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Your brain tries to change focus 4 times per second

By the time you’re finished reading this sentence, your brain will have rapidly assessed your surroundings 14 times to see if you should focus on something else. At least, that’s what new research suggests.

This is a departure from the way we typically think our brains hold attention—neuroscientists have suggested that neurons fire in a consistent stream when you’re focusing on one thing (like reading this Gizmodo blog, for instance). The new research suggests it instead has a kind of rhythm, where neurons become less active four times per second. During those little blips, the researchers suggest your brain visually checks your surroundings for something more important to pay attention to—like maybe something exceptionally threatening (a clumsy coworker about to douse you in hot coffee) or interesting (a dog in the office).

“Your brain’s checking in on the rest of environment to see if it should focus on something else,” Ian Fiebelkorn, a study author and cognitive neuroscientist at Princeton University, told Gizmodo. “Not that it unfocuses, but to see if something else beats out your current focus.”

It would make sense that the brain works that way, from an evolutionary standpoint. To survive in this world, you’ve got to be constantly aware of potential dangers.

“It’s like if you’re going after this shiny red apple in a tree, you want to know if something bigger or with sharper teeth is also going for that apple,” Fiebelkorn said. “Yeah, you’re focused on the apple. But not so focused you don’t see danger coming.”

The researchers measured this hidden brain rhythm in both humans and macaques, as noted in a pair of studies published Wednesday in Neuron. Both studies had a near-identical setup, and included both humans and macaques who had electrodes implanted on their brains (the humans had received them as a part of epilepsy treatment). Either a monkey or human sat in front of a computer screen and was instructed to focus at one point in the middle of the screen. A camera monitored eye movements, so trials were thrown out if subjects shifted their gazes, which implied they’d also shifted their focus.

Then, very faint, nearly undetectable horizontal or vertical rectangles were briefly flashed on the screen. If a monkey detected the shape, it pulled a lever. (The macaques had previously been trained on this setup and rewarded with juice for successful lever pulls.) If a human detected the shape, he or she released the computer mouse button they’d been holding down. Throughout the trials, researchers used the electrodes to measure brain activity.

After analyzing the data on how the brain’s neurons behaved while a person or macaque was focusing on one thing, the researchers saw near-identical dips in neuron activity at a frequency of four times per second in both monkeys and humans. That extreme similarity across species could mean this brain rhythm exists in other primates, too. At the very least, it’s good validation that monkey studies on attention and brain activity can be translated to humans.

“The monkey is the typical animal model for understanding attention,” Fiebelkorn said. “But I can’t think of another example where it’s been checked in humans with the same exact study. Neural activities we discover in monkeys should be true in humans, and this is a rare case where we verified that.”

But the fact that only people with epilepsy were included in the study is a definite limitation. The researchers did point out, though, that because results were so similar between humans and monkeys, it’s likely that the results would also be similar between humans with and without epilepsy.

Continuing to understand these brain rhythms could be useful for studying attention deficit disorders. The team speculated that people who get hyper focused or very easily distracted at the hand of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) might be getting “stuck” in one of the two states of neuron activity described in their papers.

By Jessica Boddy

majsdesaint Posted on August 22, 2018 16:16

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LeBron & Savanna

Only the finest for The King ... 

LeBron James and his wife, Savannah, had a romantic date night in Bev Hills on Tuesday ... returning to one of his favorite restaurants in the city and TMZ Sports has the video. 

The James' hit up Avra -- the same high-end Greek restaurant where Bron dined with Leonardo DiCaprio and Al Pacino last month. 

No mixing with the normies for Bron and Vannah, they were ushered through the back by a security team into a waiting Maybach with a chauffeur. 

We tried to talk Trump with the Los Angeles Lakers superstar, but he wasn't in the mood. 

Earlier in the day, LeBron worked out at UCLA with some of his NBA superstar friends ... including Kevin DurantKawhi LeonardCedi Osman and Toronto Raptors assistant coach Phil Handy

The photo fueled rumors that Bron could be recruiting KD and Kawhi to form a superteam in L.A. next year. 

But, last night, he was more focused on Chilean Sea Bass souvlaki ... $27 a dish.

 

majsdesaint Posted on August 22, 2018 15:32

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Cryptocurrency May Be Treated As Commodity In India.

India is reportedly not going to issue a blanket ban on cryptocurrencies, but may label them as commodities, according to a source from India.

In a report from  one their media stations  India (Quartz) said, a senior government official, who requested anonymity, stated that they don’t think the panel set up to look into digital currencies ‘is really thinking of banning cryptocurrencies altogether,

He  said, “The issue here is about regulating the trade and we need to know where the money is coming from. Allowing it as (a) commodity may let us better regulate trade and so that is being looked at.”

Dominic Solomon Posted on August 22, 2018 15:23

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How former UN Secretary Die

The family and foundation of former UN secretary-general, Kofi Annan, have confirmed his death and provided additional information on his final moments. 

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that Kofi Annan died after a short illness in Berne, Switzerland, on Saturday. 

He was 80. He had reportedly fallen ill while on a trip to South Africa and had been flown back to his Switzerland base for treatment.

The late diplomat's widow, Nane Maria, has revealed to Ghana's president, Nana Akufo-Addo, in a phone call that he died peacefully in his sleep. 

The Kofi Annan Foundation confirmed this in a statement issued on Facebook, adding that Kofi Annan's children, Ama, Kojo and Nina, were by his side during his last days. 

"It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness," the statement said.

majsdesaint Posted on August 22, 2018 15:12

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Thailand Embarks on Its Own Wholesale Central Bank Digital Currency

In an announcement on Tuesday, the Bank of Thailand outlined a preliminary roadmap for ‘Project Inthanon’, its central bank digital currency (CBDC) initiative.

The Bank of Thailand (BoT), the country’s central bank, is partnering 8 participating banks in a collaborative project that will use R3’s distributed ledger technology (DLT) platform Corda to build a proof-of-concept prototype that will enable domestic funds transfers within the country’s interbanking system with the issue of CBDC tokens. The collective endeavor to that end is being dubbed as ‘Project Inthanon’.

The decentralized money transfer initiative, powered by blockchain technology, is a means to ‘raise the Thai financial sector’s technological readinesses for adopting new disruptive technologies in a concentrated effort to ‘enhance operational efficiencies’, the central bank said in its announcement.

Project Inthanon was first announced by BoT governor Veerathai Santiprabhob during a financial summit in Singapore earlier in June this year, heralding the project as a “new way of conducting interbank settlement” using CBDCs.

Project Inthanon will be led by the BOT and will see New York-based R3 as its technology partner with 8 – mostly domestic – participating banks. The CBDC project draws parallels to similar efforts undertaken by BOT’s counterparts in Canada, Hong Kong and Singapore, the Thai central bank added.

‘The outcome and insights from Project Inthanon will contribute to the design of Thailand’s future financial market infrastructure,’ the BoT said, underlining the significance of the project.

Over a year ago, Singapore’s central bank completed Phase 1 of ‘Project Ubin’, its own blockchain effort that began with the intent to place “a tokenized form of the Singapore Dollar (SGD) on a distributed ledger platform.’ In June 2017, the Singaporean central bank revealed it had used a private Ethereum blockchain to successfully issue digital tokens of its national currency.

Phase 1 of Project Inthanon will see the BOT and the eight participating banks collaborate to design, develop and test a “proof-of-concept prototype for domestic wholesale funds transfer by using wholesale CBDC”, the central bank said. Core payment functionalities including risk management and means toward liquidity savings will also be tested during the phase, expected to be completed by March 2019.

The BOT confirmed it would subsequently publish a summary of the project, before outlining goals for the next phase of its central bank digital currency token.

The central bank said:

Building upon the findings and outcomes from Phase 1, the project participants aim to further develop the capabilities of the prototype for broader functions including third party funds transfer and cross-border funds transfer.

 

Dominic Solomon Posted on August 22, 2018 15:09

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Uber

Uber is close to reaching a final settlement relating to several sexual harassment and discrimination claims.

The firm will pay $1.9m (£1.5m) to 56 current and former workers who claim they were victims of sexual harassment.

In addition, 485 people will receive an average of nearly $11,000 as part of a class action case of discrimination on the basis of gender and race.

The payouts will be part of the taxi-hailing company's total settlement of $10m, which was agreed in March.

The class action case is being led by two Latina engineers who allege they were paid less than their white, Asian and male colleagues.

The pair filed their legal claim against Uber in October 2017, claiming they suffered harassment and a hostile work environment due to their gender and ethnicity.

However, before the payouts can be made the settlement needs to get court approval and members of the class action have a right to object.

So far, no one has objected and only two people have dropped out of the process.

In a statement, Uber said it agreed with the plaintiff's motion, and that the amounts it would have to pay out were "fair, reasonable, and adequate".

A lawyer who negotiated the settlement on behalf of the employees, Jahan Sagafi, said his legal firm was "happy that the settlement approval process is progressing as planned".

"We can pay class members for these discrimination and harassment claims and begin the three-year effort to monitor Uber's implementation of the HR improvements," Mr Sagafi added.

In addition to the legal case, Uber is being investigated by US authorities for gender discrimination.

Last month, Uber's head of human resources Liane Hornsey resigned following an internal investigation into how she handled racial discrimination claims within the company.

A hearing to make final approval of the settlement is due to be heard by a California court on 6 November.

The harassment and discrimination claims are among a string of issues that Uber's management has faced in the past year.

Whilst some of the company's issues have since been resolved, they include losing its licence to operate in London and a civil lawsuit in the US filed by a woman who accused Uber executives of improperly obtaining her medical records after she was raped by a driver in India.
 

majsdesaint Posted on August 22, 2018 15:02

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HTC EXODUS: First native blockchain smartphone

 HTC Exodus is the name of "the first native blockchain smartphone"; 

The company isn’t saying much else about the device, but its new ‘chief decentralizing officer’ Phil Chen told The Verge that its cost would be comparable to the $1,000 price of the upcoming Finney blockchain phone from Sirin Labs.

HTC is also partnering with CryptoKitties, a blockchain-based game that sees you collect and breed virtual cats, to bring the title to its Exodus device, along with a digital wallet.

It remains to be seen if this strategy will help HTC save its troubled business. Its sales were down by 68 percent in June, the biggest drop it’s seen in the past two years. Its recent U12+ flagship was also poorly received, despite packing a highly rated camera.

The company laid offe 1,500 people from its manufacturing unit in Taiwan in a bid to save itself. That follows an effort to raise money in a $1.1 billion deal last year, when it shipped off some 2,000 employees to Google, who were then believed to be tasked with developing the Pixel hardware line. With that, it’s left with far fewer of its best engineers and designers than a few years ago.

The most intresting feature of the announced smartphone seems to be a full integrated cryptocurrency hardware wallet that could handle the main cryptocurrency's like Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum and other coins.

While we don’t know much about the Exodus, it’s safe to say that an awfully expensive handset that touts a cryptocurrency hardware wallet as its key feature – at a time when interest in digital currencies is waning – is likely to appeal only to a niche audience. It’s hard to pin one’s hopes on rescuing HTC with something like that. As a longtime fan of the brand, I hope it can prove me wrong.

If you’re keen on owning an Exodus, you can register your interest on HTC’s new site for the device.

axel_d Posted on August 22, 2018 13:35

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How to make Good old Day Pancakes

                                                        INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

                                                  PROCEDURE

  1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.
  2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.
  3.  Good to Eat.

sarah Posted on August 22, 2018 13:24

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Soccer Body UEFA Scores ‘Successful’ Blockchain Ticketing Trial.

The Union of European Football Associations, or UEFA as it’s more commonly known, has just announced the completion of a “successful” trial of a mobile ticketing app built with blockchain.

Aimed to make ticket sales for soccer matches “more simple and safe,” the effort saw the organization test the app at this week’s UEFA Super Cup match between Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid in the Estonian capital, Tallinn.

The system, UEFA said on its website, is designed to provide secure ticket distribution that can prevent forgery and duplication of tickets.

The trial notably saw UEFA distribute all of the tickets for the Tallinn match that had been sold to the public via the blockchain-based app for iOS and Android.

The ticket distribution system, it said, worked in combination with mobile Bluetooth devices at the entrances of the football stadium.

The full test followed what UEFA called “fine-tuning and improvements” following previous partial trials, including one that distributed 50 percent of tickets at a match in Lyon, France.

cofredpay Posted on August 21, 2018 18:29

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Ripple Partners with Three Crypto Exchanges as Part of XRapid Solution.

A Serbian and Italian national has been ordered to pay bail in cryptocurrency while he faces charges that he hacked the computer network of a San Francisco game company.

According to a news release from the United States Attorney’s Office, an FBI investigation found that an individual, later alleged to be Martin Marsich, had illegally breached the gaming firm’s network, gaining access to around 25,000 accounts through which users could buy in-game items.

As well as allegedly using stolen information to buy and sell in-game items, Marsich is also accused of selling access to the accounts on dark market websites, in total causing claimed losses of $324,000 to the company. The firm apparently closed the affected accounts after the intrusion was discovered, the report says.

The accused made an initial appearance at a federal court in San Francisco on Aug. 9, after reportedly being arrested at San Francisco International Airport while trying to board a flight to Serbia.

At the hearing, Magistrate Judge Corley said Marsich could be released to a halfway house on the condition that he hands over bail of cryptocurrency to the value of $750,000.

According to a report from The Daily Post, Assistant District Attorney Abraham Simmons said it was likely not the first time cryptocurrency had been allowed to be put up for bail, since judges can accept other assets such as real estate.

Simmons was quoted as saying:

“It really is quite broad. The judge could order just about anything. What the objective is is to get the defendant to comply with an order to appear later.”

Marsich faces a maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 if found guilty, the Attorney’s Office

cofredpay Posted on August 21, 2018 18:17

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California Judge Orders Accused Hacker to Pay Bail in Crypto.

A Serbian and Italian national has been ordered to pay bail in cryptocurrency while he faces charges that he hacked the computer network of a San Francisco game company.

According to a news release from the United States Attorney’s Office, an FBI investigation found that an individual, later alleged to be Martin Marsich, had illegally breached the gaming firm’s network, gaining access to around 25,000 accounts through which users could buy in-game items.

As well as allegedly using stolen information to buy and sell in-game items, Marsich is also accused of selling access to the accounts on dark market websites, in total causing claimed losses of $324,000 to the company. The firm apparently closed the affected accounts after the intrusion was discovered, the report says.

The accused made an initial appearance at a federal court in San Francisco on Aug. 9, after reportedly being arrested at San Francisco International Airport while trying to board a flight to Serbia.

At the hearing, Magistrate Judge Corley said Marsich could be released to a halfway house on the condition that he hands over bail of cryptocurrency to the value of $750,000.

According to a report from The Daily Post, Assistant District Attorney Abraham Simmons said it was likely not the first time cryptocurrency had been allowed to be put up for bail, since judges can accept other assets such as real estate.

Simmons was quoted as saying:

“It really is quite broad. The judge could order just about anything. What the objective is is to get the defendant to comply with an order to appear later.”

Marsich faces a maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 if found guilty, the Attorney’s Office.

cofredpay Posted on August 21, 2018 18:15

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Police Arrest Hackers Suspected of Stealing $87 Million in Crypto.

Chinese police from multiple cities have arrested three individuals who allegedly stole bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies worth around $87 million.

On Saturday that the three were busted on Aug.15 in the provinces of Hunan and Changchun and the country’s capital Beijing after a months-long investigation launched by the police.

According to the report, a self-declared victim, identified by the surname Zhang, first filed a complaint to the police in the northwestern city of Xi’an in March, alleging his computer had been hacked and crypto assets worth around $14.5 million stolen.

The police investigation, which received assistance from several unnamed internet companies, later located a suspect with the surname Zhou, who they claimed had made a remote attack to transfer the funds from Zhang’s computer.

As the investigation continued, the police further identified two alleged accomplices of Zhou that they said were highly experienced hackers.

The group was further accused of having conducted a series of illegal cyber intrusions into corporate and personal networks to obtain crypto assets initially estimated to amount to 600 million Yuan, or about $87 million.

The arrests come at a time when Chinese police are stepping up efforts to crack down on cybercrimes relating to cryptocurrency.

Just a month ago, police in China’s Dalian city also arrested 20 suspects from an IT firm who allegedly used crypto mining malware to infect over a million computers and reportedly earned more than $2 million over two years.

cofredpay Posted on August 21, 2018 18:09

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Titanic Gold Cigarette Case Could Fetch Over 75K At Auction

A gold cigarette case with a connection to the Titanic is grabbing the attention of all types of antique collectors curious about its scandalous history as the artifact heads for an auction in September.

The original owners of the cigarette case were Sir Cosmo and fashion designer Lady Duff-Gordon — the very wealthy married couple that is said to have bribed their way off the sinking Titanic by paying a very lofty sum.

“In the aftermath of the tragedy, the couple was accused of buying their way off the boat, a story inflamed by the tabloid press. But at a British Board of Trade inquiry into the disaster, where the couple testified, Sir Cosmo was adamant he’d given the money as a gesture of goodwill to help the men. However, mud sticks and they were tainted by the incident for the rest of their lives,” The London Economic quoted Hansons Auctioneers’ owner Charles Hanson as saying.

The RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg at 11:40 p.m. ship’s time on April 14, 1912, sinking just a couple of hours later in the early hours of April 15, with more than 1,500 people still aboard. Just over 700 people managed to survive this tragic maritime disaster.

The gold cigarette case was gifted by Duff-Gordons to Ernest G. F. Brown, a purser on board the RMS Carpathia — a ship that arrived just under two hours after the Titanic sank to bring aboard the survivors.

 

The case has an inscription: ‘Ernest G F Brown RNR, in remembrance of kindness. SS Carpathia, from Sir Cosmo and Lady Duff-Gordon’. Brown was also awarded a gold medal for his pivotal role in the Titanic rescue operation.

“It really is a titanic find, a glint of light and romanticism among a tragedy,” Hanson said. “This couple was the glitterati of Edwardian society and it was gifted as a thank you to the man who helped save them.”

The cigarette case was unexpectedly discovered in a cupboard at a property in southern England after being forgotten about for 70 years.

“It was found hidden in a cupboard during a house clearance and the couple had no idea of its significance,” Hanson said. “This cigarette case in its own right is a wonderful object but its provenance sends its importance soaring to titanic heights.”

Duff-Gordons were able to grab Titanic’s Lifeboat Number 1, which was lowered down into the water with just 12 people on it, despite having the capacity to carry 40, which led British press to dub the boat ‘millionaires’ boat.’

“As the Titanic sank, it was claimed Lucy Duff-Gordon said to her secretary, ‘There is your beautiful nightdress gone’,” Hanson said. “A fireman, allegedly annoyed by her comment, replied that while the couple could replace their property, he and the other crew members had lost everything. Sir Cosmo then offered each of the men £5 (now equaling to £454 [$579]) to aid them.”

The artifact, which is estimated to be sold for somewhere between £40,000 (USD$51,000) to £60,000 (USD$77,000), will be auctioned off by Hansons Auctioneers in September.

Kitco.com

paxex Posted on August 21, 2018 18:06

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UPS Eyes Blockchain in Bid to Track Global Shipping Data

Shipping giant UPS has filed for a new patent that uses blockchain as part of a distributed system for sending packages worldwide.

The patent application, published on Aug. 16 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), further reveals the company’s interest in using blockchain to re-envision how shipments move around the world.

Entitled “Autonomous services selection system and distributed transportation database(s),” the concept involves storing numerous types of data within a distributed ledger network, including information about a package’s destination, its movement and transportation plans for shipment units.

As previous report stated, UPS joined a transportation-focused blockchain consortium in 2017 and has even hinted at the idea of accepting bitcoin through a proposed system of item-exchange lockers.

Notably, UPS suggests using more than one distributed ledger in an effort to track a range of shipment orders, “each providing varying information/data regarding respective asset types (e.g., shipment units and/or associated shipment units).”

“Thus, certain embodiments enable tracking of a first set of shipment units and a second set of shipment units associated with the first set of shipment units separately, thereby enabling the use of various smart contracts relating to shipping services and shipment unit handling in a bifurcated manner,” the company wrote.

That the company would look at different ways to enhance the process through which it moves shipments around the world is perhaps unsurprising, given its scale. UPS shipped more than 5 billion packages and documents last year, according to its website, earning $54 billion in revenue

cofredpay Posted on August 21, 2018 18:04

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Bitcoin Price Shows Stability as Crypto Market Sees Minor $6 Billion Drop

Over the past 24 hours, the crypto market has lost $6 billion from its valuation, experiencing a slight drop after a solid corrective rally by Bitcoin.

While Bitcoin recorded a small gain of 0.5 percent, other major cryptocurrencies including Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Stellar, Litecoin, and Cardano fell by 1 to 4 percent, affecting the token market.

Volatility of Tokens

On August 17, as the price of BTC showed a rapid recovery from $5,850 to $6,400, tokens recorded massive gains in the range of 30 to 80 percent, with VeChain increasing by over 80 percent against the US dollar.

However, as BTC stabilized in the mid-$6,000 region and other major cryptocurrencies struggled to sustain their momentum on the upside, tokens suffered. In the past 24 hours, Aion, DigixDAO, OmiseGO, BAT, and 0x fell by more than 6 percent against the US dollar and Bitcoin.

Yesterday, on August 19, CCN reported that the fall in the price of tokens in the past 48 hours can be attributed to the overly aggressive trades initiated by investors in the crypto market that considered the minor corrective rally of Bitcoin to be the start of a bull run.

Consequently, many traders reallocated their funds from Bitcoin, which has performed relatively well against the US dollar in the past month as seen in the rise of its dominance index, to tokens and high-risk high-return trades.

Some tokens including Ontology, Tezos, and Nano recorded solid 10 to 20 percent gains, but have fallen throughout the day due to the lack of momentum in Ether and other major cryptocurrencies.

In a bear market or downtrend, the dominance index of Bitcoin tends to increase as investors consider BTC to be a store of value in the cryptocurrency market. As such, in the past few months, apart from some exceptions including Binance Coin (BNB), Bitcoin has been one of the better performing cryptocurrencies.

In the past 24 hours, the dominance index of BTC has increased from 51 percent to 52 percent. A one percent increase is a minor movement, but considering that the market has been overly optimistic in the short-term trend of crypto throughout this week, the continuous increase in the dominance of BTC is important to consider.

Low Volume

The volume of Bitcoin and other major cryptocurrencies tend to be extremely volatile. The volume of BTC could remain in the $4 billion region and suddenly rise to over $6 billion within 24 hours, especially during corrective rallies.

But, the volume of BTC has fallen below the $4 billion mark, a level the market has not seen in the past two weeks. As of August 20, the volume of Bitcoin and Ethereum remain at $3.5 billion and $1.5 billion, less than half of their volume in June.

In the short-term, it is crucial for Bitcoin to sustain its current stability, allowing the market to establish a bottom at the lower price range. If BTC suddenly rises by large margins, it could lead the market to record overbought conditions.

cofredpay Posted on August 21, 2018 18:02

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New Partnership Enables Automatic Bill Payments Using Bitcoin in Australia.

Australians wishing to pay their bills in cryptocurrencies do not have to be held back by the fact that their utility or service provider is stuck with traditional methods of payment.

This follows the formation of a partnership between two financial technology firms, cryptocurrency exchange Cointree and automated billing platform Gobbill, allowing the payment of bills using cryptocurrencies. Under the deal Gobbill will perform the functions of an intermediary under the agreement taking users’ funds and paying bills on their behalf.

The deal will allow users of the two platforms to pay their bills using the digital assets stored in Cointree’s wallet. Currently, Cointree supports 40 cryptocurrencies and this includes the major ones such as bitcoin, ether, XRP, NEO and litecoin.

Households and Small Enterprises

Additionally, users of the Gobbill platform will be able to link their cryptocurrency wallet to their accounts and have their bills paid using a specified cryptocurrency. The service is mainly aimed at small businesses and households. According to the co-founder and CEO of Gobbill, Shendon Ewans, the initiative is aimed at meeting existing and anticipated demand.

“We anticipate a surge in the number of customers who would like to pay their bills in crypto in the coming years,” said Ewans in a statement. “Our partnership with Cointree will cater to this market and ensure Gobbill continues to remain ahead of the curve when it comes to allowing our users to pay their bills automatically, while knowing they’re protected from fraud and scams.”

Robust Cryptocurrency Usage

Prior to the partnership, Cointree, which boasts of approximately 100 million transactions since it was founded five years ago, already had a service which allows users to pay bills using cryptocurrencies. With the collaboration, it is hoped that the use of cryptocurrencies in paying bills will only grow. On Cointree’s bill-payment service the performance has been encouraging for the startup which is only a few years old.

“Last year alone we had about AU$100 million of bills paid and saw ten times growth in this payment feature,” the operations manager of Cointree, Jess Rendon, told The Australian Financial Review in an interview.

cofredpay Posted on August 21, 2018 18:01

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18-year-old pushes friend off 60-foot bridge.

The 18-year-old who pushed her teenage friend off a 60-foot bridge in Washington state, leaving her with multiple injuries, has been charged with one count of reckless endangerment.

Prosecutors filed the charge Friday, with a declaration of probable cause from the arresting officer stating in part, "it is clear that Taylor Smith engaged in conduct which created a substantial risk of death and resulted in serious physical injury to Jordan Holgerson."

Reckless endangerment is considered a gross misdemeanor that is punishable by up to a year in jail and a maximum fine of $5,000.

"I accept the charges maturely and all I can do is hope for the best for Jordan and myself," Smith told ABC News late Friday.

Smith pushed Holgerson, 16, off a bridge over the Lewis River at Moulton Falls Regional Park near Vancouver, Washington, Aug. 7. Holgerson plunged the equivalent of three stories before belly-flopping into the water below. She suffered "significant injuries" including six broken ribs, a punctured lung and air bubbles in her chest, officials said.

The incident was captured on a cellphone video that went viral on social media but has since been removed. Surveillance camera video also shows the moment Smith shoved Holgerson off the bridge ledge.

Smith told "GMA" that she immediately reached out to Holgerson after the incident and "apologized several times," and even tried to visit her in the hospital but was "asked to leave."

Holgerson has since stopped communicating with her, Smith said.

The two were "pretty close" friends for years, she added.

"I love that girl," Smith said during Friday's interview. "I never intended to hurt her ever, nor would I intend to hurt anyone. I'm really sorry it turned out that way. I just pray that she heals and gets better."

Investigators from the Clark County Sheriff's Office wrapped up their probe of the incident earlier this week and turned over their finding to prosecutors, who announced the reckless endangerment charge Friday afternoon.

Earlier, Smith told "GMA" that the prospect of facing charges is "scary" but she will "accept whatever the prosecutor gives me."

"I accept whatever the prosecutors think is best for me, considering I caused not only bodily harm but emotional trauma as well," she said. "But I just hope for the best."

ABC News

paxex Posted on August 21, 2018 17:51

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Dominic Solomon Posted on August 20, 2018 14:28

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Trump reverses Obama-era rules for US cyber operations

The Trump administration has reportedly reversed an Obama-era framework for how and when the US can use cyber attacks against foes. President Trump undid Presidential Policy Directive 20 yesterday according to the Wall Street Journal's sources, and with it reversed a classified framework detailing a multi-agency process that must be followed before carrying out an attack.

The directive was put in place to prevent against bungling multi-year cyber-espionage plans that may be in motion, thus having many agencies involved with the planning process of any attack.

"It wasn't clear what rules the administration is adopting to replace the Obama directive," WSJ writes. "A number of current US officials confirmed the directive had been replaced but declined to comment further, citing the classified nature of the progress."

The moves to undo the directive apparently began in April when John Bolton took up the mantle of national security advisor. The previous administration's cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel described the directive to the WSJ as "designed to ensure that all appropriate equities got considered when you thought about doing an offensive cyber operation."

There's a worry that the directive was dismantled too quickly, and as a result people are concerned because the Trump administration hasn't outlined its replacement to those involved. Given this administration's history of putting laws into place seemingly without considering the consequences, coupled with Trump's contempt for the intelligence community, the lawmakers' concerns aren't unfounded.

sivak Posted on August 16, 2018 23:10

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Chinese plane crash lands in the Philippines

A Xiamen Airlines jet has crashed while landing at Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

"On August 16, 2018, Xiamen Airlines Flight MF8667 from Xiamen to Manila experienced a runway excursion while landing at Manila Airport at 23:55 Beijing time," "The crew immediately initiated emergency evacuation procedures. All 157 passengers and eight crew on board were evacuated safely with no injuries."

The Xiamen Airlines plane was at the conclusion of a two-and-a-half-hour flight from the southern Chinese city of Xiamen when the incident reportedly took place.

 

sivak Posted on August 16, 2018 22:47

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