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FUTURE OF FRANCE There’s a meme on crypto Twitter that calls DeFi the “future of France” as a play on the phrase the future of finance. Well, there may be more truth to the meme than many expected.
NEWS Société Générale, the third-largest bank in France, has proposed to borrow Dai in MakerDAO using bonds it issued on the Ethereum blockchain as collateral, according to a post on MakerDAO’s forum.
OFH SG — Forge, which is an investment firm and subsidiary of SocGen, is proposing that MakerDAO accept its OFH Tokens as collateral in the protocol, in exchange for up to 20M Dai. OFH Tokens represent covered bonds backed by home loans, with a 0% rate, maturing in 2025, worth 40M EU
TLDR You may never be able to send a message from Telegram to a friend on WhatsApp, but you might be able to send dollars from a digital wallet issued by the U.S. Treasury to a wallet from the People’s Bank of China, only the recipient will receive the payment in yuan.
VISION That’s the vision that the payments network Visa articulated in an announcement today. The credit card giant wants to enable central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) to play nicely together.
ACCEPTANCE “We believe that for CBDCs to be successful, they must have two essential ingredients: a great consumer experience and widespread merchant acceptance,” Catherine Gu, wrote in Visa’s announcement. “It means the ability to make and receive payments, regardless of currency, channel, or form factor. And that’s where Visa’s UPC concept comes in.”
MONOPOLY Gu leads the company’s efforts around CBDCs, which represent a vision for state-backed currencies to take advantage of some of the efficiencies offered by blockchain technology while still maintaining a state monopoly on money.
NEWS 1inch, a decentralized exchange aggregator, introduced a feature which pushes its users to verify whether they are US residents. The feature requires users to sign an agreement with their cryptocurrency wallet stating that they are not in the United States.
SO WHAT While the signature doesn’t go directly onto the blockchain, 1inch could post it there if they wanted to, linking the wallet to the signature, according to Maarten Zuidhoorn, a developer at interface provider MyCrypto, on Stack Exchange.
SIGNATURE “Others would […] be able to see who signed the message, by recovering the signer from the signature, and thus verify if your address signed the message,” said Zuidhoorn.
Gelato Network, a protocol that has pioneered automating smart contract executions, today announced its Series A totalling more than $11 million. The raise was led by Dragonfly Capital, which aims to support the most promising projects in the decentralized economy, including DeFi protocols, NFT projects and Ethereum Layer-2 solutions.
A supposed 17-year-old 3D digital artist performed what's known in crypto lingo as a "rugpull" today, failing to deliver on a project and disappearing with all the money.
Inspired by the creativity and innovation of the TikTok creator community, we're exploring the world of NFTs as a new creator empowerment tool. Today we're announcing our first-ever NFT collection, TikTok Top Moments, designed by some of our community-defining creators and inspired by the trending videos they created.
Dear MakerDAO Community, We submit to you, on behalf of European investment firm Societe Generale-Forge, this MIP6 application for discussion and approval of Security Tokens refinancing.
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