Yam plans protocol overhaul despite first successful V3 rebase

Despite Yam’s first post-relaunch rebase executing successfully, its developers are planning many more changes to the protocol. Yam, the decentralized finance (DeFi) sector’s original food-themed clone protocol, has successfully completed its first rebase since its V3 relaunch. Yam’s relaunch on September 18 followed the spectacular failure of Yam V2 last month — where a bug in the protocol’s unaudited code rendered governance impossible after only two days by rebasing the token’s supply 10 times higher than its design intended. The Yearn.finance style protocol describes itself as “an experiment in fair…

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Developer reveals ‘biggest unsolvable Lightning attack vector’

Larger payment channels on Bitcoin’s Lightning network could be exploited according to an independent developer Independent Bitcoin Lightning developer, Joost Jager, has outlined an exploit of the micro-payments network that could result in channels being compromised with very little effort and negligible cost. However, he said he’s hard at work on a possible solution. 1/ Lightning is great, but can’t say it is battle-tested. If script kids would be interested, they could take down those shiny new 5 BTC #wumbo channels with negligible cost and no effort at all. pic.twitter.com/9PTkxfF042…

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Are we dumb? Financial illiterates ‘twice as likely to own crypto’

Those with less financial knowledge may be twice as likely to invest in crypto. A report from Canada’s central bank shows that while most Canadians are knowledgeable about basic finance and Bitcoin, few actually hold any crypto assets. According to the results of Bank of Canada’s 2019 Cash Alternative Survey published in August 2020, financial literacy is positively associated with the awareness of cryptocurrencies but negatively associated with ownership. The bank considers financial literacy as a basic understanding of investing and saving for retirement, with 47% of respondents from August…

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Survey: Large Number of Yield Farmers Can’t Read Smart Contracts Despite High Risk

A new Coingecko survey has found that a large number of yield farmers do not know how to read smart contracts despite claiming they understand the risks that come with such investments. According to the survey, which polled 1,347 people, around 40% of decentralized finance (defi) users cannot comprehend the smart contracts they use for farming. Some 33%, it says, have never heard of ‘impermanent loss’ – a temporary loss of funds that occurs when providing liquidity. This “implies that they (farmers) don’t know their real return on investment (ROI)…

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MicroStrategy CEO could ‘liquidate $200M in Bitcoin on a Saturday’

‘We can liquidate it any day of the week, any hour of the day,’ said Michael Saylor. Michael Saylor has said that all $400 million of business intelligence firm MicroStrategy’s Bitcoin reserve holdings could be liquidated at any time. In a Sept. 22 interview, Saylor told Bloomberg that although “volatility isn’t really a reason to sell,” he would not hesitate to dump MicroStrategy’s 38,250 Bitcoin (BTC) at a moment’s notice if an alternative asset’s yields were to jump. Selling such a large amount of the crypto asset could easily cause…

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You won’t believe the depths to which crypto scammers on Twitter are willing to sink

Twitter doesn’t seem able to move fast enough to stop thieves from grossly misusing their platform. Last Friday night, crypto YouTuber Ivan on Tech messaged me on Twitter. Shortly into our conversation, he graciously offered me an investment opportunity in “Bitcoin trading/mining”, courtesy of a platform that he alleged was associated with Binance.  A tale of two Ivans; the real one is on the left. Source: Twitter. In reality, however, I was being approached by an Ivan impersonator, peddling a crypto affinity scam. The platform “Ivan” advertised, called Cryptobinance, has…

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South Korean regulator is wary of NFT-based games

The South Korean gaming regulator is reluctant to embrace NFTs. The South Korean blockchain gaming industry is concerned regulators are looking unfavorably on non-fungible token based games, after the Game Rating and Administration Committee (GRAC) postponed an application for the NTF-based Five Stars on September 22.  According to iNews24, the watchdog decided to hold off from issuing a rating for Five Stars, a game developed by South Korean tech giant, Kakao. The company is well-known for its recent ventures in the local crypto industry. Non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, are crypto…

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MicroStrategy CEO could ‘liquidate $200M in Bitcoin on Saturday’

‘We can liquidate it any day of the week, any hour of the day,’ said Michael Saylor. Michael Saylor has said that all $400 million of business intelligence firm MicroStrategy’s Bitcoin reserve holdings could be liquidated at any time. In a Sept. 22 interview, Saylor told Bloomberg that although “volatility isn’t really a reason to sell,” he would not hesitate to dump MicroStrategy’s 38,250 Bitcoin (BTC) at a moment’s notice if an alternative asset’s yields were to jump. Selling such a large amount of the crypto asset could easily cause…

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Bitcoin options still bullish despite this week’s $900 BTC price drop

Retail traders were rattled by Bitcoin’s $900 drop but BTC options data remains bullish ahead of Friday’s expiry. The $900 Bitcoin (BTC) price drop over the past two days might have been scary for novice traders, but those trading futures and options don’t seem bothered.  Cryptocurrency daily market performance snapshot. Source: Coin360 As Bitcoin price rallied to $11,000 on Sept. 19, investors may have become overly excited as the price briefly broke an important resistance level.  The steady rally lasted ten days and saw Bitcoin’s dominance rate rebound for a…

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Craig Wright’s Summary Judgment Denied – Billion Dollar Bitcoin Lawsuit Heads to Trial

On Monday afternoon, Judge Beth Bloom, from the District Court of Florida, denied Craig Wright’s summary judgment and the infamous billion-dollar bitcoin lawsuit will go to trial in January. The court published a 93-page decision on the matter, as Judge Bloom detailed that “a genuine dispute of material fact exists” for a number of the complaints. Since Valentine’s Day in 2018, Craig Wright, the Australian who claims he invented Bitcoin, has been involved in a billion-dollar lawsuit. The case concerns the rightful ownership of an alleged 1.1 million BTC worth…

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