💳 VISA jumps into the NFT space with a $150,000 CryptoPunk

Everyone's getting involved in the NFT space

Hey Waivly Crew!  🌊 To no surprise, Visa has taken its first step into the metaverse by buying a CryptoPunk for $150,000. Anime fans, the wait for Netflix’s live-action adaptation of classic anime Cowboy Bebop is nearly over.

Visa buys CryptoPunk NFT for $150K

The NFT scene is only getting bigger, and to not miss out, Visa has bought a CryptoPunk, for $150,000 in Ethereum.

Enters the metaverse

Earlier this month, financial services company Visa bought a CrytoPunk, specifically CryptoPunk 7610, for nearly $150,000, taking its first steps into the metaverse, a future possibility of the physical world, Augmented Reality, and the internet all living closely in a shared reality.

Important role in the future

Cuy Sheffield, head of crypto at Visa, who is known for personally being a big fan of NFTs, commented on Visa's purchase by saying, “We think NFTs will play an important role in the future of retail, social media, entertainment, and commerce."

What are CryptoPunks?

CryptoPunks was one of the first collectible NFT projects, released in 2017 for free by developers Larva Labs. There are 10,000 unique characters in the collection, all owned by individuals with proof of ownership stored on the Ethereum blockchain.

PayPal brings its cryptocurrency trading to the UK

Last last year in the US, PayPal allowed users to buy, hold, and sell cryptocurrencies. UK customers now can do the same.

Buy, hold, and sell crypto

In a statement from PayPal posted yesterday, PayPal talked about the new service. Customers will now be able to buy, hold, and sell four different cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and Bitcoin Cash, from either PayPal's website or mobile app.

Success in the US

PayPal launched its cryptocurrency service in America last year, allowing customers to check out with crypto on millions of different online stores. The best thing about PayPal's latest service is that the limit of how little you can buy is perfect for everyone, ranging from as little as £1 up to £73,000.

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Netflix's Cowboy Bepop release date announced

Over four years ago, we found out a live-action of fan favourite anime Cowboy Bepop was in the works, and now we finally know when it will be released.

When will it be released?

This week Netflix finally announced the live-action adaption of Cow Boy Bepop is coming to Netflix on November 19th. Along with a release date, new behind-the-scenes photos were posted, and John Cho looks like the perfect fit for the main character Spike.

Fans have concerns

Some Cowboy Bepop fans aren't sure if the live-action will be worth the wait, mainly because live-action anime adaptions have been disappointing in the past. For example, Netflix's attempt at making a Death Note live-action set in America has a two-star rating, so it's no surprise some fans' expectations are low.

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Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit set to go public via SPAC merger

Richard Branson's premier satellite launch service has recently announced that they will be going public through a merger with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), NextGen Acquisition Corp. II. With the merger, Virgin Orbit is set to be valued at $3.2 billion and will include an investment from Boeing.

Virgin Orbit gets listed on NASDAQ

Once Virgin Orbit goes public, the company will be listed in the stock market with the ticker "VORB." The merger deal between NextGen Acquisition Corp. II and Virgin Orbit will bring the company roughly $438 million in new capital with about $383 million stored in NextGen while $100 million from another funding round. Besides investments from NextGen Acquisition Corp. II, other investors such as Boeing have invested in Virgin Orbit, but how much they invested is unknown.

How will the merger help Virgin Orbit?

According to Virgin Orbit's press release, The $438 million in new capital will allow Virgin Orbit to "ramp up its rocket manufacturing to meet customer's demands as well as to fund growth in its space solution business and the company's ongoing product development initiatives." The merger is expected to close at the end of the year.