DeFi & L1L2 Weekly (15/11/2023) obtains digital asset provider license in Dubai. Circle and Noble to bring native USDC to Cosmos via CCTP. Bitcoin transaction fees reach new peak thanks to Inscriptions surge.

Nov 15, 2023 DeFi Weekly

Weekly DeFi Index

This week’s market cap, volatility, and volatility indices were positive at +8.63%, +28.69%, and +70.08%, respectively. DeFi Index

Chart of the Week

Bitcoin transaction fees recently reached a five-month peak, as a resurgence of Ordinals inscriptions boosted competition for block space. Nearly 1 million Ordinals mints occurred in the first week of November alone, the highest since May. Bitcoin miners were able to capitalise on this renewed interest, securing around 8.5% (worth approximately US$30.7 million) of transaction fees within the first ten days of the month, which came from the uptick in fee rates. Bitcoin Average Transaction Fee DeFi Index Token Performance

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News Highlights

  • Cryptocurrency exchange‘s Dubai entity, CRO DAX Middle East FZE, was granted a Virtual Assets Service Provider (VASP) license by Dubai’s Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority (VARA), pending operational approval. Once fully approved, the license will allow to offer retail and institutional investors exchange, broker-dealer, and lending and borrowing services in Dubai. Visit for more details.
  • Circle has released the V2.2 upgrade for its USDC and EURC stablecoins, which brings reduced gas fees, improved support for account abstraction, and enhanced security for transactions on EVM blockchains. The upgrade includes six smart contract changes, is fully backwards-compatible, and has been audited by the blockchain security firm Halborn.
  • Circle‘s Cross-Chain Transfer Protocol (CCTP), an on-chain programme that enables users to migrate USDC between supported blockchains without a custodial bridge, will go live on Cosmos’s Noble main network at the end of the month. The implementation of CCTP will allow for simple onboarding and bring significant liquidity to decentralised exchanges like dYdX and the rest of the Cosmos ecosystem. 
  • LayerZero Labs launched ColorTrace, a novel value attribution algorithm to achieve globally consistent, economically feasible fungible token colouring. It serves as an on-chain attribution solution for fungible tokens, allowing verified minters to mark their tokens in circulation and enabling any form of fair tracking of contribution across a protocol’s success. 
  • Polygon and NEAR are collaborating to introduce zkWASM to WebAssembly (WASM) blockchains in efforts to enhance scalability and decentralisation of the NEAR Layer-1. The zkWASM prover will simplify the proving process for NEAR validators and enable developers to work in programming languages other than Solidity. 
  • The Nil Foundation is set to launch a new Ethereum rollup network, ‘=nil;’, which will be the first ZK rollup to enable sharding. It will leverage zero-knowledge proofs to validate transactions from shards before they get submitted to the primary Ethereum network. 
  • Decentralised social media platform Lens has launched its V2 upgrade on Polygon’s main network, introducing new features such as multisig-managed profiles and tipping on ‘smart posts’. 
  • Raft, a decentralised US dollar stablecoin protocol, experienced a security exploit resulting in a $6.7 million loss. The hacker leveraged a smart contract glitch to mint 6.7 million R tokens and subsequently swapped the unauthorised funds through liquidity pools on DEXes. Despite multiple security audits by blockchain security firms, the vulnerabilities that led to the incident were not previously detected.

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