DIS Weekly #27

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//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 released a Tornado Cash DAppNode Package. This makes it super simple for nodlers to set up their own Tornado Cash relayer over TOR with just a few clicks.  

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 9th, AVADO introduced IPFS node pooling to the AVADO RYO Cloud package. Node runners just need to toggle on the IPFS gateway. So far, eight AVADO nodes have joined the IPFS RYO Cloud, as well as, pinned and distributed TornadoCash.eth as first approved content.

//WEB3 TOOLBOX//

3Box | @3boxdb

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

3Box recently released a new version of 3Box that supports ENS!

This means users can now view their ENS names throughout Hub on their profile details, wall, and activity feed. It even enables users to search for profiles by ENS names! 

In a later release, 3box plans to give users the ability to create a 3box ENS name like [your name].3box.eth. 

NameStack | @NameStack_io

Namestack provides the easiest way to buy ENS domains with a one-click registration and multiple payment options. 

NameStack, a service to help users acquire and use blockchain names, launched on January 9th. Its first released product is a one-click ENS registration and configuration. Also, NameStack offers multiple payment options and an easy renewal process for ENS domain names

In the background, they are working on a feature to enable users to sell subdomains. This would be a great, complimentary fundraising mechanism for DAOs and open communities. The multi-currency configuration is coming soon. 

Would you buy a subdomain from DIS Weekly?

Almonit | @GoAlmonit

The first search engine for the dWeb (ENS+IPFS). 

Today, the Almonit team launched the first version of their search engine for ENS and IPFS websites at almonit.eth/ or almonit.eth.link. 

//WALLETS//

MyEtherWallet | @myetherwallet

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

MyEtherWallet released MEW v5.2.9, which includes multiple bug fixes and a Russian language localization to the interface.

Ambo | @Ambo

Acquired by MyCrypto, Ambo is a mobile wallet product focused on the interest of retail consumer buying into speculative assets. 

On January 7th, Ambo announced the release of v1.22, the latest update for iOS.

It includes new features like Apple Pay with Wyre, domain sending through Unstoppable Domains and Ethereum Name Service, price data and analytics from Alethio, scam protection via CryptoScamDB, and more. An Android version is expected to come out sometime in early 2020. 

Curious about what else is in store for Ambo this year? Read Ambo 2020

//DEFI//

Maker | @MakerDAO

Maker DAO is a decentralized community of MKR token holders governing the Maker Protocol, that smart contracts that power DAI, which is a stable, decentralized currency.

Maker introduced a new landing page at makerdao.come/ecosystem. They’ll be frequently updating this page to feature products made by the Maker Foundation as well as products made by the larger DeFi community. 

They’ve also updated the DAI Savings Rate (DSR) in Oasis to enable viewers to see their savings grow in real-time.

Sablier | @SablierHQ

Sablier, the protocol for real-time finance on Ethereum, provides a beautiful web interface for continuous, autonomous, and trustless payroll. 

Since v1 of Sablier launched nearly over a month ago, they have had over 3,100 MAUs on their web interfaces, 234 created streams, $6300 in gross value streamed

Sablier has been updated to include Fortmatic and Portis as login options. This lets users essentially stream money on Sablier from and to a phone number with Fortmatic, as well as,  from and to a non-custodial wallet that uses a familiar email/password signup experience via Portis. 

Sablier has funded two big bounties that incentivizes developers to build on top of their real-time finance protocol during the “Take Back The Web” Gitcoin virtual hackathon. The first bounty is for Streamed Atomic Swaps worth 1,000 DAI and the second bounty is Leave Inheritance to your Heirs, Web3 Styleworth 750 DAI. 

TokenSets | @SetProtocol

Set is a protocol that bundles crypto-assets into tokenized baskets that are programmed to automatically restructure based on trading logic. 

Set announced the launch of a third cToken enabled set: the ETH 26 Day EMA Crossover Yield Set (ETHEMAAPY). 

This set operates similarly to the ETH 26 EMA Crossover Set, but instead supercharges it by swapping out USDC with the interest-bearing stablecoin cUSDC.

Aave | @AaveAave

Aave is an open-source, non-custodial protocol to borrow assets and earn interests in deposits. 

On January 8th, the Aave protocol went live on the Ethereum mainnet with 16 different assets available to be deposited or borrowed! And five of those are stablecoins. In the protocol, the Aave interest-bearing tokens (aTokens) are pegged 1:1 to the value of the underlying asset, increasing in the balance as opposed to value. It also introduces new features like no-collateral flash loans, stable rate loans, rate switching, and perpetual loans. 

Shortly after launch, Aave partnered and integrated with Chainlink to power its oracle, which currently secures 16 cryptocurrency price feeds.

Within a few days, aTokens were integrated into both ParaSwap and 1Inch Exchange

//DOGR 👹 TECH//

Aragon | @AragonProject

Aragon is a platform that enables the quick deployment of global, bureaucracy-free futuristic organizations, companies, and communities. Aragon Court, the first digital jurisdiction, is launching soon! 

Last week, Aragon announced that ANJ pre-activation is live ahead of the Aragon Court launch. People interested in becoming a juror will be able to convert ANT into ANJ, Aragon Court’s native token, at the rate of 1 ANT to 100 ANJ until February 10th. After the pre-activation period, ANJ will only be available at a variable rate set by a bonding curve smart contract. A minimum of 10,000 ANJ is the required active stake jurors need to be eligible for juries and to earn rewards

As a juror, you’d be helping resolve disputes, which have binary outcomes, between other people and organizations. For their service, active jurors are eligible to earn DAI rewards from Subscription Fees, Dispute Fees, and Appeal Fees. 

//HOT MESH//

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 shared that they use deep space (a lightweight, cross-compile friendly Cosmos client written in pure rust) so that they can send Cosmos transactions on anything that Rustlang compiles to, such as: 

  • Tiny Web Assembly web page

  • MIPS processor and ARM embedded processors

  • OpenWRT routers

Co-founder and CTO of Althea Justin Kilpatrick highlighted that ever since they started leveraging the VPN WireGuard they’ve noticed a ~15% performance gain from upstream improvements

Global Mesh Labs | @GlobalMeshLabs

An incentivized, lightweight, mesh-based P2P messaging protocol leveraging goTenna and the Bitcoin Lightning Network.  

Imagine a dynamic, deployable, mobile mesh network of drones strapped with portable goTennas relaying Blockstream satellite service. The tools exist to make this a reality! 

Want to learn more about Global Mesh Labs Lot49? Watch this video from the Blockstack Summit of 2019. 

//PODCASTS//

Software Engineering Daily | @software_daily

Kubernetes Progress with Kelsey Hightower

Zero Knowledge | @zeroknowledgefm

Mixers with Torando.Cash 

Into the Ether | @ethub_io

Paul Hauner: Ethereum 2.0 is on the Horizon

POV Crypto Podcast | @POVCryptoPod

Lightning Gaming with Carlos Roldan

Hashing It Out | @HashingItOutPod

Akash Network- Greg Osuri

Blockcrunch | @theBlockcrunch

Contrarian Theses in Crypto for 2020 - Jake Brukhman, CoinFund 

Base Layer | @DavidJNage

Alan Curtis of Radar

Chain Reaction | @ChainPodcast

DECRED’s Akin Sawyerr: Governance Reimagined

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No. 29 Infra https://twitter.com/i/events/1215761453011144704

No. 29 dOGR Tech https://twitter.com/i/events/1215761726844690433

No. 29 Hot Mesh https://twitter.com/i/events/1215763353295036416

No. 29 DeFi https://twitter.com/i/events/1215762386478649344

No. 29 Tezos https://twitter.com/i/events/1215763907735949313

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Pocket Network News - January 2020

Updates, News and Sneak Peeks

Developer Updates:

1. The Pocket Core Testnet architecture is “Code Complete.” The team is running internal tests right now in preparation for a public release on February 11th.

2. Pocket’s newest solutions architect, Alex will be focusing on migrating all the current integrations over to the Testnet architecture, starting next sprint. From there we will open up resources to onboarding new application partners in preparation for the Mainnet release.

Economics and Governance Updates:

1. The first draft of the Pocket Economic Paper is done and in circulation internally and with key advisors. It is on track for public circulation by the start of February.

2. Pocket governance and the Pocket DAO work is well underway, specifications for the Pocket Governance mechanisms and Pocket DAO are in place and will describe how we will progressively decentralize the protocol overtime after the Mainnet release. More information on this will be released in the coming months.

News:

1. Michael O’Rouke published “2019 Year in Review” post to the Pocket Medium account, which reflects on this past year and what to expect from the Pocket team in 2020.

2. Decentralized Infrastructure Solutions (DIS), a weekly newsletter curating major updates across the industry, is in the process of spreading its wings to become an independent brand. Follow the movement at @DISWeekly.

Behind the Scenes:

  1. Pocket’s Tampa Bay offices have moved to the Embarc Collective! This past Monday was the first day on site. If you are visiting the area, don’t hesitate to reach out and meet up at the location.

  2. The Pocket company retreat will take place late February after the release of Testnet, the team is excited to get together for a week of IRL work and some fun in the sun.

  3. The team is working diligently to prepare for the 2020 release year, including Testnet, Mainnet, Token Distribution, Onboarding, and Community Development initiatives. If you would like to learn more or get involved, please contact us at hola@pokt.network.

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//NODE INFRASTRUCTURE//

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.

AVADO announced the alpha release of its new RYO-cloud. RYO-cloud stands for Run Your Own Cloud, which is an offshoot of their tagline “run your own node”. RYO-cloud is formed by pooling together Ethereum nodes. An AVADO owner joins the pool by downloading the AVADO RYO package and providing access through a load balancer. The load balancer functions to check the availability and block height to ensure the nodes in the RYO Cloud are in-synch

Their goal is to build a decentralized alternative to Infura and AWS. And they’re potentially planning to add an incentive layer. Currently, a developer can connect a DApp to the RYO Cloud with 4 nodes up and running through an SSL or Non-SSL RPC endpoint

You can check the status of RYO-cloud at https://status.cloud.ava.do/!

Pocket | @POKTnetwork

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

Pocket Network is code complete! And in December, the first blocks were mined in their internal testnet. Pocket has set a firm date for its public testnet launch on February 11th, with the mainnet launch tentatively scheduled for May 4th. 

The Arcadia Group built lightweight, dynamic block explorers using the Pocket SDK. It shared that most implementations of block explorers in the industry have been pretty static in their core architecture. They also suffer from similar issues, especially in relation to the handling of forks and block reorganizations. This is due to having a single point of view (ie a single full node) and very similar architectures, in some cases sharing code for large swathes of functionality.

Arcadia used the Pocket SDK to query multiple Pocket Service Nodes running full nodes in order to get multiple perspectives on the best chain tip, as well as, added a Reorganization Handler that uses Pocket as a way to check the integrity of the chain being service and update the information as needed.

This has improved the block data being served to block explorers with minimal cost and effort

Bison Trails | @BisonTrails

Bison Trails is a premier infrastructure as a service company for launching secure node clusters to participate in blockchain protocols, from one simple interface. 

Bison has announced that its infrastructure platform supports running validator nodes on Edgeware

//LAYER DOS//

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. 

On December 19th, SKALE consensus got a big update, which allows for a developer to run multiple consensus engines with a single C++ program. This provides a solid foundation for easier network simulations and crash-testing. 

SKALE recently open-sourced a couple of tools:

The SGXWallet is a next-gen hardware wallet, based on Intel SGX technology, that can store and use proof of stake keys. It currently supports Ethereum and SKALE, with support for Bitcoin planned for the future. 

The SKALE Node CLI is a command-line tool for validators to set up, register, and maintain a SKALE node. Docker-lvmpy is a plugin that allows one to easily manage Linux storage volumes from Docker containers. Both are written in Python. 

//WEB3 TOOLBOX//

Tornado Cash | @TornadoCash

A mixer for non-custodial anonymous transactions on Ethereum.

Tornado Cash v2 has been deployed to IPFS using the Ethereum Name Service. This means a user can access the decentralized UI at tornadocash.eth.link! If you are running an IPFS node, you can pin it at the QmRvFZwyoJeMDCcdSiK15m7Vn2n1BFnz14WNwVxrhizzX5 hash, which would provide better access for everyone.

//WALLETS//

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. 

After believers of the open web spoke out in droves, Google has permitted the mobile MetaMask app back on the Google Play store. This experience has made them even more resilient. It also represents an opportunity for a truly crypto-focused mobile OS

//DEFI//

Sablier | @SablierHQ

Sablier, the protocol for real-time finance on Ethereum, provides a beautiful web interface for continuous, autonomous, and trustless payroll. 

On January 3rd, Sablier pushed two highly requested changes to the web interfaces. It made the dashboard page look better on mobile and added a new modal with all the links related to a stream. 

And just today, Sablier published a “Building with Sablier” Twitter thread, which is a broad collection of ideas and use cases for real-time finance. 

Also, Sablier has chosen Discord as their primary channel of communication, aside from Twitter. Here’s an invite to the Sablier Discord server. Tell them your real-time finance ideas!

Roll | @TryRollHQ

Roll is blockchain infrastructure for social money. It provides content creators with the means to mint branded digital tokens and launch a social money economy. 

Today, Roll introduced Open Communities. They argue that social money enables open communities because they are economically aligned with the creators and members of a community. I’d have to agree with that statement as social money serves as an extension of the emerging Passion Economy

Roll behaves as both an application and an infrastructure for open communities. By its very nature, it can act as a bridge between Web2 and Web3 spaces. As Roll illustrates in its blog post “Using Social Money to Build Open Platforms”, anyone can issue their own social money and seed it to their online community existing in Web2 platforms such as Twitch or Discord, then engage that community to create spendable opportunities (ie subscribe, donate, buy, follow) and propose a market value for their social money using Web3 tools like Roll, Uniswap, and Ethereum. Maybe, even a Moloch v2 DAO? 

//DOGR 👹 TECH//

Democracy Earth | @DemocracyEarth

Democracy Earth is a non-profit building open-source and censorship-resistant democracies via token-based community participation that can be deployed anywhere with an internet connection. 

Democracy Earth deployed a new feature “basic DAO stats” to moloch.democracy.earth. This represents another step towards being a client able to explore and compare multiple DAOs.

It’s like an Etherscan for blockchain-based organizations.   

Moloch | @MolochDAO

Moloch is a community DAO focused on funding Ethereum development. Moloch V2 is designed to support legally compliant for-profit DAOs. 

Moloch v2 is an upgraded version of MolochDAO that allows the DAO to acquire and spend multiple different tokens, instead of just one. It was recently announced that the v2 contracts have been completed, which includes new features such as multi-token support, guild kicks, and loot (ie non-voting shares). Both Meta Cartel and Open Law collaborated with Moloch on the new v2 standard. Each organization is launching a for-profit DAO (MetaCartel Ventures and The LAO) using the same smart contract, but with unique legal instantiations.

In 2020, we’ll definitely see two legal DAO experiments running in parallel. 

//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 community organizers have launched four new Altheahoods:

If you are interested in launching a decentralized ISP in your local neighborhood, submit a proposal at https://republic.co/althea

HOLO | @H_O_L_O

Holo is a distributed P2P hosting platform for Holochain applications (happs).

HoloPorts and HoloPorts+ are shipping, and many of those that pre-ordered them on Indiegogo have already received them. New HoloPort owners are encouraged to participate in HOLO’s closed alpha testing

The hardware has a sleek aluminum finish. Check out this official unboxing video for a first look!

//PODCASTS//

Software Engineering Daily | @software_daily

Kubernetes at Cruise with Karl Isenberg

Epicenter | @epicenterbtc

Monetary Systems in an International Context

Zero Knowledge | @zeroknowledgefm

So long 2019! What’s next? 

Base Layer | @DavidJNage

Luis Cuende of Aragon

Crypto 101 | @CRYPTO101Pod

Behind the Scenes w/ Facebook's Libra Association Founding Member Bison Trails Joe Lallouz

Chain Reaction | @ChainPodcast

Matic’s Sandeep Nailwal: Leveraging Plasma To Top Other Layer-2 Scaling Projects

//DIS MOMENT//

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//NODE INFRASTRUCTURE//

DAppNode | @DAppNode

DAppNode is a plug n’ play full-node solution focusing on increased privacy and user control. Currently supporting Ethereum, Bitcoin, Monero, IPFS, and more.

DAppNode adds the Nethermind package, another ETH client, to the installer weighing just under 70 GB. Also, due to some changes in the core packages the auto-updates feature has been deactivated. If you like the convenience of automatic updates, you’ll need to update to the latest core version and reactivate it. 

Storj Labs partners with DAppNode so that Nodlers can offer their unused hard drive space to a truly decentralized cloud storage solution and get paid for it. This represents a step towards breaking down the cloud cartel. Find out how much you can potentially earn from sharing your space by using Storj’s Storage Node Earning Estimator.     

Casa Node | @CasaHODL

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

Due to a supplier delay and the holiday shipping slowdown, Casa Node 2 shipments have been delayed until mid-January. To mitigate this issue, they’re offering Gold members who pre-ordered the Casa Node 2 an additional 3 months of subscription time

//LAYER DOS//

xDAI Chain | @xdaichain

xDAI is a stable-cryptocurrency that’s pegged to the US Dollar, has super low transaction fees, and fast transaction times. 

xDAI announced the migration of the xDAI TokenBridge has been completed. It supports both DAI and SAI. However, xDAI tokens can only be withdrawn in DAI. 

With this upgrade, a new feature Alternative Receiver was added. This makes it possible to transfer tokens through the bridge to any account, whether on xDAI chain or Ethereum mainnet, with a single transaction. 

//WEB3 TOOLBOX//

Linkdrop | @LinkdropHQ

Linkdrop enables Web3 marketing campaigns to onboard everyday users. 

Over the holidays, Linkdrop updated its dashboard to add support for Fortmatic, Portis, and WalletConnect. This gives users more options to easily create a Web3 marketing campaign using their favorite wallet. 

Tornado Cash | @TornadoCash

A mixer for non-custodial anonymous transactions on Ethereum.

Tornado Cash added new tokens: cDAI, cUSDC, USDC, and USDT. This enables users to continue to earn interest on their deposited Compound Tokens. Tornado is bringing Satoshi’s vision of a peer to peer digital version of anonymous cash into reality, with an added bonus of earning interest. 

They’ve also increased the limit of ETH and USDT deposits to higher amounts at 100 and 100k respectively. 

//WALLETS//

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. 

The Google Play App Store has suspended MetaMask’s mobile Android client, citing mining software, which it doesn’t have. To make matters worse, their appeal was rejected. However, support from Google Play Apps and Games replied they “have escalated your issue to the relevant team for further investigation” on Twitter after receiving pressure from the Web3 community. MetaMask has assured the community that if left banned, they’ll be working on other ways of bringing their services to users walled in the Android platform

In a somewhat similar case, Coinbase Wallet has bowed to the will of Apple. They’re to remove the browser function of its wallet in order to comply with Apple’s byzantine rules. 

AirGap | @AirGap_it

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

On December 20th, AirGap announced support for Cosmos was added with version 3.0 of AirGap Vault and AirGap Wallet. This gives users the ability to not only transact but also delegate their $ATOM and earn rewards completely offline

//DEFI//

PoolTogether | @PoolTogether_

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

PoolTogether has added support for ENS domain names. An ENS name will automatically appear on the prize detail page

They’ve also added the ability to see the odds of each previous winner by tapping the prize amount and viewing the details of the prize. 

Sablier | @SablierHQ

Sablier, the protocol for real-time finance on Ethereum, provides a beautiful web interface for continuous, autonomous, and trustless payroll. 

Sablier released two important resources: Sablier v1 Documentation and FAQ. These can be used to help developers build their own real-time DApp or integrate Sablier into an existing project. 

Kevin Owocki, Founder of Gitcoin, has expressed interest in integrating Sablier into one of Gitcoin’s services.

TokenSets | @SetProtocol

Set is a protocol that bundles crypto-assets into tokenized baskets that are programmed to automatically restructure based on trading logic. 

Set announced the launch of a second cToken enabled set: ETH 20 Day Moving Average Crossover Yield Set (ETHMACOAPY).  

This set operates similarly to the ETH 20 Day MA Crossover Set but supercharges it by swapping out USDC with an interest-bearing stablecoin cUSDC. So if the price of ETH falls below the 20-day simple moving average, ETHMACOAPY rebalances into cUSDC and earns interest on Compound, instead of rebalancing into vanilla USDC.   

//DOGR 👹 TECH//

Aragon | @AragonProject

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

Just before the holidays, Aragon 0.8.6 was released. It shipped with a dark mode feature and an experimental in-app console, which gives DAO developers the ability to interact directly with their organization and its installed apps. Even if the functionality isn’t accessible via a UI! 

Gitcoin | @Gitcoin

Gitcoin provides crowdfunding and freelance developers for your software projects.

Gitcoin calls out the need for more media grants before the start of Grants CLR Round 4 in less than a week and a half. The media pool has a matching fund of $75k. 

Would you support a media grant for DIS Weekly? If so, we’ll set one up before the round begins.   

//dVPNs//

Orchid | @OrchidProtocol

Orchid is a decentralized, market-based system for anonymous communication and virtual private networking, including a bandwidth market where node providers stake digital currency to advertise their services using the Ethereum blockchain and receive payment in OXT. 

On December 16th, Orchid officially launched the first incentivized p2p privacy network. Two days later, Orchid’s token OXT was listed on Coinbase, as well as, lessons were made available to learn and earn on Coinbase Earn

For an overview of Orchid, watch this video: 

//PODCASTS//

POV Crypto Podcast | @POVCryptoPod

Value in Gods Unchained, with CTO Alex Connolly

Epicenter | @epicenterbtc

Increasing Wallet Usability to Decrease the Anxiety of Self-Custody

Zero Knowledge | @zeroknowledgefm

Exploring use-cases for zkps and zk standards with QEDIT

Chorus One Podcast | @ChorusOne

Economics of Proof-of-Stake versus Proof-of-Work with Eric Wall

Unchained | @LauraShin 

Why North Korea Is Interested in Cryptocurrency

Crypto 101 | @CRYPTO101Pod

Comparing the Internet's Past and Blockchain's Present, w/ SKALE Network's Jack O'Holleran

Hashing It Out | @HashingItOutPod

Sergi Delgado – Whatsat and Lightning

Chain Reaction | @ChainPodcast

Helium’s Amir Haleem: The Grand Vision of a Crypto Incentivized Mobile Network

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//NODE INFRASTRUCTURE//

DAppNode | @DAppNode

DAppNode is a plug n’ play full-node solution focusing on increased privacy and user control. Currently supporting Ethereum, Bitcoin, Monero, IPFS, and more.

DAppNode users can upgrade Ethereum clients to Geth v1.9.9 and Parity v2.5.12, which are compatible with Muir Glacier, ahead of the hard fork expected to fall on January 6th, 2020. If nodlers already have auto-updates turned on, they don’t need to worry about it. 

Pol Lanski shares how upgrading clients can be burdensome and the asynchronicity around coordination required for hard forks places more work onto mostly volunteer node operators, but points out that DAppNode is geared to fix this problem. 

Check out the rest of his Twitter thread on the necessity of a “node manager layer”

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.

The Nethermind Ethereum package has been added to AVADO. This is an effort to support the diversity of Ethereum clients. It allows node operators to run this super-fast client on their hardware. 

AVADO built a Filecoin package so node operators can participate in the testnet, familiarize themselves with the project, and prepare for potential rewards by renting out their extra disk space. 

Storj Labs | @StorjProject

Storj is a decentralized cloud storage protocol that enables individuals and organizations to host a node to earn passive revenue stream from unused disk space. Storj Cloud Storage is now called Tardigrade. 

Storj has begun enabling node operators to run multiple storage nodes on the Storj Network using the same email address, physical location, and IP address. This allows Storage Node Operators to leverage more of their unused hardware and further add storage capacity to the network. 

Alchemy | @AlchemyPlatform

A Blockchain developer platform powered by enterprise-grade infrastructure.  

Alchemy raised $15 million through a Series A funding round led by Panera Capital and joined by Standford University, Coinbase, Samsung, SignalFire, as well as, angel investors like John Hennessy, Reid Hoffman, and Jerry Yang.  

//LAYER 2//

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. 

Celer Network introduced its Celer Web Light Client SDK, which is a Typescript / Javascript library implementing a subset of the Celer Network off-chain messaging protocol. It runs entirely in a browser or a Webview environment. They’ve also built the Celer Web Wallet as a demo application of the SDK. Both the Celer Web Light Client SDK and Web Wallet are open-source. 

//WEB3 TOOLBOX//

Terminal | @terminaldotco

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

On December 19th, Terminal announced the release of its newest feature: a User Analytics Page. It provides a detailed aggregate view of all of a DApp’s specific user base alongside other relevant details. This gives developers unparalleled insight into their decentralized application’s usage. 

The following day, Terminal announced the integration of Matic Network. Since the Matic Network is composed of a diverse array of high throughput, modified PoS Plasma sidechains building a block explorer interface that easily organizes information for end-users posed a difficult challenge. Terminal’s DApp Monitoring Platform removes the noise of empty blocks and collects only relevant information. It allows developers to automatically surface DApp specific Matic Network activity in a convenient, comprehensible, and easy-to-navigate manner. 

Tornado Cash | @TornadoCash

A mixer for non-custodial anonymous transactions on Ethereum.

Tornado Cash released version 2, which contains several new major features! This includes support for ERC20 tokens, higher deposit limits for ETH, decentralized relayers, and ENS URLs for relayers

With the support of ERC20 tokens, Tornado Cash has added it’s first token DAI. It plans to add both USDT and USDC soon. In the spirit of decentralization, Tornado Cash enabled support for custom relayer addresses so that anyone can run a Tornado relayer.  

Unlock | @UnlockProtocol

Unlock is a protocol for memberships built on blockchain. 

Last week, Unlock announced that Forbes is currently offering the ability to unlock an ad-free experience on its site through experimenting with Unlock. Forbes deployed 2 locks: 1) a month-long ad-free experience 2) a week-long ad-free experience. Users can purchase a key with a crypto wallet like Opera, MetaMask, or Coinbase Wallet. Once the transaction has been confirmed, users will receive an NFT that represents their membership. 

To celebrate this momentous occasion (moving towards a membership-driven economy and away from an attention-stealing economy), Unlock is linkdropping 100 memberships keys to Forbes ads-free lock. They’ve partnered with Linkdrop to give away more NFTs through generating links, which include a key to a Forbes ads-free lock. This a peek into a great crypto-experience for “mainstream users”

//WALLETS//

Gnosis Safe | @GnosisSafe

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

Gnosis Safe publicly launched the successor to the original Gnosis multi-signature wallet: Gnosis Safe Multisig

Gnosis Safe Multisig has many of the desired features of a forward-looking, user-orientated smart wallet, such as: 

  • Quick setup 

  • Signing keys with wallets Fortmatic, Portis, Torus, and Metamask

  • Incoming transactions

  • Fiat balances

  • In-app support chat 

  • Onboarding tour

  • Improved transaction list 

  • UX improvements 

Users should feel secure using Gnosis Safe Multisig since it possesses audited and formally verified smart contracts. They are putting their money where their code is. Gnosis moved an additional 10,000 ETH to the Gnosis Safe contracts with the plan of moving an additional 10,000 ETH every month until all of their company’s crypto-funds are stored in there. 

Argent | @argentHQ

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

Argent introduced the Argent Security Centre. It provides users an extra level of security and a way to recover an Argent wallet with a Guardian (i.e. non-Argent wallets). A Guardian is an account on Ethereum that a user permits to help recover a wallet and protect them from attacks. The Argent Security Centre helps users use MetaMask, Ledger, and Trezor Guardians. This gives users more control and flexibility when recovering a wallet without a seed phrase, locking or unlocking it, approving transfers exceeding a daily spend limit, and adding a guardian. 

//DEFI//

Roll | @TryRollHQ

Roll is blockchain infrastructure for social money. It provides content creators with the means to mint branded digital tokens and launch a social money economy. 

Roll has forked the UniSwap frontend to build a social money exchange. It will begin listing social money tokens in the next coming weeks, starting with $HUE, created by a blockchain-based artist, as the first social money token. 

PoolTogether | @PoolTogether_

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

Last Friday, PoolTogether launched a new pool with $150,000 in sponsored Multi-collateral DAI. They’ve made it easy to upgrade from the SAI pool to the DAI pool using one transaction without leaving the application. 

The SAI pool will continue to run and award weekly prizes, but users will no longer be able to deposit new SAI into the pool.

Pool Together has also enabled users to receive emails when prizes are drawn, which makes it easy for winners to be notified of their DAI winnings. 

//DOGR 👹 TECH//

Parity Technologies | @ParityTech

Parity develops open-source software for building the decentralized web with Polkadot, Parity Substrate, Parity Signer, Parity Ethereum, and more. 

Parity Technologies released Parity Ethereum v2.5.12-stable and v2.6.7-beta, which includes Muir Glacier support for the next Ethereum hard fork

Parity announced they’re planning to move Parity Ethereum to a DAO ownership and maintainer model under the project name OpenEthereum. They hope this model will foster cross-organization collaboration to ensure the codebase is maintained. It intends to transfer the license to the DAO, move the codebase to its own GitHub organization, and rename the Parity Ethereum client. Parity will be a member of the DAO, but as the transition takes place it will shift to a more explicit mentorship role. 

DAOstack | @daostack

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

DAostack Alchemy integrated 3Box. It gives individuals, in the DAO, the ability to see other member profiles, follow them, and scroll through personal feeds. This represents a step towards more engaging DAOs. 

Gitcoin | @Gitcoin

Gitcoin provides crowdfunding and freelance developers for your software projects.

Gitcoin announced the fourth round of Gitcoin Grants with two matching pools for both Tech and Community. Q1 CLR Match sets a record of $200k in radical funding towards Ethereum projects. The infrastructure pool contains $125,000 in matching funds, while the community pool has $75,000. Gitcoin Grants Round 4 uses donations to signal and quadratic funding to allocate the $200k matching pools. This next round will be open from January 6th, 2020 to January 21st, 2020. 

If you are reading this and run an Ethereum project, submit your grant proposal to be considered by the community in Round 4. 

//PODCASTS//

POV Crypto Podcast | @POVCryptoPod

Exploring Binance USA, with Catherine Coley

Epicenter | @epicenterbtc

Sia – Creating a P2P Marketplace for Data Storage to Disrupt the Cloud Industry

Zero Knowledge | @zeroknowledgefm

Catch up with Zaki Manian from Tendermint

Into the Ether | @ethub_io

MakerDAO Multi-Collateral Dai: Mariano Conti and Cyrus Younessi

Blockcrunch | @theBlockcrunch

Crypto Is Not for Mass Adoption: A Debate - Jill Carlson vs. Yaniv Tal

DAO Cast | @DAO_cast

DAO to 🌍 | 9 | Felipe Duarte

Chorus One Podcast | @ChorusOne

25 Crypto Mega Theses with Multicoin’s Kyle Samani

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