Blockchain Bites: DiDi to Trial the Digital Yuan and a Look at Chainlink’s Gains

Blockchain Bites: DiDi to Trial the Digital Yuan and a Look at Chainlink’s Gains

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The Chinese equivalent of Uber will pilot the nation’s digital yuan, a major Ethereum alliance is moving to support DeFi as Nexo gets ready to enter the prime brokerage space with help from Chainlink. Here’s the story:

FOMO
TikTok videos and a fomenting sense of FOMO have driven trading volumes of up nearly 2,000%, as of Monday, according to Messari. The  price climbed 35% over the same period. The  handle has issued a statement saying: “Be mindful of the intentions people have when they direct you to buy things. None of them are in the spot to be financially advising. Make choices right for you, do not ride other peoples (sic) FOMO or manipulation.” Separately, one Compound observer is rethinking governance token COMP’s meteoric rise. In the past seven days COMP has traded hands between $172 and $215, though Pankaj Balani, CEO of Delta Exchange, thinks  He ascribed COMP’s high prices to “initial euphoria” as well as a lack of liquidity to cash out. 

Blockchain Trials: Digital Yuan & Ant Financial
DiDi, the Chinese equivalent of Uber, is forming a task force to design and implement a  on its transportation platform – potentially reaching 500 million DiDi users. “Under PBoC’s overall DCEP strategy and operation timeline, DiDi’s DCEP taskforce will design and implement pilot DCEP projects in accordance with rigorous safety, security and governance standards,” the firm said. Meanwhile, Shanghai-based Cosco Shipping confirmed it would  a product of Alibaba subsidiary Ant Financial, to streamline its operations.

Funding
Wintermute, an algorithmic market maker, has received a  investment from Lightspeed Venture Partners, the backers of Snap and an early iteration of Ripple. Wintermute provides liquidity on more than 500 spot trading pairs, on dYdX perpetual swaps and a handful of crypto exchange-traded products (ETPs) from 21Shares. Elsewhere, Chainalysis said Tuesday it has raised  financing from Ribbit Capital and Sound Ventures, bringing its total for the round to $49 million.

Movers & Shakers 
Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), the business end of the  has appointed a new executive director, Daniel C. Burnett. Previously a standards architect within Ethereum-focused ConsenSys, Burnett wants to widen the EEA’s scope beyond banks and blue-chips, to include exchanges and the world of DeFi. Separately, crypto lender Nexo is  with Chainlink-powered audits that bring more transparency to its operations. The Swiss lender announced an integration with the oracle provider to provide audit trails for Nexo’s lending and borrowing operations. 

Blockchain Blocked
A Taiwanese  was unable to promote its public health solution due to Apple’s pandemic moderation policy, which only allowed health apps published by government entities or nonprofits into the Apple app store. 

$60M BTC
Nearly  during June, according to data estimates from Dune Analytics. Wrapped Bitcoin, the oldest tokenized bitcoin protocol on Ethereum, is responsible for roughly 75% of that growth after moving more than 4,800 BTC to Ethereum last month. The trend may be propelled by maturing decentralized finance services like yield farming and MakerDAO, which added tokenized bitcoin as collateral, said Delphi Digital co-founder Medio Demarco.

Linking DeFi & Gains
Similarly, Chainlink, the 12th largest cryptocurrency by market value,  primarily driven by the crypto’s role in the DeFi ecosystem. “The market cap for DeFi projects have quintupled in the last half year, and most of the ecosystem is now relying on (or planning to rely on) Chainlink for connecting on-chain DeFi smart contracts to off-chain data feeds like commodities and crypto price data.“ This growth has decoupled link from bitcoin, which has gained only 29% so far this year, according to data source Coin Metrics. 

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