Ethereum's Geth 1.7 software update

Ethereum's Geth node software including support for the "Byzantium" upgrade has been released
16 September 2017   751

A new version of Ethereum's Geth node software has been released. In addition to a series of performance enhancements, the update includes support for "Byzantium".

According to the developers, the update, named Megara, is the first incarnation focusing on laying the groundwork for the upcoming Metropolis hard forks (Byzantium and Constantinople), consisting of 125+ code contributions for various parts of the project.

Byzantium fork

As reported, the release has been reformatted to include all improvements developed for Byzantium, which forms the first of two parts in the wider "Metropolis" update. Megara also includes a formal block number for the launch of Byzantium on Ropsten, the Ethereum testnet. The block number is now officially 1,700,000, which seems to be reached in about seven days.

Performance optimizations

The 1.7 release series of Geth is also aimed to focus primarily on performance improvements. Among the performance enhancements are steps to cut the amount of data storage required by a node from 26.3GB to 14.9GB – making ethereum significantly lighter to run. Updated nodes will also be able to process contracts faster, with filtering times reduced from minutes to under a second.

Trezor wallets

The team has introduced support for the Ledger hardware wallet. Due to popular demand, it has been expanded on hardware wallet support to include the Trezor. The Geth console can be used to unlock the Trezor, which will request the user to enter the shuffled PIN code and send that over to the Trezor for verification.

Transaction journal

According to the team, Geth 1.7.0 journals all locally created transactions to disk and loads them back up on a node restart. This ensures that even if the originating node goes offline, cheap transactions still have a chance to be included when the node comes back. The transaction journal can be an enormous help for node operators during software upgrades by not having to worry about local transactions going missing. Furthermore, the journal also acts as a resiliency mechanism against node crashes, ensuring that no transaction data is lost, as the company details.

Rinkeby updates

As reported, there have been a lot of fine-tuning of Puppeth and Rinkeby over the course of this release, such as better ethstats logging to detect malicious reporters and IP address blacklisting to deny access for them.

Play2live announced the release of its MVP and a token sale

Blockchain-based streaming platform for gamers release a full-fledged esports streaming service
21 February 2018   20

On February 21 the first blockchain-based streaming platform for gamers, Play2live, opened its LevelUp Coin (LUC) token sale event with a deadline on March 14 at 17:00 UTC along with the rolling out of its MVP. The platform is based on BitShares 2.0, already successfully passed a heavy testing stage with with live matches and streams.

The service is already capable of accepting around 200,000 viewers. A special tournament for CS:GO - CryptoMasters with the world's first prize pool entirely comprised of the virtual currency ($100,000 worth of LUC) is also announced under the banner of Play2live. The event is set to take place in Minsk, Belarus on February 24-25. The broadcast will be arranged in 7 languages - English, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, and German.

The service also features a voting system during matches using the same LUC. This token acts as an internal currency that can be easily converted to another cryptocurrency or a fiat currency by means of the Play2live's API.

The company itself was established in 2017. Its purpose is to merge blockchain technology and streaming service to provide all the participants of the streaming process a seamless platform for prioritizes interaction and encourages the diversity of monetization schemes. It is reported that Play2live will have up to 15 sources of revenue.

On February 21 at 17:00 UTC CEO of Play2live opened the token sale with a Q&A stream session with topics concerning the update of P2l, product and sale related matters.