The Steem News @ 13 February 2020 - check the Ned Scott retweet...

Is the Sun Rising? Speculation on Tron and Steem continues.

Also in this edition there is news and updates about JAHMFEST, Splinterlands, SMT Hard Fork testing, OpenSeed & Thicket, Steem Statusbar, Custom JSON transactions, the Silver Penny Project, Steem Games and Sonic Groove Live.

And there are more additions to the Diary Dates section as well as regular updates on the Steem Foundation and the Steem Proposal System, and another Featured Contest.

1. Is the Sun Rising? With a Cherry Tomato on top?


Discussion is continuing about whether an announcement is imminent concerning Justin Sun and Tron's interest in Steem.

@itstime has continued his interest in the subject with an assessment of how much STEEM Justin Sun may already control...

There has also been speculation about ownership of the account @cherrytomato2 that recently brought in nearly 3 million STEEM. Interestingly that account has just moved 2.8 million STEEM to @misterdelegation.

@abh12345 tagged this on his latest post...

On Twitter the discussion is growing with contributions from @theycallmedan, @ericwilson, @traciyork amongst many others...

@whatsup mentions "during the witness gathering on The Ramble, Eli called it a Leak... not a rumor"...

This discussion stemmed from Justin Sun's comments in a recent video on YouTube. In the interview, regarding Steem, Sun says "...we haven't say anything about Steem. It's all in commercial discussion - we haven't released any news..." [starting @ 20:45] ...

2. JAHMFEST gaining momentum

The @reggaesteem team are going great guns with promoting their JAHMFEST event in Jamaica in June.

@donald.porter reports that the event is now listed on

And on

And also on

Do Good & Promote Steem - Time to relaunch A Dollar A Day?

3. Splinterlands Power Up Promotion

@splinterlands are currently running a promotion. For one week Splinterlands will be giving 10% of the USD value of shop purchases back as Steem Power.

There is always news of new Legendary Summoner airdrops...

4. The hitchhiker's guide to SMT Hard Fork testing

Developer witness @howo, who is currently receiving funding from the SPS to test the coming SMT Hard Fork, has published a step by step guide to encourage more people to get involved with this very important Testnet testing...

5. OpenSeed Q&A with @andrarchy

@taskmaster4450 has published a Q&A interview with @andrarchy about OpenSeed and OpenLink...

OpenSeed developer @bflanagin has posted a video update on what's new on Thicket...

6. Steem Statusbar 0.0.2

Developer @emrebeyler has released v0.0.2 of Steem StatusBar for MacOS...

7. Custom JSON Transactions on Steem - who's making them?

@dalz has been looking at who is making the Custom JSON transactions on the Steem blockchain. Unsurprisingly over half come from Splinterlands currently...

8. The Silver Penny Project

@thesilverpenny has given an update on the Silver Penny Project where you can exchange STEEM for historic silver US quarters via the SLVP Steem-Engine token...

9. Steem Games update

Keen gamer @mickvir has posted a useful update of what has been happening on a number of Steem games including @splinterlands, @holybread, IBT Survival Island, @radaquest and SteemCity...

10. Submissions open for Sonic Groove Live week 24

Submissions are open for @sonicgroovelive week 24...

Steem Proposal System update

The Steem Proposal System (SPS) today has a daily funding budget available of approximately 2535 SBD.

There are now 8 proposals receiving funding from the SPS - @yabapmatt (Steem Keychain), @netuoso (Vessel Desktop Wallet), @anyx (API infrastructure), @thecryptodrive (Power Down reduction), @thecryptodrive again (SBD Potato Top Up), @steemonboarding (Steem Onboarding), @thecryptodrive (anti - Power Down reduction) and @howo (SMT testing).

These successful proposals are currently receiving a total of 797 SBD per day from the SPS...

One of the organisers of this summer's BLOCK Party @enginewitty has posted a reminder about the SPS proposal looking for funding to support people wanting to go to the event...

@bitrocker2020 has posted a video telling more about how the Steem Proposal System works, citing @steemonboarding's successful proposal as an example...

Steem Foundation update

The Steem Alliance Community Foundation @steemalliance have released the minutes of their last two meetings attended by @shadowspub, @phage93, @alexvan, @guiltyparties, @transisto, @aggroed and @inthenow...

Their next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 19 February 2020.

The Steem Foundation is holding a Marketing Forum to discuss its new website...

Community Watch

@gadrian discusses the value of having communities and tags, and also highlights the need for a well designed search functionality...

Contest of the Day

Dolphin Contest

To celebrate becoming a Dolphin today, @thekittygirl is running a contest. Write a post, prose or poetry, about being a dolphin. STEEM to be won...

For a list of all the current contests on Steem check out this new list from @pennsif...

If you know of any current contests missing from the list leave a comment for @pennsif or message him on Discord @Pennsif#9921.

Dates for your Diary...

For a full list of Steem Meetups and Events...

Friday 14 February - Finally Friday On The Blockchain

First episode of Finally Friday - On The Blockchain with @coruscate and @cryptofinally live on @threespeak...

Tuesday 18 February - The Steeming Pile, Vimm.TV

@johnspalding's live streamed open broadcast 'The Steeming Pile' is back, with new co-host @pennsif...

The recording of the last edition of 'The Steeming Pile' is now available...

Wednesday 19 February - Steem Philippines Weekly Meetup

Meetings every Wednesday in Davao City organised by @chrisrice and @steem-ph...

Sunday 23 February - Steem Foundation Marketing Forum

Hosted by @shadowspub and @aggroed in the Ramble Discord Channel...

Thursday 27 February - Adelaide Monthly Steem Meetup

Organised by @mattclarke, 6pm local time at The Jade Monkey, Flinders Street, Central Business District, Adelaide.

Friday 6 March - SoCal Steem Meetup

For Steemians in Southern California. Organised by @socalsteemit at Taco Surf...

Saturday 25 April - SteemCampUK #3

Organised by @shanibeer and @lloyddavis in Leicester...

Friday 15 - Sunday 17 May - DTube Forum 2020

Organised by @hauptmann, @artakush, @greencross, @sergiomendes and @tibfox in Hamburg, Germany...

Saturday 20 June - Steem Canna Fest 2

Organised by @canna-curate in Portland, Oregon...

Tuesday 23 June - Sunday 28 June - The BLOCK Party, USA

The second annual BLOCK Party being organised by @enginewitty, @bluefinstudios and @dreemsteem. It has now been confirmed that the event will take place in Olcott, NY...

@bluefinstudios is also organising a Steem Summit at The BLOCK Party...

Friday 26 June - Sunday 28 June - JAHMFest2020, Jamaica

Organised by @donald.porter and the @ReggaeSteem team...

KEY DATA  [ from CoinMarketCap & @arcange ]

Steem price US$ 0.271 14 Feb '20 3.40am UTC
CoinMarketCap Ranking #71 14 Feb '20 3.40am UTC
FCAS Score 750 / A 14 Feb '20 3.40am UTC
SBD price US$ 1.06 14 Feb '20 3.40am UTC
No. of Whales 37 12 Feb '20
No. of Orcas 365 12 Feb '20
No. of Dolphins 2218 12 Feb '20
No. of Minnows 9297 12 Feb '20
Alexa rank ( #15,048 13 Feb '20 11.40pm UTC
Unique visitors ( 217,740 / day 13 Feb '20 11.40pm UTC
Page views ( 500,802 / day 13 Feb '20 11.40pm UTC

Follow @penguinpablo & @steem-data for more statistics.

This is #257 (13 Feb '20) of this daily news service.

[ graphics by @pennsif ]

Comments 13

Story #1 & #6 interest me the most.
I’m hyped for Valentine’s Day tomorrow! Let’s see what this is all about.

14.02.2020 04:24

It could definitely take news interest away from the Voice beta launch...

14.02.2020 04:35

Yes, my inbox is hot with Voice news. I’m going to check out the beta, but would hope for something even more exciting with this Steem/Sun talk.


14.02.2020 04:40

I'm in the UK, and the beta starts only in the US. Will be interested to hear how it goes.

14.02.2020 05:02

Lot's of exciting things happening

14.02.2020 04:33

It's buzzing now, it's buzzing...

14.02.2020 04:35


14.02.2020 12:18

And on the Twitter machine to show it's #posh...

14.02.2020 04:34

Just wanted to say how great it is that you put these new stories together every day. Such a good source of what's going on around the place. Thank you!

14.02.2020 04:53

Glad they are useful for you.

They take a good bit of time, but are very interesting to put together. Particularly this edition as the lead story was developing as I wrote it.

14.02.2020 05:03

That's always a challenge!

14.02.2020 08:22

Thanks for the shout out, @pennsif! Can't wait to finally hear the news some time in the next 23 hours or so!

Justin Sun's announcement, waiting.gif
14.02.2020 06:15

Fricking live info you get into these posts mate! Damn...You are way better than I could ever thought to be.

I would use more pictures though. To sort of fast forward new users. It helps, I can assure you. Yes it costs more time, but I think its worth at your level.

If you ever get an AI better than you, please dig me in, we are going to be rich! LOL

14.02.2020 13:46