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💲PayPal Launches USD Stablecoin

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Payments giant PayPal is further opening its doors to the future of finance with the launch of its dollar-pegged stablecoin. Meanwhile, the DeFi community is cheering the successful recovery of stolen assets from last week's Curve exploit.

In DeFi news, Spark Protocol now offers a 8% yield on MakerDAO's DAI stablecoin, highlighting the ever-evolving battle for dominance in the stablecoin sector. OlympusDAO's introduction of Cooler Loans could mean the end of the road for the project.

Finally, a police raid on a Worldcoin warehouse in Kenya underscores the international regulatory challenges and privacy concerns faced by the controversial project.

✍️ In today’s newsletter:

  • PayPal dives into stablecoin sector with PYUSD
  • Alchemix recovers millions stolen in Curve hack
  • MakerDAO boosts DAI savings rate to 8%
  • OlympusDAO approves quasi-redemption feature
  • Kenyan authorities raid Worldcoin warehouse

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Stablecoins

Crypto Profits Boosts PayPal Stock After Stablecoin Announcement

TLDR PayPal announced the launch of its stablecoin, PYUSD, on the Ethereum blockchain, leading to a 2% jump in its stock price. The move comes amid falling operating margins for the company. The stablecoin includes a controversial feature allowing freezing and unfreezing of tokens, aligning with PayPal's operational practices.

SO WHAT PayPal's entrance into the stablecoin market marks a significant intersection between traditional finance and the emerging world of DeFi. The decision reflects not only an attempt to tap into a lucrative crypto sector but also signals a broader shift in the financial landscape. The integration of blockchain technology within major financial platforms like PayPal may pave the way for further adoption of digital assets.


Curve Exploit

DeFi Lender Alchemix Says Vyper Hacker Returned Stolen Crypto

TLDR A hacker who recently destabilized the DeFi ecosystem by exploiting $61M from various protocols including Alchemix, Metronome, and Curve, has returned the stolen funds. This recovery comes after the affected parties offered a bounty of 10% of the funds and assured no legal action if 90% of the funds were returned by Aug. 6.

SO WHAT The hacker's attack and subsequent return of funds present a complex scenario that exposes both the vulnerabilities and the intricacies of the DeFi ecosystem. The fact that the affected protocols were able to negotiate with the hacker through incentives rather than legal action showcases an unconventional method of conflict resolution that has become more common in this still-nascent industry.


DeFi

MakerDAO Jacks DAI Savings Rate To 8% For Spark Protocol Users

TLDR MakerDAO's recently-launched sister project, Spark Protocol, is offering an 8% yield on the DAI stablecoin through its DAI Savings Rate (DSR). This attempt to attract users comes as DAI's market cap has fallen 43% over the past year, and amidst Maker's attempts to protect its stake in the competitive stablecoin landscape. The high yield will remain while utilization is below 20%, progressively decreasing as utilization rises.

SO WHAT This initiative reflects a broader trend in the DeFi space, where platforms are vying for user engagement and capital in an increasingly crowded and sophisticated ecosystem.


DAOs

OlympusDAO’s ‘Cooler Loans’ Could Mean The End Of A Bull Market Icon

TLDR OlympusDAO's market capitalization has plummeted over 95% from its peak of $4.3B. The project is now enabling a feature called Cooler Loans, allowing holders to borrow 95% of the value of their OHM tokens at an incredibly low interest rate of 0.5%. Though once a figurehead of the 'DeFi 2.0' movement, this move is seen by some as a potential wind-down of the project.

SO WHAT The story of OlympusDAO is emblematic of the high-risk, volatile nature of the DeFi sector, particularly within projects seeking to redefine core financial concepts. While the road ahead for Olympus may be uncertain, its contributions to the field and the lessons drawn from its trajectory will likely continue to resonate within the broader crypto and DeFi communities.


Law Enforcement

Kenyan Authorities Raid Worldcoin Warehouse In Nairobi

TLDR Kenyan law enforcement agencies raided a Worldcoin-operated warehouse in Nairobi, seizing machines believed to contain sensitive information. The devices were handed over to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations for further examination.

SO WHAT This incident raises serious concerns over privacy and regulatory compliance within the cryptocurrency space, particularly involving biometric data collection. The raid could signal increased scrutiny of crypto-related activities in Kenya and has potential implications for Worldcoin's reputation and operations.


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