Ethereum: Ecosystem and Projects’ Updates, Opinion and Research Articles

5th March — 19th March

This is not financial advice.

During the last two weeks, Ethereum team made progress with development: Core Devs Meeting took place as Eth2.0 Implementers Call. Ethereum 2.0 development updates were published: Prysmatic Labs, Nimbus, Yeeth. Eth2.0-specs exec beacon_chain v0.5.0, Web3.js 1.0.0-beta.48, Solidity versions 0.5.5 and 0.5.6, Truffle v5.0.8, Pantheon 1.0.1 released. Kyokan’s Plasma MVP alpha live on mainnet. Opera integrated ENS + IPFS, Ethfinex Migrates to 0x V2, Omise Holdings opens signups for GO.exchange, Connext Introduced the Dai Card. Madeeba Ltd will be building an application layer on Melon which will enable users to enter a one-stop shop for asset management without necessarily being aware that they are using blockchain technology. Maker DAO Governance Poll proposed stability fee Increase +2%. Civil Memberships is now available worldwide. Ethereum ecosystem continues to grow slowly, during these weeks some new projects appeared. Ethereum has the biggest developer team in crypto (monthly developers average 216). EthCC 2019 took place in Paris. Ethereum will handle millions of transactions per second within two years — Joe Lubin mentioned at SXSW. Vitalik Buterin proposed a voluntary 1 gwei fee at the wallet level. Jacek Sieka’s beacon chain in practice explainer appeared on Twitter as the thread with a summary of Vlad Zamfir’s governance arguments. Research articles (Boneh, Boyle, et al on Zero-Knowledge Proofs on Distributed Data via Fully Linear PCPs, Dan Finlay on Liquid Liberal Radicalism, Justin Drake on sharding, etc) and EthCC videos were published.

Development

GitHub metrics
Developer activity (from Coinlib.io)

Protocol updates

Constantinople is successful so far.

Ethereum Core Devs Meeting #57 [2019–03–15]:

  1. Roadmap
    a) Istanbul Hardfork Roadmap
    b) Release manager
    c) ProgPoW Update
  2. EIPs
    a) EIP 778: Ethereum Node Records (ENR) [Felix’s Comment]
  3. Working Group Updates
    a) State Fees
    b) EWasm
    c) Pruning/Sync (ETH V64 Call for Proposals & Stopgaps for cleaning up discovery peers pre-Discovery v5)
    d) Simulation
    e) Istanbul & ETH1x Roadmap Planning Meeting — April 17th & 18th in Berlin
  4. Testing Updates
  5. Client Updates: a) Geth; b) Parity Ethereum; c) Aleth/eth; d) Trinity/PyEVM; e) EthereumJS; f) EthereumJ/Harmony; g) Pantheon; h) Turbo Geth; i) Nimbus; j) web3j; k) Mana/Exthereum; l) Mantis; m) Nethereum
  6. EWASM & Research Updates

Notes.

Eth2.0 Implementers Call #14 [2019/3/14]:

  1. Testing Updates
  2. Client Updates
  3. Research Updates
  4. quick update from raul/protocol labs
  5. lighthouse benchmarks update
  6. Leap seconds and time drift
  7. Network spec
  8. Quic(k) update
  9. shuffling swap semantics
  10. serialization benchmarks
  11. Spec discussion

Ethereum 2.0 Development Update #24 by Prysmatic Labs: biweekly updates written by the entire Prysmatic Labs team on the Ethereum 2.0 roadmap.

Merged Code, Pull Requests, and Issues

  • Phase 0 Beacon Node + Validator Runtime Update
  • Implemented LMD Ghost fork
  • LMD Ghost benchmark numbers
  • New Validator Activation & Sparse Merkle Trie Tools
  • Beacon Node Sync Fixes

Upcoming Work

  • Complete End-to-End Testing
  • Current State of Sync and What is Next

Nimbus Development Update, March 2019: Sim progress, speed optimizations, beginnings of fork choice and a wire protocol implementation.

Yeeth updates #2: BeaconChain, BLS & Libp2p.

Beacon chain spec v0.5.

Hsiao-Wei’s Life of a beacon chain validator slides.

Jacek Sieka’s beacon chain in practice explainer (Twitter thread).

Source: @jcksie.

Eth2.0 data visualizer.

Everything You Never Wanted To Know About Serialization:

Wire protocol for Eth2 from Whiteblock.

Ethereum Cat Herders Update #5.

The State of Layer-2 Protocol Development #1 in ConsenSys blog. A progress report on all things layer-2 on Ethereum.

See also What’s New in Eth2–15 March 2019 by Ben Edgington.

Development tools

Solidity v0.5.5 and Solidity v0.5.6.

Solidity IDE v2.

Solidity parser for Python.

Analyze your Solidity with a variety of testing suites.

Web3.js v1.0.0-beta.48.

OpenZeppelin v2.2.

Truffle v5.0.8.

Truffle JSON compression tool.

Buidler beta 2 with TypeScript support for tests and configuration.

Get your Ethereum dev tools to work together using Buidler.

0age: on efficient gas storage with CREATE2.

Watch-eth: a “robust” event watcher.

Speeding up IPFS content discovery with Piñata.

Lambdeth: functional programming EVM library.

Self-balancing binary search tree with order stats tree extensions.

Solc-select: quickly switch between Solidity versions.

Resolver engine.

Nodesmith: an API for Ethereum’s JSON RPC.

What’s new in iExec SDK v3.

Enjin’s SDK live on the Unity Asset Store.

NFT QR dispenser.

TheGraph compares GraphQL to SQL.

How Mythril went from simple symbolic analyzer to security platform.

Portis SDK adds Gas Station Network so apps can sponsor gas fees for users.

Basic support for EVMC in Rust.

Tutorials:

Solidity + Vue.js simple auction

How to build roll-up with Circom

OpenLaw API + Truffle + React.js

Build an Ethereum dapp using ethers.js.

Governance and new standards proposals

EIP 1155: Multi Token Standard.

ERC1812: Verifiable claims.

EIP-1815: EIP that standardises the interface of blind auction contracts (first draft).

ERC1820: Pseudo-introspection Registry Contract.

ERC1822: Universal upgradeable proxy standard.

EIP1829: Ecmul precompile.

ERC1836: Upgradable Identity Proxy.

EIP1837: Explicit transaction fees.

ERC1843: Claims token standard.

ERC1844: ENS interface discovery.

EVM Evolution Roadmap: Towards a More Aggressive Ethereum Execution Engine (roadmap for EVM evolution and EIP615).

Fixing Ethereum’s gas fee system with EIP-1559 by Eric Conner.

Implementing a Layer 2 Decentralized Voting Mechanism on Ethereum, with Noncustodial Onboarding by Loredana Cirstea.

Vitalik Buterin proposes a voluntary 1 gwei fee at the wallet level:

I propose we consider supporting a community norm that client/wallet devs can/should charge a 1 gwei/gas fee for txs sent through their wallet, we don’t try to circumvent such fees, and we support protocol changes to make such fees easier (eg. abstraction enabling multisends)

At the cost of only increasing average user gas costs by ~7%, it would raise up to $2m/year in sustainable non-institutionally-biased market-based funding for client/wallet developers.

For reference, that would cover all EF grants to date to eth2 client devs (not including Parity, which is not just eth2…) with room to spare.

Right now, the fees would probably best be implemented as one-off transactions sent once usage hits a certain amount (eg. 1m gas) but in the future they could be done via multisends…

The reason to make the fee a flat 1 gwei instead of x% is to avoid creating a perverse incentive to not optimize gas fees.

Twitter thread with summary of Vlad Zamfir’s governance arguments:

1)“Ethereum (like all technology) is not morally or politically neutral.

2) Politics and law will intersect it whether we want them to or not.

3) Blockchains are social and economic constructions as well as technical ones.

4) Autonomy or immutability is a political choice not an intrinsic property.

5) Autonomous software” or “immutablility” is itself a political/Rhetorical position with consequences. (Like saying algorithms are neutral or markets natural and wise).

6) Participants in Ethereum (devs, builders, users, investors, community members) are not excused ethical responsibility.

7) We don’t yet have a “solution” indeed thinking in those terms might be to fall back on technocratic solutionism and to impose our values on the world.

8) But we really need to think about it because if Ethereum becomes as important as we hope/fear it will then the politics embedded in its design and governance will significantly shape the world.

A statement & call for discussion from (some of) the /r/ethereum moderators regarding recent events: r/ethereum is going through some governance growing pains.

Ecosystem updates

7 Signs that Cryptospring Is Coming in ConsenSys blog: Protocol updates, UX experiments, network activity, and community developments to watch in the Ethereum ecosystem.

How Blockchain is Impacting Finance, Journalism, and Other Industries in ConsenSys blog. Episode 5: How are companies using blockchain today?

How Women in Blockchain Bring a Fresh Viewpoint to Code in ConsenSys blog: QA Manager Eseoghene Mentie draws the connection between decentralized systems and ancient African civilizations.

What is Burner Wallet and what is xDai?: Explainer.

The Impossible Balance Between Usability & Security by Taylor Monahan.

Scaling Civility: How to Preserve Ethereum’s Most Crucial Strength by Kent Barton.

Submissions from ETHParis and EthUofT.

Soltix: Automated Solidity compiler testing framework.

Projects updates

0x:

Introducing 0x Global Community Meetups.

Relayer Report #19 — Extension Contracts, Ethfinex on V2, and Tokenary Interview: The latest updates from the 0x ecosystem: 3/12/19.

Development Update #16 — February 2019.

Augur:

Augur Weekly Report — March 13th.

Augur Weekly Report — March 6th.

Coinbase:

Coinbase Reports: Women & Crypto: One-third of college-educated women recently surveyed by Coinbase do not believe they have equal access to the financial system in their own countries; millennial women believe crypto can close the financial gender gap.

Coinbase Pro Market Structure Update.

Coinbase Custody + Agency OTC: instant liquidity on offline funds.

Living up to our values and the Neutrino acquisition.

Cosmos Network:

Blastoff — The Cosmos Hub Mainnet is Live: Announcing the Mainnet Launch of the Cosmos Hub.

Open, Decentralized Networks: Reflecting on open, decentralized network technology.

The 4 Classes of Faults on Mainnet: Why Tendermint chains can halt and when it’s considered normal.

CryptoKitties:

Say hello to Clover!: Here’s how to breed our new Fancy Cat and Purrstige Traits.

Decentraland:

March 11th Builder Progress Report: The latest developments and updates for Decentraland’s Builder.

What makes a virtual world more than a game?: A look back at virtual worlds, where Decentraland fits in, and how it breaks the mold.

district0x:

The District Weekly — March 16th, 2019: News and updates from the district0x Network.

district0x Quarterly Report — Q4 2018: A summary of events and financials from the most recent quarter.

The District Weekly — March 9th, 2019: News and updates from the district0x Network.

district0x Dev Update — March 5th, 2019: Development progress and product changes from district0x.

Dharma Protocol:

Dharma Markets #4: The Importance of Secondary Dai Markets: Your go-to resource for staying up to date with the decentralized financial system.

DeFi’s best UX meets DeFi’s favorite asset: Borrow and lend DAI on Dharma today.

Gitcoin:

Gitcoin Grants: $50K Open Source Fund: Using Liberal Radicalism to direct $50K to Ethereum infrastructure projects.

What’s New With Gitcoin?: Product Updates From Q1 2019.

The Gitcoin Torch: The grassroots effort to fund Ethereum’s OSS projects.

Loom Network:

PlasmaChain Integrates With Top 100 ERC20 Tokens, Enabling Lightning-Fast Layer 2 Stablecoin Payments With Multi-Currency Support.

Binance Fans: Purchase Limited Edition Zombie Battleground Card Packs, and Get a Chance to Win $10,000 in BNB Prizes.

Kyber Network:

KyberDAO Voting Experiment #1.

MakerDAO:

#PiDai for #PiDay: Tweeting crypto for good.

Raise the Stability Fee to 3.5%.

MakerDAO Focuses on Korea.

Melonport:

Melon Bug Bounty Program.

Goodbye Melonport, hello world!

Ocean Protocol:

WPP and Ocean Protocol collaborate to protect consumer privacy.

DCI and Ocean Protocol are building Data Marketplaces.

emporio analytics and Ocean Protocol partner for a better Shopping Experience.

Padang & Co and Ocean Protocol — Lower Barriers, More Connections and Innovation.

Syngenta and Ocean Protocol — Enhancing Prosperity in Agriculture.

A New Era Of Crypto: Crypto winter thaws into the blossom of a bold new crypto spring.

Ocean is Decentralized Orchestration: And Other Framings of Ocean Protocol.

4 Ways We’re Unlocking the Value of Data through Partnerships.

Ocean Protocol Partnerships in Singapore.

Enabling Short Selling in Bonding Curves — Part 1.

Enabling Short Selling in Bonding Curves — Part 2.

Enabling Short Selling in Bonding Curves — Part 3

Enabling Short Selling in Bonding Curves — Part 4.

Origin Protocol:

Introducing ZoidShop: A Decentralized Marketplace Powered By Origin.

Parity:

People of Parity — Tomasz Drwięga.

Shasper Testnet Plans.

Status:

Status Devs Meeting #14 — March 11, 2019.

#Stickerheads — The Winners.

Nimbus Development Update, March 2019.

Fire drill: Chaos Unicorn Day, April 1.

Nimbus Test Pilots Wanted.

Streamr:

Transcript: Telegram AMA with Henri Pihkala — 13th March 2019.

A proposal for Ethereum voting mechanisms and common funds distribution.

Dev Update February 2019.

Trinity protocol:

Trinity Biweekly Report — Early March.

Zilliqa:

Zilliqa Project Update #29 — New Team Members, Major Events.

Also check biweekly updates by Paradigm:

Other projects:

Pantheon v1.0.1.

Kyokan’s Plasma MVP alpha on mainnet with FourthState’s root chain.

Golem project: Model 0: low-level defence measures for Sybil attacks in P2P networks.

Bounties Network: ETHDenver Highlights. Colorado Network, Faces of Ethereum, UNICEF Boost Token & More. Reddit.

EtherNode is nearing production.

The Future of ENS, as Explained in Our ETHcc Talks (Videos Inside).

1218 DNS top-level domains deployed with the necessary DNSSEC support to ENS on Goerli.

Source: @nicksdjohnson.

MyEtherWallet launches EthVM block explorer. Ropsten only.

You can now get BAT for watching ads on Brave’s dev version.

Civil’s newsrooms and registry goes live as well as rebranded token sale on a bonded curve.

Connext’s DaiCard launches on mainnet. Instant Dai payments over state channels. Limited to $30 right now as it is still beta.

Spankchain 2019 plans: private shows, international models, accepting credit cards, video purchasing.

You Can Now Become a Token ATM — Without Holding Tokens. Buy and sell ERC20 tokens for cash using your Dether App. Sell DAI, BNB, MKR, REP, and a variety of other ERC20 tokens for cash without holding any token liquidity in your wallet.

Matter Labs is working to implement a Sonic SNARK structure with first benchmarks at ZK Summit in a week.

Cryptostaw: “Decentralized Venmo” built on Matic Network/Plasma. Live on Kovan.

Bancor Hacker Moves Funds: More than 25,000 eth stolen from Bancor has now moved from an address known to belong to the hacker. About three days ago, 25,500 eth was sent to what looks like a mixer service with the sums split into smaller sums then kind of re-grouped together.

Enuma enumerates on its trustless exchange and SDK.

Pisa: Vision for Off-chain and Non-Custodial Smart Contract Networks. Patrick McCorry’s survey of layer 2 and how a 3rd party watchtower helps them reach full potential.

CDP Saver — never get liquidated. Live on Kovan.

Web3 subscription APIs and watching birth of CryptoKitty.

ConsenSys Monthly Report — February 2019: Ethereum dApps, enterprise blockchain solutions, most popular articles, upcoming events, and more.

Crypto March Madness: Win DAI with The Ethereum NCAA Bracket Challenge. ETH Madness is using an Ethereum smart contract to create a new bracket challenge.

Starkware: Arithmetization II.

Introducing the Trustlines Blockchain: Trustlines Network is rebooting as a proof of stake sidechain to Ethereum.

New projects:

ZRNT: Executable spec for ETH 2.0, implemented in Go. Reddit.

Vaulttel: VaultTel offers enhanced security against software wallets alone as it uses enhanced iOS and Android platform with VaultTel Chip validation in addition to encryption data storage and biometric authentication. Coindesk.

ETHMail: ETHMail is an email provider. It providers email services like Gmail.

SmartPy: An intuitive and effective smart contracts language and development platform for Tezos with Python syntax.

Kyokan: Announcing our Plasma MVP Alpha.

Relevant beta is live: Tokens for curating and upvoting.

Opinion and research articles

Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2019/188. How to Prove a Secret: Zero-Knowledge Proofs on Distributed Data via Fully Linear PCPs by Dan Boneh and Elette Boyle and Henry Corrigan-Gibbs and Niv Gilboa and Yuval Ishai. A study the notion of fully linear probabilistically checkable proof systems. In such a proof system, the verifier can make a small number of linear queries that apply jointly to the input and a proof vector.

Liquid Liberal Radicalism by Dan Finlay. The Liberal Radicalism funding model is a efficient way of allocating goods, but is built on a number assumptions that deserve tight consideration, and I will present a simple way to compose a more liquid implementation that allows an open ecosystem to build on the mechanism without over-committing to any particular core assumption.

Bitwise XOR custody scheme by Justin Drake.

Cryptographic sortition: possible solution with zk-snark: Nicolas Liochon on sharding.

Transcript: Scalable blockchains as data layers | Vitalik Buterin. Taipei Ethereum Meetup presentation.

Joe Lubin at SXSW: Ethereum Will Handle Millions of Transactions Per Second Within Two Years. All the highlights from the SXSW keynote, including insights on ConsenSys token launches, crypto markets, and interoperability.

Source: ConsenSys blog.

How Blockchain at SXSW 2019 Championed Substance over Hype: The decentralization movement came into its own in Austin this year with the debut of the Blockchain & Cryptocurrency track.

You’re Invited to the Blockchain Ireland Week Launch Party: Blockchain takes center stage in Ireland at Blockchain Ireland Week in May. Join ConsenSys Ireland for the nationwide launch party.

The Enemy is not the Community: it’s our own naivety by Maria Paula Fernández.

Ethereum 2.0: What’s the state of play? Eth 2.0 was a no-show at Ethereum’s Paris Conference. So what’s going on? Interview with PegaSys protocol researcher Ben Edgington.

Validator Economics of Ethereum 2.0 — Part 2…The Ether Vacuum.

When ewasm? by Alex Beregszaszi.

When Lightning STARKs — Scaling Payments with STARKs. StarkPay, a payment scalability engine based on STARK technology, addresses many of the drawbacks of Lightning, the Layer-2 payment solution.

Ethereum Explained: Gas, Payment, and Mining in Pegasys blog.

VDF FAQ pt. 1 or Making an Open Source Chip.

Token 2049: Vitalik Buterin Says Non-Financial Blockchain Use Cases Are a ‘Harder Pitch’.

Ethereum Co-Founder Joseph Lubin: Blockchain Can Benefit Artists, Journalists.

Press and podcasts:

Vitalik Buterin: Current and Future State of Ethereum: Vitalik Buterin discusses the past, present and future of Ethereum and a wide range of topics including his current leadership role with Ethereum, what he envisioned Ethereum would look like 4 years in, Ethereum’s governance process, funding the platform’s development, Ethereum 1.x and state rent, and then onto Ethereum 2.0 where he’s been focusing most of his time in getting sharding and proof of stake off the ground.

Blockchain Explained: How Web 3.0 Will Create New Business Models. Watch the new episode in the Blockchain Explained series, where Joe Lubin explains his vision for the decentralized movement.

Gitcoin: Growing Open Source Software with Kevin Owocki on Into the Ether: Kevin Owocki, founder of Gitcoin, talks on Gitcoin’s core mission which is to grow open source software. Their core product, bounties, allows people to post bounties paid in crypto for issues on a Github repo. This is used by many of the top applications in the Ethereum ecosystem. In addition to bounties, they’ve recently launched Gitcoin Grants which gives the Ethereum community a way to fund projects that are vital to the future success of Ethereum.

Ethereum 1.x: Ensuring the Future Sustainability of Ethereum with Alexey Akhunov on Into the Ether: Alexey Akhunov, an independent Ethereum researcher, discusses Eth 1.x, an effort to ensure the future sustainability of Ethereum. He talks about the many different efforts included in Eth 1.x and especially state rent, Ethereum node sizes, what is state, how we can manage this and what it will look like. He then ventures into stateless clients and the impact they could have on this effort.

Formal Verification with Martin Lundfall on Zero Knowledge: Martin Lundfall from Dapphub & MakerDAO discusses formal verification. He covers what formal verification is, where it makes sense, where it doesn’t, the k-framework, how different this approach is to the “move fast and break things” approach, and much more.

Conversations at EthCC on Zero Knowledge: Special episode with Boris Mann, Maria Paula Fernandez, Hudson Jameson, Sunny Aggarwal, Yalda Mousavinia, and Peter Mauric, conversations centre around decision making in the decentralised space, the role of transparency, the different organisations and groups that have formed in Ethereum to help make decisions, how compensation can play a role, the code of conduct, the importance of signaling and much more.

How to Earn Money on Collateral in DeFi — and Why That’s Risky: IDEO’s Dan Elitzer with Laura Shin. Dan Elitzer, investor at IDEO CoLab Ventures, describes a concept he describes as superfluid collateral made possible in the decentralized finance space. He talks about which DeFi projects make this possible, how one can make collateral liquid so that interest can be earned from it, and what kinds of tokens could both serve as debt and earn interest. Based on the growth of Uniswap and DeFi, there’s more than $300 million in collateral on Ethereum, causing Dan to make a prediction that Uniswap pool shares could serve as collateral for millions of dollars in loans within months. However, he admits that such a system could be risky, and discusses how he thinks such risks should be managed.

How Uniswap Quickly Became One of the Most Popular Dexes: Uniswap’s Hayden Adams with Laura Shin. Hayden Adams, founder of the new decentralized exchange Uniswap, discusses how Uniswap differs from a traditional exchange based on order books, how market the contract determines the price of the tokens, and how market making on Uniswap is similar, in terms of payment, to participating in a mining pool. He covers under which conditions it is that a market maker will earn profit, what fees go toward in Uniswap, and how the contract functions as the dollar values of each token in a liquidity pair fluctuate. He describes how Uniswap quickly became one of the biggest decentralized exchanges on Ethereum since its launch in November, why gas fees are lower on Uniswap than other dexes, and how new tokens get listed on Uniswap. Plus, he talks about what regulatory risk he faces, how he plans to make money off the dex, and what he thinks of the idea that Dan Elitzer described — people using the Uniswap liquidity pair tokens as collateral for loans.

Hashing It Out #38: KZen — Omer Shlomovits: Omer is a multi-party computation and cryptography expert with KZen. He speaks to us about KZen, his research on threshold signatures for building simpler and more secured wallets, key recovery schemes, and the future of multi-party computation.

SE-Radio Episode 356: Tim Coulter on Smart Contracts: Truffle’s Tim Coulter on Software Engineering Radio. Tim Coulter, the founder of Truffle (Ethereum DApp development framework) discusses the Truffle framework for Ethereum SmartContracts and Decentralized App development, Ethereum Decentralized Apps (DApps) and Truffle as a DApp development, deployment and testing framework. The interview also covers Tim’s journey creating the Truffle framework with a deep-dive on it’s components and features w/ examples, Truffle ecosystem in 2018 — Truffle box, Ganache and DApp tutorials.

StarkWare: Transparent Computational Integrity with Eli Ben Sasson: Starkware’s Eli Ben Sasson on Software Engineering Daily. Eli Ben-Sasson is a co-founder and chief scientist at StarkWare Industries, a company that is bringing zero-trust technology to market. Implementations of zero-trust technology include zk-STARKs, zk-SNARKs, and bulletproofs. StarkWare is focused on the application of zk-STARKs, which can be used to improve scalability and privacy. Eli joins the show to discuss the topic of computational integrity, and how STARKs can be used to provide scalable, secure infrastructure to blockchain applications.

Decentralize This! — Episode 22: Loi Luu: Inter-token Liquidity and the Rise of the Decentralized Finance Ecosystem.

POV Crypto Episode 34 — Rise of Moloch & Ethereum 2.0: MolochDAO’s Ameen Soleimani on POV Crypto.

Topics of Conversation:

- Ethereum’s ability to self-fund itself

- Factors involved with developer retention

- State of Ethereum 2.0 report

- Coordinating complex efforts from the community

- On-Chain governance

- Ethereum competitors

- Blockchain maximalism

Q + A on ETH 2.0: Serenity session at ETHMagicians: Paris 2019.

Videos:

All videos from EthCC ’19 in Paris.

Keynote: Joseph Lubin | SXSW 2019.

Curation Markets Community Call 5: Latest Curation Markets call.

Whiteboard Series with NEAR | Ep:9 Stan Kladko from SKALE Labs: Stan Kladko,CTO at SKALE Labs, speaking about how SKALE works and enables high-speed, low-cost smart contracts in Layer 2.

Kent Barton & Alex Gluchowski ~ Scaling With Zero Knowledge: Kent Barton of ShapeShift and Alex Gluchowski of ETH Foundation present Scaling With Zero Knowledge.

PROGPOW Explained in under 4 min. & why it matters to GPU Miners: An explanation on what’s going on with PROGPOW and how it leverages the entire GPU.

Upcoming events:

Mar 22 — Zero Knowledge Summit 0x03 (Berlin)

April 4–5 — Deconomy (Seoul)

April 8–14 — Edcon hackathon and conference (Sydney)

Apr 19–21 — ETHCapetown

Apr 29 — Oslo Blockchain Day

May 9 — Fluidity Summit (NYC)

May 10–11 — Ethereal (NYC)

May 16 — Token Summit (NYC)

May 17–19 — ETHNewYork

May 17 — Deadline to accept proposals for Instanbul upgrade fork

May 23–25 — Swarm Orange Summit (Madrid)

June 22–24 — Zcon1 (Split, Croatia)

Finance

Etherscan added the ability to view/explore “State Changes” for any transaction made. And new feature release: “Analytics” module. This allows anyone to track time series data points of any address on ethereum blockchain since the genesis block.

Source: @etherscan.

Coinbase Rival ErisX Says Crypto Trading Platform for Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash Is Imminent. Crypto trading platform ErisX is expected to launch later this year. The startup is building a team that merges finance veterans with blockchain engineers. Speaking at this year’s FIA Boca with global markets reporter Jill Malandrino of Nasdaq’s TradeTalks, ErisX CEO Thomas Chipas says the platform is gearing up for launch.

Omise Holdings opens signups for GO.exchange .

ConsenSys Targets Crypto Privacy and Adoption With New Investments: The venture capital arm of ethereum development studio ConsenSys is continuing to invest in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space with the backing of two early-stage startups. ConsenSys Ventures announced that it invested $1.15 million investment in zero-knowledge proof (ZKP) cryptography startup Ligero, while Philippines-based cryptocurrency exchange PDAX received an undisclosed sum. Kavita Gupta, founder of ConsenSys Ventures, told CoinDesk that the PDAX funding was a “one time payment of significant amount.”

An Exploration of 5 Ways Enterprises Can Benefit from Tokenization in ConsenSys blog. Practical and worthwhile use cases of tokenization for your company to future proof your business.

Cisco: Blockchain Market Will Be $10 Billion by 2021. Tech behemoth and EEA member Cisco is making big moves into decentralized networks.

Roadmap

Release Step 3.1: Metropolis phase 2: Constantinople.

Constantinople is successful so far.

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

Vitalik on the Eth2 roadmap (on Twitter on February 7th, 2019):

Source: @VitalikButerin.

Rumors

SEC Chairman Clayton agrees with Hinman’s statement outlining why Eth is not a security.

Fidelity Crypto Chief Says Hard Fork May Delay Firm’s Support for Ethereum: Fidelity Digital Assets (FDAS) will take its time about adding support for ethereum, the executive in charge of the new platform said. The digital asset trading and custody branch of Fidelity Investments, which went live this quarter, has developed an internal framework for evaluating any cryptocurrencies that may be added in the future, according to FDAS president Tom Jessop. While Jessop has previously said FDAS might look to add ether and other cryptocurrencies, he told CoinDesk Thursday that the process to do so may not be cut-and-dried.

Samsung S10 Wallet Supports Ethereum, ERC-20 Tokens, dApps — Not Bitcoin: The Samsung cryptocurrency wallet will only support Ethereum, ERC20 tokens and 4 dApps (decentralised applications).

The leading property firm in Dubai set to launch an Ethereum token: The leading property firm in Dubai, Emaar Properties, has announced plans to launch an Ethereum token as reported by Arabian Business, a local news outlet. According to the news outlet, the development of an Ethereum token will be handled by Lykke, a Switzerland-based blockchain company.

Governance on /r/ethereum.

Ethereum is not succumbing to maximalism: Reddit discussion.

Kaizen — Aya Miyaguchi post on Twitter for Afri, statement on community values.

Source: @mi_ayako.

Ethereum has the biggest developer team in crypto! Monthly developers average 216:

Source: Ethereum subreddit.

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 DApps (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).

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

YouTube (Ethereum Foundation) — Videos from conferences, meetups, Ethereum Core Devs Meetings.

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 Fellowship of Ethereum Magicians forum.

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 Coingecko.com.

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 Coingecko.com.

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