Rounding up the hottest news across the DeFi ecosystem to help you keep up to speed. 

What if you could get push notifications about things happening on the blockchain? What if projects you like could send you a notification about a certain block event? The Ethereum Push Notification Service is aiming to bring that to light, and they just raised $10MM to help accelerate the effort. (EPNS Medium

The Uniswap team just released a new feature called the Snap Widget that allows users to seamlessly swap tokens anywhere across the web, such as within OpenSea. (Uniswap Twitter

Meta released plans to take a big cut of digital asset sales in their metaverse. The 47.5% figure includes a hardware platform fee of 30% for sales made through the Meta Quest Store, where it sells apps and games for its virtual reality headsets. On top of that, Horizon Worlds will charge a 17.5% fee. (CNBC

Offchain Labs, the company behind Ethereum layer 2 scaling solution Arbitrum, announced this week the launch of Nitro – a major update to the technical stack. According to Offchain, the update to Arbitrum will cheapen fees, speed up transactions, and make it easier for native Ethereum apps to interface with the Layer 2 chain. (CoinDesk

Ignite (formerly Tendermint) launched a $150 million accelerator for Web 3 projects, backed by 8 prominent investment partners. (The Block

A recent test aimed at ensuring that “The Merge” – which will meld the proof-of-stake Beacon Chain with the Ethereum mainnet, replacing energy-intensive miners with ETH stakers – goes ahead without a hitch. The Merge is scheduled for sometime after July. (The Defiant

Circle, the team that operates and maintains the USDC stablecoin, just raised $400M in an effort to continue scaling globally. (Circle Press