Owen Fernau

MakerDAO Will Soon Hold Real-World Assets as Collateral

A MakerDAO proposal to accept an ERC-20 token which represents shares in a pool of real estate assets as collateral in the Maker protocol passed yesterday. The use of real-world assets in DeFi is a first and is a major step in bringing the trillions of dollars worth of physical assets into the open finance …

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zkPorter Promises to Bring 20,000 TPS to Ethereum

zkSync introduced an Ethereum Layer 2 solution called zkPorter yesterday promising to push the blockchain’s transactions per second (TPS) capabilities to over 20,000. This would put Ethereum within striking distance of Visa, which says its network can handle 24,000 TPS.  “To bring true scalability, we need an exponential gain in throughput,” the team wrote in …

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Ethereum Berlin Upgrade Ships Tomorrow Aiming to Reduce Gas Costs

The Ethereum Berlin hard fork ships tomorrow. The upgrade contains four Ethereum improvement proposals (EIPs) mainly aimed at optimizing gas costs, and is the first of its kind since Muir Glacier shipped on Jan. 2 2020. “Hard forks” are a result of distributed networks like Ethereum upgrading or making changes in their software. Node operators …

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PancakeSwap’s Total Value Locked Overtakes Uniswap’s

PancakeSwap, a Binance Smart Chain automated market maker, surpassed Uniswap’s total value locked for the first time yesterday hitting $7.87B, a mark $100M higher than the Ethereum AMM. That makes the BSC-based AMM the largest by assets locked. PancakeSwap’s TVL is more than 53 times larger than it was three months ago when the AMM …

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