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Apecoin, the Ethereum-based token tied to the extensively fashionable and nearly positively most likely not 4Chan-related Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT undertaking, noticed its market cap drop by 67.2% or $4.3 billion throughout May and it has continued to slip since.

Despite bearish macro elements looming over each crypto and inventory markets all through 2022, May specifically was a tough month for crypto (thanks Terra!)

Much like many different belongings, Apecoin was unable to flee the brunt of this downturn, and its market cap declined by $4.3 billion to sit down at roughly $2.1 billion by May 31 as the value dropped from $21.27 to $6.97, based on knowledge from CoinGecko.

APE/USD: CoinGecko

Trading volumes have been round $5.7 billion initially of May however fell to $498 million by the top of the month.

Since then the market cap has continued to slip to $1.3 billion, with a worth of $4.40 per token on the time of writing, whereas 24-hour buying and selling quantity is presently totaling round $264 million. That’s the bottom because it launched in March.

Overall, Apecoin is down 83.5% since its all-time excessive market cap of $6.81 billion at a worth of $26.70 per token on April 28.

Pharrell Williams indicators on to Doodles NFTs

Doodles, one of many high NFT initiatives within the house based by revered artist Burnt Toast, has signed iconic musician Pharrell Williams as its Chief Brand Officer.

To date, the Doodles NFT undertaking has generated round $503 million value of secondary gross sales since launch in October 2021, and the crew is presently gearing up for its second NFT drop of 10,000 tokenized avatars at a yet-to-be-revealed time later this 12 months.

Williams is the person behind the much-loved, gut-wrenching, headache-inducing tune “Happy” that has greater than 1 billion performs on YouTube, and can work to information the undertaking’s technique regarding paintings, music, product strains, animation and digital/public occasions. The musician may even produce a Doodles-inspired music album titled “Doodles Records: Volume 1.”

The announcement was made on the NYC NFT occasion on June 22, with the undertaking additionally revealing it had closed a funding spherical led by Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian’s VC agency, Seven Seven Six. The quantity of capital was undisclosed nonetheless.

“I’m an enormous fan of the model,” mentioned Williams in a video message, including that “We’re going to construct from the core group outward and convey Doodles to new heights, new ranges.”

NFT artwork helps the general artwork market: Expert

Art professional Magnus Resch thinks that mainstream adoption of NFT tech helps break down the boundaries to artwork assortment and is attracting new patrons to a subject that has usually struggled for numbers because of its elitist nature.

Resch is an artwork market economist and holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. He has additionally authored two books on the artwork enterprise dubbed “Management of Art Galleries” and “How to Become a Successful Artist.”

Speaking with Art News on June 23, Resch highlighted an fascinating level on tokenized artwork, as he argued that the value transparency and the relative ease of buying makes it a lot much less threatening for brand new collectors to enter the market:

The biggest problem in the art market is that we have too many visitors and too few buyers, the number of buyers is going down. And why is that? Because buyers are scared to enter the art world. It’s too elitist, it’s not open to first-time buyers. If you don’t manage to convince rookies [to join] into the art world, we will all fail.

“But NFTs can help solve this issue. Suddenly there are people buying because they had the full transparency of prices and automatic access,” he added.

Related: Nonfungible airdrops: Could NFA turn out to be the subsequent large acronym within the crypto house?

Solana is constructing a smartphone, cue jokes

Solana blockchain/Solana Labs co-founder and CEO Anatoly Yakovenko has introduced that the crew will roll out an Android web3-focused smartphone in Q1 2023 named Saga.

The cellphone may have a 6.67-inch 120Hz OLED show, 512GB of storage, 12GB of RAM, and can be powered by Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip. It may even have a 50-megapixel main digicam and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide shooter. It can be priced at $1,000 and pre-orders with a deposit of $100 at the moment are open.

No phrase but on whether or not the cellphone will go offline each different month and require a handbook reboot.

Other Nifty News:

Instagram’s mother or father firm, Meta, introduced on June 22 that it’ll start testing NFTs on Instagram Stories utilizing its augmented actuality platform Spark AR.

eBay, an e-commerce big, on June 22 introduced the acquisition KnownOrigin — an NFT market that may assist the agency foray additional into the world of blockchain expertise and digital collectibles.