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Ethereum Istanbul Hard Fork Delayed For October

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The testnet activation of the Ethereum Istanbul hard fork has been officially delayed for early October, the latest cryptocurrency news show. As the community manager of the Ethereum Foundation named Hudson Jameson said, the hard fork is delayed due to a couple of reasons.

First, Jameson noted on a developers’ call that the testnet launch of the hard fork is now scheduled to take place at the start of October. As 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 or two days behind or forward from that date based on how fast blocks are produced between now and then.”

For those of you who haven’t been following our altcoin news, the Ethereum Istanbul hard fork has been seen as a major upgrade to the ETH network. Many sites previously reported on August 28 that Parity, which is a blockchain infrastructure company that runs the core of the Ethereum network, had already delayed the planned hard fork until September 6.

The Parity core developer Wei Tang, at the time noted that the organization needed at least two more weeks before the devs could proceed in selecting a block number for the Ethereum Istanbul hard fork.

“We need time till 6th September to finish the implementation. Not only because we accepted EIPs late but right now we just happened to be a large code base refactoring and we probably want to merge them first before merging Istanbul EIP,” he noted.

The Ethereum co-founder was also in the coming altcoin news. Vitalik Buterin recently noted that the Ethereum blockchain is nearly full, which seems to deter a new adoption by the potential Ethereum contributors.

“Scalability is a big bottleneck because the Ethereum blockchain is almost full. If you’re a bigger organization, the calculus is that if we join, it will not only be more full but we will be competing with everyone for transaction space. It’s already expensive and it will be even five times more expensive because of us. There is pressure to keeping people from joining,” Buterin added.

 

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Antminer E3 Stops ETC Mining While ETH Has 1 Month Left

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Antminer E3 mining rigs reported a sixfold hash-rate drop and immediately contacted their producer, Bitmain. What does this mean for Ethereum classic mining, we are about to read further in the Ethereum classic news below. The altcoin mining pool 2Miners reported to Bitmain but the company made no official comment. The 2Miners altcoin mining firm started receiving unusual requests from the Antminer E3 mining rigs users of Ethereum Classic and according to requests, the hashrate declined by a factor of 6-7. The company launched an investigation as well. From the start of the investigation, the miners were sure that this problem was caused by an increase in the volume of the DAG file. The Directed Acyclic Graph file or DAG file is generated and it is used to start a dagger hashimoto algorithm to find block solutions in the mining process. The volume of the file is increased with every mining epoch which lasts about 30,000 blocks or 5 days for Ethereum Classic and Ethereum. The growth of the DAG files limits the usage GPUs for mining in 2017-2018. 2Miners reached Bitmain support and received a response which stated:
‘’E3 is related to eth algorithm, and DDR capacity is up to the upper limit, so E3 will not be able to continue mining (...) the meaning is E3 only can mine to January 2020, then will not mine again.’’
2Miners calculated that Ethereum (ETH) mining will be terminated in about five weeks as it is a few epochs later than the older version. Among the first speakers within the crypto community that discussed the story was the author of Ethereum’s mining algorithm Kristy-Leigh Minehan who considered that this could lead to the launch of more capable miners. Bitmain is more focused on Bitcoin mining solutions and Mrs. Minehan suggested waiting for the release of the main competitors Canaan and Innoscilion. As per the previous reports, The hashrate is one of the metrics that can assess how healthy a network is. The higher the hashrate, the more secure a network will become and it also becomes much expensive to mine the cryptocurrency. Ethereum Classic saw its hashrate explode previously during a sign of growing strength so the ETC network is arguable now more secure than ever before.
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Ethereum Core Developers Move Forward With ProgPOW Update

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Ethereum core developers are going forward with ProgPOW which is an update for making Ether mining more ASIC resistant so the hardfork is scheduled for July this year. Let’s read more about it in the following Ethereum news today. The Ethereum core developers came to a conclusion that they have to implement ProgPOW and the hardfork is scheduled to happen three weeks after the EIP 1962 which is another update that will add more cryptographic functions to Ethereum. The update is scheduled to go live sometime this summer. This is actually a third time that the core developers have agreed to implement ProgPOW so the core developers seem to be keen on improvement despite the fact that there have been a few developers at unease with a chance of splitting the community. The developers believe that the hardfork for ProgPOW is contentious and some have even raised concerns that the exchanges that run on Ethereum with both the new and old mining algorithm will create a new fork on Ethereum to maximize the fees on the platforms which will lead to a split in the community.
 “I have not seen any evidence that there is an ideological or people willing to step up and actually have a network split. If I’m wrong I’ll resign as hardfork coordinator.’’
Ethereum split once before with the ‘’DAO’’ which was the first attempt to a so called decentralized autonomous organization where more than 3.6 million ETH was exploited. Core developers decided to refund the affected users and the dissenters later formed Ethereum Classic in response. At least two projects were opposed to ProgPOW including SpanChain and the Gnosis projects. The executives of the projects were invited to voice their concerns about the next core developer meeting but this will likely won’t change the decision of the team: “There will be plenty of time for open dissent that won’t really change the decision, necessarily, because we’ve already gone back and forth and approved it twice.” ASIC resistance was a core consideration for Ethereum and the first version of the whitepaper explained how the distribution process of Ethereum will be performed through easily-accessible computer hardware which was more favorable for the community and the decentralization of the token. The leading mining hardware firm Bitmain developed an Ethereum ASIC in 2018 and in 2019 Canaan released an ASIC that was 5 times more efficient than comparable consumer hardware.
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Market For ETH/BTC Went Off A Cliff In 2019, Could Reverse Now

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The biggest altcoin of all, Ethereum, did not see a positive 2019. The second largest cryptocurrency by market cap registered a negative performance in 2019 which was contrasted by Bitcoin and its yearly gains of over 90%. In the crypto news today, we can see that the market for ETH/BTC is improving and while it fell off a cliff in 2019 with the price of one ETH as low as 0.016, the situation is now changing. Over the past few weeks, Ethereum has shot higher against the US dollar and against BTC. It was buoyed by the sentiment that there is an impending altseason and the simple fact that the asset was oversold in 2019. A recent analysis by a prominent market commentator named Loma (LomahCrypto) shows that the market for ETH/BTC could be on the verge of going near-vertical. The trader posted the below chart to back his point and showed that the trading pair has begun consolidating above the key horizontal support around 0.026 Bitcoin. https://twitter.com/LomahCrypto/status/1230764062008471552 In fact, the pair remained above the key infection point for around 10 days now, boding well for the bullish narrative that is building. The consolidation, as Loma depicted, is a likely sign that ETH will rally 15% against Bitcoin (BTC) in a near vertical fashion in the coming few weeks. He believes that the ETH news will show increases and that the pair will move vertically. But there are more fundamental reasons to believe that the market for ETH/BTC will improve and outperform the tried and true market leader from this point. The proximity of the blockchain's 2.0 (Serenity) upgrade will certainly change how Ethereum works in a way that many say will be for the better. Ethereum 2.0 will see the amount of ETH issued per block to be cut dramatically. This means that the relatively high inflation rate of the asset will be dropped dramatically. The decreased selling pressure from miners along with the adoption enabled by the technical improvements in Serenity will help and push Ethereum higher in the long run. And while there is the growth of DeFi and the Ethereum 2.0 project that are well for bulls, there are concerns regarding on-chain finance which may act as a bearish case in the market for ETH/BTC moving forward.
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Enjin Goes Live On The Ethereum Mainnet: Report

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Enjin goes live on the Ethereum network today and the platform will enable the developers to integrate cryptocurrencies in crypto apps and games without having to write blockchain codes as we are reading further in the upcoming Ethereum news. Game and app developers will now be able to integrate cryptocurrencies into their own products without having to write complex blockchain codes as Enjin goes live today. The company behind the project announced the launch of the game development platform and the mainnet has gone live on Ethereum thus allowing anybody to mint their own utility tokens. The Enjin platform will allow the app developers and game engineers to use the decentralized inventory once they start building their products according to the company’s blog post. The platform makes it easier to integrate both of the blockchain-based gaming and the non-gaming assets into the games and apps as per the company, saying that they also aim to simplify the process of managing economic gameplay mechanisms. Enjin also supports the ERC1155 Ethereum token standard which allows the developers to integrate the fungible and non-fungible tokens into a smart contract and they also stated that more than 2,500 projects have been created on the platform testent and later adopted the same ERC1155 standard. The company explained:
 “Simple, great user experience is one of the core product design philosophies at Enjin, and we made damn sure that the Web Panel is minimal, straightforward, and clean.’’
The process of creating a new blockchain project is not so complex and it can be done in four steps. The process doesn’t require any coding knowledge but while the Enjin platform web panel enables the codeless creation and management of the blockchain assets, the developers will have to employ Enjin platform API and SDKs when the time will come to integrate those assets with games and apps. The platform API is graphQL based while the Platform SDKs include Java, NODEJS, Godot and Unity. According to the company, the Enjin platform will be powered by Enjin Coin and will serve as the ultimate minting resource and used to back the value of the issued blockchain assets. While the Enjin platform is a relatively new platform, the company was present in the crypto space for more than 10 years. Enjin’s huge ecosystem is preferred among gamers and with partnerships with major companies such as Unity, Samsung, and PC Gamer, the platform has a strong presence in the gaming industry. When it comes to future plans, the company said to be working on a new way to distribute blockchain assets via QR codes.
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