Polkadot Developer Parity Technologies Reportedly Cuts Over 300 Staff This Week

After making a statement on the 10th of October 2023 outlining changes in its operational emphasis, the blockchain technology company Parity Technologies, which is the service provider behind the Polkadot (native token: DOT) blockchain, is said to have let go of more than 300 workers this week. According to a tweet published by Parity Technologies, the firm is “sunsetting its go-to-market functions” in order to make room for more extensive community-driven initiatives amid the expansion of Polkadot’s ecosystem.

In a series of tweets, Parity Technologies focused on its strategy move towards a more community-centric approach, highlighting its view that the “strength of any ecosystem lies in the diverse builders, where competition meets collaboration.” This was done in order to highlight the company’s strategic transition toward a more community-centric approach. The move also aligns with a bigger narrative around Polkadot’s development and the obstacles faced by its ecosystem, including an imminent huge supply event with over 400 million parachain unlocks slated in less than two weeks, followed by a 110 million unlock in January. Specifically, the move coincides with an impending large supply event with over 400 million parachain unlocks scheduled in less than two weeks.

Concerns have been raised among community members as a result of the supply dynamics, which have been contrasted with what seems to be a lack of demand, as seen by the fact that recent parachain auctions have garnered just 1-2 million dollars in interest. Notably, Astar, Polkadot’s most active parachain, has changed its attention towards becoming an Ethereum Layer 2 solution utilizing Polygon, which further emphasizes the difficulties that are present within the ecosystem. As a result of the scenario, some have begun to wonder whether or not Polkadot will be able to keep its market valuation of $5 billion by the end of the year, particularly in light of the fact that other projects, such as Optimism, are presently valued at $4.2 billion.

On social media, members of the community have expressed a range of opinions, with some expressing worries regarding the supply and demand dynamics of Polkadot in the near term, while others have shown an interest in seeing how the lifespan of a mature blockchain ecosystem evolves. The possible influence of these developments on the larger blockchain ecosystem, in particular for other alternative Layer 1 solutions, was another topic that was brought up throughout the conversations.

The dedication of Parity Technologies to bringing Polkadot’s next-generation technology to market, enhancing the overall quality of the developer experience, and cultivating a robust developer community has been reaffirmed. There are high hopes that many teams from Parity will continue to contribute to the expansion of Polkadot with the introduction of the new financing scheme offered by the Web3 Foundation.

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Friend.Tech Boosts Security with CoolWallet on Base Chain

Friend.tech, a decentralized social media platform operating on Base’s Ethereum layer-2 chain, has been a significant contributor to Base’s recent growth. Base is a secure, low-cost, builder-friendly Ethereum layer-2 chain designed by Coinbase to bring the next billion users on chain. It has become a favorite for DApp developers and early investors due to its outstanding performance and the innovative projects it attracts.

According to the latest data, the platform has surpassed one million daily active users and has a total value locked (TVL) exceeding $35 million. The platform allows users to buy “shares” of other users to chat with them, emphasizing the concept that “Your network is your net worth.”

However, this rapid growth has also attracted cybersecurity threats, notably phishing attacks. These social engineering tactics have been a significant concern in the Web3 sector, with losses already amounting to $650 million as of June 2023. High-profile individuals like Mark Cuban and Vitalik Buterin have also fallen victim to such attacks. To mitigate these risks, Friend.tech strongly recommends its users to employ hardware wallets for enhanced asset security.

In response to these security challenges, CoolWallet, a hardware wallet maker that natively supports the Base ecosystem, has initiated a Web3 Guardian competition. This campaign aims to raise awareness about its Web3 SmartScan feature, which proactively screens all Web3 transactions and flags any malicious behavior or smart contract vulnerabilities. The SmartScan feature is available on the CoolWallet App and offers an added layer of protection against phishing attempts.

To further promote Web3 asset protection, CoolWallet is launching a global competition with generous rewards for participating users. The competition aims to enhance user security awareness and encourage the use of SmartScan for safer transactions. This move is particularly timely, given the increasing number of phishing attacks targeting not just individual users but also high-profile personalities in the crypto space.

The Web3 Guardian competition is expected to draw significant attention, especially among Friend.tech users who are already concerned about asset security. The competition will not only offer rewards but also educate users on the importance of transaction screening, a feature that is often overlooked but crucial in the current landscape of frequent cyber attacks.

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Polygon ’s Blockchain Hard-Forked Without Warning To Closed-Source Genesis. Why?

What’s going on at Polygon? There seems to be a disturbance in the force over there. Is the Ethereum Layer 2 project alright? Are they doing everything above board or is there something sinister going on? Are they even decentralized if they can hard-fork just like that? Or did they follow the proper procedures and their critics are just uninformed? Can we even answer all of those questions? Probably not. But we can present all the information available and let you all get to your own conclusions.


Let’s start with DeFi Builder Nathan Worsley’s accusation. Or is he just requesting information? Worsley recently tweeted, “Are we all supposed to just shut up and forget about the fact that over a week ago Polygon hard-forked their blockchain in the middle of the night with no warning to a completely closed-source genesis and still haven’t verified the code or explained what is going on?” 

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The “middle of the night” part is arguable since everyone is in different timezones and the Polygon blockchain is everywhere. However, he cleared up why the issue is important, “Until the code is verified there are no security guarantees about the billions of dollars in assets the chain currently secures.” And tweeted proof of everything else, “Here’s the commit that was hard-forked into production.”


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To add credibility to his claim, DeFiance Capital’s Zhu Su joined the chorus asking for answers. “Was this to patch a critical bug? Why and how did this happen?”


Polygon Responds And Shows Receipts

The criticism got a response from Polygon’s co-founder Mihailo Bjelic. “We’re making an effort to improve security practices across all Polygon projects,” Bjelic tweeted. “As a part of this effort, we are working with multiple security researcher groups, whitehat hackers etc. One of these partners discovered a vulnerability in one of the recently verified contracts. We immediately introduced a fix and coordinated the upgrade with validators/full node operators. No funds were lost. The network is stable.”


Ok, that sounds reasonable. Bjelic also promised, “A detailed blog post coming, we are finalizing additional security analyses.” A question lingers in the air, though. And crypto enthusiast J. Vicente Correa asks it in the most direct way possible, “U can fork the chain by yourself and take all my funds as u wish?”


And Polygon’s Mihailo Bjelic answers in the most political way possible. “Absolutely not. The network is run by validators and full node operators, and we have no control over any of these groups. We just did our best to communicate and explain the importance of this upgrade, but ultimately it was up to them to decide whether they will do it or not.”


Fair enough. However…

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A Node Operator Has Some Criticism Of His Own

In the same thread, Polygon node operator Mikko Ohtamaa blasted the way the company handled the whole thing and also showed receipts. “Next time it happens can you at least announce a critical update to all Polygon node operators. Now this looks super unprofessional and confusing for the community. It was not mentioned or pinned down in any major channels or publications.”


He got a response from Polygon’s other co-creator, Sandeep Nailwal. “This was a security update, and hence pre-public-announcement could’ve escalated things.”


Ok, that makes sense. However, Ohtamaa had more complaints. “Some bug fixes” for a critical patch is not good. If there is a critical fix you co-ordinate with validators.” Plus, he reinforced Nathan Worsley’s original complaint. “It’s really obvious it is a critical security bug if you do unannounced no notice hard fork in the middle of a weekend.”


According to Ohtamaa, “there are multiple open source projects out there” that have done similar operations in a more effective manner. Someone asked what could Polygon have done better. He answered with a series of simple steps. 

  1. Prepare the patch privately.
  2. A few days before, announce a critical security fix is coming. All node operators need to be prepared.
  3. Distribute the patch at the preset time.
  4. Not downplay the criticality of the patch and make idiot-looking release notes.

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So, is there something rotten at Polygon? We will have to wait for the “detailed blog post” Bjelic promised to know for sure.

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Decentralized Lending Platform Cream Finance Announces Integration with Polygon Network

Decentralized lending platform Cream Finance officially announced that it would combine with Polygon to launch its money markets on the Ethereum layer 2 scaling solution Polygon network.

The integration with Polygon will help Cream Finance users to enter and trade in different markets with faster transaction speed and lower gas fees.

According to official reports, users will be able to lend and borrow the following ten tokens in the smart contract currency market of Cream Finance, including digital assets USDC, USDT, DAI, WMATIC, WETH, WBTC, LINK, SUSHI, CRV, QUICK.

Cream Finance is a blockchain-agnostic and decentralized peer-to-peer lending platform based on the Ethereum network by providing an algorithmic money market for underserved assets through a fork of Compound Finance Cream liquidity bridge.

According to DeFi Pulse data, Cream Finance ranks as the 15th largest DeFi protocol, with a total locked value of $658.4 million. 

Cream Finance is not the only Defi Protocols cooperating with Polygon. As early as June of this year, 0x Project officially announced that its API is officially integrated with Polygon (previously known as the Matic network). The launch of the DEX liquidity API aims to expand this vibrant ecosystem-polygon, which is based on the liquidity of aggregation of various DeFi protocols.

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