January 6, 2019
Amid all the reflection and celebration prompted by the historic 10th anniversary of the Bitcoin blockchain’s genesis block (i.e., block #0), the crypto ecosystem has begun 2019 brimming with developments, product releases and other exciting news.
To fill you in on what’s been happening in the crypto space over the past day or so, I’ve pieced together a 16-part thread. Can’t be bothered looking through the whole thing? All good! Below, I’ve put what I considered the ten most noteworthy inclusions. Enjoy!
 MimbleWimble-based privacy cryptocurrency BEAM was scheduled to launch on mainnet on January 3rd at 14:00 GMT. Read all about the launch here. Also, be sure to check out the Beam Block Explorer to monitor the network and mining flow. Note: the other highly anticipated implementation of the MimbleWimble protocol, Grin, is aiming for a mid-January mainnet launch.
 Sentinel (SENT) publicly launched its Tendermint Testnet (STT) v1.1, making the Sentinel dVPN fully functional on Tendermint core! This marked the first step in Sentinel’s transition from Ethereum to a native Tendermint chain.
 Open-source bounties platform Gitcoin announced its ‘Gitcoin Grants’ product! Marks the first Ethereum-based platform that’s able to accept recurring, on-chain payments (i.e., EIP-1337 ). Check out the live Gitcoin Grants applications here.
 Erik Zhang (Co-Founder & Core Developer, NEO) shared that NEO’s developers are on the verge of completing a slew of improvements re its dBFT consensus algorithm. A release before next month’s NEO DevCon, perhaps?
 Mid-tier cryptocurrency exchange KuCoin confirmed a late-January launch of KuCoin 2.0, a so-called “dynamic, secure and malleable trading platform.” Further, they’re expecting a 2Q19 launch of their KuMEX crypto derivatives trading platform. This will be followed by the release of GUMO, a “new trading platform that provides investment channels for large-value trading users.”
 SEFToken Inc. has become the first entity to tokenize a covered warrant (i.e., a type of warrant issued without an accompanying bond or equity). Is issued on the Ethereum-powered Securitize compliance platform. Convertible into equity in Mercari, a licensed electronic swap execution facility headquartered in Australia.
 According to New York State (NYS) Assembly Member Clyde Vanel, NYS has become the first U.S. state to create a cryptocurrency task force. Comprising technologists, consumers, enterprises, and investors, the 9-person task force will study how to properly regulate, define and use crypto.
 Today saw the launch of the first Panama-based foundation focused on blockchain development and regulatory inclusion! The Latin American Blockchain and Fintech Initiative (LABFin) was recently formed by well-known crypto projects including Komodo (KMD), NEM (XEM), and Pundi X (NPXS).
 Arjun Balaji (CIO, Shomei Capital) put together a terrific 63-part blog post looking firstly at the year that was for various arms of the crypto ecosystem, before closing with some thoughts on prices and adoption. Be warned, it’s quite a lengthy read, but that shouldn’t be a reason not to check it out!
 Nuggets News’ very own Alex Saunders uploaded a 20-minute interview with Jez San (Founder & CEO, FunFair). In their chat, Alex heard about all the latest developments out of FunFair (FUN), a crypto project creating blockchain-based solutions for the online gaming space.
Want to see all 16 parts of today’s thread? All you have to do is click through down below.
Below, I’ve pieced together a 15-part thread filled with developments from the past day or two. Hope it proves helpful! pic.twitter.com/7HirE0LqgB
— Matthew Willemsen (@mwill_crypto) January 3, 2019
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