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👀 Bancor Launches V3 AMM In Bid to Regain Dominance

NEWS Bancor was the first-ever automated market maker (AMM) and holds a special place in crypto lore after attracting $153M in 2017 in what was then the largest initial coin offering (ICO).

LOST MARKET SHARE After falling off the radar as it lost market share to rival AMMs like Uniswap and Sushiswap, the protocol is back and launching Bancor 3 with key upgrades.

SINGLE TOKENS The most important new feature may be something called Omnipool which promises to cut gas costs for traders in half. Bancor shipped an upgrade in October 2020 which allowed users to provide liquidity in the form of single tokens, as opposed to the pairs required by AMMs like Uniswap.

GAS COSTS While this alleviated impermanent loss (IL), the design requires pairing all assets with BNT, Bancor’s native token. This means trades need to be routed through two pairs. For example, a swap from ETH to WBTC would go from ETH to BNT, and then from BNT to WBTC, doubling gas costs.



📖 Inspired by Aaron Swartz’ Ideals New DAO Takes Aim at Academic Publishing Industry

LIBERATION A new decentralized autonomous organization is drawing inspiration from ConstitutionDAO and the ideals of information liberation exemplified by the late activist Aaron Swartz.

VISION An early mission statement was shared on the currently nameless DAO’s Discord server during the call: “The vision is to design an incentivized system for open access academic peer-reviewed publishing.”

INSTIGATOR The idea began with a Twitter thread from Nov. 18, in which David McDougall, a vice-president at crypto prime brokerage Genesis Trading and instigator of the DAO suggested, “We could buy all of academic publishing for ~ $25 Billion, but we could start one journal at a time.”


Layer 2s

⚙️ Zero-Knowledge Pioneer StarkWare Launches Layer 2 Rollup Network

ALPHA StarkWare, the team that pioneered zero-knowledge-based rollups in 2018, has launched the mainnet alpha of StarkNet — the team’s much anticipated Layer 2, zero-knowledge (ZK) rollup network. The alpha launch was revealed on Nov. 29, with the release initially supporting general computation and composability.

UNLIMITED SCALE StarkWare describes StarkNet Alpha as a “permissionless decentralized rollup operating as an L2.” They claim the network can offer decentralized applications (dApps) “unlimited scale” for computation without compromising the composability or security of its underlying settlement chain Ethereum. It does so with its in-house ZK-STARK cryptographic proofs.

PRIVACY ZK-STARK proofs combine the privacy of zero-knowledge with the scalability of rollups to offer a Layer 2 scaling solution for Ethereum that could offer the privacy benefits, low fees, and transactional throughput needed to attract greater enterprise adoption.


Curve Wars Primer

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STABLECOIN SWAPS Curve is now the largest DeFi protocol with $22B in Total Value Locked across seven blockchains. We’ve covered the Curve Wars extensively and the consensus among investors seems to be that Curve will consolidate and build on its position as the leader in stablecoin swaps. Convex Finance makes it possible for yield farmers to obtain boosted $CRV yields without locking any $CRV tokens themselves.

YIELD FARMING In this tutorial, we’re going to show you how to maximize your $CRV and $CVX earnings through leveraged yield farming on Abracadabra, a collateralized lending platform and issuer of the Magic Internet Money (MIM) stablecoin.

Whether you’re looking to build a position in $CRV and $CVX through yield farming or just looking for a good yield on your crypto assets, you can use Abracadabra to leverage your position based on your risk tolerance.



🔎 A Big Test for DAOs: Honing New Compensation and Contribution Practices

In this guest column, Spencer Graham of DAOhaus explores a critical issue in the development of decentarlized autonomous organizations.

As we usher in a new era of work via DAOs, many projects face a similar challenge of determining a scalable formula for compensating their contributors. What works when there are only five core contributors may not work as the community grows, and the best way to measure and reward contributions in one DAO may not be right for another.

Many DAOs currently benefit from the flexibility they are able to offer their contributors. In contrast to traditional companies, individuals can move fluidly between DAOs, often contributing to multiple DAOs at the same time. While this flexibility is appealing to many contributors and is one of the factors that has enabled DAOs to attract top talent, it often leaves contributors to navigate multiple compensation structures. To continue bringing in new contributors, DAOs will need to develop compensation mechanisms that work well with other DAOs.


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🔗 How The Merge Impacts Ethereum’s Application Layer: Ethereum Foundation

Ethereum’s transition to proof of stake – The Merge – is near: devnets are being stood up, specifications are being finalized and community outreach has begun in earnest.

🔗 Former Wall Street banker launches $1.5 billion crypto venture fund: The Block

Former Citigroup executive Matt Zhang has launched a $1.5 billion crypto venture fund called Hivemind Capital Partners, according to an announcement on Monday.

🔗 Popular Ethereum mixer Tornado Cash is ready to integrate with Arbitrum: the Block

Tornado Cash, a popular Ethereum transaction mixing protocol, is ready to integrate the Layer 2 network Arbitrum.

🔗 Binance Will List Alchemix (ALCX): Binance

Binance will list Alchemix (ALCX) and will open trading for ALCX/BTC, ALCX/BUSD, and ALCX/USDT trading pairs at 2021-11-30 06:00 (UTC).


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