EthHub Weekly #183

Rocket Pool gets a mainnet date, Gitcoin Grants Round 11 now live, EnterDAO announced and much more!

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

💸 Gitcoin Season

Well it’s that time for the year again when we all get out or ETH or DAI and donate to our favorite projects on Gitcoin Grants during a matching round ($950,000 of matching funds is up for grabs this time). Of course, if you’d like to support our ongoing work at EthHub you can donate to our grant here but definitely don’t stop there as there are plenty of other amazing projects for you to donate to!

Have a great week everyone!


News of the Week

💳 Mastercard Acquires CipherTrace to Boost Crypto Security and Compliance

Payment services company Mastercard has acquired blockchain analytics firm CipherTrace to bolster its own cyber security tools and to better comply with crypto regulatory guidelines, according to an announcement on Thursday. The amount offered for the acquisition remains undisclosed. 

“With the rapid growth of the digital asset ecosystem comes the need to ensure it is trusted and safe,” said Ajay Bhalla, president of Cyber and Intelligence at Mastercard, in the statement. “Our aim is to build upon the complementary capabilities of Mastercard and CipherTrace to do just this.”

In addition to gathering data in the crypto space, CipherTrace publishes yearly reports about the trends in the crypto ecosystem and has built compliance tools for decentralized exchanges. 

🤔 Brian Armstrong Responds to SEC Threats to Shut Down Coinbase Yield Product

Crypto exchange Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong responded Tuesday evening to planned enforcement by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission pertaining to the firm’s recently announced yield-generating product.

The firm, which went public on the Nasdaq stock exchange in April, received a subpoena by the SEC less than three months after it announced to the market a product, dubbed Lend, that would allow users the opportunity to earn yields on deposits of USDC on its platform. That's a much juicer yield than what is offered by consumer banks, which provide less than a basis point for savings accounts.

Armstrong said that the exchange contacted the SEC about its yield product and the SEC told Coinbase that the offering is a security but gave no guidance on the compliance with existing laws.

Project Updates

What’s New in Eth2 - 10 September 2021

Updates on the Beacon Chain, Altair, The Merge, staking and more in this weeks what’s new in eth2.

Lido DAO Approves Research Grant for Obol

Obol Technologies received a $100,000 LDO grant from Lido to research Secret Shared Validator technology.

Rocket Pool Details Mainnet Launch

The Rocket Pool mainnet will go live on the 6th of October 2021 with a set of launch Oracle DAO members, a new bug bounty program and information on their audits.

Dai Almost Ready for Arbitrum

Maker Protocol’s Engineering CU are working to connect Dai to Arbitrum and will conduct a final audit of the Custom DAI Gateway before the launch.

Gitcoin Grants Round 11 Now Live

The largest matching pool ever ($950,000) will be paid out to grants on the Gitcoin platform - go donate to your favorite projects to spread the love!

LaLiga Joins Sorare

One of the most popular leagues in sports ever, LaLiga becomes the first of the top 5 world football leagues to enter the NFT space utilizing Sorare’s layer 2 platform.

Introducing Sherlock

Sherlock is a risk management platform built on Ethereum and designed to keep end users protected by providing affordable and scalable coverage to protocols.

Introducing Deevy

Deevy is a randomized trading game with unique sets generated and stored on chain inspired by Loot and Andre’s Rarity.

Polygon and Mina Team Up

The projects have teamed up to build a bridge that will enable developers building dapps on Polygon to leverage privacy and verifiability via Mina's zk-SNARK-based protocol.

Oiler Community Update #1

In this new fortnightly series update, the Oiler team will be sharing a high-level overview on what’s keeping the team at Oiler busy behind the scenes.

Atek Cloud Announced

Atek is a personal cloud for small home servers like Raspberry Pis. It uses peer-to-peer tech to connect your devices so you can share posts, photos, chats, and applications with the privacy and control you want.

EPNS Governance Detailed

EPNS is has launched their governance framework along with a roadmap of Progressive Decentralized Governance.

EnterDAO Announced

EnterDAO is a decentralized organization on the Ethereum blockchain founded with the mission to build products enabling new markets within the metaverse economy.

Introducing NFT Floor Price Markets

These new markets are now live on Polymarket and allow you to go long or short on the “floor price” of CryptoPunks, Blitmaps, Bored Apes and Loot NFTs.

Lyra Introduces Trial Liquidity Mining Program

This trial liquidity mining program is designed to increase the supply of sUSD on OE and enable a better experience for Lyra’s traders and liquidity providers.

Zapper Product Update #3

Wallet avatars, NFT mania and more in this product update from Zapper.

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