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Bill Gates quote on Bitcoin

Bill Gates was just interviewed by Erik Schatzker because he’s at the Annual Banking and Financial Conference in Boston talking about his foundation’s initiative to help the unbanked. A couple minutes in this question gets asked:

Schatzker: Some of what you just described, the need to move money from place to place, the cost of doing so, the overhead as you put it makes me think, believe it or not, of Bitcoin because some people have said, “Hey Bitcoin is the answer to those problems”. Are you a believer?

Bill Gates: Bitcoin is exciting because it shows how cheap it can be. Bitcoin is better than currency in that you don’t have to be physically in the same place and of course for large transactions currency can get pretty inconvenient. The customers we’re talking about aren’t trying to be anonymous. You know they’re willing to be known so the Bitcoin technology is key and you could add to it or you could build a similar technology where there’s enough attribution that people feel comfortable that this is nothing to do with terrorism or any type of money laundering.

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Bitcoin: Buenos Aries

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“The future is already here. It's just unevenly distributed.”
~ William Gibson, Neuromancer

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FireChat: The internet-free messaging app that’s keeping the Hong Kong protests connected

Download FireChat for iOS and Android

(from independent.co.uk)

“FireChat” sounds like a phony location-based sex line.

It’s not, it’s a messaging app for iOS.

We already have Whatsapp, Facebook messenger, Snapchat etc, what makes FireChat different?

You can chat “off the grid”, even if there is no internet connection or mobile phone coverage.

How is that possible?

Instead of relying on a central server, it is based on peer-to-peer “mesh networking” and connects to nearby phones using Bluetooth and WiFi, with connectivity increasing as more people use it in an area.

(keep reading at independent.co.uk)

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~ William Gibson, Neuromancer

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Hong Kong right now

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“The future is already here. It's just unevenly distributed.”
~ William Gibson, Neuromancer

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Rise up, my brothers. The time to act is NOW

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“The future is already here. It's just unevenly distributed.”
~ William Gibson, Neuromancer

Don’t know how to get Bitcoins? Go here: https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Main_Page

Trezor: The Bitcoin Safe

I just received this in the mail and will start using it soon.  I may end up posting a review at some point.  Seems solid for what it is (what I’ve read…)

http://www.bitcointrezor.com/

 

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Hong Kong citizens step up protests as riot police withdrawn

(from theguardian.com)

Thousands of Hong Kong citizens protested across the city on Monday, blocking roads and prompting the closure of banks and schools, as they stepped up their calls for democracy.

Police attempts to use teargas to clear huge protests from Admiralty and Central in downtown Hong Kong late on Sunday backfired by spurring more people to take to the streets, with numbers peaking in the tens of thousands. Fresh protests sprang up in Causeway Bay and Mongkok, in Kowloon.

Parts of the financial hub, generally known for its orderliness, were paralysed by the demonstrators. The government announced on Monday morning that riot police had been taken off the streets as citizens “have mostly calmed down” and urged people to unblock roads and disperse.

Hong Kong enjoys considerable autonomy under the “one country, two systems” framework and has long been promised universal suffrage for the election of the next chief executive in 2017. But protesters are furious that the rules announced by Beijing will impose such tight controls on candidates that a democrat could not even stand. They see the decision as part of a broader attempt to tighten controls on the region.

(keep reading at theguardian.com)

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~ William Gibson, Neuromancer

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