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.