Crypto Daily Digest - March 15th

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Aptos, the Layer1 blockchain developed by former Meta employees, closed a $200 million strategic funding round led by a16z with participation from Tiger Global, Multicoin Capital, Three Arrows Capital, FTX Ventures and Coinbase Ventures and others. Aptos has now reportedly formally launched its devnet, which will allow developers to experiment and build on the Aptos blockchain ahead of a public release, which the team hopes will happen sometime in Q3.

DeFi

  • LFG has voted to burn another 4 million $LUNA to mint roughly 372 million $UST. Source
  • Anchor Protocol will discontinue $ANC-$UST liquidity pools for $ANC awards. Source
  • Curve launches community proposal to introduce a new FundRaising Gauge. Source
  • StarkNet goes live on beta with Alpha 0.8.0. Source
  • MakerDAO proposed to introduce a new governance token, $stkMKR, to replace $MKR. Source
  • Decentralized transaction protocol Injective Protocol is now integrated with Terra cross-chain bridge. Source
  • Binance: Polygon has experienced network issues and has suspended access to $MATIC. Source
  • Polygon's native stablecoin protocol QiDAO goes live with Ether Layer2 solution Arbitrum. Source
  • Hegic, the on-chain peer-to-peer options trading protocol, launches $ETH and $WBTC options, now live on Arbitrum. Source
  • Polygon development team says Polygon PoS network is stable and all funds are currently safe. Source
  • EU Parliament votes against PoW ban. Source
  • FTX will list Convex Finance ($CVX) and Anchor Protocol ($ANC) spot and perpetual contracts at 14:00 UTC on March 16. Source
  • PsyFinance, the automated options strategy library on Solana, announces the v2 release. Source
  • Derivatives platform Deus Finance suffers hack at Fantom, losses may exceed $3 million. Source
  • Web3 privacy protocol Mystiko Network is live on the Polygon Mumbai test network. Source
  • Binance has been granted a license to become a cryptocurrency service provider in Dubai and Bahrain. Source
  • Hedge fund protocol dHedge releases new version of Aurora, allowing users to manage Uniswap V3 liquidity directly from within dHedge. Source
  • Kazakhstan cracks down on illegal mining and has now shut down 101 mining farm. Source
  • Irene Zhao, founder of IreneDao, announced that she will form GoldenDAO with former U.S. presidential candidate Andrew Yang and others. Source
  • FTX Europe Becomes First Exchange to Receive Crypto License in Dubai. Source
  • Equalizer will deploy Flash Loans on Optimism. Source
  • Ethereum client Teku launches v22.3.1 optional upgrade supporting Kiln testnet. Source
  • The decentralized governance infrastructure Dora Factory will launch Kusama Parachain. Source
  • Bitcoin mixing service CoinJoin starts blacklisting BTC tied to illegal activity. Source
  • 2017 Parity wallet hacker begins moving $ETH to Tornado Cash. Source
  • EPNS will provide Earnifi users with push notifications for airdrop claiming. Source
  • Structured products Vovo Finance launched on Arbitrum mainnet. Source
  • Com2uS, a Korean handheld game development promoter, will set up a company in the U.S. to invest in cryptocurrencies. Source
  • a16z Crypto hires Michele Korver, former chief digital asset counsel at the U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Agency, as head of supervision. Source
  • The EU Parliament voted to adopt a new draft of MiCA framework. Source

NFT

  • Pixar's animated NFT series sells out within 24 hours of launch. Source
  • Coinbase NFT tweets that Coinbase NFT is going live. Source
  • Bob Iger Former Disney CEO invests and joins Genies board. Source
  • MakeMyTrip, India's largest online travel agency, launched limited edition NFTs. Source
  • LimeWire Selects Algorand Blockchain for the Relaunch of its Digital Collectibles Marketplace. Source
  • Anonverse will give more than $2.5 million worth of NFTs to subscribers such as The Sandbox and others. Source
  • World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) will launch the NFT platform WWE Moonsault. Source

Fundings

  • Aptos, a public chain project launched by former Diem team members, has closed a $200 million strategic funding round led by a16z. Source
  • Gauntlet, a crypto startup, closed a $23.8 million Series B round led by Ribbit Capital with participation from Paradigm and Polychain Capital at a $1 billion valuation. Source
  • NFT platform LiveArtX has received over $4.5 million in investment commitments with participation from Animoca Brands and others. Source
  • NFT Lending Protocol Unloc closed $1.25m seed round at $15m valuation, led by Solana Ventures and others. Source
  • ANA NEO, a metaverse subsidiary of Japan's ANA Holdings, closed approximately $33.8 million in financing. Source
  • Sports NFT community trading platform Itsmyne closed $1.77M funding round with Basics Capital and others. Source

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