DIS Weekly #6

DIS Weekly covers developments in the decentralized infrastructure solutions space.

If you’d like to submit your project updates for the next round of DIS Weekly / DIS Moment, email us at dis@pokt.network or DM us at @DISweekly.

//NODE INFRASTRUCTURE//

Chainstack | @ChainStackHQ 

Launched earlier this year, Chainstack, “the control panel for blockchains”, is a multi-cloud, multi-protocol Platform as a Service (PaaS). Their control panel provides quick access to multiple protocols, both consortium or public, with hybrid deployment options, either on-cloud or on-prem. This gives developers the means to rapidly build, deploy, and manage networks and services. They’ll be able to spend more time building DApps and take those DApps to market faster. 

Watch this short video for an introduction to Chainstack to learn more.

Coinmine | @Coinmine

Coinmine announced a seed round of $2.5 million, led by M13. This seed round also includes Gumi Crypto, Republic Labs, Canaan Labs, and Shervin Pishevar. The seed round funds will be used to accelerate their mission to make it easy for everyone to earn crypto and improve the Coinmine One experience

In the last couple of months, with over-the-air updates to their MineOS they’ve: 1) Added Bitcoin to the Coinmine One, 2) Added Grin to the Coinmine One, 3) Increased Grin hashrate by 80%, 4) Reduced energy consumption by 30%

Pocket Network | @POKTnetwork

Pocket has officially integrated into My Ether Wallet, one of the most well-known wallets in the blockchain space. MEW users can now choose pokt.network, the only decentralized node service provider, as an option to connect to either Ethereum or POA (xDAI) Networks. This reduces the risks associated with centralized, single-entity node providers. It literally only takes a few clicks. Here’s how to do it at login and from the dashboard. Also, Pocket Android was integrated into Rio Tezos’ TezosJ_SDK. More integrations are coming for Wallets and SDKs

In other news, the Pocket/Figment P-Rep candidate participated in the ICON P-Rep AMA, hosted by ICONation and the ICON Foundation.

//LAYER 2//

Raiden Network | @raiden_network  

In Raiden’s Weekly Update 79, they announced the addition of the “Awesome Raiden” repository to the Raiden Network GitHub. The goal of this repo, meant for a broader audience, will be to “provide a curated list of resources, links, projects, tools, and hacks on, for, and around Raiden”.   

Last week, the development team announced the release of their “Antifragile Crocodile” Raiden v0.100.5a0 testnet. It fixed bugs from their last testnet release. The dev team also introduced two new milestones on Raiden’s development roadmap: Alderaan and Bespin

Lightning Labs | @lightning 

Lightning Network is a Layer 2 solution, built on top of Bitcoin, developed to facilitate cheap and instant micropayments. Last month, Lightning Labs released a network analysis tool called “Lndmon”, which allows Lightning Network users to pull up data of their node and the rest of the network. It’s addresses the need for an easy-to-use tool for routing node operators to manage their nodes

Last week, the Lightning Lab published the first part of the their Node Operator’s Guide to the Lightning Galaxy series. This part covers routing requirements, as well as, basic lnd operators and parameters. In the same day, Circle Research shared their super simple journey of setting up a lightning node by using Pierre Rochard’s Lightning Power Users Node Launcher.

//WEB3 TOOLBOX//

Terminal | @terminaldotco 

Launching very soon, Terminal is the Web3 portal for developers. Through Terminal developers can easily build, manage, share, and interact with Web3 protocols, smart contracts, and APIs all in one place. Terminal also provides infrastructure for a wide variety of networks, while providing the option to connect to any node or network that uses a supported framework and utilize their own blockchain node infrastructure. 

Linkdrop | @LinkdropHQ

Welcome to Airdrop 2.0! The Linkdrop Team recently announced the introduction of Linkdrop Dashboard, a tool for DApps to onboard everyday users with Web3 marketing campaigns. A Linkdrop is a claimable digital asset inside a link or QR code. Everyday users don’t need a wallet in advance, since they’d be redirected to install a wallet before claiming a Linkdrop. Check it out in action by watching this short video on how to create a Linkdrop Campaign in the Linkdrop Dashboard. Each Linkdrop comes with a fee of 0.002 ETH per claimed link, which covers the Ethereum Gas fee and service fee of using the LinkDrop Dashboard.  

Analytics coming soon.

//WALLETS//

Status | @ethstatus

The Status team re-released v0.13.0 for iOS, since the beta build for this version expires after 90 days. If a Status users already has it, there’s no need to reinstall it. Status’ developer team is also working on a fix for the 64-bit version on Android, which is experiencing random freezes on the arm64 hardware, before v0.14.0 can be released.

Status introduced Discover v2, a new kind of bonded curve contract to construct a ranking game for DApps that is transparent and fair. If you are a DApp developer, submit and rank your DApp. Status will contribute 1000 SNT to the first 50 DApps that apply

FIO | @joinFIO

The Foundation for Interwallet Operability (FIO) adds Atomic Wallet as it’s 13th FIO Member. Including affiliates, FIO now has a total of 25 members.  

Multis | @multisHQ

Multis announced that they’ve integrated with Nexus Mutual, the people powered alternative to insurance. This covers a Multis users’ company’s crypto against potential bugs in the multi-sig contract code.  Their current rate is ~1.3% p.a., so it’d cost roughly $1,300 for a 12 month-cover on $100,000. It’s truly a game changer for crypto-based companies and organizations, aptly called “Decentralized Peace of Mind”.

//DEFI//

Compound | @compoundfinance 

cDAI enables a lot of new business models! If you are asking, what the heck is cDAI? Compound created a cToken education resource to answer all FAQs. 

They’ve recently announced they will be holding a community vote to select the next Compound asset, in about a week or so. These are the potential asset options: Ampleforth (AMPL), Decentraland (MANA), Flexacoin (FXC), Huobi Token (HT), Loom Network (LOOM), Maker (MKR), Numeraire (NMR), OmiseGo (OMG), Paxos Standard Token (PAX), Synthetix USD (sUSD), Tether (USDT), and TrueUSD (TUSD). Which would you pick? 

rDAI | @rDAI_DAO

Decentralee took the concept of cTokens one step further by introducing rDAI (redeemable DAI). It’s an ERC20 token backed by cDAI that allows a person to assign an external party to receive the interest earned by the underlying asset. Or they can keep it for themselves! An individual can even store it in a cold wallet for safe keeping, since it’s based on the ERC20 standard. rDAI contracts currently use Compound Finance, and cDAI, as their interest generating system. However, they’ve designed rDAI to be agnostic regarding the underlying interest generating asset. Read Decentralee’s “The Allocation Strategy” to learn how it defines the way rDAI interfaces with other DeFi protocols to use the DAI users deposits to generate an interest yield while also allowing redeemability. rDAI can also enable a lot of new business models with a two line integration! Like, truly free DApps, unlike legacy freemium apps. 

SODA | @sodacrypto

On August 15th, SODA (Synthetic Oracle-Denominated Asset) announced they went live on mainnet. SODA is a DAO for lending and borrowing cryptoassets. With SODA, a user can borrow up to 1,000 DAI with a fixed rate of 13.65% APR using Bitcoin as collateral. Similarly to a MakerDAO CDP (Collateralized Debt Position), a SODA user would over-collateralize the underlying asset. However, with 140% BTC in this case, instead of 150% ETH. Try playing around with their loan calculator! If you are interested in learning more, read their white paper published on IPFS.

//PODCASTS//

Wizard of Dapps | @wizardofdapps

Clovers with Billy Rennekamp

Software Engineering Daily | @software_daily

Service Mesh Deployment with Varun Talwar

Epicenter | @epicenterbtc

Erik Voorhees: Shapeshift - There’s a New Fox in Town

Into the Ether | @ethhub_io

Kyber Network: Providing Liquidity to the Decentralized World with Loi Luu

Zero Knowledge | @zeroknowledgefm

MPC Systems with Nigel Smart

Unchained | @LauraShin 

The IMF on How to Design Central Bank Currencies 

Venture Stories | @villageglobal

The Promise of DAOs and Venture Capital in the Age of Crypto with PJ Kershaw

//DIS MOMENT//

No. 1 https://twitter.com/i/moments/1135585470832893953 

No. 2 https://twitter.com/i/moments/1146098208466178048 

No. 3 https://twitter.com/i/moments/1150488847819710465 

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No. 8 https://twitter.com/i/moments/1161333702804344832 

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DIS Weekly #5

DIS Weekly covers developments in the decentralized infrastructure solutions space.

If you’d like to submit your project updates for the next round of DIS Weekly / DIS Moment, email us at dis@pokt.network or DM us at @DISweekly.

//NODE INFRASTRUCTURE//

DAppNode | @DAppNode

If you have a DAppNode, you can run a Lightning node and add to the decentralization of the Lightning Network. According to The Block Genesis, a big part of the network’s capacity is run by the same entity. DAppNode hopes that by “facilitating the creation of more nodes, the network will add capacity outside of these big players and will become more resilient and decentralized”. Just don’t forget to back up your private keys stored in the package! 

In their latest release, they’ve also included Keystore backups, a Cosmos node package, and a more user-friendly Admin UI. The TrueBlocks package is now available on DAppNode, too.

Casa Node | @CasaHODL

CASA Node released an update that includes a host of changes that address user requests and issues. To mitigate confusion on which codes to scan to connect your node to the Sats App, they’ve made the Sats connection codes more prominent. Other updates include: Docker improvements, fixes to small UI bugs, improvements to error messages, and much more

Pocket Network | @POKTnetwork

In their monthly newsletter, the Pocket Network team announced that the Pocket Blockchain Mainnet V.1 has been formally defined and they’re are preparing to release it around the beginning of 2020. This includes an economic layer for full node incentivization via the the POKT token. 

In an effort to decentralize your favorite wallets, the Pocket team submitted pull requests to Poketto, Nifty, and MyEtherWallet. Those PRs have been merged and are expected to be live very soon.

//LAYER 2//

Connext | @ConnextNetwork

Currently, Connext V2 is live on testnet and expects to go live on mainnet sometime around ETHBerlin. V2 of Connext newly offers multitoken support, conditional transfers, better client, and “built on the Conterfactual framework”. They’ve also prepackaged these “common” Counterfactual apps (Simple Transfers, Link Transfers, Swaps, Subscriptions, Event-driven Transfers, and more) in which wallets, DApps, and other projects can simply access via their API. 

InstaPay on Metamask Mobile utilizes Connext to make off-chain, near feeless transactions with DAI. Reported on July 24th, payment volume went up 148% day over day and the DAI locked up in Connext was up 10% since the launch of InstaPay on MetaMask Mobile.

//WALLETS//

Opera Touch | @opera

Opera Touch, a Web 3.0 browser, recently made an iOS version available for download. This completes their efforts to offer a Web3 ready browser with a built-in Ethereum wallet across all major platforms: Android, Windows, Mac, Linux, and iOS. Opera supports all ERC-20 tokens, stablecoins, and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Now, Opera Touch let’s users disable ad blocking or cookie dialog blocking on any website, as well as, includes a new tab preview feature.

Opera is leading the pack in terms of modern browsers. They know that this will enable new business models to emerge, like the ones mentioned in Kevin Owocki’s twitter thread on Web3 Business Models.

3Box | @3boxdb

The 3Box team has recently announced, last week, that users can now log into 3Box Hub with the Ethereum wallet of their choice. Beforehand, they’d only be able to access 3Box Hub through their MetaMask browser extension or mobile DApp browser. Now that 3box has integrated with Web3Connect, those users can log in with new providers like Portis, Fortmatic, Dapper, and all mobile browsers. It’s a much better Web3 authentication User Experience.

3Box is also working on Identity Wallet, which is an identity SDK for crypto-wallets, with native support for distributed identity based data storage for ETH accounts (ie identity, profiles, storage, and messaging).

Rainbow Wallet | @rainbowdotme

The Rainbow Wallet team announced the Rainbow update v1.1.4, which fixes many bugs and adds plenty of new features. This includes: surface uniswap liquidity tokens, expandable collectible families, support for importing private keys, and real-time pricing data.

MEW | @myetherwallet

Last week, MyEtherWallet announced MEW5.1. It delivers a new wallet dashboard and NFT manager. In MEW v5.1, the dashboard gives users quick-access to their most frequently used features and integrations. The new NFT manager features a way to interact with your unique non-fungible tokens from CryptoKitties, Gods Unchained, Etheremon, and more.

The “hardware wallet without all the hardware”, MEWconnect provides a hardware-like functionality right on a users’ smartphone. This helps protect users from phishing attempts through a much more secure way of interacting with their MEW client-side browser wallet. In MEW5.1, a user can make ETH purchases with a credit card via Simplex, and the MEWconnect smartphone app.

MEW users can also ensure that their MyEtherWallet will always be online, free from centralized risks, by choosing pokt.network as their Ethereum Network or POA Network provider. This is accomplished through the Pocket Network Protocol, which provides reliable access to decentralized node infrastructure.

Here’s how to do it at login and from the dashboard.

Multis | @multisHQ

With Multis’ recent update, they’ve enabled support for ENS domains and sub-domains. Now, organizations and companies using the Multis Wallet can add counterparties using a name instead of an Ethereum address. Multis makes sure to resolve the address before any transactions and will warn the user if it has changed since it was added or edited.

//DEFI//

Sablier | @SablierHQ

Sablier has raised a grant from MakerDAO! They’ll be using these funds to expand their team and ship a native-mobile DApp for continuous salaries, as well as cover several audits before publication. 

The Sablier app had to be downgraded to Rinkeby due to a vulnerability found in it’s smart contract underpinning the DApp user interface hosted at beta.sablier.app. The vulnerability would allow an attacker to pay themselves using tokens belonging to a user that had previously approved Sablier to spend from the DAI contract. Don’t worry, all funds are safe!

MetaMoneyMarket | @MetaMoneyMarket

Jacob Shiach released MetaMoneyMarket v0.1. in the beginning of August. It’s a smart contract, live on mainnet, that seeks to maximize yield by connecting to multiple money markets. When rates change, it auto-rebalances your deposit to the market with best rate them to help you earn the max amount of interest. At the moment, MetaMoneyMarket supports DAI, USDC, and ZRX. At launch, it also included adapters for both Compound and dYdX.

You can join the MetaMoneyMarket managed pool at https://metamoneymarket.com/ or build your own Meta Money Market with the source code available on Github.  

Betoken | @BetokenFund

The crowd-powered asset management protocol, Betoken launched on mainnet in the beginning of July. Betoken fund managers collectively manage and maintain a single portfolio by staking Kairo tokens, Betoken’s non-transferable reputation tokens. They use a meritocratic system, which automatically allocates the most funds to the managers with the best track record, as well as, pays them the most commissions.

Last week, the Betoken team delivered new features and repaired defects in the previous version. This includes a subgraph they created with The Graph Protocol, which reduced the frontend load time by about 91%. Each month, Betoken sends out a fund report to those who’ve connected their capital to update users on important fund metrics.

TokenSets | @SetProtocol

TokenSets, powered by Set Protocol, helps people easily manage their crypto with automated asset management strategies. It bundles crypto-assets into tokenized baskets that are programmed to auto-rebalance based on trading logic. Each set is a smart basket ERC20 token of crypto-assets that automatically rebalances based on the strategy a user chooses. Follow along with this twitter thread to find out how rebalancing a set works.

Last month, Set launched a new category of automated portfolio management strategies “Trend Trading”. The first new set is called ETH20SMACO, which stands for ETH 20 Day Simple Moving Average Crossover Set. This set rebalances based on crossovers between the current price and the 20 Day Simple Moving Average. The first rebalance performed really well! Since its launch, it has settled with $315k USDC being auctioned for ETH with only a ~0.8% slippage, and resulted in an additional 23% ETH accumulated in the Set.

//MESH NETWORKS//

Althea | @AltheaNetwork

Althea provides a faster, and cheaper decentralized internet option to your community. Althea is giving away 1M of its tokens in the first-ever compliant security airdrop campaign with Republic. With the Althea Grants program, participants can earn tokens by learning about Althea and submitting a proposal to start their own local Althea network! While this is happening, they’ve been simultaneously testing with 16 validators in their Althea Zone Cosmos testchain. Once testing is complete and integrated into their routers, Cosmos’ high speed transactions will enable Althea dISP to be even faster and cheaper.

//PODCASTS//

Wizard of Dapps | @wizardofdapps

SuperRare with John Crain

Epicenter | @epicenterbtc

Igor Barinov: POA Network - Enabling Scaling Through Trust in Public Notaries

Into the Ether | @ethhub_io

Set Protocol: Automating Asset Management with DeFi

Zero Knowledge | @zeroknowledgefm

Eth2.0 Update and a look at Libra with Raul Jordan

Hashing It Out | @HashingItOutPod

ConsenSys Diligence with Steve Marx

What Grinds My Gears | @WGMGpodcast

Banning Bitcoin: The Long Arc of an Infinite Revolution

Evolvement | @EvolvementCast

Creating the “Apple” of Mining

//DIS MOMENT//

No. 1 https://twitter.com/i/moments/1135585470832893953 

No. 2 https://twitter.com/i/moments/1146098208466178048 

No. 3 https://twitter.com/i/moments/1150488847819710465 

No. 4 https://twitter.com/i/moments/1151488370499104769

No. 5 https://twitter.com/i/moments/1154436794647289856

No. 6 https://twitter.com/i/moments/1156972138940829697

No. 7 https://twitter.com/i/moments/1159159593894854657

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Pocket Network News - August 2019

Updates, News and Sneak Peeks

Developer Update

1. The Pocket Mainnet Specs V.1 has been formally defined and the team is preparing to release in the beginning of 2020! This is a huge milestone for the project and will include the economic layer for full node incentivization via the POKT token.

2. The Tezos SDK integrations are underway. If you haven’t read the latest update, please see this post regarding the re-scoping of our grant from the Tezos Foundation, where we decided to integrate with promising SDKs as oppose to building them out for our own.

Here is the post describing the update to our Tezos grant.

Economics & Governance Updates

1. Dr. Shivendu Shivendu is now leading the economic development of Pocket Network! He is currently working with CORE Engineering team to finalize the POKT algorithms.

2. The latest DAO charter for Pocket will be published along side the official release of Aragon apps “Tollgate” and “Approval.” This will began the phase where we run UAT with our existing network and interested prospects.

Contact us at hola@pokt.network if you are interested in running some governance experiments. We have decided to postpone the public launch of the DAO until after the Mainnet release for various different reasons, one being the launch of the POKT token which will provide the DAO itself with more utility.

News

1. The Pocket & Figment joint proposal to become a P-Rep for the ICON network is evolving quite nicely. Recent, Shane Burgett from Pocket did a panel discussion with other candidates for the Iconist channel.

Watch the Panel Discussion here.

2. The pull request for the integration for the Poketto Cash xDAI wallet has been merged and is currently testing on testflight! Everything works nicely and we expect to go live by the end of this month.

3. The pull request for the integration with Nifty Wallet has been merged and is expected to be included in the next few releases.

4. The pull request for the integration with MyEtherWallet has also been merged and is expected to be included in the next release as well.

5. Pocket Network joins FIO(Foundation for Interwallet Operability) as an affiliate member to support interoperability on the infrastructure side.

Here is the post announcing Pocket’s membership to FIO.

6. Portis has now fully integrated Pockets Web3 provider.

Here is the post describing the news.

Portis powered app https://multis.co/ is set to start using Pocket in the coming months.

7. Pocket Network has officially partnered with Lighstreams Network, another high performing smart contract platform in the space. We’re very excited to work closely with them as they launch their flagship app, Fanbase, as well as roll out their validator program and governance system.

Learn More about the partnership here.

8. Pocket CEO, Michael O’Rourke was on the inaugural episode of “The Blockchain VC Podcast” run by Tomer Federman.

9. Hack Crypto featured Pocket Network!

Behind the Scenes

1. Blockwall Ventures and Monday Capital have joined Pocket’s fundraising round! We are very excited to work closely with the teams on our go-to-market plan.

DIS Weekly #4

DIS Weekly covers developments in the decentralized infrastructure solutions space.

If you’d like to submit your project updates for the next round of DIS Weekly / DIS Moment, email us at dis@pokt.network or DM us at @DISweekly.

//NODE INFRASTRUCTURE//

DAppNode | @DAppNode

DAppNode is participating in the Giveth Social Coding Circle tomorrow at 1:00 PM EST. If you have anything you want to ask, here’s the link to participate.

QuikNode | @QuikNode

QuikNode has struck a partnership with the MetaCartel DAO. They’ve offered to support the next five funded projects with a sponsored, dedicated Ethereum node. 

They’ve also sponsored ETHIndia 2.0, one of the largest Ethereum-based hackathons, to power and support the DApps being built with Web3 infrastructure. 

Pocket Network | @POKTnetwork

Pocket joins FIO, a protocol aimed at establishing interoperability between blockchain wallets, as an affiliate member. This a perfect fit, since the Pocket Network already supports five major blockchains (Ethereum, AION, Tezos, POA, and Lightstreams) and can support any blockchain with an HTTP endpoint

Pocket is running as a P-Rep candidate, alongside Figment Networks, in the ICON Network, a Proof of Stake blockchain. Here’s the mic drop moment that clearly demonstrates how Pocket Network stands out from the rest of the P-Reps.  

Hack Crypto recently published an overview video of Pocket Network going over the many benefits Pocket has to offer for both developers and node operators.  

//STAKING-AS-A-SERVICE//

Decentralized Staking Defenders | @StakingDefense 

As Proof of Stake approaches critical mass, Decentralized Staking Defenders has made an astute observation. PoS is already at risk! Stake across these networks have been concentrating within a small group of large validators, squeezing out smaller independent operators. Chris Remus has seen this happen with Livepeer and Cosmos, plus other networks like Tezos. 

Launched in mid-to-late May, Decentralized Staking Defenders was created to counter staking’s trend towards centralization by creating a space to empower “Defenders” through engaging dialogue and meaningful action. The organization will be focused on these key areas: Education, Visibility, Partnerships, as well as, Resources and Tools. 

You can join the cause by visiting forum.stakingdefense.org!

Figment Networks | @FigmentNetworks

Compound has chosen Figment Networks as their staking and infrastructure partner on Proof of Stake networks. They are starting with Livepeer. Compound has already been holding their LPT tokens and participating in the Livepeer network, staking them through Figment’s staking service. This partnership allows Compound to earn staking rewards and increase their exposure to LPT, Livepeer’s underlying digital asset, while supporting and helping the network grow. 

Figment Networks also recently announced they are participating in another incentivized testnet. This time on Solana, during the Tour de SOL: an incentivized testnet event. 

Staked | @Staked_US

Staked expects to support over 20 crypto-networks by the end of 2019. You can get notified when your choice chain launches at staked.us/yields. They currently support twelve blockchains that includes Cosmos, Livepeer, Algorand, Tezos, Decred, Loom Network, Horizen, and Dash. 

//LAYER 2//

Raiden Network | @Raiden_Network

Raiden Network has announced the release of their new on-boarding tool, the Raiden Wizard. It’s currently an early stage implementation and meant to be used only on the Gorli testnet. 

The Raiden Wizard takes care of the raiden installation for you by creating a keystore file, funding your account with Gorli ETH and testnet tokens, downloading and installing Raiden, then launching the WebUI in your browser.

Raiden is also sponsoring another round of Raiden prizes, totaling $3k, for the ongoing Gitcoin virtual hackathon Grow Ethereum

Celer Network | @CelerNetwork

Since the Cygnus mainnet launch of the Celer Network, “5,127 players from 62 countries played 53,180 layer-2 enabled games and spent $38, 131 in celerx.app..”. Currently, six new games are being built with the Celer eSport Gaming SDK.

According to Celer Weekly Report, on the mobile front, they’ve added new options to let users to backup their wallet, changed the onboarding designed of the app, and designed new CelerX APIs. On the backend, Celer has continued development of the SGN infrastructure, completed new backend CelerX features, and started implementation of OSP multi-node routing. 

//WALLETS//

Portis | @Portis_io

Portis sponsors another Gitcoin virtual hackathon: Grow Ethereum. They have a bounty, worth 3 ETH, for developers to use the Gas Stations Network that challenges them to use their Gas Relay to redefine “blockchain” UX. By doing so, the DApp sponsors user gas frees in some capacity, reducing user experience friction. 

Local Ethereum added compatibility with two more wallets that don’t include any downloads or tedious setups, one of them being Portis.

Hello Dapper | @hellodapper 

On July 29th, Dapper announced they’re launching Dapper Drops. This provides users with exclusive free rewards and special offers from partnered dapps. For their first drop, Dapper Labs partnered with Decentraland. Dapper users can claim 100 MANA to try out Decentraland’s new avatar feature and claim a username.

ALICE | @HeyAliceApp

The WeChat of Crypto, super DApp Alice provides mini-DApps within an all inclusive Web3 wallet / browser. Imagine having all your favorite DApps readily available at your fingertips. Their proof of concept was built out of a fork of the Balance/Rainbow wallet. Now, they are building a native iOS and Android apps with the ability to build React Native mini DApps into

Alice announced that their first official mini dapp will be FOAM Maps

MetaMask | @metamask_io 

Within one week of launch, the MetaMask Mobile beta received just under 10,000 signups! 

In MetaMask v7.0, privacy mode will be enabled by default. They’ll also be rolling out a version of MetaMask that integrates with 3Box to preserve user preferences. This will enable wallet users to back up an encrypted copy of users’ preferred settings, saved contacts, account nicknames, and token preferences. 

Gnosis Safe | @gnosisSafe

Gnosis Safe has been integrated with WalletConnect. This allows for users to seamlessly connect to mobile dapps. All you’d have to do is simply scan a QR code in your browser, then you are connected to the DApp. A bug was found in the Android version of the wallet that rendered the WalletConnect integration unusable, but it has already been fixed. 

If you have any features you’d like to see, you can now propose and vote on features for the Gnosis Safe here

//DEFI//

OpenLaw | @OpenLawOfficial 

Ross Campbell developed a simple and easy to use smart payment contract. This invoice template supports ETH and any ERC20 token, including DAI. It reduces invoicing and payments to a few clicks and a couple of minutes. By using Open Law contract templates and any Web3 Browser, you can “draft, send, record legalOps + get paid anywhere in the world in minutes” while on the go. 

Try building an open investment bank using OpenLaw

Multis | @multisHQ

Multis introduces “Direct Transfers”, which allows team members of an organization to make petty expenses without requiring confirmations. This provides a new way to streamline business spending from a multisignature wallet. 

They’ve also announced a partnership with POLYMATH to offer issuers and investors a business-friendly wallet to manage governance and security tokens. 

0x | @0xProject

0x is an open, decentralized exchange protocol. 0x enables the peer-to-peer exchange of assets on the Ethereum blockchain. Watch this explainer video “What is 0x” to learn more about 0x. 

Currently in Beta, 0x has also been developing the 0x Mesh, a new peer-to-peer network for sharing orders, even without a hosted third party, within the 0x ecosystem. This will enable a new use-case for relayers, the “serverless relayer” model. Because 0x Mesh doesn’t require a backend server and can run directly in the browser, all that’s needed is a front-end UI. So, it’s possible to host it on IPFS and access it through Web3 browsers.      

In the 0x v2.0 release, they’ve added the ability to not only support all tokenized assets but also new modes of exchange. Their Core Team has developed three extension contracts: Forwarder Contract, Dutch Auction Contract, and Whitelist Contract

However, you aren’t just limited to just these three extension contracts. Developers can create their own extensions on 0x to add new modes of exchange. For example, BlockBase launched bazaaar.io, an NFT relayer, and built a custom set of 0x extension contracts to enable new ways of trading NFTs

PoolTogether | @PoolTogether_

Over 45,000 DAI has been locked and earning interest in the PoolTogether smart contract. This pool will be the final one on their current infrastructure. These are the improvements coming to version two: Automatic Pool Reentry, Enter the Pool at Anytime, and Exit the Pool at Anytime

//PODCASTS//

Epicenter | @epicenterbtc

Rune Christensen: Maker DAO - The Central Bank of Web 3.0

Into the Ether | @ethhub_io

MetaCartel: Improving and Funding Ethereum’s Application Layer

POV Crypto Podcast | @POVCryptoPod

The Bargain of Block Reward Funding, with Andrew Yang

Zero Knowledge | @zeroknowledgefm

The road to DEXs with Will Harborne

Hashing It Out | @HashingItOutPod

Ethereum Geth 1.9.0 - Peter Szilagyi & Martin Swende

DAO Cast | @DAO_cast

Auryn Macmillan of Colony 

Base Layer | @DavidJN79

Doug Petkanics of Livepeer

Wizard of Dapps | @wizardofdapps

Nexus Mutual with Hugh Karp

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DIS Weekly #3

DIS Weekly covers developments in the decentralized infrastructure solutions space.

If you’d like to submit your project updates for the next round of DIS Weekly / DIS Moment, email us at dis@pokt.network or DM us at @DISweekly.

//INFRASTRUCTURE//

BLOCKDAEMON | @_blockdaemon

In Blockdaemon’s Summer Newsletter, they’ve announced a host of new releases and partnerships. Most recently, Blockdaemon has partnered with Splunk to ensure the best of breed monitoring for their multi-cloud blockchain infrastructure. Other updates include Blockdaemon running staking / validator nodes of Ripple and Livepeer for their investors, and much more

Oaknode | @OAKnode

Oaknode launched last week with over 100 different nodes from most of the major blockchain protocols. All it takes is one-click or one command. For example, its “$ oak run ethereum/mainnet-light” to run an Ethereum mainnet light node on your machine. It also only takes about 15 seconds to setup without needing any technical skills. Here’s a video that showcase running an Ethereum node with and without OAK. OAK distributes all software over IPFS

Ethernode | @Ethernode_io

enAPI serves as the backbone of everything they build at Ethernode. The enAPI is a JSON-RPC based API written in nodeJS employing the Pristine-typescript and adhering to the Open-RPC schema. Here’s a quick rundown on how enAPI works and what you can do with it. enAPI makes it easy to create, host, and securely manage both Ethereum Classic and Ethereum nodes. It’s also pre-installed along with enDashboard built on top of it in every enKeep.  

Pocket Network | @POKTnetwork

This week Pocket has made three major announcements. The Pocket team has integrated the AION Virtual Machine (AVM) into the Pocket Android plugin for the AION Network. In their Tezos Grant Update, they announced that Pocket has forwent their own internal Tezos SDKs to instead support and develop integrations on these existing community tools: TezosKit for Swift, TezosJ_SDK for Android, and EzTz for JavaScript. Portis has integrated Pocket-JS-Core into their Web3 Provider. This makes it quick and simple to build unstoppable dapps with a universal wallet and trustless API layer. In this interview with The Iconist, the Pocket and Figment Networks P-Rep Candidate shared how their combined efforts bring double the benefits to the ICON Network.  

QuickBlocks | @Quickblocks

QuikBlocks has recently re-written their scraper from C++ to golang to scrape all of Ethereum’s roughly ~8.3 million blocks. What would have taken 20 days only took them about a day and a half. Their scraper created an easily-searchable index sorted by address with full, detailed transaction histories. This makes subsequent queries for all transactions on a given address easy and fast, promising speeds about 75 to 100 times faster than RPC. Instead of delivering the JSON data a user wants, their API will deliver the hashes to the chunks of the index that the user needs. From there, their team is building rich applications analyzing and using the historical data. Here’s a fully decentralized blockchain explorer built on QuickBlocks demoed on the Giveth livestream #22 Decentralize Data NOW!    

Raiden Network | @Raiden _Network

The Raiden Network recently published a new piece “Dynamic Mediation Fees in Raiden Explained” in their TECH DEEP DIVE series. It dives into the flexible Raiden mediation fee framework, how users can modify them according to their needs, and the decision rationale behind the chosen design. In their Weekly Update 76, the Raiden team announced the winners of their Beyond Blockchain hackathon bounty. Christopher Purta won the bounty for the best Raiden enhancement hack by building a Golang client library to interact with the Raiden Network. Other great submissions include the Raiden Burner implementation and python client library PyRaiden.

xDAI Chain | @xdaichain

xDAI is moving to DPOS. The xDAI stable chain upgrade to POSDAO is designed to provide a decentralized, fair, and energy efficient consensus for public chains. POSDAO is a Proof of Stake (POS) algorithm implemented as a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO). The xDAI token will continue as the native stable coin, while $DPOS will be added as the multichain staking token. According to their white paper, the reward structure in POSDAO is highly configurable. 

CelerNetwork | @CelerNetwork

Co-authored by L4, Celer Network freshly published “Making Sense of State Channels Part 2: How Do You Use State Channels In a DApp?” that goes over how developers can use state channels in their DApps and how to write the state transition logic for your application smart contract. Follow this link to read “Making Sense of State Channels Part 1: What Are They Good For?”. The Celer Network team has also begun a CelerX Development Tutorial series. In Lesson 1: Solo Game developers will learn to build a decentralized eSport game in under 20 minutes using the Celer eSport Gaming SDK.  

COSMOS | @cosmos

In the Cosmos Development Update, the Tendermint development team shared an update on the work they’ve been doing since the last network upgrade and the drive towards IBC. IBC is a general purpose, chain-agnostic protocol for bidirectional communication between any blockchain. The development update also includes an outline of the major features in the Gaia 1.0 release. This most recent release of the Cosmos SDK is the first to offer a Long Term Service (LTS) guarantee. Cosmos SDK is a modular framework for building interoperable, application-specific blockchains. Their SDK makes it quick and easy to build custom blockchains in Go. For extra help, the Tendermint Team recently published this developer’s guide to programming a simple blockchain application in Go. Watch this video for a primer on Cosmos, the Internet of Blockchain.

//WALLETS//

Portis | @portis_io

If you are a fan of cool crypto-branded shirts, check out Portis’ new shirt. Not only was Portis one of the early supporters and validators of xDAI, they were also one of the first Web3 Providers to officially integrate xDAI. Portis accounts the POA Network team with helping them realize their vision of onboarding the masses.   

The Portis team has finished integrating Pocket-JS-Core into their Web3 Provider. With a quick and simple configuration, DApps using Portis can guarantee that their node infrastructure remains fully decentralized, thereby minimizing risk and node failure. Check out this live example, as well as, their demo DApp Crypto Puppers to experience decentralization.

MetaMask | @metamask_io 

Earlier this week, Metamask officially released the public beta of their new mobile wallet app for both iOS and Android. With 1-click onboarding, you’ll be able to create a MetaMask wallet and take a tour of the app in about 30 seconds. Other features include ERC-721 support and InstaPay through Connext Network. Check out MetaMask’s feature guide and walkthrough to become more familiar with their new mobile wallet. 

Pillar Project | @pillarwallet 

Pillar wallet users can now seamlessly and securely swap dozens of tokens with Shapeshift, in just about 90 seconds. It’s part of the Pillar Offers Engine, which “pulls in” offers from all sorts of DEXs. Here’s how to use ShapeShift inside a Pillar Wallet

Gnosis Safe | @gnosisSafe

A Gnosis grant was given to Austin Griffith in order to build a Burner Wallet and Gnosis Safe Integration. Here’s a quick demo of Austin deploying a Gnosis Safe from a Burner Wallet in less than 5 seconds.  Gnosis is also working with the Linkdrop team to improve the Gnosis Safe’s onboarding UX. Linkdrop, a Web3 market platform for incentivizing customer acquisition, will be developing a full meta-linkdrop implementation in order to extend linkdrop functionality to the Gnosis Safe. Linkdrop enables anyone to send Ether, ERC20, and ERC721 tokens via shareable links and QR codes. This means a new user doesn’t even need to have a wallet in advance to claim a Linkdrop

Alpha Wallet | @Alpha_Wallet

Currently, the AlphaWallet team is developing a clean key backup and helpful reminders. They’ve also developed TokenScript. It’s basically like a front-end for tokens. TokenScript allows adding rich JavaScript functions to ERC20 and ERC721 tokens. Alpha Wallet has welcomed Rosa Tsin to their team to work on UX improvement for TokenScript. Congrats, Rosa! 

AMBO | @Ambo

Acquired by MyCrypto in January. Ambo launched in April on the Apple App Store. The Ambo team integrated Wyre to make it really easy for users to onramp from FIAT to ETH. From there, it only takes seconds to buy and sell tokens. Ambo was designed with security and privacy in mind, so they offer a novel, safe way to store a users’ key. The Ambo team has hinted at maybe integrating Uniswap in this reply tweet

//DEFI//

Multis | @multisHQ

The Multis team has introduced “Reverse Swaps”. This allows organizations on the Multis application to swap their ERC20 tokens for ETH. It’s possible due to a KyberNetwork integration.  

InstaDApp | @InstaDApp

This week the InstaDApp team launched “Lend & Earn”. An end user will be able to upload their DAI, and start earning +16% APR live. They’ll see their idle DAI earn interest immediately, streaming in real time. Mekyle Naidoo shares his experience of making $0.33 cents in 24 hours with $500 on InstaDApp.   

//PODCASTS//

Epicenter | @epicenterbtc

Ameen Solemani: Moloch DAO - A Simple Yet Unforgiving DAO to Fund Ethereum Development 

Into the Ether | @ethhub_io

Matic: Scalable and Instant Ethereum Transactions

POV Crypto Podcast | @POVCryptoPod

Ether: The Triple-Point Asset, with Ryan Sean Adams

Zero Knowledge | @zeroknowledgefm

Ariel Gabizon on his work with zkSNARKs and the beauty of math

Digitally Rare | @digitallyrare

Art Thou an ArtDAO, Abraham.ai?

Base Layer | @DavidJN79

Dan Elitzer & Ian Lee of IDEO CoLab

Wizard of Dapps | @wizardofdapps

Cent.co with Cameron Hejazi

Evolvement | @EvolvementCast

Mining with Solar Power and Plouton Mining 

//DIS MOMENT//

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No. 2 https://twitter.com/i/moments/1146098208466178048

No. 3 https://twitter.com/i/moments/1150488847819710465

No. 4 https://twitter.com/i/moments/1151488370499104769

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