The countdown to the Ethereum Merge
September 12, 2022
The Ethereum Merge is very close. The current estimated date and time place it in the early morning of Thursday September 15th (European time). On Google, if you search for Ethereum Merge, you'll get a countdown timer.
Lawsuit users Tornado Cash against US Department of Treasury
September 9, 2022
Six users of Ethereum and coin mixer Tornado Cash have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Treasury Department. They claim that putting Tornado Cash on the sanctions list is unconstitutional and that there are numerous legitimate ways to use this coin mixer. Crypto exchange Coinbase is financially supporting the lawsuit.
The ripple effects preceding the Ethereum Merge
September 7, 2022
The upcoming Ethereum Merge has all kinds of expected and less expected effects - even before the Merge has taken place. For example, it was foreseeable that graphics cards would become cheaper, now that Ethereum miners soon won't need them anymore. Less expected is the dynamic around the positions traders take to take advantage of the potential fork after the Merge.
Bellatrix activated: The Merge has been started
September 6, 2022
The Merge is the event in 2022 and the Ethereum community is more than excited for it to commence. Many hopes and dreams as well as fears are attached to the Merge. While some believe that proof of stake will put Ethereum into a pole position others fear that anything could go wrong from a technical perspective and threaten the Ethereum blockchain. Just a few hours ago the Bellatrix upgrade was shipped to the beacon chain. What is Bellatrix and when are we going to witness the full transition?
Is the Ethereum Merge reflected in the ETH price?
September 5, 2022
The upcoming Ethereum Merge is the longest anticipated event in crypto in recent years. In recent months, the markets seem to express positive expectations: the price of Ethereum has held up better than Bitcoin's. But is the Merge, expected around September 15, already fully priced in? Or will a successful Merge lead to higher prices? We check the opinion of three prominent analysts.
Arbitrum launches Nitro: even cheaper Ethereum transactions
September 5, 2022
On August 31st, Offchain Labs conducted a major mainnet upgrade from Arbitrum One to Arbitrum Nitro. The launch was a success, at least as measured by daily transactions, which reached all-time highs. The Layer 2 solution is now raking in about twice as much in daily fees as its competitor Optimism.
The Merge is going down – Bellatrix Upgrade scheduled
August 26, 2022
Ethereum had only one topic for the last 8 weeks or so: The Merge. During this fateful event, the Ethereum beacon chain will merge with the current Ethereum blockchain. Once that is done Ethereum will switch its consensus from proof of work to proof of stake. The whole act requires a lot of testing and careful consideration. Now that the testing has been done, the Merge is entering a stage where things are getting interesting. What is the Bellatrix upgrade and what are the next steps to proceed with the Merge?
Ethereum mining pool stops accepting Tornado Cash transactions
August 22, 2022
Ethermine, the largest Ethereum mining pool, is no longer producing blocks that contain Tornado Cash transactions. It shows the U.S. sanctions against Tornado Cash are working their way through very quickly. Meanwhile, Ethereum experts are speculating about what a realistic defense is. Will there be a user activated soft fork?