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May 15,2022

Huge Crypto Crash As All Fingers Point To Terra And Unreliable Stablecoin

One of the biggest risks associated with the crypto industry is volatility, a fact which numerous regulators have pointed out could be the downfall of the entire sector.

As such, a popular token has lost over 95% of its value, taking down a so-called stablecoin with it. This past Thursday, the LUNA token plummeted from a high of $118 last month to below $1 in one of the biggest market crashes in crypto history.

What happened?

The fall had an impact on TerraUSD (UST), a linked token and stablecoin. Normally, stablecoins would always retain their value of around $1 as they are pegged to the United States Dollar (USD), however UST has also crashed and lost its value by more than 50%. Because of this, panic has since gripped the market and investors are increasingly exiting major cryptocurrencies, sending prices tumbling throughout the market with even top projects such as Ethereum (ETH) and Cardano (ADA) feeling the effects.

Aside from basic economic causes, researchers believe the collapse of the TerraUSD stablecoin and its possible contagion impact was the primary cause of the recent cryptocurrency sell-off. Do Kwon, the CEO of Terraform Labs, largely remained silent on the whole issue, only vaguely stating that everything was under control, but his backers were understandably not convinced.

From bad to worse

To make matters worse, Binance is actively attempting to get rid of the currency due to its abrupt and quick collapse. Terra has also recently stated that they have ceased all operations on the blockchain, essentially rendering it defunct for the time being. LUNA withdrawals were suspended at first, however Binance has since announced that deposits and withdrawals will resume along with LUNA/BUSD and LUNA/UST spot trading pairs. The Binance team has however stated that extreme caution must nonetheless be exercised.

The exchange declared that it shall discontinue cross and isolated margin pairings, as well as spot trading pairs and BUSD margined perpetual contracts on the token, thereby officially discarding the once hugely popular cryptocurrency. It also changed the leverage and margin levels for LUNA-linked contracts, with the maximum leverage for holdings less than 50,000 set at 8 times. If the largest crypto exchange has to do this much to abandon a cryptocurrency, chances are that it just might be dead in the water.

What is next for Terra?

Do Kwon recently discussed a plan for  the recovery of UST and LUNA. The CEO proposed significant UST burning (1 billion in total) to lower the amount of the algorithmic stablecoin and sustain its $1 anchor. In theory, the massive UST burn would take the stablecoin out of circulation, thereby reducing selling pressure of the stablecoin.

Concurrently, as this unfolded, Bybit delisted LUNA/BTC, and eToro, which does not provide crypto futures trading or leverage, also removed LUNA/USD. Additionally, has reportedly delisted LUNA and suspended withdrawals as well. Needless to say, Terra needs a miracle at this point if the project wants to have any hopes of surviving now.

May 14,2022

Institutional & Retail Acceptance Of Crypto Payments Accelerates

The global acceptance of digital resources and currencies is changing dramatically. State-run administrations and foundations across the globe are actively considering adopting Bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptocurrencies for payment purposes, including a small private institution outside Boston.

Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts, will thus be among the first educational institutions in the U.S to accept tuition payments made in Bitcoin, Ethereum (ETH), and also the stablecoin USD Coin (USDC).

The college will accept these payments through its partnership with Coinbase, one of the world's biggest cryptocurrency exchanges (and the largest in the United States). It also intends to accept gifts and donations in crypto.

Elsewhere, a school in Dubai, UAE, recently talked about potentially accepting tuition payments in both Bitcoin and Ethereum via a computerized process which automatically converts crypto into AED, the country's official currency. Emirates Airlines also recently announced that they shall be accepting payments in BTC as well, in addition to taking part in both the metaverse and NFT sectors too.

May 12,2022

Crypto Is Forever, And Can Now Buy Diamonds

Continental Diamond, a jewelry business in St. Louis Park, will now be accepting Bitcoin, Shiba Inu and other cryptocurrencies as payment.

As such, Continental Diamond has become the inaugural diamond store in Minnesota to accept crypto payments, further opening the door for other stores to do the same in the future. The jewelry company, which was founded in 1981, will reportedly use cryptocurrency payment processor BitPay for merchant services.

Other premium apparel companies and businesses have begun accepting crypto payments as well. Gucci, a well-known fashion company, recently announced that it would start taking Bitcoin, Dogecoin, Shiba Inu, and other cryptocurrencies at certain stores in North America.

Elsewhere, Camper & Nicholsons, a premium yacht charter and brokerage firm, also accepts Shiba Inu and other crypto assets as payment.

May 11,2022

Luna Foundation Guard Unable To Collateralize UST Stablecoin

As if being in a bear market wasn't bad enough, the collapse of the world's third-biggest stablecoin ecosystem has surely made matters even worse.

The Luna Foundation Guard (LFG), a Singapore-based non-profit which maintains the Terra network, has reportedly been reaching out to investors in the hopes of obtaining funding to shore up the troubled stablecoin.

The LFG hopes to generate over $1 billion in order to collateralize the UST stablecoin. Do Kwon, the founder and CEO of Terraform Labs, has mostly remained silent about the whole thing, and the aforementioned funding has yet to be confirmed.

Although the CEO has promised to make things right, it may infact be too late as numerous investors have already lost faith in Terra and UST and even Binance has stated that LUNA and UST withdrawals have since been suspended due to network congestion.

May 08,2022

United States Department of Justice Has Accused Mining Capital Coin Of Conducting Large Crypto Fraud

The United States Department of Justice has accused Mining Capital Coin CEO Luiz Capuci Jr. of conducting a large-scale crypto fraud operation. The CEO faces a possible jail sentence of up to 45 years after being charged with wire fraud, securities fraud, and money laundering.

Authorities believe that Capuci and others cheated investors out of a whopping $62 million. Mining Capital Coin claimed that it had invested in cryptocurrency mining and trading, however this was not the case.

The CEO told investors that the company controlled a vast network of mining operations capable of generating long-term returns. He also promoted the companys trading bots to investors by suggesting that they were created by top programmers from around the world.

However, as per federal prosecutors, Mining Capital Coin turned out to be little more than a pyramid scheme. The cash collected from investors was never invested in any of the previously mentioned projects, and the CEO had reportedly transferred the stolen funds to his own crypto wallets without fulfilling any of his promises.

May 08,2022

Binance Receives DASP Registration In France As Changpeng Zhao Continues To Work Alongside Regulators

The AMF (Autorité des marchés financiers) has officially provided Binance France a DASP (Digital Asset Service Provider) registration, with the consent of the ACPR (Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution).

This achievement marks Binances first DASP in Europe and reflects the exchanges dedication to becoming a compliance-first global exchange, which is also in line with CEO Changpeng Zhaos previous comments wherein he declared that it would be in everyones best interests if Binance and various regulatory authorities were to work together going forward.

A big win for Binance

The exchange has been granted permission to offer trading and custody services for Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), and numerous other cryptocurrencies now that it is classified as a registered DASP by the French stock market watchdog AMF.

Compliance and regulation are crucial success factors for the crypto and blockchain sector. Binance has thus made steps to assure compliance over the years, including expanding its global compliance staff and advisory board, in addition to actively assisting in the battle against fraudulent activities, ransomware and hacks. Binance is hence glad that the exchanges efforts seem to have paid off, and that the team went through tough French compliance criteria in order to receive DASP certification which Changpeng Zhao believes is necessary for the survival of this industry.

What's next?

Binance once took pride in the fact that it had no official headquarters. However, following a backlash from authorities in a number of countries, including the United Kingdom, Italy, and Singapore last year, the exchange is now attempting to reach an agreement with regulators instead. To that end, Changpeng Zhao previously stated that the company intends to build its European headquarters in Paris.

Lastly, Binance will considerably expand its activities in France in order to make cryptocurrency trading and other related services increasingly accessible to everyone. Keeping in line with the overall objective to be the main framework services provider for the blockchain ecosystem, the Binance team wants to continuously grow their global workforce in order to pursue additional infrastructure development for the foreseeable future.

Elsewhere, Binance recently made headlines when it was revealed that the exchange shall be backing Elon Musk's Twitter takeover alongside others such as Sequoia Capital.

May 08,2022

Vasil Hardfork Just Around The Corner As All Eyes On Cardano

As the Cardano (ADA) ecosystem grows and evolves, its team has been working tirelessly in terms of providing important updates which outline all of the developments that regularly occur with the eventual goal of adhering to the projects roadmap. Most recently, all eyes are on the upcoming Vasil hardfork.

What can we expect?

Regarding its underlying technology, there have been significant changes to the upcoming Vasil hardfork. The hardfork is set for next month and will reportedly assist in scaling the protocol as well as drastically boost transaction throughput, volume, and liquidity.

As per Cardanos most recent status reports, the node and consensus teams have been prepping the Ouroboros protocol, which is the current consensus method on the Cardano blockchain, for the imminent hardfork since the end of April.

Furthermore, the teams have been hard at work on improving the performance features of UTXO HD, which define how the Cardano blockchain is stored, testing diffusion pipelining as well as benchmarking. Cardano has also raised its block size by 10% so as to improve network performance by an even greater extent.

A crucial time for Cardano

On May 5th, Tim Harrison, Vice President of Community and Ecosystem at Input Output, announced that Cardano was planning two developer gatherings for the end of May and around mid-June, with one scheduled to take place in Barcelona and the other in Austin, Texas.

He went on to say that the Barcelona event in particular shall focus on audit and certification, whilst the Austin event will mainly work on the projects smart contracts platform Plutus and Marlowe, a language built for developing and executing Cardanos financial contracts. Moreover, the number of Plutus Scripts surpassed 2,000 in late March of this year. As part of the previous hardfork event, these smart contracts had been deployed on the Cardano blockchain in September 2021.

Ultimately, this summer could be a make or break period for Cardano as all eyes are on Charles Hoskinson and his project. ADAs price has not been performing at the levels that many had hoped, but Cardano enthusiasts are hopeful that a rally is just around the corner thanks to the Vasil hardfork and all the other developments that have been taking place.



May 07,2022

Google Is Assembling A Web 3.0 Team

Google is reportedly assembling a Web 3.0 team to create new services for developers operating blockchain apps.

Google Cloud Vice President Amit Zavery stated that, while Web 3.0 is still very much in its embryonic stages, the market has nevertheless demonstrated tremendous potential. He went on to say that numerous customers have already requested that the company increase its support for Web 3.0 as well as crypto-oriented technologies.

One of the primary principles of Web 3.0 is decentralization, which is achieved through the use of blockchain technology and is a big step forward from Web 2.0, which was primarily dominated by large corporations such as Google itself. Now though, these companies realize that the time has come to focus on Web 3.0.

May 05,2022

Gucci Moves To Accept Crypto In Select Stores

Gucci has announced that it shall start accepting payments in crypto at 5 of its U.S stores by the end of May, with the store also sharing its ambitions of eventually expanding the new payments service to all 111 of its North American locations.

Gucci will thus reportedly accept a number of popular cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), Wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Dogecoin (DOGE), Shiba Inu (SHIB), along with 5 stablecoins as well.

In preparation for the launch, Gucci's employees have begun their training and instruction on crypto, NFTs, and Web 3.0. In related news, the store had also purchased digital property in The Sandbox (SAND) back in February and established a virtual retail experience similar to its Vault e-store.

May 04,2022

Polkadot Has Announced Cross-chain Communications Protocol

Polkadot (DOT) has just announced a new cross-chain communications protocol, with the team claiming it shall eliminate the need for clunky bridging procedures which have already cost the cryptocurrency sector billions of dollars in cyber assaults and exploitations.

As such, Polkadot's multichain ecosystem is being created on the concept of full interoperability, and the newly introduced XCM messaging system is meant to encourage it.

XCM channels will reportedly be kept as safe as Polkadot's core hub, Relay Chain, and are additionally usable by parachains. Put simply, XCM would enable effective communication between parachains and smart contracts.

Ultimately, bridges have been among the most common areas of failure in the cryptocurrency industry. Polkadot, along with various other projects, therefore want to get rid of them as soon as possible.

May 01,2022

Evmos Finally Goes Live On Cosmos Network After Years Of Development

Evmos, previously known as Ethermint, recently went live on the Cosmos network following years of development, according to its developers. Tharsis, Evmos' development team, came up with the idea for Evmos as Ethermint back in 2016.

Evmos is distinct in that, unlike a majority of other Cosmos chains, it is completely interoperable with Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM), a computational environment readily utilized by Ethereum blockchain developers.

Important details

Users and developers may now access Evmos as a Layer-1 blockchain on Cosmos, an interoperability protocol with over 250 applications and services in its ecosystem.

The Evmos launch will therefore enable users to construct Ethereum smart contracts and assets and utilize them within the Cosmos ecosystem. Initially, Evmos was supposed to launch in February, however it was pushed back due to technical concerns.

What else should we know?

The Evmos team expects that by incorporating the EVM technology, it would make the project more attractive to Ethereum developers and draw applications and assets from them. Since last year, EVM has become the most frequently used smart contract standard, as it can now be seen on a variety of blockchains attempting to duplicate Ethereums success. These include the likes of Avalanche, BNB Chain, Fantom, Polygon, and Moonbeam.

For starters, the Evmos developers intend to build bridges with Ethereum to enable interoperability. The team is hence collaborating with bridge programs such as Celer, Connext, Nomad, and others to enable token transfers between the two chains. Moreover, crypto investors shall be able to shift assets to Evmos and utilize them through Evmos own apps via these bridges, according to Federico Kunze Küllmer, Evmos Co-Founder and Tharsis CEO.

What's next?

There are also plans for Evmos to grow inside the Cosmos ecosystem. The Evmos blockchain may transfer data and assets with other Cosmos-backed chains via a protocol known as IBC (Inter-Blockchain Communication).

This compatibility essentially allows Evmos apps to communicate directly with Terra, a Cosmos-based blockchain comprising $29 billion in crypto assets and home to the worlds third biggest stablecoin, TerraUSD (UST). To that end, Terras board previously discussed a potential partnership with Evmos for UST and earmarked $8 million to increase Evmos liquidity.

Additionally, there are other DEXs (decentralized exchanges), money markets, and NFTs slated to debut on Evmos, such as EvmoSwap, Coslend, Diffusion Finance, Nomad, QuantumSwap, among others. Whatever the case may be, the future looks bright for Evmos.

May 01,2022

Deus Finance Gets Hacked As Over $13 Million Stolen In Latest Flash Loan Based Exploit

Deus Finance DAO has become the latest target of a hack that saw a massive $13.4 million be stolen. To make matters worse, this is the second attack on the platform within the past 2 months.

What happened?

PeckShield, a blockchain security company, announced on April 28th that hackers had indeed compromised Deus Finance, a decentralized finance initiative that uses the Fantom blockchain. According to the firm, the incident resulted in a loss of over $13 million, with ETH accounting for the majority of the stolen assets.

The breach was reportedly made feasible by the modification of the price oracle which reads from the StableVW AMM, USDC/DEI pair via a flash loan. The modified collateral DEI price was then utilized to borrow from and drain the pool.

Another day, another flash loan exploit

Unfortunately, this is not the first time that hackers have successfully stolen funds through flash loan based exploits, and judging from the most recent activities, it will most likely not be the last either. After being utilized in some of the most high-profile assaults of 2022 alone, flash loans have gained quite the reputation of being among the most popular ways to target DeFi platforms.

The breach was triggered by a total of 800 ETH, which was extracted from Tornado Cash and transmitted to Fantom via the MultiChain. The stolen funds were subsequently converted to Ether and transferred to the hackers account at the end of the assault.

There may be some light at the end of the tunnel though, as the hackers wallet address was quickly marked with a warning that marks it as being allegedly involved in a flash loan exploit. However, the damage has already been done and it is currently unclear whether the hacker has already sent the stolen crypto to another wallet by now.

From bad to worse

The previous attack, which took place in March, was eerily similar to the most recent attack in that it employed the same flash loan-assisted pricing manipulation. The funds were moved from Tornado Cash and transferred in the same manner as the April hack.

Needless to say, the community is extremely disappointed that the protocol has been hacked again in the same way and in such a short period of time. While we await an official response, countless calls have since been made to Circle to freeze the $USDC implicated in the incident. We can only hope that the funds are quickly returned to the rightful owners and that other platforms do their best to ensure that something like this does not happen to them in the near future. Some have even resorted to hiring white hat hackers and employing bug bounty programs.