Bitcoin Core 0.15 to be released

Bitcoin Core 0.15 release presented by the developers in San Francisco
05 September 2017   1146

The new Bitcoin Core 0.15 software was presented by the developers at a recent meet up in San Francisco. A detailed report describing the key features was prepared by Greg Maxwell.

The release of the new version of the official client has been expected to take place by September 1st, but was postponed to September 14th-15th. As noted by Maxwell, a two-week delay is connected with the extremely high activity among the of developers as well as with the fact that not all of them have an access to the necessary cryptographic keys.

Thus, the Bitcoin Core  release plan looks as follows.

Bitcoin Core releases Bitcoin Core releases 

According to Maxwell, while working on v0.15, the main focus was primarily on the software performance. One of the reasons for this is the rapid growth of Bitcoin, which requires faster software. Speaking of improving productivity, one of the most important areas of work is a complete rework of the Chainstate (UTXO) database, meaning the output of unspent transactions.

The Chainstate (UTXO) database rework The Chainstate (UTXO) database rework

At the same time, there was a 15% increase in the size of the database on the disk (up to 2.8 GB), but, as noted by the developers, the overall performance improvement compensates it to the full. Another improvement related to the Chainstate database is a delayed (non-atomic) cache flushing.

Furthermore, among the other changes are:

  • The platform work boost
  • Caching of the script validation
  • Multiwallet
  • Improved mechanism for calculating and processing fees
  • Full support for SegWit

Line to Launch Bibox Exchange in Singapore

Bitbox supports 28 digital currencies, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, USDT, XRP, Litecoin, Ethereum Classic, Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin Gold, MonaCoin, Qtum and Golem
16 July 2018   110

One of the most popular messengers in Asia Line has launched a Bitbox exchange in Singapore. Trading on the platform started this morning and is limited to pairs with crypto-currencies, Cryptovest reports.

Bitbox supports 28 digital currencies, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, USDT, XRP, Litecoin, Ethereum Classic, Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin Gold, MonaCoin, Qtum and Golem.

BITBOX is only for trading cryptocurrencies (Digital Tokens). Fiat currencies (USD, KRW, etc.) cannot be exchanged on BITBOX.

Bitbox Website

Bitbox charges a 0.1% commission and supports 15 languages, including English, Korean, Chinese, Spanish, French and German. In Russia, the US, Japan and some other countries, the exchange is not available.

At the beginning of the year, Line Group applied for a license to the Japan Financial Services Agency, but the process dragged on because of tightening of the regulator's requirements in the light Coincheck exchange hack. All crypto exchange, wishing to provide services in the Japanese market, are required to obtain permission from the local regulator.

Currently, Line is also in the process of obtaining a license in the US. The company decided to open its first trading platform for crypto-currencies in Singapore, as this city-state adheres to a progressive approach to the regulation of the digital currency sphere.

With cryptocurrency, we are going to take our challenge in financial services global.

Takeshi Idezawa

CEO, Line

In May, Line Group denied rumors that it intends to release its own token and distribute it through the ICO. Every month Line is used by about 200 million people. The messenger is extremely popular in Japan, South Korea and Thailand.