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Skeptic’s lens: Putting tuna on a blockchain, or rather on a database?

Bumble Bee Foods, the largest branded seafood company in North America, announced Friday that it is using blockchain to trace the journey of yellow-fin tuna “from the Indonesian ocean to the dinner table.” The press release titled “Bumble Bee Foods and SAP Create Blockchain to…

Urbit, the galactic personal server

A historical overview of Urbit Programmer Curtis Yarvin wanted to build a computing platform better suited for the current age of the Internet, a personal cloud server in which data is fully controlled by the owner of the server and no one else. And so…

MakerDAO: The internet’s first community-owned credit facility

Note: The MakerDAO system is constantly changing. We will periodically update this document overtime to account for material changes to the system. Project Background MakerDAO is a non-custodial collateralized credit facility built on top of Ethereum, garnering excitement and interest across crypto communities. Created as…

Money 2.0 Stuff: Some highly abstract platitude-oriented discourse

Let’s Go To Crypto Law School One of the most interesting conversations in cryptocurrencies emerged from a tweet by Vlad Zamfir, noted Ethereum researcher and, err, abstract thinker on topics as wide as political governance, social norms, and how we should update the legal system.…

Mapping out the Lightning Network ecosystem

The Lightning Network is a second-layer scaling solution built on top of Bitcoin. The Lightning Network was first proposed in February of 2015 by Joseph Poon and Thaddeus Dryja. It’s a decentralized system in which transactions are sent over a network of micropayment channels whose…

The Interchange: Credit is a feature, not a bug

I’ll admit I did not foresee the pushback that crypto lender BlockFi would receive this week surrounding its announcement of a new interest-bearing account that pays 6.2% of Bitcoin and Ether deposits. Then again, I forget we’re playing a two-sided education battle in not only reaching…

Dai falls below dollar peg, kicking off a monetary policy quandary

A victim of its own success MakerDAO has been heralded as the breakout decentralized application, and rightly so. A cursory look at the system’s metrics reveal unprecedented growth in spite of tempestuous market conditions: $298.2 million worth of Ether is locked in Maker’s contracts, accounting…

Mapping out Digital Currency Group

Founded by Barry Silbert in 2015, Digital Currency Group (DCG), has become an immensely influential firm in the crypto industry in spite of its diminutive size. According to LinkedIn, the firm has 11 employees, and its executive team counts five among its ranks. The Block…

Skeptic’s lens: Binance’s cautionary tale of insider trading

In yet another episode of crypto controversy (who’s counting anymore?), Binance was accused of leaking information about Celer Network’s token sale on Binance Launchpad. The screenshots from a private WeChat group circulated more than a week ago hinting that Celer Network would soon be listed.…