The Protocol: Which Ethereum Layer-2 Project ISN’T Competing to Land Celo?

In this week’s issue of The Protocol, we highlight layoffs hitting key firms as well, and how blockchain projects are competing for new mandates – specifically big Ethereum layer-2 developers like OP Labs, Polygon and Matter Labs vying to provide the technology for the Celo blockchain’s new network

The Protocol: Ethereum Struggles With Sprawl as Optimism Airdrops $27M

Last week marked the one-year anniversary of Ethereum’s historic “Merge” – the shift to a more energy-efficient proof-of-stake network. But in some ways the largest smart-contract blockchain has become a victim of its own success: Staking is so popular that the number of network validators is mushrooming toward 1 million, introducing new concerns related to […]

The Protocol: The CFTC Is Cracking Down on Crypto

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission placed a trio of decentralized crypto platforms into its crosshairs last week. An aggressive set of charges from the CFTC – which zeroed in on how the trading platforms handle certain kinds of third-party token swaps – contrasted with the regulator’s more lenient image.

The Protocol: Friend.tech Fades as Crypto Craze, but Ethereum Is Scaling

This week in blockchain tech: Polygon’s new “chain development kit,” Farcaster’s move to Optimism, Shibarium’s return and Interlay’s new Bitcoin layer-2 network, and Pancake Swap expands to Consensys’s Linea.

The Protocol: Blockchains Keep Launching, From Sei to Shibarium

Past eras of crypto development were marked by a rapid proliferation in protocols for decentralized finance (DeFi) or other purposes, built atop big blockchains like Ethereum. Recently, however, there’s been a mini-explosion in new blockchains, including so-called layer-2 networks built atop Ethereum. The trend is encapsulated in this week’s launch of the Sei network – […]