Vitalik Buterin downplays Ethereum PoW forks, Chainlink backs PoS switch

Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin has downplayed the impact of Proof of Work (PoW) forks of the leading smart contract platform. Chainlink, meanwhile, has confirmed it will not support any such forks.

Bitcoin pioneered the PoW consensus that was adopted by Ethereum. PoW is energy-intensive, requiring increasingly powerful computers to validate transactions to earn blockchain rewards. Some lawmakers in several regions are even talking about banning PoW blockchains.

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Ethereum Ropsten testnet planned for June 8 marks “huge milestone”

The Ropsten public testnet, a testing environment that is the closest replication of the Ethereum mainnet, is set to undergo its long awaited merge on June 8.

The merge will mimic Ethereum’s upcoming transition from using a proof-of-work consensus mechanism to a proof-of-stake one. This allows developers to test and finalise adjustments for Ethereum’s mainnet merge later this year.

Ethereum DevOps engineer Parathi Jayanathi submitted a pull request for the Ropsten...

ETH2 sentiment grows bullish as Q2 consensus layer merge awaits

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Excitement surrounding ETH2, a series of upgrades designed to improve the Ethereum blockchain, is building as the network prepares to transition from mining to staking.

Last week Ethereum developers successfully tested the long-awaited merge of the blockchain’s proof-of-work and proof-of-stake chains.

Ethereum currently runs on a proof-of-work mechanism, similar to Bitcoin, in which new transactions are verified by computers solving complex mathematical...