Monday 17th March

BITCOIN

Merchant Adoption

Coinbase + Bitpay = Over 46,000 merchants.

https://coinbase.com/clients

https://bitpay.com/directory#/

 

The Mega-Master Blockchain List

84 things that can be put in the blockchain – Antonis Polemitis

 

Year to Date Growth

BTC network growth slowing… It now takes 54 whole days to double its computation speed: http://thegenesisblock.com/mining/ YTD growth: 300%, now 33Pth – Tuur Demeester  

 

 

ALT-COINS

Auroracoin

Ahead of next week’s big airdrop of auroracoin, which was briefly the world’s second most valuable virtual currency, the Icelandic cryptocurrency has seen its value drop by more than 50% in the last 24 hours.

The fall comes after the Icelandic parliament held a closed session to discuss the cryptocurrency on 14 March. Creator of aurora coin, Baldur Friggjar Óðinsson, told CoinDesk that the government didn’t invite him or anyone associated with the virtual currency to take part in the discussions.

50% of auroacoin is due to be distributed to the Icelandic citizens on Tuesday next, 25 March. – David Gilbert

 

 

EQUITIES

China

Markets hold breath as China’s shadow banking grinds to a halt. Fresh loans in China’s shadow banking system evaporated to almost nothing from $160bn in January. China accounts for half of all the $30 trillion increase in world debt over the past five years. – Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

China is braced for a wave of industrial bankruptcies as its slowing economy forces companies with sky-high debts to the wall, the country’s premier has said. – Philip Inman

Li Xinchuang top man in iron/steel association says problem so severe it’s beyond imagination. Links 2 metals, shadow financing. – http://www.georgemagnus.com/china-is-shaking-sending-ripples-from-perth-to-peru/#more-1129 – George Magnus

 

 

COMPANIES / SERVICES

Proof of Existence

With tech like proofofexistence.com, the future is one where argument from cryptography will supersede argument from authority. – Balaji S. Srinivasan

 

“How to” article I wrote re: using blockchain tech to prove existence of a doc (for lawyers and clients) http://empoweredlaw.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/using-blockchain-technology-to-prove-existence-of-a-document/   – Empowered Law

 

Balanced Energy

A Southlake oil and gas company has run afoul of Texas securities regulators after raising capital through the controversial digital currency bitcoin.

The Texas State Securities Board ordered Balanced Energy to stop selling securities on the grounds that it had failed to disclose to its investors the risk of financing operations through a digital currency subject to large fluctuations in value.

“The states are all interested in it,” said Paul Snow, president of the Texas Bitcoin Association. “I have a hard time believing they’re going to come up with a law against transparency and honesty. But they’re probably going to try.” – James Osborne

 

Google

* Bitcoin: The ability to create something non duplicable in the digital world has enormous value. The bitcoin architecture…an amazing development… lots of people will do business on top of that. – Eric Schmidt

* Encryption: Google is encrypting search globally. The company says the move is part of a global expansion of privacy technology designed to thwart surveillance by government intelligence agencies. – Craig Timberg and Jia Lynn Yang

* Google Glass: Just as people in Myanmar were getting used to seeing smartphones in urban dwellers’ hands, another device – one far more rare and technologically-advanced – has come their way: Google Glass. – Shibani Mahtani

 

 

THE SINGULARITY

Mars

Elon Musk wants to die on Mars. Not because it is fun to die, but because that is fucking important. – Max Levchin

 

In 10 years I hope to live on Mars. The fact is, we have the existing technology — right now — to land humans on Mars.

If everything goes according to plan, I could be saying goodbye to Earth as soon as 2024. As an astronaut candidate for a manned mission to Mars, I’m prepared to spend the next ten years training for a new reality.

Mars One is a private company with a stated goal of colonizing the Red Planet, and plans have already been laid out for how the roughly $6 billion mission would unfold. Virgin Galactic, Sierra Nevada, and XCOR Aerospace are all developing suborbital vehicles for space tourism, and Planetary Resources has its sights set on mining asteroids.

It might sound like science fiction, but this is how far we’ve come as an industry. – Kellie Gerardi

 

Oculus

Google trends: “Oculus” vs “virtual reality” https://twitter.com/cdixon/status/445041641410142208 – Chris Dixon

 

 

PLACES

Macau

I’m shocked that there aren’t yet Bitcoin accepting locations listed in Macau, the gambling capital of the world! That’s about to change! – Roger Ver

 

Cambodia

Local entrepreneur Ki Chong Tran believes he has the solution to many of Cambodia’s problems. Look no further, Tran says, than bitcoin. Should the 26-year-old mixed martial arts trainer and 3D-printing business owner get his way, the widely used but controversial digital currency will arrive in Cambodia within the coming weeks, and the capital will be home to two bitcoin ATMs. – Eddie Morton

 

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