Dota 2015 Year Beast Brawl CNY Event

It’s the inaugural year beast event for the chinese new year in dota again.

You get an item set for victory, and some consolations if you don’t. The event opens up for about 10 minutes every 3 hours or so (though patches keep changing here and there).

year beast brawl

(though last year, despite its flaws, felt more fun due to the entirely different game mode, this year is more of a romp in the same park)

year beast victory

If you have 10 unwanted items, you can also throw them for the crucible to get more ability points for your year beast, and will also allow you to predict the results of your all pick matches.

For more points, and an adorable puppy, there is the crystal maiden!

frost avalanche crystal maiden puppy

But take heed:

http://en.reddit.com/r/DotA2/comments/2wc23c/psa_if_you_havent_bought_the_new_crystal_maiden/

[PSA] If you haven’t bought the New Crystal Maiden Arcana, don’t do so just yetTip (self.DotA2)

submitted by Drives a HondaTheElie69

It is now marketable and there will be a massive flood of people who bought into the hype of the item and are just now realising that they hate playing supports because…well…supports aren’t carries.

Give it a few days and that puppy will be down to 15 dollars a pop.

And then us budget buyer true support players can enjoy crystal waifu goodness!

Edit: Ah, I see some bitter instabuyers are already downvoting me. Good, good, let the hate flow through you.

Edit 2: To all those PMing me saying that this is not guaranteed….Of course it’s not guaranteed. It is just the most probable scenario.

Reddit’s Cryptoengineer Ryan X Charles

Reddit had been searching for a cryptoengineer to integrate cryptocurrencies into reddit and they found one.

https://np.reddit.com/r/blog/comments/2owj55/welcome_drew_ryan_mike_daniel_joe_dave_david/cmral8p

It’s definitely long-term. Bitcoin technology will ultimately become integral to reddit. We’ve had some internal brainstorming about ways we could integrate – the possibilities are enormous.

Our focus right now is on the digital asset. Announcements forthcoming.

 

Would it be for the internal redditor ipo? Or some new form of reddit gold or tipping?

He also talks about other stuff such as counterparty.

 

Bitcoin subreddit’s reaction:

http://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/2ox7vi/bitcoin_technology_will_ultimately_become/

 

Free Hearthstone packs for Chromecast (Reddit)

As if the reappearance of the Hearthstone Amazon discount was not good enough, looks like there’s another deal to get your Hearthstone packs!

Apparently the chromecast offers allows you to get $6 of google play credits following their steps per each chromecast you have. Those credits can then be used to buy hearthstone packs (or android play store purchases)

http://www.reddit.com/r/hearthstone/comments/2v0b2i/have_a_chromecast_get_some_free_packs/

Have a Chromecast? Get some free packs! (self.hearthstone)

submitted by treesounds

If you have a Chromecast, check out this link. For each Chromecast on your network, you’ll get $6 of Google Play Credit, which you can then use to buy packs on an Android tablet.

Unfortunately, I dont seem to be able to buy packs on my phone running the modified .APKS. :(

Hearthstone Amazon Discount is back!

The 30% Hearthstone Amazon discount is back!

You get 10% off amazon coins, and a 30% coinback on purchases above $20 with coins. You can check out the previous amazon hearthstone guide.

The current rates looks to be 106 packs for $90 at Amazon v Google play’s 70 packs for $89.97, so about 50% better

amazon $90 for 106

amazon hearthstone 30percent

The general steps are to

1) Install Amazon’s Appstore and install Hearthstone from it onto your Android Device or Emulator

2) Buy Amazon Coins

3) Use the Amazon coins to buy Hearthstone packs to get 30% coinback for purchases above $20, and then rinse and repeat with the new coins!

Coinbase raises large round, opens US licensed exchange

Making big waves

Investors include the new presence of NYSE, banks, Docomo and former Citigroup CEO

http://recode.net/2015/01/20/bitcoin-firm-coinbase-raises-75-million-from-dfj-the-nyse-and-two-banks/

Coinbase, a software company that allows people to buy bitcoin and enables businesses to accept it as payment, has closed a giant $75 million investment. In real U.S. dollars.

The round is by far the biggest investment in a bitcoin company to date. Beyond its size, the funding is sure to make waves in financial services thanks to the participation of three industry investors: the New York Stock Exchange, USAA Bank, and BBVA, a multinational bank with a large presence in Spain and Mexico. Former Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit also personally invested in the company.

The investment was led by DFJ, the venture capital firm that Re/code reported in November would likely lead the round at a valuation of $400 million or more. Previous investors Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square Ventures and Ribbit Capital participated, in addition to new investor NTT DoCoMo, a Japanese telecom company.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/first-u-s-bitcoin-exchange-set-to-open-1422221641

The virtual currency bitcoin is getting a very real boost on Monday with the opening of the first licensed U.S. exchange.

Coinbase Inc., a startup backed by $106 million from the New York Stock Exchange, banks and venture-capital firms, said its exchange will offer greater security for individuals and institutions to trade bitcoin and monitor real-time pricing of the cryptocurrency.

The exchange could bring needed legitimacy to the currency, which isn’t backed by a central government and is traded over virtual exchanges, primarily overseas. Coinbase said it has insurance, offering traders some assurance that their money won’t disappear.

Compiled Hearthstone Buffs

On reddit, some are pretty witty

http://www.reddit.com/r/hearthstone/comments/2tacr5/all_hearthstone_buff_names/

Gnomes versus Goblins
Burly Rockjaw Trogg Metabolized Magic
Hobgoblin HERE, TAKE BUFF.
Junkbot Junked Up
Lil’ Exorcist Pure
Micro Machine Pistons
Stonesplinter Trogg Metabolized Magic
Tinkertown Technician Might of Tinkertown
Anodized Robo Cub Attack Mode
Tank Mode
Dark Wispers Dark Wispers
Gahz’rilla Might of Zul’Farrak
Glaivezooka Glaivezooka
King of Beasts The King
Metaltooth Leaper Metal Teeth
Bolvar Fordragon Retribution
Quartermaster Well Equipped
Shrinkmeister Shrink Ray
Upgraded Repair Bot Repairs!
Velen’s Chosen Velen’s Chosen
Vol’jin Shadowed
Goblin Auto-Barber Extra Sharp
Iron Sensei Ironed Out
Tinker’s Sharpsword Oil Tinker’s Sharpsword Oil
Tinker’s Sharpsword Oil
Powermace Powered
Demonheart Demonheart
Floating Watcher Brow Furrow
Mal’Ganis Grasp of Mal’Ganis
Screwjank Clunker Screwy Junk
Siege Engine Armor Plated

Spare Parts
Armor Plating Armor Plating
Finicky Cloakfield Cloaked
Reversing Switch Switched
Rusty Horn Rusty Horn
Whirling Blades Whirling Blades

Naxxramas
Undertaker Darkness Calls
Shade of Naxxramas Consume
Avenge Vengeance
Dark Cultist Power of the Ziggurat

Druid
Mark of The Wild Mark of the Wild
Power of the Wild Leader of the Pack
Mark of Nature Mark of Nature
Savage Roar Savage Roar
Soul of the Forest Soul of the Forest
Ancient of War Rooted
Uprooted
Cenarius Demigod’s Favor
Hunter
Hunter’s Mark Hunter’s Mark
Bestial Wrath Bestial Wrath
Timber Wolf Furious Howl
Scavenging Hyena Well Fed
Eaglehorn Bow Upgraded
Leokk Eye In The Sky
Houndmaster Master’s Presence
Tundra Rhino Charge
Mage
Mana Wyrm Mana Gorged
Ethereal Arcanist Raw Power!
Paladin
Blessing of Might Blessing of Might
Blessing of Wisdom Blessing of Wisdom
Humility Humility
Repentance Repentance
Equality Equality
Sword of Justice Justice Served
Aldor Peacekeeper Stand Down!
Blessing of Kings Blessing of Kings
Blessed Champion Templar’s Verdict
Priest
Inner Fire Inner Fire
Power Word: Shield Power Word: Shield
Divine Spirit Divine Spirit
Shadow Madness Dark Command
Temple Enforcer Infusion
Rogue
Cold Blood Cold Blood
Conceal Concealed
Deadly Poison Deadly Poison
Edwin VanCleef VanCleef’s Vengeance
Shaman
Ancestral Healing Ancestral Infusion
Totemic Might Totemic Might
Rockbiter Weapon Rockbiter Weapon
Ancestral Spirit Ancestral Spirit
Flametongue Totem Flametongue
Unbound Elemental Overloading
Bloodlust Bloodlust
Warlock
Corruption Corruption
Power Overwhelming Power Overwhelming
Blood Imp Blood Pact
Demonfire Demonfire
Void Terror Consume
Warrior
Inner Rage Inner Rage
Upgrade! Upgraded
Commanding Shout Commanding Shout
Rampage Rampage
Cruel Taskmaster Whipped Into Shape
Charge Charge
Frothing Berserker Berserk
Warsong Commander Charge
Gorehowl Needs Sharpening
Neutral
Abusive Sergeant ‘Inspired’
Grimscale Oracle Mlarggragllabl!
Hungry Crab Full Belly
Lightwarden Warded
Murloc Tidecaller Blarghghl
Secretkeeper Keeping Secrets
Young Priestess Elune’s Grace
Bloodsail Raider Treasure Crazed
Crazed Alchemist Experiments!
Dire Wolf Alpha Strength of the Pack
Mana Addict Empowered
Master Swordsmith Equipped
Blood Knight Shadows of M’uru
Coldlight Seer Mrghlglhal
Flesheating Ghoul Cannibalize
Bananas (King Mukla) Bananas
Murloc Warleader Mrgglaargl!
Questing Adventurer Level Up!
Raid Leader Enhanced
Shattered Sun Cleric Cleric’s Blessing
Southsea Captain Yarrr!
Ancient Mage Teachings of the Kirin Tor
Dark Iron Dwarf Tempered
Defender of Argus Hand of Argus
Twilight Drake Hour of Twilight
Captain Greenskin Greenskin’s Command
Frostwolf Warlord Frostwolf Banner
Gurubashi Berserker Berseking
Emboldener 3000 (Geblin) Emboldened!
Stormwind Champion Might of Stormwind
Gruul Growth
Nightmare (Ysera) Nightmare

WSJ: Bitcoin one of the most powerful innovations in finance in 500 years.

2 writers at Wall Street Journal have written a book about bitcoin

In the video, they talk about how it makes people reassess and rethink what money is.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-revolutionary-power-of-digital-currency-1422035061

Bitcoin’s unidentified creator—a person or persons operating under the pseudonym of Satoshi Nakamoto —has provided a novel solution to a problem that has dogged societies for centuries: the distrust among strangers in commercial transactions with one another. In any exchange, how could someone feel secure unless there is a face-to-face handover of physical currency or some other valuable good?

When banks were invented in Florence in the late 1400s, a centralized solution emerged: People didn’t have to worry about trusting strangers anymore; they could just trust their banks to absorb the credit risk. Using internal ledgers to keep track of everyone’s balances, banks became the middlemen through which exchanges could now occur.

Banking unleashed the Renaissance, the Industrial Revolution and the modern age. But a new problem arose: As the world’s monetary intermediaries, banks became powerful—perhaps overly powerful—repositories of information and influence. The financial system was and remains vulnerable to bank failures, as we were painfully reminded during the financial crisis of September 2008.

One month after that meltdown, Satoshi Nakamoto released the initial document describing bitcoin. For the first time, people had a decentralized solution to the financial-trust problem. Here was a new form of currency that could be transferred online without involving fee-imposing, third-party institutions.

But many still ask: How can a bitcoin have value if it isn’t “backed” by gold or a government? If you can’t hold a currency in your hands, if it doesn’t bear some central authority’s insignia, how can it be worth anything?

Here we have to remind ourselves of some economic fundamentals: Money’s essence doesn’t reside in tangible currencies, which have no intrinsic value—beyond, say, a dollar bill’s modest usefulness as a bookmark. Much the same can be said of bitcoins, which are made up of bits and bytes.

In the broadest sense, money is, instead, an all-encompassing, society-wide system for keeping up with who owns or owes what. Physical currencies are simply symbols or tokens in that system, representing a shared standard of value for tracking wealth holdings. What Nakamoto’s blockchain invention offers is an online, decentralized and fully public mechanism for recording those shifting balances. It deals directly with the essence of money.

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