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Unveiling the Solana Saga: From Microwaves to NFTs

The recent stunt involving a Solana Saga smartphone being microwaved by influencer Bangerz has sparked both controversy and intrigue within the crypto community. Here's a breakdown of the events and the aftermath: The Saga of the Solana Saga Smartphone Microwaving Incident Bangerz, a self-proclaimed "washed-up influencer" and CEO of NFT launchpad 3land, posted a video of herself microwaving one of the limited 20,000 Solana Saga smartphones. The video depicted the smartphone emitting crackling sounds, steaming, and eventually dripping a mysterious liquid as the screen bubbled off the hardware. Following the microwave stunt, Bangerz minted 3,333 commemorative Solana NFTs inspired by the video, all free to mint via 3land. Solana co-founder Anatoly Yakovenko and other Solana users reacted to the NFT release, with the message "Saga phones are now deflationary" gaining attention. The Saga Microwave NFTs were quickly minted and started trading on secondary marke

US Chamber of Digital Commerce Backs Binance in Fight Against SEC's Regulatory Actions

Binance and other exchanges, such as Coinbase and Kraken, have been the target of enforcement actions by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) this year. The SEC has accused these exchanges of various securities violations, including offering unregistered staking as a service products and listing coins on their platforms that violate securities laws. However, the US Chamber of Digital Commerce, a crypto advocacy group, is now backing Binance in its fight against the SEC, claiming that the regulatory body is stifling financial innovation and driving crypto startups offshore by creating a hostile regulatory environment within the United States.

In an amicus brief filed on Thursday, the Chamber argued that the SEC has misunderstood the nature of crypto assets and the markets where they are bought and sold. The group compared Binance to a grocery store selling oranges or an online e-commerce marketplace like Amazon, stating that tokens alone are not securities and the markets they are traded on are not securities exchanges. By filing a lawsuit against Binance, the SEC is allegedly mislabeling many crypto tokens as unregistered securities.

The Chamber further criticized the SEC's approach to regulating the crypto industry, accusing the Commission of adopting a "regulation by enforcement" strategy. According to the group, the SEC has been arbitrarily categorizing various blockchain-based digital assets as securities and penalizing businesses for failing to obtain SEC registrations that are not actually available to them. The Chamber argues that this lack of clear guidelines on which cryptocurrencies qualify as securities has created a challenging environment for exchanges like Binance and Coinbase.

It is worth noting that since Gary Gensler took over as the chair of the SEC, the Commission has significantly increased its enforcement actions against digital asset companies. Some of the biggest names in the cryptocurrency industry, including Binance, Coinbase, and Kraken, have been targeted by the SEC this year. However, the Chamber believes that the SEC's actions are detrimental to financial innovation and are pushing crypto startups to seek more favorable regulatory environments outside of the United States.

Overall, the US Chamber of Digital Commerce's support of Binance in its legal battle against the SEC highlights the ongoing tension between regulators and the crypto industry. While the SEC aims to protect investors and ensure compliance with securities laws, the Chamber argues that the SEC's regulatory approach is hindering innovation and driving businesses away. As the case unfolds, it remains to be seen how this clash between the SEC and the crypto industry will impact the future of digital asset regulation in the United States.


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