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Add an Egg Yolk to Your Grits and Savory Oatmeal

Par Claire Lower on Skillet, shared by Claire Lower to Lifehacker

The egg yolk is the best part of the egg. There is no denying this. Yolks are basically neat little orbs of rich, golden sauce that taste good on everything, and you should add them to your savory breakfast cereals, especially grits.

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How to Fix the Most Common iMessage Problems

Par Thorin Klosowski and Emily Long

iMessage is one of the perks of being inside the Apple universe: The service gets around text messaging fees so you can send messages to other Apple users for free, and it works on wifi so you can message anywhere you don’t have a cell connection—on an airplane, for example, or when traveling abroad without a data…

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En images : la comète Neowise offre un spectacle astronomique à ne pas manquer !

Par Emma Hollen, Journaliste scientifique
Venue des confins de notre Système solaire, la comète Neowise offre actuellement un magnifique spectacle aux yeux des astronomes. Voici quelques unes des plus belles images qui ont été capturées.  

Don't Keep Wipes in Your Car

Par Beth Skwarecki on Vitals, shared by Beth Skwarecki to Lifehacker

As a suburban mom, my car is my home base. (Or it was in pre-pandemic times, anyway.) If there was a tiny chance I might need something someday while I was out and about, it lived in the car. Sunscreen? Check. Diapers? A whole case, in the trunk. Wipes? Probably a couple packages. There’s a problem with that last one,…

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Thomas Pesquet retournera à bord de l'ISS en février 2021

Par Rémy Decourt, Journaliste
Le départ de Thomas Pesquet pour sa deuxième mission à bord de la Station spatiale internationale a été avancé de six mois. L’astronaute européen s’envolera en février 2021 pour un séjour de longue durée. Ce changement de date s’explique par la méfiance des Russes envers les capsules américaines...

How to Match Your Kid With a Bike That Fits

Par Meghan Moravcik Walbert on Offspring, shared by Meghan Moravcik Walbert to Lifehacker

It used to be that when it was time to buy my son a new bike, we’d take him to the store and let him try a couple out. Usually just him sitting on one for a few moments was enough to tell us if a bike was too small, too big or just right. Well, around here in Eastern Pennsylvania (and in many other areas), bikes have…

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Centre Obliges Government Request, Freezes Address With $100,000 USDC

Par Jeffrey Gogo
Centre Obliges Government Request, Freezes Address With $100,000 USDC

Centre Consortium has blacklisted an ethereum address holding $100,000 in USDC, a move that the entity says was “in response to a request from law enforcement.”

A joint venture between Circle and Coinbase, Centre is the issuer of the dollar-pegged USDC stablecoin, which runs on the Ethereum blockchain. It may be the first time that an address has been blacklisted.

According to a record of transactions on Etherscan, Centre called a “blacklist(address investor)” function on the address in question. The action effectively froze all the money in the address. It’s not clear who owns it.

Blacklisting means an address will no longer be able to receive or send USD Coin (USDC) through the stablecoin’s smart contracts, Centre explains on its website. All USDC balances held in blacklisted addresses may be lost forever, it adds.

“Centre can confirm it blacklisted an address in response to a request from law enforcement,” a Circle spokesperson, speaking on behalf of Centre, was quoted as saying by industry media.

“While we cannot comment on the specifics of law enforcement requests, Centre complies with binding court orders that have appropriate jurisdiction over the organization,” the spokesperson said.

Centre’s relationship with government authorities is something that throws into doubt the “myth” of decentralization commonly associated with cryptocurrency. It shows how heavily government whims have been imposed upon investors and exchanges.

This new wave of regulation poses a contradiction in that some of cryptocurrency’s strongest traits have always been privacy and autonomy.

Now, as Centre demonstrates, individuals looking to operate in an insular system, away from central bank and state oversight, are increasingly confronted with new top-down demands, which include the freezing of accounts.

However, the blacklisted address appears to have a shady history. A comment to the address alleges:

Hello unknown thief, you are in contact with this eth address 0xEeC84548aAd50A465963bB501e39160c58366692 and you stole 10,000 Loopring Coin (750 euros) from my wallet. I am now giving you a chance to send the 10,000 Loopring Coin back to me. You already know my [ethereum] address. If you do not do this, I will report you anywhere with your two known addresses.

Officials at Centre did not disclose the reasons that led to the blacklisting, as demanded by the law enforcement agencies.

What do you think about Centre blacklisting this address? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Why It Matters That the Consumer Bureau Has Ditched Payday Lending Restrictions

Par Kate Dore on Two Cents, shared by Kate Dore to Lifehacker

On Tuesday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a financial watchdog agency, made headlines by rolling back rules for payday lenders. The revised rules say lenders no longer have to assess if borrowers can afford to repay short-term loans.

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Neurosciences : les études sont-elles vraiment fiables ?

Par Céline Deluzarche, Journaliste
Les expériences d’imagerie montrant l’activation d’une zone du cerveau lors de l'exécution d'une tâche s’avèrent impossibles à reproduire. Expliquer et prédire les comportements des individus sur cette base serait donc foncièrement fallacieux, selon une méta-étude.

Les tornades de feu, un phénomène rare et impressionnant

Des pompiers aux prises avec un grand incendie de forêt en Californie du Sud, aux États-Unis, voient se former autour d’eux des tourbillons enflammés. Ces tornades miniatures se créent par la chaleur qui engendre des mouvements d’air et sont soutenues par des vents violents. Elles soulèvent des...

How to Multitask in Gmail on Your iPad

Par David Murphy

Before you start reading this, pull out your iPad, pull up the App Store, and make sure you’ve updated to the latest version of the Gmail app. If you’re using iPadOS 13 or later, you’ll now be able to multitask—finally—which means you’ll be able to access your many, many emails while having other apps loaded and…

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Caché dans un T-shirt, le climatiseur de poche de Sony est disponible

Par Louis Neveu, Journaliste
Un an après avoir lancé son prototype de climatiseur individuel dans le cadre d’une opération de crowfunding, Sony commercialise cet accessoire baptisé Reon Pocket.

12 Seasonings I Keep by My Stove at All Times

Par Claire Lower on Skillet, shared by Claire Lower to Lifehacker

I believe, in everyone’s kitchen, there is a collection of seasonings and flavoring agents that one leans on quite heavily. I’m not talking about salt—which, for me, is another discussion entirely. I’m talking about the other shakers and bottles, the ones that are used so often they never make it back into a cabinet.…

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China’s Giant Ride-Hailing Service Didi to Pilot the Central Bank’s Digital Yuan

Par Jamie Redman

The Chinese government and the country’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), are currently in the midst of testing a digital yuan or central bank digital currency (CBDC). Now the Chinese ride-hailing corporation Didi Chuxing will be trialing the newly developed digital yuan in a “strategic partnership.”

Whether people want to believe it or not, the digital yuan is coming soon, and the PBoC has been steadily working on the project for years. Cryptocurrency enthusiasts have heard rumors about a digital yuan since 2014, but in 2020 that rumor is becoming more of a reality.

The last time news.Bitcoin.com reported on the subject, well known firms like McDonald’s, Starbucks, and Subway have been involved with testing the digital yuan. Additionally, those companies were joined by JD Supermarkets, Tencent, and Ant Financial. It was also rumored that Chinese government employees may soon be paid using the PBoC’s CBDC.

Now the ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing has joined the PBoC and Chinese government officials behind the CBDC taskforce in a “strategic partnership.” The PBoC’s think tank will reportedly call the CBDC “DC/EP” (digital currency/electronic payment) and PBoC representatives have said that the DCEP experiment did very well during testing in Suzhou and the country’s Xiong’An shopping districts.

Didi Chuxing Technology Co is also at the forefront of the self-driving, ride-hailing car industry.

Didi Chuxing Technology Co, formerly named Didi Dache, is based in Beijing. In the recent DCEP partnership announcement, Didi refers to itself as “the world’s largest one-stop on-demand transportation platform.” The company with its founder Cheng Wei and 11,407 employees will be working directly with the DCEP project hands-on.

“Under PBOC’s overall DCEP strategy and operation timeline, Didi’s DCEP taskforce will design and implement pilot DCEP projects in accordance with rigorous safety, security, and governance standards,” Didi explained during the company’s latest announcement.

Didi Chuxing is vastly known as the “Uber of China,” and the company also offers ride hailing services in Latin America and Australia as well. The firm is valued at $56 billion to-date, and the company has roughly 550 million ride-hailing users across the globe.

The aim of Didi leveraging DCEP will help lay the foundations for the digital yuan. Despite recent testing with JD Supermarkets, Tencent, Ant Financial, Starbucks, Subway, and McDonald’s, the financial news outlet Bloomberg notes Didi Chuxing’s pilot “could be one of the first real-world applications of [DCEP].”

A representative from the PBoC said last April that the central bank hopes after the public beta testing completes, the bank can officially launch the digital yuan prior to the Beijing Winter Olympics scheduled for 2022. So far only a few other countries are in the midst of creating CBDCs, and just recently the U.S. has been discussing the “digital dollar.

Sweden is currently working on an e-krona and Venezuela’s Socialist Party regime, run by Nicolas Maduro, minted the first nation-state issued CBDC called the “petro.” Despite the digital yuan being a rumor since 2014, it seems the Chinese central bank coin might just be the next nation-state cryptocurrency in line to launch.

What do you think about China’s DCEP working with Didi Chuxing? Let us know in the comments below.

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How to Uninstall Edge Chromium When Windows 10 Won't Let You

Par Brendan Hesse

Edge Chromium is a decent web browser. I’d even go as far as to say it’s worth swapping over to from Google Chrome, given its improvements with memory usage. However, Microsoft has been incredibly annoying about stuffing Edge Chromium down everyone’s throats, and a recent Windows update locks this browser into your OS…

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How to Stop Giving Amazon Your Money

Par Jacob Kleinman and Emily Long

It can be hard to imagine your life without Amazon. The company offers everything from online shopping to grocery delivery to audiobooks to streaming video, all at the tips of your fingers and at cutthroat prices. It’s an especially convenient place to get almost everything you could ever need delivered to your door…

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Cet été, Curiosity part en road trip sur Mars

Par Nathalie Mayer, Journaliste
Alors qu’une équipe de la Nasa (États-Unis) se prépare à lancer vers Mars, d’ici quelques jours, le rover Perseverance, une autre continue d’opérer Curiosity. Posé sur la planète rouge depuis presque huit ans, le rover est actuellement en plein road trip estival. Il se dirige vers l’un des...

Lamborghini Sián Roadster : la supercar hybride de 819 ch à supercondensateurs se découvre

Par Marc Zaffagni, Journaliste
Lamborghini a dévoilé une version cabriolet de sa supercar hybride qui combine un moteur V12 et un moteur électrique alimenté par des supercondensateurs. Elle sera produite à seulement 19 exemplaires qui ont déjà tous trouvé preneur. 

La substance étrange trouvée sur la face cachée de la Lune enfin identifiée

Par Nathalie Mayer, Journaliste
Il y a environ un an, l’Agence spatiale chinoise (CNSA) signalait la découverte sur la face cachée de la Lune par le rover Yutu-2, d’une substance étrange, ressemblant à « un gel brillant ». De quoi enflammer les imaginations.La promenade lunaire quotidienne du rover Yutu2 !! #Space #Moon #Chine...

Ce mois de juin est le plus chaud jamais enregistré juste derrière… celui de 2019

Par Nathalie Mayer, Journaliste
Inlassablement, le réchauffement climatique poursuit sa route, balayant au passage et les uns après les autres, tous les records de température. Selon les experts du programme Copernicus, le mois de juin qui vient de s’achever est, à peu de choses près, le plus chaud jamais enregistré.

How to install Minecraft Server on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Minecraft is an open world and sandbox video game developed by Mojang Studios. In this tutorial, we will show how to setup your own Minecraft server on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

Intel annonce sa connectique Thunderbolt 4 et Apple y aura droit

Par Fabrice Auclert, Journaliste
La connectique Thunderbolt 4 arrive cet automne sur les PC et sur les Mac, et, grâce à un contrôleur, Apple pourra l'intégrer sur ses ordinateurs même s'il tourne le dos à Intel. C'est la promesse d'un connecteur universel pour la vidéo, le transfert de données et la recharge.

South African Crypto Investment Company Issued Cease And Desist Order In Texas

Par Terence Zimwara

The Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) issued a cease and desist order Wednesday against on Mirror Trading International (MTI), Forexandbitcoin.com and four individuals involved in a multi-level marketing scam.

Out of the four individuals, Cornelius Johannes Steynberg is a resident of South Africa, while Micheal Aaron Cullison, Steve Herceg and Brian D Knott have US residential addresses.

In its charge sheet, TSSB is alleging first that MTI is perpetrating a multi-level marketing company that promises lucrative commissions to its marketers.

Registered in South Africa, MTI claims it has “recruited” 76,000 members from more than 170 countries. Only since March 1, 2020, MTI says it has recruited 22,500 members.

However, TSSB says MTI’s marketers are “illegally soliciting Texans to purchase fraudulent investments in the cryptocurrency and forex trading pool.”

The Texan regulator asserts that investments in the cryptocurrency and forex trading pool are “securities” as that term is defined in Section 4.A of the Securities Act.

The cease and desist order says the four respondents are not registered with the Securities Commissioner as dealers and agents at the time when the securities where offered to Texans.

Therefore, the respondents are engaged in fraud in connection with the sale of the securities.

TSSB also states that Forexandbitcoin.com, Cullision, Herceg and Knott are acting as multi-level marketers for MTI.

The four are accused of touting the profitability, of not only the investments, but the multi-level marketing program as well.

Meanwhile, TSSB also singles out Herceg for targeting Texans impacted by changes to the economy in the wake of COVID-19.



Herceg is encouraging Texans to “put their governmental assistance stimulus/COVID check to work” by purchasing the investments.

In April, the FBI issued a global warning advising people to be on the lookout for cryptocurrency-related scams.

Also, the TSSB is accusing Cullison, Herceg and Knott of failing to disclose to potential investors about their previous bankruptcy filings.

Cullison has filed for bankruptcy four times between 1999 and 2015. Knott has filed twice and Herceg once.

The order also flags MTI for issuing disclaimers that force investors to indemnify it as well as its associates.

Respondents have 31 days to appeal the decision. If there are no representations, the four will face a fine of up to $10,000 or imprisonment if they continue operating.

What do you think about MTI’s dealings? Let us know in the comments section below.

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En vidéo : la 5G se déploie, que faut-il en attendre ?

Par Emma Hollen, Journaliste scientifique
L'Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques (Arcep) a tranché. À la suite des bouleversements occasionnés par la crise de Covid-19, le déploiement de la 5G sera reporté à la fin de l'année, avec des enchères principales programmées en septembre pour la seconde vague d'attribution...

ModiHost’s Token Is Live on HitBTC, the Leading European Bitcoin Exchange

Par Bitcoin.com PR

Switzerland, July 9th 2020 – ModiHost, a hotel management system that uses artificial intelligence to deliver personalised experiences to hotel guests, is proud to announce that its token is live for trading on the HitBTC exchange starting from Thursday 9th.

HitBTC was founded in the early stages of blockchain growth, making it one of the most deep-rooted and reliable exchanges in the industry. HitBTC exchange is the largest spot trading market in the industry with over 800 trading pairs and 500+ spot instruments supported, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, EOS, Litecoin, Tron and others. “HitBTC is an authority in the blockchain world and we are proud to become part of this trustworthy family. Today’s announcement will help to greatly increase the trading volume of ModiHost’s Token as we are partnering up with the leading European bitcoin exchange, HitBTC. Despite this year being particularly difficult for the tourism industry, ModiHost is continuing to expand and reach key milestones” says Stephan Radwitz, ModiHost CEO.

Just two weeks ago, ModiHost announced the availability of its minimum viable product as it successfully onboarded more than 60 hotels across five countries: France, Italy, Spain, the UAE, and India.

With ModiHost, instead of forcing hotels to purchase and hold tokens, hotels can instead borrow tokens from private lending pools to cover operating fees. Pool operators must set the fee they charge hotels low enough so that their tokens are lent frequently, but also high enough to ensure fees give the token holders a competitive reward, while also leaving enough profit for themselves. The innovative pool system may also work as an extra income source for these holders.

The pool mechanism has several advantages: it incentivises token holders to become active participants in the ModiHost ecosystem, it allows token holders to benefit fully from the value of their tokens, and incentivises all parties involved to promote ModiHost, since participation further aligns the interests of holders with adoption of the platform.

After going live on HitBTC, ModiHost expects to boost the attraction of the platform for those looking to trade tokens. This achievement will also allow ModiHost community members to regularly gather information regarding the crypto asset and its competitors from a separate, reliable source.

About ModiHost
ModiHost, a hotel management system, harnesses the power of AI to take the hospitality industry to the next stage in its evolution, using AI to run hotels more effectively than ever before. Thanks to AI technology, Modihost creates an ad-hoc customer profile, making guests feel special by predicting their needs and behaviour, and suggesting services automatically, therefore allowing hotels to increase their sales by up to 25% and improve customer experiences. Additionally, it eliminates outdated procedures, reduces repetitive workload and raises staff efficiency, resulting in lower costs.

About HitBTC
HitBTC is a crypto exchange with over 800 trading pairs. The platform was created in 2013 and provides exchange, custodial and other related services. HitBTC offers a range of APIs such as REST, WebSocket, FIX API. The exchange’s UI was developed to meet the needs of the most demanding and sophisticated traders. Users can take advantage of competitive trading fees via HitBTC’s Trading Fee Tier system.

The exchange listing can be found at: https://hitbtc.com/AIM-to-BTC


This is a press release. Readers should do their own due diligence before taking any actions related to the promoted company or any of its affiliates or services. Bitcoin.com is not responsible, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any content, goods or services mentioned in the press release.

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L' « Ébola du lapin » décime des milliers d'animaux aux États-Unis

Par Julie Kern, Rédactrice scientifique
Chez les animaux, les épidémies se propagent aussi et font parfois des ravages. En ce moment, les lagomorphes sauvages mais aussi domestiques sont touchés par une maladie virale dont les symptômes sont comparables à ceux provoqués par le virus Ébola.

Partagez vos idées pour un futur durable et inventez le monde de demain

Par Nathalie Mayer, Journaliste
Ensemble, nous pouvons changer le monde. Ou au moins, le faire évoluer dans le bon sens. L’équipe de Futura en est convaincue. C’est pourquoi elle vous propose aujourd’hui de découvrir une initiative de co-innovation : la plateforme EDF Pulse & You. L’occasion de partager vos idées pour un futur...

Lutte contre le Sida : les progrès compromis par l'épidémie de Covid-19

Par Futura avec l'AFP-Relaxnews
D'un côté, des avancées notables en matière de lutte contre le VIH et un accès aux médicaments généralisé dans des proportions dix fois plus importantes qu'au milieu des années 2000 ; d'un autre côté, la pandémie de Covid-19 qui pourrait balayer des années d'efforts pour enrayer la maladie....

Bitcoin Transactions: New High for Argentina as Confidence in the Peso Tanks

Par Terence Zimwara
$1.4M in Bitcoin Transactions: New High for Argentina as Confidence in the Peso Tanks

Crisis laden Argentina saw bitcoin transactions worth $1.4 million (101 million pesos) being recorded in the past week, a new high for the country.

According to a report by Vorem, this figure is nearly double the previous high of $0.96 million recorded in the last week of June.

Citizens who have previously “watched their currency lose value are now turning to bitcoin” and those finding it difficult to “transfer fiat money to other countries” now make use of the cryptocurrency.

The Argentine financial troubles, which started in 2018, worsened following the Covid-19 induced economy lockdown.

The country’s peso currency is depreciating while the inflation rate is growing.

According to a World Bank report, issued just as the country implemented lockdown measures, Argentina’s economic situation presents a precarious balance.

The Argentine peso has lost 68% of its value since 2018. Annual inflation is over 50% and after a 2.5% fall in GDP in 2018, the economy contracted an additional 2.2% in 2019.

Already government data for the first three months show the economy shrank 4.8%. Unemployment rose to over 10% in the same period.

Meanwhile, Vorem quotes “analysts” predicting the economy to shrink by 10% by the end of 2020.

Argentina, one of Latin America’s largest economies, has faced persistent economic troubles going back several decades.



The crises are blamed on several factors including an insistence on using an overvalued currency, large scale borrowing as well as a lack of financial support by multilateral institutions.

After the crisis between 2001 and 2002, the country dollarized as it tried to restore confidence. That policy was abandoned in favor of a returning peso.

Again, prominent economists are calling for a return to dollarization but as the Vorem report suggests, citizens “might be seeking a safe haven in crypto assets” instead.

What do you think about the recent demand for bitcoin in Argentina? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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Famous Malaysian Actor Fined for Stealing $50,000 Worth of Crypto From His Producer

Par Jeffrey Gogo

A Malaysian court has fined famous local actor Mas Khan $4,000, or 26 months in jail, for stealing around $50,000 worth of cryptocurrency belonging to his producer, local media reported.

Khan appears to have gained access to his boss’ Datuk A.Aida private keys before plundering his wallet on two separate occasions, the same day.

In the first case, Khan pillaged the equivalent of $14,000 in crypto from the film producer’s wallet, according to a report published in the Malay Mail on July 8.

A second incident saw the 26-year old, who featured in a popular local movie called Abang Long Fadil 2, empty the wallet of nearly $36,000.

It is not clear which digital asset(s) Khan stole. Both incidents took place on the morning of March 7, 2019, in the upmarket suburb of Taman Ukay Perdana near Kuala Lumpur.

Khan, real name Mas Hidzhir Khan bin Mas Fadzillah Khan, pleaded guilty to the two charges after initial resistance.

In sentencing, a local magistrate ordered Khan to pay a fine of $1,600 for the first charge or face one year in jail. The second charge attracted a fine of $2,300 or 14 months imprisonment.

Khan was charged under a section of Malaysian law that provides for a maximum jail term of seven years or fine or both.

He sought a minimum fine on the grounds that he was the sole family breadwinner and had cooperated with the authorities since the beginning of the investigation.

What do you think about Mas Khan’s behavior? Let us know in the comments section below.

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‘Bitcoin Is Not a Privacy Coin’ Says Crypto Evangelist Andreas Antonopoulos

Par Jamie Redman
'Bitcoin Is Not a Privacy Coin' Says Crypto Evangelist Andreas Antonopoulos

Andreas Antonopoulos discussed how he desired to see Bitcoin have more “privacy features” in a recent live stream Q&A session published on Youtube on July 7. Antonopoulos discussed the privacy-centric coin monero and concepts like stealth addresses and ring signatures.

Every once in a while, the well known cryptocurrency expert and evangelist, Andreas M. Antonopoulos, publishes a short clip of him answering a question from one of his live stream followers. On July 7, Antonopoulos discussed the Bitcoin (BTC) network and answered the question of whether or not “[BTC would] implement privacy features similar to monero?”

'Bitcoin Is Not a Privacy Coin' Says Crypto Evangelist Andreas Antonopoulos

Monero (XMR) is an open-source cryptocurrency created in April 2014 that uses a different proof-of-work (PoW) algorithm. XMR is based on the Cryptonight PoW hash algorithm that originally stemmed from the Cryptonote protocol established in bytecoin. Essentially the project was a forked codebase of bytecoin and originally called “bitmonero.” What makes monero transactions hard to trace is the obfuscated public ledger and ring signatures used. Monero also leverages bulletproofs, and stealth (one-time) addresses.

After Antonopoulos read the question the entrepreneur said that of course he “wished” to see the BTC network add privacy features. Antonopoulos also named a number of concepts that could help bolster BTC’s privacy.

“I think what we’re going to see soon is Schnorr, Taproot, and Tapscript, which open the door to a lot of privacy improvements,” Antonopoulos said. “But they still do not involve zero-knowledge proofs or the types of ring signatures and stealth addresses that are done in Monero. Bitcoin is not a privacy coin.”

Bitcoin Core developers have yet to add any of the aforementioned privacy enhancing concepts to the main chain so far. Developers have, however, started laying the groundwork for concepts like Taproot and Schnorr Signatures. Interestingly, the team working on the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) protocol has already implemented the very basics of Schnorr in two upgrades.

On Twitter, one individual responded to Antonopoulos’s Q&A video tweet and mentioned a coin called “particl.”

“Particl is Bitcoin fork which has implemented Ring CT, which [also] got audited,” the person said to Antonopoulos. “If Bitcoin wants Ring CT it can implement it any day with the help of the Particl altcoin team,” he added. Antonopoulos responded to the individual on Twitter and tweeted:

Do you really think that the reason Bitcoin hasn’t implemented these changes is a lack of technical knowledge and a need for assistance to the Bitcoin developers? It’s not. It’s about the politics and conservative management of the engine that runs a very large economy.

At the time of publication, it is uncertain when BTC developers will implement things like Schnorr and Taproot. According to Andrew Poelstra, a Blockstream researcher has said that Taproot isn’t quite perfect, and “transaction amounts and the transaction graph are still exposed, which are much harder problems to address.”

The tweet from Bitcoin Core developer Pieter Wuille, in regards to the new privacy features was published on January 23, but software developer Luke-jr added some commits two days ago, according to Github.

What do you think about Andreas Antonopoulos’s opinion about BTC and XMR? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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John McAfee Launches Ghost Phone Service to Supplement His Cryptocurrency

Par Kevin Helms
John McAfee Launches Ghost Phone Service to Supplement His Cryptocurrency and Exchange

Two-time U.S. presidential candidate John McAfee has launched a privacy-centric cell phone data service. McAfee said that his Ghost cell phone data service offers 4G data without using a physical SIM card, is compatible with most major phones, and works in more than 50 countries.

Ghost Cell Phone Data by McAfee

John McAfee announced Tuesday the launch of his new product called the “Ghost Cell Phone Data Service,” which he described as “the first 4G data service to make connections to the network untraceable.” Beta testing began on July 3 and the global launch of the service is planned for September.

The Ghost by McAfee website explains that subscribers will be “invisible,” as “All traffic passes through multiple anonymized servers and cannot be traced back” to them. No SIM card is required as the service uses eSIM technology that allows data connections on a smartphone without a physical SIM card. The “app will offer base layer VPN protection for your phone, encrypting any data you send over our network.” The website currently lists 37 supported countries but McAfee tweeted an additional 16, making the total number of supported countries 53 at press time. Tuesday’s announcement details:

The Ghost Cell Phone Data Service is one component of a larger ecosystem, which also includes the Ghost cryptocurrency for private transactions and the Ghostx Exchange for private cryptocurrency exchange.

McAfee described: “the Ghost brand will encompass a range of practical, real world tools for people to protect our rights and take back our privacy. Privacy is a human right.” The Ghostx exchange went live on Jun 21, following the launch of McAfee’s Ghost cryptocurrency, a proof-of-stake privacy coin.

The service is data-only but will support VOIP and other IP based communication platforms. It will be compatible with “most of the latest flagship phones,” the announcement adds. “Support for more phones will be added as eSIM technology gets added to mid-range and budget models.” Supported phones currently include a few models from Google, Samsung, and Apple’s iPhone.

To use the data network, scan a QR code supplied after purchasing the service using a supported phone. The announcement adds: “No personal information is required for sign-up and all service is prepaid with no contract. The service includes a free app available for both Android and iOS that further enhances data protection and privacy.”

What do you think about McAfee’s Ghost cryptocurrency and other services? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Fix This iPhone Battery Bug by Ditching Apple Music

Par Brendan Hesse

Cases of an odd battery-draining iOS bug are on the rise and the Apple Music app appears to be the culprit, with reports showing that the app can rapidly eat up to 95 percent of a device’s battery for no reason. The issue affects a wide variety of iOS devices, but most of the recent cases appear to be running iOS…

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These Countries Let Americans Study Abroad for Next to Nothing

Par Imani Bashir

According to Forbes Magazine, student loan debt in the United States has jumped to $1.56 trillion spread across 45 million borrowers. With the pandemic raging and over 17.5 million Americans unemployed, and the cost of college averaging between around $20,000 for a public college and over $45,000 for private, going to…

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Why You Should Feed Your Cat 5 Times a Day

Par Micaela Heck

Do you have the kind of cat who paws at your face at an ungodly hour of the morning until you finally relent and get up? Does s/he then proceed to meow and whine until you fill up their food bowl? It’s not that your cat is unusually gluttonous; it could be that they’re telling you that it’s a natural feeding time for…

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Get a Custom Playlist with Spotify's 'Soundtrack Your Workout' Tool

Par Emily Long on Vitals, shared by Emily Long to Lifehacker

Bored with your workout mix? Us too. Especially if you’ve been working out at home—alone—for the duration of the pandemic, it’s unsurprising that you’re tired of listening to the same music, and perfectly understandable if you also feel overwhelmed at the idea of making a fresh playlist for each and every session.

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These Disinfectants Have Been Proven to Work Against the Coronavirus

Par Beth Skwarecki on Vitals, shared by Beth Skwarecki to Lifehacker

There are 431 disinfectants that the EPA says will kill SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. They made the list because they kill other, similar viruses. But now two of the disinfectants have been tested, successfully, against the actual coronavirus you’re worried about.

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How to Help Your Teenager Find a Virtual Summer Job

Par Angela Hatem on Offspring, shared by Meghan Moravcik Walbert to Lifehacker

Summer jobs are more than a backdrop for 1980’s teen romcoms—they are an adolescent right of passage. For some kids, these starter gigs are their first real bite of independence. For others, it’s a chance to hone a skill that could later become a career. And for all kids, it’s a chance to make a little—or sometimes a…

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Jeffrey Epstein Confidant Ghislaine Maxwell’s Last Reddit Post Was About Bitcoin

Par Jamie Redman
Jeffrey Epstein Confidant Ghislaine Maxwell's Last Reddit Post Was About Bitcoin

The cryptocurrency community has been discussing the infamous Ghislaine Maxwell, the associate of the financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Maxwell was recently arrested and many speculators think she may see the same fate as Epstein before she talks. Moreover, it seems the last time Maxwell used Reddit, her last post was about someone mysteriously sending almost $1 billion in bitcoin on Wednesday, June 30, 2020.

Ghislaine Maxwell was a well known associate of the now-deceased Jeffrey Epstein. The financier Epstein is a convicted sex offender who allegedly had a ring of sex slaves that were used to satisfy celebrities, politicians, and known British royalty figures.

Maxwell is accused of being the main ringleader behind Epstein’s sex trafficking and blackmailing empire, and was recently taken into custody by the FBI. Interestingly, Maxwell is tied to well known people in both the Democrat and Republican parties including people like former U.S. President Bill Clinton, and the current incumbent Donald Trump.

Both powerful American leaders can be seen in a variety of photos with Maxwell in the pictures.

Jeffrey Epstein Confidant Ghislaine Maxwell's Last Reddit Post Was About Bitcoin
**At 4:58 pm ET, a Reddit communications representative reached out to news.Bitcoin.com. According to the Reddit representative, the account is a “speculated Ghislaine Maxwell Reddit account” and the firm “wanted to point out that this theory is based on a completely unfounded claim.” “This claim stems from a Twitter account not associated with any official Reddit accounts,” the Reddit representative wrote.**

Now it seems that Maxwell was a Reddit connoisseur and used the platform quite a bit. Her alleged last post on June 30, was specifically about bitcoin, when her ostensible account posted a Vice article called “Someone Mysteriously Sent Almost $1 Billion in Bitcoin.” The Reddit post was Maxwell’s last post on the platform, but according to the Twitter user Joe Leonard, Maxwell was an avid Reddit user.

“Ghislaine Maxwell was the first person on Reddit to hit 1 million karma LMAO,” Leonard tweeted. “She’s the #8 karma to this day. Her posts to /r/worldnews constituted roughly 30% of the posts there. This connection was made after she was arrested and that account stopped posting there after 14 years.” Leonard gives a comprehensive overview of Maxwell’s Reddit habits and notes:

[Ghislaine Maxwell] hasn’t posted since June 30th. She was arrested on July 2nd.

Jeffrey Epstein’s confidant Maxwell was recently transferred to NY-based prison after her arrest. It is well known that the former Bear Stearns partner Jeffrey Epstein liked bitcoin (BTC) and spoke about the subject often before his death.

“When we talk about gold as a store of value that just means a lot of people agree to pay the same price for one ounce of gold,” Epstein once said. “In 2017, enough people agree on the value of bitcoin that it can serve the same purpose. There will only ever be 21 million bitcoins, but this limit comes from computer code, not by how many bitcoins are left to remove from the earth. If we learn tomorrow that half of Montana contained a secret cache of gold, the value of gold would decrease instantly. Bitcoin doesn’t have this problem.”

Jeffrey Epstein Confidant Ghislaine Maxwell's Last Reddit Post Was About Bitcoin

It is uncertain how much Maxwell liked bitcoin, but her recent Reddit post suggests she followed the subject intently. As for the crypto community knowing that Epstein enjoyed the cryptocurrency, a number of people have suggested that “Jeffrey Epstein’s bitcoin intrigue deserves scrutiny at MIT”

This was after it was found that the former director of MIT’s Media Lab, Joichi Ito, allegedly attempted to “conceal financial contributions from pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.”

U.S. federal prosecutors allege that Maxwell, between 1994-1997, “assisted, facilitated and contributed to Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse of minor girls by, among other things, helping Epstein to recruit, groom and ultimately abuse victims known to Maxwell and Epstein to be under the age of 18.” Maxwell faces a myriad of sex trafficking charges and she “poses an extreme risk of flight” according to prosecutors.

“[Ghislaine Maxwell] absolutely no reason to stay in the United States and face the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence,” the prosecutor’s memo stressed.

**This article was updated at 5:30 pm ET to reflect the commentary from Reddit’s communications team.**

What do you think about Ghislaine Maxwell’s last post on Reddit about Bitcoin? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.

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How to Schedule Your PC to Turn on Automatically Each Day

Par David Murphy

One of the most useful features on any Windows PC or Mac is the ability to schedule it to power it on at a set time each day. It’s a quick way to get your day going even while you’re making coffee or lying in bed for a few extra minutes—whatever you prefer to do instead of sitting at your desk, waiting for your…

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Permissionless Software Foundation Aims to Foster Open-Source Software With Bitcoin Cash

Par Jamie Redman
Permissionless Software Foundation Aims to Foster Open-Source Software With Bitcoin Cash

Just recently, Bitcoin Cash proponents were introduced to a new foundation called the “Permissionless Software Foundation” aimed at spreading Bitcoin Cash and SLP token technology.

This week an organization called the “Permissionless Software Foundation” (PSF) revealed an announcement to the BCH community. The group’s mission aims to “foster the growth of open-source software and growing adoption of Bitcoin Cash across the globe.”

Permissionless Software Foundation Aims to Foster Open-Source Software With Bitcoin Cash
“The mission of the Permissionless Software Foundation is to foster the growth of open-source software and the adoption of Bitcoin Cash across the globe. The Foundation will focus on the development and promotion of software that makes it easy for individuals to protect their privacy, circumvent censorship, and engage in Agorism,” explains the PSF website.

Moreover, the PSF plans to bolster Simple Ledger Protocol innovation. Crypto fans can read about the PSF on the organization’s new web portal called psfoundation.cash. The organization’s business model states:

The Foundation is a community-oriented, highly automated, and legally-nonexistent decentralized autonomous organization whose purpose is to foster the growth of open-source software and the adoption of Bitcoin Cash across the globe. The PSF will offer a Simple Ledger Protocol (SLP) token on the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) network to self-fund the development of open-source software, and reward contributors that help the organization grow.

According to the press release, PSF and the web portal fullstack.cash will offer consulting services going forward.

“More and more businesses are looking into the great opportunities of integrating Bitcoin Cash and SLP tokens into their operations,” explains the announcement. “Finding the right information and the best people can be a daunting task but this service is already proving helpful for those businesses wanting to step into the world of Bitcoin Cash.”

Permissionless Software Foundation Aims to Foster Open-Source Software With Bitcoin Cash

The Bitcoin Cash (BCH) proponent and host of the developer’s monthly video series, David R. Allen, joined the PSF as the Business Development Manager. “[Allen] has agreed to assist and support the Permissionless Software Foundation and to be a primary contact for businesses as the community grows out of its infancy. His experience and contributions are a welcome addition to the foundation,” the PSF announcement details.

PSF also aims to offer “white-label BCH and SLP wallets” as well, according to the press release details. At the time of publication, the work is being executed in order to provide the community with a “fully functional white-label web wallet.”

“With this wallet, businesses will be able to release reliable web wallets with organisation-specific branding,” the announcement notes. “This will lower the barrier to entry for businesses even further. An early prototype of the wallet can be seen at ​wallet.fullstack.cash.”

The software developer Chris Troutner is also involved with the PSF, and nine days ago he created a post about the subject on the Reddit forum r/btc. Troutner and the PSF have also released an introductory video which can be viewed on Youtube.

BCH supporters seemed to like the project, according to a number of comments within the Reddit post. “Super interesting [and] very exciting,” one person wrote.

What do you think about the Permissionless Software Foundation (PSF) for Bitcoin Cash? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.

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Bon plan Dyson : l’aspirateur V7 Motorhead Origin à seulement 249,99 €

Par Olivier Capart, Rédacteur
En amont des Soldes d’été qui auront lieu du 15 Juillet au 11 Août chez Cdiscount, le marchand vous propose de nombreuses promotions pour faire de bonnes affaires. Le bon plan du moment ? Le célèbre aspirateur-balai Dyson V7 Motorhead en promo ! 

La sportive électrique Cupra el-Born arrive en 2021 avec 500 km d’autonomie

Par Marc Zaffagni, Journaliste
Cupra, la division sportive de Seat devenue une marque à part entière, vient de dévoiler son tout premier modèle électrique. Une séduisante sportive compacte qui promet une autonomie généreuse et une puissance de 315 ch.

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Par Nathalie Mayer, Journaliste
Après la crise du coronavirus, la cohabitation entre les Hommes et les grands singes est-elle toujours possible ? C’est la question que Futura a posée à deux experts du bureau d’étude Biotope, Fabien Quetier, ingénieur agronome et docteur en écologie, et David Granier, docteur en écologie et...

Bon plan : faites de bonnes affaires sur Cdiscount avant les soldes d’été !

Par Olivier Capart, Rédacteur
Les soldes d’été approchent à grands pas, mais n’attendez pas aussi longtemps pour profiter des bons plans sur Cdiscount. Et oui, les promotions commencent maintenant !

Quels sont les bienfaits de l'ail ?

Dans la tradition populaire, l'ail est paré de nombreuses vertus. Depuis des millénaires, sa consommation est censée faire reculer plusieurs maladies, notamment grâce à des propriétés antiseptiques. La science moderne n'a pas validé toutes ces croyances mais on peut en confiance en consommer...

Les naines blanches, sources clés du carbone dans l’univers

Par Nathalie Mayer, Journaliste
Lorsqu’elles rendent leur dernier souffle, les étoiles dispersent des cendres dans l’univers, donnant naissance à de splendides nébuleuses. Des cendres riches en éléments chimiques, parmi lesquels, du carbone. Des chercheurs viennent enfin d’identifier la principale source de cet élément...

Bon plan : Cdiscount Mobile lance un forfait 60 Go à 4,99 €

Par la rédaction de Futura
Le forfait illimité 60 Go de Cdiscount mobile est proposé à 4,99 € pendant 6 mois avant de grimper à 16,99 € à partir du 7ème mois. L’offre est valable jusqu’au 14 juillet 2020.

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