bookmark_borderWilliam Shatner-backed firm teams up with Mattereum for NFT provenance tracking

Mattereum and William Shatner’s Third Millenia are collaborating to combat counterfeiting in the expanding nonfungible token space.

Blockchain authentication outfit Third Millenia — founded by science fiction icon William Shatner — has partnered with Mattereum, a London-based “digital twin” trading platform, to launch an initiative focused on NFT provenance.

Digital twins refer to real-world asset NFTs, or rwaNFTs — tokenized versions of physical goods.

According to a press statement issued on Monday, the joint initiative will feature rwaNFTs based on memorabilia and props from Shatner’s iconic character, Captain Kirk, on the seminal sci-fi series Star Trek.

The collectibles catalog will also include props from Boston Legal where Shatner played the character Denny Crane, as well as merchandise from movies like Titanic and Logan’s Run. The items will be auctioned on the OpenSea NFT marketplace later in the week.

As part of the collaborative initiative, Ocuver — a service under the Third Millenia umbrella — will certify the authenticity of each digital twin. Using smart contract protocols, Mattereum will reportedly record these certified proofs on the blockchain via asset passports.

According to Mattereum, asset passports are a third-party digital identification protocol developed by the company to authenticate the identity of digital twins. Mattereum’s partnership with Third Millenia will see the extension of the protocol towards NFT collectibles.

The partnership comes amid significant interest in the NFT space as entities from outside the crypto industry join blockchain’s expanding metaverse. For Shatner, the collaboration is a positive step in ensuring robust provenance tracking capabilities for all stakeholders in the digital collectibles arena.

Commenting on the need to combat counterfeiting in the NFT space, Third Millenia CEO Paul Camuso remarked:

“With counterfeit goods being so readily available, there needs to be a system in place for consumers to feel safe in purchasing luxury brands, art, and collectibles. Third Millennia’s system of authentication is an effective method for ensuring consumer confidence in goods purchased in the primary and secondary markets. Consumers can feel assured that what they are buying is genuine and the system takes the doubt out of the history and provenance for future generations.”

The NFT provenance initiative is hardly Shatner’s first foray into the crypto and blockchain space. As previously reported by Cointelegraph Magazine back in June 2020, the actor has been advocating for increased adoption of the emerging tech since 2019.

In July 2020, 1250,000 NFT trading cards featuring Shatner’s personal life and career sold out in mere minutes on the WAX blockchain.

Celebrity involvement in the NFT space is also gaining ground with the likes of skateboarding legend Tony Hawk and Linkin Park co-founder Mike Shinoda auctioning their own NFTs.

bookmark_borderNumber-two gaming DApp raises $2 million in private utility token sale

Player interest in Alien Worlds has propelled it into the most used Dapps within just weeks of launching.

Gaming decentralized application Alien Worlds announced on March 22 that it had successfully raised $2 million in a sale of its utility token, Trilium, to selected private investors.

Alien Worlds is currently the number two ranked gaming Dapp by number of users according to DappRadar. Investors in the recent token sale included Animoca Brands, developers of The Sandbox and F1 DeltaTime; Longling Capital, who created China’s Meitu app; 3Commas, and Digital Assets Group.

Alien Worlds is a DeFi metaverse in which planets are run as decentralized autonomous organizations, or DAO. Trilium is used as a governance token across these six DAOs, and has been mined by players in-game since December 2020.

Tokens can be used to attempt hostile takeovers of other planet’s treasuries, along with increasing mining yield from in-game land and other non-fungible tokens. Co-founder Saro McKenna commented on the game’s growing user base:

“We welcome thousands of new unique players per week from all over the world, who love competing with each other to select the best NFT mining rig, watch their Trilium reserves grow and take over richer Planets.”

Animoca Brands chairman Yat Siu said that Alien Worlds shared the company’s vision for NFTs and game content tokenization, stating that he looked forward to “investigating options to leverage some of the exciting IP and brands we work with.”

Last December, Alien Worlds sold out NFT card-packs worth $250,000 in just two days.

bookmark_borderETHA Lend 和 Konomi 在与波卡生态间的互操作性方面达成合作关系

链闻消息,跨链收益优化协议 ETHA Lend (ETHA)宣布与波卡生态货币市场协议 Konomi (KONO )建立合作关系,双方将探索与整个波卡生态系统间的互操作性。Konomi CEO Ariel 表示,「该合作关系将使 ETHA Lend 和 Konomi 都能为流动性挖矿、DeFi 收益优化等提供高度兼容且便捷的参与环境。」

ETHA Lend 是在以太坊和波卡生态系统上的跨链收益优化协议。Konomi 基于 Substrate 底层技术框架,提供跨链资产管理解决方案,旨在让以太坊上的金融应用无缝衔接到波卡生态。

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bookmark_borderBitcoin is ‘more a substitute for gold than the dollar’ — Fed Chair Powell

Jerome Powell reiterates his opinion about Bitcoin as a gold substitute, but a sell-off accompanies his other criticisms.

While Bitcoin (BTC) is too volatile to be money and “backed by nothing,” it could be a “substitute for gold,” says the Chair of the United States Federal Reserve.

Speaking at an event hosted by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) on March 22, Jerome Powell delivered frank comments in response to a question on cryptocurrency.

Powell takes issue with Bitcoin’s backi

Asked whether he thought Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies posed a threat to financial stability, Powell wheeled out familiar arguments that long come from legacy finance figures.

“Cryptoassets — we call them ‘cryptoassets’ — they’re highly volatile, see Bitcoin, and therefore not really useful as a store of value, and they’re not backed by anything,” he said.

“They’re more of an asset for speculation, so they’re not particularly in use as a means of payment. It’s more a speculative asset, it’s essentially a substitute for gold rather than for the dollar.”

Powell’s words provide some of the most direct Fed opinion on Bitcoin to go public in recent times, and build on a perspective offered in 2019. They also come weeks after incoming Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen made her misgivings about decentralized cryptocurrencies clear.

As with Yellen, Powell appeared to spark a burst of negative market sentiment, with BTC/USD dropping by almost $1,000 following his response. 

BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: Tradingview

For all their disagreements, however, Powell and Bitcoin’s biggest proponents thus agree on the cryptocurrency’s status as a new form of gold.

The verdict could hit home hard for gold bugs hostile to Bitcoin, notably Peter Schiff, who continues to claim that fate is on his side when it comes to generational stores of value.

Fiat has “public benefit in mind”

Together with BIS general manager Augustin Carstens and Jens Weidmann, President of the German Federal Bank, Powell also looked at stablecoins as they relate to the ongoing trend of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs).

Here, the talk was less unsual, with the speakers repeating known stances involving the separation of private stablecoins and bank-operated CBDCs. 

“To the extent a stablecoin is backed by sovereign currencies of leading nations, that’s certainly an improvement over cryptoassets, I would say,” Powell continued.

“But nonetheless, where’s the credibility come from? It comes from that sovereign currency that is the backstop.”

Fiat currencies, he said, are “issued with the benefit of the public in mind” while emphasizing that stablecoins will not serve as the basis for the global financial system in the future.  

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