• First DeFi merger
    Alt coins

    First DeFi merger? Yearn.Finance and Pickle Finance join forces

    The two DeFi protocols aim to ‘reduce duplicate work, increase specialization, and to leverage shared expertise.’ Of course, there was that $20 million Pickle hack

    As part of the integration, deposits made into Yearn’s v2 Vaults and Pickle’s Jars will merge, meaning that users making deposits will earn rewards from both the protocols. The merger will become effective when the second version of the Yearn.Finance protocol—which is currently under development—comes online.

  • China second digital yuan lottery
    Cryptocurrencies,  Politics,  Regulation

    China launches second lottery to test digital yuan

    China’s central bank will repeat its $1.5 million “red envelope” central bank digital currency program in Suzhou, following the successful run in Shenzhen

    The Shenzhen test acted as both a stress test and a marketing initiative. The City government gave away $1.5 million to 50,000 randomly selected citizens, who each received 200 yuan—about $30—usable at any of the 4,000 merchants who accept the digital yuan. The Suzhou test will include important new features that did not factor into the Shenzhen trials, most notably the ability to pay while offline.

  • PayPal Schulman crypto easy
    Alt coins,  Bitcoin,  Ethereum

    PayPal CEO: We’ll make it ‘very simple and easy’ to use crypto every day

    In an interview, Dan Schulman predicted that PayPal’s embrace of bitcoin and three other cryptos will help bring digital currencies into the mainstream

    “Early next year we’re going to allow cryptocurrencies to be a funding source for any transaction happening at all 28 million of our merchants, and that will significantly bolster the utility of cryptocurrencies," Schulman said.

  • CipherTrace crack Monero privacy
    Cryptocurrencies,  Regulation

    CipherTrace: We’re closer to cracking Monero’s privacy

    The blockchain analytics firm claims two new patents will allow it to detect and track criminals using the leading privacy coin

    The Nov. 20 announcement covers a number of tools and methods that bring CipherTrace closer to being able to track Monero transactions—although not break the privacy of individual users, the firm stressed. CipherTrace said it has been working on those tools since early 2019, as part of a Department of Homeland Security project. The firm claims that the new developments have laid the groundwork for future tools “like entity transaction clustering, wallet identification, exchange attribution, and other functionality that will provide law enforcement with even more tools for investigating Monero transactions and addresses related to criminal activity.”

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