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Chase to Block Crypto Payments in UK 🚫

Chase Bank customers in the United Kingdom will no longer be able to make crypto transactions -- plus the top news, stats, and reports of the week in crypto

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Issue Summary: Welcome back to Coinstack, the weekly newsletter for institutional crypto investors and industry insiders. We review the top news, stats, and reports in the digital asset ecosystem for our 150k weekly subscribers. This week we cover Chase UK blocking crypto payments, the court denying SBF’s second attempt at bail, the court rejecting testimony from seven expert witnesses put forward by Sam Bankman-Fried, and big new venture rounds for Proof of Play ($33M) and Fuzefinance ($14M).

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🗞️ Crypto News Recap: The Top 5 Stories

Welcome back to This Week in Crypto… everything you need to know in one scannable format. Here are the top 5 stories of the week…

  1. 🚫 Chase U.K. to Block Crypto Payments - Starting Oct. 16, the bank will decline customer attempts to make payments related to crypto assets via debit card or outgoing bank transfers. This brings up many questions as to whether a bank actually should legally have the power to block what its customers choose to legally spend money on.

    1. Our take: Could this lead to a class action law suit against Chase bank or legislative action from the pro-digital assets Sunak administration? And why is Chase digging itself into the ground as an anti-innovation and anti-blockchain bank? Is the future of money centralized? We don’t think so.

  2. ⚖️ Appeals court denies Sam Bankman-Fried’s second attempt at bail- Three judges in an appeals court have denied former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried’s bail request, according to a court filing on Sept. 21. Those judges, all on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, found no error in an earlier decision by U.S. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan.

  3. ⚖️ Court rejects testimony from seven expert witnesses put forward by Sam Bankman-Fried- Seven expert witnesses expected to testify on behalf of former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried have been rejected, according to a ruling dated Sept. 21.

  4.  Celsius' Bankruptcy Nears End as Creditors Approve Reorganization Plan- Bankrupt crypto lender Celsius' creditors have voted to approve a plan that would return 67%-85% of holdings back to them, according to a voting declaration filing by restructuring specialist Stretto that awaits final approval from the court.

  5. 👋 NEAR Foundation’s Marieke Flament Steps Down as CEO- NEAR Foundation CEO Marieke Flament has stepped down after two years in her role running the organization behind the NEAR protocol (NEAR). Chris Donovan, the foundation’s general counsel, will take her place, according to a Thursday blog post.

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📊 Key Stats of the Week

Here are the most important and interesting stats in crypto this week...

1. The amount of ETH staked has consistently grown. Along with that, Lido's share has remained high and is nearing a key threshold of 33%

Source: @kunalgoel

2. Base doing ~$200k/week in profit

Source: @JasonYanowitz

3. Users in the Ethereum ecosystem are at an all-time high despite being 2 years into a bear market📈

Source: @ThorHartvigsen

4. The chart below illustrates the speed at which Ethereum has gathered product market fit and become a widely used product

Source: @ThorHartvigsen

5. Liquid staking grew from $7.9b to over $20b in 2023 alone

Source: @ThorHartvigsen

📝 Highlights from the Top Crypto Reports

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About the Author: Paul Veradittakit, is a Managing Partner at Pantera Capital, one of the oldest and largest institutional investors focused on investing into blockchain companies and cryptocurrencies. This is an excerpt from the full article, which you can find here.


This past week of 8/26 to 9/1 was Stanford Blockchain Week, a week-long series of conferences, summits, and events centered around the 6th annual Sciences of Blockchain Conference (SBC). In addition to this main, primarily academic conference, this year there were also a large number of other summits, including the Blockchain Application Stanford Summit (BASS) by Stanford Blockchain Club, the Starknet Summit in SF, and academic workshops focused on consensus, MEV and DAOs, and countless other side events. In this article, we will explore three key trends throughout the week, and what all of this means for the industry’s development at large.

Trend 1: Optimization of ZKPs in both theory and practice

Much of the conference was, not surprisingly, focused on zero knowledge proofs (ZKPs). The optimization of existing ZKP solutions was a core topic during SBC itself, with a session focusing on breakthroughs in efficient folding schemes such as HyperNova and Protostar. In addition to these, there were also other academic talks focusing on applying zkSNARKs for more efficient batch Merkle proofs, and formal verification for ZK circuits.

Moreover, it wasn’t only the academics at Stanford that were interested in advancing research in ZKPs. During the week, several Stanford startups from the Stanford Blockchain Accelerator presented novel applications of Zero Knowledge Proofs in various areas. Nexus Labs and Modulus Labs, for example, used ZKPs for verifiable computation, Ironmill and Succinct presented use-cases in new dev-tooling and infrastructure, and Nocturne and Hinkal presented applications in private transactions.

The key observation here is that the ZKP ecosystem is gradually specializing, where different companies focus on one specific part of the ZK pipeline – whether that is connecting applications to provers, providing ZK proofs for a specific vertical (such as AI in the case of Modulus), or providing other enhanced integration tools. This specialization may signal how the industry is gradually developing a modularized and sophisticated pipeline, thus highlighting ZKPs growing maturity as a technology. All this, of course, is undergirded by a steady pace in academic breakthroughs (such as the novel folding schemes presented at SBC) that opens up new use cases for the technology and creates a symbiotic relationship between ZKP theory and practice.

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