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COTI Unveils ETH L2 Developer Network and Growth Fund Use Cases




COTI announces an ETH L2 Developer Network to leverage its $100M fund, targeting key use cases like Confidential DeFi and encrypted data management.

COTI Foundation has taken a significant leap forward in its commitment to enhancing privacy and scalability in the blockchain space by announcing an upcoming ETH Layer 2 (L2) Developer Network. This initiative is aimed at harnessing its nearly $100 million development fund, to be disbursed in COTI tokens, to drive innovation and growth within the COTI ecosystem.

The blockchain industry, heralded for creating borderless finance and trustless interactions, has often grappled with the challenge of privacy. The transparency inherent in Web3 has been a double-edged sword—beneficial for democratizing organizations but proving to be a stumbling block for numerous other applications due to privacy concerns.

COTI V2 is poised to address these issues with Garbled Circuits, a pioneering privacy solution that is both 1000 times faster and 250 times lighter than existing technologies, allowing for operation on any device. This breakthrough offers a significant edge over ZK-based solutions, which are typically limited to two-party transactions, by enabling secure multi-party transactions that are crucial for both Web3 and traditional Web2 industries.

The COTI Foundation aims to supercharge the growth of its ecosystem, starting with the Developer Network (Devnet) slated for launch in early Q2 of this year. The COTI V2 Devnet, coupled with an upcoming grant program, will empower developers to build and improve upon the technology, rewarding their contributions to the ecosystem. Developers will find familiarity in using Solidity for smart contracts, which will allow them to integrate privacy into existing applications or innovate entirely new use cases.

Key target use cases for the COTI V2 platform include:

Confidential DeFi: Addressing the privacy compromise in DeFi, COTI V2 will enable novel primitives like private AMMs, dark pools, and under-collateralized lending, which hinge on user privacy and transaction content confidentiality. Additionally, COTI V2’s technology is set to tackle the persistent issue of Miner Extractable Value (MEV) exploits in Ethereum DeFi, by encrypting transactions and thwarting frontrunning bots.

Confidential Transactions: In the realm of payments, stablecoins, and real-world assets (RWA), COTI V2 offers a solution that upholds confidentiality akin to traditional finance systems. This will enable the mainstream adoption of Web3 by ensuring secure transactions that comply with regulatory standards.

Confidential Machine Learning (GCML): The platform’s encrypted on-chain data storage and confidential query capabilities are a game-changer for sensitive data management, such as medical records. It also introduces GCML for large language models (LLMs) like ChatGPT, facilitating service enhancement without compromising privacy or intellectual property.

Dynamic Decentralized Identification (DID): COTI V2’s DID system allows for personal information to be used and verified without actual data disclosure. This supports trustless global interactions within a regulated framework without sacrificing sensitive information.

As the blockchain industry evolves, COTI’s innovative approach with Garbled Circuits technology is timely, aiming to resolve the privacy limitations of Web3 and offering superior solutions to those available in Web2. The upcoming COTI V2 Devnet represents a promising opportunity for developers worldwide to contribute to this evolution.

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Supply Chain Finance Market Forecast to Reach $9.4 Billion by 2029: Increasing Emphasis on Sustainable Sourcing




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Web3 Startups Raise Nearly $1.9B in Q1 2024 Despite Overall Downtrend in Crypto VC Interest




Venture capital funding for cryptocurrency and blockchain projects has seen a notable resurgence in the first quarter of 2024, marking its first quarterly rise since 2021. Crunchbase data released today indicates that Web3 startups secured nearly $1.9 billion in funding across 346 deals during this period. This represents a substantial 58% increase from the previous quarter, offering a glimmer of hope amidst the ongoing downward trend in overall crypto VC interest.

The recent surge in funding can be attributed to investors adopting a more long-term perspective on Web3, as opposed to the hype-driven “tourist investors” predominant in recent years. Chris Metinko, the author of the report, notes that investors are shifting their focus to the AI sector, indicating a change in investment strategy. There is a growing interest in supporting the foundational infrastructure of the decentralized internet, rather than solely concentrating on crypto wallets and lending platforms, which attracted significant investments during the peak period of 2021 to 2022.

While large funding rounds were relatively uncommon in Q1, several notable investments stood out. Exohood Labs, a company integrating AI, quantum computing, and blockchain, secured a remarkable $112 million seed round at a valuation of $1.4 billion. EigenLabs, an Ether token “restaking” platform, raised $100 million in a Series B round led by a16z crypto. Additionally, Freechat, a decentralized social network leveraging blockchain technology, secured $80 million in a Series A round. These investments, among others, contributed to the increase in valuations and the emergence of four new Web3 unicorns in Q1.

Despite the recent progress, the future trajectory of Web3 remains uncertain. Metinko suggests that the next few quarters will be pivotal in determining the industry’s direction. While investors anticipate a rebound in investment as the decentralized internet evolves, it may take another year for venture capital activity to stabilize after the exuberance of 2021. Factors such as the approval of U.S. spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds and the upcoming Bitcoin halving could also influence the market, given the rising prices of Bitcoin and Ether.

A noteworthy example of significant funding in the Web3 space is Monad Labs’ recent successful funding round, which secured $225 million led by Paradigm. Monad Labs is a layer-1 blockchain compatible with Ethereum, offering faster transaction processing. This funding round harkens back to the golden era of crypto funding in 2021-2022, when L1 solutions attracted substantial investments.

Earlier this year, Balance, a digital asset custodian based in Canada, announced that it had once again reached $2 billion in assets under custody (AUC) amidst the recent market recovery. Similarly, Korea Digital Asset (KODA), the largest institutional crypto custody service in South Korea, has experienced remarkable growth in crypto assets under its custody, expanding by nearly 248% in the second half of 2023.

Analysts at Bernstein Research project that crypto funds could reach an impressive $500 billion to $650 billion within the next five years, representing a significant leap from the current valuation of approximately $50 billion. This forecast underscores the growing optimism and potential for substantial growth within the crypto industry in the coming years.


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ASIC cracks down on blockchain mining firms




Three blockchain mining companies – NGS Crypto, NGS Digital, and NGS Group – along with their directors, Brett Mendham, Ryan Brown, and Mark Ten Caten, are facing legal action from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) for allegedly operating without a license, in violation of Australia’s Corporations Act. ASIC initiated legal proceedings against these entities on April 9, citing concerns about their non-compliance with financial regulations and their solicitation of Australian investors.

According to ASIC, the NGS companies promoted blockchain mining packages with fixed-rate returns to Australian investors, encouraging the transfer of funds from regulated superannuation funds to self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) for conversion into cryptocurrency. Approximately 450 Australians invested a total of around USD 41 million in these packages, raising concerns about potential financial losses.

The legal action filed by ASIC alleges that the companies violated section 911A of the Corporations Act, which prohibits companies from providing financial services without a valid Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL). ASIC is seeking interim and final court orders to prohibit the NGS companies from offering financial services in Australia without an AFSL.

ASIC Chair Joe Longo emphasized the importance of investors carefully considering the risks before investing in crypto-related products through their SMSFs. Longo stated that ASIC’s actions send a message to the crypto industry about the regulator’s commitment to ensuring compliance with regulations and protecting consumers.

In a separate development, the Federal Court appointed receivers for the digital currency assets associated with the NGS companies and their directors to safeguard these assets amid concerns about the risk of dissipation. Mendham was also issued a travel restriction order, preventing him from leaving Australia.

While a court date for the proceedings has not been set, ASIC’s investigation is ongoing, with the regulator continuing to gather evidence and build its case. It is worth noting that the investigated companies share a similar name with NGS Super, a legitimate Australian pensions provider, leading to potential confusion among investors. NGS Super clarified that it is not involved in selling cryptocurrency or related products and has taken legal action to protect its trademark and members’ interests.


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