How To Install MyNode on Your Old Casa Node – Bitcoin Magazine

Bitcoiners attempting to do their part to secure the network, and run their own full nodes that fully validate transactions and blocks, often turn to hardware and software solutions provided by a range of groups. But those who were leveraging node hardware provided by Casa are now in search of a new solution. Casa no longer supports its node hardware with ongoing updates, leaving plenty of Bitcoiners wondering how they can keep an updated full Bitcoin node running on their old Casa Node hardware. In the video above, Bitcoin Magazine’s…

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Are You Independent Yet? Financial Self-Sovereignty and the Decentralized Exchange – Cointelegraph Magazine

Helicopter parents. They never let their kids out of sight. They fret at the possibility of any potential danger, striving to protect their snowflake charges from harm, reassuring the child so they know just how special, precious and helpless they are… and that they can never, ever fail. Of course, this backfires horrendously, resulting in what we see today: leaders who are entitled silver-spoon-fed adolescents conditioned to require constant coddling — not to mention the fact that their parental stimulus packages have taught them that everything in life is free.…

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Bitcoin 2020 Is Moving to 2021 in Los Angeles! – Bitcoin Magazine

The Bitcoin 2020 conference is officially moving to April 30–May 1 in sunny Los Angeles, California, with Nick Szabo and Tony Hawk headlining! Bitcoin 2020 ticket holders are eligible to either transfer their tickets directly to 2021 or request a full refund. More details are available at the bottom of this article. Our Bitcoin 2020 event scheduled for March was on track to be the largest Bitcoin conference in history. By mid-February, over 2,000 people had registered and we were on pace to host nearly 4,000 people at SVN West…

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Zap’s Strike Moves to Public Beta – Bitcoin Magazine

Today, Zap, the Lightning wallet lead by developer Jack Mallers, has announced that their Strike product is now in public beta.   Previously, Strike had only been available through a closed, private beta program. In the private beta, Mallers claims that they have “already seen $100,000 in payments”. Strike is an application that allows you to transact with Lightning payments with just a debit card or bank account. But, here’s the secret sauce:  instead of having to buy bitcoin to load up your Lightning channels, users on Strike never touch BTC. According to Mallers,…

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Reddit Roundup – June 2020 – Bitcoin Magazine

Ladies and gentlemen, we bring you the first ever edition of Reddit Roundup by Nik and Flip of Bitcoin Magazine! This contains 50 links to most of the best quality content that was uploaded to Reddit for this month. Most links come from the popular r/bitcoin, but we also retrieved posts from other one as well such as r/BitcoinMining. In this roundup there are 10 different categories each link falls under, and the categories are: Privacy, Adoption, Development, Security, Mining, Business, Education, Regulation & Politics, Archaeology (Financial Incumbents), and last…

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How Brands Take Blockchain From Niche to Normal – Cointelegraph Magazine

Dapper Labs – the company behind CryptoKitties – has a simple mission. They want to introduce a billion people to blockchain. “The reason we decided to go for entertainment — specifically games — is because we felt that it’s just a much easier way to introduce folks to decentralization,” explains co-founder Mik Naayem. “Gamers are the perfect target market as they already understand virtual currencies and virtual worlds.” In November 2017 CryptoKitties was Dapper Labs’ Trojan Cat, and the game introduced the revolutionary concept of NFTs (Non Fungible Tokens) to…

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Why VCs Are Betting Big – Cointelegraph Magazine

How healthy is the gaming industry? Fortnite thoughtfully provided a concise answer to that question on June 16th. In advance of the much-anticipated unveiling of The Device, a live event on the game platform, slots were full half an hour early as eager gamers logged in to witness Epic’s latest twist in its flagship game. The number at which participation was capped? Twelve million players in-game. Another eight million had to be content watching the stream. For context, NFL Sunday Night Football on NBC — the highest-rated TV presentation in…

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Lastbit’s Wallet Hopes to Make Spending Bitcoin Simple One Day – Bitcoin Magazine

Lastbit, a Berkeley-based startup, has announced the beta launch of their Bitcoin and Lightning-enabled wallet. The company claims that their new solution is meant to address three critical problems preventing Bitcoin’s mass adoption:  price volatility, slow transactions, and technical complexities. Their solution for all of those problems seems simple:  allow the merchants to be paid in fiat when you want to spend with your bitcoin by just using a debit or credit card. The backbone of lastbit’s wallet is the fact that the app allows you to generate virtual credit…

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Blockchain Gaming, DAOs, Guilds, and Ragequitting – Cointelegraph Magazine

Many of the builders and investors in the blockchain space believe that the most compelling route to attracting users to the burgeoning crypto-economy is not upending the global financial order but something with significantly lesser stakes: gaming. And this reasoning makes sense. Both video games and cryptocurrencies feature virtual economies running on a shared set of rules, with a user base that tends to be technically-savvy. In theory, there should be less friction for blockchain’s penetration into the gaming market, but in practice, serious adoption and traction is not yet…

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How Blockchain Can Power a Paradigm Shift in Building Game Economies – Cointelegraph Magazine

For the past decade, the dominant business model in the gaming industry has been Free2Play. This model entails giving the game’s base experience away for free and then monetizing the player base through ads and in-app purchases, referred to as “microtransactions”. Over time, this model has become increasingly adversarial towards players, employing predatory monetization schemes and catering to “whales” instead of the average user. Despite its voracious nature, this business model has been enormously successful, helping to build a $159 billion dollar industry that’s now more than twice the size…

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