Sommelier raises £16.7m in Series A funding for automated DeFi protocol

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Sommelier Finance, the Ethereum-based project designed to automate decentralised finance (DeFi) trading, has raised £16.7 million in its Series A funding round.

The round was led by Polychain Capital with participation from existing investor Alameda Ventures and new participation from Zola Ventures, Byzantine Ventures, Tendermint Ventures, Secure Ventures, D1 Ventures, and Ferngrove Ventures.

Sommelier was founded in 2020 by Zaki Manian, the former lead developer of...

Huobi develops its asset storage offering with new ‘cloud wallet’

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Huobi, the once Chinese crypto exchange that now operates globally, has launched a ‘cloud wallet’ designed to improve ease of access to digital asset management.

The new wallet feature removes the need for users to maintain their own private key through a third-party management system.

This not only simplifies wallet interaction but also removes the risk of owners forgetting or losing their private key, making their assets unretrievable.

The owner’s keys...

Cardano Summit 2021 sees DeFi, NFT and climate partnerships

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The Cardano Summit 2021 on September 26 has led to a number of strategic partnerships designed to drive adoption of the Cardano blockchain being announced.

Held by the non-profit custodian of the blockchain, the Cardano Foundation, the Summit was co-located across a mixture of virtual and physical events in New York, Miami, Wyoming, London, Berlin and Cape Town.

At the event, Frederik Gregaard, CEO of the Cardano Foundation, said: "At Cardano, our goal is to provide...

EMURGO to invest $100m into Cardano ecosystem

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EMURGO, a blockchain solutions company and the commercial arm of Cardano, plans to invest $100 million (£73m) into the network’s ecosystem.

In a tweet, the company said the funds will be used to “accelerate DeFi, NFT solutions and blockchain education".

The announcement came during the Cardano 2021 Summit on September 26.

EMURGO CEO Ken Kodama followed the announcement with another tweet, saying: “Please contact us if you would like to receive investment...

Stratis to help guide UK policy as ‘APPG Blockchain’ member

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The Stratis blockchain has joined the UK’s ‘all party parliamentary group on blockchain’ (APPG Blockchain) to contribute knowledge and help guide UK blockchain policy.

APPG Blockchain already includes major organisations like the IOTA Foundation, Capita, SAP, and the British Standards Institute (BSI).

Now, alongside Stratis, they will collaborate on developing innovative blockchain use cases as well as providing policy recommendations to guide the UK’s approach...

Ether overvalued by 125%, according to JP Morgan strategist

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Ether, Ethereum’s native token, should be valued somewhere around £1,000, according to JP Morgan market strategist, Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou.

Compared to Ether’s price on Tuesday morning, this marks an 125% overvaluation of the crypto world’s second largest currency.

In correspondence with Insider, Panigirtzoglou said that the Ethereum network is less attractive than the current price of Ether suggests, especially as it faces increased competition from networks...

Avalanche rakes in £167m of funding led by Polychain

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Avalanche, a proof-of-stake and smart-contract enabled cryptocurrency, has received £167 million in funding through a private sale led by Polychain and Three Arrows Capital.

R/Crypto Fund, Dragonfly and CMS Holdings also invested substantially by buying up the company’s native AVAX token.

Avalanche is an ultra-fast and eco-friendly blockchain protocol with a growing ecosystem of decentralised finance (DeFi) products.

Avalanche has experienced monumental...

OpenSea overtakes Uniswap in Ethereum usage

NFT marketplace OpenSea is currently outshining Ethereum’s largest decentralised exchange, Uniswap, in terms of transaction fees.

Since 2020, Uniswap has typically commanded the most in daily transaction fees, a key barometer for actual usage of the world’s second-largest blockchain.

However, the emergence of NFTs earlier in 2021 began to threaten Uniswap’s top spot, with the marketplace platform now firmly ahead in Ethereum usage.

As of August 10,...

Chainalysis support extended to six DeFi-focused tokens

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Blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis, which was recently valued at £3.6 billion, has added advanced investigation and compliance support for six widely-used ERC-20 tokens.

Of these tokens, five belong specifically to decentralised finance (DeFi) protocols, while the remaining ‘renBTC’ is designed to allow for the permissionless transfer of Bitcoin to and from Ethereum for use in DeFi applications.

Collectively during Q2 2021, the six tokens had a combined trading...

Umbria partners with Polygon to support development of DeFi protocol

Umbria Network, a decentralised finance (DeFi) platform on the Ethereum blockchain, has announced it will be building its applications on the Polygon network.

Polygon, formerly known as Matic, provides scalable, secure, and instant Ethereum transactions using plasma side chains and a proof-of-stake (PoS) network. It is one of the most active layer-two Ethereum scaling solutions in existence today.

Its developer support program is designed to help developers...