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Justin Renken
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Date: 18th Jan 2020

ARK Monthly Newsletter — December 2019 Edition

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.


“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



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:


This episode of ARK.io Adventures brings me to the Southern California shore as I give away ARK using a new micro-application. I collaborated with Dean Van Dugteren of nOS building on ARK to create ARK Boomerang, an application that mass generates ARK addresses, sends crypto to all of them, and claims remaining funds back to the original address. This means I can now give away real crypto more efficiently. The people who want to keep it simply move it to a new address they control before time runs out and the remaining crypto is reclaimed. How many people used the ARK Mobile Wallet to move and keep the ARK I gave them? Find out in this video!


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.


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.


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.


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:

ARK Developer Roundtable December 19, 2019

Follow ARK on Twitter for invitations to join future roundtables.


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 ).


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


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:

Updated Overview of ARK and the ARK Blockchain Platform
Blockchain Brainstorm — Loyalty Programs Powered by Blockchain

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


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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Looking forward to January!


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