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Matter Labs releases ZK Commitment: will not file any new trademark applications for ZK and will financially support the creation of a community-led trademark holder entity

Matter Labs tweeted that they appreciate the opinions and suggestions of Vitalik Buterin, NEAR founder Illia Polosukhin, Hasu, and others on how to ensure that key terms such as "ZK" remain free and available and are not abused. The following is a community proposal that we fully support: 1. Establish an ownerless legal entity whose sole purpose is to hold trademarks for key names such as "ZK." This work must be led by a trusted, impartial, and neutral organization or community member; 2. The entity provides free trademark licenses to everyone; 3. Invite many influential community figures and impartial, neutral organizations to join as guarantors. Matter Labs promises not to submit any new trademark applications for ZK. If the application is rejected, Matter Labs will not appeal. Matter Labs will never enforce its existing or future ZK trademarks unless it is for defensive purposes (i.e., to prevent others from suing us). Matter Labs also promises to financially support the creation of a community-led TM-holder entity and transfer all applied-for ZK trademarks to that entity.

ZK Protocol Hinkal Completes $1.4 Million Strategic Round of Financing

ZK protocol Hinkal announced that it has completed a strategic round of financing worth $1.4 million with a valuation of $70 million. SALT Fund, an investment fund under AJ, the son of Anthony Scaramucci, led the investment, with participation from Draper Associates, SNZ Capital, and Peer VC. Tal Cohen, CEO of Kraken US, has joined Hinkal's advisory committee.

What Multicoin Is Excited About For 2024

At the end of every year we come together and discuss some of the biggest changes we’re expecting in the year ahead. For the first time, we’re publishing these ideas. Please feel free to reach out to any of us to discuss these ideas further.
What Multicoin Is Excited About For 2024

The Proof Supply Chain

Zero-knowledge (ZK) cryptography is rapidly improving, academically and commercially. As new ZK applications launch and scale, we’ll need new infrastructure to serve them.
The Proof Supply Chain

Understanding ZetaChain: A Comprehensive Overview

ZetaChain was introduced on December 15, 2021, by an anonymous project team with experience at Coinbase and Basic Attention Token (BAT). Several former Coinbase employees also served as advisors to the project, including the company’s initial Head of People, Nathalie McGrath, and Juan Suarez, who held an internal counsel role at Coinbase for a decade.On March 9, 2022, the team released ZetaChain’s whitepaper and DevNet and closed its initial Seed Round that raised an unspecified amount of capital. Investors in this round consisted of Dan Romero, Sam Rosenblum, John Yi, JD Kanani, and HwiSang Kim. ZetaChain completed its second funding round in August 2023, raising $27 million from participants such as Blockchain.com, Human Capital, Vy Capital, Sky9 Capital, Jane Street Capital, VistaLabs, CMT Digital, Foundation Capital, Lingfeng Capital, GSR, among others.
Understanding ZetaChain: A Comprehensive Overview

ZKSpace Officially Upgrades to ZKBase, Launches ZKSwap for BRC20, and Implements 1:1 Exchange between ZKS and ZKB

ZKSpace is now ZKBase, a rebranding to focus on providing efficient expansion solutions for mainstream blockchains such as BTC and ETH through ZK zero-knowledge proof technology, and building a decentralized cross-chain and Layer2 ecosystem. The official website zkbase.org has been launched. ZKS tokens will be exchanged 1:1 for the new ZKB Token, becoming the core equity token of ZKBase. At the same time, the ZKSwap (Bitcoin) platform and ERC20-BRC20 cross-chain solution have been introduced. The team plans to destroy ZKS tokens on December 30th and open the ZKS to ZKB exchange channel on January 2nd, further deepening the construction of the Bitcoin network's Layer2 ecosystem.
ZKSpace Officially Upgrades to ZKBase, Launches ZKSwap for BRC20, and Implements 1:1 Exchange between ZKS and ZKB

ZKBase is Undergoing a Brand New Upgrade and Setting Sail Again in 2024

To empower the BTC and ETH ecosystems, the ZKSpace team has rebranded and upgraded to ZKBase. As an infrastructure protocol based on ZK (Zero Knowledge) proof technology, ZKBase is dedicated to providing scalability solutions for mainstream blockchains such as Ethereum and Bitcoin, and building decentralized cross-chain and Layer2 ecosystems. Our new official website, zkbase.org, is now live.
ZKBase is Undergoing a Brand New Upgrade and Setting Sail Again in 2024

Community, Creativity, and o1js: A Recap of ZK Hack Istanbul

Last month, the o1Labs team gathered in Istanbul, a city steeped in history and vibrant culture. The days were filled with productive sessions of product planning and team building at our company offsite on Büyükada. The momentum continued in the meeting point of the world with a flurry of DevConnect’s Web3 and ZK events.
Community, Creativity, and o1js: A Recap of ZK Hack Istanbul

Fast Fairy Series: Three Cryptographic Schemes Advancing Programmable Privacy

In our last post, we presented the vision of Fairblock, a core component of which is providing a slate of different cryptographic tools to developers. These include threshold identity-based encryption, threshold fully homomorphic encryption, and witness encryption, each of which enables unique functionality in decentralized applications. Here we’ll be taking a deeper look into all three schemes, their unique properties, and what benefits they offer.
Fast Fairy Series: Three Cryptographic Schemes Advancing Programmable Privacy

Zero to Start: Applied Fully Homomorphic Encryption (FHE) Part 1

Part 1: An Introduction to FHE, ZKPs & MPC, and The State of FHE Development Today This post was written by 0xZoey. Special thanks to Janmajaya, Enrico, and Owen who generously gave their time and expertise to review this piece. Your valuable contributions and feedback have greatly enhanced the quality and depth of this work.
Zero to Start: Applied Fully Homomorphic Encryption (FHE) Part 1