Hearthstone makes $20m per month, Dota 2 $18m, LoL $123m

According to superdataresearch, Hearthstone makes $20m per month, Dota 2 $18m, LoL $123m, with World of Warcraft still retaining its spot as the MMO to beat. And that hearthstone jumped 31% off its mobile debut in monthly revenue. With the grand tournament coming out, I guess they will only make more!     Hearthstone: Heroes of WarCraft managed to disrupt the category in the same way World of WarCraft transformed massively-multiplayer online games (MMOs). Blizzard’s first digital card game has deep mechanics, but it is more accessible and streamlined than long-running…
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Fred Wilson marvels at Bitcoin resilience

Fred Wilson has made a blog post () marveling at bitcoin's resilience and staying power. (He is a venture capitalist at Union Square ventures with notable hits;  Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare, Bug Labs, Meetup, Zynga, Covestor, , Etsy: ) Resilience One of the things about Bitcoin that I’ve always been amazed by is its resilience. It goes up, it gets knocked down, but it hangs in there, and then it goes up again. It’s happening again now. It is unclear what is driving this recent move, maybe its Greece,…
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New Yorker details Marc Andressen

A very long piece but possibly a rare view into one half of Andressen Horowitz. And perhaps the future, and then booms and busts. Names within run from Peter Thiel to Sequoia to Balaji who has left Andressen for bitcoin pastures. It is quite the read, though its length does make it one for long commutes on the trains or planes.   Two decades ago, he was the animating spirit of Netscape, the Web browser that launched the Internet boom. He believes that tech products will soon erase…
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Singapore born ItBit becomes first USA licensed exchange!

They've also closed a 25m round in series A funding. You can see their press release at LOBAL BITCOIN EXCHANGE ITBIT TODAY STARTS ACCEPTING CUSTOMERS NATIONWIDE THROUGH NEW YORK STATE TRUST COMPANY CHARTER itBit also announces $25M Series A funding and the addition of three prominent board members New York - May 7, 2015 – Global bitcoin exchange itBit today announced it is available to all  retail and institutional bitcoin traders and will begin accepting customers immediately. Through a trust company charter, granted by the New York State Department…
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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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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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