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Web3 Watch: The Trump token that wasn’t

There are some weeks the place months occur. 

On Monday, the tech, politics and tradition outlet Pirate Wires wrote on X that “Trump is launching an official token” with the ticker DJT, and that the challenge was being spearheaded by Donald Trump’s youngest son, Barron. 

Pirate Wires’ editor-in-chief pasted the Solana contract tackle beneath the submit, and crypto enterprise capitalist Joe McCann additionally took to social media to say he’d heard rumors of the Trump token in now-deleted posts.

Neither Barron nor anybody from the Trump camp got here ahead to say the token. The net temper surrounding so-called TrumpCoin was decidedly skeptical — because the token’s possession seemed to be closely concentrated amongst nameless insiders. That didn’t cease the token’s worth from briefly pumping, nevertheless. 

Learn extra: Empire Publication: DJT and Kraken deliver the drama

Amongst these insisting the Trump token was actual was Martin Shkreli, who served jail time for fraud he dedicated as a pharmaceutical govt. He has extra lately turn into concerned within the crypto area.

The well-known nameless on-line dealer @GiganticRebirth got here out of a posting hiatus and challenged Shkreli to a $100 million wager on the token’s veracity, with funds to be escrowed by Jordan Fish, aka @cobie. 

Shortly after, Arkham Intelligence supplied a $150,000 bounty for whoever may show who was behind DJT. 

On Wednesday, Arkham introduced that onchain sleuth ZachXBT had received the bounty after proving that “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli was the token’s creator.

Learn extra: Useful hackers internet greater than $640k in 1 12 months with crypto bug bounties

Shkreli then admitted he was behind the token and hosted a number of X areas insisting Barron Trump requested him to launch it. 

Barron and the Trump marketing campaign nonetheless have but to say something publicly about DJT. 

On an unrelated notice, Shkreli was sued by PleasrDAO final week after taking part in songs from an unreleased Wu-Tang Clan album he bought to the DAO.

Polygon CDK pops up in gaming, AI verification

Polygon’s chain growth equipment (CDK) was standard in Web3 this week. 

Fox Corp introduced TIME would turn into the inaugural publishing associate for its Confirm protocol — which is constructed on Polygon PoS. 

Confirm goals to make use of cryptography to let publishers confirm and license content material. It’s a play to assist fight issues like deepfakes within the age of AI. 

However sooner or later, Fox stated that it might be transferring Confirm from Polygon PoS to an impartial zero-knowledge blockchain utilizing Polygon’s CDK.

The Web3 gaming blockchain community Ronin additionally introduced it might be letting zkEVM chains be launched on the community utilizing Polygon’s CDK. 

Ronin was created by the corporate Sky Mavis, which additionally launched the favored play-to-earn recreation Axie Infinity. 

One fascinating stat:

  • The bottom worth at which a CryptoPunk is listed has fallen 31% over the previous 30 days to roughly $87,000, in line with NFT Value Flooring. 

Additionally of notice:

  • Doodles stated it is going to transfer its Stoodio platform from Move to Base.
  • The favored Web3 recreation Pixels introduced its chapter two.

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