DIS Weekly #14

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

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//NODE INFRASTRUCTURE//

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. 

Pre-orders are officially live for the NODL Samourai edition, with shipping planned for the end of Q4 2019. The early bird signed editions of NODL Samourai sold out less than 24 hours

The NODL Samourai edition costs $849.00. Although the costs may seem high, prosumers would be buying a premium piece of hardware (with top-notch software) that enables the most secure, private way to transact in Bitcoin. With the NODL Samourai, you’ll get:

The price point is justified. Plus, it looks super cool. 

Don’t feel like shelling out that kind of dough? Follow along this Twitter thread to learn how you can run DOJO on your own hardware, even on a Raspberry Pi 4

Casa Node | @CasaHODL

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

Casa announced that Casa Node 2 is available for pre-orders, across every paid Casa membership. If you buy before November 1, you could lock in the $300 a year “gold” membership price as long as your subscription stays active. 

The Casa Node 2 specs include:

They are also running a recycling and donation program

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 new DAppManager update.

Nodlers should be aware that even if they activated “Auto-Updates”, they’ll still need to update a package, while connected to their DAppNode, by manually clicking:

http://my.dappnode/#/installer/dappmanager.dnp.dappnode.eth

Infura | @Infura_io

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

Microsoft Blockchain has updated the Azure Blockchain Development Kit for Ethereum, which includes more integration with Open Zeppelin and Infura.

In other words, Infura’s now natively supported in Visual Studio (VS) Code. This means that developers can easily access and send requests to their Infura projects on any of their supported networks, without even having to leave the VS Code interface. 

Chainstack | @ChainStackHQ

The Control Panel for Blockchains. Chainstack is a multi-cloud, multi-protocol Platform as a Service. 

Chainstack announced that they’re making unlimited access to shared Ethereum nodes free, without throttling or rate-limiting.  

Gifting instant, unlimited, reliable access to Ethereum infrastructure is one way to earn the trust of the Web3 community. This is an interesting move, especially after Infura released its premium Ethereum API subscription service, Infura + in July. 

Infura still has a free tier, now known as the Core tier, but it’s capped at 100,000 requests per day. A notable difference between the two, Chainstack provides unlimited requests to Ethereum networks (via shared nodes) for free regardless of subscription tier. 

Nomadic Labs | @LabosNomades

Nomadic Labs is an R&D team focused on distributed, decentralized, and formally-verified software. They primarily contribute to the development of the Tezos.

Nomadic Labs has accomplished a tremendous feat with its release of a new version of the mainnet-staging branch. This update significantly reduces storage space, from 200 GB to 40 GB, for an archive node on Tezos. 

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.

The Pocket x Figment P-Rep Candidate is currently sitting at number 14 on ICON Tracker. At the current trajectory, they’re on track to be approved as a P-Rep and begin contributing to the ICON network ecosystem through tooling and infrastructure. To learn more about what this duo is bringing to ICON, watch this video:

And don’t forget about the race to 500 nodes!

//WEB3 TOOLBOX//

Linkdrop | @LinkdropHQ

Linkdrop enables Web3 marketing campaigns to onboard everyday users. 

The Linkdrop team won the Ethereum Protocol Prize at the IDEO and CoinList hackathon with their white label Wallet-Widget. Congrats! 

They’ve been working closely with their first alpha partners to integrate wallet-widget.

For example, xDAIchain has been linkdropping xDAI to test their DAI to xDAI token bridge

They’ve also worked with Unlock, a protocol for memberships. Unlock used Linkdrop to provide an easy, simple mechanism for any lock creator to droplink keys to their most loyal and engaged fans

3Box | @3boxdb

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

3Box won a DevCon V UX award for their comments plugin. Congratulations! 

Ethereum Name Service | @ensdomains

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

ENS is launching multi-coin support from more than eight wallets! For more information, check out these “State of the ENS” slides from DevCon V. 

OpenSea has resumed bidding on the ENS short name auctions and extended paused auctions until after October 15th. 

Protocol Labs, in collaboration with the Ethereum Name Service, has announced EthDNS. It enables ENS named IPFS hosted sites on mainstream browsers by leveraging traditional DNS and DoH (DNS-over-HTTPS). 

//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. 

Metamask re-invents the notion of DApps by introducing a new kind of Web3 wallet at DevCon V called Snaps: The Metamask Plugin System. 

According to their introductory blog post, a MetaMask plugin is a script loaded over a verified and permissionless protocol like ENS, IPFS, or Swarm. By default, scripts have zero privilege but will be able to request a variety of powerful wallet APIs from Metamask.

In the spirit of composability, they’re making their APIs granular. Not only will plugins be able to build on each other, but they also will be able to operate with little knowledge of what’s going on and without the need for excessive permissions typical of legacy browser extensions. 

What kind of plugin possibilities can you imagine? You can earn a Foxy Kudos by replying with a plug-in idea in this tweet

Argent | @argentHQ

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

Argent has teased that their team is gearing up to deliver “DeFi” on the Android version of their wallet. Today, they’ve announced that Compound is now available on the Android version of Argent.

Skip the line, and test it out! 

//DEFI//

TokenSets | @SetProtocol

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

Set Labs has released its first version of the new Set Protocol Rebalancing Dashboard. This enables anyone to participate in Set rebalances, which are some of the largest on-chain liquidity events on Ethereum. 

EnableCredit | @EnableCredit

Enable provides peer-to-peer stablecoin loans, built on Ethereum and DAI, democratizing access to finance and education through Income Share Agreements (ISAs).

Enable announced that their first ISA loan is now live on mainnet. It was built using Ethereum, DAI, and Open Law smart contract agreements

Ines is raising 60,000 DAI in exchange for a 6 year 18% income share to go to Cornell.

Visit ines.fund to learn more and invest in her education. 

PoolTogether | @PoolTogether_

PoolTogether is a no-loss DAI lottery built on Ethereum. 

PoolTogether recently pushed a visual refresh on their app page. They’ve also launched a help center, with video tutorials in multiple languages. 

Metamask is featuring PoolTogether in the “earn crypto” collection on its native mobile application. 

//PODCASTS//

Software Engineering Daily | @software_daily

How To Build A Cloud Provider with Anurag Goel

Hashing It Out | @HashingItOutPod

Solana - Anatoly Yakovenko

POV Crypto Podcast | @POVCryptoPod

The Internet Fixes This with Brandon Green

Epicenter | @epicenterbtc

DappCon2019 - Look at My Flashy Colors and Rounded Corners!

BlockChannel | @BlockChannel

Scrubbing Blocks Clean, with WhiteBlock

DAO Cast | @DAO_cast

Luis Cuende of Aragon

Zero Knowledge | @zeroknowledgefm

Lighting up the BEAM Protocol

Wyre Talks | @SendWyre

An Early Technologist’s Perspective on Investing — with Joey Krug of Augur & Pantera Capital

//DIS MOMENT//

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Pocket Network News - October 2019

Updates, News and Sneak Peeks

Developer Updates:

1. Pocket Core Mainnet development is moving along very well. With all of the data and feedback from Pocket Core MVP, the team, lead by Luis and Andrew, have updated the whitepaper. It will be released within the next couple of weeks.

2. The Tezos integrations have run into a few blockers, which has resulted from the approach that we decided to take by integrating with existing tooling projects in the Tezos Ecosystem. We are currently working with the Tezos Foundation to determine the best approach for moving forward to ensure Tezos support ASAP.

Economics & Governance Updates:

1. The Economic team, lead by Dr. Shivendu and 2 Economic Researchers, is making great progress and we are happy to announce that we are on track for delivering the economic model for Pocket Network. Our goal is to publish the formalized POKT economic paper by the end of this year and will update everyone through all channels once this milestone is reached.

2. We will be publishing a blog post alongside the release of Aragon Tollgate and Approvals app announcement, highlighting our research related to moderating DAOs. Protocol governance research is now in full swing and we are continuing to work closely with the Aragon organization, with plans to share and collaborate around research related to interchain governance.

News:

1. Pocket/Figment P-Rep proposal is sitting at 13 on the candidate pre-voting, so we are on track to be approved as a P-Rep and begin contributing to the ICON ecosystem through tooling and infrastructure. There was a month delay with the voting from the original September 24th deadline, but we are looking forward to this next step.

2. DAppNode adds Pocket Network as a Trusted Provider.

3. Nifty Wallet adds Pocket Network as a decentralized infrastructure provider.

4. The Poketto Cash integration is still in testflight, due to some set backs related to the Apple iOS app store submission. But we are still on track to go live with the next Poketto live update, and we are very much looking forward to it.

5. Florida High Tech wrote a solid article covering Pocket Network.

6. Recently launched Terminal hints at a Pocket integration coming soon.

Behind the Scenes:

1. The seed funding round is almost closed, and Pocket is now hiring, starting with expanding the engineering team and then moving into operations and communications.

Are you a solid Blockchain Engineer, please review our Job Description and contact us at jobs@pokt.network.

2. Pocket team members Michael (CEO), Luis (CTO), Patrick (Marketing), and Jeremy (Dev Evangelism) are currently in Osaka for DevCon! So, if you are there tweet at us and lets meet in person.

DIS Weekly #13

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

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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 has launched Nodes For Good, with Trustlines Foundation as their first partner!

It’s an initiative to support OSS decentralized networks with the deployment of nodes, in a regenerative and non-transactional manner. DAppNode provides a ready decentralized node infrastructure layer, with their hardware and software, for any P2P network to thrive on without relying on virtual private servers. This will enable non-profit OS organizations and networks to grow sustainably. 

DAppNode has also released their second monthly newsletter “DAppNodeNOW! #2”. It contains many product updates including a ZCash Node, Bitcoin core client, and vipnode package

Infura | @Infura_io

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

Infura has been officially acquired by ConsenSys

The decision to remain in the ConsenSys hub, as a spoke, will allow Infura to continuously tap into and build out network effects that can benefit the entire Web3 ecosystem. This gives Infura the opportunity to keep working closely with other spokes across the ConsenSys mesh. 

//LAYER 2//

State Channels | @StateChannels

States Channels is a unified, open source state channel specification for scalable applications built on Ethereum. 

In late August, the state channels R&D community announced an initiative to unify Ethereum’s State Channel projects around a single standard. This was signed by leading L2 players in the Ethereum ecosystem, like Celer, Connext, FunFair, Magmo, and Counterfactual to name a few. 

In more recent news, Counterfactual and Magmo have decided to join into one project. They’re merging their codebases and building a single implementation for the open source State Channels project.  

//WEB3 TOOLBOX//

Linkdrop | @LinkdropHQ

Linkdrop enables Web3 marketing campaigns to onboard everyday users. 

Ahead of DevConv and Osaka Blockchain Week, Linkdrop has updated their Dashboard to allow users to easily linkdrop non-fungible tokens (NFTs) at events such as meetups, hackathons, and conferences. 

This provides an alternative avenue to not only gamify an event, but to further monetize it.

Linkdrop shared a few ideas for linkdrops, such as: 

  • NFT tickets

  • Collectible Badges

  • Swap NFT for event swag

What ideas do you have? 

Keycard | @Keycard_

Keycard is a new type of smartcard built with an open API for simple integration with crypto wallets and hardware. 

Keycard has released the Keycard Swift SDK, which enables developers to integrate the Keycard into their iOS applications. The Gnosis Safe team provided assistance in this development. So, keep an eye out for an upcoming Gnosis Safe update. It’ll allow users to sign transactions with the Status Keycard

3Box | @3boxdb

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

3Box announced a brand new IdentityWallet SDK, which is a Javascript SDK that allows crypto wallets to natively integrate with the 3ID protocol. This provides a way to standardize how blockchain wallets implement DID identity, encryption, and data authorization

Ethereum Name Service | @ensdomains

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

The primary goal of ENS was to resolve human-readable names, like “myname.eth”, into machine-readable identifiers. That has been accomplished. 

A secondary goal is to provide metadata about names, such as whois information for users. 

With the addition of a new text records feature, users can now choose to add all kinds of meta-data to their ENS domain names through the ENS Manager. This includes keys for an email address, URL, social media profiles, and other meta-data

ENS has made major strides towards reaching their secondary goal!

//WALLETS//

Status | @ethstatus

Status is an open source messenger, crypto wallet, and Web3 browser built with state of the art technology.

Status’ design time has been experimenting with Windows Based Navigation. This new interface glues together the different layers of the application presenting chat, browser tabs, and accounts as separate windows. Try out the latest prototype!

In this video, you’ll see Status’ lead designer Maciej Zadykowicz play around with another design team exploration: emoji reactions and SNT gifting in chat.   

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 earned third place in the Cheeze Wizards hackathon for bringing back Tamagotchi / Digimon style battles in the “cheeziest way” possible, on mobile. Congratulations, Alice team!   

They’ve also announced a big update coming soon to the Alice wallet. What could it be?

Parity Signer | @ParityTech

Parity Signer is a mobile application that turns your old smartphone into a hardware wallet. 

Parity Signer v3.0 Beta has been released. With this new release, comes new features including support for Kusama CC2 network and Universal Offline Signatures, as well as, a handful of UX improvements. 

This update gives users the capability to use Parity Signer with Polkadot-js apps and Polkdadot-js extension

//DEFI//

PoolTogether | @PoolTogether_

PoolTogether is a no-loss DAI lottery built on Ethereum. 

Last week, PoolTogether launched a newly designed website! It’s very clean. On their new site, anyone can track the growth of the pool in real time. 

Opera has been featuring PoolTogether in their Opera Touch DApp store. With an integrated crypto wallet in the browser, this provides a very simple and quick way of taking a dip on #PoolFriday.

Some may argue that on a long-term scale, playing PoolTogether could be a better investment than loaning DAI on compound because of the “sponsored” funds adding to the pool. If you win at least one weekly pool prize.     

TokenSets | @SetProtocol

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

Set has added a new feature on TokenSets. Users can now pay with stablecoins DAI or USDC when minting or redeeming a set! Alongside the ability to pay with stablecoins, there’s also a new flow for selling or redeeming a Set. Users will be able to sell part or all of their Sets for either DAI, USDC, or ETH. 

Set recently announced that the Delta Crypto Portfolio Tracking app now allows users to track their Set portfolio

InstaDApp | @InstaDApp

InstaDapp is an autonomous, non-custodial banking portal on emerging blockchain based financial protocols. 

InstaDApp announced that they’ve raised $2.4 million in their seed round from investors like Pantera Capital, Naval Ravijant, Balaji Srinivasan, Coinbase Ventures, IDEO Colab, Robot Ventures, Loi Luu, and many others. They’ve been very successful of abstracting away barriers to accessing decentralized finance protocols through a combination of intuitive UI, a smart wallet layer, and bridge contracts (like the one between Compound and Maker).  

InstaDapp will be using this round to build out the next generation of systems that will bring DeFi to the masses. 

//FFOSS//

Bounties Network| @ethBounties

Bounties Network is a platform that gives anyone the ability to add a bounty for any task to be paid for in any token on Ethereum. 

Right ahead of DevConV, Bounties Network launched their Communities page

By organizing bounties around open communities, mini-marketplaces within those ecosystems begin to form. This can supercharge collaboration across departments, subteams, functional groups, and communities.

Explore communities on the Bounties Network, or launch one of your own. 

//PODCASTS//

Wizard of Dapps | @wizardofdapps

Flex Dapps with Alexander Ramsey and Tom Nash

Into the Ether | @ethhub_io

AZTEC Protocol: Bringing Privacy to Ethereum

POV Crypto Podcast | @POVCryptoPod

Defending ProgPoW with Kristy-Leigh Minehan

Crypto 101 | @CRYPTO101Pod

Hot Takes and All Things Ethereum! w/ MEW Founder & CEO Kosala Hemachandra

Zero Knowledge | @zeroknowledgefm

MimbleWimble & Grin with Daniel Lehnberg

Blockcrunch | @theBlockcrunch

What do China VCs think of DeFi? w/ Mable Jiang of Nirvana Capital 

Wyre Talks | @SendWyre

Value Accrual in Nascent Token Economies - w/ Lasse Clausen of 1kx Capital

Block, Stock, and Barrel | @Ashliechin

Eugene Aseev - CTO & Cofounder of Chainstack 

//DIS MOMENT//

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DIS Weekly #12

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. 

Get ready for the Istanbul Fork. Nodlers are encouraged to upgrade their Ropsten package. It only takes one click. If they’ve enabled the auto-update feature, they don’t even have to worry. 

DAppNode has added Pocket Network as a Trusted Provider in their installer menu. This means the Pocket Core DNP is now only a one-click install for any Nodler. In the near future, DAppNode users will be able to earn a passive income stream of POKT for running an Ethereum fullnode and relaying API requests for DApps. All the while, contributing to the decentralization of Ethereum node infrastructure. 

With the number of nodes online going down, month after month, it indicates the centralization of node infra. CoinDesk reported on December 5th 2018 that there’s a total of 11,803 full nodes running. At this very moment, there is currently 8237 full nodes online. A tragedy of the commons is happening before our very eyes. This is compounded by the fact that 61.6% of nodes running in a centralized cloud service. 

DAppNode astutely points out that “Running nodes in centralized services is like building castles in the sand”. Be a Nodler, and run your own node! 

Chainstack | @ChainStackHQ

The Control Panel for Blockchains. Chainstack is a multi-cloud, multi-protocol Platform as a Service. 

Chainstack published an analysis on Ethereum Node Hosting. Here are the results from the data snapshot of September 20th: 

  • Total Ethereum nodes in cloud and on-prem: 8933 nodes

  • Ethereum nodes running in the cloud: 61.6% (5499 nodes)

  • Ethereum nodes running fully on-premises: 38.4% (3434 nodes)

They’ve found 57% of all Ethereum nodes are hosted by the top 10 cloud providers, including AWS, Alibaba Cloud, Google Cloud, and Digital Ocean. Nearly 25% (2195 nodes) run on AWS. Of that, 37.1% of all ethereum nodes hosted in the cloud are located in US data centers, followed by 16.7% in Germany and 8.44% in Singapore.  

On the other side, a total of 45% of all Ethereum nodes running on-premises are located in China. 

Casa Node | @CasaHODL

A fast, simple plug n’ play solution for running a Bitcoin and Lightning Node. 

Casa released their latest node update, which allows users to change their Node password as well as view version numbers of both Bitcoin Core and Lightning. This update also fixed a couple of bugs, including one related to some nodes having trouble setting their internal IP address.  

Akash | @Akashnet_

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

Last week, Akash unveiled their economic model and the AKT token. In their economic paper, they describe an incentive structure designed to drive adoption and ensure the economic security of the Akash ecosystem. Early adopters can expect up to 10x lower costs compared to legacy cloud service providers. The Akash Token (AKT) performs three main functions: Resolve, Reward, and Reserve

Download the Akash Network Token Economic Paper to learn more. 

//LAYER 2//

Connext | @ConnextNetwork

Connext is a Layer 2 infrastructure solution to support the scaling efforts of the Ethereum blockchain by using Counterfactual state channels

Connext v2.0 has shipped, and is on Mainnet! It has been compared to the lightning network as it’s counterpart, but for Ethereum. In this new update, all transfers are fully noncustodial, even when “in-flight”. Also, in v2.0, both state storage and backup are decided by the wallet. 

v2.0 DAI card is coming soon! In the meantime, play around with their work-in-progress Rinkeby DAI Card

MetaMask users already have the ability to use Payment Channels via Connext with InstaPay. This enables near-instant, gasless payments between users. Follow these steps to learn how to turn on that beta feature. Pillar Project plans to add Connext to its wallet soon, too. 

David Hoffman made an excellent point “This is how you disrupt the payments sector”, with fast and free transactions.  

//WEB3 TOOLBOX//

Linkdrop | @LinkdropHQ

Linkdrop enables Web3 marketing campaigns to onboard everyday users. 

Linkdrop tweeted out that State Channels are coming soon to Wallet-Widget. Arjun Bhuptan, CEO of Connext, even offered to help with the integration.

They’re also seeking for DApp and DeFi developers interested in adding their own branded, whitelabel wallet-widget. If you fit the bill, fill out this survey

Terminal | @terminaldotco

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

Terminal has published the first issue of their weekly newsletter called Terminal Weekly. It’s a great medium to share their updates with the community. This week, they’ve shared product and feature updates, such as Logs feature, HexSDK, Bulk Import

For some more hidden gems, Terminal rehashed all their important threads on Twitter. 

Austin Griffith believes that Terminal “will make developers’ lives easier because it gives us more abstracted, visual, and reproducible access to web3 objects”.  

Matt Czernik, from the Terminal team, built an open source DApp called EthCarbonFootprint using the Terminal API Studio. It provides an easy way to get historical gas usage for an Ethereum address. Play with it at EthCarbonFootprint

3Box | @3boxdb

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

3Box introduced a new API product: 3Box Comments Plugin. Developers will be able to add commenting to their DApp with only a few lines of code. This can make applications more social and interactive! 

There are many potential use cases for commenting in Web3 apps. For example, social networks for colonies. They’ve essentially laid the groundwork for completely decentralized social networks.

Try the demo!

//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 have a new feature: multiple pin(s), with support for browser, transaction, and mini-program. They’ve also been hard at work on refining a new Wallet Connect integration. Mark Pereira asked the eth community whether they preferred red or green to represent the color for Ethereum mainnet transactions. The poll points to green as the community favorite.

Poketto | @PokettoCash

Poketto is an open source xDAI pocket wallet for your day-to-day transactions. 

Poketto recently announced the official release of Poketto for Android. Here are some screenshots. Download Poketto Cash on the Google Play store to try it out. 

A pull request for the Pocket Network integration has been merged. This turns Poketto into an unstoppable wallet. If a node goes down, the wallet would automatically and randomly connect to another node, ensuring constant uptime. It’s currently available for testing on iOS testflight.  

Dapper | @HelloDapper

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

Dapper Labs has updated the Dapper activity screen. Now, Dapper users will be able to see the cool properties attached to their tokens. If you’d like to see other features, leave feedback in this survey. They’ve also integrated MoonPay, which provides users an easy way to purchase ETH within the wallet using a credit card. 

Dapper Labs unveiled Flow, a new Proof of Stake blockchain for “open worlds”. It’s built to meet the demands of consumer audiences and entertainment applications. 

Dapper, as a smart wallet, will work between Ethereum and Flow

//DEFI//

PoolTogether | @PoolTogether_

PoolTogether is a no-loss DAI lottery built on Ethereum. 

Last week’s pool winner won the with only 34 tickets!

PoolTogether has added a WalletLink integration, so now Coinbase Wallet users can participate in Ethereum’s only no-loss savings game on their desktop. 

They are also looking for community advocates to represent PoolTogether across the world. 

EnableCredit | @EnableCredit

Enable provides peer-to-peer stablecoin loans, built on Ethereum and DAI, democratizing access to finance and education through Income Share Agreements (ISAs).

A few months ago, Enable started off as a peer to peer marketplace for lenders to loan out stablecoins. Since then, they have pivoted to focus on designing smart contracts for ISA. Because it uses the DAI stablecoin, anyone can invest in anyone. 

The first crowdfunded ISA is for Widya Imanesti. She’s raising 60,000 DAI to attend the Master of Industrial and Labor Relations program at Cornell University. Graduates of the program she’s attending have been reported to start with a mean salary of $86,320. Unlike a traditional loan, with an ISA, Widya’s expected to pay a percentage of her future income for a set period of time. In this case, it’s 18% divided proportionally among investors over six years or up until the cap of 90,000 DAI is reached. 

Enable uses the 3Box APIs for decentralized identity and storage, as well as, Bloom to build stronger social credit scoring profiles. 

//FOSS//

Gitcoin | @Gitcoin

Gitcoin provides crowdfunding and freelance developers for you software projects.

Gitcoin’s Q3 OSS Fund has been extended until 10/2 at 16:59 PST. There’s $200k in matching distributions from the Ethereum Foundation and Consensys. This makes Gitcoin Grants the largest pilot for Quadratic Funding!

Explore projects on the Gitcoin Grants explorer, and give to a couple of projects. Gitcoin Grants will show you how far CLR Matching takes your contribution. A $1 DAI contribution goes a long way! 

//PODCASTS//

Wizard of Dapps | @wizardofdapps

Audius with Roneli RumBurg and Forrest Browning

Into the Ether | @ethhub_io

Ryan Sean Adams: Why Ether is Money

POV Crypto Podcast | @POVCryptoPod

MakerDAO vs. Maker Foundation, and other DAO topics, with Kenny Rowe?

Epicenter | @epicenterbtc

ZenGo - The “Keyless” Crypto Wallet 

Zero Knowledge | @zeroknowledgefm

Eli Ben-Sasson on the latest from StarkWare and the origin of mathematical ideas

Blockcrunch | @theBlockcrunch

How Terra is Scaling Crypto with E-Commerce with Don Kim

Wyre Talks | @SendWyre

Gnosis - The Full-Stack Predictions Market with Stefan George, Co-Founder and CTO

//DIS MOMENT//

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

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DIS Weekly #11

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 has added the ability to choose between Ethereum clients Parity or Geth as it’s core. With the new VIPnode package coming up, Nodlers are encouraged to turn on auto-updates. That way they don’t have to manually update their node themselves. This is a good practice for managing the health of a personal node operation.  

Also, DAppNode partnered with Trustlines Foundation, a protocol for mutual-trust networks.

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.

The exclusive Samourai NODL is in production (click the link to see design mockups). It runs DOJO by default for plug n’ play sovereignty. Nodl Samourai will be the easiest way to run a full bitcoin node that natively powers the Samourai Wallet, Sentinel Watch Only, and Whirlpool CoinJoin apps. And sales are opening soon! 

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. 

After gaining clarity from conversations with the ICON community (and receiving a stamp of approval from Min Ho Kim), the Pocket / Figment P-Rep added a new component to the ICON-DI Airdrop Program: A race to 500 nodes! It’s first come, first serve. So, join the ICON-DI Airdrop Program to ensure your spot. 

Terminal plans to add support for Pocket Network in the coming months in order to make it easier for developers to leverage the benefits of truly decentralized node infrastructure. 

//WEB3 TOOLBOX//

Linkdrop | @LinkdropHQ

Linkdrop enables Web3 marketing campaigns to onboard everyday users. 

Linkdrop has introduced to Wallet-Widget! It’s like Intercom but for the Web3 world. Built during the IDEO and Coinlist hackathon, the white label wallet-widget works directly in the browser. It doesn’t require users to install a chrome extension nor download a mobile app. This represents a solution to a pain point within the onboarding process (ie installing extra software) for non-crypto natives. Together with Linkdrop Web3 Marketing Campaigns, they believe this killer combo will offer DApps powerful tools to attract and retain mainstream users. For example, imagine being able to play the no-loss lottery PoolTogether in just a few clicks

Wallet-Widget features include white labeling for customizable DApp integrations, meta-transactions for UX improvements, use of Google Drive for non-custodial recovery, and an ENS login for DApps interoperability. It only takes a few lines of code to integrate into a DApp. 

Watch their magical crypto onboarding moment, then try out the demo yourself!

Terminal | @terminaldotco

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

Terminal launched the Github of Web3! It’s a plug n’ play developer platform for building, testing, and monitoring DApps. On Terminal, every Ethereum artifact and piece of infrastructure is treated as a composable and reusable building block (since they are open-source by design). DApp developers may choose to make any artifacts or infra public. By doing so, this developer platform will help increase collaboration and composability within the Web3 ecosystem. 

These are the v1 features of the Terminal platform:

  • Smart contracts

  • Ganache Recipes 

  • Custom APIs, Webhooks, and Databases

  • Migration and Testing Scripts

  • Networks 

  • Logs

  • GitHub Repos, NPM Packets, Docker Images, and YAML Files

Over the next few months, they’ll be releasing additional features. Check out their documentation to get started. 

Blockade Games | @NeonDistrictRPG

Blockade Games is a next-gen video game development company led by Marguerite deCourcelle, AKA @coin_artist

Blockade Games, the creators of Neon District, have released a blockchain game developer platform! They’re providing developers with the tools needed to build mainstream games but with blockchain ingredients. It’s being described as the Heroku for blockchain games, especially since users would have instant access to all their games and applications with one login. 

Developer platform services include:

  • Real-time blockchain state API

  • Create, deploy, and manage game asset contracts

  • Metadata deployment and hosting on IPFS

  • Cross-chain asset transfer support

  • Game asset & pre-sale contracts support

  • Blockade games single-sign on

  • User wallet signature SDK

  • Real-time statistics and analysis

  • Test Drive on test networks

Their goal is to make it so that players don’t realize they’re playing a blockchain game. Blockade abstracts away blockchain in the right places, for both gamers and developers. 

//WALLETS//

MyEtherWallet | @myetherwallet

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

MyEtherWallet has released MEW version 5.1.4. This fixed bugs like those found in generating the mnemonic phrase and the utf timeout for bitbox on windows. MEW announced they are taking VintageMEW offline on October 25th. It was kept around to help users transition to the new interface MEW5. Make sure to make the switch before then. 

Gnosis Safe | @GnosisSafe

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

Gnosis Safe is adding support for ERC1155 tokens and fallback function in their next update. Soon, users will be able to sign and verify transaction with the Keycard by Status. They’re also looking for a dedicated team to build an interface for the Gnosis Safe gas station. Speaking about teams, Gnosis has been working hard on creating a secure way to manage crypto-funds collectively. Those interested in testing out Gnosis for Teams can sign up for early access

If you haven’t tried the Gnosis Safe yet, check out their walkthrough. They’ll even fund your wallet’s creation, just DM them on Twitter! 

AlphaWallet | @AlphaWallet

AlphaWallet is a mobile Ethereum wallet, and creator of TokenScript. 

AlphaWallet has raised $1.2M in a pre-series A round led by HashKey, Fenbushi, and LongHash! They’ve also announced that a new feature “claim free DAI, DeFi, and ETH tokens” coming soon to their mobile wallet. 

//DEFI//

PoolTogether | @PoolTogether_

PoolTogether is a no-loss DAI lottery built on Ethereum. 

PoolTogether has rolled out a new update! They’ve integrated with the most popular wallets. This includes Coinbase Wallet, MetaMask Mobile, WalletConnect, Gnosis Safe, Portis, and Squarelink. 

Last week’s pool had over 125,000 DAI. That represented a 25% growth over the previous week. When do you think PoolTogether is going to hit PowerBall levels? 

TokenSets | @SetProtocol

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

TokenSets has introduced a second Exponential Moving Average (EMA) set on their platform: ETH26EMACO. The ETH26MACO set automatically triggers rebalances between ETH and USDC when the price of ETH crosses above or below the 26 day EMA. 

Check out Ryan Sean Adam’s guide on “How to hire a money robot from Set” to help you choose a set or set of sets!

Kickback | @wearekickback

Kickback is an Ethereum-based event management service with staking requirements. 

Just in time for DevCon5, Kickback has added support for DAI. Now, users have the option to stake DAI instead of ETH. This has been a highly coveted feature integration for quite some time. By putting some skin in the game, event organizers can expect higher event turnout. Even more so, when attendees realize that they share in the losses of flakers. For example, everyone that attended the DAI Breakfast Club received .0263 DAI just for attending

The first official meetup hosting a Kickback event with DAI is the #DAISUKI meetup

//DAOS//

Aragon | @AragonProject

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

Aragon announced their biggest release to date: Aragon 0.8 Camino! The Aragon client now features more templates to meet your organization’s needs, with even more templates coming soon. There are three new templates: Company, Membership, and Reputation. All templates include the option to install the Aragon Agent app, which gives organizations the ability to interact with any other Ethereum app, like ENS or Compound. 

Another much requested feature integrated into this release was email notifications. Members of an organization will have the opportunity to subscribe to email notifications in order to stay up to date with important events, like voting. This is a great step towards improving DAO participation. Aragon also revamped the Permissions app!

So much care has been given to this new iteration of Aragon. It’s benefited a lot from aragonDS, the Aragon design system. Experience it by building an organization on mainnet or testnet!

DeversiFi | @deversifi

Previously EthFinex, DeversiFi is a decentralized exchange getting ready to birth a DAO. 

Built upon the DAOstack infrastructure, NecDAO will serve as the main hub of future decision making for Nectar 2.0 and DeversiFi, a decentralized exchange (DEX). This makes DeversiFi the second DEX to be managed by a DAO, the first being DutchX with the dxDAO. Over the course of 18 months, 50% of all trading fees were pledged to the Nectar smart-contract in ETH. It now holds over 17,000 ETH (~ $3.7m USD), which would be used to fuel the NecDAO. 

NecDAO is still under development, but should be set to launch in the next couple of months. Holders of NEC will own the initial reputation in the DAO, and it’s completely up to them on how to put that massive ETH fund to use. This DAO practices weighted-voting, with longer lock periods equaling more voting power. 

OPOLIS | @opolis

Opolis is a next generation employment ecosystem for the self-sovereign worker. 

Opolis announced that they’ve received a development grant from MakerDAO to bring DAI payment integrations to their employment commons ecosystem. This will allow Opolis’ members to:

  • Stake health insurance deposits, other elected benefits and DEO (Decentralized Employment Organizations) membership in DAI

  • Elect to be paid in DAI or a percentage of DAI

  • Have automated tax compliance completed for $USD, DAI, or other cryptocurrency payments

  • Pay for benefits and services including healthcare, retirement, social causes, and more with DAI

//PODCASTS//

Into the Ether | @ethhub_io

Synthetix: Bringing Currency, Commodity, and Stock Exposure to Ethereum

POV Crypto Podcast | @POVCryptoPod

The Haven App and OpenBazaar with Brain Hoffman

Epicenter | @epicenterbtc

Sharon Goldberg: Arwen - Centralized Exchange Trading w/o Counterparty Risk

Zero Knowledge | @zeroknowledgefm

zkVM with Oleg Andreev

Blockcrunch | @theBlockcrunch

How does Terra’s Algorithmic Stablecoin Work? Terra Luna with Nicholas Platias

DAO Cast | @DAO_cast

Max Semenchuk of DGOV, Commons Stack, and EthSignals

//DIS MOMENT//

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

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

No. 13 https://twitter.com/i/moments/1174730106436239360

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