15 October

Over the past 18 months or so, it has become increasingly clear that the real Ethereum killer is Ethereum itself, and whatever it or its ecosystem will evolve into.

As the Ethereum base layer scaling effort presses on, and with a possible recalibration to prioritize rollups, and as rollups do today (or tomorrow) what many of the Eth killers hope to do, I think the [Eth killer] narrative has been neutered.

I am not bold enough to say there can be only “one” smart contract platform and it is Ethereum. History teaches us that everything crumbles. But each passing day brings clarity: If the steady state of global settlement/coordination layers turns out to be winner takes all, Ethereum is in the lead. We should not mince words.

While credible threats have been made, Ethereum is a live player. And it is not a singular player. So, when you hear the next siren song, listen carefully, and I think you will find projects singing of building bridges to Ethereum, not bombs.”

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“We are so excited to announce Coinbase Wallet’s native integration with the Optimistic Ethereum testnet! Users will be able to view their balances & send transactions safely and securely using Coinbase Wallet.

User experience is just as key to the viability of the protocol as the underlying architecture.”

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In almost every instance that you can imagine people wanting to hold ETH, it will be preferable to hold a staked version rather than the original real asset. This tokenized version of ETH will perform all the same functions of ETH, but it will also be more valuable because it will earn staking rewards and can simultaneously do other things.

Users will be able to secure the Ethereum network by staking, earn yield for doing so, and have the ability to use that ETH as yield-generating collateral elsewhere.”

“The Global Standards Mapping Initiative (GSMI), released Wednesday, is the most “comprehensive” attempt so far to survey blockchain technical standards, according to the organizations.

The [World Economic Forum] report attempts to provide a snapshot of the current blockchain landscape by mapping current technical standardization efforts, identifying gaps and recognizing “next steps” for the industry.”

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“Numerai, an open hedge fund using competitive data-science tournaments to crowdsource market-beating investment strategies, announced today the release of Numerai Signals, a way to index stock-trading signals and eliminate inefficiency in hedge fund operations.

And it’s giving $50 million in crypto to users who submit data others have overlooked.

In 2017, Numerai laid out a multi-step master plan. Its goal was to become the last hedge fund the world ever needs by aggregating all possible stock market data and crowdsourcing the most effective trading strategies, paying out contributors in its cryptocurrency, NMR, which they also use for staking.”

“Designed as a one-stop-shop for crypto news, firms can submit a press release and automatically distribute it to crypto and blockchain media.

Today, advertisers, brands and PR agencies must manually submit press releases to each publication separately. This creases lots of inefficiencies as it is very time consuming and costly.

The move to launch Chainwire is also, partly, in defiance of other media, including social media. ‘As platforms like Google and Facebook block and penalize crypto publishers, we want to help projects and media outlets to make sure we are able to further advance the industry as a whole.'”

“Litecoin is relying on a technology called mimblewimble, which reduces the amount of data that’s publicly visible on the main blockchain network. It’s not yet clear whether regulators will move to curtail the use of privacy features, which potentially could be used to conceal transfers of illicit funds or shelter money from tax authorities.

The enhancements are already being tested, and an upgrade to the main network is scheduled for next year.

“The U.S. State Department has submitted a proposal to add Ant Group, the fintech arm of e-commerce behemoth Alibaba, to a trade blacklist.

The move comes as Ant, a global leader in digital payments, is readying to go public in what could be an offering worth up to a record $35 billion. Trade hawks in the Trump administration want to discourage U.S. investors from taking part in the Ant IPO, Reuters noted.”

Ocean Builders, a company that builds “floating, off-grid seapod homes,” has bought an Australian cruise ship, renamed it “Satoshi” and plans to fill it with crypto companies, entrepreneurs and digital nomads.

Satoshi will anchor in the Gulf of Panama, home to many crypto exchanges, and BTC will be accepted for all on-board purchases alongside U.S. dollars.

The first 200 of Satoshi’s 777 cabins will be sold via auctions scheduled for Nov. 5 to Nov. 28. The cabins are priced between $25,000 and $50,000. However, buyers must also pay ongoing monthly fees to acquire full ownership of the cabins.”

“Trezor Suite is designed to improve the Trezor user experience by providing a more consistent experience across both desktop and mobile platforms. The new desktop application offers improvements in three key areas: security, usability, and privacy.

It eliminates the risk of phishing attacks by allowing users to manage their funds without using their internet browser and also features a number of user interface improvements to help make managing cryptocurrencies a simpler task. This includes a new account and coin management system and improved hidden wallet (i.e. passphrase) management tools.”

“Shakepay, a regulated mobile app that lets Canadian customers purchase Bitcoin and Ethereum, announced today that it has publicly launched a peer-to-peer payments feature.

While Americans have mobile apps like Venmo and Cash App for rapid mobile payments, they do not work in Canada. The country has an Interac e-Transfer payments system via banks and other financial institutions that is widely used for paying bills and rent, but unlike that system, Shakepay’s platform requires only a username or phone number. As such, the company claims that it is “Canada’s first peer-to-peer payment system.”

Right now, it’s a hassle to do something as simple as paying back a friend for dinner. With Shakepay, sending cash to a friend is as easy as sending a text.”