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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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How is the Crypto Market Changing?

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It has been around a month and a half since the start of 2019, and there are already some pretty obvious changes in the way the crypto market operates, especially when compared to the last year. Early 2018 was almost a complete opposite. The previous year started with cryptocurrencies at their strongest, only to see them crashing down after a few weeks. Back then, the ICO model was still quite strong, and so was the hype surrounding the crypto space. New investors kept entering the space, and new startups emerged with their tokens ready to be sold.

As the year progressed, things started to change. The prices continued to drop, the ICO model went down from around $1.4 billion in raised funds at the beginning of the year to only $100 million in the last month.

The ICO model lost investors’ trust, as many of the projects turned out to be either too weak to survive after the crypto winter struck, or scams which tricked investors out of their money and disappeared. Not to mention that the increase in ICOs popularity attracted the regulators who cracked down on them pretty hard, especially in the US.

With all of that happening, it is of a small surprise that the investors started giving up on ICOs, especially with the constant drops in prices which saw even the largest coins…

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Understanding the Uses of Different Types Of Cryptocurrencies

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Cryptocurrencies – a term which has become incredibly prominent in the mainstream media during recent years due to the proliferation of Bitcoin millionaires. As a result, the new form of currency has earned an almost infamous status. However, as with any major step forward, there is still much confusion regarding the use of cryptocurrencies, what different types of innovative electronic cash exist and what they might mean for the future.

We’re putting all of this to rest as we explain what each of the leading cryptocurrencies can do.

Bitcoin

The most popular form of cryptocurrency, Bitcoin was first thought up in 2008 by the elusive and still unknown creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, who published the whitepaper online.

It took almost a decade for the cryptocurrency to reach its peak, but in December 2017 a single Bitcoin roughly exchanged for the price of $17,000, meaning anyone who held a substantial amount of the electronic cash became significantly wealthy.

In its early years, the cryptocurrency was strictly used as an alternative for cash transactions, and predominantly for trading goods and services. However as it has increased in popularity, its range of uses has also widened, now deployed for a variety of purposes including acting as collateral for investments at merchant banks, a direct debit for subscriptions services and most notably for sports betting.

Ripple

Bitcoin’s closest source of competition, Ripple was founded…

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New DoJ Ruling May Cripple Gambling dApps

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A new decision made by the US Justice Department has expanded restrictions regarding online gambling in the US affecting gambling dApps. While the Federal Wire Act of 1961 prohibited online gambling regarding sports since 2011, the new decision expanded on this, and it now includes all forms of internet gambling. Unfortunately for many, this now also includes cryptocurrencies.

The new decision came due to considerable difficulties when it comes to guaranteeing that only interstate betting will take place and that payments will not be routed via different states.

The new announcement was explained in a 23-page-long opinion issued by the Department of Justice’s legal team, which pointed out that the 2011 decision misinterpreted the law. According to that decision, transferring funds was to be considered a violation, but data transfers were not included. By exploiting this oversight, it was possible for gamblers to turn to internet gambling. Unsurprisingly, many have realized this early on, including startups, as well as large, established firms. This, of course, also included cryptocurrency companies as well.

The new decision changes what is allowed online

The decision to include all forms of internet gambling is a massive hit in the…

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