IDEX to Roll Out Multi-Chain Solution; Starting With Polkadot & Binance Smart Chain

  • IDEX, a popular decentralized exchange (DEX), plans to expand its infrastructure into two extra blockchains, adding its Ethereum (ETH) implementation.

In an announcement shared with BEG, IDEX confirmed a multi-chain solution expansion program that will integrate the decentralized exchange’s infrastructure to Polkadot and Binance Smart Chain (BSC). The latest move aims to expand the possibilities of traders on the platform to tokens, staking programs, and swaps across the blockchains.

IDEX is a layer-2 blockchain solution that combines the non-custodial security of a decentralized exchange while offering a centralized exchange speed and convenience. IDEX runs all of its operations on the Ethereum blockchain and plans to give every IDEX token holder on the ETH blockchain a similar number of tokens on the newly expanded chains.

As Ethereum faces huge gas costs and scalability issues with the rise of the DeFi market, new smart contract platforms such as Polkadot are coming up to offer users faster and cheaper platforms for developers to build their DeFi apps. In a statement on the expansion program, IDEX CEO Alex Wearn stated the expansion program aims to “give customers new networks to complete trades.”

Ethereum is facing tough competition from other blockchains, even in light of the ETH 2.0 Beacon chain launch, expected next week. However, we are stated that the latest move by IDEX to Polkadot and Binance Smart Chain is a diversification tactic rather than a competitive stance as the DEX aims to “put a stake in the ground and plant our [IDEX] flag early.”

The implementation of IDEX will happen on Polkadot Layer 0, meaning that the exchange will connect to a parallel chain (parachain) to Polkadot’s blockchain. IDEX will be integrated on Binance Smart Chain Layer 1, enabling traders to tap into BSC’s centralized DEX ecosystem directly.

The new tokens will be distributed to IDEX users on Ethereum starting December 7, trading on BSC and Polkadot, expected to start in Q1 2021. Tokens that are not claimed promptly will be transferred to a community fund for uses promoting the development of IDEX.

Wearn further stated the decentralized exchange is working on adding new blockchains in the future but is currently working with Polkadot and BSC because both are currently compatible with the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM). He further said,

“As these platforms grow, we’ll see increased demand for trading these assets and a need for non-custodial trading solutions that support these networks.”

To enhance the cross-chain network that will provide a one-stop-shop allowing different assets to be traded on its platform, IDEX will offer independent assets across each blockchain. Binance Smart Chain and Polkadot will start with the tickers IDXB and IDXP, respectively.

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Author: Lujan Odera

Trezor Incorporates ‘Tor Switch’ in its Desktop App for Increased Privacy

The popular hardware wallet, Trezor, is working on providing its users’ privacy.

In its desktop app “Trezor Suite,” the cold wallet service provider has implemented the privacy project Tor to allow its users to obscure their connection.

Tor is an open-source network which has its servers distributed around the world run by volunteers and uses a special protocol that encrypts data at multiple levels. One can now not only enjoy the safety of the hardware wallet but the anonymity of Tor as well on Trezor.

“Tor is the perfect match for users who are concerned about sharing identifying data with a third-party service or anyone who might be observing their communications,” said Trezor in its announcement.

By downloading the latest public beta version of Trezor Suite, one can start using Tor with Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Currently, The Tor switch is only available in the desktop app, located in the top-right of the Suite window.

Used by the likes of whistleblowers such as Julian Assange and Edward Snowden to evade espionage from the US governments and from journalists, security specialists, governments to individuals worldwide, Tor has helped protect human rights and individual freedoms.

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Author: AnTy

DEX Synthetix Now Allows Trading of Brent Crude Oil Powered by Chainlink Oracle

Popular DeFi project DEX Synthetix now allows the crypto market to trade Brent Crude Oil as well.

sOIL (Synthetic Brent Crude Oil) is a non-expiring Crude Oil Index based on the futures prices of ICE Brent Crude Oil, whose price is tracked through price feeds supplied by the Chainlink oracle, which will source the data from ICE for an undisclosed price.

“sOIL is a great case study showcasing that DeFi developers are on the precipice of going far beyond cryptocurrency price feeds and starting to create financial products that provide exposure to food, energy resources, rare earth metals, real-world assets, equities, NFTs, weighted asset baskets, and much more,” said Chainlink in an official statement.

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The tokens of both the projects are in the green today. Currently, SNX is trading at $4.32, up 561% YTD, while LINK is at $12.65, recording 605% gains in 2020.

With the addition of one of the major futures contracts for global oil markets, a real-world asset has officially entered the DeFi trading world. Recently, crypto derivatives exchange FTX also provided the crypto market exposure to stocks like Apple, Google, Tesla, and Amazon.

“There is significant demand for these assets particularly given the liquidity of the underlying markets and the difficulty of access for the average trader,” notes the SIP 62 “Futures reference price methodology,” which is about converting future market prices into a single reference price for Synths.

According to Chainlink, this is just the beginning as compared to DeFi’s $13 billion TVL, the global market for crude oil is over $1.7 trillion, not including the derivatives market.

“Traditional financial markets are orders of magnitude larger than cryptocurrency markets; DeFi has only begun to scratch the surface of tapping into it.”

Recent News: Synthetix Upgrades to L2 Scaling to Alleviate Gas Costs for SNX Stakers

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Author: AnTy

US Defense Information Systems Agency Requests Information on Blockchain-as-a-Service

Blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) is one of the popular niches that stakeholders from other industries invest in to derive the value proposition of this new technology. The U.S Defense Department has now signaled that they are likely to join the bandwagon as per a request for information (RFI) published by its IT agency, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).

The RFI, which is not to be confused with the request for proposal (RFP), seeks to equip DISA with a better understanding of viable options, should it chose to debut a BaaS for its ecosystems. It was published on Nov 4 and invited participation from potential prospects up to Nov 10, after which the policy will be deemed inactive on Nov 25. The publication reads,

”In support of our ongoing effort to create a new Blockchain as a service offering for our mission partners, DISA is conducting market research to ensure a better understanding of the capabilities available in the market place relevant to a Blockchain as a service offering which could be deployed on Z systems.”

According to the RFI, DISA’s main focus in this initiative is to identify viable products that would facilitate a permissioned BaaS that can eventually be scaled on a mainframe environment. The possible solutions must correlate with some technical fundamentals, which include scaling support, full auditing & reporting, governance, administration, and solution hardening, amongst others.

Prospects looking to take part in the RFI will be required to submit their responses in a whitepaper form. The document should feature details such as the respondent’s technical abilities, software identification, and licensing schemas that are available.

Notably, this is not the first time DISA has hinted at deploying a BaaS for its systems; the agency’s innovation lead Sherri Sokol had, in fact, touched on the matter during an interview with CGN back in 2019,

“We are looking at potentially offering something that would be secure, scalable and agile for the networks that our mission partners could create and manage on our infrastructure inside accredited DOD environments …

It would really just be the platform, infrastructure resource management, and monitoring, which are services that DISA already offers.”

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Author: Edwin Munyui

Polkadot Powered DEX, Zenlink, Partners With Chainlink to Leverage It’s Oracle For DeFi Products

Zenlink, a popular decentralized exchange powered by Polkadot, has joined hands with blockchain oracle firm Chainlink. Chainlink is known for its live data feeds and oracles used for smart contracts. Zenlink would also leverage Chainlink’s oracles for its numerous DeFi products.

Oracles play a crucial role in smart contract programming and execution, making it a core product/service in the DeFi ecosystem. Live market data helps in seamless execution and secure transactions.

Zenlink aims to make the most of this partnership and expand the quality and quantity of services it offers. Currently, the DEX platform allows traders to swap their assets on parachains seamlessly. These oracles would make their financial products more robust and reliable. Zenlink hopes for reliability and security due to the oracle would also attract new traders to the platform.

Guo Tao, Zenlink Co-founder, commented on their recent partnership with chainlink and its importance.

“Zenlink will play a critical role in allowing users and developers to swap assets across parachains securely.

Chainlink’s high-quality data and reliable oracle infrastructure will enable feeders to trust the data feed used to trigger DeFi products built on Zenlink.

This enhances our ability to scale and secure even more value across a wider variety of assets.”

Chainlink One of the Key Oracle Partner in the DEX Ecosystem

Zenlink’s association with Chainlink came as no surprise as more DEX platforms are looking to integrate and leverage live data feeds and oracles into their systems. Chainlink, being a reliable name with a tested record, has become a key player in the DEX market.

Apart from Zenlink, another Polkadot powered platform known as Equilibrium has also brought Chainlink on board to provide decentralized live feeds. Equilibrium also plans to utilize the decentralized oracles to enhance its financial products and services.

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Author: Hank Klinger

YFI Continues to Tank, Wiping Out All the Gains It Made Since August

YFI is not having a good day.

As a matter of fact, the popular DeFi token didn’t have a good week or month either.

Falling out of the top 50 coins, YFI is currently trading around $8,500 down 12.50%, slightly up after falling under $8,445 today.

In the past seven days, YFI has actually been the biggest loser among the DeFi tokens with 32% losses. Meanwhile, in the past 30 days, YF’s price went down 55%.

“YFI is the worst performing coin of the last 7 days among the top 100 coins. That’s quite an achievement,” commented trader Alex Kruger on this downslide.

YFI is the same coin that leveled the price of Bitcoin in mid-August only to hit $20,000 before BTC, which is currently under $14,000.

This is the same coin that surged past $44,000 in mid-September to its all-time high, and since then, it has only been going down.

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Some are still calling for more pain ahead for this DeFi darling, with one trader saying “capitulation around the corner,” targeting $7,500.

When it comes to the Yearn.Finance protocol, the amount of funds locked in it is also on a decline, which started around the same time the price of the token started crashing.

From about $952 million on Sept. 1st, the TVL in Yearn.Finance went down to almost $330 million on Oct. 28. Currently, it is trying to make it back to $400 million, as per DeFi Pulse.

The amount of Ether locked in the project has also fallen to a mere 55.4k ETH from over 323k in early Sept. besides 51 million DAI and less than 2 BTC.

Amidst this, today, its team announced the integration of Yearn yVaults into Frontier’s interface, which means “users can now seamlessly Track and Manage their vault positions with Frontier Mobile interface.”

Meanwhile, the project creator Andre Cronje is busy with the latest project, Keep3r Network, whose token KP3R is currently trading around $130, down 27% in the past 24 hours. The token hit its ATH the day after its launch at $366.

After all, last month, he had explained that Yearn is more than just him. The project now has its own team, which is “far more skilled and capable than I am,” he had said.

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Author: AnTy

Justin Sun’s P2P Streaming Service Acquires eSports Platform DLive; Launches BitTorrent X

BitTorrent Inc, the popular peer-to-peer data sharing protocol and app, has acquired the well-known decentralized streaming platform DLive. The firm also announced that it will roll out the decentralized DLive platform to its newly established BitTorrent X ecosystem.

The BitTorrent X ecosystem consists of a popular file-sharing system called BitTorrent File System (BTFS) along with a BitTorrent client, which would be utilized to deliver different services to users in the ecosystem.

BitTorrent was developed as a P2P data sharing protocol back in 2001, and ever since its establishment, it has managed to garner over 2 billion users around the world up until now.

BitTorrent was later acquired by Justin Sun, CEO of Tron, in 2018 and since then has become an integral part of the Tron ecosystem. The file-sharing system of BTFS is especially actively utilized by TRON blockchain and DLive as a decentralized storage solution.

Justin Sun, the founder of TRON and CEO of BitTorrent, commented on the newly launched BitTorrent X ecosystem,

“BitTorrent X is the next step in establishing a truly decentralized internet. In one big step, the BitTorrent X ecosystem may drive blockchain-related tools to billions of devices.

Hundreds of millions of users will have access to the next era of tools to share, store, and stream their content directly to anyone across the web.”

DLive To Help in Expanding BitTorrent X Ecosystem

DLive decentralized streaming services have grown rapidly over the years and currently boast over 7 million users and over 200,000 content creators. Pewdepie, a very popular and most subscribed YouTuber, is one of the platform’s famous content creators. With decentralization being the ongoing trend and growing censorship from a mainstream platform like Youtube, many popular content creators are looking to join decentralized platforms such as DLive.

Charles Wayne, CEO of Dlive, commented on their acquisition by BitTorrent Inc and said,

“The acquisition marks a new start for DLive.tv. We are more than excited to join the BitTorrent ecosystem as the collaboration will provide us with more innovative solutions to empower content creators and reward communities.

Together with the BitTorrent team, we look forward to bringing disruptive innovations to the digital media space and create value for our global community.”

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Author: Hank Klinger

German Central Bank Official: CBDC Proposal is More ‘Political Strategy’ than Technical Decision

A popular figure in the German central bank has said the decision to launch a digital Euro is more politically motivated than the technical value proposition. Burkhard Balz was speaking at the Europe-Asia conference where he made the remarks. These sentiments coincide with a spike in CBDC interest, especially in Europe, where the ECB has zeroed in on the possibility of a digital Euro in recent months.

According to Balz, this move would be more politically motivated, given the fiat domination dynamics when it comes to reserve currencies. He went on to suggest a more detailed assessment based on this opinion,

“Introducing CBDC is a political decision rather than a technical decision. Therefore, a comprehensive conceptual analysis and assessment of CBDC relative to alternative options is necessary – especially in terms of the fulfillment of our mandate, but also regarding its impact on society as a whole.”

Nonetheless, he also highlighted the need to move swiftly, given the current progress to maintain Euro confidence if a virtual monetary policy shift is inevitable. Balz believed that a collaborative international approach would yield better results in developing seamless ecosystems to support global payment networks’ growth.

As for the risks associated, Balz mentioned that a CBDC could set precedence for ‘digital bank runs’ in a situation where these digital assets are held as a store of value instead of being used for payments. On the issue of stablecoins, he was adamant that they should be issued with the blessings of monetary bodies and regulatory authorities,

“I believe that it is in the interest of the global central bank community that new payment arrangements, like stable coins, with potentially global reach, should only be offered if appropriately regulated and supervised.”

With such ongoing discussions, it might not take long before a particular jurisdiction officially launches its own CBDC. Currently, China’s digital yuan is the most progressive in the pilot phase for a couple of months. Other Asian giants like Japan and South Korea are planning to follow suit with their pilot CBDCs scheduled for next year. Europe has also filed for a digital Euro trademark as discussions hit upon its viability.

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Author: Edwin Munyui

Coinbase Adds Wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC) & Custody Service to Support Filecoin (FIL)

In its DeFi listing spree, Coinbase Pro has added the popular and fast-growing Wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC).

The San Francisco-based exchange has taken to list all the hot and happening DeFi products, and WBTC, which has grown to become the third-largest DeFi project with nearly $1.2 billion in total value locked (TVL), is the latest one.

An Ethereum token, WBTC represents Bitcoin on the Ethereum blockchain, where 1 BTC can be converted to 1 WBTC and vice-versa. This protocol allows bitcoin holders to participate in the popular DeFi space.

WBTC listing is announced with two trading pairs, USD and BTC.

Starting Monday, Oct. 19, WBTC will be available in all Coinbase’s supported jurisdictions except New York state.

Recently, Coinbase has added support for the likes of Yearn.Finance (YFI), Balancer (BAL), Uniswap (UNI), UMA, REN, Loopring (LRC) BAND, Compound (COMP), Celo (CGLD), Numeraire, and OmiseGo (OMG) along with supporting additional European and UK order books.

Amidst this, the same day, Coinbase Custody also announced at-launch support for Filecoin (FIL), which after years of first coming into the market, finally launched its mainnet.

“We’re thrilled that Coinbase Custody is providing secure custody for FIL. Coinbase has a great track record of building new, innovative tools for its users,” said Juan Benet, Filecoin founder.

Filecoin is a decentralized storage network and marketplace where miners earn FIL tokens by renting open hard drive space, and clients pay them to store and retrieve their data.

Its testnet took off in China, and already “roughly $100M of storage hardware is humming on the testnet.”

“Buying hardware and converting it directly to crypto is key here,” said Muneeb Ali, co-founder of Blockstack.

Yesterday, the mainnet of the Filecoin network was launched at block 148,888, a number the team said signifies “prosperity for life” in Chinese, chosen “to honor the epic contribution by our Chinese mining community to Filecoin’s long-term success.”

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Author: AnTy

YFI’s Andre Cronje Re-Confirms He’s Not Quitting DeFi and ‘Still Building’

Popular Yearn.Finance creator Andre Cronje came on Twitter after a 10-day hiatus to deny the reports of him leaving the project.

“Still here. Still building. Nothing has changed. Anyone that says otherwise fuck off. I’m just done tweeting and being on social media,” tweeted Cronje.

The clarification came after CoinDesk reported that Cronje is quitting DeFi, and other employees have taken over the project.

Before this, there have been rumors floating in the market about him quitting the project, with some team members saying that is not the case.

“I’m not building anything at all anymore,” he reportedly told the publication earlier this month.

“I do it because I’m passionate, but if people are going to use my test environments, then lose money, and then hold me liable, it means there is 0 upside and only risk for me.”

This has been concerning Cronje’s other product Eminence.Finance rug pulling $16 million.

This isn’t the first time such a thing has happened. In August, Cronje had told another publication that he is quitting DeFi, after having similar thoughts in February this year, only to change the course as he said he won’t leave the space and will continue to build.

On Friday, the price of YFI found its bottom just under $12,300 to rally above $19,500, but today, the price went down to $16,880 before making its way above $17,300 to only fall back down to the current price of $16,630.

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Author: AnTy