🚂 Push to Launch Layer 2 Liquidity Mining on Uniswap Gains Steam

Hello Defiers! Here’s what we are covering today, News Push to Launch Layer 2 Liquidity Mining on Uniswap Gains Steam A Crypto Architect Takes Us Inside the ‘Visual Language’ of the Metaverse On First Anniversary Ethereum 2.0 Beacon Chain Solidifies Pr...

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🚂 Push to Launch Layer 2 Liquidity Mining on Uniswap Gains Steam

NEWS A Uniswap community member has called for the decentralized exchange (DEX) to launch a liquidity mining program and incentivize users to migrate to its Layer 2 deployments on Arbitrum and Optimism.

SECOND STAGE On Dec. 1, Hop Protocol’s growth lead “zkLito” announced they had submitted a detailed proposal for L2 liquidity incentives for Uniswap’s second stage of governance. Their previous proposal had passed an initial temperature check in Uniswap’s governance forum last month.

KICKSTART zkLito describes the proposal as both seeking to entice “deep liquidity for key pairs on L2,” and more importantly to “kickstart L2 adoption by incentivizing users to bridge and shift their DeFi activity to L2s.”


Metaverse Design

🏙 A Crypto Architect Takes Us Inside the ‘Visual Language’ of the Metaverse

DECADES How would building design change if architects didn’t have to think about them lasting for decades? Or if the structure and layout could change with a few mouseclicks?

VIRTUAL BUILDINGS That’s the opportunity architects can seize in the metaverse. Most architects would probably say that isn’t appealing at all, because they undertook the discipline to design structures people would experience for a very long time, but for Kirk Finkel, better known as Untitled, XYZ, a full time Web3 architect, it’s inspiring to work with virtual buildings that are iterative to a degree that can’t even be fathomed in the physical world.

100 YEARS “There’s a different relationship because it’s not there for 100 years,” he told The Defiant in a phone call from his analog space in Brooklyn. “The visual language of the building can change so quickly.”



Ethereum 2.0

🎂 On First Anniversary Ethereum 2.0 Beacon Chain Solidifies Proof-of-Stake Shift

ROADMAP The Ethereum community is celebrating the first anniversary of the Ethereum 2.0 Beacon Chain, which set the network’s roadmap toward Eth2 into motion with its launch on Dec. 1, 2020.

LOCKED UP According to data aggregator Staking Rewards, Ethereum 2.0 is now the second-largest proof-of-stake network by staked capitalization with $38.4B locked up. While Solana currently leads with nearly $88.2B, 77.4% of SOL’s supply is locked in staking compared to just 7.10% of Ether.

LAUNCH Many analysts believe it’s only a matter of time until Ethereum ascends to the top spot. Ethereum’s upcoming chain-merge is expected to increase staking rewards by several multiples. Since the Beacon Chain’s launch last year, Ethereum has completed several major upgrades in its Eth2 roadmap and shift from proof-of-stake consensus.


DeFi Regulation

🏛 Yellen Waives Non-Custodial Crypto Protocols From New Reporting Standards

NEWS U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said non-custodial protocols will not be subjected to stringent reporting obligations in line with updated guidance concerning crypto assets from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an intergovernmental organization that sets anti-money laundering guidelines for dozens of nations.

STANDARDS FATF finalized its updated guidance in late October calling on nations to subject DeFi protocols to anti-money laundering standards, including the collection and sharing of detailed information relating to transactional counterparties.

VASPS “Creators, owners and operators or some other persons who maintain control or sufficient influence in the DeFi arrangements, even if those arrangements seem decentralized, may fall under the FATF definition of a [Virtual Asset Provider (VASP)] where they are providing or actively facilitating VASP services,” the guidance reads.


The Tube

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🔗 Crypto group Galaxy Digital seeks to raise $500m in debt market: The Financial Times

Galaxy Digital, the crypto financial services company founded by Mike Novogratz, is seeking to raise $500m in the debt market as digital asset companies race to tap investor enthusiasm surrounding the rapidly growing industry.

🔗 Ultimate Crypto Tax Guide: Bankless

Dear Bankless Nation, It’s December. Almost the end of the year. Is anyone else going “OMG what about my taxes?”

🔗 $106M worth of Metaverse land sold last week: DappRadar: CoinTelegraph

Four blockchain-based Metaverse projects generated more than $100 million worth of virtual land NFT sales last week according to data from DappRadar.

🔗 Unifying Cross-Chain Liquidity with Connext: Medium

The multi-chain market has arrived. Thanks to years of research, open source development, and the learn-in-public ethos of crypto developer ecosystems, we now find ourselves in the midst of heterogeneous L1 blockchains and L2 scaling solutions, each with its own scaling capabilities and design trade-offs.

🔗 Jack Dorsey’s Square changes corporate name to Block: CNBC

Square is renaming itself Block as it focuses on technologies such as blockchain and expands beyond its original credit card-reader business.

🔗 Crypto Advocacy Panel Livestream: Bankless

This is the Crypto Advocacy & Education Summit, which we're hosting to go along with the Ethereum Foundation's $500,000 donation to the Gitcoin Round 12 matching round for the ‘Crypto Advocacy’ track.


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