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Decentralized Applications

One of the major innovations that blockchain technology has brought to the table, besides the public ledger and cryptocurrency, is the creation of Decentralized Applications (DAPPs). While there is no single definition for DAPPs there are some key characteristics that many, if not all, DAPPs have: Open-source, Decentralized and Incentivized.

Mainly DAPPs are run on decentralized P2P networks rather than on a single computer. Think of Bittorent and Tor for p2p networks and Augur and cryptokitties as DAPPs. The largest and most advanced blockchain that allows developers to build DAPPs on is Ethereum. Ethereums very whitepaper states clearly that it intends to be a clearinghouse for DAPPs providing developers with a language, Solidity, and allowing developers to create smart contracts using the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM).

With that being said it’s hard to keep track of all the new and existing DAPPs that are out there, and even harder to review or analyze the popular and most used DAPPs. The crew over at DappRadar is trying to make that easier for us.

What is DappRadar?

Essentially DappRadar is a site that does the hard work of follwing all the available DAPPs our there and providing insights and information into them. In other words, it’s pretty handy. As more and more blockchain mainnet launches happening this year the amount of DAPPs developed will increase dramatically. You can also filter by category such as casino, games, etc.

According to DappRadar, and perhaps no surprise to many, CryptoKitties continues to be the top decentralized game heap, even if it isn’t crashing the etherum network anymore. With an eyewatering 21k transactions in the pat  7days it far eclipses its nearest competitor Ethermon (I personally prefer the Ethermon to the kitties, sue me). But it’s amazing, and promising, to see that DAPPs are being used. It’s not all just smoke.

What’s fascinating about this resource is we can explore DAPPs we never heard of before. The amount of collectibles DAPPs is crazy, in my opinion, trying to capitalize on the CryptoKitties craze. But other cools DAPPs exist like CryptoStrikkers where you can buy and sell rare and beautiful sports trading cards or the John Orion Young DAPP where you can buy art from non other than…John Orion Young.

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The Raven’s Dispatch – July 20, 2018 – World’s First Bank-Owned Cryptocurrency Exchange Opens in Japan

World’s First Bank-Owned Cryptocurrency Exchange Opens in Japan

Adoption. That’s the key right? Once the masses adopt crypto, we can all retire early and talk about those crazy times when the overall market cap was only in the billions. Can you imagine the day? Well we’ve taken one step closer, in my opinion, as Japan becomes the first country where a bank owned exchange opens.

SBI group, founded in 1999, while relatively young have taken this first innovative step in the exchange world. In many cases crypto exchanges and companies find it extremely difficult to open accounts with banks, get credit, etc. because banks are very negative towards crypto. This could be a first step, and model, for future institutional investment.

SBI has opened up trading on its exchange named VCTRADE, and being a bank-owned crypto exchange, it is the first of its kind in the world. Japan is crypto-mad and has arguably the biggest cryptocurrency markets, which makes 20,000 pre registrations no surprise.

The overall cryptocurrency market had a wonderful week surging from $249bln to $281bln representing a 12% increase in the past seven days. Bitcoin lead the way and dragged everyone with it. Thanks BTC. The good news continues to flood in, as you will see below, and the crypto market keeps trucking along. Imagine for a moment a 1 trillion dollar market. We’re allowed to dream, right?

Bitcoin (BTC): BTC SURGED this week and blasted through the $7k mark increasing from $6,284 to $7,420 as of this post. Needless to say, the crypto community was losing their shi*t this week on twitter. Oh and has anyone noticed, as if out of nowhere, the bull charts re-appeared as if like magic.

Ethereum (ETH): Where BTC goes, crypto goes. Though ETH could not hold on to it’s high of $511 on Wednesday, ETH grew 6% to $463 as of this post.

Cardano (ADA): Dubbed “blockchain 3.0”, Cardano is a fully open-source, decentralized public blockchain and cryptocurrency project. It’s in fact the first blockchain platform to be built from peer-reviewed academic research, featuring some of the world’s foremost universities (among which are the University of Edinburgh and the Tokyo Institute of Technology).

Founded by Charles Hoskinson, former Ethereum CEO and early founder. Cardano has a 3 year roadmap split into eras, with each era featuring major improvement and introduction of some features. It’s currently in its bootstrap era, which they have named the Byron phase. In this current era, IOHK is working on stabilizing and tweaking its blockchain, and making significant improvements to the Cardano core.

As you can see in the graph below ADA had it’s parabolic phase, but swiftly retraced to it’s support of $0.20. 

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Purse.io and BCH come together. Best use case to date? – Whether you are a Bitcoin maximalist or Bitcoin Cash aficionado, the fact is, fees are cheaper when using Bitcoin Cash and on On Friday, May 18, 2018, Bitcoin Cash (www.bitcoin.com) announced their partnership with Purse.io?

The Pirate Bay is crypto mining once again! – Piracy websites have faced backlash for years from governments and companies whose copyrighted properties have been infringed upon. In consequence, few reputable companies seek to do business with them, making it much harder for these types of sites to turn a profit. Queue crypto mining to the rescue!

Robinhood App Review – FINALLY! We finally get our hands on the Robinhood app and give it a thorough once over for your benefit. Fee less trading never felt so good. Check it out!

One Year Later: Comparing BTC to BCH (transactions/volume/github) – It’s been one year since the controversial fork of Bitcoin (BTC) to create Bitcoin Cash (BCH). We’ve writen about the two main figures of this fork, Jihan Wu and Roger Ver, in the past but today we want to look at the numbers. The cold.hard.facts. As President Trump would say……

India is Building a City with the Help of Blockchain – Newly formed Southern Indian State calls for a new capital. The nation decided to turn it into a state-of-the-art smart city. And that means using blockchain technology!

Malta Has Rightfully Earned Its “Blockchain Island” Nickname – Malta has long been known as the favorite destination of iGaming companies around the world. Now it seems the island is shifting from online gambling to the novel blockchain technology.

Bitcoin ETF Approval Could Be Huge For Crypto – The crypto market may finally be about to witness a successful application for a Bitcoin Exchange Traded Fund (ETF).

Etherpoly.io is launching a new decentralized Ethereum game – Etherpoly.io (OLY) is a new decentralized game in which users can interact by acquiring, improving and trading virtual cities.  It is a new decentralized game in which users can interact by acquiring, improving and trading virtual cities. Read on for more details!

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CRYPTOCURRENCY NEWS FROM AROUND THE INTERNET

World’s First Bank-Backed Crypto Exchange Finally Opens to the Public – Japanese financial giant SBI Holdings formally launched its in-house crypto trading platform, dubbed VCTRADE, last month. Yet, as reported by CoinDesk at the time, the trading service was only available for a group of selected users who pre-registered with the platform last October.

Coinbase teases new cryptocurrency assets for which it’s ‘exploring’ support – Coinbase is taking a look at some new cryptocurrencies to add to its exchange. If your favorite project on the list?

Major League Baseball is going crypto – Later this summer, Major League Baseball digital collectibles are coming to the Ethereum blockchain. Lucid Sight, a blockchain gaming company, is launching MLB Crypto Baseball, through a licensing deal with MLB.

Tezos Investors Got a Chance to Sell This Week – And They Took It – After waiting nearly a year to get their tokens, the first thing many Tezos investors did was get rid of them.

– The floodgates could be about to open in the cryptocurrency market. BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management firm, with $6.3 trillion in assets under management, is exploring bitcoin.

American Express is Eyeing Blockchain for a Proof-of-Payments System – American Express isn’t an institution unfamiliar with blockchain. Throughout the past few months, we’ve seen the financial services company support the blockchain very publicly.

Schnorr is Looking Graceful to Become Bitcoin’s Biggest Change since SegWit – Last week, influential developer, Pieter Wuille uncovered a draft which outlined the technical makeup of the Bitcoin upgrade. Now, with stronger foresight and passion, Bitcoin upgrade is all set to enter the implementation phase.

?Mastercard to link crypto to fiat currency with new patent – You can’t stop the blockchain! Mastercard has patented a method and system for the ‘linkage of blockchain-based assets to fiat currency accounts’.

South Korea Will Subsidize Blockchain Startups – The South Korean government has announced a plan to revise the current tax rules to widen benefits for companies that focus on the development of nascent technologies, including blockchain, as part of the country’s push for innovation growth.

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The Raven’s Dispatch – July 13, 2018 – $25 million stolen from Decentralized Exchange, Bancor

$25 million stolen from Decentralized Exchange Bancor

Hack Hacking Haxxors

Another day, another hack. It seems like no exchange is safe out there, not even the decentralized type. If you recall DEX Exchanges were supposed to offer greater security due to their decentralized set up. Guess the jury is still out on this one. Whatever your stance so many hackings have taken place it makes you wonder if these exchanges are doing too little to tighten security. Bancor was hacked, again, for $13 million after one of the their upgrade wallets was compromised. The vast majority stolen was Ethereum.

After raising $150 million in their ICO, you would think Bancor would have invested some of that in their security procedures. Read more about it below. Let’s get this dispatch rocking! (I’m trying new lead-ins, ok. Cut me some slack)

The top 5 looks like it’s locked in for the near future. The overall cryptocurrency market dropped week to week from $267bln to $249bln representing a 6% decrease in the past seven days. No drastic moves or bart patters this week even with the Bancor hacking news AND the mining hack. It’s been a rather poor week in the news cycle for our beloved crypto.

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Bitcoin (BTC): BTC struggled this week and nestled into the $6,200 support, for the time being. 2018 sucks y’all. This represents a drop of 4%, not bad considering the swings many crypto enthusiasts  are accustomed to.

Ethereum (ETH): It’s getting boring watching ETH do what BTC does. Week to week ETH sank 6% $439 as of this post. Ethereum continues to be the poster boy for a gre place to develop DAPPs but other chains and projects are catching up. With Caspers successful release to update Herrumbres economic consensus protocol, things seem pretty hum-drum here.

DASH (DASH): Dashcoin cryptocurrency was created on 18 January 2014 by its developer Evan Duffield and was originally released as XCoin (XCO).  In February of the same year (2014), the name was changed to “Darkcoin.” Moreover, on 25 March 2015, Darkcoin was rebranded as simply “Dash”. Quite the saga, huh?

As it stands, Dash users can now opt for full privacy in their transactions and remain completely anonymous, thanks to Evan Duffield. Dash has three main features: speed of transactions, masternodes and private send. As you can see in 2017 DASH reached all time hish peaking at $1,600 per DASH but like the entire crypto market has retraced to $226 as of this post. Can you imagine how much the Masternode owners must have raked in during that run? Well played to those that got in early and believed in the project.

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Etherpoly.io is launching a new decentralized Ethereum game – Etherpoly.io (OLY) is a new decentralized game in which users can interact by acquiring, improving and trading virtual cities.  It is a new decentralized game in which users can interact by acquiring, improving and trading virtual cities. Read on for more details!

Sleeping Giants of Crypto – While the January crash wiped a huge chunk of market cap off the map with aftershocks rippling through the marketplace ever since, there are a number of projects that have weathered the storm well and continue to show promise for the future. Is your favorite project on the list?

What Are Exchange Tokens? – A recent trend in the crypto space has seen exchanges listing their own custom cryptocurrency tokens, generally offering a trade fee discount when the tokens are used. Binance is often credited with kickstarting the trend into mainstream use with the highly successful BNB token, and other exchanges have followed suit. So how do all these tokens measure up, and what do they do exactly?

New Github Repository Catalogs Physical Bitcoin Attacks – Cryptocurrency hacks have always been a thorn in the side of crypto enthusiasts. It seems like we can’t go a few months without a major theft taking place.  Jameson Lopp, created an open source repository to catalog and list all known physical bitcoin attacks/thefts. Check it out, it’s fascinating stuff. And a lesson. Because if anything we here at Crypto is Coming want to share teachable mome….lol I can’t finish that.

Vitalik Buterin Says Centralized Exchanges Can Burn In Hell – Sassy. We love it. Outspoken Ethereum co-founder, Vitalik Buterin, has hit out at centralized exchanges, saying that he hopes they “burn in hell as much as possible” while speaking to John Evans of TechCrunch. He has mirrored the opinions of divisive self-proclaimed voice of cryptocurrency, John McAfee.

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Visualizing the ICO Explosion – The ICO market exploded in 2017. We saw Billions of dollars pour into crypto through this new crowdsourcing vehicle. Take a look at the infographics below from the crew at howmuch.net.

Litecoin Foundation and TokenPay buy stake in WEG Bank AG – Litecoin founder, Charlie Lee, announced via twitter this morning that the Litecoin Foundation and Token Pay have entered into a partnership to buy a stake in German bank, WEG Bank AG. IN acquiring this stake, they hope to work on consumer driven cryptocurrency solutions for Litecoin and other cryptos.

Opera Launching A Browser With Built-In Crypto Wallet Functionality – Opera has announced that it is launching a new Android based browser that will incorporate a cryptocurrency wallet directly in the software. The browser will support the Ethereum Web3 API, and this function means that users will no longer have to open a separate browser to send and receive payments or check their crypto balance.

What Happens When The Bitcoin Reaches 21 Million And Mining Reward Runs Out? – Bitcoin transactions can only be verified by mining, a process in which powerful computers solve complex algorithms in order to add new blocks of verified transactions to the blockchain. What happens when there is no more reward? Check out our latest piece from Conor.

From Nick Szabo to Naval: The best crypto twitter threads of the week – We all know Cryptocurrencies are at the forefront of innovation in finance and tech. But the people involved in crypto are also leading the way, fighting in the intellectual battle ground that is crypto twitter to see which ideas gain strength and which die off.

CRYPTOCURRENCY NEWS FROM AROUND THE INTERNET

Another hack rocks cryptocurrency trading: Bancor loses $13.5 million – The alleged hack has raised questions over the validity of the start-up’s “decentralized” system. This week, the start-up said that a wallet being used to “upgrade” smart contracts was compromised. This wallet was then used to withdraw $12.5 million in Ethereum (ETH), alongside $1 million in Pundi X (NPXS) and $10 million in Bancor Network Tokens (BNT).

Binance to Record $1 Billion Profit in 2018, Surpassing Major Banks – The cryptocurrency market has dropped by over 70% since the start of the year, but the world’s largest crypto exchange is still expected to rake in a hefty profit.

Ledger launches Ledger Live, the all-in-one companion app to your Ledger device – Ledger Live is a new all-in-one companion application for your Ledger device that runs on Windows, Mac and Linux. We’ve built Ledger Live from the ground-up to deliver a feature-packed, yet user-friendly experience for both power users and newbies.

Bank of Korea Says Cryptocurrency Poses Little Risk to Domestic Market – The Bank of Korea (BOK) recently announced that cryptocurrencies pose little risk to South Korea’s domestic market, Cointelegraph reported. The analysis comes in the wake of the institution’s publication of a report covering the influence of virtual currencies in the country’s financial industry.

Malta is Creating a Decentralized Bank with the Help of Binance – Binance is seeking to use Malta as the base for a new bank that will be owned entirely by cryptocurrency investors–the world’s “first decentralized, completely community-owned bank,” according to a Bloomberg report.

Robinhood Adds Bitcoin Cash & Litecoin Trading, Will Support Crypto Transfers – All aboard! Rapidly-expanding fintech unicorn Robinhood has added bitcoin cash and litecoin to the growing stable of cryptocurrencies that users can trade on the popular stock trading app.

100 Merchants Invited to Risk-Free Trial of Lightning Network – Did we ever mention we love of chain solutions? A few lucky merchants now have one less obstacle to accepting bitcoin payments via the Lightning Network.

Crypto is not a Bubble, Says Bernstein Analyst – Bitcoin is not a classic bubble, but still be ‘suspicious,’ says investing expert William Bernstein. Thanks the for advice, Will.

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Etherpoly.io is launching a new decentralized Ethereum game 

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Ethereum Smart Contracts have seen many uses in all kinds of world applications. With the maturity of the developers community, we are starting to see some really interesting projects arising.

Etherpoly.io might just be one of them. It is a new decentralized game in which users can interact by acquiring, improving and trading virtual cities.

What’s interesting is that Etherpoly.io has its own Cryptocurrency that it uses for its in-game economy.

This cryptocurrency, called OLY, follows the standard ERC20 specifications, and is required to interact with the game. It allows to improve and to buy new cities. Cities generate OLY revenues every hour for their owners, which can then be used to acquire new Cities, that can be traded for ETH.

A good point is that this cryptocurrency is non-mintable, which means that the owner of the game can’t generate it at will.

The Cities are tokens of standard ERC720 specifications, that are of limited supply, as the list of available countries is hard coded into the Smart contract.

The founders state that the game is entirely decentralized, and that the site and its API, albeit cached, don’t use any kind of database other than the blockchain. They intend to use the decentralized data to further build upon the game and improve the available features.

More information about Etherpoly is available on their website, via Twitter @etherpoly.

The game is set to launch on the 10th of July, on its official address www.Etherpoly.io.

There’s more information on the whitepaper, or the official Twitter @etherpoly (link to https://twitter.com/etherpoly).

You can read the whitepaper by clicking here (link to https://www.etherpoly.io/whitepaper-en.pdf)

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