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How EpiK Protocol “Saved the Miners” from Filecoin with the E2P Storage Model?

How EpiK Protocol “Saved the Miners” from Filecoin with the E2P Storage Model?

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On October 20, Eric Yao, Head of EpiK China, and Leo, Co-Founder & CTO of EpiK, visited Deep Chain Online Salon, and discussed “How EpiK saved the miners eliminated by Filecoin by launching E2P storage model”. ‘?” The following is a transcript of the sharing.
Sharing Session
Eric: Hello, everyone, I’m Eric, graduated from School of Information Science, Tsinghua University. My Master’s research was on data storage and big data computing, and I published a number of industry top conference papers.
Since 2013, I have invested in Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Dogcoin, EOS and other well-known blockchain projects, and have been settling in the chain circle as an early technology-based investor and industry observer with 2 years of blockchain experience. I am also a blockchain community initiator and technology evangelist
Leo: Hi, I’m Leo, I’m the CTO of EpiK. Before I got involved in founding EpiK, I spent 3 to 4 years working on blockchain, public chain, wallets, browsers, decentralized exchanges, task distribution platforms, smart contracts, etc., and I’ve made some great products. EpiK is an answer to the question we’ve been asking for years about how blockchain should be landed, and we hope that EpiK is fortunate enough to be an answer for you as well.
Q & A
Deep Chain Finance:
First of all, let me ask Eric, on October 15, Filecoin’s main website launched, which aroused everyone’s attention, but at the same time, the calls for fork within Filecoin never stopped. The EpiK protocol is one of them. What I want to know is, what kind of project is EpiK Protocol? For what reason did you choose to fork in the first place? What are the differences between the forked project and Filecoin itself?
Eric:
First of all, let me answer the first question, what kind of project is EpiK Protocol.
With the Fourth Industrial Revolution already upon us, comprehensive intelligence is one of the core goals of this stage, and the key to comprehensive intelligence is how to make machines understand what humans know and learn new knowledge based on what they already know. And the knowledge graph scale is a key step towards full intelligence.
In order to solve the many challenges of building large-scale knowledge graphs, the EpiK Protocol was born. EpiK Protocol is a decentralized, hyper-scale knowledge graph that organizes and incentivizes knowledge through decentralized storage technology, decentralized autonomous organizations, and generalized economic models. Members of the global community will expand the horizons of artificial intelligence into a smarter future by organizing all areas of human knowledge into a knowledge map that will be shared and continuously updated for the eternal knowledge vault of humanity
And then, for what reason was the fork chosen in the first place?
EpiK’s project founders are all senior blockchain industry practitioners and have been closely following the industry development and application scenarios, among which decentralized storage is a very fresh application scenario.
However, in the development process of Filecoin, the team found that due to some design mechanisms and historical reasons, the team found that Filecoin had some deviations from the original intention of the project at that time, such as the overly harsh penalty mechanism triggered by the threat to weaken security, and the emergence of the computing power competition leading to the emergence of computing power monopoly by large miners, thus monopolizing the packaging rights, which can be brushed with computing power by uploading useless data themselves.
The emergence of these problems will cause the data environment on Filecoin to get worse and worse, which will lead to the lack of real value of the data in the chain, high data redundancy, and the difficulty of commercializing the project to land.
After paying attention to the above problems, the project owner proposes to introduce multi-party roles and a decentralized collaboration platform DAO to ensure the high value of the data on the chain through a reasonable economic model and incentive mechanism, and store the high-value data: knowledge graph on the blockchain through decentralized storage, so that the lack of value of the data on the chain and the monopoly of large miners’ computing power can be solved to a large extent.
Finally, what differences exist between the forked project and Filecoin itself?
On the basis of the above-mentioned issues, EpiK’s design is very different from Filecoin, first of all, EpiK is more focused in terms of business model, and it faces a different market and track from the cloud storage market where Filecoin is located because decentralized storage has no advantage over professional centralized cloud storage in terms of storage cost and user experience.
EpiK focuses on building a decentralized knowledge graph, which reduces data redundancy and safeguards the value of data in the distributed storage chain while preventing the knowledge graph from being tampered with by a few people, thus making the commercialization of the entire project reasonable and feasible.
From the perspective of ecological construction, EpiK treats miners more friendly and solves the pain point of Filecoin to a large extent, firstly, it changes the storage collateral and commitment collateral of Filecoin to one-time collateral.
Miners participating in EpiK Protocol are only required to pledge 1000 EPK per miner, and only once before mining, not in each sector.
What is the concept of 1000 EPKs, you only need to participate in pre-mining for about 50 days to get this portion of the tokens used for pledging. The EPK pre-mining campaign is currently underway, and it runs from early September to December, with a daily release of 50,000 ERC-20 standard EPKs, and the pre-mining nodes whose applications are approved will divide these tokens according to the mining ratio of the day, and these tokens can be exchanged 1:1 directly after they are launched on the main network. This move will continue to expand the number of miners eligible to participate in EPK mining.
Secondly, EpiK has a more lenient penalty mechanism, which is different from Filecoin’s official consensus, storage and contract penalties, because the protocol can only be uploaded by field experts, which is the “Expert to Person” mode. Every miner needs to be backed up, which means that if one or more miners are offline in the network, it will not have much impact on the network, and the miner who fails to upload the proof of time and space in time due to being offline will only be forfeited by the authorities for the effective computing power of this sector, not forfeiting the pledged coins.
If the miner can re-submit the proof of time and space within 28 days, he will regain the power.
Unlike Filecoin’s 32GB sectors, EpiK’s encapsulated sectors are smaller, only 8M each, which will solve Filecoin’s sector space wastage problem to a great extent, and all miners have the opportunity to complete the fast encapsulation, which is very friendly to miners with small computing power.
The data and quality constraints will also ensure that the effective computing power gap between large and small miners will not be closed.
Finally, unlike Filecoin’s P2P data uploading model, EpiK changes the data uploading and maintenance to E2P uploading, that is, field experts upload and ensure the quality and value of the data on the chain, and at the same time introduce the game relationship between data storage roles and data generation roles through a rational economic model to ensure the stability of the whole system and the continuous high-quality output of the data on the chain.
Deep Chain Finance:
Eric, on the eve of Filecoin’s mainline launch, issues such as Filecoin’s pre-collateral have aroused a lot of controversy among the miners. In your opinion, what kind of impact will Filecoin bring to itself and the whole distributed storage ecosystem after it launches? Do you think that the current confusing FIL prices are reasonable and what should be the normal price of FIL?
Eric:
Filecoin mainnet has launched and many potential problems have been exposed, such as the aforementioned high pre-security problem, the storage resource waste and computing power monopoly caused by unreasonable sector encapsulation, and the harsh penalty mechanism, etc. These problems are quite serious, and will greatly affect the development of Filecoin ecology.
These problems are relatively serious, and will greatly affect the development of Filecoin ecology, here are two examples to illustrate. For example, the problem of big miners computing power monopoly, now after the big miners have monopolized computing power, there will be a very delicate state — — the miners save a file data with ordinary users. There is no way to verify this matter in the chain, whether what he saved is uploaded by himself or someone else. And after the big miners have monopolized computing power, there will be a very delicate state — — the miners will save a file data with ordinary users, there is no way to verify this matter in the chain, whether what he saved is uploaded by himself or someone else. Because I can fake another identity to upload data for myself, but that leads to the fact that for any miner I go to choose which data to save. I have only one goal, and that is to brush my computing power and how fast I can brush my computing power.
There is no difference between saving other people’s data and saving my own data in the matter of computing power. When I save someone else’s data, I don’t know that data. Somewhere in the world, the bandwidth quality between me and him may not be good enough.
The best option is to store my own local data, which makes sense, and that results in no one being able to store data on the chain at all. They only store their own data, because it’s the most economical for them, and the network has essentially no storage utility, no one is providing storage for the masses of retail users.
The harsh penalty mechanism will also severely deplete the miner’s profits, because DDOS attacks are actually a very common attack technique for the attacker, and for a big miner, he can get a very high profit in a short period of time if he attacks other customers, and this thing is a profitable thing for all big miners.
Now as far as the status quo is concerned, the vast majority of miners are actually not very well maintained, so they are not very well protected against these low-DDOS attacks. So the penalty regime is grim for them.
The contradiction between the unreasonable system and the demand will inevitably lead to the evolution of the system in a more reasonable direction, so there will be many forked projects that are more reasonable in terms of mechanism, thus attracting Filecoin miners and a diversion of storage power.
Since each project is in the field of decentralized storage track, the demand for miners is similar or even compatible with each other, so miners will tend to fork the projects with better economic benefits and business scenarios, so as to filter out the projects with real value on the ground.
For the chaotic FIL price, because FIL is also a project that has gone through several years, carrying too many expectations, so it can only be said that the current situation has its own reasons for existence. As for the reasonable price of FIL there is no way to make a prediction because in the long run, it is necessary to consider the commercialization of the project to land and the value of the actual chain of data. In other words, we need to keep observing whether Filecoin will become a game of computing power or a real value carrier.
Deep Chain Finance:
Leo, we just mentioned that the pre-collateral issue of Filecoin caused the dissatisfaction of miners, and after Filecoin launches on the main website, the second round of space race test coins were directly turned into real coins, and the official selling of FIL hit the market phenomenon, so many miners said they were betrayed. What I want to know is, EpiK’s main motto is “save the miners eliminated by Filecoin”, how to deal with the various problems of Filecoin, and how will EpiK achieve “save”?
Leo:
Originally Filecoin’s tacit approval of the computing power makeup behavior was to declare that the official directly chose to abandon the small miners. And this test coin turned real coin also hurt the interests of the loyal big miners in one cut, we do not know why these low-level problems, we can only regret.
EpiK didn’t do it to fork Filecoin, but because EpiK to build a shared knowledge graph ecology, had to integrate decentralized storage in, so the most hardcore Filecoin’s PoRep and PoSt decentralized verification technology was chosen. In order to ensure the quality of knowledge graph data, EpiK only allows community-voted field experts to upload data, so EpiK naturally prevents miners from making up computing power, and there is no reason for the data that has no value to take up such an expensive decentralized storage resource.
With the inability to make up computing power, the difference between big miners and small miners is minimal when the amount of knowledge graph data is small.
We can’t say that we can save the big miners, but we are definitely the optimal choice for the small miners who are currently in the market to be eliminated by Filecoin.
Deep Chain Finance:
Let me ask Eric: According to EpiK protocol, EpiK adopts the E2P model, which allows only experts in the field who are voted to upload their data. This is very different from Filecoin’s P2P model, which allows individuals to upload data as they wish. In your opinion, what are the advantages of the E2P model? If only voted experts can upload data, does that mean that the EpiK protocol is not available to everyone?
Eric:
First, let me explain the advantages of the E2P model over the P2P model.
There are five roles in the DAO ecosystem: miner, coin holder, field expert, bounty hunter and gateway. These five roles allocate the EPKs generated every day when the main network is launched.
The miner owns 75% of the EPKs, the field expert owns 9% of the EPKs, and the voting user shares 1% of the EPKs.
The other 15% of the EPK will fluctuate based on the daily traffic to the network, and the 15% is partly a game between the miner and the field expert.
The first describes the relationship between the two roles.
The first group of field experts are selected by the Foundation, who cover different areas of knowledge (a wide range of knowledge here, including not only serious subjects, but also home, food, travel, etc.) This group of field experts can recommend the next group of field experts, and the recommended experts only need to get 100,000 EPK votes to become field experts.
The field expert’s role is to submit high-quality data to the miner, who is responsible for encapsulating this data into blocks.
Network activity is judged by the amount of EPKs pledged by the entire network for daily traffic (1 EPK = 10 MB/day), with a higher percentage indicating higher data demand, which requires the miner to increase bandwidth quality.
If the data demand decreases, this requires field experts to provide higher quality data. This is similar to a library with more visitors needing more seats, i.e., paying the miner to upgrade the bandwidth.
When there are fewer visitors, more money is needed to buy better quality books to attract visitors, i.e., money for bounty hunters and field experts to generate more quality knowledge graph data. The game between miners and field experts is the most important game in the ecosystem, unlike the game between the authorities and big miners in the Filecoin ecosystem.
The game relationship between data producers and data storers and a more rational economic model will inevitably lead to an E2P model that generates stored on-chain data of much higher quality than the P2P model, and the quality of bandwidth for data access will be better than the P2P model, resulting in greater business value and better landing scenarios.
I will then answer the question of whether this means that the EpiK protocol will not be universally accessible to all.
The E2P model only qualifies the quality of the data generated and stored, not the roles in the ecosystem; on the contrary, with the introduction of the DAO model, the variety of roles introduced in the EpiK ecosystem (which includes the roles of ordinary people) is not limited. (Bounty hunters who can be competent in their tasks) gives roles and possibilities for how everyone can participate in the system in a more logical way.
For example, a miner with computing power can provide storage, a person with a certain domain knowledge can apply to become an expert (this includes history, technology, travel, comics, food, etc.), and a person willing to mark and correct data can become a bounty hunter.
The presence of various efficient support tools from the project owner will lower the barriers to entry for various roles, thus allowing different people to do their part in the system and together contribute to the ongoing generation of a high-quality decentralized knowledge graph.
Deep Chain Finance:
Leo, some time ago, EpiK released a white paper and an economy whitepaper, explaining the EpiK concept from the perspective of technology and economy model respectively. What I would like to ask is, what are the shortcomings of the current distributed storage projects, and how will EpiK protocol be improved?
Leo:
Distributed storage can easily be misunderstood as those of Ali’s OceanDB, but in the field of blockchain, we should focus on decentralized storage first.
There is a big problem with the decentralized storage on the market now, which is “why not eat meat porridge”.
How to understand it? Decentralized storage is cheaper than centralized storage because of its technical principle, and if it is, the centralized storage is too rubbish for comparison.
What incentive does the average user have to spend more money on decentralized storage to store data?
Is it safer?
Existence miners can shut down at any time on decentralized storage by no means save a share of security in Ariadne and Amazon each.
More private?
There’s no difference between encrypted presence on decentralized storage and encrypted presence on Amazon.
Faster?
The 10,000 gigabytes of bandwidth in decentralized storage simply doesn’t compare to the fiber in a centralized server room. This is the root problem of the business model, no one is using it, no one is buying it, so what’s the big vision.
The goal of EpiK is to guide all community participants in the co-construction and sharing of field knowledge graph data, which is the best way for robots to understand human knowledge, and the more knowledge graph data there is, the more knowledge a robot has, the more intelligent it is exponentially, i.e., EpiK uses decentralized storage technology. The value of exponentially growing data is captured with linearly growing hardware costs, and that’s where the buy-in for EPK comes in.
Organized data is worth a lot more than organized hard drives, and there is a demand for EPK when robots have the need for intelligence.
Deep Chain Finance:
Let me ask Leo, how many forked projects does Filecoin have so far, roughly? Do you think there will be more or less waves of fork after the mainnet launches? Have the requirements of the miners at large changed when it comes to participation?
Leo:
We don’t have specific statistics, now that the main network launches, we feel that forking projects will increase, there are so many restricted miners in the market that they need to be organized efficiently.
However, we currently see that most forked projects are simply modifying the parameters of Filecoin’s economy model, which is undesirable, and this level of modification can’t change the status quo of miners making up computing power, and the change to the market is just to make some of the big miners feel more comfortable digging up, which won’t help to promote the decentralized storage ecology to land.
We need more reasonable landing scenarios so that idle mining resources can be turned into effective productivity, pitching a 100x coin instead of committing to one Fomo sentiment after another.
Deep Chain Finance:
How far along is the EpiK Protocol project, Eric? What other big moves are coming in the near future?
Eric:
The development of the EpiK Protocol is divided into 5 major phases.
(a) Phase I testing of the network “Obelisk”.
Phase II Main Network 1.0 “Rosetta”.
Phase III Main Network 2.0 “Hammurabi”.
(a) The Phase IV Enrichment Knowledge Mapping Toolkit.
The fifth stage is to enrich the knowledge graph application ecology.
Currently in the first phase of testing network “Obelisk”, anyone can sign up to participate in the test network pre-mining test to obtain ERC20 EPK tokens, after the mainnet exchange on a one-to-one basis.
We have recently launched ERC20 EPK on Uniswap, you can buy and sell it freely on Uniswap or download our EpiK mobile wallet.
In addition, we will soon launch the EpiK Bounty platform, and welcome all community members to do tasks together to build the EpiK community. At the same time, we are also pushing forward the centralized exchange for token listing.
Users’ Questions
User 1:
Some KOLs said, Filecoin consumed its value in the next few years, so it will plunge, what do you think?
Eric:
First of all, the judgment of the market is to correspond to the cycle, not optimistic about the FIL first judgment to do is not optimistic about the economic model of the project, or not optimistic about the distributed storage track.
First of all, we are very confident in the distributed storage track and will certainly face a process of growth and decline, so as to make a choice for a better project.
Since the existing group of miners and the computing power already produced is fixed, and since EpiK miners and FIL miners are compatible, anytime miners will also make a choice for more promising and economically viable projects.
Filecoin consumes the value of the next few years this time, so it will plunge.
Regarding the market issues, the plunge is not a prediction, in the industry or to keep learning iteration and value judgment. Because up and down market sentiment is one aspect, there will be more very important factors. For example, the big washout in March this year, so it can only be said that it will slow down the development of the FIL community. But prices are indeed unpredictable.
User2:
Actually, in the end, if there are no applications and no one really uploads data, the market value will drop, so what are the landing applications of EpiK?
Leo: The best and most direct application of EpiK’s knowledge graph is the question and answer system, which can be an intelligent legal advisor, an intelligent medical advisor, an intelligent chef, an intelligent tour guide, an intelligent game strategy, and so on.
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Crypto Banking Wars: Will Coinbase or Binance Become The Bank of The Future?

Crypto Banking Wars: Will Coinbase or Binance Become The Bank of The Future?
Can the early success of major crypto exchanges propel them to winning the broader consumer finance market?
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This is the first part of Crypto Banking Wars — a new series that examines what crypto-native company is most likely to become the bank of the future. Who is best positioned to reach mainstream adoption in consumer finance?
While crypto allows the world to get rid of banks, a bank will still very much be necessary for this powerful technology to reach the masses. We believe a crypto-native company, like Genesis Block, will become the bank of the future.
In an earlier series, Crypto-Powered, we laid out arguments for why crypto-native companies have a huge edge in the market. When you consider both the broad spectrum of financial use-cases and the enormous value unlocked through these DeFi protocols, you can see just how big of an unfair advantage blockchain tech becomes for companies who truly understand and leverage it. Traditional banks and fintech unicorns simply won’t be able to keep up.
The power players of consumer finance in the 21st century will be crypto-native companies who build with blockchain technology at their core.
The crypto landscape is still nascent. We’re still very much in the fragmented, unbundled phase of the industry lifecycle. Beyond what Genesis Block is doing, there are signs of other companies slowly starting to bundle financial services into what could be an all-in-one bank replacement.
So the key question that this series hopes to answer:
Which crypto-native company will successfully become the bank of the future?
We obviously think Genesis Block is well-positioned to win. But we certainly aren’t the only game in town. In this series, we’ll be doing an analysis of who is most capable of thwarting our efforts. We’ll look at categories like crypto exchanges, crypto wallets, centralized lending & borrowing services, and crypto debit card companies. Each category will have its own dedicated post.
Today we’re analyzing big crypto exchanges. The two companies we’ll focus on today are Coinbase (biggest American exchange) and Binance (biggest global exchange). They are the top two exchanges in terms of Bitcoin trading volume. They are in pole position to winning this market — they have a huge existing userbase and strong financial resources.
Will Coinbase or Binance become the bank of the future? Can their early success propel them to winning the broader consumer finance market? Is their growth too far ahead for anyone else to catch up? Let’s dive in.
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Binance

The most formidable exchange on the global stage is Binance (Crunchbase). All signs suggest they have significantly more users and a stronger balance sheet than Coinbase. No other exchange is executing as aggressively and relentlessly as Binance is. The cadence at which they are shipping and launching new products is nothing short of impressive. As Tushar Jain from Multicoin argues, Binance is Blitzscaling.
Here are some of the products that they’ve launched in the last 18 months. Only a few are announced but still pre-launch.
Binance is well-positioned to become the crypto-powered, all-in-one, bundled solution for financial services. They already have so many of the pieces. But the key question is:
Can they create a cohesive & united product experience?

Binance Weaknesses

Binance is strong, but they do have a few major weaknesses that could slow them down.
  1. Traders & Speculators Binance is currently very geared for speculators, traders, and financial professionals. Their bread-and-butter is trading (spot, margin, options, futures). Their UI is littered with depth charts, order books, candlesticks, and other financial concepts that are beyond the reach of most normal consumers. Their product today is not at all tailored for the broader consumer market. Given Binance’s popularity and strength among the pro audience, it’s unlikely that they will dumb down or simplify their product any time soon. That would jeopardize their core business. Binance will likely need an entirely new product/brand to go beyond the pro user crowd. That will take time (or an acquisition). So the question remains, is Binance even interested in the broader consumer market? Or will they continue to focus on their core product, the one-stop-shop for pro crypto traders?
  2. Controversies & Hot Water Binance has had a number of controversies. No one seems to know where they are based — so what regulatory agencies can hold them accountable? Last year, some sensitive, private user data got leaked. When they announced their debit card program, they had to remove mentions of Visa quickly after. And though the “police raid” story proved to be untrue, there are still a lot of questions about what happened with their Shanghai office shut down (where there is smoke, there is fire). If any company has had a “move fast and break things” attitude, it is Binance. That attitude has served them well so far but as they try to do business in more regulated countries like America, this will make their road much more difficult — especially in the consumer market where trust takes a long time to earn, but can be destroyed in an instant. This is perhaps why the Binance US product is an empty shell when compared to their main global product.
  3. Disjointed Product Experience Because Binance has so many different teams launching so many different services, their core product is increasingly feeling disjointed and disconnected. Many of the new features are sloppily integrated with each other. There’s no cohesive product experience. This is one of the downsides of executing and shipping at their relentless pace. For example, users don’t have a single wallet that shows their balances. Depending on if the user wants to do spot trading, margin, futures, or savings… the user needs to constantly be transferring their assets from one wallet to another. It’s not a unified, frictionless, simple user experience. This is one major downside of the “move fast and break things” approach.
  4. BNB token Binance raised $15M in a 2017 ICO by selling their $BNB token. The current market cap of $BNB is worth more than $2.6B. Financially this token has served them well. However, given how BNB works (for example, their token burn), there are a lot of open questions as to how BNB will be treated with US security laws. Their Binance US product so far is treading very lightly with its use of BNB. Their token could become a liability for Binance as it enters more regulated markets. Whether the crypto community likes it or not, until regulators get caught up and understand the power of decentralized technology, tokens will still be a regulatory burden — especially for anything that touches consumers.
  5. Binance Chain & Smart Contract Platform Binance is launching its own smart contract platform soon. Based on compatibility choices, they have their sights aimed at the Ethereum developer community. It’s unclear how easy it’ll be to convince developers to move to Binance chain. Most of the current developer energy and momentum around smart contracts is with Ethereum. Because Binance now has their own horse in the race, it’s unlikely they will ever decide to leverage Ethereum’s DeFi protocols. This could likely be a major strategic mistake — and hubris that goes a step too far. Binance will be pushing and promoting protocols on their own platform. The major risk of being all-in on their own platform is that they miss having a seat on the Ethereum rocket ship — specifically the growth of DeFi use-cases and the enormous value that can be unlocked. Integrating with Ethereum’s protocols would be either admitting defeat of their own platform or competing directly against themselves.

Binance Wrap Up

I don’t believe Binance is likely to succeed with a homegrown product aimed at the consumer finance market. Their current product — which is focused heavily on professional traders and speculators — is unlikely to become the bank of the future. If they wanted to enter the broader consumer market, I believe it’s much more likely that they will acquire a company that is getting early traction. They are not afraid to make acquisitions (Trust, JEX, WazirX, DappReview, BxB, CoinMarketCap, Swipe).
However, never count CZ out. He is a hustler. Binance is executing so aggressively and relentlessly that they will always be on the shortlist of major contenders.
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Coinbase

The crypto-native company that I believe is more likely to become the bank of the future is Coinbase (crunchbase). Their dominance in America could serve as a springboard to winning the West (Binance has a stronger foothold in Asia). Coinbase has more than 30M users. Their exchange business is a money-printing machine. They have a solid reputation as it relates to compliance and working with regulators. Their CEO is a longtime member of the crypto community. They are rumored to be going public soon.

Coinbase Strengths

Let’s look at what makes them strong and a likely contender for winning the broader consumer finance market.
  1. Different Audience, Different Experience Coinbase has been smart to create a unique product experience for each audience — the pro speculator crowd and the common retail user. Their simple consumer version is at Coinbase.com. That’s the default. Their product for the more sophisticated traders and speculators is at Coinbase Pro (formerly GDAX). Unlike Binance, Coinbase can slowly build out the bank of the future for the broad consumer market while still having a home for their hardcore crypto traders. They aren’t afraid to have different experiences for different audiences.
  2. Brand & Design Coinbase has a strong product design team. Their brand is capable of going beyond the male-dominated crypto audience. Their product is clean and simple — much more consumer-friendly than Binance. It’s clear they spend a lot of time thinking about their user experience. Interacting directly with crypto can sometimes be rough and raw (especially for n00bs). When I was at Mainframe we hosted a panel about Crypto UX challenges at the DevCon4 Dapp Awards. Connie Yang (Head of Design at Coinbase) was on the panel. She was impressive. Some of their design philosophies will bode well as they push to reach the broader consumer finance market.
  3. USDC Stablecoin Coinbase (along with Circle) launched USDC. We’ve shared some stats about its impressive growth when we discussed DeFi use-cases. USDC is quickly becoming integrated with most DeFi protocols. As a result, Coinbase is getting a front-row seat at some of the most exciting things happening in decentralized finance. As Coinbase builds its knowledge and networks around these protocols, it could put them in a favorable position to unlock incredible value for their users.
  4. Early Signs of Bundling Though Coinbase has nowhere near as many products & services as Binance, they are slowly starting to add more financial services that may appeal to the broader market. They are now letting depositors earn interest on USDC (also DAI & Tezos). In the UK they are piloting a debit card. Users can now invest in crypto with dollar-cost-averaging. It’s not much, but it’s a start. You can start to see hints of a more bundled solution around financial services.

Coinbase Weaknesses

Let’s now look at some things that could hold them back.
  1. Slow Cadence In the fast-paced world of crypto, and especially when compared to Binance, Coinbase does not ship very many new products very often. This is perhaps their greatest weakness. Smaller, more nimble startups may run circles around them. They were smart to launch Coinbase Ventures where tey invest in early-stage startups. They can now keep an ear to the ground on innovation. Perhaps their cadence is normal for a company of their size — but the Binance pace creates quite the contrast.
  2. Lack of Innovation When you consider the previous point (slow cadence), it’s unclear if Coinbase is capable of building and launching new products that are built internally. Most of their new products have come through acquisitions. Their Earn.com acquisition is what led to their Earn educational product. Their acquisition of Xapo helped bolster their institutional custody offering. They acqui-hired a team to help launch their staking infrastructure. Their acquisition of Cipher Browser became an important part of Coinbase Wallet. And recently, they acquired Tagomi — a crypto prime brokerage. Perhaps most of Coinbase’s team is just focused on improving their golden goose, their exchange business. It’s unclear. But the jury is still out on if they can successfully innovate internally and launch any homegrown products.
  3. Talent Exodus There have been numerous reports of executive turmoil at Coinbase. It raises a lot of questions about company culture and vision. Some of the executives who departed include COO Asiff Hirji, CTO Balaji Srinivasan, VP & GM Adam White, VP Eng Tim Wagner, VP Product Jeremy Henrickson, Sr Dir of Eng Namrata Ganatra, VP of Intl Biz Dan Romero, Dir of Inst Sales Christine Sandler, Head of Trading Hunter Merghart, Dir Data Science Soups Ranjan, Policy Lead Mike Lempres, Sr Compliance Vaishali Mehta. Many of these folks didn’t stay with Coinbase very long. We don’t know exactly why it’s happening —but when you consider a few of my first points (slow cadence, lack of innovation), you have to wonder if it’s all related.
  4. Institutional Focus As a company, we are a Coinbase client. We love their institutional offering. It’s clear they’ve been investing a lot in this area. A recent Coinbase blog post made it clear that this has been a focus: “Over the past 12 months, Coinbase has been laser-focused on building out the types of features and services that our institutional customers need.” Their Tagomi acquisition only re-enforced this focus. Perhaps this is why their consumer product has felt so neglected. They’ve been heavily investing in their institutional services since May 2018. For a company that’s getting very close to an IPO, it makes sense that they’d focus on areas that present strong revenue opportunities — as they do with institutional clients. Even for big companies like Coinbase, it’s hard to have a split focus. If they are “laser-focused” on the institutional audience, it’s unlikely they’ll be launching any major consumer products anytime soon.

Coinbase Wrap Up

At Genesis Block, we‘re proud to be working with Coinbase. They are a fantastic company. However, I don’t believe that they’ll succeed in building their own product for the broader consumer finance market. While they have incredible design, there are no signs that they are focused on or capable of internally building this type of product.
Similar to Binance, I think it’s far more likely that Coinbase acquires a promising young startup with strong growth.

Honorable Mentions

Other US-based exchanges worth mentioning are Kraken, Gemini, and Bittrex. So far we’ve seen very few signs that any of them will aggressively attack broader consumer finance. Most are going in the way of Binance — listing more assets and adding more pro tools like margin and futures trading. And many, like Coinbase, are trying to attract more institutional customers. For example, Gemini with their custody product.

Wrap Up

Coinbase and Binance have huge war chests and massive reach. For that alone, they should always be considered threats to Genesis Block. However, their products are very, very different than the product we’re building. And their approach is very different as well. They are trying to educate and onboard people into crypto. At Genesis Block, we believe the masses shouldn’t need to know or care about it. We did an entire series about this, Spreading Crypto.
Most everyone needs banking — whether it be to borrow, spend, invest, earn interest, etc. Not everyone needs a crypto exchange. For non-crypto consumers (the mass market), the differences between a bank and a crypto exchange are immense. Companies like Binance and Coinbase make a lot of money on their crypto exchange business. It would be really difficult, gutsy, and risky for any of them to completely change their narrative, messaging, and product to focus on the broader consumer market. I don’t believe they would ever risk biting the hand that feeds them.
In summary, as it relates to a digital bank aimed at the mass market, I believe both Coinbase and Binance are much more likely to acquire a startup in this space than they are to build it themselves. And I think they would want to keep the brand/product distinct and separate from their core crypto exchange business.
So back to the original question, is Coinbase and Binance a threat to Genesis Block? Not really. Not today. But they could be, and for that, we want to stay close to them.
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An analysis on Penguin Magic user reviews

Hello,
To practise some programming, I made an analysis of the user reviews left on penguin magic. I thought you could be interested in some of the results. It made me check a lot of products that I did not know about.
I excluded the reviews for expos and gift cards to analyse only physical items and tricks. I investigated only the items with at least one review. I combined items as Penguin did. This left me with 87761 reviews for 11318 items.
50 Most Reviewed Items
Item Rating Review Count
Born to Perform Card Magic by Oz Pearlman 4.87 556
Invisible Deck 4.70 506
Self Tying Shoelace by Jay Noblezada 4.74 373
Melt 2.0 by Matthew Johnson 4.65 348
Marked Cards 4.67 344
The Stealth Pen presented by Rick Lax 4.73 327
Coffee Break by Gregory Wilson David Gripenwaldt 4.65 320
Torched and Restored by Brent Braun 4.83 252
All Seeing Eye by Dan Harlan 4.75 244
The Poker Test 2.0 by Erik Casey 4.44 236
Binary Code by Rick Lax 4.78 236
The End by Rick Lax 4.64 225
Starcle by Dan Harlan 4.85 220
OneTrix by Mario Lopez 4.50 214
Close-Up Illusion by Larry Jennings presented by Michael Ammar 4.70 206
Hummes Whirling Card 4.36 195
Two Dollar Window by Jay Noblezada 4.80 191
GREED Starring Daniel Garcia 4.54 190
Modern Transportation by David Regal 4.88 187
Vuja De by Rick Lax 4.78 181
DRESSCODE by Calen Morelli 4.75 181
Predixion by Max Maven 4.89 178
Color Monte 4.87 173
The Secrets of Magic by Rick Lax 4.67 173
In the Beginning There Were Coins Starring Jay Noblezada 4.76 170
Panic by Aaron Fisher 4.77 168
Or Not by Dani DaOrtiz 4.74 165
Bicycle Elite Edition Playing Cards 4.72 165
Super Soft Deluxe Nest of Wallets 2.0 by Nick Einhorn and Alan Wong 4.66 162
Tornado by Justin Flom and Rick Lax 4.82 161
BWave DELUXE by Max Maven 4.84 160
Bently by Chris Hanowell 3.60 159
Binary Code 2 by Rick Lax 4.88 159
Copycat by David Parr 4.88 157
BITCOIN by Rick Lax 4.57 157
Muldoon Match by Paul Gordon 4.77 156
ID7 by Rick Lax 4.37 155
Monkey in the Middle by Bill Goldman presented by Magick Balay 4.76 154
Little Door by Roddy McGhie 4.61 153
SPONGE Starring Jay Noblezada 4.80 152
Eclipse by Dave Loosley 4.60 152
Peter Turner LIVE 4.52 152
Position Impossible by Brent Braun 4.83 150
Clutch by Oz Pearlman 4.67 144
Zoltar by Shaun Dunn presented by Lewis Le Val 4.38 144
BANDIT by Darryl Davis & Daryl Williams (a.k.a. The Other Brothers) 4.80 144
The Known by Thom Peterson 4.47 143
The Ultimate Three Domino Monte 4.14 143
Psypher PRO by Robert Smith 4.73 142
Mnemonica Trainer by Rick Lax 4.81 141
25 5 Star (5*) Items
There are a lot of (3245 to be precise) items that received only perfect 5* reviews. But of course, that could be only one reviewer giving 5* and that would not mean a lot. The following table shows most reviewed yet still rated 5* items.
Item Rating Review Count
Diamond Jim Tyler LIVE 5.00 73
Carisa Hendrix LIVE ACTS 5.00 52
David Corsaro LIVE 5.00 30
Halloween by Natalia Silva 5.00 29
Howard Hamburg LIVE 5.00 25
Daniel Chard LIVE ACT 5.00 22
Sibyl by Phedon Bilek 5.00 21
Ian Rowland LIVE ACT 5.00 16
John (Fast Jack) Farrell LIVE 5.00 16
Morgan and West LIVE 5.00 16
Red Pill by Chris Ramsay 5.00 16
Jay Noblezada presents HTG LIVE: Hypnosis Training Group 5.00 16
NX11 :: The Noblezada Experience 5.00 16
QA Masterclass by Bob Cassidy 5.00 16
Takamiz Usui LIVE 5.00 15
Venom Cube by Henry Harrius 5.00 15
Move Zero (Vol 1) by John Bannon and Big Blind Media 5.00 15
Tom Wright LIVE 5.00 15
TC Tahoe LIVE 5.00 15
Jonathan Pendragon LIVE 5.00 15
Jan Forster LIVE ACT 5.00 14
13 Steps To Mentalism (6 DVDs) by Richard Osterlind 5.00 14
Jermays Mind (DVD Set) by Luke Jermay 5.00 14
Phoenix Deck 5.00 14
Tarbell 77: X-Ray Eyes and Blindfold Effects 5.00 14
50 Top Rated Items
I'll list the top-rated items. I'll include only the items that have at least 20 reviews. (This leaves us with 995 items to order).
Item Rating Review Count
Diamond Jim Tyler LIVE 5.00 73
Carisa Hendrix LIVE ACTS 5.00 52
David Corsaro LIVE 5.00 30
Halloween by Natalia Silva 5.00 29
Howard Hamburg LIVE 5.00 25
Daniel Chard LIVE ACT 5.00 22
Sibyl by Phedon Bilek 5.00 21
Diamond Jim Tyler LIVE 2 4.98 56
David Williamson LIVE 4.98 109
Drew Backenstoss LIVE ACT 4.98 83
Jay Scott Berry LIVE 4.97 37
David Hira LIVE 4.97 67
Toibox Card To Box System by Jonathan Kamm 4.97 133
Jason England LIVE 4.97 33
Dyno by Joe Rindfleisch 4.96 27
Paul Gordon LIVE 4.96 27
Roberto Giobbi LIVE 4.96 25
SvenPad® Minis Black Cover Pair 4.96 24
Mark Mason LIVE 4.96 23
Marc Paul LIVE ACT 4.96 23
Joshua Jay LIVE 4.96 23
Brent Braun LIVE 4.95 22
Seth Kramer LIVE ACT 4.95 21
Robert Temple LIVE 4.95 20
Bandwidth by Greg Wilson 4.95 37
Stegosaurus by Phill Smith 4.94 49
TRIUMPH Starring Oz Pearlman 4.94 31
Banachek LIVE 4.93 59
Fiber Optics Extended by Richard Sanders 4.93 29
Name and Place by Bob Cassidy 4.93 71
The Special Assortment Deck 4.93 28
Cody Fisher LIVE ACT 4.92 26
Blank Face Bicycle Deck 4.92 26
Richard Osterlind LIVE 2: Pocket Mentalism 4.92 38
Scratch by Chad Long 4.92 24
Caught Red-Handed by Michael Mode & Arthur Ottney 4.92 24
Modern Coin Magic by J.B. Bobo 4.91 46
Dave Loosley LIVE 4.91 23
Mark James LIVE 4.91 22
Strong Magic by Darwin Ortiz 4.91 22
Acrobatic Knot (with DVD) by Daryl 4.91 22
DMC ELITES : ROUGE marked deck 4.91 22
Shin Lim LIVE: Visual Magic. 4.90 21
Tornado REFILL 4.90 31
CLEAR CHOICE by Thinking Paradox 4.90 81
Choose Five for 99 4.90 79
True Triumph by Paul Cummins 4.90 29
Eugene Burger LIVE 4.89 57
Predixion by Max Maven 4.89 178
Bill Malone LIVE 4.89 36
25 Least Liked Items
Following table shows the 25 items that have the worst ratings and at least 10 reviews.
Item Rating Review Count
Phantom by Peter Eggink 1.44 16
RETRIEVE (Gimmick and Online Instructions) by Smagic Productions 1.56 16
Penciltration by Jesse Feinberg 1.70 10
Force of Will by Dave Hooper - DVD 1.71 17
Phone Phreak by Jeff Prace & Paul Harris 1.81 16
PK Coin by Nathan Kranzo 2.11 28
POST_NOTE By Antonio Smith-Plata 2.24 17
Never There by Morgan Strebler - DVD 2.29 14
Spirit by Arnel Renegado 2.33 12
The Gecko by Jim Rosenbaum 2.39 36
The Incredible Shrinking Finger by Dan Hauss (Additional handling by Paul Harris) 2.40 10
The Wizards Flip Book 2.41 17
Phone-omenon by Doug McKenzie 2.44 16
Elevator by Peter Loughran 2.47 15
BLAZE by Thinking Paradox 2.53 19
Ambitious Finger by Mario Lopez 2.53 53
Absolute Zero (Gimmick and Online Instructions) by SansMinds 2.53 15
Cheese Smile by Smagic Productions 2.55 11
Liquid Metal 2 by Morgan Strebler 2.57 14
Sealed by Menny Lindenfeld 2.57 61
GREEN FACES by Dalton Wayne 2.58 12
Ice Cold: Propless Mentalism (2 DVD Set) Limited Edition by Morgan Strebler and SansMinds - DVD 2.58 12
Nathan Kranzo LIVE 3 2.60 10
Jay Sankeys ORIGINAL Wrap It Up! (Trick Only) 2.62 21
Sharp This by Vanishing Inc 2.64 11
30 Most Controversial Items
I tried to measure controversiality with a ranking system. If all the reviewers gave the same rating for an item, then the controversiality is calculated as 0%. And the most divided option, where half of the reviewers rate an item 1* while the other half reviews it 5*, is rated as 100% controversiality. Here are the most controversial items with at least 10 reviews:

Item Rating Review Count Controversiality %
HACAAN 3.07 27 92.46
Chris Mayhew LIVE 2.94 16 90.63
Sharp This by Vanishing Inc 2.64 11 89.26
Justin Miller LIVE 3.05 22 88.64
CARD IN THE KEYCHAIN by Stefano Curci 3.20 10 88.00
Cut 2.0 LIMITED by Ran Pink 2.88 16 86.72
P'INK by Ran Pink 2.88 82 84.62
Ice Cold: Propless Mentalism (2 DVD Set) Limited Edition by Morgan Strebler and SansMinds - DVD 2.58 12 84.03
Winner's Dice (Gimmicks and Online Instructions) by Secret Factory 3.38 13 84.02
Stained Glass by Adam Grace 3.10 10 84.00
Joe Monti LIVE 3.36 14 82.14
Elevator by Peter Loughran 2.47 15 81.33
Strongman by Jimmy Strange 2.88 16 81.25
GREEN FACES by Dalton Wayne 2.58 12 80.56
iMove by Oliver Smith 2.67 12 80.56
Jay Sankey's GEMINI POUCH (Trick Only) 3.45 11 80.17
Nathan Kranzo LIVE 3 2.60 10 80.00
Titan's Finger by Titanas 3.63 16 79.69
vACAANt by Area52 3.42 24 78.13
Triple C (Red Gimmicks and Online Instructions) by Christian Engblom 3.70 10 78.00
The Switch by Shin Lim 3.67 18 77.78
Memoria by Luke Jermay (Instant Download) 3.64 11 77.69
Rudy Hunter's Total Control with Cards 3.77 13 77.51
Phone-omenon by Doug McKenzie 2.44 16 77.34
SansMinds Sharpie (DVD and Gimmick) by Will Tsai 3.00 13 76.92
Derren Brown LIVE 2.74 105 76.87
Hidden Hand by Sean Fields 2.84 51 76.62
Harlan's No Tape, No Glue, No Scissors, 20-second Setup Torn & Restored Newspaper 2.76 17 75.78
Darryl Vanamburg's "Black Widow" 3.77 13 75.74
Absolute Zero (Gimmick and Online Instructions) by SansMinds 2.53 15 75.56
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⟳ f-droid.org from Wed, 26 Feb 2020 20:21:50 GMT updated on Sun, 01 Mar 2020 05:23:29 GMT contains 2962 apps.
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WeLocal Bounty Campaign - Earn for Participating

Welocal Bounty Campaign General overview of WeLocal bounty campaign

Below is the general overview of what you can do to participate in the WeLocal bounty campaign and receive your rewards. Most of the campaign revolves around sharing of information about WLC through social media channels. It involves users using their accounts on the most popular social media platforms and their posts, comments, repostings containing links to official WLC resources may entitle them to rewards; some of the activity that could get you rewards
The WeLocal bounty campaign will begin on March 26th and will run for 10 weeks.
The total bounty bonus to be paid to all participants will be 2% of the total amount of coins distributed during that time.
Base requirements for all participants
1. User must register at network.welocal.com
2. Create WLC account

Introductory Campaign (FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube, Reddit, SteemIt, Medium, Telegram)

Qualifications and requirements
  1. Join official groups and like our recent posts
  2. Download your wallet and create your WLC account (using online wallet is acceptable but not recommended)
  3. Register your account at network.welocal.com
What would you get?
50 WLC
How to claim your reward
Submit your claim through internal messaging on network.welocal.com with your Manager
Report form

Social media campaign (FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube, Reddit, SteemIt, Medium)

Account requirements, stakes and rules
Facebook
Must be your real, original page, with avatar and actual information about you. Fake, dead, inactive and bot accounts will not be accepted. Should have at least 100 real friends/followers.
Budget - 15% of the total budget of the campaign.
  1. Minimum 3 but not more than 21 shares per week.
  2. Maximum 1 share within 2 hours and not more than 4 shares within 24 hours.
  3. Participants must like WeLocal’s page and share/like posts.
  4. Shares/posts must have a link to the WeLocal.com, WeLocal registration page or telegram group and at least 3 of the following hashtags: #WeLocal #StableCoin #Blockchain #BitCoin #Ethereum #Crowdfunding #Decentralized #Cryptocurrency #Crypto #WLC #ICO #invest #tokensale
  5. All shared articles must also be liked.
  6. Anything shared that is older than 3 days, will not be counted.
  7. Any post containing nonsense will not be counted and may disqualify you from participation.
  8. If you can't find any new posts from our official Facebook account, kindly make a short post about WeLocal and use all of our official hashtags + our website link.
  9. Do not quote or edit a previous post.
  10. Terms and Condition can be changed or added.
100-499 Followers/Friends: 1 stake per share+like
500-1499 Followers/Friends: 2 stakes per share+like
1500-2999 Followers/Friends: 4 stakes per share+like
3000-4999 Followers/Friends: 6 stakes per share+like
5000+ Followers/Friends: 8 stakes per share+like
Double the stakes for a thoughtful original post related to WeLocal
Twitter
Must be your original, real Twitter account. Fake, dead, inactive and bot accounts will not be accepted. Should have at least 200 followers. Your twitter audit (https://www.twitteraudit.com/) score must be equal to at least 85% and only real followers will count.
Budget - 15% of the total budget of the campaign.
1. Minimum 3 tweets/retweets per week. with no more than 21 per week.
2. Maximum 1 tweet/retweet within 2 hours and no more than 4 tweets/retweets within 24 hours.
3. Must follow official Welocal Twitter account.
4. Tweets/retweets must have at least 3 of these hashtags: #Welocal #Stablecoin #Blockchain #Bitcoin #Ethereum #Crowdfunding #Decentralized #Cryptocurrency #Crypto #WLC #ICO #invest #tokensale and have a link to the WeLocal.com, WeLocal registration page or telegram group
5. You can retweet WeLocal’s tweets or create your own content by using YouTube channel, blog, etc., with links to anything related to Welocal.
6. All retweeted tweets must also be liked.
7. Retweeting anything older than 3 days will NOT be counted.
8. Do not quote or edit previous posts. It will not be counted.
9. Terms and Condition can be changed or added.
200-749 followers: 1 stake per tweet/retweet
750-1499 followers: 2 stakes per tweet/retweet
1500-4999 followers: 4 stakes per tweet/retweet
5000-9999 followers: 6 stakes per tweet/retweet
10000+ followers: 8 stakes per tweet/retweet
Double the stakes for a thoughtful original Tweet related to WeLocal
YouTube
Must be real account with avatar and subscribed to our YouTube channel. Must upvote and comment our videos.
Budget - 5% of the total budget of the campaign.
1 upvote = 1 stake (One per video)
1 comment = 2 stakes (One per video)
1 helpful answer to a comment = 2 stakes (up to 5)
Reddit
Real account with avatar, to comment official WLC threads. Your account should be at least 20 days old and have at least 30 posts or comments karma. To create new threads - 50+ post karma (thread/post must contain links to WLC site and official thread)
Budget - 10% of the total budget of the campaign.
  1. Must befriend user: WeLocal
  2. Must subscribe to subreddit: WeLocal
  3. External posts should link to either WeLocal.com Website, registration page or telegram group.
  4. Any kind of spam will not be rewarded.
  5. For a post to be counted, it needs to be posted in the official subreddit, or cryptocurrency related subreddits like bitcoin, ethereum, ethtrader, icocrypto, cryptocurrency
  6. UpVote WeLocal related posts
  7. Must have at least 3 upvotes per week, but no more than 1 within 1 hour will be counted, no more than 4 per 24 hours or 21 per week
  8. Must have at least 3 posts or comments per week, but not more than 3 within 24 hours will be counted and not more than 1 per hour and no more than 21 per week
1 upvote = 1 stake
1 comment = 2 stakes
1 post/share = 10 stakes
Submitting Welocal related story to other subreddits with 100 to 500 readers = 20 stakes
Submitting Welocal related story to other subreddits with 501 to 1500 readers = 30 stakes
Submitting Welocal related story to other subreddits with 1501 to 3000 readers = 40 stakes
Submitting Welocal related story to other subreddits with 3001 + readers = 50 stakes
Bonus stakes will be awarded if comment or post receives at least 50 upvotes +10%
Bonus stakes will be awarded if comment or post receives at least 250 upvotes +25%
Bonus stakes will be awarded if comment or post receives at least 500 upvotes +50%
Bonus stakes will be awarded if comment or post receives at least 1000 upvotes +100%
Bonus stakes will be awarded based on users Karama at least 100 +10%
Bonus stakes will be awarded based on users Karama at least 500 +20%
Bonus stakes will be awarded based on users Karama at least 1000 +25%
Bonus stakes will be awarded based on users Karama at least 2500 +35%
Bonus stakes will be awarded based on users Karama at least 10000 +50%
Bonus stakes will be awarded to users with minimum of 100 posts in Crypto related subreddits +25%
SteemIt
Must be real account with avatar, to comment and like official WLC posts. Accounts with fake followers will not be paid. Your account should be at least 20 days old. have at least 5 followers and 5 posts.
Budget - 7% of the total budget of the campaign.
1. Participants must follow and stay on WeLocal's steemit account until the end of campaign.
2. Participants must share and upvote WeLocal posts to relevant social media outlets
3. Participants can add helpful comments
4. Should not share any posts that are more than 3 days old.
5. If participant has nothing to repost can create his own original post.
Reward will depend on followers.
Following WeLocal official account = 1 stake/week
resteemit to 25-100 followers: 1 stake + upvote.
resteemit to 101-500 followers: 2 stakes + upvote.
resteemit to 501-1500 followers: 3 stakes + upvote.
resteemit to 1501-3000 followers: 4 stakes + upvote.
resteemit to 3001 - 5000 followers: 6 stakes + upvote.
resteemit to 5001 - 10000 followers: 8 stakes + upvote.
resteemit to 10001 + followers: 10 stakes + upvote.
Minimum 3 shares/upvotes per week
Maximum 4 shares/upvotes per day, but not more than 1 per hour and not more than 21 shares/upvotes per week
1 comment = 2 stakes (One per article)
1 helpful answer to a comment = 2 stakes (up to 5)
1 helpful original post about WeLocal = 20 stakes
Bonus stakes will be awarded if comment or post receives at least 10 upvotes +5%
Bonus stakes will be awarded if comment or post receives at least 50 upvotes +10%
Bonus stakes will be awarded if comment or post receives at least 100 upvotes +25%
Bonus stakes will be awarded if comment or post receives at least 250 upvotes +50%
Bonus stakes will be awarded if comment or post receives at least 500 upvotes +100%
Bonus stakes will be awarded if comment or post receives at least 1000 upvotes +200%
***Medium*** 
Must be real account with avatar, to comment and like official WLC posts. Your account should have at least 5 followers and 5 claps.
Budget - 3% of the total budget of the campaign.
1 upvote = 1 stake (One per article)
1 comment = 2 stakes (One per article)
1 helpful answer to a comment = 2 stakes (up to 5)
1 share WeLocal and relevant posts = 3 stakes
Performance Tracking
Need to submit the form with user ID; links to all your accounts that participated in bounty campaign; links to all shares you did - posts, comments, threads, videos; your WLC wallet number *

*your WLC wallet number (you can find it in your WLC wallet after you login into your account)

Report form

Telegram & Skype campaign

Qualifications and requirements Must be your real account, with avatar, to comment and help moderate the official channel.
  1. Join the official group: Telegram, Skype
  2. Use our avatar + welocal.com name extension.
  3. Nick | WeLocal.com|
  4. Enter status “It pays to use WeLocal!”.
  5. Provide helpful information to new users.
Budget - 7% of the total budget of the campaign.
Join the Telegram: 1 Stake per week
1 Stake per 5 messages in the chat by regular participant.
Be promoted to moderator: 25 Stakes
1 Stake per 2 messages in the chat by moderator.
Minimum 5 but no more than 20 messages per week for each regular participant.
Maximum 1 messages within 1 hour and no more than 5 within 24 hours for each regular participant.
Minimum 5 but no more than 40 messages per week for each moderator.
Maximum 3 messages within 1 hour and no more than 15 within 24 hours for each moderator.
Messages should be relevant and helpful to the discussion of the topic.
Performance Tracking
Need to submit the form with user ID and link to profile. Have correct avatar, name extention and status. Time and copy of the message (if any) and WeLocal account number *
*your WLC wallet number (you can find it in your WLC wallet after you login into your account)
Report form

Signature, Avatar and personal text (BitCoinTalk campaign)

Qualifications and requirements
Reward will depends on the user level, but must be at least Jr. Member.
1. Signature, avatar and personal text must be kept until the stakes have been calculated after the end of the campaign plus about a week for these calculations to be finished and spreadsheet was updated with your final post count. Removing a signature before the end of the post count will simply disqualify you.
2. A minimum of 15 meaningful posts per week must be made during this period. Off-topic, spam and meaningless posts will not be counted.
3. Posts in the off-topic threads will not get counted and spamming and trolling of all kinds will simply get the participant disqualified. Posts should be made in “Alternate cryptocurrencies” or “Trading Discussion” sections of the forum (but NOT the bounties sections).
4. Eligible posts must be 85 Character Long.
5. The content of the signatures maybe be modified up to two times during the campaign and updating it is a required for all participants. Thus, it is required to provide a valid email address with your registration form so the updates can be provided to you.
6. Terms and Condition can be changed or added if necessary.
Bounty
15% of the total budget, will be distributed among all participants of “Signature, Avatar and personal text Bounty”
  • Jr. Member: 1 stake/week
  • Member: 2 stakes/week
  • Full Member: 3 stake/week
  • Sr. Member: 5 stake/week
  • Hero/Legendary: 7 stake/week
Bonus: Each member can receive additional 20% stake (up to 100%) for 3 additional messages (above 15) specifically in WeLocal thread by providing helpful comments, information and answers about WeLocal.
Performance Tracking
  1. Add avatar with logo and signature, personal message.link to avatar
  2. Add avatar, signature and description of WeLocal to profile.
  3. Needs to apply and submit report (fill in this form) and declare user ID, Time, BTT UserName, URL, Member Rank, WLC account*

*your WLC wallet number (you can find it in your WLC wallet after you login into your account)

Report form

Content creation campaign (Video, Blogging, Articles)

Content created must be original. It must be about WeLocal. As an example it may include the following topics that explain the idea of WeLocal, it's advantages, how people can use it, why people should participate in it etc.
Bounty
20% of the total budget will be distributed among all participants of “Content creation campaign”
Qualifications and requirements
  1. All the videos or articles must be published online and accessible by everyone.
  2. You can use official images, logos, graphics posted on welocal website, official Facebook and Twitter accounts.
  3. To prove ownership of your blog or media you must add your WeLocal userID or Bitcointalk profile link in your blog or video description.
  4. The blog/forum you post it in must be focused on a relevant topic.
  5. Blogs/forums/videos in languages other than English may also be accepted
  6. Compensation will depend on the quality of content and amount of viewers.
  7. Video should have minimum length of 2 minutes or text should be longer than 500 words.
  8. At a minimum it must have 2 links to the site, WP, registration page and official telegram channel.
  9. Material presented must be original.
  10. It should fulfil the goal of educating the public about WeLocal
  11. Reposting to one more relevant site will give an extra 50% of stakes. Only one repost per article is allowed. Articles of superb quality may be reposted to official site, youtube channel and will bring in additional stakes.
  12. Special bonuses for video/text that would reach 5K views goes viral
OK content is 1 stake
Good content is 2 stakes
High quality is 3 stakes
500 views - will give you 1 more stake
1 500 - will give you 2 more stakes
3 000 - will give you 3 more stakes
5 000 - will give you 5 more stakes
10 000 - will give you 7 more stakes
Performance Tracking
Need to submit the form with user ID and profile link, number of followers, and link to the post, blog, article or video and WeLocal account number *
*your WLC wallet number (you can find it in your WLC wallet after you login into your account)
Report form

Bounty Referral Campaign (AnyWhere)

Qualifications and requirements
If you know of any people who may be interested in participating in our bounty campaign and/or later participate in our ecosystem then this invitation is for you. You’ll make % of what they will bring to the system up to 4 levels deep. Plus receive 25 coins for each invited friend.
What would you get?
25 WLC
Performance Tracking
Need to submit the form with user ID and list of users who joined. Users who joined must have their profiles filled out with a minimum of social network accounts confirmed or minimum deposit made and your WeLocal account number*
*your WLC wallet number (you can find it in your WLC wallet after you login into your account)
Report form

Best Bounty Hunter Challenge (AnyWhere)

Qualifications and requirements
Are you one of the best or do you know one of the best? Than this challenge and REWARD is for you. If the group (that will grow based on your effort) were to become top 5%, 15% or 35% in that week you would be entitled to receive a part of additional referral bonus distribution based on the TOTAL growth of the system in that period.
What would you get?
1% of the total amount of WLC sold for the period will be distributed proportionally to 5% of the best producers of that period. (THAT’S LIKE MAKING UP TO 28% FROM EACH INDIVIDUAL PURCHASE)
1% of the total amount of WLC sold for the period will be distributed proportionally to next 10% of the best producers of the WeLocal ecosystem (15% of the best producers less 5% of the very best). (THAT’S LIKE MAKING UP TO 18% FROM EACH INDIVIDUAL PURCHASE)
1% of the total amount of WLC sold for the period will be distributed proportionally to the next 20% of the best producers of the WeLocal ecosystem (35% of the best producers less 15% of the very best). (THAT’S LIKE MAKING UP TO 13% FROM EACH INDIVIDUAL PURCHASE)
Performance Tracking
Internal calculations

Build your followers base (AnyWhere)

Qualifications and requirements
Do you want to participate in different bounty programs but you don't have enough followers? Than this invitation is for you. Join our franchise program and build your influencer network based on up to 750,000 active people FOR LIFE
What would you get?
By joining our franchise program and by inviting other people to join it too you would be able to build huge followers base (more than 750,000) in your choice of social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, LinkedIn, Instagram and any other. Can you imaging how influential your voice would like with such a big followers base.
Performance Tracking
Internal calculations
If you wish to organize local event or have other ideas how to promote WeLocal, get in touch with us and let us know ideas. Rewards will be negotiated on a case by case basis.
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Two Lane Highways are Insecure. Cars can crash Head On!

Professor Stolfi made a new round of claims about Lightning Network which I'm going to try to debunk here instead of in that thread.
Before I get into the details let me explain something in broad strokes. Most of the second layer solutions are trading some security for efficiency. If you want maximum security you still need to make an on chain transaction and wait for confirmation. That being said claiming they are insecure is analogous to claiming that a two lane highway is too dangerous to drive on because oncoming cars could do anything. The reason you drive calmly down such a road every day is because you know that if an oncoming car swerves into your lane and kills you, they risk killing themselves, destroying their vehicle and potential legal consequences.
This is a good way of thinking of a bidirectional payment channel, basically, not as a crash but as two cars sharing the same road. Two parties enter into a contract. The result of participating in the contract is the benefit of being able to send value instantaneously and/or profit from fees. The terms of the contract ensure that bad actors cannot profit. In other words, if someone wants to watch the world burn, they can, it's just extremely expensive. In fact the expense to them is basically as much as they burn and therefore pointless even as a statement.
What professor Stolfi has attempted to do in many of his posts is present the failure modes as the norm. This is analogous to claiming that cars will constantly be swerving into oncoming traffic despite consequences. In reality the vast majority of lightning nodes will download the same software from a repository, run it on basically the same linux box and have a basically the same behavior. They are incentivized to do this well so that they are profitable and don't lose the money that they are staking. We don't know exactly what the rate of entering the failure modes will be but it could be a tiny fraction of a fraction of a percent. Such that essentially no one encounters it.
However I will give you that: we don't know everything about how a lightning network will function because it's impossible to predict how a complex economic system will evolve. There are still big questions about what eventual topology of the network will look like, what the final routing protocol will land on, what the duration of the average channel will be and what the fee structure will look like. My opinion is these are engineering challenges that are likely to be solved iteratively and importantly no consensus changes required once segwit is enabled. The underlying design is sound and actually quite brilliant.
Drawing the conclusion that the network is insecure, or worse spreading a conspiracy theory that it's "Controlled by Blockstream" who wishes to cover up the flaws, doesn't explain a clear incentive for them or anyone. And perhaps shows a lack of comprehension of the basic incentives that make the system function. If I'm wrong about this then there is a simple solution: Jorge can publish a paper that explains why LN is doomed to be a failure for peer review. He's an academic after all, don't you think it's weird that he doesn't do this?
Ok, on with the attempted debunking, the quotes here are Professor Stolfi, I'm just going to use parts here for brevity but feel free to go read them and let me know if I missed something.
The LN depends on bidirectional payment channels (BPCs) , which are not secure. Someone who pays you through a BPC may be able to reverse his recent payments before closing the channel.
Right out of the box, no. They can't do that. Not without risking their entire stake in the channel. So if Bob, the malicious actor, pays Alice and then Bob decides to reverse the transaction, Alice has the chance to take all of the money including Bobs. So basically if Bob takes no action, he assumes no risk, if he takes action his risk is potentially greater than his reward. That's why this is a failure mode. The success of the network relies on the fact that there is no incentive to enter this mode, and every incentive to avoid it. But does that mean there will be zero failures, no, but Bob would be a lot more likely to succeed by taking his money to Vegas and he would have more fun there.
After this Jorge goes into a good explanation of how a bidirectional payment channel works but then concludes:
One problem with this idea is that either party could cheat the other by sending to the miners, instead of the last cheque T[n], some earlier cheque T[i] that had a more favorable balance to hehim. In particular, the sender of the most recent payment T[k] can send the previous cheque T[k-1] to the miners, canceling that payment. The "solution" that has been offered to this problem is that each cheque T[k] has a time lock that delays the actual release of the balances to the two parties for a couple of days. After each cheque T[k] is exchanged, each of the two parties also receives a special "punishment" cheque P[k]. This transaction is effective only if the previous cheque T[k-1] has been confirmed, but its time-lock has not expired yet; and it sends all the NA+NB coins to the wronged party, without waiting for the time lock.
So this part isn't explained well. What is really happening here is in order to extend the life of a payment channel there needs to be a mechanism to change the direction of the channel so that money can flow both ways. Every time the channel changes direction it enters a new state and the players give each other a key that allows them to take all of the money IF their counterpart attempts to use a transaction from the earlier state of the channel.
So, the idea goes, Alice can deter and correct such fraud attempts from Bob by saving the transactions P[1], P[2], ... P[n], checking the blockchain at least once a day or so, and sending the appropriate P[k] to the miners as soon as she sees a stale cheque T[k-1] being confirmed.
When he says Alice, he means a full node connected to the network. The node is reading each new block and looking for transactions which are pertinent to it. In particular if she sees Bob attempt to use a transaction from one of the earlier states of the channel, then Alice is now able to take all of the money using her key. There is some risk here to Alice, if she goes offline or can't get that transaction into a block, but Bob is taking an even bigger risk. So in practice Bob has a huge incentive to never let those old transactions see the light of day.
There are of course many things that can go wrong with this idea. So it is not really a solution, but a "hacker's solution": a trick, preferably convoluted, that may achieve the desired result in some cases, and can be blamed on the "luser" when it doesn't.
Basically I've concluded that any time someone uses game theory or incentives to build a system Jorge refers to that a "hacker trick". He of course has no alternative to such "tricks" other than I expect "using a bank" but lets continue.
And there are other problems. For one thing, until the channel is closed, there is no record anywhere of all the checks that were exchanged though it.
Ok, the record is in the computers that we are calling Alice and Bob.
Thus, if Alice loses her LN wallet, she cannot reconstruct it from some master key and some public source (as she can do with ordinary bitcoin payments).
Ok so I'm assuming you mean that Alice could lose all of the money in her LN account if she looses her phone and Bob is malicious. In practice phones are not likely to be used for bidirectional payments, they don't have enough connectivity. (for mono-directional payments they do.) In any case she should limit the funds stored in her phone regardless. Bitcoin is like cash and so is LN.
In a later post:
The "network" is supposed to use a chain of two or more BPCs to execute a payment between any two users that are not directly connected by a BPC. Say, Alice wants to pay 2 BTC to Eric, through the path Alice Bob Carol Dave Eric. The four payments are negotiated by the 5 users and cryptomagically linked so that, in the end, either they all happen (that is, all users get valid cheques for their respective channels) or all fail.
This is true, but the phrase cryptomagically linked is disingenuous. No one in the chain has the ability to steal the money because they lack a key that only the person further down the chain will have. There is no a potential cascading failure here and no magic.
Since the intermediate users (Bob, Carol and Dave) will charge fees for their service, either Alice has to pay more than 2 BTC, or Eric receives less than 2 BTC, or both. Thus the four cheques will have slightly decreasing amounts, and the middlemen receive a little more than they send through the next BPC. Each of those 4 cheques will have its own punishment transactions, and, in general, all 5 nodes will have to watch the blockchain for the previous cheque on each of his path channels (in addition to all the previous stale cheques) .
Again this is confused. Each channel in the network is maintaining it's relationships independently. A transaction passing down the chain does not increase this burden.
That brings up the Watchers issue. Since one cannot assume that every user will be able to scan the blockchain every day, it was proposed that the task could be delegated to some Watcher service that would do that for a fee.
But we aren't assuming that. We aren't even assuming that end users will use bidirectional channels.
Since a BPC must be used used for at least tens of payments, on average (otherwise the LN would not be a "scaling solution" at all), it must remain open for months. But the Watcher will have to keep watch for each stale cheque associated with each client's BPC, as long as the BPC remains open -- even if the channel has been idle fro months. Originally it was assumed that the Watcher could be paid by a fraction of the confiscated coins, whenever he detects a fraud and sends the punishment transaction to the miners. Thus those services were originally called "Bounty Hunters".
I don't even think that this idea has any traction so it's not the solution to the problem rather than something someone once proposed. The solution is to select the appropriate type of channel based on the connectivity, uptime, and staking amount of the participants. Bidirectional channels are "live" and requires continuous connectivity and monitoring from participants. Monodirectional channels allow one participant to be passive. What this means is that it limits the types of devices and connections that can participate in bidirectional payments but not in the network as a whole.
He goes on about the Watchers, and I'm happy to rebut the rest if you want, but the upshot is that "Watching" is not expensive. Moving on:
Then there is the issue of finding the payment routes. The only case when that problem is solved is when the "network" is just one huge central bank hub with one channel to each user. But this solution is just an inefficient PayPal with some formidable financial problems thrown in. If that topology is excluded, each user will need to create at least half a dozen BPCs in order to ensure reasonable connectivity of the network. So each LN user would have to split his coins among half a dozen BPCs and keep them locked there for months.
Ok, when the coins are "locked in" in a BPC they are spendable and they are useful for routing payments that's THE WHOLE POINT. Likewise it storing coins in multiple BPCs doesn't affect how payments can be combined from them. Likewise if the node you share a BPC with is not malicious, it will just close the channel upon request. This is again an example of claiming a failure mode is normal.
Even so, the typical path will have half a dozen hops. Then there is a need for a router, some service that will find a suitable path given its two end users. The max amount that can be sent through a BPC from Alice to Bob is the clearance C = NA-Q, where NA is the amount initially locked by Alice and Q is the net payment (positive or negative) already sent through that channel in that direction. The max amount that can be sent through a path is the smallest among the clearances of its channels. Thus the router must know the current clearances of all the channels that he may use in his paths. Thus he too must somehow promptly receive information about every LN payment exchanged through those channels, since each payment changes the clearance. And the router must also know which nodes are on-line and willing to relay payments (since all nodes in a path must negotiate the multi-hop payment) and what fees each relay charges. Because of that need, no one knows how to implement a routing service that will work for 10 million users, each making several multi-hop payments ṕer day on average, with each payment requiring half a dozen BPC payments. Not even if the router service is centralized, much less if it is to be decentralized.
This just isn't true. What Jorge is basically stating is that there is no way to instantly calculate a globally optimal solution without complete knowledge of the instantaneous state of the system. He should know already that no one is attempting to do that, what they are attempting to do is create a metahueristic or stochastic solution that finds as large a set of sufficient paths as possible and picks the best among them. So think of how a colony of insects organizes itself for example, each local actor has limited knowledge but collectively they create a desired outcome.
So my hope that what you take away from this is: LN is a live cache that sits on top of bitcoin. Bidirectional channels require constant participation. Overall LN is basically the best solution we have for creating a large scale instant payment network that remains permisionless. It's not 100% finished but the engineering challenges that remain are tractable.
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Bitcoin Air

2018 have been such a refreshing year when it comes to emerging cryptoprojects and the level of innovation they introduce. Gone are the stupid infographics trying to solidify Coin-X as the highest amount of transactions per second (who cares?).

Instead there seems to be a steady influx of new projects with developers who are innovating for real.

A couple of months back I stumbled across Haven Protocol which caused me to write my first crypto-article ever, fast forward a month-or-so and the first fork of Haven, Bitcoin Air, was quietly announced.

Now many initially dismissed Bitcoin Air as nothing but a Haven Protocol clone, but that is a severe misjudgement. I’ve been lucky enough to follow the development of this project from the inside for a while, and I’ve witnessed first hand that this project has set its sight on introducing a host of new features to the world of cryptocurrencies.

In this Q&A with Bitcoin Air’s Lead Dev, Anthony, I get answers to a lot of questions that should give a good understanding about what Bitcoin Air is aiming to accomplish.

Enjoy.

First of all, how would you summarise what Bitcoin Air is all about for someone who reads about it for the first time?

The first thing we want people to think of when they see, hear, or speak “Bitcoin Air” is simplicity and transparency.
The reason for this being, cryptocurrency is this currently ecstatic and mysterious world that a lot of people are afraid to dive into due to these unknowns. When someone approaches Bitcoin Air, we want them to understand that we are a lightweight, secure, and decentralized payment system that also ofers a static crypto-backed reserves system that allows for a user to print their own fiat currency (AirCash).
In layman’s terms, we want to give the power of the Mint, Reserve, and Banking System all to the consumer and merchant!
What sparked the idea for the project we now know as Bitcoin Air?

The idea for Bitcoin Air was sparked from a protocol concept originally designed by the administrative team. The main idea coming from the fact that Bitcoin is subject to high volatility, and Tether is both manipulatable and a separate entity from what should be a joint efort for Bitcoin.
Beyond this, we feel the need to bring cryptocurrency to a form of widespread acceptance through applying modern technology to age old tactics of in person payments. This will of course be accompanied by all of the amazing features that come with cryptocurrency and it’s secure nature.
The Bitcoin Air project is a fork of Haven, how essential has the Haven teams work been for your concept and project development?

Haven Protocol’s work hasn’t been significant in our development. Their initial idea was sparked to allow users to “offshore” their value to a secure storage environment in some different country.
This idea, to our team, seemed unapproachable and limited it’s greatest potential. We followed through with the idea of offshoring, and instead made it far more approachable and adaptable and instead of creating an internal contract system, devised a bilateral blockchain system that will operate as a dual auditing blockchain.
How would you differentiate what Bitcoin Air will be, compared to Haven, what are your most obvious differences between the two?

Haven Protocol is based on an internal smart contract system that will offshore the value of your coins to a safe storage environment, this will allow you to mint and burn between Haven Protocol and XHVD, safely offshoring your value from volatility.
Bitcoin Air is a bilateral blockchain that will allow one end of the chain to operate in volatile value and conduct basic cryptocurrency transactions including sending and receiving through any basic exchange as well as our internal wallet exchange. The second side of the chain will operate in static value and will operate as a crypto-backed reserve chain for Bitcoin Air.
This static chain will have strictly mint and burn protocols that will allow the creation of Bitcoin Air or AirCash. This static side chain will not allow person to person sends and will instead be specifically designed as a reserves and fiat system for day to day use.
How many developers are actively contributing to your project now?

Currently we have over 8 active developers working around the clock on establishing our test net, minimum viable product, and a proof of concept design that can be presented to the public.
The goal is to operate our development much like an ICO without intentions of gathering funding from the public. We are a privately funded, Non-ICO, Non-VC funded development backed by a handful of guys who simply are very in tune with the cryptocurrency community.
We hope to deliver a well-rounded and established development for the people.
Is there any field in which you are looking for contributions from the community, if so, what are these?

We are always open to as much community contribution as possible. We are 110% focused on community input and transparency and that goes down to every vote and choice we have.
Ultimately we feel that a larger consensus brings the greatest discussions to a situation along with calculated execution. This being said, we are opening an Ambassadors and Evangelists Program that will operate much like a permanent bounty hunters program.
Top level representatives from all countries can apply and voice their expertise on why they should be an Ambassador for Bitcoin Air. This will in turn gain them access to the private Ambassador Panel where they can participate in tasks to earn monthly points for payouts based on worth ethic! Additionally, we are always open to community open-source developers who seek some lead into the cryptocurrency world.
We are always thrilled to teach and learn from other professional development teams as we are seeking to develop the most community driven coin of 2019!
Is the launch of the Bitcoin Air and the air protocol in any way dependant on the Haven teams Offshore Storage smart contracts. Will you have to wait until they release this feature or is the work on the Air Protocol completely independent of that effort?

We are in no way tied to the Haven Protocol development and are developing our own dual chain protocol that will not use smart contracts.
What we hope through our fork with Haven Protocol, is to allow a transition/bridge in between USDAP and XHVD that will bridge both the privacy and clear coin chains to allow for a user based choice of chain use.
We feel privacy is important, but not necessary thanks to the secure nature of cryptocurrency, but we still want to give our users a option to go into a privacy coin at some point effciently without worry of value loss.
Correct me if I’m wrong, Bitcoin Air is a Haven & Bitcoin fork, while Haven originated as a pure Monero fork. If I understand that correctly what does this mean for XAP, for instance; will Monero features like RingCT be a part of your project or will Monero-Specific features not be a part of the overall Bitcoin Air project?

Bitcoin Air is a bilateral merge fork joining Peercoin with Bitcoin, and forking Haven Protocol into our side chain.
This means that, in the end, there will be 2 chains operating together with one being accessible to exchanges and basic user features like sending and receiving; while the other operates privately in the background of this chain only accessible via wallet interface for means of minting/burning and staking/mining.
The Haven Protocol end of the chain will not feature basic usage like sending and receiving, and will instead carry the latest features for minting, burning, and printing of fiat Air Cash.
If I understand correctly, you have two options for binding your cryptocurrency into a static dollar (or similar) value, the first one is $USDAP — which I imagine works more or less like Haven’s $XHVD, right?

$XHVD will operate much like $USDAP, except for the fact that they are using smart contracts and we are applying a new solid blockchain. This static resource backed currency chain will operate to back the overall reserves and value of $XAP and Air Cash
And the second one, Air Cash, I find especially interesting. You will allow users to print their own QR coded “paper money” for use at retailers, etc. Does this money exist on its own sidechain, or is it more or less a physical version of the $USDAP?

This is correct. Air Cash will be the physical, fiat form of $USDAP. Users will be able to customize their own fiat currency sheets with predesigned templates that they can then add to their basic home printer.
The user would choose the denomination (Sheets would print in size of 8 bills) and they could choose to set the bills equally, or to diferent denominations. The wallet would then generate private key, and print the denomination value of $USDAP on the bill front along with the QR code generated Private Key as the center. The wallet would send the wallet to this address and it would be removed from the wallet entirely. The Air Cash would now maintain the value of the $USDAP and can be used in store or handed over to another person.
The merchant or user could then sweep the Air Cash into their wallet and receive $USDAP. The paper would then become worthless and could be recycled as needed.
Will the creating of Air Cash require any form of miner fee, and if so will that fee be a “static value” bound to it or a fluctuating value? In other words, will it be tied to cents or to “satoshis”?

The creating of Air Cash will require a static fee tied to $USDAP that will only vary based on a the amount you send. These ranges would most likely be $0.01-$10,000, $10,001-$100,000, and $100,001+. These fees will most likely be extremely small ranging from $0.05-$0.15 accordingly.
We are not going to allow miners/stakers to set the price on this as people should not be held back from when they need fiat, but all things take resources to create, and we feel a small fee should be in line to provide back resources to the mining and staking community securing and operating our network.
Also, what happens if a user looses an Air Cash bill before they get the ability to spend it. Will it be lost forever, like “normal currency” or will it only be lost if someone manages to spend it before you have time to move the currency to another address, and print a new bill?

The user will have a maintained track record of all of the bills they print within their private Air Cash Ledger. This ledger will not be available to the public due to the Haven Protocol/Monero Privacy Features. The user will be able to swap an Air Cash bill if it has not been swept into the receiving parties wallet if they set the loss prevention feature on within their wallet.
If the bill has been swept into the receiving parties wallet, they will not be able to cancel the bill. This feature will be available via desktop and mobile to ensure the quickest response to lost funds. This would encourage people to ensure that the receiving party sweeps their funds immediately, as you would want to ensure the value is on the bill!
Also, as a miner, I’m curious about how I can obtain Bitcoin Air through mining. I’ve seen you describe the project as “Hybrid Dynamic Proof of Stake and Proof of Work coin” — does this mean that one can both mine and stake in order to participate in the network?

We are currently developing a new consensus algorithm that we are dubbing “Proof of Risk”. We prefer not to release much information on our new consensus algorithm for now, but we plan to release extensive information once it is perfected. Just know for now, you will be allowed to both mine, and stake. It will also be HIGHLY encouraged, if not required, to do so in some sort of way.
Can you tell us a bit more a bout the planned merchant platform, what are its base features and how will it work?

The future merchant platform will be available to both in-person and online merchants. Small Business that accept Bitcoin Air will be able to use any tablet that allows them to download the Bitcoin Air PoS Application. This will allow their tablet to turn into a mobile PoS system with Sweep features thanks to the cameras on most tablets. Merchant can establish their item list and can have the consumer scan the QR code shown on the screen to automatically set the amount and receiving address.
Consumers will confirm the amount and proceed to process the transaction in $XAP. When the merchant receives confirmation, the system will automatically convert their $XAP to $USDAP so they can avoid market volatility until they choose to re-enter and sell to fiat. For online merchants, it will allow integration with most e-commerce platforms available. This means people can proceed to pay for their items with Bitcoin Air via their Desktop or Mobile wallets wherever accepted.
When you fork, you have — in your latest community update — listed the following existing chains that will be receiving Airdrops of either $XAP or $UDSAP:

Bitcoin ($BTC) holders will receive Bitcoin Air ($XAP)
Peercoin ($PPC) holders will receive Bitcoin Air ($XAP)
Haven Protocol ($XHV) holders will receive USD Air Protocol ($USDAP)
I find it interesting that $BTC and $PPC holders will receive $XAP as a result of the fork, while $XHV holders will receive $USDAP instantly without needing to mint them, will this mean that every $XHV holder is guaranteed a re-mintable (or is it burnable, perhaps:) value of ~1$ USD for each $XHV they are holding while the $PPC and $BTC holders will get a coin of fluctuating value?

This is somewhat correct. $XHV holders will receive a static value $USDAP after the snapshot for the fork. Bitcoin and Peercoin holders will receive $XAP, which is subject to market health and volatility due to access via exchanges. Bitcoin and Peercoin holders who would like to exit the volatility can simply mint into $USDAP whenever they would like to.
Full Disclosure: I’m currently a part of the Bitcoin Air team and will help them with their marketing. This is a great chance for me to get “an insiders view” on the development of a new cryptocurrency, and as such I see this as a great opportunity for me to get to write some more interesting articles on Bitcoin Air and its development process as it moves along. Stay tuned.

https://bitcoinair.org/
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Bitcoin Air — Q&A

2018 have been such a refreshing year when it comes to emerging cryptoprojects and the level of innovation they introduce. Gone are the stupid infographics trying to solidify Coin-X as the highest amount of transactions per second (who cares?).
Instead there seems to be a steady influx of new projects with developers who are innovating for real.
A couple of months back I stumbled across Haven Protocol which caused me to write my first crypto-article ever, fast forward a month-or-so and the first fork of Haven, Bitcoin Air, was quietly announced.
Now many initially dismissed Bitcoin Air as nothing but a Haven Protocol clone, but that is a severe misjudgement. I’ve been lucky enough to follow the development of this project from the inside for a while, and I’ve witnessed first hand that this project has set its sight on introducing a host of new features to the world of cryptocurrencies.
In this Q&A with Bitcoin Air’s Lead Dev, Anthony, I get answers to a lot of questions that should give a good understanding about what Bitcoin Air is aiming to accomplish.
Enjoy.
First of all, how would you summarise what Bitcoin Air is all about for someone who reads about it for the first time?
The first thing we want people to think of when they see, hear, or speak “Bitcoin Air” is simplicity and transparency.
The reason for this being, cryptocurrency is this currently ecstatic and mysterious world that a lot of people are afraid to dive into due to these unknowns. When someone approaches Bitcoin Air, we want them to understand that we are a lightweight, secure, and decentralized payment system that also ofers a static crypto-backed reserves system that allows for a user to print their own fiat currency (AirCash).
In layman’s terms, we want to give the power of the Mint, Reserve, and Banking System all to the consumer and merchant!
What sparked the idea for the project we now know as Bitcoin Air?
The idea for Bitcoin Air was sparked from a protocol concept originally designed by the administrative team. The main idea coming from the fact that Bitcoin is subject to high volatility, and Tether is both manipulatable and a separate entity from what should be a joint efort for Bitcoin.
Beyond this, we feel the need to bring cryptocurrency to a form of widespread acceptance through applying modern technology to age old tactics of in person payments. This will of course be accompanied by all of the amazing features that come with cryptocurrency and it’s secure nature.
The Bitcoin Air project is a fork of Haven, how essential has the Haven teams work been for your concept and project development?
Haven Protocol’s work hasn’t been significant in our development. Their initial idea was sparked to allow users to “offshore” their value to a secure storage environment in some different country.
This idea, to our team, seemed unapproachable and limited it’s greatest potential. We followed through with the idea of offshoring, and instead made it far more approachable and adaptable and instead of creating an internal contract system, devised a bilateral blockchain system that will operate as a dual auditing blockchain.
How would you differentiate what Bitcoin Air will be, compared to Haven, what are your most obvious differences between the two?
Haven Protocol is based on an internal smart contract system that will offshore the value of your coins to a safe storage environment, this will allow you to mint and burn between Haven Protocol and XHVD, safely offshoring your value from volatility.
Bitcoin Air is a bilateral blockchain that will allow one end of the chain to operate in volatile value and conduct basic cryptocurrency transactions including sending and receiving through any basic exchange as well as our internal wallet exchange. The second side of the chain will operate in static value and will operate as a crypto-backed reserve chain for Bitcoin Air.
This static chain will have strictly mint and burn protocols that will allow the creation of Bitcoin Air or AirCash. This static side chain will not allow person to person sends and will instead be specifically designed as a reserves and fiat system for day to day use.
How many developers are actively contributing to your project now?
Currently we have over 8 active developers working around the clock on establishing our test net, minimum viable product, and a proof of concept design that can be presented to the public.
The goal is to operate our development much like an ICO without intentions of gathering funding from the public. We are a privately funded, Non-ICO, Non-VC funded development backed by a handful of guys who simply are very in tune with the cryptocurrency community.
We hope to deliver a well-rounded and established development for the people.
Is there any field in which you are looking for contributions from the community, if so, what are these?
We are always open to as much community contribution as possible. We are 110% focused on community input and transparency and that goes down to every vote and choice we have.
Ultimately we feel that a larger consensus brings the greatest discussions to a situation along with calculated execution. This being said, we are opening an Ambassadors and Evangelists Program that will operate much like a permanent bounty hunters program.
Top level representatives from all countries can apply and voice their expertise on why they should be an Ambassador for Bitcoin Air. This will in turn gain them access to the private Ambassador Panel where they can participate in tasks to earn monthly points for payouts based on worth ethic! Additionally, we are always open to community open-source developers who seek some lead into the cryptocurrency world.
We are always thrilled to teach and learn from other professional development teams as we are seeking to develop the most community driven coin of 2019!
Is the launch of the Bitcoin Air and the air protocol in any way dependant on the Haven teams Offshore Storage smart contracts. Will you have to wait until they release this feature or is the work on the Air Protocol completely independent of that effort?
We are in no way tied to the Haven Protocol development and are developing our own dual chain protocol that will not use smart contracts.
What we hope through our fork with Haven Protocol, is to allow a transition/bridge in between USDAP and XHVD that will bridge both the privacy and clear coin chains to allow for a user based choice of chain use.
We feel privacy is important, but not necessary thanks to the secure nature of cryptocurrency, but we still want to give our users a option to go into a privacy coin at some point effciently without worry of value loss.
Correct me if I’m wrong, Bitcoin Air is a Haven & Bitcoin fork, while Haven originated as a pure Monero fork. If I understand that correctly what does this mean for XAP, for instance; will Monero features like RingCT be a part of your project or will Monero-Specific features not be a part of the overall Bitcoin Air project?
Bitcoin Air is a bilateral merge fork joining Peercoin with Bitcoin, and forking Haven Protocol into our side chain.
This means that, in the end, there will be 2 chains operating together with one being accessible to exchanges and basic user features like sending and receiving; while the other operates privately in the background of this chain only accessible via wallet interface for means of minting/burning and staking/mining.
The Haven Protocol end of the chain will not feature basic usage like sending and receiving, and will instead carry the latest features for minting, burning, and printing of fiat Air Cash.
If I understand correctly, you have two options for binding your cryptocurrency into a static dollar (or similar) value, the first one is $USDAP — which I imagine works more or less like Haven’s $XHVD, right?
$XHVD will operate much like $USDAP, except for the fact that they are using smart contracts and we are applying a new solid blockchain. This static resource backed currency chain will operate to back the overall reserves and value of $XAP and Air Cash
And the second one, Air Cash, I find especially interesting. You will allow users to print their own QR coded “paper money” for use at retailers, etc. Does this money exist on its own sidechain, or is it more or less a physical version of the $USDAP?
This is correct. Air Cash will be the physical, fiat form of $USDAP. Users will be able to customize their own fiat currency sheets with predesigned templates that they can then add to their basic home printer.
The user would choose the denomination (Sheets would print in size of 8 bills) and they could choose to set the bills equally, or to diferent denominations. The wallet would then generate private key, and print the denomination value of $USDAP on the bill front along with the QR code generated Private Key as the center. The wallet would send the wallet to this address and it would be removed from the wallet entirely. The Air Cash would now maintain the value of the $USDAP and can be used in store or handed over to another person.
The merchant or user could then sweep the Air Cash into their wallet and receive $USDAP. The paper would then become worthless and could be recycled as needed.
Will the creating of Air Cash require any form of miner fee, and if so will that fee be a “static value” bound to it or a fluctuating value? In other words, will it be tied to cents or to “satoshis”?
The creating of Air Cash will require a static fee tied to $USDAP that will only vary based on a the amount you send. These ranges would most likely be $0.01-$10,000, $10,001-$100,000, and $100,001+. These fees will most likely be extremely small ranging from $0.05-$0.15 accordingly.
We are not going to allow miners/stakers to set the price on this as people should not be held back from when they need fiat, but all things take resources to create, and we feel a small fee should be in line to provide back resources to the mining and staking community securing and operating our network.
Also, what happens if a user looses an Air Cash bill before they get the ability to spend it. Will it be lost forever, like “normal currency” or will it only be lost if someone manages to spend it before you have time to move the currency to another address, and print a new bill?
The user will have a maintained track record of all of the bills they print within their private Air Cash Ledger. This ledger will not be available to the public due to the Haven Protocol/Monero Privacy Features. The user will be able to swap an Air Cash bill if it has not been swept into the receiving parties wallet if they set the loss prevention feature on within their wallet.
If the bill has been swept into the receiving parties wallet, they will not be able to cancel the bill. This feature will be available via desktop and mobile to ensure the quickest response to lost funds. This would encourage people to ensure that the receiving party sweeps their funds immediately, as you would want to ensure the value is on the bill!
Also, as a miner, I’m curious about how I can obtain Bitcoin Air through mining. I’ve seen you describe the project as “Hybrid Dynamic Proof of Stake and Proof of Work coin” — does this mean that one can both mine and stake in order to participate in the network?
We are currently developing a new consensus algorithm that we are dubbing “Proof of Risk”. We prefer not to release much information on our new consensus algorithm for now, but we plan to release extensive information once it is perfected. Just know for now, you will be allowed to both mine, and stake. It will also be HIGHLY encouraged, if not required, to do so in some sort of way.
Can you tell us a bit more a bout the planned merchant platform, what are its base features and how will it work?
The future merchant platform will be available to both in-person and online merchants. Small Business that accept Bitcoin Air will be able to use any tablet that allows them to download the Bitcoin Air PoS Application. This will allow their tablet to turn into a mobile PoS system with Sweep features thanks to the cameras on most tablets. Merchant can establish their item list and can have the consumer scan the QR code shown on the screen to automatically set the amount and receiving address.
Consumers will confirm the amount and proceed to process the transaction in $XAP. When the merchant receives confirmation, the system will automatically convert their $XAP to $USDAP so they can avoid market volatility until they choose to re-enter and sell to fiat. For online merchants, it will allow integration with most e-commerce platforms available. This means people can proceed to pay for their items with Bitcoin Air via their Desktop or Mobile wallets wherever accepted.
When you fork, you have — in your latest community update — listed the following existing chains that will be receiving Airdrops of either $XAP or $UDSAP:
  1. Bitcoin ($BTC) holders will receive Bitcoin Air ($XAP)
  2. Peercoin ($PPC) holders will receive Bitcoin Air ($XAP)
  3. Haven Protocol ($XHV) holders will receive USD Air Protocol ($USDAP)
I find it interesting that $BTC and $PPC holders will receive $XAP as a result of the fork, while $XHV holders will receive $USDAP instantly without needing to mint them, will this mean that every $XHV holder is guaranteed a re-mintable (or is it burnable, perhaps:) value of ~1$ USD for each $XHV they are holding while the $PPC and $BTC holders will get a coin of fluctuating value?
This is somewhat correct. $XHV holders will receive a static value $USDAP after the snapshot for the fork. Bitcoin and Peercoin holders will receive $XAP, which is subject to market health and volatility due to access via exchanges. Bitcoin and Peercoin holders who would like to exit the volatility can simply mint into $USDAP whenever they would like to.
Full Disclosure: I’m currently a part of the Bitcoin Air team and will help them with their marketing. This is a great chance for me to get “an insiders view” on the development of a new cryptocurrency, and as such I see this as a great opportunity for me to get to write some more interesting articles on Bitcoin Air and its development process as it moves along. Stay tuned.
https://bitcoinair.org/
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