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Crypto.com Pay Invoicing Now Available for Kaiko

Crypto.com Pay Invoicing Now Available for Kaiko

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We’re pleased to announce that Kaiko, a leading digital asset data provider, has integrated Crypto.com Pay invoicing feature. Kaiko is a market data provider in the blockchain-based digital assets space, providing institutional investors and market participants with enterprise-grade data infrastructure. With this integration, clients of Kaiko can now pay invoices in five popular cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC) and Crypto.com Coin (CRO)
Eric Anziani, COO at Crypto.com said, “We are thankful to have a leading digital asset provider like Kaiko trust and use our Pay Invoicing feature. With our pay invoicing feature, Kaiko can generate invoices in seconds, in addition to allowing their customers to pay in crypto, anywhere. Crypto.com will continue to strive towards our vision of enabling more merchants to accept payments in crypto for free and gain access to a fast-growing digital-first customer segment.”
The integration allows Kaiko to easily issue crypto invoices and collect crypto through Crypto.com Pay Invoice.
Ambre Soubiran, CEO of Kaiko: "As a startup in the cryptocurrency industry, we understand how important it is that payment for our data services be available in crypto. Thanks to our integration with Crypto.com, our clients now have a wider range of payment options, which ultimately makes our services more accessible."
Leveraging Crypto.com Pay Invoice Powered by the Crypto.com’s ISO/IEC 27701:2019, CCSS Level 3, ISO27001:2013 and PCI:DSS 3.2.1, Level 1 compliance platform, Crypto.com Pay Invoice safeguards customer payment data, providing companies peace of mind while offering customers the option to pay in cryptocurrencies.
Are you a business? Offer your customers an option to pay in cryptocurrencies using Crypto.com Pay Checkout. Crypto received can be instantly converted to fiat currencies of choice for companies who do not wish to be exposed to the exchange rate volatility. Companies can also issue invoices via email to collect payment in crypto using the Crypto.com Pay Invoice service. Please refer here for more features of Crypto.com Pay and sign up for the service.
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The importance of being mindful of security at all times - nearly everyone is one breach away from total disaster

This is a long one - TL;DR at the end!

If you haven't heard yet: BlankMediaGames, makers of Town of Salem, have been breached which resulted in almost 8 million accounts being leaked. For most people, the first reaction is "lol so what it's just a game, why should I really care?" and that is the wrong way to look at it. I'd like to explain why everyone should always care whenever they are part of a breach. I'd also like to talk about some ways game developers - whether they work solo or on a team - can take easy steps to help protect themselves and their customers/players.
First I'd like to state that there is no practical way to achieve 100% solid security to guarantee you'll never be breached or part of a breach. The goal here will be to get as close as possible, or comfortable, so that you can rest easy knowing you can deal with problems when they occur (not if, when).

Why You Should Care About Breaches

The sad reality is most people re-use the same password everywhere. Your email account, your bank account, your steam account, your reddit account, random forums and game websites - you get the idea. If you haven't pieced it together yet the implication is that if anyone gets your one password you use everywhere, it's game over for you - they now own all of your accounts (whether or not they know it yet). Keep in mind that your email account is basically the holy grail of passwords to have. Most websites handle password changes/resets through your email; thus anyone who can login to your email account can get access to pretty much any of your accounts anywhere. Game over, you lose.

But wait, why would anyone want to use my password? I'm nobody!

It doesn't matter, the bad guys sell this information to other bad guys. Bots are used to make as much use of these passwords as possible. If they can get into your bank they might try money transfers. If they get into your Amazon account they might spin up $80,000 worth of servers to mine Bitcoin (or whatever coin is popular at the time). They don't care who you are; it's all automated.
By the way, according to this post (which looks believable enough to be real) this is pretty much how they got into the BMG servers initially. They checked for usernames/emails of admins on the BMG website(s) in previous breach dumps (of which there are many) and found at least one that used the same password on other sites - for their admin account!
If you want to see how many of your accounts are already breached check out Have I Been Pwned - I recommend registering all of your email addresses as well so you get notified of future breaches. This is how I found out about the Town of Salem breach, myself.

How You Can Protect Yourself

Before I go into all the steps you can (and should) take to protect yourself I should note that security is in a constant tug of war with convenience. What this means is that the more security measures you apply the more inconvenienced you become for many tasks. It's up to you to decide how much is too much either way.
First of all I strongly recommend registering your email(s) on https://haveibeenpwned.com/ - this is especially important if your email address is associated to important things like AWS, Steam developer account, bank accounts, social media, etc. You want to know ASAP when an account of yours is compromised so you can take steps to prevent or undo damage. Note that the bad guys have a head start on this!

Passwords

You probably need to have better password hygiene. If you don't already, you need to make sure every account you have uses a different, unique, secure password. You should change these passwords at least once a year. Depending on how many accounts you have and how good your memory is, this is your first big security vs convenience trade-off battle. That's easily solved, though, by using a password manager. You can find a list of password managers on Wikipedia here or you can search around for some comparison articles.
Some notable choices to consider:
Regardless of which one you choose, any of them is 100x better than not using one at all.

Multi-Factor Authentication / Two-Factor Authentication (aka MFA / 2FA)

The problem with all these passwords is that someone can still use them if they are found in a breach. Your passwords are only as strong as the website you use them on. In the case of the BMG breach mentioned above - all passwords were stored in an ancient format which has been insecure for years. It's likely that every single password in the breach can be reversed/cracked, or already have been. The next step you need to take is to make it harder for someone else to login with your password. This is done using Multi-Factor Authentication (or Two-Factor Authentication).
Unfortunately not every website/service supports MFA/2FA, but you should still use it on every single one that does support it. You can check which sites support MFA/2FA here or dig around in account options on any particular site. You should setup MFA/2FA on your email account ASAP! If it's not supported, you need to switch to a provider that does support it. This is more important than your bank account! All of the big email providers support it: GMail, Outlook.com, Yahoo Mail, etc.
The type of MFA/2FA you use depends on what is supported by each site/service, but there is a common approach that is compatible on many of them. Most of them involve phone apps because a phone is the most common and convenient "thing you have" that bad guys (or anyone, really) can't access easily. Time-based One-time Password or TOTP is probably the most commonly used method because it's easy to implement and can be used with many different apps. Google Authenticator was the first popular one, but it has some limitations which continue the security vs convenience battle - namely that getting a new phone is a super huge chore (no backup/restore option - you have to disable and setup each site all over again). Many alternatives support cloud backup which is really convenient, though obviously less secure by some measure.
Notable choices to consider:
Some sites/services use their own app, like Blizzard (battle.net) and Steam, and don't allow you to use other ones. You will probably have a few apps on your phone when all your accounts are setup, but it's worth it. You'll definitely want to enable it on your password manager as well if you chose a cloud-based one.
Don't forget to save backup codes in an actual secure location! If you lose your backup codes and your auth app/physical key you will be locked out of accounts. It's really not fun recovering in that situation. Most recommendations are to print them and put in a fireproof safe, but using some other secure encrypted storage is fine.
There is such a thing as bad MFA/2FA! However, anything is at least better than nothing. A lot of places still use SMS (text messaging) or e-mail for their MFA/2FA implementation. The e-mail one has the most obvious flaw: If someone gets into your email account they have defeated that security measure. The SMS flaws are less obvious and much less likely to affect you, but still a risk: SMS is trivial to intercept (capture data over the air (literally), clone your SIM card data, and some other methods). Still, if you're not a person of interest already, it's still better than nothing.

What Does This Have To Do With GameDev?

Yeah, I do know which subreddit I'm posting in! Here's the section that gets more into things specific to game development (or software development in general).

Secure Your Code

Securing your code actually has multiple meanings here: Securing access to your code, and ensuring your code itself is secure against exploitation. Let's start with access since that's the easier topic to cover!
If you're not already using some form of Source Control Management (SCM) you really need to get on board! I'm not going to go in depth on that as it's a whole other topic to itself, but I'll assume you are using Git or Mercurial (hg) already and hosting it on one of these sites (or a similar one):
First, ensure that you have locked down who can access this code already. If you are using private repositories you need to make sure that the only people who have access are the people who need access (i.e. yourself and your team). Second, everyone should have strong passwords and MFA/2FA enabled on their accounts. If 1 person on the team does not follow good security practices it puts your whole project at risk! So make sure everyone on the team is following along. You can also look into tools to do some auditing and even automate it so that if anyone's account becomes less secure over time (say they turned off MFA one day) they would automatically lose their access.
Additionally you should never commit secrets (passwords, API keys, tokens, social security numbers, etc) to your code repository. Probably 90% of cases where people have their AWS/Google Cloud/Azure accounts compromised and racking up huge bills for bitcoin mining is due to having their passwords/keys stored in their git repo. They either accidentally made it public or someone got access to the private repo through a compromised account. Never store sensitive information in your code repository!
Next topic: Securing your code from vulnerabilities. This one is harder to talk about for game dev as most engines/frameworks are not as susceptible (for lack of a better word) to these situations as others. In a nutshell, you need to keep track of the following:
A lot of these things cannot be solved automatically, unfortunately, but some of it can. If you are using Javascript for your game you likely will be using packages from npm - luckily they (recently) added security auditing for packages. For other languages you can look at tools like Snyk or some other alternatives to audit the libraries you use in your project. Unfortunately none that I know of are aimed at game dev in particular, but it's still important to use these tools when you can. In general, be aware of all of your code dependencies and what impact they can have on your game or your customers if there are security bugs. Impact can range from "can cheat in multiplayer" to "can get IP addresses of all players in the world" or even "can get all information I ever put on my server", etc.
In general you'll want to look into Secure Software Development Lifecycle (commonly SDLC) practices. Microsoft has some information on how they do it.

Secure Your Computer

I'm not going to go in depth on this one because at this point everyone should have a handle on this; if not there are limitless articles, blogs, and videos about the how/what/why. In summary: Keep everything updated, and don't open suspicious links.

Secure Your Website

I will have to add more to this later probably, but again there are tons of good articles, blogs, and videos on these topics. Hopefully the information in this section is enough to get you on the right track - if not feel free to ask for more info. Lots of guides can be found on Digital Ocean's site and they are relevant even if you don't use DO for your servers.
A lot of this will apply to your game servers as well - really any kind of server you expect to setup.

That's it, for now

I ran out of steam while typing this all up after a couple hours, but I may revisit it later to add more info. Feel free to ask any questions about any of these topics and I'll do my best to answer them all.

TL;DR (y u words so much??)

... in general... in general... in general... I sure wrote those 2 words a lot.

Why Should I Trust This Post?

Hopefully I have provided enough information and good links in this post that you can trust the contents to be accurate (or mostly accurate). There is certainly enough information to do some searches on your own to find out how right or wrong I might be about these things.
If you want my appeal to authority answer: I've been working at a major (network/computer) security company for almost 7 years as a software developer, and I've had to put up with pretty much every inconvenience brought on by security. I've also witnessed the aftermath of nearly every type of security failure covered in this post, via customers and the industry at large. None of the links I used are related to my employer or its products.
Edit: Fixed some typos and added some more links
More edit: added a few more points and links
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Two 6950's in the same rig. Why is one 90C+?

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Bitcoin adoption - What's preventing it?

I think it is time we compile a comprehensive list of reasons why big corporations are not accepting bitcoin as additional mode of payment. I know many of us are focussed on creating awareness among regular people and that is all good but I think it is more important to create awareness among corporate world so they start adding bitcoin as payment option.
There is no harm in adding bitcoin as additional mode of payment, yet not many are doing. So, definitely there is something that is holding them behind. Therefore, I though we should start compiling the reasons, so we can address them in any way possible as a community. Let us know what you think might be the reason.. Merry Chirstmas!
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The problems BitEsprit solves

BitEsprit is marketing itself as "The First All-In-One Cryptocurrency Exchange" and it is meant to be one through the implementation of FIAT to crypto trading.
Not only you'll be able to trade your FIAT for Bitcoin, but also for any other alternative currency available on the platform, this opens up a really liquid cash gateway and should help further decoupling BTC from all the other good and valid projects, helping the whole market mature and safeguarding a lot of investors doing proper research and getting into good entry points in new and exciting projects which won't tank together with Bitcoin thanks to the new added liquidity.
Not only that will help in the bigger scheme of things, but there will also be quite a bunch of nice features which you won't feel like being without after you're going to get used to them.
All that, in one only exchange, do make it an actual All-in-one solution.
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Why I have decided to invest in OmiseGo (OMG) now.

I found out about this project last week, though recall seeing their name pop up earlier in the month because of their crowdsale. Since then, I have sold 50% of my shares in other projects, and plan to increase my position greatly next month once I gain more fiat funds. I believe as an investor, OmiseGo (OMG) shows incredible potential, with now being perfect time to invest. I say invest and not trade, as this one is for the medium to long term, and not short.
  1. Omise has been around since 2013. This is not a new company, but rather one with history, core investors (20 million in series A and B prior to their latest crowdsale) and a completely serious established operation and team (70+!). They have offices in Thailand, Japan, Indonesia and Singapore. The company provides a payment management system for businesses to accept payments through their mobile application or online store. They work with AliPay as well for example. They have the PCI DSS 3.2 (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) already in place since November last year.
  2. Omise has just recently acquired one of the three largest payment service providers in Thailand, Paysbuy , a licensed by the Bank of Thailand operator of e-money business, and accredited with Trustmark (DBD Verified) by the Ministry of Commerce. This provides a very well established source of active users.
  3. OmiseGO is their blockchain project : "a public Ethereum-based financial technology for use in mainstream digital wallets, that enables real-time, peer-to-peer value exchange and payment services agnostically across jurisdictions and organizational silos, and across both fiat money and decentralized currencies.” . Which to me means that they are taking all that is great in the blockchain technology, and integrating it with their offering, creating a new advanced Omise service.
  4. Other than the lead team working on OmiseGo, the following are all officially advising the project: Vitalik Buterin (ETH lead ) , Dr. Gavin Wood (ETH and Parity lead) , Vlad Zamfir (CaspeETH lead), Joseph Poon (Lightning Net lead) and Roger Ver of bitcoin.com as well as many others, including a professor of Quantitative Finance. Not aware of any other BC project that has such a list of advisors of this caliber.
  5. Jun Hasegawa, Omise’s CEO, revealed just recently that McDonald’s Thailand (over 240 locations), will be using OmiseGo’s payment channel. A big Press release regarding this news has not been released, and is expected super soon! Also quoting Jun “we're launching OmiseGO to support Omise Payments and all existing stakeholders, including our existing and future merchants, such as McDonald's in other countries in Asia - McDonald's Thailand is just the start. Through OmiseGO, all Omise merchants will be able to seamlessly accept payments in multiple currencies, including ETH or BTC or other cryptos, without needing to know what their client is paying in. And any other payment gateways, including Omise's biggest competitors, as well as global giants like Stripe or Cybersource, will benefit from using OmiseGO/OMG, and are welcome, no partnership or permission needed. The OMG chain will be an entirely public and permissionless network, connected to Ethereum.”
  6. Other than investing in OmiseGo business through their OMG token for all the reasons I detailed here, holders of OMG will also generate an extra income, and quoting Jun : “OMG is a token that secures a public permissionless POS network, whose primary use case is to host a decentralised exchange for digital fiat and crypto alike. It is backed by significant mainstream financial firms in Asia who will use it as the backend for existing digital wallets - think Venmo, Google Wallet, WeChat Pay (examples of digital wallets only) - and for hosting digital fiat tokens for their existing merchant payment network. OMG holders can use OMG to validate the network. If they validate a block correctly, they get paid the tx fees from that block (but if they validate incorrectly, they get punished). Like mining but without the need for hardware.
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These are the main reasons why I have invested in Omise and why I feel it is a great opportunity right now with super great timing. OMG only launched last week on the exchanges, and is already available on Bitfinex, (stating that “OmiseGO is an impressive and professional project, which aims to deliver on the initial promises of blockchain technology: to revolutionize the traditional financial world. OmiseGO provides a wallet and payment network for both fiat and crypto currencies.”) as well as on Liqui and EtherDelta, though personally I would stick to the well-established Bitfinex (as I did). You can dive in with BTC, ETH and even USD. Price is really nice and low, and at a perfect entry point.
EDIT: its now also live on Bttrex!
Omise main: https://www.omise.co/ OmiseGo main: https://omg.omise.co Subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/omise_go/ Slack: http://omgslack.omise.co/
Good luck to us all.
EDIT - 30 AUGUST 2017 : More new points on why OMG is a great investment can be found here : https://www.reddit.com/omise_go/comments/6tvmo4/ten_things_you_may_not_know_about_omisego/
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I made money off crypto today in an unusual way.

Right, so it's four in the morning, and I'm out of Mt. Dew, right?
Fuck it, I go to the 7-11 across the street. Yeah I know it's cold, it's close enough I don't even need to put on shoes, just wear flip-flops I won't be long.
Dude who usually runs the register is running a damn poker game on the little island where people get coffee. Now, it takes me a minute to take this in, but my brain eventually lands on, "You know what? I'm at a 7-11, at 4 am, in Chicago. This really shouldn't surprise me."
Dude asks if I want to be dealt in. I tell him nah, I don't carry cash anymore, I keep my shit either crypto or PCI.
"Tell you what, let's say I loan you fifty cents, and you stay for as long as that lasts, and in exchange you answer whatever questions we have about bitcoin." Now, this guy knows I'm into bitcoin because we usually bullshit about whatever for like ten minutes whenever I go to buy my drinks. He's a cool dude, so why not?
It runs the usual gamut of questions, where to acquire (I tell him about the ATM that's a few blocks that way at the liquor store, CoinBase, Bitwage, LBC and Abra), how to store (he says he changes out his phone pretty often because he keeps breaking it, so best option for now will likely be coinbase until he has enough to grab a Ledger or Trezor.) Do I think it's a bubble ( I keep that info close to my chest ).
But the important part is that I get in and play for like three hands. I get a straight motherfucking flush (Edit: On the river), and get one of these dudes to call my all-in.
I walked in that store with no cash, and walked out with three dollars! That's even three dollars AFTER I pay back the fifty cent loan with twenty cent interest!
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Has anyone ever thought of a new type of payment system 2

Has anyone ever thought of a new type of payment system 2

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I have received a lot of feedback after my post "Has anyone ever thought of a new type of payment system?". Thanks to all of those who tried to analyse and set out their vision. Special thanks to those who doubted my competence and brought out their own understanding of the processes and entered into a dispute. And very special thanks to those few who used only accusations in scam and profanity as arguments - they made me understand that it is impossible to explain to everyone, no matter how hard you try. Nevertheless, thanks to the first two categories It became clear to me that the information presented in the article is incomplete and needs to be described in more detail, but of course, only to the first two categories.
Disclaimer
The chain of relationships listed below has been greatly simplified to facilitate understanding. Consciously omitted many things, the description of which would take a huge amount of space.
Introduction.
Majority who oppose technology do not look up to the future and, most importantly, have no idea about the past. Technologies are similar to science, innovation, they can frighten with their ideas and cause rejection in the beginning. After adoption, adherents become ardent followers and hardly recognise something new that goes against already established convictions. Bethink of Christianity - some tried to eradicate it, destroy it, burn Christians on fires, feed them to lions, killed unarmed people in gladiatorial battles. Later, Christianity itself has struggled with dissent - Galileo, Copernicus, Bruno. Examples that are closer to us in time are cars with internal combustion engines, telephone, radio, airplanes ... all these inventions met resistance at the stage of their appearance and caused a storm of ridicule and aversion and misunderstanding of the “use cases”. Not such a distant example with the advent of the Internet, when the web pages were so simple and uninformative that the majority of the population of the Earth simply did not take it seriously and, moreover, did not see its use. There are many such examples. And even the temporary absence of the “use cases” does not indicate the uselessness or irrelevance of the technology, it indicates that the world is not ready yet to apply the technology at the moment due to habits, beliefs, interests, and sometimes, incompetence. The topic of the blockchain and cryptocurrency in particular is susceptible to reproaches in the absence of its practical use, which is understandable due to the youth of the technology and its initial stage of formation and development. In addition, in some cases, the line should be drawn between the cryptocurrency and the blockchain technology itself, since the majority of people do not see the technology itself, but only its derivative in the form of a mass of coins, most of which are dummies and really have no application. But, nevertheless, even at the present stage of development of the blockchain technology, the talk about the lack of “use cases” indicates not owning information, well, or not wanting to see the obvious - merchants, Jaguar, Facebook...
All this applies to today's financial sector conditions. And that is obvious, because the technology of making payment via plastic cards comes from the 1950s. Several generations of people grew up on the existing system and have a long-established habit of using it. Several generations of banks earn huge amounts of money on commissions that customers pay. Several generations of companies providing these payments have changed leadership. Some have gone, and those who remain hold such strong positions and their profits are so huge that they have no reason to rejoice in large numbers for the technology - after all, they can shake their incomes, and the scale of these companies does not allow them to respond quickly to changing time. But even with this in mind, the interest of these companies in technology is obvious. Such pillars like VISA, MC, WU, Barklays, BBVA and many others either look for ways to introduce the blockchain technology or already use it. But, nevertheless, attempts to introduce the technology are still being applied to the existing payment system, credit, and financial relations. Now, I will introduce my own arguments and briefly describe essentially new approach to making payments.
Part One - "What are the existing payment systems and how do they work."
In today's payment system relations, there are six subjects:
  1. Client - buyer of the goods;
  2. Bank-Issuer, where the client keeps his money;
  3. Seller of the goods (Merchant), which accepts the client's card for payment;
  4. Bank Acquirer, where the Merchant keeps his account;
  5. Switch - payment system (PS) that connects the Issuer and Acquirer (for ease of understanding - VISA, Master Card, AMEX, Union Pay, etc);
  6. Processing center - an enterprise certified by the PS, which processes payments of the Bank-Acquire and Bank-Issuer;
  7. There are still various clearing and settlement centers) authorized by payment systems and local securities in different countries to carry out payment operations and perform clearing processes, i.e., reducing settlements between banks' balances, but we will omit them for simplicity of explanation and understanding, since these functions Centers can be performed by Bank-Equal and, in our example, to simplify the description.
Suppose that an American client, whose account is held in a certain American bank, came to Australia to buy coffee. He pays with his plastic card, putting it to the merchant's terminal (POS-terminal). Money from a client is in the account of an American bank, how does the Merchant receive it? POS-terminal Merchant belongs to the bank in which the Merchant holds its account in Bank Acquirer.
  1. The terminal reads the client card and sends information about it to Bank-Acquirer;
  2. Bank-Acquirer is not connected in any way with the Bank-Issuer, therefore, it cannot request directly the payment, and the transfer directly from America to Australia will not allow the client to enjoy hot coffee. Therefore, Bank-Acquirer asks the Processing Center about the availability of the required balance on the client's card;
  3. The processing center requests Switch for the availability of the required balance on the client card;
  4. Switch contacts the Bank-Issuer and requests the availability of the necessary balance on the client's account;
  5. Bank-Issuer confirms to Switch the existence of the required balance (or does not confirm, then the refusal of the transaction occurs);
  6. Switch confirms to the Processing Center the presence of the required balance on the client’s card (account) and gives a signal to the terminal to confirm the payment;
  7. The processing center confirms to the Bank-Acquirer the existence of the necessary balance on the client’s card (account) and gives a signal to the terminal to confirm the payment;
  8. The client has paid and he leaves satisfied;
  9. Bank-Acquirer transfers the sum of purchase to the merchant's account;
  10. The Bank-Acquirer transfers information about the payment made to the Processing Center and issues a claim for compensation of the payment amount;
  11. The processing center transfers information about the payment the Bank-Acquirer made to Switch, since, in fact, the Bank-Acquire has transferred the money to its merchant;
  12. Switch pays from its funds to the Bank-Acquire (for simplicity of explanation, we omit here the clearing system of settlements through authorized clearing centers (in fact, the process is much more complicated);
  13. Switch bills the Bank-Issuer (for simplicity of explanation, we omit here the clearing system of settlements through authorized clearing centers (in fact, the process is much more complicated);
  14. Bank Issuer paid to Switch (for simplicity of explanation, we omit here the clearing system of settlements through authorized clearing centers (in fact, the process is much more complicated)
We can introduce scheme:

Traditional processing scheme
Switch is an intermediary between all the parties of the entire system and receives a commission for all transactions. Who can even imagine the infrastructure setting expenses to operate the processes of settlement analysis, comply with the requirements of KYC / AML, match modern safety requirementsfor the launching of data centers around the world. Of course, commission is the source to operate.
For ease of explanation, we imagine that the Switch is the processing center.
Conceptually, costs can be divided into Organizational and Technical
  1. Organizational:
  • creating jobs for staff of specialists, most of which are expensive: system administrators, engineers, 24 hrs. support services and an authorization center;
  • making decisions of the placement of software and hardware systems. Organization of your own premise(s) or placement of your software and hardware systems in the premises of a third-party company (outsourcer);
  • development of a system for controlling access to the premise(s) of the processing center, including such procedures as: organizing access monitoring, employees to the processing center premises, developing work procedures in high-security areas, etc .;
  • making a decision on the choice of the supplier of software necessary for building a processing center certified by an appropriate payment system;
  • deciding on the choice of suppliers of related services (for example, courier services and / or gateways for sending SMS or PUSH messages, and the subsequent construction of contractual and working relations with it;
  • development, coordination and implementation of procedures for correct work with cryptographic equipment and quantities, and issuance of domestic regulations governing the work of security officers (security officers);
  1. Technical:
  • The purchase of hardware (system units, hard drives, RAM (random access memory, Does RAM), uninterruptible and backup power supplies, racks, etc.),
  • the purchase of the server software (operating systems, database systems, etc.), including license fees vendors of such software,
  • the purchase of cryptographic equipment necessary for the generation and correct processing of operations on cryptographic values, such as CVV or CVC;
  • information security solutions (ensuring compliance with the requirements of PCI DSS, federal laws, protection document management systems);
And such (all of the above) costs must be borne constantly, if we are talking about expanding your presence. Switch (processing centers) can cover these costs only with a part of the commission for the implementation of monetary transactions, which is borne by the other participants in payment relations.
Since the recipient of the client’s money is ultimately the merchant (seller / trader), it is logical that the entire amount of the commission is charged to him. This commission is called Interchange Fee (hereinafter - IF), it can be from 0.7% to 5% depending on the riskiness of operations. For example, an ordinary store, on average, pays 1.5% of IF, while, for example, an online store can pay 5%.
It is noteworthy that for the client this commission is not visible and in 90% of cases he does not even know about it. Such a commission is included in the price of the goods. That is, by selling you a product for $ 100, the Merchant will receive (if he pays IF = 2.24%) $ 97.76. The Switch distributes these $ 2.24 between the participants as follows:
Traditional Processing (TP)
Consumer pays$ 100.00Overall Fee$ 2.24Issuer Receives$ 1.80Acquirer Receives$ 0.31Visa Receive$ 0.13Merchant Receives$ 97.76
o we pulled how the current payment system functions. Now, in detail about how this can function using blockchain technology.
Part 2 - “New payment system and how it works.”
One of the main significant achievements of blockchain technology is excluding of intermediaries. In the field of finance, this gives special advantages — cost savings.
A new type of payment systems based on blockchain can successfully use this advantage. Naturally, there are necessary assumptions for the use of this technology in the financial sphere:
  1. It is necessary that the two contractors and the Merchant are in the same blockchain;
  2. Merchant must have a POS terminal transmitting information to the blockchain;
  3. Banks must open clients wallets and implement data exchange between blockchain and ABS (automated banking system) of the bank,
  4. In order to comply with the requirements of KYC / AML, private keys are kept by the bank;
  5. Must be a blockchain base Switch to physically conduct clearing of payments between the Merchant and the Issuing Bank.
Just as in the situation above with our American customer buying coffee in Australia: the same American and Australian banks, but they are in the same blockchain. It is convenient to send just cryptocurrency, of course, but the question immediately arises - “Why does the Merchant need it and what will it do with it? How will he solve the issue of currency fluctuations? ”Immediately make a reservation that I will not describe the technology here thoroughly, since this is a commercial secret, but briefly, I will describe the principle of operation.
So, two banks are in the same blockchain. In the blockchain, there is a special protocol implemented that allows to “mirror” the client fiat accounts to the blockchain, thus, the exchange of information between the client’s account and the blockchain takes place on an ongoing basis.
  1. The client brings the card to the merchant's terminal; the terminal requests the availability of the required amount in the blockchain. If the required amount is available (if not - decline), the protocol starts the transaction, which the client confirms (fingerprint);
  2. The Fiat amount on the client’s account of the Bank-Issuer is held by the Bank (thus collaterizing the amount of cryptocurrency to be transferred);
  3. The required, “mirror” amount in cryptocurrency is transferred to the Merchant's wallet;
  4. Merchant's wallet, having received the transaction, sends information to the Merchant Terminal, payment is accepted;
  5. The American enjoys coffee. Now, the Merchant has a cryptocurrency on the wallet, Bank-Issuer hold amount in fiat currency;
  6. Switch (the very same payment system), “buys” the cryptocurrency for the Australian dollar from the Merchant in Australia, in America, the Bank-Issuer transfers Switch a collaterized amount of USD.
Again, for ease of explanation, I omit some points that accompany the clearing process.
The scheme of the work of the new payment system can be represented as follows:

Decentralized Processing scheme

What is the advantage?
  1. Switch can set the price for its services significantly lower than existing today, because it saves on the entire infrastructure - hardware, data centers, personnel.
  2. The Bank-Acquirer does not lend, in fact, the Merchant’s account, so its remuneration can be significantly reduced. In addition, in this chain of relations Bank-Acquirer is not needed at all, because the Merchant can hold an account immediately in the Switch;
  3. There is no need to create processing centers, which means that you do not need to bear the costs of creating infrastructure;
  4. The cost of the transaction in the blockchain network is from $ 0.01- $ 0,05;
  5. Transaction time - from 1 to 5 seconds;
In numbers, everything looks like this:
Decentralized Processing (DP)SavingConsumer pays$ 100.00Overall Fee$ 0.650-70.98%Issuer Receives$ 0.35Acquirer Receives$ 0.30Switch$ 0.13Merchant Receives$ 99.22-65.18%
The savings in the process are obvious! The merchant receives 65.18% more money on his account. Bank-Acquirer receives almost as much as in the scheme with traditional processing. The Bank-Issuer receives less remuneration, but under a scheme with decentralized processing, it bears much less expenses on security of payments, payment verification, customer verification, respectively, personnel costs, which always constitute the bulk of costs, decrease.
Conclusion.
In addition to the above economic factors, a new type of payment system has another, perhaps one of the most important advantages compared to traditional PS - to provide an infrastructure for the issuing of plastic cards for issuing banks is much cheaper than traditional PS.
The main problem that the new PS will face is the speed of processing payments. VISA today can handle 150 million transactions per day or 1,700 transactions per second with the possibility of securing up to 24,000 transactions per second. Until a certain time, no public blockchain could solve this problem. Now, compared to the published data on the speed of other blockchains on main net, NeuronChain can confidently claim 2nd place at its speed of 100,000 tps, so this issue is no longer a deterrent.
Of course, to implement the payment relations described above, it is necessary to do a great deal of work, not only on the IT part, but also on technical and legal issues, to spend tremendous efforts on marketing and explaining the processes of the participants in the relationship. But impossible is nothing. In any case, the blockchain technology gives us this opportunity.
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Has anyone ever thought of a new type of payment system - 2

Has anyone ever thought of a new type of payment system - 2

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I have received a lot of feedback after my post "Has anyone ever thought of a new type of payment system?". Thanks to all of those who tried to analyse and set out their vision. Special thanks to those who doubted my competence and brought out their own understanding of the processes and entered into a dispute. And very special thanks to those few who used only accusations in scam and profanity as arguments - they made me understand that it is impossible to explain to everyone, no matter how hard you try. Nevertheless, thanks to the first two categories It became clear to me that the information presented in the article is incomplete and needs to be described in more detail, but of course, only to the first two categories.
Disclaimer
The chain of relationships listed below has been greatly simplified to facilitate understanding. Consciously omitted many things, the description of which would take a huge amount of space.
Introduction.
Majority who oppose technology do not look up to the future and, most importantly, have no idea about the past. Technologies are similar to science, innovation, they can frighten with their ideas and cause rejection in the beginning. After adoption, adherents become ardent followers and hardly recognise something new that goes against already established convictions. Bethink of Christianity - some tried to eradicate it, destroy it, burn Christians on fires, feed them to lions, killed unarmed people in gladiatorial battles. Later, Christianity itself has struggled with dissent - Galileo, Copernicus, Bruno. Examples that are closer to us in time are cars with internal combustion engines, telephone, radio, airplanes ... all these inventions met resistance at the stage of their appearance and caused a storm of ridicule and aversion and misunderstanding of the “use cases”. Not such a distant example with the advent of the Internet, when the web pages were so simple and uninformative that the majority of the population of the Earth simply did not take it seriously and, moreover, did not see its use. There are many such examples. And even the temporary absence of the “use cases” does not indicate the uselessness or irrelevance of the technology, it indicates that the world is not ready yet to apply the technology at the moment due to habits, beliefs, interests, and sometimes, incompetence. The topic of the blockchain and cryptocurrency in particular is susceptible to reproaches in the absence of its practical use, which is understandable due to the youth of the technology and its initial stage of formation and development. In addition, in some cases, the line should be drawn between the cryptocurrency and the blockchain technology itself, since the majority of people do not see the technology itself, but only its derivative in the form of a mass of coins, most of which are dummies and really have no application. But, nevertheless, even at the present stage of development of the blockchain technology, the talk about the lack of “use cases” indicates not owning information, well, or not wanting to see the obvious - merchants, Jaguar, Facebook...
All this applies to today's financial sector conditions. And that is obvious, because the technology of making payment via plastic cards comes from the 1950s. Several generations of people grew up on the existing system and have a long-established habit of using it. Several generations of banks earn huge amounts of money on commissions that customers pay. Several generations of companies providing these payments have changed leadership. Some have gone, and those who remain hold such strong positions and their profits are so huge that they have no reason to rejoice in large numbers for the technology - after all, they can shake their incomes, and the scale of these companies does not allow them to respond quickly to changing time. But even with this in mind, the interest of these companies in technology is obvious. Such pillars like VISA, MC, WU, Barklays, BBVA and many others either look for ways to introduce the blockchain technology or already use it. But, nevertheless, attempts to introduce the technology are still being applied to the existing payment system, credit, and financial relations. Now, I will introduce my own arguments and briefly describe essentially new approach to making payments.
Part One - "What are the existing payment systems and how do they work."
In today's payment system relations, there are six subjects:
  1. Client - buyer of the goods;
  2. Bank-Issuer, where the client keeps his money;
  3. Seller of the goods (Merchant), which accepts the client's card for payment;
  4. Bank Acquirer, where the Merchant keeps his account;
  5. Switch - payment system (PS) that connects the Issuer and Acquirer (for ease of understanding - VISA, Master Card, AMEX, Union Pay, etc);
  6. Processing center - an enterprise certified by the PS, which processes payments of the Bank-Acquire and Bank-Issuer;
  7. There are still various clearing and settlement centers) authorized by payment systems and local securities in different countries to carry out payment operations and perform clearing processes, i.e., reducing settlements between banks' balances, but we will omit them for simplicity of explanation and understanding, since these functions can be performed by Bank-Acquirer and, in our example, to simplify the description).
Suppose that an American client, whose account is held in a certain American bank, came to Australia to buy coffee. He pays with his plastic card, putting it to the merchant's terminal (POS-terminal). Money from a client is in the account of an American bank, how does the Merchant receive it? POS-terminal Merchant belongs to the bank in which the Merchant holds its account in Bank-Acquirer.
  1. The terminal reads the client card and sends information about it to Bank-Acquirer;
  2. Bank-Acquirer is not connected in any way with the Bank-Issuer, therefore, it cannot request directly the payment, and the transfer directly from America to Australia will not allow the client to enjoy hot coffee. Therefore, Bank-Acquirer asks the Processing Center about the availability of the required balance on the client's card;
  3. The processing center requests Switch for the availability of the required balance on the client card;
  4. Switch contacts the Bank-Issuer and requests the availability of the necessary balance on the client's account;
  5. Bank-Issuer confirms to Switch the existence of the required balance (or does not confirm, then the refusal of the transaction occurs);
  6. Switch confirms to the Processing Center the presence of the required balance on the client’s card (account) and gives a signal to the terminal to confirm the payment;
  7. The processing center confirms to the Bank-Acquirer the existence of the necessary balance on the client’s card (account) and gives a signal to the terminal to confirm the payment;
  8. The client has paid and he leaves satisfied;
  9. Bank-Acquirer transfers the sum of purchase to the merchant's account;
  10. The Bank-Acquirer transfers information about the payment made to the Processing Center and issues a claim for compensation of the payment amount;
  11. The processing center transfers information about the payment the Bank-Acquirer made to Switch, since, in fact, the Bank-Acquire has transferred the money to its merchant;
  12. Switch pays from its funds to the Bank-Acquire (for simplicity of explanation, we omit here the clearing system of settlements through authorized clearing centers (in fact, the process is much more complicated);
  13. Switch bills the Bank-Issuer (for simplicity of explanation, we omit here the clearing system of settlements through authorized clearing centers (in fact, the process is much more complicated);
  14. Bank Issuer paid to Switch (for simplicity of explanation, we omit here the clearing system of settlements through authorized clearing centers (in fact, the process is much more complicated)
We can introduce scheme:

Traditional Processing scheme
Switch is an intermediary between all the parties of the entire system and receives a commission for all transactions. Who can even imagine the infrastructure launching expenses to operate the processes of settlement analysis, comply with the requirements of KYC / AML, match modern safety requirements for the launching of data centers around the world. Of course, commission is the source to do it.
For ease of explanation, we imagine that the Switch is the processing center.
Conceptually, costs can be divided into Organizational and Technical
  1. Organizational:
  • creating jobs for staff of specialists, most of which are expensive: system administrators, engineers, 24 hrs. support services and an authorization center;
  • making decisions of the placement of software and hardware systems. Organization of your own premise(s) or placement of your software and hardware systems in the premises of a third-party company (outsourcer);
  • development of a system for controlling access to the premise(s) of the processing center, including such procedures as: organizing access monitoring, employees to the processing center premises, developing work procedures in high-security areas, etc;
  • making a decision on the choice of the supplier of software necessary for building a processing center certified by an appropriate payment system;
  • deciding on the choice of suppliers of related services (for example, courier services and / or gateways for sending SMS or PUSH messages, and the subsequent construction of contractual and working relations with it;
  • development, coordination and implementation of procedures for correct work with cryptographic equipment and quantities, and issuance of domestic regulations governing the work of security officers (security officers);
  1. Technical:
  • The purchase of hardware (system units, hard drives, RAM (random access memory, Does RAM), uninterruptible and backup power supplies, racks, etc.),
  • the purchase of the server software (operating systems, database systems, etc.), including license fees vendors of such software,
  • the purchase of cryptographic equipment necessary for the generation and correct processing of operations on cryptographic values, such as CVV or CVC;
  • information security solutions (ensuring compliance with the requirements of PCI DSS, federal laws, protection document management systems);
And such (all of the above) costs must be borne constantly, if we are talking about expanding your presence. Switch (processing centers) can cover these costs only with a part of the commission for the implementation of monetary transactions, which is borne by the other participants in payment relations.
Since the recipient of the client’s money is ultimately the merchant (seller / trader), it is logical that the entire amount of the commission is charged to him. This commission is called Interchange Fee (hereinafter - IF), it can be from 0.7% to 5% depending on the riskiness of operations. For example, an ordinary store, on average, pays 1.5% of IF, while, for example, an online store can pay 5%.
It is noteworthy that for the client this commission is not visible and in 90% of cases he does not even know about it. Such a commission is included in the price of the goods. That is, by selling you a product for $ 100, the Merchant will receive (if he pays IF = 2.24%) $ 97.76. The Switch distributes these $ 2.24 between the participants as follows:

Traditional Processing Sum
Consumer pays $ 100.00
Overall Fee $ 2.24
Issuer Receives $ 1.80
Acquirer Receives $ 0.31
Visa Receives $ 0.13
Merchant Receives $ 97.76
So we pulled how the current payment system functions. Now, in detail about how this can function using blockchain technology.
Part 2 - “New payment system and how it works.”
One of the main significant achievements of blockchain technology is excluding of intermediaries. In the field of finance, this gives special advantages — cost savings.
A new type of payment systems based on blockchain can successfully use this advantage. Naturally, there are necessary assumptions for the use of this technology in the financial sphere:
  1. It is necessary that the two contractors and the Merchant are in the same blockchain;
  2. Merchant must have a POS terminal transmitting information to the blockchain;
  3. Banks must open clients wallets and implement data exchange between blockchain and ABS (automated banking system) of the bank,
  4. In order to comply with the requirements of KYC / AML, private keys are kept by the bank;
  5. Must be a blockchain base Switch to physically conduct clearing of payments between the Merchant and the Issuing Bank.
Just as in the situation above with our American customer buying coffee in Australia: the same American and Australian banks, but they are in the same blockchain. It is convenient to send just cryptocurrency, of course, but the question immediately arises - “Why does the Merchant need it and what will it do with it? How will he solve the issue of currency fluctuations? ”Immediately make a reservation that I will not describe the technology here thoroughly, since this is a commercial secret, but briefly, I will describe the principle of operation.
So, two banks are in the same blockchain. In the blockchain, there is a special protocol implemented that allows to “mirror” the client fiat accounts to the blockchain, thus, the exchange of information between the client’s account and the blockchain takes place on an ongoing basis.
  1. The client brings the card to the merchant's terminal; the terminal requests the availability of the required amount in the blockchain. If the required amount is available (if not - decline), the protocol starts the transaction, which the client confirms (fingerprint);
  2. The Fiat amount on the client’s account of the Bank-Issuer is held by the Bank (thus collaterizing the amount of cryptocurrency to be transferred);
  3. The required, “mirror” amount in cryptocurrency is transferred to the Merchant's wallet;
  4. Merchant's wallet, having received the transaction, sends information to the Merchant Terminal, payment is accepted;
  5. The American enjoys coffee. Now, the Merchant has a cryptocurrency on the wallet, Bank-Issuer hold amount in fiat currency;
  6. Switch (the very same payment system), “buys” the cryptocurrency for the Australian dollar from the Merchant in Australia, in America, the Bank-Issuer transfers Switch a collaterized amount of USD.
Again, for ease of explanation, I omit some points that accompany the clearing process.
The scheme of the work of the new payment system can be represented as follows:

Decentralized Processing scheme

What is the advantage?
  1. Switch can set the price for its services significantly lower than existing today, because it saves on the entire infrastructure - hardware, data centers, personnel.
  2. The Bank-Acquirer does not lend, in fact, the Merchant’s account, so its remuneration can be significantly reduced. In addition, in this chain of relations Bank-Acquirer is not needed at all, because the Merchant can hold an account immediately in the Switch;
  3. There is no need to create processing centers, which means that you do not need to bear the costs of creating infrastructure;
  4. The cost of the transaction in the blockchain network is from $ 0.01- $ 0,05;
  5. Transaction time - from 1 to 5 seconds;
In numbers, everything looks like this:

Decentralized Processing (DP) Sum Saving
Consumer pays $ 100.00
Overall Fee $ 0.650 -70.98%
Issuer Receives $ 0.35
Acquirer Receives $ 0.30
Switch $ 0.13
Merchant Receives $ 99.22 -65.18%

The savings in the process are obvious! The merchant receives 65.18% more money on his account. Bank-Acquirer receives almost as much as in the scheme with traditional processing. The Bank-Issuer receives less remuneration, but under a scheme with decentralized processing, it bears much less expenses on security of payments, payment verification, customer verification, respectively, personnel costs, which always constitute the bulk of costs, decrease.
Conclusion.
In addition to the above economic factors, a new type of payment system has another, perhaps one of the most important advantages compared to traditional PS - to provide an infrastructure for the issuing of plastic cards for issuing banks is much cheaper than traditional PS.
The main problem that the new PS will face is the speed of processing payments. VISA today can handle 150 million transactions per day or 1,700 transactions per second with the possibility of securing up to 24,000 transactions per second. Until a certain time, no public blockchain could solve this problem. Now, compared to the published data on the speed of other blockchains on main net, NeuronChain can confidently claim 2nd place at its speed of 100,000 tps, so this issue is no longer a deterrent.
Of course, to implement the payment relations described above, it is necessary to do a great deal of work, not only on the IT part, but also on technical and legal issues, to spend tremendous efforts on marketing and explaining the processes of the participants in the relationship. But impossible is nothing. In any case, the blockchain technology gives us this opportunity.
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Welcome to r/GridPlus! (Introduction, Overview, Links, and Exchange Info)

Intro
GridPlus creates hardware infrastructure that enables mainstream use of digital assets and cryptocurrencies. The GridPlus Lattice1 is a tamper resistant always-on hardware wallet that is the world's first fully integrated system for securely storing and spending digital assets.
GridPlus products form a complete cryptocurrency infrastructure stack designed to support decentralized networks and allow new means of using crypto such as integration with your home energy system and other IoT devices, facilitating subscriptions and permissioned payments, scaling via off-chain hardware verified transactions using Phonon, and acting as programmable hardware security module for PoS chain validators or nodes.
GridPlus Energy
Their first major subsidiary of GridPlus is GridPlus Energy, a licensed Texas utility provider that leverages this technology to create dramatic savings on your home energy bill with a simple user experience powered by a mobile app. Texas residents in the Oncor and CenterPoint regions can sign up and start saving today at https://gridplus.io/energy.
The Lattice1 connects to GridPlus Energy customers' electricity meters and automatically searches for the best wholesale rate then directly charges the customer the best rate plus a small fixed markup which creates huge savings versus traditional fixed rate plans.
GridPlus Energy creates additional savings through using short time interval automatic crypto payments to circumvent expensive legacy payment systems. This also saves money through diminishing the cost of bad debt expenses and collections (a major expense for traditional electricity retailers) and this is passed on to customers. Customers can pay using ETH, DAI, BTC or via traditional credit card or ACH direct bank transfers.
The Lattice1: Hardware Wallet and Crypto Infrastructure Platform
The Lattice1 also provides a hardware platform for decentralized networks and applications. Eventually users will be able to connect to Lattice1 as a wifi hotspot and automatically use it to take advantage of IPFS, ENS, and TOR via any browser without using a browser extension or other software. The platform is intended to also host state channel nodes, PoS validators, and other decentralized applications that can benefit from its unmatched security.
As a hardware wallet, the Lattice1 and GridPlus SafeCards use uncompromising security to enable the safest and most flexible cryptocurrency hardware storage ever created. The system boasts features not found in current gen alternatives such as simplified account recovery via easy out of the box hardware n-of-m multisig and secure permissioned payments and subscriptions.
The hardware also facilitates many other use cases; take a look at this blog post for a look at what's on the roadmap and additional possibilities.

The Company
GridPlus was founded in 2017 by Mark DAgostino, Alex Miller, and Dr. Karl Kreder and is headquartered in Austin, Texas.
The GridPlus Energy subsidiary is the result of energy and technology research beginning in 2015 at ConsenSys including work done in conjunction with L03 on the Brooklyn Microgrid. GridPlus Energy is located in Houston, Texas.
GridPlus is the first major company to be incubated internally by ConsenSys as a main spoke and then spun out into its own venture. They are advised by Joseph Lubin, Ethereum cofounder and founder of ConsenSys.
Their products are proudly designed and engineered in Austin and assembled in the United States.

Timeline
Hardware
GridPlus is now accepting pre-orders for the Lattice1 hardware and SafeCards in the Americas, Europe, and Singapore which will begin shipping in Q3 2020.
After the Lattice1 is shipped with firmware v1, additional integrations and features will begin to roll out: accessing DeFi dapps right from the touchscreen with no need for a computer, hardware multisig, support for eth2 BLS signatures as well as other chains, etc..

EnergyGridPlus Energy is now live and serving customers in Texas - you can sign up at https://gridplus.io/energy right now.
In the first stage of the roll out, customers can opt for monthly fixed rates and pay via ETH, DAI, or traditional methods as well as redeem GRID for an additional discount.
Later in 2020, the team will begin integration with smart home devices like Nest thermostats and smart plugs for pool pumps in order to optimize home energy consumption via dispatachable loads. Additionally, the transition to Ethereum L2-based short time interval payments will begin.

The Hardware
The Lattice1 is the cornerstone of the world’s first fully integrated system for securely storing and spending digital assets. At its core, the Lattice1 is a tamper resistant hardware wallet that links to your phone, your electricity meter, and other IoT devices using connectivity via Wifi, Bluetooth, and Zigbee antennas. The LDS mesh and other tamper resistance features essentially cause the unit to self destruct upon attempts to hack or reverse engineer the hardware.
The Lattice1 can be expanded to a limitless number of accounts using cheap physically uncloneable Safe Cards which each have their own secure enclave chip and can be used for portable offline storage or hardware multisig. The Safe Cards’ physically uncloneable functions (PUFs) convert each chip’s unique electrical fingerprint into digital entropy that cannot be stolen or observed. The Lattice1 converts this entropy into a private key which cannot be hacked. Use this private key or restore another from a seed phrase to use as your digital wallet.
Lattice1 Features:
· 5” TFT Display with Multipoint Capacitive Touch Panel
· Card Slot for Safe Cards to Provide a Limitless Amount of Accounts and Options
· Lightbar Security Pattern for Notifications
· Capacitive Home Button
· Zigbee, Wifi, and BLE Antennas
· Ethernet Jack
· Internal Secure Enclave (and External via Safe Cards)
· Secure Computing Environment
· LDS Tamper Detection Mesh
· Integrated PCD Security Mesh
· Compressed Elastomer Intrusion Detection
· Logic Power Isolation
· Lithium Ion Backup Battery

Use Cases
Energy: The Lattice1 interfaces with your home's smart meter (which are already deployed across Texas) via Zigbee antenna. It looks up the best wholesale energy rates, automatically picks the best one, then directly charges you that plus a fixed markup creating huge savings for consumers. If you have a home battery or solar panels it manages these and sells to the grid at the optimal times or even earns money via automated energy arbitrage. All under the hood without having to do anything. This has the added benefit of smoothing out demand on the grid and making it more efficient. The Zigbee antenna also lets it control other home IoT devices like your Nest thermostat; automatic management of thermostats and other dispatchable loads makes your home more energy efficient and saves more money.
Mobile Payments: The Grid+Pay mobile app will feel familiar to users of the many popular crypto wallets that exist today, but delegates its security to the Lattice1. Stop tying the fate of your crypto assets to your phone and a seed phrase — easily pair the app with your Lattice1 device and start spending your crypto assets more securely. Using the Lattice1 you can authorize the mobile wallet to spend a specified amount of crypto per time period from cold storage without having to be physically in front of the Lattice1 to approve each transaction.
Retail Point of Sale: Grid+Commerce lets you easily accept digital currencies with no fees and no chargebacks. Integrate the Grid+Pay components into your site with just a few lines of code and accept physical payments using a Lattice1 device as a payment terminal. Grid+Pay provides merchants with an experience nearly identical to a traditional payment provider, but allows for direct peer-to-peer payments with their customers. Additionally, Grid+ is applying for PCI certification to allow the Lattice1 to accept traditional credit and debit card payments. Cutting out middlemen, businesses and consumers both save.
Generalized Crypto Hardware Platform: The Lattice1 SDK has been feature-locked and is functionally ready for production pending the release of the hardware itself. Multiple teams are working behind the scenes to integrate the hardware into their own platforms. You can read the documentation here and check out the source code here. It is important to note that GridPlus will be evaluating additional signature schemas for future releases. Examples may include ERC721 transfers, Lightning transactions, or Maker CDP interactions. If you are a developer utilizing a signature schema outside of ether, ERC20, and bitcoin transfers (and if you want to integrate with the Lattice1), please reach out to the team and they may add the schema to a future firmware update.

The Token
GRID can be redeemed for 500 kWh of electricity with zero markup by GridPlus Energy or at other retail energy providers who implement the technology stack. Retail customers can buy these on the secondary market to redeem them for even more savings on their electricity bills, but GRID is not required to use the service.
Additionally, customers can pay their full bill in GRID for even deeper discounts. The redemption rate is set monthly by taking the UniSwap spot price, multiplying this by 5, then setting a per GRID rates in kWh based on the prior period's average energy rate. Sounds complicated, but what it means is that no matter where the price of GRID and energy goes, customers will be able to pay their bill with GRID for a discount of as much as 80% off of wholesale rates!
GRID can now also be redeemed for a discount of up to $200 off the purchase of a Lattice1.
A fixed number of GRID have been created and when redeemed by a customer, they are taken out of circulation forever.

Additional Resources
Coverage & Interviews
Where Can I Buy GRID?
Direct:
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Top of the Food Chain: Agro Exchange secures IEO. Launch set for 04.12

Top of the Food Chain: Agro Exchange secures IEO. Launch set for 04.12

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ExMarkets IEO LaunchPad welcomes the new addition and is setting up the integration of AGRO coin, the native cryptocurrency token of the Agro Exchange project which is set to initiate their Initial Exchange Offering (IEO) on April 12th at 12 AM (GMT+5:30).
ExMarkets IEO LaunchPad is a cryptocurrency platform enabling the most promising blockchain and crypto projects to get a head start. Check it out now.

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The world’s farming and agricultural industry constitutes approximately a quarter of the global Gross Domestic Product and is one of the largest economic sectors out there.
The ever-increasing information accessibility and the penetration of the internet even to the rural areas of the world make it way much easier for small and medium enterprises to reach clients and customers abroad.
More often than not it’s the government bureaucracies and the necessity for intermediaries to handle legal, documentation and customs processes that significantly inflate the cost of shipping goods and supplying agricultural products across international borders.
Agro Exchange is a global initiative intended to facilitate a peer-to-peer platform for agriculture-related enterprises, individuals and organizations to credit each other, issue financing and interact with one another without middlemen.
It is an Estonian-based company with a valid European license with the appropriate certification acquired from the Estonian Financial Regulatorand can be freely inspected by any interested party: FRK000161and FVR000193.
Get over on ExMarkets right away to open up an account today! Visit https://exmarkets.com/register
Agro Exchange compliance department makes sure that all binding regulations are being followed and only the top security practices (PCI/DSS, TLS, Tier3 data centers, storage encryption) are adopted while developing the Agro Exchange ecosystem
It is a multidimensional project with multiple directions for expansion and growth. Not only is Agro Exchange creating a P2P platform for trading and facilitation of businesses around the globe involved in the agricultural sector, but they are also building Agrocoin Finance — an alternative to a traditional cryptocurrency wallet which supports both crypto-to-crypto and fiat-to-crypto conversions.

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The utilization of the blockchain technology will enable platform participants to track their products and deal execution with the help of smart contracts, share relevant information with their peers, business clients and prospects. We believe there is a lot of value to be created this way” — said Arpit Sharma, advisor and growth hacker at Agro Exchange.
To serve as an icing on the cake and prove the capabilities of the team behind the project, Agro Exchange has already launched their native mobile application which is soon to be available both on Google Play and the AppStore.
Agro Exchange platform features
  • Secure: Transactions and transfers within Agro Exchange are immutable and secured by the Ethereum Smart Contract making sure no entity is able to initiate transfers without the owner’s knowledge;
  • Efficient: Agro Exchange makes the interchange between parties significantly more efficient through the elimination of national border barriers, need for legal counsel and currency exchange;
  • User-friendly: The platform allows seamless interaction between users through an intuitive user interface;
  • Blockchain-based: The trade system makes trading more transparent, while AI algorithm finds fair market prices in real-time.
“We feel that the upside potential behind Agro Exchange is overwhelming, they will have to face challenges how to bring people from different cultures into a single organized system, but if they manage to do that, boy the returns will be monstrous” — said Dylan Sharkey, Head of Sales at ExMarkets and CoinStruction

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Tokensale fundamentals
  • Total supply: 600,000,000
  • Hardcap: $72,000,000
  • Softcap: $5,760,000
  • Tokens for sale: 360,000,000
  • Minimum investment:$100
  • Locking period: 6 months
The IEO starts on April 12th and will be conducted in 3 stages, each of the stages representing a different price and lasting for 1 month. Initial token price will be 0.16 USD for one AGRO coin and will increase by 1 cent in the following stage.
It is better to get in early to enjoy your discounted AGROs. The IEO period ends on July 12th. Hustle to the ExMarkets LaunchPad to get accustomed to the environment. Do not forget to register an account in advance!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ExMarkets is a digital asset exchange platform powered by the state-of-the-art trading engine developed in-house. On the exchange, ExMarkets users can trade the most popular cryptocurrencies as well as gain the chance to participate in the token sales of the most promising blockchain and crypto projects through ExMarkets Initial Exchange Offering (IEO) LaunchPad.
Fairly recently ExMarkets was granted 2 operational licenses for crypto-fiat gateway and custodian service provision by the Estonian regulator making it one of a few certified players in the market.
It takes only a few minutes to set up your account and users are allowed to make deposits in Bitcoin, Ethereum, other supported cryptocurrencies, tokens, and most importantly Euros.
To top it all off, ExMarkets is a part of the CoinStruction liquidity framework which is aggregating order-books from the most well-known cryptocurrency exchanges guaranteeing 24/7 crypto liquidity — a feature which can seldom be seen in the current market.
All IT solutions and technology of ExMarkets and CoinStruction’s services are developed in-house guaranteeing that all security threats and third-party associated risks are kept at minimum levels throughout all stages of product deployment.
Trade. Master. Profit. ExMarkets

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Hydro AMA Q&A Roundup with BitcoinMarkets (Slack), 15 June 2018

I've taken the liberty of rounding up all the questions and answers provided from Hydro's most recent AMA hosted with BitcoinMarkets incase you missed it. Enjoy!
Hydro Q&A’s
Q (knonsu): How does Snowflake relate to other identity protocols out there like Civic and uPort ?
A.1 (Anurag): We see snowflake as existing a layer below these types of projects. Even without blockchain, identity is a broad term. Different people around the world have different forms of identity (state ID, country ID, social media IDs, etc). Civic, uPort, and other blockchain projects help to build specific types of an on-chain identity for a user; however those IDs are meaningful in different ways to different observers. For instance, imagine that a government or business builds a system that accepts Civic as a form of identity while another government/business only recognizes uPort identities. On top of this, certain systems only care about information tied to a user’s social media profile. A user can maintain one standard Snowflake as a base layer and set each of these different forms of identity as a resolver. Snowflake eliminates the need for global unanimous adoption of a singular identity standard and rather allows systems to build business logic off of identity standards they themselves recognize.
Follow up Q (knonsu): thats cool. so its totally depends on the person/ institute utilizing it . One problem I found is how easy its to create fake identities (in their basic system).
A.2 (Anurag): Yup! So people can conduct off-chain verifications to prove that you own a snowflake, and then tie an on-chain verification to your Snowflake. This links real-world KYC to your on-chain ID, so sure you could mint another snowflake, but that same party won't validate it again for you. Anyone who trusts that party would be able to accept their validations, and people who don't trust that party can rely on a different validator they do trust.

Q (kat): How big is the team working specifically on Hydro products? Can we get a numbers breakdown of engineers, biz dev, etc? Do you have plans to scale this team as the Hydro project develops?
A.1 (Andy): Our Hydro team is 8 people.
Devlopers (Myself and Noah)
Product (Anurag and Shane)
Community (Nahom)
Founders (Mike and Matt)
Partnerships/BizDev (Gunjan)
The nice thing about Hydrogen though is we have a team of 30 people who we can leverage for different things. For example, Noah and I do not build mobile apps, but we have a front end team that is well versed in mobile app development. So while they are not directly on the Hydro team they do have a direct impact on Hydro.
Hydrogen as a company is working to grow pretty rapidly. As we grow we will be filling out more positions in both blockchain and non-blockchain rolls.
A.2 (Anurag): To add to Andy's answer - pretty much everyone working for Hydrogen helps out with Hydro in some way, whether via design, front-end development, API support, business discussion, etc.
Here's our full team: https://www.hydrogenplatform.com/about

Q (rocket man): So in the age of ICOs, what motivated your team to not pursue that funding model and instead have a token distribution for developers?
A (Andy): This was something that we spent a very long time considering and discussing. We spent a lot of resources (time, money & energy) trying to find the best solution for us going forward. When it was all said and done, we decided on an airdrop because of two main things, getting the token into the hands of people who will actually use it and regulatory concerns.
We feel as though our distribution was the fairest approach that allowed for people with actual interest in the Hydro community to get involved. Overall, we have been very pleased with the level of community engagement from people who are interested in the utility of the Hydro token and we feel that a lot of this can be credited to our distribution strategy.

Q (matheussiq8): How hydro tokens will be used is still vague in the Snowflake whitepaper draft. Would the amount required to hold depend on the volume of API calls or some other parameter? For example, if I decide to implement raindrop and later snowflake in my small webshop would I need to hold the same amount of tokens as Binance (if they ever implement it of course…)?
A (Noah): as always, the permissionlessness of public blockchains is a double-edged sword. smart contracts partially solve the problem by letting us enforce certain things on-chain (minimum token balances, signature validity, etc.), but there are limits. so, re. your specific question: in raindrop we do not vary the staking requirement across users, because that would necessarily involve value judgements we are not comfortable making as a centralized entity. however, there are two types of staking required for raindrop:
  1. “institutional staking” requires entities who wish to sign up raindrop users *on their behalf* (i.e. passing new users’ addresses to the smart contract as parameters rather than new users transacting directly from their accounts) to stake a significant amount of hydro. these are the players we want to ensure are acting in the best interests of the community. in this model, hydro is simply one of many institutional stakers (where we sign up users on our kickass mobile app, which will be out soon).
  2. “user staking” requires individuals who wish to sign up for raindrop on their own, i.e. transact directly with the smart contract, are able to do so by staking a much smaller amount of hydro.
What this all means for you, as a potential customer of our API, is that you don’t actually have to worry about the staking requirement or signing up users at all, and can simply use our API in conjunction with the Hydro app.
Looking ahead to Snowflake, we have big plans to integrate increasing sophisticated uses of the token into the product. to some extent these are still up in the air, but rest assured that we are very focused on building a strong tokenomics structure. At a high level, the core token mechanism for snowflake will involve depositing tokens into the snowflake smart contract. These deposits will allow native staking/payment/incentive functionality denominated in hydro, without the hassle and worry of using ether with every call.

Q (Hodlall): When is raindrop Android app is releasing
A (Andy): It is currently under development. We have a bunch of android phones with different OS on the way. It is hard to give a set date as we don't know what unforeseen issues could come up during the process though. All I can say is it is literally all that our mobile development team is working on

Q (Jeff_We_Cannafi): To piggyback on matheussiq8’s question, how do these identity tokens compare to existing forms of identity authentication, and do you anticipate the tokens themselves will be traded on exchanges?
A (Andy): In my opinion, the main difference between what we are working towards and others like civic and uport is the scope of what we are aiming to do. We understand the value of having KYC on the blockchain and "One click signup", but really I think blockchain identity can be so much more than that. We are aiming to create a completely extendable and modular protocol which will allow for people to link anything they desire to their blockchain identity. Other protocols can tend to lean towards centralization (more a fault of current KYC procedures than the projects themselves) and we feel like this doesn't have to be the case. At least for now, something like KYC needs to have central authorities to verify user information, but why can't I also link my crypto kitties to my blockchain id or my linkedin profile to my blockchain id?
Overall, what we are trying to build will easily allow for other blockchain developers to create robust identity solutions for whatever application they feel fit with Snowflake being at the core of that. We feel that this is crucial to eventually creating a completely open and decentralized identity system. Anyone can join and anyone can add what THEY consider to be an identity, but I only have to accept what I consider to be an identity.
As far as trading, Snowflake Identity tokens will never be tradable. We feel that you identity should always be linked to you. This would be a dangerous road to a very easy black market for people's identities

Q (Jrock): What do you find the hardest part of pitching icos to regular companies?
Also what do you think needs to happen for widespread crypto adoption?
A (Shane): If you mean pitching Hydro to regular companies (we're not an ICO :stuck_out_tongue:), I would say the hardest part is getting the larger companies to move faster than a snail's pace. There are too many chefs in the kitchen and sometimes there is a lack of top-down strategy on blockchain, and it leaves large enterprises paralyzed sometimes. We try to resolve this by pitching how easy Hydro is to use, and how it connects to our broader Hydrogen ecosystem which can add value in a lot of places.
In my opinion, widespread crypto adoption is going to be dependent on how parallelization plays out. If crypto's only option is to create a new parallel economy, widespread adoption is going to be slow and arduous and will take decades. However, if blockchain is able to be infused or layered on some of the current systems we have in place, the adoption will be much faster and broader. Ultimately this comes down to the usage of private vs public chains - the more private and centralized chains that get implemented, the farther the mainstream adoption will get pushed out.

Q (Luke): One aspect of Hydro that is beginning to really intrigue me are the potential use cases and dapps that can be built by external developers ontop of the Hydro protocol layers for each phase.
  1. Having held various dev meetups and networking at various conferences, how are you finding the process of attracting developers to start building dapps and products in your ecosystem?
  2. I understand the HCDP is getting updated with various new rules and bounties for dapps to be built, have you approached any developers yet with this new offer, and if so, how has the reception been?
  3. How else do you intend to attract developers towards building on the Hydro protocols?
A (Anurag):
  1. Through our events, we're mainly focused on helping expand the blockchain-focused developer community. We help give exposure to projects we find to be doing neat, innovative work in the space and keep ongoing dialogue with these communities.
  2. In particular, to provide impetus to developers in the Hydro ecosystem, we've established the HCDP. The new process will involve putting out specific task requests. In the next week or so we'll have published specifications for dApps that can be built on top of Snowflake. We ourselves will not be building these dApps (they have nothing to do with Hydrogen's space as a company). This helps the ecosystem expand outside of Hydrogen-specific use-cases.
  3. ^^Through the above process to get them started. Eventually, we want the Hydro development process to be community-driven, so people are building on Hydro because it benefits their own programs and applications.

Q (elmer_FUD): Hey Hydro Team! Here's a few question I've got for you after checking out the Raindrop and Snowflake whitepapers:
How has your experience working in the Ethereum ecosystem been so far?
While you are currently focused on the financial sector, would you consider actively marketing to other sectors such as healthcare and education in the future?
It seems like both Raindrop and Snowflake would be useful in any environment that processes or stores sensitive data.
Do you have plans to release official Raindrop SDK packages in other languages in the future?
A bit more of a specific question: Raindrop is looks like a great product to use in a PCI-DSS environment - do you have thoughts on whether or not it the product is ready for primetime and do you think the industry standards and government regulation is prepared to handle these kinds of systems?
A (Andy): Thanks for the questions! I'm gonna answer each in a separate response in this thread
Overall it has been pretty solid. There is still a ton of room for growth in terms of documentation and stuff like that, but it is miles ahead of basically every other blockchain platform I have worked with. By far the biggest pain has been handling gas costs when considering the user experience. When trying to build actual products that people will want to use we feel that making it user friendly is something that many blockchain projects have not focused on nearly enough.
Yeah certainly. We focus on fintech as that is where the rest of our companies APIs focus and that is where we have the most connections, but much of what we are building is much further reaching than that. Just as far as authentication goes, it really can apply to any major field and we intend to market it as such.
We currently have Python and JS SDKs and have had a few java ones submitted through our community dev program. We have been revamping that program, but I anticipate we will be putting up more bounties for most major languages. I have considered making a few more myself, but we feel that they could be better suited as community projects.
I completely agree. Raindrop and blockchain authentication when handling anything around payments is a great application. I think the biggest thing is actually convincing regulatory bodies that the protocols we have build are secure (since many can still be scared of blockchain). I definitely see this as a direct use case though

Q.1 (khonsu): What kind of banking relations do you have as a company, do they (banks) understand what you are trying to do ? Any VCs approached you for funding ? explain your business model.
A.1 (Shane): Hydrogen has existed since 2009 in the form of Hedgeable. Hedgeable is a consumer-facing online investing app, and the tech behind it eventually spawned the Hydrogen tech platform. The story of how the transition happened goes essentially like this: (1) Hedgeable was disrupting banks & investing firms, (2) banks & investing firms started contacting us and seeing if we would help them digitize & automate their own businesses, (3) we started packaging up our tech and selling it to the banks. There was so much demand for this from financial institutions that we spun out a new company (Hydrogen).
So to get back to your original question: we have some long-standing relationships in the banking & finance world, and to this day we have inbound leads from that space coming in every week. The key thing to keep in mind is that these institutions move extremely slowly, but they do understand the core value prop of our platform. Many of these firms are still in the midst of basic digitization efforts (i.e. moving from really slow offline processes to simple digital infrastructure), and that is the primary thing we are helping them with in early stages. But they are also keen on blockchain tech and they will naturally turn to us for that once they reach that point. We do have a few relationships with big financial companies in which Hydro/blockchain are already part of the discussion.
We have revenue and don't need to rely on VCs. It is our general philosophy that building a business sustainably with actual clients and revenue is a good approach, but we would consider working with the right VC if that came to be and we wanted to scale more quickly. Right now, that is not an immediate concern for us.
Our business model is in charging developers and enterprises to access the Hydrogen technology platform, which currently consists of products like Atom, Ion, and Hydro. Developers pay a per-user fee to hit our core APIs, while large enterprises negotiate custom (usually multi-year) contracts with us that typically include recurring revenue. Hydro, specifically, is being offered for free right now, as we attempt to gain adoption. But it is important to note that Hydro is just one piece of our ecosystem.
Q.2 (Joleen): When you say fee - is this fee HYDRO? And when do you envisage HYDRO to no longer be offered FOC?
A**.2 (Shane):** Sorry if it wasn't clear, I meant free to use our Hydro tech/APIs. The usage of HYDRO tokens within that is a separate issue - they still need to have HYDRO and we do not give it away for free to clients

Q (guacam0le): Adoption of an identity management solution (etc) would potentially involve a lot of identities. Further, scalability is a hot topic w/ blockchain. Is this a potential bottleneck? What is or might be done to address such?
Tackling a competitor like Google or Authy's 2FA is no small feat. Also, not everyone is yet to embrace blockchain-based solutions. Have you found it difficult to interface with enterprises & get them excited about the idea of an overhaul?
A (Anurag): nowflake is designed to be relatively low-load on the blockchain. A user needs to conduct a single transaction to “mint” their Snowflake. Once this is complete, they would need to complete one-time transactions to set each of their different forms of identities as resolvers as needed. A Snowflake is designed to be built out via resolvers over the duration of a user’s lifetime, so there’s never a need for heavy, frequent transactional capability. Similarly, smart contracts simply need to be set as resolvers by users; they do not themselves transact. Network scalability improvements will increase the range of use-cases for smart contracts that can be tied to Snowflake, but they aren’t a necessary prerequisite to some important early use-cases such as KYC platforms, and a few basic user-interaction platforms.
As far as competition, we feel that current adoption of 2FA is, in general far short of where it should be, and any 2FA is generally better than none. Many businesses use text-message based 2FA, etc. In the short-run we are aiming toward pilot implementations with small businesses. To further this, we have put out many integration resources, guides, and documentation and accordingly believe implementation of Raindrop is a more straightforward workflow. As far as large enterprises go, Hydrogen has clients, so it is helpful for our project to have those connections. Large institutions are generally relatively slow-moving, but have expressed interest in using Raindrop, in particular for securing employee accounts. As the product grows, we may eventually move in this direction with Client Raindrop, but resources will always be available for any site that wants to adopt it. Additionally, we are looking into making a wordpress plug-in to make implementation much more accessible for many developers.
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Q (Smithymethods): I know Hydro is a fintech company, hydro plan to curb phishing and hacking to the bearest minimum we know that hacking is very rampant these days on MEW and with other wallet. Is Hydro planning to create a wallet that support hydro and other tokens using their raindrop Technology?
As this will put an end to the problem of phishing and also promote hydro
A (Noah): like everyone in the crypto space, we’re very worried about phishing, both personally and on behalf of all hydro token holders. we first want to reemphasize that preventing scams and fraud has to be a community-driven effort: teams and users need to be vigilant and promote best practices (never trusting links in public chats, shunning fake accounts, etc.). we are excited about raindrop’s potential to help combat phishing, though. we actually talked with someone about mycrypto about integrating raindrop into their desktop app. we’ve forked their code and are researching how feasible an implementation would be, stay tuned for updates!

Q (Hodlall): What security measures in place for hydro , I see lot of tokens being hacked nowadays , and money is stolen.. how does hydro make sure their team tokens are completely secured or as much as possible
A (Andy): We all have been in crypto for a while and are pretty well versed in securing our stuff. Our tokens that are currently locked are in cold storage. Others are held in hardware wallets

Q (Joleen): We know that the Hydrogen platform is going to be used by CI Investments, a large insurance firm and a world top 20 bank, have these companies already begun purchasing Hydro OTC?
A (Andy): This is something that we feel is best to be hands off with. It is really up to the discretion of our partners

Q (khonsu’s mumaffi): Ill be honest i have not yet fully read the whitepaper but id like to know other than investor growth do you truly believe there is interest in a model where users have to pay each time for access? How big do u expect this fee to be...for large companies dont you believe this is an unscalable practice? This may be a question more about most technologies built on token based economics too.
A (Andy): So we have 2 different authentication protocols. One happens less often and is in the same vein as OAuth. This is called Server-Side Raindrop. This requires tokens to be sent. This protocol would only happen once per day for a business when accessing something like an API. I don't feel that these values are extremely high for increased security.
Our second protocol, Client-Side Raindrop, functions much more like google auth. This logic actually does not require any tokens or even a transaction by the end user. It is 100% free for them to use and they will never have to pay for a transaction. Here the responsibility is on the implementing party to stake tokens. This allows them to onboard users and authenticate them.
We felt it was crucial to have an authentication that did not have a cost per user login as it is not scalable

Q (khonsu’s mumaffi): Also do u plan to tokenise atom and ion too and if not covered earlier how big of an impact do the market conditions have on your business
A (Anurag): Tough to say we're going to "tokenize" them since that word can carry a lot of different meanings in different contexts, but we do plan on integrating the entire Hydrogen platform with Hydro. This will most likely take the form of enhancements to systems leveraging Hydro. You can find a more detailed breakdown on our Hydro roadmap: https://medium.com/hydrogen-api/project-hydro-features-in-depth-look-39faa29f0d61
Market conditions don't really have an impact - we're still building the same tech on a day-to-day basis

Q (ghost): As a company in the space, do you see the fact that tokens have to be acquired on exchanges as an issue? How would a company that wants to develop with you acquire tokens?
A (Anurag): Depends on what they're developing. dApps developing using Hydro smart contracts to create native functionality to their applications would need to acquire those tokens on their own; however, companies using the Hydrogen API will not. Here's a detailed article outlining when a developer would need the token for the Client Raindrop smart contract: https://medium.com/hydrogen-api/how-to-use-client-raindrop-without-using-the-hydrogen-api-bb04934ae293

Q (jarederaj): Can you describe your stakeholders and give me a better sense of the exigency of your products? Who are you focused on serving with your platform and why are they motivated to use your platform?
A (Shane): The Hydrogen platform serves developers and enterprises who want to build applications. We are specifically targeting the financial services sector, including banks, investing firms, insurance providers, and financial advisors. This includes large enterprises, individual developers, and startups.
Our products are Atom (core digital infrastructure & engine for finserv), Ion (AutoML & business intelligence capabilities), and Hydro (blockchain & decentralization layer). Each has a different use case but these products combine to form an ecosystem of tools for developers to build sophisticated applications with.
The main pain point we are addressing is the resources required to build, launch, and run a digital financial application. These resources include both time and money.
Large enterprises have resources, but they waste years and millions of dollars trying to launch digital platforms (we've seen this first-hand), often unsuccessfully. The motivation here is obvious. Startups and smaller developers, on the other hand, do not have access to huge resource pools, so they are forced to look for solutions that make the process more efficient.
In the same way that Wordpress makes launching a blog easy and also allows for extended functionality, Hydrogen makes launching fintech application easy.

Q (shujjishah): When the app will be released???
A (Anurag): We're going through our mobile development very iteratively. Since we work very closely with the product, there are things we can't recognize until we've got people beta testing the app. As we started Beta testing and conducting user-research, we realized that one aspect of the UI for the app was not intuitive to about half of our testers. We decided to make a few API changes to enable the mobile app to display a "linked" vs "unlinked" status in order to improve the user experience. Our front-end team is finalizing these changes, so our Beta testers will receive a new build in their testflight apps within the next few days. This new build will require another round of Beta testing to ensure that none of the code changes causes any problems on devices; if this change goes smoothly, and our mainnet testing goes smoothly, we will be able to release the app this month.
Since there isn't much precedent on releasing a product into the app store that connects users with the ethereum mainnet, our primary concern is making sure the product works fully as intended and provides an intuitive user experience.
Misc Q&A’s
Q (elmer_FUD): What's your favorite thing to drink?
A.1 (Andy): Overall, I really love Baja Blast Mountain Dew. If I am drinking, I'm a big fan of fruity beers like Blue Moon and Shocktop. Also had a really good raspberry sour recently
A.2 (Nahom): Primary=water but i do enjoy Jamaican ginger ale/beer. We keep honest tea in the office too, i love it because it brings me back from the dead:skull_and_crossbones:, @Hydro Andy drinks most of it behind my back though :triumph:
A.3 (Noah): hard: tequila or picklebacks
soft: any sour beer
other: mango juice
i also crush like 2 nalgene’s worth of water every day at work
A.4 (Shane): For hard alcohol: whiskey/bourbon
A.5 (Anurag): ooh, went to the finback brewery last weekend; was wonderful

Q (Joleen): Do you HODL any other tokens personally?
A.1 (Andy): I do. I think it is probably best to not say which, but if you follow me enough in #altcoins I am sure you will see me talk about a few
A.2 (Noah): im a bit of an eth maximalist actually :grimacing: i do dabble though

Q (Joleen): Who got who in the World Cup sweepstakes?
A.1 (Andy): I'm going for Germany, but I know next to nothing about soccer
A.2 (Shane): I'm rooting for Portugal, but I don't think they're going to win the cup

Q (Joleen): Who's got the best banter in the office? And who has the worst?
A.1 (Andy): One of our backend devs, Paavan, typically has some great banter
and even better hot takes
A.2 (Noah): dont @ me for worst banter
A.3 (Shane): Sabih (BA @ Hydrogen) banter is by far the best
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Issue general shares of BFX

Why not offer equity shares in the exchange based on independent accounting review by two respected forensic accounting firms. Issue diluted voting shares with protection for share dilution with an amendment to articles of incorporation. Price the shares to match the lost BTC and distribute them accordingly. Pay disbursements weekly/monthly with independent reviews and open ledgers for shareholders to view. Any changes to the system should be voted on since the people have a vested interest in getting their money back.
Once the disbursements reach parity with the losses BFX can offer to purchase the shares back at +5-10% their original value at the liquidation position or a higher price if the market bounces above it. This is the slap for collapsing the bitcoin market, but the company stays afloat and the bagholders have a vested interest in continued trading, instead of lawsuits and leaving your coffers bare if they have not been looted already.
I think this type of scenario would reduce the lawsuits and not collapse the exchange, even though after the events of the last few days I am wondering why I am thinking of ideas to keep you afloat since the mistakes made show that the safety protections were lies.
If you took this approach I would recommend hiring quarterly third parties auditors for SOX/PCI/ISO 27001:2013 compliance and validation, which would clear the air. Additional software or architectural changes to the platform should be peer reviewed by SME's.
To do this BFX must provide a proven root cause analysis and not vagueness. This will solve the balance difference between the socialized losses and the actual missing funds on a per account basis.
Also, when doing the socialized losses providing an obfuscated account list of every single account and show that there was no favoritism to large holders versus the smaller bag holders.
I think making them voting shares on a balance where BFX still maintains 51% voting rights would cause this mess to settle down. Coming out with a coin or leaving empty bags is going to cause everyone to leave more than likely. Adding or removing an DirectoOfficer requires 60% majority and share creation requires 80% majority.
If not, good luck. That's the best I could come up with that will keep some people around and not cut and run. Also, hire some CISSP, CEH and CISM certified people to watch your security, as well as a true Infrastructure Developer that knows real-time trading platforms, how to secure them and how to create an Asset Valuation and Risk Model, like Sherwood or a hybrid Risk Management methodology.
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How buy Ripple? Secret

EO.Finance is a wallet app from the EO Group who are working to create a new economy that lets people use blockchain currencies and fiat currencies together to purchase real-world products. EO.Finance offers an option for all platforms, each of which has full functionality for seamless use.

EO.Finance is a project from EO Group, which has been around since 2014. EO Group has a European license with the Estonian Financial Intelligence Unit, with numbers FRK000161 and FVR000193. The company has more than 100 professionals spread across six countries. It also provides customer service 24/7.
EO Group has experience in both the fiat and blockchain financial worlds and has multiple products within its ecosystem. EO Group has high standards for security, using Tier3 data centers, encryption for storage, TLS, and PCI/DSS.

EO.Finance App

As mentioned, EO.Finance offers a full range of applications, so users can take advantage of the ecosystem on any platform. The mobile applications are available for both Google Play and the Apple App Store. Alternatively, there is a link on its website to download the APK. Those who wish can also use EO.Finance in their browser via a Chrome extension or via the EO.Finance website. Finally, EO.Finance will be adding standalone desktop applications for both Mac and PCs soon.
Since the EO.Finance mobile applications have full feature support, you can perform a long list of functions via these apps. Make a deposit to or withdrawal from your account using a bank card, transfer funds to or from a crypto exchange or wallet, exchange currencies at a good rate, and make instant money transfers. The mobile app also includes support for the currency exchange with more than 2,500 currency pairs and the best exchange rates.

What Currencies Does EO.Finance Support?

EO.Finance prides itself on supporting both fiat and blockchain currencies. Just a handful of these include:
You can also view the recent changes to any of these supported cryptocurrencies on the EO.Finance website via a quick chart and a percentage change. In terms of fiat, EO.Finance supports:
Overall, EO.Finance plans to have more than 50 accounts for each registered user, each with its own currency.

The EO Card

The EO Card will be arriving soon, and it lets users utilize their EO.Finance account to make regular purchases using fiat and/or blockchain funds. You can link the EO Card to any of the currency accounts within your EO.Finance account. Then, you can use it to withdraw cash from ATMs around the world, taking advantage of low and transparent fees and convenient limits.
How Do You Deposit and Withdraw Funds with EO.Finance?
To start using EO.Finance, you must create an account. Once you have created your account, you can go ahead and deposit funds. It is easy to add fiat currency to your account via a wire transfer or a bank card. To add cryptocurrencies, take advantage of EO.Finance’s support for all blockchain exchanges and wallets. EO.Finance acts as a wallet, providing support for a full range of currencies, both crypto and fiat. You can use your account to store and HODL the funds.
It is just as easy to transfer funds out of your EO.Finance account. You can send money to a bank card or via a wire transfer in the case of fiat currency. In the case of cryptocurrencies, you can send the funds to any exchange or wallet.

How Do You Exchange Funds with EO.Finance?

EO.Finance also provides a cryptocurrency exchange where you will find more than 2,500 currency pairs to trade. You can choose to exchange between fiat and blockchain currencies or just stick to two cryptocurrencies. All exchange transactions occur instantly.

What Is the EO Coin?

The EO coin is the token used by EO.Finance and other EO Group projects. If you use EO coin to pay for your transaction fees on the currency exchange, you get a discount of up to 50 percent.
Other Projects from EO Group
The other projects from EO Group include EO.Trade, ExpertOption.com, and EO.News. The EO Ecosystem will be well-rounded and let traders of both traditional fiat investments and cryptocurrencies use all their assets on a single platform. EO.Finance is the wallet to buy, store, and use crypto. EO.Trade is a cryptocurrency exchange to support fiat purchases. ExpertOption.com is an online trading platform featuring token-based trading accounts. Finally, EO.News delivers up-to-date news related to crypto and fiat trading.
EO.Trade is likely to be particularly important to those who use EO.Finance since this is the way that you trade cryptocurrencies and fiat alike. EO Group calls it the “most powerful engine” of the crypto exchanges. It points out that there are no order delays and both the processes for withdrawals and KYC are quick.

EO Group Roadmap

The EO Group was established in 2014, and it launched the ExpertOption.com trading platform in 2015. In 2016, it opened offices in Russia and Ukraine and made partnerships with Google and Facebook. 2017 saw an expansion to the Asian market with offices in India and Thailand.
By January 2018, there were more than 8 million accounts and 3.5 million app downloads. The EO Coin private presale began in late March, followed by the public presale in April through June. In May, EO Group got its license for the crypto exchange and payments. The EO.Finance wallet launched in August, which is also when the second part of the EO Coin sale wrapped up.
December will see the launch of EO.Trade, with applications for that project following in January 2019. In Q1 of 2019, the token-based accounts for ExpertOption.com will launch. Then, EO.News will launch in Q2.

Conclusion

EO.Finance is one of the projects from EO Group, and it aims to combine fiat currencies with cryptocurrencies in an economy that everyone can take advantage of. There is support across multiple platforms, and the EO Card will be coming soon to let account holders withdraw at any ATM.

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