EthHub Weekly #184

Polygon and EY team up, Optimism announces major upgrade, Hop now supports Arbitrum, Uniswap launches auto router and much more!

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

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🤪 Ups and Downs

Well that was quite a wild week in the crypto markets hey? At time of writing the price of ETH is hovering just above $3,000 as it dumped due to a global equities sell-off that seems to have been caused by some real estate industry troubles in China. You’ve probably seen all the hot takes about this on Twitter by now so I won’t give mine but be sure to listen in to the podcast tomorrow for Eric and I’s thoughts.

I made 2 media appearances over the last week - one was on Bankless’ new show Layer 0 where David Hoffman and I talked about all things Ethereum, life, and beyond (watch that here) and the other was on the Staking Mondays podcast to talk about all things staking and eth2 (watch that here).

Have a great week everyone!


News of the Week

😬 OpenSea Confirms Executive Used Insider Knowledge When Buying NFTs

On Tuesday, OpenSea co-founder and CEO Devin Finzer said that Chastain had been asked to resign from his position at the startup.

"When we launched OpenSea, there was only one collection on our platform: CryptoKitties. Today, there are 20 million NFTs to discover on OpenSea," he wrote. "We owe this growth to the vibrant community of creators and collectors who use our platform every day, and we have a strong obligation to this community to move it forward responsibly and diligently. The behavior of one of our employees violated that obligation and, yesterday, we requested and accepted his resignation."

Finzer said that a previously announced investigation is ongoing "but we are committed to quickly implementing its recommendations."

⚖️ Binance to Abandon Decentralized HQ Concept After Some Regulators Think it’s ‘Dodgy’

Crypto exchange Binance is poised to shift away from its long-standing "decentralized headquarters" narrative as it faces global regulatory headwinds.

In a TV interview with the South China Morning Post on Thursday, Binance co-founder and CEO Changpeng Zhao was asked how Binance is getting itself ready to apply for licenses in jurisdictions that have clearer licensing regimes. 

In response, Zhao acknowledged that Binance's pitch over the past several years that it is a global, decentralized operation with no headquarters does not go down well with regulators.

"Four years ago when we started it, we wanted to embrace the decentralized model so we wanted to have decentralized teams everywhere. But we do run one centralized exchange, which is the biggest part of our business. Now we have come to realize that for the regulators, we need to be centralized," he said, during the interview.

Project Updates

Ethereum Cat Herders Update #48

Ethereum mainnet attack, Travis CI security issue, Merge — engine API design, Beacon chain upgrade — Altair on mainnet in October, All core dev meeting, Verkle Tree presentation, and more community update.

Arbitrum Sequencer Suffers Brief Downtime

The Arbitrum Sequencer was down for approximately 45 minutes on September 14th due to a bug that caused the sequencer to get stuck when it received a very large burst of transactions in a short period of time.

The Future of Optimistic Ethereum

One-click deploy is coming in October for Optimistic Ethereum as OE will now have EVM equivalence meaning that no modifications need to be made to the code of any app already running on Ethereum layer 1.

Polygon and EY Team Up

Polygon have started a collaboration with EY, a global professional services and technology firm, on building Ethereum scaling and enterprise solutions. The first release is Polygon Nightfall, a privacy-focused rollup.

Hop Protocol Adds Arbitrum Support

Users can now send USDC and USDT from Arbitrum to any Hop supported network in minutes and vice versa.

ENS and Spruce Team Up

The two teams have teamed up to build a functional Sign-in with Ethereum feature that will allow users to use their Ethereum accounts to access web services instead of accounts owned by large corporations.

Uniswap Launches Auto Router

Auto Router delivers better execution prices for traders by splitting routes, using more data, and factoring in gas costs.

Zapper Quests Season 2 Announced

This season builds on the success of Season 1 with an introduction to Zapperverse Lore and exciting new mechanisms including rarity levels, crafting, and Volts.

Morty’s Introduced

Martingale shares (Morty’s) represent fractional ownership of classes of NFTs. They do not require buyouts or oracles, but instead rely on a random Martingale settlement process.

Loomlock Detailed

Loomlock is a physical lockout device that is designed to give you back control of your life from addictions and vices. A Loomlock comes with a built-in timer, and until that timer reaches zero, the Loomlock remains locked.

Zodiac Unveiled

Zodiac is a composable design philosophy for DAOs and a collection of tools built according to an open standard. The zodiac open standard enables DAOs to act more like constellations, connecting platforms, protocols, and chains, no longer confined to monolithic designs.

Immutable Raises $60 Million

Immutable has raised $60 million in a Series B funding round to bolster its non-fungible token (NFT) trading infrastructure. The round was led by BITKRAFT Ventures and King Rival Capital.

OpenSea Mobile App Intoduced

Discover NFTs by category, track the latest drops, and follow the collections you love with the new OpenSea mobile app.

Staking v2 Live on mStable

You can now earn MTA rewards, swap fees and Balancer tokens in v2 of the mStable staking system.

Optics Bridge Now Live

Users can now bridge any ERC-20 token between any supported network (with Ethereum, Polygon and Celo currently supported).

EnterDAO Whitepaper Published

In this whitepaper, EnterDAO details their core products, roadmap, token distribution and more.

0xMaki Steps Down from Sushiswap Lead Role

An anonymous leader at decentralized exchange protocol Sushiswap - 0xMaki - has stepped down from his leadership position with the project and into an advisory role.

Domination Finance Raises $3.2 Million

The round was led by ParaFi Capital with participation from a wide range of other investors.

Forefront Raises $2.1 Million

The raise was done via a community driven treasury diverisation round that was led by 1kx and Scalar capital with participation from other funds and angels.

LayerZero Introduced

LayerZero bills itself as “an omnichain interoperability protocol” that aims to connect all chains in a seamless way.

Aztec Protocol Updates

Gas efficiency improved on Aztec’s rollup, founders Zac and Joe make an appearance on Epicenter, Aztec team continues to grow and more. Aztec 2.0 updates were also detailed here.

Tracer Perpetual Pools Live on Arbitrum

Perpetual Pools is a new financial primitive that enables anybody to take a short or long position on any underlying asset. These positions are non-liquidatable, fully collateralised, fully-fungible and can exist perpetually without upkeep. You can now trade these perpetual pools on Arbitrum.

1inch and Oasis Team Up

The integration provides Oasis users with cheaper swap rates and better security, while also expanding 1inch’s reach in the DeFi space.

Oasis Multiply Now Live

You can now increase your exposure on MakerDAO up to 4x in a single click using the Oasis Multiply feature.

Unirep Introduced

Unirep is a protocol that allows users to receive and give reputation anonymously and prove their own reputation on other platforms that support the protocol.

Smol Puddle Launched

Smol Puddle is the first ERC721 Market for Arbitrum with a decentralized orderbook using Waku and 99.9% client-side powered.

Nested AMMs Introduced

Nested AMM is an AMM design which can handle multiple related tokens, and money (stablecoins). It allows for low-slippage trades between the related tokens, and higher slippage when trading with money.

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