Blockchain 

Ripple-Backed Web Monetization Platform Coil Now Supports XRP

Web monetization platform Coil now supports XRP payments in real-time thanks to a partnership with payment gateway and XRP Ledger wallet provider GateHub. An official press release published on Oct. 1 noted that Coil users can now use GateHub to receive funds in XRP and convert them into EUR, USD, Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH).  Real-time micropayments for content creators Coil is a platform that provides an alternative method for creators to monetize their content online. As subscribing fans consume content, the platform uses an open API called Web Monetization…

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Blockchain 

Coil, Mozilla, Creative Commons Offer $100M Grant for Web Monetization

Ripple-backed content platform Coil and major open-source browser Mozilla have teamed up to give away a $100 million grant for web monetization. In a Sept. 16 blog post, the team behind Coil revealed that it, Mozilla and Creative Commons, a nonprofit that provides free licenses for creators, are jointly donating $100 million for a program aimed at facilitating and improving monetization on the web. “Grant for the Web” The aforementioned grant that intends to benefit creators and promote the open Web Monetization standard is dubbed “Grant for the Web.” Web…

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Blockchain 

Amazon Web Services Announces Cryptography-Using Quantum Ledger Database

Amazon Web Services, Inc., an Amazon.com company, announced that the Amazon quantum ledger database (QLDB) was now available. Transparent and immutable transaction log According to a post on Sept. 10 from Amazon Web Services (AWS), the newly available Amazon QLBD is a new class of database that provides a transparent, immutable and cryptographically verifiable transaction log ‎owned by a central trusted authority. The post continues to explain that Amazon QLBD eliminates the need to engage in the complex development effort of building one’s own ledger-like applications or rely on the…

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Bitcoin 

Funds ‘SAFU’ After Amazon Web Services Error Stops Withdrawals

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has confirmed user funds are not at risk after a reported technical problem began affecting withdrawals.  According to CEO Changpeng Zhao, also known as CZ, the situation was being resolved on Aug. 23, while funds security was not compromised.  “Funds are #safu,” he wrote on Twitter, employing a now well-known catchphrase he had previously inadvertently created while confirming there was no danger to cryptocurrency holdings. “Funds are SAFU” after AWS error busts withdrawals The issue, he explained, centered on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Problems with caching were…

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Blockchain 

Tech Behemoth IBM Files for a Blockchain-Enabled Web Browser Patent

American technology behemoth IBM has filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a blockchain-enabled web browser patent. According to a patent application published on Aug. 6, IBM has filed a patent application for a system that stores web browser events on a blockchain. The browser described in the filing collects information during web browsing sessions and transfers it to peers in a peer-to-peer network for on-chain storage of the in-browser events. Examples of data that could be stored on chain include: visited websites, bookmarks, search terms, cookies,…

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Blockchain 

‘Chems_USA’ Pleads Guilty to Bitcoin-Enabled Dark Web Opioid Conspiracy

A Florida man has pled guilty to participating in a multi-million dollar Bitcoin-enabled drug dealing conspiracy and money laundering. According to a July 25 press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York, the defendant, Richard Castro, pled guilty to money laundering and to conspiracy to distribute three controlled opioid substances over both the dark web and via encrypted emails. Castro — who operated under multiple monikers, such as “Chems_usa,”“Chemical_usa” and “Jagger109” — sold narcotics for Bitcoin (BTC) and has agreed to forfeit $4,156,198.18, including…

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Blockchain 

Blockchain Browsers — How DLT Could Affect Web Surfing

The appearance of blockchain technology can be compared with the emergence of internet at the initial stage of its development: Users were cautious about a decentralized system and failed to understand many of its subtleties. But just as firms opened up to the internet, almost all corporations are now working on integrating blockchain into their processes — at least as a trial. And there are some reasons for this trend: With the acceleration of data transfers, globalization and the amount of information, the security questions concerning personal data are becoming…

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Ethereum 

Opera Releases iOS Version of its ‘Blockchain-Ready’ Mobile Web Browser

Norway-based internet browser company Opera has launched the iOS version of its mobile web browser, Opera Touch, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph. Opera Touch reportedly supports the Ethereum (ETH) protocol and the Ethereum Web3 application programming interface (API). This means that the browser accommodates Ethereum-based decentralized applications (DApps) and all ERC-20 tokens, stablecoins, and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). The browser also is said to feature a cryptocurrency wallet for storing Ether, the “Opera Crypto Wallet.” Opera released the Android version of its mobile browser at the end of…

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Ethereum 

Web Server Security Firm Cloudflare Announces Launch of Ethereum Gateway

Web server security service firm Cloudflare announced the launch of its Ethereum gateway in a blog post on June 19. Per the announcement, the gateway — which is part of the company’s broader Distributed Web Gateway toolset — lets users “interact with the Ethereum network without installing any additional software.” The system purportedly allows one to access the network and interact with smart contracts through a custom hostname. Furthermore, the new tool can be used in combination with the firm’s Interplanetary File System (IPFS) gateway launched in September 2018: “In…

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Blockchain 

Opera Web Browser Crypto Wallet Launches Support for Tron, TRC-Standard Tokens

Web browser Opera has added support for tron (TRX) and TRC-standard tokens to its built-in crypto wallet, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on May 15. Last year, Opera first developed crypto wallet and Web 3.0 capabilities for its Android browser, launching the product in December 2018 with support for ether (ETH) and interactions with decentralized applications (DApps). “Web 3” is a term that was initially coined to refer to efforts to develop a semantic internet, and is increasingly used to refer to the evolution of a more…

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