Byzantium delayed

The planned hardfork of the Ethereum, Byzantium, is postponed for at least a week
25 September 2017   1700

Byzantium activation should occur on the block 4,370,000, and at the current block generation speed this will happen on October 17, reports CoinDesk.

Initially, the activation of Byzantium, the first stage of the Metropolis hardfork, was scheduled for October 9, provided that no problems were found during the testing.

The news about postponement of the date of the hardfork was preceded by the comments of the of Vitalik Buterin, founder of Ethereum, that the platform should be conservative with respect to previous forks.

At the same time, Buterin himself wanted to have the hardfork held later - at the end of October, however, due to the upcoming Devcon 3 conference in early November, which is planned to be visited by a large number of developers, these plans were revised.

In the meantime Ethereum developer Hudson Jameson noted that the date of activation of the hardfork is already determined definitively, and can be revised only if there are problems during testing.

The test phase of Byzantium officially started on Tuesday in the test network Ropsten. At the same time, not only the first transaction after the fork was successfully verified, but also the zero-disclosure of zk-SNARK was verified. Thanks to this in the network Ethereum may appear new privacy features, currently found in cryptocurrency like Zcash.

It should be noted that a few days ago the Byzantium was attacked. The attacker filled entire blocks with spam contracts for large sums. Vitalik Buterin, incidentally, called the attack absolutely insignificant.

Coinbase to Expand Services for Asia

Among the services available now there are Coinbase Prime, Pro and Custody
22 January 2019   119

Coinbase, the leading US cryptocurrency company reported that from now on its professional trading and custodial platforms are available to institutional clients and investors with large volumes from the Asian region.

In particular, according to the Coinbase blog, users of Asia will have access to the option of depositing accounts and withdrawing funds using SWIFT transfers through non-US bank accounts.

In the past 12 months, hundreds of crypto-first hedge funds have launched around the world, and many hundreds more traditional institutions such as proprietary trading firms, family offices and endowments have begun actively trading digital assets. Coinbase’s suite of professional products — Coinbase Prime and Pro, Coinbase Custody — serves these customers, along with other participants in the market, like asset issuers, crypto exchanges, and miners.

Elliott Suthers


Among the services available there are Coinbase Prime, Coinbase Pro and Coinbase Custody, which also supports the steamer USDC.

In December 2018, Coinbase began to provide services to residents of the islands of Guernsey and Maine, as well as Lithuania, Iceland, Andorra and Gibraltar.