Keybase has expanded from cryptocommunication into cryptocurrency by incorporating Stellar into their suite of apps (no official announcement yet). They now provide:
Download the updated apps and try it out. Keybase supports federation, so your Stellar address can be represented by your Keybase username*keybase.io.
Grayscale (subsidiary of Digital Currency Group) has added a trust that allows investors to gain exposure to lumens.
SatoshiPay released Solar Wallet - a desktop wallet with asset management and multi-sig support.
LongHash - a blockchain data analysis firm - studied accounts on the Stellar network to identify the best recipient accounts for a theoretical airdrop. Their analysis indicates that 87% of accounts on the network have less than 10 lumens, and 9.76% of accounts performed 10 or more transactions in the past month. While the research is interesting, airdropping projects cannot target accounts in this way due to the need for trustlines and the related increase in the minimum account balance.
New Kelp - an open-source trading bot for the Stellar DEX - updates:
SatoshiPay - a micropayments provider - has been operating basic validators for over a year and recently launched a cluster of three full validators in Iowa, Frankfurt, and Singapore. A basic validator participates in consensus but does not store the full history of the network, while a full validator both participates in consensus and stores the full network history. A full validator helps other nodes join the network and improves the resiliency of the network. According to SatoshiPay, they join three full validators from SDF, two from Coinqvest, and two from Lobstr.
According to a survey of central banks by the Bank for International Settlements, a majority of central banks are researching CBDCs (central bank digital currencies), but "only a few intend to issue a CBDC in the short to medium term." The report focuses in on two countries where the circulating cash supply has decreased - Sweden and Uruguay - and their respective general purpose CBDCs - the e-Krona and the e-Peso.
Note: These are not on the Stellar network.
Lindsay X. Lin, Legal Counsel at Interstellar and the Stellar Development Foundation, lays out the the technical differences between different decentralized exchanges (0x, Stellar DEX, IDEX, EtherDelta, Bancor, Airswap, etc.) in an explanatory overview of decentralized exchange architecture for the Stanford Journal of Blockchain Law & Policy.
StellarGuard will be adding a throttle feature and an auto-approval mode, allowing users to place caps on how much an asset can be traded per day from their account and allowing users to have transactions signed without user interaction. “Perfect for securing your trading bots!”
SDF details “Stellar Protocol Values” to help guide people as they are submitting protocol changes (CAPs). Highlights:
With funding from the likes of SXSW and the Catalyst Fund, Leaf Global Fintech provides mobile financial services to refugees, helping them arrive in new countries with more money. "Early development of Leaf’s platform utilizes Stellar’s DLT."
CoinDesk profiles Jed McCaleb. Highlights:
Yahoo Finance interviews McCaleb. Highlights:
Stronghold airdropped 100,000 SHX tokens to all of their verified customers - token utility to be announced.
SDF details updates to their approach to developer engagement, including a new developer mailing list for transparency and collaboration, wallet guidelines for security and interoperability, a new Stellar Developer Program for ongoing support project beyond the Stellar Build Challenge, and an evolved Stellar Build Challenge modeled more closely after hackathon events.
OrbitLens of StellarExpert details how he discovered a vulnerability in the Stellar DEX that allowed an attacker to buy small amounts of an asset at a 1:1 rate, and how validators in the network moved quickly to update Stellar Core to eliminate this bug.
Token's USD anchored asset is now paired with tokens like XLM, ETH, XRP, and BTC on the DEX and listed as a new market on Stellarport (see the USD "Markets" tab).
BlockEQ is moving its Android wallet app out of beta with DEX access, token management and trustline issuance, and exchange address recognition.
SDF describes updates to their lumen distribution programs, including more details on the Stellar Community Fund, revisions to the Partnership Grant Program, and a new academic research program to fund proposals that advance financial inclusion.
"The Stellar Development Foundation is soliciting proposals for basic technical, economic, and legal research advancing the foundation’s goals of financial inclusion, fast and inexpensive cross-border payments, efficient decentralized markets, and other beneficial applications of distributed ledger technology."
Swych - a mobile gifting app for sending digital gift cards across borders - is now powering cross-border gifting using the Stellar network.
Leaders from Flutterwave and SureRemit - two Stellar-based companies - spoke at TechCrunch’s Battlefield Africa event in Nigeria.