Damien Hirst’s $20M NFT drop explores the nature of value, art, and currency

In an exclusive interview with Cointelegraph at one of Damien Hirst’s sprawling West London studios, the artist talked about the tension between art and money, the fleeting nature of value, and how, more than anything, this new project tests just how much his audience believes in him.

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JPMorgan Gives Its Clients Access To Bitcoin and Ethereum

US-based investment banking giant JPMorgan, led by crypto skeptic Jamie Dimon, reportedly allows its financial advisors to help all its wealth management clients invest in crypto funds. The news came via an internal memo that said clients can now trade five different crypto trusts from providers such as Grayscale Investments to Osprey Fund, Business Insider reported (via The Street), citing an undisclosed source. JPMorgan clients can now invest in crypto via these five trusts: Grayscale Bitcoin Trust, Grayscale Bitcoin Cash Trust, Grayscale Ethereum Trust, Grayscale Ethereum Classic Trust, and Osprey Bitcoin Trust.

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Bitcoin sell-off continues as BTC nears $31K ahead of Powell’s speech

Bitcoin’s (BTC) price continued its downtrend Wednesday ahead of the testimony from United States Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. The spot BTC/USD exchange rate fell to its 17-day low of $31,600 following a 3.46% intraday dip. Meanwhile, CME futures tied to the pair plunged 3.41% to $31,515, extending their week-to-date losses to 9.5%.

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Anheuser-Busch Taps Vaynerchuk to Lead Beer Giant’s ‘Long-Term’ NFT Play

A non-fungible token (NFT) of Bud Light’s blue knight yelling “Dilly Dilly”? Maybe so. The beer king’s parent company is about to go big on NFTs. Anheuser-Busch InBev is planning a major ramp-up of its NFT crossover content, Richard Oppy, the company’s vice president of global brands, told CoinDesk. He said the Budweiser brand is investing in a new NFT media shop run by internet entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk called VaynerNFT. Budweiser will also become its first client, Oppy said. Described as a “long-term business play” by beer company executives, the tie-up puts everything from ticketing to merchandise on the table for NFTs from the multinational suds conglomerate.

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3 More Chinese Provinces Shutter Crypto Mines as Clampdown Continues

Three provinces in China have joined a growing list of jurisdictions in the country that have ordered a halt to crypto mining amid a nationwide crackdown on the industry. Heifi Online, a Chinese state-owned website in Anhui, reported Wednesday that the province will “clean up and shut down” crypto mines to avoid an imminent power shortage. Also on Wednesday, Chinese journalist Colin Wu reported that the provincial departments of China’s State Grid Corp. in Henan and Gansu will shutter local mining industries in those provinces.

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ECB Starts Digital Euro Project With Two-Year Investigation & Bitcoin Bashing

The European Central Bank (ECB) has just announced that Eurosystem has formally launched its central bank digital currency (CBDC) project to prepare “for the possible issuance of a digital euro.” Once again, the central bank used another chance to claim that its CBDC is going to be better than decentralized Bitcoin (BTC). The Governing Council of the ECB has decided today to launch the investigation phase of a digital euro project, which is set to last 24 months, said the press release.

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Israel to welcome 11th president with oath of office on NFT

Given nonfungible tokens’ (NFT) ability to digitally represent a wide set of assets, the underlying technology has found itself with numerous use cases including property and digital collectibles. One of its newest use cases comes from Israel, where the government has decided to welcome President-elect Isaac Herzog with an NFT oath. The NFT is a digital representation of the oath signed by his father and the country’s sixth president, Chaim Herzog.

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Bitcoin miner revenue jumps by 50% in 4 days since record difficulty drop

Bitcoin mining is currently in a unique state of flux — around half of the hashing power is offline as miners relocate from China, and it remains unknown how quickly they will be able to come back online. At the same time, those miners unaffected by the Chinese rout have seen half their competitors disappear overnight, and profitability has gone up as a result.

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Bitcoin Price Consolidation May Be Nearing the End, Indicator Suggests

The cryptocurrency saw big moves in December and April after the Bollinger bandwidth fell to 0.15, however Bitcoin may soon move out of its seven-week trading range of $30,000 to $40,000, with an indicator tracking the cyclical nature of price volatility suggesting a big move is overdue.

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Tim Berners-Lee’s NFT of world wide web source code sold for $5.4m

An NFT of the original source code for the world wide web, written by its inventor Tim Berners-Lee, has sold for $5.4m at Sotheby’s in an online auction, the auction house said on Wednesday. A non-fungible token (NFT) is a kind of crypto asset that records ownership of digital items, and has recently become a major asset in the creative world, with NFTs of artwork, music and internet memes selling for millions of dollars. The NFT sold on Wednesday was created by the English scientist Berners-Lee in 2021 and represents ownership of various digital items from when he invented the world wide web in 1989.

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