KIMCHI is the Latest Hot Dish in DeFi with Over 30,000% APY

Sushi was yesterday; KIMCHI is now!

Uniswap’s clone SushiSwap has been forked to create KIMCHI.

Within four hours of its launch, the unaudited project saw half a billion dollars locked in KIMCHI, which claims to “become the next hot DeFi mining token.”

“KIMCHI is lit,” according to the pro yield farmer Arthur Hayes, co-founder, and CEO of crypto derivatives exchange BitMEX. “It’s a staple of the CHAD diet. Get on my level,” he added.

Launched today, KIMCHI token’s price jumped to $12.26 level and is now back at $4.27, as per CoinGecko. The token is expected to be listed on Gate.io soon.

When it was launched, the project offered APY in six digits percentage but has now come down 8.3x. Uniswap KIMCHI/ETH APY that started with 178,573% has now fallen to 21,500%.

Still, the APY offered on different swaps is between 1,800% to 31,000%.

Currency, it’s offering farming on ETH, USDT, SUSHI, TEND, and other Uniswap assets to earn above-mentioned interest rates for providing liquidity on the platform.

KIMCHI is a fork of automated money maker Sushi, which is a copycat of Uniswap but with a governance token, and Yuno, but apparently “unlike YUNO, in Kimchi, it is not exploitable because owner is set to a non-functional timelock contract.”

SushiSwap issues its SUSHI tokens to those providing liquidity to the platform and gives a cut of its trading fees to those who have locked their tokens in a smart contract.

But the latest farming token clearly states on its website, “SUSHI is way better with KIMCHI” and “TEND with KIMCHI is also fucking yammy.”

Sushi was the one that pushed Uniswap’s volume to surpass that of Coinbase Pro and its liquidity to go beyond $1 billion. This project locked in over a billion dollars in less than four days of its launch.

But according to KIMCHI, it is them that are writing a “new history in DeFi Crypto field. We’ve just entered new era.”

KIMCHI’s market cap has reached over $45 million since becoming available today. The DeFi sector meanwhile has total value locked (TVL) at a whopping $9.5 billion.

It goes without saying that these DeFi projects are extremely risky where people are acting first before thinking. Degens are yield farming the latest for a few days before jumping on the next hot thing, which like the 2017 ICO mania are popping in every other day.

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Author: AnTy

Binance Lists Wrapped-BItcoin (WBTC) Amid the Rapidly Growing DeFi Hype

Binance, one of the most recognizable crypto exchanges, with the highest share of the trading volume, is chasing the ongoing DeFi hype. Binance has recently announced the listing of another Defi token, used for collateral, called Wrapped-Bitcoin (WBTC). This listing is seen as Binance capitalizing on the rising demand for the token as well as for DeFi tokens.

Wrapped-Bitcoin is an ERC-20 based token device to be used as a form of collateral in the defi ecosystem. As per the announcement made by the exchange, the WBTC token would be available for treading on the exchange from August 31st. The value of WBTC is pegged against the value of one bitcoin.

The WBTC token was a collaborative effort by major defi players in the space, including the likes of BitGo, Ren, Dharma, Kyber Network, Compound, MakerDAO, and the Set Protocol. The aim behind creating the WBTC token was to offer more liquidity in the defi ecosystem.

The WBTC token has been listed against Ethereum and Bitcoin for trade, and users on the platform can start investing and trading immediately.

How Will the WBTC Function?

Decentralized Finance (Defi) has become the talk of the crypto world in 2020 as the market grew exponentially over the first half of 2020. Defi protocols use Collateral Debt Position (CDP), where users can put Ether or ERC-20 based tokens as collateral and withdraw loan in a stablecoin.

When the popularity of the defi ecosystem grew, and more number of investors started venturing into the ecosystem, liquidity became an issue. As a result, the major players began looking for different ways to offer liquidity, and the ERC-20 token arose as the best bet.

WBTC soon became quite popular among investors, and at one point, the amount of wrapped bitcoin locked in defi protocols was significantly more than the amount of bitcoin in the lightning network.

Binance has been known to conquer all aspects of the crypto ecosystem and has proven its mettle in both the spot trading market and futures trading market. Given the growing interest of exchange in the defi, it would not be a big surprise if Binance emerges as one of the key players in the near future for the defi ecosystem.

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Author: James W

Bermuda Govt Partners With Stablehouse to Test A Stimulus Token for COVID-19 Aid

On Tuesday, the Government of Bermuda announced that it has rolled out a pilot initiative for digital stimulus token. The program is being run in conjunction with Stablehouse, a Bermuda-based payments startup. The program is expected to offer crucial feedback on whether digital tokens can be used for buying essential goods and services in the country.

Stablehouse claims to be ‘a global virtual currency clearing house’ and facilitates the exchange of stablecoins. The startup is being advised by ex-Tether executive, Phil Potter, who will offer his expertise to the government in the provision of Bermudian Dollar Token, BMDT.

The government is seeking to collect vital information and data on whether merchants will readily accept digital tokens as a payment method. The pilot phase will also establish whether Bermudians are ready to use the tokens to buy essential goods and services.

At the moment, the government has recruited three merchants as well as 20 individuals who were given a stipend of free BMDTs that they use to test the initiative.

Speaking to Decrypt, chief fintech advisor to Bermudian prime minister, Denis Pitcher explained that the project will kick-off with a small number of participants but will gradually expand.

“Our ultimate goal is to end up with a wallet on every phone because wallets are the browser of the future when it comes to money and the future of finance.”

The partnership will see Stablehouse offer point-of-sale services to the merchants as well as provide its Green Wallet that enables clients to store coins while offline easily. The startup will also be handling issuance as well as redemption of the BMDT. It’s important to note that every token is backed by the Bermudian dollar, which is also pegged to the US dollar.

The token will run on Blockstream’s Liquid, which is a sidechain protocol that is designed to link together various exchanges.

The token stimulus initiative has been in the works since last year and is part of a comprehensive plan to introduce digital currency on the island.

Bermuda has implemented various crypto-friendly policies in the recent past. For instance, in October last year, the island allowed its residents to clear their taxes and fees using US dollar-backed stablecoins.

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Author: Joseph Kibe

Charles Hoskinson Reveals Upcoming Cardano Stablecoin; ‘Significantly Better Than MakerDAO’

The IOHK CEO and founder of Cardano blockchain, Charles Hoskinson, appears quite obsessed with the Defi hype. Decentralized Finance (DeFi), an Ethereum based protocol, has taken the whole crypto ecosystem by surprise with its phenomenal growth in 2020. The Defi ecosystem, originally valued below $1 billion at the start of the year, has exploded upward, hitting a valuation of $15 billion.

Charles Hoskinson has not hidden his interest; during one of his recent AMA sessions, he revealed that he has become “very obsessed with DeFi lately.” He also went on to claim that this obsession has led to “hundreds of pages of reports, lots of interviews, and discussions.”

Hoskinson, during the AMA, said that the amount of development currently underway on the Cardano blockchain has led to several leaks about the upcoming projects. He cited one example as the recent association with Emrugo to develop a stablecoin, which the CEO believes will be better than MakerDAO. Hoskinson said:

“For example, we’ve partnered with Emrugo, and we’re right now working on the logistics of a stablecoin with them that we’re going to be building first on Ergo to verify everything works correctly, and then we’ll pull it over into Cardano, and this is going to be an algorithmic stablecoin. We think it’ll be significantly better than MakerDAO.”

The Growing Defi Craze

Charles Hoskinson is not the only one obsessing over the Defi hype; just like the ICO era, the defi hype has led to the launch of hundreds of defi tokens in the first half of 2020. Yearn Finance (YFI), a valueless token launched just a couple of months ago, is currently trading at over $30,000.

Binance, a leading crypto exchange, is also eyeing the defi space. In recent weeks, the exchange has listed two popular defi tokens, namely Wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC) and YFI token.

Hoskinson also said that the growing competition and the rising value of defi tokens are not as much of a challenge for Cardano and argues that it’s more of an opportunity. He explained:

“The reality is that the first-mover advantage is a disadvantage. Those network effects were ephemeral and often covered with mistakes and scars and explosions. You actually want to be in the imitator, the second-mover category for DeFi. And I think we’ll have a lot, lot more luck than the first-movers did in the space.”

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Author: Rebecca Asseh

Tezos Foundation to Pay XTZ Token Sale Investors $25M to Settle Class Action Lawsuit

After three years, a long-running class-action lawsuit against Tezos Foundation has come to a close. A U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg from the Northern District of California approved a $25 million payment by Tezos Foundation to aggrieved investors.

The class-action lawsuit alleged that Tezos Foundation conducted an unregistered initial coin offering (ICO) in 2017.

According to the court documents filed last week, Tezos, as well as its founders Arthur and Kathleen Breitman, will part with $25 million to the aggrieved investors. The settlement was first put on the table in March earlier this year but was settled last week.

According to the settlement agreement, the attorneys will be paid about $8.5 million of the total sum. The investors who underwent a loss after taking part in the Tezos ICO will share the remaining $16.5 million. However, the investors who gained after participating in the ICO will not be included in the sharing of the funds.

Tezos Foundation, in March, resolved to settle the class action lawsuit since it was expensive as well as time-consuming. However, the firm maintained that the case lacked merit.

In 2017, Tezos conducted one of the most successful ICOs of the year, raising more than $232 million through the sale of its XTZ governance token. However, before the firm could celebrate the success, a California based law firm filed a class-action lawsuit alleging that Tezos sold unregistered security to US-based investors.

According to the Federal Securities Law, a company should not sell security tokens before registering with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). These types of tokens must pass the Howey Test, and XTZ failed.

Following the filing of a class-action lawsuit, Tezos asked the court to dismiss the case as it lacked merit, but Judge Seeborg dismissed the lawsuit filed by Tezos attorneys.

Judge Seeborg’s order also states that the plaintiffs cannot make a future claim against Tezos as well as other defendants.

Although the class lawsuit has been settled, the issue of whether XTZ is a security or not remains unresolved.

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Author: Joseph Kibe

Ethereum 2.0 Testnet Medalla Running Smoothly with 39,000 Active Validators & More in Queue

All is good for Ethereum right now.

The second-largest network is working at full capacity, as evident from the skyrocketing gas prices and miners pulling in a whopping $113 million in transaction fees last month.

The price is also rallying, breaking a new two-year high, surging as high as $483 today.

Now, much-awaited ETH 2.0’s testnet Medalla has been said to be running smoothly. Launched earlier last month, the testnet that went live with 20,000 validators has now expanded to 39,000 active validators.

Eth 2.0 network is expected to be launched by the year’s end.

At the time of the initial launch, it crashed because of the Cloudflare that went down. Prysmatic Labs then made a few fixes and released an upgrade.

“Client software is much more robust following this incident,” reads the latest update by Ethereum. And ever since that incident, Medalla is reported to be running quite smoothly with 39k active validators and another 12k in the activation queue.

The network, however, is currently dominated by a single client, Prysm, which has “good historical reason” for its dominance. The blog mentions how Prysm has been the one that prioritized early testnets, community engagement, and usability for the past year.

But at the same time, Prysm’s dominance amplified the failure on August 14th. The team, however, assures that now most of the clients are robust and well documented.

Eth clients are also working on ensuring the switching clients is easy and safe, and soon users will be able to “hop from one client to another with minimal downtime and no risk of accidental slashing.”

Right now, one of the primary goals of ETH 2.0 is to reach Phase 1.5, The Merge, and this transition is “designed to be as seamless as possible to existing users and applications.”

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Author: AnTy

Miner Maker Canaan Q2 Report Reveals 160% Revenue Increase But The Still At a Net Loss

Canaan, one of the leading manufacturers of bitcoin mining machines, has released an unaudited financial report for the second quarter of 2020. The information that was released on August 31st suggested a profitable quarter and even a gross profit for a year over year. However, the firm is still at a net loss, despite two profitable quarters. The net loss stems from those incurred over 2019.

Canaan also conducted its IPO last year in November with a target fund of $400 million, out of which the bitcoin mining rig manufacturer raised 25% of the target amount. The outbreak of the pandemic had quite an adverse effect on the company’s share price, which is currently valued at $2.19, down by almost 75% from its public sale price of $9.

The unaudited report also revealed that the company sold about 2.6 million THash/s worth of computing power for the ASIC mining machine in the second quarter. The amount of hash-power sold by the company has nearly tripled from the first quarter’s figure of 0.90 million THash/s. As an added note, the sales figures for this quarter have dropped by 18% from the last year.

The revenue generated by the company in the second quarter stood at RMB 178.1 million ($25.2 million), which is also up by 160% compared to the first quarter, but declined by 25% when compared to the last year.

The gross profit generated by the company in this quarter stood at RMB 43.3 million, equivalent to $6.1 million, seeing an increase of almost 300% year on year, and over 1,700% when compared to Q1.

The gross margin has seen a significant bump in all parameters, where it was up by 25% when compared to last quarter against just 4.2% in 2019.

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Author: Hank Klinger

Tether to Add Layer 2 Solution, ZK-Rollups, to Reduce Congestion On Ethereum’s Network

Tether announces plans to integrate ZK-Rollups, a second layer solution using zero knowledge proofs to bundle up transactions as one to reduce the burden on Ethereum-based USDt transactions. Integration of Layer 2 solutions is becoming an ever growing concern for Ethereum users after the recent spike in gas fees in tandem with DeFi market growth.

ZK Rollups is an implementation built on top of the Ethereum network, leveraging zero knowledge proofs to bundle up transactions and send them, improving scalability on the blockchain. ZK, or zero knowledge is required of the transactions. This hence reduces computing and storage resources for validating the block by reducing the amount of data held in a transaction.

Speaking on the integration, CTO of Tether, Paolo Ardoino, named ZK-Rollups as the most comprehensive and most preferred second layer solution on Ethereum as it works on-chain.

Tether is working on reducing the amount of transactions conducted on the Ethereum blockchain in a bid to decongest and probably reduce the fees. Recently, the stablecoin was added on OMG Network, also a layer 2 solution, as a sidechain to help in scaling Ethereum and reduce the skyrocketing transaction fees.

The growth of Tether’s demand has been majestic over 2020 as Tron and Ethereum both hold more USDt than the Bitcoin network. The token set an all-time high market capitalization as reported by BEG after a frenzy across the DeFi space caused a spike in demand.

The demand of USDt – as the largest stablecoin – has seen it flip the number of transfers and transactions made on the largest blockchain, Bitcoin. According to a Coinmetrics report, the 7-day average adjusted transfer value of Tether broke the $3 billion mark, finally reaching $3.55 billion compared to Bitcoin’s $2.94 billion as of Aug 25.

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Author: Lujan Odera

Switzerland-based Atupri Is the First Health Insurance Company to Accept Bitcoin & Ether

Atupri, a health insurance company in Switzerland, is the first such company to offer its user’s policyholders the option to pay bills with cryptocurrency.

The company currently accepts the top two cryptos, Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH). It further mentions that the transaction fees, so-called miner fees, is the only cost to be paid. Also, they do not yet offer the option of repayments in cryptocurrency.

Starting August 31, 2020, the crypto options have been allowed.

The crypto payment addition is part of the company’s comprehensive digital strategy and “one of many aspects to optimize our service and to offer our policyholders the greatest possible comfort.”

The payments in digital assets are made through the payment system of Bitcoin Suisse AG (BS), a financial intermediary domiciled and registered in Switzerland, which is a member of the self-regulatory organization VQF recognized by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA).

It is BS that bears the risk of price fluctuations in digital assets. Atupri clarifies that it doesn’t share any data with third parties and that they only send the invoice number to BS. The translated version reads,

“The original claim and the related invoice is in Swiss Francs (CHF). The customer’s payment to BS in cryptocurrency via the system provided leads to a debt-discharging effect. The customer can settle the claim in CHF at any time up to the time of payment with cryptocurrency.”

In its FAQ section, Atupri also briefs that to pay bills with BTC or ETH, one just needs a crypto wallet. It also mentions that paying with bitcoin involves electricity consumption, but it is “negligibly small” compared to the energy consumption of the “traditional” monetary system.

And with computers becoming more and more efficient and the use of renewable energy becoming more widespread, “this difference will become even bigger,” it states.

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Author: AnTy

BitMEX Launches Its Full-Control Mobile App to Crypto Traders In Over 140 Countries

BitMEX launches mobile-based trading app allowing users to enjoy the crypto exchange’s features on the go. According to an announcement on Sept 1, BitMEX Mobile is available on both iOS App Store and Google Play Store.

The mobile trading app aims at improving the user experience on the exchange even when off your work desk. Additionally, its will enable swift crypto futures trading with access to all account features available on the desktop site.

Speaking on the launch of the new mobile trading app, Ben Radclyffe, commercial director of 100x, the parent company of the crypto derivatives exchange, confirmed BitMEX mobile is now available in over 140 companies after a successful test period across 28 countries earlier in the year. He further said,

“Our global audience, many of them are mobile first, so having an innate mobile application that allows them to access our product and our services should help increase our user base.”

The application offers users a host of features including direct deposits and withdrawals on their wallets and trading features including market orders, limit orders, take profits and stop losses. The BitMEX Mobile app provides an easy to configure and clear user interface allowing quick buy options by swiping the page.

The app also provides push notifications, price alerts, biometric logins and authentication as well as better security protocols. The on-the-go app however will not be as complex as the desktop version, Radclyffe said in a statement obtained by BEG. “It’s a slightly degraded experience as you can imagine,” Radclyffe on the differences between the desktop and new BitMEX Mobile app.

BitMEX currently is the fourth largest Bitcoin derivatives exchange in daily trading volume recording $1.80 billion in Bitcoin futures on Sept 1, Skew Market reports. This represents a slight $0.4 billion increase in trading volumes in BTC Futures in the past 24 hours.

BitMEX’s extended efforts to launch the Mobile app follows an announcement that new and existing users are subject to KYC requirements by February 2021 in a bid to be more compliant.

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Author: Lujan Odera