DeFi & L1L2 Weekly – 💫 Community Gears Up For Ethereum Dencun Upgrade

Community gears up for Ethereum Dencun upgrade. BRC-20 creator Domo addresses governance issues with UniSat partnership. Goldman Sachs, BNY Mellon, and others test Canton Network for tokenised assets.

Mar 13, 2024 DeFi Weekly

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This week’s market capitalisation and volatility indices were positive at +7.14% and +27.93%, respectively, while the volume index was negative at -0.69%.

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Domo, the pseudonymous creator of the BRC-20 token standard, announced that his organisation, Layer 1 Foundation (L1F), will partner with Bitcoin infrastructure company UniSat. They will serve as BRC-20’s lead maintainers, addressing governance issues within the ecosystem. The BRC-20 token standard operates on the Ordinals Protocol, enabling the trading of digital assets other than BTC on the Bitcoin network. 

It has sparked a broader discussion about the evolution and governance of BRC-20 within the community, especially when Unisat adopted the Ordinals Jubilee upgrade at the start of 2024 that aims to address the issue of “cursed inscriptions” by reclassifying them with positive numbers, enhancing protocol development and governance. This was then opposed by Domo, citing that the new tech might fragment the BRC-20 ecosystem. The conflict has since divided the crypto community.

With this partnership, Domo highlights the crucial role that UniSat has played in driving BRC-20 tokens forward. UniSat is recognised as one of the leading BRC-20 wallet and marketplace providers, with over 13% of the market share by Ordinals trading volume. Ordinals Marketplaces Domo Unisat

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  • The Uniswap community has rejected a governance proposal that sought to modify the platform’s fee mechanism, with 59.9% of mobilised UNI votes opposing the proposal. The rejected proposal aimed to distribute 10% or 20% of Uniswap revenue from pool fees to token holders.
  • MakerDAO (MKR) has implemented temporary fee adjustments to address market volatility and strengthen its protocol. The move comes in response to a significant decrease in the supply of the Dai (DAI) stablecoin. The adjustments include raising stability fees on collateral assets, increasing the DAI Borrow Rate, and making changes to the Peg Stability Module, Dai Savings Rate, and Governance Security Module Pause Delay. These measures aim to manage potential liquidity issues and anticipate unpredictable user actions. While the changes are temporary, there is no automatic process for reverting the fees. Concerns have been raised about the magnitude of the adjustments and their potential impact on the market.

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News Highlights

  • Ethereum developers are counting down and gearing up for Dencun, a significant network upgrade set to reduce fees and enhance the efficiency of Layer-2 networks on the blockchain slated for 13 March 2024.
  • Goldman Sachs, BNY Mellon, and other financial heavyweights have tested an enterprise blockchain called Canton Network. This initiative aims to facilitate seamless transactions and settlements for tokenised assets across various financial services, with participation from major institutions like DRW, Oliver Wyman, and Paxos.
  • The Hong Kong Monetary Authority has initiated a regulatory sandbox for stablecoin issuers, inviting businesses with a genuine interest in developing stablecoin issuance to participate in testing operations within a limited scope. 
  • Gnosis Chain successfully activated the Dencun hard fork on its mainnet, marking the first time a major Ethereum hard fork has launched on another chain before Ethereum.
  • Tether’s USDT has been launched on the mobile-focused Layer-1 platform Celo
  • Ethereum Layer-2 solution Starknet is set to introduce a series of fee-saving enhancements alongside the Dencun upgrade and will begin subsidising transaction fees for users before the upgrade’s roll-out is complete.
  • Layer-1 blockchain network Aptos removed daily transaction limits and reduced processing time on its Stargate bridge. This decision, made in collaboration with LayerZero and Stargate, enables unlimited activity for users of the Stargate Aptos bridge, facilitating multi-chain application development and offering educational resources to support developers leveraging the bridge.
  • zkLink Nova launched its public mainnet, introducing an aggregated Layer-3 rollup network on Ethereum using ZK Stack. Its integration with various Layer-2 solutions like Arbitrum, Linea, Manta, Mantle, and zkSync acts as a connective layer between the Layer-2 rollups, enhancing liquidity and asset transfers across the Ethereum ecosystem.
  • Layer-1 blockchain platform Nibiru Chain launched its public mainnet and secured listings on four major exchanges. At launch, the platform offers various functionalities like staking, decentralised governance, Web3 gaming, NFT minting, and trading.
  • Solana MEV startup Jito Labs suspended mempool functionality offered by the Jito Block Engine because of increasing sandwich attacks on the Solana blockchain. Mempool functionality allows validators to capture maximum extractable value (MEV). However, the suspension may impact the value of Jito’s native token (JTO) and its ability to provide MEV rewards to token holders. 
  • DeFi protocol Unizen experienced a US$2.1 million hack, leading to immediate refunds for users who lost $750,000 or less. Unizen loaned funds to the company to refund affected users in USDC, while those who lost over $750,000 will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, according to the official announcement.

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