Ethereum’s Constantinople Upgrade Now Scheduled for Late February

Participants in the call included Vitalik Buterin and other developers including Hudson Jameson, Lane Rettig, Afri Schoedon, Péter Szilágyi, Martin …

Ethereum’s Constantinople upgrade was originally planned to be released in 2018, was then pushed back to January 2019, and is now pushed back once again to late February 2019.

The decision to delay came about after the smart contract auditing firm, ChainSecurity, found security vulnerabilities in one of the 5 Ethereum Improvement Proposals (EIPs) set for inclusion in the system-wide Constantinople upgrade.

EIP 1283 was identified as the EIP with security vulnerabilities which are related to data storage costs on the blockchain. Now, Ethereum devs will test and refashion the EIP for inclusion at a later date.

Constantinople Upgrade Scheduled for February 27 at Block Number 7,280,000

On January 18, Ethereum core developers held a phone call where they discussed the Constantinople upgrade. Ultimately, they decided to go through with it around block number 7,280,000 which should fall on February 27, 2019.

Participants in the call included Vitalik Buterin and other developers including Hudson Jameson, Lane Rettig, Afri Schoedon, Péter Szilágyi, Martin Holste Swende, Danny Ryan and Alexey Akhunov.

The developers decided that it’s best that the Constantinople Upgrade is issued in 2 parts simultaneously on the mainnet. The first upgrade will include all 5 EIPs, and the second will remove EIP 1283 as it’s the one carrying the security vulnerabilities.

According to Ethereum developer Szilágyi, this strategy is to ensure all private networks that already implemented the full Constantinople upgrade can easily implement a fix without rolling back the chain.

As explainedby Szilágyi:

My suggestion is to define two hard forks, Constantinople as it is currently and the Constantinople fix up which just disables this feature… By having two forks everyone who actually upgraded can have a second fork to actually downgrade so to speak.

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5 Popular Use Cases of Ethereum Smart Contracts

The Founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, devised the Ethereum Blockchain, which has advanced scripting abilities such as Turing Completeness and …

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By&nbspSwati Kishore

Bitcoin may be the world’s first applied use case of Blockchain Technology, but Ethereum is the second generation Blockchain that is making waves in the tech ecosystem. The Ethereum Blockchain facilitates the coding of Smart Contracts in a way that is not possible with the Bitcoin Blockchain. This article gives you the low down on the 5 popular use cases of Ethereum Smart Contracts.

You may want to finesse your understanding of Smart Contracts first by reading our article What Are Smart Contracts? first.

The Founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, devised the Ethereum Blockchain, which has advanced scripting abilities such as Turing Completeness and smart contracts, in order to build an advanced Blockchain network that can provide the platform for the development of decentralised applications or dApps.

Today, Ethereum Smart Contracts can be applied in real life and have several use cases.

You may also read: How Big is Ethereum Blockchain?

5 Use Cases of Smart Contracts

1. Smart Contracts in Financial services

The finance sector can benefit hugely from the deployment of Smart Contracts. The digitally automated protocol is applicable to various areas of the finance and banking domain such as bonds, insurance claims, payment settlements and mortgages.

For instance, take the example of a government bond. When managed with a Smart Contract, the bond will automatically disburse the amount on maturity to the bearer. Yes, the application of Smart Contracts in the financial domain can work wonders by automating and streamlining processes.

2. Smart Contracts in Initial Coin Offerings

Smart Contracts when integrated into the coin offering process can make it more transparent, democratic, and effective. Buterin, the founder of Ethereum has suggested a model for ICOs called the DIACO model. It is considered to be a hybrid of Decentralized Aunomous Organization and Intial Coin Offering.

The DAICO entails the launch of the DAICO Smart Contract on the Ethereum network with a variable ‘tap’. This variable determines the amount of Ether cryptocurrency that the developers can withdraw per second. Interestingly, the limit of ‘taps’ is authorised by the DAICO contributors. Hence, DAICO avoids scams as developers cannot run away with all the money at once. To understand how developers create Smart Contracts with Solidity, do read our article on the same.

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3. Smart Contracts in Management of Digital Identities

Today’s relevant issues of data monopoly and identity theft can be easily resolved through the deployment of smart contracts in digital identity management processes. Projects like uPort give the digital identity of the users back in their hands, allowing them self sovereignty.

4. Smart Contracts in Prediction markets

Decentralized prediction market protocol platforms such as Augur and Gnosis have already implemented Smart Contracts. Such protocol allow the participants to predict outcomes (for example an election outcome), and when their predictions turn out to be true, they are incentivized through trustless Smart Contracts.

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5. Smart Contracts in Escrow Services

Smart Contracts can easily replace middlemen, thus they find one of the most important use cases in escrow services. One thing that needs to be taken care of is that Smart Contracts used escrow services should be equipped with all the pre-conditions.

Conclusion

Smart Contracts seem to be paving the way forward for automatization of various processes. To conclude, Smart Contracts are not just a buzz word, but they actually serve real-world use cases. 2019 may just be the year when these protocols find their niches in different industry verticals. To understand, Smart Contracts in detail, do read our article titled Blockchain Smart Contracts.

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Other experts said the long-awaited initial launch of a commercial crew capsule by Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. could slip from …

A large U.S. spy satellite was successfully launched into orbit Saturday from central California as concerns mounted that the continued government shutdown threatens to disrupt launch plans for future commercial, civilian and potentially even military payloads.

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Some Historical INTC News: 29/05/2018 – S&PGR Rmvs Intel ‘A-1+’ … IBM’s Virginia Rometty, Intel’s Brian Krzanich, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella and a …

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Srb Corp increased its stake in Intel Corp Cap (INTC) by 2.9% based on its latest 2018Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Srb Corp bought 114,101 shares as the company’s stock rose 1.97% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 4.05M shares of the semiconductors company at the end of 2018Q3, valued at $191.54 million, up from 3.94M at the end of the previous reported quarter. Srb Corp who had been investing in Intel Corp Cap for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $224.50B market cap company. The stock increased 1.49% or $0.72 during the last trading session, reaching $49.19. About 29.87 million shares traded or 4.95% up from the average. Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) has risen 9.59% since January 19, 2018 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 9.59% the S&P500. Some Historical INTC News: 29/05/2018 – S&PGR Rmvs Intel ‘A-1+’ Shrt-Trm Rtg Frm WatchNeg; Rtgs Affmd; 13/03/2018 – Sen. Rich Burr: Senate Intel Chairman Burr on Gina Haspel to be Director of CIA; 22/05/2018 – The basket includes Nvidia, AT&T, Intel and Walmart; 23/05/2018 – Macron’s guest-list included Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, IBM’s Virginia Rometty, Intel’s Brian Krzanich, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella and a raft of other big hitters in the corporate world; 07/03/2018 – Sen. James Lankf: Senator Lankford Discusses Reforms for Security Clearance in Open Intel Hearing; 26/04/2018 – INTEL CFO SWAN SPEAKS IN TELEPHONE INTERVIEW; 02/04/2018 – APPLE PLANS TO USE ITS OWN CHIPS IN MACS FROM 2020, REPLACING INTEL – BLOOMBERG; 16/04/2018 – RAVE Computer named Intel Partner of the Year; 29/03/2018 – INTEL, MOBILEYE ANNOUNCE RULING BY AMSTERDAM COURT OF APPEALS; 26/04/2018 – INTEL CORP SEES FY NON-GAAP EPS $3.85, +/- 5%

Oak Associates Ltd increased its stake in Alliance Data Systems Corp (ADS) by 2.74% based on its latest 2018Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Oak Associates Ltd bought 1,440 shares as the company’s stock declined 24.64% with the market. The institutional investor held 53,955 shares of the business services company at the end of 2018Q3, valued at $12.74M, up from 52,515 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Oak Associates Ltd who had been investing in Alliance Data Systems Corp for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $9.40B market cap company. The stock increased 1.67% or $2.83 during the last trading session, reaching $172.52. About 781,536 shares traded or 28.59% up from the average. Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) has declined 22.99% since January 19, 2018 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 22.99% the S&P500. Some Historical ADS News: 19/04/2018 – ALLIANCE DATA REAFFIRMS FORECAST FOR 2018; 22/05/2018 – Signet Jewelers Ltd. Shines With Alliance Data’s Conversant And Epsilon, Signs Expansion Agreement For Digital Marketing Platform; 16/04/2018 – Alliance Data Systems March Delinquency Rate 5.3; 03/04/2018 – Andy Frawley Appointed to cogint Board of Directors; 03/04/2018 – ALLIANCE DATA SYSTEMS SAYS FUNDED REDEMPTION PRICE WITH BORROWINGS UNDER ITS REVOLVING CREDIT FACILITY – SEC FILING; 19/04/2018 – ALLIANCE DATA SYSTEMS CORP – REITERATING 2018 GUIDANCE; 19/04/2018 – Alliance Data Systems Sees 2018 Adj EPS $22.50-Adj EPS $23; 29/03/2018 – Alliance Data Issues Statement on Facebook’s Announced Wind-Down of Data Provider Relationships; 16/04/2018 – Alliance Data Systems March Net Charge-Offs As Percentage of Avg Receivables 6.3%; 15/05/2018 – Owl Creek Adds Ulta Beauty, Exits Alliance Data: 13F

Among 57 analysts covering Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), 33 have Buy rating, 7 Sell and 17 Hold. Therefore 58% are positive. Intel Corporation had 303 analyst reports since August 7, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) has “Hold” rating given on Thursday, November 29 by DZ Bank. Mizuho maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Monday, September 19 report. KeyBanc Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Overweight” rating in Thursday, July 5 report. The stock of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) has “Neutral” rating given on Wednesday, April 20 by Goldman Sachs. The stock of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) has “Buy” rating given on Monday, February 26 by Nomura. The firm earned “Sell” rating on Friday, August 10 by Goldman Sachs. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Friday, April 20 by FBR Capital. The stock has “Sell” rating by Jefferies on Friday, July 28. The rating was maintained by Roth Capital on Friday, January 26 with “Buy”. The rating was maintained by Raymond James on Wednesday, July 12 with “Sell”.

Srb Corp, which manages about $2.30 billion and $1.00 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Plains All Amer Pipeline Lp (NYSE:PAA) by 165,200 shares to 165,735 shares, valued at $4.15 million in 2018Q3, according to the filing.

More notable recent Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) news were published by: Benzinga.com which released: “Dan Nathan Sees Unusual Options Activity In Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) – Benzinga” on January 11, 2019, also Nasdaq.com with their article: “After Hours Most Active for Jan 11, 2019 : CMCSA, QQQ, AMD, INTC, CSCO, ZNGA – Nasdaq” published on January 11, 2019, Nasdaq.com published: “After Hours Most Active for Jan 14, 2019 : BAC, QEP, CTL, F, GE, FCX, MSFT, INTC, CZR, QQQ, FOXA, AMD – Nasdaq” on January 14, 2019. More interesting news about Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) were released by: 247Wallst.com and their article: “Intel and Other Top Deutsche Bank Semiconductor Stock Picks for 2019 (NASDAQ: INTC) – 24/7 Wall St.” published on January 18, 2019 as well as Nasdaq.com‘s news article titled: “Notable Friday Option Activity: MSFT, INTC, HD – Nasdaq” with publication date: January 18, 2019.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.85 in Q3 2018. Its up 0.04, from 0.81 in 2018Q2. It improved, as 62 investors sold INTC shares while 728 reduced holdings. 113 funds opened positions while 557 raised stakes. 2.86 billion shares or 2.41% less from 2.93 billion shares in 2018Q2 were reported. Clark Capital Mgmt Group Inc accumulated 699,660 shares. Hexavest Inc has invested 0.01% in Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC). 94,246 were reported by Atria Invs Ltd. State Of Tennessee Treasury Department owns 3.39M shares or 0.78% of their US portfolio. Polaris Greystone Group Ltd stated it has 4,209 shares. Augustine Asset reported 98,335 shares. Jnba invested 2.15% of its portfolio in Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC). Holt Advisors Lc Dba Holt Prns LP holds 34,680 shares or 0.46% of its portfolio. Leuthold Grp Ltd Liability accumulated 91,715 shares. Duff Phelps Invest Mgmt holds 0.03% or 48,850 shares in its portfolio. Union Retail Bank Corporation invested in 1.75% or 122,653 shares. Amica Pension Fund Board Of Trustees has invested 1.09% in Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC). 271,564 were reported by Carret Asset Mngmt Lc. Rothschild Invest Corporation Il reported 0.72% of its portfolio in Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC). Diligent owns 1.98% invested in Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) for 76,203 shares.

Since July 25, 2018, it had 2 buys, and 7 sales for $723,730 activity. Rodgers Steven Ralph had sold 2,213 shares worth $116,028. Shenoy Navin also sold $226,100 worth of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) shares. 6,500 shares valued at $295,945 were sold by McBride Kevin Thomas on Tuesday, October 30.

Among 37 analysts covering Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS), 21 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 14 Hold. Therefore 57% are positive. Alliance Data Systems had 108 analyst reports since August 9, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. On Monday, December 10 the stock rating was upgraded by BMO Capital Markets to “Outperform”. The rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray on Thursday, April 5 with “Buy”. Robert W. Baird maintained it with “Hold” rating and $270.0 target in Monday, January 8 report. The company was maintained on Thursday, April 19 by Piper Jaffray. The stock of Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, October 19 by Cowen & Co. The stock of Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, August 20 by Stifel Nicolaus. The firm has “Neutral” rating given on Friday, September 9 by Wedbush. BMO Capital Markets downgraded the stock to “Market Perform” rating in Friday, July 22 report. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, March 28 by RBC Capital Markets. As per Wednesday, August 16, the company rating was maintained by Jefferies.

Since July 24, 2018, it had 0 buys, and 4 selling transactions for $179.24 million activity. ValueAct Holdings – L.P. sold $39.72 million worth of stock or 200,000 shares. 3,424 shares valued at $793,231 were sold by Pearson Bryan A on Tuesday, August 14.

More notable recent Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) news were published by: Seekingalpha.com which released: “AT&T ads return to YouTube – Seeking Alpha” on January 18, 2019, also Seekingalpha.com with their article: “Alliance Data considers Epsilon’s future – Seeking Alpha” published on November 27, 2018, Finance.Yahoo.com published: “Cannabis company HEXO wants to become the ‘Intel Inside’ of pot – Yahoo Finance” on January 18, 2019. More interesting news about Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) were released by: Streetinsider.com and their article: “Citigroup allows hedge fund ValueAct more access – StreetInsider.com” published on January 11, 2019 as well as Prnewswire.com‘s news article titled: “Alliance Data Selected For 2019 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index, Recognizing Commitment To Advancing Women In The Workplace – PRNewswire” with publication date: January 16, 2019.

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The twin ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach are cited by environmental authorities as some of the worst sources for the region’s endemic air pollution, a problem regulators aim to address with a planned phase-out of the 16,000 smoke-spewing diesel trucks that service the shipping centers.

What sort of clean technology will replace them is far from certain, but Paccar, one of the world’s largest heavy-duty truck manufacturers, is teaming with Toyota to test one promising alternative.

At this month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the partners unveiled the first of 10 prototype trucks that will rely on hydrogen fuel cells. That puts the partners in competition with players like Tesla that are focusing on battery-powered semis.

“We believe that carrying energy in the form of hydrogen for heavy-duty Class 8 trucks makes more sense than carrying it in batteries” because the trucks can be refilled faster and offer longer range, said Brian Lindgren, director of research and development for Paccar subsidiary Kenworth.

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