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Your Gap Store May Be Closing Soon

November 22, 2018 |

It looks like there’s going to be a lot fewer Gap stores when Black Friday 2019 rolls around. CNBC reports that the company plans to “aggressively” close hundreds of stores in malls around the country. The reason is pretty basic: Sales continue to slump, falling 7% in the third quarter…
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Troops at Border Will Be Departing Soon

November 20, 2018 |

Some of the thousands of troops sent to the US-Mexico border could be on their way home this week while members of the migrant caravan President Trump described as an “invasion” are still arriving. Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, who is overseeing the deployment, tells Politico that some of the…
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Trump Says Report on Khashoggi Killing Coming Soon

November 18, 2018 |

President Trump said he spoke with CIA Director Gina Haspel and that a full U.S. report on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi would be completed early in the coming week.
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There Might Soon Be 3 US-Bound Caravans

October 24, 2018 |

If the Honduran migrant caravan making its way toward to the US southern border is “the gift that keeps on giving for Donald Trump’s midterm elections,” as the Telegraph suggests, then a second caravan forming in El Salvador may be the bow on top. An internal report obtained by NBC…
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Gregg Jarrett: Jeff Sessions and Rod Rosenstein should leave their top Justice Department jobs soon

October 12, 2018 |

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Rod Rosenstein should lose their jobs because of enormous harm they’ve caused.
FOX News

Chrome Extensions Will Soon Protect Against Miners and Hackers

October 3, 2018 |

Chrome Extensions to Ensure Protection Against Miners and Hackers

Google has announced a number of upcoming changes concerning the development of new extensions for Chrome. Users of the web browser will soon benefit from improved security and better protection against malware including hidden miners and tools used to steal cryptocurrency.

Also read: A Guide to Building Your Own Crypto Mining Rig

Google Introduces Changes to Make Chrome Extensions Safer

Chrome Extensions to Ensure Protection Against Miners and HackersRecognizing how important it is for users to be able to trust that the extensions they install are not only performing well but also safe and preserving their privacy, Google has recently taken steps to improve the detection of malicious add-ons to its popular browser using machine learning techniques. Now the company has announced new changes intended to make all Chrome extensions trustworthy by default which means, among other things, successfully preventing cryptojacking and hidden mining.

According to a blog post, starting from Chrome 70, users will have the option to restrict the access of different extensions to a custom list of sites. In addition, they will be able to configure extensions to ask for confirmation when they attempt to gain access to a certain page. Host permissions allow extensions to automatically read and change data on websites, which has led to malicious misuse in many cases, the company said and added:

Our aim is to improve user transparency and control over when extensions are able to access site data. In subsequent milestones, we’ll continue to optimize the user experience toward this goal while improving usability.

Google further detailed that in the future, extensions requesting powerful permissions will be subject to additional compliance review. The team that’s preparing the changes is also closely examining extensions using remotely hosted code. Addressing the developer community, Google says: “Your extension’s permissions should be as narrowly-scoped as possible, and all your code should be included directly in the extension package, to minimize review time.”

Chrome Extensions to Ensure Protection Against Miners and Hackers

Two-Step Verification for Chrome Web Store Developer Accounts

According to another change in the rules governing the review process for new extensions, one that has been introduced already, Chrome Web Store will no longer allow extensions with obfuscated code. The new policy, that applies to all new extension submissions, pertains to code within the extension package as well as any external code or other resource fetched from the web.

Chrome Extensions to Ensure Protection Against Miners and HackersGoogle notes that existing extensions with obfuscated code can continue to submit updates over the next 90 days. However, they will be removed from the Chrome Web Store in January if they are not fully compliant with the new requirements. The company claims that 70% of the extensions it currently blocks contain obfuscated code. Many of them are either malicious or violating the applicable policies.

Other changes that concern extension developers include the introduction of mandatory enrolment in two-Step verification for their accounts. The measure is expected to improve their security and protect them against hijacking. Google also plans to introduce additional security, privacy, and performance enhancing changes in 2019 as part of the next extensions manifest version. Manifest v3 will include more narrowly-scoped APIs, decreasing the need for overly-broad access. It will also feature simplified control mechanisms for user-granted permissions.

What do you think about the changes to the Chrome Browser? Tell us in the comments section below.


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Australian Bills Can Soon Be Paid With 50-100 Cryptocurrencies

August 22, 2018 |

Cointree and Gobbill Enable Australian Bill Payments in Over 50 Cryptocurrencies

A partnership between a bill payment company and a crypto exchange will allow Australians to pay their bills with between 50 and 100 cryptocurrencies. Customers can use any coins in their Cointree accounts to pay their bills regardless of whether the billers accept cryptocurrency.

Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space

Gobbill Partners With Cointree

Cointree and Gobbill Enable Australian Bill Payments in Over 50 CryptocurrenciesBill payment company Gobbill and cryptocurrency exchange Cointree jointly announced a partnership on August 20 to enable Australians to pay bills using cryptocurrencies.

Cointree and Gobbill Enable Australian Bill Payments in Over 50 CryptocurrenciesThe announcement reads, “the global alliance [between the two companies] will allow users from both platforms to pay household bills using their crypto coins stored in Cointree’s wallet.” Gobbill’s website states that bills issued from any Australian provider can be paid through its system, including utilities, telecommunications, council rates, and insurance.

A Cointree representative told news.Bitcoin.com:

We are currently working on the integration with Gobbill to allow bill payments to be paid using any coin listed on our exchange.

He clarified that the integration will be completed in approximately one month when users will be able to pay their bills with any cryptocurrencies. Until then, members can pay their bills with just BTC using the Cointree platform.

Cointree and Gobbill Enable Australian Bill Payments in Over 50 CryptocurrenciesThe companies explained that Gobbill’s users “can link a crypto wallet in their account and elect to pay their bills either by credit card, bank account or a specified cryptocurrency regardless of whether the biller accepts the desired payment method.”

Claiming to have over 50,000 members, Cointree says that it has transacted over AU$ 100 million (~$ 74 million) worth of cryptocurrencies. The company is registered with the Australian Government regulatory and monitoring body for AML/CTF. Gobbill is an authorized representative of an Australian Financial Services Licence holder.

Paying Bills With 50-100 Coins

Currently, Cointree.com lists 27 cryptocurrencies on its website: ADA, AE, AION, BCH, BTC, DASH, DGD, ES, ETC, ETH, ICX, IOST, LTC, NEO, OMG, ONT, PPT, QTUM, REP, SNT, TRX, VEN, XEM, XRM, XRP, ZL, ZRX.

Cointree and Gobbill Enable Australian Bill Payments in Over 50 CryptocurrenciesHowever, the exchange’s representative told news.Bitcoin.com that “we have listed 10 more,” adding that “it will be live when [the] next update is deployed (this week/early next).” The new listings are ZEC, LSK, BTG, DCR, SC, STEEM, GNT, DGB, BAT, and KMD.

Once the integration with Gobbill is complete, the exchange expects to list “50-100 coins,” the representative shared.

He further noted that in two months, add-on features are expected to be launched, mainly on Gobbill’s end. For example, customers will be allowed “to swap or change utility providers [and] then those bills are updated on the platform.” However, he noted that these features are still being discussed and are not yet confirmed.

Some Other Crypto Bill Pay Services in Australia

Cointree and Gobbill Enable Australian Bill Payments in Over 50 CryptocurrenciesIn Australia, several other services already exist that allow bill payments with a small number of cryptocurrencies.

Living Room of Satoshi has long offered a way to pay Australian bills with BTC. The service currently offers the ability to pay with BTC, BCH, 11 other cryptocurrencies, and BTC through the lightning network. Its website states that over 100,000 bills have been paid using its platform.

Bit2bill and Paid by Coins also offer Australians the ability to pay their bills with a small selection of cryptocurrencies. Bit2bill allows payments in BTC, LTC, and ETH. Paid by Coins also supports the three cryptocurrencies in addition to LTC and XRP.

What do you think of Cointree and Gobbill allowing bill payments in 50-100 cryptocurrencies? Let us know in the comments section below.


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