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Feature, Bug or Backdoor? AntBleed Code Enables BitMain to Remotely Shut Down AntMiner

Category: Bitcoin, News, Tech

Feature, Bug or Backdoor? AntBleed Code Enables BitMain to Remotely Shut Down AntMiner

The scandals engulfing Chinese ASIC producer BitMain seem never to end. On April 26, a string of code in the AntMiner firmware was disclosed which can remotely shut down some of the mining machines. BTCManager talked with BitMain’s CEO Jihan Wu and a Canadian Miner; a Bug or Feature? On April 26, the website AntBleed.com went online. It discloses a...

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BitWage Provides an IBAN Number for Everybody: Freelancers Worldwide Receive their Salary with Bitcoin

Category: Bitcoin, Business, Finance, News

BitWage Provides an IBAN Number for Everybody: Freelancers Worldwide Receive their Salary with Bitcoin

With BitWage you can receive your wage in bitcoin instead of fiat money. The startup from California aims to strengthen its presence in Europe. To do so, it opened a new office in Paris and implemented the option to give every customer their own IBAN number. CEO Jonathan Chester explains why and tells of two classes of customers using BitWage....

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“Nobody Knows. Some do Say because they are Horrified by the Alternative…”

Category: Bitcoin, Blockchain, News, Tech

“Nobody Knows. Some do Say because they are Horrified by the Alternative…”

The Large Bitcoin Collider (LBC) tries to break Bitcoin addresses through a brute force attack. In the few past weeks, the project announced their first success. Is Bitcoin no longer secure? Is their cryptographic core broken? Rico, the head of the LBC, explains in detail, what is happening. Who Are You and Why do You Have a Domain Called cryptoguru.org?...

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Autonomy or Just Another Slavery?: Ukraine and Bitfury Start Full-scale Blockchain eGovernance Program

Category: Blockchain, Business, Commentary, News, Tech

Autonomy or Just Another Slavery?: Ukraine and Bitfury Start Full-scale Blockchain eGovernance Program

The Ukraine and Bitfury test new frontiers! The State Agency for eGovernance signed a memorandum with Bitfury, which could be the beginning of the biggest and most ambitious blockchain project a government has started. On April 13 Oleksandr Ryzhenko, head of the Ukrainian State Agency for eGovernance, and Valery Vavilov, CEO of Bitfury, signed a memorandum which could be a...

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Be Your own Notary with the new Blockchain Plugin for Microsoft Office10

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, Blockchain, Business, News

Be Your own Notary with the new Blockchain Plugin for Microsoft Office10

Microsoft goes Blockchain; with a new Plugin for Office 10, it is possible to store a hash of documents on the blockchains of Bitcoin and Ethereum Classic. With this, you can prove the authenticity of any document - without a notary or a lawyer. Did Microsoft just unleash the first non-monetary blockchain killer app? E-mails and nearly all kinds of...

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Ethereum: Slock.it Gets $2 Million for Creation of the Universal Sharing Network, WeTrust Receives $4.5 Million with an ICO

Category: Business, Ethereum, Finance, News, Tech

Ethereum: Slock.it Gets $2 Million for Creation of the Universal Sharing Network, WeTrust Receives $4.5 Million with an ICO

Two Ethereum startups aim to build blockchain platforms which enable people all over the world to share and lend money and other things in a secure, trustless and easy way; Slock.it with its Universal Sharing Network and WeTrust with global trustless Lending Circles. Both startups recently received funding to realize their visions. Nearly daily new promising Ethereum projects start with...

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SegWit and Litecoin: Is Activation Imminent?

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SegWit and Litecoin: Is Activation Imminent?

This way or that way? The protocol upgrade SegWit is on the verge of a breakthrough to activation on Litecoin. Chief developer Charlie Lee announced to push it through with an UASF if push comes to shove. However, it seems that this will not be necessary after not only F2Pool but also BW.com started to signal readiness. Bitcoiners have good...

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Purse and BitPay Propose Extension Block Soft Fork. Could this End the Block Size War?

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Purse and BitPay Propose Extension Block Soft Fork. Could this End the Block Size War?

After SegWit-2MB, Extension Blocks is the second proposal from the week beginning April 3 that aims to overcome the block size crisis. The proposition is backed by BitPay, Purse and a Lightning developer. Chinese miners seem to like the idea, while some Core developers react slightly irritated but engaged in constructive criticism. Purse is a service that allows you to...

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SegWit-2MB: The Solution to the Block Size War - or the Submission of Bitcoin to Politics?

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SegWit-2MB: The Solution to the Block Size War - or the Submission of Bitcoin to Politics?

Bitcoin developer Sergio Lerner has proposed a compromise, a 2MB hard fork with a SegWit soft fork. The developers are not overly enthusiastic, while some prominent members of the community are thrilled. In older times, when wars were not yet mechanized and digitized, the opposing parties made peace often just for the reason that they have become war-weary. The nations...

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Berlin’s Pub Room77: First Beer in the World Paid with a Lightning Transaction

Category: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Entertainment, Tech

Berlin’s Pub Room77: First Beer in the World Paid with a Lightning Transaction

The pub Room77 in Berlin has been the Bitcoin center of the German capital for some years. Here you have been able to buy beer and burgers with bitcoin for a long time. Over the weekend of April 1, the pub again explored new frontiers as Lightning developer Olaoluwa Osuntokun helped the owner of the pub, Joerg Platzer, to set...

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