Week #18

JZ from Decred

  • Politeia, our blockchain anchored proposal system went live on testnet this week. We’re ironing bugs out and getting it integrated into the Decrediton GUI wallet.

  • If you’re attending MIT’s Business of Blockchain event on Monday April 23rd be sure to check out the presentation by Decred’s project lead Jake Yocom-Piatt entitled "Blockchain Sovereignty and Blockchain Integration for Businesses".

Larry & Ryan from Blockstack

  • Android SDK - a preview release for developers with a getting started guide, api documentation and an example app shipped. 

  • Mobile signup redesign: We have a working UI. Larry and Ken have started work on integrating into their mobile SDKs and our production systems.

  • We launched the Blockstack Community Rewards Program where you can earn Stacks Tokens for completing different tasks or suggesting new ones. 

  • Great week for hiring some awesome people to increase our engineering and overall capacity, you'll see them out and about in the community soon. 

Michael & Tom from Dfinity

  • Worked on C/C++ libraries and compiler tools for wasm

  • Set up automated integration tests for the network. 

  • Opened a telegram support channel for Arabic speakers  and a developer focused community group 

Robbie from Truebit

  • Spoke about Truebit and the WASM VM to the Blockchain Group at Facebook

  • Truebit Code: Began prototype for truebit-os, with working shell. New error handling is working, also added option to run tasks with JIT. Worked on interfaces of the contracts in the WASM/Solidity Repo 

  • We are celebrating our last few months in San Francisco with a skydiving day Thursday April 26th -- reach out to Robbie if you want to join.  Truebit will be moving to Berlin on May 1st for the summer to take advantage of the full node

Zac from Stellar

Doug from Livepeer

Diego and Riccardo for Monero

  • No updates.

Zaki from Cosmos

  • Quiet week on the whole for the Cosmos team as we ramp up to push hard on testnet releases in the coming weeks.

  • Tuesday 4pm GMT will be another testnet launch.

  • Look for long term stability and eventual GUI integration.

James from Vertcoin

Ari from Decentraland

  • Releasing the alpha version of our SDK: developers.decentraland.org - tools and documentation to help developers start developing games and experiences on their LAND. Visit blog for the full announcement. 

  • Released v.0.4.0 of the LAND Marketplace, adding Parcel Context (proximity to plazas, roads, and districts). Also, a Bancor widget now allows users to purchase MANA directly from the Marketplace. 

  • The dApps team has been working on an implementation of "Estates" — a method of grouping parcels together to make it easier to develop and transfer, sell, or buy groups of parcels.

  • Our Product team is making progress with our Etheremon implementation for Decentraland! They're exploring other crypto-based games to include in our launch of the platform.

Paige & Zooko from Zcash

  • Just after last week’s update, we finished the process for releasing the first Overwinter compatible Zcash version, 1.1.0. We urge users to upgrade their Zcash clients 12 in anticipation for the Overwinter activation on June 25th.

  • We’re interviewing a handful of brand and design agencies to help us in a revamp of the website, visual assets and generally align our brand. 

  • As the team grows, we’re formalizing development processes by creating sub teams and 2-week sprint cycles (3 per release). 

  • This week, on the est coast of the US, we participated in the Blockchain Career Fair 2 and next week will be at SHE256, both hosted at UC Berkeley. 

Ryan from FOAM

  • Began a new phase of our hardware track and are now stress testing LoRa radio's for the final specifications of the Proof of Location test net.

  • The Spatial Index Visualizer beta was made public and can be accessed here. Requires Metamask on Rinkeby, supports uPort. 

Sam from OpenBazaar

  • The OpenBazaar developers published their 2018 roadmap, and are holding a live session April 26th to hear feedback from the community on their plan. You can sign up for the session here.

Jimmy on Bitcoin

Katherine from Messari

  • Coming off our first full week of new asset profiles, our community contributors are in high gear. We are integrating the feedback we have received and releasing new features soon!

  • We are building out our engineering team and looking for front end, back end, full stack, and blockchain engineers.

  • Regulatory issues of the week: This was a busy week in the U.S. for the crypto regulation/ policy world. Earlier this week, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent letters to 13 virtual currency exchanges requesting disclosure of key information about their operations. The exchanges include Coinbase, Gemini, Bitfinex, Bitstamp, Bittrex, Circle, Binance, Huobi, Kraken, and a few others. Most exchanges welcomed the opportunity to provide transparency, but Kraken has come out very strongly against the inquiry.

  • News broke out that some prominent VCs and law firms went down to DC last month for a private meeting with the SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance. Among other things, the group proposed a safe harbor provision for tokens and a reconsideration of tokens under the definitions provided by U.S. federal securities laws. Ryan and I wrote a longer post on what the implications of this meeting could be in our newsletter this week here

David from Sia

  • 2 Nebulous repo was updated this week.  3 issues were created, 3 were closed.  5 PRs were merged.

  • GitHub users ChrisSchinnerl, lukechampine, and nielscastien had code contributions into Sia this week.

  • Contract fees are now expressly shown in the /renter API endpoint and siac renter commands.  Users can now see how how their spent allowance breaks down with amount spent on storage, upload, download, and fees.  Check out the changes here.

  • GitHub user nielscastien spent a lot of time adding a new API endpoint to view host contract information.  The new /host/contracts endpoint displays every contract a host has and various fields about the contract such as its riskedcollateral, expirationheight, obligationstatus, potentialstoragerevenue, and many more fields.  To see all the fields available check out the PR here and follow it’s progress as the new API endpoint gets added to siac here.

  • From the community:Community member mtlynch released an updated Sia docker image.  Read his post and download the image here.

Antonio from dYdX

  • Started security audits on protocol smart contracts

  • Started working with a senior designer, Chris

  • Interviewed multiple engineering candidates. Have a few work trials coming up

  • Stay tuned for some news this week about our protocol launch!

Tom from 0x

Bowen from Hydro/DDEX.io

  • Hydro API opensource on Github 4/27/2018

  • Hydro Node Program initazted, Hydro is a network layer protocol for high performance decentralized exchanges and marketplaces with built-in incentives for coordination, A node will be rewarded in HOT token. If you are interested, plese send us a note at bowen@ddex.io

  • Hydro Protocol Token will be listed on HADAX.

Evan on Ethereum

Jutta from Parity Technologies

Brendan and Nadav from Dharma

  • Made several important improvements to Dharma Plex - collateral seizing and returning; explanations and UI improvements

  • Added test suites to Dharma Protocol for deploying terms contracts, authorizing contract interactions, and transferring ownership to multisig

  • Fixed a bug around incorrect scaling of interest rates

Demi from Zeppelin

  • Development team went on a coding retreat to work on the ZeppelinOS Kernel without email and chat distractions

  • Published the first early release of zos-cli (a command line interface to ZeppelinOS) and zos-kernel (the ZeppelinOS Kernel module)

  • External audit of current versions of zos-lib, zos-kernel and zos-cli start this week.