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Qtum Technical Introduction and Demonstration



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Some of you may have received our newsletter earlier about the crowd-sale.  For those of you wondering, here is a list of the exchanges that will be available.  Please note that we will no longer be using an official crowd-sale website.

Qtum Crowd-sale Updates

We are so excited to announce that Qtum crowd-sale will start at 12 PM GMT, March 16th, 2017 and end at 12 PM GMT, April 15th, 2017 (30 days). Both BTC and ETH will be accepted. Other terms and details including pricing and discounts will be announced on March 9th.

In addition, due to the legal compliance consideration, we have decided that Qtum crowd-sale will be available on the following exchanges. Please note the list of exchanges is not final, we may modify it before Qtum Crowd-sale start date.

Bizhongchou (https://bizhongchou.com/)
Yunbi (https://yunbi.com/)
ICOAGE (http://icoage.com)
Allcoin (https://www.allcoin.com/)
ICO365 (http://www.ico365.com/)


In order to fully comply with Singapore’s anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws and regulations, the Qtum Foundation will practice ‘know your customer’ exercise in the Qtum crowd-sale. Hence, we decide not to use Qtum official crowd-sale website although it is ready to launch.
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The Qtum Whitepaper Has Been Updated:

Please visit https://qtum.org/en/white-papers to download.


Account Abstraction Layer Overview
Building on bitcoins reliable and proven-to-deliver blockchain, Qtum stacks its Account Abstraction Layer, allowing the Bitcoin Core 0.13 blockchain to seamlessly interact with the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM). With this innovation it is now possible to execute smart contracts and run decentralized applications, simply and securely, in environments that were previously out of reach for Ethereum, combining the endless possibilities provided by smart contracts with the stability and maturity of the bitcoin ecosystem.
Until now, attempts to implement smart contract solutions on top of the bitcoin blockchain have had issues, been lackluster, or failed to break into the mainstream business market. This is primarily due to the fact that the bitcoin blockchain employs an Unspent Transaction Output (UTXO) scheme to associate coins with addresses, rather than the easier to understand, but otherwise problematic, account-based model used by Ethereum.
An account based model works pretty much the way one would imagine:  if Alice has 10 tokens, and sends 5 of them to Bob, who has zero tokens; 5 tokens are simply subtracted from Alice’s balance and added to Bob’s, who now owns 5 coins.  On a UTXO blockchain, however, Alice does not directly hold 10 tokens, but a series of outputs, which are collections of coins resulting from previous transactions.
In such a model, instead of owning 10 tokens, Alice would, for example, hold 3 outputs: (a) consisting of 6 coins, (b) consisting of 2 coins, and (c) consisting of another 2 coins. In this scenario Alice couldn’t simply send 5 coins to Bob, but instead she (or her wallet, for that matter) would have to pick the best-suited output and receive “change” in return (a process called coin picking). In our example this means that Alice would transfer output (a), consisting of 6 coins, and receive 1 coin back as “change”. This “change” is what is called the Unspent Transaction Output, or UTXO. After the transaction Alice would still hold 3 outputs, this time (a) consisting of 1, while (b) and (c) remain 2.
Employing such a seemingly complex bookkeeping scheme allows the Bitcoin blockchain to support Simple Payment Verifications or SPVs. The SPV protocol enables the support of light wallets, which are wallets that can interact with the Bitcoin network in a decentralized and trustless manner, without having to download the entire Bitcoin blockchain. This property is immensely useful for mobile applications or in any low bandwidth/storage environment.
Until now, Ethereum smart contracts couldn't execute in such environments exactly because Ethereum’s account based blockchain does not provide a SPV analog. To solve this, Qtum builds its decentralized application platform on the proven-to-deliver Bitcoin blockchain and introduces the Qtum Account Abstract Layer, which serves as a communication layer between the Bitcoin Core 0.13 protocol and the EVM.
To achieve this, Qtum has extended the Bitcoin 'Script' language, adding 3 ‘opcodes’ so that it functions as a vehicle to transport code to the EVM, while adding special processing conditions, executing these EVM-using transactions immediately when added to the blockchain - allowing the EVM to operate within a UTXO environment.
In order to relieve Qtum smart contracts from the need to perform coin picking for every transaction, Qtum comes coded with an automated, generic coin picking algorithm which allows contracts to ignore the UTXO mode of operation, while functioning normally, as if deployed in an account-based environment. This method is what enables Qtum to be compatible with pre-existing Ethereum smart contracts, allowing them to be executed on Qtum with little to no change to their code.
For more information about Qtum’s architecture in general, please read this post or review our  Technical Whitepaper.   

https://qtum.org/ethereum-contracts-on-utxo/
https://qtum.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Qtum-technical-white-paper-draft-version.pdf
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Have questions about the Qtum project? See the FAQ section of the website:



https://qtum.org/en/learn-more-about-qtum/general-faq
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From the original information provided here: https://qtum.org/en/crowdsale#question-1%20










6. How can I participate?
The Qtum Crowdsale will be facilitated on selected online crypto-currency exchanges and crowdfunding portals. You can participate via any of the following venues:

- Bizhongchou (bizhongchou.com)
- Yunbi (yunbi.com)
- ICOAGE (icoage.com)
- Allcoin (allcoin.com)
- ICO365 (ico365.com)
- BTC9 (btc9.com)

7. How are the funds secured?
All funds collected during this sale will be deposited in secured multi-sig wallets. Keys to said wallets will be held by several officers and executives of the Qtum Foundations, making it so that all outgoing transaction have to be verified by multiple parties.

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There are just a bit over 5 days remainining until the Qtum Crowdsale begins. The Qtum Crowdsale will take place March 16th, 8pm Beijing Time.  Please see the website for price details: qtum.org/en/crowdsale



Some recent articles about Qtum:

LiveBitcoinNews
PRNewswire
FinanceMagnates
BitcoinMagazine
TheMerkle
CryptoCoinsNews
NewsBTC
Forklog (Russian)
ChainFinance
CoinGecko
Smith&Crown (Updated)
CoinSpeaker
AllCoinNews
YahooFinance
InternationalBusinessTimes
MarketWatch
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Qtum Crowdsale Reminder

Register for one of the following exchanges ASAP if you wish to participate in the crowdsale

The Qtum crowdsale will start at 12 PM GMT, Thursday, March 16th, 2017


- Bizhongchou
- Yunbi
- ICOAGE
- Allcoin
- ICO365
- BTC9





Want to know more details about the crowdsale:

View the website!

Check out Patrick Dai's speech from Edcon in Paris, below:



Qtum in the News






From the Blog

Qtum Announces Support From PwC
Qtum Releases Whitepaper Detailing Mobile Smart Contracts Platform
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Qtum AMA


Qtum will be hosting two AMAs this week before the crowdsale.





On Tuesday 8:00 pm Beijing Time on 8btc, we will be hosting the first AMA this week. Feel free to ask questions about Qtum and the crowdsale. (Keep in mind this will be in Chinese)





For the English-speaking community, there will be another AMA on Slack on Thursday 6:00 pm Beijing Time. For your local time: [click here](http://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/?t=6:00%20pm%20Thursday&tz=Shanghai&) If you haven't signed up for Qtum slack click the image above, otherwise join up at qtumnexus.slack.com.












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Risk Precaution:


Crypto-token crowdsale is high risk by nature, please read carefully the following Participation Agreement and Prospectus.  By participating in the QTUM Crowdsale, you confirm you fully understand and accept the terms and conditions.


- Agreement on QTUM Crowdsale Participation
 - Prospectus of QTUM Crowdsale





Qtum have released an up-to-date version of their code, and where they are at!


Take a look at the code snapshot:



https://github.com/qtumproject/qtum-snapshot/releases/tag/prototype-snapshot


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Just hours remain until the QTUM crowd-sale goes live!





Register for one of the following exchanges ASAP if you wish to participate in the crowdsale
The Qtum crowdsale will start at 12 PM GMT, Thursday, March 16th, 2017


- Bizhongchou - bizhongchou.com
- Yunbi - yunbi.com
- ICOAGE - icoage.com
- Allcoin - allcoin.com
- ICO365 - ico365.com
- BTC9 - btc9.com








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The Qtum crowd-fund is live, & has so far raised 63%!





Visit the website to participate, while supplies last: https://qtum.org/en/crowdsale
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Qtum Raises US$12.2m In First 24 Hours of Crowdsale





What an amazing 24 hours! The Qtum project raised 12 million dollars in the first day, and thanks you all for your support! Only 19% left for sale, if you would like to participate, please see:


https://qtum.org/en/crowdsale
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The Qtum project sold 90% of the available tokens in the first 48 hours: crowdsale






The sale will now be in phase 2 for the next week, or until it sells out the remaining 10%. See below:






Qtum in the very recent news:



Forbes
NewsBTC
FinanceMagnates
LiveBitcoinNews
Coinspeaker
Coindesk
Coinspot (Russian)
BitcoinMagazine
CryptoCoinsRevolution
Forklog (Russian)
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The Qtum project sold nearly 97% of the available tokens in the first few days: qtum.org/en/crowdsale





The sale will now be in phase 2 for the next few days, or until it sells out the remaining 3%. See below:


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The crowd-sale is completed, it sold out in 117hrs~
 Here is a message from the Qtum team:



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