Vitalik on Suspect Centralization, FTX’s ‘Absolute Fraud,’ Coinbase Confirms Bitcoin Holdings — Week in Review

As the smoke starts to clear around the massive crater left by the FTX disaster, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin has shared his thoughts on the ether community’s view of centralization. In related news, CME Group CEO Terry Duffy recalls in March when he called former FTX boss Sam Bankman-Fried an “absolute fraud.” Implosions notwithstanding, Coinbase has reminded users their “financials are public” and noted the company holds 2 million bitcoin. All this and more in the latest Bitcoin.com News Week in Review, just below.

Ethereum Co-Founder Vitalik Buterin Discusses FTX Collapse — Says ‘Centralized Anything Is by Default Suspect’

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin says many people in the Ethereum community see the FTX collapse “as a validation of things they believed in all along: centralized anything is by default suspect.” However, he warned that automatically downgrading every single thing former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried believed in “is an error.”

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Ontario Teachers’ Pension Fund Writes Down Entire Investment in Bankrupt Crypto Exchange FTX Citing ‘Potential Fraud’

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP), one of the largest pension plans in the world, is writing down its investment in the bankrupt crypto exchange FTX. “Recent reports suggest potential fraud conducted at FTX which is deeply concerning for all parties,” the plan states.

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CME Group’s CEO Called FTX’s Sam Bankman-Fried an ‘Absolute Fraud’ When They Met in March

According to the CEO of CME Group, Terry Duffy, the executive met with former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) last March at a conference, and Duffy ended up calling the FTX frontman a “fraud.” When Duffy sat down with SBF, the former FTX executive said his end goal was to compete with CME Group.

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Coinbase CEO Says Company Holds 2 Million Bitcoin, Reminds People Firm’s ‘Financials Are Public’

According to Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong, as of Sept. 30, 2022, the company holds 2 million bitcoin worth $39.9 billion. The news Armstrong shared comes at a time when the general public is looking directly at exchange balances following FTX’s turbulent collapse.

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What are your thoughts on this week’s stories? Is anything centralized by default suspect? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.

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