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💸 ‘Smart Money’ Plows $33M into Staked ETH Tokens After Merge

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Ethereum Staking

💸 ‘Smart Money’ Plows $33M into Staked ETH Tokens After Merge

Lido’s stETH Back at Par with Ethereum in Heavy Action: Nansen

By Aleksandar Gilbert

DEPEGGED Almost six months after it first “de-pegged” from Ether, investors have flocked to Lido’s stETH token, pushing it back up to par with the second-largest cryptocurrency.


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📉 Crypto Markets Dive After Another Rate Hike From The Fed

Ether Down 4% in Last 24 Hours After Stabilizing Overnight

By Owen Fernau

VOLATILITY Global markets took a beating after the U.S. Federal Reserve announced a 0.75% interest rate hike on Sept. 21. After an initial bout of volatility that saw Bitcoin and Ether make news daily highs above $19,900 and $1,400 respectively, crypto markets swiftly reversed lower.


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Terra Fallout

😶 On-Chain Action Disappears on Terra’s Luna Classic Token

LUNC Had Surged Until Failed Chain Imposed Transaction Tax

By Samuel Haig

DRIED UP On-chain activity appears to have dried up on the Luna Classic, the network token of the failed and abandoned Terra chain, after it imposed a 1.2% tax on transactions that is burned from supply.


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⚙️ Boba Network Becomes the First Layer 2 to Launch on Avalanche

Avalanche Developers Can Now Access Boba’s Hybrid Compute Feature

By Samuel Haig

LAUNCH Boba Network, a Layer 2 chain leveraging Optimistic rollups, is the first L2 to launch on Avalanche, a Layer 1 smart contract network. Unlike other prominent L2s, Boba is establishing itself as a cross-chain Layer 2. The Avalanche deployment is Boba’s fourth, following its debut launch on Ethereum in September last year, and subsequent launches on Moonbeam and Fantom in June.



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🧐 What Is Yearn Finance?

A Step-by-Step Guide to a Pioneer in Yield Farming

By Rahul Nambiampurath

MAXIMIZE YIELDS Yearn Finance played a leading role in the decentralized finance (DeFi) boom in the summer of 2020. Running on Ethereum blockchain, Yearn Finance deployed smart contracts to maximize yields on deposits and generate high interest rates.



🔗 Kraken’s Powell steps down, incoming CEO says culture will not change: Fortune

Jesse Powell, the CEO of Kraken, is stepping down from the top job at the cryptocurrency exchange he founded in 2011.

🔗 Helium Ditches Own Blockchain in Favor of Solana After Community Vote: CoinDesk

Helium community members have voted to move the decentralized WiFi network from its blockchain, officially known as HIP 70, to the Solana blockchain.


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