Coinbase Advises Public About its $15 Bitcoin Giveaway

The largest cryptocurrency exchange in America,, has warned users to be cautious of scams that may accompany its ongoing giveaway, which was recently advertised in an advertisement.

Coinbase warns users about scam

Coinbase wanted to attract new people to the emerging crypto industry and offered $15 to anyone who signed up using the QR code it displayed during the Super Bowl.

Security is super important to us.

The only way to be eligible for our $15 BTC giveaway is to sign up for a Coinbase account by following this link – https://t.co/fKHisXZJJc

It could have been a fraud if it wasn’t from us.

– Coinbase (@coinbase February 14, 2022

This warning is vital because it warns that bad actors may use the ad to create nefarious plans to rob unsuspecting people of their money.

Similar scams have occurred when these con artists took advantage of major events.

Scammers used Elon Musk’s Saturday Night Live appearance to scam more than $10 million in Bitcoin and viewers.

Coinbase is warning because the Super Bowl attracts a large viewership (estimated at 100 million), so the ad may be seen by many people.

Already there are signs that the ad had an enormous effect as the traffic spike on Coinbase platforms caused temporary downtime.

Crypto Ads Dominate Super Bowl

Many crypto-related ads were displayed during the highly anticipated Super Bowl match between Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals. Their main purpose was to attract more investors to the emerging industry.

Advertisements featuring crypto themes were created for firms such as FTX and eToro.

Regulators Draw a Line on Crypto Ads

Regulators around the world are becoming increasingly concerned about crypto ads. Regulators tend to say that most crypto-related ads fail to highlight the risks associated with the asset class.

In an effort to limit the types of ads their citizens are exposed too, Singapore, Spain and Britain have, among other things, launched many crypto ads regulations.

As regulators continue to be attracted to crypto spag it means that many crypto ads will change the tone and language from what we already know.

MicroStrategy reported a $146 million impairment charge related to its bitcoin holdings in the 4th quarter

MicroStrategy took a $146.6million impairment charge for its bitcoin holdings in the fourth quarter 2021. This was six times higher than the same period last years, resulting in a net loss.

Based on the most recent earnings statement Tuesday, this loss contributed to the company’s operating expenses which rose by 125% to $248m in the fourth quarter.

A firm’s impairment charge is a decrease in the carrying value for a particular asset.

MicroStrategy’s non-cash impairment charge for digital assets reflected the decline in bitcoin’s price relative to when it was bought. According to applicable accounting principles, an asset’s purchase price can be reduced if its value drops below the amount it was purchased. This is a common practice that applies only to high-cost assets.

The Tysons Corner, Virginia-based company saw digital asset impairment losses of $831 million for the year compared to $71 millions in 2020.

Since August 2020, when the firm acquired bitcoins, it has suffered around $901 million in impairments.

MicroStrategy reported December 31 that had 124,391 Bitcoin at an aggregate cost $3.8 billion and a value $2.9 billion.

The 660 bitcoins that MicroStrategy bought Tuesday for $25 million in cash, at an average price $37.865 per coin, are not included. MicroStrategy currently holds 125,051 Bitcoins.

Bloomberg data shows that MicroStrategy took impairment charges in six quarters starting from the time it acquired bitcoin. The firm was unprofitable in five quarters. The firm was profitable in eight of the nine quarters before adding bitcoin to its balance sheets.

In January, Bitcoin had its worst month since its 2018 cryptocurrency winter. The asset traded at $38,000 and lost 18% in January, well below its November 2021 all-time high of $69,000.

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently asked MicroStrategy to review its crypto accounting methods. This means that MicroStrategy cannot strip bitcoin’s price swings out of its non-GAAP accounting measures presented to investors.

Phong Le, MicroStrategy’s Chief Financial Officer, stated during the Tuesday earnings conference that he agreed with the agency’s ‘that on an going-forward basis any non-GAAP financial measure we may present in the future filings should maintain the impact of bitcoin impairment losses.

He stated that MicroStrategy’s non GAAP financial measures have not been changed in its strategy, operations, GAAP financial statements or SEC filings.

“Our noncash bitcoin impairment fees will continue to be subject to market volatility bitcoin prices,” Le stated. We will again recognize impairment charges in the first quarter 2022 due to the significant fall in bitcoin’s market price in January 2022.

First Cryptocurrency ATM Reportedly Installed in Uruguay

Uruguay received its first cryptocurrency ATM. It is currently installed at Punta del Este in the south-east of the country. Inbierto and Urubit were responsible for the development of the cryptocurrency machine. The first focused on the software, while the latter developed the hardware.

Inbierto CEO Adolfo Varela stated that the machine’s goal is to build trust in the country’s cryptocurrency market. Most crypto commerce takes place in peer-to–peer markets, which are not regulated and cannot be processed by banks. The possibility of falling prey to scams is eliminated with a cryptocurrency ATM. Varela is positive that they will continue to expand their crypto ATM network throughout the country. He said:

We plan to keep growing in Maldonado and Colonia, Montevideo, and we hope to have coverage across the entire national territory by the end. We have been able to make arrangements for other countries to install it.

Only five cryptocurrencies are supported by the installed crypto ATM (which also includes two national tokens: ferret token, urubit and bitcoin), binance coin ( BNB), binance USD (BUSD). Because they depend on the Binance Smart Chain to process transactions, the companies have not added Ethereum support to their machines. Varela explained that Ethereum’s fees would discourage users from using the machine and so BSC integration was chosen instead.

Regulating a Gray Area in the country

Although cryptocurrency regulation is still a grey area in the country’s laws, the central bank issued a statement last October declaring that these assets are not illegal or legal and that citizens can use them, while being aware about the risks.

The Central Bank of Uruguay issued December a document outlining a plan for regulating crypto assets. It proposes to review existing laws and make changes to include them within various regulations. Instead of creating a new virtual asset law that covers all of these assets, it will instead create a virtual asset law.

Dogecoin is better than Bitcoin for transactions, says Elon Musk

Elon Musk, SpaceX and Tesla boss, has supported Dogecoin since its inception, which is a cryptocurrency built on memes. He revealed that he had also invested in Ether and Bitcoin a few months ago.

Musk, a former Bitcoin fan, believes that Dogecoin is superior to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency and is the best cryptocurrency for trading.

Bitcoin transactions are more expensive per transaction and have a lower transaction cost. It can be used as a value store at least on a geographic level. Musk however stated that Bitcoin is not fundamentally a replacement for transactional currencies.

According to the billionaire, Dogecoin’s origins as a joke coin are no longer relevant for transactions. He believes Dogecoin has a higher potential for gross transactions than Bitcoin.

Bitcoin supporters agree that Bitcoin is a store-of-value, but they also claim that it can be used to facilitate transactions. Supporters give the example El Salvador, which has legalized Bitcoin as a means of financial transaction.

Musk does not hate fiat currency but he stated cryptocurrencies offer more benefits.

Musk stated that the fiat currency is diluted according to the ruling governments. This dilution can be a tax on people and a destructive tax for those with substantial cash savings.

However, financial experts warn that crypto is risky and dangerous. They warn that crypto investments should only be made when one can afford to lose.

Musk stated that Dogecoin is inflationary but has a fixed number unlike Bitcoin. He said that it encourages people to spend, rather than hoard money as a source of value. He has recently replaced Jeff Bezos as the world’s richest person, replacing him as the founder of Amazon.

 

2021’s NFT Boom Pushes Collectors Toward Rare and Older Collections

After the NFT hype of 2021, old non-fungible token (NFT), collections are in high demand. NFTs were created in 2014 by someone who called it OLGA.

The birth of OLGA and Spells Of Genesis (SoG), Terra nullius V2, Etheria v1.1 and Etheria v1.2 were all part of the year that followed. SoG cards have been selling for much more since the hype surrounding the 2021 NFT.

SoG Cards are available for sale starting at $199 and going up to $2000 per card. The floor price for NFTs originating from Terra Nullius is 0.04ether, or $150 USD value on Opensea’s NFT marketplace.

Etheria world NFTs can still be purchased via the Etheria Exchange. However, a minimum bid of 0.1 ETH is required or it will cost $385 per unit. Sarutobi Island NFTs were crafted in 2016 and are currently at a floor price around 0.03 Ethereum, or $115.

NFTs like Force of Will and Rare Pepes, Age of Chains and Pixel Map sell for much more than in 2016. Pixelmap NFTs are with a floor price at 0.75 Ethereum or more .

Cryptopunks and Cryptokitties, Curio Cards, Rare Pepes and Cryptopunks

The total market capitalization for the entire 1,774 rare pepe NFTs collection is currently around a>>4.1 billion. Opensea’s rare and vaulted pepes can be purchased for a lot of money and are also available for counterparty (XCP), via the XCP decentralized Exchange (dex), and dispensary sales.

The My Curio Card is now available for auction on Opensea starting at 0.299 Ethereum, or $1151. Curio cards can also be auctioned at a value of 1-2 Ethereum. This is also true for Cryptopunks and older 2017 NFT collection.

While the Cryptopunks floor prices for one digital collectible are not low, dappradar.com stats indicate that it is $235.43K. However, the average price per punk is $119.75K. The total sales of Cryptopunks in 2017 was $2.32 Billion.

The Diecast Club Collection and My Blockchain Corner are also popular 2017 series NFT collections. These collections are also experiencing a higher value and new demand from NFT investors.

Crypto Kitties became so popular in the first week of December 2017 that the Ethereum blockchain was overwhelmed by the project. The project’s NFTs are still in high demand from collectors. Despite the fact that 2021 was a hot topic and there were many NFT collections, 2018, we also made significant progress towards the NFT ecosystem we now know.

High-dollar NFTs also sell well from 2018 collections, such as Ethertulips and Crypto Fighters. The Axie Infinity tokens are non-fungible and were also launched in 2018. A lot more people will be interested in the Axie NFTs in 2021.

Pixelcons, Crypto Graphics and Realms of Ether are all old school projects that are now seeing increased sales. Old school NFTs from long-forgotten collections are increasingly sought after because of their rarity.

 

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