Zilliqa Passes ‘Milestone’ With Addition of Smart Contracts to Its Blockchain

Zilliqa Passes ‘Milestone’ With Addition of Smart Contracts to Its Blockchain

“Next-generation” cryptocurrency Zilliqa has announced the launch of smart contracts on its platform. In an announcement sent to CoinDesk, Zilliqa president and chief scientific officer Amrit Kumar said passing the “milestone” means the project has “developed the technology we envisioned two years ago, and now, we are open for business.” Following the launch, developers will now be able to write and deploy smart contracts on the Zilliqa blockchain with the project’s functional smart contract language, Scilla.
Kadena Releases Updated Smart Contract Language for ‘Hybrid Blockchains’

Kadena Releases Updated Smart Contract Language for ‘Hybrid Blockchains’

“Pact 3.0 generally makes available the features that makes hybrid blockchains a reality. … We now have the smart contract language for hybrid blockchains.” That’s Stuart Popejoy, the former blockchain team lead at investment banking giant J.P. Morgan and founder of a multi-million dollar enterprise blockchain startup called Kadena. Today, Popejoy and the Kadena team released a new version of their native computer programming language, called Pact, designed to enable safe and simple smart contract development on the blockchain.
Ripple’s Xpring, Outlier Ventures Back $4 Million Raise for Agoric

Ripple’s Xpring, Outlier Ventures Back $4 Million Raise for Agoric

Blockchain startup Agoric has raised $4 million to continue its mission to make smart contracts more secure, the company announced Monday. Agoric, which launched last year, is working to develop a blockchain-agnostic programming language specifically for smart contracts. The language, which is based on javascript, will allow programmers to conduct formal verification processes while still being more easily accessible than other languages used for blockchains today.
PepsiCo Blockchain Trial Brings 28% Boost in Supply Chain Efficiency

PepsiCo Blockchain Trial Brings 28% Boost in Supply Chain Efficiency

Food and beverage giant PepsiCo has conducted a blockchain trial that brought a 28 percent boost in supply chain efficiency. Dubbed “Project Proton,” the trial set out to examine if blockchain could address “industry challenges” in programmatic advertising. PepsiCo’s project partner and media agency Mindshare announced the news Monday, saying that it assisted in the trial, which carried out a programmatic end-to-end supply chain reconciliation using Zilliqa’s blockchain platform.
Bond Rating Agency Moody’s Warns on Risks of Private Blockchains

Bond Rating Agency Moody’s Warns on Risks of Private Blockchains

Rating agency Moody’s has warned of several risks of private, centralized blockchains in a report for clients examining the pros and cons of the technology for financial firms. Titled “Blockchain Improves Operational Efficiency for Securitizations, Amid New Risks,” the April 25 report describes the basic features and promises of blockchain technology, explaining how businesses like banks can leverage it to their benefit. In the document, seen by CoinDesk, Moody’s emphasizes the difference in security between private and public blockchains, saying that consensus mechanisms in private chains may not be as strong as those seen in public chains, or may be absent altogether.
Digital Asset Scores Partnership With Cloud Computing Giant VMware

Digital Asset Scores Partnership With Cloud Computing Giant VMware

Enterprise-focused distributed ledger tech startup Digital Asset (DA) has landed another high-profile partner. Announced Thursday, software virtualization giant VMware is integrating DA’s smart contract language into its own blockchain platform. Further, VMware, a publicly traded company majority-owned by Dell Computer with more than 24,000 employees, will distribute the Digital Asset Modeling Language (DAML) with its VMware Blockchain platform directly to customers and through partners.
Bosch and Wien Energie Demo Blockchain-Powered Refrigerator

Bosch and Wien Energie Demo Blockchain-Powered Refrigerator

Electronics giant Bosch and Austrian power supplier Wien Energie have come up with a blockchain refrigerator aimed to allow consumers to monitor and control electricity consumption. The device demonstrates how households will in the near future be able to control their power usage in a “safe and transparent manner,” Wien Energie said in a press release.
UK Begins Research on Law Reform for Use of Blockchain Smart Contracts

UK Begins Research on Law Reform for Use of Blockchain Smart Contracts

The U.K. Law Commission has launched a research project investigating reforms that would bring legal clarity to the use of blockchain-based smart contracts. According to a working paper published on Thursday, the independent agency has already this year carried out initial research on the topic and a more formal project is due to start in the summer.
Among Blockchain-Friendly Jurisdictions, Malta Stands Out

Among Blockchain-Friendly Jurisdictions, Malta Stands Out

Marlene Ronstedt is a writer and journalist whose work has appeared in German and English publications including WIRED Germany. Currently, she is working for Neufund as a blockchain reporter. André Eggert is a partner at the law firm of LACORE LLP and the legal architect of Neufund.org, a platform for primary offerings of tokenized equity.
China Has Built a Blockchain System That Could Replace Paper Checks

China Has Built a Blockchain System That Could Replace Paper Checks

China’s central bank has finished work on a blockchain-based system that digitizes checks issued by domestic businesses, according to a senior official. In an op-ed published by a local news source on Tuesday, Di Gang, deputy head of the digital currency research lab at the People’s Bank of China, said the department has “completed the infrastructure of a system that issues digital checks based on a blockchain with smart contracts technology.
White Shoe to Wild West: Lawyers to Launch Blockchain-Only Law Firm

White Shoe to Wild West: Lawyers to Launch Blockchain-Only Law Firm

Blockchain technology is shaking up the legal industry. At least that’s according to prominent blockchain industry attorneys, Angela Angelovska-Wilson and Lewis Cohen, who revealed exclusively to CoinDesk Friday that they have started their own law practice focused on the nascent industry. Called DLx Law LLP, the firm opened its doors this month, with offices in New York and Washington, D.C. Its founders, Angelovska-Wilson, previously general counsel and chief compliance officer at enterprise blockchain startup Digital Asset, and Cohen, a seasoned securities lawyer, aim to run the firm differently than the typical law practice, in a way that aligns better with the culture of the blockchain space.

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.