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Anoma raises $25m for Intent-centric Blockchain Architecture

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Anoma, a layer-one blockchain protocol that aims to enable private and asset-agnostic bartering among any number of parties, has completed a $25 million fundraising round to advance its intent-centric architecture. The round was led by Polychain Capital and included participation from other prominent investors such as Coinbase Ventures, DCG, Fenbushi Capital, and others.

Anoma is Ready to Enter the Blockchain World

Anoma’s vision is to create a decentralized platform that allows users to exchange any kind of digital assets without the need for a base currency or intermediaries. Users can specify their trading intentions and preferences using a novel programming language called Juvix, which enables expressive and verifiable smart contracts. Anoma also leverages zero-knowledge proofs and other privacy-enhancing technologies to ensure that transactions are confidential and anonymous.

Anoma’s architecture is based on the concept of intents, which are statements of what a user wants to trade and under what conditions. Intents are broadcasted to the network and matched with compatible ones using a gossip protocol.

When a match is found, a validation committee of randomly selected validators verifies the transaction and executes it atomically. This way, Anoma can support complex and multi-party trades that are not possible on existing platforms.

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Anoma’s founder and chief architect, Awa Sun Yin, said that Anoma is the first generalized intent-centric blockchain architecture that enables truly decentralized applications, from decentralized DEXs to decentralized rollup sequencers. He claimed that Anoma enhances the composability and the ease of development of dApps by a factor of ten, compared to existing architectures such as Ethereum/EVM.

Anoma is currently in development and plans to launch its mainnet in 2024. The project has also released a testnet version called Heliax that showcases some of its features and capabilities. Anoma claims that its protocol can achieve high scalability, security, and interoperability without compromising on decentralization or privacy.

Anoma is one of the many projects that are exploring the potential of layer-one blockchain solutions to address the challenges of the current crypto ecosystem. With its innovative approach to asset exchange and smart contract design, Anoma hopes to create a more inclusive and accessible platform for users and developers alike.

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The Crypto Heist of the Year: A Hacker’s Multi-Platform Attack

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A series of hacks on Twitter and Discord have resulted in the theft of millions of dollars worth of crypto from unsuspecting victims. The hacker, who goes by the name of Pink Drainer, has been linked to several incidents involving fake tokens, phishing links, and social engineering attacks.

One of the most notable hacks was the hijacking of the Twitter account of OpenAI CTO Greg Brockman, who is a prominent figure in the crypto space. The hacker used his account to promote a fake OpenAI token, claiming that it was a new project by the artificial intelligence research company. The hacker also sent direct messages to Brockman’s followers, asking them to join a Discord server and invest in the token.

According to Scam Sniffer, a platform that tracks crypto scams, Pink Drainer has stolen over $3 million from nearly 2000 victims across different blockchains, including Mainnet, Arbitrum, BNB, Polygon, and Optimism. The hacker has also targeted several DeFi projects, such as Evomos, Pika Protocol, and Orbiter Finance, by impersonating journalists from reputable media outlets and sending phishing links to their communities.

The phishing links usually redirect the victims to a fake website that mimics the original one but asks them to enter their private keys or seed phrases to access their wallets. Once the victims do that, they lose control of their funds and the hacker transfers them to his own addresses.

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Crypto Hacks Took a Serious Plunge in the Last Quarter

Pink Drainer’s activities have been exposed by several crypto enthusiasts and researchers, who have traced his transactions and identified his addresses. However, the hacker has been using various techniques to evade detection and prosecution, such as using crypto mixers, changing addresses frequently, and moving funds across different chains.

The crypto industry has been facing a growing number of hacks and scams in recent years, as hackers exploit the vulnerabilities of decentralized platforms and the lack of regulation and oversight. Hackers stole approximately $400 million from crypto projects across 40 attacks in the first quarter of 2023, representing a 70% decrease compared to the same period in 2022.

The report attributed this drop to the sanctions imposed on Tornado Cash, a crypto mixer that was used by many hackers to launder their proceeds.

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Coinbase Announces Launch Date for Its Innovative Base Protocol

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Coinbase, one of the leading cryptocurrency platforms in the world, has announced the testnet launch of Base, a new Ethereum Layer 2 (L2) network that aims to bring the next billion users to web3. It is a secure, low-cost, developer-friendly solution that allows anyone to build decentralized applications (dapps) on-chain.

Base is built on top of Optimism, an open-source project that enables scaling Ethereum using optimistic rollups. It leverages the underlying security of Ethereum, along with Coinbase’s best practices, to enable users to easily and safely access Base from Coinbase, Ethereum L1, and other interoperable chains.

Coinbase Aims to Onboard One Billion People Worldwide

Base is designed to be a home for Coinbase’s on-chain products and an open ecosystem where anyone can build. Developers can benefit from seamless Coinbase product integrations, easy fiat onramps, and powerful acquisition tools that enable them to reach the 110M+ verified users and access $80B assets on the platform in the Coinbase ecosystem. 

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It also offers full EVM equivalence at a fraction of the cost and is committed to pushing forward the developer platform. For example, developers can set up gasless transactions for their dapps with easy APIs for account abstraction, and securely build multichain applications with easy-to-use bridges.

The protocol aims to be decentralized, permissionless, and open to anyone with the vision of creating a standard, modular, rollup agnostic Superchain powered by Optimism. Coinbase is joining Optimism as a Core Dev on the open-source OP Stack, and working to create a thriving community of other developers. It has no plans to issue a new network token. Developers can get started building on Base today at base.org.

 By offering a secure, low-cost, developer-friendly Ethereum L2 network that is empowered by Coinbase and open source, Base hopes to enable anyone, anywhere, to build dapps that can scale and reach mass adoption. It is expected to launch its mainnet later this year.

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Coinbase Executive Unveils ChatGPT’s Crypto Predictions for 2035

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Coinbase’s Head of Business Operations, Conor Grogan, unveiled a series of cryptocurrency predictions made by artificial intelligence tool ChatGPT on April 30, claiming to have discovered a “jailbreak”.

Grogan maintained that ChatGPT can calculate the probability of crypto price scenarios. On April 30, Grogan shared a screenshot showing ChatGPT’s predictions, which include a 15% chance of Bitcoin becoming irrelevant and witnessing a 99.99% price drop by 2035.

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However, the AI tool assigned a 20% probability to Ethereum (ETH) becoming irrelevant with near-zero price levels by 2035. Litecoin and Dogecoin were assigned probabilities of 35% and 45% respectively, for their prices to drop to near zero. 

Grogan concluded that ChatGPT is generally a fan of Bitcoin but remains more skeptical about altcoins.

Meanwhile, Grogan reiterated the fact that he repeatedly tested the process over 100 times on GPT-3.5 and GPT-4 with wiped memory, resulting in very consistent numbers and the same results.

It should be noted that this is not Grogan’s first time experimenting with crypto-related issues using ChatGPT. 

Grogan’s Earlier Experiment with ChatGPT

Earlier on March 15, Conor Grogan demonstrated how GPT-4, the latest version of ChatGPT, could identify security vulnerabilities in Ethereum smart contracts and provide outlines for exploiting faulty contracts.

He further stated that OpenAI, the team behind ChatGPT, has conducted studies showing that GPT-4 can pass high school tests and law school exams with scores in the 90th percentile. 

Amid the increasing adoption of the artificial intelligence tool, some countries have imposed an outright ban on ChatGPT. For instance, the Italian authorities have imposed a ban on the AI due to privacy concerns. 

More than any other time, the benefits of the AI tool should be applied in addressing crypto hacks and scams such as security measures, rigorous auditing, and a proactive approach to surmounting vulnerabilities in the crypto space

This will likely restore sanity and confidence in the cryptocurrency space in general.

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