Stagnation Strikes: Fed Rate Hikes, Alleged Token Manipulation, and Kennedy’s Crypto Conspiracy

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The crypto market experienced a stagnation this week due to the Fed’s announcement of the tenth consecutive interest rate hike since March 2022. Leading cryptocurrencies’ prices remained level or fell slightly compared to last week.

Binance CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao caught the attention of the crypto community when he flagged Tron CEO Justin Sun’s $56 million token transfer to the exchange. According to Zhao, this could have been an attempted manipulation by Sun to farm a soon-to-be-launched token called SUI. Sun denied any such intention, stating that the transfer was a mistake and later completed a refund.

Zhao’s emphasis on Binance’s launchpool airdrops being for retail users only highlights the broader issue of token distribution in launches like SUI. Crypto researcher Molly White criticized the bizarre reporting surrounding allegations that someone in Congress is using ChatGPT to smear Binance.

Meanwhile, 2024 Presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy Jr. fueled conspiracy theories on Crypto Twitter, suggesting a war on crypto from the FDIC and SEC may have contributed to the recent collapses of Silicon Valley Bank, Silvergate, and Signature. The question remains whether such allegations carry any weight, as they may just be an attempt to appeal to the crypto community by Kennedy.

In tech news, Moritz, a Web3 enthusiast, shared reports indicating that Amazon may launch an NFT marketplace on May 15. While unconfirmed, these reports have generated significant buzz in the market. International Policy Manager at Google’s Deepmind, Seb Krier, tweeted news of White House collaboration with tech giants to promote responsible AI innovation, receiving endorsement from Elon Musk.

El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele announced the signing of the Innovation and Technology Manufacturing Incentives Act, aimed at eliminating taxes on technology innovation and hardware manufacturing. This move follows his earlier decision to make Bitcoin legal tender in the country.

On the regulatory front, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced legislation to tighten regulations on the cryptocurrency industry, limiting the creation and ownership of crypto assets and requiring risk disclosures for investors.

Lastly, Grimes’ recent attempt at offering royalties for creators using her AI-generated voice seemed to be facing some difficulties due to issues with streaming platforms. It remains to be seen if these technical setbacks will be resolved, or if they will prevent further AI integrations into the music industry.

As we continue our journey into the world of crypto, transparency and fair distribution remain crucial topics that need to be addressed consistently, ensuring that the progress made in this space benefits everyone involved.

Source: Decrypt

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