📈 Optimism’s TVL Doubles as Trading Activity Surges on Layer 2s

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📈 Optimism’s TVL Doubles as Trading Activity Surges on Layer 2s


TRACTION Adoption of Ethereum’s top two Layer 2 chains are gaining traction as lower ranked rivals are losing market share. Optimism, Ethereum’s second-largest L2 by total value locked (TVL) with $741.5M, rocketed to new highs at the end of May, tagging a record $1.02B on June 2, double its level on May 28, according to L2beat. It overtook dYdX as the second-largest L2.

USAGE Arbitrum, Ethereum’s leading L2 with a $2B TVL and 51% market share, is also seeing increased usage amid its multi-week onboarding event, Odyssey. Trade activity on Optimism is also booming, with its monthly trailing DEX volume up 254% with $1.5B exchanges over the past 30 days, according to Dune Analytics. By contrast, combined DEX volume across all chains is down 50% over the past week.

SURGE Why the surge? It’s hard to be sure, but the recent swoon in the market has frequently driven transaction fees on Ethereum DEXes up to hundreds of dollars. This suggests many on-chain traders may be moving their assets on Optimism to capture savings.


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💰Digital Wallet Maker Dynamic Raises $7.5M from a16z

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INFRASTRUCTURE Developers are continuing to work on new infrastructure for the web3 ecosystem despite the bear market. On June 28, Dynamic Labs, a team working to make digital asset wallets a single sign-on device (SSO) for use across the web, launched in closed beta.

ROUND The team also announced it had raised $7.5M in a closed round led by Andreessen Horowitz, the Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Leading web3 VCs Circle Ventures, Solana Ventures, and Chapter One also participated in the round.

TOKENS Dynamic’s dashboard allows dApp devs to launch support for multiple wallets and chains with a single click instead of requiring them to create unique custom code for each chain and wallet. Its kits also allow developers to provide users with specific tokens access to exclusive features, and to block wallets flagged by blockchain intelligence firm, Chainalysis, or the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control.


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🧐 Puncturing the Hype About Illicit Finance in Crypto

Data Shows TradFi Remains the Channel of Choice for Dirty Money

Guest writer Alex Shipp argues crypto is getting a bad rap from the media when it comes to financial skullduggery.


IMPLICATIONS From the BBC to Reuters, the world’s leading mainstream media outlets steadily deliver provocative headlines implicating cryptocurrencies as primary facilitators of illicit activity. The edgy, sensationalized narratives would appear to warrant universal, uncompromising surveillance of all public citizens that engage decentralized systems built on blockchain, but the hard numbers tell a very different story.

ILLICIT ADDRESSES According to Chainalysis’ 2022 Crypto Crime Report, transactions involving illicit addresses accounted for only 0.15% of total cryptocurrency volume in 2021, with some competitors’ estimates falling as low as 0.10%. The figure represents yet another major decline as part of a multi-year down-trend from 0.6% in 2020, and a whopping 3.4% in 2019. Indisputably, illicit addresses constitute an ever-diminishing slice of the crypto pie.

BAD ACTORS For a modern news cycle that is starved for a feel-good headline, it’s worth acknowledging that in the last three years, cryptocurrency’s growth and evolution has been primarily directed toward emergent mainstream use cases. As for the bad actors themselves, a light investigation of the facts and figures is all that’s needed to discern why they remain warm and cozy confining their operations to legacy financial systems.


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🔗 Maker governance is voting to invest $500 million in US Treasury bills: The Block

MakerDAO, the issuer of the Dai (DAI) stablecoin, is currently voting on how to allocate 500 million DAI ($500 million) of treasury funds into investments in US Treasury bills and bonds, the protocol announced on Monday.

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🔗 Investment Firm Cypherpunk Holdings Sells All of Its Bitcoin and Ether: CoinDesk

Canada-based investment firm Cypherpunk Holdings (HODL) has dumped all of its bitcoin and ether holdings to ride out the current market risks.


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