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🔥 EIP-1559 is Live — ETH is Already Burning
Ethereum today implemented its London hard fork, with its most anticipated update: EIP-1559. ETH is already burning at each block.
EIP-1559 will change Ethereum’s gas mechanism in an effort to make gas fees more predictable. The Ethereum protocol now has a base fee, which fluctuates with demand, so it won’t necessarily lower transaction costs, but it now means users won’t have to outbid others to get their transactions approved; if you pay the base fee, your transaction will go through.
Notably, the base fee gets burned, reducing the supply of ETH in the market. If the amount of ETH burned from transactions exceeds the amount of ETH issued, then Ethereum’s cryptocurrency could become deflationary.
Over 100 ETH has been burned in under two hours after the update went live, according to ethburned.info. ETH is little changed at $2,617 at the time of writing, after rallying 14% in the seven days leading up to the upgrade.
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✊🏼 SEC’s Peirce Takes “Liberty-Loving” Perspective after Gensler Calls for Tighter Crypto Regulation
NEWS SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce is taking a “liberty-loving perspective” when it comes to cryptocurrency and DeFi, contrasting with statements by the agency’s chairman on Tuesday.
TRUST For Peirce, who joined a panel hosted by The Defiant and DeFi Watch on Aug. 4, if users are voluntarily deciding to trust the code over a company then they accept the risks and government regulators shouldn’t need to clamp down on the industry.
PEIRCE “They’re dealing directly with one another and they’re selecting to choose to trust the code and not to trust a centralized intermediary,” said Peirce. “I tend to approach things from a pretty liberty-loving perspective, which is that if two people decide they want to enter into a transaction, and they’re doing so voluntarily, with full information, that should be fine.”
UNEXPECTED RESISTANCE Supporters of the tokenized risk protocol BarnBridge are upset as a proposal to list the project’s BOND token as collateral on lending platform Aave has been met with unexpected resistance from a handful of large token holders in the final stretch of the on-chain vote.
HANDFUL OF WALLETS Currently, there are 611K “nay” votes from AAVE and StkAAVE holders, who cast votes on Aave Improvement Proposals (AIP). And those outnumber “yae” votes by almost two to one. What’s more, 99.9% of the nay votes have come from only six wallets.
DEFIANCE Crypto asset fund Defiance Capital controls the top two no-voting wallets, 48.6% the no-votes, according to analytics platform, Nansen.
“Our reason for voting no is very simple, BOND liquidity is too low for it to be added as collateral right from the beginning,” tweeted Arthur Cheong, founder of the fund.
Thank you for that kind introduction. It’s good to join the Aspen Security Forum. As is customary, I’d like to note that my views are my own, and I’m not speaking on behalf of the Commission or the SEC staff.
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🧑💻 ✍️ Stories in this newsletter were written by Dan Kahan and YYC Trader, and edited by Bailey Reutzel and Camila Russo. Videos were produced by Robin Schmidt and Alp Gasimov. Podcast was led by Camila, edited by Alp.
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