🚀 Layer 1 Boom Drives Terra’s LUNA Token to the Moon
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SKYROCKET And you thought Solana was hot. Well, it is, but Terra’s LUNA token has eclipsed SOL in the last month. LUNA has skyrocketed about 265% in the last 30 days compared to SOL’s 150% performance, according to CoinGecko. While Avalanche’s AVAX token has more than tripled in value in that period one thing seems clear amid all this froth — investors love Layer 1 protocols.
LOWERING PRICES These platforms enable users to use DeFi apps built with smart contracts. Yet they tend to be much cheaper to use than apps on Ethereum such as Compound Finance and MakerDAO. Layer 1s achieve the lower fees through different means. Some like Binance Smart Chain process more transactions per block, and the higher supply lowers prices. Others such as Polkadot run many data structures, usually blockchains, in parallel, which also increases transaction throughput, lowering prices.
TLDR Anheuser-Busch InBev now owns the Web3 domain “beer.eth.” Meanwhile, no one is doing anything with Web 1.0’s beer.com. Beer.eth sold for 30 ETH on August 12, and AB InBev, which owns Budweiser, Bud Lite and many other major beer brands, confirmed to CoinDesk Wednesday that it was the buyer.
SPREE The news seems to have set off a .eth domain purchasing spree. Resales of such domains are up more than 300% over the last 24 hours, according to OpenSea data.
SO WHAT The purchase may represent a bet on the future of a decentralized internet. The “.eth” address is a top-level domain governed by the Ethereum Name Service. It represents a way to trustlessly create a pointer on the internet to a website, much like traditional “.com” and “.net” addresses do. ENS addresses are tracked using the non-fungible token (NFT) standard, and are bought and sold on OpenSea and other NFT marketplaces.
It wasn’t too long ago — two-and-a-half weeks, to be precise — that Nate Chastain urged restraint. The NFT market had yet to reach an inflection point, the head of product at OpenSea told The Defiant’s Camila Russo in her weekly podcast. There was still plenty of room to run.
Well, it looks like we’ve hit that point. On Aug. 25, OpenSea recorded one million sales, more than double the 458,052 in July, which was itself twice as much as the level in June. The word exponential is rapidly becoming relevant at the NFT marketplace.
The growth has been a long time coming. OpenSea’s first registered user joined the platform in January 2018. Now volume is multiplying at a feverish clip. More than two thirds of its $3B in cumulative transaction volume has been recorded in August, according to OpenSea software engineer Rex Asabor.
Molly Wintermute Releases Hegic V8888: 0% Trading Fees and Gas Fee-Free Options Trading
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Hegic was founded 1.5 years ago in February, 2020. Hegic V888 (the previous version) was live for 10 months. The results achieved by V888:
● $492,075,000 total volume
● $22M record daily volume
● 6,450 options traded
● 2,825 unique users
● $10,415,000 earned by HEGIC staking lots holders
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● 90 days is the new maximum period of holding options
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We’ve seen a rapid escalation of metaverse projects and build-outs this year — even Mark Zuckerberg is glomming onto the idea of using parallel digital spaces to change the way platforms like Facebook interact with users. In this essay for The Defiant, Shreyansh Singh goes to the barricades and calls for an all-out campaign to make sure the metaverse doesn’t fall prey to the command-and-control ethos of corporates, or any other hierarchical force. It’s a cri de coeur for our time.
INTERFACE While I don’t agree that we are already in the metaverse, it is true that we are staring v1.0 in the face. Humans have already surrendered a portion of their existence and autonomy to the digital world. That includes algorithms that govern our lives the same way a law of nature might, as well as communication, social interaction, and survival skills. We depend on our digital extensions to interface with the world.
AUTONOMOUS It is very easy to imagine what v2.0 might look like. A true metaverse should be a persistent destination where users can go to experience a parallel “reality”. It would need to be highly interoperable between existing major platforms, as self-sufficient as possible, and with clear ground rules and protections that could not be broken. Essentially, it would be an autonomous zone for users to explore and create. No individuals or organizations should have leverage over the operations, or the people.
Crypto grew to represent 73% of trading commissions on popular retail trading app eToro in the second quarter.
Facebook is “definitely thinking about” using its Novi digital wallet to support non-fungible tokens (NFTs), said David Marcus, the company’s head of financial services, in an interview with Bloomberg.
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