EthHub Weekly #169

zkEVM testnet now live, Okcoin integrates Polygon, Zapper levels up, Sherlock raises $1.5 million and much more!

Curated by Anthony Sassano (@sassal0x) and Eric Conner (@econoar)

🌳 Shifting Dynamics

Over the last week Bitcoin had its biggest event of the year with Bitcoin Miami and I’m sure you saw all the, uh, interesting videos that came out of it. I’m not going to get into detail here or go on about how “tribalist” the crypto community is though one thing I did want to mention is the shifting dynamics that I’m seeing play out at the moment.

From where I’m sitting, it seems like many people are becoming “bored” or “uninterested” in Bitcoin and its community and are moving on to greener pastures (such as Ethereum) which I believe is incredibly positive. This industry shouldn’t be beholden to any one asset or community - it should be pluralistic and innovative - and I believe Ethereum will continue leading the charge here.

Have a great week everyone!


News of the Week

💳 Coinbase Links its Visa Debit Card with Apple Pay, Google Pay

Coinbase's debit card product is now usable via Apple Pay and Google Pay, according to a Tuesday blog post from the crypto exchange and services provider. 

The firm also said Monday that "starting this week, we’ll invite select customers off the waitlist" for its card product. After initially being available to UK and EU-based customers, Coinbase launched its debit card product in the US last October, as previously reported. 

The Visa debit card comes with opt-in crypto rewards, including 1% back in bitcoin and 4% back in lumens, the native token of the Stellar network. 

🤔 Google is Revamping its Ad Policy for Crypto Exchanges and Wallets

Google is expanding the scope of its crypto-related advertisement policy, the latest development in a years-long back and forth from the tech giant.

In a policy statement published Wednesday, Google said that "[b]eginning August 3, advertisers offering Cryptocurrency Exchanges and Wallets targeting the United States may advertise those products and services when they meet the following requirements and are certified by Google."

To qualify, exchanges and wallets need to "[b]e duly registered with (a) FinCEN as a Money Services Business and with at least one state as a money transmitter; or (b) a federal or state chartered bank entity," "[c]omply with relevant legal requirements, including any local legal requirements, whether at a state or federal level" and "ensure their ads and landing pages comply with all Google Ads policies."

The new certification process will replace one that has existed for crypto exchanges since late 2018. 

Project Updates

Ethereum Cat Herders Update #45

London upgrade’s latest devnet — Calaveras is up, introduction to EIP-3584, London Infrastructure Readiness call, Consensus layer implementers meeting, Altair upgrade special PEEPanEIP, Ethereum blockchain users survey and more clients & community update.

Prysmatic Labs Development Update

Team growth, learnings from the first eth2 mainnet incident, r&d updates, sharding news and more in this update from PryLabs.

What’s New in Eth2 - 5 June 2021

The usual updates on the Beacon Chain, the merge, relevant blog posts and media tidbits and more.

zkSync 2.0 Detailed

The alpha version of the zkEVM testnet is now live and this update details exactly what it is, how it works and the path to mainnet.

Ethereum Treasuries Website Launched

This website is a resource where you can find companies, governments and funds that are holding ETH.

Zapper Levels Up

Zapper are now starting to gamify the DeFi experience with their Leveling Up update which allows users to gain experience for doing different tasks on Zapper and earn special NFT prizes.

Alpha Finance May Monthly Summary & June Sneak Peek

This update details all the exciting things that happened in the month of May for Alpha Finance and a sneak peek at what’s coming in June.

Okcoin Integrates with Polygon

Okcoin users can now withdraw Ethereum-based assets from Okcoin to Polygon directly.

Umbra is Live

Umbra, the stealth payments protocol, is now live on the Ethereum mainnet and available for public use.

Gnosis Client Team Joins Erigon

While putting greater resources toward this effort, Gnosis will deprecate the OpenEthereum legacy codebase and work on a migration path for all existing users.

Endaoment Raises $2.5 Million

The raise was led by Framework Ventures with participation from Distributed Global, Station 13, DeFi Alliance, Chapter One, Tony Sheng, Jayson Hobby, 0age, and Ben Rubin.

BarnBridge Integrations Team Update

Over the past two months, the BarnBridge Integrations Team has been working diligently on BarnBridge Developers Documentation along with the updates of the GitHub files in the primary BarnBridge repositories.

Uniswap v3 Calculator Released

This new tool from Flipside Crypto allows users to input a bunch of different parameters to calculate different v3 LP outcomes.

Pods Demo Released

After 3 months of beta testing and improvements on Kovan and Mumbai, the Pods demo has been released on Polygon.

Sherlock Raises $1.5 Million

The round was led by IDEO CoLab ventures with participation from A Capital, Scalar Capital, and DeFi Alliance.

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