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  • Brave Browser Fork Makes a ‘Bold’ Move Citing Legal Pressure
    Brave Browser Fork Makes a ‘Bold’ Move Citing Legal Pressure
    “Braver”, designed as an adware-free fork of the Brave Browser, has allegedly been forced to rebrand due to legal threats. Blockchain browser formerly known as ‘Braver’, which originally forked from the open-source Brave browser, rebranded itself to ‘Bold Browser’ earlier today citing legal threats from a ‘certain party.’ Anti-adware fork Braver Browser launched in June following reports of Brave auto-filling the company’s affiliate link into searches for certain crypto exchanges like Binance and Coinbase. Announcing the project in a now-deleted tweet on June 6, the Braver team said it had removed Brave's referral link injection, adding that the full release was going to delete “all adware”, including the Basic Attention Token (BAT) — in-house ERC-20 utility tokens that are awarded to Brave content makers for promoting the platform. Around the same time, Brave co-founder and CEO Brendan Eich tweeted that the forked project “will have to rename, also run a bunch of services and updates on their own.” He added: “No free riding on our servers.” Legal threats On July 9, Braver rebranded as “Bold Browser” on Twitter, Github, and Discord, tweeting: “Due to legal threats sent to one of our community members by a certain party, specifically looking to harm them financially because of what this browser is forked from, we are immediately changing the name and removing all association to ‘the browser that shall not be named’.” Bold Browser noted that it was also removing all references to “a browser that we previously mentioned from our tweets”, calling it “a gesture of goodwill to those who send legal threats to open source contributors.” When asked whether they expect the legal threats to stop after the rebranding, a Bold Browser contributor told Cointelegraph: “The threat letter demanded the coders change the project's name and remove all references to them.
  • Brave browser - No country for open-source contributors?
    Brave browser - No country for open-source contributors?
    If anyone in the community thought Brave browser is living up to its name, well, they might just be wrong.
  • Permissionless Software Foundation Aims to Foster Open-Source Software With Bitcoin Cash
    Permissionless Software Foundation Aims to Foster Open-Source Software With Bitcoin Cash
    Just recently, Bitcoin Cash proponents were introduced to a new foundation called the “Permissionless Software Foundation” aimed at spreading Bitcoin Cash and SLP token technology.
  • Marlin Releases Open-Source ‘Layer 0’ Transaction Relayer for Ethereum
    Marlin Releases Open-Source ‘Layer 0’ Transaction Relayer for Ethereum
    Marlin has open sourced its OpenWeaver relay network to help speed up low latency mempool syncs of the Ethereum network and support decentralization.
  • Tech Mahindra Employs IBM Blockchain in New Platform to Combat Digital Piracy
    Tech Mahindra Employs IBM Blockchain in New Platform to Combat Digital Piracy
    Indian IT giant Tech Mahindra has launched a new blockchain-based digital contracts and rights platform for the media and entertainment industry. Tech Mahindra, the IT subsidiary of Indian conglomerate Mahindra Group, has launched a new blockchain-based digital contracts and rights platform for the media and entertainment industry. Developed using IBM’s blockchain platform, which leverages the open-source Hyperledger Fabric protocol, the system aims to help producers and content creators efficiently track their revenue, royalty payments and digital rights. Dubbed the “Blockchain Based Contracts and Rights Management System” (bCRMS), Tech Mahindra has pitched the platform as a key tool for preventing digital piracy. In a statement on July 9, Tech Mahindra’s blockchain and cybersecurity practice leader Rajesh Dhuddu noted that for the media and entertainment industry, the revenue lost due to online piracy is estimated to hit roughly $50 billion by 2022. Dhuddu said that bCRMS aims to “enhance revenues, pre-empt contracts or rights infringement and focus on redefining end customer’s content consumption experience.”  It will do so by providing a secure digital rights management system that can monitor the authenticity, authorized usage and downloads of online content in real time.
  • UNICEF Crypto Fund to Invest $100K in Humanitarian Blockchain Projects
    UNICEF Crypto Fund to Invest $100K in Humanitarian Blockchain Projects
    UNICEF’s crypto fund is looking for blockchain startups from emerging countries that tackle COVID-19 and humanitarian challenges. Over the past four years, the United Nations International Children’s Fund has been investing in startups applying open-source technology, hoping to make the world a better place, but is looking to step up its game even further now. Cecilia Chapiro, an investment advisor at UNICEF Ventures, told Cointelegraph that UNICEF had launched its innovation fund in 2016 with the goal to support emerging technologies being built in developing countries.
  • TV Review: Open Source Money on Discovery Science
    TV Review: Open Source Money on Discovery Science
    “Open Source Money,” about the investigation of Dragonchain’s ICO, is both an intro to crypto and the current state of US regulation. The concept of Vision Tree’s “Open Source Money” series was always an intriguing one.
  • How a Bitcoin dev hub is building a future for free software
    How a Bitcoin dev hub is building a future for free software
    Cryptography pioneer Christopher Allen started Blockchain Commons to build free and open-source tools for Bitcoin.
  • EOSIO-Based Social Media Platform Voice Briefly Goes Live Ahead of Schedule
    EOSIO-Based Social Media Platform Voice Briefly Goes Live Ahead of Schedule
    Originally scheduled for launch in fall 2019, Block.one’s blockchain social media platform Voice briefly went live on July 3. Voice, a blockchain-based social media project developed by EOS creator Block.One, briefly went live one day before its scheduled launch. Based on the open source EOSIO protocol, Voice aims to use Blockchain technology to create a trusted social experience, free from bots and fake accounts.
  • European Innovation Council Awards $5M to Six Blockchain Projects
    European Innovation Council Awards $5M to Six Blockchain Projects
    A Dutch project fighting fake news with blockchain wins European Commission’s “Blockchains for Social Good” prize. A tech unit at the European Commission has awarded millions of dollars to several blockchain projects in an effort to support the use of blockchains in socially beneficial ways. The European Innovation Council, or EIC, has awarded 5 million euro ($5.6 million) to six blockchain initiatives within its “Blockchains for Social Good” program. Announcing the news on Tuesday, the EIC noted that the prize intends to promote blockchain development in areas of traceability, fair trade, financial inclusion, and decentralized circular economy. The awarded startups include Dutch content authenticity firm WordProof, British startup PPP, finnish GMeRitS, Oxfam’s UnBlocked Cash Project OXBBU, French e-commerce platform CKH2020, and an Italy-based digital marketplace project, PROSUME. All of the winners have presented their projects in open source.
  • IOTA Foundation Releases Testnet of Fully Decentralized Network Pollen
    IOTA Foundation Releases Testnet of Fully Decentralized Network Pollen
    The IOTA Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on blockchain and open-source development has announced the launch of its testnet of a fully decentralized network, Pollen.
  • Incognito Blockchain Launches DeFi Privacy for Kyber
    Incognito Blockchain Launches DeFi Privacy for Kyber
    The Incognito privacy project released pKyber, which enables users to hide their activity from the public Ethereum ledger within the Kyber Network. Privacy blockchain Incognito has released Kyber Privacy (pKyber), a privacy feature for decentralized finance within the Kyber Network for users from both parties to trade anonymously. First announced on April 24, Incognito’s open-source technology enables anonymity for smart contract-based protocols, making it possible for any Ethereum-based decentralized app to integrate pKyber. Making DeFi private The company claims that the DeFi environment is increasingly facing privacy concerns from seasoned crypto users and traditional investors looking to explore “a new economy.” Within the integration, Incognito will offer users the option to hide their activity from the public Ethereum ledger. Speaking with Cointelegraph, Andrey Bugaevski, CEO of Incognito, explained the motivations that drove them to develop a DeFi privacy feature: “In decentralized finances, the highlighted word is finances.
  • Here’s How Cardano Differs From Bitcoin and Ethereum, According to Charles Hoskinson
    Here’s How Cardano Differs From Bitcoin and Ethereum, According to Charles Hoskinson
    Charles Hoskinson, the founder of Cardano, an open-source blockchain and decentralized cryptocurrency project, says the project represents a generational leap in technology compared to Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH).
  • Bitcoin refunds made possible with BTCPay Server update
    Bitcoin refunds made possible with BTCPay Server update
    Hot on the heels of a $150,000 grant, BTCPay server has added support for notifications and easy refunds to the open source BTC payment processing platform
  • BTC Boost: Bitcoin Platform Supporting the Lightning Network Wins $150,000 Grant
    BTC Boost: Bitcoin Platform Supporting the Lightning Network Wins $150,000 Grant
    The San Francisco-based crypto exchange Kraken is giving a $150,000 grant to an open-source Bitcoin payments processor.
  • Bitfinex Launches Open-Source Crypto-Powered Streaming Protocol
    Bitfinex Launches Open-Source Crypto-Powered Streaming Protocol
    Bitfinex has uploaded the code for a crypto-powered open-source P2P data streaming protocol to GitHub. Veteran cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex has announced an open-source peer-to-peer data streaming platform that will allow users to share media across a decentralized network. The code for Bitfinex's "Dazaar" protocol has been uploaded to GitHub, describing a decentralized network in which distributed node operators store the information shared among users. In an announcement, Bitfinex states that the platform’s creation was motivated by the increasing reliance on centralized platforms such as search engines, social media, and messaging apps to facilitate the sharing of data and media. Bitfinex open-sources P2P streaming protocol Bitfinex describes the Dazaar platform as a crypto-powered protocol for monetized data streaming. The platform was developed as an extension to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-licensed Hypercore Protocol — a “distributed append-only log” characterized as comprising a “lightweight blockchain crossed with BitTorrent.” Buyers and sellers connect over the platform via a cryptographic identifier or "Dazaar Card," with sellers able to purchase streams using crypto assets or credit cards. The protocol also features a live-streaming desktop application that allows sellers to manage subscriptions and broadcasts. Crypto-powered streaming platforms compete Dazaar’s announcement comes amid increasing competition between crypto streaming platforms.  In May, Cointelegraph reported that the crypto-powered Esports streaming app Theta.tv would be integrated onto 75 million Samsung devices worldwide.
  • P2P Marketplace LocalDigiDinar Makes Crypto Accessible to All
    P2P Marketplace LocalDigiDinar Makes Crypto Accessible to All
    The very first cryptocurrency, Bitcoin was designed as an open-source, transparent instrument for peer-to-peer value exchange.
  • Anchorage Launches Support for DeFi Token KEEP
    Anchorage Launches Support for DeFi Token KEEP
    Crypto custodian Anchorage has launched support for KEEP in its latest bid to emerge as a leading custodian for DeFi tokens. Cryptocurrency custodian Anchorage is continuing to expand its focus on decentralized finance (DeFi), announcing support for custody of Keep Network’s token. The KEEP token powers tBTC, a trustless and open-source protocol allowing the creation of Ethereum tokens that represent Bitcoin (BTC) which are used for accessing based DeFi protocols.  The protocol also facilitates the autonomous containerization of users’ private data when engaging with public chains, bolstering the privacy enjoyed by DeFi users. Anchorage expands support for DeFi assets Speaking to Cointelegraph, Anchorage co-founder and president, Diogo Monica, emphasized the need for custodians to remain adaptive to emerging trends within crypto, stating that, “DeFi’s increasing complexity is beginning to expose the inadequacies of cold storage custody and manual human operation”. “The Anchorage platform was created to adapt to any blockchain use case without exposing client assets to this kind of additional risk,” he added.   In April, Anchorage announced that it would support the Compound Governance Token (COMP) upon its launch. Keep’s chief executive, Matt Luongo, expressed the firm’s pride in having partnered with the custodian, stating: “With such first-class partners as Anchorage, we are able to create the bridge that brings the vast store of Bitcoin wealth into the DeFi ecosystem.” ‘BTC’ tokens proliferate Keep raised $7.7 million in an early April token sale to seed the launch of its trustless tBTC protocol later that month. Keep’s launch comes as an increasing number of projects are vying to emerge as leaders in collateralized BTC token creation to power DeFi, with PieDAO launching its BTC++ pool and Ren’s VM going live in the past month. However, the growth of these assets has not come without controversy, with a vulner
  • Summer 2020 Is Funding Season for Open-Source Bitcoin Development
    Summer 2020 Is Funding Season for Open-Source Bitcoin Development
    The maker of Wasabi Wallet becomes the latest firm to support crypto coders with a 1 BTC donation to the Human Rights Foundation's Bitcoin Development Fund.
  • Kraken Pledges $150K for Development of Open-Source BTCPay Server
    Kraken Pledges $150K for Development of Open-Source BTCPay Server
    Crypto exchange Kraken has donated $150,000 to the foundation managing BtcPay Server, an open-source tool for merchants accepting bitcoin payments.