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Zcash 1.0.2 Update

Zcash has just released a network update that has a number of improvements and bug fixes. One of the most important bug fixes in 1.0.2 has to do with a wallet bug in zcashd that would prevent users from sending to multiple (private) z_addresses at one time. All miners, users and pools are advised to update to 1.0.2 as soon as...

Zcash 1.0.1 Release

Today the Zcash team has released the first update to the Zcash network Version 1.0.1. This update contains several improvements to Zcash including a badly needed bug fix where sometimes private payments were not being confirmed by the network. In addition to this fix the cool metrics screen that Jack Grigg designed has been updated with improved accuracy and additional...

Zcash Genesis!

Sorry for the late post but today has been such a huge rush of activity I have not had time to put together a post for it!  In case you have been living under a rock and not following Zcash News, today is a day that will go down in crypto-currency history. At around Noon Eastern time the Zcash Genesis Block...

Zcash Trusted Setup Complete

Zcash has just announced that the most important step in the Genesis ceremony, the creation of the Public Proving Keys for the zkSNARKS, was completed on October 22-23rd 2016! The Trusted Setup is a vital part of what makes Zcash work. Zcash is the first coin to use a simplified implementation of a new cryptographic proof called zk-SNARKs (SNARKS for short). These SNARKS...

Zcash Beta Release rc2

With less than a week until Launch the Zcash team released a new update to the Testnet: Release Candidate 2 (rc2) This new release incorporates a number of improvements including security and DDoS protections but the feature I am most excited to try out is the new Tromp Solver! As many of you who have been mining on the Testnet know...

Zcash Beta rc1 Testnet Update

Its only 10 days until the Genesis of Zcash! The Zcash team has been working overtime pushing bug fixes and security hardening features that are needed for the official Launch. Yesterday the Zcash team relased a new Beta Testnet Update rc1 : Bug fixes and Launch Preperation. This update has many improvements to Zcash but unlike the Beta2 release the network...

Zcash Beta2 Testnet Release

Last night the Zcash team released an update to the Testnet: Beta2. This new update has a number of improvements including patching the Bitcoin core code with Denial of Service patches and adding a safety feature that will allow Zcash to send a High-Priority Alert to all nodes putting them into RPC safe mode in the case of a problem...

Zcash and the Trusted Setup

As Zcash approaches the Genesis Block with just one month left until launch many people have been looking into how Zcash technology works. Zcash's promise to hide not only the sender and receiver but the amount of the transaction has been heralded as the solution to what some see as serious privacy flaws in Bitcoins current implementation. Like any crypto-currency the Genesis block scheduled for...

Zcash $30k Miner Bounty

I have news of two breaking events for Zcash today! The first is the official announcement from Zcash that Least Authority (a supporter of Zcash Company) is sponsoring a huge $30,000 contest for an Open Source CPU and GPU Miner for Zcash! The Zcash community has been trying to Crowdfund an Open Source Miner for quite a while on the Zcash...

Zcash Cloud Mining

I have just heard about a unique idea for Zcash mining that can help you get in on the early days of mining Zcash without having to buy a mining rig or spend hours learning code. The concept is Turn-Key Zcash Cloud Mining I have been in contact with Tim Olson of Zeropond.com who is jump starting the idea of a complete...