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Block 7,080,000: Ethereum Developers Propose Activation Point for Next Hard Fork

Members of ethereum’s open-source development team have reached agreement on an activation time for Constantinople, a proposed code change designed to give users the option to update the blockchain with additional features. Speaking at a bi-weekly core developer meeting Friday, the developers assembled agreed on block 7,080,000 on the ethereum blockchain as an activation point at which users… Read More »

Mastercard Patent Filing Outlines Way to Anonymize Crypto Transactions

Payments giant Mastercard claims to have developed a new way of keeping cryptocurrency transactions private. According to a patent application published Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the payments giant has proposed a system of conducting transactions over a blockchain which would obfuscate both the point of origin and the amount being transacted. As explained, the system… Read More »

Swiss Post, Swisscom Developing New Blockchain Platform on Hyperledger

Swiss Post, the country’s national postal service, and state-owned telecoms provider Swisscom have united to develop a blockchain platform. The two announced Thursday that they are using Hyperledger Fabric to build their “simple, secure and sustainable” private blockchain infrastructure, intended to be utilized by their own, as well as other companies’, applications. The infrastructure is designed to meet the… Read More »

Intel Wins Patent for Energy-Efficient Bitcoin Mining

Global tech giant Intel, known for its widely-used computer processors, has won a patent connected to its work in the area of cryptocurrency mining. On Tuesday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded the company a patent outlining a processor which claims to be able to conduct “energy-efficient high performance bitcoin mining,” specifically naming the SHA-256 algorithm used… Read More »

Google Searches for ‘Bitcoin’ Just Hit Their Highest Level Since April

Google’s trend explorer reveals the weekly number of worldwide searches for the keyword “bitcoin” has reached levels not seen since the first week in April.  While the exact number of searches accrued so far this week is not clear, data from Google reveals ‘bitcoin’ searches in the past three days alone made up 17 percent of its all-time-high… Read More »

Ethereum Developers Are Quietly Planning an Accelerated Tech Roadmap

Ethereum developers are quietly planning strategies for advancing the world’s third-largest blockchain, as well as a previously undisclosed upgrade that could boost the capabilities of the technology more aggressively in the short-term. Specifically, the minutes from four private meetings that took place at an ethereum conference earlier this month, refer to an upgrade named “ethereum 1x,” possibly to be… Read More »

Bitcoin Cash Is Now Two Blockchains – That Might Not Change Anytime Soon

It’s been six days since the bitcoin cash split and neither side looks ready to call it quits. What’s more, cryptocurrency exchanges that froze holdings of bitcoin cash in lead-up to Thursday’s contentious hard fork activation are beginning to warm up to idea that bitcoin cash may forever remain two cryptocurrencies. On Tuesday, Coinbase, one of the largest U.S.-based… Read More »