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vDice.io, The World’s First Full Decentralized Gambling Platform

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vDice.io, having launched in June as the first fully-decentralized betting game for the first programmable P2P network, will host a crowdsale from November 15 to December 15. In exchange for Ether (ETH), investors will receive “vSlice” tokens, each of which is directly tied to the profits of the game. The “vSlice” token will regularly distribute profits of the vDice game to token holders.

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Since going live on June 13, vDice has become the top ranked Google site for Ethereum gambling, having processed nearly 10,000 bets.

Built On Smart Contracts

Built on fully decentralized smart contracts, vDice processes bets through an Oracle without server architecture. As such, it makes gaming easier and more trustworthy.

As a platform, vDice plans to invite anyone to write their own Ethereum smart contract (Dapp) and put it on the Ethereum network. In this way, vDice will eventually serve as a platform for developers to showcase their gambling Dapps.

Customers will initially be online gamblers who use digital tokens like ETH. As the Ethereum ecosystem matures, the active trading of “pegged” tokens will increase. These are blockchain tokens pegged to fiat currencies, allowing users to effectively gamble with fiat currencies using blockchain tokens.

“A single person could play from multiple Ethereum addresses,” vDice co-founder Jason Colby told CCN. “You can always know exactly and precisely how many addresses are playing, but in terms of players, that number is not perfectly knowable.”

Based On SatoshiDICE

vDice is based on SatoshiDICE, the most successful blockchain-based gambling game to date. SatoshiDICE accounted for over 75% of all transactions on the bitcoin network in 2012-2013.

Most betting games, even for cryptocurrencies, are centralized. Bettors send money to the owners of the game and trust them to hold it and then pay out at the appropriate time. Ethereum gambling on blockchain, by contrast, has no accounts, no server and no trust.

The Ethereum blockchain processes bets and pays out wins automatically to players’ Ethereum addresses. No one controls the game. The code is public and players control their funds in their wallets at all times.

Players do not need an account to bet. They play directly from their Ether wallet. Each game has an address, its winning odds, a price multiplier, a lucky number, and a minimum and maximum bet. To make a bet, a player sends a transaction straight to the address on the Ethereum blockchain. The bets are provably fair, and winnings get sent straight to their wallets.

How It Came About

“Developers and I were talking about the best smart contracts,” Colby said. “It was clear that gambling was going to be very successful. So we decided to make the best, most secure, blockchain gambling platform. We did Classic SatoshiDICE as an Ethereum smart contract.”

“Up to 2013 it (SatoshiDICE) was responsible for almost all bitcoin transactions. So we made it for Ethereum,” he said. “Using Ethereum we made it fully decentralized, on-blockchain gambling, using smart contracts.”

“Also, we wanted to show how fast and efficient you can do on-blockchain transactions with Ethereum,” Colby continued. “Blockchain gambling is the best way to do that.”

“Ultimately, we will continue to increase the efficiency of on-blockchain transactions,” he said. “That means making on-blockchain bet processing as fast and cheap as possible, using an Oracle (fully decentralized). We’re already 18 months ahead of the competition for that.
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Also read: Why cryptocurrency and online casinos are a match made in heaven

A ‘WordPress For Gambling’

“Ultimately, we will turn vDice into the WordPress of gambling,” Colby noted. “There are going to be lots of developers making gambling Dapps. The incentives are too great. They won’t have time to grow their own brand. vDice will provide that.”

“Someone creates their own game. If it’s good, they will benefit. vDice will be like the WordPress of gambling in this way: a platform for developers to showcase their quality gambling Dapps.”

“vDice imagines a world of geeks, in their bedrooms, creating gambling games instead of Youtube shows,” Colby said. “It costs them nothing to put it on the P2P network. Then people all over the world will play.”

For information, visit https://crowdsale.vdice.io

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Justin Sun Plans To Buy BitTorrent

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Justin Sun, the CEO of TRON, is finalizing an agreement to buy BitTorrent, inc. Most people know BitTorrent as the creator of the popular torrenting client, uTorrent, which at its peak had over 100 million users.

According to Torrentfreak.com, BitTorrent has been in a steady decline to some poor decisions and potentially illegal missteps by their management.

In an interview with BitTorrent founder Bram Cohen, the management was painted by Cohen as incompetent narcissists who had no business plan and no idea what they were doing besides chasing some nebulous idea of celebrity endorsement.

This can be seen in Cohen’s statement, “They were just incompetent fuckups. I mean they’re losers. Basically, Accel took their share in BitTorrent and pretty much just gave it away to these total strangers who they didn’t know. And not only gave away their stock but gave away control of the company.

Human beings are a bunch of starfuckers, right? The United States has become this celebrity-obsessed culture, and everyone’s all about, oh, we’ll gain access. That’ll be great, and we’ll make money off of it, everybody thinks this.”

It is against this backdrop that Sun’s alleged acquisition is taking place. The TRON projects alleged goal is to “decentralize the web.” Owning one of the most recognizable brands aligned with these goals would be a major coup for the ambitious CEO.

This is due to the fact that the most likely use case of uTorrent by TRON would be to simply parlay its user base into usage of the TRON blockchain.

Since a huge part of TRON’s model relies on advanced content search for media files, simply making use of the uTorrent brand but integrating it with Tron’s decentralized search would instantly transform TRON into one of the most actively utilized blockchains on earth.

The information stems from the fact that BitTorrent changed their company name recently to Rainberry according to their chief product officer. “Rainberry Inc is the official name of the company; it was changed right around the start of 2017.” He stressed that it was a purely corporate decision and that none of the existing product brands would change.

Despite this blanket denial, it seems like the acquisition was proceeding swiftly, and was even overcoming some initial hurdles. BitTorrent had already tried to find a better acquisition offer during the first round of negotiations, to the point that Justin Sun took them to court in an attempt to stop them from negotiating with other buyers.

However, it seems that these initial roadblocks have been overcome, as a new company called Rainberry Acquisition, (BitTorrent recently changed their official company name to Rainberry) was formed and registered directly to Justin Sun. How Sun plans to integrate the platform with Tron is an open question, but it is likely to result in some interesting synergies.

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How Blockchain Can Help Companies Face the New GDPR Rules

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The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) guidelines governing the European Union (EU) officially come into play on May 25. Businesses and their associated websites had about three years to comply with the new set of rules. The companies that didn’t bother adjusting their data collection methodologies could face stiff fines.

Most companies issued a new “Terms of Use” to be on the safe side of the road. However, a blockchain system could solve the problem once and for all.

According to the GDPR, companies are expected to follow new guidelines in order to be allowed to operate for European citizens. Those regulations include the ability for the user to consent to their data being processed, the knowledge of who is processing the data and the ability to withdraw consent at any time..

Blockchain can play a vital role in this process. Websites that have users register on a distributed ledger system provide an upper hand, allowing them to be in charge of the data they provide.

Blockchain’s Role

When applied to systems in need of identity management, blockchain can operate in a level no other protocol can. The way it stores, collects and distributes data is revolutionizing. There is a brand new set of capabilities not available on any existing data protection method.

Blockchain verifies data usage through a complicated combination of public and private signatures, data hashing and encryption. This allows a person’s data and identity to be saved only on his end, rather than on a server. When that data is requested, it has to be provided from the user’s device instead of the main server.

While running on a blockchain system, the user is able to process exchanges personally, meaning the company that wants his data will have to get his consent in order to access them. This allows the user to have absolute control over his information, as well as know the company that uses it, meeting the GDPR’s “Right to Erasure” condition.

The use of blockchain also eliminates the need for massive databases since each user stores his own data. Blockchain makes it possible for each user to connect when needed, allowing companies to keep minimum information on customers and employees. Applying those changes to their products as well allows the company to meet GDPR’s “privacy by design” condition.

Privacy by design is, in essence, a new GDPR provision. According to it, companies are obligated to have platforms that are built on data privacy, with their products or services privacy in the cognizance of the rightful user. With blockchain technology, the process is automatically private, thus meeting the privacy by design criteria.

It remains to be seen if GDPR rules come into place on May 25 and whether fines will actually be levied on websites that do not comply. According to GDPR, the fees may come up to 4% of its annual global turnover, or €20 million, whichever is greater. This amount is enough to deter both small and large companies, although implementation will be key.

Blockchain can be the pioneer system behind the web sooner than we think. GDPR paves the way for greater blockchain adoption at a level that extends far beyond core business functions and cryptocurrency transactions.

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The First Governmental Elections Powered By Blockchain Technology

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While blockchain technology can be used in countless different ways and applied in any possible industrial and/or governmental sector, not all of them have been explored so far.

One of these yet unexplored regions is using the disrupting tech for elections, allowing users to vote in a decentralized fashion from anywhere at any time, while secured by blockchain technology.

United States’ West Virginia took the first step and started the first-ever government-run, blockchain-mediated vote globally.

In the primary elections that concluded on May 8th, blockchain voting was trialed on a limited amount of people, namely deployed military members and Americans eligible to vote absentee under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), as well as their spouses and dependents.

Participation in the trial was further restricted to voters registered in two of the state‘s 55 counties: Harrison and Monongalia.

Voatz, the company behind the voting system has created an application that basically allows you to vote regardless of your geolocation, while the company makes sure the person voting is eligible to do so.

If the trials prove to be successful and trustworthy, Mac Warner, the West Virginia Secretary of State, is considering making the system available to all UOCAVA voters registered in West Virginia for the general election this November.

He is expected to make the decision during this summer so that the process is as smooth as possible during the election period, already tested and “ready-to-go”.

“Our team believes blockchain does provide a heightened level of security on this type of mobile voting app. We’re genuinely hoping that will allow this type of a mobile app to be made available in the future – as early perhaps as our general election – to military voters.” 

Mike Queen, communications director for Mac Warner stated on Ethnews.

In charge of conducting the results of the audit will be Voraz, clerks representing Harrison and Monongalia counties and the state’s governor among other parties.

“The Secretary’s office is very encouraged so far today and we believe that [blockchain-based voting] is a real viable option. There are a lot of other states who are asking about this mobile voting solution and who are also interested in it.” 

However, despite all the excitement of the Secretary of Office state, the whole exercise was questioned by third parties.

Professor Duncan Buell, a computer scientist in the University of South Carolina, doesn’t seem to trust the process, as he considers that Voraz application does not run a trustworthy fingerprint-scanning and facial-recognition technology, meaning the results could be vulnerable to hacking. Thus voting actually becomes trusting a company instead of the government.

While the traditional way people participate in the election process is working for some political systems, it might not be ideal for other.

In traditional elections, participants are required to travel to the city they are registered in order to take part in the process, and even if they do so, they are obliged to vote for a decision that in most common scenarios will not be able to be altered until the next planned elections.

Blockchain technology may empower voters, allowing them to actually make direct decisions regarding their residential location, rather than deciding the person to represent their decisions.

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