What is Ethereum?
Ethereum is an open-source decentralized platform that introduced the concept of smart contracts into the blockchain space. Through these smart contracts, developers using the Ethereum network are able to create their own decentralized apps and tokens.

Solana Co-founder Labels Ethereum 'Bourgeois Digital Tyranny
Solana Labs Co-founder, Anatoly Yakovenko, defended the Solana network's accessibility during a Twitter debate from 1st to 2nd October 2023, responding to criticisms regarding the cost of running nodes. Yakovenko contrasted Solana with Ethereum, advocating for negligible costs in state creation to promote true decentralization, despite rebuttals highlighting Solana's high node operation costs favoring corporations.
FTX Japan Launches Blockchain-based Proof of Solvency to Enhance Transparency and Security
FTX Japan has introduced a blockchain-based Proof of Solvency (PoS) to ensure the transparency and security of its customer's assets. The PoS, announced on September 28, 2023, by COO Seth Melamed, enables the objective verification of asset management, allowing customers easy access to verify their balances. The details of PoS will be published weekly on the Ethereum blockchain, marking a significant step towards enhancing trust and transparency in the cryptocurrency ecosystem.
Ethereum's Layer 2s Break New Ground in Scalability
Ethereum has seen a 22% rise in value as of September 2023, largely attributed to the emergence of Layer 2 solutions like BASE by Coinbase, which enhance scalability and user affordability on the network. Leading Layer 2 blockchains, Optimism and Arbitrum, have surpassed major Layer 1 blockchains in Total Value Locked, indicating a growing trust and utilization in the Ethereum ecosystem. Despite centralization concerns, the progressive strides in Layer 2 solutions are poised to bolster Ethereum's standing as a dominant smart contract blockchain.
Friend.Tech Boosts Security with CoolWallet on Base Chain, a decentralized social network on Base's Ethereum layer-2 chain, has seen rapid growth but also faces security risks from phishing attacks. To address this, CoolWallet has launched a Web3 Guardian competition to promote its Web3 SmartScan feature, which screens transactions for malicious behavior.
VanEck Pledges 10% of Ethereum ETF Profits to Protocol Guild
VanEck has announced a 10-year commitment to donate 10% of its Ethereum ETF profits to Protocol Guild, supporting Ethereum's core protocol development. This pledge precedes the anticipated launch of the EFUT ETF, set to bolster mainstream Ethereum adoption.
Ethereum Layer 2s Surpass Prominent Layer 1s in Total Value Locked
The surge of Layer 2 solutions like Arbitrum, Optimism, and BASE, overtaking Layer 1 blockchains Solana and Avalanche in terms of Total Value Locked (TVL) as of September 25, 2023, highlights the pivotal role of Layer 2s in augmenting the scalability and transactional efficiency of the Ethereum network. The data underscores a growing preference for Layer 2 solutions, demonstrating their potential in enhancing the blockchain technology landscape.
Ethereum's ACDE 171 Paves Way for Devnet Launches and Private ETH Transfers
The Ethereum developer community discussed various updates in the 171st ACDE meeting held on September 28, 2023. Key topics included the launch of Dencun devnets, EIP-4788 contract bytecode audits, the re-launch of Holesky, a new proposal for private ETH transfers (EIP-7503), and a small amendment to EIP-6780 concerning the SELFDESTRUCT operation. These discussions indicate a proactive approach towards enhancing Ethereum's network ahead of the next ACDE meeting on October 12.
VanEck Research Predicts Ethereum Price to Reach $11.8k by 2030
VanEck Research revises #Ethereum price target to $11.8k by 2030 following a recent hard fork. The new valuation considers revenues from transaction fees, MEV, and an emerging "Security as a Service" model.
Arbitrum Foundation and Fracton Ventures Ally to Boost Arbitrum Adoption in Japan
The Arbitrum Foundation has formed a strategic partnership with Fracton Ventures to launch Arbitrum Japan, aiming to accelerate blockchain technology adoption and expand the Arbitrum ecosystem in the country. This alliance is poised to generate new business avenues, especially in finance and entertainment sectors, and bolster community engagement through educational initiatives.
FTX Hack Suspect Reactivates Wallet
Blockchain analytics firm Spot On Chain reported a significant movement in a crypto wallet associated with the historic FTX hack on September 30, 2023. The wallet, labeled 0x3e957, transferred 2,500 ETH (approx. $4.2 million) amidst the anticipation surrounding the launch of Ethereum-based ETFs in the U.S. This marks the first activity in the wallet since the hack, with the wallet still holding 12,500 ETH.

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