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Time Warner Inc.’s chief executive testified Wednesday that the government’s assertions that AT&T Inc. wanted to buy the company to use its programming as leverage over distributors “makes no sense” because it would limit viewership.
“I think it’s ridiculous. It’s not how this works,” Jeff Bewkes…
Amazon.com Inc. Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said the e-commerce giant has exceeded 100 million paid Prime subscribers and will continue to invest to meet “ever-rising” customer expectations.
Bezos noted the milestone in his annual shareholder letter, published Wednesday. The letter is the founder’s…
Long before he was fired by Jeff Sessions for an alleged “lack of candor” under oath, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe authorized a criminal investigation of the attorney general for allegedly lying to Congress about his Russia contacts, sources tell ABC and NBC . The sources say Sessions was unaware…
Over the weekend President Trump took to Twitter to argue that some of the blame for Russian election meddling lays squarely at the feet of the Obama administration, and it’s a thread he picked up on Wednesday. “Question: If all of the Russian meddling took place during the Obama Administration,…
An announcement Tuesday by three of the nation’s corporate titans — Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. — that they are joining forces to address the high costs of employee healthcare has stirred the health policy pot. It immediately sent shock waves through the health sector…
Can Alexa really lose her voice? Is Amazon about to launch a new version of its Echo-based digital assistant? Can Jeff Bezos act? Watch Amazon’s Super Bowl ad teaser for the answer to at least one of those questions.
Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake on Wednesday gave the speech he’s been promising to give about President Trump, one in which he finds it chilling that Trump borrows a phrase from Josef Stalin to describe the media as the “enemy of the people.” CBS News has the transcript of the speech…
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, donated $ 33 million to fund 1,000 scholarships for Dreamers, immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children.
The money will go to TheDream.US, the largest scholarship program for Dreamers. Each student receives…
Rep. Adam Schiff says it’s surprising Jeff Sessions nixed Obama-era rules letting states deal with legal marijuana on their own terms … because the Trump team claims to be all about states’ rights. The California Congressman…
A new bitcoin fork called United Bitcoin has been announced by a few prominent cryptocurrency luminaries that aims to improve the mechanics of the original bitcoin software. United Bitcoin was forked on December 12, 2017 at block height 498777 and the creators claim it will feature an 8MB block size, Lightning Network support, Segregated Witness, and the ability to process smart contracts.
United Bitcoin: A Fork of a Different Color Plans to Find a Purpose for Lost and Inactive Wallets
The ‘forking fever’ has been contagious these days as there seems to be a new bitcoin-based fork announced every two weeks. Now the well-known bitcoin developer and Bloq founder Jeff Garzik, Bitbank Group’s Songxiu Hua, and the chairman of Bloq, Matthew Roszak, have decided to launch their own form of bitcoin. The project called United Bitcoin (UB) has many goals which include raising the block size to 8MB and adding smart contract functionality to the digital asset. Additionally, one upcoming feature that is fairly controversial is how the United Bitcoin team plans to distribute funds to certain allocations that stem from lost and inactive bitcoin wallets. This means inactive stashes like Satoshi Nakamoto’s addresses will be accessible and distributed to certain aspects of the UB roadmap.
“United Bitcoin will use the pressure-tested mechanics of Bitcoin, such as PoW, block times, supply cap, and issuance model, while it upgrades areas to accommodate larger social demands — These improvements will be an increase in block size to 8MB, the addition of smart contract support based on UVM, the addition of Lightning Network support, and SegWit implementation,” explains the UB white paper.
The mission of United Bitcoin is to find a purpose for lost Bitcoin and inactive wallets and create a stable cryptocurrency system through an association of joint credit and smart contracts.
Influential Communities and Creating a ‘Crypto-Gold Standard’
The United Bitcoin distribution process is a bit different than most of the other bitcoin forks this year. Bitcoin core (BTC) users who transfer their funds would be eligible to receive their UB balances if they transferred between Block 494000 and Block 498777. The receiving address must be tethered to one of the input addresses, and cannot be a fresh new address. The output address must contain a balance of more than 0.01 BTC says the UB white paper. Eligible bitcoin addresses will be credited UB 1:1 for every BTC they hold. United Bitcoin’s official website has a full node client that can synchronize the blockchain.
Of course, across the community and social media, the subject of another bitcoin fork is controversial. Moreover, the plan to distribute funds from inactive address is probably the biggest bone of contention for some bitcoin proponents. The UB team says the balances of inactive addresses will serve the community. 30 percent will be allotted to “influential communities” that help spread UB adoption. The other 70 percent of idle balances will serve as reserves that will be tethered to stable tokens pegged to chosen fiat currencies. The UB team believes this process will create a system similar to the Gold Standard.
What do you think about the United Bitcoin project led by Jeff Garzik and other prominent blockchain community members? Do you think people who are forking bitcoin are taking the process a little too far? Let us know in the comments below.
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