DotLeap 119 - Moonbeam halts and resumes
New runtime upgrade, Acala's xtokens, Astar's Smart Contracts 2.0, and more.
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🔴 ⭕️ Relay Chain
total supply - ~1.3b DOT | staking - 47.3% | parachains & crowdloans - 10%
Moonsama has won the most recent parachain lease auction.
Polkadot 0.9.41 has been released. This is a client-only (no runtime) release being released with MEDIUM upgrade priority. This release should fix the dispute issues that occurred with 0.9.40, along with some minor networking fixes.
Kagome 0.9.0 has been released. Kagome is a Polkadot Host implementation written in C++. This version includes parachain and light client support.
🔴 🏛 Governance
Motion 375, retroactively funding Acala for Chopsticks, a testing client that allows 1-step recreation of Substrate-based networks, was approved.
Motion 376, to fund the organisational costs of Polkadot @ ETH Denver 2023, was approved.
Motion 377, enabling community contributions for verified creators, did not reach majority.
Motion 378, funding continuous development and improvement of sc-simnode, was approved.
Motion 380, to fund Connect the Dot, did not reach majority.
Motion 381, proposing to add the Bridge Hub as a system parachain to Polkadot, has passed Polkadot Council. It now goes to a Referendum vote by all DOT holders.
Motion 382, funding tranche 1/3 of Polkadot Decoded 2023, is under consideration.
Referendum 108, proposing to fix the genesis registration for the Manta parachain but was superseded by Ref 110, did not pass.
Referendum 112, proposing to immediately increase the number of validators in the active set from 297 to 500, is currently failing with 26% in favor and less than 18 days left to vote.
Referendum 113, proposing to reset the genesis block of the Watr parachain, is currently passing with 99% in favor and less than 6 days left to vote.
A postmortem on the recent dispute storm, where a validator issued numerous parachain disputes, slowing down block production time, has been published.
Kusama Updates ₑₓₚₑcₜ cₕₐₒₛ
🦅 ⭕️ Relay Chain
total supply - ~13.45m KSM | staking - 51.7% | parachains & crowdloans - 2%
Acurast and Aband has won the most recent parachain lease auctions.
🦅 🏛 Governance
Root - for proposals that seek to update the network
Referendum 145, looking to redirect Society funds to be staked for the benefit of the Kusama Treasury, currently has 8% in favor and no decision deposit placed.
Whitelisted Caller - for proposals approved by the Fellowship
Referendum 134, proposing to upgrade Kusama relay chain to runtime v9381 and system parachains to v9382, has passed and executed.
Small Spender - for proposals requesting less than 333.33 KSM
Referendum 139, resubmitting a previously-approved and erroneously-cancelled tip for Turboflakes, has passed.
Referendum 143, to fund a substrate-specific Neovim IDE, is failing.
Medium Spender - for proposals requesting less than 3,333.33 KSM
Referendum 135, funding Substrate in Bits, a series of in-depth technical content focused on addressing the pain points of developers building with Substrate, was approved.
Referendum 137, funding the 2022 maintenance costs of SubQuery Dictionary Projects, was approved.
Referendum 141, to select curators for the Parachain Assets Onramp Support Bounty, was approved.
Referendum 148, to fund Impulse DAO’s development of 5 on-chain WASM games for developers, is currently failing.
Referendum 149, to fund DOTCAST–brand development and content production for the Spanish speaking community, is currently failing.
Referendum 150, to fund a team of academic specialists from Robonomics Network to create a course for those who see the Polkadot and Kusama ecosystem for the first time, is currently passing.
Big Spender - for proposals requesting less than 33,333.33 KSM
Referendum 132, to fund the development of Elixir Docs, was rejected.
Referendum 138, to fund the development of 8-9 and 11-12 milestones of OpenBrush, was approved.
Referendum 142, to cover the next 6 months of development for KusamaHub, was rejected.
Referendum 144, to top-up the Infrastructure maintenance bounty, is live.
⛓ Connected Parachains, dApps, and others
projects connected to the DOT and KSM relay chains
Astar introduced Smart Contracts 2.0, offering the best of both EVM and WASM VM Smart Contracts.
Astar announced that Japanese snack food maker Calbee Inc. will deploy its evolving Potato Chip NFTs to Astar.
Astar announced round 1 candidates of the Astar x Sony Web3 Incubation Program.
Acala released cross-chain token library xtokens. Used by multiple parachains for XCM token transfer implementation, it provides cross-chain token transfer functionality with programmable logic seamless for dapps & wallets.
Acurast released Data Transmitter v1.3.7.
CLV released a new and improved blockchain explorer.
HydraDX announced a new OTC feature allowing trustless swaps of one asset for another is live.
KILT announced a collaboration with Axel Springer, one of the world's largest digital publishers.
Litentry introduced IdentityHub Alpha, an identity management tool that prioritizes privacy and security.
Manta announced Moonshot Commons, Alliance, TalenTale, and LongHashX Accelerator as a new ecosystem incubator partner.
Manta joined the BNB Zero2Hero as a bounty provider.
Manta published Enabling Private Identity on Manta Network Through A Suite of New Products.
Mangata X is now listing Statemine tokens.
Moonbeam published a Root Cause Analysis of the recent interruption to its block production.
Subsocial announced a mobile-focused app which provides an anonymous and censorship-resistant messaging experience; it can be used without tokens or a wallet due to Subsocial’s unique energy system.
t3rn released the final part of the blog series on executors, crucial actors in the t3rn ecosystem.
Ternoa announced an integration with the revolutionary game engine Unity Games.
Ternoa published a recap of its Hackathon program.
OriginTrail released a 2022 report featuring in-depth analysis of all the achievements of the network.
Various projects released ecosystem reports: Aleph Zero, Aventus, Bifrost, Bit.Country, Centrifuge, CLV, Darwinia, Interlay, InvArch, Gear, Phala, PolkaBridge, Subsocial, SORA, TEA Project.
🌎 Community & Ecosystem
Bill Laboon (Web3 Foundation head of education) was part of a Twitter Space discussing the differences between Polkadot, Arbitrum, and THORChain today at 15.00 UTC.
Polkadot Blog published a blog post commemorating the W3F Grants Program reaching the milestone of 500 grants signed.
Web3 Foundation revealed Wave 17 grant recipients.
The Encode Club Polkadot Educate Series 2023 has wrapped up, with workshops from numerous Polkadot ecosystem teams available here. Watch all the workshop videos now.
W3F Researcher Jonas Gehrlein has released a new paper, An active preference learning approach to aid the selection of validators in blockchain environment.
There are now over 3 million DOT staked in nomination pools.
Polkadot Now India has concluded, with over 1000 attendees. For more details on the event, see here.
Have an ink! project you are looking to fund? Check out the ink!ubator for ink! Grants.
Shawn Tabrizi gave a talk on What is Shared Security? at EthDenver 2023.
The next Polkadot Community Call will take place on April 20, 4pm CEST. Set a reminder here.
On April 26-28, Polkadot is going to Consensus 2023 with 15 different teams representing the ecosystem.
🌠 NFT Review
A weekly newsletter keeping up with the evolution of NFTs in the Dotsama ecosystem.
RMRK unveiled Nested Royalties and GBM Auctions on Singular NFT Marketplace.
Bit.Country introduced estate staking, allowing users to stake $NEER in their estates and earn BIT 0.00 rewards from an exclusive 20% pool of $BIT mined per round.
Moonsama Nation hosted a Twitter Space with Exosama CEO Donnie and another on The Next Steps for Moonsama.
👷♂️ Jobs in Web 3.0
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Web3 Foundation is looking for a Technical Educator, Spec Engineer, and Technical Grants Evaluator. Apply here.
That's it for this week - I hope this was as useful for you to read as it was for us to write!
Many thanks to Bill Laboon for his daily digest—which helps us not miss some important updates—and Raul Romanutti for helping us ensure that the governance news is accurate.
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