Byzantium delayed

The planned hardfork of the Ethereum, Byzantium, is postponed for at least a week
25 September 2017   654

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.

UCLA Blockchain Crypto Conference to be Held in LA

The UCLA Conference will be held on February 17-18 of 2018, gathering together the most experienced and exciting thinkers
17 February 2018   218

UCLA's Blockchain Lab and Far from LA are holding the Blockchain Cryptocurrency Conference, gathering together the most experienced and exciting thinkers across SoCal, in order to foster both economic and educational progress. The conference will concern cybersecurity, cryptocurrencies, and blockchain.

The UCLA Conference will be held on February 17-18 of 2018.

Location: The University of California, Humanities Building, 415 Portola Plaza, UCLA 90095, Los Angeles

The headline speakers will include Kathleen Breitman, the co-founder of Tezos; Sandra Ro from UWIN Lab; David Moss from EOS; Jeremy Rubin, the Bitcoin core developer, and many more.

The agenda of the conference is as follows: the future of blockchain keynote, bringing humanity to the blockchain, cybersecurity, autonomous vehicles, blockchain's influence on the development of art and culture, blockchain in the music industry, government adoption of blockchain around the world, and more.