Original Basquiat Headlines NFT Auction 9455

With bids starting at a single Ethereum, the first Non-Fungible Token (“NFT”) featuring original work of world-renown artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (American,1960-1988) will go to auction beginning APRIL 26, 2021 thru APRIL 30, 2021 at https://opensea.io/accounts/DaystromNFT. The online auction is sponsored by DAYstrom, the Emmy-winning, multi-segment mindshare behind the iconic BowieBank who anonymously said; “Markets no longer trade upon consensus alone, it’s anonymity, exclusivity, authenticity and individuality that determine value on the Blockchain today; NFT’s are an asset whose time has come.”

The highest bidder will receive an encrypted digitized token of Basquiat’s original work captioned “Free Comb with Pagoda” (mixed media – 1986) conveyed on the Etherium blockchain, along with all related IP and copyright in perpetuity. The artist’s work and signature have been certified by the Authentication Committee of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, with provenance including Michael Petronko Gallery in New York, private collection in Nevada, Heritage auction as lot #64054 in 2012 and finally sale to private collector in 2015 where it remains. At the winner’s discretion, the original artwork will be deconstructed, leaving the NFT as the only remaining form of Basquait’s work to exist.

Basquiat is widely considered among the most highly valued modern artists in the world and appears in permanent collections at LACMA, MoMA, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His work has shattered public sales records across the globe and periodically appears at Christie’s, Bonham’s & Sotheby’s where his work brought $110 million at auction in 1997. Although the 27-year-old “Radiant Child” died in 1988 after only a decade as a professional artist, his impact remains eternal.

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Nifty’s Announces 1st NFT-Focused Social Media Platform For Creators, Collectors And Curators With Backing Of Major Investors 9223

Nifty’s, Inc. today announced the close of a pre-seed round supporting the rapid development of the first NFT-focused social media platform that brings together premium publishers, brands and creators with collectors, curators and fans. The innovative platform will allow members to create, collect, discover, and curate the most important digital art and other collectables from across the scattered NFT universe. Nifty’s is led by co-founder and CEO Jeff Marsilio, former SVP of new media at the NBA, where he led the league’s digital licensing business and was instrumental in numerous landmark fan engagement experiences, including the league’s social media partnerships, virtual reality game broadcasts and the NFT phenomenon NBA Top Shot.

“Our vision for Nifty’s is to enable anyone with a passion for digital collectibles to be a part of a vibrant community and engage in an exciting new art scene filled with galleries and personal interactions that are unconstrained by the limitations of physical location,” said Jeff Marsilio, CEO and co-founder of Nifty’s. “We are proud to have several of the most influential investors in technology share our vision.”

Nifty’s has secured financial backing in a pre-seed round from high-profile technology and blockchain investors including Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, Joseph Lubin, founder and CEO of ConsenSys and co-founder of Ethereum, and the secretive DeFi investor and NFT “whale” known solely as 0xb1. Institutional investors participating in the round are Draper Dragon, Polychain, Tally Capital, Liberty City Ventures, and Future Positive which is led by Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter and Medium, and Fred Blackford, co-founder of Swing Technologies.

“Nifty’s provides exactly what the digital collectibles space needs next as it evolves into much more than a creative marketplace – namely community and social engagement,” said Mark Cuban, serial entrepreneur and owner of the Dallas Mavericks. “As an NBA team owner I saw how Jeff leveraged technology to dramatically increase fan engagement on a global basis, and am thrilled to be involved in building this community at the center of the NFT ecosystem.”

The capital infusion has permitted the company to acquire the technology stack of DeFi and NFT viral hit MEME Protocol. MEME co-founders Jordan Lyall, Chris Your, and Eric Tesenair will join Nifty’s as co-founders. Mr. Lyall, serving as CPO, was previously DeFi product lead at ConsenSys, and Messrs. Your and Tesenair, formerly lead developers at Dragonchain, will become VP of design and VP of engineering respectively. The trio join two more co-founders, COO Jeremy Drane who was CCO at Lukka and was previously a founding member of PwC’s blockchain practice, and CGO John Scianna, the former head of growth at QTUM. The team has also made its first hire, Shanon Kelley as VP of partnerships. Ms. Kelley was formerly CRO of NTWRK and head of experiential at VICE Media, where she was also the founder and publisher of Broadly.

The Nifty’s platform, which will officially launch later this spring, will eliminate technological and economic barriers to enable anyone to access, share and enjoy digital collectibles while connecting directly with creators and other community members. The platform will establish a central home for the collectible content of publishers, brands, creators, and collectors, and the communities that will emerge around them. Leveraging MEME Protocol’s technology, Nifty’s will provide creators with a premium, powerful, flexible and safe platform to launch their NFTs.

“We are excited to utilize the robust technology that has made MEME Protocol such a success – with advanced NFT creators and enthusiasts – to offer the new Nifty’s community sophisticated content and experiences that simultaneously make the space more accessible and inclusive,” said Jordan Lyall, CPO and co-founder of Nifty’s. “It is important to Chris, Eric and me that our MEME community knows we will remain involved, and that what we have built together will continue to be their space for innovation and fun.”

Future FinTech Enters into Cooperation Relationship with Shenzhen SOSOB Technology to Provide Market Information 9607

Future FinTech Group Inc. (NASDAQ: FTFT) (“hereinafter referred to as Future FinTech”, “FTFT” or “the Company”), a leading blockchain e-commerce company and a service provider for financial technology, today announced that on March 17, 2021 the Company signed a Strategic Cooperation Agreement (the “Agreement”) with major shareholders of Shenzhen SOSOB Technology Co., Ltd. (“Shenzhen SOSOB”) to form a joint venture titled FTFT Capital (Dubai) Limited (“FTFT Capital Dubai”), an entity formed to provide services and solutions in the global digital currency business.

Pursuant to the Agreement, the Company will make a cash contribution of $5.5 million for 55% ownership of FTFT Capital Dubai, and the shareholders of Shenzhen SOSOB will contribute 80% of their equity interest in Shenzhen SOSOB to FTFT Capital Dubai; Shenzhen SOSOB assets include intellectual property rights, an online platform that provides global digital currency market information and its members and online traffic, valued in aggregate at $4.5 million for 45% ownership of FTFT Capital Dubai. Under the planned structure, FTFT Capital Dubai will become a 55% owned subsidiary of the Company and Shenzhen SOSOB will become an 80% owned subsidiary of FTFT Capital Dubai. It is also planned that FTFT Capital Dubai will set up an investment fund for the investment and management of encrypted financial assets for institutional and high net worth investors. FTFT Capital Dubai will be based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Mr. Shanchun Huang, Chief Executive Officer of Future FinTech, said, “We are excited to jointly create a new enterprise that will serve the digital currency markets. Our objective is to build a company of significant value by creating new content and capturing market share through the application of blockchain technology in financial service markets including digital wallet safety management, blockchain code auditing and operations, and maintenance services. We believe that SOSOB’s digital currency market data information service, analysis capabilities, diversified financial services and multilingual services will serve as a catalyst to introduce new advisory services for blockchain-based financial asset products.”

Mr. Xiong Li, Chairman of Shenzhen SOSOB Technology Co., Ltd., said, “SOSOB currently provides high value-add services to the digital currency markets by being the world’s largest digital currency market information and data service platform of real-time asset and price information for global users. Based on our blockchain aggregation service platform, it collects real-time, comprehensive and reliable blockchain asset and digital currency market information and price data to provide a one-stop market data service for global users. SOSOB now has more than 30 proprietary technologies. We collect data from more than 300 global digital currency trading platforms and cover more than 1,000 digital currencies. With our independently developed data analysis engine, we process more than 200 million datum per day. SOSOB currently has more than 560,000 registered members and over 520,000 members who have installed our mobile App so they can have access anywhere at any time. In addition, our mobile app daily activity number totals more than 84,000 members, our daily website page view (PV) totals more than 500,000 views, and our daily unique visitor (UV) number, which only counts the first visit with a unique IP address, and which does not record again in the same day, totals more than 160,000 visitors.”

Mr. Li continued, “We will continue to maintain and improve the strategic position of our global blockchain financial services and one-stop platform for data, market information and analytics service for digital currency markets. Through our cooperative relationship with Future FinTech, we intend to use blockchain technology to further expand the platform ecology of the digital currency market and to promote its expansion in cooperation with other industry parties to build a stable and sustainable digital currency service platform.”

Free TON Open Network Evolves as the Next Generation of Blockchain 9752

According to Radiance Team (independent blockchain developers) the future of blockchain is already here, with the launch of a brand new platform and native currency that aims to address some of the biggest challenges in applying digital cryptocurrency to real world scenarios. Prioritizing user-friendliness, TON – the next generation of blockchain – will offer high speed transactions thanks to dynamic sharding.

Transactions using the TON Crystal eradicate many of the problems of using cryptocurrency for everyday payments, such as extended transaction times and hefty fees. Currently, Bitcoin and Ethereum can process around 7 and 15 transactions per second (TPS) respectively, while TON is capable of processing millions of TPS, making it faster than VISA and MasterCard. TON users will be able to make transactions for less than $0.01 in fees, and pay less than $0.05 per coin exchange transaction (swaps).

Initially created by the Durov Brothers – Nickolay and Pavel – back in 2017, the original Telegram Open Network (TON) faced challenges last year when the US Securities and Exchange Commission made it impossible for the brothers to continue the development of the platform; a move that affected more than 400 million users. However, in May 2020, an online community of developers from across the digital currency industry came together to create a new, decentralized version – Free TON – to bring the innovative TON blockchain to life.

Now supported and powered exclusively by Free TON community, all TON Crystal cryptocurrencies on the TON blockchain are owned by the community itself, without an ICO or token pre-sales. TON Crystals are distributed via contests as rewards for the useful actions of community members, and perhaps most importantly, Free TON platform will continue to be supported by fully decentralized autonomous organizations.

Many experts believe that decentralization is key to creating a strong blockchain future, shifting control away from a single decision maker and towards a distributed network; in this case, Free TON community. Decentralization stands to bring numerous advantages to the blockchain, including improved reliability of the entire network and reduced risks of centralized control over the blockchain. For users, it means that cryptocurrency coins can be transferred directly from person to person, without the need for a ‘middleman’. It becomes as easy as sending an email.

Free TON was launched in May 2020, and the community has big plans for ongoing growth and development this year. It has been announced that Decentralized Finances (DeFi) products will be introduced to Free TON during this month. One of the developers, Radiance Team, in collaboration with Extraton Wallet is preparing the Decentralized Exchange (DEX) to beta launch in Quarter 2, 2021.

Prescryptive Health Announces Free COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling Solution to Support Independent Pharmacies Nationwide 10069

Prescryptive Health, a healthcare technology company, announced a free vaccine scheduling solution for pharmacies across the country. This service builds on their successful COVID-19 testing partnership with the State of New York, and will be available nationwide beginning today. The initiative is part of a larger commitment by Prescryptive Health to empower pharmacists and consumers through its digital platform to improve the way healthcare is delivered, making it more affordable and accessible to all.

“Local pharmacies play a critical role providing vaccines, yet they don’t have a solution that can meet their needs and address their specific challenges with COVID-19 vaccines,” said Chris Blackley, CEO of Prescryptive Health. “Our solution closes that gap, is easy to use and is now available at no cost to pharmacies nationwide.”

Prescryptive’s scheduling solution is designed for pharmacists by pharmacists to provide the security, flexibility, and ease-of-use required to deliver COVID-19 vaccines in today’s fluid environment. Pharmacists can configure when and where they provide vaccines, customize patient screening criteria to comply with state and local guidelines, and manage patient demand with a new “waitlist” function that allows them to invite patients directly for appointments to prevent over-booking. Equally important, Prescryptive’s solution is architected on blockchain, fully encrypted, and HIPAA-compliant.

Patient success has also been engineered into Prescryptive’s solution. The mobile-first design allows patients to minimize time spent onsite at the pharmacy and to receive real-time notifications from pharmacists when appointments become available. Patients receive a digital proof of their vaccination with links to additional health and safety information—including the CDC v-safe program. Beginning in April, patients will also have the ability to book appointments directly with a local pharmacy at MyRx.io.

Huobi Tech’s Subsidiary Huobi Asset Management Got the Approval to Launch 100% Virtual Asset Funds and Plans to Launch 3 Virtual Asset Funds 9730

Huobi Technology Holdings Limited (“Huobi Tech” or the “Company”, stock code: 1611), is pleased to announce that Huobi Asset Management (Hong Kong) Limited (the “Huobi Asset Management”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, has obtained the Securities and Futures Commission’s (the “SFC”) approval to manage and distribute 100% virtual asset funds with effect from 3 March 2021. Huobi Asset is the second licensed virtual asset manager in Hong Kong to fall under the SFC’s “Proforma Terms and Conditions for Licensed Corporations which Manage Portfolios that Invest in Virtual Assets” (“T&C”) since October 2019.

As the first licensed virtual asset fund manager approved by the SFC to issue virtual asset funds with an active investment strategy, it is the first virtual asset fund manager in the Hong Kong market to accept fiat currency or virtual asset subscription channels. Huobi Asset Management plans to launch three virtual asset funds: BTC tracker fund, ETH tracker fund, and multi-strategy virtual asset fund. Besides, Huobi Asset Management is launching its multi-asset fund with 10% allocation to virtual assets whilst 90% into traditional assets such as equities and fixed income.

A senior investment team will manage Huobi Asset Management’s virtual asset funds. The main business partners include Sidley Austin, Mourant, DBS, Fidelity Digital, and other world-renowned institutions. Ms. Gillian Wu, CEO of Huobi Asset Management, said, “We aim to provide various choices to investors with different risk appetites. We have covered comprehensive perspectives through in-depth dialogues with SFC and made full preparations on corresponding solutions. We are confident that our funds could offer one of the most secure and reliable channels for Professional Investors to access this novel asset class conveniently.”

The management of Huobi Tech said, “We are delighted that Huobi Asset Management team has secured such a breakthrough. The approval’s timing is perfect, coinciding with the mainstream institutional adoption of virtual assets starting from this year. We will continue to explore the possibility of diversifying our businesses in relevant areas to enhance our growth prospects and bring long-term sustainable returns to our shareholders.”

Max Dilendorf Serves as a Bitcoin Expert Witness in USCIS EB-5 Green Card Adjudication Proceedings 10023

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has frequently denied EB-5 applications that list Bitcoin exchange-traded-funds as a legitimate “source of funds”. Yet, in an unprecedented approach that included forensic reporting analysis, attorney Max Dilendorf provided an expert legal opinion and due diligence report proving that a green card applicants’ source of funds met the standards to be qualified under this program.

Because USCIS only requires a “preponderance of evidence” showing the legal acquisition of investment funds in EB-5 petitions and offers little guidance for applicants whose funds originated in cryptocurrency, Dilendorf’s confirming evidence was a significant achievement.

The Dilendorf Law Firm, NYC’s top law firm for the digital age, represented several clients in EB-5 matters with the USCIS concerning the clients’ EB-5 investments funded with cryptocurrencies. By submitting blockchain and cryptocurrency expert reports in these cases, the firm has provided evidence to support the legitimate “source of funds”.

The firm’s clients were software engineers and early cryptocurrency adopters who, in the opinion of the crypto compliance law firm, are legally qualified for obtaining EB-5 investor green-cards, as there was little doubt on the legality of the source of the clients’ cryptocurrency funds.

Dilendorf’s legal opinions and blockchain forensic reports, as submitted to the USCIS, included an expert assessment of the following:

  • legality of the specific digital assets and regulatory framework for the involved financial institutions dealing with cryptocurrencies;
  • origin and flow of cryptocurrencies funding the EB-5 investments;
  • mechanism and sufficiency of digital wallets, private cryptographic keys, crypto trading platforms and accounts establishing ownership of the clients’ cryptocurrency funds;
  • KYC/AML compliance measures taken at each point of the funds’ journey by clients and third parties, including crypto exchanges and OTC traders.

Max Dilendorf, Esq. is also a top forensic Bitcoin and crypto expert witness. His expertise has also made him one of the top cryptocurrency consultants for Fortune 500 companies.  Mr. Dilendorf’s recent speaking engagements have included the Thailand SEC, IBM, Berkshire Hathaway, and New York University, to name a few.