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The Associated Press has launched its own NFT marketplace

for photojournalism

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The Associated Press , and AP , have announced they are creating a marketplace to sell NFTs from the work of their photojournalists in collaboration with Xooa. It describes its venture into NFTs as a way to allow collectors to “purchase award-winning contemporary or historic photojournalism from the news agency” and claims that virtual tokens will be available at “broad, inclusive price points” (though it is hard to predict what prices resellers will desire on the marketplace).

The news outlet claims its system will use the “environmentally-friendly” Polygon blockchain. It also says that NFTs will include a rich set “of original metadata” to show buyers when, where and how they were taken. It says its first collection, launching January 31st, will include NFTs featuring photos of “space, climate, war and other images to spotlights on the work of specific AP photographers.”

AP isn’t the first journalistic enterprise to use or express interest in NFTs. Quartz and The New York Times have sold copies of their articles as NFTs, and Getty Images’ CEO Craig Peters said in December that there’s “a real opportunity” for the company when it comes to NFTs. People won’t be debating about whether they want a Getty or an AP FFT anytime soon. However, the former seems to be more patient and said that he doesn’t feel the need for speeding into the space. This seems to be the biggest NFT-related effort from a major news source so far.

It does not seem that AP wants to sell its NFTs in a metaverse tie in (either as part a virtual museum or in an as decorations in an online accounting office as other media executives in music industry may be interested .). Its announcement and FAQ make no mention of the metaverse (outside of mentioning that Xooa also works with brands on “metaverse strategies” in the “About Xooa” section), and the project seems entirely aimed at collectors who want to, as the press release puts it, “seamlessly buy, sell and trade official AP digital collectibles through the marketplace.”

Buyers will be able to pay for NFTs from the market using either credit cards or Ethereum — AP says the MetaMask will be the first wallet supported but that there are plans to add support for others. You can buy NFTs from the market by creating virtual queues.

AP says that the proceeds from the NFTs’ sale will be used to fund its journalistic endeavors. It’ll also get revenue whenever they’re resold on its marketplace — the FAQ says there’s a 10 percent fee associated with reselling, and Xooa spokesperson Lauren Easton told The Verge in an email that the two companies would share that fee. (The transaction fees, or “gas” fees, that Ethereum is infamous for shouldn’t add too much to the price of sales, as they’re significantly lower on Polygon.) Easton told us that all revenue will be shared by the “photographers”, but did not specify their share.

AP says its marketplace is set to open on January 31st, but it does seem to be offering a sort of early access scheme; the landing page for the marketplace says you can get on a waitlist and that you can get “priority access” and a higher waitlist ranking if you refer others to sign up. If you’re the type of collector AP is targeting with these offerings (or you’re someone interested in how this type of marketplace will work), it’s worth doing a thorough read of the FAQ — it gets into how Xooa is planning on adding support for moving the NFTs to other marketplaces, talks about how the drops will work, and has tons of detail about the marketplace, account system, and the seller verification processes.

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VAST Completes Private Investor Round and Prepares to Launch First-Ever EngagementFi(tm), NFT Platform

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PRESS RELEASE. Miami, FL – VAST, the multimedia NFT marketplace that dropped the first-ever NFT sitcom featuring Snoop Dogg and The Harlem Globetrotters, has announced the completion of their strategic private investment round with leading blockchain venture capital firms: GHAF Capital, NGC Ventures, Skyman Ventures, Infinity Ventures Crypto, and Spartan Protocol.

The VAST backers consist of visionaries who are leaders in the blockchain space and whose portfolios make up much of the backbone for blockchain infrastructure. Huobi Ventures and Polygon Studios are the initial seed investors. Michael Jurkovac (VAST CEO and co-founder) says, “We are so grateful to our investors that support the future of VAST.” We are able to offer amazing experiences and opportunities for creators with their support

“As the metaverse phenomenon grows, the potential for VAST – and the celebrity metaverse it is creating, is huge,” Sandeep Nailwal, Co-Founder and COO of Polygon says.

The exciting news about the private round comes on top of VAST’s decentralized blockchain Polygon securing a credit-card integration to their platform. This is the first time for any platform on Polygon. This integration allows VAST users to easily buy MATIC, Polygon’s digital currency, with their credit card. They can also purchase NFTs using this integration.

VAST will now be able to finalize their next product, VAST EngageFi(tm), which is the first decentralized “Engage to earn” NFT platform. Creators will be able to drop NFTs and deliver value directly to their fans by using VAST EngageFi(tm). In the coming weeks, more details about VAST EngageFi(tm), will be revealed.

“VAST was one of my most exciting investments in the last three years,” states Hubertus Thunhauser, partner at GHAF Capital ,. “I can’t WAIT to see this platform, who cares so deeply about creating a better economic environment for artists, create a new rewards-ecosystem that includes creators, collectors, and media .”

ABOUT VASTx

VAST, the first premium multimedia platform to sell and buy rare NFTs, is now available. VAST was developed to help Creators, Influencers, and Brands build deeper engagement with their social network by launching NFT-Enhanced Content through online channels they own and control. VAST has generated more than 5 billion audited media impressions to date for content on its platform. This includes media from top sites such as ESPN, Vogue and Vanity Fair, GQ. Architectural Digest, Harper’s Bazaar, and GQ.

For more information about VAST, follow the project on Twitter and Instagram.


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Singapore High Court Injunction Blocks Sale or Transfer of BAYC #2162 NFT

The Singapore High Court has granted a court injunction which stops or blocks the sale of a Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) non-fungible token (NFT) that one man claims was wrongfully taken away from him.

NFT Used as Collateral

A Singapore man has won a court injunction that blocks the sale or potential transfer of a Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) non-fungible token (NFT) that he claims to be rightfully his. According to a report, the NFT is currently in the possession of an online lender named Chefpierre.

The man, who has been identified by the Strait Times (ST) as Janesh Rajkumar, is seeking to recover the BAYC 2162 NFT which he pledged as his security for a loan obtained from Chefpierre. Rajkumar claimed the NFT was wrongfully taken from him.

The Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs are popular with celebrities, some of whom have paid large sums of money to acquire them. The ST report notes Madonna is the latest celebrity to become the owner of a BAYC non-fungible token, after she reportedly paid 180 ETH.

BAYC’s Rare Attributes

Detailing the NFT’s uniqueness, Rajkumar argued the collection is rare even among BAYC NFTs because it has attributes that enable the holder to create another exclusive series. Leveraging the NFT’s rarity and high value, Rajkumar was able to use the BAYC as collateral when borrowing.

In his arguments before the Singapore High Court, Rajkumar insisted his loan agreement with Chiefpierre stipulated he was not relinquishing ownership of the NFT. In the event he failed to pay back on time, Rajkumar would inform the lender who then had to provide a reasonable extension of the repayment period.

The agreement also specified that the lender could not exercise the foreclose option, Rajkumar argued.

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Terence Zimwara

Terence Zimwara is a Zimbabwe award-winning journalist, author and writer. He has written extensively about the economic troubles of some African countries as well as how digital currencies can provide Africans with an escape route.

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Dvision Network Announces New Land Staking Feature to Bolster Virtual Plot Utility

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PRESS RELEASE. The Dvision Network has recently announced the new ‘LAND Staking Feature‘ in their Dvision Metaverse, with the development being finalized to present a new use case to the virtual plot owners. Officially, Dvision LAND NFT users can now stake their plot and receive DVG points or additional NFT items through the new LAND staking program. This is a crucial component of the entire project and its ecosystem as Dvision currently has about 10,000 LAND owners, as a result of 3 finalized rounds of the LAND Sales, eager to deliver fascinating and advanced content to Dvision World.

Important details to note

Dvision Network launched a new NFT staking solution to improve the usability of the digital plots, and the team has hence already completed three successful LAND sales across several platforms. Furthermore, over 10,000 LANDs have been sold through platforms such as Shopify, Binance NFT, OpenSea, and NFTb.

The LAND staking function, in fact, is the first utility to link to virtual plots before the formal launch. The ‘MetaCities’ will use the LANDs to eventually introduce content created by individuals within Dvision Metaverse.

What else is there to know?

The Dvision team created DVG (Dvision Gold) a new rewards program. This is a digital reward currency which is needed to improve PETs and allow consumers to use P2E (Play to Earn) in Dvision World. The staking period can be broken down into three stages: one month, three and six months. Users will get a higher payoff if they stake longer. ‘Random Building Boxes’ will also be distributed beginning with the 90-day staking period. There is no difference in the type of building. However, users will always receive one regardless of whether they open a random box.

It is worth mentioning Dvision Network’s technological advancements in recent times. They have integrated Coinbase Wallet and Bitski with Wallet Connect, Wallet Connect, and Fortmatic which allow their metaverse users to have a simplified and varied access to their virtual world. Dvision Network previously announced that they are going completely on-chain and integrating Filecoin and IPFS data storage solutions to securely store their data.

About Dvision

Dvision Network, a blockchain-enabled NFT network, aims to be the best in business. Dvision utilizes its VR technology to create a cutting-edge metaverse environment that is accessible to all users worldwide. Designers, companies and all users can enjoy a dynamic and rewarding metaverse experience. Visit Dvision’s website, Medium, Telegram and Twitter channels for additional information and frequent updates.


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