IRS clarifies reporting requirements for crypto bought with fiat

The United States Internal Revenue Service, or IRS, has updated its FAQ section on cryptocurrency to clarify investors who have only purchased crypto assets with fiat currency do not need to report their transactions under the “virtual currency” question. The first page of U.S. citizens’ Individual Income Tax Return form, or Form 1040, asks whether the respondent received, sold, sent, exchanged, or otherwise acquired “any financial interest in any virtual currency” during 2020. As such, the form’s wording suggests that individuals who acquired crypto assets through any means would be…

Theta, Aavegotchi (GHST) hit new highs as Bitcoin price chases after $50K

Bitcoin (BTC) bulls appear to have found their momentum as BTC price reclaimed the $49,000 level within the last hour. On March 2 the price dropped as low as $47,000 but currently, BTC is trading above the 20-day moving average. Bulls are likely to make another attempt at flipping the $50,000 resistance to support and a sustained high volume spike could send the price to $52,000 where a daily close would confirm that bulls are back in the driver’s seat.    Daily cryptocurrency market performance. Source: Coin360 Even though Bitcoin…

Vitalik proposes solution to link certain layer-two scaling projects

In an ongoing effort to battle escalating transaction fees while creating a unified ecosystem, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin has proposed a solution for a particular type of cross-rollup scaling. The proposal outlines how two protocols using rollups can communicate with each other while maintaining interconnectivity and composability. Rollups are layer-two solutions that are essentially smart contract networks that process and store transaction data off the main chain. However, there are a number of different rollup types, with each using unique smart contracts such as optimistic and zero-knowledge. While a number…

Free fantasy soccer crypto game launched by Ubisoft and Belgium’s Jupiler Pro League

France-based game publisher Ubisoft just launched One Shot League, a new free-to-play fantasy soccer game powered by crypto assets. One Shot League was developed by the Ubisoft Strategic Innovation Lab in collaboration with Sorare, an Ethereum-based fantasy soccer game built around collectable cards in the form of NFTs. Discover an all-new fantasy football experience with One Shot League! Developed by the Ubisoft Strategic Innovation Lab, build your squad for the Belgian Pro League and win digital collectible @SorareHQ cards ⚽ #NFT — Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) March 2, 2021 They’ve partnered with…

Bitfarms set to acquire 48,000 new miners in 2022 despite chip shortage

One of the largest publicly traded Bitcoin mining operations in the world, Bitfarms, has undertaken to purchase 48,000 new miners over the next two years. The Canadian mining company has sourced the equipment from Chinese supplier MicroBT in a bid to increase its hashing capacity by another 5 EH (exahashes) according to reports. Bitfarms was founded in 2017 and currently has a capacity of 1 EH. It has targeted a 200% increase by the end of 2021. The hashing capacity is the amount of pure computing horsepower that can be…

DeFi token CRV spikes after reports PayPal acquired unrelated custody firm Curv

Excitable speculators mistakenly rushed to invest in the native token of decentralized finance protocol Curve Finance (CRV) after reports emerged that payments giant PayPal has acquired the unrelated Israel-based crypto custody firm, Curv. News of PayPal’s Curv acquisition was reported on March 2, with the publications citing anonymous sources “familiar with the matter.” Israel-based media has reported the company may have been sold for between $200 million and $300 million. Within an hour of the news breaking, Curve’s CRV token had rallied by more than 10% as opportunistic traders raced…

Top 3 NFT brands sales grew 381% in February

NFTs had their best month ever in February, according to a report by DApp statistics trackers at DappRadar. Sales volume from the top three platforms grew to $342 million in February, up almost 400% from the $71 million recorded the month before. Sports memorabilia platform NBA Top Shot dominated the sector and is now responsible for 67% of total NFT transaction volume. The other NFT DApps in the top three are OpenSea, a general crypto collectibles market and CryptoPunks, an Ethereum-based collectibles series. CryptoPunks generated all-time high sales of $79M…

Mainnet launch and NFT sale lift Aavegotchi (GHST) to a new all-time high

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have rapidly become the new hot topic in the cryptocurrency sector, as evidenced by Litecoin creator Charlie Lee comparing the current spike in NFT interest to the ICO mania of 2017.  The recent pullback in the cryptocurrency market hit decentralized finance tokens (DeFi) pretty hard but as Bitcoin price recovered the $50,000, DeFi and NFT tokens bounced back rapidly.  One project that has successfully capitalized on the DeFi and NFT boom is Aavegotchi (GHST). The project benefits from its association with AAVE, while also focusing on the…

Ethereum now available on Amazon Managed Blockchain

Tech giant Amazon just announced the general availability of Ethereum on its managed blockchain. According to Amazon Web Services, or AWS, users now have the ability to “provision Ethereum nodes” as well as connect to the blockchain’s mainnet as well as the Ropsten and Rinkeby testnets through the Amazon Managed Blockchain. The program claims to offer secure access to the network with “standard open-source Ethereum APIs” and syncs to the Ethereum blockchain. “Amazon Managed Blockchain monitors node health, replaces unhealthy nodes, and automates Ethereum software upgrades, improving the availability of…