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Monad Labs, the team supporting the Monad blockchain, has raised $19 million in seed funding led by Dragonfly Capital, it exclusively told TechCrunch. “Monad is an effort to fundamentally optimize…

Monad Labs raises $19M to grow its smart contract platform and improve the Ethereum space

There’s been a lot of hype about “web3”, but the reality is that it’s still a largely nascent and fragmented concept, and that has led to web3 startups building platforms…

Thirdweb raises $24M at a $160M valuation from Haun Ventures, Shopify and Coinbase for its web3 development kit

Telegram founder Pavel Durov said Monday that he wants to integrate web3 into the messaging app. Durov said on his Telegram channel that he was impressed by the TON project…

Telegram founder wants to explore web3-based auctions for custom usernames

Following the loss of almost $200 million on crypto protocol Nomad, security experts insisted that more education and security protocols are necessary for protecting against hacks.

Why education is key to halting hacks like the $190M Nomad exploit

Cross-chain messaging protocol Nomad has become the target of crypto’s latest nine-figure attack after hackers abused a “chaotic” security exploit to steal almost $200 million in digital assets. Nomad, a…

Hackers abuse ‘chaotic’ Nomad exploit to drain almost $200M in crypto

Veterans from the established gaming world are flocking to web3. Whether they do it out of a fear of missing out or genuine belief in blockchain technologies, the trend appears…

Japan’s gaming blockchain builder Oasys raises $20M in private token sale

SBI Holdings, a Japanese securities and banking giant that launched a crypto-asset fund for retail investors last year, has been actively investing in the infrastructure that will allow it to…

New York-based Digital Asset to help Japan’s financial giant SBI develop ‘smart yen’

The adoption of DAOs has skyrocketed in the past year, and participants believe this is just the beginning, claiming more use cases will form in the subsector.

Despite tooling limitations, DAO optimists see new use cases for a democratic, token-based future

If blockchain technology is to reach true mass adoption, it will have to become cheaper and more efficient. Low transaction throughput on some of the most popular blockchains, most notably…

Stanford cryptography researchers are building Espresso, a privacy-focused blockchain

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VC-backed DAO startups are racing to define what DAOs actually are

Amid the growth in web3, NFTs, DeFi and tokens, institutional investors are also looking at how they can leverage another crypto structure called DAOs to build a new model for community action on the internet. DAOs — or decentralized autonomous organizations — are at a very weird place in 2022. The crypto collectives theoretically are…

9:16 am PST • February 1, 2022
VC-backed DAO startups are racing to define what DAOs actually are

In both Web 1.0 and Web 2.0, security models changed in tandem with application architectures to help unlock entirely new economies. The same will happen for web3.

Success of web3 hinges on remedying its security challenges

Last year we covered how early blockchain startup Propy planned to use the technology to smooth real-world real estate sales by introducing the concept of smart contracts. It went on…

Propy launches NFT platform in the US, allowing real-world property to be bought as an NFT
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How should we regulate DeFi?

11:30 am PST • December 8, 2021

How can authorities enforce regulations that don’t rely on the presence of intermediaries? And how will regulations protect users and the market?

How should we regulate DeFi?
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DAOs as the future? Hard pass, thanks

12:46 pm PST • December 1, 2021

While the problems DAOs might solve are real, DAO proponents misunderstand the nature of these problems and offer a tool that creates more harm than benefit.

DAOs as the future? Hard pass, thanks

With COP26 negotiations in full throw this week, the climate is probably the highest up the global agenda it’s ever been. And as the world slowly emerges from the global…

Watr launches ESG-oriented blockchain for commodities, partners with Algorand

As some of the most popular cryptocurrencies reach all-time highs, plenty of new users and decentralized app developers are embracing the Ethereum network and quickly discovering that the blockchain remains…

Matter Labs scores $50M from a16z to bring zero-knowledge rollup scaling to Ethereum

Ethereum and the emergence of Web 3.0 paint a shifting picture — an internet not just private, but open and transparent by default.

Ethereum: The great handshake

The rise of privacy-oriented financial blockchain projects are going to be crucial if “DeFi” (decentralized finance) is to have any kind of future. We have come to expect privacy in…

Shooting for greater privacy in DeFi, Sienna Network launches SiennaSwap

Blockchain infrastructure startups are heating up as industry fervor brings more developers and users to a space that still feels extremely young despite a heavy institutional embrace of the crypto…

Tenderly raises $15.3M to help Ethereum developers ship decentralized apps faster

We previously wrote about Propy using blockchain technology to smooth real-world real estate sales by introducing the concept of smart contracts. Propy was the first blockchain startup to make that…

Blockchain startup Propy plans first-ever auction of a real apartment as a collectible NFT

Last week we saw some major backing of the Secret Network blockchain, as significant blockchain players Arrington Capital and Blocktower Capital invested in the privacy-first smart contract platform. What this…

Signaling that privacy is coming to DeFi, Sienna Network raises $11.2M for its platform

ConsenSys, a key player in crypto and a major proponent of the Ethereum blockchain, has raised a $65 million funding round from J.P. Morgan, Mastercard and UBS AG, as well…

ConsenSys raises $65M from JP Morgan, Mastercard, UBS to build infrastructure for DeFi

As hot as the blockchain space appears to be these days, it’s still far from simple to get a decentralized application reliably up and running. The NFT boom and rising…

QuikNode is building a blockchain developer cloud platform to compete with AWS
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The cryptocurrency moment

8:50 am PDT • September 16, 2020

It’s never too early to start designing a better, more reliable and fairer system for it to be ready for the next election—or the next big crisis.

The cryptocurrency moment

For the last few years, blockchain startup Kadena has been working on a vision of bringing blockchain to the enterprise. Today it announced the final piece of that vision with…

Kadena fulfills hybrid blockchain vision with launch of public chain

Microsoft didn’t rush to bring blockchain technology to its Azure cloud computing platform, but over the course of the last year, it started to pick up the pace with the…

Microsoft launches a fully managed blockchain service

Something strange is happening in the world of cryptocurrencies. To the investor, the speculator, or the casual observer, the industry is in the midst of the “crypto winter” marked by…

The most important developments in Crypto 2.0

Social investing and trading platform eToro announced that it has acquired Danish smart contract infrastructure provider Firmo for an undisclosed purchase price. Firmo’s platform enables exchanges to execute smart financial contracts…

Social investment platform eToro acquires smart contract startup Firmo

Chris Lorenz, Geoffrey Anderson and James Borow may have spent their days over the past few years working at Snap, but on nights and weekends Anderson and Lorenz were laboring on…

Former Snap employees are launching Forge Platform for Ethereum devs

Vitaly Bahachuk wants you to share your crypto. His company lets you lend cryptocurrency peer-to-peer via smart contract, ensuring you can send your buds some red-hot Ether and, in theory,…

Bloqboard lets you lend others your hard-earned crypto