Phoenix Wright Dual Destinies makes it way to iOS!

Although available only as a download for the North American release, like the other Phoenix Wright Ace Attorneys they have ported it to the iOS.

It made those using 3DS outside the US have difficulty accessing the game however, with the various region lock restrictions.

Now it’s available to anyone with an iphone or ipad, for a price

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/phoenix-wright-ace-attorney/id882362024?

 

Techinasia confirms EDMW rumor: Bubbly bubbles away into bubbly liquidation from $39m funding

Rumors quickly bubbled to the surface in edmw

http://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/eat-drink-man-woman-16/sg-tech-startup-closed-shop-sg-govt-investor-4769564.html

Sg tech startup closed shop(sg govt was an investor)

Bubbly | CrunchBase

Laid off all 50+ employees. Right now only have skeleton crew of 5-6 people on payroll for 2 more weeks while they close the office.

Investments from

IDA’s Infocomm Investments ( VC arm)
SingTel Innov8 (VC Arm)
and other big name foreign VCs.

Their website is still up: Bubbly – Login or Sign Up to Share Your Voice With The World.

And was confirmed by TIA

http://www.techinasia.com/singapore-startup-bubbly-liquidating/

Bubbly, a Singapore-based social network which received US$39 million from prominent venture capital firms Sequoia Capital, Singtel Innov8, JAFCO Asia, and others, is liquidating after a few acquisition deals failed to work out, sources told Tech in Asia. Bubbly had undergone due diligence several times over the past nine months in anticipation of acquisitions. Twice, the deal fell through with Chinese-listed companies due to issues on their end that caused their stock prices to crash.

The company had three more offers and accepted the highest one by another venture capital-backed company. The due diligence process dragged on for two months. But as the merger was about to take place after Bubbly laid off its management team and restructured the company in order to close the deal, the acquirer tried to lower

Bubbly’s price by 90 percent because it assumed the startup’s investors no longer had any more options. “[Bubbly's] investors decided they would rather liquidate the company and take the remaining cash out of the business than to own stock in an unethical company that would do something like this.

Spin off threads with commentary:

http://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/eat-drink-man-woman-16/wahh-sg-company-%2439million-venture-capital-closes-down-4772412.html

http://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/eat-drink-man-woman-16/%5Bglgt%5D-local-startup-sg%2439-million-investments-goes-bust-look-who-were-leading-company-4772439.html

 

 

FF14 ARR launches round of RAF and Free Trials

Free trial lasts for 2 weeks with a lvl 20 cap

Bonuses for Recruit a Friend for 30 days and 90 days (mount)

http://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/topics/detail/3ef885de369a0d8f6f6361fcf94de373c92ed478

08/01/2014 10:20 AM
Recruit a Friend Campaign and Free Trials Begin Today! (07/31/2014)


It is with great pleasure that we announce the start of the Recruit a Friend campaign, offering players special benefits for inviting friends to join them on their adventures in Eorzea! Those looking to try the game before making a purchase can also take advantage of our new 14-day free trial!

By inviting friends to join, players will be eligible to receive special in-game rewards that make adventuring together all the more enjoyable. Whether you’re fighting to save the realm, or just taking in the many wonders the world has to offer, friends are an irreplaceable part of the Eorzean experience.

Recruit a friend, and help them on their way with a 14-day free trial today!

Review details of the Recruit a Friend campaign.
(http://sqex.to/URt)
Review details on free trials.
(http://sqex.to/mjK)

Thomson Reuters Eikon adds Bitcoin

Following Bloomberg, Yahoo and Google Finance, Thomson Reuter’s Bloomberg terminal competitor Eikon has also added bitcoin

Their press statement:

https://thomsonreuterseikon.com/blog/take-advantage-bitcoin-market-bitstamp-usd-rates-thomson-reuters-eikon-2/

Take advantage of the Bitcoin market with BitStamp USD rates in Thomson Reuters Eikon

Bitcoin themed stickers stand attached to glass doors during the Inside Bitcoins: The Future of Virtual Currency Conference in New York

In response to strong customer demand, bitcoin/ USD prices from the BitStamp exchange have been added to Thomson Reuters Eikon. Traded rates and volumes as well as top of book quotes are all now available for you to act before the market moves

While the size of the bitcoin market remains modest – with an estimated daily volume of $60-70 million – it is proving to be extremely durable. The bitcoin market has now traded continuously for close to five years and survived the failure of Mt Gox, a major bitcoin exchange.

With online vendors such as Expedia and Dish Network accepting bitcoins as a form of payment, the bitcoin market is experiencing a surge in popularity, with many government officials beginning to recognize it as a valid means of exchange.

The rise of the crypto currency

Despite it not being considered a currency and not legal tender in almost all jurisdictions, the growing role of crypto currencies is starting to get the full attention of market players and regulators. Bitcoin is the one with largest market capitalization and by far the most common. Its components of decentralization, independence from a central banks, governments or any single institution generated a lot of traction since 2009 and more recently regulators are trying to size the efforts in order to be ready with a regulatory framework (New York Department of Financial Services being the latest one in July 14).

Despite the skepticism expressed by many counter parties, the phenomenon of crypto currencies needs to be monitored as it brings on several implications on industry assets  and practices (such as payment systems and the role of the banks), but also on regulatory ground (links with anti-money laundering legislations).

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How to access Bitcoin USD rates in Eikon

Thomson Reuters Eikon users can monitor Bitcoin and analysts can benefit from the data being available and comparable with other data. Finance professionals can use the News Monitor tools within Eikon to track news and link to the graphical analysis in the form of internal reports or if asked from their client base. This allows you to stay more in Insight/Pre Trade rather than Trading/post trading.

The new features include:

  • Traded rates and volumes (in BTC)bitcoin1
  • TOB Bid/Ask
  • Daily summarized Open, High, Low, Close
  • Intra-day and end of day charting for trades, quotes and volumes
  • Time and Sales viewer to see VWAP, buy/sell etc

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  • Traded rate and volume history for last 3 years

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Dogecoin and Litecoin enters merged mining (auxpow)

From the Dev

http://www.reddit.com/r/dogecoin/comments/2ci90m/dogecoin_to_enable_auxpow_soon_all_infos_inside/

Dogecoin to enable AuxPoW soon – All infos inside (self.dogecoin)

submitted by langer_hansCore / Android / MultiDoge devstickied post

Today marks an important day in the history of Dogecoin. We are here to announce that we will enable the Dogecoin blockchain to accept auxiliary proof of work from other Scrypt chains.
As you all know, we’ve been looking into a lot of options. AuxPoW has been on the table for quite some time now and has been recently again discussed at length.

We have also discussed many other options, some of them which are still highly theoretical, or just deemed to be in Alpha state. We didn’t see them as viable for that exact reason. AuxPoW has been around in the crypto space for quite a while now. Our topmost priority has always been to provide a stable platform for the currency and its services and of course its users. We hope that with AuxPoW we can achieve that in a better way than what it currently is like. Our hashrate has been on a decline and we hope that we can gain more of it with the acceptance of proof of work from other chains.

Yes, this does mean that we are going to fork. The exact switchover is yet to be determined but will happen sooner than later. This post is here to announce it early enough for everyone to prepare for the update. The code is currently in the late testing stage and we are working on ironing out the last small issues.

We will also push a new branch to the Github repo called 1.8-dev which has the AuxPoW switch on the testnet set for block 158,100 (Tomorrow 6:30 GMT). The updated branch will be available later today, so keep an eye on the repo if you’re interested. This will be done to help pool operators test the mining on the AuxPoW enabled chain in preperation of the switch on the main chain. If you know how to compile the client, then you can certainly help us by trying it out and even mine a bit with a few KH on the testnet. What you need to know, if you already have the testnet chain synced, is to start the client with -reindex the first time you run 1.8. This should be automated for the final so the transition will be as smooth as possible.

What this does not mean is that we’re tying us to Litecoin. What we do is accepting Proof of Work from their miners if they happen to hit our difficulty target. But that is technical background stuff, which was explained several times before here. On that note, and I’m no economist, I also don’t see that have any negative effect on the price, considering the amount of “dumped” coins would probably not change. Also, you as miners are not forced to mine Litecoin to get Dogecoin now. You can still mine at your current pools directly to the Dogecoin network.

The Android wallet and Multidoge will receive an update if needed. I’ll have to dig into this now ;)

Please stay tuned for any updates. We’ll be pushing them through all the channels. Thanks everyone for their continued support!

-langer_hans

EDIT: Forgot to tell you that our ChainID will be 98 ;)
EDIT 2: It has been merged: https://github.com/dogecoin/dogecoin/pull/584

Bloomberg on bitcoin in vietnam

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-30/bitcoin-turns-digital-gold-as-faith-in-vietnam-dong-ebbs.html

The government has had to deal with runs on banks and credit cooperatives that collapsed and is “very suspicious” of new financial instruments that could threaten macro-economic stability, according to Fred Burke, managing director of Baker & McKenzie (Vietnam) Ltd. in Ho Chi Minh City.

“With something like virtual currencies, there can be an even bigger feeling of loss of control,” Burke said in a July 23 phone interview. “It undermines the power of the state.”

Photographer: Karen BleierAFP/Getty Images

Two virtual currency exchanges that started in Vietnam this year are adding to the woes of a communist government that has seen the dong’s 26 percent slide since 2004 burnish the appeal of gold and dollars.

Bui Huy Kien is ignoring the Vietnamese government’s warnings and accepting payment in bitcoin for advertisements on his website.

“I don’t really trust the dong because of the way the Vietnamese currency is managed,” Kien, the founder of lamchame.com, a portal for young parents, said in a July 23 phone interview. “It’s not transparent. Gradual distrust in the dong motivates people to use bitcoin.”

Two virtual currency exchanges that started in Vietnam this year are adding to the woes of a communist government that has seen the dong’s 26 percent slide since 2004 burnish the appeal of gold and dollars. The Southeast Asian nation’s monetary authority has followed China in banning bitcoin transactions at banks. Pressure on businesses to discourage its use prompted a cafe in Hanoi to stop accepting the digital currency.

“Bitcoin is like digital gold,” Dominik Weil, a consultant with Ho Chi Minh City-based VBTC Vietnam Ltd., which operates an exchange that trades bitcoin for the local currency, said in a July 17 interview. The dong’s depreciation is aiding the development of an underground system for bitcoin as “people are looking for a secure storage of wealth,” he said.

The State Bank of Vietnam’s Feb. 28 warning on its website that the use of bitcoin “is not lawfully approved and protected” didn’t stop companies from creating a global exchange for brokers in March. A second bourse that caters to users within Vietnam started this month. The monetary authority said it doesn’t recognize bitcoin and has banned banks from using virtual currencies.

Asian Authorities

The central bank “has been warning organizations and individuals to not hold, invest or execute any transactions involving bitcoin or any other similar virtual currencies because possession, trading and utilization of bitcoin and similar virtual currencies as assets pose risks and are not lawfully recognized nor protected,” the monetary authority said in an e-mailed statement yesterday in response to Bloomberg questions.

China’s central bank in December banned financial institutions from transactions in bitcoin and Thailand’s foreign-exchange rules bar its conversion into other currencies. The Monetary Authority of Singapore has said it plans to issue regulations requiring facilitators of virtual currency exchanges to verify identities of customers and report suspicious transactions to the police.

Bitcoin is the latest threat to the dong in Vietnam where dollars and gold are often given as wedding gifts and are preferred as payment for large transactions such as house purchases.

In 2011, the government began taking steps to reduce the dollarization of its economy. The central bank directed lenders to cut interest rates on dollar deposits and sought to curb a black market for the greenback. While some Vietnamese landlords still demand rent for high-end apartments in dollars, goods and services are prohibited from being priced in U.S. currency.

‘Very Suspicious’

The government has had to deal with runs on banks and credit cooperatives that collapsed and is “very suspicious” of new financial instruments that could threaten macro-economic stability, according to Fred Burke, managing director of Baker & McKenzie (Vietnam) Ltd. in Ho Chi Minh City.

“With something like virtual currencies, there can be an even bigger feeling of loss of control,” Burke said in a July 23 phone interview. “It undermines the power of the state.”

The global exchange run by Bitcoin Vietnam Co. has seen the number of users rise to more that 1,800 since it started in March, with about 150 bitcoin trades valued at about $86,200, according to Weil. The domestic exchange operated by VBTC has about 300 users with two bitcoins traded so far, he said, adding that both companies are owned by the same startup.

The bourses in Ho Chi Minh City, run out of a home along a narrow alley where neighbors raise chickens and sell vegetables, have been scrutinized by local authorities and the police, though their operations haven’t been hindered, Weil said.

Government’s Message

“They are sending out messages that, ‘We don’t like it,’” Weil said. “They didn’t ban it. Some people hope this bitcoin thing will go away.”

The government’s anti-bitcoin campaign is, however, discouraging some businesses. A Hanoi cafe that accepted bitcoin until April no longer accepts digital money, its co-owner, Quang Hung, said in a July 24 phone interview.

Vietnam lacks regulations on the use of bitcoin and other virtual currencies, the Thoi Bao Ngan Hang newspaper reported July 23, citing an interview with Major General Nguyen Hung Linh, the head of investment, currency and finance security at the Ministry of Public Security. The government will need a transition period to formulate solutions and responses to digital money, the report quoted him as saying.

Officials at the department didn’t respond to requests for comment via phone and a hand-delivered letter.

The central bank devalued the dong for the first time in a year on June 19, weakening the reference rate by 1 percent. Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. expects the authority to further weaken the currency by the end of the year, economics analyst Eugenia Fabon Victorino wrote in a June 19 note.

resyndicated

http://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/2c8cxv/bitcoin_vietnams_digital_gold_as_faith_in_dong/

reddit field reports

[–]vinamit 14 points

Local reporting in.

Almost nobody in Vietnam has even heard of bitcoin. Even young tech savvy people only vaguely have a clue what it is. There is still a long way to go in terms of adoption but the general distrust of the dong is widespread. This is a good environment for adoption but not ripe yet.

 

Second Hearthstone Naxx wing out (Plague Quarter), Ranked play goes from Naxx to Icecrown backing

3 more wings left

http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/blog/14933078/curse-of-naxxramas-the-plague-quarter-now-open-7-30-2014

 

The Plague Quarter houses some of Naxxramas’ most “catchy” bosses, who would love to infect you . . . with fun! Victory over these masters of unsanitary conditions will reward you with all-new Hearthstone cards!

The cold-hearted Noth the Plaguebringer is the first boss players will encounter within The Plague Quarter. Defeating Noth the Plaguebringer will award you with two copies of the Stoneskin Gargoyle card for your collection!

Bring some hand sanitizer, because the next boss you’ll face in The Plague Quarter is Heigan the Unclean! His Hero Power, Eruption, will be sure to keep your minions on their toes! Defeating Heigan will reward you with two Unstable Ghoul cards for your collection.

The master of miasma, Loatheb, is the final boss of the Plague Quarter. Loatheb won’t be a spore loser if it is defeated – victory over Loatheb will reward you with two Sludge Belcher cards for your collection!

Defeating all of the bosses within the Plague Quarter will reward you with the Legendary Loatheb card for your collection!

Lurking within this wing are two Class Challenges that will become available to players that have defeated all of the bosses in the Plague Quarter on Normal Mode. These Class Challenges will put your skills with those specific classes to the test! If you overcome these Challenges, you’ll be rewarded with new class-specific cards to add to your collection.

For those of you looking for a serious challenge, Heroic Mode of the Plague Quarter becomes available after you’ve defeated all of the Plague Quarter’s bosses on Normal Mode! Heroic Mode bosses are significantly more difficult than their normal versions. Consider stocking up on the vitamin C, just in case.

Experience all of the fun(gus) of the The Plague Quarter in Curse of Naxxramas: A Hearthstone Adventure today!

http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/blog/15029250/hearthstone%E2%84%A2-august-2014-ranked-play-season-the-chill-of-icecrown-8-1-2014

Hearthstone™ August 2014 Ranked Play Season – The Chill of Icecrown

he fifth official Hearthstone Ranked Play Season is now live—and we’re unveiling a new card back you can add to your collection!

Beat the heat of summer and ascend the Ranked Play ladder to earn the refreshingly frosty* Icecrown card back! You can only earn this card back by playing Hearthstone during the month of August.

These card backs replace the art decorating the reverse side of your cards and are a great way to show off your Hearthstone accomplishments. Add the Icecrown card back to your collection by hitting Rank 20 in Ranked Play mode. You’ll receive the Icecrown card back at the end of August’s Ranked Play Season.

Don’t forget—the further you move up the Ranked Play ladder, the more bonus stars you’ll receive next season. In Ranked Play, you’ll receive bonus stars based on your performance from the previous season —one bonus star per rank you attained. Please note that even if bonus stars from the previous season get you directly to Rank 20 or above, you still have to log in at least once each Ranked Season to qualify for the card back reward.

If the frozen wastes of Northrend won’t cool your drive for heated competition, hone your heroic efforts in on the biggest prize of them all—the $250,000 prize pool at the Hearthstone World Championship! The top 16 players from Ranked Play Season 5 will qualify to participate in a Hearthstone Championship Qualifier Tournament. Click here for more info on the Hearthstone World Championship.

This is the last month to qualify for the Championship Qualifier Tournament through Ranked Play, so don’t miss out on this cool opportunity!

The best way to beat the heat is to keep a cool head as you rise through the ranks! Battle your way up the Ranked Play ladder with our fifth official Ranked Play Season, The Chill of Icecrown, running through the month of August!

*Warning: Brain freeze, shivers, and chattering teeth may accompany the use of the Icecrown card back. The cold never bothered me anyway.

Wikipedia has finally embraced bitcoin

Their press release:

https://blog.wikimedia.org/2014/07/30/wikimedia-foundation-now-accepts-bitcoin/

Wikimedia Foundation Now Accepts Bitcoin

We’re fortunate that millions of people all over the world support the work of the Wikimedia Foundation through donations. It has always been important to the Foundation to make sure donating is as simple and inclusive as possible. Currently, we accept 13 different payment methods enabling donations from nearly every country in the world, and today, we’re adding one more: bitcoin.

For those unfamiliar with bitcoin, it’s a relatively new digital currency, currently being accepted by a growing number of institutions and merchants throughout the world. Members of our community have asked the Foundation to start accepting bitcoin. These requests, coupled with recent guidance from the US Internal Revenue Service, encouraged the Foundation to once again review our capacity to accept bitcoin.

During this review, we identified a new way to work around past technical challenges, as well as to minimize the legal risks of accepting bitcoin. Through our work with Coinbase, a bitcoin wallet and payment processor, we’re able to immediately convert bitcoin to U.S. dollars, requiring minimal technical implementation on our end. Since we now also have guidance on how to account for bitcoin, there is a clear understanding of how to legally manage it.

If you are interested in donating bitcoin to the Wikimedia Foundation, you can now do so on our Ways to Give page. Thank you again to all our friends and supporters. Your support enables us to realize the Wikimedia vision – a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.

Lisa Gruwell
Chief Revenue Officer, Wikimedia Foundation

2014-07-30: Edited to clarify implementation details

Techcrunch: Bitcoin Gyft acquired by First Data, between $50 to 100 million

Quite a coup both way rounds

I suppose this would make another successful bitcoin startup exit (relatively).

Strangely, bitcoin is starkly absent from the article.

Gyft currently also gives about 3% points off purchases with bitcoin.

From techcrunch

http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/30/first-data-acquires-mobile-gift-card-platform-gyft/

According to an interview with Pando.com, the acquisition had been in the works for two months, and was valued at under $100 million, but more than Clover, which exited to First Data for $54 million.

The company first launched its service in 2012, with its then iOS-only mobile gift card “wallet,” which has since expanded cross-platform to Android and the web, while growing its service to include cards from over 200 retailers.

The San Francisco-based, 18-person company had raised $7.5 million in funding prior to the acquisition, whose terms were not disclosed, from a number of investors including Google Ventures, Canyon Creek Capital, The Social+Capital Partnership, Karlin Ventures, David Sacks, Hass Portman, and others.