Automated Market Making Mechanisms and Issues in Uniswap, Balancer, and Curve

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Early decentralized exchange (DEX) proposals took their inspiration from classical exchange markets and made use of order books to match sell and buy orders. A complementary approach to offchain order books for decentralized exchanges uses the concept of automated market makers (AMMs). In this post we look at the basics of the following three AMM projects: Uniswap, Balancer, and Curve.

Censorship of Harmful Data in Blockchains

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Public blockchains allow insertion of arbitrary data. Even specific-purpose blockchains like Bitcoin already contain a lot of non-financial data. Although this data insertion can be beneficial in some use cases (e.g. proof of existence), it can also cause damage. If a blockchain contained videos with instructions on how to torture someone, there would immediately be broad consensus that this data must be deleted. But since blockchains are supposed to be immutable databases, the question is: what can be done if this happens?

A Short Guide Through the Universe of Blockchain Based Micropayment Systems

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Micropayment take place in pay-as-you-go software service models, micro donations, and the Internet of Things (IoT). In these contexts payments for values which are usually under the smallest unit of fiat money (e.g. $0.001) are needed. Prepaid cards can solve this problem. Another approach uses cryptocurrencies in the blockchain, having the advantage of allowing exact […]