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By Praveen Menon and Tom Westbrook WELLINGTON/SYDNEY - The South Pacific archipelago of Tonga could spend days, or even weeks, cut off from the rest of world because of difficulties in repairing its sole undersea communications cable, which an operator said was ruptured during a massive volcanic eruption. The challenge underlines the vulnerability of undersea fibre-optic cables, which have become the backbone of global communications, thanks to a capacity to carry data that is about 200 times that of satellites. Saturday's explosion of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano sent tsunami waves across the Pacific Ocean so that connectivity was lost on the line, operated by Tonga Cable Ltd, in waters about 37 kilometres (23 miles) offshore. But the repair of Tonga's critical 827-km (514-mile) fibre-optic link to Fiji depends on the arrival of a specialised ship now days away in Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea. "Typically, all things going well, it would take around two weeks...
LONDON (Bywire News) - In case you missed it: EOS News Review 2021 - Part II   July   - 1, CryptoFed Becomes the First Legally Recognised DAO in America…   …and it’s based on the EOS blockchain. Its mission is to create and sustain a monetary system with zero inflation, zero deflation and zero transaction costs. It comes after Wyoming became the first state in the nation to recognise DAOs as a distinct form of limited liability company came into effect at midnight.    - 2, First Physical Book Connected to an NFT Arrives   In another first, Hoken Tech announces that they have created a smart contract for the creation of NFTs of the book ‘Mastering NFT – Practical Guide for Beginners and Advanced’, by Alfredo de Candia.   - 7, B1 Invests in Chintai   B1 announces a $7million investment in Chintai, a company that uses blockchain technology to expand capital markets. The investment will be used to expand its business operations and to enable compliant tokenisation of traditional financial...
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By Medha Singh and Lisa Pauline Mattackal - As bitcoin heads into 2022, a growing cohort of long-term investors is doubling down on its stashes of the cryptocurrency, hoping a December dip was merely a festive blip. Some industry watchers point to the underlying stability of such long-term investments as potentially promising indicators for the capricious cryptocurrency. Since last July, for example, the amount of bitcoin held in digital wallets with no outflows for more than five months has been steadily increasing, according to digital currency brokerage Genesis Trading. In addition, the amount of the bitcoin held in "illiquid" wallets - which spend less than quarter of their inflows - is also rising, meaning fewer coin are being actively traded, it added, citing wallet data across several exchanges. "The number of bitcoins that haven't moved in over a year has been climbing since July," said Noelle Acheson, head of market insights at Genesis Trading. "That's pretty staggering." Man...
- Twitter Inc said on Monday it will expand its test feature which allows users to flag misleading content on its social media platform to Brazil, Spain and the Philippines. The company had introduced the pilot test of the feature in August last year, as a part of its effort to reduce misinformation on its platform. It was first tested in the United States, Australia and South Korea. Since it was first announced, Twitter said it has received around 3 million reports from users who have used it to flag tweets which they believe are in violation of its policies. The social media giant last year launched another program called Birdwatch, which lets participants write notes and provide additional context to misleading tweets, though those notes are held on a separate website.   (Reporting by Manya Saini in Bengaluru, Editing by Franklin Paul)...
LONDON (Bywire News) - In case you missed it: 2021 was a year like no other in EOS - Part I.   April:   - 1, Google Cloud Strengthens interest in EOS    Google was already the biggest name to get involved with EOS and B1 when it announced it was joining the community and taking steps to become a block producer in 2020. In a blog post, they doubled down on their interest praising it as one of the best-distributed ledger technologies to carry out projects on.    “As digital transformation takes hold”, they wrote, “businesses increasingly need to build integrated service networks with strong requirements for trust and coordination. This is what a DLT can provide. The EOSIO protocol, developed by Block.one and the basis for the EOS Public Blockchain, is an example of such a DLT. It’s built for speed, scale, and low-cost transactions—all of which make EOSIO an attractive platform upon which to build networked applications.”    Google Cloud, they said, was an ideal partner to help B1 thanks...
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Everything EOS is back! EOS names getting a makeover. ENF camp provides ETH-EOS mediation and Defibox reunites WAX-EOS. Greymass progress report. Sub-second finality coming to EOS? Couple of UNDRGRND firsts.   TOP HEADLINES   Account Name Service Jillian Godsil is one of the Cryptowriter OGs. This week marks her first contribution to the UNDRGRND with 500-Year-Old Museum Meets NFTs. UNDRGRND continues to push the envelope of what’s possible in modern art. Check out The Motion Art Journal: Lorna Mills for the latest example. Round 27 Cryptowriter NFT Engagement Winners were announced this week. BTW, yours truly minted one-of-two Toxic Masks (glimpse rarity here). By far my best and I’m truly grateful. There are still many high value Finneys yet to be minted. As always, EOS/Finney relevant Cryptowriter articles for this week include: EOS 3.0 and the New Breed of Dapps: Real world applications, user experience and narratives in the blockchain space 8 Unknown Facts About Bitcoin Of inter...
Top 10 Most Engaged Users The top 10 most engaged users across our entire publication. Our analytics take into account the total amount of likes, comments, and shares. Most engaged winners receive 1 Genesis Finney Coin. Dreamer pilscoop Husnu Coban Justin horton theoldude JOSEPH SADOVE AdamV Martin Saxton BCGUL SighManJestah Comment of the Week We handpick 1 comment from each Crypto, NFT, EOS, Ethereum, and Bitcoin section of our publication. The length of a comment does not affect the selection process. We like to see that the reader has taken in the article and is providing a well-thought-out response that brings value to our community. Comment of the week winners receive 1 Publication NFT. Crypto Section SighManJestah’s comment on EOS 3.0 and the New Breed of Dapps: Gamebox, 100x, EOS Support, Violet Garden It’s great to see some of Dan’s vision come to fruition. With that said though, I constantly worry about U.S. regulators messing with that vision! Go EOS! Husnu Coban’s comment...
- Apple Inc will require retail and corporate employees to provide proof of a COVID-19 booster shot, The Verge reported https://www.theverge.com/2022/1/15/22885181/apple-vaccine-covid-19-booster-shot-employees on Saturday, citing an internal email. Starting Jan. 24, unvaccinated employees or those who haven't submitted proof of vaccination will need negative COVID-19 tests to enter Apple workplaces, the report said. The Verge said it was not immediately clear if the testing requirement applies to both corporate and retail employees. "Due to waning efficacy of the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines and the emergence of highly transmissible variants such as Omicron, a booster shot is now part of staying up to date with your COVID-19 vaccination to protect against severe disease," the memo read, according to The Verge. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Many companies in the U.S. have been strengthening their COVID-19 rules, mandating vaccination and delaying ba...
WASHINGTON - Chief executives of both Google and Facebook were aware of a deal to carve up part of the online advertising market, according to an amended complaint filed by Texas and other states who have filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google. The deal with Facebook, which Google called Jedi Blue, was signed off by Google CEO Sundar Pichai while Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was on an email thread discussing it. Neither company immediately responded to a request for comment.   (Reporting by Diane Bartz and David Shepardson)...
LONDON - Tech giant Google has spent $1 billion to buy a central London building where it is currently a tenant, showing its confidence in the future of the office as a place to work, the company said on Friday. Google, which employs 6,400 people in Britain, plans a multi-million pound refurbishment of its offices within the Central Saint Giles development it is buying, close to Covent Garden in central London. "We have been privileged to operate in the UK for nearly 20 years, and our purchase of the Central Saint Giles development refects our continued commitment to the country's growth and success," said Ruth Porat, CFO of Google's parent company Alphabet. Google plans to refit the building so it is adapted for in-person teamwork and has meeting rooms for hybrid working, as well as creating more space for individuals. The new refurbishment will also feature outdoor covered working spaces to enable work in the fresh air, the company said. The building had been owned by a joint ventur...
PARIS - French fintech company Crypto Blockchain Industries, whose shares have rallied since their stock market listing last year, announced on Thursday a new range of products, saying it would develop AlphaVerse, a blockchain technology-based virtual world or metaverse that will launch in summer 2022. Last November, Crypto Blockchain Industries announced the sale of non fungible tokens (NFTs) linked to French DJ star David Guetta.   (Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; editing by David Evans)...
By Aditi Shah NEW DELHI - Tesla Inc is "still working through a lot of challenges with the government" in India, its billionaire chief executive Elon Musk said on Twitter on Thursday, responding to a question on when it would launch its electric cars in the country. Tesla had plans to begin selling imported cars in India last year and has been lobbying the government to slash import taxes on electric vehicles (EVs) before it enters the market. In October, it took its demands to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office https://reut.rs/3GomP9N. Musk didn't identify the "challenges" being worked on in his Twitter post. The Indian market for premium EVs is still in its infancy and charging infrastructure is scarce. Just 5,000 of the 2.4 million cars sold in India last year were electric, of which a handful were luxury models. India levies an import duty of as high as 100% on imported cars, including EVs, which Musk has previously said are among the highest in the world. Analysts have...
The Eden governance protocol hit the ground running. After just one official election, arguably more has been done for EOS within the past couple of months than over the past couple of years. ClarionOS is designed to complement the EdenOS protocol. Together they form a solid foundation that’ll allow the mainnet to reach its full potential. What to Expect in EOS 3.0? How exactly will the Clarion team help propel EOS? A communication protocol is ingrained into its early development. Other key ideas and applications pertain to things like insurance and infrastructure. What promises to ignite a spark throughout the community is the advent of DAC tokens. Details of a plan for community/company tokens was introduced by Dan Larimer just days ago. The EOS developer community has blossomed since Clarion, Eden, and the EOS Network foundation joined the mainnet. Together they are instituting protocols, initiatives, and resolving issues dating back to the earliest days of the mainnet. The communi...
LONDON (Bywire News) - It has almost been two weeks since the start of the new year, and if you’ve been involved in the EOS ecosystem, the last 12 months and 12 days have been one hell of a roller coaster ride. From the departure of Dan Larimer from B1 (block.one) in January to the creation of the EOS Network Foundation and a full-on, cold, then warm, then cool again civil war, 2021 has had more ups and downs than a pensioner in the night. Here’s part one, where we, building on the work from Alfredo de Candia, look at how the most tumultuous but potentially critical of years played out in EOS news.    January   - 07, the Bullish.com website is updated Bullish is to be the next big thing hitting the EOS ecosystem – an exchange designed to attract institutional class investors into the sector. This would be the money-making machine that B1 had been looking for, but already murmurings of discontent were building and they were just about to burst to the fore with Dan Larimer dropping the...
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- The White House said on Wednesday it was encouraged by a U.S. judge's rejection of a request to dismiss the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust lawsuit against Facebook. A U.S. judge on Tuesday had declined to dismiss the antitrust lawsuit, saying the FTC had a plausible case that should be allowed to proceed.   (Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru)...
- Microsoft Corp hired a key Apple Inc engineer to design its own chips for its servers, Bloomberg News reported on Wednesday, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The software giant hired chip industry veteran Mike Filippo, who worked for Apple for over two years, the report said. Microsoft is working on in-house processors for the servers running its cloud-computing services and Surface line of personal computers, a source told in December 2020. The cloud computing heavy-weight relies heavily on Intel and Advanced Micro Devices Inc to supply chips for its Azure cloud computing services as well as Surface PCs. The move to hire Filippo implies that Microsoft is accelerating a push to create homegrown chips for its servers powering Azure cloud computing services, the report added. Filippo, who started his career as a CPU designer at chip designer AMD in 1996, has previously worked at Intel and UK-based ARM Ltd before joining Apple, according to his LinkedIn profile. Microsoft an...
- Apple Inc said on Wednesday it has removed from its App Store several knockoffs of Wordle, a website-only word game that has seen a recent surge in popularity thanks to celebrities like Jimmy Fallon. The once-a-day online word game, originally created in October by former Reddit software engineer Josh Wardle, can only be played on his website and does not have a mobile app. However, several developers have created identical app versions to cash in on surging demand for the game, with unsuspecting users driving up downloads of the clone apps. As of Wednesday, the only remaining product on the App Store with that title was Wordle!, a time-based game created by Steven Cravotta more than four years ago. Josh Wardle's game has flooded Twitter and Facebook timelines in recent weeks as players posted their scores. It gives a player six chances to guess the day's secret word, which has five letters, and the aim is to figure out the secret word with the fewest guesses. The game is a free-to-...
However, there is an even smaller unit in the Bitcoin system that is already used in the Lightning Network for example. This is the Millisatoshi (MSAT) which represents one-thousandth of a Satoshi. So we have the following equivalences: 1 SAT = 1000 MSAT 1 SAT = 0.00000001 BTC 1 MSAT = 0.00000000001 BTC 4. The disappearance of Satoshi Nakamoto is linked to the CIA The title of this little-known fact in the history of Bitcoin is deliberately catchy, I must admit. Nevertheless, there is an indirect reason linked to the CIA that could explain the disappearance of Satoshi Nakamoto. Gavin Andresen was one of the first developers of the Bitcoin blockchain, along with Satoshi Nakamoto, and was received by the CIA in 2010. The CIA wanted to question him about Bitcoin. Soon after this event Satoshi Nakamoto vanished into thin air and was never heard from again. Was it the fear of being interrogated by the CIA that led him to disappear? We will never know, but many people still believe in this...
LONDON (Bywire News) - Is it a DAC or DAO? Whichever way you choose to call it, Dan Larimer’s proposals for token liquidity have got plenty of people talking. But how will it actually work? And is this something the community wants? Larimer coined the phrase decentralised autonomous company (DAC) back in 2014. Each of these companies has at least one token associated with it and a governance process to manage those tokens. Today, most people refer to these as decentralised autonomous organisations (DAOs) and they are crucial to the future of EOS. He’s talked of a vision in which EOS becomes DAO of DAOs based on the creation of multiple EdenOS communities each with their own token allocated by weekly meetings via Zoom. Each of these tokens will be connected to the EOS ecosystem. The more people who participate the more it will be necessary to stake EOS and the more it will fuel demand. However, the way in which tokens are created, he believes, needs to change. “Since the beginning (EOS...
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