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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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Aluna.Social is a Compelling Social Platform for Crypto Traders and Investors

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When one thinks about the social media landscape, the companies that first come to mind are most likely Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Snapchat.  These platforms are a great way to stay connected with friends, families, and colleagues, especially when geographic distance is a factor.  But, in addition to just chatting about life in general and sharing pictures, social media can be used to bridge the information gap that exists within the investment community.

Over the last decade, many trading offices have been established in large cities all over the world which allow solo traders and investors to pay a monthly fee in exchange for a workspace.  The real benefit to trading in these offices is to participate in the free flow of trading ideas and information.  Proprietary trading is one of the most challenging careers to be successful at and the exchange of ideas is almost required in order to succeed.  Traders at hedge funds and investment banks work in teams so why shouldn’t remote traders?

While these trading offices are a great way to help bridge the information gap, Aluna.Social may provide an even better way, especially as it relates to cryptocurrency trading.

Mission Statement

Aluna.Social, founded by Alvin Lee and Henrique Matias, is a multi-exchange social trading terminal for crypto traders and investors.  The goal of the platform is to help newcomers shorten their learning curve,…

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CoinFlip Scores Big with BRD Wallet Partnership

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As the crypto markets move closer to mass adoption, one of the keys for future success will revolve around attracting as many market participants as possible.  While many crypto users are extremely tech oriented, a lot of those on the sidelines are not.  The cause of waiting on the sidelines could be due to a variety of reasons such as fear of the unknown, lack of knowledge, age, or a combination of all of the above.  In order to entice new users to join the crypto revolution, crypto ATMs are rising up across the country.  Of those, the largest and most influential crypto ATM company by a significant margin is CoinFlip.

In early October, CoinFlip announced on its Twitter that it had officially partnered with BRD Wallet to re-introduce their crypto ATM map.  Now, BRD wallet users will be able to locate their nearest CoinFlip ATM and receive a 10% discount for both buys and sells.  BRD brand awareness is growing quickly within the crypto community thanks to its innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.  The team strongly believes in the value of financial freedom and independence, and want to empower people across the world by leveraging the possibilities that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies provide.

Cryptocurrencies are already making a huge difference around the world.  Citizens of Venezuela, a country devastated by rampant inflation, have been using several cryptocurrencies…

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Cryptocurrency Collateralized Debt Positions Are Growing in Popularity

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While Bitcoin (BTC) continues to hover around the magical 10,000 price level, altcoins continue to fight an uphill battle.  Simply put, hopes of a future bull run continue to diminish as Bitcoin maintains its dominance.  One school of thought is that a few altcoins will survive and flourish, but which ones are anyone’s guess.  That being said, it’s hard to go wrong picking against the top coins like Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), and EOS.  These projects have managed to find a foothold in the market and have a better chance than most of staying there.  While traders wait for their positions to increase in value, one opportunity that may be worth looking at is initiating a collateralized debt position.

What is a Cryptocurrency CDP?

In traditional terms, a CDP is essentially putting up collateral in order to receive a loan against the deposited amount.  There are several examples of this in our day to day lives.  Auto title loans from large companies like TitleMax are extremely popular with consumers.  Consumers are essentially able to use their car as collateral in exchange for a cash payment which can then be used for whatever needs the consumer has.  The consumer can continue using their car as long as debt payments are made.

The same concept applies to cryptocurrency CDPs.  Consumers are able to put up crypto tokens, such as…

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