Monthly Archives: September 2020

Soaring decentralized exchange volume suggests the DeFi craze is not over

Data shows decentralized exchange volume skyrocketed in the last 6-months and Uniswap leads the pack. Uniswap, the most widely utilized decentralized exchange on Ethereum, has seen explosive growth throughout the second quarter. In fact, less than a month ago, Uniswap’s trading volume surpassed Coinbase Pro as the exchange processed $426 million worth of trades in a 24 hour span. Throughout 2019, the decentralized finance (DeFi) market was relatively stagnant until the concept of yield farming and governance tokens became more popular. Yield farming is a process where […]

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Anonymous donor saves OpenBazaar… for now

OpenBazaar received a temporary lifeline, but they aren’t out of the woods yet. On September 25, OpenBazaar announced that their platform would likely shut down due to financial difficulties, stating that user growth and adoption had stalled. According to a tweet published on Open Bazaar’s official Twitter account, a mysterious donor has since agreed to cover the cost of the marketplace’s operations through the end of the year. While the exact amount of funding provided was not disclosed, OpenBazaar’s donation wallets have received over $13,000 as of […]

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One of Hal Finney’s lost contributions to Bitcoin Core to be ‘resurrected’

While Hal Finney may no longer be with us, one of his proposals from 2011 may soon find its way to Bitcoin thanks to an expired patent. In a February 8, 2011 post on Bitcointalk, Finney said that reading a book titled “Guide to Elliptic Curve Cryptography” by Hankerson, Menezes, and Vanstone, gave him an idea of how to speed up signature verification by 25%. In the following post from the same day, Finney announced that he had already written “test code” and uploaded it to the […]

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Mark Cuban Wants an Expiration Date on Stimulus Checks: Critics Says Proposal Is Right out of a Banana Republic Playbook

U.S. billionaire Mark Cuban wants the next stimulus check to come with an expiration date in order to force Americans to spend the funds. The businessman believes this “use it or lose it” approach would benefit the U.S. economy as it promotes spending instead of saving. Cuban argues that when consumers are forced to spend, it helps businesses to stay open and help the economy to recover from the knock-on effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Explaining details of his proposal, Cuban says that “all American households, no […]

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ICO from 2017 expects October mainnet launch

This project is continuing to build momentum three years after their token sale. After securing millions of dollars via an initial coin offering in 2017, decentralized data housing platform Filecoin now aims to launch its mainnet. Filecoin will move over to its own blockchain in stages, rather than all at once, according to a Sept. 27 blog post. “Launching a blockchain is an involved and lengthy process,” the post said. “Like many other networks (including Polkadot, NEAR, and others), Filecoin is taking a phased approach to launching […]

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Crypto regulations in the United Kingdom: Are we there yet?

For the U.K. to remain attractive to the crypto industry, it should strive to provide more clarity and certainty around compliance. Policymaking in the United Kingdom is typically reactionary, and this is no less true in the context of the crypto-asset industry. Reactionary policymaking means that the U.K.’s crypto regime is occasionally behind those of its competitors, which could ultimately cause the U.K. to become a less attractive place to conduct crypto-related business. The former Chair of CryptoUK, Iqbal Gandham, pointed out in an April 2018 letter […]

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Grayscale Investments now controls 2.4% of the current BTC supply

The investment firm purchased 17,100 BTC in the last week. Crypto fund manager Grayscale Investments has increased the assets under management in its Bitcoin Trust by more than $180 million over the past week. According to data from information platform Bybt, Grayscale added 17,100 Bitcoin (BTC) to the firm’s Bitcoin Trust in the last seven days. The company now has 449,900 total coins under management — worth roughly $4.9 billion with the crypto asset at $10,890, closing above $10,000 every day for the last 63 days. This […]

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Price analysis 9/28: BTC, ETH, XRP, BCH, BNB, DOT, LINK, ADA, BSV, CRO

Bitcoin and altcoins may hit a few roadblocks in the short-term as they near stiff overhead resistance levels, but the overall trajectory remains bullish. Bitcoin (BTC) soared above $10,000 on July 27 and has sustained above this level since then. Data shows that this streak of 63 consecutive days of closes above the $10,000 level is a new record. This also shows that  the level has now become a strong support after previously acting as a stiff resistance. Bulls have consistently purchased dips to and below $10K […]

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House Ag Committee leader talks new bills to treat more cryptos like commodities

Congressman Conaway sheds some light on new legislation in conversation with Cointelegraph. Two bills introduced last week looked to solidify the roles of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission — respectively the regulators for securities and commodities in the United States. The bills featured many of the usual suspects in legislation touching on crypto but one less familiar face was U.S. Representative Mike Conaway (R-TX).  Currently serving as the ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, Conaway has been in Congress since […]

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Ethereum cumulative fees in 2020 eclipsed Bitcoin’s for the first time

One type of “flippening” finally happened, but only miners are feasting. Cumulative transaction fees paid to Ethereum (ETH) miners for 2020 are now close to double those of Bitcoin (BTC), clocking in at $276 million versus $146 million. A chart released by Coinmetrics highlights how Ethereum fees went on a steep ascent in the latter part of the year, coinciding quite closely with the release of Compound’s token incentive. Cumulative 2020 fees on Ethereum equalized with Bitcoin’s on Aug. 12, continuing a break-neck ascent since. Source: Coinmetrics […]

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