Sam Kessler

Sam Kessler

Sam is CoinDesk's deputy managing editor for tech and protocols. His reporting is focused on decentralized technology, infrastructure and governance. Sam holds a computer science degree from Harvard University, where he led the Harvard Political Review. He has a background in the technology industry and owns some ETH and BTC. Sam was part of the team that won a 2023 Gerald Loeb Award for CoinDesk's coverage of Sam Bankman-Fried and the FTX collapse.

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Ethereum Merge No Longer Expected in June
According to Ethereum core developer Tim Beiko, the network’s much-anticipated shift to proof-of-stake might not come until the fall.
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Reminder: The Merge Won’t Solve Ethereum’s Scaling Woes by Itself
Ethereum’s transition to proof-of-stake might finally be around the corner, but true scale won’t come from a single upgrade.
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Umee aims to be a hub for cross-chain DeFi. (Akinori UEMURA/Unsplash)
Cosmos Builder Ignite, 11 VCs Put Up $150M to Invest in Multichain Crypto Teams
The accelerator includes backing from Sam Bankman Fried’s Alameda Research, KuCoin Ventures and others.
Umee aims to be a hub for cross-chain DeFi. (Akinori UEMURA/Unsplash)
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Ethereum Rollup Arbitrum to Release Major Update
The update will halve fees, increase transaction speed, and make it easier for Ethereum Virtual Machine-compatible apps to build on Arbitrum.
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Cosmos-Based Gravity DEX Rebrands and Moves Chains
The re-launch as “Crescent” comes after Gravity DEX struggled to establish itself as a larger player within the broader Cosmos ecosystem.
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Cosmos-Based Juno Blockchain Pushed Offline in Apparent Attack
A malicious smart contract has put the network out of commission for over 24 hours and comes less than a month after a controversial governance vote.
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Ronin Attack Shows Cross-Chain Crypto Is a ‘Bridge’ Too Far
Last week’s $625 million exploit of the Axie Infinity sidechain underscores the risks of sacrificing decentralization for scale, Ethereum boosters say.
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DeFi Lender Inverse Finance Exploited for $15.6M
It is the third multimillion-dollar crypto attack to make headlines in recent days.
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Ola Finance Exploited for $3.6M in Re-Entrancy Attack
The attack targeted Fuse Lending, which is an implementation of Ola Finance on the EVM-compatible Fuse blockchain.
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GameFi investors are still chasing the next Axie. (Jakub Sisulak/Unsplash)
Money Continues to Pour Into GameFi, but Will Developers Follow?
One of the hottest sectors for investors is seeing mixed reactions from top talent.
GameFi investors are still chasing the next Axie. (Jakub Sisulak/Unsplash)