Possible ‘white hat hacker’ exploits THORchain for $8M, proposes 10% bounty

The white-hat hacker claims to have mercifully minimized the damage of their $8 million exploit in a bid to teach THORChain a lesson. Cross-chain decentralized exchange THORChain has suffered its second multi-million-dollar hack in as many weeks, with $8 million worth of Ether impacted. However, the attack appears to have been carried out by a white-hat hacker, with THORChain announcing the perpetrator had requested a 10% bounty. ETH will be halted until the code has been audited. Liquidity providers impacted by the exploit will be subsidized using the project’s treasury…

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‘Undo Button’ developer Kirobo launching decentralized P2P token swaps

Israeli blockchain tech developer Kirobo is set to launch a P2P token swap solution it claims is cheaper than using exchanges and over-the-counter parties. Israeli blockchain tech developer Kirobo is launching a decentralized P2P token swap solution. According to the company the protocol, dubbed “Atomic Safe Swap,” offers a decentralized peer-to-peer trading alternative to centralized marketplace exchanges or over-the-counter (OTC) desks, and is set to launch on July 27. The service is built on Ethereum and supports Ether (ETH) and ERC-20 tokens. Atomic Safe Swap is an extension of the…

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‘Ethereum Improvement Proposal 3675’ for the Eth2 merge launches on Github

The coming Eth2 Proof-of-Stake chain merge now has an Ethereum Improvement Proposal. A formal Ethereum Improvement Proposal has been created for the network’s forthcoming chain merge, bringing Ethereum one step closer to realizing its highly anticipated Proof-of-Stake (PoS) transition. On July 22, ConsenSys researcher Mikhail Kalinin created a pull-request for EIP-3675 on Github, formalizing the chain merge as an improvement proposal for the first time. The EIP has also been slated for discussion during the July 23 Ethereum Core Devs Meeting by developer Tim Beiko. Hard to overstate how valuable’s…

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Coinbase Commerce Now Supports Dogecoin Payments

Coinbase now accepts commerce payments in dogecoin. With the addition of the meme crypto, Coinbase Commerce now allows customers to check out and pay with seven cryptocurrencies. Coinbase Commerce Now Supports Dogecoin Coinbase Commerce is a platform by the Nasdaq-listed Coinbase that “enables merchants anywhere in the world to accept cryptocurrency payments in a fully decentralized way,” its website describes. The company announced via Twitter Wednesday: We’re now accepting commerce payments in dogecoin (DOGE). According to its website, seven cryptocurrencies are now supported. Customers can “check out and pay with…

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No, Jack Dorsey isn’t trolling ETH by making its logo the Ethiopian flag

“Great to see Jack and the crypto community supporting the #ETH athletes!” the Official Olympics account posted earlier today after Ethereum got a new ‘logo’. Crypto Twitter was united in amusement today when the hashtag #eth began to automatically show the Ethiopian flag as the Ethereum ‘logo’. Given Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s love of Bitcoin and the fact Bitcoin has its own Twitter icon many wondered if Dorsey was subtly trolling Ethereum (ETH). After all he’s a staunch Bitcoin (BTC) maximalist that has refused to consider buying into ETH and…

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Switzerland’s Largest Bank UBS Says Clients Have Crypto FOMO

UBS, Switzerland’s largest bank, says that clients are looking at different investment alternatives and there is a bit of a fear of missing out (FOMO) when it comes to cryptocurrency investments. UBS Says There Is a Bit of Fear of Missing Out The CEO of UBS Group AG, Ralph Hamers, talked about cryptocurrency in an interview with Bloomberg’s Manus Cranny, published Tuesday. Given that a growing number of investment banks are offering crypto services or investments with exposure to cryptocurrencies to their clients, he was asked what UBS is doing…

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Shanghai Man: US senators tell athletes to avoid digital yuan, Chinese exchange volumes rebound … and more

This weekly roundup of news from Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong attempts to curate the industrys most important news, including influential projects, changes in the regulatory landscape, and enterprise blockchain integrations. Olympic battle After months of writing about the relentless actions of the Chinese government, this week we lead with a story from the US Government. On July 19, three US senators signed a letter addressed to the to U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, requesting US athletes not use the e-CNY in Februarys Winter Olympic games in Beijing. The…

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Stacks (STX) price rallies 195% after revealing plans to bring DeFi to Bitcoin

STX price rallied 195% after the introduction of smart contracts enabled the launch of DeFi and NFTs on the Bitcoin network. Ethereum (ETH) is currently the leader when it comes to smart contract capabilities and the sheer number of projects operating on its network, but the push to build products on Bitcoin (BTC) is gaining traction with advocates like Square CEO Jack Dorsey spearheading the effort to bring decentralized finance (DeFi) to the Bitcoin network.  One project aiming to combine the features of DeFi with the security of the Bitcoin…

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JPMorgan Begins Offering 5 Cryptocurrency Funds to Clients

Global investment bank JPMorgan has reportedly green-lighted its advisors to provide clients with access to five cryptocurrency funds. The funds are available to all JPMorgan’s wealth management clients seeking investment advice. The move makes JPMorgan the first large bank to expand crypto trading access beyond just ultra-wealthy clients. JPMorgan Now Offers Access to Crypto Funds JPMorgan has given its financial advisors the green light to give all its clients access to cryptocurrency funds, the Insider reported Thursday, citing people directly familiar with the matter. This move makes JPMorgan the first…

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Texas alleges that BlockFi is offering unregistered securities

The state’s financial regulator join its counterparts in New Jersey and Alabama in taking action against the crypto lending platform. The Texas State Securities Board has filed for a cease and desist order against crypto lending firm BlockFi for not offering a security licensed at the state or federal level. According to a Thursday filing, the state regulator will be holding a hearing related to allegations BlockFi is illegally funding its crypto lending operations and proprietary trading through the sale of unregistered securities. Should the judge accept that the platform’s…

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