Biweekly, we’ll round up the hottest news across the DeFi ecosystem to help you keep up to speed. 

CoinMarketCap and Spartan Labs is out with a detailed report on the state of DeFi that provocatively asks, “Is DeFi Dead?”. News flash: it’s not! The report includes a history of DeFi’s short, yet colorful, history. (CoinMarketCap and Spartan Labs: State of the DeFi Industry Report | Alexandria

A new entrant in the stablecoin wars emerges: DeFi protocol Curve has released a Javascript library that gives the first hints at their much anticipated crvUSD stablecoin. (Curve Releases Interface Code For New Stablecoin – The Defiant

Binance will automatically convert their users balances in three stablecoins (USDC, TUSD, and PUSD) into BUSD in a move to boost usage of their native stablecoin. (Binance to convert users’ USD Coin into its own stablecoin (

Ethereum Network’s Bellatrix upgrade went live on the Beacon Chain – the final step ahead of The Merge. (First step of Ethereum’s ‘merge’ begins. Here’s what to know about Bellatrix | Fortune

Coindesk interviewed Ethereum protocol developer Preston Van Loon on his high expectations for the network post-Merge. (What the Merge Could Mean for Ethereum and Its Developers (

Arbitrum, an Ethereum layer 2 network, launched its Nitro upgrade in an effort to reduce fees and increase transaction speeds. (Arbitrum Upgrades to Nitro Ahead of Ethereum Merge – Blockworks

Silicon Valley venture capital firm a16z introduced a suite of NFT licenses designed to help creators protect their intellectual property. (A16Z’s Latest Bet on NFTs: Free Licenses for Everyone – The Defiant

Consulting firm KPMG says the crypto market shows signs of maturing despite recent setbacks and the macro environment. (Crypto market maturing, KPMG says ( 

MakerDAO’s co-founder, Rune, put forward a community proposal to transition to a “free floating” DAI stablecoin. (MakerDAO Co-Founder Lays Timeline for Free Floating DAI (

Cardano has confirmed the date September 22 for its Vasil upgrade, designed for greater scalability and lower fees. (Blockchain Cardano’s (ADA) Vasil Upgrade Confirmed for Sept. 22 (

The NFT marketplace Sudoswap is set to airdrop their new governance token. Check out their guide to airdrop eligibility here: (sudoswap blog