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Tether: The Story So Far

"Short version: Tether is the internal accounting system for the largest fraud since Madoff. Read on for the long version."

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What Kills Crypto Projects: Analyzing Deadcoins

"Just for fun, we did some digging into Coinopsy’s data to learn more about the kinds of projects that fail. And we found some interesting patterns."

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PING and REJECT: The Impact of Side-Channels on Zcash Privacy

"We present two types of active side-channel attacks against private (a.k.a. shielded) transactions in Zcash. The attacks, called PING and REJECT, exploit differences in behavior between the payee of a particular shielded transaction and the remaining Zcash clients. By monitoring peer-to-peer traffic and injecting its own messages, an active attacker can remotely observe these differences due to fault and timing side-channels."

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Black Swans, Trusted Assets and Multi-Collateral DAI

"There’s some strong discussion brewing on which asset types should be added to multi-collateral DAI (MCD) when it launches. In particular, the introduction of tokens being pegged to real-world assets that may involve KYC and/or the risk of government seizure."

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A Tour Of the Varieties of DAI

"DeFi has reached escape velocity. Now that the primitives are here, we are experiencing a combinatorial explosion of new products, driven by the endless creativity of the Ethereum community. It can feel impossible to keep up with all the new projects and instruments being released on what feels like a daily basis. This article is here to help with that."

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What is Augur (REP) ?

"Augur is an open-source, decentralized betting marketplace. Anyone can create markets and allow others to bet for or against it. The outcome is then verified by impartial observers who get a slice of the winnings."

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What is Libra? Facebook's answer to crypto

"Libra is Facebook's answer to crypto. It's a currency that will integrate with the social network’s 2.6 billion existing users."

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Libra: A Governance Perspective

"It remains to be seen whether a group of organizations will be able to successfully coordinate around building and maintaining a public good. Moreover, it is unclear whether the benefits of this public good is a strong enough incentive for organizations with conflicting priorities and complex competitive dynamics to work together, especially with the inevitable regulatory pressure to follow."

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First Look: China's Central Bank Digital Currency

"Overview of the expected characteristics from China’s CBDC"

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The Inglourious Cosmos Validators

"Cosmos Validators run nodes and receive minimal rewards. Discover why this phenomenon occurs as the story unfolds."

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What is Tether (USDT)?

"Tether is a cryptocurrency pegged to the price of the US dollar. People use it as a stable store of value instead of more volatile coins like Bitcoin."

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tBTC

"A Decentralized Redeemable BTC-backed ERC-20 Token"

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What is Basic Attention Token (BAT)?

"The Basic Attention Token, or BAT, is designed to make digital advertising fairer and more transparent for everyone. Privacy is protected, adverts are more relevant, and consumers even get compensated for their time looking at them."

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A Close Look at Libra's Source Code

"Do Libra’s Intentions Line Up With What Its Source Code Tells Us?"

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Polkadot: Promise and Problems

"Polkadot is marketed as an interoperability platform (let blockchains communicate) but in reality it’s also a platform to host blockchains, smart contracts and a myriad of other use cases."

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Grin & Beam: Privacy, MimbleWimble & Competition in Trade-offs

"Fast forward to 2019 and the well-received anonymous cryptocurrency proposal has now been implemented by two separate teams, with each making very different trade-offs to realise their aims."

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What is DAI, and how does it work?

"This is a brief overview of how MakerDAO and Dai works. There are many intricacies to the system, but I believe these are the main mechanisms in place if one wants a brief overview of how Maker gives Dai its stablecoin properties."

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Libra Whitepaper Summary: is Facebook’s new cryptocurrency going to change the world?

"Everybody is talking about Libra, Facebook’s new cryptocurrency. What is it, and how will it work?"

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