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Crypto Long & Short: Crypto Markets Are Maturing, but Gen Z Is Rewriting How Markets Work

Now, I have no idea how old you are, nor do I want to make any assumptions. I will assume, though, that since you are reading this, you have an interest in markets and/or crypto assets. And since this is a newsletter aimed at professional investors, I will assume that you care about a bit …

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Money Reimagined: Bitcoin and Ethereum Are a DeFi Double Act

Tensions between the Bitcoin and Ethereum tribes have been stirred by a trend that outsiders might see as a sign of harmony.  Throughout June, the amount of tokenized bitcoin on Ethereum, the bulk of it in WBTC, a special ERC2 token known as “wrapped bitcoin,” soared from 5,200 BTC to 11,682 BTC – now worth …

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Money Reimagined: Crypto’s Diversity Problem

A few years ago, when MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini was leading an interactive digital art project, she found the facial recognition technology it employed was far better at recognizing her lighter-skinned MIT colleagues.   The discovery sent Buolamwini on a mission. She founded the Algorithmic Justice League and started doing research that builds awareness …

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Crypto Long & Short: What Changed My Mind About Bitcoin Narratives

One of the things I most enjoy about working in the crypto sector (apart from my awesome colleagues and the constant flow of fascinating change) is the level of debate. I’m not being sarcastic – there are many takes I strongly disagree with, but when they are put forward by people with rational and inquisitive …

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First Mover: Compound Has Been a DeFi Darling. Its New Token Is Priced Accordingly

This week’s debut of live trading in the autonomous lender Compound’s digital token has provided a new data point on just how frenzied the speculation has become over the future of decentralized finance (DeFi).  Compound, started in 2017, is the second-biggest decentralized lender, with the equivalent of $163.1 million locked in the protocol, behind larger rival …

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The Morning After: There’s a BTS-themed Galaxy S20 now

Samsung It’s a hard time to sell cosmetically different phones that are merely flagship devices, plus three months and a new colorway. But if anyone can do it, it’s K-pop princes BTS. Yep, they’re teaming up with Samsung to launch a special edition Galaxy S20+ and a pair of companion Galaxy Buds+ featuring the band’s …

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Crypto Long & Short: Cryptocurrency Markets May Be Decentralized, But They’re Still Accountable

One underappreciated feature of crypto markets is the lack of centralization. I mean, people know crypto assets are decentralized and trade on exchanges all over the world. But what’s often overlooked is the relative ease with which people can change the venues they buy and sell their holdings on.  If, for instance, Jeff Sprecher (chairman …

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Crypto Long & Short: Bitcoin’s Quiet Progress Is Pointing Toward a Better Future

The tensions that have spilled over into the streets of U.S. cities this week are a heartbreaking expression of a long-standing problem that has the whole world in its grip. Inequality is not specific to the U.S. Nor is it limited to a handful of relatively well-off geographies. It stratifies societies within borders, trapping the …

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The Morning After: Weber’s SmokeFire grills are getting smarter

Sponsored Links Weber After another extremely regular week, it’s not really a surprise to be comforted by something familiar — even if that something is a real-time strategy war game. EA I think my first Command & Conquer experience was on Sega Saturn, which quickly opened the door for its sequels and other games like …

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Money Reimagined: The Ongoing Crisis Is Stirring a Crypto Awakening in Developing Nations

Regular readers of this column will know about the recent surge in African peer-to-peer bitcoin transactions, now at more than $12 million a week, according to Useful Tulips. I think this, and similar patterns across other emerging market regions during the COVID-19 pandemic, reflect the most important cryptocurrency trend of the moment. We are a …

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