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The Ethereum project has released an official update regarding the next phase called Homestead that will need a hardfork and that will take place at block 1150000 or roughly around Pi Day (March 14th). Homestead is the second major version release of the Ethereum platform, which includes several protocol changes and a networking change that requires the hardfork. This does not mean that Ethereum will be switching to PoS yet, Homestead will continue to rely only on PoW mining with Proof of Stake switch phase planned for a later time in the future. After the Homestead hardfork everything should continue to run normally as it is now.

The Go version of Ethereum (geth) for Homestead will be release 1.3.4 and includes the above mentioned changes to the protocol and network. Following the release of Homestead the Go team will also shortly come with the 1.4 release, which is our big feature release and includes months of work. The C++ version of Ethereum (eth) for Homestead will be version 1.2.0. Apart from the protocol and network changes, it also tries to be as compatible to geth as possible. So make sure you keep track of the development in the newt two weeks as you will have to upgrade your Ethereum client if you are running a local node or have a local wallet when the new versions with support for Homestead become available.

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Here comes the official release of Bitcoin Core v0.12.0, but note that there is still no final solution implemented for the growth of block size over time and the debate continues. Still a lot of work has gone into this release and it may just be the biggest one yet, with more significant improvements than any other before.

Here is a list of the major improvements in version 0.12:
– 7x Faster Signature Validation
– Ability to Limit Upload Traffic
– Crash Prevention via Memory Pool Limits
– Option to Send Transactions That Can Be Fee-Boosted
– Improved Rules for Transaction Relaying
– Automatic Usage of Tor When it’s Running
– Ability for Apps to Subscribe to Notifications With ZeroMQ
– Massively Reduced Disk Usage for Wallets
– Much Faster Block Assembly for Miners

In addition to these, there are 13 other improvements that didn’t make the top list but are nonetheless quite valuable. You can find a complete list of them in the Change log.

To download the full Bitcoin Core 0.12.0 Officially release for different OSes…

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The service for renting or selling your hashrate for various mining algorithms with direct payment in Bitcoin, NiceHash, has added support for Ethereum’s Dagger-Hashimoto algorithm as well as for Blake256r8, Blake256r14 and modified Blake256r8vnl (Vanillacoin) algorithms. Do note however that the Blake256 14-rounds used by Decred is not yet supported, so be careful when setting up your miners for the Blake256 algorithms regardless if you need getting or selling your hashrate on the service. The usage for Ethereum mining is pretty much the same like what you would go for with a normal ETH pool that does not have stratum implemented. For more details on the newly added algorithms you can visit NiceHash


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