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Dare NFT Is Making NFTs More Liquid

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DareNFT is an upcoming project that just might change the way we use and trade NFTs. With the massive growth blockchain has seen over the past year, more and more people are getting involved each day. With this, the NFT space has exploded. This meteoric rise has brought new entrants into the arena and many people are looking to create their own marketplaces to challenge the current king, Opensea.

While it remains to be seen who stands on top when the dust settles, DareNFT, rather than join the ongoing race for the premier marketplace, has chosen to work out the defects in the current system.

Fad Or Legitimate Asset Class?

NFTs caught on like wildfire this past year but even with that, many people just hear about them and have no idea what they are. Although they are built on blockchain similar to conventional cryptocurrencies, their use case is different. As the cryptocurrency analog is real-world currency, NFT’s analog in the real world is art or more appropriately, collectibles. NFTs rather than being likened to currency systems are more of a digital item that serves a specific purpose which creates value.

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Although that purpose for most people is to create art, some companies have developed NFTs to integrate into various industries such as real-estate, cyber security, and much more. The problem now has become the fact it has a significant barrier to entry and sometimes certain parameters are not well defined.

DareNFT Is Solving The NFT Problem

Similar to how multiple altcoins rose after Bitcoin rose to prominence to solve the pertinent issues concerning it, many companies are now popping up to potentially help revolutionize the way NFTs are handled. One such company is DareNFT. This is a project built from the ground up to provide viable alternatives for people in the NFT space. These alternatives are based on three main problems:

Tracing Derivatives

For new users into the NFT space, it can be surprising and sometimes overwhelming to see the gargantuan price tags associated with some NFTs. While some price tags are arbitrary, coming from no legitimate value, and are simply just ‘hype’, some NFTs derive their value from their history. Some NFTs are what they are because they derive value from previously minted NFTs.

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Similar to how movie remakes derive their popularity from the originals, some NFTs also are based on previous work. The new DareNFT system will look to identify this history among NFTs and provide it in detail to people pursuing them. 

Co-Ownership

The current NFT system does not take into consideration joint ownership of NFTs. The same way art can be owned and created by multiple people working in tandem is the same way NFTs can also be produced as a result of cooperation. 

Introducing smart contracts to NFT ownership means that not only will the joint ownership of NFTs be recognized but future disputes in the absence of a contract can also be avoided.

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Liquidity

So you’ve just bought your first NFT. You’re already planning how you’re going to spend your future profits as you wait for it to sell. The problem at this point is that many such owners are struck with a feature that is intrinsic to the current nature of NFTs. Illiquidity.

Unlike crypto that can be sold in chunks depending on your holdings, NFTs are all or nothing. With DareNFT, users will gain some recompense in case of illiquidity. The new project is looking to allow people to rent out their NFTs to other holders. This solves a two-front problem.

First, people without the amount they need to purchase the NFT completely can still hold it for a while and return it at the end of the defined period. Second, the holders themselves will gain profit for relinquishing ownership for some time, providing them with profits that would otherwise have gone unrealized.

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Buyers shell out $7M for unseen NFT collection

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Nonfungible token (NFT) investors have poured $7 million into a dutch auction that sold 50 tokens conferring ownership over digital artworks that will not be minted until December.

Tyler Hobbs, the artist behind the popular NFT series Fidenza, will launch 100 one-a-kind digital artworks in his latest collection Incomplete Control at the New York City-based Bright Moments gallery from Dec. 9 to Dec. 13.

On Oct. 22, Hobbs’ fans contributed 1,800 ETH (worth more than $7 million) in exchange for 50 of 100 “Golden Tokens” that grant its holder ownership rights to one of the artworks slated to be minted during the event. Each of the tokens features a number between one and 50 that corresponds to a specific artwork from the collection.

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The Golden Tokens were sold via a dutch auction hosted by Mirror Protocol that lasted just 90 minutes. The tokens were initially priced at 500 ETH each, with the price scheduled to decline by non-linear intervals every 5 minutes until reaching a floor of 5 ETH. All 50 tokens were sold at prices of between 30 Ether (roughly $120,000) and 80 Ether ($320,000) each.

Nonfungible token (NFT) investors have piled $7 million into a dutch auction that sold 50 tokens allowing buyers to mint digital artworks they have not seen.

The remaining Golden Tokens will be randomly distributed to 50 of the wallets that currently hold artworks from Hobbs’ previous series Fidenza or the CryptoCitizens NFT project on Nov. 5. Individuals who receive the tokens will be entitled to purchase an Incomplete Control NFT at for 15 ETH a 50% discount compared to the auction’s final clearing price.

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Hobbs describes his Incomplete Control series as exploring themes of imperfection, and how the digital sphere is able to transcend many of the imperfections present in the physical world. Hobbs’ website states:

“The forces of chaos and entropy give the natural world a certain warmth, and there are patterns and lessons there that we can use. I like to introduce these elements into the digital world, and Incomplete Control continues that work.”

Hobbs’ previous NFT series Fidenza comprises a curated drop of 999 NFTs that comprise unique generative artworks created using the purchaser’s transaction hash as a data input. The collection was sold for more than 37,000 ETH (roughly $400,000) and is being showcased on the generative NFT platform, Art Blocks.

During September, Solana-based NFT project SolBlocks came under fire from Hobbs for using Fidenza’s open-sourced code to generate images for commercial purposes without Hobbs authorization. Hobbs has since rejected SolBlocks’ offer to share profits from their sales with him. 

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NFTs ‘on Bitcoin’: Yes, That’s a Thing!

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Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are all the rage right now. From CryptoPunks to Bored Apes, millions in crypto are exchanging hands for pixel art, tokenized memes, and crypto collectibles. 

For the most part, the action takes place on the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain, which has made some hardcore bitcoiners skeptical of this new crypto market segment. However, there is also a market of NFTs secured by the Bitcoin (BTC) blockchain.

Read on to learn about what’s happening with Bitcoin-secured NFTs. 

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NFTs are moving beyond Ethereum

Until recently, Ethereum has been the go-to blockchain for minting and trading NFTs. That is changing quickly, however, as Ethereum high gas fees have pushed out many would-be market participants, making NFTs on other chains more attractive. 

The Bitcoin blockchain has also a role to play here.  

While NFTs “on Bitcoin” don’t exist purely on the Bitcoin blockchain (in a way that ERC721 tokens exist on Ethereum), they are secured by the Bitcoin blockchain. The additional tech stack that powers the ability to issue and secure NFTs with Bitcoin is provided by the likes of CounterpartyStacks, and the Liquid Network

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Let’s dive in and take a look at some of the most prolific NFT projects secured by Bitcoin.

Rare Pepes & crypto art on Scarce City

Scarce City is a Bitcoin-secured art auction platform that enables artists to sell their artwork for BTC. 

The Scarce City team claims that “Bitcoin’s finest goods should be sold according to the network’s properties of pseudonymous, borderless, permissionless, trust minimized, and verifiable authenticity and supply.” 

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On the auction platform, art is sold via Lightning-powered auctions to “keep auction participants accountable by collateralizing their bids through instant, anonymous, low-fee Lightning Network payments,” the team explains on its website.

In addition to giving artists the ability to sell their physical art in exchange for BTC, the marketplace also sells an NFT series based on the Pepe The Frog internet meme, called the Rare Pepe collection. 

Rare Pepe NFTs are powered by Counterparty – an open-source protocol built on top of the Bitcoin network – that uses the Bitcoin blockchain to record data. 

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By securing NFTs on Bitcoin, these digital collectible cards arguably have a chance of lasting longer than NFTs secured by newer chains that may end up disappearing (or forking) in a few years’ time. For NFT holders, that is something to consider. 

NFT skins for Bitcoin gamers

Bitcoin-secured NFTs are not only limited to artworks and dank memes. They also have applications in the gaming world. For instance, Lightnite, a play-to-earn online game powered by Lightning payments, utilizes Blockstream’s Liquid Network to enable players to purchase and earn in-game items in the form of NFTs. 

The Liquid Network is a Bitcoin sidechain that can facilitate the trading of these and other Bitcoin NFTs. While it was created by Blockstream, it’s currently governed by a federation of parties and operated on an open-source blockchain platform called Elements. 

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In a blog post, Blockstream explains that Lightnite players receive a unique Liquid token in their account every time they purchase or earn a skin. These tokens can then be withdrawn to a personal Blockstream wallet for safekeeping or to trade with other Lightnite players. Should a Lightnite player receive a skin outside of the game, they can deposit the Liquid token in their Lightnite account to receive the skin and deploy it in the game. 

Lightnite skins are not the only NFTs floating around on the Liquid Network. Another notable NFT project on Liquid is Raretoshi. 

Raretoshi is an NFT marketplace that enables artists to sell rare digital art for L-BTC (pegged bitcoin on Liquid), benefiting from lower transaction costs and the ability to get paid in bitcoin. 

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NFTs on Stacks: Web 3.0, built on Bitcoin

Stacks says it is a decentralized, open-source network built on Bitcoin that aims to unleash Bitcoin’s potential as a programmable base layer to build “a better Internet.” That means that developers can mint NFTs and build NFT marketplaces that are secured by the power of the Bitcoin network. 

The Stacks team says that “Bitcoin has all the properties that decentralized apps and smart contracts need: the security, the settlement assurances, the capital, and the network effects.” 

In light of Stacks’ Bitcoin-powered technology stack and the rising popularity of NFTs, it comes as little surprise that the first NFT ventures have already started to emerge on Stacks. 

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StacksArtSTXNFT, and Boom are examples of up-and-coming NFT platforms operating on the Stacks chain. 

Interestingly, Satoshibles – an NFT collection by bitcoiners for bitcoiners that launched on Ethereum – announced that it plans to move to Stacks via an NFT bridge between Ethereum and the Stacks blockchain. 

“Using Satoshi as our mascot, we have always felt that we are the NFT for Bitcoin enthusiasts, however, it’s a pretty hard sell when your project is on Ethereum,” the Satoshibles team admitted. 

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To bring its series of 5,000 algorithmically generated, Satoshi-themed NFTs close to the Bitcoin community, Satoshibles holders will be able to port their NFTs to Bitcoin via Stacks.

As the NFT market continues to grow and more NFTs “powered by Bitcoin” emerge, we could see even more money flowing into non-fungible tokens, especially when collectors can trust that their NFTs are secured by Bitcoin. 

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In a blog post, Blockstream explains that Lightnite players receive a unique Liquid token in their account every time they purchase or earn a skin. These tokens can then be withdrawn to a personal Blockstream wallet for safekeeping or to trade with other Lightnite players. Should a Lightnite player receive a skin outside of the game, they can deposit the Liquid token in their Lightnite account to receive the skin and deploy it in the game. 

Lightnite skins are not the only NFTs floating around on the Liquid Network. Another notable NFT project on Liquid is Raretoshi. 

Raretoshi is an NFT marketplace that enables artists to sell rare digital art for L-BTC (pegged bitcoin on Liquid), benefiting from lower transaction costs and the ability to get paid in bitcoin. 

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NFTs on Stacks: Web 3.0, built on Bitcoin

Stacks says it is a decentralized, open-source network built on Bitcoin that aims to unleash Bitcoin’s potential as a programmable base layer to build “a better Internet.” That means that developers can mint NFTs and build NFT marketplaces that are secured by the power of the Bitcoin network. 

The Stacks team says that “Bitcoin has all the properties that decentralized apps and smart contracts need: the security, the settlement assurances, the capital, and the network effects.” 

In light of Stacks’ Bitcoin-powered technology stack and the rising popularity of NFTs, it comes as little surprise that the first NFT ventures have already started to emerge on Stacks. 

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StacksArtSTXNFT, and Boom are examples of up-and-coming NFT platforms operating on the Stacks chain. 

Interestingly, Satoshibles – an NFT collection by bitcoiners for bitcoiners that launched on Ethereum – announced that it plans to move to Stacks via an NFT bridge between Ethereum and the Stacks blockchain. 

“Using Satoshi as our mascot, we have always felt that we are the NFT for Bitcoin enthusiasts, however, it’s a pretty hard sell when your project is on Ethereum,” the Satoshibles team admitted. 

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To bring its series of 5,000 algorithmically generated, Satoshi-themed NFTs close to the Bitcoin community, Satoshibles holders will be able to port their NFTs to Bitcoin via Stacks.

As the NFT market continues to grow and more NFTs “powered by Bitcoin” emerge, we could see even more money flowing into non-fungible tokens, especially when collectors can trust that their NFTs are secured by Bitcoin. 

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China Sort of Bans NFTs, But Local Internet Giants Keep Entering This Field

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Chinese authorities are prohibiting NFTs but allow digital collectibles instead; however, Internet giants keep entering the NFT space

According to the Chinese crypto blogger Colin Wu, Chinese regulators are in talks with major Internet companies about non-fungible tokens (NFTs) use.

He has reported exclusively that NFTs are not allowed to be used any more. However, instead digital collectibles are permitted.

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Still, local Internet giants and other major companies are still entering the NFT space actively. Recently, U.Today reported that McDonald’s in China has released a set of 188 NFTs to present to its staffers and customers in honor of the 31 anniversary of the company’s presence in China. These NFTs are called “Big Mac Rubik’s Cube”.

Tencent and Alibaba have also launched their NFTs platforms and DHL has released its NFTs too, Wu reminds.

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In late September, China also banned cryptocurrency transactions, marking them as illegal. However, Chinese citizens are still allowed to own Bitcoin legally as digital property.

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