Amazon registered crypto-related domains

Online commerce giant had registered three domain names, related to the cryptocoins; what to expect? 
02 November 2017   2096

The world's largest online retailer and one of the most expensive company Amazon has registered web domains, the names of which consist of the words "cryptocurrency" and "Ethereum". This is reported by DomainNameWire.

Amazon Ethereum domain
Amazon Ethereum domain

The domains names 'amazonethereum.com', 'amazoncryptocurrency.com' and 'amazoncryptocurrencies.com' were registered on October 31, 2017 by Amazon Technologies, Inc. - a division of the global giant of online commerce. The numbers listed in the registration data belong to the legal department of Amazon.

For the time being, it is not yet clear for what purpose these domain names were registered. According to representatives of DomainNameWire, Amazon may, in the long term, intend to create its own crypto currency.

It is noteworthy that back in 2013 the company registered the domain name "amazonbitcoin.com", the redirect from which leads to the main page of Amazon.com.

Previously known American investor, James Altucer said that in the near future Amazon will accept bitcoin as paymentment method. And although his forecast regarding October 26 as the date when this should happen did not materialize, the news about the registration of "crypto-currency" domains makes it necessary to take a fresh look at this situation.

Ethereum 2.0 Phase 0 Testnet to be Launched

Coin transfer option is not available to users, there are no smart contracts and functionality associated with the Ethereum virtual machine
08 May 2019   240

Prysmatic Labs has launched a test network for Ethereum 2.0 based on the Casper PoS protocol with staking support. The developers implemented the fourth version of the specifications for the main chain from the Ethereum Research team.

So, in order to run the validating node, you need to install the Prysm client, which is the only one for this network, and create a steak by sending Goerli testnet coins (3.2 ETH) to the new network.

Note that at the moment a limited number of validators can participate in the network. Also, the coin transfer option is not available to users, there are no smart contracts and functionality associated with the Ethereum virtual machine.

Earlier Buterin announced the Ethereum 2.0 or Serenity. This upgrade involves a transition to the Proof-Of-Stake (Casper) algorithm, the implementation of sharding (multiple parallel chains connected to the main one, for executing various smart contracts and ensuring decentralized applications), updating the virtual machine (EWASM), changing the cross-contract logic and economics of the protocol.