TL;DR: Welcome to In Case You Missed It (ICYMI), a set of bills approving bitcoin to be used for paying taxes, brought by your favorite congressman, Linzerd. New Hampshire jumps into the bitcoin taxpaying van. Bitcoin cash (BCH) development keeps on track. CashShuffle beta is now available for testing. Coins4Clothes launches new Bitcoin Cash faucet. Cobra loves BCH. Sim swapper gets 10 years, and Hamas receives $2,500 from Coinbase and Binance wallet addresses.
New Hampshire Approves Bitcoin for Taxes
Another state adds itself to the list accepting bitcoin as payment for taxes. This time it was New Hampshire. It approved a bill that will let taxpayers leverage bitcoin to pay all kinds of taxes to the state. Now, with the bill being approved, it has to be presented by the New Hampshire Executive Departments and Administration committee for its application and implementation.
Bitcoin Cash Development Keeps Moving
The development on the Bitcoin Cash blockchain has not stopped, even after the contentious hard fork experienced in November of 2018. The last development meeting discussed some of the topics on track for the next hard fork: Schnorr signatures, minimal data, transaction size improvement, among others. This meeting brought some of the most important developers working side by side with lead developer Amaury Séchet to contrast their points of view and to sum up opinions about these topics. The Bitcoin Cash community keeps moving forward to achieve a real peer to peer money system.
Run and Test the Latest CashShuffle Beta
A new guide has been posted to the Honest.cash platform by Chris Troutner about how to run the CashShuffle beta version to test its functionality. CashShuffle is an anonymity service that helps people to keep their privacy by mixing transactions in the background to make it ultimately difficult to trace. If you are curious about this service, the instructions to make it work in the latest version of Ubuntu are detailed in this guide.
Coins4Clothes Launches New Bitcoin Cash Faucet
We are excited to announce the launch of our #BitcoinCash faucet. Created by @GitCash_io and @im_uname this allows anyone with a #BitcoinCash wallet to receive a penny or two's worth of #BCH. Visit https://t.co/AughG3xslr to get yours! Pair with this guide https://t.co/vkGk20dNjx
— Coins 4 Clothes (@Coins4Clothes) February 4, 2019
Coins4clothes, a Canadian charity organization that gives clothes to those in need in exchange for Bitcoin Cash, has launched a new faucet to help people experience cryptocurrencies and show how a transaction is made. The faucet will deliver one or two cents worth of Bitcoin Cash per every valid wallet address entered. People wanting to get a freebie just have to direct to their site and enter a wallet address.
Cobra Praises Bitcoin Cash Features
Bitcoin Cash is like Heroin. The more you use it the more dependent you become on it. Those low fees and quick confirmations feel like magic and you experience amazing highs. Then someone introduces you to Bitcoin SV, which is akin to Fentanyl, and you die.
— Cøbra (@CobraBitcoin) February 3, 2019
Cobra, bitcoin.org and bitcointalk.org domain co-owner and social media lurker, has again praised features of the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) network. He declared BCH’s quick confirmations and cheap fees were like heroin, and also said these features made you “experience amazing highs.”
Sim Swapping Hacker Gets 10 Years in Prison
Joel Ortiz, a college student who used a technique called sim-swapping to steal more than 5 million dollars in cryptocurrency from 40 people, has been found guilty, resulting in a sentence of 10 years in prison. It’s the first conviction of its kind, and authorities think this will send a clear message. Erin West, the Deputy District Attorney in Santa Clara County, California declared “it shows that our community will not tolerate this type of crime. And we will continue to find everyone who’s responsible.”
Bitcoin Sent From Coinbase and Binance to Hamas
According to a blockchain analysis company called Whitestream, bitcoin donations have been made to wallet addresses of the Islamist group Hamas from addresses through recognized exchanges such as Coinbase and Binance. They shared these transactions and also stated there were many more movements still not being disclosed. In two days, Hamas managed to get a little more than $2,500 as a result.
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