What you need to know about the ethereum 'merge' | CNN Business

This story is part of CNN Business’ Nightcap newsletter. To get it in your inbox, sign up for free, here.Here’s the deal: It’s been a rough year for cryptocurrencies and their legions of fans. Bitcoin, by far the largest token, has fallen roughly 70% from its high nearly a year ago. Ditto the second-largest coin, ether, which runs on the ethereum blockchain. But for months, the crypto faithful have been buzzing about a complex ethereum network software upgrade known as the “merge.” In short, the merge would put the core infrastructure of ethereum on a more environmentally sustainable path, reducing its carbon footprint by 99%, according to the nonprofit

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