Google and ConsenSys among backers of Automattic’s Newspack


Automattic, the parent company of WordPress, is planning to develop Newspack—an open-source project to help small and medium-sized news organisations monetise their content, Automattic announced today. The project has already raised $2.4 million in funding, and amongst its contributors are Google, through the Google News Initiative ($1.2 million), The Lenfest Institute for Journalism ($400,000), and blockchain software technology company ConsenSys ($350,000). It’s not the first journalistic endeavour ConsenSys is backing either—it’s also involved in Civil Media, a “decentralised marketplace for sustainable journalism.”

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Layer-1 Platforms: A Framework for Comparison

The Block Research was commissioned by Algorand to create Layer-1 Platforms: A Framework for comparison, which provides a “look under the hood” at seven platforms: Algorand, Avalanche, Binance Smart Chain, Cosmos, Ethereum/Ethereum 2.0, Polkadot, and Solana. We assess their technical design, related ecosystem data, and qualitative factors such as key ecosystem members to get an understanding of how they differ. Having done this analysis, we draw some insights for what the future of the broader smart contract landscape could look like for years to come. 
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Aug 11, 2021, 5:18PM UTC