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Cryptocurrencies XRP, MKR Shine as BTC, ETH Hold Steady Ahead of US Inflation Data
XRP climbed above its 200-day moving average while MKR hit a three-week high. A higher-than-expected figure for core PCE, the Fed's preferred measure of inflation, may inject volatility into markets.
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Crypto Lender Maker Turns to Staked Ether to Reduce USDC Influence
The development is part of a move away from centralized crypto products such as stablecoins.
CDCROP: Dollar Bills $1 (Horst Schwalm/Pixabay)

Celsius CEO Alex Mashinsky (CoinDesk archives)
Celsius Pivots Toward Paying Off Aave, Compound Debt, With $950M Collateral as Prize
The troubled crypto lender Celsius started to make good on the $258 million debt on the decentralized lending protocols Aave and Compound – possibly in an attempt to reclaim collateral it had posted as guarantees. The transactions come just a day after Celsius used a debt-paydown to reclaim collateral on Maker.
Celsius CEO Alex Mashinsky (CoinDesk archives)

Celsius CEO Alex Mashinsky (CoinDesk archives)
Celsius Network Pays Off Maker Loan, Freeing Up $440M of Collateral
The troubled crypto lender paid down the remaining $41 million of its debt on the DeFi platform.
Celsius CEO Alex Mashinsky (CoinDesk archives)

Celsius CEO Alex Mashinsky (CoinDesk archives)
Celsius Repays $183M on DeFi Protocol Maker, Gets Back Collateral, Blockchain Data Shows
The troubled crypto lender paid down $183 million of its debt to the decentralized lending protocol Maker, blockchain data shows, possibly in a bid to recover bitcoin-linked collateral that otherwise would remain trapped.
Celsius CEO Alex Mashinsky (CoinDesk archives)

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Making MakerDAO Matter Again
Recent governance proposals aim to take DeFi’s once-dominant stablecoin issuer into the “real world.”
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Rune Christensen, MakerDAO Founder
Maker Price Passes $4K for First Time, as MakerDAO Brings Real Estate to DeFi
"Real world" assets have entered DeFi, as the Maker protocol reportedly just minted $38,000 of dai stablecoins to finance a mortgage loan.
Rune Christensen, MakerDAO Founder

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These DeFi Tokens Have Double-Digit Gains as Bitcoin's Growth Tapers
DeFi tokens are attracting investors as bitcoin's rally fades and new protocols are updated.
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Multiple Tokens See Rally Amid Looming ‘Alt Season’
Bitcoin and ether may be pulling back from their all-time highs but alternative cryptos are starting to see action.
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Rune Christensen, MakerDAO Founder
Maker's MKR Token Surges to 2-Year High on DeFi Growth
Maker's MKR token surged to its highest level in more than two years.
Rune Christensen, MakerDAO Founder