Pocket Network News - MAR 2020

Updates, News, and Behind the Scenes

Developer Updates:

  1. Pocket Core Tesnet P1 launched on Tuesday, February 11th! 

  2. Pocket Network is launching an incentivized testnet for both applications and nodes very soon. Stay tuned for more. In the meantime, join us in the Pocket Discord community to share your interest. 

  3. The Pocket engineering team deployed a new release candidate v0.1.0 of the testnet, as well as, updated both the Pocket JS library and Homebrew deployment

  4. Pocket Developer Portal version 2.1 has been made available. 

Economics and Governance Updates:

  1. The Pocket Economic Paper was published and shared shortly after the release of the testnet. The document covers the rationale behind the economics and monetary policy of Pocket Network and it’s two-sided marketplace.   


  1. Pocket co-founder Michael O’Rourke spoke on the “Future of Programmable Money and Payments” panel at the Synapse Summit alongside colleague and visionary Chris Williams about the direction cryptocurrency is heading.

  2. We also had the opportunity to share news of the Pocket Testnet launch and Pocket Economics Paper release, finetune our pitch, catch up with some of our investors Brent Fisher and John Rasmussen, introduce people to blockchain, and connect with a handful of potential leads.

  3. The day after testnet launch, Pocket CTO spoke at “¿Qué es Blockchain y cómo usarlo en tu proyecto?”, a Decentralized Santo Domingo (DSD) event. He breaks down what blockchain is and how to use it in your project. You can watch a recording of the livestream, below.

  4. Earlier this week, we participated in the adjacent EthCC meetup Demystifying Node Deployment alongside SkillZ, Tezos, and Nomadic Labs. 

Behind the Scenes:

  1. The Pocket team met, worked, and relaxed in the Dominican Republic for our 2nd Pocket Summit. 

  2. At the summit, we recorded the Pocket Summit Sessions, which were deep dives into the protocol, economics, and governance layers of Pocket. The marketing department will publish them on our YouTube channel after making the appropriate edits. 

  3. DIS has transitioned its brand to DIS & DAT, now covering both infrastructure and application related blockchain projects in alternating newsletters every other week. You can subscribe to and read the first edition of ALL DAT here

Connect with Pocket: 

🦜 Follow Pocket on Twitter at @POKTnetwork

💬 Chat with the Pocket team and community in Discord

Pocket Testnet & Economic Paper Released

Pocket launches testnet phase one and shares its monetary policy

On Tuesday, Pocket launched phase one of the Pocket Core Testnet!

Testnet launched with support for Ethereum, Tezos, Open Application Network, POA, xDAI, and many more blockchains.

Pocket Core Testnet P1 features include:

  1. Pocket Core Daemon

  2. Pocket Command Line Interface (CLI)

  3. Pocket-JS

  4. Pocket-web3-provider

  5. Pocket Node Deployments

  6. Pocket Faucet for POKT Test Tokens

This also marks the transition from our previous MVP architecture to an architecture of a truly permissionless, resilient, and redundant design.

If you are a developer interested in building an unstoppable application or a node operator interested in supporting decentralized infrastructure, get started by checking out Pocket’s newly designed developer portal.

The launch of Pocket Core Testnet was shortly followed by the official release of our Pocket Economic Paper, which describes the economics and monetary policy behind Pocket Network for both sides of the marketplace: application developers and node operators.

Connect with Pocket: 

🦜 Follow Pocket on Twitter at @POKTnetwork

💬 Chat with the Pocket team and community in Discord

Pocket Network News - FEB 2020

Updates, News and Sneak Peeks

Developer Updates:

  1. Pocket Core Testnet Phase One is launching on Tuesday, February 11th 🚀  

  2. In the meantime, you can read this post to check out what will be included in phase one of testnet.  

  3. Pocket Network will be launching an incentivized testnet in mid-March. If you are a developer or a node operator interested in participating, join us in the Pocket Discord community.  

  4. Andrew Nguyen, the Lead Blockchain Developer of Pocket Network, implemented a Merkle Sum Index Tree to prevent replay relay attacks on the protocol. 

  5. In the ICON P-Rep Update #3, the Pocket team shared its first integration with the ICON network is for the official community ICON-JS SDK. 

Economics and Governance Updates:

  1. The Pocket Economic Paper will be ready for public consumption on Monday, February 10th. 

  2. Jeremy Beal, the Developer Evangelist of Pocket, published Pricing Throughput for Applications to demonstrate how staking will look like to developers interested in accessing a decentralized blockchain relay network. 

  3. Alberto Jauregui, the Growth Director of Pocket, published Monetizing Full Nodes with POKT Rewards to show how the staking process works for node operators that want to relay API requests to applications and secure the protocol.   

  4. Governance research is ongoing! Pocket is working on setting up a foundation that will be paired together with the Pocket DAO. 


  1. Pocket Network was featured in the collaborative State Of Adoption crypto report. This slide shows the parabolic growth in API calls since the Pocket Core MVP launch.

  1. The Arcadia Group, a blockchain software development company, demonstrated how they’re leveraging the Pocket SDK to build lightweight, dynamic block explorers. By being able to query multiple Pocket Nodes running full-nodes, it can get many perspectives on the best chain tip. This removes the issue of having a single point of view, which could lead to incorrect display of forks and reorganizations and other data. 

Behind The Scenes:

  1. A new website designed by Valeria Benitez Florez, our Brand Director, was launched last week on Monday, January 27th.  She also made this killer Pocket Overview video 📹

  1. On February 1st, Michael O’Rourke participated in the Trust-Less 2020 panel Doubling Down: Offering Additional Services with Validation alongside Dan Elitzer of IDEO CoLab and Yaniv Tal of The Graph. To watch this Proof-Of-Stake conference session, click the hyperlink above.

  2. Pocket Network will be holding it down in the blockchain section of the Synapse Summit next week. Catch us there from February 11th to the 12th. 

  3. The Pocket team has expanded a bit more! Please, welcome our new DevOps Engineer Julio Jimenez. 

  4. If you were subscribed to DIS Weekly, it has been spun off into its own dedicated newsletter on Ghost. To continue getting infrastructure and application updates from projects within the blockchain industry, read and resubscribe here!

Support Pocket, Pocket Partners, and Decentralization: 

One of the easiest ways to support us is to use a wallet integrated with Pocket Network! 

Download MyEtherWallet and/or Nifty browser extensions, then choose Pocket Network as the default decentralized infrastructure provider. Pocket supports Ethereum and POA Networks in both wallets, as well as, xDAI in NIFTY. Here are the guides on how to flip the Pocket switch for each platform: MEW and NIFTY.

We also recommend downloading and using Portis to interface with your dapps, especially if you’d like to enjoy a seamless user experience with a familiar email/password login.

Need to trade or exchange tokens? Try out Saturn Network, the only decentralized exchange run completely off of a network of decentralized full-nodes (via Pocket).

Are you a developer? Build with us and our partners! 

If you are using Portis as a Web3 Provider, configure Portis to use Pocket in order to leverage the power and resiliency of decentralized infrastructure for your DApp.

Want crisp logs and analytics? Choose Pocket Network as the decentralized infrastructure provider on Terminal for your DApp. Follow along with this tutorial to learn how to integrate Pocket Provider with Terminal to surface logs and analytics.

Rather run a node? Our partner DAppNode provides the easiest way to run your own node! 

Connect with Pocket: 

🦜 Follow Pocket on Twitter at @POKTnetwork

💬 Chat with the Pocket team and community in Discord

DIS Weekly #29

Bringing you weekly infra updates!


AVADO | @Avado_DServer

Avado is a pre-configured appliance that provides Web3 access and a personal home server that earns passive income through smart mining.

On January 24th, Avado enabled its hardware node owners to run a Tornado Cash relayer. After installing the relayer package from the DappStore, Avado owners have the option to join the Tornado Cash relay pool. With the flip of a switch in the RYO-Cloud package, node runners will be able to start earning a reward on each transaction while helping grow the entropy of the relayer pool. There are currently 5 active nodes in the Tornado Cash relay pool. 

Pocket | @POKTnetwork

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

Last week, Pocket announced they’ve gotten confirmation from ICON developers that its pull requests will be reviewed and merged for integration into the ICON official SDKs, starting with the ICON-JS SDK ahead of the Pocket-Core Testnet release on February 11th. Mobile SDKs for iOS and Android are planned to be finalized later in March. 

Pocket Co-Founder Michael O’Rourke will be speaking on a Trust-Less 2020 (Proof of Stake Validator Summit) panel called “Offering Additional Services with Validation” alongside Dan Elitzer of IDEO CoLab and Yaniv Tal of The Graph protocol this Saturday at 8 PM PST. It’s a free and virtual event, so sign up ASAP!

More recently, Pocket Network launched a brand new website. And shared what to expect from Pocket-Core Testnet phase one, which includes:

  • Pocket Core Daemon

  • Pocket CLI

  • Pocket-JS

  • Pocket-web3-Provider

  • Pocket Node Deployments

  • Pocket Faucet for Test Tokens 


Lightning Labs | @lightning

Lightning Network is a Layer 2 solution, built on top of Bitcoin, developed to facilitate cheap and instant micropayments.

Lightning Labs kicked off 2020 with the release of lnd v0.9-beta. It includes multi-path and spontaneous keysend payments, macaroon bakery for fine-grained permissions, circular payments for liquidity management, an SDK for mobile, and more. 

SKALE Network | @SkaleNetwork

The Skale Network is a high-throughput, low-latency, configurable byzantine fault-tolerant sidechain network for the Ethereum Blockchain. AKA the Elastic Blockchain Network. 

Skale shares its first explainer video about elastic sidechains. Check it out below:


Square Crypto | @SQcrypto

Square Crypto is a small, but dedicated team working on improving and promoting Bitcoin through their own work or by supporting the work of others with the ethos of open-source in mind. 

Square Crypto introduced the Lightning Development Kit (LDK) to address the need for Lightning integrations with a different set of use cases. The LDK will include an API, language bindings, demo apps, and anything else developers may need to make integrating Lightning a breeze.

This will simplify the process of:

  • Adding lightning to existing bitcoin wallets

  • Supporting multi-device, multi-application access to a single wallet

  • Allowing wallets to make UX, Security, or Privacy tradeoffs


Dapper | @HelloDapper

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

Dapper Labs announced the public release of Dapper for Android devices! It comes with the speed, security, and features of the Dapper Chrome extension. Dapper Labs plans to add newer features soon. 

Download Dapper, try it out, and let them know what you think! 

Argent | @argentHQ

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

Argent integrated the DAI Savings Rate (DSR) from Maker DAO directly into its mobile, smart wallet. It’s currently available on iOS, with Android on the way. This lets users easily earn ~8% APR on their DAI with just a few clicks. 

MyEtherWallet | @myetherwallet

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

MyEtherWallet has added support for Unstoppable Domains. MEW users can point their long alpha-numeric public address into a readable name with a .crypto ending, like MyEtherWallet.crypto. 

Status | @ethstatus

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

Status gave us a peek into the upcoming v1 release of its hybrid messenger-wallet.

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

If you missed their silent and secret release onto the Apple App Store, Alice recently and publicly announced that they have been live for about two weeks now.

The team has shared they are bringing NFT transfers to Alice. 


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 welcomes a new Altheahood Wave7 in Enfield, North Carolina. In the Althea Development Update #81, we find out that the usage history storage has been compressed for an 85% reduction in disk space and learn about the fixes related to Beta 11, such as but not limited to, a bug where nodes may run slowly and fail to validate all payments indefinitely. 

Deborah Simpier, Co-Founder of Althea, shares the dISP’s new wifi hotspot feature, which allows individuals in the within range to buy bandwidth from a mobile phone with xDAI. Also, Deborah will be presenting Althea during the Intro to PoS Protocols seminar at the Trust-Less 2020 Proof of Stake Validator Summit. 


Chorus One Podcast | @ChorusOne

Stake Capital DAO: Revenue-Sharing and Liquid Staking with Julien Bouteloup and Leopold Joy

Wizard of DApps | @WizardOfDApps

The 'Marble Cards Controversy' with Matthew (@bread_KRumbs) + Johan Unger and Mattias Tyrberg

Software Engineering Daily | @software_daily

Amazon EC2 with Dave Brown

Zero Knowledge | @zeroknowledgefm

Latest recursive SNARKitecture with Izaak Meckler from O(1)Labs

Into the Ether | @ethub_io

Aave: Unleashing More Potential in DeFi

POV Crypto Podcast | @POVCryptoPod

Who is Udi Wertheimer? w/ Udi Wertheimer

Blockcrunch | @theBlockcrunch

A Bitcoiner's Take on Cryptocurrencies - Stephan Livera

Base Layer | @DavidJNage

Alex Gluchowski (Matter Labs)

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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 has added Ethereum Classic to its roster of deployable blockchain nodes! 

Alexey Akhunov signaled that TurboGeth plans to use the proceeds from its Gitcoin grant to buy as many DAppNodes as possible for its team. This will allow them to test turbo-geth on the hardware and run Ethereum archive nodes, which provides an altruistic service to the commons and for the community. As of January 13th, two DAppNodes have already been ordered. In other words, turbo-geth archive nodes are on their way

Casa Node | @CasaHODL

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

As promised, Casa Node 2 production has been on track, bouncing back from the supplier delay in December. Brain Lockhart, who’s in charge of product at Casa, tweeted on January 17th that he just “put the finishing touches on Casa Node 2, and shipped that bad boy…”.

Temporal | @TemporalCloud

Temporal offers scalable Web3 infrastructure to build production-ready applications on top of IPFS. 

Temporal announced it has partnered with RIVET to provide IPFS APIs and high-quality Web3 infrastructure as its official IPFS hosting provider. 

Akash | @Akashnet_

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

Akash delivered a handful of quick updates:

  • Updated whitepaper and economics to be published soon

  • Forbole and Big Dipper adds support for Akash in their block explorer

  • Dokia Capital adds support for Akash in its staking dashboard

  • Ledger Nano solution for Akash with Lunie Wallet is being explored

Their incentivized testnet is expected to come soon, too! 

Chorus One | @ChorusOne

Chorus One operates infrastructure to provide Staking-as-a-Service across many different PoS blockchains including Cosmos, Terra, Kava, Loom, and more coming soon. 

On January 9th, Chorus One announced they received support from the Interchain Foundation to form a working group around “Liquid Staking”, as well as, to produce a research report, by the end of April, focused on different approaches to it. Liquid staking is the all-encompassing term related to the efforts and innovations related to staked assets directly on-chain. This includes Everett, Stafi Protocol, Stake Capital DAO, Staker DAO, and Delegation Vouchers built together by Chorus One and Sikka. 

The first community call already took place last week, but the next call is scheduled for January 29th at 5:00 PM CET. In the meantime, you can join the liquid staking conversation and find the working group on telegram

If you missed the first call, you can take a look at the notes and watch the recording, below: 


Torus | @TorusLabs

Torus provides frictionless social logins for decentralized applications. 

Yesterday, Torus released its latest version, v0.2.12

They encourage developers who’ve integrated their DApps with Torusto upgrade to v0.2.12 for optimal stability and compatibility.  This upgrade includes new features to the Torus Wallet, such as PopUp UnBlock, support for ENS Domains, and localization of more languages

Terminal | @terminaldotco

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

Terminal announced the release of a new integration: Web3-Provider Engine!  

Their framework comes fully set up to connect to your Terminal account and provides a basic layout of what you’ll need when building a DApp using Web3-Provider-Engine

Also, Terminal shared that they’ll release frameworks for Web3Connect and Web3-React soon. 

MoonPay | @MoonPayHQ

MoonPay is a fiat to crypto on-ramp solution for applications that allows users to buy cryptocurrencies easily and instantly. 

MoonPay announced they are now officially live in the USA! 

Also, MoonPay recently began supporting the UK Faster Payments Service (FPS) and the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA). This means that all of their partners and users will be able to add GBP (£) and Euro (€) bank transfers as a payment option. 


Gnosis Safe | @GnosisSafe

Gnosis Safe is an open-source, non-custodial smart contract wallet. 

Gnosis Safe introduced a new Safe contract version, available for its mobile apps. This update adds support for ERC721 (NFTs) and ERC1155 tokens

Nexus Mutual announced that Gnosis Safe users can now buy cover to insure their funds against smart contract bugs for just over 1% per year. Hugh Karp, Founder of Nexus Mutual, tweeted an analogy comparing Gnosis Safe to a bank account and Nexus Mutual to FDIC Insurance. It makes for an easy explanation! 

Status | @ethstatus

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

The Status Network had its first Town Hall (#49) of this year! 

It includes updates from Core, Keycard, Assemble, Teller, Embark and more. 

V1 of the Status developer build was approved by Apple (within two hours). The official release build is expected to also be approved and should be available in February 2020. 

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! 

Fuse is getting ready to launch its brand new wallet!

Check it out:

AlphaWallet | @AlphaWallet

AlphaWallet is a mobile Ethereum wallet and creator of TokenScript

AlphaWallet leverages TokenScript to make it super easy for users to convert their old SAI into new DAI inside the SAI token card, within their wallet browser. 

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. 

Last week, Portis shared that they experienced a DDoS attack, which affected their servers’ performance especially since the number of incoming requests grew significantly over the course of 48 hours. 

It’s important to know that your funds are safe, as long as your password is secure. Just in case, make sure to log into wallet.portis.io, then change your password and add 2FA.

Multis | @multisHQ

Multis “the crypto-bank for companies” is an interface for an organization’s crypto-assets. 

Multis released a detailed write-up called Gasless MULTISig, illustrating what they’ve been doing to integrate the Gas Station Network. Multis is forking the Gnosis Multisig in order to allow for free account creation and allow for companies to pay for gas on behalf of its own users. 

Earlier this month, Multis introduced a new landing page that is more aligned with their vision of crypto-first business banking


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 welcomed a new Altheahood in Van Wyck, Washington

They’ve also teased that an Althea app is coming soon. It will enable Althea users to resell bandwidth to nearby mobile phones. Essentially, this turns any place within range of an Althea router into an internet cafe, as Jehan Tremback likes to say. 


Chorus One Podcast | @ChorusOne

Validator Business Model Discussion with the Decentralized Staking Defenders

Wizard of DApps | @WizardOfDApps

Venture DAO with Ameen Soleimani and Gabriel Shapiro

Software Engineering Daily | @software_daily

Amazon Kubernetes with Abby Fuller

A16z | @a16z

What’s Next for the Internet?

Zero Knowledge | @zeroknowledgefm

Dive into Plonk!

Into the Ether | @ethhub_io

Hasu: Discussing Ethereum’s and Bitcoin’s Differences 

POV Crypto Podcast | @POVCryptoPod

Leveraging DIA and Bitcoin on Ledn.io, with Mauricio Di Bartolome

Blockcrunch | @theBlockcrunch

Where is Adoption Happening in Crypto? - Chris McCann, Proof of Capital

Base Layer | @DavidJNage

Zhuoxun Yin of dYdX

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