👀 Coinbase is getting into NFTs

Competing with OpenSea

Hey Waivly Crew! 🌊 Coinbase has revealed its upcoming NFT marketplace to make creating and collecting NFTs “as simple as tapping a few buttons.” Walmart has teamed up with Netflix to sell exclusive merchandise for this Halloween.

Walmart teams up with Netflix for Squid Games

Squid Games.. everyone’s heard of it by now and if you haven’t, we don’t know what to tell you but to get on it asap! The extremely popular show has now got Netflix partnering up with Walmart to sell exclusive merchandise this fall.

Digital storefront

The new partnership brings Netflix its first digital storefront alongside a national retailer, in which the two will sell exclusive Netflix merchandise. Said merchandise will involve products from top Netflix shows like Squid Game, Stranger Things, The Witcher, and CoComelon. These will be available at Walmart through the launch of said digital storefront, which is called the ‘Netflix Hub’.

Leveraging Popularity

This move makes huge sense for both parties, as Netflix gets to have their products featured with a huge retailer and Walmart can tap into Netflix’s audience. With the extremely quick rise in popularity with Squid Games, the timing to launch said digital storefront couldn’t be better, and we’re sure it’ll be a hit. This partnership also furthers Netflix’s retail position, with the company launching Netflix.shop in June, and now this, bringing new revenue streams for them.

Coinbase is launching its own NFT platform

The cryptocurrency exchange company Coinbase has opened up the waitlist for something exciting, its own marketplace for NFTs, Coinbase NFT.

What is it?

Coinbase is the latest crypto firm to dive into NFTs, with its new peer-to-peer marketplace launching later this year that will make purchasing, discovering, minting, and showcasing NFTs easier than ever before. At first, it will only support Ethereum-based ERC-721 and ERC-1155 NFTs, but the company has plans to expand to other chains later on.

Even more competition

Coinbase isn’t the only company to recently decide to expand into the NFT space, as on Monday, FTX announced the launch of FTX NFTs, its NFT marketplace that will allow users to mint, hold, authenticate, and trade NFTs on the Solana blockchain, and eventually the Ethereum blockchain.

Grow the creator community

In a blog post from Coinbase, they revealed they are “making NFTs more accessible by building user-friendly interfaces that put the complexity behind the scenes. We’re adding social features that open new avenues for conversation and discovery. And we’re going to grow the creator community exponentially, a win for artists and for fans.”

The Waves

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Tech Special

New Apple Unleashed event announced

Apple have just announced a new ‘Unleashed’ event which is set to take place on October 18th at 10:00am PDT. For once this Apple event doesn’t fall on a Tuesday, and instead, is on Monday, which is likely down to a Google event taking place on Tuesday.

What will get revealed?

There are no statements as to what this could almost definitely include, however, most rumours are pointing to redesigned 14 and 16-inch MacBook models along with the long-awaited AirPods 3, and as Apple’s September event focused on iPhones, iPads, and the Apple Watch, as well as new software updates, it’s likely the rumours are true.

You won’t want to miss it

The launch will be streamed on Apple’s website, as the company has held virtual launch events since the start of 2020, and in case you miss it, we’ll be covering everything announced.

Waze adds Headspace integration

Experience stressful commutes? the community-driven map app Waze announced today it’s partnering with Headspace to release a ‘Drive with Headspace’ experience.

Best way to relax

The Drive with Headspace experience includes five moods to make drives more enjoyable, Aware, Bright, Hopeful, Joyful and Open, along with the option to change the in-app car icon to a calming hot air balloon. Users can also relax to a dedicated Spotify playlist, which features music from Headspace, through the Waze Audio Player.

It isn’t a chore

Just when it seems like it couldn't get any more relaxing, Headspace’s director of meditation, Eve Lewis Prieto, will give users directions. In a Waze blog, Prieto explained her love for meditation. “Rather than thinking of meditation as a chore or something extra to do, I think about it as a treat for me, especially on days where my mind feels very busy and occupied."

Crypto startup MoonPay valued at $3.4 Billion

Crypto payments startup, MoonPay, is set to be valued at a whopping $3.4B after its first round of venture capital funding, including the investment, according to sources.

Going Big

MoonPay are said to be raising $400 million in this first round of venture capital funding, giving them this insanely strong valuation as a three-year-old startup. Tiger Global Management and Coatue Management are leading the funding round for the bootstrapped startup, both of which have solid investor placements around finance and crypto.

Making Crypto Accessible

The startup launched back in 2019 with just two young entrepreneurs, Ivan Soto-Wright and Victor Faramond, as co-founders, and had a simple aim. That aim being to increase cryptocurrency adoption, which they are doing extremely well through MoonPay, which enables the world to get involved in crypto through a minimalistic payment infrastructure.

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