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Emercoin Added to Microsoft Azure Platform

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Emercoin Microsoft Azure

The Emercoin platform was built with a key goal in mind, to help solve real-life problems and deliver decentralizing solutions for businesses around the world — and that goal became a little easier to achieve earlier this year.

This article was provided by the Vanbex Group on behalf of the Emercoin project.

Emercoin Added to Microsoft Azure Platform

As of January 2016, Emercoin-based products were made available in Microsoft Azure’s Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) platform for users to build from scratch and deploy, at various scales, blockchain-based architectures.

It also means users are no longer dependant on inflexible data center servers as Azure integrates everything and offers tailored packages to fit users’ needs and capacity.

“Azure is similar to a mall, where organizations can buy cloud services, and we provide our platform for all their needs while they build within Azure,” said chief technology officer at Emercoin, Oleg Khovayko.

“For us, this is a win-win situation. Azure can expand its BaaS suite of offerings and we can offer our Emercoin platform to existing customers on a highly flexible and powerful virtual machine platform.”

The Azure platform operates throughout 24 regions in the world with over 22 available online and over 100 data centers operating to power the network. Virtual machines are available to run on Windows, which is a familiar environment to much of the world, as well as Linux.

For those wishing to try the Emer platform on Azure, the BaaS Node template is available in the Azure github storage (here). Getting running is as simple as click-and-deploy.

The basic package comes with a secured API connection for external applications and a built-in web interface for wallet management.

The current available products offered on Azure for the Emercoin platform are:

  • EMC SSL: Decentralized solution for online security and passwordless authentication.
  • EMC SSH: Decentralized solution for secure shell management.
  • EMC DNS: Censorship-resistant domain name system.
  • EMC TTS: Trusted time stamping service.
  • EMC STREAM: Micropayment library for streaming digital media of all types.
  • EMC LNX: Decentralized pay-per-click advertising network of its kind.
  • EMC DPO: Digital proof of ownership solution for physical or digital goods and services.
  • EMC InfoCard: Storage for digital business cards for use with EMC SSL.

As Azure’s BaaS continues to develop, the technical and creative capability for businesses to develop innovative blockchain solutions grows that much easier.

It begins with accessibility, which, on one hand, is helped by manageable costs. Most practical, however, is what the Emercoin ecosystem offers, which is a breadth of decentralizing technologies to help push enterprises large and small, forward, into the latest, state of the art future-tech for business.

Emercoin is a merchant platform, that can provide cost-savings and streamlined solutions for more efficient and robust applications than currently being applied across a majority of industries today.

Emercoin on Azure is a stepping stone to changing the way business can be conducted.

 

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Lisk Partners With Microsoft Azure, Chain of Things

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Decentralized Applications platform Lisk has announced that it has been added to the Microsoft Azure Blockchain as a Service program. The project has has also entered a strategic partnership with Chain of Things to advance blockchain and Internet of Things research.

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The Future of Lisk

The platform’s developers will work with Microsoft the bring the platform to Azure. With the first step completed, officially adding the platform to the BaaS program, developers from all over the world will now be able to “develop, test, and deploy Lisk decentralized applications using Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform and infrastructure.”

In its partnership with the Chain of Things Research Lab, the decentralized applications platform “will investigate whether blockchain technology can be effective in establishing security using IoT.”

Commenting on the partnership with Chain of Things, Lisk CEO Max Kordek said:

“Alongside existing partners Ethereum and IOTA, Lisk will fulfill an important advisory role at the Chain of Things research lab. Therefore, by working in collaboration with the participating members to create an open standard for the industry, we hope that our contributions will bring great success to this shared initiative.”

About Lisk:

This platform functions as an alternative to other decentralized application platforms: due to the simplicity of the platform and its use of JavaScript, programmers will be able to develop their own dapps rapidly and easily. The platform’s team invites the crypto-currency community to test the already available features on the platform’s testnet. Free testnet tokens are available on their faucet page.

Aspiring dapp developers can start learning how to code dapps on the platform by reading the documentation section on the Lisk website. More information about the technical aspects of Lisk is available in the white paper.

Lisk started their Initial Coin Offering (ICO) on the 22nd of February 2016. In just a little over three weeks, Lisk has already raised over 4600 BTC, or more than 1.9 Million USD. The ICO will end on the 21st March, 2016.

About Microsoft Azure:

“Any developer or IT professional can be productive with Azure. The integrated tools, pre-built templates and managed services make it easier to build and manage enterprise, mobile, Web and Internet of Things (IoT) apps faster, using skills you already have and technologies you already know. Microsoft is also the only vendor positioned as a Leader across Gartner’s Magic Quadrants for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Application Platform as a Service, and Cloud Storage Services for the second consecutive year.”

For more information about the dApp platform, please go to:

To view an explanation video on YouTube please go to:

The dApp platform’s ICO will end on the 21st March 2016, for more information please visit:

To read the ICO terms and conditions please go to:

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Six Ethereum Projects and its Five Competitors

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Six Ethereum Projects and its Five Competitors

A lot of 2.0 projects have fallen by the wayside, but currently, Ethereum (ETH) development has continued to show its decentralized blockchain platform wants to stick around for the long run. Startups, legacy institutions, and developers using the programmable currency are popping up left and right. Below is a list of six projects using the ETH blockchain to try and conquer many different 2.0 tasks. Then we discuss a few competitors in the crypto-environment going after some the same goals. As time progresses in this world of decentralized distributed ledgers, the race for 2.0 technology continues.

Also Read: Crawling The Deep Web For Art

IBM & Samsung’s Adept  

In January of 2015, IBM revealed its ADEPT proof of concept in a paper called “Device Democracy Saving the future of the Internet of Things.” The report explains the importance of the blockchain and its use case scenarios within the IoT environment becoming “revolutionary as a transaction processing tool.” ADEPT has chosen to use a fork of the Ethereum code for its mission and the use of autonomous telemetry. IBM’s paper describes how they envision the project saying,

“In our vision of a decentralized IoT, the blockchain is the framework facilitating transaction processing and coordination among interacting devices. Each manages its own roles and behavior, resulting in an “Internet of Decentralized, Autonomous Things” – and thus the democratization of the digital world.”

Airlock Project

The Ethereum powered Airlock is called “the next generation keyless protocol.” The platform uses two primary users lockmasters and keyholders which can lock or unlock a lockbox mechanism. Airlock states on its website, “Lockmasters seamlessly grant permission to Keyholders who can access a property or lockbox under specified conditions.” The advantage of using Ethereum’s smart contracts allows Airlock’s DApp (Decentralized Application) to create a programmable environment that can operate device automation the developers say.

Microsoft Azure

Last year Microsoft announced its new cloud-based Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) platform Azure. The company has announced many different types of distributed ledgers within the projects research and development. Blockchains such as Ripple, Factom, and Emercoin have been introduced to the system, but the media has focused its attention on Ethereum. Just recently R3 CEV told the world it was using the Ethereum protocol through Azure to connect 11 banks together for a Bank-to-Bank (B2B) platform. The Microsoft cloud platform has also revealed its first Technical Preview of Azure Stack, which shows the public the projects manifestation.  

Algorythmix

Algorythmix is a blockchain based credit rating and KYC platform that just won the first prize in the Citi Mobile Challenge. The platform “Cetas” is a decentralized prototype that uses blockchain technology to bifurcate the traditional way credit ratings are handled. Algorythmix gave a statement to IBTimes UK saying, “Cetas is a decentralized platform which enables sharing of the KYC data using blockchain. The platform has an added a layer of decentralized credit rating function and advanced functionalities to address the problem of scale.” The blockchain service also has other projects which have not been conceived yet. One is Basil that can calculate cyber security risk for cyber insurance, and Hermes a platform for sensor networks for industrial IoT application.

CubeSpawn

CubeSpawn is an FMS (flexible manufacturing system) that enables big factory automation. The website states the initiative is an “open source project to build cost sensitive, high quality, modular manufacturing machines, mostly from repurposed industrial cast-offs.” The project wants to bring technical advances to everyone so the world can best allocate its resources. It believes “local high-tech manufacturing” is the answer to many global issues the world is faced with. The positives the projects could produce include reduction in long distance shipping, reducing fuel costs, encourage recycling, and ending labor inequalities.

Augur

Augur is a prediction market built on top of the Ethereum blockchain. The concept is a tool that allows users to forecast events by using software that understands the odds of basically any probability better than you do. This could make betting on sports games, elections, and future events easier because the protocol is meant to be more consistent. Augur uses a token within its system called REP (reputation) that gives a user more trust in the network. After an event occurs those who use the system more truthfully get rewarded REP. The startup just recently finished a crowd sale and also created the first contract on Ethereums Frontier.  

What’s Next in the 2.0 Race?

The Ethereum project is seeing a lot of developers messing around with the code and people are finding use cases. Despite all this the programmable currency has competition in its radar with organizations who also want to achieve the same goals. Maidsafe, Tau Chain, and Counterparty are other projects that aim to do some similar objectives that Ethereum wants to encompass. In November of 2014, Counterparty sparked controversy by porting the ETH software to its platform. The project says that it uses Bitcoin’s ledger within its network stating on its website, “Counterparty is a free and open platform that puts powerful financial tools in the hands of everyone with an Internet connection. By harnessing the power of the Bitcoin network, Counterparty creates a robust and secure marketplace directly on the Bitcoin blockchain.”

Another contender or friend is Rootstock. The platform uses Bitcoin’s blockchain as opposed to an alternative token. Rootstock is said to have the same abilities as Ethereum, and its developer says that they could compliment each other. Diego Gutierrez Zaldivar co-founder of Rootstock says in a reddit post:

The good thing is Rootstock VM is fully compatible with Ethereum VM so now you will have two platforms to run your application with two different security models and user bases. We are actually empowering the Ethereum development community not threatening it.”

 

Tau Chain is another project that claims it also will be able to take the 2.0 game to the next level. The developers of Tau believes that Ethereum’s Turing completeness is not necessarily the right direction. Ohad Asor of the Tau teams also says that its platform doesn’t need a token like ETH to operate saying, Ethereum’s model requires a coin (“fuel”). Tau doesn’t need a coin: the users can agree on the economic characteristic of the network and define any kind of incentive they find adequate, whether globally over the whole network or over their local Tau client.”

 

Maidsafe is a project that has been said it could be a friend of foe to ETH as well. The project aims to be a decentralized peer-to-peer internet platform and has similar attributes to Ethereum. Some say that Maidsafe can be considered a decentralized storage layer with a multitude of applications. Maidsafe, stands for “Massive Array of Internet Disks, Secure Access For Everyone” and wants to change the landscape of the web with its 2.0 platform.

Ethereum does have its competitors and developers are gearing up their platforms to operate with similar goals in mind. Most of these different networks have been in the top ten cryptocurrency market capitalization at one time or another and are shooting to be right below Bitcoin. There are other projects that do not have as much attention on them right now like Hivemind, which also works with prediction markets like the Augur platform. The project says it is “a Peer-to-Peer Oracle Protocol which absorbs accurate data into a blockchain” and also will incorporate similar 2.0 features to its system. The Ethereum project is definitely not alone in this landscape of smart contract technology, and highly developed blockchains as we’ve seen in the past it will have to continue strides of its own to gain a network effect.

What do you think about these Ethereum projects and the turing complete protocols competitors? Let us know in the comments below.

Disclosure: Bitcoinist is not associated with any of the above-named projects. 


 

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SF Block Chain Conference by Lighthouse Partners to Feature More than Just Bitcoin

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Block Chain

The Block Chain Conference is a cryptocurrency agnostic conference. Rather than focusing on Bitcoin exclusively, the Block Chain conference focuses on “accelerating the development and deployment of blockchain based approaches by global businesses.”

Also read: Bitcoin Core Launches Social Media Presence

The Block Chain Conference: When and Where

Scheduled to take place on Wednesday, February 10th, 2016, the conference will be held at Mission Bay conference center, located on the campus of UCSF Mission Bay of San Francisco. Produced by Lighthouse Partners, Inc., “a business and technology consulting firm advising on positioning of innovative enterprise technologies,” the conference will feature Peter Harris as Conference Chair.

The Block Chain Conference will be held at UCSF

The conference is tailored for senior business innovation and product marketing executives, as well as senior technologists from companies deploying enterprise IT systems; this kind of people are the ones expected to attend. You must be 18 years or older to attend, without specific dispensation.

The highlight of the conference will come from IBM’s keynote, being delivered by Global Blockchain Offering Director John Wolpert, titled “How to Make Block Chain Real for Business.” Providing IMB’s point of view on the potential that block chain technology has, it will focus on the company’s collaboration with The Linux Foundation.

IBM will also be joined by likes of AlphaPoint, Gem, Overstock.com, and Wall Street Blockchain Alliance, just to name a few.

“A key mission of The Block Chain Conference is to educate business innovators and technology architects from companies deploying enterprise IT on the potential benefits and challenges of leveraging block chains, distributed ledgers and smart contracts, with lots of reality and zero hype. – Conference Chair Peter Harris”

16 additional presentations will be given in addition to the IBM keynote, with topics ranging from Bitcoin’s place in corporate and personal payment settings, Etherum involvement within Microsoft Azure, as well as Factom blockchain technology uses.

As Bitcoin and the block chain both become words that are spoken more often, it is good that we to see conferences like this one pop up with a focus on introducing new people to cryptocurrency technology, compared to conferences that focus solely on Bitcoin. If interested in signing up for the conference, the rate of the entrance is $495 online and $595 at the door.

Will you be attending? Which presentation are you most excited to hear about? Let us know in the comments below!


 

Images Courtesy of The Block Chain Conference.

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Ethereum’s Market Cap Takes The Number Three Spot

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Ethereum’s Market Cap Takes The Number Three Spot

The turing complete token Ethereum has been making strides towards the top spot in cryptocurrency capitalizations. This week the digital currency has bumped Litecoin out of the third position on the coinmarketcap.com list hitting a cap of over $138 million USD.

Also read: Number of Ethereum Nodes Grows Exponentially

The past few months have been active for Ethereum, who has seen development, investment and positive media within its crypto-environment. The built-in turing-complete programming language as a layer configured into the ETH blockchain has intrigued developers and investors. This system is said to enable businesses and ordinary people the ability to construct autonomous organizations, smart contracts, and applications. The tokens currently have an available supply of 76,471,765 ETH and are worth $1.80 USD at press time seeing quite a bit of value increase.   

Recently the tech-giant Microsoft announced earlier last year that they would be using Ethereum with its cloud-based Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS) Azure platform. Microsoft included other distributed ledger services within its research and development including Ripple, EmercoinFactom and others. On January 20th R3 CEV the blockchain infrastructure project backed by 42 well-known banks announced its use of Ethereum and Microsoft Azure. IBtimes UK reports that R3 is connecting 11 legacy institutions together with these distributed ledger technologies. The banks included in this venture are Barclays, UBS, Credit Suisse, HSBC, Wells Fargo, Unicredit, Natixis, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, BMO Financial, TD Bank, and the Royal Bank of Scotland. CTO for the Investment Bank at Barclays, Brad Novak explains the protocol is well known saying:

“Ethereum is a well-known open source technology in this space and we also look forward to collaborative experiments using other technologies.”

Since these announcements made by Microsoft Azure and the latest statements made by R3 the Ethereum value has seen quite the gains. January 2016 has seen a lot of trading volume and about a 20% jump in price. However not everyone is on the Ethereum train and see competition coming in the future from camps like Rootstock, Tau Chain, Maidsafe, Counterparty, Bitshares, Coinprism and more. Despite this, the Ethereum community has seen significant development under its hood and many side projects using its protocol.

Devcon1 held last year had shown innovative concepts from teams like Slock.it. The founder of Slock.it Stephan Tual explained the Ethereum Computer with his Medium post showing off the IoT use cases with the ETH protocol. At Devcon1, the device is shown locking and unlocking a simple household doorknob at the event. The summer of 2015 heated up for Ethereum when it was an unknown source said that the project was planned on being experimented with by BNP Paribas, Barclays, and UBS.    

There have been a few in the cryptocurrency community who have said that Ethereum was trying to take Bitcoin’s lunch as it approaches the number three spot on the capitalization totem. However it’s got a long way to go to get near Bitcoin’s 5.8 billion market cap and network effect with thousands of merchants, devices, and software applications. After Mike Hearns announcement that the protocol had failed in his eyes while preparing to join the R3 team, coincidentally coins like Dash and Ethereum had seen a price spike. The price of Bitcoin dropped about 17% immediately after the developers public message. Also reports of an ETH enthusiast spamming people with direct messages via /r/bitcoin saying “Ethereum will defeat Bitcoin” recently spread around the crypto-community after Hearn decided to say farewell. I have also received this reddit message in my private inbox.

The Bitcoin price has jumped back up rebounding shortly after Hearn’s statements and Ethereum has seen quite the value increase moving up its position. Will it be a competitor of Bitcoin or complement the current king of digital currency? Only time will tell as it seems the turing-complete programming language system wants to continue to leave its mark on the landscape of virtual money, IoT and many financial processes.

What do you think about Ethereum’s rise? Let us know in the comments below. 


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