Crypto Daily Digest - September 8th

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On September 8th, BNB Chain launches zero-knowledge proof based scaling solution zkBNB. Binance launches a soul-bound token Binance Account Bound ($BAB). Crypto startup Mysten Labs closed a $300 million funding round led by FTX Ventures. Animoca Brands confirms $110 million funding deal with Temasek, Boyu and CGV.

Ethereum mainnet Merge countdown: 7 days until the expected date (September 15th).

DeFi

  • Uniswap has no plans to back Ethereum forks and will continue functioning during Merge. Source
  • dYdX will pause confirmation of deposits during Ethereum Merge. Source
  • Lending protocol Euler Finance integrates with Chainlink Price Feeds. Source
  • DEX aggregator OpenOcean integrates with SpiritSwap. Source
  • LayerZero Labs has launched LayerZero Scan. Source
  • Curve Finance is officially live on Kava. Source
  • Order book protocol Econia announced its v3 beta. Source
  • PeckShieldAlert: fork[.]xn--ethreum-v8a[.]org is a phishing site. Source
  • PeckShieldAlert: $NFD price drops 99% in possible flashloan-assisted attack. Source

Infrastructure

  • BNB Chain launches zero-knowledge proof based scaling solution zkBNB. Source
  • Persistence Core-1 chain is halted after upgrade failed. Source
  • Optimism: no downtime during Ethereum Merge and assets are only withdrawable to PoS chain. Source
  • Avalanche has released Apricot Phase 6 report. Source

CeFi

  • Binance launches a soul-bound token Binance Account Bound ($BAB). Source
  • Binance releases notice on tax burn for $LUNC and $USTC on Terra Classic network. Source
  • Coinbase will add support for Convex Finance ($CVX) and Ocean Protocol ($OCEAN) on the Ethereum network. Source
  • El Salvador's Bitcoin portfolio may have lost about 58% of its value on paper. Source
  • Switzerland’s SEBA Bank launches institutional Ethereum staking. Source
  • GameStop partners with FTX. Source

Metaverse & NFTs

  • Fair.xyz partners with OpenSea to launch Minter Token. Source
  • Ford has filed 19 trademark applications related to the metaverse. Source
  • PeckShieldAlert: The Sandbox Instagram is compromised. Source
  • NEAR-based NFT marketplace Few and Far has been awarded a grant by the NEAR Foundation. Source

Policy & Regulation

  • WOO Network received notice of its registration from FSC of the Banking Bureau of Taiwan. Source
  • Israel's markets regulator grants first crypto license to Hybrid Bridge Holdings. Source
  • Vermont regulator: Celsius had been insolvent since 2019. Source

Fundings

  • Animoca Brands confirms $110 million funding deal with Temasek, Boyu and CGV. Source
  • Crypto startup Mysten Labs closed a $300 million funding round led by FTX Ventures. Source
  • Solana-based stablecoin lending platform Hubble Protocol closed a $5 million strategic funding round led by Multicoin Capital. Source
  • Web3 infrastructure firm Spice AI has closed a $13.5 million seed round led by Madrona. Source
  • Web3 sports betting platform HotStreak raises $9M in Series A led by Polychain Capital. Source
  • Web3 wallet Omni raises $11M in a seed round with participation from Spartan Group and others. Source
  • Magpie Protocol raises $3M in a seed round led by Jump Crypto. Source
  • Crypto regtech firm VerifyVASP closed a $5 million Series A round of funding at a $100 million valuation led by FTX Ventures. Source
  • DApp infrastructure company Slide raises $12.3M in a seed round co-led by Polychain Capital and Framework Ventures. Source

DeFi

Ethereum

NFT

Bitcoin

DEX

Uniswap

dYdX

Optimism

Zero Knowledge Proofs

Binance

FTX

Fund Raising

Policy and Regulation

Animoca Brands

Coinbase

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