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With the launch of Statemine and the completion of the first parachain auction, the first parachains have successfully connected to Kusama. Bringing us one step closer to the interoperable multichain vision outlined in the Polkadot whitepaper.

As nominations on Kusama continue to increase, there have been some limitations with the current staking parameters. To prevent issues from occurring, some restrictions are being added to the staking system:
• Max. 20,000 nominators; min. stake .1 KSM.

After winning the second parachain auction, Moonriver is now being onboarded as Kusama‘s third parachain. Roughly 6,000 network stakeholders locked up KSM in favor of Moonriver being added to Kusama.

Parachain auctions are a central feature of both Kusama and Polkadot. Their outcome determines who gets which parachain slots and the amount of tokens locked. For the health of the ecosystem, it is important that the scarce slots are allocated to those projects that can make most use of them.

Learn why are auctions better run on-chain than off-chain and why a candle auction is used from Web3 Foundation's Research Team:
Until now Statemine has been running with limited functionality. After a performance review and audit, the Kusama Council proposed an upgrade to remove the restrictions. Today the referendum passed authorizing an upgrade to make Statemine permissionless.
Since successfully adding Statemine, Karura, Moonriver, Shiden, Khala, and Bifrost to Kusama, it's been closely monitored for candidate production stability, approval voting statistics, and network connectivity load.
Overall Kusama is running smoothly, and paving the way for parachains on Polkadot - after a little more soɐɥɔ.

Read the full report from Polkadot founder, Robert Habermeier: https://bit.ly/3xWU1jv
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's 5 more auctions!

This KuSummer, Kusama made history with the launch of 6 parachains, made possible by the tech developed for Polkadot. Those parachains, in order, were Statemine, Karura, Moonriver, Shiden, Khala, and Bifrost.

The following is Parity's recommendation to the Kusama Council for the next parachain auctions:
𓅌 Auction 6 - Sept. 1, 2021
𓅌 Auction 7 - Sept. 8, 2021
𓅌 Auction 8 - Sept. 15, 2021
𓅌 Auction 9 - Sept. 22, 2021
𓅌 Auction 10 - Sept. 29, 2021
Motion 346 has passed council to open Kusama‘s 6th parachain auction! This auction will run until Sept. 8 at approx. 10am CEST. So far 16 teams are participating, who will be Kusama‘s lucky number 7 parachain?

To follow along, or take part, check out Polkadot.js: https://polkadot.js.org/apps/?rpc=wss%3A%2F%2Fkusama-rpc.polkadot.io#/parachains/crowdloan
In Part 2 of Gavin Wood's XCM blog series learn about its versioning system & how it can keep a network of sovereign chains communicating as the language evolves at different rates between networks - without significant ops overhead on those maintaining it.
Motion 362 has passed the Kusama council to open an 11th parachain auction immediately after the 10th auction ends next week. The 11th auction is scheduled to kick off next Wednesday, October 6th at 11:30am CEST.

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Who doesn’t love gifts?!

Sending DOT or KSM to friends & family just got easier than ever! With Polkadot and Kusama Gifts you can send gifts to anyone, regardless of their blockchain knowledge, or if they don't have an address yet. Eager to try?
Rococo, the parachain testnet that laid the groundwork for parachains on Kusama and Polkadot, now evolves into a community-maintained parachain testbed. Learn about the upcoming Rococo revamp and what it means for parachain teams: https://bit.ly/3FSA6Y3
From Sept 1st - Oct 13th, 16 teams registered parachains and opened crowdloans in hopes of winning one of the parachain slots. Although the initial motion was to allocate 5 parachain slots, after some discussion within the community, the council scheduled an additional auction. With more auctions on the way, check the recap of what happened during the 6th-11th auctions and, as always, ₑₓₚₑcₜ cₕₐₒₛ.
@substrate_io is still in the commitment phase on Stack Exchange 🛸

Sign your name using the link below to help create a support site for building blockchains with Substrate. We just need 37 more committers with 200+ rep. This includes, but is not limited to, all the parachains on Polkadot & Kusama.
After gracefully battle-testing parachains for Polkadot in 2021 there are now 16 parachains on-chain with 7 more being added in the new year, over 31% of the network is backing these parachains, 4 parachains are currently taking part in the auctions, and a partridge in a pear tree: https://bit.ly/3EHUtFJ
Thinking of a perfect gift for Valentine’s Day? Express your non-fungible love with a Kusama Valentine’s NFT!

From now until Feb. 15, choose an NFT from artist Oscar Civit and send it to your love bird, even if they don't have a Kusama address.
Looking to join the Polkadot and Kusama ecosystem?
Introducing the substrate_ job board! There are currently 236 jobs from 62 companies. There's no better time to join your favorite project!
With the release of runtime v0.9.22, nomination pools have been added to the Kusama runtime! As per usual, Kusama is receiving this update first before Polkadot.

Learn more about nomination pools and how to contribute: http://kusa.ma/QVehC