A16z State of Crypto: “It is still early days for web3”

Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), a prominent venture capital firm investing heavily in the web3 sector, has published its first “State of Crypto” report exploring current trends in the market.

The overarching takeaway from the report is that web3 and the crypto market develop in cycles.

As prices climb, interest in the sector grows to the point where it can no longer be sustained. Following a (usually steep) falloff in prices, innovators develop new projects that revive...

Tether depegs from $1 mark following TerraUSD and LUNA collapse

Tether (USDT)

It has been a rough week for crypto, but an even rougher week for stablecoins.

Tether (USDT), the stablecoin mainstay of the crypto space, snapped as low as $0.95 in the early hours of May 12 amidst wider market fears surrounding TerraUSD (UST).

Earlier in the week, UST depegged from its intended $1 mark, falling as low as $0.29. In a desperate bid to restore UST’s price, Terraform Labs have been printing and selling millions of its stabilising token, LUNA, causing it...

Terra network suffers massive losses as UST falls below dollar peg

Terra Anchor

Whilst the whole cryptocurrency sector is tanking to lows not seen since last summer, few coins are having a worse time than TerraUSD (UST), the largest algorithmic stablecoin on the market.

UST, which is supposed to always be worth $1, briefly fell to $0.98 on May 7 following a number of major withdrawals from decentralised finance (DeFi) protocols on the Terra network.

The situation worsened on May 9 when UST’s price plummeted to $0.68 amidst a wider market selloff...

Entre launches on DeSo blockchain as web3 LinkedIn competitor

Entre, which describes itself as decentralised web3 LinkedIn competitor, has launched on the DeSo blockchain.

Michael Marra, the app’s founder, describes it as “a web3 professional network designed to help people connect and work in the web3 world”.

Whereas on LinkedIn one can post content with the end goal of building opportunities, on Entre users can cultivate opportunities and earn from their content right away.

With web3 jobs in high demand from both...

Binance unveils Refugee Crypto Card to support displaced Ukrainians

Ukraine

Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange, has launched its Binance Refugee Crypto Card for Ukrainian Binance users who were forced to move to Europe due to the ongoing war with Russia.

The card has been created to allow displaced Ukrainians to conduct crypto transactions and complete purchases at card-accepting retailers in the European Economic Area (EEA).

Helen Hai, head of Binance Charity, said: "At such a difficult time for Ukraine, it's clear that...

Cronos partners with Chainalysis for security and compliance support

Chainalysis x Cronos

Cronos, the native token of Crypto.com’s ecosystem, has partnered with leading blockchain analytics firm Chainalysis to bring security and data services to its token.

Previously known as Crypto.com Coin, Cronos (CRO) runs on the first Ethereum-compatible blockchain network to use Cosmos SDK technology. It fluctuates towards the end of the top twenty cryptocurrencies in terms of its market capitalisation.

The partnership has already added Chainalysis KYT (Know Your...

Circle bags £300m from BlackRock to compete with top stablecoin Tether

Circle

Web3 finance firm Circle has agreed to a $400 million (£307m) funding round as part of a broad strategic partnership with BlackRock.

As the issuer of stablecoin USD Coin (USDC), Circle is responsible for the fifth largest cryptocurrency by market cap alongside a host of decentralised finance (DeFi) tools.

The funding round is expected to close in the second quarter with other investors including Marshall Wace LLP and Fin Capital.

In addition to the capital...

EU Parliament passes proposals to hinder cryptocurrency privacy

EU flags outside the EU headquarters.

European Union (EU) lawmakers have supported controversial proposals to outlaw anonymous crypto transactions.

More than 90 lawmakers from the EU Committees on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) and on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) voted in favour of the measures.

The new rules would extend anti-money laundering requirements that apply to conventional fiat payments over EUR 1,000 to the European crypto sector.

However, they would also remove...

Terra buys another 4,550 Bitcoin worth over $206M

Blockchain project Terra continues to amass Bitcoin by taking another 4,550 off the market, worth over $206 million.

Terra has been following a number of companies – including MicroStrategy, Tesla, Square, and others – in adding Bitcoin to its reserves.

Do Kwon, CEO of Terraform Labs, has said his ultimate aim is to have Terra’s reserves of Bitcoin rival that of Satoshi Nakomoto...

Axie Infinity network loses £468m in largest ever DeFi hack

$30 million Ether theft

Axie Infinity, one of the biggest success stories in the world of blockchain-based gaming, has become the victim of the largest decentralised finance (DeFi) hack in history.

The Pokémon-style NFT battler saw $615 million (£468m) stolen from its Ronin Network – the Ethereum sidechain created to run the game’s transactions – on March 23.

It took a user being unable to withdraw 5,000 ether (£12m) on March 29 for Ronin to realise that 173,600 ether (£448m) and 25.5...