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Uniswap dev loses job, was it worth it?

A Uniswap developer known as “AzFlin” has been sacked by the founder of Uniswap Labs, Hayden Adams, for allegedly creating a memecoin and rug pulling it a few hours later for 14 wrapped-Ether (wETH), worth $25,800.

It is understood that AzFlin developed and deployed FrensTech token (FRENS) on Coinbase’s new layer 2 blockchain Base on Aug 12 before selling the tokens raised from the liquidity shortly after.

Adams publicly confirmed the sacking of AzFlin, adding that such behaviour is neither supported nor condoned at Uniswap Labs.

The developer has mocked the situation at hand with a series of light-hearted posts along with a new X (formerly Twitter) cover photo.

AzFlin is making fun of their new unemployment status. Source: X (formerly Twitter).

AzFlin, however, claims that no rug pull was committed.

“I bought that $FRENS used to provide LP with my OWN money from the dev wallet, so I am entitled to do as I please with it. This FUD is outrageous,” they said on Aug. 12.

Not everyone is buying into AzFlin’s story though, with some applauding Adams’ decision to fire AzFlin for the alleged action:

Zuckerberg calls out Musk for dodging cage fight

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg says it’s “time to move on” from any talks of a potential cage fight between him and Elon Musk, accusing the Tesla CEO of making excuses and dragging his feet on any solid plans.

Zuckerberg explained in an Aug. 13 Threads post that Musk isn’t “serious” about a real fight because Musk has dragged on giving any potential dates for the bout.

“I think we can all agree Elon isn’t serious and it’s time to move on.” Zuckerberg added:

“Elon won’t confirm a date, then says he needs surgery, and now asks to do a practice round in my backyard instead.”

Mark Zuckerberg’s latest comments on a potential fight with fellow billionaire Elon Musk. Source: Threads

Zuckerberg — who has helped re-shaped Meta’s investment focus on the Metaverse and artificial intelligence — said that he will be ready for a fight whenever Musk “gets serious” about a real date and official event.

The Meta CEO said he will continue to focus on competing with those who take the sport seriously for the meantime.

Donald Trump holds Ethereum and NFTs

Financial records have revealed that former United States President Donald Trump owns between $250,001 to $500,000 in Ethereum (ETH).

The statement, which was filed to the United States Office of Government Ethics on April 14, lists “cryptocurrency wallet (Ethereum)” as one of Trump’s investments, according to the 82-page form.

Donald Trump’s public financial disclosure report. Source: U.S. Government

The investment may possibly be linked to Trump’s several nonfungible token (NFT) collections which have hit the market on several occasions between 2022 and 2023.

Trump’s NFT venture is expected to rake in between $100,000 and $1 million, according to the financial statement.

Despite the cryptocurrency and NFT investments, the billionaire businessman has voiced his skepticism towards the industry in the past, labeling Bitcoin (BTC) as a “scam” and cryptocurrencies more broadly as “potentially a disaster waiting to happen” in Aug. 2021.

Trump is once again in the running to become the next U.S. President in the upcoming 2024 Presidential Election.

Steadefi hacker turns to Tornado Cash

The exploiter of decentralized finance protocol Steadefi has transferred 100 Ether (ETH), worth about $185,000 to cryptocurrency mixing protocol Tornado Cash, according to blockchain security firm CertiK.

CertiK explained on Aug. 13 that the hacker still holds $786,000 (424 ETH) connected to the Steadefi exploit, which took place on Aug. 7.

A total of $334,000 was drained directly from Steadefi, with total losses amounting to over $1.1 million, according to some estimates.

Tornado Cash has served as a tool for hackers attempting to obfuscate the money trail and cash out the stolen funds.

On Aug. 8, 2022, the United States Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) sanctioned Ethereum and USD Coin (USDC) addresses connected to the privacy tool.

Also making news

United States Senator Cynthia Lummis has filed an amicus brief supporting Coinbase’s motion to dismiss its lawsuit against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Lummis says the SEC is unrightfully pushing to obtain “primary influence” over the cryptocurrency sector at a time where much regulatory consideration needs to be taken by Congress.

Decentralized finance platform Curve Finance has officially stated on Aug. 11 its intention to reimburse users impacted by the recent hack resulting in $62 million of losses on July 30. The firm has already managed to retrieve 79% of the funds thus far.

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