"Mr. Satoshi" found in Google Home

Smart speaker from IT giant has built-in cryptocurrecny adviser 
14 December 2017   1711

The owners of the Google Home speaker were surprised to find that Mr. Satoshi was hiding in their devices. So, if you ask the device about the current exchange rate, then after a short pause the familiar female voice of Google Assistant "turns" into a personal consultant on digital money. This is written by Bitcoin. com.

"Mr. Satoshi" is ready to tell not only about the current bitcoin rate, but also about the prices of altcoins. However, it is not known from where the device receives the data. Many users have suggested that this is the "Easter Egg" left by the Google programmers, but there is no confirmation of this theory yet.

In turn, one of the users of Reddit, introducing himself as a former developer of Google Assistant, suggested that this is a third-party application. According to him, if the program receives an unfamiliar query, it starts searching for the corresponding application based on popularity. Therefore, it is possible that "Mr. Satoshi" is the offspring of an unknown programmer, to whom Google Home simply appeals.

Lightning Labs to Raise $10M

As reported, the raised funds will be allocated to enforce the team with developers and commercial speciaslists
06 February 2020   251

Lightning Labs attracted $ 10 million investment during the A-series financing round, and also introduced a beta version of its payment service for outlets that work with bitcoin.

If bitcoin is going to reach its potential as a viable global currency, it’s going to need to scale beyond the base layer. Similar to how Visa relieves banks from handling all fiat currency traffic, Lightning relieves the base bitcoin chain from handing all transactions, thus bring more speed and fee efficiency to the network.

 

Brian Murray

Managing Director at Craft Ventures

With the help of the raised funds, the company intends to hire more developers and commercial specialists, so that it will be able to convey the applied solutions to users. In 2018, Lightning Labs unveiled a beta version of its LND scaling solution and received $ 2.5 million investment from several investors, including Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Litecoin creator Charlie Lee.

Now a beta version of the new Lightning Loop service has been launched, with the help of which outlets can more effectively manage payment channels and maintain liquidity in them. Several customers have already become interested in this tool, including the developer of the Fold shopping application, which processed approximately 1,600 transactions through the Lightning Network during the holidays in 2019.

We’re growing fast and Lightning Labs’ loop service makes it simple to manage our lightning node’s liquidity, letting our team focus on building out great user experiences that bring lightning to the world.

 

Will Reeves

Fold

According to Lightning Labs, this year the company will be developing tools for working with larger payment channels. We are talking about both individual channels, which individually can hold more than $ 1,500, and multidirectional ones, which break down payments into smaller parts.