Wormhole Brings Smart Contacts and Token Issuance to Bitcoin Cash

It is always difficult for cryptocurrency projects to find their niche market. In the case of Ethereum, NEO, EOS, and TRX, the addition of letting users create and issue their own tokens has done wonders. Similar functionality will come to Bitcoin Cash through the Wormhole project. It is an interesting addition, although no one knows if this will be even remotely successful in the long run. Changing the Bitcoin Cash Narrative Over the past few weeks, the discussions pertaining to Bitcoin Cash have not been overly positive by any means.
RSK Merges With New RIF Labs, Opens Potential for Increased Interoperability

RSK Merges With New RIF Labs, Opens Potential for Increased Interoperability

Bitcoin-built smart contract platform RSK (a.k.a. Rootstock) is merging with an offshoot established by its founders. The partnership will allow it to spread its roots to Ethereum — and beyond. The company has been acquired by RIF Labs, a development lab that was established by a handful of RSK’s own founders, including CEO Diego Gutierrez-Zaldivar and Chief Scientist Sergio Demian Lerner, who will both assume the same roles at RIF.
Three Years Later, Ethereum’s Hottest DApps Are (Still) ICOs and Cats

Three Years Later, Ethereum’s Hottest DApps Are (Still) ICOs and Cats

With Ethereum’s launch in 2015 came a flurry of excitement over the future potential of smart contracts. Utilizing a more flexible scripting language than Bitcoin, the platform’s decentralized applications (DApps) were touted by proponents as unlocking a plethora of formerly untapped use cases for the blockchain.

Kodak Gets in on the Blockchain and ICO Picture

Kodak, the iconic photography company first established in in the 1880s, has joined the blockchain and ICO age. Today, January 9, 2018, it announced a new blockchain-based platform with WENN Digital to empower and protect image makers, photographers and artists.

Ivy Playground for Bitcoin: Experimenting With the Future of Bitcoin Smart Contracts

Blockchain developer Chain is releasing an open-source compiler and development environment for writing Bitcoin smart contracts using Ivy, a smart contract language developed in-house.

This Lightning Network Designer Is Re-Inventing Bitcoin Smart Contracts

Bitcoin is usually not considered the blockchain best suited for self-executing conditional payments, better known as smart contracts. While it does support basic programmability to enable features like time locks and multi-signature (multisig) schemes, competing projects like Ethereum, Ethereum Classic or Qtum are often expected to better support more advanced applications.
Обзор криптовалют / Neo / Antshares

Обзор криптовалют / Neo / Antshares

Дата обзора:  21.11.17 Название:  Antshares / NEO Количество монет:  В NEO – 2 монеты. Neo, и NeoGas (подробнее о каждой - ниже). Neo – 100 000 000 монет, минимальная не делимая единица – 1 NEO, если переводить на формат биткоина, то количество NEO  - 1 монета. В биткоине – у каждой монеты есть 100 000 000 неделимых частей (сатоши) и всего монет 21 000 000. А в NEO, судя по whitepaper – всего 100 000 000 монет. Однако так же существует NeoGas, которых уже 100 000 000 монет, где каждая монета содержит еще 100 000 000 неделимых частиц, общее количество – 1 000 000 000 000 000 000. Общая сумма монет NEO зафиксирована на уровне 100 миллионов и не может быть увеличена. Наименьшая единица NEO — 1 NEO и не может быть разделена. Текущая капитализация:  $2,356,581,500 Дата старта:  1/06/2015 – дата первых комиттов в репозитории проекта antshares, 8 августа 2016- дата публичного ICO. Текущая цена:  ~35$ / 0.00443179 BTC Текущая высота блоков: 1,609,155 Создатель: Блокчейн Antshares разработан компанией Onchain, базирующейся в Шанхае. CEO Onchain и создатель Antshares – Да Хунфэй (Da Hongfei).  История: Проект стартовал в 2014 году. Это децентрализованный и распределенный протокол, который переводит реальные активы в цифровые, обеспечивая регистрацию, хранение, передачу, торговлю, клиринг и расчеты через одноранговую сеть. В 2017 году проект произвел ребрендинг и из AntShares превратился в Neo. Инфраструктура:

Scriptless Scripts: How Bitcoin Can Support Smart Contracts Without Smart Contracts

Bitcoin’s capacity is limited. Meanwhile, smart contracts can be resource intensive. So even though Bitcoin has always supported basic smart contract functionality, the two have never been a natural match. But a recent topic of research spearheaded by Blockstream mathematician Andrew Poelstra could help fix this.

Goodbye Bugs? How Formal Verification Could Fortify Smart Contracts

As a way to eliminate bugs in high-risk code, a style of software programming known as formal verification is making its way into the blockchain world. Put simply, formal verification uses math to specify and analyze a program for errors in logic.

Zug Citizens Begin Digital ID Registration on an Ethereum Blockchain

Uport, a self-sovereign identity and user-centric data platform on the Ethereum blockchain, has made its platform available to the citizens of Zug, Switzerland. The first official Zug identification registered on the Ethereum blockchain before a live audience, Uport recently announced in a Medium blog.

Kaspersky Lab and Parity Technologies Launch Blockchain-Based Voting System

Cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab unveiled Polys, a secure online voting system based on blockchain technology and backed with transparent crypto algorithms, at the company’s annual Cybersecurity Weekend event in Dublin.
SITA Investigates Use of Smart Contracts in Air Transport Industry

SITA Investigates Use of Smart Contracts in Air Transport Industry

Multinational air transport IT firm SITA has released a white paper detailing how airlines and airports could use smart contracts for shared control of data. The paper outlines research carried out by SITA, along with British Airways and Heathrow, Geneva and Miami International airports, into smart contracts residing on a blockchain. In its research on the applicability of the technology for the air transport industry, SITA built a private permissioned blockchain, called FlightChain, that stores flight information and uses smart contracts to judge potentially conflicting data.
The DAO Again? Fears, Forks and Finger-Pointing In Parity Exploit Aftermath

The DAO Again? Fears, Forks and Finger-Pointing In Parity Exploit Aftermath

In the wake of one of ethereum's largest-ever security exploits – if not the largest – the technology's community is showing signs of possible crisis. After "accidentally" hitting a vulnerable patch of code, a developer froze the money in all Parity multi-signature wallets deployed after July 20. Users of these wallets can no longer use the ether, totaling at least $150 million dollars by some estimates.
Ethereum Client Bug Freezes User Funds as Fallout Remains Uncertain

Ethereum Client Bug Freezes User Funds as Fallout Remains Uncertain

An unknown amount of user funds on the ethereum network have been frozen due to a code issue with the Parity wallet software. The security vulnerability which activated the freeze was found yesterday in ethereum's second most popular client by a developer going by the name "devopps199," who reported it on GitHub. The vulnerability affects any Parity wallet deployed after July 20 that uses the company's "multi-signature" functionality.
Ethereum Client Bug Freezes User Funds as Fallout Remains Uncertain

Ethereum Client Bug Freezes User Funds as Fallout Remains Uncertain

An unknown amount of user funds on the ethereum network have been frozen due to a code issue with the Parity wallet software. The security vulnerability which activated the freeze was found yesterday in ethereum's second most popular client by a developer going by the name "devopps199," who reported it on GitHub. The vulnerability affects any Parity wallet deployed after July 20 that uses the company's "multi-signature" functionality.
Bitcoin Startup RSK to Launch Smart Contracts Sidechain in 2017

Bitcoin Startup RSK to Launch Smart Contracts Sidechain in 2017

One of the most-anticipated bitcoin projects is planning a live network launch later this year. Revealed in an interview with CoinDesk, startup RSK aims to soon go live with technology that will bring smart contract functionality to bitcoin in the form of an interoperable sidechain. According to RSK co-founder and chief scientist Sergio Lerner, with the formal launch, users will be able to use ethereum-like tools on bitcoin for the first time. As profiled by CoinDesk, sidechains allow for tokens to be traded back and forth between bitcoin and other blockchains with different technical properties.
Trust No One: Ethereum Smart Contract Security Is Advancing

Trust No One: Ethereum Smart Contract Security Is Advancing

"Everyone here is a target for attack. Be paranoid." That's how Ethereum Foundation security lead Martin Swende ended his deep-dive lecture on smart contract security at Devcon3 yesterday. At this point, he's witnessed his fair share of attacks on ethereum and wants the community to know what they're getting into. There was The DAO hack, where millions of dollars in ether was stolen due to a smart contract bug.

Dubai Hosts Govt-Backed Graduation of Ethereum Blockchain Developers

Ethereum coder collective ConsenSys has awarded certificates to graduates of its inaugural blockchain developer program in Dubai. ConsenSys is the official blockchain advisor for the city and emirate of Dubai. On Sunday, Brooklyn-based blockchain development house ConsenSys announced the graduation and certification of its inaugural developer training program, a course operated by the ConsenSys academy.
Swift Startup Winner Demos Smart Contract Trade with 5 Financial Firms

Swift Startup Winner Demos Smart Contract Trade with 5 Financial Firms

Blockchain startup SmartContract is officially unveiling a new a proof-of-concept (PoC) built with assistance from five major financial institutions today at Swift's Sibos conference. Designed to show how smart contracts could simplify the buying, selling and payment of dividends from bonds, the project makes notable use of interest rate data from Barclays, BNP Paribas, Fidelity, Societe Generale and Santander. The news is also a notable step forward for the smart contract concept, implementations of which have typically lacked the reliable and sophisticated data sources needed to make their innovations a reality.

How Blockchain Technology is Helping to Clean the Niger River

Ogoniland, situated off the coast of the Gulf of Guinea in southeastern Nigeria, is considered the most polluted region along the Niger Delta and among the worst in the world. Even though the Niger Delta is rich in resources, poverty, pollution and unemployment are rife.
Telecom Giant KDDI Joins Enterprise Ethereum Alliance

Telecom Giant KDDI Joins Enterprise Ethereum Alliance

Japanese telecommunications conglomerate KDDI Corporation has announced that it has joined the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance. KDDI, which is ranked number 219 on the Fortune Global 500 list, also revealed it is working with Japanese startup Couger on a smart contracts proof-of-concept built using technology developed through the enterprise-focused ethereum consortium.
Ethereum Founder Vitalik Buterin Co-Authors Plan for Interactive ICO Protocol

Ethereum Founder Vitalik Buterin Co-Authors Plan for Interactive ICO Protocol

A new white paper has been published detailing a potentially transformative protocol for initial coin offerings (ICOs). The protocol, which would seek to produce an "equilibrium" between capped and uncapped token sales, represents a collaborative effort between ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin and developer Jason Teutsch, the creator of smart contract scalability project TrueBit.

CoinLoan to Offer Loans in Fiat Secured by Crypto Assets

This is a sponsored story. Cryptocurrency can allow people to borrow money against pledged assets more easily and at better rates than the traditional banking method. CoinLoan, a new startup, will enable users to receive funds in any currency secured by crypto assets. The system will automatically select the most suitable borrowing option available and make the loan available to the borrower in fiat currency.
Urbit Is Moving Its Virtual Server Galaxy Over to Ethereum

Urbit Is Moving Its Virtual Server Galaxy Over to Ethereum

Urbit, the galactically inspired network of cloud servers, has announced plans to rebuild its infrastructure based on ethereum tech. A network of P2P personal cloud servers that conceives of itself as "virtual real estate," Urbit has always borne a certain kinship to blockchain technology, but never deployed a blockchain as part of its infrastructure. However, the test version of Urbit, which has been online for about a year, will now be upgraded to use ethereum's smart contracts.