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Wales clinch Six Nations and Grand Slam clean sweep

March 17, 2019 |

The rain sluiced down but the Cardiff crowd was unshrinking and the Welsh players irrepressible as they trounced defending champion Ireland to secure the Six Nations title and a Grand Slam season clean sweep of northern hemisphere international rugby.
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U.S. criminal probe of Facebook is said to extend to grand jury

March 14, 2019 |

A Facebook Inc. investigation by the U.S. Justice Department has broadened to include a grand jury, according to a person familiar with the matter, signaling an escalation in the ongoing federal probes of the company’s data-sharing practices.

A federal grand jury in New York subpoenaed records…


L.A. Times – Business

Deadly plane crash puts dent in Ethiopia’s grand designs

March 12, 2019 |

The crown jewel in Ethiopia’s transformation to continental power in recent years is Ethiopian Airlines, the state-owned company that calls itself “the new spirit of Africa.”
FOX News

‘Rogue’ Email From Grand Canyon Safety Chief Warns About Radiation

February 19, 2019 |

A whistleblower at Grand Canyon National Park has made a startling disclosure in what the Arizona Republic calls a “rogue” email: Three 5-gallon paint buckets of uranium ore were stored for 18 years in one of the park’s buildings, possibly exposing tourists and workers to radiation. In a Feb. 4…
Newser

Grand Jury Reportedly Convened in R. Kelly Case

February 18, 2019 |

R. Kelly is still in hot water: Two sources tell CNN a grand jury has been convened in Cook County, Illinois, in connection with new allegations against the singer. Attorney Michael Avenatti announced last week that he had turned over to authorities a videotape that allegedly shows Kelly having sex…
Newser

TMZ: Smollett Case Going to Grand Jury

February 18, 2019 |

The increasingly strange and tangled Jussie Smollett case will be heard by a grand jury this week, according to TMZ , which cites law enforcement sources. The sources say police are keeping an eye on two brothers arrested and released in the case, because they want to make sure the Empire…
Newser

Grand jury: Dallas officer’s shooting of neighbor was murder

December 1, 2018 |

A grand jury on Friday indicted a white former Dallas police officer for murder in the killing of her unarmed black neighbor after she says she mistakenly went to his apartment rather than her own and shot him.
FOX News

Harry, Meghan Moving Into Reportedly Grand ‘Cottage’

November 25, 2018 |

Like many a couple before them, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are moving to the suburbs ahead of the anticipated birth of their first child. Officials said Saturday that the couple will move from Kensington Palace in central London to Frogmore Cottage, a house on the grounds of Windsor…
Newser

Related Cos. secures financing for long-delayed Grand Avenue project

November 5, 2018 |

Related Cos. has secured $ 630 million in construction financing for the Grand, a massive Frank Gehry-designed retail, entertainment and hotel project that’s been planned for more than a decade.

The developer said in a news release Monday that German lender Deutsche Bank provided the financing and…


L.A. Times – Business

Pandacash Wins Grand Prize at BCH Devcon

October 30, 2018 |

Pandacash Wins Grand Prize at BCH Devcon

The second BCH Devcon hackathon took place in Amsterdam on Oct. 27-28, with more than 100 people competing to build useful cryptocurrency applications. The event culminated with a project called Pandacash winning the grand prize by delivering a “one-click” Bitcoin Cash blockchain software development kit.

Also read: Send Bitcoin Cash Over the Web in a Private Fashion Using Tor

Two-Day Hackathon in Amsterdam

Pandacash Wins Grand Prize at BCH DevconPermissionless Ventures, a $ 50 million innovation fund created by Bitmain Technologies, started hosting the BCH Devcon series of events earlier this month. News.Bitcoin.com recently reported on the first BCH Devcon hackathon in San Francisco, which saw the Yenom development team take home the grand prize. This past weekend, software programmers and blockchain executives gathered once again to build new cryptocurrency platforms, but this time the dev teams were allowed to use any blockchain they desired.

Pandacash Wins Grand Prize at BCH Devcon
BCH Devcon Amsterdam and the Pandacash team

The Amsterdam event featured a number of cryptocurrency luminaries as judges and panel presenters, including Ryan X. Charles, Nikita Zhavoronkov, Gabriel Cardona, Eléonore Blanc, Nikol Daru, Paul Wasensteiner, Alejandro DeLaTorre, and Epperly Li. The BCH Devcon judges based their decisions on whether participating projects offered the right mix of utility, creativity, usability, and overall functionality. Over the course of the two-day event, programmers crafted streaming applications, software development kits, smart contracts, and tokenization concepts.

Pandacash Wins Grand Prize at BCH Devcon
BCH Devcon teams discuss their blockchain-powered projects.

BCH Blockchain Tool for ‘Lazy’ People

Pandacash, the winner of the BCH Devcon grand prize in Amsterdam, is a proof-of-concept software development kit created by Adrian Barwicki, Rosco Kalis, Bryan Lee-A-Leong and Nikolay Manolov. According to the team, the project is the “lazy person’s” Bitcoin Cash blockchain utility tool.

Pandacash Wins Grand Prize at BCH Devcon
BCH Devcon Amsterdam grand prize winners Pandacash

Pandacash can fire up a personal BCH chain that runs tests and executes commands. It can also be controlled on a whim.

“With [Pandacash] you can make calls to the Bitcoin Cash blockchain without the overheads of running an actual Bitcoin Cash node,” the developers explained in a recent blog post. “Addresses can be re-cycled, reset, instantiated with a fixed amount of bitcoin cash (no need for faucets or mining), and debug logs are displayed by default.”

Additionally, the Pandacash specifications are fully documented on the project’s Github repository

The only thing you need to start working on Bitcoin Cash applications with Pandacash is a docker container and NodeJS installed — The personal blockchain can be started from a command line tool.

Pandacash Wins Grand Prize at BCH Devcon
BCH Devcon Amsterdam panel

Weekend of Innovation

Many participants described BCH Devcon as a success, telling news.Bitcoin.com that there was plenty of innovation on display throughout the weekend. Other BCH-based projects included Honeystream, a paid-streaming service that uses bitcoin cash. There was also a permissioned token project, a proof-of-picture concept, an hourly virtual private network service powered by BCH payments, and a reputation system that uses the BCH protocol. One team even showed off an idea that sold event tickets using bitcoin cash, while another project, Blurry, allows people to sell blurry pictures that become clear after a BCH payment is processed.

Pandacash Wins Grand Prize at BCH Devcon
Attendees at the Amsterdam BCH Devcon event told news.Bitcoin.com that the hackathon was a blast.

The next BCH Devcon events will be hosted by Permissionless Ventures in Israel, Japan, South Korea, and India. The official BCH Devcon page provides information on how people can participate, as well as resources on some of the open-source programs that contestants can use during the challenges.

Check out a video of the Pandacash proof of concept below. 

What do you think about the BCH Devcon event in Amsterdam? Let us know in the comments section below.

Disclaimer: Bitcoin.com is an official sponsor of the BCH Devcon series. 


Images via Shutterstock, Gabriel Cardona, Medium, Pandacash, and Permissionless Ventures.


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