EthHub Weekly #142
Eth2 phase 0 launch imminent, Loopring Wallet beta released, MCDEX heads to layer 2, GnosisDAO announced and much more!
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🥩 Eth2 Cometh
Well, it’s finally here - the eth2 Beacon Chain genesis (phase 0) is set to happen in just a few hours. What an absolutely monumental occasion we’re about to witness - the culmination of 6 years worth of research and development to create a novel proof of stake consensus mechanism that is maximally decentralized. I gave some thoughts about it all in The Daily Gwei newsletter here. Oh and don’t forget to keep an eye on Twitter for a link to the EthHub x Bankless x DeFi Dad eth2 genesis livestream event - we’d love to see you there!
I had my monthly recap with Alex Saunders of Nugget’s News this week where we covered the last months worth of Ethereum updates - check that out here. I was also interviewed for a piece on DeFi for Stockhead which you can check out here.
Lastly, don’t forget to check out and subscribe to The Daily Gwei YouTube channel for recaps on everything that happened within the Ethereum ecosystem every week day.
Have a great week everyone!
News of the Week
A momentary price increase in the DAI stablecoin earlier this week led to massive liquidations at decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol Compound.
The protocol witnessed $88.4 million worth of liquidations, according to on-chain data analyzed by The Block. Data from tracker LoanScan, however, shows the liquidations at $103 million, which isn't accurate. Market conditions also led to liquidations at DeFi protocol dYdX, worth about $8 million, according to both on-chain data and LoanScan. Together, both the protocols liquidated more than $96 million worth of collateral.
How exactly did DAI's price increase lead to the liquidations? Compound allows users to borrow funds, including DAI. In all cases, a borrowed amount should always be lower than the collateral provided. In other words, all loans should be over-collateralized.
In this week’s case, the liquidations occurred because DAI's price momentarily increased by 30% on Coinbase Pro (source of Compound's price oracle), which led to under-collateralized loans on the protocol. In other words, the increased DAI price also increased the value of DAI borrowed on Compound, as compared to the collateral provided.
The Facebook-led Libra Association is reportedly targeting the launch of its first stablecoin in January of next year.
The Financial Times reported the news on Thursday, citing "three people involved in the initiative." According to one of the persons, the first stablecoin would be dollar-backed, while other planned single-currency and multi-currency stablecoins would be launched later.
The actual launch date of the dollar-pegged stablecoin would depend on when Libra gets a payment services license from the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority, FINMA. The license could be granted as early as January, the three people said. Libra applied for the permit in April of this year.
Facebook's other subsidiary, Novi (formerly Calibra), is also preparing to launch its digital wallet for Libra stablecoins. The wallet is "ready from a product perspective," one person involved in Novi told FT, but initially, it would not be globally launched.
All of the 4 major eth2 clients are now mainnet ready - you can follow Somer Esat’s guides here on how to set each of them up.
Minimum ETH threshold hit; genesis on December 1st, 12pm UTC - get your nodes running and monitor updates through genesis.
A healthy update from the EF’s ecosystem support program this week going over all of the teams and individuals that they supported during Q3 of 2020.
Lots of updates from Yam this week covering the protocol, treasury, product, governance and more.
Loopring Wallet is the first Ethereum smart wallet with zkRollup scaling baked in. Android users can download the wallet app right now from https://loopring.io.
Flashbots is a research and development organization formed to mitigate the negative externalities and existential risks posed by miner-extractable value (MEV) to smart-contract blockchains.
GnosisDAO is a prediction market-driven collective, stewarding the Gnosis ecosystem through futarchy.
Hermez announced the development of a new feature in the Hermez zk-rollup that improves inter-L2 communication for the whole rollup ecosystem.
CopperConnect is the first tool for institutions to tap into liquidity within DeFi on Ethereum.
A brand new website with lots of updated metrics for you to check out is now live on TokenTerminal.
ZKSwap, a token swap protocol being built on Ethereum's layer-2 scaling technology ZK-rollups, has raised $1.7 million in an angel round.
Yearn and Cream developers have teamed up to launch Cream v2. The v2 launch will be focused on core lending and leverage products.
The MCDEX perpetual swap platform platform is now able to be used on Arbitrum’s layer 2 rollup technology (testnet only for now).
V1.9 introduces status updates, link previews, local notifications on Android (beta), and more to brighten up your Status experience.
Decentralized insurance protocol InsurAce has raised $1 million in a seed funding round.
The firm said in an announcement Tuesday that the round was led by DeFiance Capital, a crypto fund that's focused on the decentralized finance space.
AMA w/ Monolith Co-Founder Mel Gelderman - Bankless
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