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Opolis Deal Deepens Venture Capitalists’ Love Affair with DAOs

You probably missed it.  It was a deal that didn’t involve a big NFT marketplace or a new decentralized crypto exchange. Yet the vote by members of Opolis, a digital employment cooperative, to launch a DAO is significant. Why? Because it’s the latest instance of venture capitalists’ love affair with decentralized autonomous organizations. It also …

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What you need to know about the Chia Blockchain

Eco-Friendly Chia Network Gets Elon Musk Boost

The Chia network and its XCH cryptocurrency got a boost from Elon Musk’s recent lambasting of Bitcoin’s energy consumption.  Last week, Chia was trending on Twitter and in the five days since May 12  ̶ when Musk tweeted that he would no longer be accepting Bitcoin as a payment mechanism for Teslas because of Bitcoin’s …

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Tyler Winklevoss Makes GUSD Proposal on Aave

“Bitcoin billionaire” Tyler Winklevoss of Gemini submitted a governance proposal on a community forum for GUSD to be used as stablecoin collateral for loans on AAVE. Currently, GUSD can only be borrowed.  GUSD is a stablecoin that maintains value by holding one USD in reserve for each stablecoin issued. By using GUSD as collateral, borrowers …

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The Road to Uniswap’s $100B in Trading Volume

Uniswap has become the first decentralized trading platform to process over $100B in volume, a sign DeFi is starting to compete in the big leagues of crypto.  The milestone for the DEX, which launched just over two years ago, shows that automated market makers, which are based on token liquidity pools instead of centralized order …

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New DeFi Lending Protocol Alpha Homora is Quickly Catching Up

You know we’re heading into frothy markets when an otherwise unremarkable tweet sends a token flying.  Alpha Homora’s token ALPHA jumped by almost 50% to the highest since its launch in October after the DeFi project tweeted on Monday that 0.39% of ETH supply is locked in its smart contracts. That’s $600M, or 11th in …

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Kyber Overhauled its Protocol and Token Holders Love It

Kyber Network just overhauled its protocol and token holders are loving it. Kyber’s KNC jumped 25% on Thursday after the announcement to the highest since 2018, compared with ETH’s 10% increase.  Over the weekend KNC retraced some of the gains and has been hovering between $1.3 and $1.45. The upgraded Kyber 3.0 will be transitioned …

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Yearn Merges With Cover to Make DeFi Safer

After a series of flash loan attacks where DeFi protocols lost $100M in damages, Yearn acquired Cover Protocol to provide decentralized insurance. The project pays out claims from exploits or certain attacks on smart contracts, using a the  Snapshot voting tool to decide coverage. The claim will move to its Claim Validity Committee (CVC) to …

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SushiSwap is Largest Target in Yearn Merger Wave

SushiSwap is the latest DeFi project to combine forces with Yearn Finance as Andre Cronje’s protocol continues with its merger spree to expand services to the addressable market.  As the announcement became public, there were no remarkable price jumps $SUSHI on the day of the announcement, however, it kept its price around $1-$2, a 98% …

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Yearn Partners with Akropolis in Move for Institutional DeFi

Yearn Finance announced a merger with Akropolis, trailing a series of Yearn partnerships and recent ecosystem hacks.  Earlier this month, Akropolis lost $2M in an exploitation attack. This technical partnership highlights the permissionless nature of DeFi, where Akropolis could make the unilateral decision to integrate itself in the Yearn ecosystem. Akropolis enables under-collateralized lending protocol …

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Yearn and Pickle Merge After a $20M Attack

Yearn Finance and Pickle Finance today announced a merger where the teams are consolidating resources and technical stack. Just a few days earlier, Pickle was attacked and ~$20M Dai was drained (more on the attack below). The timing of the merger at the heel of a protocol attack highlights the seized opportunity these DeFi teams …

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Flash Loan Hackers Drain $16M+ From DeFi Protocols in One Week

Hackers were able to drain $16.4 million in ETH and Dai from DeFi projects Akropolis, Value DeFi Protocol, and Origin Protocol using flash loans, just in the past week. Value DeFi Attack An attacker on Value DeFi swapped flash-loaned ETH for DAI and USDT, deposited part of the flash-loaned DAI into Value DeFi’s multi-stablecoin vault. They …

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