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Bitcoin Account Accuses Twitter of Shadow Banning to Restrict Its Reach

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On March 23, the Twitter handle @Bitcoin became mired in controversy after BTC supporters complained about the account and attempted to get the profile shut down. The operator of the Bitcoin Twitter profile has also accused the social media platform of manipulating matters by placing restrictions on the account and limiting its overall traffic.

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The Relentless Attempt to Silence a Twitter Handle

The owner of the Twitter handle @Bitcoin believes the account is being restricted for being critical toward the Bitcoin Core (BTC) network and the Lightning Network (LN). Over the last few weeks, several BTC supporters have advocated having the account suspended or reassigned to a group of core developers.

Bitcoin Account Accuses Twitter of Shadow Banning to Restrict Its Reach

The dispute arose because the @Bitcoin account shows support for the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) network. Hardcore maximalists and LN proponents believe that because the account calls itself ‘Bitcoin,’ it is fraudulently impersonating what they believe is the ‘real’ Bitcoin. On March 15, Twitter user @Moonoverlord opined that the account should be handed to the group of developers known as Bitcoin Core.

“So embarrassing the Bitcoin handle acts like this,” Moonoverlord tweeted. “Should be given back to the bitcoin core team instead of being used to start petty fights and mislead people.”

Bitcoin Account Accuses Twitter of Shadow Banning to Restrict Its Reach
The @Bitcoin Twitter handle showing how the account’s traffic has been drastically reduced. Its owner suspects Twitter employees of shadow banning.

The former moderator of the r/bitcoin subreddit, a Reddit forum known for rampant censorship, also agreed with the idea and explained the handle could be given to any developers behind BTC. “Doesn’t have to be the core devs — Could be the group of devs @sqcrypto funds with just positive and informative content,” explained the Twitter handle known as ‘Stop and Decrypt.’ Blockstream VP of Solutions, Warren Togami, replied to Stop and Decrypt’s commentary by stating that “It’s better for the name to be frozen forever — The account has been committing fraud for a long time — Surely this is a violation of ToS.”

Bitcoin Account Accuses Twitter of Shadow Banning to Restrict Its Reach

Twitter Suspensions and Shadow Bans

Following the controversy and people bickering about the handle this week, the @Bitcoin account detailed that it believed it was already being unfairly restricted. “Any journalists want to write about how Jack Dorsey (CEO of Twitter) is restricting accounts that are critical of one of his portfolio companies?” asked the Bitcoin handle on March 23. Twitter has also been accused of censorship and deplatforming for quite some time by many different critics.

Bitcoin Account Accuses Twitter of Shadow Banning to Restrict Its Reach

The Twitter founder is a publicly known Lightning Network investor and has helped fund the startup Lightning Labs. The Bitcoin account had previous problems with Twitter in April 2018, when the account was suspended for unknown reasons. After the account was suspended, the r/bitcoin community celebrated while others on social media thought the move by Twitter was immoral. For example, cryptocurrency news and research website Coinivore tweeted to Twitter and Jack Dorsey to say that the account “should be restored and allowed to express their opinion on scaling.” Eventually, the Bitcoin account was restored to the rightful owner, but ever since its social reach appears to have been neutered.

Bitcoin Account Accuses Twitter of Shadow Banning to Restrict Its Reach

The ‘One True Bitcoin’ Debate May Take Years to Settle

Right now the Bitcoin account doesn’t seem to be phased by the harassment and has continued to express opinions that are in opposition to scaling choices promoted by BTC and LN supporters. People who support the @Bitcoin handle expressing itself in any fashion have said that Bitcoin technology and the name are not a designated brand that solely belongs to BTC.

Bitcoin Account Accuses Twitter of Shadow Banning to Restrict Its Reach
Twitter has censored Alex Jones, Info Wars, and many alt-right conservatives.

In fact, the protocol has been forked roughly 47 times since the notorious split on August 1, 2017, and there are individuals who believe there are many forms of Bitcoin now. The people who believe there is no ‘one real’ Bitcoin are convinced the protocol they support is the “better Bitcoin.” Among the 47 odd forks, groups of people think that there are only three chains that have decent support and it will take years for the market to decide which coin will be considered ‘the one and only Bitcoin.’ Even the amount of proof-of-work (PoW) could change in a 10-year period or another Bitcoin fork could capture the most accumulated PoW as well as the biggest market capitalization. On Saturday, entrepreneur Vinny Lingham expressed his opinion on this manner, writing that BTC is a clear winner and incumbent. Lingham added that “it’s going to take a Herculean effort for BCH and BSV to overtake it.”

“That said, the over-reliance on the Lightning Network for scaling and extreme focus on decentralization with the risk of high fees at any moment is a major limiting factor,” Lingham continued.

Another example that describes the situation perfectly was when independent cryptocurrency researcher Hasu Fly explained the set of circumstances that led to Bitcoin forks in December 2018. Within his memorable essay “Unpacking Bitcoin’s Social Contract,” Hasu noted that usually Bitcoin’s social contract cannot fork and typically only one contract remains after a split. However, the cryptocurrency researcher explained that the BCH fork was a rare and different story.

“Forking the protocol doesn’t equal forking the social contract, so the new token is worthless by default,” Hasu’s essay notes. “In the rare case that the social contract itself splits (like when bitcoin cash split off from bitcoin), you end up with two weaker social contracts—each agreed to by fewer people than the old one.”

Bitcoin Account Accuses Twitter of Shadow Banning to Restrict Its Reach
Some people believe the ‘one true’ Bitcoin has not been decided upon.

The Sum of All Coins

To many people, the ultimate decision will be made by network participants and the free market in regard to what the ‘better Bitcoin’ is and it may not be decided for a very long time. Also, there are cryptocurrency supporters who hold BCH, BTC, and BSV as a ‘sum of all coins’ investment approach, in order to see which one reigns supreme in the future. People of this opinion believe that the Bitcoin twitter handle should not be restricted or frozen by the whims of the mob and a Lightning Network investor. However, in the crypto community, the oppression of mob rule and censorship has been extremely heavy in recent times. The Orwellian thought process expressed on Twitter shouldn’t be too surprising since forums like r/bitcoin, many crypto thought leaders, and various censorship apologists have promoted the obvious manipulation within the Bitcoin community since 2015.

What do you think about the individuals trying to get the Bitcoin Twitter account suspended? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments below.


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Bitcoinmap.cash Helps You Find Places to Spend BCH

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An application called Bitcoinmap.cash lists locations where decentralized digital currencies such as bitcoin cash can be spent directly. It provides information about hundreds of restaurants, bars, hotels, and stores around the world that accept electronic cash without intermediaries.

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Promoting Direct Payments With Bitcoin Cash

The Bitcoinmap.cash platform, a community project open to new participants and developers, has a web-based version and a mobile app for Android devices. All the venues displayed on its map accept bitcoin cash (BCH) or dash, while some of the shops also take bitcoin core (BTC). Many of these places – such as the Cara B Cafe-Bar in downtown Barcelona or the La Sirene Soho Restaurant in New York – offer discounts of up to 20 percent on the first BCH payment you make.

Bitcoinmap.cash Helps You Find Places to Spend BCH

The people behind Bitcoinmap.cash believe anyone who is holding cryptocurrency should support the growth of its value by actively promoting and spending it. “The only reason why Bitcoin has any value is because we can use it for payments. If we don’t use it for real world p2p payments it will never reach its potential,” proclaims the app’s Google Play store page.

The platform’s developers, who hail from a group called The Real Bitcoin Club, note their goal is to promote the adoption of cryptocurrencies without the participation of payment processors and government engagement. They suggest using bitcoin cash and dash as their low transaction fees allow everyone to participate, especially in regions such as Africa, South America and Asia. Businesses that want to be added to the map can file a request via email to trbc@bitcoinmap.cash.

Do you find apps such as Bitcoinmap.cash helpful for the adoption of cryptocurrencies? Share your thoughts about the platform in the comments section below.


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Markets Update: BCH Holds Above $150, RVN and XTZ Explode

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In recent market action, bitcoin core (BTC) has struggled to hold above $4,000 following four consecutive green weekly candles, while bitcoin cash (BCH) appears to be consolidating above $150 after comprising the best performing of the 10 largest crypto assets by market cap of the last seven days. In other news, ravencoin (RVN) and tezos (XTZ) are among the highest capitalized top gaining markets of the past week.

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BTC Consolidates at $4,000

Following four weeks of green weekly candles, BTC is currently struggling to hold above $4,000 after retracing approximately 1.4% in the last 24 hours. As of this writing, BTC is trading for approximately $3,975 on Bitstamp and $4,040 on Bitfinex, indicating a spread of approximately 1.7% between USD and USDT exchanges.

Markets Update: BCH Holds Above $150, RVN and XTZ Explode
BTC/USD – Bitstamp – 1D

BTC has a market capitalization of $70.91 billion. Approximately $10.6 billion worth of BTC has changed hands during the last 24 hours.

Markets Update: BCH Holds Above $150, RVN and XTZ Explode

BCH Consolidates Above $150

BCH appears to have established support at $150 after posting a 4% retracement over the course of the last 24 hours. The retracement following seven days of strong bullish momentum, with BCH comprising the top gaining of the 10 largest cryptocurrencies by capitalization after posting a weekly gain of 14%. BCH is currently trading for approximately $153.

Markets Update: BCH Holds Above $150, RVN and XTZ Explode
BCH/USD – Kraken – 1D

When measured against BTC, BCH is consolidating around the 0.038 BTC support area after gaining 16% last week. BCH is currently the sixth largest crypto asset with a market cap of $2.73 billion. Approximately $471 million worth of BCH has been traded in the last 24 hours.

Markets Update: BCH Holds Above $150, RVN and XTZ Explode
BCH/BTC – Bittrex – 1D

XTZ and RVN Rank Among Top Gainers

XTZ has broken into the top 20 crypto assets by capitalization following a dramatic 70% rally in seven days, ranking tezos as the 18th strongest performing crypto assets of the past week. XTZ is currently the 20th largest cryptocurrency with a market cap of $525 million and is trading for $0.755.

Markets Update: BCH Holds Above $150, RVN and XTZ Explode
XTZ/USD – Bitfinex – 1D

When measured against BTC, XTZ is trading for more than 0.00019 BTC after gaining 55.5% in less than seven days. Nearly $12.4 million worth of XTZ was traded during the last 24 hours, making XTZ currently the second most liquid of the top 20 markets by capitalization.

Markets Update: BCH Holds Above $150, RVN and XTZ Explode
XTZ/BTC – Bitfinex – 1D

RVN is currently ranked as the past week’s 14th top performing market after gaining 72% over the last seven days. The week comprises the fourth-consecutive green candle, with RVN having gained 345% in less than one month. The bullish momentum has propelled RVN back into the top 50 crypto assets by market cap, currently ranking 43rd with a capitalization of $143 million.

Markets Update: BCH Holds Above $150, RVN and XTZ Explode
RVN/USD – Bittrex – 1D (calculated by Tradingview)

When measured against BTC, RVN broke into new all-time highs this past week, with RVN currently trading for 1,118 satoshis after gaining roughly 305% in less than four weeks. Roughly $86.22 million worth of RVN has changed hands over the last 24 hours.

Markets Update: BCH Holds Above $150, RVN and XTZ Explode
RVN/BTC – Binance – 1D

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A Privacy-Focused Bitcoin Cash P2P Exchange Is Coming to Bitcoin.com

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Bitcoin.com is always been on a quest to promote Bitcoin adoption. Our educational resources, forums, newsdesk, and other services reflect that mission on a daily basis. Now our web portal is introducing a feature called Local Bitcoin Cash, a service that facilitates the peer-to-peer trading of local currency for bitcoin cash (BCH). The new service will be launching soon and users will be able to directly exchange BCH securely and without know-your-customer (KYC) requirements.

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Local Bitcoin Cash

Over the last few years, cryptocurrencies have grown increasingly popular and those digital assets are far more accessible than they were in the early days. As the industry has matured, Bitcoin.com has grown into an extensive Bitcoin-themed web portal that offers a wide array of resources and services that bolster cryptocurrency accessibility. Now, Bitcoin.com is proud to announce the launch of a new service called Local Bitcoin Cash. The peer-to-peer exchange will be a great resource for the community and will advance our continued mission to promote economic freedom to everyone in the globe by introducing them to the great benefits of BCH.

A Privacy-Focused Bitcoin Cash P2P Exchange Is Coming to Bitcoin.com

The Local Bitcoin Cash trading platform will have three key ingredients that will make the exchange different to most peer-to-peer exchanges. Firstly, privacy will be of utmost importance and there will be no KYC verification required for Local Bitcoin Cash users. Secondly, the platform will provide end-to-end user side encryption; a system of communication where only users can read and decrypt their messages. Finally, just like our popular noncustodial Bitcoin.com Wallet, the peer-to-peer Local Bitcoin Cash exchange will be secure as the service never touches your funds.

A Privacy-Focused Bitcoin Cash P2P Exchange Is Coming to Bitcoin.com
Local.bitcoin.com will be launching soon and our readers at news.Bitcoin.com can get on the list to receive early bird notification when the Local Bitcoin Cash trading platform goes live.

An Exchange That Bolsters Bitcoin Cash Accessibility

The trading platform will allow users to see who’s buying and selling so that “offers” can be considered. Anyone in the world can post a bid to buy or sell BCH and all offers can be filtered by payment method, currency, location, and popularity. There will be a wide array of accepted payments from bank transfers and gift cards so people can purchase and sell bitcoin cash using a variety of payment methods.

A Privacy-Focused Bitcoin Cash P2P Exchange Is Coming to Bitcoin.com

Once you find a proposal you’re happy with, simply open a trade with anyone on Local.bitcoin.com. Choose the amount of bitcoin cash you want to buy or sell, and then lock the rate in. After the traders reach an agreement they can then make the exchange. Payment details are always discussed using end-to-end encrypted messages. From there, the BCH goes into an escrow account and once the seller confirms payment, the BCH is released from escrow to the buyer.

A Privacy-Focused Bitcoin Cash P2P Exchange Is Coming to Bitcoin.com

As mentioned above, bitcoin cash adoption and accessibility is one of Bitcoin.com’s primary goals and over-the-counter platforms are some of the most private ways to purchase cryptocurrencies. Moreover, not everyone in the world has access to a local trading exchange so in some countries peer-to-peer platforms are the only way to buy digital assets. A multitude of payment methods also extends crypto penetration even deeper because most online exchanges only offer a few funding options. Local.bitcoin.com will be launching soon and our readers at news.Bitcoin.com can get on the list to receive early bird notification when the Local Bitcoin Cash trading platform goes live. Simply head to the Local Bitcoin Cash portal and click on the button marked “Stay notified.”

What do you think about our upcoming service Local.bitcoin.com? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.


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BCH Is Now Supported by a Large Crypto ATM Network in Switzerland

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Cryptocurrency ATM operator Värdex Suisse has introduced BHC support to its devices. The company is a financially regulated entity that provides access to digital assets through its teller machines, POS services and partnerships with retailers in Switzerland and abroad.

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Bitcoin Cash Available on All Värdex ATMs

“Bitcoin cash (BCH) is online and available now on all our ATMs!” Värdex Suisse announced in a tweet on Tuesday. The company claims it maintains the largest crypto ATM network in the Alpine nation. Its website shows 26 ATM locations in major Swiss cities such as Bern, Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Lucern, and Lausanne.

The company’s devices support the purchase and sale of three other leading cryptocurrencies as well: bitcoin core (BTC), ethereum (ETH) and litecoin (LTC).

BCH Is Now Supported by a Large Crypto ATM Network in Switzerland

Värdex Suisse AG, originally founded as Bitcoin Suisse AG, has been operating independently since 2017 in order to meet the high demand in the retail sector for the kind of services it offers. The company is a member of the Financial Services Standards Association (VQF) and part of the Crypto Valley Zug Community.

Värdex also says its mission is to make buying and selling digital currencies “as seamless and easy as a regular visit to a bank ATM.” It is doing that through a number of partnerships, a recent example being the recently announced crypto exchange service offered by Liechtenstein’s post office with the help of the Swiss company.

350 ATMs Across Europe Support BCH

Switzerland is one of several countries in Europe that have made efforts to create favorable conditions for crypto companies and blockchain businesses. Its Crypto Valley, centered in the Canton of Zug, has expanded significantly over the last couple of years. It currently numbers about 750 companies including those based in neighboring Liechtenstein.

The business-friendly conditions and regulations have catalyzed the growth of the crypto-related services offered in the country. They include payment and teller services providing secure access to digital coins and increasing their mainstream adoption.

BCH Is Now Supported by a Large Crypto ATM Network in Switzerland

According to data compiled by tracker website Coinatmradar, there are currently 52 bitcoin ATMs and crypto tellers across Switzerland. Around half of them now support purchases and sales of bitcoin cash.

The number of BCH trading devices has been growing in Europe as well, reaching around 350 across the region. However, the Old Continent is still lagging behind the U.S. where almost 1,200 ATMs offer bitcoin cash.

Is the number of ATMs supporting BCH growing in your region? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Switch Between BCH and BTC Effortlessly With the Bitcoin.com Wallet

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The Bitcoin.com Wallet is a simple cryptocurrency light client that supports bitcoin cash (BCH) and bitcoin core (BTC). Since the initial release of the software, there have been 3.7 million noncustodial wallets created and climbing. Now, the latest version of the Bitcoin.com Wallet not only allows users to manage digital assets, but also provides the ability to switch between the BTC and BCH.

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Swap Coins With Sideshift and the Bitcoin.com Wallet

Ever since the Bitcoin.com Wallet was introduced in August 2017, thousands of wallets have been created each week with minimal effort. The wallet is an easy to use light client that provides the ability to store, send and receive BCH and BTC. The wallet is also noncustodial, which means the user is 100 percent in charge of funds at all times. Since the launch of the Bitcoin.com Wallet, there’s been over 3,732,010 wallets created. The hard working developers behind the wallet software have now released version 5.6, which allows users to purchase digital currencies and swap between BCH and BTC using Sideshift.

To utilize the Sideshift application on the Bitcoin.com Wallet homepage, simply scroll down to the tab that says “Exchange between BTC and BCH.” From there, you’ll be directed to the Sideshift application which works within the wallet interface. Press “Start Sideshift AI” to proceed with swapping BTC for BCH or vice versa. After the start button is selected, you to choose a wallet with funds to send from in order to conduct the trade. After picking a wallet with funds and then choosing a wallet to send to (the receiving address), the user then selects how much they want to trade. The Sideshift application allows you to choose “All available funds” as well.

Switch Between BCH and BTC Effortlessly With the Bitcoin.com Wallet

After choosing the amount of funds to swap, the user is shown how much Sideshift will charge for the trade and the BCH network fee deduction too. You’ll then be asked to press the “OK” tab, which gives consent to the swap and network processing fees and slide the send bar to finalize the shift. Using the shifting feature takes just a couple of minutes and the Sideshift fee is very competitive compared to the majority of shifting platforms. In addition to the Sideshift feature, the Bitcoin.com Wallet has upgraded the buy feature which gives the ability to purchase bitcoin cash (BCH) and bitcoin core (BTC) instantly.

Switch Between BCH and BTC Effortlessly With the Bitcoin.com Wallet

Spreading Economic Freedom Across the Globe

The new features added to the Bitcoin.com Wallet make the powerful and secure cryptocurrency wallet even more robust than ever. The wallet also includes useful links to our newsdesk, blockchain tools, bitcoin cash games, and charts. Not only does the Bitcoin.com Wallet offer a single owner wallet, but the software allows for multi-signature wallet creation as well. Moreover, the software utilizes multiple languages including English, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, German, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, and Portuguese. Allowing users to easily purchase cryptocurrencies and swap their BTC for BCH helps promote accessibility and adoption and at Bitcoin.com that’s always been our mission.

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This Version of Lode Runner Is Fueled by BCH-Powered SLP Tokens

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On March 18, Portuguese programmer Cláudio Gil revealed the launch of an old 80s video game that uses Bitcoin Cash-based Simple Ledger Protocol (SLP) tokens for interactive play. The Lode Runner SLP version is a port of the classic 1983 puzzle-oriented action game that allows people to play using the Badger wallet and non-fungible SLP coins called LVL.

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Lode Runner and SLP Tokens

Token creation on the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) network has been prolific lately as BCH supporters have been minting a wide variety of SLP-based tokens. The majority of the SLP tokens have been made for fun and people have been sharing the coins with friends. This week, software developer Cláudio Gil took the SLP concept to another level by integrating SLP tokens with the classic 2D video game Lode Runner.

This Version of Lode Runner Is Fueled by BCH-Powered SLP Tokens

Playing entails using the Badger wallet to choose a level and send LVL tokens. Users can also play via the Electron Cash SLP version by sending LVL to the token address. After initiating the game, the player controls the character (Lode Runner) in order to collect all the gold pieces on the level while being chased by a random number of enemies. The Lode Runner SLP version creator says that the game is a great use case for non-fungible coins built on top of the BCH network.

“This is actually a case of non-fungible tokens, because there’s one for each level, with unbounded supply, because anyone can generate a new token in the game over screen,” Gil detailed on Monday. “In this game, each token is also a life and if you deposit three LVL050 tokens you start with three lives.”

This Version of Lode Runner Is Fueled by BCH-Powered SLP Tokens

A Plethora of Use Cases for Representative Tokens Built on Top of Bitcoin Cash

Gil explained that the game was produced with help from the web version of Lode Runner, Bitcoin.com’s Bitbox toolkit, the Simple Ledger Protocol, and a few BCH developers willing to lend a hand. The programmer says you can only get tokens when you lose the same and at the ‘game over’ screen user can pay a quarter of a penny to receive a token for that level. “You can then click the number 10, at the start screen, to start from there — And you can also always show off your merit and get the LVL150 token.” The programmer also noted the SLP version of Lode Runner is experimental and emphasized that everything runs in the browser. Although there really isn’t that much money involved, Gil noted that it is “hard to steal any funds since people, at most, deposit 1/4 of a cent for a few seconds.”

This Version of Lode Runner Is Fueled by BCH-Powered SLP Tokens

The Lode Runner game with interactive SLP token support opens up the protocol to unbound use cases and different types of exhibitions with non-fungible minted tokens as well. Other types of games could be integrated with SLP token support, the coins could be used for website paywalls, blurry picture sites, and other concepts that involve representative tokens. During the last two weeks, the tokens have been used for different use cases like Telegram and Twitter tip bots, and payment processor support too for merchants. After Gil released the Lode Runner SLP version, many BCH supporters spoke of enjoying the classic game infused with a new type of crypto gaming.

“I used to play Lode Runner a lot when I was a kid — This brings me back,” Coinbase Engineer Josh Ellithorpe tweeted on Monday.

What do you think about the Lode Runner SLP version that uses tokens for interactive gameplay? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.


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Switzerland’s Largest Online Retailer Starts Accepting 10 Cryptocurrencies

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The largest Swiss online retailer, Digitec Galaxus, has started accepting crypto payments at its two stores. Customers can choose from 10 cryptocurrencies to pay with including BTC, BCH, BNB, ETH, TRX, OMG, and XRP. One of the stores specializes in consumer electronics while the other focuses on everyday needs.

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Digitec Galaxus Accepts Crypto Payments

Digitec Galaxus AG announced Tuesday that customers can now pay for their purchases with cryptocurrencies at its two online shops: digitec and Galaxus. Ten cryptocurrencies are supported — BTC, BCH, BSV, BNB, ETH, LTC, NEO, OMG, TRX, and XRP.

Switzerland's Largest Online Retailer Starts Accepting 10 Cryptocurrencies
Checkout page on galaxus.ch.

Claudio Schaad, leader of Team Spectre, one of the teams that make up the engineering department at Digitec Galaxus AG, discussed the new payment option in a blog post on his company’s website. “We’ve been looking into cryptocurrencies for a while now,” he revealed. The post explains that “instead of creating an own wallet or even cryptocurrency, digicon or the such, Spectre chose [to] work with a company called Coinify,” adding:

In simpler terms: while shopping, if your purchase price exceeds 200 francs, you have the option to pay with cryptocurrencies. What arrives on digitec’s end are Swiss francs.

Digitec specializes in IT, consumer electronics and telecommunications goods while Galaxus claims to be the largest online department store in Switzerland with a growing range of products for everyday needs. The two stores form Digitec Galaxus AG, its website describes.

Switzerland’s Largest Online Retailer Now Accepts 10 Cryptocurrencies

According to Oliver Herren, co-founder and CIO of Digitec Galaxus, the company currently has around 2.7 million items for sale, from shoehorns to wheat beer to gaming PCs. He was quoted as saying:

Cryptocurrencies are fascinating and could become a relevant means of payment in e-commerce — we want to support this development.

Paying With Cryptocurrencies

A blog post on Galaxus’ website details that “The new payment option was created as part of a pilot project together with the Swiss e-payment specialist Datatrans AG,” which works with Danish crypto payment provider Coinify.

Customers shopping on digitec or Galaxus can choose to pay with cryptocurrency at checkout. They will be redirected to a page on Coinify which displays the amount due in BTC with a QR code. Customers can choose among the 10 supported cryptocurrencies and complete the checkout process. Prices are locked in for 15 minutes.

Switzerland's Largest Online Retailer Starts Accepting 10 Cryptocurrencies

When choosing a cryptocurrency other than BTC, customers are asked to provide an address so that funds can be returned should an error occur. Furthermore, the company warns of a processing delay when paying with other coins.

Switzerland's Largest Online Retailer Starts Accepting 10 Cryptocurrencies

The blog post further notes that “Normally, the payment confirmation by Coinify takes place within a few minutes,” adding:

Digitec Galaxus does not charge any fees for cryptocurrency payments. Coinify charges a conversion fee of 1.5% of the purchase amount. Other, but small, transaction fees will be charged depending on the currency, as well as how fast the transaction is to be confirmed.

What do you think of Digitec Galaxus accepting 10 cryptocurrencies? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Bitcoin Cash Developers Launch Privacy-Preserving Light Client Neutrino

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The developers behind the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) full node Bchd have announced the beta release of the lightweight client Neutrino which is now available for Android phones. The Neutrino protocol is not only exceptionally fast, but the client is considered a privacy-preserving light wallet because it uses a concept called client-side filtering.

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Bchd Light Client Neutrino Launches Beta App for Android Users

On March 16, Chris Pacia and the Bchd full node developers announced the launch of Neutrino. The light client is now available for download in the Google Play store but the wallet is still in beta. BCH fans knew the wallet was coming, because on Feb. 29 Pacia gave his Twitter followers a sneak preview of it in action. The programmer also discussed the initial development prior to the video demo in a blog post on Nov. 19. Neutrino uses the Simplified Payment Verification (SPV) and allows users to store coins in a noncustodial fashion.

Bitcoin Cash Developers Launch Privacy-Preserving Light Client Neutrino

“Neutrino is the most technologically advanced cryptocurrency wallet to date,” reads the Neutrino description on the Google Play store. “Whereas all other wallets leak information about your transactions to third parties, Neutrino uses a new technique called client-side filtering to obfuscate your transaction downloads to better preserve your privacy.”

SPV wallets have been around for a long time (BIP0037) and not all of them are the same. Clients like BRD and Electron Cash call specific servers that validate transactions and they also allow users to connect to a custom node. BTC developers Jim Posen and Laolu “Roasbeef” Osuntokun introduced BIPs 157/158 which established the concept of client-side filtering for the Lightning Network.

Bitcoin Cash Developers Launch Privacy-Preserving Light Client Neutrino
Neutrino wallet.

‘Better Preserve Your Privacy’

The developers of the full node Bchd client written in Golang decided to utilize the client-side Neutrino wallet which is completely unrelated to Lightning. Moreover, other wallets can utilize the Neutrino protocol if they desire in order to bolster the SPV experience.

“The way [client-side filtering] works is full nodes create a filter for each block in the chain — You can think of a filter as an ultra-compact representation of all of the transactions in the block — The nodes store these filters on disk along with the block,” the Bchd developers expounded while introducing the Neutrino development.

The programmers further enumerated:

SPV wallets using Neutrino sync the full chain of headers like a normal SPV wallet, but they also download the filter for each block.

At the moment on the Google Play store, the application’s specifications state that the wallet is still in beta development and “may be unstable.” Users should probably test and experiment with Neutrino with a small fraction of funds and wait for a stable version release to use the wallet regularly. BCH supporters seem pleased with the Neutrino launch and have expressed this sentiment on social media and forums after the launch. BCH supporter “Wecx” downloaded the software and tweeted that he appreciated the client-side filtering aspects of the wallet.

“I download the bitcoin cash advanced SPV Neutrino wallet on my phone and connected it to my Bchd node — The default is advanced SPV mode — Neutrino uses a new technique called client-side filtering to obfuscate your transaction downloads to better preserve your privacy,” Wecx remarked on March 16.

What do you think about the Neutrino light client and the client-side filtering technique? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments below.

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