January 19, 2019
The crypto and blockchain ecosystem has finished the week with plenty left in the tank. The past day or two has seen a ton of developments occur. To help you stay on top of it all, I pieced together a 23-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!
 ICON (ICX) published a write-up detailing their strategy to expand the ICON public blockchain ecosystem! There’s plenty planned for 1H19, including the launch of a DEX, decentralised identification (DID) smartphone app, and Tokyo-based dApp launchpad.
 Will Warren (Co-Founder & CEO, 0x) published the first of a series of blog posts on 0x’s roadmap. It focuses solely on 0x Improvement Proposals (ZEIPs), many of which he says will integrate into 0x v3.0 (planned for 3Q19). In other 0x-related news, BoxSwap announced they’d been selected for the 0x Ecosystem Acceleration Program (EAP).
 The team behind dark pool protocol for large-scale crypto trading, Republic Protocol (REN), have begun pursuing a broader vision – according to an announcement shared on Friday. In doing so, they’ve evolved to Ren, a privacy-preserving virtual machine (VM) powering zero-knowledge financial apps.
 Presenting at The North American Bitcoin Conference (Miami), Brian Hoffman (CEO, OB1; Product Lead, OpenBazaar) unveiled Haven, a new smartphone app that allows users to shop, chat, and sent crypto in a private manner.
 New York-headquartered Grayscale Investments announced the launch of its tenth investment product, the Grayscale Stellar Lumens Trust! Marks the world’s first investment vehicle that allows HNWIs and institutional investors to gain exposure to lumens (XLM). Grayscale also announced that its single-asset products have changed names.
 Blockchain-based lending network Cred (LBA) unveiled its EarnCrypto financial product. Available only on Uphold, users can loan Cred various assets and earn interest in return! Supported cryptos: bitcoin (BTC) (10% APY), XRP (XRP) (5%) and ether (ETH) (3%).
 With their Fuxi testnet having operated for six months, Cosmos-powered service infrastructure and protocol IRISnet announced a mid-February launch of their IRIS Betanet. This milestone will represent the first step towards IRISnet’s mainnet release!
 Waves (WAVES) launched a grant program to incentivise development in its budding ecosystem. Startups, as well as individual developers, are eligible to apply. The announcement came as part of a relaunch of Waves Labs’ (now former) ICO incubation program.
 The token sale date for BitTorrent’s BTT token has been announced during day one of the NiTRON Summit in San Francisco. The sale will be available exclusively to non-U.S. accounts on Binance Launchpad starting January 28 (07:00 PST). Also unveiled was on day one of the summit was BitTorrent Speed (launching 2Q19).
 Two weeks ahead of schedule, NKN (NKN) have unveiled Meerkat, their final testnet release! Mainnet Preview is planned to ship pre-March, before Mainnet Beta (i.e., Beluga) during March.
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— Matthew Willemsen (@mwill_crypto) January 18, 2019
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