gm everyone - this Issue is shorter than usual as it’s been a quiet week with everyone preparing for the Merge. If you have any feedback or suggestions to help improve this newsletter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Layer 2 wars are kicking off
- Instagram integrated NFTs
- Vitalik wrote a book!
Now, let’s get into it all! 🚀
⚔️ The Layer 2 wars are heating up!
Arbitrum had a huge update that increased throughput and lowered fees which sparked conversations across Twitter about how cheap it’s getting to use Layer 2s.
Slowly then suddenly. More and more people are using Layer 2s instead of Layer 1, as the ecosystems are making huge developments. Transactions are cheaper and faster, which is seeing many new use cases emerge, and the ability to use the Dapps we love at a fraction of the price.
We’re building on zkSync and StarkNet as we believe that ZK rollups with account abstraction will provide the scalability to bring crypto to the masses. StarkNet has seen incredible growth since its launch, and zkSync 2.0 is launching later this year with over 250 Dapps building in stealth.
Let the Layer 2 wars commence!
🖼 Web2 is adopting Web3
In an attempt to ride the trends in Web3, Instagram launched support for NFTs.
“NFTs have opened the doors to new opportunities for me and other artists around the world. This new technology provides us with another outlet to make a living and to connect with our fans and collectors. Instagram has helped build careers for so many creatives, including myself, and now our communities can support us further by sharing our work on the platform.” - Instagram
Instagram just released NFT posting to every user with WalletConnect support 📲— pedrouid.eth 📲 (@pedrouid) August 30, 2022
This is the largest app to date supporting WalletConnect protocol 🙏
WalletConnect everywhere 🌎 pic.twitter.com/YG1M8WxHhe
Argent isn’t supported with Instagram yet, but this may change in the future as Argent is the most secure place to store your NFTs.
📖 A collection of works by Vitalik
Vitalik has written a book which is a collection of his works over the past 10 years. This book will peel back the many layers of Vitalik’s thinking, revealing his curiosity and thoughts on various social, economic, and political issues. It’ll be a must-read and will be available to read at the end of this month!
"Proof of Stake", the (physical and digital) book compiling various writings I've made over the last ~10 years, will be out in a month!— vitalik.eth (@VitalikButerin) August 31, 2022
You can get a signed digital copy and NFT here: https://t.co/RCZPHs9rpe
My share of the proceeds all goes to @gitcoin grants public goods!
📚 What we’re reading
Interview: Vitalik Buterin, creator of Ethereum - Noah Smith
On Royalties - 0xfoobar
Who will control crypto? - Saffron Huang & Josh Stark
💭 What’s happening at Argent
Next Tuesday, 2PM UTC we’re hosting an exciting Twitter Space that will go in detail about the Merge, why it matters, Merge misconceptions and we’ll have a fun quickfire round at the end. You won’t want to miss it!
the Merge is happening in around 2 weeks!— Argent (@argentHQ) September 1, 2022
but what is it? and why does it matter?
we explain all you need to know and more in an incredible Twitter Space with @itamarl, @superphiz, and @sassal0x
tuesday, 6th Sept, 2PM UTC pic.twitter.com/0uQi4bCyYL
🤔 Smaller but interesting news
Here are a few smaller things we’ve found interesting this week:
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