The Etherian: Monday, May 1st, 2017

Monday the 1st (Coverage: 4.23.2017-5.01.2017)

AKASHA – Social Media NetworkJoin the chat at https://akasha-slack.herokuapp.com/
  • Do not send any ETH to your AKASHA AETH address.
  • mihai: “AKASHA is currently undergoing a code refactoring and a great UI/UX redesign. I think we’ll have a big update ready by this summer.”


Augur – Prediction MarketJoin the chat at http://invite.augur.net/
  • Blog: AUGUR DEVELOPMENT UPDATE – APRIL 26TH*
  • *As per usual most of the good stuff in terms of news is covered in the blog.
  • micah: “I actually believe fees are going to go to zero for major markets… There is more money to be made in market making than there is in fees, and 0% fees will attract the most volume (which is critical for market making).

  • Summary of the Keythereum audit.

BasicAttentionToken – Blockchain Based Digital AdvertisingJoin the chat at http://slack.basicattentiontoken.org/

Casper (Dev Channel) – Proof of Stake Protocol

Join the chat at https://gitter.im/ethereum/casper-scaling-and-protocol-economics


ChronoBank – Labour Hour Stable CoinsJoin the chat at https://chronobank.herokuapp.com/

Colony – Decentralized Collaboration NetworkJoin the chat at https://colonyslack.herokuapp.com/
  • First full week of beta testing going well with lots of great feedback. A quick Status Update

Digix – Asset (Gold) Backed TokensJoin the chat at https://dgx-public.slack.com/signup

Ethereum Name Service – Decentralized Name Service

Etherplay – The Transparent Skill Game PlatformJoin the chat at http://slack.etherplay.io
  • prototyping new game ideas

Ethlance – Decentralized freelancing platform with 0% feeJoin the chat at https://ethlance.slack.com/
  • Doing an interview with Cryptoverse
  • Brewing some major announcements

FirstBlood – Decentralized E-Sports Rewards PlatformJoin the chat at https://firstbloodio.slack.com/signup
  • From this thread it appears as though a % of every witness node reward goes to the team.
  • Slow week, no updates.

Giveth – Crowd Funded Donation DappJoin the chat at http://slack.giveth.io/|Check out the github at https://github.com/Giveth
  • We are still reworking our Vault Controller and will be testing it for the next month. This week we are also collaborating with Alice.si to help them set up a Giveth Campaign.
  • We have a new donation address 0xB94c53B0E67FABac3d97173482663Ef597D4174a

Gnosis – Prediction MarketJoin the chat at https://slack.gnosis.pm/

Golem – Distributed Computing PowerJoin the chat at http://golemproject.org:3000/

ICONOMI – Digital Asset Management PlatformJoin the chat at https://iconominet.herokuapp.com/
  • Blog: ICONOMI financial report?—?Q1 2017*.
  • *Important to keep in mind this is for Q1 (ending in March). The most recent ICOs and the burn fall into Q2 — hence will be in the next report.

MakerDAO – Stable Token and Decentralized Marketplace

Join the chat at https://chat.makerdao.com/channel/general


MelonPort – “Blockchain Software for Asset Management”Join the chat at http://chat.melonport.com/
  • Simon Schmid is joining Melonport as Lead Senior Developer. See Image
  • Mona El Isa: “Dapps may struggle to diversify after their crowdsales – especially if you raise money in one currency ether Re investing those funds in a basket of melon funds may one day provide a way to diversify quickly and easily”

  • MelonPort has been doing allot of presentations latley including “The Future of Digital Asset Management” at Rice University.

Status – Mobile Ethereum OSJoin the chat at http://slack.status.im/

Swarm – Serverless Hosting, Incentivised P2P Storage/Content Distribution

Join the chat at https://gitter.im/ethereum/swarm


SingularDTV – Rights Management and Video On-Demand PortalJoin the chat at https://singulardtv.slack.com/

UjoMusic – Decentralized Music Platform

Follow UjoMusic's blog at https://blog.ujomusic.com/


uPort – Self-Sovereign Identity

Join the chat at https://gitter.im/uport-project/Lobby


WeTrust – Trusted Lending CirclesJoin the chat at https://www.wetrust.io/#home-section-slack

Matchpool – Decentralized MatchmakingJoin the chat at https://matchpool.slack.com/
  • Hired a community manager
  • Guppies unlock on 1st of May 1pm GMT

Shout-outs:

  • Big thanks to Evan Van Ness for featuring us in his weekly post, please give him a subscription to his weekly email newsletter. His weekly post is the most in-depth and informative look into the ethereum ecosystem you’re going to get. Here’s a link to his site: http://www.weekinethereum.com/
  • A nod of appreciation to @3esmit for putting so much work into our internal Etherian participation token.
  • Big thanks to Joe Urgo for featuring us in his daily post, The Dapp Daily. He just posted this excellent Ethereum Reading List For Prospective Dapp Developers
  • Check out State of dApps for a curated list of all dApps

Coverage:

  • ChaceHunter: Swarm, Status, Colony, WeTrust, ChronoBank, UjoMusic, Gnosis, MakerDAO
  • truewavebreak: ICONOMI, Golem, Augur, AKASHA, MelonPort
  • MrNebbiolo: uPort, Casper, FirstBlood, Digix
  • PΞther: Ethlance, SingularDTV, ChronoBank, Gnosis, WeTrust, Matchpool
  • pablanopete: Brave (BasicAttentionToken), Giveth, ENS
  • wighawag: Etherplay

Disclaimer: All information is taken from our volunteers at face value, if you have a complaint about one of our volunteers or one of our posts please contact etherian@mail.com and we will investigate the matter.

The Etherian: Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Sunday the 23rd (Coverage: 4.16.2017-4.23.2017)

AKASHA – Social Media NetworkJoin the chat at https://akasha-slack.herokuapp.com/
  • No News to report waiting for updates that should come in the near future.

Augur – Prediction MarketJoin the chat at http://invite.augur.net/

BasicAttentionToken – Blockchain Based Digital Advertising

Join the chat at http://slack.basicattentiontoken.org/

  • Added slack this week to chat for BAT – ask any questions at their new slack channel.
  • Post on reddit by BAT official seems to point at update ICO in the next few weeks.

Casper (Dev Channel) – Proof of Stake Protocol

Join the chat at https://gitter.im/ethereum/casper-scaling-and-protocol-economics

  • Spreadsheet to calculate gas costs for validating.
  • Casper Standup 2
  • Discussion over the ideal erasure code to use, ultimately Vitalik is hopeful that we can have all the data in a simple linear merkle tree. Note this is not needed in “base Casper” but becomes relevant with sharding and more specifically sharding with light clients.
  • Nick Johnson: “Blocks are only finalised if a majority of participating validators finalise them, though. So you can’t have a secret cartel of validators maintaining a different chain”

  • Funny-looking diagram of The Fisherman’s Dilemma
  • Lamport hash ladder signatures for Casper validators

    Vitalik Buterin: 107583 gas for verification plus ~71679 for the sig data for 160 bits security.


ChronoBank – Labour Hour Stable CoinsJoin the chat at https://chronobank.herokuapp.com/

Colony – Decentralized Collaboration NetworkJoin the chat at https://colonyslack.herokuapp.com/
  • Beta invites sent out to initial testers

Digix – Asset (Gold) Backed TokensJoin the chat at https://dgx-public.slack.com/signup
  • Blog Post: TECH DEV UPDATE — 22nd Apr 2017
  • Blog Post: DigixDAO — Governance / Reward claiming Process
  • @hitchcott re: ETC withdrawl

    we’ve talked to the exchanges about it, yunbi/gatecoin are cool with it and will probably just credit their users at that specific block. not sure if we heard back from bittrex yet, but we’ll work with them

  • Anthem Gold vs Digix SWOT analysis.
  • KC Chng re: demurage fees:

    Hello yes there are ways to the demurrage effect to keep dgx demurrage free but to a ratio, has been discussed and there is a solution. There can be two types of tokens in existence, one where it’s the traditional dgx token, the other which is a dgx-dem free token derived from dgx so users can choose which they prefer. In terms of redesign, the architecture has already been addressed as per the post, it won’t take long as the only portion left is refactoring it. This design will also be less complicated than previously which may reduce audit time, hence the roadmap isn’t likely to change drastically.

  • KC Chng: The entire vendor registry and management system is developed in house and will not be open to the public at the moment.


Ethereum Name Service – Decentralized Name Service
  • Latest update on bug bounty here.
  • Token sale will initiate after bug bounty and cleanup is finished.

Etherplay – The Transparent Skill Game PlatformJoin the chat at http://slack.etherplay.io
  • Released our tool to read ethereum blockchain on github : ethreader. Allow to programmatically analyse transactions with abi method names and parameter names

Ethlance – Decentralized freelancing platform with 0% feeJoin the chat at https://ethlance.slack.com/
  • Still brewing that whitepaper among some other major announcements.

FirstBlood – Decentralized E-Sports Rewards PlatformJoin the chat at https://firstbloodio.slack.com/signup
  • Alpha testing going well.
  • Auryn Macmillan: For the time being, the alpha is limited to those who successfully participated in the pre-sale.

  • Coin Interview with Firstblood.io
  • Zack Coburn: It [witness node software] will run on basically everything, including Windows, OS X, Linux, and even Raspberry Pi (so system requirements will be very very low).


Giveth – Crowd Funded Donation DappJoin the chat at http://slack.giveth.io/|Check out the github at https://github.com/Giveth
  • Griff Green – We are still reworking our Vault Controller and will be testing it for the next month. This week we are also collaborating with Alice.si to help them set up a Giveth Campaign.


Gnosis – Prediction MarketJoin the chat at https://slack.gnosis.pm/

Golem – Distributed Computing PowerJoin the chat at http://golemproject.org:3000/
  • Blog: Announcing the Pirx testnet and a Windows release!
  • Golem does not work with any of the exchanges and does not review their code, even though they have ocasionally found bugs.
  • No other news to report on but there is allot of cool things to read in the blog.

ICONOMI – Digital Asset Management PlatformJoin the chat at https://iconominet.herokuapp.com/
  • Q1 report is coming before April ends and a monthly Q&A has been proposed.
  • Comunication remains slow.

MakerDAO – Stable Token and Decentralized Marketplace

Join the chat at https://chat.makerdao.com/channel/general

  • Diligently working on SAI and forthcoming marketing push

MelonPort – “Blockchain Software for Asset Management”Join the chat at http://chat.melonport.com/

Status – Mobile Ethereum OSJoin the chat at http://slack.status.im/

Swarm – Serverless Hosting, Incentivised P2P Storage/Content Distribution

Join the chat at https://gitter.im/ethereum/swarm


SingularDTV – Rights Management and Video On-Demand PortalJoin the chat at https://singulardtv.slack.com/

UjoMusic – Decentralized Music Platform

Follow UjoMusic's blog at https://blog.ujomusic.com/

  • Q1 Update
  • Pivoting architecture to be more inclusive of peers (uPort and others) who share the vision for an open music industry.
  • Drafting experimental designs in using tokenized models:
    • fostering standards-compliant metadata (eg COALA IP)
    • sharing said metadata (into IPFS/IPDB/Mediachain/Swarm)
    • making sure to re-use and define what is valid metadata
  • Exploring concepts such as continuous token models and curation communities with experiments rolling out soon!

uPort – Self-Sovereign Identity

Join the chat at https://gitter.im/uport-project/Lobby


WeTrust – Trusted Lending CirclesJoin the chat at https://www.wetrust.io/#home-section-slack

Matchpool – Decentralized MatchmakingJoin the chat at https://matchpool.slack.com/

Shout-outs:

  • Big thanks to Evan Van Ness for featuring us in his weekly post, please give him a subscription to his weekly email newsletter. His weekly post is the most in-depth and informative look into the ethereum ecosystem you’re going to get. Here’s a link to his site: http://www.weekinethereum.com/
  • A nod of appreciation to @3esmit for putting so much work into our internal Etherian participation token.
  • Big thanks to Joe Urgo for featuring us in his daily post, The Dapp Daily. He just posted this excellent Ethereum Reading List For Prospective Dapp Developers
  • Check out State of dApps for a curated list of all dApps

Coverage:

  • ChaceHunter: Swarm, Status, Colony, WeTrust, ChronoBank, UjoMusic, Gnosis, MakerDAO
  • truewavebreak: ICONOMI, Golem, Augur, AKASHA, MelonPort
  • MrNebbiolo: uPort, Casper, FirstBlood, Digix
  • PΞther: Ethlance, SingularDTV, ChronoBank, Gnosis, WeTrust, Matchpool
  • pablanopete: Brave (BasicAttentionToken), Giveth, ENS
  • wighawag: Etherplay

Disclaimer: All information is taken from our volunteers at face value, if you have a complaint about one of our volunteers or one of our posts please contact etherian@mail.com and we will investigate the matter.

The Etherian: Sunday, April 16th, 2017

Sunday the 16th (Coverage: 4.09.2017-4.16.2017)
AKASHA – Social Media NetworkJoin the chat at https://akasha-slack.herokuapp.com/
  • Vitalik wearing a AKASHA T-shirt in his blockchain lecture in Moscow, Russia – photo evidence.
  • Hopes to provide the tools to empower users not to see what they consider trolls through personalised settings, reputation system and trusted identities.

Augur – Prediction MarketJoin the chat at http://invite.augur.net/

BasicAttentionToken – Blockchain Based Digital Advertising

Join the chat at http://slack.basicattentiontoken.org/

  • Added slack this week to chat for BAT – ask any questions at their new slack channel.
  • Post on reddit by BAT official seems to point at update ICO in the next few weeks.

Casper (Dev Channel) – Proof of Stake Protocol

Join the chat at https://gitter.im/ethereum/casper-scaling-and-protocol-economics

  • Vitalik Buterin: the idea for login/logout is that there are many validators who will not be able to validate 24/7, but rather want the ability to “go to sleep” for some period of time. During this time they would not contribute to the total validator set.

  • Vitalik Buterin: I’d rather be as hobbyist-friendly as possible personally. ie. I want to able to validate with a bunch of my ether from my laptop whenever I’m online. It’s only a medium amount of added complexity as it turns out and it’s a powerful feature.

  • Sequence numbers do not work for replay protection, they lead to “weird corner cases where an attacker equivocates.”
  • On controlling the number of validators:

    Vitalik Buterin: So, right now, validators do have to pay for gas for all the messages that they send and I have a pet theory that this may be all that is necessary to keep the number of validators under control.

  • Casper Standup 01
  • Paper reccomended by Loi–“Practical Synchronous Byzantine Consensus”
  • Vitalik Buterin: So, a few updates from my side. 1. finished implementing the version of the viper contract that uses bit masks, seems to work fine. Prepares take ~94k gas [editors note: down to 87k], there’s probably room for a bit of optimization there. Commits are ~84k gas[editors note: down to 79k].

  • The Casper Github Repository has been created. =)

ChronoBank – Labour Hour Stable CoinsJoin the chat at https://chronobank.herokuapp.com/
  • Chronobank to partner with SONM: SONM ICO will accept Chronobank TIME tokens!
  • Beta released to limited amount of users; will be available publicly “in a few days” No update on beta since that claim on April 9th. UPDATE: [Beta is Live](https://beta.ChronoBank.io)
  • ChronoBank’s Slack has quite the contingent of users wondering when they will receive their blog bounties.

Colony – Decentralized Collaboration NetworkJoin the chat at https://colonyslack.herokuapp.com/
  • Colony Q2 Update
    • Positive responses all-around at the idea of decentralized open collaboration
    • Successful UX testing
    • Beta candidates finalized
    • One more round of product testing until closed Beta(!)
    • Whitepaper May 4th
    • Employee Options Pool
    • Colony token tease
    • New website forthcoming

Digix – Asset (Gold) Backed TokensJoin the chat at https://dgx-public.slack.com/signup

Ethereum Name Service – Decentralized Name Service
  • Latest update on bug bounty here.
  • Token sale will initiate after bug bounty and cleanup is finished.

Etherplay – The Transparent Skill Game PlatformJoin the chat at http://slack.etherplay.io
  • “Investigating changes to our smart contract for lower gas cost.”

Ethlance – Decentralized Freelancing Platform (With 0% Fees)Join the chat at https://ethlance.slack.com/
  • Got a graphics designer onboard. Welcome Ron!
  • Work on the Whitepaper continues.

FirstBlood – Decentralized E-Sports Rewards PlatformJoin the chat at https://firstbloodio.slack.com/signup
  • Blog Post: Welcome to the FirstBlood Alpha!
  • FirstBlood opens alpha to first group of pre-sale participants!
  • auryn_macmillan: The pre-alpha highlighted some major UX issues. So in the short term, we’ve made a compromise on decentralisation in favour of making an amazing UX. But the goal in the medium-long term is to tend towards decentralisation as both our and ethereum’s technology matures.

  • It will be a while before LoL makes it into the beta.
  • The team plans on using Twitch as a major tool in its marketing strategy.
  • The alpha will be opened up to the larger ‘early community’ shortly.

Giveth – Crowd-Funded Donation DappJoin the chat at http://slack.giveth.io/|Check out the github at https://github.com/Giveth
  • New Interview with Griff Green here.
  • Griff Green: “Our decentralized team is expanding 3 new developers have joined the team. @jbaylina and I are nearly done with reworking our Vault contract, adding extra security features by pairing it with a Vault Controller. @adriamb and @daniphilia have integrated truffle, travis, solcover & codecov.io to our smart contract testing framework. We are able to see automatically if changes in the code are covered in tests or not. I think this will be the first project doing this with smart contracts. A small demo here: https://github.com/adriamb/vaultcontract. @jsteele has been attacking our MVP DApp, getting it ready for other open source projects to beta test receiving donations.”


Gnosis – Prediction MarketJoin the chat at https://slack.gnosis.pm/
  • The debate about the Gnosis Token Sale rages on.
  • When asked why Gnosis gets to keep 95% of tokens if sale ends in first block:

    @mkoeppelmann: “Very simple – we wanted to start with a price that is outside the scope of expectation. I reget we did not start at 99.99% to make this even more obvious”

  • The Gnosis Model of Token Sale Responsibility
  • Informal poll on Slack: “Do you like the current ICO structure?”
    • Yes – 5
    • No – 23
  • Gnosis are working on a tool that will allow investors to place a transaction in advance. It will be interesting to see if the community will utilize this tool to actually game the system as intended.
  • Blog post on Wiz emmision rate simulations coming soon.

Golem – Distributed Computing PowerJoin the chat at http://golemproject.org:3000/

ICONOMI – Digital Asset Management PlatformJoin the chat at https://iconominet.herokuapp.com/
  • Snkns answered a few questions on r/iconomi mostly about funding.
  • stijn36 “Whem platform is public, buybacks will happen everyday”.


MakerDAO – Stable Token and Decentralized Marketplace

Join the chat at https://chat.makerdao.com/channel/general

  • Simple Stable Coin SAI soon to be released in Alpha
    • SAI (simple dai) is a CDP engine that supports a single collateral type and uses a special model for claiming the collateral which makes the system more simple and have higher liquidity, but also more reliant on the price feeds
    • it uses an asset called SKR to represent claims to the collateral in the event of a global settlement (so it isnt like MKR at all)
    • it will be possible to stop SAI at any time, in the event of a security issue or for other reasons, and then all SAI holders will be able to claim ETH directly at face value (unless the system is undercollateralized, in which case they get a haircut), and the leftover collateral goes to the CDP holders
    • SKR is received when one deposits ETH into the system and can be used as collateral
  • Planning a marketing push soon

MelonPort – “Blockchain Software for Asset Management”Join the chat at http://chat.melonport.com/

Status – Mobile Ethereum OSJoin the chat at http://slack.status.im/

Swarm – Serverless Hosting, Incentivised P2P Storage/Content Distribution

Join the chat at https://gitter.im/ethereum/swarm

  • Status announced Swarm Light clients at EthDev meetup in the Netherlands putting a little pressure on the Swarm team to make it happen 🙂
  • With the release of Geth 1.6:
    • ability to upload and download entire directories via tarball streams in the HTTP interface enables dapps to work dirctly with directories (earlier only supported via command line)
    • ability to mount a swarm manifest as a directory into your local filesystem via FUSE renders swarm a Dropbox backend
    • various stability improvements and bugfixes
    • ability to manipulate manifests via command line and create listings/sitemaps out of them

SingularDTV – Rights Management and Video On-Demand PortalJoin the chat at https://singulardtv.slack.com/

UjoMusic – Decentralized Music Platform

Follow UjoMusic's blog at https://blog.ujomusic.com/

  • Q1 Update
  • Pivoting architecture to be more inclusive of peers (uPort and others) who share the vision for an open music industry.
  • Drafting experimental designs in using tokenized models:
    • fostering standards-compliant metadata (eg COALA IP)
    • sharing said metadata (into IPFS/IPDB/Mediachain/Swarm)
    • making sure to re-use and define what is valid metadata
  • Exploring concepts such as continuous token models and curation communities with experiments rolling out soon!

uPort – Self-Sovereign Identity
Join the chat at https://gitter.im/uport-project/Lobby
  • Pelle Braendgaard: A few people asked about React Native support. If you’re experienced RN dev this unsupported gist should get you started. We are planning on turning it into a proper supported library soon.

  • For devs: Keep in mind that uPort pays the gas fees for transactions done with your uPort identity.
  • Christian Lundkvist: Yes we are currently investigating private testnet support for some specific uses. Not clear at this point when it will be widely available.

  • Christian Lundkvist: Yes it [uPort] works right now in the mobile browser. Instead of showing you a qr code it will switch to the uport app and show you the transaction card.

  • Sample uPort project that does simple attestations.

WeTrust – Trusted Lending CirclesJoin the chat at https://www.wetrust.io/#home-section-slack

Shout-outs:

  • Big thanks to Evan Van Ness for featuring us in his weekly post, please give him a subscription to his weekly email newsletter. His weekly post is the most in-depth and informative look into the ethereum ecosystem you’re going to get. Here’s a link to his site: http://www.weekinethereum.com/
  • A nod of appreciation to @3esmit for putting so much work into our internal Etherian participation token.
  • Big thanks to Joe Urgo for featuring us in his daily post, The Dapp Daily. He just posted this excellent Ethereum Reading List For Prospective Dapp Developers
  • Check out ethercast for a full list of dapps – http://dapps.ethercasts.com/

Coverage:

  • ChaceHunter: Swarm, Status, Colony, WeTrust, ChronoBank, UjoMusic, Golem, MakerDAO
  • truewavebreak: ICONOMI, Golem, Augur, AKASHA, MelonPort
  • MrNebbiolo: uPort, Casper, FirstBlood, Digix
  • PΞther: Ethlance, SingularDTV
  • pablanopete: Brave (BasicAttentionToken), Giveth
  • wighawag: Etherplay

Disclaimer: All information is taken from our volunteers at face value, if you have a complaint about one of our volunteers or one of our posts please contact etherian@mail.com and we will investigate the matter.

The Etherian: Sunday, April 9th, 2017

Updates on DApp and Protocol Development in the Ethereum Ecosystem (April 2-9)

AKASHA – Social Media Network Join the chat at https://akasha-slack.herokuapp.com/

  • It is unlikely that Akasha will work with BATS anytime soon as they are trying to get away from advertising.
  • On light client implementation:
    • Mihai: “Basically it is working now, but we are waiting for geth 1.6.0 for stability improvements. We also have some really cool stuff coming.”

  • Last blog was on the 23rd of February. We look forward to the next one!

Augur – Prediction MarketJoin the chat at http://invite.augur.net/


BasicAttentionToken – Blockchain Based Digital Advertising

  • Reducing Digital Ad Fraud: A New Deal with BAT
    • Ad fraud is growing dramatically as no adequate solutions have appeared.The Basic Attention Token (BAT) seeks to radically reduce digital ad fraud, which is estimated to be $16B in 2017, according to a report released a few weeks ago by the World Federation of Advertisers. The sheer number of middlemen present in the ad-tech ecosystem inevitably creates entry points for fraud to flourish. Publishers do not accurately know what ads are programmatically served to their ad slots. All of this is part of what recently prompted P&G’s Chief Brand Officer Marc Pritchard to say: “The days of giving digital a pass are over. It’s time to grow up. It’s time for action.”

  • No update on crowdsale

Casper (Dev Channel) – Proof of Stake Protocol

Join the chat at https://gitter.im/ethereum/casper-scaling-and-protocol-economics

  • Vitalik temporarily shifted the theme of the room to “FC17 Trollbox” to discuss other cryptoeconomic schemes being discussed at the conference.
  • Vitalik’s conclusions (which I believe can also be applied to Dominic William’s deterministic threshold signatures):
    • “I seriously disagree with him right here because there is one piece of substantial work that he is asking users to do namey, stay online with the protocol as it stands I am seriously concerned that a whole bunch of users will be lazy, and it will frequently hit the >1/3 offline threshold.”

  • Vitalik, Vlad, Karl and Loi were together at the FC17 conference in Malta this week.
  • Potentially impactful update from Greg Meredith:
    • “My big update is that i have a proof sketch of an if and only if statement that consensus implies trace and trace implies consensus. (By trace here i mean trace in a traced monoidal category of the kind investigated by Abramsky, Haghverdi, and others.) I can now answer definitively and positively that a non-economic-based consensus can be transformed into a consensus based on slashing conditions.”

  • SIDH is “not too useful to us”
  • IC3 sharding research is unfortunately not a “real” sharding solution.
  • Note to Etherian readers: Please be courteous and do not chat in this channel unless you can discuss cryptoeconomics at the academic level of the rest of the room.

ChronoBank – Labour Hour Stable CoinsJoin the chat at https://chronobank.herokuapp.com/


Colony – Decentralized Collaboration NetworkJoin the chat at https://colonyslack.herokuapp.com/


Digix – Asset (Gold) Backed TokensJoin the chat at https://dgx-public.slack.com/signup

  • Blog Post Digix Dev Update — April 8th 2017.
  • kcchng: Hello yes things are moving, we will post an update this week. Short update currently: Chris fell sick over the weekend but he is back in force today and will provide an update on his progress on spectrum, while Anthony had to fly over to Berkeley for the Sunday workshop, dapphub guys are looking through our code.

  • kcchng: We are working with Yunbi / Gatecoin to come up with a solution where fees will remain. In a decentralized exchange it will also remain. Of course, a different exchange could try and remove the fees involved, but the act of depositing / withdrawal of tokens will also lead to txn fees. However, DGX is actually much more than just trading, it is making gold tokens useful in the ecosystem. So they will be used in payment processing (Debit card integration with Monolith, Onebit by TenX), lending and savings platforms (wetrust), ICOs (Reidao) – all these names mentioned here are active partnerships we have secured. It’ss application will be much wider than just trading, so as the ecosystem grows, dgx volume grows which will be beneficial to digixDAO.

  • Code audit will take 4-6 weeks and will begin on May 1st.
  • @whysos3rious will be looking through the code-base in addition to DappHub

Etherplay – The Transparent Skill Game PlatformJoin the chat at http://slack.etherplay.io

  • Submitted a PR for Status to integrate our demo game
  • Had a blast presenting Etherplay at CoinfestUK
  • Continue working on a new game

Ethlance – Decentralized freelancing platform with 0% feeJoin the chat at https://ethlance.slack.com/


FirstBlood – Decentralized E-Sports Rewards PlatformJoin the chat at https://firstbloodio.slack.com/signup

  • Alpha unfortunately postponed due couple of critical bugs related to scaling
    • Dev team had marathon session of almost 24 hours trying to fix issue only to find themselves deeper in the rabbit hole
    • Bug crunching resumed in earnest over weekend
    • Despite bugs, platform working “really nicely”

Giveth – Crowd Funded Donation Dapp Join the chat at http://slack.giveth.io/Check out the github at https://github.com/Giveth

  • Giveth CEO Griff Green helping anybody in need of help withdrawing DAO Funds. Click here for info.

Gnosis – Prediction MarketJoin the chat at https://slack.gnosis.pm/

  • Anticipation for the GNO token sale reaching a fevered pitch: A short overview
    • 10 million GNO tokens
    • ETH-only Dutch-style auction begins April 24th at 12pm EST
    • Will continue until either $12.5M USD worth of Ether is collected, or 9 Million GNO tokens are sold
  • Website updated with roadmap and first version of whitepaper (PDF Link)
  • Team still deciding what to do with ‘unsold’ tokens remaining in cold storage after auction ends, but an “official statement what the company will do with the retained GNO tokens will follow in the next few days.”
  • Detailed Google Spreadsheet on the Gnosis Auction
  • /u/malefizer on Reddit wondering if a Gnosis Bidding Ring Would Work

Golem – Distributed Computing PowerJoin the chat at http://golemproject.org:3000/


ICONOMI – Digital Asset Management PlatformJoin the chat at https://iconominet.herokuapp.com/


MakerDAO – Stable Token and Decentralized Marketplace

Join the chat at https://chat.makerdao.com/channel/general

  • Maker Meeting Notes 2017 April 2nd — Steemit
  • Great piece on Maker by Nick Tomaino(@nt): Stablecoins: A Holy Grail in Digital Currency
  • On SAI (simple DAI):
    • SAI (simple dai) is a CDP engine that supports a single collateral type and uses a special model for claiming the collateral which makes the system more simple and have higher liquidity, but also more reliant on the price feeds
    • it uses an asset called SKR to represent claims to the collateral in the event of a global settlement (so it isnt like MKR at all)
    • it will be possible to stop SAI at any time, in the event of a security issue or for other reasons, and then all SAI holders will be able to claim ETH directly at face value (unless the system is undercollateralized, in which case they get a haircut), and the leftover collateral goes to the CDP holders
    • SKR is received when one deposits ETH into the system and can be used as collateral

MelonPort – “Blockchain Software for Asset Management”Join the chat at http://chat.melonport.com/

  • April 17th MeetUp in London
  • Video on Melonport protocol
  • Melonport gets new price feeds from Oraclize and CryptoCompare – ibtimes

Status – Mobile Ethereum OSJoin the chat at http://slack.status.im/


Swarm – Serverless Hosting, Incentivised P2P Storage/Content Distribution

Join the chat at https://gitter.im/ethereum/swarm

  • Good week overall; everything went according to plan
  • PS for FUSE write-mode submitted
  • Viktor Tron working on 3rd Gen Syncer as the last phase of the network layer rewrite!

SingularDTV – Rights Management and Video On-Demand PortalJoin the chat at https://singulardtv.slack.com/

  • SingularDTV Forms Ethereum Blockchain Lab CODEX
  • Zach LeBeau: “From time to time we are approached by various entities asking us to advise them on building their tokenized ecosystems. It’s been policy to turn these offers down so they don’t interfere with SingularDTV’s focus of building a decentralized entertainment industry. But on very rare occasions, an entity will come along with such a great idea and whose development ladder fits in perfectly with ours, while at the same time adding substantial value to SingularDTV. In these rare cases of synchronicity we feel obligated to form partnerships. CODEX is the place where these partnerships take place.”

  • Blogpost: Zach LeBeau: “Every creative person will have their own channel or brand on SingularDTV”

UjoMusic – Decentralized Music Platform

Follow UjoMusic's blog at https://blog.ujomusic.com/

  • Q1 Update
  • Pivoting architecture to be more inclusive of peers (uPort and others) who share the vision for an open music industry.
  • Drafting experimental designs in using tokenized models:
    • fostering standards-compliant metadata (eg COALA IP)
    • sharing said metadata (into IPFS/IPDB/Mediachain/Swarm)
    • making sure to re-use and define what is valid metadata
  • Exploring concepts such as continuous token models and curation communities with experiments rolling out soon!

uPort – Self-Sovereign Identity

Join the chat at https://gitter.im/uport-project/Lobby

  • Off-chain data-stores (user profiles) are not yet encrypted but this is planned to be added.
  • Recently added a new batch of testers, be patient if you have signed up but have not yet received an invite.
  • Truly an impressive amount of development going on, it appears as though uPort will be widely integrated based on the activity in the – Gitter channel.
  • Ability to sign with your fingerprint via a mobile device is in the latest version!

WeTrust – Trusted Lending CirclesJoin the chat at https://www.wetrust.io/#home-section-slack


Shout-outs:

  • Big thanks to Evan Van Ness for featuring us in his weekly post, please give him a subscription to his weekly email newsletter. His weekly post is the most in-depth and informative look into the ethereum ecosystem you’re going to get. Here’s a link to his site: http://www.weekinethereum.com/
  • A nod of appreciation to @3esmit for putting so much work into our internal Etherian participation token.
  • Big thanks to Joe Urgo for featuring us in his daily post, The Dapp Daily. He just posted this excellent Ethereum Reading List For Prospective Dapp Developers
  • Check out ethercast for a full list of dapps – http://dapps.ethercasts.com/

Coverage:

  • ChaceHunter: Swarm, Status, Colony, WeTrust, ChronoBank, UjoMusic, Golem, MakerDAO
  • truewavebreak: ICONOMI, Golem, Augur, AKASHA, MelonPort
  • MrNebbiolo: uPort, Casper, FirstBlood, Digix
  • PΞther: Ethlance, SingularDTV
  • pablanopete: Brave (BasicAttentionToken), Giveth

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The Etherian: Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

Sunday the 2nd (Coverage: 3.26.2017-4.02.2017)
AKASHA – Social Media NetworkJoin the chat at https://akasha-slack.herokuapp.com/

Augur – Prediction MarketJoin the chat at http://invite.augur.net/
  • Blog Post: AUGUR DEVELOPMENT UPDATE – MARCH 29TH
  • List of Ropsten contract addresses.
  • @micah: [regarding Augur as competition to FirstBlood] One could argue that you could do esports betting on Augur, and in the face of zero competition in that space it could be used for that, but Augur won’t have the level of integration into eSports to make it really a good choice.


BasicAttentionToken – Blockchain Based Digital Advertising
  • Mar 23rd announcement from the creator of javascript himself. Brendan Eich –Here
  • Brendan Eich: Today, we are announcing a new blockchain-based digital advertising platform using an innovative, Ethereum-based unit of exchange called the Basic Attention Token (BAT).

    • The existing digital advertising marketplace injures key stakeholders. The introduction of BAT allows publishers, advertisers, and users to connect in a more efficient, transparent and decentralized marketplace that reduces fraud, privacy violations, and malvertisements while increasing publisher revenue.
    • BATs are based on user attention, which is really just focused mental engagement.
    • BATs will be made available for crowdsale in the near future.

Casper (Dev Channel) – Proof of Stake Protocol

Join the chat at https://gitter.im/ethereum/casper-scaling-and-protocol-economics

  • Vitalik Buterin: so I realized that the viper contract may need a bit more work basically, the challenge is this scenario you see 2/3 prepares you commit then there is a short-range fork, and in the fork 2/3 prepares don’t appear until the epoch ends right now, those prepares cannot get included so you need to be able to process prepares even if they come too late at least for the purpose of evaluating slashing conditions on commits what this also implies is that you need to be able to tell at any point in the future whether or not a given validator was in a given dynasty.


ChronoBank – Labour Hour Stable CoinsJoin the chat at https://chronobank.herokuapp.com/

Colony – Decentralized Collaboration NetworkJoin the chat at https://colonyslack.herokuapp.com/
  • Still undergoing product testing before closed beta (~10 users)

Digix – Asset (Gold) Backed TokensJoin the chat at https://dgx-public.slack.com/signup

Ethlance – Decentralized freelancing platform with 0% feeJoin the chat at https://ethlance.slack.com/
  • As more free-lancers and employers join the platform, the team pushes on with development.

FirstBlood – Decentralized E-Sports Rewards PlatformJoin the chat at https://firstbloodio.slack.com/signup
  • Blog Post: FirstBlood Announces Partnership with Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC)
  • Update regarding the alpha coming on Thursday.
  • auryn_macmillan: We’re in a very limited alpha right now, but plan to open it up to a much larger group of pre-sale participants and users who signed up for the alpha already in the very near future.

  • auryn_macmillan: We have not released a feature roadmap just yet. But there will be some more clarity when we open up the alpha to the next round of users.

  • PSA: Please do not discuss trading 1ST on the FirstBlood Slack Channel.
  • At some point there will be a public testnet to test the witness-node system.
  • For those who need a refresher on how 1ST works, here is an old video explaining.
  • Expect the number of alpha users to increase in April.

Giveth – Crowd Funded Donation DappJoin the chat at http://slack.giveth.io/Check out the github at https://github.com/Giveth
  • [Griff Green] – -Giveth is an open source smart contract platform taking charitable donations to the next level! This platform enables transparency and accountability for P2P donations, and aims to build communities around changing the world for the better! The Giveth Core Team hopes that one day soon, charities, non-profits and open source development projects will be using Giveth’s smart contracts and UIs to fund powerful projects that can bring REAL change. The system of charitable donations we have today is ready for a massive evolution. Bitcoin made a major step forward, allowing money to be sent directly to those in need, Giveth adds Ethereum-based smart contracts to kick it up a notch ;-)!


Gnosis – Prediction MarketJoin the chat at https://slack.gnosis.pm/
  • Gnosis ICO Prediction Market
    • In April :~81% chance
    • In May: ~11% chance
    • In June: ~1% chance
    • After June ~7% chance
  • Announcement on ICO Tuesday April 4th
    • every participant will get the same price (no bonuses for no one) We have not sold a single token yet.
    • the % which the team will keep is flexible and only has a lower cap of 10%. We set a cap (~250,000ETH if the prices stays at ~$50) and we will create 10M tokens in total. Now if people are willing to pay a high price per token – this would mean that we need to sell less to reach the cap -> the Gnosis company will keep a higher number of Gnosis token.
    • only ETH, but with ShapeShift integration
  • How to Gnosis

Golem – Distributed Computing PowerJoin the chat at http://golemproject.org:3000/

@wp: This is very simplified, but 1 GNT today costs roughly $0.05. If your electricity cost = $0.20 per kwh, then electricity cost = 4 GNT/kwh. (i.e. $0.20/$0.05). Assume your electricity cost in 5 years in fiat terms won’t cost much more than today, say $0.25/kwh. But let’s say, hypothetically, in 5 years, GNT is double today’s price. Therefore, in 5 years, electricity will cost 2.5 GNT/kwh (i.e. $0.25/$0.10). In other words, by holding GNT, you would be able to buy almost twice as much kwh of electricity in 5 years given these assumptions. There are implicit assumptions here too, but for the sake of simplicity, I omitted them. And of course, the electricity which you have purchased will be in the form of compute power.

  • Goal is for first iteration of Golem (Brass) to be ready for commercial use by the end of June.

ICONOMI – Digital Asset Management PlatformJoin the chat at https://iconominet.herokuapp.com/

MakerDAO – Stable Token and Decentralized Marketplace

Join the chat at https://chat.makerdao.com/channel/general

  • Maker Meeting Notes 2017 March 26th
  • Are there any plans for making contracts cheaper?
    • ryepdx: Sharding will likely make interactions within a shard cheaper than they would be on a unified blockchain (as exists now). Fees will never be entirely eliminated, but there are plans to allow contracts to pay for their own gas, which would eliminate fees for end users. (Such contracts will have to be carefully constructed, I imagine, to eliminate the possibility of being drained via “spam” invocations. Not sure what the specifics are, TBH.)

  • Next TeamSpeak meeting here April 2rd at 16:00 UTC

MelonPort – “Blockchain Software for Asset Management”Join the chat at http://chat.melonport.com/

Status – Mobile Ethereum OSJoin the chat at http://slack.status.im/
  • In no way affiliated with status”.io”
  • Ethereum DApp Creators // Issue #04 Project Oaken
  • Ethereum Contributors Series // Issue #04 MrYukonC / Brian Lawson
  • The Status UI Refresh: Chats, Contacts & Profile
  • How do you plan on getting people to use and download the app?
    • carl: We’ll use a number of different acquisition channels, it’s wise not to plan around a single means of user acquisition until you have existing data sets to work with.

    • Paid user acquisition – Ad networks (display and search), and referral programs
    • Organic user acquisition – App Store optimisation (ASO)
    • Will also introduce a referral system at some point, comparable to that of dropbox/airbnb/uber
  • New slack channel #status-token created for anything related to forthcoming token
  • Likely 2 contribution periods dependant on meeting compliance and security standards
    • First at end of Q2/early Q3 2017
    • Second in 2018 based upon reaching certain milestones

Swarm – Serverless Hosting, Incentivised P2P Storage/Content Distribution

Join the chat at https://gitter.im/ethereum/swarm

  • Revised roadmap
  • April/May sprint details
  • POC 0.3 target is Metropolis in June
  • Obfuscation brings plausible deniability
  • Team of paid core contributors now at 8 with a halo of volunteers and partner projects (Status, Raiden, JAAK, LivePeer)
  • working with Heiko & brainbot towards pss integration as networking layer for Raiden 2
  • full FUSE integration coming in a few weeks makes dropbox a reality
  • collaboration with livepeer to make swatch (efficient multicast streaming for realtime broadcast and conferencing) a reality sooner

SingularDTV – Rights Management and Video On-Demand PortalJoin the chat at https://singulardtv.slack.com/

UjoMusic – Decentralized Music Platform
Follow UjoMusic's blog at https://blog.ujomusic.com/
  • Q1 Update
  • Pivoting architecture to be more inclusive of peers (uPort and others) who share the vision for an open music industry.
  • Drafting experimental designs in using tokenized models:
    • fostering standards-compliant metadata (eg COALA IP)
    • sharing said metadata (into IPFS/IPDB/Mediachain/Swarm)
    • making sure to re-use and define what is valid metadata
  • Exploring concepts such as continuous token models and curation communities with experiments rolling out soon!

uPort – Self-Sovereign Identity

Join the chat at https://gitter.im/uport-project/Lobby

  • christianlundkvist: The “central registration” here would be on the blockchain. Basically your app would have its own uPort identity with associated public keys. We’ll have a tool available soon that will let you easily create a uPort identity for your app.

  • christianlundkvist: The revived Ropsten network has a lot of mining power behind it so should not be susceptible to attacks like the old one was. However we are also looking into the ability to support more than one network so you’ll soon be able to do testing on Kovan as well.

  • Rolling out a new version right now, next batch of invites coming shortly.
  • Welcome to the uPort team, @Alex_Edelstein

WeTrust – Trusted Lending CirclesJoin the chat at https://www.wetrust.io/#home-section-slack
  • WeTrust Interviews with Shawn Wilkison, CEO / CTO of Storj
  • With 10 days left, WeTrust has raised 822BTC/69,901ETH from 1250 Participants (59.59% of Cap Raised)
  • So what are Trustcoins?
    • george.wetrust: There will be a fixed amount of Trustcoin issued, and it represents the fees that are generated on the platform between parties and for premium services developed by WeTrust. The value of Trustcoin may depend upon the supply and demand for services offered on the platform we create, but is not a direct result of the effort required in building the platform itself. In that sense, participating in the crowdsale and acquiring Trustcoins in exchange for ETH/ BTC is similar to participating in a kickstarter for software, where one is able to use Trustcoins on future services that are offered by WeTrust and by other participants on the platform we are building.

  • Will WeTrust seek to be listed on any exchanges?
    • george.wetrust: While TRST is going to be ERC20 compliant, WeTrust is not engaging with any body regarding possible uses for TRST tokens after they’ve been distributed outside its own platform.


Shout-outs:

  • Big thanks to Evan Van Ness for featuring us in his weekly post, please give him a subscription to his weekly email newsletter. His weekly post is the most in-depth and informative look into the ethereum ecosystem you’re going to get. Here’s a link to his site: http://www.weekinethereum.com/
  • A nod of appreciation to @3esmit for putting so much work into our internal Etherian participation token.
  • Big thanks to Joe Urgo for featuring us in his daily post, The Dapp Daily. The Dapp Daily is your go-to daily summary of what’s happening in the ethereum ecosystem.
  • Check out ethercast for a full list of dapps – http://dapps.ethercasts.com/

Coverage:

  • ChaceHunter: Swarm, Status, Colony, WeTrust, ChronoBank, UjoMusic, Golem, MakerDAO
  • truewavebreak: ICONOMI, Golem, Augur, AKASHA, MelonPort
  • MrNebbiolo: uPort, Casper, FirstBlood, Digix
  • PΞther: Ethlance, SingularDTV
  • pablanopete: Brave (BasicAttentionToken), Giveth

Disclaimer: All information is taken from our volunteers at face value, if you have a complaint about one of our volunteers or one of our posts please contact etherian@mail.com and we will investigate the matter.

The Etherian: Sunday, March 26th, 2017

(Coverage: 3.19.2017-3.26.2017)
AKASHA – Social Media NetworkJoin the chat at https://akasha-slack.herokuapp.com/
  • Hacklab in Romania with Vlad see picture.
  • Very quiet past couple of weeks, waiting for some more news.

Augur – Prediction MarketJoin the chat at http://invite.augur.net/

Casper (Dev Channel) – Proof of Stake Protocol

Join the chat at https://gitter.im/ethereum/casper-scaling-and-protocol-economics

  • Some discussion regarding Silvio Micali’s ALGORAND paper. The various contributers concluded that Micali makes unenforceable assumptions, yet his ideas on the new BA protocol are intriquing (one leader per epoch).
  • On the ‘old keys attack’:
    • [Vitalik Buterin] so, I was talking to toby (guy in singapore) today [Vitalik Buterin] and he pointed out that the buy up old keys attack is particularly credible because it can be fairly easily done through a smart contract

    • [Loi Luu] yeah thats possible

    • [Vitalik Buterin] the one idea I had is to replace the hard 4 month withdrawal period with a yield curve [Vitalik Buterin] so you get higher interest rates the longer the withdrawal periods you are willing to accept [Vitalik Buterin] this way you still get some anti-fork security if you log on less frequently

  • Paper on Concurrent Computation
  • The “validators continue a chain after they log out” Problem:
    • [Vitalik Buterin] @Yoichi @anyone else who cares: I came up with an interesting idea for solving the “validators continue a chain after they log out” problem [Vitalik Buterin] basically, add a fifth slashing condition [Vitalik Buterin] rules are simple: a validator gets slashed if they create a message with an epoch number during which they are not supposed to be active

    • [Loi Luu] how do you check this “ they are not supposed to be active”?

    • [Vitalik Buterin] in the state, you have a counter for “dynasty number after which the validator is supposed to withdraw”

  • Fork Choice Rule:
    • [Vitalik Buterin] so here is the best fork choice rule I can come up with so far: [Vitalik Buterin] 1. Start from genesis [Vitalik Buterin] 2. Look for a valid dynasty change. Repeat until no more found. [Vitalik Buterin] 3. Look for the descendant with 2/3 prepares and the most commits. Repeat until no more found. [Vitalik Buterin] 4. PoW

  • Log-In/Log-Out specifications still being thought-out.

ChronoBank – Labour Hour Stable CoinsJoin the chat at https://chronobank.herokuapp.com/

“we are expecting legal docs draft to come through early next week. Test [Labour Hours] should be a week from there.” – @sergei.chronobank


Colony – Decentralized Collaboration NetworkJoin the chat at https://colonyslack.herokuapp.com/
  • When is the beta open?

“We’ve finished our final sprint with beta features and now we’re doing product testing before we begin the closed beta (~10 users). It depends somewhat on our QA testing, but soon!” – @collin

  • Is there a GitHub for Colony?

“Not at the moment, but we’ll be sharing our white paper soon and after that are planning on open sourcing our ethereum code” -@collin


Digix – Asset (Gold) Backed TokensJoin the chat at https://dgx-public.slack.com/signup

Ethlance – Decentralized freelancing platform with 0% feeJoin the chat at https://ethlance.slack.com/
  • Soon to implement an awesome new feature allowing third-parties to subsidy the jobs posted
  • Working on a whitepaper and possibly planning a crowdsale (don’t worry, fees will stay at 0%)

FirstBlood – Decentralized E-Sports Rewards PlatformJoin the chat at https://firstbloodio.slack.com/signup

 

  • Auryn Macmillan regarding “Round Project”: “please don’t advertise that project here. At best it appears to be ill-conceived and blatantly plagiarises the FirstBlood whitepaper, at worst (more than likely) it is just a flat out scam.”
  • Auryn Macmillan regarding the lack of an updated timeline: “Let me have a chat with the team about this. We’ve been somewhat deliberate about not setting any more specific dates as we believe it is more important to make the product right than pump it out to make an artificial deadline.”

Gnosis – Prediction MarketJoin the chat at https://slack.gnosis.pm/
  • Best guess for Gnosis token auction is end of April/early May
  • Seeking guest authors for blog
  • Gnosis ICO maximum planned to be set to $12.5M
  • Great questions by user @gubbings with follow up by Gnosis founder @mkoppelmann: “Assume I created a sports betting app for gnosis. Noone else can lay in my market, its company branded. I make the market to 115%. Thereby with good volume I should turn a profit. Do I pay the ~1% fee on my max liability in the market, my (any) profit overall, my profit on every winning contract, or some other method?”

Currently we are planing to have a 0.5% fee on the max liability.

  • “How does my account balance reflect my max market exposures? Will it update to reflect reduced exposures as bets are taken in markets?”

of course. We aim to to this even much better than betting exchanges today by decomposing market outcomes.

  • “why expose stabletokens to end users? Why not let them use their home fiat currency? I understand tokens are required to make the contracts work and guess a hidden currency exchange to stabletokens wd be required at time of deposit and withdrawal, but surely chances of wide adoption are improved by not taking users out of their comfort zone?”

we expect that most users “home fiat currency” will be available as tokens on the blockchain. Could be as something like the Santander $ (fiat backed) or with some stable coin mechanism with other crypto tokens as collateral (StabL or DAI)
So – yes – we expect that a user does not even need to know that they use crypto$/€ whatever – like you today do not necessarily realise that the $ on bank X is different than a $ on bank Y

  • “can you provide a general idea of what operating territories are planned at launch and down the line? How is regulatory progress coming along?”

work in progress – we are talking to regulators/ law firms in different jurisdictions including Gibraltar (where Gnosis company will be based, Antigua, Malta, and more)


Golem – Distributed Computing PowerJoin the chat at http://golemproject.org:3000/
  • Progress on Golem’s UX (blog)
  • Currently the primary focus is still to make the installation “as smooth as possible”.
  • Julian says that they “want” to launch Brass in May but do not want to be tied to a date.

ICONOMI – Digital Asset Management PlatformJoin the chat at https://iconominet.herokuapp.com/
  • Beta invites are sent once every 24 or 48 hours.
  • Last update on the unofficial news site was 2nd of March.

MakerDAO – Stable Token and Decentralized MarketplaceJoin the chat at https://chat.makerdao.com/channel/general
  • Whitepaper Revision released with subsequent analysis and thoughtful critique in preparation to send to lawyers
  • On best way to get MKR:

“the highest bids on the Oasis exchange are routinely filled with MKR from the development fund”

  • Changes to Incentive Mechanics and scope of MKR power in last year:
    • the sensitivity of the automatic target price controller
    • the list of trusted price feed oracles
    • the parameters of each CDP type (i.e. debt ceiling, token address, stability fee, liquidation ratio, liquidation penalty)
  • TeamSpeak Meeting here Sunday March 26 at 16:00 UTC to discuss some major upgrades to simplecoin

MelonPort – “Blockchain Software for Asset Management”Join the chat at http://chat.melonport.com/
  • MelonPort is wanting to hire a new smart contract dev, see here for details.
  • Will be presenting at Battle of the Quants on the 28th
  • Meetup planned on the 4th of april.

Status – Mobile Ethereum OSJoin the chat at http://slack.status.im/

“it’s important to us that it solves a real problem. Ultimately we’d like to see supporters of the project steer the development and governance of Status, while creating mechanisms for growth – easier said that done, but we have some interesting ideas we’ll share next month :)” – @carl (Status co-Founder)

  • Chatbot library in development with Q2 release
  • @michaelcook of cookicons stopped by to show off some Status icons he’s been working on

Swarm – Serverless Hosting, Incentivised P2P Storage/Content Distribution

Join the chat at https://gitter.im/ethereum/swarm

  • Lots of behind the scenes work and preparations to discuss the swarm roadmap and scheduling the first sprint in the coming weeks

SingularDTV – Rights Management and Video On-Demand PortalJoin the chat at https://singulardtv.slack.com/
  • Quiet as ever, they are diligently working towards the module 1 release
  • Follow them on Medium folks, there will be some major announcements soon

UjoMusic – Decentralized Music PlatformFollow UjoMusic's blog at https://blog.ujomusic.com/
  • Q1 Update
  • Pivoting architecture to be more inclusive of peers (uPort and others) who share the vision for an open music industry.
  • Drafting experimental designs in using tokenized models:
    • fostering standards-compliant metadata (eg COALA IP)
    • sharing said metadata (into IPFS/IPDB/Mediachain/Swarm)
    • making sure to re-use and define what is valid metadata
  • Exploring concepts such as continuous token models and curation communities with experiments rolling out soon!

uPort – Self-Sovereign Identity

Join the chat at https://gitter.im/uport-project/Lobby

  • Continued Dev Q&A
  • Ropsten is back!
  • “Red is to flag that there is only 1 credential which might expire. Green signals 2+ credentials.”–thessy mehrain
  • “The problems with mobile registration and our messaging server should now be fixed.” — Pelle Braendgaard
  • Method for users to sign data to be updated soon.

WeTrust – Trusted Lending CirclesJoin the chat at https://www.wetrust.io/#home-section-slack
  • WeTrust Crowdsale Update
    • Some users still unhappy with response and their contributions not being calculated at the same rate as WeTrust

    “First day participants were priced at BTC, WT team gets 20MM coins get priced at ICO close date, or vesting schedule, who knows. Pegging to BTC and distribution method was not announced until 15 days into the ICO (sort of like taking an option on ETH @ron). 91.7% (304) of ethereum investors participated on day one and have collectively lost about $1,493,326 due to ETH increase. If you assume worse case for BTC participants have benefitted about $64,032 due to BTC price decrease. 71% of participants contributed Ether representing 80.7% of the total value so far in USD terms. And if you believe that hiring developers will ultimately require fiat it’s a windfall of $1.5MM for WeTrust from day one investors.” – @ncavet, WeTrust investor

  • WeTrust amongst 6 finalists for Blockchain Oscar Startup Competition

Shout-outs:

  • Big thanks to Evan Van Ness for featuring us in his weekly post, please give him a subscription to his weekly email newsletter. His weekly post is the most in-depth and informative look into the ethereum ecosystem you’re going to get. Here’s a link to his site: http://www.weekinethereum.com/
  • A nod of appreciation to @3esmit for putting so much work into our internal Etherian participation token.
  • Big thanks to Joe Urgo for featuring us in his daily post, The Dapp Daily. The Dapp Daily is your go-to daily summary of what’s happening in the ethereum ecosystem.
  • Check out ethercast for a full list of dapps – http://dapps.ethercasts.com/

Coverage:

  • jarredchase__twitter: Swarm, Status, Colony, WeTrust, ChronoBank, UjoMusic
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