Ethereum Digest: Protocol and ecosystem development, research and debates

23rd October — 6th November


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Protocol updates

Overview of Ethereum 2.0 chains: committees, proposers & attesters

Eth Sharding and Beyond SFBW panel.

Explaining validators in Eth 2.0.

ewasm testnet is live with a block explorer

Lighthouse’s fortnightly update, security in the Lighthouse client.

EVMC 6.0.0.

Casper FFG incentives paper by Vitalik Buterin, Reijsbergen, Piliouras.

Casper CBC lite via committees.

Ethereum Researchers Unveil Casper Draft Whitepaper, Crucial For Scalability: Just days after Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of the Ethereum Foundation, discussed the “Serenity Protocol” in front of Devcon4’s crowd of thousands, a consortium of four crypto researchers unveiled a draft whitepaper pertaining to CBC (Correct-By-Construction) Casper, which aims to solve Ethereum’s scalability concerns through Proof of Stake (PoS).

VDF Research reference. Danny Ryan and Justin Drake explain why Ethereum and Filecoin are partnering for a VDF ASIC.

Jarvis and Friday: two STARK friendly crypto primitives. Could reduce bandwidth by an order of magnitude in a stateless client.

Jeff Coleman: if quantum computing were to some day break Eth, we could still recover using secrets of HD wallets.

Improving UX for network storage fees.

Introducing the “Minimal CBC Casper” family of consensus protocols from Zamfir, Rush, Asgaonkar, Piliouras.

Connext’s payment channel hub spec, v1. How to setup a Connext hub.

Raiden v0.15.

Teutsch, Straka, Boneh: retrofitting a two way peg between chains paper.

OmsieGO Plasma Update #6, Development and Implementation Stronger Than Ever.

Plasma Update #7 November 5, 2018: Devcon Recap Edition.

Plasma Implementers Call #16: 🔮 Cashflow 🔮 Leap: Plasma Cashflow which enables fungible assets on Plasma Cash; Plasma Leap, the first attempt at a general EVM Plasma.

Plasma Implementers Call #17: (R)eally (S)uper (A)wesome Episode: Vitalik reviews his solution to the tx history proof size growth in Plasma Cash. Plasma Leap.

More on Parsec’s Plasma Leap, including working dapp demos.

Gluon Plasma for dexes.

Plasma Bank. Project 8 dev framework for “token-incentivized, Plasma sidechains”.

Work in progress of Plasma Cashflow.

Building a dex using snarks spec from Gnosis.

Plasma Challenge Auctions.

3 opcodes to build Plasma dex.

RSA accumulator implementation for Plasma.

Fast Multi-Signature Aggregation protocol.

Spamming the bloom filter, or: should logx be higher priced?

Elph — sidechain which stores a Merkle root hash on Ethereum to allow validation. live on Rinkeby with demo, block explorer and SDK.

Plasma Generator — add complex tx to Plasma Cash.

Plasma Nano — extension of Plasma Cash by spreading gas costs over more txs.

PrimeHash game for Plasma Prime.

Shorter Merkle proofs for Snapps.

Kelvin Fichter: Strategies for Plasma Clients.

Kyokan to join up with FourthState for a Minimum Viable Plasma reference implementation, targeting Jan 1, 2019 delivery. Checkout Kyokan’s testnet Plasma block explorer.

Development tools

OpenZeppelin v2.0.

Getting started with OpenZeppelin-eth EVM Package.

An update on EthPM.

Connext/Spainchain rewritten Solidity payment channel hub code.

Kyokan’s prototype of Lightning on Ethereum.

Step by step dice game on state channels tutorial.

Circom and snarkjs tutorial from Jordi Baylina.

Getting started with zksnarks on ZoKrates.

uPort developer libraries v1. uPort offshoot 3Box released User Profiles API v1.

Embark v4.0 — new web UI called Cockpit.

web3j v4.0.0 alpha.

web3x v1.2.1 — web3js port to Typescript now feature complete including support for ENS, Swarm and Whisper.

Slither v0.2 new detectors, new printers, Truffle integration, better detector API.

Etheno v0.2 — “JSON RPC multiplexer, analysis tool wrapper, and test integration”.

Smartcheck — Vyper security tool.

Doppelganger — framework for mocking Solidity code.

ZeppelinOS v2 with EVM packages, better upgradeability and governance. You can now earn ZEP tokens by deploying an EVM package.

CryptoZombies season 2 to learn how to build on Loom Network. And a PlasmaCash tutorial coming soon.

EVM to Solidity decompiler.

How to migrate your code when you upgrade a token.

Intro to Vyper interactive browser tutorial.

OpenProofs — a library to create NFT badges. Similar to Gitcoin’s Kudos.

Why NuCypher decided to roll its own networking layer and not use devp2p/libp2p.

Web 3 UX Kit from ConsenSys Design.

Austin Griffith’s example application that uses meta transactions for gasless tx. Status’ on gas abstraction.

Governance and new standards proposals

ERC1530: standard contract upgrade events

ERC1512: insurance policy storage standard

ERC1537: Auditable storage passing.

ERC1538: Transparent contract standard.

ERC1553: dividible asset token contract.

IfDefElse: Understanding ProgPOW

Vlad Zamfir: best practices for participating in governance.

How to render the Melon protocol self-sustainable without the centralized company.

Ecosystem updates

How the Ethereum Foundation grants program makes decisions in Ethereum blog.

Ethereum [ETH] Foundation: Grants to projects do not mean “stamp of approval”: The Ethereum Foundation [EF] recently published a blog where it discussed the scope of the Grants program for the community. This is to distribute the power equally across the Ethereum ecosystem. Therefore, the foundation gives grants to the projects that will possibly have a deep impact on the Ethereum ecosystem over a long time-frame.

Aragon Nest: Third round of grants: Five new teams have been awarded grants with funding from the Aragon Project.

ETHEREUM Ethereum [ETH] based ConsenSys announces Grant Program for the ecosystem: Amanda Gutterman, the Chief Marketing Officer of the blockchain company, ConsenSys recently posted on Twitter that the firm announced a Grant Program at Devcon4. The announcement made by Joseph Lubin included that the projects developing within the Ethereum ecosystem will be rewarded with $500,000 if they focus on certain aspects of the industry, such as infrastructure, usability, interoperability, research and more.

Blockchain Documentary Produced by Ethereum Co-Founder Opens in New York.

Jeff Coleman tweet on what state channels are good for.

Alethio: who uses dexes with some nice data vizualization.

16 groups team up for wBTC — wrapped BTC on Ethereum, coming January 2019.

Dappnode update.

Etheroscope open source block explorer focused on state.

Blockchains LLC ads blanketed Prague during Devcon. Here’s the video of the launch event. NYT’s Nathaniel Popper on Blockchainslaunch. They’ve pledged to use the Ethereum main net.

CornellBlockchain is taking over Bamboo.

What are zkSNARKs and why do they matter non-technical explainer.

2fa on Ethereum using biometric data?

Anonymous reputation risking and burning with SNARKs.

Truffle hits a million downloads.

EthSimple: an ENS name for every address.

POA Network, Compound and ConsenSys announce Mana, a client implementation in Elixir running on Beam, the Erlang VM. Github.

Projects updates


Development Update #12 — October 2018.

0x Community Member Spotlight: Adam Finch (aka Polezo): the first edition of our Community Member Spotlight blog series.

Relayer Report #13 — Interview with Augur’s Joey Krug and Governance Experiments: The latest updates from the 0x ecosystem: November 2nd, 2018.

8x Protocol:

8x Protocol Monthly Update: October.

Protocol Weekly #14 and Protocol Weekly #15: Protocol Weekly is a newsletter to exclusively showcase the progress of Ethereum layer-2 protocols.

Welcome to Protocol Weekly: Aion: Aion is a smart contract platform that helps developers decentralize aspects of their applications. Their primary focus is on the scalability of their standalone blockchain, interoperability between blockchains and approachable documentation for web developers.

Welcome to Protocol Weekly: Parity: Parity Technologies builds open source blockchain Infrastructure. Projects include Substrate, a technology that makes it quick and easy to build custom blockchains, Parity Ethereum, the most advanced Ethereum client, and Polkadot, the next-generation interoperable blockchain network.

Welcome to Protocol Weekly: Wanchain: Wanchain is a blockchain platform that enables financial transactions between blockchains with privacy protection and cross-chain smart contracts. The Wanchain infrastructure enables the creation of distributed financial applications for individuals and organizations. Wanchain currently enables cross-chain transactions with Ethereum, and the next product launch will enable the same functionalities with Bitcoin.

Welcome to Protocol Weekly: Connext Network: Connext is a state channel network that enables cheap, low latency payments on Ethereum.

Welcome to Protocol Weekly: Market Protocol: Market Protocol is an open-source decentralized protocol that powers safe, solvent, and trustless derivatives trading on the Ethereum blockchain.

Welcome to Protocol Weekly: CDx: CDx is building a decentralized protocol for credit default swaps on Ethereum, which can be a bit confusing to understand.


Augur Weekly Report — October 24th.

Augur Weekly Report — October 31.


Coinbase and Circle announce the launch of USDC — a Digital Dollar: The new USDC stablecoin is fully collateralized by US dollars and supported by Coinbase and Circle as co-founding members of the CENTRE Consortium.

Coinbase Pro adds new security and usability features.

Coinbase Custody Receives Trust Charter From The New York Department of Financial Services: Coinbase Custody has obtained a license under New York State Banking Law to operate as an independent Qualified Custodian. Coinbase Custody will operate as a Limited Purpose Trust Company chartered by the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS).

Basic Attention Token (BAT) is now available to trade Coinbase Pro (Updated): BAT trading on Coinbase Pro is now fully live. The BAT/USDC is in full trading mode. Limit, market and stop orders are all now available.

Coinbase raises Series E round of financing to accelerate the adoption of cryptocurrencies: Coinbase will add an additional $300 million of investment at a valuation of over $8 billion to accelerate the adoption of cryptocurrencies and digital assets. The Series E equity round is led by Tiger Global Management, with participation from Y Combinator Continuity, Wellington Management, Andreessen Horowitz, Polychain and others.

This Month in Crypto: ICOs, Christie’s, and self-regulation in Japan: A curated selection of meaningful moments in October.

The USDC Stablecoin is launching on Coinbase Pro.

Technologies in their adolescence.

Coinbase at Devcon4.


How to breed Purrstige Traits: A step-by-step guide to breeding a Purrstige Trait in CryptoKitties.

Behind the scenes at CryptoKitties HQ: The CryptoKitties team shares why they’re excited for the future of the game.

We’re moving on up!: The CryptoKitties blog is coming home, and will live on the CryptoKitties website.

Some of the rarest CryptoKitties will stop being released on November 30th.

Your Guide to Set Challenges and Badges: The what, why, and how behind CryptoKitties’ latest feature.

Set Challenges and Badges: A fun new challenge for CryptoKitty breeders.


Decentraland Partners with RCN to Launch On-Chain LAND Mortgages.

Vulnerability Disclosure: LAND, October 2018: Full disclosure of a vulnerability found in the LAND contract.

The Decentraland SDK Workshop: an SDK workshop for South Korean Developers with the Next Reality Partners Program.

Our Docs Have a Fresh New Look: New content, fresh design, better search.

Introducing Agora v2: Get ready to cast your vote: Help make the decisions that will shape the future of Decentraland.

The Polls Are Open!: vote in Decentraland’s first two public polls on Agora.


Introducing the Dether Desktop Web App.

Dether is Coming to Devcon 4.

Three Lessons We Learned Presenting Ethereum Blockchain Technology in Haiti: And how they’ll help us and other projects to build better dApps.


Introducing Dharma Lever:The easiest way to margin lend crypto-assets in high volume


district0x Quarterly Report — Q3 2018: A summary of events and financials from the most recent quarter.

The District Weekly — October 27th, 2018: News and updates from the district0x Network.

The District Weekly — November 3rd, 2018: News and updates from the district0x Network.

district0x Dev Update — October 30th, 2018: Development progress and product changes from district0x.

What’s New Inside The Education Portal?: New Modules on Governance, Ethereum Scaling, and more.


Introducing Kudos: Use the Kudos NFT to send sincere compliments and show appreciation for your community.

The Gitcoin Ambassador Program: Apply now to join our team and help grow open source.

Joining Gitcoin As Director Of Research: Pushing Seamless UX Forward With Meta Transactions.

Earn Money By Making Open Source Hacktoberfest Contributions.

Frank Chen Joins Gitcoin Core!: Frank Chen, data scientist and product manager.


Web3Summit’s DecentralizeNOW! Hacker Node: The Giveth team was very honored to get a hacker node in Studio 2.0 at the Web3 Summit to bring people together to decentralize NOW!

0x4 What’s DAppening? Easier Milestone creation, reporting and faster service!


Getting Started with zkSnarks on ZoKrates: With zkSnarks, an untrusted party can prove possession of certain information, e.g. a secret key, without revealing that information.

The Parrot and the Viper: A Tale of Ethereum Scalability: Or what are zkSnarks and why do they matter.

Golem Project:

Brass Golem Beta 0.18.0.

Brass Golem Beta 0.18.1.

Joanna Rutkowska joins Golem as Chief Strategy/Security Officer.


ICN Conversion Process Begins: As announced in September (with more details available here), ICONOMI is opening the doors for its token holders to begin the process of converting their ICN tokens into ICONOMI AG shares or exchanging their ICN tokens for Ether (ETH).

eICN Frequently Asked Questions, Part II

This is the second part in our series answering frequently asked questions concerning eICN. Part I is available here.

ICONOMI Monthly Update X.

ICONOMI Financial Report — Q3 2018.

Top 3 Best-Performing DAAs of Q3 2018.


Introducing Our New Team Members: Keep’s Development Team is Growing.

Keep Roundup — October 2018: News and Updates from the Keep Team and Network.

San Francisco Blockchain Week 2018: The Keep team made a strong showing in a fun, busy and event-filled week.

Kyber Network:

WBTC: A Community Effort to Bring Bitcoin to Ethereum.

Loom Network:

How Blockchain-Based Custom Game Modes Are Bringing Back the Spirit of Old-School Games.

CryptoZombies Season 2 Is Here! And Introducing Zombie Battleground Custom Game Modes: In CryptoZombies Season 2, you will learn to build your own mod/fork of our mobile card game Zombie Battleground — and immediately deploy it to an audience of thousands of players.


The Road to Mainnet Release.

BSL2018 Colombia: Blockchain Summit Latin America Colombia represents the second edition of an exciting event where MakerDAO was present and sponsoring a Hackathon Challenge. These events and initiatives help users and crypto enthusiasts understand the vibrant crypto ecosystem of Latin America, one of the places with most use cases in the world.

Introducing the new CDP Portal for Single Collateral Dai.

Announcing the MakerDAO Core Community Development Initiative.

Check out the Maker API Winners of ETHSF Hackathon.


Introduction to the Melon Governance System.


Introducing: Privacy Mode: MetaMask 5.0 includes an optional setting that requires dapps to ask permission to view your account address.

Ethereum’s MetaMask Wallet Shares the Mobile App Release at DevCon.

Ocean Protocol:

Community-Focused Data Science Technology in Anaconda & PyData: Announcing Peter Wang as Advisor to Ocean Protocol.

Verifiable Compute Services within Ocean Protocol Network: Ocean Protocol Advisor — Jason Teutsch.

Origin protocol:

Origin Will Support Leading Stablecoin TrueUSD.

Join Us at Origin Protocol USA Meetups This Fall.


Parity teams up with Zcash Foundation for Parity Zcash client: Parity Technologies has partnered with the Zcash Foundation to build the first alternative client for Zcash

Launch a blockchain in minutes with Substrate, arriving November 2018: Substrate gives blockchain innovators the framework for maximum freedom with minimal effort. It is highly customisable, adaptable, and made by blockchain developers for blockchain developers. It allows developers to focus their effort on the thing they care most about — the state transition function — while providing them with the networking, consensus and security as well as an upgrade path to interoperability with Polkadot.

Parity founder demos Substrate, live launches a blockchain in minutes instead of days or weeks: Blockchain infrastructure firm Parity Technologies’ founder Gavin Wood demoed a live blockchain launch in just fifteen minutes at the Web3 Summit in Berlin Oct. 23.


Dotcon-0: Substrate workshop with Gavin Wood: Polkadot Co-Founder Gavin Wood and Parity Technologies Core Developer gave a workshop on Substrate at DotCon-0. In brief, Substrate is a technology that makes it quick and easy to build the perfect blockchain for your needs. Gavin live-launched a blockchain in minutes instead of days or weeks on stage at Web3 Summit.

Raiden Network:

Raiden Pulse #2: News from September and October.

Raiden Network Web Application Demo: video.


v0.9.30 Release — Extensions, ENS Names, and more!

Embark 4.0 (Alpha) — Enter the Cockpit.

Two Point Oh: Explaining Validators.

You can now register an ENS Username in Status.

Status Goes In With ENS Dapp: According to information shared with ETHNews, the team behind Status, a mobile browsing provider for the Ethereum network, recently launched an Ethereum Name Service (ENS) Dapp. The service is available on the Status platform under names.statusnet.eth, where individuals can reserve their .eth addresses. Status believes that ENS support makes “it easier [for users] to find and communicate with each other in the Ethereum ecosystem.”

Contact Light.


Dev Update October 2018: The Network, Community Products, Usability and Stability.

Decentralized P2P Messaging for realtime data — podcast transcript.

Trinity protocol:

A Brief Introduction of State Channel Technology.

Trinity Monthly Report — October: Development Progress (Oct 1st — Oct 31st)

Also check biweekly updates by Paradigm:

Aragon biweekly update 30th October — 6th November.

OmiseGo biweekly update 30th October — 6th November.

Other projects:

Hyperledger Fabric Now Supports Ethereum.

Uniswap launches on mainnet. Written in Vyper, incredibly low gas costs, it’s a decentralized Shapeshift/Bancor.

Bringing Token Sales to Ethfinex: A platform for secure, effortless contributions to Ethereum token sales.

Announcing OpenZeppelin 2.0: A stable, audited, and fully tested package for smart contract development.

ZeppelinOS 2.0 Software Update Promises Easier Fixes for Ethereum Contracts: Zeppelin Solutions has launched their ZeppelinOS 2.0 software update, introducing four major improvements to their original system launched in May 2018, the company announced in a blog post on November 1, 2018.

LocalEthereum Now Integrates With Popular Ethereum Wallets: users can now choose to use an external wallet like imToken or MetaMask instead of localethereum’s built-in web wallet.

Client consensus Test Suite v6.0.0-beta.

EEA releases Client Spec v2. The EEA releases Off-Chain Trusted Compute Specifications v0.5.

Microsoft releases eEVM: C++ implementation of the Ethereum Virtual Machine for enclaves/SGX.

EY implements zero knowledge on the public Ethereum chain.

Ujo lets artists register for free by using IPFS.

Storj v3 whitepaper and first release of public alpha.

Cent evolves beyond bounties-only and incorporates posting/voting functionality similar to Steem.

SingularDTV’s Prospect movie opens in theaters.

OpenLaw’s OpenCourt — legally enforcable blockchain arbitration.

OpenLaw Core — Javascript API, Scala shared library, OpenLaw virtual machine. OpenLaw also released new tools for licensing, fractional ownership and royalties.

The Mattereum litepaper.

AirSwap: how we’re approaching OTC trading for private security tokens.

Grid+ Lattice Safe Cards demo.

Oxfam to use Etherisc for insurance to Sri Lankan rice farmers.

Mysterium quarterly update — released Mac and Windows VPN apps.

localethereum announced integrations with a bunch of wallets.

imToken open sources its code. Android. iOS.

CelerNetwork’s cWallet is now in alpha.

Baskets of stablecoins using Set.

Melt and send ERC1155 tokens in the Enjin wallet, plus 2 new games.

New Projects:

Pantheon: Ethereum JAVA client meetup on October 23, 2018.

Settle: A web native operating system for decentralized finance. Launching on Nov. 12, 2018.

EthPM: Reusable smart contract packages.

WePower/Elering Nationwide Energy Experiment Results Revealed.

Iuno: Decentralized Banking as a Service. Reddit.

Quisquis: A New Design for Anonymous Cryptocurrencies.

Continuous Organizations: Reinventing the financial incentives of organizations using Bonding Curves. An organization that sets up a Decentralized Autonomous Trust (DAT) and gives it value by funneling part or all of its present or future cash-flows to it. Whitepaper.

New Protocol to Enable Transfers between Bitcoin and Ethereum Blockchains: A new protocol is allowing users to complete cross-chain transactions — meaning value can be transferred between different blockchains such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. The open-source technology is known as the Open Federated Gateway Protocol. It has been developed by iBitcome and, and the first federated blockchain to be built using this protocol is launching on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Known as Mallow, it is accompanied by a block explorer which enables users to examine the flow of assets and check up on transactions whenever they please.

Opinion and research articles

Web3 Summit:

Devcon4 streams on

Devcon4 Keynote — Vitalik Buterin.

How to Participate in Blockchain Governance in Good Faith (and with Good Manners) by Vlad Zamfir.

Ethereum Scalability Might Have Near Term Solution in Q1 2019 by Michael K. Spencer.

Cryptoeconomics Study: Cryptoeconomics — 2.0 — Network models and double spends. Cryptoeconomics — 2.1 — Networks and Synchrony.

Understanding ProgPoW — Performance and Tuning.

State of Ethereum Protocol #1 and State of Ethereum Protocol #2: The Beacon Chain by Ben Edgington.

Building a decentralized exchange using snarks by Ethereum Research.

Only 3 opecodes are needed to build DEX on Plasma Chain.

Vitalik Buterin Predicts Scaling Upgrade to Improve Ethereum Network Speed by 1,000 Times: Vitalik Buterin Predicts Scaling Upgrade to Improve Ethereum Network Speed by 1,000 Times
Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin announced that the blockchain platform’s next upgrade would improve its transaction capacity by a factor of one thousand. Speaking at the Devcon4 keynote in Prague, Czech Republic, Buterin reminded the audience that this long-awaited “Ethereum 2.0” update would henceforth be called “Serenity” instead. The update is set to signify Ethereum’s fourth major development milestone after Frontier, Homestead, and Metropolis from the years prior.

Ethereum 2.0 Launch ‘Really Not So Far Away,’ Says Vitalik Buterin in Devcon4 Keynote: Vitalik Buterin unveiled the roadmap for what he described as the “coherent whole” Ethereum 2.0 in a keynote presentation at the Devcon4 conference in Prague Oct. 31.

Vitalik Buterin Is Not Stepping Away From Ethereum: An article headline in MIT Technology Review heralds Vitalik Buterin saying Ethereum can’t succeed unless he takes a step back. Tone Vays almost wet his pants with glee at Vitalik’s imminent departure, before being put straight by the man himself.

Dev: Ethereum May Fail if it Relies on Infura to Run Nodes, Potential Solution: Afri Schoedon, an Ethereum developer at Parity Technologies, said that the network cannot rely on Infura to process 10 billion requests per day. Created by Michael Wuehler, an author at ConsenSys and NYC Ethereum founder, Infura is an infrastructure that allows decentralized applications (dApps) to process information on the Ethereum network without running a full node. Some of the largest dApps and protocols including Ethereum wallet MetaMask, decentralized exchange protocol 0x, and MyCrypto rely on Infura to broadcast transactional data and smart contracts to the Ethereum mainnet.

“The Godfather of Ethereum” Proposed Reversable ICOs to Let Investors Take Their Money Back: The man often dubbed “the godfather of Ethereum”, Fabian Vogelsteller has proposed adapting the ICO model to allow investors to withdraw their funds at any time, in an attempt to destroy the incentive for creating scam ICOs.

Talking UX with Taylor Monahan of MyCrypto on Zero Knowledge Podcast.

Vest’s Axel Ericsson on Zero Knowledge.

MyCrypto’s Taylor Monahan on Zero Knowledge.

Loom Network’s James Duffy on Decentralize This.

Gavin Wood on Epicenter.

USV’s Dani Grant on Digitally Rare.

Eric Conner on 51 Percent.

Niran Babalola on Hashing It Out.

Austin Griffith on TokenPoints.

Felix Feng on Smartest Contract.

Colony’s Jack du Rose with Arthur Falls.

Stani Kulechov, the CEO and Founder of Aave and ETHLend join AMA with Aave Founder and CEO.

On the User Base of Decentralized Exchanges: A graphical analysis of the traders that have been active on Ethereum based DEXes.

Coinbase Joins the Tokenized Dollars Bonanza, is this Good for Ethereum?

3 reasons why I’m excited about ethereum by Jon Grinnell.

Detailed overview of Ethereum 2.0 shard chains: Committees, Proposers and Attesters by Alexander Skidanov.

Bitcoin Turned Into an Ethereum Token Through a Stablecoin Like Peg.

ETHEREUM Ethereum [ETH] is very idealistic and inclined towards the bigger picture, says Camila Russo: Camila Russo, a financial news journalist who focuses on the emerging markets and cryptocurrencies, recently spoke about Ethereum and its creator Vitalik Buterin. Camila also spoke about Ethereum’s ideology and how it was important for the community.

Why New Generation Stablecoins are Crucially Based on Ethereum: TrueUSD (TUSD), Circle Coin (USDC), Gemini Dollar (GUSD), and Paxos (PAX), new generation stablecoins competing against Tether (USDT), are all based on the Ethereum blockchain network. Crucially, all of the three above mentioned stablecoins are fully audited, transparent, and regulated, which allow them to obtain stable banking services and guarantee the ability of consumers to redeem the tokens based on a 1:1 ration with the US dollar.

Upcoming events:

  • December 7–9 — ETHSingapore hackathon (ETHGlobal)
  • January 10 — Mobi Grand Challenge hackathon ends
  • January 29–30 — AraCon (Berlin)
  • February 7–8 — Melonport’s M1 conf (Zug)
  • February 15–17 — ETHDenver hackathon (ETHGlobal)
  • February 23–25 — EthAustin hackathon (EthUniversal)


Decentralized[?] Ethereum Exchange IDEX Waves Goodbye to New York Traders: IDEX, a self-described decentralized cryptocurrency exchange (DEX) that allows traders to trustlessly exchange Ethereum tokens, has announced that it will no longer provide trading services to customers with IP addresses originating from New York. IDEX to block NY IP addresses, institute KYC/AML.

Ethereum [ETH] holds its position strong after XRP takeover scare; users await Ethereum 2.0: Ethereum [ETH] has been fighting hard in the cryptocurrency market trying to fend off XRP from taking over its position as the second-placed cryptocurrency on the charts. Just recently, XRP had taken over Ethereum to become the cryptocurrency with the second most market cap on the charts, after which ETH regained its dominance.

Ethereum Tokens May Be Leading the Next Bull Market.

CoinbasePro listed Brave’s BAT.

Nick Tomaino comes out against “professor coins” and “VC coins” (not his terms) because of the importance of community in a basechain.

Tokenizing corporate stock by Gabe Shapiro.

Partially Decentralized Orgs — argument to use web3 where it is most needed.

Ziade: Token Ranked Lists.

Alex Tabarrok: When can TCRs actually work?

Continuous Organizations bonding curve org funding model.

Radical Markets in the arts by Simon de la Rouviere.

Jon Choi: The crypto idea maze.


Release Step 3.1: Metropolis phase 2: Constantinople, 2019.

Ethereum’s Next Blockchain Upgrade Faces Delay After Testing Failure on While a fixed date for implementation of Constantinople has yet to be set, Griff Green, ethereum community lead and founder of blockchain-based nonprofit Giveth, set mainnet activation for sometime in 2019. “I would expect it to get delayed to 2019, the blockchain doesn’t take holidays, but developers do,” Green said. “If I were to make a wager on a prediction market I would put my ETH on late January, early February.”

Ethereum Constantinople Blockchain Upgrade Delayed Until 2019.

Release Step Four: Serenity. Serenity is meant to move from consensus through Proof-of-Work to Proof-of-Stake.

Ethereum 2.0 Roadmap by Vitalik Buterin at Devcon4 (31st October 2018, Prague):

Source: 𝙰𝚏𝚛𝚒 𝚂𝚌𝚑𝚘𝚎𝚍𝚘𝚗‏ @5chdn.


Parity teams up with Zcash Foundation for Parity Zcash client: Parity Technologies has partnered with the Zcash Foundation to build the first alternative client for Zcash. The new Zcash node will be written in the Rust programming language and will be the first alternative client after Zcash Company’s zcashd, the only full node software available for Zcash. Parity will draw from its experience in building client implementations for Ethereum and Bitcoin to produce a fast and reliable implementation for Zcash.

Decentraland Partners with RCN to Launch On-Chain LAND Mortgages.

Quantstamp, OmiseGo to Conduct the Minimum Viable Plasma (MVP) to Make Ethereum Safe and Secure: Quantstamp, OmiseGo Come Together To Conduct The Minimum Viable Plasma (MVP) Implementation, Making Ethereum Ecosystem Safer.

Digix Partners With SilverGoldBull, North America’s Largest Precious Metal Retailer With 45,000 Retail Customers.

Origin Will Support Leading Stablecoin TrueUSD.

Microsoft, Intel Launch Tools For Hardware Based Ethereum Scaling.


Ethereum Energy Project Now Powers 700 Households in 10 Cities: Launched earlier this year, Lition is already a licensed energy supplier in Germany with clients in 12 major cities (including Berlin, Hamburg and Munich) who are now using its decentralized energy market. Built on top of the ethereum blockchain, the Lition market connects consumers directly with energy producers big and small. In total, more than 700 households across Germany are now using the decentralized platform to buy their energy, according to the company.

JP Morgan: “We Are Big Believers in Ethereum”: Despite recent statements by Jamie Dimon, in which he claimed that he didn’t “give a sh*t about Bitcoin.” JP Morgan just gave a significant endorsement to Ethereum ETH as a result of its capabilities to provide practical applications in the world of finance.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai Says His Son is an Ethereum Miner: Google co-founder Sergey Brin and CEO Sundar Pichai have a lot more in common than just their jobs. Both tech billionaires have crypto-savvy young sons who mine ethereum.

Ethereum Studio ConsenSys Buys Asteroid Mining Company Planetary Resources: Ethereum-focused venture studio ConsenSys has acquired asteroid mining company Planetary Resources through an asset-purchase transaction.

Is the Parity Team and Ethereum Splitting?

New HTC Phone Can Only Be Bought With Bitcoin And Ethereum: The new HTC Exodus 1 blockchain-enabled phone is now available for pre-order — but in a surprising twist, the company announced the new phone must be purchased with either the bitcoin or ethereum cryptocurrencies.

Oxfam in Sri Lanka Will Use Ethereum to Deliver Microinsurance: Oxfam in Sri Lanka, part of the non-profit group focused on alleviating global poverty, has teamed up with blockchain startup Etherisc to help bring affordable insurance to paddy rice farmers.

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Social media metrics

Social media activity
Social media dynamics
Social media dynamics

Facebook — official announcement channel. Recent publications — about Ethereum Core Devs Meetings, Conferences (20–100 likes per publication).

Twitter (Ethereum) — official announcement channel — duplicates news from Facebook page (250–500 likes per publication, 30–50 comments). Average number of shares is 100–200 for one post.

Twitter (Ethereum Network) — news from companies (10–20 likes per publication, 1–5 comments, 1–10 shares).

Twitter (Ethereum Report) — retweets from official announcement channel and team members’ pages.

Reddit — news about projects and blockchain, links to interviews, podcasts, upcoming events. The longest thread has 161 comments (Welcome to r/ethereum — the Reddit frontpage of the Web 3.0).

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There is a slight growth in Ethereum community over time. The graph above shows the dynamics of changes in the number of Ethereum Reddit subscribers, Twitter followers and Facebook likes. The information is taken from

YouTube (Ethereum) — last video — 27th July 2017 (5000–20 000 views per video).

YouTube (Ethereum Foundation) — videos from conferences, meetups, Ethereum Core Devs Meetings. 2–3 videos / month.

Ethereum Community Forum — Recent Discussions: Forum has been hacked, Security alert, Forums Database Compromised, Help Stop Forum Spam, Developing Guidelines for acceptable Promotion and Marketing on the Ethereum Forum.

See also Week in Ethereum by Evan Van Ness.


  • Discussion about whether the Milagro crypto library is suitable for use in Eth2.0. There are some concerns about it. Danny Ryan made a start on a summary of the status of the various available BLS12–381 curve and aggregation libraries, including language, licence and audit information.
  • Early on, there were ideas about different shards running different protocols, maybe some test shards. Confirmation that this is no longer the plan: shards will be homogeneous.
  • Some discussion about what could happen in a chain-split scenario, as recently happened on the Ropsten testnet during Constantinople hard fork testing.

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