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On Efficient Ethereum Storage

"As you make headway in the quest to reduce gas costs wherever possible, you inevitably discover that on-chain storage is frequently the most significant expense."

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Maker Network Overview

"This is not intended as an introduction to the inner workings of the Maker system."

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Crypto Jurisdiction

"Jurisdiction is a complex legal doctrine, but a fairly simple concept. Jurisdiction is how legal regimes govern crypto, and how crypto will govern legal regimes."

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The Best Time to Buy & Build Tokens

"Over the last few quarters, we’ve watched entrepreneurs shift their fundraising focus from token-based protocols to the relative safety of equity-capitalized, cash-flow extracting businesses."

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Past, Present, Future: From Co-ops to Cryptonetworks

"Today, some of the most valuable corporations in the world today are “network operators”. Thanks to network effects, these platforms become more valuable to existing users as each new user joins. Network effects are innocuous at first, but can cause concern at scale if platforms enter an “extractive” phase in their lifecycle."

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Algorithmic Trading in Crypto

"We explore the design and implementation of trading algorithms in the crypto space. In particular, we focus on execution algos, market making algos, and several market microstructure considerations. We also investigate where practice diverges from theory, especially in handling the idiosyncrasies of the crypto markets."

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A Primer on Bitcoin Investor Sentiment and Changes in Saving Behavior

"In our conversations with institutional investors, we often get asked the question “What is your model to value Bitcoin?”. Investors want to know what the fundamental drivers are behind BTC price gyrations, and whether at a given time Bitcoin is overvalued, undervalued, or at fair value."

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Evaluating MKR

"This article goes into the secondary market valuation of MKR, and the interesting game-theoretical outcomes that result of the Buyback and Burn model."

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BLOCKCHAIN PRIVACY: EQUAL PARTS THEORY AND THEATER

"The cryptocurrency community has done a poor job of evaluating privacy. We are even worse at explaining the tradeoffs of different implementations to regular users. Improvement is necessary and it needs to happen now. Many of these protocols aspire to be the future of payments — one of them may win. By the time that happens, it’ll be too late to get the design right."

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Secure wallet systems

"In summary, a commercial wallet based on a “Secure Split Key” or threshold system can secure a digital wallet, or another type of resource for that matter"

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Smart Contracts on Plasma

"Lifting the execution of smart contracts onto a layer-2 blockchain is one of the core goals of the community which holds a huge potential. This solution will extend the capacity of Ethereum not only for the transfers of funds, but also for the execution of rules."

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Security Budget in the Long Run

"A discussion of Bitcoin’s ability to resist 51% attacks (ie, its “security budget”). Competition makes it difficult for one network to collect enough fees – instead, we should try to collect fees from all networks."

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Taproot Is Coming: What It Is, and How It Will Benefit Bitcoin

"Bitcoin users may, before long, be able to benefit from a trick called “Taproot.” First proposed by Bitcoin Core contributor and former Blockstream CTO Gregory Maxwell, Taproot would expand on Bitcoin’s smart contract flexibility, while offering more privacy in doing so. Even the most complex smart contracts would, on the blockchain, typically be indistinguishable from regular transactions."

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BetterHash Protocol Lets Pool Miners Regain Control Over Their Hash Power

"One problem that concerns many is the centralization of mining within the Bitcoin ecosystem. Fortunately, there are talented developers working to solve this problem and Matt Corallo, full-time Bitcoin developer at Chaincode Labs, is one of them. His BetterHash Mining Protocol is intended to significantly decrease the problems associated with mining pool centralization."

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Sharding: What it is and why many blockchain protocols rely on it

"Sharding is one of several popular methods being explored by developers to increase transactional throughput."

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A Comprehensive Guide to the Different Ethereum Token Standards

"In this guide, we take a look at many different token standards, including some very new and cutting-edge ones."

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vRAM, The “Hard Drive” EOS Has Always Needed

" As it stands with the current RAM model, building sophisticated dApps that require gigabytes of storage to house relevant usage data is impractical."

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Introducing P4: Private Periodic Payment Protocol

"Least Authority has recently designed a protocol called the Private Periodic Payment Protocol, or P4, which aims to define the way in which subscription services can be funded using end-to-end private cryptocurrency payments."

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