Monero is a digital currency using CryptoNote protocol. The open source reference implementation of CrytoNote was coded from scratch and is not a fork of Bitcoin. Monero was launched on April 18, 2014 (then called Bitmonero). The name means "coin" in the Esperanto language. Website: getmonero.org Freenode: #monero Reddit: /r/monero Twitter: twitter.com/monerocurrency
The scheduled protocol upgrade is set to occur on block 1788000 (March 9). Users, merchants, services, pool operators, exchanges, and any other members of the Monero ecosystem should upgrade to and subsequently run v0.14 once it is released in order to be sufficiently prepared.