Blockchain 

Firm to Deliver Blockchain-Based Phone With ‘Cutting-Edge’ Protocol

A blockchain project that claims it offers the “new financial era” to users says it will soon start delivering the world’s first smartphone with a voice-over blockchain protocol (VOBP). KaratGold says the IMpulse K1 eliminates third-party companies and services by offering technology that enables users to communicate with full encryption — ensuring texts, documents, videos and recordings remain fully private at all times. To ensure that a user’s personal details, files and cryptocurrency are safe if a device is lost or stolen, owners have the opportunity to retrieve their encrypted…

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Blockchain 

0x DEX Protocol Suspended Because of Vulnerability, Funds Safe

The Ethereum (ETH) smart contract of 0x (ZRX) decentralized exchange (DEX) protocol has been suspended after a vulnerability has been uncovered in its code, the project’s team announced in a Medium post published on July 13. Per the announcement, third-party security researcher samczsun warned the 0x team about the vulnerability in the exchange smart contract and, after evaluating it, the team suspended the exchange’s contract and the AssetProxy contracts. The vulnerability would have allowed an attacker to fill certain orders with invalid signatures. The announcement reassures that one has exploited…

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Bitcoin 

Blockchain Protocol Polkadot Sells 500,000 of Its Tokens, Price Still Unspecified

Blockchain interoperability protocol Polkadot has distributed 500,000 DOT tokens at a price that is unknown, but purportedly in keeping with the firm’s $1.2 billion valuation, technology-focused news outlet The Block reported on June 27. Polkadot’s managing partner Web3 Foundation (W3F) reportedly told The Block that the protocol distributed 500,000 of its tokens, although the company did not reveal the exact amount of funds raised. The Block notes, that during the recent round Polkadot purportedly sold 5% of the total token supply, which should theoretically bring $60 million to the protocol’s…

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Blockchain 

Firm Behind Zcash to Introduce New Version of Protocol With Sharding

The Electric Coin Company (ECC), the firm behind second-biggest anoncoin zcash (ZEC), intends to build a new scalable zcash blockchain, cryptocurrency news outlet Forklog reports on June 22. Per the report, chief engineer at ECC Nathan Wilcox said that the firm should “make Zcash usable by 10 billion people by 2050” if it can. Still, Decrypt notes that achieving this would require zcash’s blockchain to be able to manage thousands — or millions — of transactions per second. Forklog states that ECC is considering implementing sharding, a scalability solution that…

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Blockchain 

Standard Tokenization Protocol Raises $750K in Eight-Second Token Sale

A token sale for Standard Tokenization Protocol (STP) raised $750,000 and sold out within eight seconds, a news release claimed on June 11. The project says it offers an open-source, decentralized standard for the tokenization and issuance of any asset. Following the initial exchange offering (IEO), which was held on Bittrex, STP founder Mike Chen said: “We are excited to move forward with implementing a powerful funding mechanism for other companies that could potentially save billions in funding costs while staying fully compliant in any jurisdiction.” As well as being collected…

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Blockchain 

Tron Announces BitTorrent-Based IPFS Variant Decentralized File System Protocol

Blockchain platform Tron, which is behind the decentralized, web focused cryptocurrency tron TRX, announced plans to develop a BitTorrent-based version of decentralized file system InterPlanetary File System (IPFS). The development was shared in a press release with Cointelegraph on May 30. Per the release, the BitTorrent File System (BTFS) is a variant of the aforementioned open source IPFS software and will “allow users to receive and host storage on their computers with other individuals and businesses.” Internal testing of the BTFS protocol reportedly already started in late May. Justin Sun,…

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Blockchain 

Compliant Token Startup Standard Tokenization Protocol Secures $7 Million in Funding

Compliant tokenization startup Standard Tokenization Protocol (STP) announced that it secured $7 million in funding in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on May 29. Per the release, STP raised the funds in two separate private funding rounds from multiple venture capitalists by selling its STPT token, with $5 million in the first round and $2 million in the second. The investors cited by the company are Neo Global Capital, BlockVC and AlphaBit. The announcement explains that STP’s service is designed to allow for the compliant and transparent tokenization of…

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Bitcoin 

Protocol Enables Real-World Assets to Be Tokenized on Bitcoin SV Blockchain

A company has launched a protocol enabling businesses to create tokens for real-world assets on the Bitcoin SV (BSV) blockchain, according to a news release published on May 27. Tokenized says asset types including shares, loyalty points, admission tickets and memberships are supported through its ecosystem — with the Australian firm placing an emphasis on offering a product that is regulation friendly. Documentation has been released to help those with little technical knowledge about tokenization to understand the platform’s features, and the company is urging businesses, governments and investors to get in touch to…

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Blockchain 

Orchid Labs Secures $7 Mln Towards Development of Protocol to End Internet Surveillance

United States-based blockchain and software development firm Orchid Labs has raised another $7 million within its latest private offering, according to a blog post published on May 7. Following the new raise, Orchid now has secured $43 million out of targeted funding of around $125 million, as the firm specified in a filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in April 2018. In the filing, Orchid revealed that the company raised $36.1 million via a Simple Agreement for Future Tokens by that time. Founded in 2017, Orchid is…

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Blockchain 

Protocol Labs and Ethereum Foundation Team Up to Research Verifiable Delay Functions

Filecoin owner Protocol Labs is collaborating with the Ethereum Foundation to develop a Verifiable Delay Function (VDF). The company announced the partnership in a blog post on April 19. VDFs are a relatively new cryptographic primitive that can protect systems relying on the generation of (pseudo) random values from manipulation strategies or attack. Examples of everyday use cases include picking a lottery winner on the blockchain, as VDFs could help stop miners from intervening with a block hash to win the jackpot. Dan Boneh, one of the researchers who introduced…

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