DeFi pulls the curtain on financial magic, says EU Blockchain Observatory expert

As decentralized finance continues its victorious march — although the road is sometimes bumpy — some significant questions on its nature remain. How can DeFi applications be protected from becoming nonoperational under extreme stress? Is it really decentralized if some individuals have way more governance tokens than others? Does the anonymous culture compromise its transparency? A recent report from the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum elaborates on these questions and many others around DeFi. It contains eight sections and covers a range of topics, from the fundamental definition of DeFi…

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The CFTC’s action against Gemini is bad news for Bitcoin ETFs

On June 2, 2022, the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) initiated an action against Gemini, the crypto exchange founded by billionaire twins Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss. Among other things, the complaint alleges that Gemini made a number of false and misleading statements to the CFTC in connection with the potential self-certification of a Bitcoin futures contract, the prices for which were to be settled daily by an auction (the “Gemini Bitcoin Auction”). In the complaint, the CFTC specifically articulated the position that these statements were designed to mislead…

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What are Bitcoin improvement proposals (BIPs), and how do they work?

Gathering significant consensus within the community is the first step of the process. Sometimes, even the most valuable proposals can take years before they are approved or rejected because the community can’t find an agreement. Once a BIP is submitted as a draft to the BIP GitHub, the proposal gets reviewed and worked on transparently so that everyone can view its progress and consequent testing outcomes. As Bitcoin blockchain is based on code, protocol changes will have to be reflected in the code, and miners will have to add a…

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Ethereum price enters ‘oversold’ zone for the first time since November 2018

Ethereum’s native token Ether (ETH) entered its “oversold” territory this June 12, for the first time since November 2018, according to its weekly relative strength index (RSI). This is the last time $ETH went oversold on the weekly (hasn’t confirmed here yet). I had no followers, but macro bottom ticked it. Note, you can push way lower on weekly rsi, not trying to catch a bottom. https://t.co/kLCynTKTcS — The Wolf Of All Streets (@scottmelker) June 12, 2022 ETH eyes oversold bounce Traditional analysts consider an asset to be excessively sold…

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6 Questions for Alex Wilson of The Giving Block – Cointelegraph Magazine

We ask the buidlers in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sector for their thoughts on the industry… and throw in a few random zingers to keep them on their toes!   This week, our 6 Questions go to Alex Wilson, co-founder of The Giving Block — a crypto donation solution that provides an ecosystem for nonprofits and charities to fundraise Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.   Alex is a co-founder of The Giving Block, a Shift4 company. The Giving Block is a leading crypto philanthropy platform that makes accepting and fundraising cryptocurrencies…

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Bitcoin price drops to lowest since May as Ethereum market trades at 18.4% loss

Bitcoin (BTC) saw further losses on June 12 as thin weekend trading volumes fueled an ongoing sell-off. BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView Analyst likens risk asset ‘pump’ to 1929 Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD hitting lows of $27,150 on its sixth straight day of downside. With hours to go until the weekly close, the pair was in danger of resuming the losing streak, which had previously seen a record nine weeks of red candles in a row. To avoid that outcome and put in…

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Yuga Labs co-founder prewarns possible attack, claims Twitter insider involved

Gordon Goner, the pseudonymous co-founder of Yuga Labs, issued a warning about a possible incoming attack on their social media accounts under the Yuga Labs umbrella after receiving “credible information” that an insider from Twitter would help bypass the security of the accounts. Yuga Labs, home to some of the most popular nonfungible tokens (NFTs), including the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) and Otherside, proactively approached Twitter for security after receiving information about a soon-to-happen orchestrated attack on its social media accounts. We’ve received credible information that there may soon…

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UNFCCC weighs blockchain use cases to fight climate change with Cointelegraph

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) along with climate change entrepreneurs and Cointelegraph delved into discussing the role of emerging technologies such as blockchain in solving global issues including climate change. During the DigitalArt4Climate press conference, Cointelegraph editor-in-chief Kristina Cornèr took over the stage to understand the various blockchain initiatives that actively fight climate change. Starting off the conversation was Anna Dart, a digital avatar by DigitalArt4Climate who shared the idea of bringing together artists to inspire climate change: “We are blessed with having the opportunity to…

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What can other algorithmic stablecoins learn from Terra’s crash?

The spectacular implosion of the Terra ecosystem in mid-May left the crypto industry scarred. Though there were some brave critics who understood just how thin the razor’s edge was for TerraUSD (UST) — now TerraUSD Classic (USTC) — I think it’s safe to say that most people didn’t expect Terra to fail so fast, so dramatically and so completely irrevocably. I’m writing this as the Terra community is voting on a plan to restart some kind of Terra 2.0 — a plan to salvage the layer-1 ecosystem without the UST…

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