News and Links
Constantinople is coming
[eth1] Rinkeby testnet forked successfully. Update your clients ASAP!
[eth2] What’s New in Eth2
[eth2] Latest Eth2 implementer call notes
web3foundation, Status and Validity Labs update and call for participants on private, decentralized messaging, a la Whisper
Live on Rinkeby testnet: Plasma Ignis - often called “roll up” - 500 transactions per second using SNARKs for compression (not privacy), no delay to exit, less liveness requirements, multi-operator. Check out the live demo.
Georgios Konstantopoulos: A Deep Dive on RSA Accumulators
Canto: proposed new subprotocol to allow sidechain-like subnets
Fae: a subnet by putting Fae’s binary transactions in the data field
Counterfactual dev update: full end to end implementation of Counterfactual with demos and dev environment will be live on Ropsten in next 2 weeks
Stuff for developers
Updated EthereumJS readthedocs
Solidity CTF: mirror madness from Auth.io
Solstice: 15 analyzer Solidity security tool
Compound’s self-liquidation bug
Gas Stations Network, an incentivized meta transaction relay network, live on Ropsten
Understanding Rust lifetimes
How to quickly deploy to Görli cross-client testnet
Codefund2.0 - sustainability for open source project advertising without 3rd party trackers
Analyzing 1.2m mainnet contracts in 20 seconds using Eveem and BigQuery
0x Market Maker program. 15k to run a market making bot on a 0x relayer
Ethereum Foundation major grant to Parity: $5m for ewam, light wallet, and Eth2
What enterprises need to know about AWS’s Blockchain as a Service
2019 is the year of enterprise tokens?
Governance and Standards
Notes from latest core devs call, includes ProgPoW section. On that topic, IfDefElse put out a ProgPoW FAQ including responses from AMD and Nvidia. Also check understanding ProgPoW from a few months ago
Martin Köppelmann on the governance protocol of DXdao
Pando Network: DAOs and the future of content
EIP1682: storage rent
EIP1681: temporal replay protection
ERC1683: URLs with asset and onboarding functionality
ERC1690: Mortability standard
Demo testing on Kovan testnet of the Digix governance platform
Brave at 5.5m MAUs, up 5x in 2018. It also got much more stable over the year, and being able to use a private tab with TOR on desktop makes it a must (mobile has been a must for a long time). Here’s my referral code if you haven’t switched yet.
I saw some warnings about tokenized US equity DX.exchange that was in the last newsletter. I have no idea if they are legit or if the warnings are in bad faith but the reason that Szabo’s “trusted third parties are security holes” gets repeated frequently is because it is true. If you choose any cryptoasset that depends on custody of a third party, caveat emptor.
Origin now has editable listings and multiple item support
Nevada counties are storing birth and marriage certificates on Ethereum
Scout unveils its customizable token/protocol explorers for apps, live on Aragon and Livepeer
Veil prediction markets platform built on 0x and Augur launches Jan 15 on mainnet. Fantastic to see the app layer stack coming together. Not open to the USA because…federal government.
Gnosis on the problem of front running in dexes
Interviews, Podcasts, Videos, Talks
Joseph Lubin on Epicenter. Some good early Eth history here.
Ryan Sean Adams on the case for Ether as money on POV Crypto
Nice Decrypt Media profile of Lane Rettig
Q&A with Mariano Conti, head of Maker Oracles
Andrew Keys on the American Banker podcast
Austin Griffith 2018 lessons learned talk at Ethereum Boulder
Starkware’s Eli Ben-Sasson and Alessandro Chiesa on Zero Knowledge
Nick Johnson talks ENS and ProgPoW on Into the Ether
Tokens / Business / Regulation
Paul Kohlhaas: bonding curve design parameters
Ryan Zurrer: Network keepers, v2
Zastrin to sell a tradeable NFT as a license to use its blockchain dev courses.
Sharespost says it did its first compliant security token trade of BCAP (Blockchain Capital). Link opens PDF
Actus Financial Protocol announces standard for tokenizing all financial instruments.
Missing DeFi piece: longer-term interest generating assets
Gemini’s rules for the revolution on working with regulators.
Blockchain Association proposes the Hinman Standard for cryptoassets
Blockchains LLC releases its 300 page Blockchain Through a Legal Lens
China released restrictive blockchain rules including censorship and KYC
ETC got 51% attacked. Coinbase was first to announce it, though it appears the target was the gate.io exchange. Amusingly, the price hardly suffered. The amazing thing is that a widely known and relatively easily exploited attack vector like this didn’t happen during bull market when this attack could have been an order of magnitude more profitable.
Michael del Castillo tracks the supply chain of an entire dinner using blockchain products like Viant
Julien Thevenard argues Ethereum is on par or safer than Bitcoin in terms of proof of work.
Coindesk video interview of the creator of HODL. He isn’t at all convinced by Bitcoin’s new “store of value” meme. Very entertaining use of 8 minutes.
Researchers brute force attack private keys of poorly implemented ECDSA nonce generation.
Dates of Note
Upcoming dates of note (new in bold):
Jan 14 - Mobi Grand Challenge hackathon ends
Jan 10-Feb7 - 0x and Coinlist virtual hackathon
Jan ~16 - Constantinople hard fork at block 7080000
Jan 24 - List of things for Aragon vote, including on funding original AragonOne team
Jan 25 - Graph Day (San Francisco)
Jan 29-30 - AraCon (Berlin)
Jan 31 - GörliCon (Berlin)
Feb 7-8 - Melonport’s M1 conf (Zug)
Feb 15-17 - ETHDenver hackathon (ETHGlobal)
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)
April 8-14 - Edcon hackathon and conference (Sydney)
Apr 19-21 - ETHCapetown (ETHGlobal)
May 10-11 - Ethereal (NYC)
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