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KlapCoin, a New Cryptocurrency Design to Help French Cinema, Launches ICO


Today, The Diversity of French Cinema (DCF), a private independent company that supports French audiovisual works, has announced the launch of KlapCoin – a new generation cryptocurrency designed for the entertainment industry. In response to the issues affecting funding and support for production, DCF created an open, free, and independent cryptocurrency specially for entertainment. KlapCoin, built on the Tezos blockchain, is designed to help enable investments in filmstrips to fund the development of audiovisual works. 

Imagined for the Cinema, audiovisual and entertainment industries, this new generation French cryptocurrency is environmentally virtuous and aims to offer attractive profit prospects and exclusive additional rights to its investors. KlapCoin offers unique associated rights like cinema tickets, previews, mention in film credits, and involvement in the development of future works selected by a committee of experts.

“In the digital age, I am very proud to be part of this new Blockchain adventure alongside my comrades to allow audiovisual projects to benefit from these new financing and… We will be keen to be innovative,” Julie Gayet, Chair, DCF Selection Committee. 

A committee of experts will select the audiovisual works, whatever their format, theme or genre, which will benefit from the financial support of La DCF. This committee is sponsored by Claude Lelouch, Honorary President of La DCF, and is composed of ten permanent members, professionals from the film and audiovisual world and may also call upon specialized guest members.The chair of this committee of experts is actress/producer Julie Gayet along with: Patrick Braoudé, Kev Adams, Jean-David Blanc, Fianso (Sofiane), Marie-Pierre Huster, Fred Musa, Valérie Perrin, Alexandra Schamis and Elsa Zylberstein.

KlapCoin is built on the energy-efficient Tezos blockchain, which provides an inexpensive, environmentally-friendly solution with a controlled carbon footprint. Through tailored smart contracts, Tezos enables the creation of non-fungible token (NFT) contracts for DCF that cover all the (legal and artistic) aspects of development. With a pioneering, energy-efficient Proof-of-Stake design and low costs to mint and transact NFTs. Notable organizations building on Tezos include Manchester United, The Gap, Ubisoft, Team Vitality, Formula 1 racing teams Oracle Red Bull Racing and McLaren Racing, banking giant Societe Generale, music NFT platform OneOf, and more.

To learn more about Klapcoin, visit www.klapcoin.com and read the litepaper here.

TRON Announces its Second Blockchain-Based Game — WIN NFT HERO


This new addition arrives in the wake of WIN NFT HORSE, TRON’s first GameFi product revealed in November 2021, in an effort to expand its blockchain-based gaming ecosystem.

WIN NFT HERO is a 3D cartoon-style turn-based strategy game with next-generation features. Players may exchange a variety of heroes and equipment on the market to acquire strong spells and skills, which they can then use to win rewards in combat.

WIN NFT HERO has several gaming modes, including the multiple-level PvE, PvP one-on-one ladder tournament, PvP multiplayer arena, adventure, etc. Players may construct their own NFT hero by matching and combining what’s available in the game with a content-rich development module. The closed beta of WIN NFT HERO will begin on April 30.

TRON’s GameFi products are thriving. With the WIN NFT HERO debut on the horizon, WIN NFT HORSE Season 2 has already begun. This second season brings social networking elements to the game, enabling guilds to own their lands, mining assets, etc.

Also, as part of WIN NFT HORSE’s market expansion strategy, it plans to issue a limited number of Animal Heads-themed NFT horses, inspired by the “Twelve Digital Zodiac Heads” collection from Metapoly XM, a digital art brand under Poly Auction (Xiamen). H.E. Justin Sun, Founder of TRON, recently won the auction of this entire collection for over $1.5 million. 

WIN NFT HORSE recently introduced HOS, the only in-game asset utilized to upgrade or recast racehorses. The game applies HOS in various ways, such as playing roulette. There were concerns about HOS being merely random game points that have no significant in-game value after release. However, it’s worth pointing out that all HOS holders, or players who have staked a specific amount of HOS, are eligible for beta tests and the chance to be whitelisted for NFT items in all future games, including WIN NFT HERO and others in development. In addition, HOS offers its users early-bird discounts on various activities.

As joint products of TRON, APENFT, and WINKLink, the growing  WIN NFT HORSE and the upcoming WIN NFT HERO are GameFi initiatives that are leading the way to diversify the TRON gaming ecosystem in the metaverse.

NFTWhisky Launches Dreama 2082 NFT Collection 


Dreama 2082, presented by NFTWhisky, is unlike any other NFT project. By holding a Dreama 2082 NFT, owners will be given exclusive access to Dreama 2082 bottled whisky after it matures in 10, 12, 15, 18, or 60 years. They will also be involved with this high-end whisky collection from the very beginning. Merging physical and digital, this project consists of five distinctive whiskies accompanied by five unique NFT artworks.

The total supply of NFTs is 1,300. Dreama 2082, a group of single-malts, soon to begin maturation, is now available as five distinctive and highly collectible artworks and whiskies:

Anu (10 years maturation), Ninki (12), Enlil (15), Inanna (18), and Enki (60). These whiskies bring together the ancient and the cutting-edge, artisanal production and 21st-century technology, the North Sea (distilleries and the Mediterranean, Scottish whisky and fine Italian wine), the present and a future decade in the making — an ethos embodied in five distinctive and highly collectible artworks and whiskies.

‘Whisky aficionados believe strongly in patience and tradition, both things that are at the heart of the drink they love — and are at the heart of Dreama 2082. But we also wanted to offer them a unique opportunity: not to come in at the end of the process, buying a bottle that has already matured, but rather to be involved from the very beginning.’

NFWhisky’s embrace of NFT technology and uniquely participatory approach ensure that the Dreama 2082 journey begins now. Upon purchase, collectors will receive an NFT artwork reflecting the label on the final bottle, providing access to the finished whisky from anywhere in the world when it is released, along with the opportunity to be part of the exclusive NFWhisky community, giveaways, and collaborations. Over the maturation period, samplings will be released alongside filmed documentation, with collectors invited to travel to the Aeolian caves in-person/virtually to observe and participate in the sampling and maturation process.

Silks Partners With Arbitrum For Its Horse Racing Metaverse Platform


Game of Silks (Silks), the first derivative play-to-earn metaverse that mirrors the real world of thoroughbred horse racing, today announced that it has partnered with Arbitrum to enhance its on-platform user experience. Core to these enhanced capabilities are Arbitrum’s improved throughput and lower gas fees. Arbitrum leverages rollup technology to introduce broader capacity compared to Ethereum. A transaction throughput significantly higher than Ethereum’s limited throughput offers significant improvements. In addition, Arbitrum’s fees are much lower (ranging between 10-100x cheaper) while still inheriting Ethereum’s security, compatibility, and developer tools. 

Silks will utilize Arbitrum’s L2 technology to enhance its GameFi user experience. Moreover, Arbitrum is EVM-compatible allowing for seamless onboarding and a developer experience that mirrors Ethereum. This also applies to developing Game of Silks, as builders can use the same tools. Notably, Arbitrum’s liquidity is the highest of all Ethereum rollup solutions to date. Liquidity is crucial to GameFi ventures like Game of Silks.

We are thrilled to be working with the Game of Silks team to bring their horse racing themed metaverse to Arbitrum,” says A.J. Warner, Chief Strategy Officer of Offchain Labs. “

We choose Arbitrum over other L2 solutions for its exponential method of increasing scalability and speed to the Ethereum network, without sacrificing security,” says Michael Lira, Head of Technology for Silks. “We see this as extremely important to our users and allows us to add greater game utility and build a more expansive metaverse experience.

The partnership with Arbitrum further bolsters the scalability of the Silks ecosystem and its metaverse. The mixed-reality play-to-earn project recently secured $2 million in funding led by Tropical Racing ahead of significant additional funding that is anticipated through the public sales of its NFTs.

Gate.io Becomes The Second Largest Crypto Exchange By Trading Volume


Gate.io, one of the oldest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, has become the second largest crypto exchange by trading volume according to data from CoinGecko, securing its spot as one of the leading exchanges worldwide.

Founded in 2013, Gate.io has become one of the world’s leading cryptocurrency exchanges with a wide range of products including Startup, which allows users to invest in projects early on; NFT Magic Box, which allows the creation and trading of NFTs; GateChain, its native blockchain ecosystem and Gate Ventures, its venture capital investment division.

Gate.io’s wide range of products and services have led to a rise in the platform’s popularity, with the platform surpassing 10 million users in early 2022, pushing it to become the second largest crypto exchange in the world based on daily trading volume according to data from CoinGecko.

“This is another remarkable milestone for us at Gate.io as we approach our 9th birthday. Our unwavering commitment to providing our users with a safe and secure platform with a comprehensive suite of products and services remains the key to our exponential growth over the last couple of years, and we have no plans on slowing down,” said Marie Tatibouet, Chief Marketing Officer at Gate.io

The company offers over 1,400 tradable cryptocurrencies on its spot market, which has seen daily trading volume surpass $3 billion, securing its spot as the second largest exchange in the world. Gate.io has over 10 million users worldwide and prides itself on having the widest variety of tradable assets of any leading exchange.

Blindex Brings Two New Stablecoins To RSK And Bitcoin DeFi


The Rootstock ecosystem continues to gain momentum in attracting  DeFi protocols to the Bitcoin network. Blindex is one of the latest protocol developers to integrate their protocols with RSK. Now, the Blindex team launches two algorithmic stablecoins to the broader ecosystem – $bGBP (Great British Pound) and $bXAU (gold)

Rootstock has brought smart contract functionality to the Bitcoin network. The advent of Bitcoin DeFi has attracted attention from other projects seeking to leverage Bitcoin’s network security and RSK’s functionality. Blindex sees merit in this approach for stablecoins. The new $bGBP and $bXAU currencies will elevate Blindex to a new level.  

As a producer of multi-currency stablecoin algorithms, Blindex wants to help stabilize the fiat money circulating worldwide. Fiat currencies are volatile and subject to depreciation, requiring a different approach to the current system. The integration of Blindex protocols with the RSK platform marks a crucial milestone toward achieving that goal.

Fiat currencies play a crucial role in cryptocurrency trading and other finance verticals. Blindex’s approach aims to remove the inherent volatility of currency assets like the US dollar, British Pound, or Euro. The team can achieve that goal through non-currency asset tokenization.

Blindex Contributor Omer Paz explains:

“What Blindex really is, is a mechanism for stabilizing digital assets at its core. The only thing that can stop us from stabilizing other “things” is only our imagination. Taking it further into the “real” world is our ambitious long-term vision, and it’s the thing that gets our team’s creativity levels up. There’s no doubt the crypto space, especially DeFi, is still in its infancy, which means it has a lot of room to grow and evolve. We see new implementations, services, and experiences surfacing almost daily. These new financial services have more flexibility and interoperability and are much cheaper.”

Blindex brings two new algorithmic stablecoins to the Rootstock ecosystem:

  • bGBP: a stablecoin pegged to the British Pound
  • bXAU: a stablecoin pegged to the value of 1 oz of gold

bGBP is a highly demanded liquid British Pound stablecoin that can be swapped at the market rate with other coins. Users will be able to mint, swap and stake their bGBP and use them in other DeFi platforms on RSK and other chains in the future.

bXAU is the first-ever gold pegged stablecoin that is backed by BTC and ETH. Currently, gold pegged stablecoins are few in the market. They are also centralized and require holding physical gold reserves. Blindex’s bXAU, is pegged to the gold price (troy fine ounce of gold is worth appx. $2,000I) while using BTC and ETH as collateral to back that price.

Today gold investment can act as a hedge against inflation and deflation alike, as well as a good portfolio diversifier. As a global store of value, gold can also provide financial cover during geopolitical and macroeconomic uncertainty. “We see a lot of demand from crypto investors that want to diversify their portfolio by investing in gold. And now they can do it, in a fully decentralized manner” explains Omer Paz.

Stablecoins are only the beginning for Blindex. The team intends to jumpstart a new breed of a global financial system. That includes adding tools to help earn interest or borrow against assets. Additionally, the team will go beyond currencies and explore real-life assets for synthetics. All of these aspects of the protocol will run on RSK and be usable across Bitcoin’s growing DeFi ecosystem.

About RSK 

RSK is the most secure smart contract platform in the world, secured by Bitcoin’s hash power via merge-mining. The network scales to up to 100 transactions per second without sacrificing decentralization. It reduces storage and bandwidth using probabilistic verification, and more. RSK Infrastructure Framework (RIF) is a suite of open and decentralized infrastructure protocols. RIF enables faster, easier and scalable development of distributed applications (dApps) within a unified environment allowing mass adoption of Bitcoin and RSK.

Flare Receives Algorand Foundation SupaGrant to Develop Bitcoin Bridge


The Algorand Foundation today announces our grant partnership with Flare, a new Layer-1 protocol promising to “connect everything” by delivering cross-chain interoperability with the security of multi-chain.

Flare has been awarded an Algorand Foundation Bridges SupaGrant to develop a Bitcoin bridge, helping support the growth of a robust, diverse and thriving Algorand ecosystem.

Billions of dollars have been stolen from blockchain bridges in recent months, because they are often more centralized and less secure than the blockchains they serve. It is therefore of critical importance for the development of a liquid cross-chain future that new and more secure bridging approaches are developed.

The bridge being built by Flare for Algorand is one such example. It will enable secure trustless interoperability between ALGO and BTC, plus other non-smart contract tokens such as DOGE, LTC, XRP and XLM.

This new bridging approach will be constructed using Flare’s decentralized interoperability protocols – the Flare Time Series Oracle (FTSO) and the State Connector. The FTSO provides rapidly updating decentralized price data to the Flare network. And the State Connector allows the state of any open system, both on- and off-chain, to be trustlessly proven to smart contracts on Flare. These composable technologies enable Flare to deliver secure universal interoperability between any two chains, so the bridge could potentially be upgraded to also support interoperability between ALGO and any other smart contract Layer-1.

“We have a huge amount of respect for the Algorand team, and are excited to be developing a secure and trustless bridge for the Algorand ecosystem. The simple fact is that existing approaches to bridging have time and again been proven unsatisfactory. Flare’s new approach is an entirely different way, built from the ground up rather than being based on existing bridging technology – and will bring a breakthrough in secure, decentralized interoperability between any and all chains.” – Sean Rowan, CTO & Co-founder of Flare

“We’re excited to partner with Flare and welcome them to the Algorand ecosystem. Our grant partnership with Flare will develop key DeFi infrastructure with a bridge to Bitcoin, opening up opportunities for further collaboration and innovation.  We look forward to our partnership bringing value to our respective communities.” – Daniel Oon, Head of DeFi, Algorand Foundation

About Algorand Foundation

The Algorand blockchain — designed by the MIT professor and Turing Award winning cryptographer Silvio Micali — is uniquely capable of delivering on the promise of a borderless global economy. It achieves transaction throughputs at the speed of traditional finance, but with immediate finality, near zero transaction costs, and on a 24/7 basis. Its carbon-neutral platform and unique pure proof-of-stake consensus mechanism solves for the “blockchain trilemma” by achieving both security and scalability on a decentralized protocol, and without a second of downtime since it went live in 2019.

The Algorand Foundation is dedicated to helping fulfill the global promise of the Algorand blockchain by taking responsibility for its sound monetary supply economics, decentralized governance, and healthy and prosperous open-source ecosystem.  For more information, visit https://algorand.foundation

About Flare Network

Flare Network is building a new Layer 1 designed to safely connect to all blockchains. Combining EVM compatibility with breakthrough decentralized interoperability protocols, the ‘Flare Time Series Oracle’ and ‘State Connector’, Flare’s technology delivers secure, trustless, universal interoperability with high throughput, low fees and an ultra-low carbon footprint. Flare is scaling Web3 for the next generation and “connecting everything”.

Qtum Foundation to Plant 100,000 Trees with Binance Charity


The Qtum Chain Foundation announced that they are partnering with Binance Charity to take part in the “Tree Millions” initiative, which aims to plant 10 million trees worldwide. To that end, Qtum Chain Foundation has donated $100,000 USD to Binance Charity towards planting 100,000 trees.

Qtum Going Green

Qtum aims to become a completely climate-neutral protocol. The project can achieve this by planting trees to offset the emissions caused by the electricity needed to run Qtum nodes. The Qtum network’s thousands of nodes can be run on devices that consume as little as 10 watts, but a good estimate to go with is 60 watts per node to account for other devices on the network. Qtum estimates that 100,000 planted trees will eventually offset all of the emissions caused since the main network was launched in late 2017, and possibly more.

“This is a very important initiative for us, and we are proud that we are getting the opportunity to do this with Binance Charity,” said Qtum co-founder Patrick Dai. “Not only does planting 100,000 trees negate our protocol’s carbon footprint, but it’s also a cool initiative towards a greener and a cleaner future.”

“We’re celebrating April as Earth Month so this timely partnership acts as a reminder to double down on commitments to building a cleaner, healthier planet. Forests are a lifeline to 80 percent of the world’s terrestrial animals and plants, and 1.6 billion people rely on them for their livelihoods. Binance Charity thanks the Qtum team for their commitment to helping vital reforestation efforts and we’re thrilled to see our ambition of 10 million trees planted worldwide come one step closer.” comments Helen Hai, Head of Binance Charity.

Qtum is also a signatory to the Crypto Climate Accord (CCA). Inspired by the Paris Climate Agreement, the CCA signatories aim to focus on the complete decarbonization of the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry. A goal that Qtum will achieve before the earliest-set goals by the accord.


About Binance Charity

Binance Charity aims to transfer philanthropy by developing a 100% transparent donation platform based on blockchain to build a future where technology innovation is used to end all forms of poverty and inequality, advance sustainable development and ensure that no one is left behind. To date, Binance Charity has supported over 1 million end beneficiaries through various projects.

For more information, visit:https://www.binance.charity/

About Qtum

Qtum (pronounced Quantum) is an independent blockchain that combines the best parts of Bitcoin and Ethereum. The decentralized and public ecosystem runs using an environmentally-friendly proof-of-stake algorithm. Qtum provides a scalable, EVM-compatible smart contract platform on a UTXO-enabled blockchain.

For more information, visit:https://qtum.org/

Tatum Introduces Real-time Alerts On More Than 10 Blockchains


The blockchain development platform Tatum has released a new feature that enables developers to implement real-time notifications into web3 apps more easily than ever, the feature is called Notification Station, and it improves upon previous blockchain notification implementations by making alerts available on 10+ blockchains with a single API call. This allows app developers to instantly notify their end-users of any incoming or outgoing transactions of any tokens (cryptocurrency, NFTs, or any other blockchain assets) to/from their wallets.

“In 2022, everyone is used to receiving real-time notifications. Nobody wants to constantly refresh an app to see if a transaction has arrived. But for many blockchains, implementing webhook notifications is extremely difficult for the vast majority of developers. We realized developers needed a simple and easy way to monitor any blockchain address and notify their app’s end-users. With Notification Station, any developer can set up real-time alerts for their app’s users with just a few lines of code on far more blockchains than was ever previously possible,” explains Samuel Sramko, CTO of Tatum.

Bringing web2 UX to web3 apps

Push notifications are so commonplace in almost every modern web2 app that most people consider them the norm. But the nature of decentralized blockchain networks makes it very difficult to implement real-time notifications for on-chain transactions. Until now, webhook notifications have largely only been available for the Ethereum blockchain, with no unified multi-chain notification solution available.

“Apps without notifications feel like a relic of the past, and web3 is supposed to be the technology of the future. Bringing web2 UX to web3 apps is absolutely essential to facilitate blockchain mass adoption. We’ve eliminated all of the common hurdles to implementing notifications into web3 apps so that developers can build cutting-edge apps with cutting-edge user experience,” continues Sramko.

Notification Station is currently available on the following blockchains: Ethereum, Polygon, Celo, Solana, Bitcoin, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, Dogecoin, Klaytn, Tron, and Terra Luna.

TRON Founder Announces the Launch of USDD – Decentralized Stablecoin


H.E. Justin Sun, Founder of TRON, announced today in an open letter on Twitter that an all-new stablecoin is launching on the TRON blockchain, USDD (or Decentralized USD), marking its official entry into the field of decentralized stablecoin. 

TRON DAO will partner with other blockchain industry leaders to establish USDD. It will leverage the power of mathematics and algorithms to achieve the overarching goal of financial freedom for all. In another open letter, Sun mentioned that a TRON DAO Reserve would be established to ensure the sustainable development of USDD.

At the start, USDD will be issued as a TRC token on the TRON network. The TRON DAO Reserve will serve as a transparent mechanism to manage the reserves backing the USDD.

USDD will not rely on any centralized institutions for redemption, management, and storage. Instead, it will achieve full on-chain decentralization. USDD will be pegged to the underlying asset, TRX, and issued in a decentralized manner. 

When USDD’s price is lower than 1 USD, users and arbitrageurs can send 1 USDD to the system and receive 1 USD worth of TRX. When USDD’s price is higher than 1 USD, users and arbitrageurs can send 1 USD worth of TRX to the decentralized system and receive 1 USDD. Regardless of market volatility, the USDD protocol will keep USDD stable at 1:1 against the US dollar via proper algorithms in a decentralized manner. 

Taken together, this decentralized currency protocol with a stable price will significantly expand use cases of crypto, making it truly accessible with far-reaching implications for the blockchain space and the real economy.

After four years of growth, TRON has seen over 87 million on-chain users and 3 billion transactions in its ecosystem. The circulating supply of TRC-20 USDT has exceeded that of ERC-20 USDT, standing at $41 billion, making TRON the world’s largest stablecoin network. It boasts over $55 billion worth of financial assets, including on-chain stablecoins, and has settled and cleared total financial assets of over $4 trillion. In December 2021, the TRON network became fully decentralized and was restructured into the TRON DAO, the world’s largest decentralized autonomous organization (DAO). 

Around that same time, Sun was officially appointed by the government of Grenada as its Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the WTO. Since then, Sun has been actively representing Grenada at different WTO meetings. During his mandate, Sun said that he would proactively promote the integration of cryptocurrencies and sovereign states to build a stronger financial infrastructure that is secure, efficient, and inclusive. Sun has also expressed that he will continue to leverage his experience in digital currency for a joint response to the new challenges facing digital transformation in the post-pandemic era. 

USDD on TRON marks a small step for developing TRON-based stablecoins and yet a giant leap for mankind in pursuing the ultimate financial freedom.  

People should enjoy more than the four freedoms that Franklin Roosevelt once proposed – freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. They should also be entitled to freedom of finance, freedom of wealth, and freedom to protect their private properties. 

The end goal is to make equitable access to financial services a fundamental human right. In time, financial services will become a necessity like water and air, accessible to people worldwide.