News and Links
Notes from last Eth2 call
Vitalik wants feedback on Eth2 materials
Code for Artemis, the Beacon chain Java client from PegaSys
ELI5: randomness in Eth2 using a VDF
Combining Avalanche RANDAO and VDFs
Backwards-Forwards sync of Ethereum clients through requesting reverse diffs
On raising the gas limit (and storage management fees). Also a hypothetical on how many magnitudes more throughput we can get from the PoW chain
Mustafa Al-Bassam: Towards on-chain non-interactive data availability proofs
Vitalik: discouragement attacks
- Raiden is live on mainnet! (see ahem, the live on mainnet section)
- Economics of Loom Networks’ PlasmaChain validators
- Plasma Winter account model Plasma with with zkSNARK proved state transitions
- Payment channel protocol for light client server incentivization
Stuff for developers
- Truffle v5 is out of beta
- Ganache v2 beta
- MetaMask developer docs
- Solidity v0.5.2
- web3j 4.1 for android out of beta
- ZeppelinOS and OpenZeppelin v2.1 releases candidates with Truffle 5 and Solidity 0.5.x
- State of Zeppelin’s EVM packages
- Optimistic contracts: assume data submission is legit until proven false, verified through bonding/slashing
- Piñata: the power of IPFS as an on-demand CDN
- RLP in Typescript
- Walkthrough of 0x Instant and 0x Launch Kit
- Austin Griffith Burner Wallets 2.0 in action to buy beer at blockchain meetup
- Steve Mark: security issues in meta transactions
- Bingen Eguzkitza’s suggestions to becoming a Solidity dev
- PegaSys 0.8.3 – hard fork ready
- v6.0.0-beta.3 of the ethereum consensus tests
- Progress on the Mana client in Elixir
- Eth on ARMbian. Geth and Parity images now hard fork ready (I got it wrong last week, sorry!)
- EthGlobal 2018 in review. 3,800 hackers (1000+ new to Solidity) from 65 countries. >500 projects submitted.
- Ethereum Foundation’s call to identify impactful Eth dapps
- Amberdata’s Eth 2018 in review data viz.
- Alethio on miners choosing empty blocks for profit
- The VB Foundation donated 1k eth to Prysmatic Labs, Chainsafe and SigmaPrime for their eth2 clients.
- zkDAI: private Dai transactions with SNARKs
- Status proposal for PRBS Whisper alternative
- Radical Address: simple ENS name purchasing
- ENS: Plans for 3-6 character name auction starting at end of q1
- Argent: no more seed phrases, instead a recovery account/multisig that does not have access to your assets. You can use a hardware wallet, a trusted friend or their Argent Guard service
- Universal Logins update. It has a live demo
Live on mainnet
- Raiden is live on mainnet in alpha testing. ie, break it, get bug bounty
- Societe Generale processed the first letter of credit on Komgo
- Bloomberg says Facebook is developing a Whatsapp stablecoin. My guess is that they eventually just give up and use a centralized database because they won’t be able to stomach giving up control.
- Blythe Masters exits Digital Asset for “personal reasons”
- LiquidShare’s pilot platform for European SME post-trade infrastructure opens on Euronext’s markets
- In January, Brazilian National Social Development Bank to launch trial of collateralized real stablecoin on Eth mainnet
- Tyler Smith: blockchain as industry data commons
Governance and Standards
- The dxDAO to launch on April 4th to govern the DutchX protocol, with 50% of tokens going to those who trade on DutchX.
- Maker stability fee at 0.5%, winning in a narrow vote
- All the links for the Gangnam ProgPOW testnet
- ERC820 is in last call
- ERC1667: standard Plasma MVP
- The state of Gnosis: how it all ties together
- DDEX is forking 0x as the Hydro Protocol. 0x responds and officially rebrands to 0x.
- 0x ecosystem acceleration grants
- Uport and Ethense educational certificates on your self-sovereign identity
- Update on insurance giant AXA’s Fizzy flight insurance app: 70% flights covered, 10k transactions, mostly “from a B2B deal.”
- Atari games RollerCoaster Tycoon and Goon Squad coming to Ethereum in second half of 2019
- Exploring the emerging crypto debt markets
- MakerScan is pretty slick.
- Aragon v0.6.2
- Golem v0.18.3
- Augur v1.8.6
- DecryptMedia profiles Grid+
- Qoo10 builds ecommerce platform where you can only use their token for purchases and listings.
Interviews, Podcasts, Videos, Talks
- Martin Holst Swende on Zero Knowledge
- St Louis Fed Reserve’s David Andolfatto on Epicenter
- Amir Taaki with Arthur Falls
- Afri Schoedon on 51Percent
- Storj’s Shawn Wilkinson and JT Olio on Hashing It Out
- Georgios Konstantoploulos on Hashing It Out
- Liam Horne on Into the Ether
Tokens / Business / Regulation
- Melonomics in a nutshell. I wouldn’t be surprised if many future token models look like this.
- Exploring bonding curve collateral
- Kyle Samani’s questions from the idea maze
- Scott Locklin explains the Fisher equation of exchange and says crypto has velocity all wrong
- Should be interesting to watch Cashbet fraud lawsuit. Charlie Shrem was an advisor and they paid ArsenalFC for an ad.
- Token Taxonomy Act: 3 Rs and 1 D in the US House intro a crypto bill during a lame duck session. Despite what crypto clickbait media may tell you, this does not augur particularly well for the US becoming more crypto friendly any time soon
- Coinbase head lawyer Brian Brooks in NYT: America Could Lead the Transition to a Digital Currency Reserve.
- Jurisdictional arbitrage in action: Swiss government wants to become more crypto friendly
- Cosmos Game of Stakes testnet goes live
- Substrate 1.0 beta is out. AdEx released payment channels on Substrate
- Reducing shielded proving time in Zcash Sapling
- Jarvis and Friday vulnerabilities found. Crypto peer review in action
- Swingby: hash timelocked BTC but minted as ERC20 token with collateralized ETH
- wBTC update. First wrapped BTC minted
- Bloomberg thinks Tether has the money it says it does
- Coinbase Earn launches. Gain ZRX by learning 0x
- Facebook gave Spotify, Netflix and the New York Times access to all sorts of user data, apparently including private messages
- Donate Eth to Heifer International (a longtime Nick Johnson favorite) and get an NFT
Dates of Note
Upcoming dates of note (new in bold):
- Jan 10 – Mobi Grand Challenge hackathon ends
- Jan 10-Feb7 – 0x and Coinlist virtual hackathon
- Jan ~15 – Constantinople hard fork at block 7080000
- Jan 17 – Aragon vote on funding original AragonOne team
- Jan 29-30 – AraCon (Berlin)
- Feb 7-8 – Melonport’s M1 conf (Zug)
- Feb 15-17 – ETHDenver hackathon (ETHGlobal) next hacker application round closes December 31st
- Feb 23-25 – EthAustin (EthUniversal)
- Mar 4 – Ethereum Magicians (Paris)
- Mar 5-7 – EthCC (Paris)
- Mar 8-10 – ETHParis (ETHGlobal)
- Mar 27 – Infura end of legacy key support (Jan 23 begins Project ID prioritization)
- Apr 19-21 – ETHCapetown (ETHGlobal)
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