Cryptomining Scripts Blocked by New Firefox Build

Firefox has collaborated with a privacy firm called Disconnect to stop unwanted browser-based cryptomining and fingerprint-tracking. Firefox has compiled a list of websites that serve cryptomining scripts. Firefox will block such scripts by default in future versions. Firefox Blocks Fingerprinting and Cryptomining At least one of the websites on this list was not intended initially as a means of “stealing” user resources. Coinhive had several scripts which are supposed to use cryptocurrency mining as an alternative way to pay for things like content, or as an alternative to existing human verification protocols. However, the company’s services were abused to the

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Facebook’s Crypto Division Might Build a Blockchain Identity System: Mark Zuckerberg

Weighed down by countless accusations of user-data violations, crypto-curious Facebook has signaled that it could turn to blockchain technology for some tasks. In a video discussion, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg told Harvard Law professor Jonathan Zittrain, that the social media giant could integrate blockchain technology into the platform’s login and data sharing systems. This would allow its billions of users to enforce control on the apps that access their data, profiles, and pages. Additionally, the technology would empower users with regards to the amount of data they share. Facebook Interested in Using Blockchain to Boot Intermediaries – Apple are you

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Amazon Shoppers Don’t Want Jeff Bezos to Build a Bitcoin Exchange

A recent survey of Amazon users by Investing.com finds that just 13% of online shoppers would be comfortable buying Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies through the e-commerce giant. About the same percentage of people would be comfortable buying prescription drugs and medical marijuana from Jeff Bezos and company. Comparatively, about 73% of people show interest in purchasing an Amazon-branded computer. Survey: Just 13% of Shoppers Want to Buy Bitcoin on Amazon Other notable statistics: almost half of all respondents don’t look anywhere else when shopping for books or electronics. However, less than 10% of respondents exclusively use Amazon for automotive needs,

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Trying to Build a ‘Better Bitcoin’ is as Pointless as Creating a ‘Better’ Google Search

By CCN.com: MIT researchers have designed a new cryptocurrency, Vault, to make it easier for new users to join the network by reducing the bandwidth for starting a new node by 99% over Bitcoin. Shocker (Not): New Cryptocurrency Claims to be Better than Bitcoin Derek Leung, co-author of the Vault paper and a graduate student in the

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Build That Wall: Trump Offers DACA Protection for Border Funding as Shutdown Hits Day 29

President Donald Trump has proposed extending protection for some illegal immigrants in the U.S. in exchange for wall funding along the Mexican border. The offer, which was announced Saturday after 4:00 p.m. ET, presents Congress with a new pathway to ending the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. A Presidential Compromise Speaking live from the

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Is Elon Musk Losing it? Laying Off 3,000 American Workers to Build a Gigafactory in China, & Tesla’s Enormous $1 Billion Debt

By CCN.com: Trying to make heads or tails of Tesla’s financial footing continues to be a task. The good news for Elon Musk keeps getting trumped by worrisome, if not flat out bad news. This month is proving to be a trying one for Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk. It’s enough even to give … Continued

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