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Biweekly Report – June 18th, 2019

Introduction

Welcome to the now-biweekly CR Press Newsletter. This marks a very special time for our CR ecosystem. DPoS officially began June 17th.

We have a huge number of updates.  In summary:

  1. The Starfish Supernode has added a neat feature on their elanodes.com website that calculates rewards.
  2. The Elastos Foundation came out with special instructions regarding the Supernode setup.
  3. EF also came out with an updated Main Net Road Map for all the community to see.
  4. The Elastos DX team is ramping up their efforts for the betterment of CR. Their Elastos Academy website and services will be coming soon.
  5. Jimmy Lipham, from the Elastos DX team, posted a new video regarding many exciting updates.
  6. Ecosystem partner, DMA, has come out with new technical updates and special news about the first ever decentralized e-commerce store on Elastos.
  7. Clarence from the Elastos Foundation engaged in constructive dialogue in China concerning the music space.
  8. EF Member Sunny Feng Fan dispelled some FUD about his MIT relationship.
  9. Elephant Wallet has implemented Multi-signature in their wallet.
  10. CR Press’s very own Famous Amos came out with a great breakdown video of the Elastos Runtime.
  11. Much thanks to Elate.ch, Thai SN, Strawberries Supernodes, ElaForest Supernode, Sunny Feng Han and Houston Supernode for being the first CR Supernode sponsors!
  12. Please remember to visit the CR News website and see our new sponsorship page.  We also have the CR Opinions tab for all to read and contribute to. If any community member has any relevant information to contribute to CR please pull up our news submission form on the website.

Elastos Foundation officially announced the completion of Phases 4 and 5 in the DPoS Consensus implementation timeline. This includes the latest updated code to fully support a fully integrated DPoS consensus. Phase 5 was completed mid-day on June 17th UTC time. The complete DPoS Consensus began operating at block 402,680.

Elastos Foundation came out with full documentation on how to setup a Supernode. (https://news.elastos.org/supernode-setup-automation-script/) This includes the technical requirements, installation, and how to run the node. For further support and question please reach out to support@elastos.org.  

EF also came out with a comprehensive update regarding the Main Net Road Map. (https://news.elastos.org/updated-main-net-development-roadmap/) This is one of the bigger updates that has been shared with the community. CR Press has done a full wrap-up piece on this update. Please read it below for all the specifics related to the new Main Net Road Map.

The Elastos Developer Experience (DX) Team has started to promote their services to the community. Elastos Academy will be the learning arena for prospective developers. Check out the tweet Elastos Academy posted on Twitter https://twitter.com/elastosacademy/status/1139211945586941954?s=21 and stay tuned for the official release of Elastos Academy.

Jimmy Lipham, an advisor to the Elastos DX team, has recently just posted a video update on the DX team’s progress as well as his own projects that he’s building on top of the Elastos platform. For more details on Jimmy’s updates, please scroll down for a comprehensive summation!

The creator of elanodes.com, Starfish Node, has added a new feature on their website. Go to elanodes.com/calculator to find out your approximate rewards. You can sort the price of ELA, Voter Reward percentage, Supernode Ranking, Supernode Total Vote Percent, and Your ELA Voting Power and Voter Turnout.

Ecosystem partner DMA will be opening the first decentralized e-commerce store on Elastos. (https://medium.com/@elastosdma/introducing-the-first-decentralised-e-commerce-store-on-elastos-dma-2810b96fc881?source=friends_link&sk=6fbd5b4bba57a9cc9b90095a7af0e304). The first merchant will be a t-shirt and apparel store operated by the StarryMedia team. DMA hopes there are more trusted merchants that join the store in the future. The Android version is now complete and the team plans to create the iOS version soon.

DMA also is running their own Supernode and will be distributing 75% of their rewards to voters. The team has come out with technical updates related to their ETH sidechain, Uptick dApp beta, along with the new Elastos Rights Management Platform project.

Clarence Liu from the Elastos Foundation had very constructive talks in China related to the music industry. There are some rumors Elastos may partner up with Ditto Music. Ditto Music is one stop shop for artists in order to market, promote, and distribute their music to the world while taking a fraction of the commission that normal music labels do. We will be keeping an ear out for updates concerning this potential partnership!

Sunny Feng Han was under some scrutiny from someone on Twitter regarding his relationship with MIT. Sunny posted a picture of the contract online to dispel the FUD. (https://twitter.com/SunnyFengHan/status/1135259123573043202)

Elephant Wallet has come up with multi-signature functionality on its wallet, and several more updates have undergone testing.

CR Press has a lot of important updates, too. Active contributor Famous Amos posted an enlightening video on the Elastos Runtime https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pv7UKimtlZY&t=21s.  

CR Press Supernode has received their first five Supernode Sponsorships in addition to Sunny Feng Han’s sponsored Supernode for CR Press.  Each of these nodes have been given a “golden star” to mark their initiative. Much thanks to Elate.ch, Thai SN, Houston Supernode, Wild Strawberries Supernodes, and ELA Forest Supernodes for their gracious support of the team.  Both Wild Strawberries and ELA Forest Supernodes donated above 5% of their rewards to the CR Press team, which gives them the prestige of CR “Keeps”. This means we will be featuring articles on each of these on our website in addition to several other benefits.

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ELAruolan and DingNing have come up with an informative piece discussing how cross-chain should be a middleware to the infrastructure of the future internet. This is a translation of the article.

(original link: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/2sdeFV1Z8wHuMcz0V2gzkA)

In the development history of blockchain, there have been many difficulties such as throughput and scalability. In order to solve these problems, developers have taken pains to put forward technical solutions such as side chain, sub-chain, lightning network, DAG, sharding and cross-chain. But are these solutions the right package to solve all these problems? Can they become the standard protocols for the future Internet? Let’s discuss the Internet from the perspective of cross-chain technology.

  1. The core of the Internet is a series of agreements

At the heart of the Internet is a set of protocols, collectively known as the “Internet Protocol Suite.” They define detailed rules on how computers are connected and networked.

There are several layers that make the Internet work. Each layer has its own function, and just like a building, each layer is supported by the next lower layer. A user usually comes across only the top layer, and does not interact with the layers below.

As shown in the figure above, the bottom layer is called the “Physical Layer”, the top layer is called the “Application Layer”, and the middle layers (from bottom) are “Link Layer”, “Network Layer” and “Transport Layer”.

The lower the layer, the closer it is to the hardware; the higher the layer is, the closer it is to the user. Each layer is designed to perform a function. In order to achieve these functions, there needs to be some common rules. These rules are called “protocols.” There are many protocols defined at every layer, but the general term for these agreements are called the “Internet Protocol Suite”, which is the core of the Internet.

  1. The essence of the Sino-US 5G competition is to compete for protocol standards for the next generation Internet

The US media said that the early development of mobile communications was largely driven by US and European companies. With the arrival of the next era–the 5G era–the way people use the Internet will once again be transformed. A competition that determines whether the United States or China is dominant is unfolding. (https://baijiahao.baidu.com/s?id=1611294599609936400&wfr=spider&for=pc)

This competition in the field of science and technology has been ongoing, and has become increasingly fierce with the advent of the 5G era. The one who establishes the standards for the new Internet will take the greatest benefits. The original protocol standards of the Internet are mostly controlled by Western developed countries, which poses a great threat to China’s Internet security and its competitiveness of the future Internet.

  1. Cross-chain technology is not a protocol but a mechanism

In many white papers or technical articles, cross-chaining is called a “protocol”. The information transmission protocol only governs how information is received, and the feedback received by sender does not consider the problem of repeated transmissions.

However, to synchronize the data between the ledgers, you need to make sure that the two ledgers change in the same way, otherwise there will be problems of double spending or loss of value.

Due to the rapid development of blockchain technology, the accounting mechanism and consensus mechanism of the chains are different. The establishment of a common cross-chain protocol becomes more complicated. Cross-chain “agreements” are more like bilateral and multilateral trade agreements. Individual differences are more obvious in the process of coming up with the agreements, and thus large-scale unification is difficult. There is a need to implement an accurate cross-ledger accounting for two ledgers by some technical means.

At this point, cross-chaining is actually a mechanism. Cross-chain is essentially a set of clearing mechanisms among chains, and the essence of clearing is accurate accounting.

The most important application scenarios after cross-chain implementation are decentralised trading, centralized bidding, and decentralized exchanges with hybrid clearing modes.

  1. Cross-chain technology can be used as a middleware for the underlying technology of the Internet in the future

Cross-chain literally refers to connecting different blockchains, just like the bridges between two islands. In simple terms, cross-chaining is how to move a token on one chain to another. From an accounting standpoint, a single blockchain solves the problem of how to accurately record accounts in a ledger. Cross-chain solves the problem of how to accurately record two accounts in two ledgers.

Middleware is software between the operating system and the application, and some people think it should be part of the operating system. When people use middleware, they are often a group of middleware integrations to form a platform (including development platform and running platform). However, there must be a communication middleware in this group of middleware. In other words, middleware=platform+communication.

Cross-chain technology can promote the development of the blockchain industry and can be used as the middleware of the new Internet underlying technology. However, cross-chain does not solve the problem systematically as it has not reached the level of Internet architecture, but only in blockchain development. The current measures of applicability and scalability appears to be just taking stopgap measures.

  1. The father of the Internet and giant tech companies in both China and overseas are a preview of future trends
  2. Microsoft disbanded the Windows working group and turned to developing the DID system. (https://wemedia.ifeng.com/49290420/wemedia.shtml)    
  3. Huawei Blockchain Strategy (http://tech.163.com/18/1031/14/DVF113TV000998GP.html)
  4. Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the Internet, regrets some of the flaws in his work, but he believes that blockchain technology can help in the repair of some Internet problems. (http://www.ctoutiao.com/1361431.html)

You can see that the world’s top technology companies and the father of the Internet are going to use blockchain to remedy the Internet with blockchain as an underlying technology for the future of the new Internet, hoping to build a secure, credible and decentralized computing environment. They have all seen the future trends, understand the nature and function of the blockchain, and they understand the use of blockchain as an integral component of Internet development.

The vision of Elastos is to create a blockchain-driven Smart Web (the new Internet), to integrate the Internet into the unified environment of the operating system, and create a secure, credible and decentralized Internet ecosystem. In such an environment, data can be guaranteed as private, and a huge free market economy can be formed to truly realize the value of the Internet.

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Amos Thomas
Amos Thomas was born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago. He migrated to the US at a young age. He obtained degrees from Springfield Technical Community College and Western New England University in IT. - Cyber Republic Social Media Strategist & CR Press Web Administrator