Eth News and Links
- Geth v1.9.3 – maintenance release with Istanbul upgrade finalized
- Least Authority’s ProgPow security audit, later discussed on core devs call. “We found no major issues and the design appears to function as intended.”
- First call for the finality gadget working group that will use the eth2 chain to finalize the eth1 chain and then drastically reduce mining rewards.
- Latest core devs call. Live tweeted notes. Oct 2 testnet fork, mainnet in Nov. Lots of blake2b discussion. Next hard fork after this one named “Berlin.”
- A Casper FFG explainer. How it adapts PBFT
- It’s Eth2 networking lockin week
- Games for evaluating liveness in Casper CBC
- Bouncing attack analysis and prevention
- Lighthouse client update – interop with Nimbus, networking to official spec, 50ms slot times with 8 validators
- Prysmatic client update – like Lighthouse, prepping for Eth2 networking lockin
- Vitalik: layer 1 techniques on layer 2
- A gentle guide to the OVM, and where CEL is building.
- Latest Plasma implementer call
- IACR paper on lightweight watchtowers
Stuff for developers
- Eth2 developer experience survey
- Write your first zk snark using Iden3’s circom and snarkjs libraries
- babyJubJub in Rust
- Groth16 verifier
- Zac Williamson video on PLONK, Aztec’s new snark construction
- Remix IDE v0.8.6
- web3Connect v1.0.0-beta.20 – 92% smaller bundle size, some breaking changes
- Chainshot’s intro to ethers.js tutorial
- filestorage.js for storage on SKALE sidechains
- First time Eth developing on Windows guide
- Build a text notification app with IPFS, Twilio and Eth address for authentication
- Runtime Verification announces work on bounded model checker, a symbolic execution tool as a component of K’s Haskell backend.
- Stop using Solidity’s transfer. Christian Reitwießner’s response: “We have not yet reached a conclusion on that”
- Mixers and beyond: Semaphore and the MicroMix eth and token mixer (live on Kovan testnet). An outline on making a private DAO with Semaphore
- State of mixers – a report on the tradeoffs and progresses of mixers in our ecosystem
- Mixicles – Juels, Breidenbach, et al paper with Chainlink. Input payments and decide payouts based on oracle results. two or more parties and yield payouts that are conditioned on oracle reports.
- A coin mixer built on Enigma
- Evolution of Dharma – engaging chronicle of how Dharma has navigated the idea maze
- EthBoston submissions and winners. Also two great videos from EthBoston to watch: Albert Ni’s “Ethereum from multiple perspectives” and Raul Jordan’s “Paving the path for the future of Ethereum”
Standards and governance topics
- The LAO: an LLC+TheDAO mashup to be a US-compliant DAO for profit. Ross Campbell’s code for how TheLAO extends Moloch
- Since everyone is launching a DAO: how to launch a (moloch fork) DAO
- ERC2258: Custodial ownership standard
- Maker’s oracles v2: 0x, dYdX, Set, Gnosis to be oracles and get fees. Also Dai Stability Fee now at 14.5%
- DeFi Saver: automatic CDP liquidation protection
- pooltogether v2 is live
- PoolDai also live: donate the interest from your cDai to a good cause
- With any DeFi product, you should be aware of what risks you’re taking. Ameen writes up the risks to using Compound. Compound CEO Leshner’s response.
- More money markets: Outlet, a wallet aiming to abstract away using the protocols using Plaid as the fiat onramp
- Podcrypt: podcast discovery webapp with recurring Eth donations
- Majority Report: cataloging Augur’s decisions by REP holders, ie LexisNexis/WestLaw for Augur.
- A text based RPG/MUD
- Decentraland gets first casino
- Austin Griffith’s latest DAOG version: Three Queens
- Guesser markets are competitive for NFL games
- SingularDTV’s SNGLS DAO to incentivize content curation
- Gitcoin hits 2m GMV
Tokens / Business / Regulation
- Joel Monegro: Ethereum and the 77 dwarfs. Nobody in blockchain ever got fired for choosing to build on Ethereum.
- Information asymmetry in crypto. web3 moves fast, some aren’t keeping up.
- Mougayar’s PIB framework for comparing crypto tokens
- Paxos launches a gold-backed token that takes a fee at the contract layer on transfer. It’ll be interesting to see if this gets wrapped
- Dan Robinson’s yTokens idea, collateralized fixed-term lending. Zero coupon bonds for a yield curve.
- “ETH goes where no Bitcoin has gone before” – William Shatner
- 80k Hours Podcast talks to Vitalik for a few hours (with transcript!). Lots of “what are blockchains good for” conversation.
- China’s digital currency, in the works for 5 years, will be somewhat similar to Libra
- LedgerLive finally supports ERC20 tokens
- Eric Wall says no to Hedera/Hashgraph/whatever it’s called. Followup.
- Missed this back then: in June, Jeffrey Berns closed the deal to buy Kirkwood Bank of Nevada. So we should get another crypto-friendly bank, as promised at Devcon.
- For the 2nd straight week, I did an annotated version of the newsletter. Anyone who has bought the NFT can read it. Same link, you can still buy the NFT. See immediately below:
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Just to repeat the advertisement immediately above: you can buy the limited edition NFT for 0.11 Eth which will unlock the annotated edition.
All proceeds will be back into Ethereum somehow, likely donated to a public good, at my discretion. And who knows, maybe there will be future benefits for the 200 NFT holders?
Dates of Note
Upcoming dates of note (new in bold):
- Sep 9-Oct 21 – Kyber DeFi virtual hackathon
- Sep 10-11 – DeFi Summit (London)
- Sep 15 – Augur v1 cutoff
- Sep 15 – Ethereal Tel Aviv
- Sep 16 – Tachyon accelerator application deadline
- Sep 15-16- StarkWare sessions (Tel Aviv)
- Sep 27 – ErasureCon (password: information) (SF)
- Oct 7 – ENS workshop (Osaka)
- Oct 8-11 – DeVcon (Osaka) and Devcon social events calendar
- Oct 19-20 – Crosslink (Taipei)
- Nov 5-6 – Decentralized insurance D1Conf (Malta)
- Nov 8-10 – ETHWaterloo
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