December 30

“After Google removed Ethereum-based decentralized application (DApp) browser MetaMask from its Android application store, Coinbase warned its users that in order to comply with Apple’s mobile App Store policy, it might be forced to remove the DApp browser feature from its wallet application.

Coinbase CEO here. This is really unfortunate to see. Apple seems to be eliminating usage of Dapps from the App Store. […] Presumably this would extend to other wallets as well (Trust, Argent, Metamask) it’s beyond Coinbase and IMO a very big threat to the ecosystem.”

2020 may see crypto’s most consequential fork yet: A split between regulated exchanges and privacy-focused users.

Late last week, Binance’s Singapore arm threw crypto Twitter into a frenzy with reports that it had allegedly suspended one user’s account. The problem? That user, @bittlecat, had tried sending their bitcoin to the hash-scrambling Wasabi wallet in an apparent violation of Binance SG’s anti-money-laundering (AML) policies. 

I think the exchanges are slowly coming to a crossroads. The big picture is more regulation is coming.

Users of privacy-enhanced wallets may find it ever-harder to move coins to and from regulated exchanges. Observers see this as one battle in the larger war to determine crypto’s direction.”

“Guterres believes that blockchain should be among the technologies used by the UN. 

For the United Nations to deliver better on our mandate in the digital age, we need to embrace technologies like blockchain that can help accelerate the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.”

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“Central banks will not accept the basket of currencies underpinning it.”

“KeeperDAO allows participants to earn passive income in a game-theory-optimal fashion whilst ensuring decentralized finance applications remain liquid and orderly.

At a high level, KeeperDAO enables users to pool capital into Ethereum smart contracts to collectively profit from on-chain arbitrage and liquidation opportunities. Capital staked in these pools, such as USDC and DAI, is then used to exploit on-chain profit opportunities.

By having a large pool of liquidity, KeeperDAO is able to capture opportunities much larger than what could be captured by individuals.”

“While the Ethereum Name Service (ENS) is the leading blockchain-based naming infrastructure project, there are now several competing projects, many of which are run by VC-backed for-profit companies. 

The creation of a new paradigm is a time of critical social importance, because it is an opportunity to set the ground rules for the new era.

As a community, we have the opportunity right now to choose to embrace an open source non-profit community model, or else allow a for-profit company to capture the new system.”

2019: The Year in DeFi