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What do you think about Newsweek magazine finding the real Satoshi Nakamoto – the founder of Bitcoin?
What do you think about Newsweek magazine finding the real Satoshi Nakamoto – the founder of Bitcoin? As you know, Newsweek magazine dropped a bombshell on Thursday by allegedly identifying Satoshi Nakamoto as a California resident in his mid-60s. Satoshi Nakamoto, it turns out, was using his real name all along.And the guy is clearly suspicious of any publicity and just got doxed in print.The piece, only a couple of hours old at the time of writing, is getting widely panned for violating Nakamoto’s privacy — even to the point of publishing a photo of his house and car.It sounds as if the man, who has worked as a contractor on classified projects for the US government, felt he had reason to be paranoid even before he developed the idea for Bitcoin.And since his creation has take off … well, no one else on the planet has his private wallet watched as closely as Nakamoto. The original of issue is here: http://cointelegraph.com/post/5_curious_quotes_from_newsweek_s_satoshi_nakamoto_expose
February — The first ever cryptocurrency exchange, Bitcoin Market, is established. The first trade takes place a month later. April — The first public bitcoin trade takes place: 1000BTC traded for $30 at an exchange rate of 0.03USD/1BTC May — The first real-world bitcoin transaction is undertaken by Laszlo Hanyecz, who paid 10000BTC for two Papa John’s pizzas (Approximately $25 USD) June — Bitcoin developer Gavin Andreson creates a faucet offering 5 free BTC to the public July — First notable usage of the word “blockchain” appears on BitcoinTalk forum. Prior to this, it was referred to as ‘Proof-of-Work chain’ July — Bitcoin exchange named Magic The Gathering Online eXchange—also known as Mt. Gox—established August —Bitcoin protocol bug leads to emergency hard fork December — Satoshi Nakamoto ceases communication with the world
January — One-quarter of the eventual total of 21M bitcoins have been generated February — Bitcoin reaches parity for the first time with USD April — Bitcoin reaches parity with EUR and GBP June — WikiLeaks begins accepting Bitcoin donations June — Mt. Gox hacked, resulting in suspension of trading and a precipitous price drop for Bitcoin August — First Bitcoin Improvement Proposal: BIP Purpose and Guidelines October — Litecoin released December — Bitcoin featured as a major plot element in an episode of ‘The Good Wife’ as 9.45 million viewers watch.
May — Bitcoin Magazine, founded by Mihai Alisie and Vitalik Buterin, publishes first issue July — Government of Estonia begins incorporating blockchain into digital ID efforts September — Bitcoin Foundation created October — BitPay reports having over 1,000 merchants accepting bitcoin under its payment processing service November — First Bitcoin halving to 25 BTC per block
February — Reddit begins accepting bitcoins for Gold memberships March — Cyprus government bailout levies bank accounts with over $100k. Flight to Bitcoin results in major price spike. May —Total Bitcoin value surpasses 1 billion USD with 11M Bitcoin in circulation May — The first cryptocurrency market rally and crash takes place. Prices rise from $13 to $220, and then drop to $70 June — First major cryptocurrency theft. 25,000 BTC is stolen from Bitcoin forum founder July — Mastercoin becomes the first project to conduct an ICO August — U.S. Federal Court issues opinion that Bitcoin is a currency or form of money October — The FBI shuts down dark web marketplace Silk Road, confiscating approximately 26,000 bitcoins November — Vitalik Buterin releases the Ethereum White Paper: “A Next-Generation Smart Contract and Decentralized Application Platform” December — The first commit to the Ethereum codebase takes place
January — Vitalik Buterin announces Ethereum at the North American Bitcoin Conference in Miami February — HMRC in the UK classifies Bitcoin as private money March — Newsweek claims Dorian Nakamoto is Bitcoin creator. He is not April — Gavin Wood releases the Ethereum Yellow Paper: “Ethereum: A Secure Decentralised Generalised Transaction Ledger” June — Ethereum Foundation established in Zug, Switzerland June — US Marshals Service auctions off 30,000 Bitcoin confiscated from Silk Road. All are purchased by venture capitalist Tim Draper July — Ethereum token launch raises 31,591 BTC ($18,439,086) over 42 days September — TeraExchange launches first U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved Bitcoin over-the-counter swap October — ConsenSys is founded by Joe Lubin December — By year’s end, Paypal, Zynga, u/, Expedia, Newegg, Dell, Dish Network, and Microsoft are all accepting Bitcoin for payments
January — Coinbase opens up the first U.S-based cryptocurrency exchange February — Stripe initiates bitcoin payment integration for merchants April — NASDAQ initiates blockchain trial June — NYDFS releases final version of its BitLicense virtual currency regulations July — Ethereum’s first live mainnet release—Frontier—launched. August — Augur, the first token launch on the Ethereum network takes place September — R3 consortium formed with nine financial institutions, increases to over 40 members within six months October — Gemini exchange launches, founded by Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss November — Announcement of first zero knowledge proof, ZK-Snarks December — Linux Foundation establishes Hyperledger project
January — Zcash announced February — HyperLedger project announced by Linux Foundation with thirty founding members March — Second Ethereum mainnet release, Homestead, is rolled out. April — The DAO (decentralized autonomous organization) launches a 28-day crowdsale. After one month, it raises an Ether value of more than US$150M May — Chinese Financial Blockchain Shenzhen Consortium launches with 31 members June — The DAO is attacked with 3.6M of the 11.5M Ether in The DAO redirected to the attacker’s Ethereum account July — The DAO attack results in a hard fork of the Ethereum Blockchain to recover funds. A minority group rejecting the hard fork continues to use the original blockchain renamed Ethereum Classic July — Second Bitcoin halving to 12.5BTC per block mined November — CME Launches Bitcoin Price Index
January — Bitcoin price breaks US$1,000 for the first time in three years February — Enterprise Ethereum Alliance formed with 30 founding members, over 150 members six months later March — Multiple applications for Bitcoin ETFs rejected by the SEC April — Bitcoin is officially recognized as currency by Japan June — EOS begins its year-long ICO, eventually raising $4 billion July — Parity hack exposes weaknesses in multisig wallets August — Bitcoin Cash forks from the Bitcoin Network October — Ethereum releases Byzantium soft fork network upgrade, part one of Metropolis September — China bans ICOs October — Bitcoin price surpasses $5,000 USD for the first time November — Bitcoin price surpasses $10,000 USD for the first time December — Ethereum Dapp Cryptokitties goes viral, pushing the Ethereum network to its limits
January — Ethereum price peaks near $1400 USD March — Google bans all ads pertaining to cryptocurrency March — Twitter bans all ads pertaining to cryptocurrency April — 2018 outpaces 2017 with $6.3 billion raised in token launches in the first four months of the year April — EU government commits $300 million to developing blockchain projects June — The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission states that Ether is not a security. July — Over 100,000 ERC20 tokens created August — New York Stock Exchange owner announces Bakkt, a federally regulated digital asset exchange October — Bitcoin’s 10th birthday November — VC investment in blockchain tech surpasses $1 billion December — 90% of banks in the US and Europe report exploration of blockchain tech
January — Coinstar machines begin selling cryptocurrency at grocery stores across the US February — Ethereum’s Constantinople hard fork is released, part two of Metropolis April — Bitcoin surpasses 400 million total transactions June — Facebook announces Libra July — United States senate holds hearings titled ‘Examining Regulatory Frameworks for Digital Currencies and Blockchain” August — Ethereum developer dominance reaches 4x that of any other blockchain October — Over 80 million distinct Ethereum addresses have been created September — Santander bank settles both sides of a $20 million bond on Ethereum November — Over 3000 Dapps created. Of them, 2700 are built on Ethereum
The creation of effective processes, products, and ideas is crucial for a business because it could mean implementing new ideas, improving services or creating dynamic products. Innovation can act as a catalyst that can make one's business grow and can help an individual adapt in the marketplace. In the case of Mr. Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin, he used the emerging technology of blockchain to create bitcoin and innovate the use of computer and internet. Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency, a form of electronic cash. It is a decentralized digital currency without a central bank or single administrator that can be sent from user to user on the peer-to-peer bitcoin blockchain network without the need for intermediaries. Bitcoin pioneers wanted to put the seller in charge, eliminate the middleman, cancel interest fees, and make transactions transparent, to hack corruption and cut fees. Bitcoin is one of the greatest innovation yet also have a big mystery in the tech world today. Until now that creator of Bitcoin is still unknown. The first instance of the name Satoshi Nakamoto came in the form of a user profile on a forum for the peer to peer advocacy and development organization P2P Foundation. In this profile, Satoshi’s personal information lists his date of birth as 1975 and his nation of residence as Japan. Several people are suspected to be Satoshi. As said to this article One of the first and most easily dismissed claims was that of Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto. The 68-year-old Japanese-American living in California, was identified in a 2014 Newsweek article as the elusive Bitcoin creator. Another one is a cryptography enthusiast as well as a pioneer in decentralized digital currency, Nick Szabo developed a precursor to Bitcoin, BitGold. Still, he is denying that he's the creator of bitcoin. One of the most intriguing updates regarding Nakamoto's real identity is with Craig Wright, for he is claiming that he's the real Satoshi Nakamoto and creator of bitcoin. He is an Australian academic who was brought into the spotlight of Satoshi when Wired Magazine published an article in 2015 claiming Wright “either invented bitcoin or is a brilliant hoaxer”. In regards to his announcement, it lacks evidence on proving that he is Satoshi. Adding fuel to the fire was an ongoing investigation by Australian tax authorities into Wright’s bitcoin holdings, which, after a police raid of Wright’s home, drove the academic to England. Some prominent bitcoin personalities like Jeff Garzik is still skeptical about Wright's proclamation.
Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are the new trend market today almost everywhere people are talking about Bitcoins, particularly with examples that someone has made millions in only a couple of years by smartly investing in bitcoins. It is decentralized, which means it isn't controlled nor backed up by any administration, nation, or an individual element. Unlike traditional currencies, such as dollars and euros, bitcoins are issued and managed without any regulation from any central government. Thus, it is more resistant to inflation and corruption. A Bitcoin derives its value basically from the demand and usage of bitcoins, similar to a stock. With this kind of innovation, everyone is thinking about how Bitcoin started and who created this kind of technology? The name "bitcoin.org" was registered on 18 August 2008. While on the 31st of October 2008, a link to a paper authored by Satoshi Nakamoto titled Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System was posted to a cryptography mailing list. Nakamoto implemented the bitcoin software as an open-source code and released it in January 2009. Then on the 3rd of January 2009, the bitcoin network was created when Nakamoto mined the first block of the chain, known as the genesis block. Embedded in the coinbase of this block was the text "The Times 03/Jan/2009 Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks". This note references a headline published by The Times and has been interpreted as both timestamp and comment on the instability caused by fractional-reserve banking. With all these groundbreaking accomplishments of bitcoin, Nakamoto's identity remains unknown. Several speculations and theories were made, but all of these speculations don't have concrete evidence to prove their speculations are true. One of the first and most easily dismissed claims was that of Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto. The 68-year-old Japanese-American living in California, was identified in a 2014 Newsweek article as the elusive Bitcoin creator. Despite his work as a systems engineer on classified US defense projects as well as his background in digital finance, the homonymous nature was sheer coincidence. While one of the most intriguing speculations is the announcement made by Craig Wright that he is Satoshi Nakamoto. As said to this article, Craig Wright is an Australian academic who was brought into the spotlight of Satoshi when Wired Magazine published an article in 2015 claiming Wright “either invented Bitcoin, or is a brilliant hoaxer”. Shortly after the Wired article was released, Gizmodo released their article stating they were contacted by a supposed hacker that had gained access to Wright’s emails and claimed that Satoshi Nakamoto was a pseudonym for Wright and his accomplice, the deceased cybersecurity expert David Kleinmen. However, when asked to provide evidence a list of addresses associated with the Tulip Trust, said to hold almost 1 million BTC the documents were highly redacted and shed little light on the true nature of Wrights involvement in the birth of Bitcoin. Still the story is not yet and finish and there is still no enough evidence in this proclamation of Craig Wright. The man behind the empire of bitcoin is still unknown, but it'll just be a matter of time till someone claims that he, she or they, are the people behind Bitcoin.
Bitcoin was conceived as a communal project. Designed as an open-source software and released to the public in 2009, Bitcoin was conceived with openness in mind. Functioning on an open ledger that is accessible to the public, Bitcoin is an open-source project. Bitcoin works on a vast public ledger, also called a blockchain, where all confirmed transactions are included as so-called blocks. As each block enters the system, it is broadcast to the peer-to-peer computer network of users for validation. In this way, all users are aware of each transaction, which prevents stealing and double-spending, where someone spends the same currency twice. The process also helps blockchain users trust the system. But despite the transparency of the platform, one grand mystery remains unsolved: Who created bitcoin and who exactly is Satoshi Nakamoto? The origin of "bitcoin.org" was registered on 18 August 2008. While on the 31st of October 2008, a link to a paper authored by Satoshi Nakamoto titled Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System was posted to a cryptography mailing list. Then on the 3rd of January 2009, the bitcoin network was created when Nakamoto mined the first block of the chain, known as the genesis block. Within that day until now the information about Satoshi Nakamoto is still unknown. That's why speculations emerge on who could Satoshi Nakamoto possibly be. As said to this article, One of the first and most easily dismissed claims was that of Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto. The 68-year-old Japanese-American living in California, was identified in a 2014 Newsweek article as the elusive Bitcoin creator. Still, this is just coincidence and admits that he's not the creator of bitcoin. The next person on the list is a bit more plausible. A cryptography enthusiast as well as a pioneer in decentralized digital currency, Nick Szabo developed a precursor to Bitcoin, BitGold. But he said that he get it a lot and he's getting used to it but his not Satoshi. This brings us to the latest, and most interesting, if not most compelling suspect: Craig Wright. For he claims that he is Satoshi Nakamoto but when asked to prove his statements he presented vague pieces of evidence. Wired Magazine published an article in 2015 claiming Wright “either invented Bitcoin, or is a brilliant hoaxer”. Shortly after the Wired article was released, Gizmodo released their article stating they were contacted by a supposed hacker that had gained access to Wright’s emails and claimed that Satoshi Nakamoto was a pseudonym for Wright and his accomplice. Still, this is not enough evidence to prove what he is claiming. Significantly, Satoshi Nakamoto becomes a large character in the cryptosphere and bitcoin that's why it's not surprising that some would like to take the spotlight and claim that they are Satoshi.
How Governments will Destroy Cryptocurrencies [Theory]
I have a few theories how the Governments around the world will eventually crackdown on cryptocurrencies, especially Bitcoin. It will either be a coordinated effort amongst G20 or just independently creating more and more regulations until crypto will die off. I may be wrong, there is a chance that we can win, but it's still good to consider the follow scenarios so that people can prepare themselves against them.
1) Mass Quantum Hack [Unlikely]
Allegedly govts may have at disposal secret quantum computers. There is already commercially available QC, but it's less powerful, and we can, from observation suspect that military technology is about 30 years ahead of commercially available ones, so there is a likelyhood of this. Quantum technology is not "magic", it doesn't solve issues instantaneously like it's portrayed in the media, but to our misfortune it can specifically crack wide open SHA256, RIPEMD-128 and AES256 cyphers which Bitcoin and other cryptos use. Now the likelyhood of this is small, not because they can't do it, but because even if they can, if they would do this, the cat would be out of the box and then other governments would start hacking banks, which also using these algorithms, so it could collapse the entire global economy creating global hyperinflation and mass chaos. So they would by all means avoid this, no matter how annoying Bitcoin will become for them they would not use this option, unless Bitcoin would really take over the planet, but they probably have other measures against that. And they probably have agreements with other governments too, to avoid this option, not even North Korea would do this in my opinion because the Chinese would put pressure on them.
2) Demonize and ridicule Bitcoin users in the Media [Likely, Inefficient]
This is likely and they are already doing this, but it's not effective. People don't care about chit-chat, they care about results. So if a starving African family can feed their kids from the remittances that their family members sent them back with Bitcoin, they would totally dismiss whatever the media would tell them. Bitcoin has practical results, it doesn't need propaganda to spread, and propaganda against it is ineffective, because the results speak for themselves. So while they might scare a few mainstream sheeps, it won't work forever and eventually the media would either have to get behind Bitcoin or become obsolete.
3) Criminalize Bitcoin and prosecute everyone [Unlikely]
They could have easily done this back in 2009-2010, and for some reason they didn't. They could have just easily labeled any Bitcoin user a hacker and cybercriminal when there were only a few thousand of them and jail them like with any other cybercrime. But they have missed this opportunity for some reason, either they thought Bitcoin would not be as big as it is now, or they had other plans for it. Some theories say that governments created Bitcoin, we don't know. The point is that the genie is out of the bottle, now it's not going back. There are tens of millions of crypto users worldwide and as time goes on it would be harder and harder to ban Bitcoin completely. In fact now many politicians and elites are getting behind it so the political capital this would require would be near absolute totalitarianism, at which point we'd have bigger problems. They could still crack down on many aspects of it, and criminalize certain bitcoin transactions, but it would then be as inefficient as the war on drugs and such.
4) Hijack developers to sabotage Bitcoin [Likely]
They could hijack or bribe some of the developers in order to destroy Bitcoin from within. First they would place their minions inside the community and make them celebrities, then they would be given positions of authority. And then use them to slow down Bitcoin and create as much chaos within as possible. For example like not increasing the block size so that average fees become close to 100$. Now African families can't feed their kids anymore and the entire 2nd and 3rd world would be cut off, so only a few rich first worlder would be able to use it, at which point it would be no different than a stock in a stock market, it would lose it's global revolutionary aspect. They could also use their minion developers to introduce intentional bugs and patches that would give them more control. Creating centralized payment processors, and removing people's abilities to store their own coins without a custodian. Then they would have control over everone's money and could forfeit it at will. So a combination of slowing down Bitcoin's growth, like with massive censorship and character assasinating dissenters, while also introducing evil software patches to give them control over it. At this point the developers would be worshipped and would have a cult of personality with many useful idiot fanboys supporting them, not realizing that they are getting screwed. After they have the influence over the community they could use this to justify any further crazy upgrades: like implementing "tax patch" where every transaction would automatically be taxed at 50% and sent to a govt controlled address.
5) Regulate developers, exchanges and miners [Likely, Inefficient]
They could just regulate and implement laws to coerce all developers and miner to implement policies the governments want. Given that all developers are public they are easy to reach and most miners are either LLC's or Corporations, they are directly controllable. They will comply. The issue is that this is not very covert and people would start speaking up against this. Of course they would immediately implement KYC/AML policies for all transactions, and it would be pretty hard to argue against that as they would just use arguments like "for the children" , "evil drug users" and so forth, which have became curse phrases lately. It is likely that they would be done as the banking system is fully regulated and you don't control your money and can be forfeited, they could just make people have to use a "Bitcoin Bank", maybe even legalize Banks to open BTC accounts, so most people would just go back into the government controlled world. However the decentralization momentum lives on, so there will be solutions to decentralize everything. If they regulate exchanges, people would just move to decentralized ones. If they regulate miners, then people would invent more stealthy mining algorithms, and so forth. The enforcement of these draconian laws would be very hard, even harder than the war on drugs, so they could try but they would fail.
6) Tax and Regulate Cryptocurrency use out of Existence to save Humanity [THIS]
If the government would really want to destroy crypto, they would definitely choose this path as it's the most easily enforceable and they have the most propaganda justification for this. The way this would work is the following:
They could try to implement an onchain "tax patch" as described above, but that might fail, and people could fork off or use other cryptos, so this is not what they would do.
They would at first raise the income tax for crypto transactions to very high.
Then they would use leftist groups to push the GLOBAL WARMING HOAX, and point to Bitcoin how much energy it uses and wastes on "useless math puzzle solving", and how bad it is for the environment (but completely ignore how much energy governments and bank use). The leftist groups would agitate for regulation of Bitcon mining equipment "For the Earth".
Now they can slap a 500% carbon tax on any industrial level electricity consumption, effectively bankrupting all big miners.
Then they would also increase sales taxes / VAT on any computer equipment: hardware wallets, computers, mining rigs, and other gadgets.
They would also likely would tax internet bandwidth, effectively cutting off any coins that have big blocks, while small block coins would either be hijacked like at point 4) or would not grow up due to the restrictions.
So basically they would totally use the GLOBAL WARMING HOAX and say that Netherlands will be under water in 5 years if you don't tax Bitcoin's electricity consumption, even though they have been predicting catastrophic sea leve rise since the 1970.
They would also say that extreme catastrophes will happen if we don't take action against the GLOBAL WARMING HOAX right now:
“Scientists have solid experimental and theoretical evidence to support …the following predictions: In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution…by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half…”
-- 1970 Life Magazine
"If the climate change is as profound as some of the pessimists fear, the resulting famines could be catastrophic."
-- 1975 Newsweek
"By 1995, the greenhouse effect would be desolating the heartlands of North America and Eurasia with horrific drought, causing crop failures and food riots…(By 1996) The Platte River of Nebraska would be dry, while a continent-wide black blizzard of prairie topsoil will stop traffic on interstates, strip paint from houses and shut down computers…The Mexican police will round up illegal American migrants surging into Mexico seeking work as field hands.”
-- Michael Oppenheimer, 1990, The Environmental Defense Fund
So the GLOBAL WARMING HOAX is really extremely catastrophic therefore you must ban Bitcoin immediately to save human civilization. Mark my words, they will definitely choose this option.
On July 26, the same day when McAfee revealed his “record” second arrest in a week, the U.S. presidential candidate expressed his intention to run for UK Prime Minister too, stressing that he is one of the few people still alive who could qualify. The well-known Bitcoin (BTC) bull and cybersecurity pioneer tweeted:
“Can a person run for, and be, President of the United States and Prime Minister of Great Britain simultaneously? Yes. Absolutely. Without question. But I believe I am one of the few people still alive who could qualify for the combined position.”
McAfee elaborated that in order to qualify for the position, one should meet two requirements — be a U.S. citizen born on U.S. soil and a British citizen born in England. As per McAfee, he meets both requirements as he was not just born in England, but also he was born on an American Army base in England. He wrote:
“I was born in England at the end of WWII. My father was an American soldier and I was born on an American Army base in England. The two together meet the requirement for being U.S. soil. Look it up if you don’t believe it.”
McAfee is also apparently out of jail at press time as he tweeted that he will be in London with his wife Janice McAfee tonight to discuss the perspectives of the combined position. Worth noting is that Boris Johnson, the recently elected prime minister of the United Kingdom, was born in New York. He only recently renounced his American passport when the Internal Revenue Service chased him for unpaid taxes, according to American weekly news magazine Newsweek.
Bitcoin donations accepted
Earlier today, McAfee reported that he saw his second jail cell this week just a day after his release in the Dominican Republic, where he was arrested for four days. Reportedly wanted by the U.S., McAfee plans to accept Bitcoin donations for his presidential campaign, which he runs from a boat on which he arrived in the Domican Republic. In late 2018, McAfee clearly hinted that his campaign is not a serious bid for office, but it is rather an opportunity to use access to the national stage solely to promote cryptocurrencies. Yesterday, Cointelegraph reported that a new political action committee supporting another presidential candidate, Andrew Yang, rolled out its Bitcoin-powered fundraising program, named “21 Days of Bitcoin for the 21st Century.”
I maintain that 2014 was an unusually bad year, and a huge number of amazingly terrible events are concentrated in that year. #CancelColbert "CancelColbert" became a trending hashtag, thanks to Twitter activist Suey Park. The hashtag claimed that Stephen Colbert was racist for using "ching chong chinaman" as a part of his act, even though was obviously a joke meant to mock and satirize racists, not be one. The hashtag backfired and pretty much ruined Suey Park's life, as well as contributing to the over-sensitive social justice environment that most people agreed was terrible. But later it was announced that the humorous and successful Colbert Show would indeed be ending for unrelated reasons. Russian invasion of Ukraine In the first territorial conquest in Europe since World War II, in early 2014 Russia invaded and annexed the Crimea, and then went on to invade Ukraine. Obama didn't really stand up hard to Putin, he refused to even call it an invasion. The US and EU imposed some weak sanctions that didn't really do anything to move Putin. MH370 disappearance A large jet disappeared over Southeast Asia and no one has been able to find out. In addition to the loss of life, this was the start of a years long nightmare for the families of the victims, who have been tortured by endless inquiries and false hopes up to this day. It also resulted in a massive expenditure of resources in the search that ended up with nothing. Rise of ISIS No explanation needed. The rise of an explicitly theocratic, and totalitarian state in the Middle East that would result in a great deal more violence, including the beheading of journalists, happened this year. It extended the Syrian civil war and ended any hope of a legitimate opposition to Assad. Newsweek Satoshi Nakamoto story Newsweek published a story claiming to unmask the founder of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, but this was proven to be false. All that was accomplished was an apparently unrelated man got a ton of unwanted worldwide attention, and the journalist's highest profile story of her career blew up, and millions of people were misled in the process. Michael Brown shooting An 18 year old African American man was shot to death by the police. This led to massive riots and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, which ended up with yet another person dead, a police officer's life was ruined. The entire community of Ferguson was heavily damaged in the resulting violence, and racial tension exploded across the country after this. Polls of how people view race relations, which had been steady for decades, suddenly took a nosedive and we are still in a period of negative race relations now. MH17 shootdown Some rebels supplied by the Russian government shot down MH17 - the same airline that suffered the MH370 disappearance. It's such a tragedy for the airline to lose two planes in one year, through no apparent fault of its own. The shooters will never be held responsible because the Russian government will protect them. Ebola Virus Disease Ebola is a horrible disease that makes you bleed from your pores until you die. But until 2014, it was thought to be confined to Central Africa and easily controllable to very small outbreaks. But that year there was a huge outbreak in West Africa that killed tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of people. They will be forgotten because they were born in a poor developing country. Also some of the brave doctors and nurses who went to help were at high risk and many of them got Ebola and died. Murder of Felina Felina was a twitter citizen activist who rallied her fellow Mexicans to report criminal activity in Mexico's drug war through tweets. In this year, the gangs somehow tracked her down, knocked on her door. They forced her to tweet out a picture of herself looking defeated, then later tweeted out a picture of her dead body from her account. The drug lords sent a message that they were king, and the drug war has been accelerating in Mexico ever since. #GamerGate A massive controversy erupted online over games journalism, a seemingly obscure topic that nonetheless marked the beginning of the alt right. A lot of people like Milo Yiannopolis and Mike Cernovich first started getting really popular around this time. The alt right had its first big wins and basically took over the Internet. This was the beginning of today's online alt right and alt lite influence. It also resulted in a lot of people getting harassed and bullied online with no effective defense. "A Rape on Campus" Probably the worst piece of journalism of the decade. Sabrina Erdely and Rolling Stone published a liar's completely implausible account of being raped by a fraternity at UVA. After going massively viral, after a week or two the story turned out to be false, Rolling Stone didn't even verify basic facts or try to interview the accused. The fraternity was defamed, and real rape victims ever since then have had a harder time being believed. The story damaged Rolling Stone so bad, it contributed to the magazine's being sold off a couple years later. Iggy Azalea called out for cultural appropriation Iggy Azalea, a white Australian rapper, was called out for cultural appropriation, which is when a person of the wrong race uses the cultural symbols or clothing of another group. This is a completely stupid controversy since culture is by nature fluid and every race has borrowed and borrows from what other groups have made throughout history. Yet it has become something people bully each other over. Iggy was bullied out of the industry despite having some great songs and doing what she loved. Republicans gain the Senate Alright, if you're a Republican you probably don't consider this bad news, but if you're a centrist or a liberal it's definitely bad, since it means that the centrist judge Merrick Garland didn't get confirmed to the Supreme Court and now we will have 5-6 or more conservative judges on the court, completely wrecking its balance. Even if you're a conservative, the fact that the Republicans didn't even hold hearings on Garland's nomination was wrong. Hillary Clinton decides to run for president Apparently in December of this year is when Hillary Clinton decided to run for president. The Hillary Clinton campaign was one of the biggest disasters in history. She had to go through scandal after scandal, and the end result was two candidates that the majority of the country didn't like. We've been going into a more and more divisive political time ever since then. In conclusion, 2014 was the worst year I'd say since 1997. Many negative events and/or trends started then, that are at the root of all our problems today. It's really remarkable how they all managed to happen in 2014. CMV.
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The world of cryptocurrencies is interesting, and most readers will probably agree. But try to imagine that for a layman, participation in the crypto atmosphere is a big leap to venture. An abundance of technical, incomplete or in some cases even plain wrong information will make an interested individual become uninterested. Cryptoscene will at all times devote a majority of its content to the informing and guiding of people into cryptocurrencies. We will create interesting articles with our community, share experiences, the bad ones for learning purposes, and obviously the good ones. after the recent Google Adwords and Facebook advertising bans it’s been hard to even get noticed, and that’s a shame because a lot of projects show incredible future-thinking and a lot of passion. Cryptoscene supports great visions, and therefore we will handpick projects that seem fit, and embrace them in our physical magazine. In order to sustain through our first magazine publishing, aimed to be finalized and printed by the end of July 2018, we have created an NTP1 utility token on the Neblio blockchain. The token ‘SCENE’ will be used to access an abundance of complex courses, in addition to the free ones. But it also serves as a gateway to certain other features that will help a user in his or her journey to become a crypto expert. In addition to this, approved businesses will also be able to use SCENE to reserve advertisement space in the magazine. Finally, we will use SCENE as a reward currency in order to gather content with well-designed bounty hunter campaigns currently aimed at graphic designers, translators and writers.
"The core of Cryptoscene is to create the ideal atmosphere to guide newcomers, share valuable news, experiences and stories in a quality magazine. With the community we envision to create, we can do amazing things, we might have seen amazing stories arise, but the problem is getting people to read it that normally wouldn't. New tech takes a while to be adapted, but sometimes all that's needed is a little push."
A magazine...but why? About the only other topic that gets discussed as much as whether or not print is dead is whether or not Elvis is dead. Cryptoscene cannot vouch for the King’s status (although we once swear we saw him at a McDonald’s in Amsterdam, the Netherlands back in ‘92), but we can vouch for the fact that print is very much alive and thriving. You know, when television came onto the scene, everyone cried aloud it would be the death of print. But it wasn’t. And then the Internet arrived and the children and grandchildren of Henny-Penny also said the sky was falling and print would be crushed and killed under its weight. But it wasn’t. And it doesn’t look like anything will ever really kill print Here’s a perfect example of print’s ability to always bounce back: Back in 2012, Newsweek pulled its print version, which certainly didn’t help stop the rumors that print was dead. But, lo and behold, Newsweek’s new owners brought the print version of the iconic magazine back from the dead. The “catch,” if there was one, was that Newsweek would only be available to subscribers. Which is genius, really. In essence, Newsweek is now a niche magazine, targeted to a very specific market segment. In the same way, local magazines, which can be found in every province of the Netherlands are also niche magazines, targeting a very specific population, namely, locals. These all offer numerous benefits to local advertisers, but also very much so the readers. Content The content of Cryptoscene’s magazine will vary from interviews with blockchain related businesses, to infographics as well as the good and bad experiences of other traders and even a ‘funnies’ section aimed to humorise quite a serious innovation. As said before, the main focus of the magazine will be informing the readers and strain away from financial advises or hype, this means you will see a lot of tutorials, and in the first issue, the absolute basics would also have to be included. Cryptoscene also wants to dedicate content to debunking theories. A good example is the Tulip Mania comparison that’s often found and believed on the web. There’s a ton of people backing up crazy theories, and with our community, we can provide clarity for our readers, covering controversial items every issue of the magazine, or online if necessary. We will of course also be dedicating space in the magazine for companies to raise awareness, though these companies will not be allowed to give financial advise or lure people into a project. The core must at all times be that it has a benefit to the readers. Small advertisements will be shown at the end of the magazine for retailers that accept bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. This is meant as a marketplace of some sorts and will hopefully inspire more and more businesses to get involved with cryptocurrencies. Content FAQ -Will you be promoting ICO’s? No, we will not promote any projects still aiming to collect money, this would be too close to financial advice. -Will we be able to influence the content? Yes! We will be doing polls on Twitter and on our website throughout every quarter to see what subjects are most requested to be covered in the magazine. -How many pages will the magazine be? We aim for a minimum of 36 pages. Any extra pages will push our budgets and would put more pressure on the acquisition. If Cryptoscene ends up needing more than 36 pages we would need to consider expanding the sales team as well. -If I own SCENE, can I advertise? In theory, yes. But anyone advertising would have to be approved by the core team. If you run a business and have value to bring to the newcomers, you’re welcome to share your story. Otherwise, you might want to hold on to them for other purposes. Netherlands first, and then.. First of all, it must be made clear that our first issue will only be released within The Netherlands. This choice has been made because the costs of having worldwide coverage would be immense and would eat up most of the funds raised in the crowdsale. This would be a huge risk considering the content would not have been tested by then. Cryptoscene aims to start small and expand accordingly. 10.000 magazines will be distributed to different hotspots in the Netherlands. The locations of these so-called hotspots are distributed over the Netherlands and consist of a multitude of businesses including accountancy bureaus, banks (if possible), hairdressers, bookstores, local train station shops, grocery stores, coffee shops and possibly more to come. Apart from buying at these locations or reading it for free if you’re lucky enough to find one, it will be possible to subscribe to the magazine through our website. These will be either sent by e-mail as a PDF (for International members until further notice) or directly to your doorstep. This excludes our distribution plan and is easily managed within Cryptoscene’s CMS system. Courses online In order to make the courses as understandable as possible for a Layman, we will be starting from the ground up. Introducing readers to the concept of Blockchain and slowly let them work their way up. Making a wallet, familiarize readers with crypto-related terms and of course letting them buy their first token on the exchange(s). Luckily Cryptoscene will be supported by its teachers. Community members can sign up to create courses that will be listed on the site. A teacher must create at least 2 free courses, after which he or she will be allowed to price the 3rd one. For every sale, a teacher will receive a 50% commision. This way we try to unite the more advanced traders with the beginners and allow them to share their knowledge. Courses will undergo a review by Cryptoscene’s core team, course writers also need to be verified via KYC. SWOT Analysis The main weaknesses of the project relate to the used medium and its expenses as well as the fact that news around cryptocurrencies comes and goes at a quick pace. It will be hard to select subjects that speak to everyone, that’s one of the reasons we will be reviewing our member’s opinions every issue. The news articles on the site should allow Cryptoscene to offer more recent news. Features and wallet integrations; is not yet finalized and the company will have to expend resources to adapt it to current needs. In this regard, the competence of engineers is a key success factor, and their search and engagement in the project will be a priority for the project's senior management. Since the company has limited resources, it is forced to distribute them carefully and scrutinize budget decisions to reduce the possibility of error. One of the factors threatening the development of the project is the interest of giant companies that could easily set-up a magazine. This means that we have to make the creation of another crypto-magazine unnecessary. In order to be able to gain a foothold in the market, Cryptoscene must be faster than its competitors. This also means the team needs to grow very quickly in order to keep Cryptoscene on track. Undeniably, a significant strength of the project lies in the company’s community and the non-invasive method of informing and guiding the end user. The use of the blockchain technology in the project is dictated by the company's need and willingness to make any transactions occurring in the system open and transparent to potential users of Cryptoscene’s platform services. This will also ensure security and confidentiality of personal data. If this concept speaks to you, you are very welcome to join the talks on our social media, or a bit more up close and personal on Telegram. Advanced traders, writers, and even graphic designers are also very welcome to test our Beta by the end of May! Participants and/or contributors will be assigned a designated flair - just like you see here on Reddit. More to be scene. More information can be found on our website www.crypto-scene.com. And of course in the Whitepaper.
TIL monkeys can learn to use money. Capuchins that were taught to exchange silver discs for treats began budgeting for foods they liked, buying more of something when the price dropped, and started gambling. Eventually, rich monkeys even figured out they could pay each other for sex.
TIL that Glenn Shadix, the actor who played Otho in Beetlejuice, was subjected to “ex gay” electrical shock treatments when he came out to his parent. When this failed to change his orientation, he attempted suicide and survived a 3 day coma. After the incident, his parents accept ed his sexuality.
Researchers find that one person likely drove Bitcoin from $150 to $1,000, in a new study published in the Journal of Monetary Economics. Unregulated cryptocurrency markets remain vulnerable to manipulation today.
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WSJ: Newsweek Chief admits to intentionally creating controversy, expects print run of 70,000 to sell out, calls it 'Deep Reporting'
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304732804579425641927438458?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304732804579425641927438458.html Newsweek's editor in chief Jim Impoco has a simple formula for turning around the moribund newsweekly: Focus on "deep reporting" and investigative stories. "You create your own weather if you must," he said in an interview Friday. And for its first print edition after a 14-month hiatus, Newsweek created a veritable storm. Its story about bitcoin's purported founder sparked a media uproar that, given questions about the story's accuracy, may yet rebound on Newsweek. The magazine says it stands by the article. The good news for Newsweek's new owners, digital media firm IBT Media, is that the print run of 70,000 is expected to sell out, according to IBT Chief Executive Etienne Uzac. The question now is whether Newsweek can maintain that pace. If so, IBT may succeed in giving the storied magazine a new lease on life, long after it was given up almost for dead by others in the media industry. Mr. Impoco said the magazine needs to sell "well under" 50,000 copies a week to be profitable. The magazine is currently losing money but expects to be profitable by early to mid-spring, Mr. Uzac said. That's a contrast to heavy losses Newsweek had sustained in recent years under a succession of owners, most recently Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp, which sold it to IBT last August. Newsweek's circulation fell by about half to 1.5 million between 2005 and the end of 2012, when it ceased print publication. During that same period, its advertising pages plunged more than 80%. In late 2012, The Wall Street Journal reported the magazine's annual losses had recently reached $40 million. IBT is owned by Mr. Uzac and Jonathan Davis, who co-founded the New York-based company in 2006, according to IBT's website. Today, the company owns 21 websites, including its flagship International Business Times, across seven different languages. Much of its traffic comes from overseas although in the U.S., IBT is the ninth largest financial news site by desktop subscribers, according to comScore, behind Business Insider. Others include Latin Times and Medical Daily. How much IBT paid for Newsweek hasn't been disclosed, although IAC has said it recorded a $6.3 million gain on the sale last August, which it described as a "combination of purchase price and liabilities" that were assumed. Today, the magazine generates revenue from international licensing deals, online and print advertising as well as subscription fees, a spokesman says. At $149 for an annual subscription, Newsweek is priced around five times higher than Time Magazine, a historic rival which today has a circulation of around 3.25 million copies. Newsweek today has around 30 staff writers and editors, in addition to freelance and contract employees. Ad sales and operations are handled by IBT, which employs a total of 240 people. In 2010, when Newsweek was sold by its longtime owner Washington Post Co. GHC +0.27% , it employed a total staff of 300. However much Newsweek sells in print, the big question, according to Outsell LLC analyst Ken Doctor, is how it performs in digital, where it competes with lots of outlets. "They have to continue to pique people's attention. But can they do it every week and during the week?" — Suzanne Vranica and Christopher S. Stewart contributed to this article.
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All the latest breaking news on Bitcoin Price. Browse Newsweek archives of photos, videos and articles on Bitcoin Price. Newsweek Magazine March 14, 2014 * BITCOIN THE MAN BEHIND THE CRYPTO CURRENCY * SATOSHI NAKAMOTO on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Newsweek Magazine March 14, 2014 * BITCOIN THE MAN BEHIND THE CRYPTO CURRENCY * SATOSHI NAKAMOTO In a statement formally submitted to Newsweek by Nakamoto and his lawyer, he states that he “did not create, invent or otherwise work on Bitcoin,” and that, “Newsweek ’s false report has been the source of a great deal of confusion and stress for myself, my 93-year-old mother, my siblings, and their families.” He then ends the letter: “This will be our last public statement on this ... The magazine announced that they would be cutting print and moving to an all-digital format in October 2012 as circulation plummeted and profits continued to struggle. Tina Brown, the then-editor of Newsweek and The Daily Beast, which merged in 2010, said at the time that "we have reached a tipping point at which we can most efficiently and effectively reach our readers in all-digital format." , 64, said he had never heard of Bitcoin until his son told him he had been contacted by a reporter three weeks ago. … Reached at his home in Temple City, Calif., Nakamoto acknowledged that many of the details in Newsweek‘s report are correct, including that he once worked for a defense contractor.But he strongly disputes the magazine’s assertion that he is “the face behind Bitcoin.”
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Leah McGrath Goodman, author of the Newsweek article about the man behind Bitcoin, talks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about her search for the mastermind of the digital money. An article in Newsweek that says it has found the real Satoshi Nakamoto, the alias used by the creator of the virtual currency Bitcoin, has prompted many ent... Subscribe to ITN News: http://bit.ly/1bmWO8h Newsweek Magazine led media to a modest Californian home looking for the mysterious founder of digital online cu... In response to Newsweek's story identifying Dorian Nakamoto as bitcoin's inventor, Nakamoto is denying involvement and raising funds to sue Newsweek. See mor... March 7 (Bloomberg) -- Tina Brown, former Editor-In-Chief at Newsweek and founder at Women In The World, discusses Newsweek's return to print with a claim of finding the creator of Bitcoin and her ...