ARK Monthly Newsletter — December 2019 Edition

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December is in the box! This blog post will cover last month’s highlights, activities, achievements, and unique content. Let’s take a look at what the team has been up to.

REMARKS

“In December 2019, the ARK Team reflected on a year of progress and releases while spending some personal time with friends and loved ones towards the end of the month. However, this does not mean the month was without its own achievements. Two new exchanges listed ARK in December, Coinsbit and P2PB2B. ARK also expanded the team, hiring back-end developer Dmitry Tyshchenko. Core v2.6 progress continued, and the team is excited to jump into a new year and decade.
Justin Renken, ARK.io Senior Brand Manager

TOP TWEET

https://twitter.com/ArkEcosystem/status/1209459036254621696

ARK TIMELINE

***ArkTimeline.com*** is a community resource built and maintained by the ARK Community Committee. The entire history of all ARK achievements and accomplishments are available there, and they are both sortable and filterable. Here’s a quick rundown for this past month:

ARK ADVENTURES

This episode of ARK.io Adventures brings me to the crypto community center that recently became the location of the new game show event Crypto Trivia Night. I wanted to share the story behind the Crypto Blockchain Plug, showing that there are real people out there working to bring blockchain technology to people in their local community. This episode features Najah Roberts, Chief Visionary Officer of the Crypto Blockchain Plug, along with a tour of the space.

FRANCE ACTIVITIES

ARK is incorporated as an SCIC in France(ARK Ecosystem SCIC), giving ARK a leg up when interfacing with the legacy financial system. This SCIC is the first of its kind for crypto in France.

France activities section will return for the January newsletter edition.

POWERED BY ARK UPDATE

The **Powered by ARK Program** aims to help recognize, support and collaborate with projects building on ARK’s technology. The first accepted official partner is **nOS**, the virtual operating system for the Smart Economy. Here’s a brief update.

The team has been hard at work to finish critical new features. The development of the nOS Blockchain Wallet has been completed, designed specifically so that anyone is able to send and receive NOS, create and redeem stakes, and vote for delegates with ease. As well, the nOS Block Explorer has been completed, with a real-time stream of new transactions and blocks, overviews of wallets and stakes, as well as a dashboard with real-time network and coin data. Key blockchain elements have also been completed, such as DPOS IPFS file distribution and hosting, scaled fee removal from block rewards, decentralized delegate descriptions, and more. The nOS Whitepaper has also been updated, as well as a new version of nOS Client, bringing the current version to 0.6.

You can track nOS’s progress via their **blog by clicking here**.

AMAs

Ask-Me-Anythings were conducted during this month featuring ARK team members answering questions by the community on Slack.ARK.io. AMA Transcripts are now available on the ARK.io resource ARK Answers. Here’s the list for this past month:

Follow ARK on Twitter for invitations to join future AMAs.

DEVELOPER ROUNDTABLE

The ARK Developer Roundtable is a monthly video call, conducted by ARK.io Chief Technical Officer (CTO), Kristjan Košič. These calls allow a unique opportunity to present information to the community and gain valuable insight from community developers. Here’s last month’s meeting:

Follow ARK on Twitter for invitations to join future roundtables.

DEVELOPMENT REPORT

The ARK Monthly Development Report covers all pull requests (opened, closed, merged) as well as all issues opened and closed in every ARK Ecosystem public repository, the number of contributors during that month, the number of new stargazers, and total lines of GitHub code added or deleted (**check December’s report here).**

NETWORK REPORT

This network report summarizes network activity on the ARK Public Network for the recent month.

Total Network Transactions

**Total: **180,234
**Avg per block: **0.5403
***Per type:
*Transfers: **179,738 (99.72%)
**Second Signatures: **8 (0.00%)
**Votes: **479 (0.27%)
Delegate Registrations: 9(0.00%)

1,255 unique wallets sent an outgoing transaction.

Total Blocks

Full: 677 (0.20%)
**Empty: **325,597 (97.61%)
**Non-empty: **7,279 (2.18%)
**Total: **333,553
**Missed: **1,247

Total Network Fees

Total: 3,459.74132049 Ѧ
Per type:
Transfers: 3,275.41676489 Ѧ
**Second Signatures: **2.16000000 Ѧ
**Votes: **88.92291671 Ѧ
**Delegate Registrations: **93.24163889 Ѧ

Total Network Votes

**Voting Wallets: **42,001
Voting Wallets > 1 ARK: 19,037
**Total ARK Voting: **83,324,682.25254716 Ѧ

PODCASTS

The ***ARK Crypto Podcast*** releases weekly episodes all about ARK, featuring interviews, monologues, tutorials, reports, presentations and more. The show aims for a 30-minute runtime and releases new episodes every Friday. Subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Soundcloud, Spotify, Castbox and more. Check out the episodes released this month:

https://the-ark-crypto-podcast.simplecast.com/episodes/ark-crypto-podcast-056-updated-overview-of-ark-and-the-ark-blockchain-platform

https://the-ark-crypto-podcast.simplecast.com/episodes/ark-crypto-podcast-057-blockchain-brainstorm-loyalty-programs-powered-by-blockchain

The podcast has returned with weekly episodes as detailed in this recent blog post.

WHAT’S NEXT

Core v2.6 is still in its final phases before Mainnet migration can begin. Check out this blog article featuring community testing results and winners. Core v2.6 is around the corner and the last step of this big adventure is the upcoming Release Candidate (RC) on Devnet which will run as a final test before we move to Mainnet. This will run for a week or two before moving it to Mainnet, depending on any last issues or reports.

The Desktop Wallet Plugin Manager is launched, and a theme design contest is now running. Anyone who can follow the simple tutorial can enter, and there’s a prize pool available of $500 USD worth of ARK.

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GET INVOLVED

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Looking forward to January!

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