📉 FriendTech Under Fire Over Bungled Token Launch

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FriendTech is the latest project to face community backlash over an airdrop, with its community up in arms after many users were left unable to claim their tokens while watching the price of FRIEND plummet.

On the subject of airdrops, EigenLayer responded to pushback with increased allocations for more than 280,000 of its early adopters.

In Bitcoin news, fees have come back down to earth after Runes activity crashed, Microstrategy’s Michael Saylor rustled feathers by unveiling a Bitcoin-based digital identity protocol, and Wasabi Wallet has abandoned its Coinjoin privacy service fearing U.S. regulatory action.

Plus, crypto markets bounce, PayPal integrates MoonPay, and Helium expands mobile offerings.

✍️ In today’s newsletter:

  • Friend Tech token launch ignites backlash
  • EigenLayer ups airdrop allocations by 100 EIGEN
  • Bitcoin fees and Runes activity plummet
  • Michael Saylor’s DID protocol
  • Wasabi Wallet abandons privacy service
  • Digital assets mount a comeback
  • PayPal expands crypto support
  • Helium Mobile launches group plans


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Bitcoin$59,1052.22 %
Ethereum$2,987 0.77 %
Gold 1st Future$2,312 0.53 %
S&P 5005064.20 0.91 %
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💥Friend Tech Token Tanks After Shambled Debut


Friend Tech’s long-awaited airdrop and v2 launch ended in tears for much of its community, with the project coming under fire for as many users copping errors while attempting to claim FRIEND while the asset’s price plummeted. Critics also highlighted the token being non-transferable except to trade on Friend Tech’s BunnySwap exchange and the scant assets deployed to seed the FRIEND liquidity pool.

🪂EigenLayer Increases Minimum Airdrop Allocation

EigenLayer has upped its airdrop allocation to more than 280,000 wallets by 100 EIGEN. The move follows the project receiving widespread backlash earlier this week after the terms for its highly anticipated airdrop was revealed.

💵Bitcoin Fees Normalize After Runes' Coming Out Party Abruptly Ends

Bitcoin’s transaction fees have fallen back to $3.60 after surging to $128 as Runes launched on April 20. The trend coincides with Runes’ transaction count plummeting 97.5% since peaking above 753,500 on April 23.

🪪Saylor Unveils Decentralized Identities on Bitcoin

Microstrategy’s Michael Saylor has upset Bitcoin maxis after unveiling plans for an Ordinals-based decentralized identity service built on top of the longest-running blockchain. Dubbed Microstrategy Orange, the protocol is intended to provide Proof of Humanity services for enterprise entities.



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🔒Wasabi Wallet To Eliminate Coinjoin Amid U.S. Regulatory Fears

Wasabi Wallet is discontinuing its privacy-preserving Coinjoin feature from June 1. The move follows the Bitcoin wallet blocking U.S. users from accessing its website amid concerns that U.S. authorities are mounting an offensive against non-custodial wallets.

📈Crypto Markets Bounce After Fed Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged

The combined cryptocurrency market cap rallied 4% each as bulls took control of the markets in response to the U.S. Federal Reserve leaving interest rates unchanged. While Bitcoin and Ether each recovered 4%, Solana, Near, and Worldcoin bounced more than 10% in 24 hours.

🌙PayPal Integrates With MoonPay And Brings Hundreds of Tokens To U.S. Users

PayPal users can now access more than 100 cryptocurrencies following an integration with MoonPay, a popular crypto buying app. The move comes after the market cap PayPal’s PYUSD stablecoin grew 74% in 30 days to $337 million.

🎈Helium Mobile Introduces New $20 Group Plans Offering Unlimited Data

Helium Mobile, the Helium Network-powered telecommunications provider, is now offering unlimited group mobile services to U.S. users for $20 per customer. The news follows Helium Network onboarding more than 62,400 users since the year began.


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