News and Links
Protocol (with an assist from the Ethereum Research team)
Shasper chain, v2.1
Prysmatic’s biweekly update on transitioning to Eth 2.0 with separate Go codebase
VDFs are not Proof of Work by Danny Ryan. Verifiable Delay Functions have some properties - requiring significant computation to calculate but relatively little computation to verify - that is suitable for strengthening RANDAO-based RNG. That sounds like proof of work, but Danny explains the difference between VDFs and PoW.
STARKs, Part 3: Into the Weeds by Vitalik Buterin: In Vitalik’s STARKs series part 3, he introduced how to actually implement a STARK with vivid explication.
Latest Casper standup call
Why Shasper makes more sense than the previous FFG, then sharding roadmap
LearnPlasma is really coming together as a Plasma education resource
A Plasma Cash primer from Simon de la Rouviere
Jinglan Wang: what is Plasma? Plasma Cash?
Raiden is live on Ropsten testnet and open to testing
Stuff for developers
Benchmarking between Mythril, Manticore and Oyente from ConsenSys Diligence
Péter Szilágyi: How to PWN FoMo3D, a beginners guide
Pipeline - video explaining PoC of visual IDE of already deployed functions
Airswap tutorial on building with their API server
Adding ENS into your dapp tutorial
Tutorial to using Parity’s Secret Store multi-party key generation
IDEO on dealing with gas in UX
ethereum-to-graphql: autogenerate the schema and resolver
EthQL alpha from PegaSys and Infura
Aragon Package Manager - upgradeability for Aragon orgs
Apache Camel connector for Ethereum enterprise using web3j
The new Infura dashboard - existing access tokens need to migrate to v3 authentication keys and endpoints
web3.js 0.20.7 and web3.js 1.0.0-beta.35. breaking change on http provider
EthereumJS VM v2.4.0 (and their monthly recap)
Live on mainnet
iExec went live on mainnet to test rendering. 80% of jobs completed.
Melonport is live on mainnet with somewhat constrained Paros release
Gnosis DutchX contracts are live on mainnet in advance of their 100k competition to build on them
Gnosis Safe miltisig is live on Rinkeby
Parity’s Thibaut Sardan: what is a light client and why should you care?
Nathan Sexer: State of stablecoins
A reader friendly version of 100+ Eth dev interviews from EthPrize
Governance and Standards
EIP1227 (remove difficulty bomb, revert to 5 ETH block reward) vs EIP1234 (delay difficulty bomb, reduce to 2 ETH block reward) vs EIP1240 (remove difficulty bomb, leave at 3 ETH block reward). Results in Afri’s poll mirror what I hear in the community.
ERC1257: proof of payment standard
ERC1238: non-transferrable token badges
ERC1261: membership verification token
Add bottom-up composables to ERC998
ERC1263: NFT index
As planned, Augur burned the escape hatch, so the code is now decentralized.
Messari buys OnchainFX, lays out content strategy
Status now displays at full resolution on tablets, and no more Mixpanel
Maker to vote on increasing the Dai stability fee to 2.5%
Interviews, Podcasts, Videos, Talks
Dappcon videos are coming in
Andy Tudhope talks about EthPrize’s dev interviews on Smartest Contract
FunFair’s Jez San podcast interview
Jay Rush talking The Dao and how Quickblocks grew out of that from Gitcoin’s weekly stream
Dan Boneh on the Bitcoin Podcast
Ethan Buchman talks testnets on Zero Knowledge
Maker’s Rune Christensen print interview where he says they are developing their own language for better security
Martin Becze on Epicenter
You now need Santiment tokens to access some of their market and data feeds.
Text tutorial of how to claim your (free) Livepeer tokens.
Incentivizing new users of TCRs through gamification
Mike Maples: Slow money crypto
Zilliqa releases its Scilla language “with formalization of its semantics and its embedding into Coq.” Also of interest, Etheremon is planning to have gameplay on Zilliqa but will use Ethereum as its store of value.
First Polkadot parachain deployed in PoC2
Raul Jordan with an intro to hashing algos
NYTimes on art and blockchain
John Backus with his lessons learned from p2p file sharing
Dates of Note
Upcoming dates of note:
August 7 - Start of two month distributed hackathon from Giveth, Aragon, Swarm City and Chainshot
August 10-12 - EthIndia hackathon (Bangalore)
August 10-12 - ENS workshop and hackathon (London)
August 22 - Maker DAO ‘Foundation Proposal’ vote
August 24-26 - Loom hackathon (Oslo, Norway)
September 6 - Security unconference (Berlin)
September 7-9 - EthBerlin hackathon
September 7-9 - WyoHackathon (Wyoming)
September 8 - Ethereum Industry Summit (Hong Kong)
Oct 5-7 - TruffleCon in Portland
Oct 5-7 - EthSanFrancisco hackathon
Oct 11 - Crypto Economics Security Conf (Berkeley)
Oct 22-24 - Web3Summit (Berlin)
Oct 26-28 - Status hackathon (Prague)
Oct 29 - Decentralized Insurance D1Conf (Prague)
Oct 30 - Nov 2 - Devcon4 (Prague)
Dec 7-9 - dGov distributed governance conf (Athens)
December - EthSingapore hackathon
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