January 16th has been put in the calendar for many Ethereum developers – as the date when Constantinople which is Ethereum’s upcoming network hard fork could launch. The upgrade is now everywhere in the digital currency news.
While it was originally targeted for November, Constantinople’s upgrade brought a lot of trouble for the Ethereum developers and aimed at streamlining the platform’s code in a bid to boost performance. Due to unanticipated problems with the test release, it also necessitated a longer development period.
The January 16th date was reached by way of a non-binding verbal agreement. The developers at Ethereum this Friday said that Constantinople could be (again) postponed if additional problems arise.
As one of the core developers named Peter Szilagyi remarked:
“We can just say mid-January, it doesn’t make difference if we decide on a date or not. We can always postpone.”
Other developers pointed to Ethereum’s so-called “difficulty bomb” which is an algorithm that is embedded within Ethereum’s code that makes blocks steadily harder to mine – and one that was put in place to act as an incentive for encouraging regular updates in the network.
Constantinople has delayed this difficulty bomb for a further 18 months while decreasing the Ethereum mining reward from 3 ETH to 2 ETH per block. However, Szilagyi noted that the software upgrades which will implement the hard fork should be released before the end of the year
“All clients should release a stable version with the baked in block number before Christmas,” he concluded.
Telecom Giant AT&T Interested In A Blockchain-Based Social Media ‘Mapping’ System
“The social media history map platforms described herein may take advantage of the immutable and permanent nature of blockchain records to store, and provide access to, data representing online transactions that occur on multiple social media applications.”According to the filing, content creators would keep the ownership of their data on the "mapping" platform:
“However, instead of passing ownership of blocks or data between users, a social media account owner maintains primary ownership of his or her online transaction data. What passes from the social media account owner to other users of the social media history map service, such as followers of the social media account owner, is a notion of elevated visibility rights.”This is just one more patent application in the series that were submitted by companies such as Xerox, American Express, IBM and others - and a new milestone for AT&T overlooking its expansion in the field of blockchain.
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“This week, the 24-hour transaction number for Dapps reached 1.04M, a 48% increase compared with last week; the 24-hour trading volume hit 640M TRX, an 151% increase compared with last week. We have seen significant increases in both indexes […]”One of the most interesting projects built on Tron is Seedit which is a decentralized platform that lets users contribute funds to the content creators that they most appreciate. Project Atlas is also a well-known project which incentivizes people to seed content on the BitTorrent protocol, which was acquired by Tron back in July this year.
LinkedIn’s Largest Growing Job Sector Is Blockchain Development
“It’s no surprise that we’re seeing an explosion of machine learning roles and continuing growth of data science roles. In fact, we started to see glimmers of this in last year’s report; however, both fields are starting to see more specialized roles emerge. It also may not shock you that Blockchain Developer is topping the list following this year’s surge in interest around blockchain and cryptocurrency.”The great news for all of the people interested in a career in this sector is that there are plenty of universities now that adopt blockchain-related courses which help to boost the blockchain expertise in the following years.
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