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    Aragon Network

    Aragon Network is everything one needs to run a company on Ethereum like Cap table, governance, fundraising, payroll, accounting, bylaws. It provides Ethereum based ecosystem for companies to be based on it. It is extremely customizable, one can get everything in a unified, beautiful interface. Aragon Network wants to solve multiple issues such as ease of use, contract upgradeability, a decentralized arbitration system, standardization etc. in order to make decentralized organizations widespread by either itself or partnering with others in long term. They put a huge effort and plans to invest even more resources into usability and design to make sure non-technical users can easily use it.

    The Aragon Network is a token-governed digital jurisdiction that focuses on creating the best conditions for true global indiscriminatory economic growth. Essentially, the Aragon Network is an ecosystem where organizations, entrepreneurs, and investors can efficiently and securely transact without risk of technical bugs or malicious parties. It will be able to be seamlessly upgraded and solve human disputes using a decentralized court system. The Aragon Network has its own token, ANT, which will be used to govern every single aspect of its functioning.

    Advantages

    • Aragon companies have some great advantages:
      No paperwork, extremely cost efficient

    • International from day one

    • Tokens are liquid from day one—founders, employees and investors can trade their shares seamlessly

    • Friendly and fast — no intermediaries involved

    • Transparent and accountable

    Aragon ecosystems can be adopted by purely distributed companies and open source projects. Companies built in Aragon will be investor-friendly and can have all the accounting, participate in the votings, see how much runaway the company has… all in a very user friendly way.

    How to participate in the Aragon Token Sale?

    Jorge Izquierdo, Tech Lead @AragonProject, announced on May 8, 2017, the way to Securely Participate in the Aragon Token Sale. In the blog, he listed the sources to trust for ANT sale information, and provide instructions for purchasing.

    The Aragon Network Token (ANT) can be purchased using

    To mitigate the risk of denial of service (DoS) attacks, they’ve purposely spread the sources one can obtain the sale address over multiple services:

    • The sale website will be hosted on Github Pages behind Cloudflare, which is used as a CDN for cache.

    • The blog-post will be hosted by Medium.

    • Slack channel.

    • One can prepare his transaction before hand (as explained in the Advanced MyEtherWallet tutorial) and broadcast it from any Ethereum node to avoid being affected by wallets being too congestionated.

    The Aragon (ANT) ICO is planned on May 17, 2017.

    For more updates, technical blogs and general discussion on Blockchain Technology and Ethereum, please follow us @ether_world (Twitter), EtherWorld_co (reddit.com) and EtherWorld (Facebook).

    #cryptonews #Ethereum #Aragon #ANT #blockchain #etherworld #ICO

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    (Blockchain Newspaper )

    News

    • Coinbase add support for Litecoin
      In an effort to shift supporting more types of digital assets over the coming year, The Coinbase blog announced on May 3 2017 that Coinbase is adding support for Litecoin. Customers can now easily buy, sell, send, and store Litecoin via the Coinbase website or mobile apps.
      Charlie Lee, the creator of Litecoin tweeted, “My life is complete.“

    • Wipro joins Etnterprise Ethereum Alliance
      Wipro announces joining Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) as Founding Member to Develop Enterprise-Grade Blockchain Solutions in a press release on May 4, 2017.

    • Segwit locks in on Litecoin
      Litecoin surpassed the required number of signaling blocks needed to activate Segregated Witness (Segwit) on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Segwit is therefore locked in on Litecoin. “After Segwit is locked-in, it will activate,” wrote Segwit’s development team.
      Charlie Lee tweeted, “SegWit on Litecoin will be locked in in ~19 hours, but we already reached the required number (6048) of signaling blocks. SegWay is locked!”
    • Florida 'Virtual Currency' Law passed.
      Money laundering charges could be faced by criminals in Florida for using Bitcoin.
      Both houses approved the bill and is now heads to the desk of Gov. Rick Scott for approval.

    Project updates

    • ENS live on mainnet.
      Ethereum Name Service (ENS) goes live on Ethereum's main net as of 1100 UTC on May 4, 2017.

    • TKN is live now.
      Monolith Studio announced that  TokenCard (TKN)is finally live and transferable from May 6, 2017.

    Developer's Update

    ICO updates

    • TokenCard ICO sold out in less than an hour.

    • Bancor, the new partner of TokeCard announces ICO on May 30, 09:00 GMT.

    • VOISE is a decentralized music streaming platform built around an Ethereum token that helps indie artists profit from their work launced ICO on May 6, 2017.
      VOISE Twitter account reported “ Less than 2 hours to receive 25% bonus in #VOISE crowdsale.“ 25% bonus was announced during the first 16 hours!

    Blockchain around the World

    For more updates, technical blogs and general discussion on Blockchain Technology and Ethereum, please follow us @ether_world (Twitter), EtherWorld_co (reddit.com) and EtherWorld (Facebook)

    #Cryptonews #TKN #Ethereum #blockchain #UN

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    Qn. : According to ens.codetract.io, there have been more auctions started than bids placed. What happens when auctions are finalized without bid? Can they be re-auctioned again later?

    Ans : by nickjohnson

    Yes, the name can be put up for auction again at any time after it ends without bids.

    There's more auctions than bids because the DApp opens a couple of 'chaff' auctions for each real one, to make it harder to guess which name someone is bidding on.

    Qn. : 1) I opened the auction 2) made a bet and transferred the Ether How to open a bet, so as not to lose the ether? Or is the rate displayed automatically after 48 hours?

    Ans : by nickjohnson

    The dapp will guide you through the process if you visit it during the reveal period

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    Florida 'Virtual Currency' Law passed - Money laundering charges could be faced by criminals in Florida for using Bitcoin.

    Florida has been long waiting to have any regulation on Bitcoin.

    According to MiamiHerald, “Criminals who use the virtual currency known as Bitcoin can be convicted of money laundering under a Florida law passed by lawmakers late on Friday. Both houses approved the bill, which now heads to the desk of Gov. Rick Scott for approval.” If the governor signs the law, “virtual currency” will be added to the definition of “monetary instruments” covered under Florida's Money Laundering Act, which would then be defined as a “medium of exchange in electronic or digital format that is not a coin or currency of the United States or any other country.”

    Espinoza's 'money laundering' case in Florida

    The case of “money laundering”  against Michel Espinoza who sold $1,500 worth of Bitcoin to an undercover cop was dismissed last year by Judge Teresa Mary Pooler.

    Michel Espinoza was a young computer programmer and early bitcoin trader who was arrested in January 2014, and later charged with dealing in currency without a money transmitter license and attempted money-laundering. Espinoza’s legal team then filed a motion to dismiss the case with the argument that Bitcoin is not defined as currency under Florida law, so the charges cannot apply. This case was the stimulator for the state. Miami-Dade officials were not pleased with the result of the Espinoza trial, and the state appealed the judge’s decision. This case probably had boosted the strong need of a law related to digital currency in the state of Florida.

    As reported earlier, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Teresa Mary Pooler ruled that Bitcoin was not backed by any government or bank, and was not “tangible wealth” and “cannot be hidden under a mattress like cash and gold bars.”

    “The court is not an expert in economics; however, it is very clear, even to someone with limited knowledge in the area, the Bitcoin has a long way to go before it the equivalent of money,” Pooler wrote in an eight-page order.

    The judge also wrote that Florida law — which says someone can be charged with money laundering if they engage in a financial transaction that will “promote” illegal activity — is way too vague to apply to Bitcoin.

    “This court is unwilling to punish a man for selling his property to another, when his actions fall under a statute that is so vaguely written that even legal professionals have difficulty finding a singular meaning,” she wrote.

    Blockchain regulations in USA

    Under current Florida law, “money laundering can apply to host of financial transactions designed to hide funds earned through criminal activity, or further that activity. That includes bank deposits, wire transfers and even investments.”

    Florida lawmakers have come down hard on Bitcoin because of it's alleged use in cyber crimes. Digital currency (Bitcoin) is decentralised and can be used to buy legitimate goods and services through websites and even in brick-and-mortal shops and restaurants. But can be used to traffic drugs, most notoriously through the Silk Road “dark web” online network. In another prominent example, a South Florida man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after using bitcoins to buy Chinese-made synthetic heroin. An alert on Virtual Currency was also issued in past by the state.

    As per IRS, Bitcoin or any other 'Virtual Currency' is treated as property and not as currency for U.S. Federal tax purposes .

    For more updates, technical blogs and general discussion on Blockchain Technology and Ethereum, please follow us @ether_world (Twitter), EtherWorld_co (reddit.com) and EtherWorld (Facebook).

    #cryptonews #florida #bitcoin #blockchain #virtualcurrency

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    TKN is live now.

    TokenCard (TKN) is finally live and transferable announced by Monolith Studio on May 6, 2017. TokenCard is a blockchain based VISA-DEBIT card that uses Ethereum network for payment.  Its ICO was launched by DigixGlobal & Monolith Studio in partnership on May 2, 2017 and in less than an hour it was sold out. But a server-side bug amused some trouble in the original deployment.

    They worked with a skilled third party auditing team to independently come to the same total TKN amount issued, cross-reference, and then deploy. TokenCard has been has been added to MyEtherWallet and is available at Etherscan.

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    Bancor bounty and ICO

    Bancor, the new partner of TokeCard announces Bounty on all of their products and is planning crowdfunding event on May 30, 09:00 GMT.

    Please visit for https://www.bancor.network more details.

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    Qn. How does someone go about doing the reveal phase of ENS without using the console? Is there a way to do with Mist/Parity/MetaMask?

    Answer by nickjohnson

    "If you bid using the DApp at registrar.ens.domains, you can reveal there. If you did it otherwise, you can use MEW's reveal page."

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    Wipro announces joining Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) as Founding Member to Develop Enterprise-Grade Blockchain Solutions in a press release on May 4, 2017.

    Wipro Limited

    Wipro is a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company that delivers solutions to enable its clients do business better. It delivers winning business outcomes through its deep industry experience and a 360 degree view of “Business through Technology.” By combining digital strategy, customer centric design, advanced analytics and product engineering approach, Wipro helps its clients create successful and adaptive businesses. A company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, strong commitment to sustainability and good corporate citizenship, Wipro has a dedicated workforce of over 170,000, serving clients across 6 continents.

    Wipro has been actively working on Ethereum to develop enterprise blockchain-based industry solutions and assets on a number of industry use cases. These solutions include Delivery versus Payments (DvP) settlement for securities and capital markets, skip-trace consortia for banking, peer-to-peer (P2P) insurance for the sharing economy, anti-counterfeit solution for supply chain traceability and many more.

    Ethereum is an open-source, blockchain-based distributed computing platform, featuring smart contract functionality. The EEA seeks to augment Ethereum adoption as an enterprise-grade technology, with research and development focused on privacy, confidentiality, scalability and security.

    Wipro’s Blockchain Innovation Lab, is part of its Blockchain COE (Center of Excellence), fast tracks the provisioning of blockchain environments to build use-case specific blockchain industry solutions. The COE focus is to enable client businesses innovate and to stay in tune with the emerging technology trends in blockchain by conducting proof of technology experiments around areas like scalability, performance and security of blockchain platforms. To enable enterprise level talent development on blockchain technologies like Enterprise Ethereum, Wipro has also created a Blockchain Academy to build in-house competency through a multi-level program.

    "The EEA benefits from a diverse, yet enterprise-focused membership base. Wipro brings a global perspective on IT strategy and operations to this alliance. We are very pleased to have Wipro as a member as we launch the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance." - Jeremy Millar, founder of Enterprise Ethereum.

    We are excited to be a part of the founding team of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance and contribute towards key aspects such as security, privacy and scalability as they will be the key determinants in accelerating blockchain adoption within enterprises. Enterprise Ethereum is a great way to fast-track enterprise adoption and Ethereum is one of the fastest growing technology platforms used by our clients for developing and deploying enterprise blockchain.” -  Krishnakumar N Menon, Vice President, Service Transformation, Wipro Limited.

    It’s great to have Wipro as a founding member of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance. Having organizations like Wipro driving purpose-built solutions and accelerating innovation for businesses, adds significant credibility to the Enterprise Ethereum ecosystem.” - Marley Gray, Principal Blockchain Architect, Microsoft.

    Enterprise Ethereum Alliance

    Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) is a collaboration of enterprises to promote, develop and implement enterprise grade Ethereum-based blockchain applications across industries for specific business use cases. Enterprise Ethereum is an alliance created in partnership with the leading banking, technology and blockchain firms to produce the industry standard, open source, free to use blockchain solutions that will be the foundation for businesses going forward.

    It is a nonprofit organizations which will guide the engineering of a standard blockchain technology based on the Ethereum blockchain and customized for the needs of all enterprise members. The group aims to provide the tools to make Ethereum, which currently faces scalability and privacy challenges, more usable for companies. It is backed by some of the biggest names in the sectors of finance and software - Intel, Microsoft, J.P. Morgan, BP and Accenture. More than 30 companies had joined the alliance so far.

    Enterprise Ethereum Alliance also fosters collaboration within the emerging community of blockchain developers. We look forward to working actively with the members of this alliance to shape the blockchain adoption by enterprises.” - Wipro Limited.

    For more updates, technical blogs and general discussion on Blockchain Technology and Ethereum, please follow us @ether_world (Twitter) , EtherWorld_co (reddit.com) and EtherWorld (Facebook).

    #Cryptonews #blockchain #Wipro #EEA #Ethereum

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    Geth

    geth is the the command line interface for running a full Ethereum node implemented in Go. It is the main deliverable of the Frontier Release. Frontier is the first in a series of releases that punctuate the roadmap for the development of Ethereum. Frontier will be followed by ‘Homestead’, ‘Metropolis’ and ‘Serenity’ throughout the coming year, each adding new features and improving the user friendliness and security of the platform.

    By installing and running geth, anyone can take part in the ethereum frontier live network and

    • mine real ether

    • transfer funds between addresses

    • create contracts and send transactions

    • explore block history and much much more.

    Geth is supported on Linux, Mac Os and Windows platforms. It is used to mine Ethereum's token (ETH) in Proof of Work (PoW) protocol. But, now team Ethereum is preparing to switch from Proof of Work (PoW) to Proof of Stake (PoS) protocol. Release of Geth 1.6.1 is a step closer to the switch. Ethereum developer's team proposed for a smooth transition from PoW to PoS, there should be a Hybrid protocol that uses key features of both protocols and then with consensus, it can be taken forward to PoS.

    For those who are planning to continue with Ethereum even after the switch from POW to POS, will have to download the upgraded software (geth) at their client. This upgraded software will inform every client that at some point in future, with consensus mechanism there will be the change from Proof of Work to Proof of Stake version. There will be the 'last block' of POW and the 'first block' of POS. It will be a kind of hard fork which has to be done based on consensus protocol. There may be disagreement on the 'last block' at the time POW blockchain fork but eventually one chain will win and everyone will agree on it. This will be finalized by the bonded validators of Proof of Stake.

    Geth 1.6.1

    Geth 1.6.1 released on May 4, 2017 is mostly a bug fix release adding various polishes throughout the codebase.

    Highlights of the release are the capability to iterate over a contract's storage entries via the RPC; transitioning Whisper to protocol v5 along with bundled diagnostics tools; and shorthand connectivity to the Rinkeby test network.

    New features:

    • debug_storageRangeAt RPC supports iterating over contract storage entries (#14350).
    • Switch Whisper to protocol v5 (#14387), ship diagnostic tool (#14414).
    • Add --rinkeby flag to quickly connect to the Rinkeby testnet (#14418).
    • Support disabling USB hardware wallet lookups (#14357).
      GitHub faucet bot protection (#14339) and funding tiers (#14402).
    • Add explicit SSH server key management for puppeth (#14398).
      geth init and geth removedb operate on both full and light chains (#14412).

    For a detailed rundown, please consult the 1.6.1 milestone.

    For more updates, technical blogs and general discussion on Blockchain Technology and Ethereum, please follow us @ether_world (Twitter), EtherWorld_co (reddit.com) and EtherWorld (Facebook)

    #geth #ethereum #blockchain #etherworld #pos

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    Ethereum Name Service (ENS)

    Project ENS was initially planned to be launched in mid-March, but because of critical bugs, it failed on testnet for ethereum apps. Later, a reworked ENS registrar was released on the Ropsten (testnet) network, after the results of two audits detailing the issues that led to the aborted launch, but it again failed. On April 20, 2017, Chris Remus (Team member of ENS project) posted the postmortem of ENS launch.

    ENS is live on Ethereum Mainnet as of 1100 UTC on May 4, 2017.

    Introduction

    Ethereum Name Service (ENS) is a distributed, open, and extensible naming system  built using smart contracts based on the Ethereum blockchain. The primary goal of ENS is to resolve human-readable names, like ‘myname.eth’, into machine-readable identifiers, including Ethereum addresses, Swarm and IPFS content hashes, and other identifiers. A secondary purpose is to provide metadata about names, such as ABIs for contracts, and whois information for users.

    ENS eliminates the need to copy - and worse, type - long hexadecimal addresses. With ENS, anyone will be able to send money to your friend at 'aardvark.eth' instead of '0x4cbe58c50480...', interact with your favorite contract at 'mycontract.eth', or visit a Swarm-hosted site at 'swarmsite.eth'.
    ENS can be used to resolve a wide variety of resources. The initial standard for ENS defines resolution for Ethereum addresses, but the system is extensible by design, allowing more resource types to be resolved in future without the core components of ENS requiring upgrades.

    ENS now live on Ethereum Mainnet

    Earlier this week, Chris Remus announced in his post that “The ENS team, Nick Johnson and Alex Van Sande and myself as ENS community launch manager, believe ENS is ready for relaunch. We’re pleased to announce the relaunch is scheduled to happen on May 4, 2017 at 1100 UTC.”

    How ENS works?

    One can register Domain name on ENS Registrar on the Ethereum Mainnet. It allows to check the availability of Ethereum name and if not available , one can request it. Once a name is requested, a period of 72 hours begins in which anyone can put a sealed bid for it and send the necessary funds (minimum of 0.01 ether). This period is followed by a 48 hour one (the "Reveal Period") in which bids must be revealed. Any bid that is not revealed during Reveal Period results in the loss of its related funds. The highest bidder after all bids are revealed during this Reveal Period becomes the registrant of the name, and the ether they sent to the contract will be refunded immediately, minus the value required to outbid the second highest bidder. The remaining funds are kept locked in a contract for at least a year, after which they can be withdrawn by the registrant upon releasing rights of use of the name. Names with registrants are controlled only by their registrants, who can transfer or release the name until it needs to be renewed.

    The algorithm used to decide how long people need to wait is random. It's the keccak256 hash of the name they want to register, expressed as a time between now and 8 weeks from the time of request.

    All bids are secret, someone watching transactions can see who sent the bid and the amount of money sent, but not what auction the bid is for. The 'bid anonymity' box offers the opportunity to send extra ether on top of original bid (which gets sent back as soon as you reveal) to disguise even the amount of the bid, providing extra secrecy.

    How can I bid for my domain?

    A GUI is available for users to bid for their domains. It can be accessed here  using MistParity or MetaMask.

    Bids can be submitted without any information tying them to their intended auction. The only info on a masked bid is the amount of value sent with it (which can be more than the amount of the bid), the address of the sender, and the masked bid hash. Since this is an auction, it is expected that most public hashes, like known domains and common dictionary words, will have multiple bidders pushing the price up. When someone submits a bid, he can choose to send more ether along with it that will be returned when he reveals regardless of the outcome. This serves to mask the actual amount of the bid, so someone looking at someone else's bid can only tell that he is bidding at most that much.

    It's additional blinding. Someone may be able to make educated guesses about the names you're bidding on based on what auctions you've opened, or there could be an especially high profile and valuable name up for auction. In either case, this helps disguise the true amount of your bid.

    In short, we aren't allowed to unseal our bids until the reveal phase because it simplifies the contract and provides fewer opportunities for nasty bugs and edge cases.

    There is a list on the dApp site, showing the name that are available. The twitter bot has a dictionary of common names it checks for, just like the DApp. If your name isn't in that list, it won't tweet it.

    The details of interim and permanent registrars can be found here.

    ENS will help us save from copy paste the address everytime we need to provide it. It's our choice name, so will be in mind all the time.

    For more updates, technical blogs and general discussion on Blockchain Technology and Ethereum, please follow us @ether_world (Twitter) , EtherWorld_co (reddit.com) and EtherWorld (Facebook).
    #Cryptonews #ENS #Ethereum #blockchain

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