Canal+ integrated NFT and metaverse; Aptos throws his blockchain; that NFT factory opens in Paris; N26, Plaid adopt crypto and MasterCard prepare banks… Back tonews of week.
That cryptocurrencies, an asset like the others? Offer of trade has been widely democratized. Reserved for a time to specialized platforms or a few neobanks like Revolut, they have since evolved significantly. This is particularly tangible among fintechs.
Since autumn 2021, Lydia has offered trading in partnership with Bitpanda. Digital assets are an investment product, just as stocks are more traditional products. Also with Bitpanda, N26 positions itself on a trip. A few years earlier, online banking had plans to acquire the crypto brokerBitpanda confirmed to us via email this week.
Banks and fintechs: same crypto battle
That crypto is gradually becoming part of the standard offering of fintechs, all over the world. In Latin America, Nubank, a popular mobile bank that already offers crypto trading, is now planning to launch its own token on Polygon, Nucoin. Ironically, the company counts among its main investors Berkshire Hathawaythe company of billionaire Warren Buffett, historically anti-bitcoin.
In another financial services segment, Plaid unveiled its first native crypto tool this week. Called Wallet Onboard, it makes it easy to connect hundreds of wallets like Metamask to decentralized applications. That traditional banks will have to accelerate to avoid being left behind by more agile fintechs. MasterCard proposes to help them with this in the retail market thanks to an association with Paxos.
NFT Factory: the French NFT showcase
In the presence of a minister NFT factory opened on 18 October to the press, a few days before opening to the public (22 October). The NFT Factory, announced earlier this year, is both a place opposite the Center Pompidou and the beginning of a real ecosystem in France.
NFT Factory is at the intersection of entrepreneurship, technology, business and art. It will offer weekly free workshops to visitors, as well paid education to acculturate to Web3, both private and corporate. The challenge: to develop a new economy in France.
To Jean-Noel BarrotFrance has what it takes to become a European and even global hub for NFT. In the media, several companies are making their mark, such as Webedia on the Web and Canal+ in the audiovisual sector.
Millions, L1 blockchain and token… for a mixed start
Aptos already looks like a giant, at least financially. During the first half of 2022, its founders, former Meta employees, raised $350 million in two rounds of funding. They promised a launch of their blockchain within the year. It is done.
The project aims to provide a scalable and high performance blockchain environment focused on games, social networks, media and finance. Its mainnet is based on AptosBFT consensus and compatible with Move, a new programming language. But regarding tokenomicssome voices are already being heard.
On the networks, blockchain is referred to as “VC blockchain” because of the share of APT tokens awarded to the investors. The startup specifies that their tokens, as well as those of the main contributors, will be blocked for 4 years.
Gold on the blockchain… and it’s not Bitcoin
And if in the future gold and Bitcoin, often contested in the storytelling of crypto-influences, shared the same property? This point of convergence could be blockchain. And why not? With tokenization and security tokens, the giants of traditional finance are preparing the management of traditional financial assets for public blockchain.
historical asset, gold could also benefit from embracing these technologies. In any case, this is the position defended by a lobby of minors in London. London is an important marketplace for gold trading. With gold 247, the World Gold Council so wish reform the gold market. But for this revolution to succeed, it must convince the big banks, which are reluctant to jeopardize their dominance.
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