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Opyn Aims for a More Liquid Options Market in Upgrade

Decentralized insurance platform, Opyn, announced the release of “Gamma Protocol,” second version of its options protocol. The new upgrade aims to add capital efficiency and liquidity to the DeFi options market. Among the changes, Gamma Protocol provides mint options without collateral as long as they are burned before the end of the transaction – similar …

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Insurance Protocol Cover Exploited for $9.4M

DeFi’s rising insurance protocol Cover Finance was exploited for $9.4M worth of user funds after a group of hackers used a faulty smart contract to mint quadrillions of COVER tokens. Cover Finance allows users to buy smart contract protection on supported DeFi protocols by buying CLAIM tokens that can be redeemed in the event of …

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Sentiment Turning on Ripple After SEC Action

Ripple said Monday that the SEC is planning to file a lawsuit against the company on claims that it sold unregistered securities. And while the initial reaction of many crypto enthusiasts was to side with the US regulator, the tide has begun to change. The most notabe about-face came from Messari CEO Ryan Selkis, who …

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Ledger Data Hack Shows Crypto Storage is a Catch 22 

Crypto hardware wallet provider Ledger had thousands of its users’ sensitive information leaked to the public this weekend. The data breach that occurred in June was brought to light after a public hacker shared the stolen data on leaking site Raidforum, after months of it supposedly ‘selling for six figures’ on dark marketplaces. The proprietary …

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Nexus Mutual Offers Cover on Centralized Exchanges

Cryptocurrency investors are now able to buy insurance on centralized exchange deposits via  Nexus Mutual. Mutual members who have verified their identity with Nexus can purchase insurance claims on select centralized custodians including Celsius, BlockFi, Nexo, inLock, Ledn and Hodlnaut.  NXM holders are also able to stake tokens on behalf of these custodians, essentially stating …

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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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Curve Distributed Protocol Fees to veCRV Holders

Curve passed a unanimous governance vote to distribute $3M worth of protocol fees to CRV holders staked into the CurveDAO over the weekend. With just under 50% of all staked token holders voting on the proposal, the 100% majority vote signals strong alignment for the stablecoin AMM to distribute the 2.9M yCRV accrued to the Set converter over the …

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Yearn Merges With Three DeFi Projects in Four Days

Yearn Finance has partnered or merged with at least six different DeFi projects, three of which have been announced in just in the past four days. SushiSwap, Akropolis and Cover, were the latest protocols to combine forces with Yearn, while mergers with Cream, Pickle, and a partnership with Hegic were announced in the past two weeks. Rather than …

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Evil Pickle Jars Makes Off with $20M

The latest affected project in a series of DeFi exploits is Pickle Finance – an automated yield aggregator with a mission to make stablecoins stable. Over the weekend, a hacker was able to exploit Pickle’s code to transfer $19M worth of Dai to an ‘Evil Jar’, leaving most LP’s in a pickle. The project allows …

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Aave Governance Picks Up Steam With Two New Proposals

Aave yesterday posted two new governance proposals for its lending protocol,  the fourth largest in DeFi with more than $1.3B in deposits, one of which may lead to an increased pool of assets to be managed by token holders. The first – AIP2 – proposes to take protocol fees collected from Aave V1 to seed …

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Hegic Interest Soars on Yearn Partnership

Hegic is back with a bang. Demand for the protocol, which temporarily suspended activity after a bug earlier this year, is soaring as its partnership with Yearn Finance’s rockstar founder compounds with increasing demand for trading protection. The HEGIC governance token has more than doubled over the past 30 days, after founder Molly Wintermut and …

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A New Andre Cronje Beta Project, a New Token That Pumps

As has become all too common in DeFi, Yearn founder Andre Cronje is tinkering with a new project and speculators are rushing to buy its token —aka aping in— before it’s even live. The project, called Keep3r Network, is a decentralized coordination ecosystem for projects to find developers that will work on their upkeep. “Projects …

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Bancor Aims to Eliminate Impermanent Loss With Upgrade 

Bancor has unveiled the next step in their new AMM design. The 2.1 release introduces an elastic BNT supply, used to cover impermanent loss for LPs through a mechanism called Liquidity Protection. The update builds on the ability to  add single-sided liquidity, or using one token to pool liquidity instead of two like Uniswap. LPs …

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Snapshot Gets $200k From Aragon and Balancer for Governance Standards

Off-chain voting solution Snapshot got a stimulus boost thanks to $200k in funding from Aragon and Balancer yesterday afternoon. Both teams have pledged $100k in their native tokens, ANT and BAL, into a 50/50 Balancer pool to be used by Snapshot for future funding. @SnapshotLabs to get $200k in funding in a 50/50 BPT of …

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DeFi is About to Get More Tokenized Indexes

Set Protocol is doubling down on the success of the DeFi Pulse index by launching a new project – the Index Coop – focused on creating accessible crypto indexes. Tokensets, a platform for users to purchase sophisticated trading strategies in the form of ERC20 tokens called Sets, recently deployed the DeFi Pulse Index (DPI), a …

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MetaFactory Distributes Ownership Via ROBOT Token

What happens when you create a fair launch governance token for a community-owned digi-physical brand apparel platform? You get $ROBOT. MetaFactory, which produces limited edition  wearables for crypto designers advancing Web3 culture, is distributing the ownership of the project via a token called ROBOT. The initial token distribution of 39k ROBOT went to the 43 …

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Christie’s to Auction Off First NFT Ever Tomorrow

A non-fungible token is set to be sold at one of the world’s most prestigious auction houses tomorrow, in a world’s first. Portraits of a Mind, the work by artist Robert Alice is composed of two parts, a physical painting and an NFT. The NFT to be auctioned at Christie’s was developed by Async Art, …

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YAM Finally Finds Fertile Ground After Succesful Rebase

Yam Finance’s first successful monetary exercise yesterday marks a new start to DeFi’s original food-based token YAM is an experiment in rebasing cryptocurrencies, plus token incentives (aka yield farming) to drive liquidity, plus full on-chain governance, plus a DAO-like treasury managed by token holders. It’s also testing the power of the emoji. Its Aug. 11 …

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Cream Finance Crosses $300M in Deposits

What happens when you fork Compound and add lending pools for DeFi’s most degen assets? You get Cream Finance. In under a month since launch, Cream has aggregated more than $300M in TVL, according to DeFi Pulse, largely thanks to CREAM liquidity mining rewards. Image source: DeFi Pulse What started as a lending protocol for …

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NFT Platform Rarible Closes Seed Round With CoinFund

Rarible, a digital art-focused NFT platform, has raised an undisclosed amount in a pre-seed round closed by crypto investment firm CoinFund. “The investment will help Rarible develop a community-governed, blockchain-based NFT marketplace that enables a direct relationship between digital content creators and buyers,” Rarible’s announcement said. CoinFund supports its investment with the view that blockchains …

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DeFi Protocols Are Testing New Token Sale Mechanisms

DeFi protocols Perpetual and Hegic are listing their tokens with new distribution mechanisms aimed at reducing front running and price speculation. Perpetual Protocol, a decentralized perpetual contract trading protocol that allows up to 20X leverage on long and short positions, will be the first DeFi project to list its token via a Balancer Labs-based Liquidity …

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UMA & REN Team up for Bitcoin-Based Yield Dollar

UMA and Ren Protocol are teaming up to offer a Bitcoin-backed stablecoin. The price of UMA’s uUSD stablecoin will tend towards  $1 as it approaches its maturity date, and will be redeemable for $1 of the collateral asset at expiry. In the meantime, the asset fluctuates in value in line with market demand. In the …

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