Grantee Roundup: May 2021

07:00 - 02/06/2021

Ethereum.org

It’s always fun to hear about new grants as they’re awarded, but what happens after the announcement? In this series, we’ll check in on a couple of projects that are well underway - or already at the finish line. Read on to learn about some recent milestones and achievements by...

Finalized no. 26

07:00 - 25/05/2021

Ethereum.org

the Ethereum consensus-layer - Steady progress tl;dr Altair progress Rayonism wrapped up; The Merge progresses Altair progress Altair, the first planned upgrade of the Beacon Chain, continues to make steady progress. Last week, we released Beacon Chain spec v1.1.0-alpha.6 – Protostellar Evolution. While this is an alpha release, barring a security or practical engineering...

Quests along the Road to Devcon

07:00 - 19/05/2021

Ethereum.org

Friends, As the Ethereum ecosystem continues to grow and mature at break-neck speeds, we continue to work hard on delivering an amazing Devcon 6. Though the timing is still unclear as to when we’ll all be able to reunite in Bogota, we want to keep our community involved along the...
Dodging a bullet: Ethereum State Problems

Dodging a bullet: Ethereum State Problems

07:00 - 18/05/2021

Ethereum.org

With this blog post, the intention is to officially disclose a severe threat against the Ethereum platform, which was a clear and present danger up until the Berlin hardfork. State Let’s begin with some background on Ethereum and State. The Ethereum state consists of a patricia-merkle trie, a prefix-tree. This...

A country's worth of power, no more!

07:00 - 18/05/2021

Ethereum.org

TL;DR: Ethereum will use at least ~99.95% less energy post merge. Ethereum will be completing the transition to Proof-of-Stake in the upcoming months, which brings a myriad of improvements that have been theorized for years. But now that the Beacon chain has been running for a few months, we can...

Core Developer Apprenticeship Program

07:00 - 13/05/2021

Ethereum.org

Get involved in developing at the protocol level! - Have you have ever been interested in getting involved in the development of the core Ethereum protocols? If so, there is a new program to discuss that’s targeted at you. As part of an EF procotol-support initiative, I’m very excited to announce the “Core Developer Apprenticeship Program”. What to expect...
The Ripple Drop: Digital Acceleration, Developer Communities and U.S. Policy

The Ripple Drop: Digital Acceleration, Developer Communities and U.S. Policy

15:58 - 07/05/2021

Ripple.com

In this first Ripple Drop for 2021, we explore the power of RippleNet to transform businesses, how RippleX is contributing to the XRPL community and the latest on U.S. crypto regulations.   Digital Acceleration in Pandemic Drives RippleNet Growth Asheesh Birla, General Manager of RippleNet, stopped by to provide an update on the global growth of … Continued

Ethereum for the Next Billion: Announcing the EF Fellowship Program

Ethereum for the Next Billion: Announcing the EF Fellowship Program

07:00 - 07/05/2021

Ethereum.org

The progress being made in the Ethereum ecosystem lately is really inspiring. Whether you’re excited by the adoption of proof of stake (and a faster, more secure, greener Ethereum), the coming Merge and other big upgrades, or by some of the many applications and solutions that have the power to...

Grantee Roundup: April 2021

07:00 - 03/05/2021

Ethereum.org

It’s always fun to hear about new grants as they’re awarded, but what happens after the announcement? In this series, we’ll check in on a couple of projects that are well underway - or already at the finish line. Read on to learn about some recent milestones and achievements by...

EF-Supported Teams: Research & Development Update

07:00 - 26/04/2021

Ethereum.org

2021 Pt. 1 - Friends, The year ahead will be filled with upgrades and big ideas from across the Ethereum ecosystem. Since our last Supported Teams post (which followed the launch of the beacon chain), the network has seen 3.8+ million Ether staked, and 120K+ active validators online across multiple clients. In recent days,...

Novatti Taps ODL To Improve Australian Remittance Payments To Southeast Asia

00:22 - 15/04/2021

Ripple.com

The current global payments infrastructure does not meet today’s business or consumer demands. Cross-border payments require businesses to hold pre-funded accounts in destination currencies — a costly and slow endeavor that ties up resources — leaving remitters with limited options.  RippleNet and its network of global financial institutions are changing the status quo. RippleNet enables … Continued

Cryptocurrency Sustainability: The Path Forward

14:00 - 08/04/2021

Ripple.com

Addressing sustainability in fintech and crypto is more important than ever. As cryptocurrency becomes increasingly mainstream — with more financial institutions, companies like PayPal, Visa and Tesla and individual investors racing to leverage this technology — energy consumption has accelerated to already unsustainable levels.  The industry has a choice to make: Will we continue down … Continued

Finalized no. 25

07:00 - 02/04/2021

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the Ethereum consensus-layer - tl;dr Rayonism☀️, hacking the Merge together blst security advisory Reminder! Beacon Chain security+testing RfP Rayonism☀️, hacking the Merge together This week, protolambda and others released plans for Rayonism, an ambitious month-long hack to create Merge devnets based on current specs with a stretch goal of adding sharding to these devnets...

Grantee Roundup: March 2021

07:00 - 01/04/2021

Ethereum.org

It’s always fun to hear about new grants as they’re awarded, but what happens after the announcement? In this series, we’ll check in on projects that are well underway - or already at the finish line. Read on to learn about some recent milestones and achievements by grantees! Baseline The...

Mercury to Boost Remittance Time and Money Savings to South Africa Using ODL

23:37 - 30/03/2021

Ripple.com

The shortest air mile distance between Johannesburg and London is 5,635 miles.  Historically, moving money between banks or money service providers in those two cities takes days to cover that distance. That literally means it would still be faster to put money on an airplane and physically fly it between the two cities.  International payments … Continued

Ripple Acquires 40% Stake in Asia’s Leading Cross-Border Payments Specialist, Tranglo

Ripple Acquires 40% Stake in Asia’s Leading Cross-Border Payments Specialist, Tranglo

03:00 - 30/03/2021

Ripple.com

Ripple has agreed to acquire 40% of Asia’s leading cross-border payments specialist Tranglo. This partnership enables Ripple to meet growing customer demand in the region and expand the reach of RippleNet’s On-Demand Liquidity (ODL) service — which uses the digital asset XRP to instantly send money and reduce working capital needs.  As a pioneer for … Continued

Finalized no. 24

07:00 - 24/03/2021

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the Ethereum consensus-layer - tl;dr Altair prereleases: Stargazer and Half of ‘em just look like dots Security RfP Merge progress Altair pre-release is out Over the past week, beacon chain Altair pre-release specs – Stargazer v1.1.0-alpha.1 and Half of ‘em just look like dots v1.1.0-alpha.2 – were released. These represent the first feature complete...
Supporting Ethereum’s Client Ecosystem

Supporting Ethereum’s Client Ecosystem

07:00 - 23/03/2021

Ethereum.org

Execution & consensus layer funding updates - With the arrival of the beacon chain in 2020, Ethereum today supports two types of clients: those focusing on the execution-layer (often referred to as eth1) and those powering the proof-of-stake consensus layer (aka eth2). As those running validators are well aware (since they run both client types), each serves...

Allocation Update: Q4 2020

07:00 - 22/03/2021

Ethereum.org

2021 is just getting started, but it’s already been quite an eventful year! We’ve got the list of Q4 funded projects below, but we also want to share some updates from the ESP team. We’re always looking for more ways to support the ecosystem as it grows and evolves, so...
Announcing Brooks Entwistle: Scaling Ripple’s Momentum in SE Asia

Announcing Brooks Entwistle: Scaling Ripple’s Momentum in SE Asia

00:45 - 19/03/2021

Ripple.com

Ripple is thrilled to welcome Brooks Entwistle as Managing Director of Southeast Asia to lead and scale the company’s operations in our fastest growing region.  Brooks joins at an exciting time for RippleNet, which now includes Singapore-based remittance company BKK Forex, adding to Ripple’s fast growing customer base in the region like—Siam Commercial Bank, iRemit, … Continued

Finalized no. 23

08:00 - 11/03/2021

Ethereum.org

the Ethereum consensus-layer - tl;dr Finalized: rebranding the blog Upgrade your nodes! Finalized, rebranding the blog If you’ve read my recent writings or listened to me speak about Ethereum and this grand upgrade that’s in the works, you’ve perhaps noticed that I’m not only shying away from discussing “phases” (instead, referring to a series...
Ethereum Berlin Upgrade Announcement

Ethereum Berlin Upgrade Announcement

08:00 - 08/03/2021

Ethereum.org

TL;DR Berlin is ready to be deployed! We’re moving fast: the first testnet to upgrade, Ropsten, is scheduled to upgrade on March 10th. Mainnet is scheduled for April 15th. If you are running an Ethereum node, you should upgrade it to a Berlin-compatible version ASAP for testnets and before April...