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Decentralized trading platform Synthetix has raised $12 million from venture capital firms Coinbase Ventures, Paradigm and IOSG. The raise looks to be a rare occurrence of VCs investing through the purchase of a platform’s native token directly from its treasury rather than wiring funds to its founders. Synthetix is run by a DAO, or a...
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Decentralized finance protocols (DeFi) Cream Finance and Alpha Finance were victims of one of the largest flash loan attacks ever Saturday morning, resulting in a loss of funds totaling $37.5 million, according to transaction details on Etherscan. Two hours later Cream Finance said its contracts were “functioning as normal” and markets had been enabled. Alpha...
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Investors look to be temporarily shifting focus away from bitcoin and toward crypto tokens associated with decentralized finance (DeFi). In the past 24 hours, DeFi-linked coins such as COMP, AAVE, KNC and ZRX have all leapt to fresh lifetime highs. Compound’s governance token COMP clocked a new record of $500, taking the month-to-date gain to...
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Bitcoin was slipping Friday on lower-than-average volumes for 2021 so far. In other news, while BTC and ETH are up this year, some DeFi tokens are doing even better. Bitcoin (BTC) trading around $35,610 as of 21:00 UTC (4 p.m. ET). Slipping 9.4% over the previous 24 hours. Bitcoin’s 24-hour range: $34,425-$39,673 (CoinDesk 20) BTC...
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There’s a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) that lets ETH holders back Ethereum 2.0 without losing liquidity, and it wants to give its participants a vote. Until Feb. 12, ETH holders have a chance to earn some of the governance token for Lido, a new decentralized finance (DeFi) and staking protocol. There will be other opportunities...
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Opyn, a marketplace for decentralized finance (DeFi) options, has rolled out a host of new features in its updated protocol that aim to make the crypto options markets more efficient and liquid.  While Opyn entered DeFi with an insurance-like product for governance tokens such as compound, its focus has since pivoted to the options market...
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Decentralized exchange (DEX) aggregator 1inch has issued its own governance token.  Users of 1inch and the Mooniswap DEX, founded by the same execs, will get rewarded with a Christmas gift of sorts and have a say on matters like fees, referral rewards and other governance issues. The token, named 1INCH and running on the Ethereum...
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A retro, Tamagotchi-inspired game that came to life at the end of DeFi Summer is launching in full on Jan. 4. Initially funded by an ecosystem grant from decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol Aave, Aavegotchi aims to “make DeFi fun.” In November, Aave officially announced its investment in Pixelcraft Studios, the Singapore-based company building Aavegotchi. And...
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“Weak longs” might be causing the price to slip in the bitcoin market but ether locked in DeFi is back on the upswing. Bitcoin (BTC) trading around $19,067 as of 21:00 UTC (4 p.m. ET). Slipping 0.68% over the previous 24 hours. Bitcoin’s 24-hour range: $18,923-$19,433 (CoinDesk 20) BTC below its 10-day and 50-day moving...
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Crypto custodian Copper is looking to connect institutions to the emergent world of decentralized finance (DeFi) with a newly unveiled product.  Announced Friday, CopperConnect is a bridge between Copper’s existing storage services and DeFi apps. In a press release for the new tool, Copper claims DeFi risks have been decreasing, making the speculative field more...
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