😱 Gas Prices Slam Buyers in Cool Pets NFT Drop as Transaction Fees Soar 7,000%

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😱 Gas Prices Slam Buyers in Cool Pets NFT Drop as Transaction Fees Soar 7,000%

DROP Demand for NFT avatars is showing no signs of slowing down. Collectors seeking to mint Cool Pets, the latest drop from the Cool Cats development team Cooltopia, paid extreme fees to secure a token from the project’s public drop yesterday.

GAS WAR In its documentation, Cooltopia said it had “put measures in place to deter a gas war on any Cool Cats-related public mints.” Despite their best efforts, the gas price of high-priority transactions spiked by more than 7,000% as minting went live.

MINT PRICE While the mint price for Cool Pets was set at 0.5 ETH, some users paid more than double that in transaction fees. Etherscan data shows that one user paid more than 1.2 Ether in gas on top of the mint price to purchase a single Cool Pet — worth $5,500 worth of ETH at the time.



🔒 Zero Knowledge Proofs Can Save the Metaverse From Becoming a Dystopian Surveillance State

Opinion column by Bijan Shahroki, head of product at O(1) Labs, the team behind Mina.

When it comes to the metaverse, one thing is clear: Big tech players are aggressively trying to grab market share. It isn’t just Facebook’s corporate rebrand to Meta. There’s also moves by Epic, Roblox, Microsoft, and other players jockeying for supremacy in this emerging realm.

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🔗 Silicon Valley is no longer the edgy tech frontier as workers flee Google and Amazon for crypto and Web3 startups, recruiters say: Business Insider

Just a couple of years ago, landing a job at Uber or Twitter was like striking gold. And while that still may be the case for plenty of aspiring tech workers, another space is encroaching on Silicon Valley's position as the hottest place to be: Web3.

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