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    EB136 - Arthur Breitman: Tezos - A Self-Amending Crypto-Ledger

    June 20th, 2016 by epicenterbitcoin
    The lack of an explicit governance mechanism has created deep problems for Bitcoin. Ethereum, with the DAO-related soft/hard-fork discussions, may face similar challenges ahead. Yet, already in 2014 Arthur Breitman quietly started working on cryptocurrency network Tezos that has an explicit mechanism to let coinholders vote on protocol upgrades. Our discussion with Breitman centered around how explicit governance could lead to a more secure and evolutionary protocol. We also discussed Te... Read More
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    Used Underwear Vendors and Assumptions About Smart Contracts

    June 20th, 2016 by adam
    When doing new things, it is not uncommon to find completely unanticipated results. The recent events impacting TheDAO have opened my eyes to a reality that is very contrary to the one I thought I knew. Why are we interested in smart contracts and what really is their value? ##Peer to Peer Ecommerce - For the People? Let's talk about OpenBazaar - For anyone who hasn't heard of it, basically it's a protocol to decentralize ecommerce listings. So a merchant, instead of paying shopify $2... Read More
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    Andreas Antonopolous Recorded Live, is Uncensored and Uncut with Part 2 of LTB #297 Available Now!

    June 18th, 2016 by adam
    This episode is unedited and contains mature language, a mildly edited version will be available on the podcast feed by Tuesday. On this episode, Andreas is joined by Attorneys [Pamela Morgan](https://empoweredlaw.wordpress.com) and Brian Klein. From the founding Ethereum team, Taylor Gerring joins to provide an insiders perspective on events. This episode is not investment or legal advice, consult your own representative. Read More
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    EB134 - Emin Gün Sirer And Vlad Zamfir: On A Rocky DAO

    June 6th, 2016 by epicenterbitcoin
    Raising $150m+ through its toke sale, 'The DAO' has become the most notable decentralized application to date. The ambitious goal of the project is to form an decentralized organizations that efficiently makes investment decisions and generates a return for the token holders. Computer Science professor Emin Gün Sirer and researcher Vlad Zamfir joined us to discuss the various security issues with the daring project and why they've called for a temporary moratorium on funding proposals. ... Read More
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    Technology and Choice article (What's in a Name?)

    April 18th, 2016 by fergish
    [Note: link to author's reading of the article appears at the bottom of the article] *Technology and Choice* is a great name for a podcast, don’t you think? A lot of people seem to find the title compelling, all by itself. I know I do. There’s so much implied, yet so formlessly. Even I only have a vague idea of where we’re going with this--just a thread to start pulling, really. So, why is the name so engaging? ###Choice Choice is one of those weird strings the universe leaves han... Read More
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    Tokens and the Family Car

    February 16th, 2016 by adam

    We live in a world powered by tokens. Your car probably still uses the old style—a metal key that completes an electrical circuit when inserted into the ignition. The key identifies you as the user and grants complete control to do as you want. Newer cars use electronic keys. Sometimes these keys simply need to be in your pocket, able to communicate their presence with a small radio and receiver. More generally the key is a type of token. And from your perspective, it doesn’t matter what it is about the token that empowers it to empower you. It only matters that it does.

    Imagine instead of a physical key, the car is controlled by a one-of-a-kind-unique token that controls the door, locks, and ignition of your car.  

    That might sound complex, but your phone and your car handle almost all of it without you even knowing. You just have to make sure you have the right token...

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    The Lightning Network in the Old West

    February 12th, 2016 by jratcliff63367
    ##The Lightning Network ELIDHDICACS* #### *(Explain Like I Don’t Have Degrees in Cryptography and Computer Science)* ![](http://i.imgur.com/Bqu1h3r.png) Read More
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    Tokens and Open Source Hardware Manufacturing, Distribution and Sales

    January 26th, 2016 by adam
    Open Source Hardware is a popular and growing movement. An organization (sometimes charity, usually a non-profit) develops hardware designs and specifications and publishes them to the open source without the desire or potentially the ability to produce the physical products exclusively themselves. The Raspberry Pi project is a perfect example of this with two official stocking manufacturers who share back some of their revenue in compensation for their official status. This money supports further development. By adding three types of tokens to the ecosystem, what is a game for only the biggest of players can become a vibrant environment of efficient, decentralized and distributed reselling. Now distribution can start to take place. Read More
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    What’s at stake in the Bitcoin block size debate

    January 11th, 2016 by john
    What Bitcoin Is and How It Works First described by Satoshi Nakamoto in a whitepaper released in late 2008, Bitcoin is a “P2P electronic cash system” that enables two people on the Internet to transact with each other without having to go through a traditional payment processor such as a bank or credit card network. Bitcoin was invented by combining several previously existing technologies - including digital signatures, peer-to-peer networking, and cryptographic pr... Read More
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    'How to Save (or Destroy) the Bitcoin Foundation,' by Charles Hoskinson

    January 1st, 2016 by charleshoskinson
    I've been thinking about the Bitcoin Foundation over the last few months. After I left as the first chairman of the education committee in late 2013, I dismissed the Foundation as a mostly inept attempt by some business interests in the community to gain an edge over their competitors. So why my sudden interest, after my self-imposed exile? Read More
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    'Recent Actions by Government Could Motivate Brazilians to Adopt Bitcoin,' by Rock Barcellos

    December 23rd, 2015 by rockbarcellos
    Recently, Brazil’s government ordered WhatsApp to shut down its services within the country. WhatsApp is widely adopted by Brazilians. In a country with a population of around 200 million, there are about 100 million users, and the ruling caused a massive reaction against the decision. People immediately sought ways to get around the block through the use of VPN services, in order to keep using the messaging service. Many migrated to other apps, such as Telegram. Will such events cause an eventual migration to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin? Read More
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    The Ether Review #6 - Devcon 1 Debrief

    November 27th, 2015 by Legendface66
    On today's show we have a panel of Devcon attendees. **Alex Amsel, Hudson Jameson** and **Jack du Rose.** We discuss the Ethereum community, the development state of the consensus process, storage solutions, Free My Vunk, Slock, Oraclize and much more. **[Note: This episode does not contain a magic word.]** Alex Amsel: [newretro.org](http://newretro.org) Hudson Jameson: [hudsonjameson](https://goo.gl/MvXLHR) Jack du Rose: [colony.io](http://colony.io) Production and Editing... Read More
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    'Real Big Data: How to Leverage Bitcoin Blockchains for Unlimited Storage,' by Shankar Narayanan

    November 22nd, 2015 by sgsshankar

    Bitcoin has evolved so much as a currency, considering its volatile nature. Amazon, Target, Namecheap, and Dell accept Bitcoins as payment. Bitcoin is evolving beyond its value as an e-currency and its ability for instant transfer. The technology and mathematical concepts around it make it an interesting application for common everyday problems such as storing big data.

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    EverdreamSoft Could Be the King of Crypto Gaming

    November 21st, 2015 by OurEverydayEarth
    As a crypto enthusiast and amateur investor, I spend a lot of time wondering what factors will drive adoption of various cryptocurrencies and assets. A recent news article caught my attention. Game developer, King, was recently purchased by Activision Blizzard, Inc. for a tidy sum of [US$5.9 billion](http://techcrunch.com/2015/11/02/activision-blizzard-acquires-candy-crush-maker-king-digital-entertainment-for-5-9-billion/#.rwvh5gm:m6vZ)! Could it be a matter of time for EverdreamSoft? Read More
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    Strange Democracy, by Andy Tudhope

    November 19th, 2015 by cryptowanderer
    I recently had a conversation with a friend who runs a leadership programme for high school kids. Suffering from generational dissonance, this friend asked me what my thoughts on leadership for the modern age were and what the most important things to teach leaders of the future might be. How could they instill, he asked, ideas like integrity, ethics, and a strong sense of community when the examples we youngsters have before us are almost to a man corrupt, inefficient, and out of touch with ... Read More
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    Charles Hoskinson: A Brief Introduction to Smart Contracts

    October 20th, 2015 by charleshoskinson
    Charles Hoskinson provides a succinct overview of smart contracts from the perspective of a Bitcoin transaction. He categorizes them into two broad groups: deterministic and non-deterministic, and then provides some canonical examples to further explain the concepts. He concludes with some additional resources for learning more about the topic and writing your own smart contracts using Solidity. ####Resources * http://nakamotoinstitute.org/formalizing-securing-relationships/ * https:/... Read More
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    Confessions of an /r/bitcoin moderator

    August 19th, 2015 by jratcliff63367
    ##It's Not What You Think I apologize for the title of this article because it is pure unadulterated click-bait. You started reading this because you thought you were going to to hear the **dirty details** of the inner sanctum of the bitcoin moderators; a **secret cabal** of initiates who conduct **ceremonies** and **rituals** under the cover of darkness to **control** the bitcoin community. Sadly, that is **not** the case. The vast bulk of our time and energy is devoted to removi... Read More
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    Erik Voorhees: My End Goal for Bitcoin Is the Complete Abandonment of Fiat Currency

    August 19th, 2015 by kyletorpey

    Shapeshift.io CEO Erik Voorhees participated in a fireside chat with Decentralized Applications Fund Managing Director David Johnston at the Texas Bitcoin Conference in late March. During this conversation, Voorhees revealed his overall goal for Bitcoin’s eventual level of success. Some say that Bitcoin only needs to keep existing on a daily basis for it to succeed over the long term, but Voorhees has larger ambitions for the digital money.

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    'Money Is Now an Image'

    August 18th, 2015 by TravisPatron
    *Travis Patron is a digital money researcher and author of the [2015 Bitcoin Investor's Report](https://diginomics.com/bitcoin/investors-report/). Here he explains why the blockchain represents a snapshot of the bitcoin digital economy at any given point in time.* Over the course of the last several months, one of the most consistent debates in the circles of bitcoin enthusiasts has been whether a blockchain can function successfully without the "inconvenience" of its underlying cryptocurrency. Read More
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    The Power of Nothing

    July 29th, 2015 by cryptowanderer
    This is a post about bitcoin and the zero, the omphalos, the womb that contains us all, that begins us all and welcomes us back when we have lived through whatever heaven or hell we make of this one life we are given. Read More

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