Word on the BLOCK 15th June 2019

Hello everybody and welcome to the latest Blocknet newsletter! This newsletter is released twice per month to keep the community up-to-date on what is happening with Blocknet. You can view all previous newsletters here.

  • An alpha wallet with the base blockchain updated to the latest v18 Bitcoin codebase has undergone successful testing. The new codebase will make the network more efficient, scalable, and secure. The upcoming update will also include a move to on-chain governance (with proposal voting recorded directly on-chain) and a single tier block reward.
  • For the next Block DX release, various items have been completed with others in progress. These items include a wallet refresh button, informative tooltips, the ability to show only buy orders or only sell orders in the order book, improved responsive design, and bug fixes such as values in the order form updating when tabbing through the fields and the ‘sum’ value not populating in the depth chart balloon. If you would like to help with testing, visit the #blockdx-testing channel in Discord.
  • An XCloud plugin service has been created to allow users to shorten any URL. You can view instructions on it’s usage on the Blocknet Forum
  • An XCloud plugin service for a basic Twitter search has been created. For now searches are limited to the first 100 results from the past week. You can view instructions on it’s usage on the Blocknet Forum.
  • An XCloud plugin service for live sport odds from bookmakers in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia is now available. Get sporting ID key or view all live/upcoming sports. You can view instructions on it’s usage on the Blocknet Forum.
  • API documentation for XRouter and XCloud can be found here.
  • You can view the full list of XRouter and XCloud services on our forum here or via blockdx.co.
  • A new article was published on Bitcoinist — XRouter: an Internet of Blockchains vs. an Intranet of Blockchains. This article explains the differences between projects that are trying to build an “internet of blockchains” and why Blocknet and XRouter are the most pure choice for creating the IoB — check it out here.
  • A new Interview on the Crypto Beadles YouTube channel with the Blocknet co-founder Arlyn Culwick has been published. This covers a wide variety of topics including XRouter, Interoperability, Blockchain tech, analytic philosophy and Sharks! Watch it here.
  • Arlyn will also be speaking at EthBerlin in August on the topic of Interchain Decentralization. You can read more about EthBerlin here.
  • Arlyn has recorded an interview for an episode of the BlockCrunch podcast. The Blockcrunch Podcast is considered a “serious” platform among crypto enthusiasts. It is scheduled to be published soon.
  • The tally of upcoming Blocknet videos/podcasts now stands at 5 with more being planned.
  • Facebook marketing is continuing. If this approach has a good budget:views ratio, we will push suitable content on a larger budget. If the success is limited, we will test other strategies on Facebook until one works well.
  • For Superblock 950400 there was a total of 440 Service Nodes, requiring a net of at least 44 votes for a proposal to pass. The results are as follows:
  1. equipment-950400 — passed: 870 BLOCK 192–0, Net 192
  2. hanniabu-950400 — passed: 4500 BLOCK 180–0, Net 180
  3. sb950400-reallocate — passed: 10 BLOCK 130–0, Net 130
  4. sb950400-atc-aws — passed: 500 BLOCK 131–0, Net 131
  5. sb950400-dx-market — passed: 500 BLOCK 131–0, Net 131
  6. marketingfund-950400 — passed: 4600 BLOCK 181–0, Net 181
  7. aws-may — passed: 340 BLOCK 192–0, Net 192
  8. michael-dev-jun — passed: 6500 BLOCK 195–0, Net 195
  9. TheVoice-905400 — passed: 1250 BLOCK 140–0, Net 140
  10. Social_Philip_June — passed: 725 BLOCK 178–0, Net 178
  11. UAT-950400 — passed: 7020 BLOCK 180–0, Net 180
  12. infinity7592-jun19 — passed: 385 BLOCK 138–1, Net 137
  13. buildserver-cost-jun — passed: 230 BLOCK 183–0, Net 183
  14. blockdx-jsdev-jun — passed: 1500 BLOCK 196–0, Net 196
  15. aderks-950400 — passed: 1000 BLOCK 193–0, Net 193
  16. Facebook-Marketing(1) — failed: 5000 BLOCK 7–123, Net -116
  17. Facebook-Marketing(2) — failed: 5000 BLOCK 79–113, Net -34
  • The in-progress (and previous) proposals can be viewed on block-node.info, on blockdx.co or within the Proposals screen of the wallet.
  • Please note, proposals are being submitted to the forum individually so please make sure you scroll down and take your time to look over each proposal.
  • An introduction to Superblocks and a guide to submitting and voting for proposals, can be found here. There is also a proposal category in the Blocknet Discord for focused and specific discussion of proposals and ideas. Within this category, there is a channel called #anon-snode-feedback for Service Node owners to provide anonymous feedback on proposals.
  • For Service Node notifications such as critical updates or voting reminders, join this mailing list. (Separate to the Word on the BLOCK newsletter email list).
  • Blocknet Service Node stats can be viewed on Master Nodes Pro, on Masternodes Directory, and on Block Core.
  • We are delighted to confirm the imminent listing of Blocknet tokens (BLOCK) on Beaxy.com, an eagerly anticipated newcomer to the regulated US exchange space. The listing will give US traders a new and highly performant channel from fiat to BLOCK, where they will be able to trade with the assurance of compliance with US tax and securities regulations.
  • Overlapping with Beaxy’s launch, Bittrex have announced recently that, on 21 June, their US customers will be restricted from trading many coins, including BLOCK. However, BLOCK will still be available on Bittrex International for non U.S. customers. Bittrex requires U.S. customers to move their BLOCK. To do so, simply download the Blocknet wallet (the chain is only 1.8GB) and send to your own address.
  • You can watch a step-by-step video on how to move your BLOCK here. You can read more about Bittrex and Beaxy in our official statement.
  • The Blocknet Protocol currently supports 110 blockchains all of which can be traded on Block DX. A full list of the supported assets can be found on the Blocknet’s Hub. You can also view the current prices, ranking and market cap of of these assets (including BLOCK) on the Coin Hub page.
  • In addition to this list, there are another 24 integrations that are unannounced.
  • Besides Block DX, BLOCK is also listed on the following exchanges: Bittrex / CryptoBridge / UPbit / CoinSwitch / Nova

Many thanks for reading. We hope that you are as excited as us with what the future holds for Blocknet. A decentralization project fundamentally requires an engaged community, and so if you would like to help with anything, have something to add, use your professional skills or have a problem, we want to know about it.

Please also be aware that a community project is run by a diverse group of people with varying time-constraints (in a number of time-zones) and personal lives, so remember to be kind and patient!

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The Blocknet Team.

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