First reactions are in, and there is much to be in anticipation of ahead of the October release

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September is here, which means two things in my book. First, we’re a month closer to the winter season (aka Christmas). Second, we are excitingly close to the global release date to Denis Villeneuve’s, Dune.

Directed by a Mr. Villeneuve, who has a knack for helming beautifully told stories and is steadily building his repertoire as a master of cinema, Dune’s over-delayed premiere at the recent Toronto International Film Festival is churning many an acclaim. One account even cites the movie receiving an eight-minute standing ovation.

Based upon the chronicles of Frank Herbert and widely popular sci-fi titled series of…


The sponsor is looking to bring non-fungible tokens to the French Giants’ football season

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In a recent report, French Ligue 1 football giants, Paris Saint Germain (‘PSG’) have become an official crypto partner with cryptocurrency exchange Crypto.com. While the leading team in top-flight French football looks forward to a season with Lionel Messi at the helm, this partnership with Crypto.com spells new opportunities for the potential for PSG-branded non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

“We are delighted to welcome Crypto.com to the Paris Saint-Germain partner family” — Mark Armstrong, Chief Partnerships Officer at PSG.

Points on the Pedestal

  • PSG’s sponsorship partnering with Crypto.com continues the club’s belief in crypto, fan tokens, and blockchain technology, having recently paired strategy with Sorare and…


An NFT-initiative sets a conflicting message on sustainability with fans of the sci-fi epic

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As the sci-fi epic depiction of Frank Herbert’s classic, ‘Dune’ receives many a claim and standing ovation ahead of its global theatrical release in October, Legendary Pictures has found itself in quicksand with news of their intention to launch an NFT collection of the film.

Announcing the NFT project on Twitter, Legendary will look to unveil a set of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) inspired by the characters within the Arrakis, Dune-verse. The first collection, ‘Dune: Future Artitfacts’, is reported to drop late this September on the MakersPlace NFT marketplace, minted on the Ethereum blockchain.

Points on the Pedestal

  • First published in 1965, Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’…

Blockchain Weekly Issue #20

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Welcome to the Blockchain Weekly Newsletter, Issue #20 a tailored feed on the latest talking points, trends, and takeaways in the blockchain and distributed ledger space.

Content That Caught Our Attention

Amidst the current NFT boom, Gartner’s published research on the technologies to watch for 2021, establish blockchain-enabled nonfungible tokens (NFTs) as leading emerging technology.

The payment giants' double-down investment into CrypoPunk digital art — that typified the early version of NFT collections of 2017 — is sparking a growing discussion, with VISA believing more institutional…


The latest on regulatory, markets, and technology in blockchain

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The European Union Blockchain Observatory and Forum (‘EUBOF’) has published their latest July installment in their monthly blockchain Trends Report series.

From regulatory updates, market developments to stand-outs in technological changes, here’s a breakdown of the highlights published by the EUBOF.

Regulatory — A Narrative of Increasing Interest

  1. Rising CBDCs Exploration — Over the last couple of months, the perception for a robust CBDC is being seen to have matured. Now, EUBOF expresses a growing discussion around CBDC as a channel for a “privacy-respecting and environmentally sustainable alternative.”
  2. Leaders in CBDC development, pilot, and scale remain with China, with the EU closely behind — With the advent…

Bitcoin-native, top to bottom aspirations

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Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey, will double down on his intention to develop a decentralised bitcoin exchange, this week on Twitter announcing the project kick-off with Square’s Lead within the open developer platform division.

Help Build an Open Platform to Create a Decentralised Bitcoin Exchange

  • Jack Dorsey’s tweet thrilled Bitcoin enthusiasts on the real notion of a grass-roots built open platform to create a decentralised exchange for Bitcoin.
  • In an exchange with Mike Brock, Lead for this project, the pair discussed the vision “to make it easy to fund a non-custodial wallet anywhere in the world through a platform to build on- and off- ramps into Bitcoin.”
  • Talking on the…

VISA vying for a front-row seat to the crypto economy

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Visa Inc. (‘VISA’) have purchased a nonfungible token (‘NFT’) “CryptoPunk” for close to $150,000 in a hotly debated watershed moment for ownerships of digital and virtual assets.

Three bullet summary

  • CryptoPunks represent the first-of-version digital art craze that saw NFT make a name for itself in 2017, where a set of 10,000 were generated by Larva Labs.
  • VISA’s buy-in of NFT CryptoPunk digital art represents a new surge of vested interest by institutional players seeing the value in the technology.
  • VISA are paying close attention to the NFT space, citing one of the reasons for the CryptoPunk purchase as that to position the…

Amidst a booming spree, Garner earmarks NFTs as the one to watch for the tail-end of 2021

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Gartner’s published 2021 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technology, establishes nonfungible tokens (NFTs) as at peak of inflated expectations, all the while the NFT sector is amidst a booming spree.

Edging out the Competition to the Top

  • According to Gartner, a leading research and development company and major contributor to forecasts and projections, NFTs rank as the leading emerging technology ahead of the digital decade.
  • NFTs have edged out on a set of 25 technologies for consideration in this years publication by Gartner.
  • While sitting firmly at the Peak of Inflated Expectations sector, Gartner speculates an incoming trough to effect the technology that is currently being spurred by…

Plans for fan tokens on hold

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This week, the meteoric rise of Socios.com and Chiliz blockchain continues, now with the fan token blockchain partnering with NBA’s LA clippers. Unlike other partners at the get-go, Socios will not be rolling out immediate fan tokens of the basketball team.

Context

While becoming a staple fan engagement method for the sports entertainment industry around the world, the relationship with the NBA Clippers is reported to — at least at the beginning — focus on gaining exposure of Socios to the American basketball market.

Speaking on behalf of the announcement between the NBA Clippers and Socios, Scott Sonnenberg Chief Global Partnerships…

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