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Ethereum’s Pending Transactions Surge After Uniswap Token Claim Begins CoinDesk –

The number of pending transactions on Ethereum per minute has jumped 30% after the claim for Uniswap’s UNI token begins. The decentralized trading platform announced around 00:30 UTC time Thursday that it has launched its governance token dubbed UNI with 1 billion coins that will be released over the next four years. While the liquidity …

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What Happened to DeFi Project SushiSwap Over the Weekend

SushiSwap investors were handed a raw deal over the weekend after the pseudonymous founder of the $1.27 billion, 1.5-week-old decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol cashed out. A fork of DeFi darling Uniswap, SushiSwap is the brainchild of a pseudonymous founder, Chef Nomi, who took the former project an extra yard by adding rewards for providing liquidity …

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Whistleblower Kidnapped in Ukraine After Accusing Crypto Firm of Exit Scam

A group of people pushed a man into a gray minivan on a dark street. The man yelled, “Help! Help! No!” and pushed against the van. Passersby shouted, “Let him go!” and tried to stop the van. The man was finally stuffed inside and the van left.  This blurry video, apparently filmed by an unidentified …

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Bittrex and Poloniex Move for Summary Judgment in Market Manipulation Case

Attorneys representing cryptocurrency exchanges Bittrex and Poloniex notified Judge Failla of the Southern District of New York Friday of their intention to move for summary judgment in a class action case that alleges they, along with Tether and Bitfinex, were involved in fraud and market manipulation, according to court filings. Update (August 8, 02:32 UTC): This …

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5 Years After Launch, Predictions Market Platform Augur Releases Version 2

Augur released the second version of its betting platform Tuesday. The project was one of Ethereum’s first in 2015 with angel investments from Vitalik Buterin. Its v2 adds a suite of new crypto tools including IPFS, MakerDAO’s Dai, 0x Mesh and Uniswap’s pricing oracles. The ultimate decentralized finance (DeFi) money Lego has arrived: Augur Version …

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Social Media Is Democracy’s Faultline: The Breakdown Weekly Recap

From PayPal crypto confirmed to action in central bank digital currencies, these were six themes shaping the week. On this edition of the Weekly Recap, NLW explores: Disclosure The leader in blockchain news, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk …

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Circle Confirms Freezing $100K in USDC at Law Enforcement’s Request

The CENTRE Consortium blacklisted a USDC address in response to a law enforcement request, freezing $100,000 worth of the stablecoin, a spokesperson said Wednesday. CENTRE, which issues the dollar-pegged USDC on top of the Ethereum blockchain, confirmed the move, though Circle spokesperson Josh Hawkins, speaking on behalf of the joint Circle-Coinbase operation, said he could …

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Matic Network Aims for 80% Token Lockup in New Staking Program

Matic Network announced Sunday that the first iteration of its staking solution was now live. Launched in stages, direct staking will initially be restricted to the Matic Foundation, the non-profit behind the Ethereum-based scaling solution, which will stake tokens on users’ behalf, the company said in a press release. The Matic Network is a dapp-ready …

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Market Wrap: Bitcoin Quiet at $9.3K While DeFi Gets Loud

It’s a lethargic Thursday across most markets, including bitcoin. Yet, on a longer-term view, the big growth story remains the Ethereum network’s DeFi movement, which continues to help drive ether’s performance in 2020.  Bitcoin (BTC) was trading around $9,395 as of 20:00 UTC (4 p.m. ET), gaining 0.97% over the previous 24 hours.  At 00:00 …

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