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Solana, Cardano Among Top 10 Actively Developed Projects

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Based on publicly available Github information for April, Uniswap, Solana and Status ranked in the top three

According to Santiment data, Solana and Cardano remain among the top 10 fastest developed assets in April. In the list of the top 10 projects by aggregated development activity based on publicly available Github information for April, Uniswap, Solana and Status ranked in the top three. The listing positions Cardano as the seventh-most-developed asset ahead of Ethereum, which ranked eighth.

Santiment’s metric tracks the development data of thousands of public Github repositories. With more users contributing to a project, the higher place it gets in the ranking.

While development activity has little-to-no impact on near-term market prices, it may be a healthy indicator of the project’s long-term growth. Cardano topped the most developed assets in 2021, U.Today previously reported.

With the release of smart contracts technology for the Cardano blockchain, more developers have started to utilize the network and release various use cases.

Cardano’s big update, the Vasil hard fork, is expected to land in June. The upgrade in question appears to be named after Vasil Dabov, the late Bulgarian mathematician who was a prominent member of the Cardano community.

As stated in an IOHK blogpost, Plutus script referencing and reference inputs are two major improvements planned to be included in the June Vasil hard fork. Along these lines, CIPs for reference inputs (CIP-31) and reference scripts (CIP-33) have been submitted for implementation on Cardano and are expected to be implemented as part of the Vasil hard fork in June.

These Plutus enhancements, in addition to other scaling improvements, will increase throughput for decentralized apps (dApps), decentralized finance (DeFi), RealFi, products, smart contracts and exchanges built or operating on Cardano.

Solana recently announced the results of Riptide, a global hackathon focused on bringing the next wave of high-impact projects into the Solana ecosystem. Riptide is the fifth Solana hackathon and the first to take place as Solana Hacker Houses gathered builders from around the globe.





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Solana (SOL) Sustains Second Week of Inflows as Blockchain Sentiment Improves

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According to CoinShares data, digital asset investment products saw $117 million inflows last week, the largest since July 2022, while total assets under management (AuM) have risen to $28 billion, up 43% from their November 2022 lows.

While the focus seemed to be almost entirely on Bitcoin, which saw $116 million in inflows last week, altcoins such as Solana saw inflows as well.

Solana is sustaining its second week of inflows as sentiment around its blockchain has generally improved. Solana investment products saw inflows of $1.1 million in the past week, surpassing those of the previous week, where inflows of $0.1 million were recorded.

Solana saw a remarkable rebound after declining over 42% in the wake of the FTX implosion. Once dubbed an “Ethereum killer,” Solana was once the darling of FTX co-founder Sam Bankman-Fried.

In late December 2022, Solana’s token price steadily declined before plunging by as much as 20% on Dec. 29. Following Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin’s support tweet, SOL’s price has more than tripled since then.

The January price bump has seen the cryptocurrency reclaim the $26 level as its price has risen. According to CoinGecko data, SOL is up 1.3% in the last seven days and 149% higher in the last 30 days. The crypto asset traded at $24.58 at press time.

SOL reclaimed the 10th spot on the list of largest cryptocurrencies by market cap before losing this spot to Polygon MATIC at press time.

Earlier in January, Citi Research published its report on Solana, saying that activity on the blockchain remained high. It also noted that a handful of key metrics had returned to pre-FTX-collapse levels, suggesting relief for some users on the chain.



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Solana-based Friktion urges users to withdraw funds as it halts front-end operations

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Solana-based DeFi platform Friktion has urged its users to withdraw their funds from the protocol, as it moves to suspend all frontend operations.

The Friktion team said it made the tough decision to suspend its operations due to the worsening financial crisis resulting from the FTX collapse and Solana’s repeated outages.

Specifically, the platform’s operating cost is said to be too expensive when compared to its profit and cash flow.

As a result, Friktion announced on Jan. 27 that it has disabled its frontend interface to prevent users from initiating new deposits.

However, the platform is in “withdrawal-only mode” to allow users to withdraw their Volt deposits.

“In the meantime, we strongly encourage users to withdraw funds as the Friktion user platform begins the process of sunsetting,” the Friktion team said.

Before the recent insolvency crisis, Friktion reached over $150 million in total-value-locked (TVL) on Solana and recorded about $3 billion in trading volume, DeFiLarma data shows.

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Solana (SOL) Migrating to New NFT Standard in Next 60 Days

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Sharky.fi, an NFT lending protocol on Solana, has shared information on the migration to a new standard of NFTs.

As stated in a thread of tweets, Solana is migrating to “programmable NFTs,” or pNFTs. This refers to a new standard of NFTs introduced by Metaplex to help creators get their royalties back.

Metaplex refers to the Solana-powered protocol that allows for the creation and minting of non-fungible tokens, auctions and visualizing NFTs in a standard way across wallets and applications.

The new asset class, “programmable NFTs,” will exist alongside “normal NFTs” and may likely become the predominant standard for royalty enforcement going forward.

The pNFT standard would allow creators to decide which protocols their NFTs are or are not allowed to interact with. This would be achieved by modifying allow-and-deny lists.

According to Sharky.fi, most of the top marketplaces, AMMs, lending protocols and staking protocols are actively working on adding support for it. It further indicated that a decent chunk of the NFT collections on Solana might migrate there in the next 30 to 60 days.

Already Solana’s crypto wallet for DeFi and NFTs, Phantom has indicated support for the Metaplex royalties enforcement standard with programmable NFTs, saying “pNFTs represent a huge step forward for the ecosystem and its creators,” while adding it was on track for a Feb. 15 release across all platforms.

Programmable NFTs now deployed on mainnet

As stated on the official Metaplex Twitter handle, programmable NFTs have now been deployed on the mainnet.

It urges developers, marketplaces and wallets to use the latest stable version of token metadata to integrate the new pNFTs’ instructions.

It further adds that creators would only be able to upgrade existing collections to pNFTs with royalties enforcement when more than 50% coverage of the new asset class has been reached across marketplaces and wallets.





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