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Kraken’s Potential Layer 2 Development and Coinbase’s Influence

From the controversies in decentralized governance to the potential of decentralized data in Web3, this coverage delves into layer 2 developments and zero-knowledge proofs providing a glimpse into the promising future of blockchain and its ongoing evolution.

November 9, 2023

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In this installment of "The Protocol," hosts Brad Keoun, the founding editor of The Protocol Newsletter, and tech journalists Sam Kessler and Margaux Nijkerk,  explore the following stories:

Arbitrum Research Pitch

A proposed coalition of professional researchers could help "accelerate decision-making" at the Ethereum layer-2 project, but complaints have surfaced over the cost and potential conflicts of interest.

The Graph Q&A

The Graph, a protocol for indexing and querying data stored on blockchains, plans to add AI-assisted querying with large language models as part of a suite of new features disclosed Tuesday.

PROTOCOL VILLAGE SEGMENT: Margaux’s scoop on Kraken plus the latest on L2s (Including Nil)

The crypto exchange is still considering which blockchain developer should build its network, with Polygon, Matter Labs and the Nil Foundation in the mix, according to people familiar with the situation. Rival crypto exchange Coinbase blazed the trail with Base.


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