Ethereum

Testnet Split Caused by Ethereum’s Istanbul Early Arrival

  • The update came in 2 days earlier, causing a split of the Ropsten testnet.
  • There shouldn't be any problems when the update is activated on the main Ethereum network, Hudson Jameson, community manager of the Ethereum Foundation, explained.

Ethereum Foundation’s Director Will Now Help Businesses Use Public Blockchain

  • Aya Miyaguchi made a statement where she noted that EEA wants to impact the industry.
  • Joseph Lubin commented on the attention by businesses to the Ethereum network.

Tim Draper Worried about Ethereum’s Economics

  • Tim Draper is not a fan of the 2%-4% ETH issuance rate.
  • Despite Draper's love for smart contracts he sees flaws in Ethereum's economics and history of centralisation.

Vitalik Buterin Proposes Creating an Ether Mixer to Tackle Privacy Concerns

  • Ether mixer that uses smart contracts will improve user privacy according to Vitalik Buterin, Co-Founder of Ethereum.
  • A web-based interface will provide access to the couple of smart contracts proposed.

Chainlink Mainnet Going Live on Ethereum

  • Chainlink is finally launching on the Ethereum mainnet at the end of the month.
  • Chainlink's idea is to link smart contracts with the necessary inputs and outputs by letting them connect to any API.

Ethereum Subreddit Moderators Resign After Conflict

  • The Ethereum reddit channel is rated within the top 600 most popular reddit channels.
  • Preventing such conflicts is up to the the community to be more transparent and everybody’s expectations to be on the same page.

Elon Musk Shows Interest in Developing on Ethereum

  • Vitalik replied with a series of five tweets detailing his top use cases for ETH, among which was a “globally accessible financial system, including payments, store of value, and also more advanced stuff like insurance”.
  • Earlier this year Musk, the most popular Silicon Valley superstar, also appeared in an episode of ARK Invest's FYI podcast, where the conversation veered away from Tesla and into crypto.

Two Long-Anticipated Ethereum Upgrades Have Been Activated

  • The two network upgrades, Constantinople and St. Petersburg, apparently went live on the Ethereum blockchain on Feb. 28, according to network monitoring site ethstats.net.
  • As planned, the network update went live on the main Ethereum network at block 7,280,000, which was mined at 19:52 (UTC) on Feb. 28.

Fifth Wave of Grants Released by the Ethereum Foundation

  • The Ethereum Foundation Grants Program, which began in the early 2018, tries to invest in projects that will leave a long-term impact on the Ethereum ecosystem.
  • In the press release, Ethereum also announced that this year they are shifting their support back to the critical ETH 2.0 and layer 2 scaling efforts.

Ethereum Constantinople Hard Fork Coming Late February

  • Just two days before Constantinople was to be deployed on the main Ethereum network, a vulnerability was discovered, which forced developers to postpone the hard fork.
  • Now, the long-awaited Constantinople update is expected to be live in late February or more specifically, whenever block number 7,280,000 is mined.