Atari creates new blockchain division amid leadership shuffle
Arcade gaming giant Atari has created a new blockchain division tasked with advancing the company’s interest in decentralized gaming technology.

Atari has announced the creation of a new blockchain division as part of an organizational shuffle within the company. In a press statement issued on Tuesday, the gaming behemoth revealed the creation of two new divisions — Atari Gaming and Atari Blockchain.

The former will focus on continuing the developmental work on Atari’s catalog of popular retro gaming titles as well as the rebooted VCS consoles.

As part of the announcement, Atari also revealed that current CEO Frédéric Chesnais will head the Atari blockchain division, while Wade J. Rosen will take over as the new company chief executive. Before the announcement, Rosen was the chairman of Atari’s board of directors.

New petition asks SEC chair nominee Gary Gensler to drop Ripple lawsuit
The online petition has a goal of 2,500 signatures.

Crypto & Policy founder Thomas Hodge has started a Change.org petition directed at Securities and Exchange Commission chair nominee Gary Gensler, asking him to end the SEC’s lawsuit against Ripple once he’s confirmed as chairman of the commission.

Announcing the news Wednesday, Crypto & Policy called on Gensler to investigate the potential motives of former SEC chair Jay Clayton and his SEC Director of Corporate Finance William Hinman for “favoring” Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) while harming XRP. The petition alleges that Clayton and Hinman could have had financial interests in Bitcoin and Ether:

“While Clayton and Hinman were in office, they were asked if Bitcoin and Ether were securities. They said very clearly, on the record: no they are not securities so keep trading them. They both took money from companies with direct or clear indirect interest in those public statements.”
Paris Hilton drops surprisingly well-informed article about NFTs
The “world’s first social media influencer” Paris Hilton is excited about NFTs, and thinks you should be too.

Paris Hilton revealed she is not only bullish about nonfungible tokens but also has a good understanding of potential applications of the technology in an extensive blog post explaining her excitement about the sector posted on Wednesday.

I'm so excited about #NFTs! Here's why I think #NFTs are the future & everything you need to know to get in the game! https://t.co/mZHqsVqn9Z April 7, 2021

In a blog post titled “I’m Excited About NFTs—You Should Be Too,” Hilton demonstrates an informed understanding she said comes from learning everything she can about the subject by immersing herself in the NFT community on social media and “working with NFT collectors like WhaleShark, Illestrater, internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and the founders of Origin.”

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