Chinese Baidu Launches New CryptoKitties-like Service

Baidu, considered China's Google, has launched a new CryptoKitties-like service as part of its wider work with blockchain
05 February 2018   905

China's search engine giant Baidu has launched a new CryptoKitties-like service called Leci Gou. The service is based on the digital adoption and trade of puppies, the transactions for which are recorded on a blockchain. It is not yet clear whether Baidu is using a public network or its own internal one.

Leci Gou Leci Gou web-site

The service proposes various digital puppies with different designs and prices, with each ranked by their scarcity. Baidu users are able to adopt one crypto-dog and receive 1000 points for free on the marketplace, which can be further used to trade with other owners.

Leci Gou Leci Gou web-site

The website details that the service was developed by Baidu's in-house blockchain team, which is also a member of the Linux Foundation-led Hyperledger consortium.

Baidu also said the project is available for public use but is still being tested and further developed.

The Baidu project is similar to CryptoKitties, the ethereum-based digital pet initiative, that went viral late last year and led to a deluge of transactions on that public network amid swelling interest. It also sparked a range of copycat projects hoping to piggyback on the CryptoKitties craze.

Ledger Team to Find Issue in New Nano S Software

Last update's security improvements have affected the amount of device memory
15 February 2019   114

Ledger hardware wallet developers stated that an unforeseen problem was found in software version 1.5.5 for the Nano S model. Improvements in the security context have affected the amount of device memory.

When planning for this update we didn’t anticipate the impact it would have on Ledger Nano S capacity. This was not planned obsolescence, simply put, we messed up. We apologize and we’re committed to making it right.

Ledger Team

The project team apologized for the incident and promised to fix the problem during the second quarter of 2019.

The project also announced the addition of Nano S support in the Ledger Live mobile app on Android.

Earlier, researchers at discovered a number of vulnerabilities in the Trezor and Ledger hardware cryptocurrency wallets. As a result, they were able to conduct a series of successful attacks on wallets during the Chaos Communication Congress in Leipzig.