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Distributed Digest: Wednesday, January 23, 2019




EthTrader has a naming challenge for the next Ethereum hard fork, Ledger Live users can now download the Tezos Wallet app, and Plasma Bears joins the lineup of cryptocollectible games.

Your daily distillation of crypto news for Wednesday, January 23, 2019:

Name That Hard Fork!

Yesterday, a contest thread was posted on the community subreddit EthTrader to name the next Ethereum hard fork. The thread will run for at least seven days, and the top seven suggestions will be posted to a separate EthTrader poll. The winning entry will be included in an EIP that outlines the Ethereum hard fork process, and will then be presented to core developers in a future meeting.

Although Istanbul has been the tentative name given to the forthcoming fork, the announcement poster opined that it was a "dull" choice. Commenters on the thread provided suggestions ranging from crystal stone types (like amber, brookite, and carnelian) to months from the Roman calendar (Martius, Aprilis, Maius, etc.).

Tezos Wallet on Ledger Live

According to information shared with ETHNews, the Tezos Wallet app is now publicly available to users of Ledger Live, which is Ledger's account-management platform. Previously, the app was only available in developer mode, which meant that individuals had to activate a certain setting within Ledger Live to install the app on their Ledger Nano S devices.

"We are thrilled to welcome Tezos to the Ledger platform," said Eric Larchevêque, CEO of Ledger. "It is exciting to see active community members and external developers adding Ledger support, and we look forward to seeing continued engagement coming from the community."

Assemble Your Squad of Plasma Bears

The cryptocollectible game Plasma Bears is live, according to a January 21 tweet. Players can buy, sell, and trade their bear-inspired digital assets, as well as adventure and quest with their furry – yet ferocious – squad. The game's EDCCs (aka smart contracts) are deployed on Loom's blockchain, with deployment to Loom's native PlasmaChain coming later.

Plasma Bears has noted that individuals "can enjoy the full game experience without ever caring that blockchain powers the backend." Indeed, the team maintains that the game's blockchain infrastructure is "just part of the invisible user experience."

The project was developed by Blockade Games, the company behind the strategy-based role-playing game Neon District.

Dani Putney

Dani is a full-time writer for ETHNews. They received their bachelor's degree in English writing from the University of Nevada, Reno, where they also studied journalism and queer theory. In their free time, they write poetry, play the piano, and fangirl over fictional characters. They live with their partner, three dogs, and two cats in the middle of nowhere, Nevada.

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