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Bitcoin Cash (BCH) Turns 1: Increased Block Size, Smart Contracts and an On Chain Social Network

Time in the crypto-verse seems to proceed at a faster rate than regular time. Just a year ago, on August 1st, 2017, Bitcoin Cash (BCH) was launched. This means that on August 1st this year, BCH would have turned 1 year old yet it seems like the digital asset has been around for much longer.

A Brief History of Bitcoin Cash

BCH came about when a group of developers wanted to increase the Bitcoin block size limit and prepared a code change (hard fork) that took effect on the 1st of August 2017. The hard fork was implemented on block 478,558. At the time of the fork, anyone owning traditional BTC suddenly had BCH in a one to one ratio.

When it was launched, BCH was valued at approximately $555 and would soon peak to $4,000 on its listing on Coinbase in early January. The sudden spike in value has since been investigated for insider trading at the exchange although no wrongdoing has been established. BCH is currently valued at $792 and ranked 4th according to market capitalization.

Commentary on Bitcoin Cash (BCH) by Alejandro de la Torre, VP of Business Operations at BTC.com 

Ethereum World News had the privilege of an exclusive commentary by Alejandro de la Torre, VP of Business Operations at BTC.com, and with regards to BCH on its one year anniversary.

Mr. de la Torre mentioned the advantages of the 32MB block size on the BCH blockchain through the following statement:

Their last hard fork increased the block-size to 32MB, virtually eliminating the risk for any network congestion due to scaling, and paved the way for a low-cost transaction super-highway. In countries such as Venezuela where monetary inflation is estimated above 40,000%, the utility of this new block space to open up fast, low-cost transactions as an alternative payment system to local fiat has been more than salient.

Mr. de la Torre also commented about the smart contract capability of BCH as well as its on-chain social network:

Bitcoin Cash has demonstrated a remarkable commitment to innovate upon community engagement with applications like on-chain social network—Memo, and a smart contract protocol layer called Wormhole that is built using OmniLayer, the token-issuance protocol that is the same technical basis for Tether (USDT). We think these community-driven networks can be very effective at moving the needle in the adoption of Bitcoin Cash as a medium-of-exchange, which is the primary reason it was forked and developed.

He would conclude with mentioning additional achievements of BCH in the last one year:

One year after its creation, BCH has continued to expand onto 19 different services, e.g. Bitpay, Coingate, Viabtc, Coinpayments, Coindance. Bitcoin Cash is also involved in fourteen different projects, e.g., OpenBazaar, Joystream, and Counterparty, and tradable on 41 different exchanges. Now entering its second year, BTC.com is poised to help the Bitcoin Cash community shift focus from investment, thinking only in terms of storing of value, to cash, thinking as a medium of exchange for merchants and consumers.

About BTC.com

BTC.com has more than a million users and 25% of all newly-mined bitcoin are done through the firm. BTC.com has processed more than $5 Billion worth of Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) since 2015. BTC.com has maintained compatibility with Bitcoin Cash from its inception a year ago, and has seen first-hand its development and usage through its platform. BTC.com continues to develop wallet features to ensure scalable, fast, and low-cost transactions with Bitcoin Cash for its more than one million users.

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Metropolis Ahead: Ethereum Developers Set September Date for Testnet Launch

A launch date for the ‘Byzantium’ testnet, the next critical step toward a major upgrade for ethereum, has been announced.

The testnet will be deployed on September 18, following a discussion between ethereum core developers today. Byzantium is the first of two phases in the ‘Metropolis‘ update, set to be followed by ‘Constantinople’ at a later time.

The actual network upgrade release will likely be launched in early October, depending on the length of the testing period and any issues that may arise during that time. Observers had predicted that the Metropolis upgrade could come as early as this month, but ongoing development pushed that date to later in the fall.

As developer Hudson jameson, the unofficial release manager for Metropolis, said during the meeting:

“For all the coin media that keep saying September – it’s not September. It’s October 9 unless something goes wrong with the testnet.”

Vitalik Buterin, the creator of ethereum, said during the meeting that he anticipates the Byzantium test phase will last between three and four weeks.

In response, developer Péter Szilágyi posited that the timeline for that could shift, noting “if things go wrong….they will go wrong fast.”

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