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BCH Devs Publish Bi-Directional Payment Concept Based on IPFS

On Friday, Openbazaar and Bchd developer, Chris Pacia, revealed a new Bchd project feature currently in the making that would allow for Bitcoin Cash-based bi-directional payment channels. Moreover, in contrast to the Lightning Network, the Bchd developers explained that the team has created an overlay network based on the Inter-Planetary File System (IPFS). Also Read: A Look at Some of 2018’s Most Popular Cryptocurrency Traders A Generic Overlay Network Based on IPFS Built for Bitcoin Cash   The Bchd developer Chris Pacia has published a Medium post explaining a new bi-directional payment channel protocol for the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) network which they hope will be complete by early next year. Pacia and fellow contributors at the Bchd project just recently published the client’s library and wallet. The following day, the programmers released the Neutrino wallet which can enhance BCH privacy. Bi-directional payment channels are used in unison with the Bitcoin Core (BTC) network which allows the Lightning Network (LN) participants to exchange micropayments. However, some people consider LN not very user-friendly and others have criticized its security due to routing complications. Instead, the programmers built a generic overlay network based on IPFS’s libp2p. IPFS is a network that enables a more decentralized peer-to-peer method of allocating hypermedia in a distributed fashion. The open source Gcash overlay implementation, which is based on the modular network stack Libp2p, can be found on Github. According to Pacia, it offers features like extensible peer identities, encrypted and authenticated connections, protocol multiplexing, stream multiplexing, and distributed hashtable technology (DHT) techniques. The Gcash overlay section of the repository states that “using the overlay network in your app is dirt simple.” Further, the applications that could benefit from this type of overlay connection would be peer-to-peer gambling apps, atomic swap protocols, coin mixers, wallet-to-wallet communication, and basic payment channel protocols. There will also be Tor integration and at the moment Bchd developers need to connect Tor as an optional transport. ‘Nothing Stopping All Bitcoin Cash Apps From Being Interconnected’ The idea was well received by Bitcoin Cash proponents on r/btc, with many from the community offering Pacia feedback in regard to the protocol’s functionality. One commenter said that “Bchd is really making a run for best BCH implementation.” In the Bchd Medium post it links to some examples on how to “register a custom protocol, store and retrieve data from the DHT, and publish data over pubsub.” The blog post continues: There is also a compatible javascript version of libp2p that can run entirely in the browser. Making a javascript version of the overlay network should be really easy as the entirety of the library is only 614 lines of code. The Bchd developers wholeheartedly believe there is nothing that can deter BCH applications from communication and interconnectivity. The programmers hope other developers are interested in pursuing this path and conclude that if people have any feedback to contribute or questions to feel free to reach out. What do you think about the idea of an overlay network for the Bitcoin Cash blockchain that allows for bi-directional payment channels and DHT technology? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below. Images via Shutterstock, IPFS logo, Pixabay, and Bitcoin.com. Want to create your own secure cold storage paper wallet? Check our tools section. The post BCH Devs Publish Bi-Directional Payment Concept Based on IPFS appeared first on Bitcoin News.
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Bitcoin Edges Up, But Litecoin Zooms On News Of Lightning Network

Trading volume was low, but bitcoin managed to crawl up a percentage point in Sunday trading, now rising to $3,200 after threatening to dip below $3,000. Bargain hunters were clearly on the move, as ether was up more than two percent, while Litecoin was up close to 10 percent on news that its long-awaited Lightning Network may be deployed soon. Meanwhile, Bitcoin Cash and Bitcoin SV were both up bit-time, no doubt a continuation of its ongoing battle for dominance rather than investor passion.
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Litecoin [LTC] bounces above 10.5% in one hour; Lightning Network to credit?

The cryptocurrency market has turned green is moving toward a hopeful bull-run wherein Litecoin [LTC], the seventh largest coin by market cap has finally gained momentum and broke out above 10.5% today. At the time of writing, the coin was trading at a relatively bullish price of $26.06 with a market cap of $1.55 billion. The 24-hour trading volume was recorded at $353.4. The investment sentiment has clearly risen for Litecoin. One of the strongest speculations for the price hike is the announcement by CoinGate that hinted toward the deployment of the much-awaited Lightning Network. Here, Charlie Lee, the creator of LTC also retweeted the post on Twitter. Recent post by Charlie Lee | Source: Twitter After breaching multiple supports in the 1-hour candlestick, the support level finally settled at $22.4, post which the coin started to pump up with all enthusiasm. LTC hike in 1-hour price candles | Source: tradingview At the beginning of the 24-hour cycle, LTC was trading at a depreciated price of $23.5 where its market cap was equivalent to $1.4 billion. Throughout the day, the price remained silent and stable until it made a sudden stride and reached $26 where a million dollar was added to its market cap, making a total of $1.5 billion. However, LTC has yet not touched its week-peak, which was achieved earlier in the week at $26.9 with a market cap of $1.6 billion. The lowest of the week for the cryptocurrency was when it was trading at as low as $22.9. Prashant Sharma, a cryptocurrency and blockchain space enthusiast, on the news of Lightning Network announcement, commented: “Buy your Litecoins back and kick start the bull run :D” Another Twitter handle called Litecoin Bull also wrote: “if you are trying to put a BIG BUBBLY bulge in the front of my jeans, charlie, you are surely succeeding..” The post Litecoin [LTC] bounces above 10.5% in one hour; Lightning Network to credit? appeared first on AMBCrypto.
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Litecoin ‘Flappens’ Bitcoin Cash By Market Capitalization

In February, Charlie Lee predicted a ‘flappening’ of Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash before the end of the year. Well, with just two weeks of the year left, the prediction came true, as Litecoin’s market cap overtook Bitcoin Cash. Natural Rivals In many ways, Bitcoin Cash was always a more natural competitor to Litecoin than to Bitcoin. From its conception, it tried to address several perceived shortfalls of Bitcoin, that Litecoin tried to fill years earlier. Both allow faster transactions and confirmations, aimed squarely at the retail sector to encourage adoption for smaller payments. This is one area of utility that Bitcoin has traditionally struggled with, although the development of Lightning Network is trying to redress this balance. While Litecoin had a head-start in terms of being first to market, Bitcoin Cash had the weight of Bitcoin branding. It also didn’t hurt that the entire Bitcoin user-base suddenly found themselves with some, after the 2017 fork. Two Ways To Pluck A Chicken Litecoin advocates have long waited for a ‘flappening’ (combining ‘flippening’ with Lee’s ‘Chikun’ nickname), creating a website monitoring the situation. By many metrics, Litecoin has always been ahead of BCH, but in most eyes (and notably those of CoinMarketCap), the key figure is… well, market cap. While most assumed that an overtake would occur through gains in LTC price 00, ultimately other forces were at play. Indeed, Litecoin creator Charlie Lee took complained in September about third parties “artificially” suppressing Litecoin price. Whether or not this was true turned out to be a moot point. In the end, it was the (un)civil hash-war following the recent hard-fork, that did it for Bitcoin Cash. The steady hemorrhaging of BCH value [coion_price coin=bitcoin-cash] eventually brought the market cap below that of its rival. The Flappening Effect The internet and Twitterverse, in general, seemed generally very pleased, congratulating creator Charlie Lee for the achievement. But the ‘flappening’ also had another side effect. The flappening! @SatoshiLite Congrats on this. Seriously. $LTC $BCH $BSV pic.twitter.com/LTcL1mzrUb — WhalePanda (@WhalePanda) December 14, 2018 As news spread, the LTC price began to spike, and at time of writing has seen a 24-hour increase of almost 12%. This has boosted its market cap from simply overtaking BCH, to being nearly 10% higher. Will Litecoin keep outperforming Bitcoin Cash or will BCH price recover? Share your thoughts! Images courtesy of Shutterstock, BItcoinist archives The post Litecoin ‘Flappens’ Bitcoin Cash By Market Capitalization appeared first on Bitcoinist.com.
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Crypto Bear Market is So Bad That an ICO is Day Trading its Holdings

Every day, the crypto market is on the verge of entering darker territory, and as prices continue to plunge, many cryptocurrencies have become the victims of sudden sell-offs. An initial coin offering (ICO) called Substratum has even taken to day trading its present ether holdings to make up for potential losses. In a YouTube video, a figure named Justin from the Substratum network announces that the company is opening the doors to a token swap set to begin on Monday, December 17. The smart contracts for the company will begin then and batch transactions will start happening over the Ethereum network. Old Crypto Becomes New Crypto Prior to this date, executives will be moving any remaining Ethereum tokens in their crowdsale wallet over to a new wallet. If a person’s tokens are on Binance, the switch will be occurring natively through the exchange. Thus, customers will not need to worry. If a customer’s tokens are locked up in a wallet for an airdrop, they too will not need to take any steps. The move from the present wallet to the new wallet will occur on its own time. All older tokens will become frozen and unusable while the new tokens will be transferred into customers’ wallets. The company is also moving from two decimal places to 18 decimal places, which representatives claim will make transactions faster and more efficient. The smart contract has been fully audited by Quantstamp; furthermore, 120 million old tokens have been burned thus far. They will not be coming over through the transfer but will rather disappear into what Justin calls “the ether.” These tokens are set to disappear completely. The transfer will not be done within a set timeframe. The transfer is indefinite and will last until all customers’ wallets have received their new tokens. Predicting What the Future Holds Substratum now has a full-time trader on staff, who has suggested that Ethereum is going to be continually tested over the coming months. The bear market is not letting up and he has stated that Ethereum could fall to as low as $60. Executives are not necessarily looking to cash out. Instead, they will be trading only a portion of the Ethereum they possess, which they claim will give them the chance to “trade up” and potentially earn a little revenue before the crypto market falls any further. Once the market becomes bullish again, Justin claims in the video that Substratum will be in a better place and will be able to create newer (and better) products. Do you foresee the market getting even worse before it gets better? Post your comments below. Image courtesy of Shuttershock The post Crypto Bear Market is So Bad That an ICO is Day Trading its Holdings appeared first on Live Bitcoin News.
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States Take Cryptocurrency Regulation Into Their Own Hands As US Federal Government Focuses On Blockchain

States Take Regulation Of Cryptocurrency In Their Own Hands, As US Federal Government Focuses On Blockchain Technology The regulation of cryptocurrency has been an ongoing problem for the United States (US). They have managed to outline particular processes involved with blockchain technology and have many trials that examine the way that it works in their industries. However, the fact that even government authorities have different classifications for the same token groups makes it hard to know how to handle them. As a result of the confusion, any states are working to become the friendliest places for cryptocurrency. Ohio even made an announcement recently that they would allow their residents to cover taxes with the use of crypto payments. In the meantime, the authorities are still in a state of confusion with defining and regulating the assets that clearly are in demand for residents. The ones making the most noise about the lack of organization of the federal policies aren’t stakeholders or even enthusiasts; these concerns also involve academics. Carol Goforth, a professor at the University of Arkansas, recently noted that there are presently four different regulators within the federal government that oversee how digital assets are dealt with, from their categorization to their issuance, and further. These four entities are the: Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) Internal Revenue Service (IRS) The CFTC sees crypto assets as commodities, though the IRS shares a similar view in calling them property. The FinCen, which is run by the Treasury Department, regulates them with the same rules as fiat currency, but the SEC sees them much differently as securities. Professor Goforth expressed her skepticism that the regulatory entities would work together anytime soon, leading her to encourage the coordination between them for a more nuanced approach. As she puts it, her version of the rules would force the federal government to deal with each cryptocurrency as it is introduced, specifically identifying them by their functionality and the motivations of users. This is a path that at least one instance shows is happening within the federal regulators. The CFTC publicly requested details on the functionality of Ether and the Ethereum Network on December 11th. The document has 25 different questions that deal with the platforms purpose, functionality, scalability, and more. However, the effort to address a single asset by the CFTC isn’t necessarily a sign that the industry is turning towards the idea that the professor had in mind. None of the other regulators have taking this move and are holding on to the regulatory measures that they already have in line. Still, there’s always a chance that congressional legislators will make some changes in their framework. Darren Soto and Ted Budd, who are both US Representatives, brought in two bills on December 6th that will help with the improvement of regulatory framework and reduce the risk of price manipulation. These bills are called the Virtual Currency Consumer Protection Act of 2018 and the U.S. Virtual Currency Market and Regulatory Competitiveness Act of 2018, respectively. These two bills offer specific regulatory changes that could be made for the process to be smoother for exchanges, users, and everyone else involved. The first bill discusses that many situations that can arise in the market for price manipulation. The other requests an in-depth study that aims to improve the “burdensome regulations that may inhibit innovation.” Warren Davidson, the representative of Ohio, spoke at a conference in Cleveland where he noted his intent to bring in a new bill that would create a new asset class for tokens. As such, the regulation of initial coin offerings (ICOs) would become significantly less difficult. A week later, Davidson suggested a crowdfunding event to help with the creation of the US-Mexico border wall, which would include the use of blockchain and “wall coins.” Even though there appears to be a significant lack of clear regulations regarding cryptocurrency, blockchain technology is already being applied to daily operations. The use of this ledger with supply chain logistics is easily its biggest application, and federal authorities are looking to use it for food safety as well, especially considering the recent E. coli outbreak. The Department of Homeland Security announced their intention to use the technology as a way to protect their own activities. Their three subsidiaries are working together for a clear record of documentation that will help with fraud, counterfeiting, and forgery. The defense authorities for the federal government recently established an app that would help the members of the armed forced to learn how to use blockchain technology for the supply chain as well.
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Bitcoin Supporter Says Crypto is Unconfiscatable as Long as It’s Not in Regulated Exchanges

Bitcoin has many different features, but one of the most important is the fact that users are the real owners of their funds as long as they keep their private keys. However, when users have their funds stored in exchanges, Bitcoin can be confiscated. During a Q&A session during a Tampa Meetup, he said that Bitcoin being non confiscatable applies to exchanges that are not regulated. In general, centralized virtual currency exchanges are not a safe place where to store funds. The company behind the exchange is able to manage the funds as it considers, block some accounts and even experience security issues. If Bitcoin wants to remain non confiscatable, the best what a person can do is to store them in cold storage wallets. No one is able to move the funds from there unless they have the private keys. At the same time, he said that Bitcoin does not have just a single price because there are different markets listing it. He compared the price of Bitcoin (BTC) with Apple stock explaining that Apple’s stock price is determined by supply and demand in just one place. He has also talked about Bitcoin ETF and the fact that to have a stable price of Bitcoin everything needs to sit in one place. He went on saying that having all the BTC in one place is a risk even when it creates a more stable market. For example, he emphasized the fact that if all the BTC are located in just one exchange, hackers might focus only on it. Furthermore, the US government would also have the possibility to confiscate the BTC that users own or trade them. There are several crypto platforms that are regulated, including exchanges such as Coinbase or Gemini. Governments would be able to confiscate the funds that users have on these exchanges, thus deleting one of Bitcoin’s main characteristics. Moreover, he said that Bitcoin being under the control of governments is not positive for the space. A lot of people would completely lose the faith in the popular virtual currency. This is exactly what Satoshi Nakamoto was trying to avoid when it created Bitcoin.
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Hong Kong Businessmen Targeted by Bitcoin Bomb Threats After Recent USA and Canada Attempts

There have been many different ways to steal funds from individuals in the cryptocurrency market. However, a new methodology has been applied in Hong Kong and other countries such as the United States. According to a recent report released by the South China Morning Post, businessmen in Hong Kong are being targeted by criminals that want to steal Bitcoin from them. These scammers try to steal Bitcoins from victims by threatening them that they will receive a bomb if they don’t send Bitcoins in the time span the scammers provide. One of the affected individuals is Michael Gazeley, the CEO of Network Box. He received a message in his business email with this Bitcoin bomb threat. Furthermore, he said that he had to pay $20,000 if he wanted to avoid receiving a bomb in his office. Gazeley said to the news outlet: “This looks like the third wave of blackmail emails plaguing the world in the past few years… I have never seen something like this, which sounds like cyberterrorism, in my 20-year career in cybersecurity.” Nevertheless, he was 99.99% sure that the message was not worth. Indeed, he mentioned that the email had some typo mistakes and the grammar used was not exactly good. That shows that the main intention is to take a few bucks from some individuals rather than really bombing an office. Hong Kong authorities did not provide further information about this issue, thus it is not possible to know the exact number of companies affected by these threats. This is not the first time that there are Bitcoin bomb threats around the world. A few days ago, as reported by NBC New York. Hoax bomb threats spread asking users to pay in Bitcoin. The New York Police Department (NYPD) informed on Twitter that there was an email circulating that contained a threat asking for a Bitcoin payment. However, they say that they did not find any devices in some of the places where the threat arrived. Please be advised – there is an email being circulated containing a bomb threat asking for bitcoin payment. While this email has been sent to numerous locations, searches have been conducted and NO DEVICES have been found. pic.twitter.com/7omOs13Z7Q — NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 13, 2018 The NYPD went on explaining that the threats are meant to cause disruption and/or obtain money in a fast way. Although the police will be responding to the calls made by the community, they believe that the threats are likely ‘not credible.’ This is not the first time that there are scammers trying to steal Bitcoin and other virtual currencies from users. Earlier this year, scammers on Twitter were asking for Bitcoin and ETH deposits using fake accounts that stole famous people’s identities.
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