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Ethereum

Links to the best articles, videos and podcasts about Ethereum.

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Merkle trees: a visual introduction

"In this visual essay, we try our best to explain Merkle trees from first principles. The only assumption we make is that you have a basic understanding of what blockchains are, and that you’re familiar with the concept of a binary tree."

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“Ethereum isn’t Decentralized”…And Other Myths

"Do the space cat’s claims have merit? Let’s take a closer look, starting with the big one."

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Are Stablecoins Parasites? (Market Monday - Lite)

"Messari made an interesting observation last week. The amount of value moved with these stablecoins now exceeds the amount of value moved using ETH on Ethereum."

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How Not To Critique Ethereum

"A Handy Guide For Bitcoiners"

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The Year in Ethereum 2019

"Ethereum began as a blank canvas."

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A more private ETH wallet?

"In my last blog post, I said that tornado is a fantastic building block that will let some clever developers build a much more private Ethereum wallet. In this post I’m going to describe the wallet I’d like to use."

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The trillion dollar case for ETH (Full)

"A bullish case for ETH as economic bandwidth powering a trustless economy"

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How Not To Critique Ethereum

"Tensions between the Bitcoin and Ethereum communities have steadily risen over the years. I’m not entirely sure why this is, but my pet theory is that it has something to with the confluence of bear-market-blues, impatience with technical progress, and unusual weather patterns."

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Liquidators: The Secret Whales Helping DeFi Function

"Liquidators are underexamined actors in the DeFi space, working, like miners and validators, behind the scenes to keep the entire system functioning and being handsomely rewarded for doing so. Unlike miners and validators, however, liquidators require effectively no upfront capital investment, creating an ecosystem of professionals operating from potentially anywhere in the world, entirely anonymously, getting paid to keep markets solvent."

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Introduction to Multisig Contracts

"What is a multisig and which multisig should I use? Here’s your answer."

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Ethereum: The Money-Game Landscape

"Ethereum is a place to build things that all compete for value"

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Anticipating Ethereum 2 in 2020

"2020 is shaping up to be a pivotal year for Ethereum 2 with the expected launch of the first phase, known as the beacon chain, accelerated work on additional phases, and growth of the supporting ecosystem. This is a personal view of my expectations for Ethereum 2 over the next year, based on the work needed to deliver Ethereum 2 and the current state of this development."

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Ethereum for dummies

"This post is intended for the average user of the internet — someone who uses apps but does not necessarily develop them makes online purchases but does not necessarily understand how they are transacted behind the scenes."

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Base Layers And Functionality Escape Velocity

"One common strand of thinking in blockchain land goes as follows: blockchains should be maximally simple, because they are a piece of infrastructure that is difficult to change and would lead to great harms if it breaks, and more complex functionality should be built on top, in the form of layer 2 protocols: state channels, Plasma, rollup, and so forth. Layer 2 should be the site of ongoing innovation, layer 1 should be the site of stability and maintenance, with large changes only in emergencies"

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Recursive Zero-Knowledge Proofs: A Comprehensive Primer

"Most of the discussion will be at a relatively high and intuitive level; it is assumed only that the reader has a basic familiarity with zero-knowledge proof systems, group theory, and computational complexity up to understanding the class of problems known as NP."

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Simple Explanations of Arithmetic Circuits and Zero-Knowledge Proof

"In a zero-knowledge proof, a prover wants to convince a verifier that some public statement is true. However, the proof of this statement holds sensitive details that can’t be shared."

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Ethereum 101: What’s a Blockchain?

"In the case of Bitcoin or Ethereum, a blockchain can be thought of as a shared, public database. Anyone can download a copy of this database and participate in adding new records to it."

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Ethereum 101: How are Transactions Included in a Block?

"This is the second installment in the Ethereum 101 series. Previously, we explored blocks and how they’re linked to form a blockchain, then downloaded Ethereum Grid and poked around at real block data on a test network."

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