DIS Weekly #19

DIS Weekly covers developments in the space of decentralized infrastructure solutions.

If you’d like to submit your project updates or podcast episodes 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 a plug n’ play full-node solution focusing on increased privacy and user control. Currently supporting Ethereum, Bitcoin, and Monero.

DAppNode users that have activated the auto-update feature will be prepared for the Instanbul fork. All Ethereum mainnet and testnet packages have been updated.

Michael Bauer added DAppNode as a completely decentralized IPFS provider for IPFS Deploy, which aims to make it as easy as possible to deploy static websites to IPFS.    

Casa Node | @CasaHODL

A fast, simple plug n’ play solution to run a Bitcoin and Lightning Node.  

Casa Node 2 production is ongoing. If you already have a Diamond or Platinum Casa membership, you can claim a free upgrade and get it first when it ships. Gold members must add a year to their current membership to receive one, or wait to until their membership renews to get the latest Casa Node.  

Infura | @Infura_io

Infura is an API suite that provides access over HTTPS and WebSockets to the Ethereum and IPFS networks.  

Infura shared a case study on how Lucidity optimized service usage to reduce call volume, which saved them on costs without reducing the quality of their product. Since their application was heavy on reads and light on writes, they decided to use “cached reads”. They developed another application to act as a proxy between their original application and Infura. Since Lucidity didn’t need to call on the Ethereum blockchain every time (only on the initial call), those requests became faster and more reliable as all the future calls for the same block/transaction are returned from an in-memory cache. 

//WEB3 TOOLBOX//

BlockNative | @blocknative

Blocknative is a rich framework for DApp developers and wallet providers to access data about in-flight transactions and power user-friendly notifications. 

Blocknative introduces Notify.JS for easy front-end notifications for DApp Developers. It’s an open-source framework that provides everything a Web3 developer needs to support real-time Ethereum notifications across all devices. Not only is this an improvement for the user experience of applications and wallets, but also DAOs. It can combat voter apathy that plagues decentralized autonomous organizations by driving engagement rates.  

Unlock | @UnlockProtocol

Unlock is a protocol for memberships built on blockchain. 

Unlock introduces the member wall. It provides an easy way to show all members a given lock on any web page. Hacked at ETHWaterloo, the member wall is an application that generates a large SVG image listing all members as a key.  

It was built with Ethereum, Graph Protocol, React, and ZEIT. 

Terminal | @terminaldotco

Terminal is a Web3 developer platform for building, testing, and monitoring decentralized applications. 

Last week, Terminal introduced its DApp Monitoring platform. It’s essentially a mission control panel for your DApp. It aggregates and consolidates data at the application level into one place. DApps using Terminal will be able to see its activity, transactions, users, logs, and other data specific to their application

The main features and benefits of this initial release include:

  • DApp Specific Activity 

  • Analytics and Insights

  • Detailed Logs

  • Notifications and Alerts

Tasit Labs | @TasitProject

Tasit builds native mobile Ethereum DApps for users and provides the Tasit SDK (JS/TS) for developers to make mobile Ethereum mobile DApps using React Native. 

Tasit has made a new version of their docs on Docusaurus v2. They’re also in the middle of a move to Typescript

//WALLET//

MyEtherWallet | @myetherwallet

MEW is a free, client-side interface for users to interact with the Ethereum blockchain. 

MEW continues with its Essential Wallet Guide by covering extensions and browlets. In Part 4, they take a look at browser wallets like their own MEWcx

MetaMask | @metamask_io

Metamask is a Web3 bridge that allows users to run Ethereum DApps in your browser without running a full ethereum node. Also, now available on mobile. 

MetaMask has broken the 50k installs milestone for its mobile beta! To celebrate they want to hear your story. Respond to the Twitter thread within the hyperlink above for a chance to win a gift card to the MetaMask Swag store. 

Portis | @Portis_io

Portis is a universal Web3 interface with a user-friendly, familiar email and password login mechanism that doesn’t need a third-party installation. 

Portis has integrated with the new Shapeshift self-custody cryptocurrency trading platform! Native support for Portis means users don’t even need a hardware wallet to access ShapeShift. Users can create a new wallet within the platform in just a few seconds. 

//DEFI//

PoolTogether | @PoolTogether_

PoolTogether is a no-loss, audited savings game powered by ethereum. 

PoolTogether has added a native option to swap ETH for DAI through UniSwap. This makes it even easier to participate in their no-loss savings game, especially for those don’t carry DAI or have their DAI in another protocol. 

Users of PoolTogether don’t have to worry about the migration of SAI to DAI. PoolTogether has support for Multi-Collateral DAI. It will continue to operate as normal. 

//DOGR TECH//

FUSE | @Fuse_Network

Fuse is a DPOS blockchain network and an interface for non-technical entrepreneurs to launch local services using Ethereum smart contracts. Turning communities into economies! 

The Fuse network is connected to the Ethereum blockchain through a token bridge, which allows users to transfer FUSE tokens between the two networks. On the Fuse blockchain, the FUSE tokens are native, like ETH on Ethereum, while on the Ethereum network the FUSE tokens operate as ERC20 tokens. Now, the token bridge is using the Graph Protocol to track ERC20 transfers from the Ethereum to Fuse Network. This gives them the ability to index all relevant events in relation to the tokens and bridges created on both networks, as well as, query all of the relevant data in one request. It makes the experience of cross-block transactions immediate and much more seamless. 

Fuse has also integrated with the Portis Wallet. Users can quickly get started on Fuse by using Portis. Follow this walkthrough to launch your own community:

MetaCartel | @Meta_Cartel 

MetaCartel is a DAO with the mission of funding early-stage DApp experimentations on the application layer. 

MetaCartel has released Wave III of funding to projects in its first cohort-based acceleration program. This includes Gelato Finance, SwagDAO, SablierHQ, Fantastic 12, and One Click DApp

Here’s the funding breakdown:

  • Gelato Finance: $8000

  • SwagDAO: $6000

  • Sablier: $1000

  • One Click DApp: $1000

  • Fantastic 12: $1000

The funding for these projects is just the initial sum. This alludes to projects receiving further support and funding after the initial incubation phase. 

Aragon | @AragonProject

Aragon is a platform that enables the quick deployment of global, bureaucracy-free futuristic organizations, companies, and communities.

On November 12th, the Aragon One Team announced that Aragon 0.8.4 is live on both the Rinkeby testnet and Ethereum mainnet.

With the Agent app out of beta, it is now offered as an optional application for most of the default templates available in the Aragon client. It can also be installed after launch by any existing Aragon organization. The Aragon agent app lets Aragon organizations interact directly with other organizations. This includes the ability to create new votes, make deposits, propose a withdrawal, and even cast a vote in another organization’s open vote. For example, it was used to upgrade the Aragon Governance organization. However, it isn’t limited to just that. It gives organizations the means to create a loan on Compound, open a CDP with MakerDAO, buy a name using ENS, and interact with all sorts of other Ethereum smart contracts. 

Autark, an organization building OS tools that enable large scale coordination, has launched Open Enterprise. It’s a new end-to-end suite of tools for the management of open organizations. This includes apps for bounties, work prioritization, dividends, budgeting, and multi-recipient financial allocations. 

DAOstack | @daostack

DAOstack is a complete operating system for decentralized coordination built on the Ethereym blockchain. 

Alchemy added the ability to tag proposals. This will improve the classification mechanism of the GenesisDAO. 

They are also teaming up with necDAO to host a proposal hackathon ahead of the launch of necDAO. 

//PODCASTS//

Wizard of Dapps | @wizardofdapps

Pillar Project with Drew Harding

Epicenter | @epicenterbtc

How Kraken Accelerates Cryptocurrency Adoption

DAO Cast | @DAO_cast

DAO to 🌍 | 6 | Luuk Weber

Zero Knowledge | @zeroknowledgefm

Exploring VDFs with Joseph Bonneau

Blockcrunch | @theBlockcrunch

The Bear Case for Privacy Cryptocurrencies | Ryan Gentry of Multicoin Capital

POV Crypto Podcast | @POVCryptoPod

No Reservations with Zak Cole

Chorus One Podcast | @ChorusOne

Connecting the Interchain with Christopher Goes

Security Token Stories | @Security_Token

Jehan Tremback - Althea

//DIS MOMENT//

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DIS Weekly #18

DIS Weekly covers developments in the space of decentralized infrastructure solutions.

If you’d like to submit your project updates or podcast episodes 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 a plug n’ play full-node solution focusing on increased privacy and user control. Currently supporting Ethereum, Bitcoin, and Monero. 

DappNode received a $25,000 grant from Consensys! You can also support their mission by donating to them on Gitcoin. 

Lugus Labs put together a walkthrough on how to create and manage a new DAppNode Package, using Polkadot Network as an example and publishing a Polkadot DappNode Package in the process. 

For more updates, read DAppNodeNOW #3 and subscribe to their monthly newsletter. 

OAKNode | @OAKnode

OAK is a universal blockchain engine that allows nodes for any protocol to run on virtually any hardware with one command line or one click. 

OAK and ICX Station have partnered to introduce a new product for ICON block producers. They’ve made it easy for anyone to run ICON P-Rep infrastructure with just a few clicks. It reduces this complex process by configuring, deploying, and monitoring P-Rep infra without any engineering overhead and near zero-level downtime. They are currently working on special pricing for P-Rep candidates, thereby lowering the barrier to entry. 

Pocket | @POKTnetwork

Pocket is a trustless API layer, providing easy access to any blockchain. 

Terminal has integrated the Pocket Network as a decentralized infrastructure provider. This means developers can now leverage a decentralized network of diverse full-nodes as a composable building block with their web3 native developer platform. Terminal prepared a guide for developers that want to get started monitoring their Dapp

Pocket published a progress report on their early experiences as an ICON P-Rep, together with Figment Networks, and an updated development roadmap that includes submitting integrations to official ICON community project SDKs for decentralized infrastructure access via ICON-DI. 

Akash | @Akashnet_

The Serverless Supercloud. Akash’s network enables a permissionless, open, and secure marketplace for unused compute cycles.

Akash has officially been added to the Cosmos ecosystem

They’ve also announced the Akash Founding Member Rewards Program, in which early adopters can earn up to 3,500 AKTs, an exclusive Founder Badge, and an Akash Supermini Server for the top 10 contributors. The program is limited to 100 members and involves 3 challenges.  

Runkod | @Runkodapp

Runkod is a decentralized hosting platform and management tool suite for modern JS applications and static web publishing, powered by Blockstack’s high-performance storage system Gaia. 

Last month, Runkond released a beta version. Now, it’s trending on Product Hunt as the “#1 Product of the Day”. 

Runkod provides free, unlimited, and easy decentralized web hosting. It’s meant to help developers speed up their deployment processes while reducing their server expenses.  

//WEB3 TOOLBOX//

3Box | @3boxdb

APIs for identity, profiles, storage, messaging, and comments. 

Legacy social networks should be scared because 3Box has announced the 3Box Wall! It adds the ability for users to leave comments on 3Box profiles. It was built using the 3Box Threads API, so the comments are completely decentralized. To enable your wall, sign in to the 3Box Hub. 

3Box has also released an update to their Identity Wallet SDK, which added a getConsent function, fixed a bug related to opening spaces, and reduced the overall bundle size.  

Ethereum Name Service | @ensdomains

ENS is the Ethereum Name Service, a distributed, open, and extensible naming system based on the Ethereum blockchain. 

Even though the ENS auctions are over, all the remaining +3 .ETH names are now available for instant registration. If you haven’t scored your own unique .ETH name yet, you can do it at app.ens.domains. Don’t know how? Follow this simple step-by-step guide on how to register an .ETH name. Even Vitalik Buterin has joined the party!

//WALLETS//

MyEtherWallet | @myetherwallet

MEW is a free, client-side interface for users to interact with the Ethereum blockchain. 

My Ether Wallet introduces decentralized subscription payments by AmbrPay to the MEW DApps page. This allows users to schedule recurring ETH payments right from their wallet to facilitate a wide variety of transactions, such as subscriptions, donations, account transfers, and more. 

Pundi X Labs has integrated MEW Connect into the XWallet, with an Android version available now. This integration gives XWallet users the ability to access MEW’s full web interface, as well as, a choice on how they handle their private keys.  

MyCrypto | @MyCrypto

MyCrypto is a free, open-source interface for interacting with the blockchain. 

MyCrypto pushed an update to their beta that fixes a handful of bugs, including the MetaMask/Web3 send flow, adding “view only” accounts, UI/UX, copy updates, and more. 

Status | @ethstatus

Status is an open-source, secure, private messenger, crypto wallet, and Web3 browser. 

Status published its Quarterly Report for Q3 of 2019. It highlights everything they’ve been working on across the entire ecosystem of the Status Network

At the end of last month, Status re-introduced the Status Ambassadors program. By becoming an ambassador, a person can join their mission of enabling sovereign, open societies and economies. They’d get access to funding, support, rewards, and recognition. Ambassador work is grouped into 4 areas: events, content, community development, and technical. For example, Status Ambassadors have already created a Gitcoin Quests titled “Status Principles” and “Access the Blockchain with Keycard”.   

Argent | @argentHQ

Argent is an easy-to-use, mobile, smart wallet for Ethereum apps and tokens. 

Argent is getting a massive upgrade! Users of the Argent mobile wallet will soon be able to use any Ethereum DApp that has integrated the Wallet Connect SDK. Check out UX / Design Director beta testing Wallet Connect with Argent and Zerion.

A global Venmo competitor has emerged. Argent is already a super easy, mobile wallet to use. By integrating ENS domain names, it just got a lot simpler, especially combined with no seed phrase and no gas. For an added bonus, a user can type in their wallet address as a web page in any browser and direct others to it for quick payments.  

//DEFI//

PoolTogether | @PoolTogether_

PoolTogether is a no-loss, audited savings game powered by ethereum. 

PoolTogether added a Spanish translation to the application. If your device is set to Spanish already, you’d be redirected automatically. Or you can visit es-app.pooltogether.us directly. 

They’ve also increased their security bug bounties to upwards of $7,500 USD worth of DAI.

If you’re curious about learning the research behind Prize-Linked Saving Accounts, check out this twitter thread by Spencer Noon and this academic paper

ShapeShift | @ShapeShift_io

Shapeshift is a secure and user-friendly crypto management platform secured with hardware. 

Shapeshift has built a new crypto-platform around the idea of providing a better hardware wallet user experience. This platform includes a simple, user-friendly interface to manage cryptocurrencies and tokens, while private keys remain offline in a preferred hardware wallet. It currently supports the KeepKey and Trezor, with Ledger support expected to come.  

Try it out at https://beta.shapeshift.com/

In more recent news, the Shapeshift Platform received an update: Multiple Asset Accounts. This gives users more versatility in the management of their assets. They’ve also open-sourced their HDWallet library. This solves the time-consuming problem applications face when it wants to interface with multiple wallets, which is building an integration to each wallet. By building the HDWallet abstraction layer, an application only makes one call and the HDWallet translates that call to the specification that each wallet requires

Coinbase | @Coinbase

Coinbase is an exchange for buying and selling cryptocurrency. 

Last week, Coinbase introduced staking rewards on Coinbase, starting with Tezos. Coinbase stakes Tezos on behalf of its customers and distributes the rewards directly to their accounts. The current estimated annual return for Tezos Staking on Coinbase is roughly 5%. This offers an easy way for Coinbase customers to earn rewards from staking and participate in the Tezos network. 

//MESH NETWORKS//

Althea | @AltheaNetwork

Althea is a system that lets routers pay each other for bandwidth, which allows people to set up decentralized Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in their communities. 

Althea has partnered with Maker DAO to launch a new Altheahood in Abuja, Nigeria completely powered by DAI. This means service providers and consumers are free from the volatility of the base cryptocurrency of Ethereum. The Althea / Maker DAO partnership also helps their local community bootstrap the expansion of the Abuja network, bring in more infrastructure gear, and provide better bandwidth.   

Co-Founder and CTO of Althea Justin Kilpatrick reported last week that the Althea Network had no outstanding stability issues across all installed users. Then, on November 10th, the Tacoma Cooperative Network launched its own Althea mesh network. If you are interested in supporting their local efforts, you can still donate to their crowdfunding campaign

dISPs work, it just works!

Helium | @Helium

The Helium Hotspot is a new wireless device that uses LongFi to enable anyone to earn Helium tokens in exchange for building a wireless network in their city to power IoT devices. 

Early adopters have been quintessential in forming “The Peoples Network” by deploying hotspot devices across different cities and forming the backbone infrastructure for IoT devices to operate at near-zero costs. These hotspot operators are incentivized through tokenomics, earning Helium tokens by hosting hotspots. If you are asking “What’s Helium?”, they’ve recently published a video answering that exact question. 

Helium recognized that some of those hotspot operators bought more than one device in attempts to earn more tokens. So, they’ve announced a new program called Helium Patrons. It’s a program to provide exclusive benefits for those who deploy 15 or more hotspots

//DOGR TECH//

Marketing DAO | @MarketingDAO

The Marketing DAO is a grassroots organization of 50+ marketing, communications, and design professionals in the Ethereum community with the goal of growing Ethereum as a brand and doing it the Ethereum way — through a DAO. 

The Marketing DAO was born in September 2019, and the Marketing DAO contract, a fork of Moloch, was deployed on October 18th. Since they published “Introducing the Ethereum Marketing DAO” on Medium, their Telegram group has ballooned to over ~280 members and has exploded with conversations. And anyone can get involved with the Marketing DAO, either as a Funder, Member, or Supporter. For a quick primer, check out this introductory thread

//PODCASTS//

Wizard of Dapps | @wizardofdapps

bZx & Fulcrum with Kyle Kristner

Epicenter | @epicenterbtc

Solana - Reaching for the Limits of Blockchain Performance

DAO Cast | @DAO_cast

DAO to 🌍 | 5 | Eylon Aviv

Zero Knowledge | @zeroknowledgefm

Mapping the Web3 stack with The Graph

Into the Ether | @ethub_io

Zak Cole: Whiteblock and Testing ETH2

Hashing It Out | @HashingItOutPod

TrueBlocks - Thomas Jay Rush

Blockcrunch | @theBlockcrunch

Is There Still a Bull Case for Ethereum? Ryan Sean Adams, Mythos Capital

POV Crypto Podcast | @POVCryptoPod

Tokenizing PoolTogether, with Leighton Cusack 

On With Shahan | @OnWithShahan

On with Shahan Presents Michael O’Rourke (CEO of Pocket Network)

//DIS MOMENT//

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Pocket Network News - November 2019

Updates, News, and Sneak Peeks

Developer Updates:

1. We are happy to announce the release of our updated Whitepaper for the Pocket Core Architecture. This architecture was updated from the insights of Pocket Core MVP and includes aspects such as client-side validation, the merging of “Dispatch” and “Service” functions into a single Pocket Node as well as information regarding the POKT economics and governance.

Read the whitepaper Version 0.3.0 here.

2. After working through some blockers regarding two of the Tezos integrations(iOS and Android) the pull requests have been submitted and are waiting to be merged. Once they have been merged we will release the tutorials on our developer portal as well as posts and walkthrough videos shortly thereafter. The javascript SDK integration is pending a code refactor by the EzTz team.

3. Terminal.co has integrated with Pocket Network.

Terminal is a platform that makes developers’ lives easier. In the above-linked article, you can read more about Terminal and how to integrate the Pocket Provider with the Terminal SDK.

Economics and Governance Updates:

1. As previously mentioned, in the updated whitepaper that was recently released, there is an overview of POKT economics. We are nearing completion of the finalized formulas and are excited to share the numbers with everyone as we know this is a critical decision-making factor when assessing Pocket Network.

2. Pocket Network governance research is well underway, with an overview section in the whitepaper. We do want to bring to the fore a specific aspect of governance, moderation, that we have been working through carefully with the Aragon.one team. This collaboration leads to the creation of two Aragon Apps, “Tollgate” and “Approvals.”

Read more about on-chain moderation in this post “Moderating a DAO.”

News:

1. ICON decentralization is now live, and the Pocket/Figment P-Rep is now at 25, dropping out the voting set after a network issue on the first day.

Read more about our experience, our plans here. If you believe in the value that this will add to the ICON ecosystem, then delegate with us!

2. Michael O’Rourke, Pocket Co-Founder presented “An Optimistic View of Decentralization” at TLV Blockchain Week.

3. Pol Lanski of DAppNode gave a big shout out to Pocket Network in his DevCon5 presentation “The End of FAANG” you can see the slides here.

4. The Arcadia Group joins Pocket Network! We are working with them on both infrastructure and integration fronts, as they are building support for a suite of blockchains, short and longtail.

5. Michael O’Rourke gave a presentation on Tezos at Blockspaces in Tampa Bay.

6. Luis C. De Lean presents at Microsofts DotNetDo event in the Dominican Republic.

7. Tom Howard, commits to switching over to Pocket Network for his project Mosendo in a response to complaints about Ethereum centralization.

8. Michael (again) sits down with Shahan to talk about Pocket Network, decentralization and more on “On with Shahan” podcast.

Behind the Scenes:

1. The only thing we want to mention today is that we are expanding our engineering team.

We are looking for great candidates to fit the role of DevOps Engineers, Solutions Architect, and Solutions Engineer.

If working with Pocket seems like a good fit for you, please send an email intro and CV to jobs@pokt.network.

DIS Weekly #17

DIS Weekly covers developments in the space of decentralized infrastructure solutions.

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

//NODE INFRASTRUCTURE//

Figment | @FigmentNetworks

Figment Networks is an institutional-grade blockchain infrastructure and staking provider.

Figment received a Tezos Foundation grant to build a high-level analytics, alerts, and governance tool for the Tezos ecosystem. The goal is to provide the most useful information for Tezos bakers and delegates.

By adding Tezos, Hubble becomes a multi-chain staking explorer for five networks, with more coming soon. It currently supports testnet launches, mainnet delegation research, governance, monitoring and alerting, as well as, rewards reporting for tax purposes. 

Infura | @Infura_io

Infura is an API suite that provides access over HTTPS and WebSockets to the Ethereum and IPFS networks.  

At DevConV, Infura shared insights from years of experience and knowledge as Ethereum’s largest blockchain infra-as-a-service provider to help the Web3 community build better infrastructure. 

As part of Infura’s Open Architecture Initiative, they’ve shared this blog post that takes the reader through its evolution and gives them a sneak peek of what is to come. 

They’ll be rolling out:

  • Official support for trace methods

  • Expanding support for gas interactions

  • A full suite of transaction tools

  • Additional features for the Infura Dashboard

  • More support for and collaborations with Web3 projects

OAN | @OpenAppNetwork

The OAN is an open-source public infrastructure that creates a new design space for Open Applications. 

The AION Network relaunches as the Open Application Network! Its mission is to solve the unintended consequences of platform economies with next-gen solutions.   

Aion remains as the digital asset of the OAN. It is used to meter and pay for the usage of the network, as well as, to compensate those contributing to its operations. 

There are no disruptions nor changes to current applications or node operations. 

Pocket | @POKTnetwork

Pocket is a trustless API layer, providing easy access to any blockchain. 

Just this evening, Pocket announced the release of their latest whitepaper! It covers the newest updates related to mainnet architecture, token economics, and on-chain governance

Lead Governance Researcher Jack A. Laing published “Moderating a DAO” that illustrates how Pocket intends to leverage Aragon’s Tollgate and Approval apps for DAO stewardship

Pocket shared an important milestone at the end of last week, breaking a previous record of one million daily API requests by leapfrogging to over ten million API requests (10x+). 

Also, last week, they welcomed Arcadia, a blockchain and ML-centric software development company, to the Pocket Network. They are running nodes and working on Pocket integrations for other blockchains!

//WEB3 TOOLBOX//

3Box | @3boxdb

APIs for identity, profiles, storage, messaging, and comments. 

Metamask users can now back up their extension data to a decentralized storage solution by enabling the automatic, and seamless 3Box Sync in the wallet’s advanced settings.  

Beforehand, MetaMask wallet data remained siloed in the localStorage of a browser. By saving wallet data to 3Box, it is made available to users wherever they access web3 with their Ethereum account

Open Work Labs joins the 3Box extended team on contract in order to get 3Box SDK working in React Native

Check out these projects recently made with 3Box:

  • Esence.Us (A decentralized identity note-taking application)

  • ΞID Mobile (An opensource decentralized identity wallet)

AirGap | @AirGap_it

AirGap is an open-source project developing the new crypto wallet standard. 

Papers, the development group behind AirGap and tezblock, has received an additional grant from the Tezos Foundation to further develop tezblock, a user-friendly Tezos block explorer, and create a wallet interaction standard to help users interact with applications built on Tezos. They’ll use this standard to develop a browser extension that allows any application developer to easily incorporate a wallet through a generic implementation

//LAYER DOS//

Raiden Network | @raiden_network

The Raiden Network is an off-chain scaling solution, enabling near-instant, low-fee, and scalable payments. It’s complementary to the Ethereum blockchain and works with any ERC20 compatible token.

The Raiden Trust submission window closed on August 31st. Its first wave of grant applications are currently being reviewed, and the results should be announced soon!

Raiden Pulse #8 shared development progress towards Alderaan mainnet, as well as, general updates about the Raiden Client, Light Client, Explorer, and WebUI.  

Celer Network | @CelerNetwork

Celer Network is a leading layer-2 scaling platform that enables fast, easy, and secure off-chain transactions for not only payment transactions, but also generalized off-chain smart contract. 

Last week, the Celer team happily announced that CelerX made its official debut on the Apple App Store. In the process, becoming the first blockchain eSports iOS app. To celebrate they launched a campaign to give away $10k in ETH

Alongside the CelerX Apple App Store debut, new features were added to the gaming platform. This includes Asychronize Match and Cloud Backup

//WALLETS//

Alice | @HeyAliceApp

The WeChat of the Web3 World. It’s a SuperD/app that houses all your favorite applications, even non-crypto like duck duck go, as mini-dapps

Super D/App Alice integrates the Trust Wallet Core framework to support multiple blockchain networks. It’s now possible to build mini-dapps on Ethereum, Bitcoin, Binance, and Cosmos

Portis | @Portis_io

Portis is a universal Web3 interface with a user-friendly, familiar email and password login mechanism that doesn’t need a third-party installation. 

KnownOrigin has integrated Portis. Now, users can select Portis to discover and collect digital artwork on the KO platform.

Portis has also been integrated (alongside Brave Wallet and MetaMask) into Multis, giving users more options for signing their multi-sig transactions

MyEtherWallet | @myetherwallet

MEW is a free, client-side interface for users to interact with the Ethereum blockchain. 

Say hello to the new My Ether Wallet Chrome extension MEWcx!

MEWcx features a fully redesigned interface with Web3 DApp support, temporary burner addresses, and the option to select different wallets to interact with different decentralized applications. It’s actually the first Web3 Wallet to give you that option. 

If you already have the old MEW extension, it will automatically update. 

MetaMask | @metamask_io

Metamask is a Web3 bridge that allows users to run Ethereum DApps in your browser without running a full ethereum node. Also, now available on mobile. 

MetaMask participates in the trend of sharing DevCon5 talks through Twitter threads. Follow along with Web3 Wallets: The Next Evolution twitter thread presented by Dan Finlay and Erik Marks. 

Alternatively, you can watch the video version here:

//DEFI//

PoolTogether | @PoolTogether_

PoolTogether is a no-loss, audited savings game powered by ethereum. 

On November 1st, PoolTogether announced a new product update! Users are now able to view details on the total number of participants and the total contract DAI balance of the pool from the application screen. Just tap the heartbeat pulse looking icon on the top right corner.  

Last week’s winner won with only 11 tickets! For more details, check out the prize stats

Kyber Network | @KyberNetwork

Kyber Network is an on-chain liquidity protocol that aggregates liquidity from a wide range of reserves, powering instant and secure token exchange in any decentralized application. 

The Kyber DeFi Hackathon public voting session ends tomorrow. In this “People’s Choice Award”, $500 of KNC will be given to the project with the number of most DevPost votes

These are some of the projects that caught my eye! 

  • dDAI lets users earn ETH, BTC, or GOLD by lending DAI. 

  • ZAP allocates capital across different DeFi protocols with a single, cost-effective transaction. 

  • MetaMoneyMarket adds support for Kyber Swap, BZX, and many other tokens.   

//DOGR TECH//

The LAO | @TheLAOofficial

The LAO is a for-profit, limited liability autonomous organization that provides a legal framework to enable members to invest in blockchain-based projects.

The LAO gives crypto-twitter an early sneak peek on the future of venture DAOs

It will be anchored by 10 founding members, which must be accredited investors, followed by another 90 members sourced through a public crowd sale. As seen in the video, the administration of the LAO will be handled with a DApp. This provides the means for projects to apply for funding and members to vote for which projects should receive funding, all while the legal contracts automatically get created on the backend. 

//PODCASTS//

Wizard of Dapps | @wizardofdapps

Ethereum & Mist with Alex Van de Sande

Epicenter | @epicenterbtc

MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative - Why We Need Blockchain Ethics with Rhy Lindmark

DAO Cast | @DAO_cast

DAO to 🌍 | 4 | Grace Rachmany

Zero Knowledge | @zeroknowledgefm

Tees with Yan Michalevsky from Anjuna

Into the Ether | @ethub_io

Gnosis Safe: Improving Security & UX with Smart Contract Wallets

Chorus One Podcast | @ChorusOne

Blocknet: Building the Interchain with Arlyn Culwick

Blockcrunch | @theBlockcrunch

Enjin: Does Blockchain Actually Matter for Gaming?

POV Crypto Podcast | @POVCryptoPod

Investing in Ether, with Andrew Keys

//DIS MOMENT//

No. 10 https://twitter.com/i/moments/1167156913156612097

No. 11 https://twitter.com/i/moments/1170031387694567425

No. 12 https://twitter.com/i/moments/1172477041872121856

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DIS Weekly #16

DIS Weekly covers developments in the space of decentralized infrastructure solutions.

If you’d like to submit your project updates or podcast episodes 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 a plug n’ play full-node solution focusing on increased privacy and user control. Currently supporting Ethereum, Bitcoin, and Monero. 

In case you missed out on DevCon5, Pol Lanski shared his talk post-conference in a similar manner to Kevin Owocki, with his Web3 Business Models presentation. It’s titled “Better Than Free? End of FAANG”.   

We highly recommend scrolling through this Twitter Thread in order to grasp the inherent value of decentralization and the importance of a people-run distributed cloud. 

Pocket / Figment | @POKTnetwork / @FigmentNetworks

Pocket is a trustless API layer, providing easy access to any blockchain. Figment Networks is an institutional-grade blockchain infrastructure and staking provider. 

Portis recently shared a talk from their Tel Aviv Blockchain Week meetup titled “An Optimistic View on Decentralization”, by CEO of Pocket Network Michael O’Rourke, covering the role decentralized infrastructure plays in creating a path to a robust, unstoppable Web3 ecosystem and how Pocket is making that a reality. 

Pol Lanski, from DAppNode, did an excellent job explaining Load Balancing that Pocket utilizes for optimized node infrastructure. The Dispatch Node (orchestrator) coordinates the API requests between an application and set of Service Nodes that most suite your needs. Combined with a diverse set of nodes (plug n play solutions, multi-cloud providers, data centers, etc), a developer can expect their decentralized application to always remain online. 

Samourai / Nodl | @SamouraiWallet / @NODL_IT

Samourai DOJO is a self-hosted bitcoin full-node server that automatically syncs and privately powers your Samourai Wallet. NODL is your personal bitcoin assistant. 

Nodl shared a couple of new, interesting factoids about the Nodl Samourai edition hardware node in a thread on Twitter.  

First off, the “red box” comes with a kill switch. In other words, if the box is ever opened, then the power to the CPU board is severed and the encryption keys are lost. However, you can recover them by restarting the node and re-entering the encryption password at boot time. Another cool fact, it will come with slots for antenna connectors, which allows users to add internal radios for either LoraWAN or BlockStream blocksat. They’ve also designed the RAM to be located in a position that makes freezing attacks much harder than other bitcoin node plug n play solutions. 

In the same thread, Nodl teased that an all-in-one satbox is planned for 2020

//WEB3 TOOLBOX//

3Box | @3boxdb

APIs for identity, profiles, storage, messaging, and comments. 

3Box announced its latest release of 3Box Hub: Hub Search. It enables users to search for other users by their Ethereum addresses

In the following versions, users will also be able to search for other users through any of the public information available on their profiles. Once a user finds another user they’ve been looking for, they can proceed to follow them and continue to build out their web3 social graph. 

Try it out at 3box.io/login! (privacy tip: use a fresh ethereum address)

Status | @ethstatus

Status is an open-source, secure, private messenger, crypto wallet, and Web3 browser. 

Version 3.0 of the Status Keycard was released last week. It added a “Cash Applet” for payments and burner wallet scenarios. It also contained breaking updates such as “Removed the DUPLICATE KEY command” and “Removed SET NDEF command”. It actually broke the compatibility with WallETH, which is currently being worked on to fix it.  

Status also recently introduced SubSpace, which is a framework-agnostic JS library that embraces reactive programming with RxJS by observing asynchronous changes in Smart Contracts. It can be used in a browser, node, or native script environment. Subspace ensures a DApp always syncs from the last know point by saving the state to a local database. 

Eauth | @PingChenTW

Eauth is an OAuth2 compatible Ethereum authentication tool, similar to traditional web2 social logins. 

Ping received a $5000 grant from the Ethereum Foundation to continue developing Eauth. It’s an OAuth compatible Ethereum authentication tool that enables users to signup with their Ethereum address or ENS domain name in a familiar web2 scenario (ie google and social logins). It currently supports injected web3, fortmatic, and remote login.

This is great, especially for those that want to maintain a pure Ethereum experience without sacrificing user onboarding experience. 

//WALLETS//

Alice | @HeyAliceApp

The WeChat of the Web3 World. It’s a SuperD/app that houses all your favorite applications, even non-crypto like duck duck go, as mini-dapps

Alice will ship with a beautifully designed dark mode. Will you join the dark side?

Portis | @Portis_io

Portis is a universal Web3 interface with a user-friendly, familiar email and password login mechanism that doesn’t need a third-party installation. 

Portis and Carbon worked together to provide one-click onboarding from fiat to xDAI (for non-US residents only ATM). It doesn’t require KYC verification for purchases of under $250 USD per day. 

Follow along this step by step guide to try it out!  

Dapper | @HelloDapper

Dapper is a smart contract wallet, currently available as a chrome extension, but with iOS and Android support coming soon.  

Dapper Labs released another update (v1.0.0-beta.30) for its smart contract wallet. It extends the Rescue Kit feature to approved, secondary devices. This ensures that you’ll never lose access to your accounts or assets.

Beforehand, the Rescue Kit could only be generated from a primary device. If anything happens to it, you can rest assured that you can recover your assets and accounts. 

MyEtherWallet | @myetherwallet

MEW is a free, client-side interface for users to interact with the Ethereum blockchain. 

On October 21st, My Ether Wallet officially ended support for VintageMew. It’s no longer available. If you try to access the old interface, you’ll be redirected to MEW5.  

The next day, MEW added Multi-Coin ENS support, starting off with ETH, BTC, ETC, and LTC. Then, the following day they added support for even more cryptocurrencies, including RSK, XRP, DOGE, BCH, and MONA.  

Tell My Ether Wallet your personal DeFi user journey for a chance to win some cool MEW branded swag! 

//DEFI//

PoolTogether | @PoolTogether_

PoolTogether is a no-loss, audited savings game powered by ethereum. 

PoolTogether has a new product update to share. It improved transparency around odds, as well as, included a “Prizes” selection for both current and previous winners.

The PoolTogether team plans to introduce a couple of new features to empower their smaller users against “whales”. This includes tokenizing tickets and giving users the ability to join pods.

They’ve also updated the ticket purchase flow

Dharma | @Dharma_HQ

Dharma is powered by an upgradeable, meta-transaction enabled, non-custodial, multisig smart wallet for earning interest on stablecoins through leveraging the Compound protocol, while retaining custody of funds.  

Last week, Dharma announced its officially live and open to the public, after spending two months in beta. There is already over $1.5 million USD of user deposits earning up to 7.4% APR interest on Dharma.   

They’ve framed this product as one you introduce to your family and friends to DeFi. It really is simple and easy to use. There’s no seed phrases to write down, neither transaction fees to pay, nor browser extensions to download. Just signup with your Coinbase account, then send DAI or USDC to your new Dharma account, where it will immediately start earning interest. And Dharma keeps your funds safe with its smart wallet

Watch your money grow in real-time with their interest ticker!  

Totle | @TotleCrypto

Totle enables access to decentralized exchange (DEX) liquidity and trade data for ETH/ERC20 markets, including stablecoins such as DAI, by aggregating DEXs into a single API.

Totle and Cryptowatch have joined forces to fill in the void created from the separate development that has grown between centralized cryptocurrency exchanges and decentralized financial (defi) markets. This partnership unites the two, giving users the ability to execute cryptocurrency trading strategies on both centralized exchanges and defi applications from a single platform. 

Totle provides a tap into a liquidity-rich ecosystem with a single API. It aggregates pricing information from top DEXs including Kyber, Bancor, 0x Mesh, Airswap, UniSwap, and other leading liquidity stores. Cryptowatch pulls this rich information from the Totle API to display real-time on-chain trade data for top ERC20 tokens across decentralized exchanges. 

In the near future, we can expect to see fully integrated decentralized trade execution. 

//BLOCKCHAIN GAMES//

Gods Unchained | @GodsUnchained

Gods Unchained is a digital trading card game (TCG) where users can trade cards they purchase or earn for real-world currency. 

The Gods Unchained Genesis Invitational, a sponsored tournament, kicked-off the other day. It pitted together 8 of the top Gods Unchained gaming streamers for the title of GU Invitational Champion. Andrew Biessener (aka Tides of Time) took home the championship title! 

At the end of last week, Gods Unchained released a new update. It added four new tribes, major optimization, fixed a handful of bugs, improved card text, and much more. 

In other news, Gods Unchained took a stance against the censorship China forced upon Blizzard, where a Hong Kong Hearthstone player was removed, suspended, and stripped of his winning from the HearthStone Grand Masters tournament for expressing his beliefs. It also showed the vulnerability of centralized games face. Unlike HearthStone, Gods Unchained has uncensorable items with an open economy and market. We need more games like this, unstoppable and uncensorable. 

Neon District | @NeonDistrictRPG

Neon District is the cyberpunk role-playing adventure and flagship game developed by Blockade Games. Players battle to progress through a sci-fi dystopia and earn in-game NFT items. 

Neon District recently announced that its first-ever public sale is live with the Season One Public Loadout. If you missed out on the Founders Loadout session, this is the next opportunity to jump on. 

Over the next six weeks, they’ll be releasing 1200 assets across all classes of rarity. You can use either USD or ETH to buy in-game assets at portal.neondistrict.io!

//PODCASTS//

Wizard of Dapps | @wizardofdapps

Clovers Part 2 (post-launch) with Billy Rennekamp

Hashing It Out | @HashingItOutPod

Bolt Labs – Ayo Akinyele

Epicenter | @epicenterbtc

StarkWare – Productizing zk-STARKs to Provide Blockchain Scalability and Privacy

Unchained | @LauraShin 

How the Hong Kong Protests Gave a Boost to Gods Unchained

DAO Cast | @DAO_cast

DAO to 🌍 | 3 | Pepo Ospina

Zero Knowledge | @zeroknowledgefm

Dan Boneh on the past, present & future of cryptography

Chorus One Podcast | @ChorusOne

Edgeware: Experimentations on Token Distribution & Blockchain Governance with Dillon Chen

Block, stock, and barrel | @Ashliechin

Tom Menner - Director, Solution Architecture at R3

//DIS MOMENT//

No. 9 https://twitter.com/i/moments/1163943379564150784

No. 10 https://twitter.com/i/moments/1167156913156612097

No. 11 https://twitter.com/i/moments/1170031387694567425

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No. 18 https://twitter.com/i/moments/1187750326151143424

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