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Beacon Chain To Finalize Ethereum 1.0 Chain

January 18, 2019 10:18 PM In today’s core devs call, Vitalik Buterin and Danny Ryan discussed how the coming proof-of-stake beacon can be used to finalize the existing proof-of-work chain. On Friday’s core devs call, Danny Ryan and Vitalik Buterin discussed the tentative plan to use the proof-of-stake, Casper FFG-implemented beacon chain as a finality gadget for the… Read More »

Distributed Digest: Friday, January 18, 2019

Constantinople is set to arrive late February, the Parity Fether beta is out, and MarbleCards moves to transform internet culture into non-fungible tokens. Your daily distillation of crypto news for Friday, January 18, 2019: Constantinople Mainnet Activation in February Ethereum core developers are targeting Wednesday, February 27, for the Constantinople hard fork. The upgrade should be implemented on… Read More »

Researchers From MIT, Stanford, And Berkeley Collaborate To Solve Blockchain Scalability

January 18, 2019 10:51 PM Introducing Unit-e. On January 17, Distributed Technologies Research (DTR), a Switzerland-based non-profit foundation that funds the research and development of “distributed technologies,” announced its launch and its first initiative: a globally scalable decentralized payments system called Unit-e. According to a press release from DTR, the foundation was created to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration between… Read More »

Malware Mines Monero On Cloud Servers

Researchers Xingyu Jin and Claud Xiao, of the cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks, published a report yesterday, January 17, regarding Monero mining malware from threat actor Rocke. The malware is said to disable cloud security software to avoid detection and mine Monero using exiting cloud servers. According to the report, Rocke’s malware targets public cloud infrastructure running on… Read More »

You Can Buy Bitcoin At Coinstar Now, But Not With Coins

But it’s still cool. Maybe. Yesterday, I saw this article telling me that Coinstar has paired up with Coinme to allow people to buy bitcoin at certain Coinstar locations, and I thought (actually, I said out loud to no one), “Siiiiiiiick.” One thing that baffles me about crypto’s promise to “bank the unbanked” is that a bank account… Read More »

Tracking Your Shrimp On The Barbie: WWF-Australia’s Food Supply Chain

January 18, 2019 12:08 AM The list of blockchain-related food tracking systems keeps getting longer. The World Wildlife Fund-Australia (WWF-Australia) and BCG Digital Ventures (BCGDV) have partnered together to launch OpenSC, a supply chain platform that uses blockchain technology to allow businesses and consumers to track food production. OpenSC’s aim is to improve accountability and transparency, and to… Read More »

Wyoming Lawmakers Introduce Bill For Tokenized Stock Certificates

January 17, 2019 10:07 PM If passed, the bill would allow tokenized certificates to serve as immutable legal proof of stock ownership. On Wednesday, government officials in Wyoming filed a bill that would allow companies to issue tokenized stock certificates on a blockchain platform. Representative Jared Olsen, along with five other representatives and two senators, filed House Bill… Read More »