Eth News and Links
A tactical shift for eth2: less shards (64?) but faster cross-shard comms and 8x higher throughput per shard
Lighthouse client update - it’s still networking season
Some excellent phase0 slides from Devcon
This was the week that Vitalik decided to write up ideas that you likely already knew if you read this newsletter, but apparently Coindesk reporters do not. To wit:
Beacon chain saved contracts. Expensive, but possible.
Why a 2way bridge is hard between eth1 and eth2, but options for how it can be done
Plasma Group and Uniswap ran an Optimistic Rollup demo at Devcon, which enables hundreds of transactions per second
Celer releases the specification of its state channels
Stuff for developers
Metamask: web3 plugins. Verified scripts loaded over ENS, IPFS, or Swarm. The new “focus [is] on implementing APIs that enable second-order innovation, like the APIs above”
ZoKrates v0.5. Structs, arrays, and JSON-ABI
OpenZKP: 0x opensources a STARK implementation in Rust
a writeup of Solidity Visual Auditor for VS code
Checking custom correctness properties using MythX
Kovan testnet successfully hardforked into Istanbul
Source code of the Eveem decompiler
Phil Daian’s Complete Knowledge proofs to fight bribery
Mutant testing tool to find out how good your test suite really is
Lexon demo of natural language Eth code
Subspace event tracking and autosyncing. Saves state to local db so app syncs from the last known point
EthDNS: ENS + IPFS everywhere and its DNS over https service
Unstoppable Domains built its .crypto domains on ETH
Ethereum on ARM. New images for NanoPC-T4, Rockpro64 & Raspberry Pi. Run a full node with Geth/Parity/Trinity. Plus: Status.im, Raiden, IPFS, Swarm and Vipnode. Or an eth2 testnet with Prysmatic.
Kobi Gurkan found a bug in the snark implementation of the MIMC hash function in circomlib. Thus, Tornado.cash had to hack itself, but everything is fine. They migrated everything to a new contract and updated the UI. Privacy was never lost.
An interview with EY’s Paul Brody about Nightfall
EEA’s updated client spec and trusted compute spec, plus trusted reward tokens for consortia
EU Blockchain Observatory legal and regulatory report
Fatburger to use Cadence for a $30m bond offering with the tokens issued on Ethereum mainnet
Standards and governance topics
Interesting Decrypt report on Orochi, a Moloch fork, solving coordination problems in event planning
Multi-collateral Dai scheduled to launch on November 18th
Compound’s plans for MCD. Users are responsible for migrating their Dai.
Compound is moving all their administrative functions to a 2 day time delay
Crop insurance product in Kenya for farmers using the Etherisc protocol. Going live next year.
SetProtocol’s Rebalancing Dashboard so you can participate in rebalancing events
Vulcan Swap - decentralized dollar cost averaging, live on Rinkeby testnet
Alethio’s DeFi/dex data viz for the week before devcon
Brave is at 8 million monthly active users
Augur will ship v2 in q1 with Dai integration and cheap order creation in 0x, as well as both trading and betting UIs
the Sacramento Kings NBA franchise launching a tokenized blockchain reward program for predicting things in their game
Tokens / Business / Regulation
“It is my view as Chairman of the CFTC that ether is a commodity”
SEC gets an injunction to stop the Telegram sale, and also seeks to make Telegram give all ~$2b back
Stripe, ebay, Visa, and Mastercard join Paypal in quitting Libra
Democratizing real estate ownership through tokenization
On Oct 21st, NBA star Spencer Dinwiddie still planning to tokenize a part of his contract in the face of NBA resistance
Ethereum.org now available in 11 languages
New (beta) version of MyCrypto with multi-account management and new UX
Hasu, Prestwich, Curtis: a model for Bitcoin (in?)security under declining block rewards
Aethereum - a hard spoon from Ava, ie Eth state imported into an Ava chain.
UNICEF will now receive, hold, and spend ETH/BTC out of a dedicated UNICEF Crypto Fund
Dates of Note
Upcoming dates of note (new in bold):
Oct 19-20 - Crosslink (Taipei)
Oct 26 - Zero Knowledge Summit (SF)
Oct 28-Nov 1 - SF Blockchain Week
Nov 1 - Ledger EU apply for 200k euro startup funding
Nov 5-6 - Decentralized insurance D1Conf (Malta)
Nov 8-10 - ETHWaterloo
Jan 1 - Augur v1 cutoff
Feb 9-15 - EthLagos
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