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How Bitcoin’s Lightning Can Be Used for Private Messaging

Bitcoin’s lightning network might have a use case beyond faster and more scalable payments. Last week Lightning Labs developer Joost Jager revealed an experimental, new proof of concept: Whatsat, a version of lightning that can be used to send private messages. Like bitcoin, it’s censorship-resistant. But, unlike encrypted apps that morph messages into unreadable, garbled …

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Trick allows RCS messaging on virtually any Android phone

Sponsored Links Google Google is trying to speed up RCS’ rollout on Android, but you might have a way to enable it sooner than that. Reddit users have posted a trick that lets you enable the richer texting on any compatible Android phone, regardless of carrier. The process involves pointing a key Android Messages flag …

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WhatsApp tests disappearing messages in its Android app

Sponsored Links SOPA Images via Getty Images WhatsApp is testing disappearing messages. The feature appeared as a beta in version 2.19.275 of the Android app and was spotted by WABetaInfo. In the beta, the disappearing messages are available in group chats only, and they can be set to self-destruct in five seconds or an hour. …

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Google takes control of bringing next-gen texting to Android

Sponsored Links Google Google’s rollout of RCS chat to Android devices has been slow, and you can blame that partly on the carriers. As the next-gen texting format usually depends on networks adding support one at a time, compatibility has been patchy at best. Now, though, Google is ready to take matters into its own …

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More Details Emerge on Team Behind Facebook’s Secretive Blockchain

More names are being linked to Facebook’s secretive cryptocurrency project. Following a report Wednesday by The Information claiming the social media giant’s “GlobalCoin” could debut as early as this month, CNBC reported on 10 Facebook executives linked to the effort. Additionally, as first reported by CoinDesk in May, The Information says MIT’s Christian Catalini is the …

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TikTok’s owner launches chat app with a focus on communities

Sponsored Links VCG via Getty Images TikTok’s owner, ByteDance, has jumped into the wide world of messaging apps. The company has released Flipchat (aka Feiliao), an “interest-based social app” for Android and iOS that combines the usual chats and video calls with a social network-style feed, chat groups and forums. While you can communicate like …

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