DappRadar: Dapps industry grew almost 10% in May

According to the latest report from DappRadar, the decentralised apps (dapps) industry is picking up pace.

This May, the industry saw an almost 10 percent increase in daily unique active wallets (dUAW), averaging an impressive 1,967,051 dUAW.

Key sectors, like gaming and decentralised finance (DeFi), continued to exhibit promising signs of growth and stability—further asserting the importance of this thriving industry.

The gaming sector continued its reign as...

Blockchain Expo: The opportunities of Web3

During a session at this year’s Blockchain Expo, we heard from IDC Research Director Phillip Silitschanu about the opportunities of Web3 and the journey that lies ahead.

Silischanu shared his insights, based on vast experience, on the applicability of blockchain services and the potential of Web3. He discussed the opportunities and challenges presented by these technologies and their impact on various sectors.

Web2 vs Web3

Web2, also known as the social web, marked...

Reports of Web3 and DeFi hacks surge during Q1 2023

Analysis from Naoris Protocol, a global cyber security firm, reveals there was a rise in the number of reported cyber security hacks on Web3 and DeFi in Q1 2023 compared to the same period in 2022 and 2021 – with 19 reported hacks.

This is up from 16 reported hacks in Q1 2022 and 10 reported hacks in Q1 2021.

Between 1st January 2023 and 14th April 2023 there were 22 reported cyber security hacks, totaling over $265 million in losses. The biggest single hack in Q1...

Mastercard launches Mastercard Crypto Credential to boost trust in blockchain

A Mastercard and Visa card in a wallet.

Mastercard has introduced Mastercard Crypto Credential, a set of common standards and infrastructure that will help verify interactions among consumers and businesses using blockchain networks.

Mastercard Crypto Credential aims to provide a foundation for financial institutions, governments, brands, and crypto players, ensuring that those interested in interacting across web3 environments are meeting defined standards for the types of activities they’d like to...

Circle hopes new cross-chain USDC protocol will reduce exploits

Circle, creators of the stablecoin USD Coin (USDC), has launched a mainnet protocol enabling users to transfer USDC between the Ethereum and Avalanche blockchains. The cross-chain bridge is different from other bridges in that, instead of locking tokens sent to its contract, it completely burns coins on the sending chain and then mints new ones on the receiving chain. In the past, Avalanche users with USDC on Ethereum would need to deposit the tokens with a Circle-approved partner or use...

BNB Chain flags 191 crypto projects as high-risk in ‘red alarm’ list

Danger

BNB Chain, the blockchain network of crypto exchange Binance, has updated its red alarm list with 191 new projects and decentralised applications (DApps) it considers to be high-risk.

The red alarm list is updated every Friday, warning users of projects and DApps on the blockchain that the developers consider to be risky investments.

Judgements are made based on an assessment of each project or DApps’ smart contract.

BNB Chain said that the 191 new projects...

Ripple launches crypto liquidity service for businesses

Liquid

San Francisco-based fintech firm Ripple has launched a liquidity solution to act as a bridge between crypto and fiat currency for businesses.

The Ripple Liquidity Hub launched 13 April following a successful pilot last year.

“Liquidity Hub is publicly available to provide businesses with a simple, seamless way to manage their modern crypto liquidity needs,” the firm said.

The hub is a stand-alone solution operating separately from Ripple’s cross-border...

Three quarters of rug pulls happened on BNB Chain in Q1 2023

Hacking

Of all the rug pull scams carried out across the crypto ecosystem in the first quarter of 2023, almost three quarters occurred on Binance’s BNB Chain, according to a report from Immunefi.

The blockchain security firm’s latest report, ‘Crypto Losses in Q1 2023’, looked at the different kind of crypto hacks, scams, and exploits that took place in the first three months of the year.

It found that 73.3% of rug pull scams, where developers attract investor money for a...

Huobi partners with Gala Games for web3 gaming integration

Web3 gaming

Huobi Global, a cryptocurrency exchange, has declared a strategic partnership with Gala Games, a blockchain-based play-to-earn gaming platform. 

Cryptocurrency exchange Huobi Global has entered into a strategic partnership with blockchain-based gaming platform Gala Games.

Founded in China, the now Seychelles-based exchange said the partnership will enable both companies to develop for the Web3 ecosystem.

Huobi and Gala plan to invest in and list projects...

Coinbase wants inflation-pegged flatcoins on layer-2 ‘Base’ network

Inflation

US crypto exchange Coinbase wants inflation-pegged “flatcoins” to be one of four “critical” innovations it hopes to see on its newly launched layer-2 network, Base.

The company also wants developers to explore an on-chain reputation system, an on-chain limit order book (LOB) exchange, and tools to improve safety in decentralised finance (DeFi).

Coinbase announced the four areas in a ‘Request for Builders’ post, published a month after launching Base – a...