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Cops Release Care Facility’s Frantic Call to 911

January 13, 2019 |

The nation was shocked by news of a woman in a vegetative state giving birth last month at a Phoenix care facility. Now, audio of a panic-stricken 911 call reveals workers who seem not only shocked, but frantic: “We need help, please,” a nurse at Hacienda HealthCare tells the dispatcher…
Newser

Ex-Nissan chief Ghosn charged with breach of trust; release on bail unlikely

January 11, 2019 |

Nissan’s ex-Chairman Carlos Ghosn was charged Friday with breach of trust, according to the Tokyo District Court, making the star executive’s release unlikely for months.

Ghosn, arrested Nov. 19, was earlier charged with falsifying financial reports in underreporting his income by about 5 billion…


L.A. Times – Business

Former Madoff Secretary Wants Early Prison Release

December 24, 2018 |

A lawyer for the former secretary for imprisoned financier Bernard Madoff is asking that she be released from prison in March. Attorney Roland Riopelle says 70-year-old Annette Bongiorno will have served two thirds of her six-year prison term by March 19 and should be released then. He cited a law…
Newser

Kardashians release Christmas card after declaring tradition dead

December 24, 2018 |

The Kardashian clan put together a “last minute” Christmas card after declaring their longstanding tradition was dead.
FOX News

Canada demands China release Canadians for the first time

December 22, 2018 |

Canada moved away from diplomatic caution on Friday and made is first formal demand for China to immediately release two Canadians who have been detained in apparent retaliation for Canada’s arrest of a top Chinese tech executive.
FOX News

Carlos Ghosn Closer to Release as Bid to Extend Detention Without Bail Is Rejected

December 20, 2018 |

Nissan’s former Chairman Carlos Ghosn moved a step closer to release on bail after the Tokyo District Court rejected a request by prosecutors to extend his period of detention without the possibility of bail.
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LG set to release big-screen TV next year that can roll up like a poster

December 18, 2018 |

LG Electronics Inc. plans to begin selling big-screen TVs next year that can be rolled up and put away like a poster, the centerpiece of an effort to revive an ailing business, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The envisioned 65-inch TVs will retract automatically at the touch of…


L.A. Times – Business

TMZ

KC Chiefs Release Kareem Hunt Over Video of Him Brutalizing Woman

December 1, 2018 |

6:27 PM PT — Hunt just made a statement to ESPN about our video, saying, “I want to apologize for my actions. I deeply regret what I did. I hope to move on from this.” 5:50 PM PT — The Chiefs have cut Kareem Hunt, and say he lied to the team when…

TMZ.com

Bcoin Developers Release Cross-Chain Atomic Swap Application

November 19, 2018 |

On Friday, Nov. 16, the developers behind the full node projects Bcoin and Bcash announced an application that allows users to complete cross-chain atomic swaps between both the BCH and BTC chains. The Bcoin programmers have also released a guide, videos and code for beginners and experts who want to swap BTC for BCH in a decentralized fashion.

Also read: Markets Update: Traders Expect Major BCH Action When Exchanges Open

BCH and BTC Cross-Chain Swaps With No Middlemen

Bcoin Developers Release Cross-Chain Atomic Swap ApplicationThe Bcoin developers recently released an application for users who want to learn how to execute atomic swaps between the BCH and BTC blockchains. Cross-chain atomic swaps have generated a lot of buzz lately, as the process allows people to swap two different cryptocurrencies, but without the need for third parties. Both Bcoin and Bcash are full node BTC and BCH implementations built with Javascript/NodeJS. With the atomic swap application, the Bcoin programmers wholeheartedly believe that in order “to protect both users, there must be no scenario in which one person can control both coins at the same time.”

“Atomic swaps enable some of the coolest layer-two technology in crypto, like Lightning and DEXs,” the Bcoin team stated. “We put together an illustrated guide to walk you through the process, complete with code and videos.”

Bcoin Developers Release Cross-Chain Atomic Swap Application

Bcoin’s atomic swap guide, written by Matthew Zipkin, gives readers a comprehensive look into the technology under the hood. Similar to other types of second-layer technologies, cross-chain swaps use a protocol called Hash Time Locked-Contract (HTLC). Bcoin’s website explains the process through written descriptions and shows visuals of Alice and Bob performing an atomic swap. The guide also shows how the script is written by creating HTLC scripts with the Bcoin and Bcash libraries. Additionally, the walkthrough details how to fund swaps and redeem them once the funds are sent to the designated addresses. The atomic swap templates are accompanied by a video demonstration of the cross-chain trade.

Bcoin Developers Release Cross-Chain Atomic Swap Application

Centralized Exchanges and Hacks Bolster
the Need for Atomic Swaps

Over the last year concepts such as cross-chain atomic swaps have been growing more popular because of issues with centralized exchanges, which are still being hacked to this day. The decred (DCR) development team was the first to perform a cross-chain atomic swap between DCR and LTC back on Sept. 20, 2017. In the Bcoin and Bcash atomic swap guide, Zipkin cites the decred atomic swap Github repository.

There have also been a few other individuals and teams from various cryptocurrency projects who have been attempting to produce viable and decentralized models. Three months ago, BCH developer Mark Lundeberg published a proof-of-concept of a way to do peer-to-peer atomic swaps without an “obvious on-chain fingerprint.” Lundeberg’s “Swap Channels” essentially hide atomic swaps using ordinary payment channels.

Bcoin Developers Release Cross-Chain Atomic Swap Application

The Bcoin application’s documentation further explains how users can install to Windows, Mac and Linux, with accompanying videos for each operating system. The platform’s developers have also released API documentation for programmers who want to integrate the protocol into websites or other types of applications. In addition, the Bcoin team said users can make requests at the Github repository and contributors can earn bounties.

What do you think about the Bcoin and Bcash cross-chain atomic swaps? Let us know your opinion in the comments section below.


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Latest Release of Badger Wallet Supports SLP and Wormhole Tokens

November 8, 2018 |

Latest Release of Badger Wallet Supports SLP and Wormhole Tokens

On Wednesday, Nov. 7, the developers of the Badger Wallet announced the team had released Badger version 0.0.7, the first bitcoin cash wallet that supports sending and receiving both Wormhole and Simple Ledger Protocol tokens. Additionally, the wallet’s latest release includes a decentralized application programming interface (API), alongside Cash-ID authentication abilities.

Also read: Huobi Opens Office in Russia, Plans Startup Accelerator and Mining Hotels

Badger Wallet Now Supports Multiple Token Protocols

During the first week of October, a group of Bitcoin Cash (BCH) developers from the organizations Spendbch, Bitbox, 21st Century Motor Company, and the Simple Ledger Protocol (SLP) released a new BCH extension wallet called Badger that supports BCH-based tokens. News.Bitcoin.com had previously tested the wallet, but at the time the client did not support tokens. Now the application’s developers have released Badger version 0.0.7, an implementation that supports both Simple Ledger Protocol (SLP) and Wormhole tokens. The developers have explained on the Reddit forum r/btc that Badger is the first wallet client that supports bitcoin cash, tokens from two different projects, and BCH-powered decentralized applications.

The latest Badger wallet release supports both SLP and Wormhole tokens.

The Badgerwallet.cash website provides downloads for both Firefox and Google Chrome browsers. Anyone familiar with the Metamask wallet for Ethereum and ERC-20 tokens will find that Badger’s wallet is very similar. The wallet is fairly intuitive for anyone with basic knowledge of cryptocurrency wallets as well as basic bitcoin cash transactions.

For users who want to utilize the more advanced features, Badger 0.0.7 can also create a payment button that acts as a paywall for content. For instance, Spendbch published instructions on how people can create a custom Badger payment button with just 23 lines of code. The Badger developers have also produced a working demo of the payment button which can be tested on the website.

Badger can be integrated with Cash-ID.

Testing the Badger Client’s New Feature by Sending 21 Million SLP Tokens

Badger allows applications to authenticate an account with the Cash-ID protocol which can also provide more efficiency by showing previously purchased content. The Cash-ID concept is an open protocol developed by Jonathan Silverblood and it provides users with the ability to sign in to web pages and unlock content by using their bitcoin cash keys. The Badger wallet currently uses a bitcoin cash address for demonstration for Wormhole tokens and a Simple Ledger address for SLP tokens.

A few weeks ago news.Bitcoin.com reviewed the SLP system and created 21 million Agoracoins. We used the coins to send them to Badger for testing.

News.bitcoin.com previously tested the SLP version of Electron Cash and created some demo SLP tokens called Agoracoins. After downloading the new Badger client we decided to test Badger again and sent 21 million Agoracoins to the wallet. The tokens were broadcast to the wallet almost instantly and the transactions can be viewed on the SLP token explorer. Wormhole tokens require one confirmation before updated balances are displayed on the Badger interface.

Over the last few months, there has been a lot of token projects out there like the Cashpay Solutions BCH Colored Coins project, Clemens Ley’s Bitcoin Token project, and the Keoken platform launched by the Bitprim development team. Badger wallet doesn’t issue tokens but has managed to add two types of tokens into a desktop extension wallet and seems to be open to various token protocols. However, Badger does have its own token called BGR and developers have explained the creation will be the utility token of the Badger platform. According to the website, applications that accept the token will get discounted time on Bitbox Cloud and BGR will be used for other types of service discounts.

What do you think about the latest Badger Wallet release and the Wormhole and SLP token support? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.


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