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Paraguay Shoots Down Crypto Mining Bill
Paraguay’s burgeoning crypto mining industry was dealt a blow Tuesday when the country’s lower court voted down a bill regulating how much the grid operator can charge bitcoin miners for electricity.
The South American nation boasts some of the cheapest energy rates in the world, thanks to the Itaipu dam, one of the world’s largest. The relatively inexpensive electricity has attracted local and international firms to set up bitcoin (BTC) mines in the country.
The bill, which has been in motion since July, was struck down Monday, garnering only 36 votes as opposed to the 41 it needed to pass.
Goldman Sachs to Invest Heavily in Crypto
Goldman Sachs may act as a lifeline to the cryptocurrency market following the downfall of FTX. The investment bank said in a statement it will spend tens of millions of dollars to on crypto firms whose valuations have been hit after FTX’s implosion.
“We do see some really interesting opportunities, priced much more sensibly,” Mathew McDermott, Goldman’s head of digital assets, told Reuters.
Scottie Pippin Releases NFT
Six-time NBA champion Scottie Pippin is releasing an NFT sneaker collection.
Pippin is collaborating with Web3 entertainment company Orange Comet for the release.
The limited collection, part of Orange Comet’s new “Cørrupted” series, will drop Tuesday, Dec. 20 on OpenSea and will consist of only 1,000 pairs of Pippen Sneaker NFTs, known as the SP33 Collection.
Inspired by styles Pippin wore during his career, the sneakers will feature 3D animations and will be metaverse-compatible for most avatars in the digital space.
Coinbase Wallet Axes 4 Tokens
Coinbase Wallet has stopped supporting tokens BCH, ETC, XLM, and XRP, citing low usage.
Coinbase cut off the tokens Monday, but any remaining funds will still be tied to users’ existing addresses.
“This does not mean your assets will be lost,” said a Nov. 29 announcement by Coinbase Wallet. “Any unsupported asset that you hold will still be tied to your address(es) and accessible through your Coinbase Wallet recovery phrase.”
The tokens will still be available on Coinbase, the Wallet’s crypto exchange platform.