EtherWorld's weekly: February 24, 2019

Samsung Galaxy S10 Includes Crypto Key Storage; Univ of Michigan Invests in Crypto Fund; UN World Food uses Ethereum to aid 100,000 refugees; India Inaugurates National Crypto Forensic Lab; Constantinople/St. Petersburg Upgrade Announcement; AMA Ethereum Leadership and Accountability and more...

EtherWorld's weekly: February 24, 2019

(Blockchain Weekly Recap)


World news

Ethereum News

  • Ethereum Constantinople/St. Petersburg Upgrade Announcement. Amberdata Constantinople & Petersburg Countdown To block Confirmation.

  • Ethereum Foundation Grants Program Wave 5 - The first grantees of 2019: The Matter, LeapDAO, Py-libp2p, Ethereum on ARM, Goerli testnet, Shadowlands, DeepSEA.

  • ConsenSys Grants is now accepting applications. Grants will be awarded in 2019 to projects that are building the foundational infrastructure, tools and components required to improve the developer and user experience of Ethereum. Apply today!

  • AMA about Ethereum Leadership and Accountability in response to a Reddit thread. Vitalik Buterin Disclosed Non-Ethereum Cryptocurrency Holdings

  • ENS

  • Sparkpool Freezes The Mysterious 2100 ETH Transaction Fee. They received the 2,100 ETH payout after mining block number 7,238,290 on the ethereum blockchain worth $300K.

  • Vlad Zamfir would be joining New York-based startup CasperLabs, in a paid role, to work on a new blockchain protocol and will continue his research on “governance” and “Proof-of-Stake” for the Ethereum Foundation, a role which will remain paid.

  • Parity's lead developer Afri Schoedon left Ethereum blockchain development. Statement from Afri.

  • Ethereum Cat Herders Update #2

  • ProgPOW

  • Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) is joining IBM, Johns Hopkins, and other prestigious institutions at this first-ever Scholars in Blockchain International Scientific Conference on March 12. Chair of EEA Technical Standards Committee Conor Svensson will be participating in the panel discussion on the role of enterprises in supporting blockchain research.

Other blockchain News

  • Bitcoin Cash (BCH): Roger Ver pledges to support any cryptocurrency that works and heralds economic freedom.
  • NEO Cofounder Praises the Ethereum Dev Community, Talks About the Future of Blockchain Tech and NEO 3.0


* EIP 1193: Provider Ring Call/Meeting
* EIP-615: Subroutines and Static Jumps for the EVM. Incorporating changes for a later PR into the original proposal.


New Project / Protocol

  • MolochDAO White Paper on using a grants DAO to fund public goods.
  • Certik: DeepSEA/Blockchain - A language to write verified Ethereum contracts
  • Monoplasma: A simple way to broadcast money to millions of people.
  • Trustless Atomic Loans (TAL): Borrow and lend crypto on your terms from the safety of your wallet
  • Plasma watchtower: a watchtower that monitors for invalid transactions on plasma chains
  • Rhombus: Connect your smart contract with real-world data.
  • rust-miximus: a MVP, WASM compatible zkSNARK of barrywhitehat's original Miximus.
  • Lahja is a generic multi process event bus implementation written in Python 3.6+ to enable lightweight inter-process communication, based on non-blocking asyncio. v0.11.0 released

Project and Protocol updates

  • Stability Fee Increase: February 22nd. The Maker Foundation Risk Team will place a proposal into the voting structure to raise the Dai Stability Fee by 0.5%, for a new rate of 1.5%.
  • Pantheon Release series highlighting IBFT 2.0 feature. In part 2 we will write about our new permissioning feature.
  • Polkadot: The Foundation of a New Internet
  • Radical Results: Gitcoin’s $25K Match
  • Uniswap passed Lightning Network for the #3 DeFi project!!


Exchange, Minning, Wallet and Trading

  • Coinbase has acquired Neutrino, a blockchain intelligence platform. They believe it will play an important role in legitimizing crypto, making it safer and more accessible for everyone.
  • Bitmain announces next generation 7nm ASIC chip for SHA256 mining, delivering breakthrough energy efficiency for Bitcoin Mining
  • Binance DEX is now up for public testing where users can create their own wallets and interact with the trading platform’s interface.
  • CoinMarketCap added Methodology page for listing process.

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