First Mover: Bitcoin Tumbles, Bithumb Reportedly Raided, Uniswap Challenges Coinbase

First Mover: Bitcoin Tumbles, Bithumb Reportedly Raided, Uniswap Challenges Coinbase

Uniswap, represented by the unicorn, is suddenly dominating everything from DeFi to cryptocurrency exchange volumes. (Pixabay)

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slid 4.1% Wednesday to about $11,430, wiping out the prior day’s gains and then some, as the U.S. dollar strengthened against the euro and other major currencies and reports surfaced that a major .

The move lower pushed the largest cryptocurrency back toward the middle of its range over the past month, between roughly $10,500 and $12,400.  

Mati Greenspan, founder of the digital-asset and foreign-exchange analysis firm Quantum Economics, put a positive spin on bitcoin’s recent performance in a note to clients on Tuesday. 

“One can’t help but wonder whether the underperformance of bitcoin in this market is actually a further sign of it moving toward being considered a safe-haven asset,” Greenspan wrote. “If all the risk assets are outperforming, then surely the property of stability should count for something.”

Trading volumes are surging on Uniswap and other so-called decentralized cryptocurrency exchanges, challenging established venues like Coinbase while driving up fees and congestion on the Ethereum blockchain.    

Uniswap, a semi-automated platform for matching buyers and sellers of cryptocurrencies and other digital assets, saw its trading volume climb to $953.59 million on Tuesday, a more than ten-fold gain over the past month, according to the website . The 24-hour trading volume has crossed above $1 billion – at least 50% higher than daily trading volumes observed   Coinbase Pro, the largest U.S.-based centralized cryptocurrency exchange. 

The rise of decentralized exchanges, or DEXs, represents a new chapter of this year’s boom in decentralized finance. The fast-growing ecosystem, known as DeFi, consists of automatic lending and trading platforms, built atop distributed computing networks like Ethereum and constructed from open-source software and programmable cryptocurrencies. They aim to provide more efficient and less costly ways of conducting transactions currently handled by banks and traditional exchanges.   

“It indicates that the DeFi flippening is real and already here,” Denis Vinokourov, head of research at the London-based prime brokerage Bequant, told CoinDesk in a Telegram chat. “” is crypto jargon, used loosely to indicate the hypothetical moment when one blockchain or digital-asset trend overtakes another. 

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-Omkar Godbole

Both crypto exchanges and popular online trading platforms including Schwab, TD Ameritrade and Robinhood have  who, working from home during the coronavirus pandemic, spend some of their work hours trading for their own personal accounts. 

These platforms have another thing in common: outages in the midst of high volume.

On Monday, login issues were reported from customers on  platforms including giants TD Ameritrade and Schwab. The outage was allegedly caused  Silicon Valley-based Robinhood was the subject of   reported to U.S. regulators during the first half of 2020.

Like traditional platforms, crypto exchanges have been troubled by outages for a long time, even after they pledge to take more steps to improve stability and reduce outages. These mainstream companies may be able to learn something from the experience of crypto exchanges.

One main cause of outages at crypto exchanges is hardware failure, and the solution is to build in redundancy, Dave Weisberger, co-founder and CEO of execution provider CoinRoutes, told CoinDesk in a phone interview. By now, most exchanges have built fully redundant systems, he said, and as a result any outages caused by hardware failures are usually short-lived.

The other cause, more common, is a change in a new piece of code that was not thoroughly tested. Bugs in the new code can be triggered at a later time by an unplanned situation such as a surge in trading volumes, resulting in an outage.

“Building software which scales to serve so many users is really hard, and the operational work to make sure servers stay up and running is quite difficult,” Tushar Jain, managing partner at Multicoin Capital, told CoinDesk in a Twitter direct message.

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-Muyao Shen

Bitcoin prices slid 4.4% on Wednesday as the U.S. dollar strengthened, reinforcing the cryptocurrency’s negative correlation with the greenback. 

– Omkar Godbole

Ether (): Ethereum network  once again as DeFi becomes even pricier.  

Ethereum Classic (): Ethereum Classic Labs airs new plan to  after getting hit  and losing millions of dollars of cryptocurrency to double-spends. 

Binance coin (BNB): World’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange .  

Yearn.Finance (YFI): MakerDAO departed chief Mariano Conti says phenom token represents “.” 

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