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09/25/2020 05:29 PM

Centralized assets now constitute 40% of MakerDAO’s vaults

New data interpretation from The Block shows that centralized assets comprise 40% of the collateral  locked in MakerDAO. 

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09/25/2020 04:06 PM

New study says the number of unique crypto asset users has increased 189% in the past year

A new Cambridge University report claims the number of unique cryptoassets accounts has increased by fourfold over the last four years.

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09/25/2020 03:00 PM

MicroStrategy CEO: Dollar, gold shortcomings led company to put 90% of balance sheet into bitcoin

Quick Take

  • The Block sat with MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor earlier this week to understand the company’s $425 million investment into bitcoin.
  • Saylor said:  Bitcoin is the “best money ever created.”
  • Here’s why he thinks so. 

09/25/2020 01:50 PM

Gemini lists seven new DeFi tokens, including UNI and YFI

Crypto exchange and custodian Gemini has added support for seven new decentralized finance (DeFi) tokens.

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09/25/2020 12:25 PM

Ethereum studio ConsenSys wins Hong Kong central bank digital currency study project

Ethereum development studio ConsenSys has been awarded a central bank digital currency (CBDC) study project by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA).

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09/25/2020 11:15 AM

Russian federal authority blacklists Binance’s website

Roskomnadzor, the Russian federal authority responsible for the supervision of communications, information technology, and mass media in the country, has blacklisted Binance's website.

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09/25/2020 09:50 AM

Alameda Research mints largest ever quantity of WBTC token for yield farming

Crypto trading firm Alameda Research has today minted the largest ever quantity of WBTC, an ERC-20 token backed 1:1 by bitcoin, for yield farming.

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09/25/2020 07:55 AM

Ethereum scaling startup Optimism releases limited testnet of its Layer-2 solution

Optimism, the Ethereum scaling startup that is building a Layer-2 solution using a tool called optimistic rollup, has released the limited testnet.

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09/24/2020 11:48 PM

The Interchange: Stop sleeping on stablecoins

Quick Take

  • Keeping up with this weeks’ latest developments around cryptodollars

09/24/2020 11:30 PM

Liquity secures $2.4M in seed funding to further develop lending protocol

Liquity, a lending protocol built on Ethereum, has acquired $2.4 million in seed funding, which it will use for further developments and to grow its team.

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09/24/2020 11:00 PM

Congressional bid for new U.S. crypto exchange oversight draws early plaudits

Quick Take

  • Crypto businesses and organizations seem to be supportive of a new effort to regulate crypto exchanges in the U.S.
  • But it’s far from clear whether Rep. Michael Conaway’s legislation will become the law of the land. 

09/24/2020 08:55 PM

Mapping out the non-fungible token (NFT) ecosystem

Quick Take

  • Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are tokenized, blockchain-based provably scarce, non-divisible collectible items
  • Advocates of NFTs believe that this technology can disrupt the gaming industry, create new markets for in-game items, digital art/collectibles, and even revolutionize markets for physical items sold by creators to capture their products’ resale value
  • In total, the NFT ecosystem has amassed at least 73 startups, games, collectibles, and protocols across 9 verticals, which The Block has mapped out.

09/24/2020 07:42 PM

Tron links up with BitGo to bring Wrapped BTC, ETH to blockchain network

Tron is teaming up with crypto services provider BitGo to create two new tokens, which will be newly-minted Wrapped Ether and Wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC).

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09/24/2020 05:10 PM

Russia’s Ministry of Finance proposes higher reporting standards for cryptocurrency

The Russian Ministry of Finance is targeting cryptocurrency to crack down on tax evasion and other financial misconduct in a revised set of laws.

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09/24/2020 05:06 PM

Canadian report finds those with low financial literacy more likely to own crypto compared to the highly financially literate

The Bank of Canada report published on August 31 found that those with low financial literacy were twice as likely to own cryptocurrency compared to the highly financially literate. 

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09/24/2020 05:00 PM

CFTC-registered crypto exchanges? A new bill proposes a voluntary path for that

A U.S. lawmaker has proposed an alternative pathway for regulating crypto exchanges through a new CFTC designation: digital commodity exchanges.

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09/24/2020 01:50 PM

European Commission officially proposes regulatory framework for crypto-assets and stablecoins

The European Commission has today officially proposed a regulatory framework for crypto-assets and stablecoins after a leaked draft proposal went viral last week.

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09/24/2020 12:05 PM

Private equity firm Valentus plans to raise $50 million via token sale

Valentus Capital, a private equity investment firm based in the U.S., is planning to raise $50 million for its first fund via token sale.

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09/24/2020 10:00 AM

Coinbase is creating a new ‘Platforms’ team, hires executives from Venmo and Adobe

Crypto exchange Coinbase is creating a new "Platforms" team and has hired two executives from Venmo and Adobe to join this team.

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09/24/2020 04:59 AM

Crypto exchange Gemini launches in the U.K.

Crypto exchange and custodian Gemini has launched in the U.K. as part of its global expansion plans.

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