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Blockchain — The Platform-Pioneer Of Short Video Clips — Seamlessly Integrates Watch-to-Earn Monetization For Its 100M+ Users




Pioneering micro-video social platform is moving into Web3 with the launch of an innovative Watch-to-Earn content monetization model and the industry’s first NFT marketplace offering NFTs that are already generating rewards for collectors in Q3, 2022. pioneered the very first meme video clips long before TikTok and Instagram Reels began to surface and has been amassing quite a considerable following since 2012, boasting a community of over 106 million yearly active users. Now, for its 10-year anniversary, the platform is tapping into the world of Web3 with a brand new concept — Watch-to-Earn (W2E) — which will enable those who create and watch videos to instantly get rewarded for every view, like, comment, and share.

The transition to W2E will be carried out smoothly without changing the user experience, with a new feature — a tangible value tied to each of the coubs created, which will be displayed for 12+ million unique clips at The team are looking to ensure a smooth transition with innovative implementations, such as non-custodial Coub Wallets natively provided to all users. Another addition, the NFT Marketplace, will offer advanced monetization tools allowing creators not only to capitalize on the success of video clips but also to convert them into NFTs that can be later sold.

Through the launch of the NFT Marketplace, is introducing a new class of collectable NFT assets, which offer quantifiable ownership benefits to collectors. Each Coub NFT contains not just media assets but also a proportionate share of all future W2E earnings from the purchased NFT. All the NFTs also bear an inherent value that Coub users can assess on the basis of content statistics collected and proven by the blockchain. This gives buyers an accurate tool for assessing the real market value of an NFT and predicting its future income, which continues to be generated after the owner changes.

To complete the final transition to the Web3 architecture, will introduce CoubDAO — a Decentralized Autonomous Organization — that will enable creators and viewers to participate in the governance of the platform. Users will be able to propose and vote on any changes and upgrades to the platform using two tokens — vCOUB (tokens rewarded for activity on the platform) and COUB (utility tokens that can be used for trading NFTs and unlocking additional W2E opportunities). The integration of a DAO architecture will allow to strengthen its community-driven focus and make millions of creators and viewers not just platform users, but a part of its ongoing growth.

The platform team has spent a number of months thoroughly researching, designing, and implementing a robust and secure on-chain infrastructure that will sit behind the W2E and NFT Marketplace. To address questions surrounding the legal framework at play when monetizing artwork, the platform plans to implement an innovative on/off-chain legal system with a ContentID engine that will ensure the fair tracking of royalties and provide creators with convenient music library to pick soundtracks for their coubs. The platform is also cooperating with a leading blockchain security audit firm to ensure that it can handle the 106 million+ users currently involved with the platform.

The launch of Coub’s Watch-to-Earn platform will entail the introduction of extensive functionalities and new modules throughout the second and third quarters of 2022. Users who want to avail early-bird benefits

can access a wait list which is now open on the website.


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Web3 Startups Raise Nearly $1.9B in Q1 2024 Despite Overall Downtrend in Crypto VC Interest




Venture capital funding for cryptocurrency and blockchain projects has seen a notable resurgence in the first quarter of 2024, marking its first quarterly rise since 2021. Crunchbase data released today indicates that Web3 startups secured nearly $1.9 billion in funding across 346 deals during this period. This represents a substantial 58% increase from the previous quarter, offering a glimmer of hope amidst the ongoing downward trend in overall crypto VC interest.

The recent surge in funding can be attributed to investors adopting a more long-term perspective on Web3, as opposed to the hype-driven “tourist investors” predominant in recent years. Chris Metinko, the author of the report, notes that investors are shifting their focus to the AI sector, indicating a change in investment strategy. There is a growing interest in supporting the foundational infrastructure of the decentralized internet, rather than solely concentrating on crypto wallets and lending platforms, which attracted significant investments during the peak period of 2021 to 2022.

While large funding rounds were relatively uncommon in Q1, several notable investments stood out. Exohood Labs, a company integrating AI, quantum computing, and blockchain, secured a remarkable $112 million seed round at a valuation of $1.4 billion. EigenLabs, an Ether token “restaking” platform, raised $100 million in a Series B round led by a16z crypto. Additionally, Freechat, a decentralized social network leveraging blockchain technology, secured $80 million in a Series A round. These investments, among others, contributed to the increase in valuations and the emergence of four new Web3 unicorns in Q1.

Despite the recent progress, the future trajectory of Web3 remains uncertain. Metinko suggests that the next few quarters will be pivotal in determining the industry’s direction. While investors anticipate a rebound in investment as the decentralized internet evolves, it may take another year for venture capital activity to stabilize after the exuberance of 2021. Factors such as the approval of U.S. spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds and the upcoming Bitcoin halving could also influence the market, given the rising prices of Bitcoin and Ether.

A noteworthy example of significant funding in the Web3 space is Monad Labs’ recent successful funding round, which secured $225 million led by Paradigm. Monad Labs is a layer-1 blockchain compatible with Ethereum, offering faster transaction processing. This funding round harkens back to the golden era of crypto funding in 2021-2022, when L1 solutions attracted substantial investments.

Earlier this year, Balance, a digital asset custodian based in Canada, announced that it had once again reached $2 billion in assets under custody (AUC) amidst the recent market recovery. Similarly, Korea Digital Asset (KODA), the largest institutional crypto custody service in South Korea, has experienced remarkable growth in crypto assets under its custody, expanding by nearly 248% in the second half of 2023.

Analysts at Bernstein Research project that crypto funds could reach an impressive $500 billion to $650 billion within the next five years, representing a significant leap from the current valuation of approximately $50 billion. This forecast underscores the growing optimism and potential for substantial growth within the crypto industry in the coming years.


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ASIC cracks down on blockchain mining firms




Three blockchain mining companies – NGS Crypto, NGS Digital, and NGS Group – along with their directors, Brett Mendham, Ryan Brown, and Mark Ten Caten, are facing legal action from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) for allegedly operating without a license, in violation of Australia’s Corporations Act. ASIC initiated legal proceedings against these entities on April 9, citing concerns about their non-compliance with financial regulations and their solicitation of Australian investors.

According to ASIC, the NGS companies promoted blockchain mining packages with fixed-rate returns to Australian investors, encouraging the transfer of funds from regulated superannuation funds to self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) for conversion into cryptocurrency. Approximately 450 Australians invested a total of around USD 41 million in these packages, raising concerns about potential financial losses.

The legal action filed by ASIC alleges that the companies violated section 911A of the Corporations Act, which prohibits companies from providing financial services without a valid Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL). ASIC is seeking interim and final court orders to prohibit the NGS companies from offering financial services in Australia without an AFSL.

ASIC Chair Joe Longo emphasized the importance of investors carefully considering the risks before investing in crypto-related products through their SMSFs. Longo stated that ASIC’s actions send a message to the crypto industry about the regulator’s commitment to ensuring compliance with regulations and protecting consumers.

In a separate development, the Federal Court appointed receivers for the digital currency assets associated with the NGS companies and their directors to safeguard these assets amid concerns about the risk of dissipation. Mendham was also issued a travel restriction order, preventing him from leaving Australia.

While a court date for the proceedings has not been set, ASIC’s investigation is ongoing, with the regulator continuing to gather evidence and build its case. It is worth noting that the investigated companies share a similar name with NGS Super, a legitimate Australian pensions provider, leading to potential confusion among investors. NGS Super clarified that it is not involved in selling cryptocurrency or related products and has taken legal action to protect its trademark and members’ interests.


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