Blockchain 

Qtum’s First-Ever Hard Fork Qtum 2.0 Is Now Active

Major Proof-of-Stake (PoS) blockchain Qtum has gone through its first-ever hard fork today, updating the network to Qtum 2.0. Major network upgrade Qtum blockchain has had its first hard fork as scheduled, Qtum Official tweeted on Oct. 17. The hard fork happened at block 466,000, upgrading the Qtum network to unlock a number of significant features such as smart contract and block spacing improvements, as previously announced by the firm. According to Qtum blockchain explorer Qtum Insight, the number of blocks on Qtum blockchain has crossed the 466,000 mark, amounting…

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Blockchain 

OpenLibra Plans to Launch Permissionless Fork of Facebook’s Stablecoin

Lucas Geiger, co-founder of blockchain infrastructure startup Wireline, has announced OpenLibra — a permissionless fork of Facebook’s planned stablecoin. Ethereum developer Lane Rettig tweeted on Oct. 8 that OpenLibra was announced by Geiger at the Ethereum developer conference Devcon 5, adding: “Seeing #openlibra publicly announced for the first time is sending shivers down my spine. I am so excited about this initiative to ‘lock the door open’ for libra tech.” A more trustworthy environment for Libra apps OpenLibra’s developers have already released the first version of a permissionless Libra-based virtual…

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Blockchain 

Aragon Expects Ethereum’s Istanbul Hard Fork to Break 680 Smart Contracts

The Ethereum network’s Istanbul hard fork is expected to break 680 smart contracts on the decentralized management platform Aragon. Jorge Izquierdo, CTO at Aragon One, said that the upcoming upgrade will result in the breaking of roughly 680 smart contracts, industry-focused media outlet Coindesk reported on Sept. 30.  Izquierdo explained that the impetus behind the update is to further ensure frictionless functioning of decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) built on the Aragon platform and address affected smart contracts. Izquierdo added that DAOs will no longer be able to receive Ether (ETH)…

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Ethereum 

Early Arrival of Ethereum’s Istanbul Hard Fork Causes Testnet Split

Ethereum’s system-wide activation of the Istanbul hard fork has arrived two days early and caused a split of the Ropsten testnet. Huge miner pushing the non-forked chain On Sept. 30, the community manager of the Ethereum Foundation, Hudson Jameson took to Twitter to explain that there are miners mining on the old Ropsten testnet, while others are already mining on the new one. Cointelegraph previously reported that Jameson said that the testnet launch of the hard fork was scheduled to take place at the beginning of October. He added: “For…

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Bitcoin 

Major Coins Report Mixed Signals, ETC Sees Modest Gains Following Har Fork

Thursday, Sept. 12 — Cryptocurrency markets are reporting mixed signals today after Bitcoin (BTC) stuck above $10,000 as it was earlier today, according to data from Coin360. Market visualization. Source: Coin360 BTC is up 2.19% over the past 24 hours and is trading at around $10,302 at press time. The leading coin has seen slight volatility during the day, having dropped to as low as $10,056, while the intraday high was $10,393. Bitcoin seven-day price chart. Source: Coin360 As Christopher Inks of TexasWest Capital said in an interview with Cointelegraph…

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Ethereum 

Ethereum Classic Successfully Implements Atlantis Hard Fork

The team behind Ethereum Classic (ETC) has activated the Atlantis hard fork aimed at the improvement of the altcoin’s functionality and compatibility with Ethereum (ETH). The news was announced in a Twitter post by ETC Director of Developer Relations, Yaz Khoury on Sept 12. Khoury congratulated the project with the development, saying: “Congratulations @eth_classic on the successful activation of the Atlantis Hardfork! Was one of the longest debates to reach consensus along with a lot of the immutability politics Learned a lot about the beauty of decentralization and a distributed…

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Blockchain 

Cryptocurrency Exchange OKEx Announces Support for ETC Hard Fork

Cryptocurrency exchange OKEx has announced support for Ethereum Classic’s (ETC) upcoming Atlantis hard fork. In a blog post published on Sept. 10, OKEx announced that the exchange will support ETC’s hard fork, estimated to take place between Sept. 12 and Sept. 13, 2019 at block height 8,772,000. OKEx warned in the announcement that during the planned period, users should deposit their ETC to OKEx in advance since the exchange will handle related technical issues. Users’ ETC accounts will not be affected. OKEx noted that it will resume services once the…

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Ethereum 

Ethereum’s Istanbul Hard Fork Implementation Delayed to Early October

Ethereum’s testnet activation of the Istanbul hard fork has been pushed back to early October, according to the community manager of the Ethereum Foundation, Hudson Jameson. According to CoinDesk on Sept. 6, Jameson said on a developers’ call that the testnet launch of the hard fork is now scheduled to take place in the beginning of October. He added: “For anyone listening in who doesn’t know how this works, we pick a block number that we estimate to be around the 2nd of October. […] However, that might be one…

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Blockchain 

South Korean Holding Company Uses Ripple Fork to Develop Donations Platform

South Korean holding company SK C&C has unveiled plans for a donation platform that is based on a Ripple blockchain fork. Moreover, the platform will support a stablecoin linked at a 1:1 ratio to the won, as well as a utility token. South Korean news daily Chosun reported about the company’s initiative on Aug. 9. According to the report, the donation platform is still strictly in the planning phase. SK C&C head Lee Sun-min explained that issues with regulation and infrastructure development present barriers to launching their proposed platform: “Since…

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Blockchain 

Bitcoin SV Successfully Performed a Hard Fork Amid Timing Confusion

Bitcoin SV (BSV) successfully increased its block size limit today amid confusion regarding the scheduled fork time.  According to a BitMEX Research tweet on July 24, Bitcoin SV was expected to fork at 2 p.m. UTC today, but the website of the BSV-promoting Bitcoin Association claimed that the upgrade was scheduled for 1 p.m. GMT (1 p.m. UTC). The reason why the exchange’s research arm expected the fork to happen on 2 p.m. UTC is that the code of the network upgrade itself defined the fork time to be at…

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