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Backlash Against BuzzFeed Following the ‘Doxxing’ of the Founders of the Bored Ape Yacht Club

Should Web3 millionaires be able to hide behind a pseudonym to evade public scrutiny? With no clear solution, the community has reacted angrily to Buzzfeed’s publication of the genuine name of the BAYC NFT collection’s creators.

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Buzzfeed, an American Internet media and entertainment firm has discovered that “Gordon Goner” and “Gargamel,” two of the four original Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) NFT collection founders, are Greg Solano and Wylie Aronow in real life.

The “We Found The Real Names Of Bored Ape Yacht Club’s Pseudonymous Founders” was written by journalist Kate Notopoulos on February 4th.

By searching the publicly available records of Yuga Labs, the firm behind the collection, Notopoulos discovered the pair’s names. Yuga was incorporated in Delaware, with Greg Solano’s address and other data pointing to Wylie Aronow.

“There are reasons why the CEO or creator of a company uses their name and not a pseudonym in the traditional business world,” the tech writer stated, adding that “the folks behind BAYC are wooing investors and running a business that might be worth billions.”

“How do you hold them accountable if you don’t know who they are?”

Executives of publicly traded firms must be named in disclosures and reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. However, in many circumstances, banking restrictions and “know your customer” legislation require executives of smaller private enterprises to use their true identities.

“These regulations are in part designed to keep terrorists, criminals, and sanctioned countries from doing business in the United States,” Notopoulos wrote.

The non-consensual publication of Aronow and Solano’s identities, on the other hand, has sparked outrage among Web3 users, who are calling the story “doxxing” rather than proper journalistic technique.

Crypto podcaster “Cobie” dubbed the story “standard Buzzfeed rubbish” and that it was “doxxing people for hits and ad income” in a February 5th tweet. “There was simply no justification to dox these folks,” remarked venture capitalist Mike Solana, adding, “they’re essentially cartoon apes.”

Messari founder Ryan Selkis expressed his dissatisfaction with the report by releasing a 2009 tweet from Notopoulos that included a homophobic slur.

Notopoulos, on the other hand, appeared unconcerned about the criticism. Someone threatened to make her information public, including her “location, place of employment, parents’ home, and siblings’ addresses,” according to a screenshot she provided.

In response to the threat, she inquired if the individual was a “large, powerful male,” to which they responded, “no, I’m a degen.” “Ah sucks,” she said. They need assistance transporting a large dresser to the garage.”

Yuga Labs announced on February 4th (the same day as the article’s publication) that the NFT collection was in talks for investment with A16z, one of Silicon Valley’s top VC firms, which valued the collection at $5 billion.

Solano and Aronow aren’t the only prominent crypto figures publicly outed this year. For example, ‘@0xSifu,’ the genuine name of DeFi protocol co-founder “Wonderland,” co-founded the now-defunct Canadian exchange QuadrigaCX.

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Ford is getting ready to enter the Metaverse with digital cars and NFTs

A month after the company announced significant personnel reductions, it has filed a trademark application covering its future initiatives in the Metaverse and NFT space.

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Ford Motor Company, an American automaker, has filed 19 trademark applications across its key automobile brands as it prepares to enter the realm of nonfungible tokens (NFTs) and the Metaverse.

Mike Kondoudis, a trademark attorney licensed by the United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO), disclosed in a tweet on Wednesday that the business had submitted a total of 19 trademark applications covering its car brands, including Mustang, Bronco, Lincoln, Explorer, and F-150 Lightning, among others.

The trademark applications include a projected online marketplace for NFTs and virtual versions of its businesses’ automobiles, trucks, vans, SUVs, and clothes.

Ford intends to produce digital images of its vehicles, SUVs, trucks, and vans that will be verified by NFTs, according to USPTO filings submitted by the automaker on September 2.

The business also disclosed plans for “downloadable virtual commodities,” or “computer programs,” that would include apparel, accessories, and parts for vehicles for usage in “online virtual environments,” such as virtual and augmented reality trade exhibitions.

Additionally, there are plans to develop an online marketplace for “others’ digital artwork” as well as “online retail shop services featuring non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and digital collectibles.”

Less than a month after Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford and CEO Jim Farley announced significant personnel reductions from its global workforce to decrease corporate expenses; Ford has decided to enter the Web3 area.

Ford isn’t the first automaker to enter the Metaverse market.

While premium automakers like Bentley and Lamborghini have already launched NFT collections, automakers including Nissan, Toyota, and Hyundai have indicated ambitions to enter the fast-expanding Metaverse market.

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Crypto-Vultures Profit from the Death of Queen Elizabeth

Only a few hours after the Queen’s passing, more than 40 meme tokens bearing her name have been released.

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Yesterday, according to Buckingham Palace, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away. Although her loss triggered a global outpouring of sympathy and grief, it has also been exploited as a money-grab.

Elizabeth II, monarch
Grift endures eternally, but the Queen is gone.

There are over 40 meme coins on Ethereum and the Binance Smart Chain thanks to Queen Elizabeth’s passing (and at least one exploitative NFT collection).

While the news of the British monarch’s demise saddened people worldwide, cryptocurrency scammers took advantage of the occasion to launch dozens of meme coins with Queen themes on Ethereum and Binance’s BNB Chain.

Among the new crypto coins that were introduced are “Queen Elizabeth Inu,” “Queen Doge,” “God Save The Queen,” “London Bridge Is Down,” “Queen Grow,” “Rip Queen Elizabeth,” “Elizabeth II,” and “Queen Inu II.” Other tokens with the name of the next king, King Charles III, have also appeared. According to DexScreener, at least 40 separate meme coins appear to have been produced in the previous six hours.

The most liquid tokens, Save The Queen and Queen Elizabeth Inu, have already processed trade volumes of around $700,000 and $200,000 since their debut. At the time of writing, the price of Queen Elizabeth Inu is up 1,517%, while it has increased by 23,271% on Binance Smart Chain and 3,708% on Uniswap. Prices are incredibly unstable and exceedingly unlikely to persist.

The “Queen Elizabeth 69 Years NFT” NFT set has reportedly been produced. One image is said to represent each year of the Queen’s reign in the collection. The project’s aims should be questioned because Elizabeth II reigned for 70 years, not 69.

The crypto community, typically known for its gallows humor, mainly reacted negatively to the initiatives. When told about the NFT collection, NFT aficionado ThreadGuy said, “You’re going to hell.” Trader Byzantine General declared, “We’ve got to stop this crypto stuff.”

In 1926, Queen Elizabeth was born. She was the longest-reigning British monarch in history and passed away in Balmoral Castle at 96.

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One crypto sector, according to billionaire Chamath Palihapitiya, is experiencing a classic bubble cycle

One crypto sector may be going through a typical hype cycle, according to billionaire investor and software entrepreneur Chamath Palihapitiya.

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In a new episode of the All-In podcast, the CEO of Social Capital discusses the sharp decline in trading volume in the non-fungible token (NFT) market.

Palihapitiya offers Coachella and Burning Man as examples of major music festivals that strive to be distinctive but may wind up being mostly the same.

The billionaire contrasts NFTs and the overall art market with the two music events.

“I do believe that there is something going on; the simplest way to explain this is with the Burning Man/Coachella scenario. Many of these things are similar, but when some people approach anything new, they are too insecure to accept that it is similar to another item, so they spend a lot of time attempting to convince you that it is different. When someone says that a time is different, it’s probably not that different, as stated in the Warren Buffett quote, is an example. Or consider the other famous historical adage, “Things don’t always repeat in history, but they rhyme.”

All of this is meant to imply that, aside from major advances in science, not much new has been discovered recently. We keep repeating the same patterns, and one of them is the social capital that comes from making certain decisions and then having those decisions validated by others in order to feel valuable. And this occurred in NFTs, as well as, I’m sure, in the initial stages of several artistic movements. These events are more comparable than dissimilar because they have presumably occurred in a number of other markets as well.

Burning man and Coachella are same. The art market and NFTs are both the same. It doesn’t need to be unusual; you can simply appreciate it because you think it’s cool. I would just take it with a grain of salt and tell anyone who comes to you asking why it’s so different.

DappRadar reports that earlier last week, trading volume on popular NFT marketplace OpenSea reached a one-year low.

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