Shaq served in FTX lawsuit after allegedly ducking lawyers for three months
Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal was served in a class action lawsuit Sunday for his prior associations with troubled exchange FTX.
According to reports, Shaq had avoided lawyers for three months and distanced himself from FTX after its November collapse.
The lawsuit names various celebrities accused of promoting the company, including quarterback Tom Brady and TV personality Larry David.
@SHAQ We represent thousands of FTX victims who lost their savings in the massive FTX fraud. We have been standing outside your TNT studios in Atlanta all week, but your security guards will not let us in, to just hand deliver our legal complaint.— The Moskowitz Law Firm (@moskowitzesq) April 14, 2023
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Ether hits 11-month high following Shapella upgrade
Ether continued to rise over the weekend after the network’s Shapella upgrade was a success.
Despite fears that ETH unlocked in the upgrade would cause a crash in Ether’s price, the coin rose to $2,140 over the weekend, a high not seen in nearly a year.
Over $3 billion of ETH is queued to be withdrawn over the next few weeks, so it remains to be seen what former stakers will opt to do with their assets.
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Proposal for Arbitrum Foundation to return 700 million ARB fails
A proposal for layer 2 leader Arbitrum to return 700 million ARB tokens sent to the governing foundation earlier in April failed by a large majority on Sunday.
The proposal — billed AIP 1.05 — was a response to the Arbitrum Foundation sending itself an amount of the governance token worth over $1 billion earlier in April without consulting the community.
The new proposal stated it was a “symbolic action” following the event, to ensure the protocol is controlled by ARB holders and not the foundation.
However, with 84.01% holders voting against it, it seems like the holders are confident in the roadmap laid out by the foundation.
On the governance forum, a whale with 4.8 million ARB tokens said the proposal “seems to only serve as a power play” that would add an “unnecessary step” and delay the foundation’s ability “to support the growth of the Arbitrum ecosystem. pic.twitter.com/zS1Fjz7PQ7— Judith Wild (@JudithWild10) April 17, 2023
Hundred Finance hacked for $7.4m
Multi-chain lending protocol Hundred Finance tweeted Saturday that a hacker made off with at least $7.4 million in funds via layer 2 blockchain Optimism.
The Hundred team warned users against speculating on the circumstances of the hack, and stated efforts to publish a post-mortem outlining the attack were underway.
Hundred implored the hacker to reach out and arrange to return the funds, but as of press time, no communications have been released.
Estimated current loss is ~7m USD.— Hundred Finance (@HundredFinance) April 15, 2023
Once again we hope the hacker will reach out back to us and we will be able to find a joint solution to resolve this matter. 🙏
Thank you everyone for your support and help during these difficult times. ❤️ https://t.co/wLGAl4AAGA
Silk Road Bitcoin hacker sentenced for 50,000 BTC theft
The hacker who stole 50,000 Bitcoin from dark web marketplace Silk Road in 2012 was sentenced Friday to a year and a day in prison.
James Zhong had been charged with using multiple accounts to extract the BItcoin from the now-shuttered website, and eluded the law until 2021.
When authorities searched Zhong’s home, they found the Bitcoin — worth $1.5 billion at today’s price — in a popcorn tin and a below-floor safe.
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US Financial Services Committee introduces stablecoin bill draft
The US House Financial Service Committee released a draft of a new stablecoin bill over the weekend.
The proposed bill would outline requirements to become a “payment stablecoin issuer,” and ban “endogenously collateralised stablecoins” such as Terra/Luna which collapsed in May of 2022.
The bill also calls for the study of a Federal Reserve-issued central bank digital currency. Hundreds of central banks around the world are pursuing a CBDC.
In the US, CBDCs have become the latest battleground over the war on crypto, where supporters of decentralised cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin argue that a digital currency run by the Federal Reserve could scupper innovation and increase state-run mass-surveillance.
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