• Full MakerDAO decentralization
    Ethereum,  People,  Technology

    Full MakerDAO decentralization moves closer

    The Maker Foundation took a big step toward relinquishing authority over the DeFi lending platform by turning full control of the MKR governance token over to holders

    The Maker Foundation's decentralization announcement came hot on the heels of a post-Black Thursday debt crisis that threatened to force an emergency shutdown of the MakerDAO decentralized lending platform. That was resolved a day earlier by a reverse auction following a series of votes by MKR token holders.

  • Buterin wants bitcoin-ether DEX
    People,  Technology

    Vitalik Buterin: Lack of bitcoin-ether bridge ‘embarrassing’

    In a candid tweet, the Ethereum co-founder said it was ‘embarrassing that we still can’t easily move between the two largest crypto ecosystems trustlessly’

    Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin has called for a decentralized exchange to be built that enables swaps between bitcoin and ether. At present, those who want to convert their BTC into ETH, or vice versa, have little choice but to rely on centralized crypto exchanges, which often charge fees.

  • Spencer Dinwiddie Cred savings platform
    Cryptocurrencies,  People

    NBA star Spencer Dinwiddie teams up with Cred for crypto lending, savings

    With plans to tokenize his salary yet to materialize, the Brooklyn Nets’ guard is offering fans 10% interest and cryptocurrency-backed loans.

    As he still battles to tokenize his lucrative NBA contract, Brooklyn Nets star Spencer Dinwiddie has come up with a back-up plan: offering a savings platform for cryptocurrencies. Through the partnership with Cred, a California-based lender, users can “pledge” digital assets such as Bitcoin and Litecoin—as well as stablecoins including Tether. In return, Dinwiddie says he is promising up to 10% interest at maturity

  • MakerDAO adds centralized USDC
    Alt coins,  Cryptocurrencies,  Ethereum

    DAI another day: USDC can be used as collateral at embattled MakerDAO

    Coinbase and Circle’s USDC stablecoin is now being accepted to back loans, raising questions of centralization at the ‘pure’ DeFi coin

    A major reservation with accepting USDC as collateral lied in how the stablecoin is centralized. This is a significant departure from Maker’s stance of ensuring DAI is only backed by decentralized assets—as USDC is the brainchild of Coinbase and Circle, major players in the crypto industry. As MakerDAO’s (now out of date) white paper noted: “Unlike other Stablecoins, DAI is completely decentralized.”