Coding in Warsaw


The RChain dev team was in Warsaw last week working toward main net. Above you see Kayvan Kazeminejad, Timm Schäuble, and Chris Boscolo enjoying their last night at a Georgian restaurant. Below, the team works together. As a decentralized organization, we’re spread out across the planet. It was a great opportunity for the dev team to catch up in person.


The Race is On


While a few Democratic heavyweights have entered the 2020 presidential race, Pete Buttigieg is not yet a household name. The openly gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana has faced challenges before. Barack Obama, for one, called him a future star in the party. Buttigieg plans on cashing in on that prediction.

While candidates stake out their territory for this race—it is generally agreed that “I’m better than Trump” is not the path to victory—Buttigieg is focused on “inter-generational justice.” He’s using the fact that he’d be the youngest president ever to leverage progressive personal data ownership legislation—just the type of platform blockchain was designed to address.



Protect Your Cookies


Another attack vector for hackers emerges. This recently discovered malware steals browser cookies on Macs in order to steal crypto.

Researchers at cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks published a report on Thursday, saying that the malware, dubbed “CookieMiner,” intercepts browser cookies related to cryptocurrency exchanges and wallet service providers’ websites visited by the victims.

The focus isn’t only on Binance, Coinbase, Poloniex, and other wallets, but major credit card companies as well. Adding insult to injury, the malware installs crypto mining software onto your computer in order to mine a coin called Kuto.

Stealing cryptocurrency has become an industry. In Q3 2018 alone, nearly four million mining malware threats were detected. That’s eight times as many as during the entirety of 2016-17.



Bookchain


SatoshiPay, a micropayments startup, has landed a big client: Axel Springer SE, Europe’s largest digital publishing house. The publisher owns Business Insider and the German edition of Rolling Stone, among many others. They were prompted to move onto blockchain to save on transaction costs and immediately receive payments from customers—a wonderful use case for the emerging blockchain transactions market.

SatoshiPay said that, as of Jan. 31, its wallet will be integrated into Axel Springer’s online products and will work without any intermediaries, so payments will be directly credited to the publisher’s account from its content consumers.

Considering the tough news this week for Buzzfeed, Vice, and HuffingtonPost, better distribution solutions on blockchain could at least help stanch some of the bleeding.


Closing Thought


“The best projects are likely to be overlooked, not trumpeted by a crowd; the best problems to work on are often the ones nobody else even tries to solve.” — Peter Thiel, Zero to One