😠 Coinbase CEO: Would Exit Staking Biz If Forced To Censor Transactions
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Largest US Exchange Accounts For 14% Of All Staked ETH
SHUT DOWN After several days of mounting pressure, Coinbase co-founder and CEO Brian Armstrong said that he would rather shut down the company’s Ethereum staking service than comply with a government order to censor sanctioned transactions.
HYPOTHETICAL “Its a hypothetical we hopefully wont actually face. But if we did wed go with B i think,” Armstrong tweeted in response to Rotki founder Lefteris Karapetsas, who had asked Coinbase and its peers whether they would censor or leave the staking business if pressured by regulators.
BEACON “Got to focus on the bigger picture. There may be some better option (C) or a legal challenge as well that could help reach a better outcome,” Armstrong continued. Coinbase accounts for about 14% of all staked Ether, with more than 1.9M ETH locked on behalf of its users in the networks Beacon chain. Ether is trading at $1,850 on Wednesday evening in New York, making Coinbases stake worth more than $3.5B.
Bitcoin Dropped 3% While Ether Slid 2.3%.
By Owen Fernau
LOSSES Crypto markets are on track for a fourth day of losses as investors mull over weaker-than-expected U.S. retail sales and minutes from the Feds July meeting.
FLAT Total market capitalization is down 1.5% to $1.18T in the past 24 hours as month-over-month retail sales data for July came in flat at 0%. Economists had expected a 0.1% gain. Bitcoin dropped 3% while Ether slid 2.3%. The DeFi sector, as categorized by CoinGecko, is down 2.4%.
SPOOKED Traders may have been spooked by a transaction which moved $2.7B worth of ETH to Binance, the worlds largest cryptocurrency exchange.
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New Organization Would Be Tasked To Boost Growth and Improve Governance at No. 1 DEX
By Owen Fernau
NEWS Voting is underway on a proposal to create the Uniswap Foundation (UF), a new organization that will, if passed, “support Uniswaps decentralized growth, reinvigorate governance, and serve as an advocate for the protocol.”
VOTERS So far, voters are unanimously in favor of the move, with 50.56M UNI tokens voting for it. A proposal must receive a minimum of 40M affirmative votes and win the majority to pass.
GRANTS The proposal calls for an operating budget of $14M with roughly 90% earmarked for salaries to sustain a 12-person team for three years. It’s also requesting $60M to expand the Uniswap Grants Program (UGP), which the Foundation would be tasked with administering.
Collective NFT Ownership Platform Closes Series A Led By Paradigm
By Jason Levin
BULLISH BETS Despite the bear market, institutional investors continue to place bullish bets on NFTs. Tessera, a collective NFT ownership platform formerly known as Fractional, has raised $20M in a Series A funding round led by Paradigm, a major venture fund with over $10B in assets under management.
PRIZED NFTs Since launching in 2021, more than 70,000 people have used Fractional to collectively own 6,500 prized NFTs, and the protocol has facilitated over $2B in total trading volume.
MEME The platform has been used to collectively buy a $3.46M Zombie Cryptopunk, raise $8M for Ukraine, and form decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) to buy the original Doge meme as an NFT and another called Free Ross DAO in support of Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht.
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Solend is giving the same “permissionless” principles underpinning decentralized exchanges’ limitless token listings a try on Solana Network’s cryptocurrency lending market.
As the crypto world gears up for the Ethereum Merge next month, the number of Ethereum Name Service (ENS) addresses created has surged, surpassing 2 million yesterday, after crossing the 1.8 million mark two weeks ago.
Ronin, an Ethereum-linked sidechain that hosts the Axie Infinity play-to-earn game, has added three new validators as it aims to boost security following the $600 million hack in March.
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MakerDAO May Execute ‘Emergency Shutdown’ If Sanctions Hit DAI Now it’s MakerDAO’s turn. The DeFi blue chip is the latest protocol to be struck by shock waves from the U.S. Treasury Department’s decision Monday to sanction Tornado Cash, a so-called “mixer” that lets crypto users anonymize their transactions.
Dev Estimates Exact Timing Of The Merge First, it was the third quarter. Then it was sometime in September. Now, we know that The Merge, the most sweeping upgrade in Ethereums history, will likely take place on Sep. 15.
Ethereum Completes Goerli Testnet Merge The final installment of the testnet Merge trilogy is complete. On Aug. 10 at 9:45pm ET, Ethereums Goerli testnet transitioned to Proof-of-Stake consensus.
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