Beam 2020 Week #47 - The BeamX Bash

Covering November 16th - November 22nd 2020

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Beam News

A smashing week behind us, with the BeamX launch, and ensuing party, being the highlight of the week. It was great to see on display what’s been happening behind the scenes on the dev front, and get up close and personal with Confidential DeFi, and the very first Shaders running on BeamX.

BeamX Launch Party

BeamX kicked off with a bang, and a great turnout to the launch party. The team and community jumped on Zoom, leaving the recording off, so we could let down our hair, get our BeamX wallets fired up, and start interacting with the Beam confidential DeFi experimental network.

For those that missed the party, Alex will be bringing us a Beam Pulse this week to go over what was missed. For now you can check out last weeks episode of Beam Pulse, that gave us a run-up to the BeamX launch.

During the party, we had a look at the first Shaders deployed to the network, along with the in wallet App interface.

To get up Beaming on the new experimental network, check out the links below!

Exciting times ahead as we bring privacy to DeFi. Expect a lot more on this front in the near future!

Beam Accepted Here

This week in Beam Accepted Here, we bring to you: Lynx Art Collection

Lynx Art started as a vision for conversation pieces, engineered to generate emotion.  They choose to use art ideas as a means to transcend a message- messages of humanity and those philosophies are depicted to captivate a deeper and a more critical thinking from within. They have accepted Beam as a means of payment since the early days, and have some great art on their platform. Be sure to check it out and show your support!

Research and Development

As mentioned last week, Beam is participating in the Hackathon with Encode Club, and a number of other leading crypto projects. Last week saw Alex present Beam, and more specifically BeamX, and the DeFi functionality that will come with it. You can check out the recorded event below, where Alex explains a little about the background of Beam, and takes us through the architecture of the Confidential DeFi platform that is BeamX.

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Beam 2020 Week #46 - Get The Party Started!

Covering November 9th - November 15th 2020

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Beam News

A bustling week behind us with the latest testnet release, Eager Electron 5.2, dropping earlier this evening. And a busy one to follow, with the launch of BeamX coming up on Thursday.

BeamX Launch Party


With the date set, it’s time to get ready for the BeamX launch, and more importantly, the launch party! It’s exciting times ahead, with the added use cases and extensibility that will be possible with BeamX; algorithmic stablecoins, lending, AMM DEX, and much much more. Join the party to see the very first of the Beam shaders in operation on BeamX.

Date: 19th November

Time: 14:00 UTC

Location: https://zoom.us/j/3266391753

The binaries will be available prior to the event for download, so everyone can get involved with the festivities. We will kick off with some demos of initial shaders on Beam, and later have some on-chain games, where you can take home some prizes!

See you all Thursday!

Beam Accepted Here

This week in Beam Accepted Here, we bring to you: MMPOS

MMPOS is a mining operating system, free to use for first 7 GPU, and accepts Beam for credits. It can help you get your rigs up and running, and putting that power to use, securing the network, and mining Beam!

Speaking of Mining

With the winter months well and truly here, what better time to crank up your GPUs and get toasty. Depending on your setup and time preference, you can either go it alone and mine solo, or join a pool. You can check out the latest mining resources on site, with everything from pool lists, to Beam mining software, to profit calculators.

Be sure to jump into the Discord and Telegram to seek out assistance, talk clocks, and get to know the other Beam miners!

Research and Development

The latest and greatest from Alex in Beam Pulse : episode 11 : Party Time!
He takes us through what we can expect in the upcoming BeamX launch, the ongoing Hackathon with Beam and Encode Club, and the plans for increasing and improving the Beam ecosystem!

5.2 testnet release:

  • Max Privacy - bringing the anonymity set for Beam up to 64k, ensuring maximum privacy for those that need it

  • Atomic Swaps - two new pairs, both Dash and Doge, join the Beam Atomic Swaps

  • Public Offline Addresses - for collecting donations while your wallet is completely offline

You can take a look at the Eager Electron 5.2 - Testnet - Release Notes, to find out more!

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Beam 2020 Week #45 - Beam Outreach & Hackers!

Covering November 2nd - November 8th 2020

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Beam News

A big week for Beam as we push forward towards the upcoming release of BeamX to enable privacy focussed applications to be built on top of Beam. One important step in this direction is increasing the number of outside builders, and thus we have joined the upcoming Encode Club Hackathon.

The hackathon is spread over 10 weeks, and presents a chance for developers to learn about various platforms, and build out initial applications. We are looking forward to seeing the first builders on BeamX.

Looking to build!? Get your dev friends, or go it alone, register, and start hacking!


Beam Outreach

This week brings a special announcement: Beam Outreach! It is with pleasure that we bring Beam Outreach to the Beam community and ecosystem. The platform has been under development the last months, and will look to go live to the wider community in the near future. If you are eager to get involved, and help with the initial testing, reach out below!

Join Beam Outreach in Beta testing, and do you and take Beam and Privacy to the world!


The goal for Beam Outreach is to spread awareness of both Beam, and Privacy to the wider space. Crypto and otherwise. There are some exciting things coming, and a great chance to get rewarded, and contribute to the structure and happenings of the initiative.

With confidential Confidential Assets already here, and DeFi applications around the corner, the possibilities are boundless. Be sure to reach out to Gus to get involved!

Beam Accepted Here

This week in Beam Accepted here, we bring to you: Burrell Law, P.C.

Burrell Law is a NYC-based boutique law firm that assist with various services, including:

  • Structuring your startup or business;

  • Protecting your assets with confidentiality agreements (Non-Disclosure Agreements);

  • Developing seed stage and operational financing contracts;

  • Negotiating complex employment, licensing, franchise and vendor agreements;

  • Raising startup & early-stage capital for emerging businesses.

[Redacted comment about politics and lawyers] 🌚🌚🌚

Research and Development

The latest and greatest from Alex in Beam Pulse episode 10, with a zoom out on the crypto space, and a look at the future of crypto and DeFi, and how Beams strategy fits into this.

Key takeaways Beam:

  • Privacy - Constant upgrades and improvements will continue for Beam, on all layers

  • BeamX - An extension to the ongoing efforts of Beam for private DeFi

  • Bridges - Decentralised solutions to integrate into existing ecosystems, and bringing Beam benefits to other spaces

  • Adoption - Always looking for bleeding edge tech to put into practice, such as FlyClient, Lelantus, et. al.

  • Interoperability - Building solutions for when possible, such as bridges in development with Ethereum and Polkadot

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Beam 2020 Week #44 - A Mobile Addition

Covering October 26th - November 1st 2020

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Beam News

A wicked week for Beam with the latest releases dropping for both Android and iOS. Along with that we took part in a great AMA with Binance, bringing many a new Beamer to the community. Overall, another busy week, so let’s dive it!

Mobile 5.1 Release

The latest releases came our way in the form of Eager Electron 5.1 for Android and iOS. The release brought with it Offline transactions to mobile.

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Users can now easily send to offline addresses, and start receiving to them by connecting their mobile wallets with their own nodes. Along with the updates came many a bug fix, further adding to the best mobile wallet experience there is!

Beam + Binance + AMA = ‎️‍🔥‎️‍🔥‎️‍🔥

The AMA event took place in the Binance Telegram channel, with many a new and old Beamers joining in. The event was broken into three sections: intro, quiz, and questions from the community. As always, Romanov gave some great insights into what is happening with Beam and where we are heading.

That being said, given the plethora of questions, it was not possible to get to them all… Lucky for us, we have diligent supporters that don’t let such things get passed. NuMorlock hit us with a highlight of missed questions, along with some of his own, which prompted it’s very own Beam Pulse NuMorlock edition!

Alex takes us through the questions in depth, giving a great breakdown of those missed. We have some exciting Beam Pulse and Beam Talk episodes coming up, so if you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to Beam TV!

Beam Accepted Here

This week we bring to you one of the great Vsnation endeavours: BEAM4ME

BEAM4ME is a Simple • Fast • Private • No registration exchange where you can exchange BEAM to BTC.

BEAM4ME opens the doors to many a merchant! If you find your perfect product but they only accept BTC, Beam4Me is the solution you seek. Pay privately with BEAM!

Research and Development

The latest and greatest from Alex in Beam Pulse episode 9, with an introduction and overview of Beam X!

Beam X: Confidential DeFi Experimental Network is coming!

Key takeaways for Beam X:

  • Expands beyond the capabilities of Scriptless Scripts

  • Utilises the Kernels of Mimblewimble for adding additional information to the Beam node

  • Creates a hybrid between UTXO model and Account Based cryptocurrencies

  • Beam Shaders!! Running in the Beam node using Beam Virtual Machine based on WASM

  • Allows for the likes of Confidential Stable Coins, Lending, AMM decentralised Exchanges, and more

  • Expected to launch this November, stay tuned!

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Beam 2020 Week #43 - Private Whisperings

Covering October 19th - October 25th 2020

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Beam News

A busy week behind us, with just shy of 10 weeks remaining before the end of the year, but plenty on the cards for Beam before we (thankfully?) say goodbye to 2020!

Before we dive in to the week that was, a special shoutout to an exciting upcoming event…

Beam will be having an AMA with leading exchange Binance this Thursday! It is a great chance for community expansion, getting your pressing questions answered, and for us Beamers to show our support in numbers!


The event will take place at 5:30 UTC in the Binance Telegram channel, so get your AMA hats on, and see you there! If you are lucky, you may even take home some $BEAM with you!

Beam Talks

The last week brought us a new episode of Beam Talks, featuring Harry Halpin, CEO of Nym Technologies. Alex and Harry sat down to talk Privacy, Technology, Crypto and beyond.

Nym is a mixnet focusing on network level / layer zero privacy, so what better time to look at what Beam has implemented so far on this front!

Dandelion++

The Dandelion protocol has been utilised in Beam since launch, and protects users IP addresses by routing transactions (stem phase) via selected random peers, prior to propagating the transaction (fluff phase) to the wider network. In addition to this, any node participating in the stem phase will non interactively merge any waiting transactions. If there are not enough real transactions in the works, the node will merge zero sum decoy outputs. Transactions (real or decoy) cannot be undone by nodes further along the stem, thus Beam’s Dandelion not only protects users IP addresses, but helps to obfuscate the transaction graph.

TOR (CLI)

For those with a nose for command line, Beam also allows users to utilise The Onion Router (TOR), from the CLI wallet, when connecting to a remote node. Doing such also works to hide your real IP from the node you are connected with, whilst using the Beam CLI wallet. You can find instructions for TOR use with the CLI wallet here!


You can find more on what makes Beam the best in privacy in the recent article by Alex Romanov addressing just that! Stay tuned for more additions to Beam’s network level privacy.

Beam Accepted Here

More merchants joining the privacy revolution and adding Beam as a means of payment. The last week bringing us one of the latest additions to Beam Accepted Here with Ninja Game Keys!

Now Beamers can buy brand new games, steam wallet codes, gift cards and more using Beam. Ninja Game Keys has begun accepting payment in Beam via Coin Payments, one of the leading crypto payment processors that supports Beam!

Research and Development

The latest and greatest from Alex in Beam Pulse episode 8, giving us the run down on what to expect from Beam in the coming weeks and months as development continues to progress full Beam ahead!

With the latest Beam Pulse comes two wicked demos: Confidential Asset transactions, and Atomic Swaps between Beam and Ethereum.
Check it out!!

Key Developments:

  • Eager Electron 5.1 Mobile Wallets - Release expected this week

  • Eager Electron 5.2 - Testnet release is imminent

  • Atomic Swaps - Additional pairs incoming with EE 5.2: DASH; DOGE; BCH; BSV

  • Beam <> Ethereum Atomic swaps - Expected in EE 5.3 release (demo in Beam pulse above)

  • Localisation - EE 5.2 will have support for Chinese, Russian, and Dutch

  • Beam Shaders - Major progress in the WebAssembly smart contract capabilities for Beam, with the first applications having commenced development

  • Oracles - Development on Beam oracles utilising shaders has begun

  • Confidential algorithmic stablecoin - Work progressing

  • Beam Bridges - Decentralised bridges with Ethereum are in progress

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