AWS threatens to suspend Signal Messenger for resisting state censors, advancing the case for Dapps

Leo Zhang

By Leo Zhang

In a perverse logical twist, AWS implies Signal's use of "domain fronting" in the avoidance of censhorship is somehow a subversive act, telling the company, "You do not have permission from Amazon" to engage in such a practice.

Amazon threatens to suspend Signal's AWS account over censorship circumvention
(Signal Blog)

"However, in the time-honored tradition of sharing unpopular news late on a Friday afternoon, a few days ago Amazon also announced what they are calling Enhanced Domain Protections for Amazon CloudFront Requests. It is a set of changes designed to prevent domain fronting from working entirely, across all of CloudFront."

Welcome to China's wild, wild world of blockchain investment
(SCMP, by Orange Wang)

"He said the company’s main asset was a 3,333-hectare vineyard in Fuan, Fujian province, and he was offering investors a piece of a product called 'Fu-chain', or 'the chain to get good fortune'."

My adventures trading Bitcoin in China's peer-to-peer market
(LongHash, by Christian Grewell)

"China’s cryptocurrency exchanges wasted no time in retooling their business models for a world in which Chinese regulators would ignore them provided they did not directly engage with domestic financial markets. Exchanges like Huobi and OKEx are now largely operating overseas, without a Chinese local currency deposit and withdraw function."

UNICEF wants you to mine cryptocurrency for charity
(The Verge, by Shannon Liao)

"The Hopepage shows you the hash rate — the speed at which you’re mining cryptocurrency — in the upper right corner. For me, it said six hashes per second when I gave the site 20 percent of my 2015 MacBook Air’s computing power, a tiny but admirable effort. Once you’re donating, the page also tells you you’re giving toward Rohingya refugee children from Myanmar that have faced extreme danger and violence for being Muslim."

Highlights: CFTC's Giancarlo at Milken calls bitcoin craze 'generational'
(Reuters Staff)

"'There is something going on here that is generational. Just as the baby boomer generation lost faith in the leaders that came before them and tried to seek a cultural change in those days through sex, drugs and rock and roll, I think there is a generation that also has lost faith in us that led them through the financial crisis and they see technology as a way of disintermediating institutions for which they don’t have a great deal of respect.'"

Google co-founder highlights crypto mining impact
(CoinDesk, by David Floyd)

"Brin did not feel either of these factors was the biggest contributor to the computing 'boom,' however. That factor, he wrote, is machine learning, a data-intensive technique used to develop artificial intelligence systems that can drive cars, recognize faces or translate texts without human input."

Is Coinbase creating a centralized or decentralized financial system?
(Brian Armstrong)

"In other words, the investment phase draws enough people in that a critical mass of people is reached to spark the utility phase, or come for the tool, stay for the network."

Commentary on Bitcoin Cash community

Excellent thread on the nature of media manipulation

Interests in airdrops decrease as regulation tightens

Historical perspective on purchasing power of consumer dollar

Technical & Updates

Why hard forks are altcoins
(Jimmy Song)

"A hard fork by definition requires backwards-incompatible software. New software essentially means that anything goes, including premines, dev taxes, founder rewards, etc. The implications of this are not fully understood yet as most hard forks don’t yet alter the ledger or the rules for adding transactions very much."

For a slightly different perspective on forks, read Truthcoin's article More Terminology -- forks and splits.

Bitcoin Q&A: what is a fork?

Custom domains on GitHub pages gain support for HTTPS
(GitHub Blog)

"These new IP addresses don’t just allow us to serve your site over HTTPS, but also places your site behind a content delivery network (CDN), allowing us to serve your site from data centers around the world at fast speeds, and offering additional protection against DDoS attacks. While the previous IP addresses will remain available for a transition period, we recommend you migrate to the new IP addresses to gain these benefits."

Discussion thread on the past cryptography failures in cryptocurrency projects

Commentary on the necessity of L2 solutions