DIS Weekly #13
DIS Weekly covers developments in the space of decentralized infrastructure solutions.
|Pocket Network||Oct 7, 2019|
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DAppNode is a plug n’ play full-node solution focusing on increased privacy and user control. Currently supporting Ethereum, Bitcoin, and Monero.
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 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.
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.
Linkdrop enables Web3 marketing campaigns to onboard everyday users.
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:
Swap NFT for event swag
What ideas do you have?
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.
APIs for identity, profiles, storage, messaging, and comments.
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!
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!
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 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.
PoolTogether is a no-loss DAI lottery built on Ethereum.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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