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Prepare for Launch: Zilliqa’s New Testnet is Imminent

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Third generation Zilliqa is almost ready to release the next version of its testnet. Testnet v2 will support their new smart contract language bringing a next-level security to decentralized applications (Dapps) running on the network.

Zilliqa Builds in Safety Measures

Scilla, the new smart contract language designed for Zilliqa, will make applications running on Zilliqa less vulnerable to attacks. By getting rid of certain known vulnerabilities directly at the language-level it will make sure that Dapps will be much safer to build and run.

Cryptocurrencies are at risk of security flaws. Recently EOS announced its bug bounty program, offering up to $10,000 for the most severe bugs found. Since May 31, 39 bugs have been found and resolved. The most recent one was June 27 and received the maximum bounty because it was so serious. By building safety into smart contracts, Zilliqa will be able to secure its reputation as a safe, scalable cryptocurrency.

In a blog post, Zilliqa said: “As a result, it is extremely important to ensure that a smart contract deployed on a blockchain is bug-free and safe. Safety of smart contracts is particularly critical because they are run in a Byzantine environment, where, every party involved with a contract can potentially be malicious.”

Developer Grant Program Announced

Zilliqa announced a developer grant program called the Zilliqa Ecosystem Grant on June 19. The main objective will be to support teams developing tools, libraries, and Dapps for the Zilliqa platform. The total funding for it will be $5 million of which at least 30% will be given out as ZIL. The projects will need to be long-term projects as the funding will be spread across a period of time. The Zilliqa team will also provide support and advice to the projects.

In a blog post, Zilliqa said: “To encourage the development and adoption of applications that are built on our platform we are pleased to announce the details of the Zilliqa Ecosystem Grant Programme — a pool of $5 million USD that will be given to great projects, teams, and individuals to start building tools and applications for the Zilliqa platform.”

New Dapps to #BuildonZIL

Spuul, an over-the-top provider of video streaming content have announced that Spokkz will be running on the Zilliqa network. Spokkz is a film and TV ecosystem. The provider has a user base of over 57 million users and provides content in 180 countries. This means it will have plenty of reach.

A new open entertainment network has also stated its intentions of building on Zilliqa. Bolt aims to use blockchain technology to change how we access content, data, and educational resources. They claim to be the world’s first open entertainment economy and are listed on the Switcheo exchange.

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Reasons Why You Are Much Safer When Crypto Trading on Dexes

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While many cryptocurrencies aim to bring the change to the world by bringing full decentralization, one aspect of the crypto space still remains mostly centralized, and that is the way they are exchanged. Most crypto exchanges are centralized companies, where traders and investors need to deposit their coins for safekeeping. This is a risky way to handle the funds, as exchanges remain susceptible to hacks and theft, as many realized recently, after the hack of the world’s largest exchange by trading volume, Binance.

During the hack, around 7,000 BTC (over $40 million) was taken, and sent to multiple wallets, never to be seen again — for now, at least. The hack also came as quite a shock, as Binance was known for its efficiency, security, and high levels of confidence. It also made people realize that their coins are not really theirs if they need to rely on third parties, such as exchanges, to keep them safe. As a result, many are now turning away from centralized exchanges, and are heading towards decentralized ones — also known as DEXes.

Here are some reasons why you might want to consider doing the same.

1. True ownership of your coins

The crypto community has a saying: “not your keys, not your coins.” The saying is now more relevant than ever, but it does not apply on DEXes. Decentralized exchanges

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Crypto Billionaire Predicts Massive Price Growth by 2021

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Crypto prices are once again going up, and Bitcoin has just passed a major resistance level at $6,000. With a situation like that, it is not surprising that everyone in the crypto community is looking forward to the future, wondering what to expect in years to come. Many experts have already given their predictions, some more optimistic than others, but almost all bullish.

Crypto billionaire Mike Novogratz has always been very supportive of cryptocurrencies, and very bullish on Bitcoin. He recently stated that he sees the coins’ prices triple in the following 18 months, meaning that Bitcoin’s return to $20,000 might not be far away, according to him.

He noted that Bitcoin is back to $6,000 after its price hit as low as $3,100 only a few months ago. These days, Novogratz does not believe Bitcoin will return to such lows unless there is a devastating exchange hack or a major shift in regulations. Of course, there was a big hack that had the potential to damage the coin’s price, only days ago. The world’s largest crypto exchange by trading volume, Binance, saw a significant security breach which resulted in a theft of 7,000 BTC.

However, so far, the coin did not react negatively to this incident. While Novogratz believed that such an event would shatter the new confidence in BTC, it simply did not happen. However, he…

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TokenRoll (TKR) Platform Will Take Online Casinos to the Next Level

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Corporate executives are turning to blockchain technology more than ever in an attempt to revolutionize the business world.  Although blockchain is still a relatively new concept, that hasn’t stopped more and more companies from jumping on the bandwagon.  This hot new technology has quickly gained a reputation for providing greater transparency, enhanced security, improved traceability, increased efficiency, and low costs.  One industry that could certainly benefit from decentralization is the online gambling market, specifically, online casinos.  TokenRoll (TKR) has developed a platform that appears to offer a promising alternative to centralized casinos.

Problems with Centralized Casinos

The primary reason why blockchain technology is being implemented so quickly is because it solves a lot of the problems typically associated with the traditional business model.  And online casinos are no different.  It still needs to be said that centralized casinos have proven that there is a great demand for online gambling.  The market is growing faster than anyone could have predicted, and future opportunities appear very promising and lucrative.  But industries are continually evolving and this one is no different.

A few of the problems facing centralized casinos include the following:

  • Little to no transparency
  • Consumer lack of confidence
  • Privacy concerns
  • 48-72 hour wait time for withdrawals

These are four monumental issues that need to be addressed quickly given the global growth of the market.  Casinos need to…

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