Beam 2020 Week #15
Covering April 6th - April 12th 2020
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April is kicking off with a roar with the release of Testnet - Double Doppler 4.2, with mainnet release right around the corner. You can check out the release here and if you need some testnet coins to play with, jump into the chats and ask, or have at the faucet. With mainnet release on its way, it’s the perfect time to get familiar with the new features, and fire through your feedback. Some of the key features were outlined in last weeks newsletter, so if you haven’t had a read yet, head on over.
I thought today would offer a great chance to also look at Beam, beyond the beautiful wallets. Who’s accepting Beam? And how are they accepting Beam?
Both great questions, so let’s dive in and see.
Taking a look on site, Beam Accepted Here shows there is a good number of stores and service providers accepting Beam. The list has a heavy focus on (but in no way limited to) those where privacy can be crucial e.g. VPNs and VPSs. It makes sense if purchasing something such as a VPN to do so in a private manner. Beam provides us with the opportunity to do so.
There are also a number of other great stores where you can make purchases in a private manner with Beam:
PIA - feature rich, privacy focused VPN
The Bob Shop - get yourself some great Beam and crypto merchandise
Crypto Coffee - turn your Proof of Beam into their Proof of Bean
Cyber Hour - big Beam fans with privacy focused VPS and domain hosting
Lynx Art Collection - Some high quality crypto art for your walls and wallets
Steve Dressler Music - Keep your ears in tune with Steve’s musical master pieces
Beam Bet - for getting your gamble on, by the great vsnation
Special shoutout to our first known Taobao seller accepting Beam as payment
These are but a handful of the merchants accepting Beam, be sure to check out the rest and show your support. Now that we have had a look at the who, time for the how:
Beam Pay - A Beam specific payment processor that allows integration with online stores to automatically manage all your transactions. Beampay is already integrated and on display at https://store.beamprivacy.community/.
Coinpayments - Integrated payment gateway for cryptocurrencies from Beam to Bitcoin and beyond
NOWPayments - An easy way to accept Beam and other cryptocurrency payments
These are the main ways merchants have integrated Beam as a payment option, with anyone free to add via their own methods, such as Private Internet Access has done. If you have any merchants looking to add Beam, let us know, and we can assist in making it happen!
The community has spoken, and chosen their favourite Beam girl to stay at home with. You can find her in the mix of the new sticker pack and encourage those around you to stay safe.
Why Privacy Matters - The first in an ongoing series by Beam, outlining global privacy concerns, and asking the community why these matter to them
Beam Bi Weekly Update - Another great run down of the last fortnight by our friends at Paradigm
Blockchain, Privacy, and Beam for Dummies - Some great insights into the world of blockchain, privacy and Beam, by our Ambassadors Obinna and Wisdom
The Daily Chain shares the HASHR8 Privacy Coin Reviews: BEAM with their community
Some Reasons Why Beam is the Privacy Coin of the Future in this piece by John P. Njui on Crypto Gazette
Testnet - Double Doppler 4.2.8646 - released
Mainnet - Double Doppler 4.2.8646 - testing nearing completion
Eager Electron 5.0 - Work well underway
Week in commits: 37
Wallet Channels - complete
Atomic Swaps API - complete
Hardware Wallet refactoring - complete
Web Wallet - complete
Due to the current situation, we are not planning or attending any upcoming offline events. We will focus our efforts towards online activities for the foreseeable future.
Sign up, stay tuned, and see you all next week!