Ethereum News and Links
Constantinople upgrade fork this week
- Constantinople’s network upgrade is scheduled to happen around Feb 28th at block 7280000. Update your clients so you don’t get left behind. Here’s the Foundation’s FAQ if you’re curious about what this means for you. The link also has links to the most recent client versions.
- [eth1] part 4, part 5 and part 6 of Alexey’s eth1 workshop retrospective. Click part 6 for an overview of each different part to understand what was discussed at the eth1 workshop.
- [eth1] Ewasm 1.x precompiles, part 1
- [eth2] Buterin: Maximally simple account abstraction without gas refunds
- Zether and Sigmabullets for confidential/anonymous transactions. 7m gas now, but could be lowered to 1.7m with EIP1108 and 1109. Paper by Bünz, Agrawal, Zamani and Boneh.
- Starkware on STARK math, pt2
- Barry WhiteHat: Semaphore, rate limiting with SNARKs to fight spam
- Zero knowledge proofs using bulletproofs
- WASM-compatible Miximus in Rust POC
Plasma and sidechains
- Staking for Loom’s PlasmaChains client is live
- Streamr opensourced Monoplasma for one to many payments
- At EthDenver, Hoard’s Plasma Dog did 28.5k transactions on OmiseGo’s MoreViablePlasma implementation which saved ~$2300 in transaction fees by not putting them on the mainchain.
- a Plasma watchtower built at EthDenver by Will Villanueva and Matt Garnett
- Why Ocean Protocol chose to launch on a PoA chain
- Getting started with SKALE sidechain network (testnet launched at EthDenver)
- Liquidity Network paper on NOCUST with SNARKs for checkpoints
- Gluon Plasma goes live with Leverj’s exchange on mainnet.
- FunFair is planning to opensource a more generalized version of its FateChannels
- “I just closed a mainnet Raiden Network channel. Through it I received or mediated 6600 payments and sent 430 payments with 1 wei being the smallest amount. It cost ~$0.30 in tx fees to open, close and settle the channel.” – Jacob Czepluch.
- New Raiden release: v0.100.2 – webUI, bugfixes, and now you can run Raiden on Raspberry Pi
- Celer continues to run a weekly Gomoku contest where the top 64 scores get Eth. (Disclosure: I’ve won both weeks so far)
Stuff for developers
- Building a decentralized Reddit, pt3. Embark tutorial.
- Getting started with the Buidler task runner
- Etherlime v1.0.2 adds a flattener and React shape
- Truffle v5.0.5
- Solhint v2 – Solidity linter
- Brownie: a Python framework for testing, deploying and interacting with your EVM code
- Philippe Castonguay on why Create2
- How Ronan Sandford (ex-EtherPlay) architected his new game The Sandbox
- 3Box’s human friendly web3 activity feed
- A taxonomy of front running attacks
- Formal verification for noobs, pt 3
- MythX security plugin for Truffle. MythX to give 25% of revenue to MythX tool plugins
- Finding all underflows with eveem and BigQuery
- EthQL update
- Query Ethereum with SQL
- Grants: Ethereum Foundation released a group of grantees (Matter’s rollup, LeapDAO Plasma, Shadowlands, py-libp2p, DeepSea, Eth on Arm, and Görli testnet), and Gnosis released its first group. Also Maker gave a grant to DexPay point of sale terminal
- Outcomes of the recent Status, web3foundation, and Validity labs messaging protocol workshop
- Swarm v0.3.11 released
- Proposed short ENS auction reservation process
- Main event of the week: Afri quit the Ethereum community in response to social media trolls. Many signed a letter in response. Afri is an Ethereum hero; that will never change. It’s a sad reminder that social attacks by outsiders can be effective. The only countermeasure is to frequently say thank you to the many people who go above and beyond.
- ETHGlobal announced upcoming hackathons through 2019: Paris, Cape Town, New York, India, Boston, Waterloo
- EthDenver finalists. Winners of sponsor prizes. All the submissions, as there were many great submissions.
- Most core Ethereum devs strongly prefer Eth to other crypto and are incentive aligned with Eth holders.
Live on mainnet
- Augur frontend Guesser is live. It’s got some prediction markets about the Oscars.
- Convergent: personal tokens on a pre-set price curve. “Invest in your friends.”
- Leverj’s exchange went live as mentioned above in Plasma section.
- NuoNetwork’s non-custodial margin trading to leverage up 2x
- MolochDAO deployed to main net, and thus is now accepting membership and grant requests. Whitepaper on using a grants DAO to fund public goods.
- Pegasys: Why IBFT 2.0’s privacy improvements are good for enterprises and consortia
- iExec gets 900k euros from French government to adapt their computing platform to enterprise
- Update on Parity’s collaboration with World Food Programme to bring cash payments to Syrian refugees. Now 10x bigger: 100k transfers every month
Governance and Standards
- Given that 55-60% of miners are voting for ProgPow, I think we can assume a lower limit on what % of hashpower is GPUs.
- ERC1761: Scoped Approval Interface
- ERC1756: Practical Randomness via Dual Contract
- ERC1757: Reputation Mechanism to Claim Issuers
- ERC1767: GraphQL interface to Ethereum node data
- Digix targets March 30th for governance launch, also storing gold in Canada as well as Singapore
- Aragon Agent – an account owned by an Aragon org to interact trustlessly with other web3 apps
- Golem v0.19.0 – new provider marketplace and migration to Docker for Windows
- Request Protocol v2 alpha release
- FunFair 2019 roadmap: no 3rd party KYC app, more third party titles, and launching white label casinos.
- Maker to raise stability fee to 1.5%
Interviews, Podcasts, Videos, Talks
- Justin Drake indepth Eth2 walkthrough on NEAR’s Whiteboard Series
- Justin Drake VDF talk and more from VDF Day including Dan Boneh, Ben Wesolowski, and Filecoin
- Bounties Network Mark Beylin and Simona Pop on Into the Ether
- Austin Griffith and Igor Barinov talk xDai on Zero Knowledge
Tokens / Business / Regulation
- Breaker (formerly SingularDTV) to put proceeds from the Trust Machine movie into a token they’ll give to their tokenholders as of ~March 13
- Dan Elitzer on the inevitable financial engineering future of open finance
- Monegro: Cryptonetwork governance as capital
- Responses to the CFTC’s request for comments
- Institutional investor consultant Cambridge Associates published a report arguing that funds should take a crypto position. Bloomberg article.
- Brian Armstrong op-ed on custody is worth a read if you hold crypto. He says they have $500 million under custody from institutions.
- MetaMask passes 1m installs in the Chrome Store
- CasperLabs is funding Vlad Zamfir’s CBC Casper research, which seems like a win for Vlad, Ethereum, CBC, and CasperLabs.
- “the Bitcoin structure was quite brilliant, it seems like there’s some merit to Ethereum as well, and maybe some of the others” – Elon Musk in an interview this week
- Tweetstorm: what are BLS sigs?
- Paper: new instantiation of a VDF
- There were some crazy transaction fees this week, presumably due to forgetting a decimal point on the gas price.
- Lots of speculation about Samsung including Ethereum wallets on phone. Only confirmation I can find is this line from a press release: “Galaxy S10 is built with defense-grade Samsung Knox, as well as a secure storage backed by hardware, which houses your private keys for blockchain-enabled mobile services.”
- Results for Gitcoin’s 25k “Liberal Radicalism” matching grants
Dates of Note
Upcoming dates of note (new in bold):
- Feb ~28 – Constantinople (block 7280000)
- Mar 4 – Ethereum Magicians (Paris)
- Mar 5-7 – EthCC (Paris)
- Mar 8-10 – ETHParis
- Mar 8-10 – EthUToronto
- Mar 22 – Zero Knowledge Summit 0x03 (Berlin)
- Mar 27 – Infura end of legacy key support
- April 4-5 – Deconomy (Seoul)
- April 8-14 – Edcon hackathon and conference (Sydney)
- Apr 19-21 – ETHCapetown
- Apr 24-26 – Truffle Elevate (Dublin)
- May 9 – Fluidity Summit (NYC)
- May 10-11 – Ethereal (NYC)
- May 17-19 – ETHNewYork
- May 17 – Deadline to accept proposals for Instanbul upgrade fork
- June 22-24 – Zcon1 (Split, Croatia)
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