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Why Lightning Payments Aren’t Clicking for Porn Companies (Just Yet)

Bitcoin may finally achieve broader traction through the adult entertainment industry in 2020, but the chips aren’t stacked in its favor.

So far, typical sex industry businesses like London’s 23 Paul Street strip club, said in June the venue stopped accepting bitcoin because customers simply weren’t paying with it. But the lightning network, a layer on top of bitcoin used for faster transactions with lower fees, may now be ready to facilitate broader payments for online platforms.

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Bitcoin Price Will Be Golden in 2020

Bitcoin Price Will Be Golden in 2020 Thanks to Limited Supply, Increasing Use: Bloomberg Report

Increasing global uncertainties and a weak dollar will likely push more investors into bitcoin as it becomes recognized as a store of value. The cryptocurrency’s fixed supply will further drive price increases throughout the year, Bloomberg analysts predict.

Bloomberg’s 2020 crypto outlook report, published Monday, predicts bitcoin’s price could move to the top of its 2019 range and retest the $14,000 high at a time when a weak dollar and stock market volatility continue and geopolitical tensions increase.

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Vibrator a finalist for CES 2020 Last Gadget Standing

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A vibrator that can be controlled through a mobile app is a finalist for CES 2020’s Last Gadget Standing award.

This year marks the first time sex technology products can qualify for awards or be showcased as part of the health and wellness category during the tech-focused trade show, which runs Jan. 7 to 10 in Las Vegas and is sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association.

The smart vibrator, created by Oakland, Calif.-based startup Lioness, may look like a basic sex toy but it bills itself as the first vibrator to use data — its patented biofeedback technology — to improve the user’s experience. It also said it’s the first vibrator company to have public ads at bus stops across San Francisco.

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How to build a Bitcoin Lightning node for just $150

Do you want money YOU can send instantaneously to anyone, anywhere in the world? Here’s how you can do so.

By Tim Copeland

Bitcoin is the future of money, they say. And we’re not doubting that. But, while the Bitcoin network is great at making large payments that don’t need to be settled quickly, it’s too expensive for making everyday, small payments.

Enter the Lightning Network: a second-layer solution built on top of the Bitcoin network that allows anyone to send bitcoin to each other instantly, for near-zero fees. But to use Lightning, you need to have a Lightning node. And sure, you could use a custodial solution to connect to the network, where somebody else makes the Lightning payment on your behalf. You could put your trust in third-party manufacturers and buy a ready-made Lightning node like the Casa Node. But what’s the fun in that?

There’s a much better way—for your self-sovereignity and your budget.

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Apple May Remove Coinbase’s Mobile DApp Browser From App Store

By Adrian Zmudzinski

After Google removed Ethereum-based decentralized application (DApp) browser MetaMask from its Android application store, Apple may now force Coinbase to remove the DApp browser feature from its crypto wallet application.

According to a Reddit post published on Dec. 28, United States-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase warned its users that in order to comply with Apple’s mobile App Store policy, it might be forced to remove the DApp browser feature from its wallet application. Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong commented on the post:

“Coinbase CEO here. This is really unfortunate to see. Apple seems to be eliminating usage of Dapps from the App Store. […] Presumably this would extend to other wallets as well (Trust, Argent, Metamask) it’s beyond Coinbase and IMO a very big threat to the ecosystem.”

Read this article on Cointelegraph

Can Smell-O-Vision Save VR?

Consumers have been slow to purchase VR headsets, largely due to price and limited content. But several start-ups are making devices that will give people a whiff of the virtual world.

Smell-O-Vision was introduced at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City. Created by a Swiss inventor named Hans Laube, it piped a variety of scents through a network of tiny tubes to individual seats in a movie theater. Needless to say, Smell-O-Vision wafted into oblivion.

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The Oculus Quest is getting controller-free hand tracking this week

Oculus is rolling out native hand tracking to the Quest, its standalone virtual reality headset, starting this week. Previously expected to arrive sometime in 2020, hand tracking will be available as an experimental feature in software version “v12” in the coming days. Once this update is installed, you can turn on hand tracking in the “Experimental Features” menu. Then, you can switch between Touch controllers and hand tracking with a toggle switch in the Oculus Home menu.

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Then check out Voyeur Monkey VR

20 Best TV Shows of 2019

From metaphysical quandaries to white nationalism, religion to romance, awkward adolescences to fraught marriages, the year’s best series covered all the bases

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U.S. Fed weighs up potential CBDC as countermove against China

Where just a handful of years ago, the idea would have been immediately dismissed or even met with ridicule, the United States Federal Reserve is now taking the concept of an official dollar stablecoin seriously.

Markets have heard more frequent guidance from the Fed on cryptocurrencies in recent years, and thanks to two curious U.S. representatives — French Hill and Bill Foster — this guidance now includes an enlightening response from Fed Chairman Jay Powell to their letter on a central bank digital currency, or CBDC.

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How Well Do You Know Your Data?

Businesses today are collecting more data than ever before related to their companies and how they operate. But do we really understand all this information? And, are we making the data work for us? As 2019 rapidly comes to a close, now is a good time to pause and evaluate the data your business is collecting, how it’s being used and to gauge your ROI. Digging into those numbers now can help ensure your business is more profitable and efficient going forward.

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‘Ford v Ferrari’ Review: Damon, Bale and the Need for Speed

Matt Damon and Christian Bale on the set of Twentieth Century Fox’s FORD V FERRARI.

Vroom! You can feel the power thrumming under James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari — and that’s a shock because this thunderously exciting true story is based on a stuffy business proposition. Back in the 1960s, Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts) determined to beat Enzo Ferrari (Remo Girone) at his own game by building a hot, fast race car — the GT40 — that could win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, pitting American crass against Italian class.

Read this review at Rolling Stone magazine

Pornhub ‘Devastated’ by PayPal’s Stance Against Sex Workers

MONTREAL — Last week, Pornhub announced to members of their Model Program that PayPal had suddenly decided to stop payouts and that the content producers should arrange for alternative ways of receiving their funds.

Pornhub VP Corey Price has released a statement describing the tubesite company as “devastated” by PayPal’s decision “to stop payouts to over 100,000 performers who rely on them for their livelihoods.”

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Report: Pornhub Storing ‘Roughly 7,000 Years’ of Content

CYBERSPACE — Pornhub is currently storing nearly 7,000 years worth of adult content on its servers, ready to stream, according to a new Popular Mechanics article.

Just how long is 7,000 years?

It’s a difficult number to put into perspective. It’s about 100 times longer than the average human lifespan. It’s the number of years it would take to reach the Eagle Nebula if you traveled there at the speed of light. Seven thousand years ago there were no pyramids; written language had barely begun developing. It was still the Stone Age — Bronze was still a thousand years or more away.

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Mainstream Businesses Can Learn Lessons from Adult Industry

LOS ANGELES — As the adult entertainment industry continues to evolve in the face of constant change, overcoming obstacles while developing new markets and technologies, a wide range of mainstream businesses are taking a closer look at the ingredients of the industry’s success — which go far beyond any simple notion that “sex sells.”

For example, a recent article in Business Matters Magazine explores how “the porn industry has one of the most successful and proven business models and the underlying principles and tools could help any business flourish or even survive a recession.”

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Doc Johnson Launches ‘Doc Blog,’ Talks Pussy Pumps in Recent Post

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Doc Johnson’s consumer and business-facing blog, Doc Blog, is officially up-and-running, offering advice on a myriad of trending sex topics. In a recent post, writer Megan Adams addressed the basics of pussy pumps, “one of the least-understood sex toys on the market,” according to Doc Johnson.

In the post, Adams illuminated the purpose of these overlooked toys, explaining how they bring pleasure and what the different available options are.

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Facebook Mainstreams Camming, Expands ‘Portal’ Device Lineup

LOS ANGELES — Facebook is seeking to mainstream immersive live video chat among consumers and is rolling out offerings that may help the company succeed — offerings that will not go unnoticed by the adult entertainment industry and the legions of independent cam models that fuel its growth.

Furthering its efforts, Facebook is adding three new models to its Portal family of video chat devices, including Portal with a 10-inch high-definition display viewable in landscape and portrait modes and Portal Mini, with an 8-inch high-definition display. Both devices feature an adaptive display that automatically adjusts brightness and color to the user’s surroundings and includes a powerful built-in speaker suitable for music playback when users are not on a call.

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