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Lots of juicy dev ahead

Highlights

This segment was contributed by @OdedWx and @talkol

Hi community, this has been a busy month since the last R&D update!

The biggest thing happening was the first-ever rewards distribution. As you know, the rewards are given and accounted for on an ongoing basis (on every election), but the tokens themselves are distributed over Ethereum in bulk after 3 months. We’ve had our first successful distribution which included the first 27 election periods (1 through 27)!

Some statistics: 18,018,788 ORBS were distributed to 1,448 addresses. The distribution took place by a smart contract on Ethereum, to make sure we have…


GLF Partnership ⁂ Hdac signing ⁂ Forbes feature ⁂ Orbs Rewards distribution ⁂ App development guidelines ⁂ Founder interviews ⁂ More

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Welcome back to our monthly recap everyone! June brought with it lots of exciting news and industry recognition, which is of course really exciting. Having all this happen around the time of Orbs’ very first reward distribution event was, for those sitting at the Tel Aviv HQ, akin to celebrating a birthday on independence day.

Let’s dive right into it, shall we? First things first:

GLF Participation

After several months of covert talks, the Global Leader’s Forum, a consortium of global telco giants, including names like Orange, Sprint, Vodaphone, and Telefónica, finally announced last week the formation of a thinktank to help…


In this update: ⁂ NEW: Roadmap! ⁂ Orbs goes to India ⁂ NY Blockchain Week ⁂ 1st Hackathon ⁂ NEW: Validator monitoring tool ⁂ Co-founders AMA ⁂ WEF Membership ⁂ Ministry of Finance ⁂ IEEE Conference ⁂ Block TV Interview ⁂ Techstars Demo Day ⁂ Events

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Welcome back to our monthly recap everyone! @Nate here. Perhaps it’s because so much has been happening this past month, but it feels as though it started a long time ago. Fortunately, this is exactly why I love posting these updates; refreshing our memory and keeping the whole community of Orbs participants in the loop with what is going on with the Orbs project.

Thank you @gogogili, @Dannyhbrown, @jnoam, @Netta_Korin, @erankirsh, Ori,@Andrey, @assaf_bielski, @msong-stratx and @Andy_Blockchain for helping me put together this recap!

Let’s dive right into it? First things first:

NY Blockchain Week

This segment was contributed by Gili Ovadia (@gogogili)

Consensus

As…


See what the team has been up to this past month

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In this update: Mainnet and token launch events ⁂ PRISM IS HERE! The Orbs block-explorer goes live ⁂ the launch of our Community Discourse ⁂ Five EXCEPTIONAL posts explaining our PoS Universe, Orbs PoS design, Prism detailing, and our business strategy and philosophy ⁂ ORBS joins the TechStars family as a technical partner for the first blockchain accelerator in NY ⁂ Media coverage & event highlights ⁂ The State of Orbs Universe: A detailed overview.

Welcome back to our monthly recap everyone! April was an interesting month. On one hand, we were all in a bit of euphoria after the…


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Hey everyone! In recent weeks, we’ve been mulling heavily over different ways to extend Orbs to the public and create an open environment for discussion and collaboration about the project. For this, we have to nurture a productive community of all participants in the Orbs Universe — delegators, developers, guardians, and validators.

Goals for this channel

Many considerations were taken into account, and ultimately there are three major community discussion goals we consider crucial:

Transparency

Our belief that anyone who is interested should be able to see and discuss the future of Orbs is deeply ingrained into our ethos. We did not like the idea…


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All right everyone, we’ve had a crazy busy month with the launch and constant news, so this month’s update is going to be sweet, short and to the point. First things first:

ORBS IS LIVE!

After so many months of hard work and sleeping under desks, the Orbs blockchain is up, running, and purring like a cat. We would like to take this moment to thank our wonderful (and strikingly handsome) community all over the globe for everything they have been doing to support this massive endeavor!

You can find more on the launch of Orbs network by checking out these posts from…


Letter from Orbs President, Daniel Peled

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Letter from Daniel Peled, Orbs President and Co-Founder:

For over a year, we have been working tirelessly to create a blockchain infrastructure that can help the technology live up to its vast promise. Watching a team of exceptionally talented developers commit themselves so strongly to this mission has been incredibly inspiring to watch, and we are very proud of what is being released. Read this post to see the full breakdown of what we’re launching.

Yet, to properly explain why this launch is such a big deal, we need to begin with the initial vision we had. For Orbs, blockchain…


The problem is greater and more prevalent than you might know. These tips will help you spot the bad actors… just follow the signs

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Image by Rachel Skiba

This is a guest post by Professor Joshua Gans of Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and Professor Neil Gandal, Berglass School of Economics, Tel Aviv University, contributing advisors to the Orbs project.

In a document filed with the United States Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), the cryptocurrency investment house Bitwise claimed that 95% of all trades on Bitcoin exchanges are not real. This was part of a presentation they made to the SEC in order to launch their Bitcoin futures products.

The presentation makes for very interesting reading but ultimately Bitwise argue that there are legitimate exchanges and…


Not just old markets: The so called “gig economy” grew out of nowhere with the help of platforms which borrow directly from the logic behind blockchain. They might go hand in hand together.

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Art by Rachel Skiba

Its estimated that a near 162 million people across the US and Europe consider themselves freelancers, many with the help of technology (such as in the cases of Wolt, Uber, Fiverr, Upwork, and Etsy).

Its easy for traditional employees to imagine the benefits of working without oversight, fixed physical location or inflexible hours. On the side of the client, the ability to get a logo or animation completed without needing an in-house designer on a payroll, or pay large sums to fund a provider with lengthy contracts filled with “what ifs” is a perfect near solution. However, there are many…


When can we expect blockchain to improve the way we run elections?

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Image by Rachel Skiba

Late last year, West Virginia introduced a blockchain based voting app for citizens to partake in federal elections from the comfort of their cellphones. By doing so, the state became the first to use the technology for a elections process in the US. Instead of identifying at a polling station, citizens will need only to upload a photo of an official government issued ID to the platform along with a short video snippet of their face, as the app makes use of facial recognition software to verify the user’s identity. …

Nate Simantov

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