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1  Bitcoin / Electrum / Electrum 4.3.0 Relased on: August 05, 2022, 10:51:02 PM
New electrum version is released. This release is focused on improvement of Lightning UI and finally the support of the Blockstream Jade hardware wallet[1].

# Release 4.3.0 - (August 5, 2022)

 * This version introduces a set of UI modifications that simplify the
   use of Lightning. The idea is to abstract payments from the payment
   layer, and to suggest solutions when a lightning payment is hindered
   by liquidity issues.
    - Invoice unification: on-chain and lightning invoices have been
      merged into a unique type of invoice, and the GUI has a single
      'create request' button. Unified invoices contain both a
      lightning invoice and an onchain fallback address.
    - The receive tab of the GUI can display, for each payment
      request, a lightning invoice, a BIP21 URI, or an onchain
      address. If the request is paid off-chain, the associated
      on-chain address will be recycled in subsequent requests.
    - The receive tab displays whether a payment can be received using
      Lightning, given the current channel liquidity. If a payment
      cannot be received, but may be received after a channel
      rebalance or a submarine swap, the GUI will propose such an
      operation.
    - Similarly, if channels do not have enough liquidity to pay a
      lightning invoice, the GUI will suggest available alternatives:
      rebalance existing channels, open a new channel, perform a
      submarine swap, or pay to the provided onchain fallback address.
    - A single balance is shown in the GUI. A pie chart reflects how
      that balance is distributed (on-chain, lightning, unconfirmed,
      frozen, etc).
    - The semantics of the wallet balance has been modified: only
      incoming transactions are considered in the 'unconfirmed' part
      of the balance. Indeed, if an outgoing transaction does not get
      mined, that is not going to decrease the wallet balance. Thus,
      change outputs of outgoing transactions are not subtracted from
      the confirmed balance. (Before this change, the arithmetic
      values of both incoming and outgoing transactions were added to
      the unconfirmed balance, and could potentially cancel
      each other.)

 * In addition, the following new features are worth noting:
    - support for the Blockstream Jade hardware wallet (#7633)
    - support for LNURL-pay (LUD-06) (#7839)
    - updated trampoline feature bit in invoices (#7801)
    - the claim transactions of reverse swaps are not broadcast until
      the parent transaction is confirmed. This can be overridden by
      manually broadcasting the local transaction.
    - the fee of submarine swap transactions can be bumped (#7724)
    - better error handling for trampoline payments, which should
      improve payment success rate (#7844)
    - channel backups are removed automatically when the corresponding
      channel is redeemed (#7513)
Although i just heard this new hardware wallet, it looks like neat but like a bulk remote to me. Lol
To those who keep collecting hardware wallets, making reviews, using the liquid network, i guess its must to try.

[1] https://blockstream.com/jade/
2  Economy / Service Discussion / Google Ads Updates its Policy towards Crypto on: July 20, 2022, 04:03:27 AM
It happens when I'm searching bitcoin/crypto related keywords yet there's no ads showing in the google search using different browsers and starting to wonder why. So I research and found this link from google[1].

It mentioned that it requires the advertisers docs and certificates from the country's central banks or authorized body for having the certificate of having a crypto business in one country.
And I said why this wasn't a think before? It will probably lessen the scams from google services' ads (google search and youtube) especially newbies who are trying to make a research and unfortunately clicked the ads where scam or fake websites worst malware and then experienced the dark side of crypto because of scammers/hackers.

[1] https://support.google.com/adspolicy/answer/12055790?hl=en


I don't know if there is an existing discussion about this, kindly linked the thread here so I can lock the topic.

3  Bitcoin / Electrum / New release: Electrum 4.2.1 on: March 27, 2022, 10:41:03 PM
Electrum new release

"New release: Electrum 4.2.1. Mostly bugfixes. We are dropping support for Windows 7. Release notes and downloads: https://electrum.org/#download"

https://twitter.com/ElectrumWallet/status/1508127234997075971

Here's the release notes

Code:
# Release 4.2.1 - (March 26, 2022)
 * Binaries:
   - Windows: we are dropping support for Windows 7. (#7728)
     Version 4.2.0 already unintentionally broke compatibility with
     Win7 and there is no easy way to restore and maintain support.
     Existing users can keep using version 4.1.5 for now, but should
     consider upgrading or changing their OS.
     Win8.1 still works but only Win10 is regularly tested.
   - bump bundled Python version (win, mac, appimage) to 3.9.11,
     (android) to 3.8.13 (1bb7ef92, #7721)
     (note these include a fix to an openssl DOS-vector CVE-2022-0778)
   - windows: bump pyinstaller to 4.10 and wine to 7.0 (#7721)
 * Kivy GUI:
   - fix "Child Pays For Parent" not working on Android (#7723)
   - revert to defaulting the UI language to English (25fee6a6)
 * Qt GUI:
   - macOS: fix opening "Preferences" segfaulting for some (#7725)
   - more resilient startup: better error-handling and fallback (#7447)
 * Library:
   - fix LN error/warning message-handling, and fix regression that
     errors during channel-open were not properly shown in GUI (a92dede4)
   - during LN chan open, do not backup wallet automatically (#7733)
   - Imported wallets: fix delete_address rm-ing too many txs (#7587)
   - fix potential deadlock in wallet.py (d3476b6b)
 * Hardware wallets:
   - ledger: add progress indicator to sign_transaction (#7516)
 * fix the "--portable" flag for AppImage, and for pip installs (#7732)
Source: https://github.com/spesmilo/electrum/blob/master/RELEASE-NOTES

These updates is more focus in UI/UX, lightning and dropping support of previous windows versionz
4  Economy / Services / Request FREEPIK Premium File for FREE on: February 07, 2022, 03:09:52 PM
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I will not entertain any PM. Note this is a free service until my subscriptions last and will close this thread once it's expired or so.

5  Other / Beginners & Help / Another episode of "Not your keys, not your Coins" on: January 22, 2022, 07:40:34 AM
This is all about the Crypto.com recent hacked[1], though the news mentioned of the steps of securities added to the exchange, yet it doesn't mentions if the users that were affected are refunded/compensated. This is why "not your keys not your coins" always matter[2].

This is another reminder to everyone whether you're a newbie or not, that using platforms such exchanges which the users doesn't have full control of their assets always have the risk of getting robbed, either the platform refunded it, worst if not.

[1] https://cointelegraph.com/news/crypto-com-finally-speaks-out-483-user-accounts-compromised
[2] https://notyourkeys.org/
6  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Happy 10th birthday, Bitcoin! on: January 03, 2019, 03:41:22 AM
As its 10th birthday and a new year for new future of this tech. Maybe you can share your experiences for the past months/years.

• When and where you encountered bitcoin.
• Lowest and highest price you bought bitcoin.
• Your highest loss and gain.
• Knowledge you get.
• Wallet and exchange you're using.
• 10 altcoin/token you have besides bitcoin.

Happy new year btw.
7  Bitcoin / Press / [2018-07-24]China’s ‘Dream City’ Taps Ethereum Dev. Studio ConsenSys for Blockch on: July 24, 2018, 08:46:00 AM
China’s ‘Dream City’ Taps Ethereum Dev. Studio ConsenSys for Blockchain Push

Government officials in Xiongan New Area have announced a partnership with Ethereum development studio ConsenSys to develop blockchain initiatives for China’s “dream city.”

According to the  South China Morning Post, the Xiongan government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the U.S.-based ConsenSys to “establish Xiongan as a next-generation smart city and a leading blockchain innovation hub.”

Formally announced in 2017, Xiongan is a pet project of Chinese President Xi Jinping, and the central government has said that it will eventually move a number of “non-core” government agency and research facility headquarters to the region from Beijing.

The partnership with ConsenSys — whose founder, Joseph Lubin, also co-founded Ethereum — marks the first time that Xiongan has publicly enlisted the efforts of a foreign development studio to contribute to its blockchain efforts. However, this technological field is central to the city’s agenda.

In fact, the government has listed blockchain as one of several cutting-edge technologies that it believes can turn Xiongan into a leading tech center, and it has enlisted the efforts of a number of domestic firms including Tencent and Ant Financial to develop blockchain initiatives for both public and private services in the city.

MORE INFO HERE: https://www.ccn.com/chinas-dream-city-taps-ethereum-dev-studio-consensys-for-blockchain-push/
8  Bitcoin / Press / [Removed] on: July 12, 2018, 10:03:46 AM
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9  Bitcoin / Press / [2018-07-06] South Korea is Officially Recognizing Crypto Exchanges as Regulated on: July 06, 2018, 11:37:45 AM
South Korea is Officially Recognizing Crypto Exchanges as Regulated Banks

For the first time in history, the government of South Korea has officially recognized crypto exchanges regulated financial institutions and banks.

Local publications in South Korea have reported that the financial authorities of South Korea have finalized their plans to categorize crypto exchanges as an industry called “Cryptocurrency Exchange and Brokerage” to enable trading platforms to perform at a large capacity with support from local authorities.

From Communication Vendors to Financial Institutions

For many years, the government of South Korea has considered regulating the cryptocurrency sector with practical regulations and policies, primarily to prevent large-scale hacking attacks and security breaches from occurring, as seen in the case of Bithumb and Coinrail in early 2018.

However, local financial authorities feared that the regulating the cryptocurrency market would lead the public to believe that the government has legitimated the cryptocurrency sector. Consequently, South Korea postponed the regulation of cryptocurrency exchanges.

This week, local publications revealed that the government of South Korea has come to a consensus to recognize crypto exchanges as regulated financial businesses, creating a new industry dedicated to cryptocurrency trading platforms.

In the short-term, the newly created regulatory framework for cryptocurrency exchanges may have a negative impact on both the trading platforms and investors, because it would mean stricter Know Your Customer (KYC), Anti-Money Laundering (AML), and customer verification policies.

MORE INFO HERE: https://www.ccn.com/breaking-south-korea-is-officially-recognizing-crypto-exchanges-as-regulated-banks/
10  Bitcoin / Press / [2018-06-25] Indian Crypto Regulations Ready in July, Official Reveals on: June 25, 2018, 11:56:15 PM
Indian Crypto Regulations Ready in July, Official Reveals

If you thought crypto in India was over, you were probably wrong. According to a recent statement by a high-ranking official, the long-awaited regulations are on the way. A draft framework has been prepared, and authorities in Delhi hope to “wrap this up” as early as the first half of next month. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has agreed to review a petition against the RBI ban earlier than expected, resetting the hearing for July 3.

Committee Decides the Fate of Bitcoin in India

The new Indian regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies is likely to be presented in the first half of July, according to a recent statement by Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary of the Department of Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Finance.

A draft has been put together and will be discussed in the first week of next month, the official said in an interview with the news channel ET Now. Garg, who is heading the committee tasked to determine the future of Bitcoin in India, explained:

We are fairly close to developing a kind of template which we think might be in the best interest of our country. We have prepared a draft which we intend to discuss with the committee members in the first week of July.

The Finance Ministry representative also noted that the committee has made a lot of progress in regards to determining “what part of business should be banned, what should be preserved, and what not.” In his words, the lower detail work has already happened. “We should be in the position to wrap this up in the first fortnight of July,” he elaborated.

MORE INFO HERE: https://news.bitcoin.com/indian-crypto-regulations-ready-in-july-official-reveals/
11  Bitcoin / Press / [2018-06-20] Retail Adoption of Crypto Would “Bring the Internet to a Halt” on: June 20, 2018, 08:31:53 AM
Retail Adoption of Crypto Would “Bring the Internet to a Halt” – BIS Report

The Bank of International Settlements (BIS) has leased a chapter from its forthcoming annual report that delivers a critical appraisal of bitcoin and cryptocurrency. The report attacks virtual currencies from several main standpoints: claiming that cryptocurrencies do not effectively perform monetary functions due to price volatility, that the retail adoption of blockchain-based payment mechanisms would “bring the internet to a halt,” mass cryptocurrency adoption would reap a drastic environmental toll, and that the trust engendered by a decentralized network is too “fragile” to compete with that of centralized institutions.

BIS Annual Report Provides Critical Appraisal of Crypto

Retail Adoption of Crypto Would "Bring the Internet to a "Halt" - BIS ReportThe chapter addressing cryptocurrencies in BIS’ upcoming report opens by stating that “Less than 10 years after their inception, cryptocurrencies have emerged from obscurity to attract intense interest on the part of businesses and consumers, as well as central banks and other authorities. They garner attention because they promise to replace trust in long-standing institutions, such as commercial and central banks, with trust in a new, fully decentralized system founded on the blockchain and related distributed ledger technology (DLT).”

Despite acknowledging that “Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin promise to deliver not only a convenient payment means based on digital technology, but also a novel mode of trust,” the BIS report seeks to highlight a number of “economic limitations” arising from “permissionless cryptocurrencies.”

MORE INFO HERE: https://news.bitcoin.com/retail-adoption-crypto-would-bring-internet-halt-bis-report/
12  Bitcoin / Press / [2018-06-14] Thailand Expects to Approve Five ICO Projects out of 50 on: June 14, 2018, 06:29:38 AM
Thailand Expects to Approve Five ICO Projects out of 50

The Thai financial regulator is expected to approve five ICO projects once the new regulatory framework takes effect this month. Out of 50 ICO projects in the country, only five satisfy the registration requirements set out by the regulator this week.

Five ICO Projects Expected to be Approved

Thailand Expects to Approve Five ICO Projects Out of 50The Thai Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is expected to approve five initial coin offering (ICO) projects once the law to regulate cryptocurrencies and ICOs goes into effect, according to the Bangkok Post. The Commission approved the relevant regulations earlier this week and expects them to become law by the end of the month, as news.Bitcoin.com previously reported.

While the SEC has not revealed which ICO projects will be approved, Mr. Thawatchai Kiatkwankul, the Commission’s director of corporate finance in the equity department, was quoted by the news outlet:

Out of 50 ICO projects expecting to raise funds from the Thai capital market, five are ready as initial pilot projects.
The announcement follows two recently launched ICOs in Thailand: Jfin Coin by Jay Mart Plc’s subsidiary, J Ventures Limited, and ZMN tokens by Zmine Holdings.

MORE INFO HERE: https://news.bitcoin.com/thailand-approves-ico/
13  Bitcoin / Press / [2018-06-05] I Want Bitcoin to Be the World’s Single Currency: Apple Co-Founder on: June 05, 2018, 07:03:12 AM
I Want Bitcoin to Be the World’s Single Currency: Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak isn’t convinced that bitcoin will supplant national currencies to become a de facto global currency, but he says that he hopes this will one day be the case.

Speaking on the sidelines of Money20/20 Europe, Wozniak told CNBC that he is attracted to the “purity” of the idea that people around the world could one day share a single currency, despite being separated by national borders.

He said:

“I buy into what Jack Dorsey says, not that I necessarily believe it’s going to happen, but because I want it to be that way, that is so pure thinking.”

As CCN reported, Dorsey, who is CEO of both social media giant Twitter and digital payment processor Square, said recently that he believes bitcoin will be the world’s only currency — perhaps within a single decade.

The “Woz” has long been a fan of bitcoin, a fact that has not changed since he decided to sell off most of his holdings after finding that he spent too much time watching price movements.

MORE INFO HERE: https://www.ccn.com/i-want-bitcoin-to-be-the-worlds-single-currency-apple-co-founder-steve-wozniak/
14  Bitcoin / Press / [2018-03-23] OECD Warns Crypto and Blockchain are Challenging Tax Transparency on: March 23, 2018, 02:32:39 PM
OECD Warns Crypto and Blockchain are Challenging Tax Transparency

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has issued a report to the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors. The report examines the accomplishments and aims of the OECD in advancing its efforts to “redefine the international landscape,” identifying new technologies cryptocurrencies and distributed ledger technology as posing unique challenges to “tax transparency.”

OECD Discusses International Tax Agenda

The report asserts that the OECD, with assistance from the G20, has made “enormous strides” in implementing the OECD’s international “tax agenda.” The organization claims that its policies have resulted in a transition of the “global financial system” from “opacity and incongruity to transparency and coherence.”

Among the primary policy objectives sought by the institutions has been greater “tax transparency,” with the report stating that “tax transparency has been at the heart of the OECD’s role in the international tax area.

Despite boasting of numerous accomplishments with regards to fostering greater taxation transparency, the report identifies the increasing “digitalization of the economy” as giving rise to a number of significant challenges to the the OECD’s international policy objectives.

READ MORE here: https://news.bitcoin.com/oecd-warns-crypto-and-blockchain-challenging-tax-transparency/
15  Bitcoin / Press / [2018-03-18] Report: Twitter Prepares Ban on Crypto Ads on: March 18, 2018, 10:24:40 PM
Report: Twitter Prepares Ban on Crypto Ads

Twitter is reportedly preparing to prohibit advertisements for ICOs, token sales, and cryptocurrency wallets. The new advertising policy is expected to come into effect in a couple weeks. The microblogging site is said to impose a ban on ads for crypto exchanges, as well, bar a few exceptions. The policy change is yet to be confirmed officially.

Some Trading Platforms May be Excluded from the Ban

Following similar moves by Facebook and Google, Twitter is now preparing to ban crypto-related advertisements on its platform. The new advertising policy will be implemented in two weeks, Sky News reported without revealing the source of its information.

Report: Twitter Prepares Ban on Crypto AdsThe upcoming rules will likely prohibit advertisements for initial coin offerings (ICOs), token sales, and cryptocurrency wallets globally, according to the report. The reasoning behind Twitter’s decision is unclear. Other companies imposing restrictions on crypto content have cited concerns over illicit activities and fraudulent ads.

The ban may also include advertisements for cryptocurrency exchanges. The report suggests, however, that the new policy will be launched with some “limited exceptions” in regards to trading platforms. There has been no official confirmation of the policy change yet.

READ MORE here: https://news.bitcoin.com/report-twitter-prepares-ban-on-crypto-ads/
16  Bitcoin / Press / [2018-03-14] India Can’t Regulate Bitcoin Says Official on: March 14, 2018, 01:36:15 AM
India Can’t Regulate Bitcoin Says Official

Indian authorities have been struggling to grasp the crypto phenomenon for quite some time now – years, to be more precise. The inability to fully understand it and put it under control has resulted in a state of semi-denial: “it’s illegal”, officials repeat tirelessly, but also keep trying to tax it. It doesn’t help when someone previously charged with proposing regulations, now says – India just can’t regulate bitcoin.

India Undecided
The institutional antipathy towards cryptocurrencies is no secret in India. Multiple warnings have been issued against their use, many officials have declared that they are illegal. The fact of the matter is cryptos, like bitcoin, are neither banned, nor regulated in the country.

READ MORE: https://news.bitcoin.com/india-cant-regulate-bitcoin-says-official/
17  Bitcoin / Press / [2018-03-08]BitCar Model Allows Users the Ability to Trade Their Way to Full Car on: March 08, 2018, 09:19:07 PM
BitCar Model Allows Users the Ability to Trade Their Way to Full Car Ownership

BitCar Model allows to trade to full car ownership
Blockchain company BitCar.io has announced a gear change in its business model, giving BITCAR token holders the chance to trade their way to full ownership of the platform’s top-end exotic vehicles.

READ MORE: https://coinidol.com/bitcar-model-allows-users-to-trade-to-full-car-ownership/
18  Bitcoin / Press / [2018-02-27] Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak’s Bitcoin Stolen on: February 27, 2018, 10:29:07 AM
Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak’s Bitcoin Stolen

Last year, Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak (Woz) revealed he’d purchased bitcoin, likening it to being better than gold. And then, months later, Woz announced he’d sold it all. In the process of selling off his gains, it turns out he was defrauded out of a substantial sum.

Steve Wozniak Defrauded Out of Bitcoin

One of the men behind the world’s most profitable company, Apple, co-founder Steve Wozniak explained to India’s The Economic Times he was defrauded out of a sizeable amount of bitcoin. Woz famously touted the decentralized currency’s merits, and then abruptly announced he’d liquidated. This is not the first time Woz has had a rocky beginning with a history-changing technology.

The career of cherubic every-man-nerd-king Woz, the engineering pioneer to Steve Jobs’ poet, more or less begins with fraud. It’s a sadly hilarious tale, one where Mr. Jobs, who befriended Woz due to his technical genius, evidently promised to split 50-50 an offer made by then leading video game company, Atari.

READ MORE: https://news.bitcoin.com/apple-co-founder-steve-wozniaks-bitcoin-stolen/
19  Bitcoin / Press / [2018-02-22] Lenovo Seeks Blockchain Patent For Document Validation on: February 22, 2018, 07:14:14 AM
Lenovo has applied for a patent with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for an electronic device to ensure the integrity of a signed physical document using blockchain technology, according to a recent filing. The device identifies an integrity symbol within a physical document and converts it to a map that allows the device to verify the document’s integrity.

READ MORE: https://www.ccn.com/lenovo-seeks-patent-for-device-to-ensure-integrity-of-signed-documents/
20  Bitcoin / Press / [2017-12-29]Digital currency ripple soars more than 30%, briefly becomes second. on: December 29, 2017, 03:23:47 PM
Digital currency ripple soars more than 30%, briefly becomes second-largest cryptocurrency by market cap

Ripple surged more than 30 percent Friday to an all-time high, briefly surpassing ethereum as the second-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization.

Officially called XRP, ripple climbed nearly 33 percent to a record high of $1.90 and traded near $1.81 Friday morning, according to CoinMarketCap. The digital currency briefly had a market cap of more than $71.8 billion, a few hundred million greater than ethereum at the time. The two cryptocurrencies vied for the second-place spot as prices fluctuated in morning trading.

Bitcoin remains the largest digital currency by far. It has a market capitalization of roughly $241 billion, accounting for about 41.5 percent of the total cryptocurrency market cap tracked by CoinMarketCap. Ripple accounted for about 12.4 percent, while ethereum was around 12.3 percent, the website showed.

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2017/12/29/ripple-soars-becomes-second-biggest-cryptocurrency-by-market-cap.html
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