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IOTA Announces Coordicide Solution
With the launch of the Coordicide website we are proud to unveil our blueprint for the Coordinator's removal a momentous step towards realizing IOTA's promise as the first decentralized and scalable DLT. The website offers a detailed introduction to the challenge of scaling DLT. Those more familiar with these technical challenges can jump right into the main content a description of the building blocks that make up our solution, and the features and strengths of a post-Coordinator Tangle. Of course, we have also included our technical papers, and encourage you to delve into them. It is both exciting and humbling to have achieved our current level of progress in such a short space of time. Indeed our first research summit (ReSum) was held in Barcelona only in February of this year. The maturation of the IOTA Foundation has been a critical factor in our recent successes. In November of last year, we announced the formation of the IOTA Research Council, comprising Prof. Bill Buchanan, Prof. Robert Shorten, our director of research Moody Alam and co-founder Serguei Popov. The team's sole focus is now on actualizing the ideas presented on the website a goal we believe to be eminently achievable.

ON THE MONEY: EARN AS YOU DRIVE WITH JAGUAR LAND ROVER
Monday, 29 April 2019, Whitley, UK: Drivers will be able to earn cryptocurrency and make payments on the move using innovative connected car services being tested by Jaguar Land Rover. Using Smart Wallet technology, owners earn credits by enabling their cars to automatically report useful road condition data such as traffic congestion or potholes to navigation providers or local authorities. Drivers could then redeem these for rewards such as coffee, or conveniently use them to automatically pay tolls, parking fees and for smart charging electric vehicles. Smart Wallet removes the need for drivers to hunt for loose change or sign up to multiple accounts to pay for a variety of everyday services.

IOTA Opens Up IOTA Academy
The IOTA Foundation (IF) has launched its first international IOTA academy program in close cooperation with the IOT1 Academy, a deep tech academy based in Berlin and Shanghai. Under https://training.iota.org, the IOTA Foundation offers a selection of online trainings as well as blended trainings for coders & developers. In the upcoming weeks, this first set will be complemented by trainings for non-coders, e.g. blockchain enthusiasts, futurists, and students, but also corporate project managers, concepters and c-level managers to enhance their knowledge about IOTA, its technology, and the huge disruptive potential IOTA offers for economy and society as the 3rd generation of distributed ledger technology (DLT).

IOTA at the Odyssey Hackathon 2019
From the 11th to the 15th of April the biggest DLT & AI hackathon in the world took place in Groningen, The Netherlands. The Odyssey Hackathon returned for its third year with 99 highly motivated and capable teams who were supported by 200 so called Jedi's (volunteering experts with specializations in all kinds of fields like Legal, Tech, Business, etc.). The IOTA Foundation was there to support the teams working with IOTA technology both as a Sponsor / Ecosystem Member and with Jedi's helping IOTA using teams out. The end result is eight teams participating using IOTA technology in six of the 20 different tracks with three of these teams winning their track. This is a writeup about how the Hackathon went down.

IOTA and EVRYTHNG Collaboration: This is how you make a transparent supply chain
The collaboration between IOTA and EVRYTHNG announced today is designed specifically for making product supply chains transparent in order to meet the urging demands for sustainability from people and planet alike. Supply chains are complex systems that currently lack transparency. Increasing transparency among supply chain stakeholders is already a daunting task. Exposing this transparency to consumers is even more difficult. But what if consumers could demand transparency Today's consumers want to make informed choices about the products they purchase. Particularly in the food and fashion industry, provenance data can help consumers assess the authenticity and sustainability of the products they purchase.

Running the IOTA CClient library on ESP32
CClient is an IOTA client library implemented in C. This is one of the modules in the entangled project. This post outlines how to run CClient in the ESP32 development framework. If you are new to ESP32, please follow this document to build and run a hello_world example. Below we describe the CClient build. Requirements: Step 1: checkout and initialize the project This example project calls iota_client_get_node_info() to fetch node information and prints it out on the terminal. Let's setup the WiFi SSID and password for your project. Note: ESP32 only supports the WiFi 2.4GHz channel. Navigate to IOTA CClient Configuration and input your SSID and password.

Open source coordinator on Mainnet is almost ready
Coordicide, the effort of removing the Coordinator from the IOTA networks, is well under way in its research phase. One step in the journey towards Coordicide is making the inner workings of the current network set-up fully transparent. We want to do that with an open-sourced version of the Coordinator running on Mainnet. The open source Coordinator, called Compass, was originally released a few months back. One of its main functions was that it allowed anyone to set up a private network, run tests, or develop PoCs more easily than before. Part of the plan was always to have the Coordinator run on all official IOTA networks. Compass has now been running tested on the Spamnet and Devnet for quite some time. Now the time has come for the final step Mainnet.

IOTA - Explaining the Qubic Computation Model: Part 4
In the first part of this series, we have looked at a conceptual overview of the Abra specification, which describes the how data flow is achieved within the Qubic Computation Model. In the second part we used the Abra specification to start implementing Qupla, a higher level programming language for Qubic. We introduced Qupla's most basic entities (trit vectors, look-up tables, and constants) and how they map to Abra. The third part explored the way Qupla uses functions and expressions. This fourth part will show what basic operations Qupla provides. A quick recap: Qupla expressions are made up of a very limited number of basic operations. These operations can be combined in different ways to express the intent for the expression. There are only five basic operations in Qupla from the programmer's viewpoint:

Explaining the Qubic Computation Model: part 4
In the first part of this series, we have looked at a conceptual overview of the Abra specification, which describes the how data flow is achieved within the Qubic Computation Model. In the second part we used the Abra specification to start implementing Qupla, a higher level programming language for Qubic. We introduced Qupla's most basic entities (trit vectors, look-up tables, and constants) and how they map to Abra. The third part explored the way Qupla uses functions and expressions. This fourth part will show what basic operations Qupla provides. A quick recap: Qupla expressions are made up of a very limited number of basic operations. These operations can be combined in different ways to express the intent for the expression. There are only five basic operations in Qupla from the programmer's viewpoint:

IOTA - Explaining the Qubic Computation Model: Part 3
In the first part of this series we have looked at a conceptual overview of the Abra specification, which describes the how data flow is achieved within the Qubic Computation Model. In the second part we used the Abra specification to start implementing Qupla, a higher level programming language for Qubic. We introduced Qupla's most basic entities (trit vectors, look-up tables, and constants) and how they map to Abra. This third part will introduce how we can use functions and expressions to create Qupla programs. The basic entities that make up a Qupla program are (user-defined) trit vectors, constants, and look-up tables (LUTs). These entities will be used as components in expressions that describe how to transform input values into output values by having the input values processed by Qupla's programming constructs. Expressions in turn can be grouped into functions to achieve more complex tasks.

Explaining the Qubic Computation Model: part 2
In the first part of this series we have looked at a conceptual overview of the Abra specification, which describes the how dataflow is achieved within the Qubic Computation Model. In this second part, we will use the Abra specification to start implementing Qupla, a higher level programming language for Qubic. Qupla is an acronym that stands for Qubic programming language. The goals we are trying to achieve with Qupla are twofold: At first glance, Qupla has a number of things in common with existing programming languages. Some concepts, entities and constructs will look very familiar to programmers, but there are also a few twists that will be completely new. The most obvious new twist, of course, is that Qupla is a trinary programming language.

Payment & Banking App Zeux Adds IOTA For Crypto Payments at all Shops that accept Apple Pay and Samsung Pay.
BERLIN, GERMANY (March 21, 2019) Payments and banking services app Zeux has teamed with the IOTA Foundation to create a system that will allow users to use MIOTA tokens as payment with merchants that accept Apple Pay and Samsung Pay. Zeux, an FCA authorized financial service company, will launch in Europe this April and in the US in 2020 at hundreds of merchants, ranging from coffee shops to grocery stores. The app company provides a simpler way to pay, bank and invest by integrating all these services onto one place. It is a digital banking solution for both fiat and cryptocurrencies and leverages a long list of third-party partners to provide integrated investment products to its customers. The company charges no fees for account opening, money transfers, top-up or crypto payment commissions.

Welcome Marcos Andrade to the IOTA Foundation
Marcos Andrade lives in Altea, he is a Graphic Designer, born in Caracas, Venezuela. His passion is traditional illustration and animation. He is very creative and needs to illustrate everything that surrounds him. He leaves drawings everywhere! After studying illustration at a young age at the Academy of Advanced Arts, he decided to expand his knowledge and pursue a career in Visual Communication in ProdiseƱo and then moved on to doing a specialization in Multimedia at the Digital Design Center (Venezuela). He graduated and became part of a well-known motion graphic company in Latin America: Totuma. It was an enriching and fruitful stage for Marcos in all aspects, the best of which was working with long-time friends from college.

Welcome Rajiv Shah to the IOTA Foundation
Rajiv Shah is a software engineer with experience in cross-platform mobile software development. His fascination with programming was sparked by work with Scratch and Lego League in elementary and middle school. After learning the basics of Java in eighth grade, he became interested in a wide range of technological fields, including machine learning, robotics, and cybersecurity, to name a few. Once he graduates from high school this year, he plans to pursue a degree in Computational Data Sciences from Penn State University. After discovering IOTA in 2017, Rajiv wanted to contribute to the code behind it. He began working on the Trinity wallet later that year under the guidance of Navin Ramachandran, Charlie Varley, and the rest of the Trinity team, and quickly became familiar with the code and underlying frameworks. Since then, he has helped fix bugs and add new features to the app. He can't wait to see what the future holds for Trinity and IOTA.

MAM Update: C Libraries and Release ? IOTA
As you may know, Masked Authenticated Messaging (MAM) is a second layer data communication protocol which adds functionality to emit and access an encrypted data stream over the Tangle (IOTA's distributed ledger). IOTA's consensus protocol adds integrity to these message streams. Given these properties, MAM fulfills an important need in industries where integrity and privacy meet. In IOTA, a user can publish a message at any time. They only need to conduct a small amount of Proof of Work (PoW) to allow the data to propagate through the network (this is necessary to prevent spamming of the network). If nodes are listening for the channel ID (i.e. address) in real time, the message (spread through the network) will be received by a subscriber when it reaches the subscriber's node.

IOTA opens Cordinatorless Testnet!
We are happy to announce the launch of znet, the first iteration of the Coordinator-less testnet. This testnet has in fact been alive for several weeks, but we would like to officially open it up to community participation and contribution. To that end, we invite community members to join the discussion on Discord, to check out the live visualization of the znet Tangle, to contribute issues and code to the CLIRI Github repo, and of course: to run CLIRI nodes and join the network. Let's take a step back and discuss why we need yet another testnet, and what makes CLIRI special. CLIRI stands for Coo-less IRI?. At its core, it is a fork of IRI, with all Coo-related components removed. Its purpose is to provide a testbed for running a Coordinator-less IOTA network. This is a necessary first step towards understanding the challenges that a Coo-less mainnet will one day face.

Qubic Update March
February turned out to be an even shorter month than it normally already is. First, our previous update was a few days late, and in addition some people finally took some well-deserved vacation days left over from last year. So this will be a shorter status update than usual. We'll quickly go over the sub-projects: The focus this month was on speeding up, reducing memory requirements, and stabilizing the core, resulting in the 0.5 release. In addition a great web GUI was created that simplifies administration and configuration of Ict nodes enormously. If you want to know more about Ict, I highly recommend the presentation that Lukas gave at the IOTA Barcelona meetup. His presentation starts at the 30:00 mark, but you will find that the entire video is loaded with lots of interesting IOTA stuff.

Welcome Martyn Janes to IOTA Foundation
Martyn Janes is a seasoned developer with more than 25 years of experience. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Computing and a Masters degree in Interactive Computing System Design (Human Computer Interaction) from Loughborough University, UK. He joins IOTA as Software Engineer Industry Streams. He truly is the definition of a full stack developer, who has spanned the gamut developing on everything from embedded controllers, back-end services, through to web, mobile, and desktop front-ends. Martyn is a polyglot coder, adept in C, C++, C#, JavaScript, and TypeScript among others. He has founded several start-ups, shipping millions of units of software. Additionally, he has been an architect and team lead on multiple projects in a diverse range of industries:

Welcome Felix Krupar to IOTA Foundation
Felix Krupar is a fully qualified lawyer admitted to the German Bar with a focus on IT and Privacy Law. He joins the IOTA Foundation as Regulatory Affairs Specialist. After growing up in a small village in the Alps, Felix studied law in Munich, Sydney, and Bordeaux and completed his legal training in Berlin and Cape Town. Since then Felix has worked as a researcher at the Hans-Bredow-Institute for Media Research in Hamburg, the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin and the University of Potsdam. He was a scholar at the Max-Planck-Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich and the Institute for Technology and Society in Rio de Janeiro. His work mostly focuses on Algorithms, Automated Decision Making and Blockchain. His doctoral thesis examines the legal treatment of algorithmically created content.

IOTA Research Summit 2019
The IOTA research department recently gathered for one week of focused discussion and planning around some of the most critical aspects of the organizational roadmap, including Coordicide and attack analysis. This blog post summarizes the events, and offers some insights into the solutions and progress made during the conference. In total, eighteen members of the research team met in Barcelona, Spain during the second week of February. This was not the first time the research team has spent time together in person, but it was the first time doing so with Director of Research Moody Alam at the helm. As the team has grown and matured, Moody's oversight of the various teams and projects that comprise the research department has become a critical role. Setting defined goals, with specific project leaders and team members are critical to success. This recent meeting was the perfect opportunity to see how all the different moving parts of the department fit together.

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