Did a class-action suit play a role in Maker’s refusal to compensate March crash victims?

The community had originally voted in favor of compensation, but the final tally showed a different outcome. After multiple rounds of voting and heated discussion, the final vote to compensate losses for Maker (MKR) users that were liquidated “unfairly” during the March crash failed. About 52,500 MKR voted against any compensation, which accounted for 65% of the total votes. This amounts to about 8% of the total MKR supply, which some commentators took as a sign of low turnout. Nevertheless, Maker community member monetsupply, who was part of the working…

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Inside the blockchain developer’s mind: The governance crisis

In order to achieve blockchain mass adoption, three fundamental problems should be solved. Let’s dive into the third one: governance. This is Part 3 of a three-part series in which Andrew Levine outlines the issues facing legacy blockchains and posits solutions to these problems. Read Part 1 on the upgradeability crisis here and Part 2 on the vertical scaling crisis here. Upgradeability, vertical scaling and governance: What all three of these issues have in common is that people are attempting to iterate on top of a flawed architecture. Bitcoin and…

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Blockchain industry raises concerns over EC’s proposed crypto regulations

Backed by players like Ripple and ConsenSys, the INATBA association responds to the EC’s legislative proposals on crypto. Major players in the global cryptocurrency community have addressed the European Commission’s new legislative proposals on digital assets. The International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications, or INATBA, has released an initial response to the Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA) regulations proposed by the EC. The association features major crypto companies like Ripple, ConsenSys, and Iota. In its official response to the EC, the INATBA members expressed the industry’s concerns over the proposed MiCA…

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Preliminary tests suggest Nvidia RTX 3000 series may take AMD’s mining crown

The RTX 3080 is apparently twice as fast as the previous generation. The newly released generation of Nvidia graphics cards, the RTX 3000 series, is generating some buzz among miners as it is expected to be a vast improvement over the previous generations. While the cards were initially speculated to be only a minor upgrade, new information seems to confirm that they could reach hash rates of around 100 Megahashes per second for Ethereum and Ethash mining. This would be more than a two-fold improvement over many of the top-of-the-line…

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China’s Ant Group launches cross-border trade platform to support SMEs

Trusple platform promises to apply blockchain, AI and IoT technology to streamline cross-border trading processes for SMEs. Ant Group, the parent company of Chinese payments giant Alipay, unveiled its new Antchain-based global trade platform for small to medium-sized enterprises, or SMEs on Sep. 25. Going by the moniker of Trusple, the platform is based around a concept of “Trust Made Simple”, and aims to streamline the process of cross-border trading. According to Guofei Jiang, President of Ant Group’s Advanced Technology Business Group: “Trusple was designed to solve problems for SMEs…

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Why centralized exchanges will lead crypto to the future

Will centralized exchanges continue to provide the regulated environments required for digital assets to evolve into the mainstream, or will the future belong to DEXs? Decentralized exchanges are undoubtedly an exciting development in crypto. DEXs facilitate the trading of cryptocurrencies directly between users, without the need for a trusted intermediary. This, in turn, allows users to keep custody of their funds. However, while DEXs have their advantages, they still lack in terms of regulations and scalability, which are key considerations that could determine the future trajectory of the crypto industry.…

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Cross-chain money markets, latest attempt to bring liquidity to DeFi

Cross-chain money markets hope to drive liquidity to DeFi for top-performing assets, but will the concept catch on? Decentralized finance has seen impressive growth throughout 2020. To put this into perspective, a new report from Cointelegraph Consulting shows that the total value locked in DeFi jumped past $6 billion in August while in June, the TVL in DeFi was just over $1 billion, and ultimately stands at $9.4 billion at the time of writing. While impressive, the DeFi space is still in its infancy, and many hurdles must be overcome…

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Chinese govt. official: Gambling gangs use crypto to transfer funds abroad

China faces economic risk as illegal gambling operators move 1 trillion yuan in funds from the country, partially in crypto, says a government official. Illegal gambling and casinos result in the outflow of over a trillion yuan annually (around $146.5 billion) from China, said Liao Jinrong, the director general of the International Cooperation Department under the Chinese Ministry of Public Security.  He said that the operators of the overseas gambling platforms and casinos collect the funds from gamblers using digital currencies, making the investigation into these activities more challenging for…

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New XRP Ledger Foundation gets $6.5 million in donations from Ripple and others

The funds will be used to set up XRP Community Fund and improve XRP Ledger infrastructure The newly established XRP Ledger Foundation has raised $6.5 million from Ripple, Coil, and GateHub. This non-profit and open-organization was been set up with a goal to accelerate the development of the XRP ledger, the blockchain upon which the XRP token runs. All the three platforms that have put up the funds were built upon the XRP Ledger. According to reports, the foundation aims to improve and develop the XRPL infrastructure and promote scalable…

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Decoupling? Bitcoin vs. gold ratio snaps out of 3-year bear market

A long-term downtrend flips to form bullish support as Willy Woo says Bitcoin’s days of tracking traditional markets are numbered. Bitcoin (BTC) may soon “decouple” from traditional assets, says statistician Willy Woo as a key gold relationship breaks out of a long-term downtrend. In a tweet on Sep. 25, Woo forecast that Bitcoin would act like a successful startup in accruing new interest and going its own way. Woo: Breakdown of Bitcoin macro correlation to hit “soon” Adoption, he argued, would follow a classic S-curve pattern, much in the same…

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