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World-Renowned Artist May Pang Presents John Lennon’s Lost Weekend Experience, The “Walls and Bridges” NFT Collection, in Partnership with McCartney Multimedia and Oasis Digital Studios

Liquid Avatar Release | May 10, 2021

John Lennon walls and bridges - World-Renowned Artist May Pang Presents John Lennon’s Lost Weekend Experience, The "Walls and Bridges" NFT Collection, in Partnership with McCartney Multimedia and Oasis Digital Studios
Exclusive collection of never-before-seen photographs of John cinematically enhanced and created with AR-technology to be sold as limited edition, Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs)

TORONTO, ON and VANCOUVER, BC and ERIE, PA and LOS ANGELES, CA and NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / May 10, 2021 / Liquid Avatar Technologies Inc. (CSE:LQID)(OTC PINK:TRWRF)(FRA:4T51), ImagineAR Inc. (IP)(IPNFF), McCartney Multimedia Inc. and Oasis Digital Studios proudly announce a truly historical collaboration, revealing new, never-before-seen photos of Rock Legend, John Lennon, that drops for viewing today, as part of an exclusive group of 15 limited edition photographic and animated NFTs with AR enhancements, that recount the original inspiration of John's Walls and Bridges album cover art. Music enthusiasts and John Lennon fans will be able to purchase these NFTs in two special offerings, as original format, variations, and cinematics, starting May 19th, gaining digital ownership of a representation of a very personal time in his life. Most of these photos have never been seen publicly before and have been preserved as part of music history.

"I'm proud to share these portraits of John, which became the inspiration for the Walls and Bridges album artwork as NFTs, allowing music fans and collectors the opportunity to own a piece of music history," said May Pang, artist, and ex-partner of John Lennon. "I have kept them in my personal collection for almost 50 years and I am excited to present them in this new and innovative form. I know that John, a man of music and art who was always well ahead of his time, would have been excited to experience the emergence of NFTs."

This commemorative moment is made possible through Oasis Digital Studios. A preview of the collection has been made available, as of Sunday, May 9th, marking John's affinity for the number 9 at https://oasisdigitalstudios.com/nft-marketplace/

"We are very excited to launch this historical collaboration showcasing, through NFTs and augmented reality, an amazing time in John and May's life and work together," stated David Lucatch, Managing Director of Oasis and CEO of Liquid Avatar. "It's been an honor to work with May to share this personal collection of hers during a very cherished time in her and John's life and open them to music fans around the world as cinematically and Augmented Reality enhanced NFTs. We're grateful and honored to be able to bring these iconic photos to millions of John's fans around the world."

Walls and Bridges Album Cover Artwork - The Unknown Story.

The album cover for Walls and Bridges featured some of John Lennon's childhood drawings, including one portraying a game of football, specifically the goal scored by George Robledo in the 1952 FA Cup Final. That drawing also featured Newcastle United's number 9, Jackie Milburn; as a child, John lived at 9 Newcastle Road and it, along with his birth date, October 9th, fueled a lifelong fascination with that number. The album also features a series of photos of Lennon's face with different expressions. The front cover contained two flaps which, when folded, created several interchangeable "Lennon faces," some of them silly. This is where May came in.

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While discussing the creation of the album cover, John and May had an idea. They went up to the rooftop of the Record Plant Studios where he was recording at 321 W. 44th Street in NYC, and she started to take fun and candid photographs of John with her Nikon 35mm camera, capturing the playful essence that was the true John Lennon.

When the photos were developed, which you see now on the official landing page for the sale of these images as NFTs, they were well-received, but the 35mm format was not the right size for the album design requirements, and unlike digital images today, nothing could be done to change that back in 1974.

New photographs were taken by photographer Bob Gruen, based on the concept and designs that John and May created and the final art for the album was credited to Capitol's in-house designer Roy Kohara. May's photographs of John are a combination of works done both at the Record Plant Studios and John and May's home rooftop.

Walls and Bridges - The Album

In September 1973, while separated from 2nd wife Yoko, John and May Pang left New York for Los Angeles to promote Mind Games and began an 18-month relationship, which John affectionately and publicly referred to this period of his life as his "Lost Weekend."

While there, John embarked on a recording project -- a collaboration with Phil Spector, to record and produce an album of the old rock 'n' roll songs that inspired John to become a musician. The album, Rock ‘n' Roll, was ultimately completed in New York using the same musicians he used on Walls and Bridges.

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Walls and Bridges was John's the fifth studio album and captured his mindset and feelings in the midst of the "Lost Weekend." The album was released by Apple Records on September 26, 1974 in the United States and on October 4, 1974 in the United Kingdom. Walls and Bridges was an American #1 album in all three trade papers, Billboard, Cashbox and Record World and included two hit singles, "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night" which hit #1 and was John's first and only number-one hit as a solo artist in his lifetime and "#9 Dream" which fittingly peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #23 on the British singles chart.

The Walls and Bridges album was certified gold in the US and silver in the UK. As a surprise from John, May was awarded an RIAA, Recording Industry Association of America Gold Record for her contributions to the album.

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A Visual Explanation of Algorithmic Stablecoins

Dragonfly Research | Haseeb Qureshi | Apr 27, 2021

Stablecoins full reserve bank - A Visual Explanation of Algorithmic StablecoinsStablecoin usage has exploded in the last year. And yet, fewer and fewer people seem to understand how these stablecoins actually work.

For some reason, stablecoin creators are obsessed with making these designs seem impenetrably complex. Almost every white paper is mired in equations and newly invented jargon, as though their authors are trying to convince you: trust me, you’re not smart enough to understand this.

I don’t agree. At bottom, all stablecoin design is pretty simple. I’m going to show you a simple visual language to understand how all stablecoins work.

Think of each stablecoin protocol as a bank. They each hold assets and owe liabilities. Each of them captures value somehow and distributes that value to “equity” holders.

Consider a normal full-reserve bank.

On the left side are its real assets — the actual physical dollars it holds in reserve. On the right side are its liabilities—call them “digital dollars”—which are claims on the assets in reserve.

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In a full-reserve bank, each liability is matched 1:1 with assets in reserve. If someone with a digital dollar asks for the cash back, the holder is given the physical dollar and the corresponding digital liability is destroyed. This is how Tether, USDC, and every other fiat-backed stablecoin works.

The equity of the bank belongs to shareholders — investors in the bank — and they make money from the fees the bank charges. In Tether’s case, the owners of Tether Ltd. are the shareholders, and their profits come from the Tether minting and redemption fees.

Every liability of a full-reserve bank should maintain a close peg to a dollar, since it’s always redeemable for $1 in reserve. So long as the bank maintains cheap convertibility, arbitrageurs will ensure this effortlessly maintains its peg.

So that’s a vanilla full-reserve bank. It’s an obvious model, but it will help illustrate how crypto banks are different.

Full-reserve Crypto Stablecoins

How would you create a crypto full-reserve bank whose liabilities are stable dollars?

Given crypto just reinvented money, the first thing you’d want to do is swap out the USD assets for crypto assets. But crypto is volatile, so 1:1 backing won’t work if your liabilities are in dollars. If the value of crypto goes down, the bank will be left undercollateralized.

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So just do the obvious thing: put down an extra cushion of crypto to give you a buffer in case the crypto goes down.

This is basically how MakerDAO works.

Dai’s peg is currently stable.

Notice that the assets in reserve are significantly larger than the total liabilities (Dai). This keeps the whole system secure.

(I’m glossing over a bunch of details here. But for the purposes of comparing MakerDAO to other models, this is a good start.)

Now let’s look at Synthetix.

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DeFi Users Explode as ETH Makes New Highs

The Defiant | | Apr 29, 2021

ethereum continued growth - DeFi Users Explode as ETH Makes New HighsETH is breaking new all-time highs of just under $2,800 on Thursday, and the breathtaking rally from $200 a year ago is coming with a boom in users.

MetaMask said it has surpassed the 5M monthly active users milestone, while a popular Dune Analytics dashboard shows DeFi users just recently climbed above 2M for the first time.

MetaMask Boom

MetaMask’s active user base has grown 400% during the past six months, according to the April 27 blog post.

The DeFi wallet had reached 1M cumulative monthly active users across its browser extension and mobile app for the first time in October 2020. Now in April, MetaMask is reporting over 5M active users over the past month.

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MetaMask attributed the influx of users to a combination of factors including the NFT craze and increased interest in DeFi from people in what the company calls “the Global South.”

“India and Indonesia are both in the top 5 countries in terms of MetaMask mobile adoption, while Vietnam and Nigeria are in the top 10,” the post says. “Many people in these countries do not trust their governments, and thus eagerly look towards alternatives.”

MetaMask also noted a significant uptick in usage of their in-wallet token swap function, MetaMask Swaps, reporting over $2B in accumulated transaction volume over a six-month period.

The Larger DeFi Boom

MetaMask’s growth is reflective of the larger explosive growth in overall DeFi users during the past few months.

Based on “DeFi Users Over Time” data compiled by 1confirmation’s Richard Chen using Dune Analytics, which tracks unique addresses interacting with major DeFi dapps, there were 586k Defi users at the beginning of October 2020. The DeFi user base has since grown about 240% to over 2M users.

To be sure, a single user can have multiple unique addresses, so the Dune Analytics numbers are somewhat inflated.

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Source: Dune Analytics

Still, these analytics only reflect users interacting with 26 major DeFi apps like Uniswap, Compound, and 1Inch, which doesn’t encompass all DeFi dapps.

As indicated by MetaMask’s 5M monthly active users, there are potentially a large number of people who limit their Web3 activity to holding and swapping within their wallets using features like MetaMask Swap.

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Tesla Sold Some Bitcoins

Bloomberg Opinion | Matt Levine | Apr 28, 2021

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Tesla Bitcoin

I wrote back in February:

A funny thing for Elon Musk to do would be:

  1. Tesla Inc. buys some Bitcoin.
    2. Tesla announces that Bitcoin is good now and that it bought some.
    3. The price of Bitcoin goes up, because institutional adoption of Bitcoin is good for its price, but also because, by the Elon Markets Hypothesis, anything that Musk buys goes up.
    4. Tesla sells some Bitcoin, making a profit.
    5. Musk tweets that the price of Bitcoin is too high.
    6. Bitcoin prices go down due to the Elon Markets Hypothesis.
    7. Go to Step 1.

Well, on Monday Tesla announced earnings, and guess what guess what guess what:

Tesla pulled a new lever to juice earnings in the quarter, generating $101 million in income from selling about 10% of its Bitcoin holdings.

Profit from the cryptocurrency and the sale of regulatory credits and tax benefits contributed about 25 cents to Tesla’s adjusted earnings of 93 cents a share, allowing the carmaker to beat Wall Street’s 80-cent average estimate, Dan Levy, an analyst with Credit Suisse, wrote in a note Monday.

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That’s wonderful, my sincere congratulations to them. People want to be mad about this? There is a vague sense out there that it is somehow fraud to buy a thing, say you like it, and then sell some of it. For instance Dave Portnoy, who I guess is an investment celebrity now, used the words “pumps” and “dumps” to describe Tesla’s actions on Twitter, prompting Musk to reply that “Tesla sold 10% of its holdings essentially to prove liquidity of Bitcoin as an alternative to holding cash on balance sheet.” (Tesla’s “Master of Coin,” Chief Financial Officer Zachary Kirkhorn, also talked a lot about liquidity on the earnings call; Tesla decided to put a chunk of its corporate cash into Bitcoin and I guess needed to make sure that its money wasn’t trapped. A reasonable concern! “We've been quite pleased with how much liquidity there is in the Bitcoin market,” said Kirkhorn.)

For myself, I want to be absolutely clear that:

  1. I don’t think there’s anything illegal about Tesla buying Bitcoin, saying that it bought Bitcoin, and then selling Bitcoin when the price goes up. There’s no indication that Tesla, or Musk, were lying about any of this. (Not legal advice!)
  2. I think that's cool and fun, I’m glad they did it, and I hope they’ll do it again.
  3. I think that, if you can reliably do that — if you are Elon Musk and you can make Bitcoin go up by tweeting about it — you almost have an obligation to do it? Perhaps a fiduciary obligation to your shareholders, but at least a sort of aesthetic obligation to comedy. If Bitcoin wants Musk to manipulate it, Musk really ought to manipulate it.

As I wrote in February, when Tesla bought the Bitcoins:

Musk is in the nice position of being able to spend billions of dollars buying assets in liquid anonymous markets, and then make those assets go up just by tweeting about them. If you can do that, you should! If you can buy a thing secretly, announce “I own the thing,” reliably cause the thing’s price to go up a lot, and then — if you want — sell the thing secretly, then that’s a great business right there. Talk about clean energy; that’s a perpetual motion machine.

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Or people have a sense that these earnings are somehow fake, less real than earnings from making and selling cars? The New York Times says that the Bitcoin sales “led to a $101 million accounting boost,” which makes it sound like it’s not an economic boost. But it is! That’s an extra $101 million of real U.S. dollars that came in the door from selling Bitcoin for a profit.

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Central bank digital currencies: towards global adoption

PwC | April 2021

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Challenges related to new monetary infrastructures and opportunities for businesses

Payment behaviour is changing. Cash is being used less and less with the generalisation of bank card payments: just 28% of the amount of point-of-sale transactions is made in cash according to the Banque de France, and is declining year-on-year.

In order to support these societal changes, improve the efficiency of payment systems and remain competitive, central banks are exploring the potential of innovative technologies. The ambition of creating a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) is not to replace cash but to offer an alternative.

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Presented as a digital token, CBDC  supports  solutions to societal issues such as financial inclusion. For example, it makes it possible to democratise access to the financial system for the "unbanked"  access to mobile telephony, whose networks are much wider than the banking network. The ability to receive and send money is very important for disadvantaged members of society, allowing them to escape from poverty.

Today, most central banks are working on CDBC projects and, as announced by the European Central Bank, the project of a digital euro should see the light of day within five years.

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Fintech Trends to Watch for This Year

Guest Post | Apr 23, 2021

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The COVID-19 pandemic brought about digital transformations in many ways. Remote work was no longer a theory—it was a necessity. Telemedicine wasn’t an experiment—it became the only way to get standard medical care.

Fintech also exploded because financial institutions were closed for in-person services, and our entire lives moved online.

Of course, fintech was already on its way to being one of the biggest disruptors in both tech and finance, but that was likely sped up by the pandemic. From new emerging data protection strategies for fintech to reaching broader audiences, there has been a lot of evolution in the industry.

With that in mind, the following are some of the fintech trends to watch this year and into the next.

Adoption by Older People

One of the biggest shifts in fintech is that it’s no longer just seen as something for the Millennial and younger demographic. The closure of brick-and-mortar banks and financial institutions, as well as reduced hours and restrictions on things like going into lobbies, mean that even people less comfortable with technology had to shift to online options.

There has been a huge increase in mobile banking registrations, and more older people are starting to get comfortable with things like online bill pay.

With that has also come a shift in how older people view online banking.

Non-traditional financial and banking services and platforms are starting to be seen as more credible and legitimate as a whole.

Blockchain Growth

Blockchain technology is allowing for peer-to-peer transactions without the need for a middle-man to transfer assets, and that in and of itself is becoming a big disruptor in the financial industry.

Asset transfers don’t just mean money. It means things like titles and mortgages.

Transactions that might have taken days or weeks before can now be done efficiently within minutes.

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There’s not just a speed-up in the timing of transactions that’s available with blockchain. There’s also more transparency. You can go into the blockchain ledger and ensure there aren’t any changes to the record.

A report from Business Insider Intelligence found that 48% of bank representatives think blockchain technology will be the most impactful trend in the industry this year and beyond.

Along with the role of blockchain will also be more of an influence coming from cryptocurrency. Facebook is even rumored to be rolling out its own cryptocurrency and P2P platform dubbed the Libra project.

Artificial Intelligence

There’s hardly an industry not being affected by artificial intelligence, and banking and fintech are no exception.

Banks are estimating they’ll reduce their operational expenses by 22% thanks to artificial intelligence by 2030.

Banks might end up being able to save as much as $1 trillion with the use of AI, or at least that’s the hope based on current projections.

Some of the specific ways AI and machine learning might start playing a more pivotal role in fintech include increasingly customized chatbots that can take care of complex tasks for customers, as well as the availability of digital assistance that can provide personalized financial advice to users, including highlighting specific investment and saving opportunities.

Security and Regulation

Fintech providers are going to have to increasingly work to keep up with security and regulation. Security is one of customer’s number one concerns, and with this in mind, not only do extensive security precautions need to be taken, but you’ll see fintech and digital banking companies using this as part of their marketing.

There is talk about more regulation in a variety of areas that could impact fintech too. For example, trading platform Robinhood faced legislative scrutiny recently after the buzzy GameStock situation when Redditors came together to boost the stock. There’s also talk about more regulation regarding cryptocurrency, and fintech companies, in general, are likely to face more stringent standards.

There’s also something called RegTech, which utilizes AI to do risk assessments and provide big data insights. The more fintech companies are collecting data, the more oversight they face, and RegTech may help alleviate some of the compliance-based burdens these companies are facing.

Inclusiveness

Finally, fintech companies are going to likely be moving into the world of inclusion and focusing on bringing diverse customers into their services. This is a top priority for companies in all industries, but you’ll see a lot of products, services, and marketing targeted directly at larger and more diverse audiences.


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NFT Fire hose: Educational Resources

NFT educational resources - NFT Fire hose:  Educational Resources

The NFT Canon is a go-to resource for artists and creators, developers, corporations and institutions, communities and other organizations seeking to understand or do more with non-fungible tokens.

It’s a curated list of readings and resources on all things NFTs (inspired by the a16z Crypto Canon), and is organized from the big picture of what NFTs are and why they matter, to how to mint, collect, and do more with them — including various applications such as art, music, gaming, social tokens, and others.

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We will continue to update this as more people try out new things, share their work, or publish resources for learning about NFTs. If you have suggestions for quality pieces to add, let us know @a16z.

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The Big Picture, Beginners Guides, & FAQs

Life Is Non-fungible: The Evolution of Ownership, Assets, and Us  — ownership is deeply human; collectibles for self-expression, identity, money, trade
by Roham Gharegozlou
https://youtu.be/u894J50AqOs

NFTs and a Thousand True Fans — evolution of the internet and better economics for creators
by Chris Dixon
https://a16z.com/2021/02/27/nfts-and-a-thousand-true-fans/

Stories, Scarcity, and Mimetic Desire — how NFTs turn millions of stories into scarce assets
by Nick Tomaino
https://thecontrol.co/stories-scarcity-and-mimetic-desire-c4a344fa74e1

A beginner’s guide to NFTs — what they are, why they’re interesting, applications
by Linda Xie
https://linda.mirror.xyz/df649d61efb92c910464a4e74ae213c4cab150b9cbcc4b7fb6090fc77881a95d

What is an NFT? — properties of blockchain-based non-fungible tokens
by Devin Finzer
https://opensea.io/blog/guides/non-fungible-tokens/#What_is_a_non-fungible_token

All about NFTs — the what, why, and how of NFTs, their applications, and process as well as common questions & misconceptions
by Jesse Walden, Linda Xie, Sonal Chokshi
https://a16z.com/2021/03/27/nfts-explainer-faqs-hype-reality-innovation-crypto-creator-economy

NFTs invert the ownership model of media — offering creators, their audiences, and developers who build for them a viable alternative to platform-driven monetization
by Jesse Walden
https://variant.mirror.xyz/T8kdtZRIgy_srXB5B06L8vBqFHYlEBcv6ae2zR6Y_eo

NFT subculture — properties of disruptive subcultures
by Denis Nazarov
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