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California again allows crypto contributions to state, local political campaigns

Candidates for state and local offices in California will once again be allowed to accept donations in cryptocurrency after a ban was lifted by the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) on Thursday. The ban was imposed in 2018. California was one of nine states that had banned political contributions in crypto due to perceived transparency and Know Your Customer (KYC) issues. The question of contributions in crypto was revived in March when the commission issued an opinion on the sale of nonfungible tokens (NFTs) for campaign fundraising. In May, a report was prepared by the FPPC that examined three options for its crypto policy. Those were to maintain the ban or treat crypto like cash, with a $100 contribution cap, as is done in several states. The third option was to t...

California regulator will revisit long-running ban on crypto donations on May 19

A California state regulator may be looking at overturning a ban on cryptocurrency donations to political campaigns which has been in effect since 2018. According to its May 2022 agenda, California’s Fair Political Practices Commission, or FPPC, has scheduled a “pre-notice discussion” on Thursday on the use of cryptocurrencies f campaign contributions in the state. The commission said it will be considering drafting amendments to its regulations requiring that “no contribution may be made or received in cryptocurrency.” In September 2018, the FPPC voted to ban both sending and receiving crypto contributions for political campaigns in the state of California, due to concerns the donations “might be utilized to circumvent contribution limits and prohibitions, or by foreign entities to ...

Crypto advocate mounts challenge to longtime Silicon Valley Congresswoman

In terms of policy, Greg Tanaka calls himself a legislator for the digital age and possibly the most pro-crypto person running in this election cycle. Now a Palo Alto City Council member, he has set his sights on the United States House of Representatives seat for California’s 16th: the Silicon Valley district. In an interview with Cointelegraph, the self-described nerd exuded enthusiasm and spoke with an unwavering smile about crypto and the financial system. Legal DAOs and crypto tax holidays “It’s the first form of truly better money,” Tanaka said of crypto. “More benefit goes to the people creating the value versus with traditional finance.” He envisioned a future where everyone would have their own token. That “will create a lot more economic equity,” he said. In addition to his polit...

“Zedd in the Park” Set to Return to Los Angeles In Summer 2022

Zedd in the Park is officially returning to Los Angeles. The summer show at LA Historic Park is set for Friday, July 8th. Performing alongside the Grammy-winning producer will be Loud Luxury, Wolfgang Gartner, Regard, So Tuff So Cute, and a B2B set from Brownies and Lemonade’s Goj!ra and Fernet. Zedd has been on fire in recent months, most recently releasing a long-awaited and relentless collaboration with Martin Garrix called “Follow.” The collab-made-in-heaven resulted in a mainstage smash hit and will appear on Garrix’s upcoming debut club album, Sentio.  At the beginning of 2022, Zedd teamed up with Disclosure to release bubbly and sultry track called “You’ve Got To Let Go If You Want To Be Free,” a song about...

SafeMoon pump and dump lawsuit targets Jake Paul, Soulja Boy, and others

A new class-action lawsuit demands a jury trial against A-list celebrities and social influencers for their alleged participation in a classic pump and dump scheme relating to SafeMoon tokens. SafeMoon, a Binance Smart Chain-native cryptocurrency, allegedly recruited a number of celebrities to lure investors in with misleading promotions. Some of the prominent names roped in by the class action include musicians such as Nick Carter, Soulja Boy, Lil Yachty and YouTubers Jake Paul and Ben Phillips. According to the lawsuit, SafeMoon and its subsidiaries mimicked real-life Ponzi schemes by misleading investors to purchase SafeMoon tokens under the pretext of unrealistic profits. Citing the ecosystem’s ‘burn’ and ‘tokenomics’ as a key driver for SafeMoon’s price potential, the recruited celebr...

Juul to pay US state $40 million for targeting teens with e-cigarettes

Electronic cigarette giant Juul Labs Inc will pay $40m to North Carolina and take more action to prevent underage use and sales, according to a landmark United States legal settlement announced on Monday after years of accusations that the company had fueled an explosion in teen vaping. A state judge accepted the first-of-its-kind agreement with a US state. North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein had sued Juul, accusing it of employing unfair and deceptive marketing practices that targeted young people to use its vaping products, which deliver addictive nicotine. As part of the agreement, Juul will not advertise to anyone under 21 in North Carolina and will limit sales amounts of Juul products online to any state residents. It will also sell its products only behind counters at retailer...

Splash House Reveals Massive Lineup for 2021 Festival

Splash House has just announced its momentous 2021 return with a massive lineup that’s sure to see the festival return in an emphatic way.  Returning to Palm Springs to celebrate its eighth summer and the joyful reunion of its dance music-obsessed community, Splash House will bring back its beloved poolside parties and resort setting for an unforgettable party with a lineup for the ages. Lineup for Splash House 2021 Weekend 1. Splash House’s first weekend will feature headlining acts Dom Dolla, Get Real, Shiba San, TOKiMONSTA, Tycho, and Whethan. Supporting acts include Mark Knight, Josh Butler, Lady Bee, a back-to-back set from Illyus & Barrientos with Martin Ikin, Hannah Fernando, and many more. After-hours sets will take place at the Palm Springs Air Museum, as...

Coachella Announces 2022 Festival Dates

After multiple postponements due to the impact of COVID-19, Coachella will officially make its return to California in 2022. Organizers shared the news on Instagram today, announcing that Coachella has now been scheduled over two weekends next year: April 15-17 and 22-24. The announcement arrives after a tumultuous period for the iconic Indio music and arts festival, whose organizers were forced to cancel outright for the first time in 20 years back in June 2020. Citing the uncertainty of the pandemic, they eventually abandoned the fest’s planned October 2021 dates, marking its fourth postponement due to the impact of the virus. Fans can register to access the event’s 2022 pre-sale starting Friday, June 4th at 10AM PT (1PM ET). Check out the announcement below. FOLLOW...

Rolling Loud California 2021: J. Cole, Future, Kid Cudi to Headline San Bernardino Festival

<span class="localtime" data-ltformat="F j, Y | g:ia" data-lttime="2021-05-28T03:05:25+00:00“>May 27, 2021 | 11:05pm ET A month after announcing the lineup for its flagship Miami festival, Rolling Loud has unveiled the bill for its California edition. While most 2021 festivals have been forced to schedule atypical dates due to the pandemic, Rolling Loud Cali is still set for December — the 10th-12th, to be exact, marking an expansion from two days to three. Taking place at San Bernardino’s NOS Events Center, the 2021 fest will be headlined by Kid Cudi, Future, and (fresh off his career in the Basketball Africa League) J. Cole. Chris Brown and Young Thug are also billed as “special guests,” as the duo are set to perform their 2020 mixtape Slime &...

Gunman kills at least 8 in mass shooting at California rail yard

At least eight people were killed when a transit employee opened fire at his co-workers at a light rail yard in San Jose, California, on Wednesday morning, the county sheriff’s office said, in the latest in a string of mass shootings this spring. The gunman, who like the victims was an employee of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), was also dead, Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Deputy Russell Davis said at a news conference. He did not say how the gunman died or whether police officers fired their weapons at the scene. The name and age of the suspect were also not disclosed. The first emergency calls reporting the shooting at the VTA light rail yard near the city’s main airport came through shortly after 6:30 a.m. Pacific Time (1330 GMT). A bomb squad was searching the yar...

NFF’s FIFA match agent celebrates Nigeria proposed friendly with Mexico

NFF’s FIFA Match Agent, Jairo Pachon of Eurodata Sport, is excited that Nigeria will be playing Mexico in a friendly international on July 3 in the United States. “We are happy to be able to announce this match, which is a clash between two very big teams from two different continents. Mexico against Nigeria is a big match any day and the venue is class,” he said. The two teams will announce their squads for the match sometimes in June. Mexico will play three other games before the clash with Nigeria, as part of their MexTour series. Three-time African champions Nigeria will clash with CONCACAF Gold Cup holders Mexico in a friendly at the famous Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in the State of California, United States of America. The match, which kicks off at 7.30pm LA time will be the sixth...

SpaceX launches its third astronaut crew, the first on a used Crew Dragon capsule

SpaceX launched its third crew of astronauts to the International Space Station early Friday morning, reusing a Crew Dragon space capsule to fly humans for the first time. The mission, dubbed Crew-2, is the latest flight under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, and will add four more astronauts to the orbital space station. A used Falcon 9 rocket, last flown for SpaceX’s Crew-1 mission last year, lifted off at 5:49AM ET from Cape Canaveral, Florida carrying Endeavor, the same Crew Dragon capsule that first launched SpaceX’s debut astronaut mission nearly one year ago. For this flight, the Endeavor capsule carried four astronauts from three different countries — SpaceX’s most diverse NASA-managed crew yet. “Off the Earth, for the Earth, Endeavor is ready to go,” NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough,...

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