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EVOLUTION In the future, we will all be connected to the metaverse constantly just as we are all connected to the internet now. At least, that’s the thesis of Parcel, a “Zillow for the metaverse” that aims to bring together all the information virtual landowners might need to know about their properties. “The metaverse is the evolution of the internet,” Noah Gaynor, its CEO, told The Defiant in an interview.
MOGULS Parcel is a New York-based startup with seed backing from Framework Ventures, Distributed Global, and Sfermion. Its long term vision is being the place virtual real estate moguls can go to get all the services they might need to manage their holdings. It might be thought of as a sort of directory of the projects people are building in the organic metaverse (as opposed to the corporate bowdlerized one coming out of Menlo Park soon).
VIRTUAL LAND Right now, Parcel is getting into the resale business. “We are launching a marketplace,” Gaynor said. “We’ll be competing with OpenSea directly. Grand vision: we want to be the niche marketplace for virtual land users.”
NEWS Polygon, one of the leading Layer 2 Ethereum scaling solutions, has unveiled an Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM)-compatible rollup.
BUILD-OUT Dubbed Polygon Midas, the protocol uses zero-knowledge (ZK) proofs to offer enhanced privacy and EVM-compatibility on Layer 2. The protocol’s development is being led by the pseudonymous former Facebook lead zero-knowledge researcher, Bobbin Threadbear, who is known for leading the build-out of Novi’s Winterfell. Alan Szepieniec of the Nervos Foundation will also have a hand in the development of Miden’s STARK components.
INVESTMENTS The launch follows Polygon’s unveiling of a $1B fund for strategic investments into ZK-based solutions in August. Polygon also merged with ZK-based rollup Hermez that same month, before teaming up with Ernst & Young on the third version of their Nightfall protocol in September.
In this explanatory column, guest writer Maxine Smith describes how NEAR is making a splash with its Proof-of-Stake blockchain and planned token drop.
TL;DR NEAR protocol is a scalable smart contract platform that supports decentralized applications of almost any kind. Its token, NEAR, can be used to pay for transaction fees and storage as well as for staking by token holders who participate in achieving network consensus as transaction validators.
TOKENS The recent development fund raised in October 2021 for NEAR ecosystem totals $800M. Proximity Labs, a newly formed DeFi DAO, aims to distribute nearly 30% of the fund, nearly 40M NEAR tokens over the next four years on NEAR’s DeFi sector.
ALL-TIME HIGH Data from Footprint shows the total value locked (TVL) of NEAR’s DeFi surpassing $140M ($160M as of 15 Nov 2021) after a 20% boost within a day after news of the fund was released. The native token, NEAR, also hit an all-time high of $12.3 on the next day.
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ConsenSys, a New York-based company that develops and invests in projects built on the Ethereum blockchain, has raised $200 million, tipping its valuation to over $3.2 billion, according to an announcement. Its investors include HSBC, Coinbase Ventures and Marshall Wace. ParaFi and Thirdpoint also invested in the raise.
We have been heads down with the development of the market for DROP tokens, also known as the Real World Asset (RWA) Market. It’s time to reveal where we are at, as we have been making some very exciting progress and we know some of you are waiting in anticipation!
OpenSea, the most popular marketplace for non-fungible tokens, is fielding new investment offers that could increase its valuation roughly six times to $10 billion or higher, according to two people with direct knowledge of the matter.
Although digital currencies have skyrocketed in value throughout the year, Nvidia has not made any significant profits from its cryptocurrency mining processor (CMP) line.
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ParaSwap Airdrops PSP Governance Token to ‘Active Users’ ParaSwap, a decentralized exchange (DEX) aggregator and market maker, launched its governance token, PSP, on Nov. 15.
Discord-MetaMask Tease Triggers Backlash Against NFTs The backlash against NFTs has been brewing ever since the first JPEGs hit the market late last year and fetched eye-opening sums. Detractors called them a fraud, the sequel to the Initial Coin Offering bubble that popped the last great crypto boom in 2018.
0L Aims To Revive Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency With Fair Launch Every now and then folks adjacent to crypto Twitter like to tweet out some version of “Remember Libra?”.
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