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Fahrenheit Acquires Celsius in Sizzling Crypto Takeover

Crypto consortium Farenheit has emerged victorious after a fiery auction for Celsius, leaving rival bidder NovaWulf in the cold. Also, China's CCTV gets crypto community buzzing, and Fantom pulls liquidity from Multichain, as rumors of arrests in China swirl.

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Crypto spring is warming up as Fahrenheit has sealed a hot deal to acquire insolvent crypto lender Celsius Network.

The Blockchain Recovery Investment Consortium, which includes Van Eck Absolute Return Advisers Corporation and GXD Labs LLC, was selected as the backup.

To finalize the deal, Fahrenheit must pay a deposit of $10 million within three days. Fahrenheit will inherit Celsius's institutional loan portfolio, staked cryptocurrencies, mining unit, and additional alternative investments. More about the terms of the winning bid by Fahrenheit here.

The new company will receive a scorching sum of $450 and $500 million in liquid cryptocurrency and US Bitcoin Corp will ignite the construction of various crypto mining facilities, including a blazing 100-megawatt plant.

Celsius froze withdrawals in June 2022 when plummeting crypto prices triggered a withdrawal frenzy, revealing the platform's chilling liquidity issues. Its collapse foreshadowed the deep freeze that would engulf the crypto industry.

On to Friday's toasty update:

  • Hong Kong's crypto scene took center stage in a recent clip aired by CCTV, China's major broadcaster, and observers are saying it could suggest a softer stance towards digital currencies in China. Following the segment, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao stating “CCTV just broadcast crypto. It’s a big deal. Chinese-speaking communities are buzzing. Historically, coverage like this led to bull runs.” However, the euphoria was short-lived, as Chinese authorities appear to have taken down the link just two days after the program aired.
  • ChatGPT founder Sam Altman's Worldcoin project has announced the completion of a $115 million Series C round led by Blockchain Capital, with participation from a16z, Bain Capital Crypto, and Distributed Global. The startup wants to create a global blockchain-based identification system using iris scans. Funds from this round of financing will be used to accelerate the development and growth of the Worldcoin project and the World App. The news comes as a black market for Worldcoin credentials has emerged in China.
  • Multichain, a blockchain bridge project, has experienced technical issues and a lack of communication from its team, leading to concerns and rumors of arrests in China. Users reported transactions getting stuck, and the project acknowledged the problem, citing a longer-than-expected back-end node upgrade. However, subsequent updates have been scarce, fueling speculation and unease. The situation has raised concerns not only for Multichain but also for Fantom, which has close ties to the project. The Fantom Foundation withdrew a significant amount of liquidity from SushiSwap, and other large holders have started selling off Multichain tokens. Binance has also suspended deposits for bridged Multichain tokens until further clarification is provided.
  • Nike's .SWOOSH Web3 platform has launched its first NFT sneaker collection, generating over $1 million in sales of digital sneakers, despite persistent delays and technical issues.
  • Circle has officially launched a euro-backed stablecoin, Euro Coin, on Avalanche. "Launching Euro Coin on Avalanche increases euro liquidity and simplifies the user’s transactional experiences of an app built on Avalanche, and fills the absence of a trusted and fully-reserved native euro stablecoin," the company said in an announcement on Thursday.

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