🌉LayerZero In Hot Water Over stETH Bridge Deployment
LayerZero is copping backlash for launching a bridge allowing stETH transfers to Avalanche, BNB Chain, and Scroll via its OFT protocol. Many in the Lido community are outraged that the deployment happened without approval from the Lido DAO.
Vodafone Digital Asset Broker announced the execution of a proof of concept in partnership with Chainlink. The Vodafone subsidiary also joined Chainlink as a node operator.
The supply of Liquidity's LUSD stablecoin is down 25% since early August amid the surge of redemptions. Researchers attributed a recent acceleration in the trend to arbitrage bots taking advantage of spreads between LUSD and sDAI.
Arbitrum launched Orbit, a tech stack allowing users to build bespoke chains leveraging Arbitrum's Layer 2 infrastructure. The move follows similar product deployments from rival Ethereum scaling teams Optimism and ZkSync.
Polygon launched migrations from MATIC to its new POL token. The token will serve as the basis of Polygon's forthcoming revamped staking layer, which is set to support restaking.
Plus, Cami gives us her reaction to Bloomberg's new documentary looking into the fraud perpetrated by Sam Bankman-Fried.
✍️ In today’s newsletter:
- Tempers flare over LayerZero's stETH bridge deployment
- Vodafone subsidiary onboarded as Chainlink node operator
- LUSD supply shrinks 25% in three months
- Arbitrum Orbit opens doors to mainnet deployments
- MATIC to POL token migrations are live
- Bloomberg's SBF documentary falls flat
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LayerZero Deploys stETH Bridge Without Approval From Lido Governance
TLDR LayerZero's move to launch a bridge facilitating cross-chain stETH transfers to Avalanche, BNB Chain, and Scroll has attracted the ire of Lido's community. While LayerZero pitched the bridge as a proposal on Lido's governance forum, it also said the protocol is live on social media.
SO WHAT Many community members slammed LayerZero for front-running Lido governance, calling for the bridge to be taken down in the mean time. Concerns cited include security risks and liquidity fragmentation, with LayerZero already moving to scale back its services for Scroll due to its Layer 2 architecture.
Telecom Giant Vodafone's Digital Asset Division Becomes Chainlink Node Operator
TLDR Vodafone Digital Asset Broker completed a proof-of-concept with partners including Chainlink and Sumitomo Corporation. The project leveraged Chainlink's Cross-Chain Interoperability Protocol (CCIP) and IoT devices to improve the efficiency of data transfers in the context of global trade.
SO WHAT The proof of concept with Vodafone DAB is the latest example of major institutions leveraging Chainlink's technology to explore distributed ledger technology. On Aug. 31, Swift released findings from a pilot using CCIP to transfer tokenized assets between blockchains.
LUSD Supply Shrinks As Redemption Woes Continue
TLDR Liquity's LUSD stablecoin is suffering from an accelerating increase in its supply, with 1.6% of LUSD removed from circulation on Oct. 24 alone. A quarter of the token's supply was redeemed since the start of August.
SO WHAT LUSD promised to rival DAI as the leading decentralized stablecoin, briefly boasting a supply of $1.5B one month after its April 2021 launch. However, LUSD now ranks as just the 12th-largest stablecoin by market cap.
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Arbitrum’s Orbit Is Ready For Mainnet Deployment
TLDR Arbitrum launched Orbit, a tech stack allowing developers to permissionlessly deploy chains leveraging an Arbitrum-powered custom blockchain solution.
SO WHAT The move follows similar deployments from rival scaling teams Optimism and ZkSync, each of which recently rolled out techn stacks allowingg builders to launch bespoke Layer 2 networks.
Polygon Launches MATIC To POL Token Migrations
TLDR Polygon enabled migrations for MATIC holders to convert their assets to its freshly-launched POL token. The launch comes one day after Polygon deployed POL on Ethereum.
SO WHAT The move is a major milestone in the project's Polygon 2.0 overhaul, paving the way for a new staking layer supporting restaking. POL stakers will be able to simultaneously perform multiple tasks for different Polygon chains to earn extra rewards via its forthcoming restaking mecahnism.
Bloomberg's SBF Documentary Just Dropped and It Could Have Been So Good
TLDR Bloomberg's new documentary "RUIN: Money, Ego and Deception at FTX," boasts production value that rivals an HBO film, a grabby story line, and a resonable overview of Sam Bankman-Fried's downfall.
SO WHAT However, the film does not probe deep enough into the fraud perpetrated by SBF, and includes interviews from questionable sources.