Monday 10th March

BITCOIN

Wikipedia

Playing with BTC today: I just bought 0.1 bitcoin with Coinbase! – Jimmy Wales

 

Who do you believe is the most unappreciated person involved in Bitcoin?

Greg Maxwell or Peter Todd. Two core developers who keep a low profile but are brilliant and prolific.

Maxwell takes no shit. I had a massive argument with him when I had no idea who he was. Now I know he’s a genius – Andreas Antonopoulos

 

Bitpay

Thanks Bitpay for opening your regional headquarters in one of the countries that needs Bitcoin the most, Argentina! http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140305005840/en/BitPay-Opens-Latin-America-Headquarters-Argentina#.Ux3t3YV8qxU – Roger Ver

 

 

ALT-COINS

Dogecoin

Dogecoin is going to die. The design was never intended to be sustainable. – Bryce Weiner

 

Ethereum

I know a tidbit of info about an open source project that the Ethertards wish would die that’s going to revolutionize altcoins 🙂 Automatic contract fulfillment for distributed network altcoin trading. Wallet-to-wallet. – Bryce Weiner

 

Ether Sales Update

The current ETA is 2-6 weeks (date of this post: March 7th). – Ethereum

 

That pre-mined pyramid scheme is going to crash harder than that AstroCoin. Ethereum doesn’t need a coin *at all*. That’s what makes it so scammy.

Using SSSS, one could create and sign multi-party contacts with proof-of-ownership in the blockchain. NO PSEUDOCOIN REQUIRED. – Bryce Weiner

 

 

COMPANIES

Alibaba, Baidu, Tencent

Known as the Amazon.com of the Middle Kingdom, Alibaba is now the country’s largest money market fund, with $40 billion worth of customer deposits, according to  a report by The New York Times. In China, Internet startups are the new banks.

Unhampered by a heavy-handed central authority, the e-commerce behemoth’s banking subsidiary Alipay can provide competitive rates—as much as 7 percent—more than double the fixed variety offered by the state-controlled banking sector. Other tech-centric firms, like Baidu and Tencent, have rushed to join the races. – Alec Liu

 

 

PRIVACY

Bitcoin and Tor have become perhaps the two most widely used software tools for maintaining anonymity on the Web. Now they’re about to be stitched together–a move that could make a large swathe of the Bitcoin network significantly stealthier. – Andy Greenberg

 

 

THE SINGULARITY

Human Longevity

Our new company, Human Longevity (HLI), will be sequencing 40,000 genomes in the first year, growing to 100,000 genomes per year. It’s not just a long life we’re striving for, but one which is worth living. In success, 100 Yr old will be the new “60” – Peter Diamandis

Craig Vente, the US scientist who raced the US government to map the human genome over 10 yrs ago, and created synthetic life in Y 2010, is now on a mission to treat age-related disease.

Mr. Venter  has teamed up with stem cell pioneer Dr. Robert Hariri and X Prize Foundation founder Dr. Peter Diamandis to form Human Longevity Inc, a company that will use genomics and stem cell therapies to find treatments that allow aging adults to stay healthy and functional for as long as possible.

HLI’s funding is being used to build the largest human sequencing operation in the world to compile the most comprehensive and complete human genotype, microbiome, and phenotype database available to tackle the diseases associated with aging-related human biological decline.

In addition to gathering whole genome sequences, the company will gather genetic data on the trillions of microbes;  including bacteria, viruses and fungi living in and on humans.

The company’s initial treatment targets will be some of the toughest age-related diseases: cancer, diabetes and obesity, heart and liver diseases, and dementia.

From your genome, we will know everything about who your ancestors were genetically, what you got from them, your type of memory, your type of fundamental metabolism, even whether you are an optimist or a pessimist – Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence

 

 

PLACES

Myanmar

Myanmar has reached tipping point in freedom of press in last 1,000 days. It’s freer than some nearby countries. Remarkable. – Veronica Stoddart

– Higher than Singapore and Malaysia apparently – Jeffrey Oon

 

China and Southeast Asia

People are forecasting 100 million new internet users coming online in the region each year for the next few years.

That’s basically like an entire USA of new users every 2-3 years, creating tremendous revenue growth – Phil Rapoport

 

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One comment

  1. Like the quote about Greg Maxwell

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