Global property platform Dominium chooses Ardor blockchain technology

Dominium B.V., a company registered in the Netherlands which is developing its property software system – Dominium platform, today announced they have chosen Ardor over Ethereum and other blockchain technologies for its global property platform expected to be operational in over 120 countries by the end of 2018.

Dominium announced its launch in May 2018 and now confirms that it’s in advanced stages of negotiation with Jelurida for the provision of a child chain for their blockchain property platform. Dominium is ready to connect its software to the Ardor testnet and, as soon as any technical issues have been resolved, both parties intend to sign an agreement to release the Dominium child chain this year.

Ardor has evolved from the time-tested Nxt blockchain following over five years of development. It is a multi-chain platform that offers businesses a robust decentralized infrastructure of nodes using a well-established Proof-of-Stake consensus. Ardor represents one of the most advanced blockchain technologies on the market. Due to its unique parent-child chain architecture, blockchain bloat is eliminated, allowing for scalability and global reach.

“For a property project with potentially millions of users and assets worldwide, blockchain bloat and functionality are of a primary concern to us”, says Dominium’s Managing Director, Mark Lloyd.

Dominium will not only become a marketplace for property sales and rentals but will also register property management activities, thus creating a fully transparent historical chain of information, serving tenants, buyers and investors alike. Dominium will also allow third-party fund creators to set up property funds with standardized documentation, under an umbrella license. This will not only make setting up a property fund a lot faster and cheaper but will also automatically provide a marketplace for investors to access investments which are accessible and liquid, due to standardization and tokenization respectively.

With a great deal of functionality and features planned, Dominium will require a scalable technology with “out-of-the-box” features such as the monetary system, voting system and secure messaging offered by Ardor.

“Having closely followed several blockchain technologies from conception, including Ethereum, we strongly feel that Ardor is the platform with the best features for our business, especially the controlled trading of assets,” says Joost de Kruiff, a Dominium Blockchain Advisor.

Dominium is allowing people to register on its platform, giving away 25 DOM tokens per account to test the platform until 100,000,000 DOM tokens (10% of the total issued) have been distributed.

 

Bitcoin IRA adds Zcash and Stellar Lumens to its list of cryptocurrencies

BitcoinIRA.com, one of the first IRA programs for investors to purchase bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies for their retirement accounts, has announced it is adding coins Stellar Lumens (XLM) and Zcash (ZEC) to its list of available digital currencies.

BitcoinIRA.com selected these coins based on a variety of factors including customer requests, overall marketplace acceptance, product development progress and regulatory factors. These new coins join BitcoinIRA.com’s other digital offerings including Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and Ethereum Classic (ETC).

Stellar Lumens, a decentralized payment network, and protocol has caught the attention of the crypto community due to its unique cross-border transactions as well as its lucrative partnerships with mainstream companies such as IBM and Deloitte.

So too has Zcash, the first open, permissionless cryptocurrency that can fully protect the privacy of transactions using zero-knowledge cryptography.

“Both Zcash and Stellar Lumens have established their influence in the competitive cryptocurrency space. Zcash’s zero-knowledge cryptography is a powerful solution to privacy concerns regarding visibility of transaction history. And Stellar Lumens, with its impressive partnerships, fast transaction times, and altruistic mission, has also established itself as a valuable currency to look out for.”

Camilo Concha, CEO and co-founder of BitcoinIRA.com

BitcoinIRA.com’s customers benefit from an industry-leading security system and a $1 million consumer protection insurance policy that covers consumers on the transactional side from any internal cases of fraud or theft.

Radar Relay emerges from beta with full decentralized trading platform

Radar Relay, the peer-to-peer decentralized trading platform for Ethereum-based tokens, has announced that it has emerged from its beta phase. The newly-launched Version 1 makes substantial improvements to its automated trading tools through the development of an updated application programming interface (API) and a new software development kit (SDK).

The update comes with improvements to user onboarding, with an intuitive tool to guide users through the process of connecting their wallet to the platform and enabling tokens for trading. The update also provides Radar Relay’s blockchain-based API with the same level of operational stability as other professional APIs.

“When we launched the Radar Relay beta, we took a leap of faith in taking on the challenges of creating a new category and bringing control back to traders. Nine months later, the answer is clear, the response has been humbling, and we are one step closer to onboarding the world to the token economy. Leaving beta is more than just a technical update; it’s an inflection point for our industry. We are excited to evolve past the traditional exchange with the creation of wallet-to-wallet trading.”

Radar Relay CEO Alan Curtis

Throughout the beta stage, Radar Relay added more than 170 ERC-20 tokens to its platform, facilitated more than $150 million USD in trading volume, and saw the average trade size increase by a factor of 40.

“With the newly-created API, we looked to innovate on the concept of an API altogether by creating an intuitive and in-depth toolset. The same level of effort and attention to detail that went into creating our product was applied to our documentation as well, to ensure it’s more than just code on a page. This enables users of all experience levels to plug into Radar Relay not only to create and execute automated trades but also to further enhance their existing applications.”

Radar Relay CTO Mike Roth

Zilliqa accelerates blockchain app development with $5 million developer grant program

Zilliqa, a high-speed blockchain platform from researchers at the National University of Singapore today announced details of a $5 million grant program for developers to build utilities and apps that will help power a new class of high-speed and secure blockchain apps in payments, finance, gaming, digital advertising, media, and more.

The ultimate goal of the program is to accelerate the development of new applications on their open source technology platform. Zilliqa is a project that has brought together leading academics, engineers, and entrepreneurs with the goal of building a better blockchain infrastructure that is scalable and secure.

Since launching in 2017, the company has built the first blockchain platform that uses the technology of sharding to enable increased throughput as the network expands. In addition, Zilliqa also looks to fix major security issues with existing smart contracts, which the company is doing by introducing a new, intermediate-level smart contract language called Scilla, that will allow developers to more easily write secure smart contract applications.

To encourage the development and adoption of applications that are built on their platform the company has announced the details of the Zilliqa Ecosystem Grant Program– a pool of $5 million USD equivalent that will be given to great projects, teams, and individuals to start building tools and applications for the Zilliqa platform.

“We have built a very strong community of technical people around Zilliqa. We would like to encourage our community and anyone else who is interested in our vision to contribute to our platform – which is open source and open for anyone to use for developing secure, high-throughput smart contract applications.”

En Hui Ong, Head of Business Development with Zilliqa

The program to build on Zilliqa will offer developers non-dilutive funding, technical support, and the opportunity to be featured on the Zilliqa website and highlighted in the community. The company provides a list of suggested projects and Dapps they are looking for, but anyone is open to suggesting anything that will ultimately contribute to the overall Zilliqa open source community.

TomoChain partners with blockchain AI and robotics ecosystem Kambria

TomoChain, a blockchain infrastructure for decentralized apps, token issuance and integration today announced partnership with Kambria, a crypto empowered, open source robotics ecosystem. Kambria contains protocols uniquely designed for blockchain and crypto economics to address the current waste and efficiencies in today’s innovation model.

Kambria will build an ecosystem in which enthusiasts, universities, startups, and big corporations can come together and pave the way for the next wave of millions of robots to provide value to billions of people around the world.

TomoChain CEO, Long Vuong, shared his thoughts on the partnership and TomoChain’s role:

“In TomoChain, we see our role in supporting the best projects via alternative financing methods, and being an evangelist for the next generation of financial infrastructure based on public blockchain, tokenization, global community involvement and democratisation. So far, TomoChain is leading the technological development of a scalable alternative to Ethereum. I see a potential partnership and synergy between TomoChain and Kambria, in which we will support Kambria, and in the future, support other innovative, high tech initiatives working with Kambria’s platform in crypto-financing, and community involvement. Meanwhile, Dr. Thuc and Kambria can help auditing TomoChain’s core protocol, and supporting Tomochain in accessing, and collaborating with top innovative projects globally.”

TomoChain is envisioned to be a public chains that supports instant confirmation, near zero transaction fee, and smart contracts via a system of 99 Masternodes which will be an ideal solution for decentralized apps, token issuances and token integrations for small and big businesses alike. Security, stability and chain finality are guaranteed via novel techniques such as double validation, staking via smart-contracts and “true” randomization processes.

Dr. Thuc Vu, CEO of Kambria, commented:

“Kambria’s mission is to accelerate the process of innovation, enabling more efficient development and mass adoption of the world’s most advanced technologies. We recognize the need for instantaneous confirmation and frictionless transactions, as well as tested smart contracts in order to achieve our goal. That’s why we are excited to forge this strategic partnership with TomoChain. Using TomoChain, collaborators will feel secure when submitting their ideas and creation on the Kambria platform. Members of the Kambria Manufacturing Alliance will be able to easily transact with developers. All this will help grow a more robust Kambria community. We look forward to long-term collaboration with TomoChain as we scale broad social impacts on a multitude of verticals.”

As a part of the strategic partnership, Dr. Thuc Vu will join the advisory board of TomoChain, meanwhile Dr. Long Vuong will also join the Kambria’s advisory board.

Status resolves key issues in pre beta release security audit

Status, the mobile OS built for Ethereum announced today that Déjà Vu Security, a leading Ethereum security expert completed a security audit in preparation for the release of Status Beta.

Contracted in Q1 ’18, Déjà Vu Security performed an extensive review of the Status codebase as well as manual penetration testing.

The scope of the audit, which covered the Status react and Status go repositories, is outlined below.

  • Transaction signing authorization
  • Forgery of malicious transactions from within a ÐApp
  • The integrity of views utilized by customers for reviewing and auditing transactions
  • Disclosure of sensitive information to unauthorized third parties
  • Private key generation and derivation
  • Public key exchange procedures between Status clients
  • Cross-account privilege escalation on a user’s device
  • Testing on iOS and Android platforms
  • Timeboxed, code assisted penetration testing of ÐApp Javascript evaluation in jailed contexts

Déjà Vu uncovered 4 major issues, which have now been resolved:

  • Improper Storage of Mnemonic Passphrases in Status.im Android Client
  • Improper Storage of Mnemonic Passphrases in Status.im iOS Client
  • Chat history persisted after the chat was deleted
  • Web3 Management APIs enabled
Getting ready for Beta and V1

The Status team said:

“Finishing the security audit prior to the release of Status Beta is not only essential to our roadmap, it’s foundational to our approach to our community and their security. We want to make sure we create the best possible experience for everyone who downloads and uses Status.”

Déjà Vu Security is a key contributor to the security audits of Go Ethereum, they were selected by Status because they’re a trusted partner in the Ethereum community with extensive smart contract experience. They will also be a partner of Status post-Beta release as they prepare for the release of v1.

 

CoinList now offering investment in blockchain marketplace protocol Origin

CoinList, a technology platform endeavoring to connect accredited investors with deeply-vetted blockchain projects today announced the opportunity for its advisory clients to invest in Origin.

Origin is developing a protocol for creating sharing economy marketplaces using the Ethereum blockchain and IPFS. Origin is being built to provide features like listings, identity, payment, and scheduling to new distributed sharing economy marketplaces, creating the potential for distributed versions of products like Uber, Airbnb, Getaround, and Fiverr.

The Origin project was co-founded by Josh Fraser (who has co-founded 3 venture-backed companies, including one acquired by Walmart Labs), and Matthew Liu (the 3rd PM at YouTube and VP PM at Qwiki and Bonobos). Their team includes the former head of Dropbox NYC Engineering, Cuong Do, and Yu Pan, the first employee at YouTube and one of the 6 founding team members of PayPal.

Those interested can go to CoinList.co and register to become a CoinList investor to learn more about the specific opportunity.

CoinList Capital is CoinList’s SEC-registered investment advisory subsidiary. CoinList Capital conducts an extensive diligence process, analyzing aspects of the project such as token economics, the technology, the team, the deal terms, and the legal structure. It also works with an advisory committee of known investors in the space to provide feedback on the opportunity.

HolyTransaction Universal Wallet adds Dai and BLOCKv tokens

HolyTransaction, a blockchain company which provides a universal multi-cryptocurrency wallet along with instant exchange has announced today two additions to their wallet service with DAI Stable Coin and BLOCKv.

DAI Stable Coin is a cryptocurrency that is price stabilized against the value of the US Dollar. Maker (MKR) holders govern Dai. Maker is a decentralized autonomous organization. The Maker Platform has two coins: Makercoin (MKR) and Dai (DAI). Makercoin is a token with a volatile price that is used to govern the Maker Platform and Dai, the price-stable coin that is suitable for payments, savings, or collateral.

BLOCKv (VEE) is a smart contract token built to the ERC20 token standard. They are an integral part of the BLOCKv open-source development environment. BLOCKv and each of its composite parts require VEE to fuse the BLOCKv ecosystem together and provide a mechanism for rewards and collaboration. BLOCKv is an AR/VR platform where merchants and consumer can create and exchange digital goods. The existence and ownership of these digital assets called vAtoms are certified on – and by – the blockchain.

 

Sentinel Protocol to provide security layer to Bibox crypto exchange

Sentinel Protocol, a crowdsourced threat intelligence platform powered by blockchain announced that it has signed a partnership with Bibox Exchange. Sentinel Protocol’s security layer will be deployed to the Bibox exchange, and the exchange will also list Sentinel Protocol’s UPP token.

Bibox is among the top 10 crypto exchanges by trading volume and is known for its use of artificial intelligence for encrypted digital asset transactions. With this partnership, Bibox can protect its users from falling prey to scams and frauds by instantly referring to Sentinel Protocol’s decentralized Threat Reputation Database (TRDB).

Comprehensive threat data is collected and verified by the incentivized and distributed security expert ‘Sentinels’ coupled with artificial intelligence and sets on TRDB. While exact policies are still to be determined, the baseline is that suspicious or malicious addresses will be notified and alarmed to the exchange users through TRDB free API.

While no security framework or standard protocol in the blockchain space has been established so far, exchanges have been considered high-value targets by attackers due to the large volumes of cryptocurrencies they store and the number of transactions made. The frequency of attacks demonstrates that it is important to the industry for these exchanges to remain secure places for users.

Sentinel Protocol is a first mover forming an alliance with crypto exchanges, wallets, and payment services as well as dapps to share threat data and together block the use of stolen cryptocurrencies. It is supported by leading crypto and institutional investment firms such as Hashed, XSQ, Signum Capital, Kenetic Capital, Hyperchain Capital, Global Brain, dAlchemy, QCP Capital, Boost VC, and DraperDragon.

“Besides the instant sharing of threat intelligence, Sentinel Protocol even preemptively protects individual users and organizations. To use these proactive security suites, crypto users need to use the utility token UPP.”

Aries Wang, the co-founder of the Bibox

It is expected that active deployment of Sentinel Protocol’s upcoming product lines — Machine Learning based S-Wallets and Distributed Malware Sandboxing, will escalate individuals’ security and the use of UPP token.

“Exchanges are an important part of Sentinel Protocol’s security initiative. With Bibox Exchange on board, our joint security force to fight against crypto-asset attacks will accelerate the expansion of a defense line to cooperate and collectively prevent the use of stolen cryptocurrencies.”

Patrick Kim, the CEO and founder of Sentinel Protocol
The Loss That Started It All

Patrick Kim, the founder of Uppsala Foundation, had 7,218 Ether stolen in 2016 due to a vulnerability in the geth-mist wallet. He investigated the attack vectors and informed the geth-mist development team, who quickly applied two security patches.

This incident increased awareness among crypto users about security on the blockchain. Patrick had to learn this lesson the hard way: blockchain cannot guarantee security on the client side. The responsibility for securing crypto assets is imposed on individuals. Uppsala Foundation and Sentinel Protocol was established so that you do not have to learn the same lesson the hard way.