Chainlink aims to solve cryptocurrency’s oracle problem. The oracle problem is twofold: cryptocurrency blockchains are unable to access external data by default, and the use of any centralized data feeds would nullify the decentralization of the smart contract. The solution to this problem is a decentralized data set provided by dozens of trusted entities that are given economic incentives to fetch the data being requested by a smart contract. This is what Chainlink is.
💵Community Grants & Proof of Reserves💵
In August 2020, Chainlink announced their Community Grants program. This initiative essentially seeks to supercharge the growth of Chainlink’s ecosystem. Chainlink has since funded 19 different grants related to research and development. In October 2020, Bitgo, the company which issues WBTC, the largest wrapped Bitcoin token on Ethereum, partnered with Chainlink for proof of reserves. As of November 2020, TrustToken, the company which issues the TUSD stablecoin, is also using Chainlink for proof of reserves.
⚡Chainlink & Flash Loans⚡
The reliance on centralized price feeds by DeFi protocols is what fundamentally makes them susceptible to flash loan “attacks”. Dozens of DeFi protocols have integrated Chainlink and other decentralized price oracles to protect themselves from flash loan attacks over the last few months. ⚖Zeus Capital Update & SEC Risk⚖ In November 2020, Zeus Capital issued a 100-thousand-dollar bounty payable to anyone who could provide them with information about Chainlink’s “illicit and manipulative practices”. One week later, Zeus Capital followed up with the claim that the LINK token will eventually be classified as a security by the SEC in the United States. Tthe Crypto Ratings Council has given Chainlink a rating of 2 out of 5 in terms of how closely it meets the criteria of the Howey Test. Considering the Crypto Ratings Council gave XRP a rating of 4 out of 5, LINK should be safe from the SEC.
🕵️♂Chainlink = Monopoly?🕵️♂
API3 has accused Chainlink of monopolistic practices after it effectively barred API3 from participating in two Ethereum hackathons by buying exclusive rights with their organizers. Chainlink has also partnered with the World Economic Forum to set standards for decentralized oracles which seem to make Chainlink the de facto standard.
📉LINK Token Dumping📉
It appears as if the Chainlink team has been selling hundreds of thousands of LINK every few days. An August report by Trustnodes also claims that the Chainlink team is actively trying to obfuscate (hide) those transactions. This selling behavior by the Chainlink team could be why LINK lost momentum in mid-August and continues to lose strength against Bitcoin.
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