Have you been keeping up with your New Year’s resolutions? We won’t blame you if you haven’t. Any kind of plan or promise is usually a work in progress — an evolution of ideas and intentions. Once you start working, new thoughts, opportunities or realities help modify your plans for the future. So where too are we evolving already this year?
Overall, things couldn’t be better or more interesting for us! We recently released a new version of BUFF that was focused on updating the architecture of the app through and through in order to drive quicker growth for our product. Feedback from MVP users leads us to do some redesign and upgrade usability.
This has all been very exciting and rewarding work for us. It’s made us want to focus more and more on the development of the app itself. After all, we’re working on BUFF for all of you, and you deserve a good product.
This also falls into line with our assessment of the current market conditions and several other factors that have brought us to the decision to put the bulk of our efforts into the technical development and progress of BUFF rather than an entire month of ICO operations. We’ll still need to raise funds to fuel our efforts, but this will be geared more towards reaching big investors for the time being.
But don’t you worry, we still intend to live up to all the ideals of transparency we all believe in. So stay tuned for more details about special dates, the status of our ICO and the new roadmap that will be published in the near future.
Wanchain joins Rivetz and ElevenPaths partnership to provide secure mobile blockchain solutions
Today Rivetzannounced that Wanchain, the world’s leading public blockchain focused on interoperability, will join their partnership with ElevenPaths, Telefónica’s Cybersecurity Unit, to offer blockchain solutions to enable the next-generation technology for some of the strongest privacy and cybersecurity protection for consumer and enterprise mobile subscribers available today.
The partnership will offer blockchain solutions to enable the next-generation technology for some of the strongest privacy and cybersecurity protection for consumer and enterprise mobile subscribers available today.
Wanchain, who enable decentralized transfer of value between blockchains, just celebrated the first birthday of their mainnet yesterday. Wanchain provide industry-leading cross-chain functionality — a key component for entrepreneurs and enterprises alike to leverage the Web 3.0 economy. Enabling a safe and frictionless flow of value between blockchains, Wanchain’s core technology paves the way for mass adoption of digital currencies.
The solution simplifies the transfer of value from one currency to another and will offer users the convenience and simplicity that everyday use requires.
The partnership expands on Dual Roots of Trust, the built-in hardware security technology co-developed by Rivetz and ElevenPaths, enabling carrier-grade identity and e-commerce protections on potentially tens of millions of devices at Telefónica and billions of devices worldwide. Wanchain will also integrate Rivetz’s advanced hardware protections to deliver a new level of assurance that transactions and data on blockchains are recorded as intended.
Wanchain’s Jack Lu, Rivetz’s Steven Sprague and ElevenPath’s Pedro Pablo Perez each expressed their enthusiasm on the partnership and their ability to work with millions of users to bring privacy and security through the blockchain and digital transactions.
Welcome, one and all, to the latest installment of the Ludos Progress Report, focused on providing a transparent and detailed insight into the weekly progress being made by the Ludos team. For your convenience, the information provided is categorized into Project Development, Community Growth & Activity, and Co-operation Progress.
Support of Imtoken DApp browser
Mobile Phone Panel Adaptor
Formal tier contract and wallet preparation
Preparation of Side-Chain Public Testnet
Chrome wallet plug-in
[SBC-Softbank Stable Side-Chain]
Back-end management contract
1, Wallet background IIS server configuration
2.Investigation of Dapp game Browser Payment Interactive Function Technology
Ludos has been invited to IT Force and is expected to work with IT Force on banking system introduction.
IT Force Ltd. is a large sales and service company in Japan. So far, IT Force has provided integrated operational support services to more than 150 enterprises. The IT Force has recently established a partnership with the Japanese banking system and hopes to be able to work with Ludos on offline payments.
Ludos Founded Lud Pay Corp. in Japan in 2018, In the early years of its existence, IBM and Yokohama Bank of Japan have agreed to cooperate, and have tens of thousands of stores in Japan, as well as the support of numerous credit card issuers. This time, IT Force hopes to fuse its banking system technology with Lud Pay’s offline payment scenario to achieve technology and scene grafting.
Ludos is looking forward to technical collaboration with the IT Force so that the technology can really enable the industry to achieve new breakthroughs.
About Ludos Protocol
Ludos Protocol is a purpose-built blockchain infrastructure project for the gaming community. As only the third blockchain project to be backed by Japanese investment giant Softbank, Ludos addresses numerous shortcomings in the existing gaming landscape. Its main chain + multi-sidechain architecture allows games to run entirely on their own blockchain, preventing scalability issues that have plagued previous blockchain-based games. Additionally, the Protocol seeks to create a gamer-friendly ecosystem whereby game developers and gamers can come together to easily crowdfund and build on the platform. The use of non-fungible tokens (NFT’s) within the ecosystem will allow gamers to swap assets in one game for assets in another. Finally, through their partnership with FullPay Japan, Ludos will give gamers the chance to use LUD tokens that are earned in-game to shop and buy at a range of retail stores in Japan and later the world.
BitTorrent Foundation unveils more details regarding BitTorrent (BTT) airdrops for TRON (TRX) holders.
On February 11th, 2019, BitTorrent Foundation will initiate its first airdrop of BitTorrent (BTT) to TRON (TRX) holders. The snapshot will be taken when TRON’s block height reaches 6.6 million*. Based on this snapshot, BitTorrent Foundation will initiate its first airdrop of 10,890,000,000 BitTorrent (BTT), corresponding to 1.1% of total circulating supply.
Over the next 12 months following this initial airdrop, 11,880,000,000 BTT will be offered to TRX holders, corresponding to 1.2% of total supply. In 2020, the BitTorrent Foundation will airdrop 12,870,000,000 BTT, corresponding to 1.3% of the total circulating supply, and over the next six years, the percentage airdropped will increase by 0.1% per year, reaching 1.7% in 2025.
To reward TRON’s long-time TRX holders, the BitTorrent Foundation also plans to airdrop additional 99,990,000,000 BTT, during online and offline events, corresponding to 10.1% of the total circulating supply.
Airdrops will follow a 1:1 ratio rule. If you are holding 1 TRX, you will be eligible to receive 1 BTT. All official wallets relaying on TRON’s network and carrying TRX will be eligible for BTT airdrops corresponding to the amount they are holding. No minimum of TRX is required to qualify for BTT airdrops.
Airdrops will be automatically distributed to the TRON (TRX) holders, regardless of whether TRX are frozen. Exchanges supporting the airdrops will be announced on BitTorrent (BTT) official website and BitTorrent’s official Twitter,Blog, and Medium account.
BitTorrent (BTT) airdrop timeline:
February 11, 2019
Initial airdrop of 10,890,000,000 BTT
March 11, 2019 — February 11, 2020
Amount of BTT airdropped on the 11th of each month: 990,000,000
March 11, 2020 — February 11, 2021
Amount of BTT airdropped on the 11th of each month: 1,072,500,000
March 11, 2021 — February 11, 2022
Amount of BTT airdropped on the 11th of each month: 1,155,000,000
March 11, 2022 — February 11, 2023
Amount of BTT airdropped on the 11th of each month: 1,237,500,000
March 11, 2023 — February 11, 2024
Amount of BTT airdropped on the 11th of each month: 1,320,000,000
March 11, 2024 — February 11, 2025
Amount of BTT airdropped on the 11th of each month: 1,402,500,000
BitTorrent Foundation reserves the rights to change these terms at any time in its sole discretion. BitTorrent Foundation recommends all exchanges to initiate BitTorrent (BTT) airdrops on February 11th, 2019, and BitTorrent BTT trading on February 12th, 2019.
January 20th, 2019.
*TRON blockchain’s activity, including block height can be monitored here.
Please visit BitTorrent (BTT) official website for more information about BTT airdrops and announcements.
Please visit TRON official website for more information about the exchanges and official wallets supporting TRON (TRX).
Security Vulnerabilities: Further Steps Towards A Standardized Protocol
In our previous blog post we disclosed the first batch of patched security vulnerabilities, and made a promise:
whole security vulnerability disclosure process is being standardized
on our end. From now on this process will be streamlined. Public
critical disclosure information will be released after said
vulnerability has been patched on Ark’s Public Network. We will also
notify all the related forks (that we are aware of) in an automated
manner after patches are closed so they have every opportunity to patch
critical vulnerabilities in a timely manner.
a next step in the standardization of the disclosure process, we are
introducing a new public security vulnerabilities repository.
repository series will serve as public disclosure of any discovered and
patched vulnerabilities within any component of the ARK Blockchain
Platform (Core, Desktop Wallet, Mobile Wallet, ARK Pay & Deployer
and any other upcoming project we’ll have under our umbrella).
New repository with an overview of all reported security vulnerabilities
list of known, closed or still open security vulnerabilities can be
found in the presented tables. The table consists of four fields,
describing the basic information about listed security vulnerabilities
and links to a more detailed description, by clicking on the link on the
identifier field on the left.
Recently, two security vulnerabilities were closed with the release of version v2.0.17 of the Core:
the introduction of this repository and our new standardized process
for reporting and dissemination, we are also ending the security
disclosure post series. From now on, security disclosures will be
included in monthly GitHub digest posts.
would also like to invite any and all security researchers to audit the
current codebase, to analyze the most critical sections (transaction
validation and transaction processing in particular) and share their
findings with the team. We are running a Security Bounty Program for all
of those who would like to help out and earn some extra money while
doing so. You can read more here: https://bounty.ark.io.
We have also partnered with Bugcrowd — the planet’s premier crowdsourced security platform! To learn more click here.
Thank you for all of your hard work and we look forward to working together to keep the ARK Network secure and bug free in 2019!
With the launch of the Spring platform and a very successful Giving Tuesday campaign
that has seen more than 190 Ether donated to charitable causes, here at
WeTrust we have began to ask ourselves… Who are these cryptocurrency
show that 96% of Ethereum users are men and that 84% of MyEtherWallet
holders are men, but these statistics do not answer “why do
cryptocurrency users care?” or “why do they donate?”. Our research has
shown that there are four different types of donors whose motivations
for giving range from being more pragmatic to more socially conscious,
and who hold an amount of cryptocurrency ranging from less than one
Ether to large amounts. Let’s take a look at these four types of donors
here. We hope that by sharing this research, we will be able to help
organizations raise money for their causes.
Generous Crazy Rich
Generous Crazy Rich cryptocurrency donor is usually an early player in
the cryptocurrency space who has seen significant gains with her or his
token holdings. They have made a fortune that is more than what they can
reasonably spend in a lifetime, and are interested in using some of
that fortune to improve the world. They tend to think about social
responsibility first and foremost when they donate, and they care deeply
about the growth and prosperity of the blockchain ecosystem at large.
In fact, as early adopters of the blockchain, they believe that it will
replace many existing systems and lead to a more fair and efficient
society in the process.
from a Generous Crazy Rich cryptocurrency donor: “I have been in this
space from the very beginning. I’ve earned enough money for my kids and
grandchildren. Money does not matter. I want to do something for
2. Tax-shy Crypto Whales
type of donor usually holds less cryptocurrency wealth than the
Generous Crazy Rich donor, but still has significant digital assets.
Before becoming involved with cryptocurrency, they were already stock or
bond investors who had concerns about their taxes. Often times, they
had already been making donations to causes they cared about to offset
the taxes on their traditional investment gains. Since they were making
donations for tax purposes already, it made sense for them to continue
to donate their cryptocurrency wealth to save on taxes. In the process,
they can also support valuable causes that have personal importance to
them. However, since the current options for donating in cryptocurrency
are limited, WeTrust Spring is a valuable tool for these Tax-shy Crypto
from a Tax-shy Crypto Whale donor: “I bought some Bitcoins in 2013.
Since I have earned a lot, I need to deal with taxes. I donate because
the tax is annoying and also because it makes my girlfriend happy.”
Crypto-Utilitarian has either never donated to a non-profit
organization before, or has donated rarely. They entered the
cryptocurrency space seeking opportunities to grow their wealth, but
have not made so much wealth in the space that they must be mindful of
their taxes. These cryptocurrency holders are the hardest to convert
into customers on a donations platform like Spring. That being said,
they represent a large untapped market for non-profit organizations
seeking new sources of donations, and tax incentives may motivate them
to begin donating in crypto.
from a Crypto-Utilitarian: “I became interested in crypto in 2014
because I saw the earning opportunity. I’ve never donated to any
organization, but if I can save on tax easily, I would think about it.”
4. Considerate Crypto Lover
type of donor cares deeply about the social contribution they can make
with their cryptocurrency, but they do not hold a large amount of
cryptocurrency. The impact of each of their donations is smaller than
that of the crypto whales, but the accumulation of their donations will
end up making a huge impact. These donors value every little thing they
can do to make the world a better place, and often want to promote a
positive and generous image of the cryptocurrency community.
from a Considerate Crypto Lover: “I love crypto. I joined the space in
2015. I care about sustainability and the environment, but do not earn
enough to make a generous donation.”
building and marketing a cryptocurrency donations platform like Spring,
it is important to understand the different segments of users and their
motivations for donating. For each segment, there are different
concerns that must be addressed in designing the product and specific
channels that can be used to promote cryptocurrency donations.
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