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Recent ‘Satoshi’ Tweet From Infamous Bitcoin Inventor Deemed Fake By BTC Developer Jimmy Song

One of the recent causes of conversation lately in the crypto industry after a tweet from pseudonymous Bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto was posted online. Thought to be authentic, both sides of the Bitcoin Cash split were discussing it, even though it quickly was erased from Twitter, along with the whole account. The original text said, “I do not want to be public, but there is an issue with SegWit. If it is not fixed, there will be nothing and I would have failed. There is only one way that Bitcoin survives, and it is important to me that it works. Important enough, that I may be known openly. He then provides a signature which, on the surface, appears legitimate.” Based on individuals that have more information on this topic, the signature was not real. Jimmy Song, a developer for blockchain that has experience on the Armory Wallet and Paxos, quickly jumped in to discuss this false signature, even creating a forgery to prove it. Song commented, “The Tweet is equivalent to someone that’s ‘proving’ that they ran a marathon in under 2 hours while allowing us to only observe them at the finish line. The nonsense signature is equivalent to someone ‘running’ a marathon in under 2 hours by starting close to the finish line.” He added that Calvin Ayre seems to be assuming that Satoshi still lives as a result of the tweet. Ayre posted to Twitter as well, saying, “Signature from Key 9? ….Satoshi Lives…likely upset at Bitmain and Bitcoin.com for attacking Bitcoin.” He linked the message to the now-deleted tweet from the Satoshi impersonator. With a little research on the Satoshi Twitter handle, it seems that the account has been around almost as long as Twitter itself, though it only recently began tweeting about the topic of crypto. The account was private still in 2013, and it had less than 50 followers at the time. The sale of Twitter accounts is not new, though the value depends largely on the account and those who follow it. There are even sites that have been specifically created for this purpose. Based on this fact, there’s a strong chance that the writer of the tweet on this account was simply the buyer of the handle.
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Top Bitcoin Desktop Wallets: Exodus, Jaxx, Electrum, Armory, Copay And BTC Core

Bitcoin wallets are essential to keeping your cryptos safe and secure. Without the, you would literally lose them. Scratch that, there really would be no way to store those coins. Your choice wallets will often determine the level of security –of course this is in tandem with other things- you enjoy. But still, you need to be careful about the wallets as they are the first step in keeping your precious cryptocurrencies safe. They serve as custodians of your private keys –these are the passcodes you’ll need to access your wallets at any time. Without those passkeys, retrieving your bitcoins will be an almost impossible task. Top Bitcoin Desktop Wallets In this short article, we’ll be looking at the best desktop wallets for 2018 and beyond. With these wallets, you should improve your chances of keeping your cryptos secure and put of the reach of hackers and criminals. The reality is that desktop wallets, when properly secured are an almost foolproof security measure. That said, let’s jump right in and check out these popular and best bitcoin desktop wallets. Exodus Bitcoin Wallet Exodus is one of the best bitcoin desktop wallets in the industry. Of course, its functions aren’t just restricted to being a bitcoin wallet alone, it also supports the storage of many other altcoins in the industry –30 altcoins as at last count. It has very user friendly interface and features, all of which are designed to help make it incredibly easy to use. Using the wallet is pretty straightforward as it requires no KYC process or anything else. The only necessary detail is an email address. So, if you don’t want to use your personal email ID, you can always create a throwaway email for the purpose. This works on all operating systems and while free, users can unlock some extra features by paying a token. Jaxx Bitcoin Wallet Another popular bitcoin wallet, Jaxx boasts of a wide array of features, many of which you’ll find useful for storing and keeping your bitcoins safe and secure. It supports both bitcoins as well as other cryptocurrencies. Users can store their coins and secure their wallet using its unique PIN feature. Even better, the wallet provides an internally hosted crypto exchange called ShapeShift, where you can trade up to 40 different altcoins. While the wallet doesn’t have the most user friendly interface, its parent company is working hard at improving that. It is compatible with all operating systems and doesn’t cost anything to use the base version. Upgrades and unique features can be gotten at an extra cost. Electrum Bitcoin Wallet Electrum is one of the oldest and most popular bitcoin desktop wallets. Developed in 2011, this wallet doesn’t need the whole blockchain downloaded in order to work. With the wallet, you can effectively determine how much you’re willing to pay for every transaction carried out on it. This customization makes it a favorite for people looking to differentiate between faster bitcoin transactions and the slower ones. This also uses the PIN feature, which means that you are in total control of your wallet. This is why it is called a self-hosted wallet, as it is not hosted anywhere else. Electrum is available on all operating systems and is best suited to users who have a little more knowledge and experience with bitcoin wallets and cryptocurrencies. Armory Bitcoin Wallet Primarily suited to advanced users, Armory is a more secure self hosted bitcoin desktop wallet. Unlike some other desktop wallets that can store other altcoins apart from bitcoin, this one is solely dedicated to bitcoin storage. Users would have to download the entire blockchain to use the wallet. While the aforementioned can be considered as downsides of using the system, the system is also super effective at various other things. For instance, transactions can be self-verified, as against waiting for other nodes to do that for you. There’s also the added perk of creating cold storage wallets as well as multisignature security measures. Thus, providing your coins with multiple security layers that will keep your bitcoins safe and secure from the grubby hands of hackers and cyber thieves. It is available on all operating systems, provides a custom fee feature and is segwit enabled. If you have a large amount of bitcoins to store, and are experienced in crypto storage, this is about the best bitcoin storage wallet you can have. Copay Bitcoin Wallet Created and released to the public by BitPay, Copay is the company’s version of a bitcoin wallet. As a HD multisig wallet, this is a highly user-friendly wallet that everyone, regardless of their experience, can use. Even better, it provides an option for connecting with testnets, without necessarily involving the use of your bitcoins. This makes it a great option for developers looking to run testnet protocols without risking their bitcoins. This is a secure wallet, thanks to its multisig features and is available on all operating systems. Using this wallet attracts zero cost and doesn’t require that much expertise. The only downside appears to be its non-compatibility with segwit. So, if that’s important to you, you might want to check out wallets. BTC Core Wallet Another one that’s meant for advanced users, this has a wide array of features that beginners would find very hard to use or understand. It is currently the official wallet for bitcoin, and is heavy, meaning you’ll have to download the entire blockchain to use it. As a result, you’ll need a pretty solid PC with decent specs to use this as it can be quite the resource hog. BTC Core wallet is not as user friendly as the others –another reason why it’s for advanced users- but it compensates for this by the abundance of features not found in other wallets. This is available on all operating systems, has a custom fee option, is segwit compatible and costs nothing to set up and use. Top Bitcoin Desktop Wallets Conclusion All of the aforementioned desktop wallets are all self-hosted and put you in complete control of your cryptos. Therefore, if you’re looking to completely secure your bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies, these are the best options available to you in our opinion. If you’ll be using them, make sure to secure your computing equipment too. Install anti-malware, anti-spyware and antivirus programs. Avoid visiting shady websites that often serve as a gateway for hackers’ keyloggers and other malicious software. Even better, secure your networks and plug every loophole that hackers can use to infiltrate your network and hack your wallet. Don’t ever take your security for granted and keep your private keys and seed phrases in highly secure areas. This way, you can easily retrieve your bitcoins whenever you want.
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Ripple’s RippleNet XRP Showcases Real-World Effectiveness: Mercury FX

After partnering up with the firm behind the second largest coin XRP [XRP] Ripple as one of the +200 costumers, Mercury FX announced via their official twitter handle that they transacted their largest payment across RippleNet with a positive conclusion. 1/1 We've made our largest payments across RippleNet using #XRP – 86,633.00 pesos (£3,521.67) from the U.K. to Mexico in seconds. pic.twitter.com/WsHJuZTiOy — Mercury-fx Ltd (@mercury_fx_ltd) January 17, 2019 Using XRP, the firm transferred £3,521.67 or $4,552.41 while they cited that UK based Mustard Foods was able to save £79.17 and 31 hours on the transaction. Mustard Foods could be one of the best examples of the impact of using RippleNet could have as it opened doors to cheaper expenses, quicker orders and faster payments. As covered by John P. Njui on EWN a few days ago, The Ripple company has announced via its website that 13 new financial institutions have joined RippleNet thus propelling the number of total global customers to over 200. RippleNet currently operates in 40 countries across 6 continents. Out of the 13 aforementioned financial institutions, 5 are confirmed as using XRP to source instant liquidity for their cross border payments. The are JNFX, SendFriend, Transpaygo, FTCS and Euro Exim Bank. By the end of this year [2018], major banks will use xRapid as a liquidity tool. By the end of next year [2019], I would certainly hope that we will see…in the order of magnitude…of dozens. But we also need to continue to grow that ecosystem…grow the liquidity. – Brad Garlinghouse The success behind the team from Ripple could be standing by their marketing strategy and future plans of making the financial industry a better place to be. While not displacing traditional banking systems but helping them make payments cheaper and faster, it is finding its way to take spotlight in the crypto-verse. The post Ripple’s RippleNet XRP Showcases Real-World Effectiveness: Mercury FX appeared first on Ethereum World News.
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BRD Wallet Expands Crypto User Access Across Europe With Coinify Partnership

Coinify, a European-based financial platform that provides a wallet, trading and payment processing solution, has announced that they are integrating BRD Wallet into their platform to deliver BRD wallet access to users across the European region.Specifically, the partnership provides access to virtual currencies, like bitcoin, to 34 countries across the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA). The SEPA region is a collection of member states in Europe who are part of a payment system that simplifies bank transfers denominated in EUR. The launch is also enabled largely in part by Coinify’s newly rebranded trading solution for wallet partners.Customers will now be able to use BRD Wallet to “purchase bitcoin at cost-efficient rates with SEPA bank transfers” within Coinify’s trading platform. With BRD integration, customers will also retain control over their private keys while using Coinify.Essentially, this provides a large number of users with an efficient and secure way to buy bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, and then allows them to immediately store it in a manner where they control what happens to their money. Typically, a user will entrust the custody of their private keys to a centralized exchange while they are waiting for trades to be executed and sometimes for much longer than that.Aaron Lasher, co-founder and chief strategy officer at BRD, highlighted the advantages of the integration for security-focused users of the Coinify platform.“We like exchanges and think security will get better in the future, but by using our integrated purchase and trading solutions, you get to keep your funds under your control 99 percent of the time, and only put them at a slightly higher risk for a short period when you make the exchange,” Lasher told Bitcoin Magazine.“Using a non-custodial wallet means that you and you alone control your funds. It’s similar to having physical cash in a (highly secure) safe at home. Only in this case, we provide our customers a digital safe (the BRD wallet) that they can keep in their pocket and carry along. Nobody else in the world has access to your funds but you, and nobody can stop you from sending or receiving funds.”Integrating a wallet that allows users to own their funds and seamlessly make trades on a platform like Coinify could help to push bitcoin adoption forward."The financial industry is ripe for disruption and we see bitcoin and the other virtual currencies as the future of payments,” said Rikke Stær, chief commercial officer at Coinify, told Bitcoin Magazine. “At Coinify, we have experienced first-hand the rising adoption of bitcoin and working with BRD as a user-friendly, decentralized wallet will only encourage the global reach of the currency."“Since launching as the first iOS bitcoin wallet in the App Store over 4 years ago, we’ve grown tremendously in North America,“ Adam Traidman, CEO and co-founder of BRD, said in a statement. “Europe will be strategic in the next phase of BRD’s global growth, and the partnership with Coinify will ensure our success in this crucial endeavour.”In August 2018, Canadian-based Coinberry exchange launched a similar BRD integration, allowing users to quickly and seamlessly buy, deposit and withdraw bitcoin on the Coinberry platform, while keeping control of their keys at all times. This article originally appeared on Bitcoin Magazine.
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Crypto Payments Service BitPay Reports It Saw Over $1 Billion in Transactions in 2018

Crypto Payments Service BitPay Reports It Saw Over $1 Billion in Transactions in 2018 Major cryptocurrency payment service provider BitPay has reported $1 billion in transactions this past year, according to a press release Jan. 16. According to the report, the company also set a new record for itself in terms of transaction fee revenue. […] Cet article Crypto Payments Service BitPay Reports It Saw Over $1 Billion in Transactions in 2018 est apparu en premier sur Bitcoin Central.
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