It has been a while since posting here as most updates are posted on https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1040956.0
First off I have recently updated the OP and Bata website.
We have another developer working on the code updates for BTA who has successfully updated to 0.8.7.5 core. There is also a transition to the v2 of the Bitcoin protocol that needs to happen. On current wallet (core 0.8.6.1) the transition code was disabled.
Before this version is released, testing of the coin transfer, mining and bitcoin v2 protocol transition will be done.
Next upgrade should start soon after the wallet up to date with core 0.10, inline with Litecoin. This helps keeping the wallet up-to-date and easier to apply any updates that occur with Bitcoin or Litecoin.
Once complete we will be ready to implement the Hybrid wallet (POW / POS).
There is serious money to be made in the Barter industry and the time is coming to get serious.
So far BTA is the key element to profits with the exchange as we will not be creating another payment method.
Those who have supported BTA since day one and any new holders of BTA will be continually bear the fruits of trade. The Barter platform will have its own income which I do think a percentage should be set aside for future development, promotion etc.