Crypto pumps after Fed rate hike, Zuckerberg pins hopes on Metaverse making hundreds of billions and other news

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A week in review: July 24–30

We've selected the hottest materials of the past week for you to stay up to date with the latest crypto news:

#1. 'Bullish rate hike' — Why crypto spiked in the face of bad news

Despite the U.S. Federal Reserve announcing a 75-basis-point interest rate hike on Wednesday, the crypto markets pumped significantly on the same day with the momentum continuing through the week. Quantum Economics founder and CEO Mati Greenspan jokingly called it a "bullish rate hike" and stated that investors were clearly expecting far worse. Analysts such as Swyftx's Pav Hundal suggested the recent rally may be due to an easing of inflationary pressures around gas and goods such as corn and wheat.
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#2. Zuckerberg unfazed about $2.8B metaverse division loss in Q2

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated that he was unfazed by the company copping a $2.8 billion loss on its Metaverse division in Q2. He highlighted that the company's Metaverse goals will take several years to roll out, but he sees a "massive opportunity" to make hundreds of billions of dollars, or even trillions, over time as the sector matures. "I'm confident that we're going to be glad that we played an important role in building this," he said.
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#3. Cathie Wood sells Coinbase shares amid insider trading allegations

Cathie Wood's investment firm Ark Investment Management, which is one of the largest shareholders of Coinbase (COIN), reportedly dumped 1.4 million COIN shares on Tuesday. The shedding was done via three of Ark's exchange-traded funds (ETF), and the sale was estimated to be worth around $75 million. The firm reportedly held nearly 9 million COIN shares in late June and has continually snapped up the stock since it opened at roughly $350 last April. Since then, the price has tanked heavily to sit just below $63, and Ark probably should have shorted it when Jim Cramer called it "cheap" at $248 last August.
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#4. Prediction of the week. GameFi industry to see $2.8 billion valuation in six years

Absolute Reports published a GameFi-focused report this week estimating that the play-to-earn NFT gaming industry will be worth $2.8 billion by 2028. For it to reach the target, GameFi would need a compound annual growth rate of 20.4% over six years, given that the sector was estimated to be worth $776.9 million last year. The reasons for this lofty target, however, are locked behind a paywall.
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#5. FUD of the week. Solana-based stablecoin NIRV drops 85% following $3.5M exploit

The algorithmic stablecoin from Solana-based adaptive yield protocol Nirvana Finance, NIRV, de-pegged by 85% this week after the protocol was hacked for $3.49 million worth of USDT. The incident was cited as a flash loan attack which resulted in the funds being siphoned from Nirvana's treasury. Its native token, ANA, also dropped 85% as a result of the hack.
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#6. FUD of the week. TikTok data policy debacle: Is user's crypto at risk?

Popular social media app TikTok is facing backlash over its far-reaching data collection policies that could extract large amounts of sensitive info from a user's smartphone or computer. As such, crypto users are now worried about whether TikTok is capable of scraping critical data such as private wallet keys. "TikTok is not just another video app. That's the sheep's clothing. It harvests swaths of sensitive data that new reports show are being accessed in Beijing," claimed U.S. Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr.
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