Blockchain Bites: Square’s Patent Posse, Binance’s DeFi Bridge, SushiSwap’s Co-Founder Speaks

Blockchain Bites: Square’s Patent Posse, Binance’s DeFi Bridge, SushiSwap’s Co-Founder Speaks

Square is pushing back against crypto patent hogs, Binance is doubling down on DeFi and what’s the story with crypto’s latest attempt at a backdoor public listing.

Top shelf

Patent posse
Square, the bitcoin-friendly payments company, is building an “alliance” to pool crypto patents and preserve the industry’s open-source spirit. The non-profit Cryptocurrency Open Patent Alliance (COPA) aims to stop companies from locking up useful technologies in patents, a practice Square says hamstrings innovation and stifles crypto adoption. Members must pledge to make their patents freely available to all other members using a shared library. 

DeFi attraction
Binance is connecting its decentralized Binance Smart Chain (BSC) to its centralized exchange (CeFi) and pumping $100 million into decentralized finance (DeFi) projects built on BSC. This “bridge” between DeFi and CeFi will essentially offer DeFi access to Binance users who don’t want to leave the exchange, CoinDesk’s Muyao Shen reports. 

European Central Bank (ECB) President Christine Lagarde said Europe has fallen behind in the digital currency (CBDC) race. Speaking at a Deutsche Bundesbank’s conference, Lagarde said a digital euro would allow the bloc to be at the cutting edge of innovation, but the lack of payments integration in Europe indicated that foreign providers have taken the lead. Separately, France’s central bank governor said a public/private partnership would be the best way to issue a CBDC to retail users.

Uniswap volumes
Uniswap topped August’s record high trading volume in the first 10 days of September, reaching $6,729,691,041 mid-morning on Thursday, leaving almost three weeks to push further into record territory. Last month’s $6.7 billion in traded volume was the leading decentralized exchange’s fourth consecutive all-time monthly high. Liquidity on Uniswap, however, has dropped by over 60% to $619 million since Tuesday as the popular SushiSwap project successfully migrated from Uniswap to FTX’s decentralized exchange, Serum.

Matching engine
Cryptocurrency exchange Bitstamp has implemented a new matching engine from Nasdaq’s technology vendor that it says greatly speeds trading. The upgrade is said to be 1,250 times faster, allowing the firm to add additional trading pairs and better manage periods of volatility. 

Quick bites

At stake

SPACs are back?
Earlier this week MarketWatch announced 2020 as the year of the SPAC, citing 82 firms using this “backdoor” approach to public listing to raise more than $31 billion so far. 

Another firm, Hong-Kong based Diginex, may become the 83rd. CoinDesk’s Nathan DiCamillo reports that this blockchain services firm could be publicly traded by Sept. 23.

SPACs, special purpose acquisition companies, are used to conduct initial public offerings (IPO) and hold that capital in trust to later be put to work to acquire other companies, giving the acquiree listed status. 

Diginex, which hopes to list on Nasdaq, will merge with publicly traded 8i Enterprises Acquisition Corp., a British Virgin Islands-based company, after a final shareholder vote later this month. If all goes as planned, Diginex should bypass many of the usual regulatory barriers associated

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