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FTC files lawsuit against Meta over attempted monopolization of metaverse

The United States Federal Trade Commission, or FTC, has filed a lawsuit against Meta and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in an attempt to stop the social media giant from “its ultimate goal of owning the entire ‘metaverse.’” In a complaint filed in the Northern District of California on Wednesday, the FTC alleged Meta’s and Zuckerberg’s potential acquisition of virtual reality firm Within and its fitness app Supernatural was illegal, according to U.S. antitrust laws, as well as a way for the social media firm to “buy its way to the top” as opposed to “competing on the merits.” The complaint alleged that under Zuckerberg, Meta was “a potential entrant in the virtual reality dedicated fitness app market” with the resources necessary to develop its own app, but instead chose to own Supernatural by purchasing Within. The move would allegedly hinder “future innovation and competitive rivalry” among companies in the United States. “As Meta fully recognizes, network effects on a digital platform can caus..

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Bitcoin spikes above $22.2K as Fed votes for 75-basis-point rate hike

Bitcoin (BTC) charged above $22,000 on July 27 after the United States Federal Reserve enacted another major interest rate hike. BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingViewFed: "Appropriate" to keep hiking after JulyData from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD reacting positively to confirmation that the Federal Open Markets Committee (FOMC) had unanimously voted to hike the Fed funds rate by 75 basis points. "The Committee seeks to achieve maximum employment and inflation at the rate of 2% over the longer run," a press release stated. "In support of these goals, the Committee decided to raise the target range for the federal funds rate to 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 percent and anticipates that ongoing increases in the target range will be appropriate."Markets had already expected that 75 basis points would be the Fed's next move. Commentators, however, increasingly considered the implications of the central bank's balancing act between taming infla..

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