Ethereum 

ETH Smart Contract FairWin Is Empty

Ethereum (ETH) smart contract FairWin, recently accused of being the fastest-growing Ponzi scheme on Ethereum, was emptied. According to Etherscan’s data, at press time FairWin’s balance is exactly zero ETH. Yet, the smart contract held over 49,518 ETH just a few days ago on Sept. 26. FairWin’s value also topped at over $10 million on Sept. 21. The fastest-growing Ponzi scheme on Ethereum It is unclear whether the contract was drained by its owner, some malicious actors or concerned users, but the multitude of withdrawing addresses suggests the latter. As…

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Blockchain 

Aragon Expects Ethereum’s Istanbul Hard Fork to Break 680 Smart Contracts

The Ethereum network’s Istanbul hard fork is expected to break 680 smart contracts on the decentralized management platform Aragon. Jorge Izquierdo, CTO at Aragon One, said that the upcoming upgrade will result in the breaking of roughly 680 smart contracts, industry-focused media outlet Coindesk reported on Sept. 30.  Izquierdo explained that the impetus behind the update is to further ensure frictionless functioning of decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) built on the Aragon platform and address affected smart contracts. Izquierdo added that DAOs will no longer be able to receive Ether (ETH)…

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Blockchain 

Telegram to Award Devs $400K in TON Blockchain Smart Contracts Contest

Global messaging app Telegram announced a coding competition for building smart contracts for the Telegram Open Network (TON) Blockchain. 5 types of smart contracts The contest includes three parts with a prize fund for all included tasks ranging from $200,000 to $400,000, according to an announcement posted on the Telegram Contests channel on Sept. 24. The contest will end on Oct. 15. The primary part of the competition is the task to build one or more smart contracts, using the tools provided in the TON Blockchain distribution, as described in…

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Blockchain 

Tezos Foundation Issues Batch of Grants to Smart Contract, Explorer Projects

The Tezos Foundation has issued grants to projects submitted in response to its latest request for proposals. Per a Sept. 10 announcement, the foundation has released 14 new grants to projects targeting the advancement of the Tezos project. Recipient projects prioritized developments such as applications built using Tezos smart contracts, Tezos block explorers, tools for smart contract development, Tezos-focused training resources and marketing initiatives that improve awareness of the ecosystem. Range of recipient projects that won Tezos grants The foundation accompanied the announcement with a description of the projects, of…

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Bitcoin 

SegWit Creator Introduces New Language for Bitcoin Smart Contracts

Bitcoin Core developer Peter Wuille has introduced new Bitcoin (BTC) smart contract programming language dubbed Miniscript. Wuille, a creator of major Bitcoin network upgrade SegWit, announced the Miniscript project website on the mailing list message for Bitcoin developers on Aug. 19. As noted in the statement, Miniscript was developed and implemented by Wuille, Andrew Poelstra and Sanket Kanjalkar at Canadian blockchain tech firm Blockstream Research. Wuille claimed that the project took the developers around a year, and it has now reached the stage where it needs to get more attention.…

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Blockchain 

New Blockchain-Based Smart City Project Planned for Cambodian Capital

A Singaporean startup, Limestone Network, is using blockchain to sustain a smart neighbourhood at the heart of the Cambodian capital. As Tech in Asia reports on August 14, the 100-hectare mixed-use development in Phnom Penh encompasses residential properties, offices, retail centers, schools and a large-scale exhibition hall: it counts 10,000 business tenants and a daily population of 190,000. Limestone emerged from the first round of startups in the Singaporean government’s blockchain Tribe Accelerator, backed by government agency Enterprise Singapore.  Digital passports and wallets At the heart of the Phnom Phen…

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Blockchain 

Seoul to Release Native City-Wide Crypto as Part of Smart City Development

In a bid to transform into a blockchain smart city, Seoul, South Korea is planning to launch its own digital currency by November 2019. To facilitate engagement in the city’s governance As Australian finance-focused media outlet Finder reported on Aug. 7, the South Korean capital is looking to release a native city-wide digital currency dubbed S-coin, the objective of which will be to encourage citizens to participate in governance, facilitate cooperation between citizens and collect information. People will receive S-coins when using public services or fulfill their citizenship obligations such…

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Blockchain 

‘Smart Dubai’ Initiative Receives a Boost as DAG Platform Comes On Board

A DAG blockchain platform that can operate as the IT infrastructure for smart cities has announced a partnership with the private office of Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed Al Maktoum — paving the way for an operational presence in Dubai. The Fantom Foundation says its protocol is designed to operate as the information technology infrastructure for smart cities that will make the lives of people living in urban areas easier — enhancing everything from health care and education to traffic management and environmental sustainability. Recently, the Unites Arab Emirates unveiled its “Smart…

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Ethereum 

Blockchain Dev Firm Launches First Smart Contracts on Microsoft’s .NET

Developers can now write smart contracts in C# on Microsoft’s .NET architecture. Blockchain development firm Stratis Group Ltd has launched the first smart contracts on Microsoft’s .NET architecture, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on July 3. The company has introduced the Cirrus Sidechain Masternodes and Stratis Smart Contracts products designed to enable businesses to develop smart contracts in the programming language C#, a general-purpose language originally developed by Microsoft within its development platform .NET. This will purportedly allow enterprises to deploy smart contracts on one underlying general-purpose…

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Bitcoin 

Crypto Platform Launches Smart Trading Feature to Speed Up Process of Buying and Selling

A crypto platform has unveiled a new Smart Trading feature that enables existing strategies to be executed with ease — cutting down the steps required to complete a trade so that users can react faster to ever-changing markets. Through Kryll, crypto enthusiasts can easily choose the exchange they wish to use for buying or selling cryptocurrency, their desired trading pair and the amount they wish to transact. From here, buy targets and stop-losses can be added instantly. For those who wish to embark on more complex strategies, an advanced mode…

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