards and incentives, enhancing customer loyalty and fostering long-term relationships.

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⛓️ Coinbase Earnings NFTs

Coinbase created a “COIN Earnings” NFT collection to accompany its quarterly earnings report and shared, 

“Coinbase earnings results are now onchain. Mint these NFTs every quarter to commemorate each milestone in our ongoing effort to bring economic freedom to the world.

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Zoom, Scam, and Bananas

Here’s a story that should warn everyone to keep their guard up. Bored Ape Yacht Club ($BAYC) member Crumz found himself on a Zoom call that smelled fishier than a tuna sandwich at a vegan convention. 🐡

Picture this: a supposed Forbes interview turning into a heist movie plot, minus the popcorn.

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