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Wow Blackrock Buys $3 Billion Bitcoin (XRP Fight Plot Thickens)

Originally aired on August 22, 2023

Wendy O discusses several crypto news stories and market analysis. Topics covered include speculation that BlackRock purchased $3 billion in bitcoin, developments in the ongoing Ripple SEC lawsuit, the collapse of FTX and charges against its founder Sam Bankman-Fried, emerging tech like DALL-E art generation, and more. Throughout the lively episode, Wendy provides her candid takes on the stories, criticizes bad actors and government overreach in crypto regulation, and encourages viewers to take control of their financial futures.

Who bought the $3 billion in bitcoin?

  • Speculation that BlackRock purchased based on timing of large BTC buys and their spot ETF filing
  • Unknown wallet address accumulated over $3B in bitcoin in past 3 months

How is the Ripple SEC lawsuit going?

  • Expert criticizes SEC’s “circular” arguments and lack of clear crypto security guidelines
  • Lawsuit has damaged XRP adoption and innovation in the U.S.

What’s the latest on the FTX collapse?

  • SBF pleads not guilty, granted temporary release to meet with lawyers
  • Prosecutors file updated charges, accuse SBF of customer fund fraud

What is DALL-E and how might it impact art & media?

  • AI system generates images from text descriptions
  • Raises concerns about identity theft, misinformation, and art community disruption

Why is decentralized finance important?

  • Provides alternatives to traditional banks and financial institutions
  • Allows people to control their own money vs centralized entities

What crypto tips did Wendy share?

  • Make a trading plan, don’t just follow influencer calls
  • Pay taxes, trade ethically, take profits
  • Self-custody assets, don’t leave on exchanges

00:00 – Intro

02:10 – The entire crypto market

02:40 – BTC price analysis

06:30 – Who bought $3B Bitcoin?

17:10 – XRP fight plot thickens

25:00 – Coinbase buys stake in Circle USDC

26:45 – Friend Tech sets new record

29:30 – SBFf gets freedom in jail & trial updates

38:10 – Facts about spot BTC ETF decisions

41:30 – Private token swap tool on Solana SOL

42:30 – Shibainu Shibarium network reset soon

42:45 – Final news stories