Issue 21: August 8-15, 2019

Table of Contents:

Recent News

DEFCON 2019 Recap

Monero Defcon talks were livestreamed during the event. The streams are audio/slides only, and are currently a continuous stream for the day rather than cut into individual videos (which is coming soon). You can watch the talks from Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on Youtube.

Monero Talk did several interviews while at Defcon. You can find them all, as well as some previews of what else they did at the event, at their YouTube channel playlist.

Monero ran a Capture the Flag event (CTF), which intended to teach people about Monero as they worked their way through it. dsc wrote a summary of the CTF on Reddit.

Diego “rehrar” Salazar, the floor manager of the Monero village, wrote a summary of the entire event, which can be viewed on Reddit.

A picture of the Monero Rising hardware badges that were given away at Defcon (courtesy of fluffypony) can be viewed on Imgur.

Other News

All four RandomX audits have been completed, and OSTIF has written a summary blog post.

Reddit user FungibilityMatters surprised the community with a new application, tentatively called MoneroMixer, in which non-fungible currencies can be cleaned with Monero.

The founder of Whonix has proposed packaging Monero for distribution on Debian. Join the discussion on Reddit.

Upcoming Events

August 17, 2019 (Saturday) – 17:00 UTC

Community Workgroup Meeting - #monero-community IRC channel

August 19, 2019 (Monday) – 17:00 UTC

Research Lab Meeting - #monero-research-lab IRC channel

August 20, 2019 (Tuesday) – 17:00 UTC

Monero GUI Meeting - #monero-gui IRC channel

August 25, 2019 (Sunday) – 17:00 UTC

Dev Meeting - #monero-dev IRC channel

CCS Proposal Ideas

Below you can find recent CCS proposal ideas open for discussion.

CCS Proposals Need Funding

Continued funding for Surae for another quarter, Aug Sep Nov 2019 by suraeNoether

Raised 252.42 of 357.00 XMR (71%)

World Crypto Con for rehrar and Sarang by rehrar

Raised 28.73 of 30.00 XMR (96%)

Price & Blockchain Stats

Blockchain Stats

Block height: 1902493

Hash rate: 334.706 MH/s

Median block size: 15.5 kB

Average Tx per block: 8.51

Weekly Moving Average Tx per day: 6138

Block reward: 2.46 XMR

Data taken on August 16, 2019

Hashrate Pool Distribution

Hashrate Pool Distribution Pie Chart

Price & Performance

XMR Market Cap: $1,417,100,009 Street Price: $79.51

Monero (XMR) Price

XMR to 08/16/19 Week Month Year
USD $82.53 -11.0% +7.3% -9.1%
EUR €74.61 -9.5% +8.6% -6.9%
BTC Ƀ0.00799977 +2.0% +0.2% -44.7%

Data taken on August 16, 2019

XMR Price Graph for August 10 - August 16, 2019

XMR Price Graph 08/10/19-08/16/19


Volunteer Opportunities

If you want to get involved in making Monero better, but aren’t sure how, check out the volunteer opportunities below.

Test Monero Core Software

Anyone with moderate technical ability is encouraged to try to build and run Monero nightlies. Do not trust it with your Monero, but feel free to open an Issue on Github as problems arise. Instructions to build on your OS of choice can be found on GitHub.

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