Philippines Regulator Warns Investors to Steer Clear of Mining City’s Bitcoin Vault Ponzi

There’s a mining contract scheme people are discussing and making the rounds on the web called “Mining City” or “Bitcoin Vault.” The Philippines SEC recently put out a warning against the operation and the alleged masterminds behind the project. One thing is for sure, there’s been a number of crypto Ponzi operations over the years, and they typically attract a lot of users before they crumble. However, as the story goes with any pyramid scheme when the project crashes, only the top leaders make off with all the money. One…

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Foresight or folly? Data show 70% of exchanges are unmoved by DeFi volume

A recent survey by cryptocurrency data aggregator, CryptoCompare, shows that centralized exchange operators do not see the emergence of decentralized trading venues like Uniswap as a threat despite growing volume and activity in the DeFi space.  In its September exchange review, CryptoCompare asked 26 of the leading venues in the space how likely it was for DEX liquidity to overtake that of centralized exchanges in a 2-year time span. 70% of those interviewed said that decentralized exchanges will not overtake centralized exchange volume due to their lack of liquidity. Only…

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Taproot Merged Into Bitcoin Core – Bitcoin Magazine

Taproot, the highly-anticipated protocol upgrade designed to add smart contract flexibility and more transactional privacy to Bitcoin, has officially merged into Bitcoin Core. The implementation now merged into Bitcoin’s code includes the Schnorr and Taproot consensus rules proposed in BIPs 340, 341 and 342, authored by Core contributors Pieter Wuille, Jonas Nick, Anthony Towns and Tim Ruffing. Schnorr signatures are a cryptographic innovation that has long been on top of many Bitcoin developers’ wish lists. Their activation would enable more flexible multisignature transactions and make them indistinguishable from standard Bitcoin…

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Bouncing ideas around tokenomic design – Cointelegraph Magazine

Jack Lu, 23, was struck by the idea for his new DeFi platform Bounce while working on his thesis on game theory and cryptocurrency at Reed College in California. “It took me quite a long time to think of it,” Lu explains about his game theory influenced auction platform. “Everyone was talking about lending and borrowing, and doing Uniswap and providing liquidity. When I looked at this financial channel I think there’s one missing piece, which is auctions.” Lu — who counts Andre Cronje from Yearn.Finance, Kain Warwick from Synthetix…

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Grayscale Adds $1 Billion to Crypto Products in Q3, Sees ‘Unprecedented Demand’ for Bitcoin Cash

Grayscale Investments has announced a record quarterly performance, raking in $1.05 billion in investments, mostly from institutional investors. The company also sees “unprecedented demand” for bitcoin cash. Record Quarter, Over $1 Billion Added Grayscale Investments released its third-quarter performance Wednesday. The company tweeted: We just recorded our largest ever quarterly inflows – over $1.0 billion in 3Q20 – making it the third consecutive record-breaking quarter. YTD investment into the Grayscale family of products has surpassed $2.4 billion. Specifically, the company revealed that the total investment into its products in 3Q…

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Can DeFi and on-chain governance change human nature? Oct. 7-14

This week, one bit of news really grabbed my attention: Dharma getting criticized for allegedly trying to capture Uniswap governance. Dharma is the company behind a crypto payments and exchange app, a sort of Ethereum-based cousin of Square’s Cash App. Or at least that’s what I previously used to describe it — if you visit the website now you basically only see mentions of DeFi and some very trippy images. The Dharma website design is now very… daring. And inspired by Uniswap in some ways. Like Uniswap and Compound, Dharma…

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3 reasons Bitcoin price got rejected at $11,500 — and what comes next

The price of Bitcoin (BTC) rapidly fell after surpassing $11,500 on Binance between Oct. 14 and Oct. 15. Within two hours, it fell to $11,280, recording a 2.3% drop. After the fall, analysts are expecting another minor pullback in the near term. Three factors likely caused the rejection to occur include a sell-off on BitMEX, a major resistance level and the stock market pullback. Bitcoin dropped as soon as the Dow Jones slumped On Oct. 14, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) dropped by 0.58%, after initially seeing a minor…

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