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 (msn.com)

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 (coindesk.com)

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 (theblock.co) 

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 (blockworks.co)

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 (coindesk.com)

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