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What’s In Store For MicroStrategy Going Forward? CEO Michael Saylor Reveals

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MicroStrategy has been topping its bitcoin holdings in the last year and is now the public company with the largest bitcoin holdings in the world. Presently, the firm holds over 124K BTC on its balance sheet, worth over $5 billion, remaining in profit despite the recent downtrend. However, with such a large holding, one tends to wonder what the company plans to do with the digital asset in the future.

Bitcoin Is Unstoppable

MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor was on CNBC to talk about the future of the firm which had made a name for itself due to its various bitcoin buys. Saylor who is a big proponent of the digital asset and a BTC maximalist talked about what the firm had planned for the future, as well as what it planned to do with its bitcoin holdings going forward.

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The CEO starts out by explaining that he remains a strong supporter of bitcoin, which he refers to as “compelling and unstoppable.” This has previously been highlighted at various times by Saylor with his public support for the digital asset. At every possible moment, the CEO has said that bitcoin is the answer to major problems like inflation and is the leading digital property.

On the topic of regulation, Saylor explains that he believes that regulation would, in the end, be beneficial for the digital asset. “The regulatory clarity is going to accelerate institutional adoption of bitcoin and you’re going to see large flows of capital enter the asset class as this continues,” the CEO said.

BTC trending at $43K | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com

What MicroStrategy Has Planned For The Future

As for MicroStrategy’s plan for the future, the CEO explained that the company will continue to operate as it always has. The company which sells enterprise software has been very profitable so far. With its bitcoin plan, it has seen an uptick in profitability and its stock is up by a factor of four, according to Saylor.

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“Look, our long term strategy is kind of like Harvard University. We’re running a university but we have an endowment. MicroStrategy is selling enterprise software. We generate $100 million in cash flow a year – in a good year – and we are reinvesting that cash in our endowment. Our endowment is 100% bitcoin.”

Saylor adds that MicroStrategy plans to acquire and hold bitcoin as a balance sheet. As for the operations, the company will continue to sell its enterprise software everywhere in the world.

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Sports NFT Marketplace Lympo Suffers An $18.7 Million Hack

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The latest in the industry is the hacking of Lympo, a sports NFT platform and a subsidiary of Animoca Brands. Through hot wallet hacking, the platform just lost about 165.2 million LMT tokens, equivalent to $18.7 million during the time of this hack.

Cryptocurrency hacking, though not frequently experienced, remains of the risks that some protocols have to suffer.

An update through Medium from the Lympo team confirms the recent hacking from the platform on Jan 10. According to the report, the hackers accessed the protocol’s operational hot wallet and looted about 165.2 million LMT tokens.

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Furthermore, the post revealed that the cybersecurity attack led to the compromise of 10 different project wallets. Also, the majority of the hacked tokens were moved to one single address from where they were swapped on both Sushiswap and Uniswap for Ether (ETH) and were later transferred somewhere else.

With this looting of the LMT from its hot wallets, the price of the token plummeted by 92% to $0.0093.

Lympo Team To Fix Grudges

Subsequently, the protocol’s team released a tweet stating that they are striving to stabilize the circumstance as well as to return their operations to normal. Additionally, the team mentioned its removal of liquidity LMT from liquidity pools. According to them, this will help in reducing the crypto price disruption.

Moreover, the team by the early hours of Jan 11, advised traders to place a hold on the buying and selling of LMT tokens. They intend to first complete their investigation and outline their possible line of action.

With the removal of liquidity from pool trading LMT, there will be a negative effect for traders. This means the traders can’t buy or sell remarkable token amounts without encountering some value loss.

Being a subsidiary of Animoca Brands, the Animoca teams has fully thrown their support to Lympo. In one of his speeches, Yat Siu, the CEO of Animoca said that they are helping Lympo with for recovery though they have not taken any specific mechanism for that.

Another Crypto Hacking On Hot Wallet

Similar to Lympo’s hot wallet security breach, a centralized crypto exchange, LCX, on Jan 8, lost about $7 million from its hot wallet. This hacking cuts across 8 different crypto coins on the exchange.

Most of the funds from the LCX hacking were swapped for ETH. The proceeds were later transferred to Tornado Cash which is a privacy tool with the feature of concealing both the source and destination of ETH tokens. The LCX hacking involved different amounts of LINK, MKR, USDC, ETH, LCX, SAND, QNT, and ENJ.

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Through its update on January 10, the LCX notified its users of its compensation plan for their losses. Also, it assures them that there was no compromise of any personal data from the attack.

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Walmart All-set to Enter NFT and Metaverse Arena

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  • There have been a total of seven distinct applications for consideration.
  • Nike purchased RTFKT, a virtual sneaker firm, in December.

Following last year’s false allegations regarding Walmart and Litecoin, the US retail behemoth has formally filed documentation with local authorities to join the cryptocurrency and metaverse arena. According to reports, Walmart aims to develop its own cryptocurrency and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) in the metaverse.

Recently, the big-box store filed many new trademarks showing its intention to produce and sell virtual items, such as electrical devices, home décor and furnishings and a toy or recreational equipment and personal hygiene products. NFTs and a virtual currency will be offered to customers, according to the company’s application.

It has been reported that Walmart submitted the applications on December 30th, according to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. There have been a total of seven distinct applications for consideration.

Major Players Are Already Onboard

According to Gerben, trademark attorney, companies have been scrambling to find out how they would fit into the virtual world since Facebook announced it was changing its corporate name to Meta, suggesting its goals beyond social networking.

Sneaker and clothing company Nike has filed many trademark applications indicating that it intends to offer virtual versions of its products. Within a few days, it was announced that Nike would be collaborating with Roblox to build a whole new virtual environment dubbed Nikeland. It purchased RTFKT, a virtual sneaker firm, in December.

Gap has recently begun offering non-traditional T-shirts with the company’s trademark emblem. NFTs will be sold in levels ranging from $8.30 to $415 and come with a tangible hoodie, according to the fashion company. Adidas and Under Armour’s NFT releases sold out last month, as well. OpenSea’s NFT marketplace has seen a surge in demand for these items.

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FinTech Scotland Celebrates 5th Year, Showcased Remarkable Growth Since Debut

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FinTech Scotland Celebrates 5th Year, Showcased Remarkable Growth Since Debut