Cardano launches its algorithmic stablecoin, Djed

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Cardano has launched its algorithmic stablecoin, Djed (DJED), on its mainnet after a successful security audit.

The stablecoin, backed by Cardano’s native ADA token, is pegged to the US dollar and uses the Shen (SHEN) token as its reserve coin.

Unveiled in November last year, the announcement was met with widespread online debate over the place of algorithmic stablecoins in the future of blockchain, given the collapse of TerraUSD (UST) months prior.

Since...

Listen-to-earn lets you earn Bitcoin for listening to a podcast

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Podcast platform Fountain has partnered with app monetisation company ZEBEDEE to bring Bitcoin micropayments to podcast listeners.

The partnership will give both podcast creators and listeners the ability to earn Bitcoin based on the amount of time spent with content.

ZEBEDEE says that listeners will support creators by paying for content by the minute as they listen to it. Listeners themselves will also earn money for their first hour of daily podcast listening and for...

Cardano recovers from 50% of network nodes going offline

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Cardano users reported that at least half of the blockchain network’s nodes went offline over the weekend.

A Telegram post from a group for Cardano stake pool operators (SPOs) said that an anomaly caused 50% of Cardano nodes to disconnect and restart.

The post said the disruption was caused by a “a transient anomaly causing two reactions in the node, some disconnected from a peer, others threw an exception and...

Ethereum decreased its annual CO2 emissions by over 21M tons

Over 109M more trees would have been needed to offset Ethereum’s CO2 emissions prior to its switch to a more efficient consensus.

Ethereum switched to a Proof-of-Stake (PoS) consensus last year in an event called The Merge. Regardless of personal views on Ethereum and the wider blockchain and web3 space, The Merge was broadly seen as an incredible feat of open-source engineering.

The Merge is the first major step on the road to Ethereum 2.0 which aims to tackle the...

National Australia Bank to launch 1:1 AUD stablecoin

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National Australia Bank (NAB) plans to launch an Australian dollar-pegged stablecoin on the Ethereum network in mid-2023.

The move would make National Australia Bank the country's second ‘Big 4’ bank to launch such a coin, after rival bank ANZ minted 30 million tokens of its A$DC stablecoin in March 2022.

Much like ANZ’s coin, NAB plans to use its AUDN stablecoin to streamline cross-border payments and support carbon credit trading, according to a report from...

Immunefi: Hacks made up 95% of lost crypto funds in 2022

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Web3 bug bounty platform Immunefi has found that hacks accounted for 95 percent of the $3.9 billion (£3.23bn) lost in the crypto industry in 2022.

The figures come from the firm’s new ‘Crypto Losses in 2022 Report’, with fraud, scams, and rug pulls making up the last 5 percent.

According to the report, decentralised finance (DeFi) was the most targeted sector in the crypto industry, suffering 80 percent of the losses, whilst centralised finance firms took the...

Uniswap lets users buy crypto with card deposits and bank transfers

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Users of decentralised exchange Uniswap are now able to buy cryptocurrency on its web platform using credit cards, debit cards, and bank transfers.

The feature upgrade is the result of a partnership with fintech firm Moonpay and is being rolled out worldwide, although the bank transfer option is exclusive to customers in select US states, the UK, Brazil, and the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA).

Uniswap has said that users looking to convert fiat currency to...

Visa will ‘actively contribute’ to web3 development

Visa refuses to become a dinosaur and will “actively contribute” to developing the web3 and crypto ecosystem.

Aside from maximalists, few experts believe that crypto poses an existential threat to fiat currencies. Legacy payment processors like Visa and Mastercard have increasingly been joining the web2-era disruptors like PayPal and Square in supporting the web3 and crypto ecosystem.

Greater public adoption of “crypto” will likely come through CBDCs (Central...

ZELF launches anonymous Visa debit card with crypto top up

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US fintech firm ZELF has launched an anonymous Visa debit card which can be funded through crypto or traditional electronic payments.

To open an account, all users need is a name, email, and phone number before they can use the card at any of Visa’s 80 million payment locations worldwide.

Accounts can be funded through crypto payments, with current support for three tokens (USD Coin, Tether, and Ether). ZELF has said they plan to add support for 20 more popular tokens...

Goldman Sachs ready to buy crypto firms after FTX bankruptcy

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In the midst of FTX’s collapse and tanking crypto company valuations, leading financial services firm Goldman Sachs is eyeing up investment opportunities while prices are low.

During an interview with news outlet Reuters, Goldman Sachs executive Mathew McDermott said Wall Street are closely following the fallout from the collapse as calls for regulation in the industry grow stronger.

McDermott said the firm believes investment opportunities are now “priced more...