NYT goes to Argentina’s Bitcoin Ground Zero

New York Times recently issued a piece covering bitcoin's unique place in Argentina, a country wracked by hyperinflation and capital controls as well as vultures wrangling over sovereign debts and defaults. They follow a "moneychanger" of bitcoin, through the times, the highs and the lows as well as venture funds tied to Argentina. You can see the use cases in a currency where fiat has come close to mere toilet paper, as well as the financial proximity to Venezuela where toilet paper has become indeed valuable. It starts…
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Steve Wozniak (Apple cofounder) enters Bitcoin ring

The other steve of apple, Wozniak to the Jobs, has stepped into the bitcoin fray. He will join Planet Capital as an advisor and director on their board. According to cointelegraph, the company runs ATMs that allow for two way currency transfers. While it is unlikely that this will directly lead to more apple-bitcoin tieups, it is another step for bitcoin that one of the founders behind the biggest tech giant Apple today is joining a bitcoin startup. Within the Planet Capital project, however, the momentum behind a…
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Line’s success selling virtual stickers

Fast has a comprehensive article out charting the rise of Line as a messaging app as well as a mobile platform for company outreach and sticker sales (first and second in terms of revenue), features that set it far apart as the only mega social technology company to have a tangible revenue source. It's also based in asia, via japan, which further sets it apart in the way things are done. (As well as having very strong inroads into asia) It's worth a read if you are piqued…
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David talks to CNBC on Singapore Bitcoin Regulation and Robots getting arrested

David Moskowitz of Coinrepublic talks about the light touch approach singapore is taking towards bitcoin as CNBC asks about the right balance and and approach to take with the virtual currency at the IDA Smart Nation conference. David was there at the conference to give a talk about bitcoins. There is also brief highlight touching upon a robot trader getting arrested due to trading parts of the currency dealing with a drug bust.
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WoW token hits Europe

Much like in US servers, it started racing off the charts before coming back down. From 35k to 45k at a higher rate then back to the base point. You can check both sides at () WoW Token Coming April 21 in Europe Blizzard Entertainment 20/04/2015 333 WoW Token Coming April 21 in Europe The WoW Token will be going live in the Europe game region on April 21 at approximately 5 CEST. The WoW Token will be available for 20 EUR (15 GBP) from the in-game Shop,…
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Interpol Starts Virtual Currency in Singapore

In the latest uptick for bitcoin, Interpol gets in the game by creating their own virtual currency as a sandbox to test the technology: ;utm_medium=web THE new Singapore-based Interpol Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) has created its own cryptocurrency in a bid to better combat crimes involving virtual currencies such as the bitcoin. The complex, which became fully operational earlier this week, houses the international police's first digital crime centre and cybercrime research and development capabilities. Speaking to The Straits Times on the sidelines of the biennial security…
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Rakuten Takes Bitcoin for US:WSJ

Wall street journal's Tokyo branch has reported that rakuten is accepting bitcoin for US payments! Rakuten is no stranger to bitcoin, and can be seen as Japan's version of Amazon or Alibaba. Beyond the states, it looks like they may expand bitcoin integration to Germany and Austria. (Berlin is one of the european areas with a strong bitcoin sector, with the berlin bitcoin street) At some point it would be rolled out in Japan. It looks like japan takeup has hit a snag following mtgox. TOKYO—Japanese e-commerce giant…
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Bitcoin makes strong showing in SG UK Fintech Accelerator

This is a joint collaboration between the financial hubs of the east and west, Singapore and London, that is backed by "DBS, MasterCard, Infocomm Investments, Route 66 Ventures and SBT Venture Capital". They will be housed in block 79, near the original Singapore startup block 71. Out of ten startups chosen, there are quite a few bitcoin companies CryptoSigma This startup is an online and iOS money transfer app that allows users to send money instantly, anywhere in the world, for less than  per cent in fees, without using the current legacy banking…
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Nike CIO goes Bitcoin, joins CNET and Salesforce founding member

In another high profile move towards bitcoin, albeit from a non strictly technology or financial institution since it is nike, Anthony Watson is joining Bitreserve, a company founded by Minor who was founder of CNET as well as a Salesforce founding member. Anthony however comes from the banking industry previously before being CIO at Nike, he was at Barclays. He now wants to change the "unjust financial system". You can read more about this at the fortune article, as well as a few other pieces that have sprung…
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WoW Token

Have you purchased your WoW token? I bought one just in case the price goes up later, but I do think it will continue dropping for a while. The weekend might also have some interplay. It's quite the break for Blizzard, allowing a semi F2P mode within their flagship World of Warcraft. Here are some pictures of the process! (For Comparison, here is the dollar token)  
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