Bitcoin 

HTC Launches Exodus 1S, First Phone That Can Run a Full BTC Node

Taiwanese electronics giant HTC has launched its new smartphone Exodus 1s, enabling users to run a full Bitcoin (BTC) node on mobile. First smartphone to support full Bitcoin node In line with an announcement in May 2019, HTC launched the Exodus 1s at the Lightning Conference in Berlin on Oct. 19 and started selling the first devices during the even using the Lightning payment network, the firm said in a press release to Cointelegraph. The new Exodus 1s is a lower-cost version of the pioneering HTC’s blockchain-powered phone Exodus 1,…

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Blockchain 

Casa Releases New version of Its Bitcoin Full Node Casa Node 2

New York-based crypto custody startup Casa has released Casa Node 2, a new iteration of the industry’s popular pre-synced Bitcoin (BTC) full node product. Original Casa Node did a great job, the firm says According to an Oct. 8 blog post, Casa Node 2 offers a faster and smoother Bitcoin and Lightning experience by deploying a faster processor on the Raspberry Pi 4 with 4GB RAM and a 1TB SSD. In the announcement, Casa stated that their original Casa node did a great job as a full Bitcoin and Lightning…

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Blockchain 

Telegram Releases TON Testnet Explorer and Node Software

The encrypted instant messaging service Telegram has released the Telegram Open Network (TON) testnet explorer and node software. Telegram token due in two months On Sept. 6, Telegram released its Telegram Open Network (TON) testnet explorer and node software on its website, two months ahead of its planned launch of the Gram digital currency. As Cointelegraph reported on Aug. 28, three anonymous investors in Telegram’s $1.7 billion private initial coin offering had said that Telegram confirmed it would issue the first Gram tokens by October. The investors added at the time that…

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Bitcoin 

Casa Releases Node Monitor Service to Improve Bitcoin Network Health

Casa, a crypto firm that provides a private key management service and Bitcoin node machine, has unveiled a node monitor and accompanying rewards program to promote Bitcoin network health. Casa announced the new projects in an official blog post on Aug. 21. Per the announcement, the node monitor — called Node Heartbeats — relies on establishing a brief connection between Casa’s server and an online, synced and Tor-activated node owned by a customer. The rewards program lets Casa node users earn 10,000 SatsBack per week in exchange for performing 5…

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Blockchain 

Andorra Telecom Inks New Partnership to Run Blockchain Node

Andorra Telecom has entered into partnership with Spanish digital economy-focused non-profit Alastria to integrate blockchain technology into its internal processes, Spanish-language news outlet Diari d’Andorra reported on Aug. 1. Alastria is a consortium of over 800 non-profit organizations that launched Spain’s first national multi-sector blockchain network in a bid to facilitate the development of digital economy through blockchain. “To reinforce technological pillar” Alastria will enable Andorra Telecom to deploy its blockchain network with its own node. Jordi Nadal, director general of Andorra Telecom, said that “the agreement with Alastria allows…

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Ethereum 

Lightning Network Dev Announces Alpha Version of Node Monitoring Tool

The Lightning Network, a second-layer blockchain protocol designed to provide high-speed transactions for Bitcoin and other networks, has a new node monitoring tool. According to an official blog post, written by software developer Valentine Wallace on July 24, Lightning Labs has released an open source “drop-in, dockerized monitoring solution” for alpha testing called lndmon. One of the main goals of this new tool is to provide a way to prevent certain network issues before they manifest. According to the announcement, there were problems with the peer-to-peer network this year that…

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Ethereum 

Bitstamp Crypto Exchange Sets Up Lightning Network Node

European crypto exchange Bitstamp has set up its own Lightning Network (LN) node to boost the network’s capabilities, the company tweeted on July 8. As a second layer over the blockchain of the biggest cryptocurrency, bitcoin (BTC), the LN is designed to enable fast and zero-fee transactions by creating payment channels between users. Specifically, the network aims to address bitcoin’s scalability problem by keeping the majority of transactions off-chain. By launching its own LN node, Bitstamp aims to promote the growth of the network, as well as encourage the crypto…

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Bitcoin 

New $35 Raspberry Pi is the Most Powerful Yet for Running a Full Bitcoin Node

The Raspberry Pi Foundation released a new, more powerful model of its miniscule single-board computer on June 24, which costs $35 a pop and has the capacity to run full nodes cheaply on the bitcoin (BTC) network. Earlier versions of the Raspberry Pi have been popular with bitcoin enthusiasts and decentralization advocates as it offers low-cost and thus low-barrier entry to those interested in running their own full nodes on the network. Doing so allows users to verify their own transactions over the bitcoin network independently without having to trust…

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Blockchain 

Stellar Node Outage Causes Two-Hour Complete Transaction Freeze

Blockchain network Stellar (XLM) stopped confirming transactions for two hours on May 15, executives confirmed following a user post on social media. Stellar, whose lumens token is currently the eighth-largest cryptocurrency by market cap, went down entirely for around 110 minutes Wednesday. The cause, it appears, was a mass offlining of Stellar Development Foundation (SDF) nodes, which the majority of the network trusts. Accordingly, other participants failed to find consensus for blocks, and no transactions were validated until developers resolved the issue. “I really hope we’ll get a real debate…

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Ethereum 

BitMEX Research Finds ‘Potential Bug’ in Syncing of Ethereum Parity Full Node

The research arm of major cryptocurrency trading platform BitMEX has revealed in a blog post on Wednesday, March 13, that its Ethereum Parity full node contains a “potential bug.” The alleged bug was discovered while analyzing data from Nodestats.org — BitMEX Research’s new website designed to collect key metrics on Ethereum nodes. In the same blog post, the exchange also announced the launch of Nodestats today, which it created in collaboration with TokenAnalyst. Nodestats shows key data for Ethereum Parity and Ethereum Geth clients — which BitMEX reports are the…

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