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Hiya folks! With this update we will finally be 100% caught up with the latest. Let’s go! Here’s your week at Parachute + partners (21 Feb - 27 Feb'20):submitted by abhijoysarkar to ParachuteToken [link] [comments]
As mentioned 2 weeks back, Alexis announced the start of a new style of raffle from this week. 300k $PAR in the pot to be won! Bose hosted a Friday Quiz in TTR on movies with a 10k $PAR prize pool. Cap shared a unique bit of trivia from the tipbotverse: ChangeTip, a bitcoin tipbot launched 7 years back, was acquired by Airbnb in 2016 that led to its closure. A crypto pioneer that was way ahead of its time. The usual suspects continue to be on top of the Fantasy Premier Leagure (#FPL) leaderboard – LordHades, Alexis and Novelcloud as per the latest update shared by LH. Alejandro hosted a gun-mode CoD game in the Parachute War Zone followed by a free-for-all for $PAR prizes. Tavo announced another CoD Battle Royale in the Parachute War Zone to be held next week. Afful’s TTR trivia was fun as always. Charlotte hosted another trivia in TTR as well for a 10k $PAR prize pool. Victor held one in TTR with another 10k $PAR pot as well. GamerBoy’s trivia in TTR this week was based on Kindergarten Geography. Haha! Belated Birthday wishes to Victor. Two-for-Tuesdays by Gian for this week had the theme rap/reggae/reggaeton. Like last week, Sebastian set up a YouTube playlist to compile all the entries. For #wholesomewed, Parachuters put on their creative hats as they made some epic artwork based on a primary shape shared by Jason. So much talent! There’s $PAR to be won! In the latest project update shared by Cap, ParJar is in final stages of testing with Transak, ParJar integrated coin-swaps are being worked on at the moment and $PAR-based Dex to be launched in the coming weeks in partnership with Switch. Jason launched a new event for Thursdays called #discussionThursday from this week. The first discussion series revolved around "something you don't understand". The goal is "hopefully someone that does understand it can explain it". Good conversations and altruism gets $PAR tips. TTR crew hosted a fun “guess the admin” contest based on the Parachute Christmas artwork.
Happy Carnival to you too Rene
Just a sampling from all the #wholesomewed entries
20k $AXPR was burned as part of the weekly aXpire burn event. aXpire COO Matthew Markham wrote about how technological differentiators give PEs an edge over public markets. The latest Bilr blog post talks about disruptive technologies in the legal industry. 2gether CEO Ramon Ferraz appeared in an IEB podcast to talk about Neobanks. YouTuber FunOntheRide’s latest video covers collaborative economy and how 2gether plays a role in it. Head of Marketing, Laura Braulio explained must-do’s in marketing strategies for fintechs in her article which was published on ClickZ. The XIO DApp went into the final stages of unit testing this week. Beta tests should start soon. For #XIOSocial chatter, Citizens discussed the semantics of the term “crowdstaking”. Ethos’ parent company Voyager released the full Android version of its app this week. Switch-backed McAfeeDex is slated for some updates soon. Read about what’s coming up from John McAfee’s tweet. Plus, a new privacy coin “ghost” is on the horizon. $ESH holders are expected to get a taste of it on launch. For the latest update on Switch, click here. Fantom’s $FTM was one of the winners of a public vote to get listed on ZelCore. As an update to the fantom.rocks tool released last week by GoFantom (a Fantom validator), this week a dApp named Supercharge was released on top of it. Supercharge allows users to send 20 test transactions to demonstrate the speed of consensus. The DAO Maker shared a compilation of Fantom’s 2019 updates. For the 2020 project plan, click here. This was followed by a detailed 2020 roadmap. Too long? No sweat! This graphical representation of the roadmap by Generation Crypto is here to rescue you. Or, if you would rather watch a video, CMO Michael Chen made one. For notes, click here. The first version of Uptrennd’s mobile redesign is here. Congratulations to TREOS for winning the Round 1 of the Uptrennd free advertising package contest that launched last week. Voting for Round 2 started this week with Fantom included in this round. Banano ended up winning the second round and going head to head with TREOS in the finals. The first 2UP Tuesday kicked off this week with every upvote counting for twice the normal points (with the same rules applying for downvotes). Sweet! Uptrennd founder Jeff Kirdeikis was invited to speak at the EntrepreneurShip cruise event. Don’t forget the epic giveaway mentioned.
First sneak peek of Uptrennd’s new mobile design
Catch up on Distric0x’s Weekly update here. If you missed the DappDigest, the crew’s got your back. Their video walkthrough of ETHDenver covers snippets from the event along with Brady’s on-stage performance and an interview of Dmitry Buterin (Vitalik Buterin’s father). Read about how the recent fintech M&A deals will influence markets in this article by Hydrogen. The team sat down for an AMA with Crypto Cabital this week and also hosted a 150k $HYDRO giveaway. Fintech nerds, check out Hydro’s explainer blog post on open banking and WSO2. Is the project ticking off its roadmap items on time? Click here to find out. As a 2020 cohort member of the MassChallenge Fintech accelerator, Hydro’s Senior Director for Strategic Partnerships, Ken Kavanaugh travelled to Boston to talk about “platformication in fintech” at their meetup. If you are attending the Milwaukee Blockchain Conference in March, don’t forget to say Hi to Biz Dev Lead Mark Anstead where he will be a featured speaker. If you haven’t booked your tickets yet, there’s a 50% discount coupon available for you. $HYDRO got listed on DeFi aggregator Totle this week. How does Sentivate aim to solve HTTP / TCP bottlenecks? Click here to find out. For a primer on UDSP, click here. The Mycro Hunter landing page went live this week. OST’s Pepo is the official community app and partner of Europe-based Ethereum Community Conference (EthCC) where it will also be collaborating with Epicenter podcast for the event. The first browser version of Pepo was released. Crypto exchange Mine Digital will be joining SelfKey’s exchange marketplace. SelfKey’s R&D team shared a 2020 update on the identity management space and how the project aims to place itself in this segment.
Early preview of the SelfKey Mobile Wallet to be submitted to App Store for review
For the latest Constellation community update, click here. Don’t forget to send in your questions for the AMA happening next week. Attendees of VeneCoiners meetup in Argentina next week, don’t forget to say Hi to the crew from Wibson who will be presenting the Rewards Marketplace at the event. The team also published a paper on “WibsonTree” which preserves data privacy when interacting with an agent. They hosted an Ethereum meetup this week to discuss DeFi. Here’s a video demo of how fast the Harmony mainnet is. The weekly #pow tweet thread summarises updates from across the team. KuCoin’s $ONE token swap is now complete. A new page was launched to monitor mainnet and testnet status. The crew attended a Binance meetup in Ukraine to talk about latest project updates. Harmony announced a partnership with IBC Media to incubate and accelerate Indian fintech startups. Safe Haven’s digital inheritance solution, Inheriti, will be available on the Harmony chain. $ONE was listed on MathWallet. Intellishare co-founder Nicholas Wan shared a sneak peek of the testnet mobile UI. dGen listed GET Protocol’s GUTS Tickets as one of the notable startups in the Dutch blockchain space in their Blockchain in Europe 2020 Review report. For a project overview click here – nicely summarised by Generation Crypto. GUTS will be ticketing 3 new shows of Chef’Special. Global Crypto Alliance live streamed another demo of its IoT prototype smartlock device being operated through $CALL tokens. The team also hosted a fun quiz on their Telegram this week. YouTuber Crypto Rich interviewed the crew on all things $CALL (Part I, Part II). Nik Patel’s detailed research report on COTI was published this week. $COTI was added to the Staking Rewards platform. And here’s a biggie, Binance listed both the ERC20 and BEP2 versions of the token this week with a bonus airdrop for deposits. Woot! Before the listing frenzy started, the team took a moment to take stock of the situation. A big listing like Binance leads to a lot of new eyeballs that could trigger scams. COTI crew shared their anti-scam guide for this reason. DOMSCRYPTO covered the project in their latest video. DoYourTip was covered in an iHODL news feature.
And with that, we close for this week at Parachute. See you again with another update. Ciao!
And what I point out is in that world that a cashless society is an intermediated society because if you remove cash as an option that means every single transaction that you do is going to be intermediated by some bank, corporation, or payment provider and what that means is that every transaction is going to be surveilled, it’s going to be seen by a third party and the transaction can be blocked or you know, either selectively or you can be blocked completely from the ability to transact.When you have that that is a real challenge to a liberal, open society and so then I basically give some examples of how for example in China this is being used. China is really a remarkable case study because in the span of just a few years cash has been almost eliminated, people have just moved completely to using Alipay, WeChat Pay and those two account for I think like 90% of all mobile payments in China. And so what you have there is a world where all transactions are visible by those two companies, which basically means it’s visible to the state and they will block you if you’re trying to do things that in the words of what an executive from Alipay, are not healthy. The other thing that they’ll do is feed into the Chinese social credit scoring system. And this means that you know what you buy and what you do is going to feed into your social credit score which affects things like what schools you can send your kids to, what flights you can take etc. So really this is kind of having an intermediated society really opens up a door for a more authoritarian control of one’s life. That’s state control. You also have corporate potential misuse and the example I gave is Target. There was a case study that I highlight where I this happened five years ago. There was a father of a teenage girl who walked into a Target and basically chewed out the manager said. He had a mailer in his hand that was for baby products right and said “what are you trying to do?” This was sent to my house address to my daughter and she is 16 years old. What are you trying to do, do you think she should be pregnant? The manager looked at it, didn’t know what it was, he apologized and the father went away. A couple days later the manager called the father and said “hey I’m just calling to apologize again”, and the father said “no, actually I owe you an apology, turns out there’s been some activity my house I didn’t know about and my daughter’s due in a couple months.” How did Target know that that girl was pregnant? They know because every time you buy something at Target, Target is tracking you and making a dossier on you. And so what they would do is when you use you don’t even have to opt into this by the way, whenever you shop at Target you are assigned a customer number unbeknownst to you and this is tied to for example, whatever credit card you use that is associated with you and they keep a list of everything that you buy.
So what Target did is that they had a program for expecting mothers where they give them discounts and stuff. And so they knew that this cohort of people who had opted in were pregnant. They then basically just correlated the purchasing activity of those people who they knew were pregnant with their wider universe of customers and just using data mining they could figure out quite specifically who was pregnant and even when they were probably due, based on just the shopping habits. And so this girl was deprived of her privacy and she was deprived of her autonomy, right? She was deprived of her ability to tell her father about her pregnancy on her own terms and she didn’t opt into anything. So what is the only option that you have if you don’t want to participate in that, it’s cash, right? She could have paid in cash. So as we move to an increasingly cashless world we need to preserve a form of cash. And that’s as we all know, cryptocurrency. Right? To me cash isn’t just mean money; cash is a very specific kind of money. It’s money that is person-to-person, its bearer, it is censorship resistant, permissionless, and it is private. And so that’s important.Listen to the audio on headliner
And so you have this vibrant ecosystem and when you have Facebook coming in with a project like this, I think there is a possibility that one cryptocurrency all of a sudden gets a lot of attention for policymakers, and number two Facebook becomes the base of cryptocurrency, even though the project that they’re building is, I would say not a cryptocurrency and completely unlike any of these other things, and so we’ve begun to see folks who reach out to us a little confused about the distinction between something like Libra and Bitcoin or Ethereum. And so part of what we’ve been trying to do is explain these things are completely different, there’s some similarities but they’re very different, and what’s important is that those technical differences drive different policy outcomes.Listen to the audio on headliner
With the impending release of Segregated Witness, implementation of the Schnorr cryptographic signature algorithm might follow soon after, potentially improving Bitcoin's scalability, efficiency and privacy, all in one go.Both Roger Ver and Andrew Stone seem to be anti-segwit for inexplicable reasons. BU supporters seem to think SegWit is favorable, but only as a hard fork - an argument that I don't think is smart and is quite frankly disingenuous. If anything it seems they simply object to it because Core developers designed and implemented it (the responsible way IMO, as a soft-fork).
Many cryptographers consider Schnorr signatures the best in the field, as they offer a strong level of correctness, do not suffer from malleability, are relatively fast to verify, and ‒ importantly ‒ support multisignature: several signatures can be aggregated into a single, new signature.
However, until now it has not been possible to utilize Schnorr in Bitcoin. Another type of signature scheme, Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA), is baked into the Bitcoin protocol, and changing that would require a hard fork.
That's where Segregated Witness comes in.
With Segregated Witness, all signature data is moved to a separate part of the transaction: the witness, which is not embedded in the “old” Bitcoin protocol. And thanks to script versioning, almost any rule applied in the witness can be changed through a soft fork. Including the type of signature scheme used.
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