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The collapse of FTX is still going on. This week, we are taking a break from our Thursday news show for Thanksgiving, but we had a lot of stories for you on the website, including some from last week.

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this week in web3

Some of the biggest stories of the week have been covered by techcrunch.

There is prior control by inexperienced and unsophisticated individuals.

Hearings that will determine the fate of FTX began Tuesday in the U.S. bankruptcy court. James Bromley, a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell and co-head of the firm's global restructuring practice, spoke during the hearing. This is the first day of a hearing, and it is rare. There is a different type of animal here.

NFT marketplace MagicEden has a partnership with Polygon.

The companies announced on Tuesday that they are integrating with the platform to dive deeper into the NFT community. The goal of the expansion is to support the game developers and creators. Some of the largest web3 gaming projects and publishers are hosted by the Polygon network.

Billions of dollars were processed in Africa before the company went bust.

Several employees were laid off by the company on November 14. According to people familiar with the situation, at least 30 employees were let go, while those who were left at the company had their salaries slashed by as much as 40%. The downfall of FTX is connected to the news.

Genesis doesn't have plans to file for bankruptcy soon.

Genesis, a digital assets financial services firm, may be in hot water as it looks to raise fresh capital for its lending unit or possibly facebankruptcy if it can't. Genesis has no plans to file for bankruptcy in the near future, according to an email statement from the company. We want to resolve the situation without having to file for bankruptcy. Genesis is having constructive conversations with its debt holders.

The camel's back was broken by the last straw.

Changpeng Zhao, also known as CZ, commented on the collapse of FTX at the conference. He played down his role in the events that led to FTX filing for Chapter 11. I don't think I have a lot of power. The camel's back was broken by the last straw. He said that it was not a strong straw. There are a lot of things built up to it. I might have been the last person to push it.

the latest pod

Thanks to good ol' Thanksgiving, we didn't have the news show this week. In Chain Reaction's Tuesday episode, we play a recording from last week's panel on stage with Changpeng "CZ" Zhao, the founder and CEO of the world's largest exchange. There have been a number of shocks in thecryptocurrencies in the last few weeks.

  • His tweets about rival exchange FTX that set off a firestorm and whether he anticipated their impact
  • What Binance is doing to gain user trust and demonstrate transparency despite its regulatory troubles across the globe
  • Binance’s revenue streams and strategy to weather a crypto downturn that just got much, much worse

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follow the money

  1. Carv valued at $40M as investors race to back web3 identity builders
  2. Zulu banks $5M for its LatAm digital wallet amid shaky ground for crypto
  3. Gaming developer Thirdverse raises $15 million to build web3 and VR gaming studio
  4. Privacy and Ethereum-focused infrastructure startup Nucleo, raises $4 million seed round led by Bain Capital Crypto and 6th Man Ventures
  5. NFT utility platform Tropee closed a €5 million in a seed round led by Tioga Capital

The list was compiled with information from Messari.