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

A recent eToro survey found that more female retail investors report owning crypto than stocks and crypto is the second most held asset class for women after cash. (Blockworks

According to a recent report by Alchemy, Web3 development activity spiked 453% in Q4 of 2022 despite broader industry headwinds in sentiment and investment. (Alchemy

Blockchain gaming platform Fractal, founded by Justin Kan of Twitch, is expanding from Solana to the Polygon ecosystem with plans to work with 30 Polygon-based gaming groups including Aavegotchi and Decentral Games. (The Block

Over 14 years since Satoshi Nakamoto’s whitepaper, Jamie Dimon still doesn’t appear to understand the fundamental properties of Bitcoin. (Decrypt

Developers of the memecoin giant Shiba Inu are launching an Ethereum Layer 2 network they are calling Shibarium. Shiba DAO’s governance token, bone, will be the gas for transactions on-chain. (The Block

Robinhood began rolling out their web3 wallet, with zero-fee swaps on Polygon, to 1 million waitlisted users. (Decrypt

Ethereum’s proof-of-stake Beacon Chain surpassed 500,000 validators. (Blockworks

Consensys is entering the zero-knowledge proof Layer 2 rollup scene with a private testnet for their zkEVM network. (The Defiant

1inch Networks, primarily known as a DEX aggregator, has launched a hardware wallet for self-custody. (Cointelegraph