Short Takes: Coinbase's DeFi extension; Facebook Diem & Silvergate; $1B valuation for banktech Amount and $2B Ethos life insurtech; Zapper raises $15MM; Amazon palm scanner; Burning Shiba

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Here are the top ones hitting our radar:

  1. Amazon is bringing its Amazon One palm scanner to select Whole Foods as a payment option (link here)

  2. U.S. Insurtech Ethos Raises $200 Million Through Series D Investment Round; Boosts Valuation to $2 Billion (link here)

  3. Hong Kong Looks to Expand Cross-Border Tests of Digital Yuan (link here)

  4. Diem Announces Partnership with Silvergate and Strategic Shift to the United States (link here)

  5. Ethereum’s Co-Founder Vitalik Buterin Donates Over $1 Billion To India Covid Relief Fund And Other Charities (link here)

  6. Asia's DBS Bank Launches Bitcoin Custody Service (link here)

  7. New Australian Islamic finance DeFi platform is ‘guided by Sharia’ (link here)

  8. Digital Finance Launches the First Bitcoin One-Stop-Shop (link here)

  9. DeFi startup Balancer Labs rolls out latest version of its automated market-making protocol (link here)

  10. Polkadot platform for DeFi derivatives lands $6.4 million i…

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