Crypto Payments on Amazon Just Got Easier via New Moon Browser Extension

Moon, a startup with only three people, was able to create a new browser extension that will certainly be very helpful to people. According to the announcement made by the company, the new extension will let people use Bitcoin (BTC), Litecoin (LTC), Ethereum (ETH) using the Lightning Network to make payments on Amazon.

The service, which is available for Google Chrome, Opera and Brave (but not Mozilla Firefox for now) solved one of the main issues with people who want to use crypto to make payments: the largest retailer in the world simply does not accept crypto.

It was to solve a huge pain for crypto users, was why the app was created. After you install the extension, the app will recognize you after logging into Amazon and put it’s own payment widget, together with the other payment options. Before accepting the transaction, you can see exactly how much crypto you are going to spend.

You can either use the Lightning Network to pay (because it is way faster than normal BTC wallets) or your Coinbase account. In any case, the company can quickly confirm that you sent the money and move on with the transactions.

The service works because Moon uses fiat currency to pay Amazon for you. The company then automatically updates the money without charging any fees.

At the moment, only people in the United States and Canada can use the service. However, it is expected that other countries will be able to use it soon. It was already announced that the product will be available in Europe soon. Unfortunately, it seems that the rest of the world will have to wait a little longer.

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Author: James W

Schemers Leverage El Chapo’s Son’s Arrest To Steal Bitcoin via Threatening Emails

Scammers use every opportunity to steal from people and another example of that was just given some days ago. The arrest of Ovidio Guzman Lopez, the son of the notorious criminal El Chapo, has caused a lot of trouble in the city of Culiacán. Now, scammers are taking advantage of the chaos.

According to reports from the New York Post, scammers are sending out emails with violent threats. Eight people were killed in the conflict so far, so the citizens are obviously scared. The scammers demand Bitcoin in order not to harm them and several victims are believing the fake threats.

Local police enforcement is telling residents to ignore these messages, as they are being sent out to people randomly to capitalize on the recent violent incidents. The scammers are also accused of sharing fake videos to make people more afraid. Most of the videos, however, were not even filmed in the city, they were just found on the internet.

El Chapo And His Son

El Chapo (Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera) is one of the most famous drug dealers in Mexico. He is known as the former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, which acted internationally, and can be considered one of the most influential drug criminals in the whole world. He was once the 10th richest man in Mexico and he is notorious for escaping from a maximum-security prison as well.

His son Ovidio took over the leadership of the cartel back in 2017 when his father was arrested and extradited.

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Author: Hank Klinger

As Bitcoin for Payments Concept Grows, So is the Lightning Network Fee Debate

As the Bitcoin Lightning Network evolves and becomes something bigger than it was before, several developers are discussing its future at the Lightning Conference, which is happening in Berlin right now.

Now, the developers are discussing the fees of the network. At the moment, the default fees are at 1 satoshi plus 1 part per million of the payment. This means that you pay the smallest unit of Bitcoin plus a small part of the money that was sent.

Node operators have the freedom to hike fees if they wish, but historically, this was not done extensively. According to Rusty Russel, a developer from Blockstream’s c-Lightning, two-thirds of all nodes do not charge more money than the minimum fees. Because of this, he has recently proposed to spike the fees to 5 satoshi plus 500 parts per million, a considerable hike.

Some people believe that increasing the fees is important to protect the future of the network. Pierre-Marie Padiou, the CEO of ACINQ, has agreed with Russel. Jack Mallers, the founder of Zap Solutions did as well. There is a clear movement of people who think that this can solve problems.

However, others are concerned that this might hurt the image of the network, as one of the main selling points of the Lightning Network is that it is very cheap to use it. The CTO of Lightning Labs, Olaoluwa Osuntokun was one of the main forces against the changes. According to him, this could create an image that the developers are the ones deciding the fees on the network.

Olaoluwa believes that the operators should decide. If their fees are too high, people will choose other services. This means that the market would be balanced, in his opinion.

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Author: Gabriel Machado

Roger Ver and Bitcoin.com Acquire O3 Labs, a Blockchain dApp Developer in Japan

Bitcoin.com, a company led by the controversial Roger Ver, has recently acquired O3 Labs, a Japanese blockchain development firm. According to the official announcement, which was made today, the company was acquired for an undisclosed amount of money.

Until now, O3 Labs was focused on offering a digital wallet for its customers, which had a programming interface to be used for developer support. The wallet also supported some lesser-known tokens such as NEO and Ontology.

Stefan Rust, the CEO of Bitcoin.com, commented on the occasion. According to him, the team will join Bitcoin.com and it will help in the acceleration of all services in the network. He also affirmed that one of the goals was to let the customers manage their assets in a more effective way without needing any kind of traditional bank to do it.

According to the agreement of the sale, O3 Labs will be absorbed into Bitcoin.com. All the staff will be maneuvered to new positions. It was not announced, however, whether the two founders of the company Andrei Terentiev and Apisit Toompakdee, will join the company.

Another point not completely clear right now is what Bitcoin.com is planning to do exactly with the new company. Rust seemed to hint that a new project would be developed, but there is not enough information to confirm that.

This was the first time that Bitcoin.com acquired another company since Rust started as the CEO. Before him, Roger Ver was the CEO of the company.

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Author: Gabriel Machado

New Lightnite (Fortnite-Inspired) by Satoshis Games Uses Bitcoin’s Lightning Network for Payments

You may have heard of Fortnite. It is the most famous video game in the world right now, so it is not surprising that people are starting to apply the blockchain technology to it.

Satoshis Games has recently announced that it is developing a new game called Lightnite, which is said to be similar to Fortnite but using the Bitcoin Lightning Network for microtransactions.

According to the game’s announcement, the main idea of the game is that you earn Bitcoin by shooting someone and lose it by getting shot. This means that each interaction in the game either makes you lose money or gain it all the time.

Obviously, the best way to deal with so many microtransactions is to use the Lightning Network. The network allows transactions as low as $0.00008 USD without clogging the network, so it is ideal for this kind of game.

It was also announced that some items in the game will have a value in BTC that you can pay for with coins you pick up from a dead player. You can use BTC to buy items from the store. The balances of the players will be updated all the time.

Fortunately, the game will have two modes. One of them is as described and the other one is set to be Bitcoin-less mode, in which non-Bitcoin users can also play without losing or gaining any money whatsoever.

According to the company, the game will be released on all major platforms such as Steam and Itch.io, but also on Elixir, a new game distribution platform by Satoshis Games.

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Author: Hank Klinger

CoinShares CSO: Wall Street Using Bitcoin May Not Be A Win-Win Situation

Most of the crypto community seems to believe that institutional traders adopting Bitcoin can be a huge thing for the market. Surely, prices will go up, but is that the right way for the network to grow? During a recent interview with RealVision, the Chief Strategy Officer of CoinShares, Meltem Demirors, has affirmed that this might not be the win-win situation that most people believe.

According to her, big financial players are set to transform how Bitcoin is seen around the world. Bakkt, the futures exchange of the giant Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), is set to change how the market operates and the same can be said about other successful companies such as Grayscale, for instance, which is having a pretty good year.

This will impact the market. Demirors, however, was somewhat skeptical about the centralization that this could cause. If half of the supply was stored somewhere and people now had receipts to prove that they owned BTC, how different would it be from fiat currency? How decentralized? Would Bitcoin still be the same? This is how she put it:

“If we take 50% of the world’s Bitcoin and we put it in custody with a custodian that’s regulated… and we take these Bitcoins, and we put them in a vault somewhere… and then we issue Bitcoin depository receipts — pieces of paper that allow us to trade the underlying Bitcoins sitting in a vault somewhere — but we never actually exchange Bitcoin on the Bitcoin network, is that still Bitcoin?”

These are important questions that need to be addressed. Bakkt did not have a great launch and it started slowly, but it would be naive to believe that this kind of platform does not slowly change how the market operates.

With so many asset managers in the game (including CoinShares), won’t Bitcoin stray away from what it was created to be? At the moment, we can only speculate, but we’ll probably have the answer to the question in a few years from now.

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Author: James W

Brave Blockchain Browser iOS App Set to Integrate BAT Rewards, Possibly in November?

Brave users on iOS set to receive rewards as leaks of the new Apple based application surfaces on Reddit. A Reddit post on BATProject, offers a glimpse on the new privacy focused Brave browser mobile application for iOS users.

According to the post, Apple users will now be able to reward their favorite curators on the app using the Basic Attention Token (BAT) in the coming weeks. The applications integrates crypto based rewards on the application following a long wait on the feature to be added on iOS devices.

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Back in March, the Brave browser developers announced the launch of rewards on the Android application promising an iOS application before the end of 2019. The company seems to be staying good to its word with the application expected to be released in November. The team will probably make the official announcement in the coming fortnight.

The application is set to launch with the Brave Ads program, a feature that allows users to earn dollars for viewing ads on the platform. The browser does not collect data on the ads the consumer views, which preserve’s  the users’ information privacy.

In August, Brave browser partnered with Yubico, a hardware security provider, to offer secure Phishing-resistant authentication on iPhones and iPads.

A huge following on Brave browser

Brave browser is gaining quite a following and reputation as big market figures praise the platform in light of privacy developments. The browser was ranked as the number one browsing app in Japan by App Brain beating Firefox and Opera to the crown.

Furthermore, Wikipedia joined a list of over 290,000 verified publishers on the browser as the overall number of users skyrocketed to over 8 million as of October 17.

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Author: Lujan Odera

Binance Adds New Trading Pair Options for Its BUSD Stablecoin with ETH and XRP

Binance has announced some new trading pairs for its USD-pegged stablecoin BUSD. After the update, you can now trade BUSD for XRP, Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), ABC, Ethereum Classic (ETC) and Chainlink.

The new stablecoin, which was just launched last month, is a part of a partnership between Paxos and Binance. According to the agreement between the companies, Paxos works as the stablecoin provider, as it holds the reserves and issues tokens, and Binance supports it. The company lets users trade BUSD on its platform. It can also be automatically traded for Binance Coin (BNB) and Bitcoin (BTC).

One of the greatest achievements of the token so far is that it was approved by the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) and received the rare BitLicense, the special license that lets New York residents trade a digital asset.

Since the launch of the stablecoin, BUSD has retained a price close to the USD. In most trading platforms, you can buy it from .99 cents to $1.06 USD.

Curiously, Binance US, the U. S. branch of the company, is supporting Tether (USDT) instead of BUSD. There may be a reason for that, though, as BUSD’s market cap is dwarfed by Tether’s, which has traded over $19 billion USD in the last 24 hours when BUSD has only seen $10 million in trades.

This is not the only stablecoin native to the Binance chain, however. Binance GBP, a version of the stablecoin based on the pound, also exists, as well as StableUSD, another USD-based stablecoin. Finally, there is also Venus, an ongoing project which was once described as an “independent version of Facebook’s Libra”.

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Author: Daniel W

Former Fed Nominee for President Trump to Launch Frax Stablecoin Not Pegged to USD

The former pick of President Donald Trump for the Federal Reserve (Fed), Stephen Moore, has recently affirmed that he will issue a new stablecoin, which is set to be backed by a fractional reserve.

Moore is set to partner with Ralph Benko, a former deputy general counsel from the Reagan era, and with Sam Kazemian, the founder of Everipedia. Together, these three will launch the new stablecon, which will be named Frax.

The announcement revealed that Moore will serve as the new Chief Economic Officer behind the product and that Kazemian will work as the other co-founder in this initiative.

According to Moore, private currencies such as the one he is creating will soon be an important competition with central banks. This, he believes, will end the government’s monopoly of currencies and money, which will diminish the power of central bankers.

He believes that a global stablecoin will be important because there are several countries living in hyperinflation today and there is the need for a global currency that can have a stable value and protect them from these acute shifts in the economy.

It was also revealed that the new cryptocurrency will not be backed 1:1 with the dollar (USD). Instead, the reserves of the stablecoin will be loaned to generate interest on the money that the stablecoin provider has. This, the creators affirm, will ensure that prices will always stay close to one dollar.

Before joining with the others to launch Frax, Moore was a campaign adviser to Donald Trump. Benko was nearer to the blockchain world as he worked with the Chamber of Digital Commerce before, known as a pro-crypto advocacy entity.

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Author: Gabriel Machado

HTC’s New Low-Cost Blockchain Phone Exodus 1s Will Support Bitcoin Network By Running A Full Node

HTC – a Taiwanese electronics company has announced it’s new smartphone with the name Exodus 1s, empowering clients to run a full Bitcoin (BTC) node on a portable phone. Exodus 1s was launched this weekend at the Berlin’s Lightning meeting. HTC plans to clarify that the Exodus project is something beyond a unique case. Its accessibility will be in all the different forms of cryptographic money.

The new Exodus 1s is a lower-cost form of the evolving HTC’s blockchain-powered phone Exodus 1, which as of late has enabled the users to support BTC.

The firms stated that the estimated cost of the device would be $233 in the market. The new gadget will be accessible to purchase coins utilizing Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), Binance Coin (BNB) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH). The Lightening payment network will be used to sell the upgraded version of Exodus 1 at the Berlin meeting.

Since it requires more data capacity to store the full bitcoin records, the gadget will enable its users to install a 400+GB SD card to enlarge its memory. As indicated by Blockchain, presently the size of the full record closes on 250 GB. The cell phone requires a wifi connection to run on a full node or a plug into a power source. Likewise, it can be utilized without such connections. Though the company recommends a connection to be used.

The cell phone features a built-in wallet to help clients safely store cryptographic forms of money. And features of the Exodus1 are 4 GB of RAM and 63 GB of capacity and keeps running on Android Oreo 8.1

The firm announced the device will be first available for clients in 27 countries like Europe, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. It does not plan to be offered on sale in the U.S yet.

Decentralized Chief Officer at HTC – Phil Chen, expressed that Exodus 1s’s launch, the firm has brought down the barrier at an entry-level for any individual to run a node and take an interest globally. Exodus 1s‘ forerunner Exodus 1 was available for orders for presale last year on October 23 in 34 areas, including the U.S., U.K. and Hong Kong.

Not only concerns related to purchasing and selling cryptocurrencies, but cell phone makers are also progressively looking at blockchain innovations as an approach to reassure clients worried about the security of their private data.

The Chief Officer at HTC said – “We care about this portable identity and users owning their identity and data, and we believe that the phone is the best place to do that’’.

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Author: Sritanshu Sinha