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Work is Timeless, Stake is Not

"There are many ways to slice and dice PoS and uncover its weaknesses."

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A Simplified Look at Ethereum’s Casper

"Here’s a simplified sketch of how I understand Casper to work."

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Classifying Staking Implementations: A Framework

"In the following post, I will try to clear up some of the confusion around staking by creating a framework for classification and discussing how delegation works in “pure” PoS implementations."

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Ethereum Tokens: the 5 most used ERC standards

"The Ethereum blockchain, launched in 2014, is widely known for its smart contracts, contracts that are self-executing according to defined parameters. In order to make these smart contracts work as well as possible and to allow them to communicate with each other, the developers have decided to set up standards, the latter are called ERC – Ethereum Request for Comment."

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On consensus

"Achieving and enforcing consensus is at the heart of what makes cryptocurrencies tick. What does it mean and how is it achieved? Let’s start with a dictionary definition."

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THE NEXT GREAT WAVE: A decentralized oracle network

"A decentralized trustless smart oracle network will be highly disruptive technology by creating the first self-verifiable and self-executing environment allowing true automation to occur. "

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Layer 1 Economic Abstraction

"How to drive more blockchain and dApp usage through layer 1 economic abstraction on the current transaction fee model."

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What’s a Sparse Merkle Tree?

"This post will explain exactly what a sparse Merkle tree is, why they’re cool, and what they’re currently being used for."

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Layer 1 Should Be Innovative in the Short Term but Less in the Long Term

"One of the key tradeoffs in blockchain design is whether to build more functionality into base-layer blockchains themselves (“layer 1”), or to build it into protocols that live on top of the blockchain, and can be created and modified without changing the blockchain itself (“layer 2”). "

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The Ultimate Guide to App Coins and Protocol Tokens

"We all know what app coins/tokens are. These are the coins that fire up various applications and they have existed before the blockchain. An excellent example of this is in-house currencies in online multi-player games."

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PoW is Efficient

"Most people think #Bitcoin’s PoW is “wasteful.” In this article, I explore how everything is energy, money is energy, energy usage is subjective, and PoW’s energy costs relative to existing governance systems."

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Atomic Cross-Network Swaps

"The below is a deep dive into the technology powering instant settlement at sparkswap, a new way to trade cryptocurrencies without depositing assets on an exchange. It is a technical article, and it is recommended that readers be familiar with the Lightning Network and Atomic Cross-chain Swaps."

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Ethereum’s ERC-20 Tokens Explained, Simply

"There’s a lot of acronyms in the cryptocurrency space. This intimidates newcomers. The fact that acronyms in this space are sometimes even combinations of letters and numbers confounds that level of intimidation. But there’s nothing fancy about it. Long story short, an ERC-20 token is just a cryptocurrency that’s built on the Ethereum platform. Don’t worry, I’ll explain what that means."

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Ethereum 2.0 — Who’s building it?

"Ethereum’s roadmap is ambitious. In our last article, we described the Ethereum 2.0 vision."

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Identity and Reputation in Web 3

"Identity and reputation are important primitives in the Web 3 world. In this post, I’ll give an overview of the problem space and outline some approaches."

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WebAssembly & The Future of Blockchain Computing

"Being heralded as a game changer for the Web and performant, cross- browser execution, WebAssembly is a standard being developed by the W3C group for an efficient, lightweight instruction set. "

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Finality in Blockchain Consensus

"In the blockchain setting, finality is the affirmation that all well-formed blocks will not be revoked once committed to the blockchain. When users transact, they want to be confident that once their transactions go through, that the transactions cannot be arbitrarily changed or reversed. As such, in designing a blockchain consensus protocol, finality becomes vital."

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State of Ethereum Protocol #1

"A look through all that has been happening in Ethereum’s “Year of Scalability” and progress made on the path towards Ethereum 2.0."

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