Bitcoin, Ether Gain in Value After Difficult Start to the Week: Bitcoin showed signs of recovery on Tuesday after a poor start to the week saw the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization slide in value by over 3.43 percent. Bitcoin’s valuation has now risen by over 2.07 percent over the past 24 hours ahead of an expected US Federal Reserve fiscal policy announcement on Wednesday. Bitcoin is currently valued at $51,718 (roughly Rs. 39.05 lakh) on Indian exchange CoinSwitch Kuber, while global exchanges like CoinMarketCap, paint a similar picture with the price of Bitcoin up by 3.07 percent to value it at $48,684 (roughly Rs. 36.76 lakh).
Similar to Bitcoin, Ether saw a run in the green too after a disastrous dip of over 7 percent on Monday. The cryptocurrency is up by 1.58 percent over the past 24 hours in what has been a poor run for Ether over the course of the past two weeks. At the time of publishing, Ether is valued at $4,132 (roughly Rs. 3.12 lakh) on CoinSwitch Kuber while values on global exchanges see the second-largest crypto by market cap pegged at $3,884 (roughly Rs. 2.93 lakh), where the coin has shot up in value by 2.31 percent over the past 24 hours.
Gadgets 360’s cryptocurrency price tracker shows that most other altcoins have fared well over the past 24 hours too.
Cardano, Polygon, Ripple, Litecoin and, Uniswap are all on the up, while Tether and Polkadot were the only popular altcoins to dip in value over the past 24 hours.
Meanwhile, in the battle for meme coin supremacy, Dogecoin, the original dog coin, shot up in value by 12.44 percent. DOGE is currently valued at $0.19 (roughly Rs. 14.45), while Shiba Inu is up by 1.66 percent to be valued at $0.000034 (roughly Rs. 0.002563).
The spike for Dogecoin comes after Elon Musk aka ‘Dogefather’ was named Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year”. Musk used the opportunity to mention in an interview with the publication that meme-based Dogecoin is much better than Bitcoin for everyday payments. He later tweeted to announce that Tesla will be accepting DOGE payments for select merchandise. The verified Twitter account of Dogecoin also posted a clipping of Musk’s interview, thanking the tech mogul for “dropping some straight facts” about the original meme coin.
Elsewhere, in the metaverse space, Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) creator Yuga Labs has announced that it is working with The Sandbox maker Animoca Brands on a play-to-earn blockchain-based game that is set to launch in Q2 2022. Specifics have not been detailed yet but the game will utilize Bored Ape non-fungible token (NFTs) which include a collection of 10,000 NFT images that have become well-established in popular culture.
Sportwear brand Nike also announced that it had bought virtual sneaker company RTFKT for an undisclosed sum, as the sportswear giant looks to quickly expand its footprint in the fast-growing “metaverse”. Last month, Nike became one of the first big brands to enter the shared virtual world that gained prominence after Facebook rebranded itself Meta Platforms.