The first fundamental study of DeFi: From ideas to mechanisms to the new finance

With its year-to-date growth of more than 15x in total value locked, and more than $11 billion committed to the protocols, decentralized finance (DeFi) has become a mainstay in the crypto industry, and a whole new industry in itself. Meanwhile, its shape as a concrete market has not been defined with substantial confidence. A major […]

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Global economy saved: Reddit’s MOON token has a $2.64 septillion market cap

In defiance of Reddit’s apparent wishes, crypto traders have devised a way to exchange the social platform’s ‘community points’  tokens for fiat — and it’s resulted in a pretty surprising market cap.  In May Reddit announced it would begin distributing ERC-20 rewards tokens on the Rinkeby testnet among users of its cryptocurrency and Fortnite subcommunities […]

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93% of the top 250 coins declined in price in September

Over the last few months, DeFi protocols including Yearn.Finance, Compound, Synthetix, and Chainlink have seen their token prices go through the roof, sparking talk that the long-awaited bull market might be here.  The DeFi boom is built on Ethereum and propelled ETH’s price rise from $100 in March to $470 in August. However, the DeFi […]

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DeFi is too ‘noisy,’ MyEtherWallet CEO says

The crypto space’s decentralized finance niche has reached frenzied status within the crypto industry, signaled by exuberant price highs and rampant speculation. “DeFi is the new overhyped concept in Ethereum,” MyEtherWallet, or MEW, CEO and founder Kosala Hemachandra told Cointelegraph in an interview. “The noise is too much, so everyone is just like running around trying […]

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Launch rehearsal for Ethereum 2.0 ‘90% successful’ despite participation issues

The latest in a series of Ethereum 2.0 testnets, called Spadina, launched on Tuesday with mixed success. Spadina was proposed as a short-lived “dress rehearsal” for the mainnet launch process, signaling that Ethereum 2.0 Phase 0 is getting ever closer. The network launched on Sept. 29 at 12 P.M. UTC, and was intended to last […]

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Report: Impermanent loss on Uniswap and other AMMs is always permanent

Alexis Direr, a researcher at the University of Orleans in France, has released a paper summarizing the mathematical underpinnings of Uniswap and other exchanges based on Automated Market Makers. Automated Market Maker is the term for a class of decentralized exchange that reached significant popularity in 2020, spearheaded by Uniswap. In a nutshell, these exchanges […]

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Investor losses legal battle against Bithumb for 2017 data breach incident

According to news agency Yonhap, Bithumb will not have to repay a crypto investor who allegedly lost $401,000 as a result of a 2017 data breach suffered by the firm. A High Court judge determined that the man (identified as “Mr. A” for privacy purposes) had failed to successfully prove that his data was compromised […]

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Why traders are not worried that the KuCoin hack will drop Ethereum price

Analysts say that the unknown hacker behind the KuCoin breach is selling the stolen ERC-20 tokens on Uniswap. Although selling tokens on the Ethereum-based decentralized exchange allows the hacker to obtain Ether (ETH), it doesn’t mean it’s laundered. All transactions made on the Ethereum blockchain network are traceable using blockchain explorers, meaning even if the […]

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