Week in Ethereum News
November 20, 2021

Eth News and Links

Mainnet execution layer


  • EIP NFTs: authors of finalized EIPs can mint an NFT

Proof of Stake consensus layer


  • Celer cBridge v2.0 live on mainnet, one click user experience and LPs don’t need to run a cBridge node
  • StarkNet Alpha 4 (release candidate for mainnet): adds token bridges, block hash, self contract address & updates contract address calculation
  • Polygon Miden: zk virtual machine in Rust for STARK based zk rollup, led by Bobbin Threadbare (former Facebook’s lead ZK researcher & creator of Winterfell), alpha
  • Binance adds direct deposit to Arbitrum One rollup with withdrawals to be added later

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Stuff for developers

  • Annual Solidity developer survey [Google form]
  • web3.js v1.6.1: breaking change in web3.eth.getBlock output, open discussion on auto fill of gas price if not set in sendTransaction
  • eth-sdk v0.2.2 (generate type-safe contract SDK via the address): option to use Sourcify as ABI source
  • Uniswap v3 geometric mean TWAP oracle manipulation, technically possible but under restrictive conditions
  • OpenZeppelin Defender contract automation, now free for teams
  • Gelato Ops: contract task automation
  • MultiFaucet: Ropsten, Kovan, Görli and Optimism Kovan testnet faucet via Twitter sign in, dripping ETH, wETH, DAI and ERC721 NFTs
  • siwe: Sign-In with Ethereum library, alpha with example integration



  • watchtheburn v3: insights with real-time historical totals, basefee increasing and net issuance decreasing every month
  • Galaxy Digital: visualization for 100 days of EIP1559 [PDF], miner revenue increased 33% in dollar terms, 56% of ETH issuance burnt
  • Vitalik’s review of Optimism’s retroactive public goods funding round: increase number & diversity of voters, 2 layer nomination process, secret ballots, more discussion and change reward formula
  • Flashbots Protect: view status of pending transactions on Etherscan


Application layer

  • Aave Arc: permissioned Aave market with Fireblocks providing KYC/AML and onboarding to institutions
  • Cream Finance exploit recovery, allocating tokens from the treasury to impacted, uninsured users
  • Paraswap governance token, ~20k users eligible to claim out of more than 1 million addresses
  • Saddle governance token, initially non-transferrable, after 3 months DAO can make transferrable or after 12 months anyone can
  • AugurDAO: plan for transition to DAO using a DXdao Guild
  • ConstitutionDAO: attempt to buy print of US constitution, outbid at auction by Ken Griffin for $41 million (plus fees & taxes), contributors can claim a pro rata refund and a POAP [Disclosure: I contributed]

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