Shop in Amazon using Lightning!

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It is now available to spend your Bitcoin on Amazon using the Lightning Network. A crypto payments processor Moon, recently announced that their browser extension now accepts any kind of lightning-enabled wallets. 

Pay using your favorite wallet service

Moon has developed a browser extension which allows users to spend their crypto. Now they have implemented lightning network.

“[The Moon extension] will pop up a QR code and it will have the lightning invoice, which you could also copy and paste if you can’t use the QR code for some reason, and you’ll be able to pay with your favorite lightning wallet,”

says the company’s CEO Ken Kruger.

However, before they launched lightning payments, they had about 250 users who has already used Moon to purchase items on e-commerce websites. They just need to connect the extension to exchange accounts, like Coinbase.

Amazon doesn’t receive Bitcoin

Moreover, Amazon never gets paid in Bitcoin. The cryptocurrency gets converted to fiat with the help of a unspecified financial institution, which Ken Kruger declined to reveal. Also, he added that he thinks that almost all e-commerce sites will accept Bitcoin by 2020. And that it shouldn’t matter whether the platform accepts Bitcoin or fiat.

The browser extension is available on Chrome, Brave, and Opera browsers. A Safari extension is coming soon, says on their website. Additionally, Moon allows payments made with multiple cryptocurrencies such as Litecoin, Ethereum, or Bitcoin Cash. Also, Amazon will not be the only e-commerce site which will eventually accept crypto payments. Moon explains that soon customers will be able to use Moon when shopping on AliExpress, Target, or even eBay.

Considering all this, the company’s CEO told that they will be seeking for a Series A funding in 2019 while continuing learning from the user behavior:

“There’s a lot of opportunities to help solve some of those usability problems and getting people onto the lightning network, increasing adoption in that way. We’re going to engage with other folks in the lightning community to see what people are doing, what they’re working on and if there are any significant gaps. We’d love to step in and help whenever possible.”


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A new Brave browser release and they are giving away BATs!

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As Basic Attention Token continues to gain profits for some, there might be a simple explanation for this price rise. A few days ago, on October 18th, last Thursday, the new version (0.55) of the Brave desktop browser has been released. It is still in Beta, but the team commented that this is a big milestone for their path to version 1.0. The new version of the browser is based on Chromium which is an open source Web browser project started by Google, to provide the source code for the proprietary Google Chrome browser. The old browser version Brave Muon, cannot be downloaded anymore, as the users who still use it will receive notifications on a full update which they can apply to already. 

The new version is 22% faster than the previous and with that, it is the fastest browser they have ever made, they claim in their press-release. Also with this update, Brave has replaced Brave Payments with Brave Rewards. While still in beta, it has improved usability, more visibility and new features the old version didn’t have. And of course a lot of new features have been added to the browser along standard crash fixes and web compatibility fixes, like Tor-related privacy enhancements, a private search engine, the ability to disable WebRTC settings, Default Brave shield preferences, localization updates and many more plus new shapes and colors.

Anyone who downloads the new upgrade, which is more like a new browser, will get the ability to claim BAT tokens without the option to withdraw. The tokens will have an expiration date, which will motivate the users to actually use them, in order to reward their favorite websites or content creators in general. Brave wants to eventually provide users with the ability to earn BAT tokens by viewing ads and basically by using the internet. But this is still in development mode.

This new browser is mainly like Google Chrome, which means you get all the same window themes and chrome extensions. When speaking about the user experience, I for example, really do not like Chrome, because of the layout and the fact that it drains your computers’ RAM. And since Brave now looks like Chrome, I think I won’t be switching to it anytime soon. I could be waiting for the official 1.0 version release just to see how the new browser works. But it looks good in a way of everyday browsing through the internet. In my humble opinion, web browsers are like banks or wallets.

 When you first open up a bank account, that bank becomes yours, and you are most likely to stick with that bank for the rest of your life. The same with wallets – you change them so rarely. And I think the same applies for web browsers. It is so hard to switch to another browser, because you have got so accustomed to the present one. It almost takes a week to fully get to know your new browser, to set all the bookmarks the way they don’t feel weir, to set all the settings like they were on the previous browser and finally to start feeling comfortable using it – this all is not a days work and it messes with your productivity as well. So I believe that Brave will become a serious competitor after the 1.0 release when they finally will offer the full product.

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When speaking in terms of the price spike – Basic Attention Token is still rising at the time of writing with +18% with the price jumping from $0.20 to $0.28, and overall since the day of the announcement it has gained almost near 40%. With this move, BAT has risen up to its regular price and could be leveling out until the next announcement.


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