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Anthony Hopkins Launches His First NFT Collection Backed by Orange Comet
Art and entertainment firm Orange Comet, which primarily mints and promotes non-fungible tokens, has announced a collaboration with Oscar-winning Hollywood actor, director and producer Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins to promote his first NFT collection. In a press release, the company said that this is the first part of the "Eternal Collection,"which will be sold within three days. During this time, more than 1,000 exclusive photographs of the actor, grouped into several archetypes, will be available to collectors. The sale will take place on the platform of the creative Web3-studio Vuele, the functionality of which allows to view and collect exclusive feature films and digital art. On the first day of the collection's launch, the artist will greet visitors with a lunch and welcome ceremony. Sale of 1000 original works of art starts on the third day. During the event, among its participants, 39 signed books by Hopkins with his poems, reflections and prose will also be randomly distributed. In addition, five clients will be selected to participate in a video call with the actor via Discord. Hopkins has weathered the failure of his film Zero Contact, which was released as NFT on the same Vuele platform, and seems to be getting more and more immersed in the digital art industry. By the way, before buying his first NFTs, he even asked the community guru Snoop Dogg for advice.
Vitalik Buterin vs. XRP Community: the Duel is On
Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin tweeted that the sixth largest cryptocurrency, XRP, lost its right to protection after Ripple began claiming that ETH was “China-controlled.” Buterin also rejoiced that people are opposing new asset censorship rules by regulators and prioritizing Ethereum over other legitimate cryptocurrencies. The businessman’s tweet was a response to a post by two Canadian cryptocurrency exchanges, Newton and Bitbuy, which set an annual “buy limit” of CAD 30,000 for all available cryptocurrencies except Bitcoin, Ethereum and a few other altcoins. In response, the co-founder of Bankless also spoke out, stating that “If they had restricted XRP I wouldn't have said anything.” Naturally, Buterin's anti-XRP tweet drew heavy criticism from the token community. Ripple CTO David Schwartz has accused the Ethereum community of trying to get the government to penalize projects that don't agree with him, while XRP Ledger architect says it's "perfectly fair" to draw comparisons between miners in proof-of-work systems and company shareholders. Recall that back in December 2020, Buterin criticized Ripple for “sinking to new levels of strangeness” after accusing BTC and ETH of being subordinate to the Chinese authorities only because this country accounts for most of the global hash rate. Five months later, Ripple co-founder Chris Larsen wrote an entire article stating that Bitcoin could potentially be destroyed by the Chinese Communist Party. But what about the reptilians?
Michael Saylor Advised Elon Musk to Increase His Bitcoins Storage
Former MicroStrategy CEO and Bitcoin evangelist Michael Saylor, in a tweet yesterday, recommended Elon Musk to “buy more Bitcoins,” hinting that the value of the crypto flagship could rise significantly in the near future. Recall that in February 2021, Tesla acquired BTC for $1.5 billion and began accepting payments in crypto. However, two months later, payments were put on hold due to disputes over Bitcoin's carbon footprint. However, the company only started selling its BTC reserve in the second quarter of 2022, getting rid of 75% of BTC at $29,000 per coin, while buying them at $31,620. As for Musk himself, in March of this year he wrote a tweet in which he stated that he was not selling any of his cryptocurrencies. It’s currently unknown if this is actually the case, but he assured the community that Tesla is open to increasing crypto investment in the future. However, in his tweets, Musk emphasized that he prefers Dogecoin to all other cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin.