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Eric Martindale
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Scaling Bitcoin, Phase II: Live Stream from Hong Kong
If you're at all interested in the research that has gone into the challenges of scaling the Bitcoin network, this is your source of information. The top researchers in the field are convening here in Hong Kong, and we will be livestreaming their presentations today and tomorrow.

See the Scaling Bitcoin website [1] for the schedule and list of presentations.

[1]: https://scalingbitcoin.org/hongkong2015/#schedule

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New Podcast Co-Host, New Format; What's Next?
We're excited to have Gordon Hall as our new co-host of the +DECENTRALIZE podcast joining us for an exclusive interview tomorrow!  We'll also be on for an hour, a change from our normal 30-minute interview format – and taking live questions the whole time.

We've got some other exciting updates in the works, so make sure to tune in and catch the latest news!  We'll see you on the official +DECENTRALIZE page!
On this week's one-hour show (a new format for us!), we're excited to be introducing our new cohost, Gordon Hall.  Having been a guest host before, we're extremely pleased that he's decided to join us as our new full-time partner!  Let's see what he's been up to since the last time we talked, and talk about all the open source goodness he can throw at us.

We'll also be discussing a number of topics; the Bitcoin scalability problem (yes, we'll even mention the block size debate!), Ethereum's new Frontier launch, and the announcement of t0, Overstock.com's new cryptoequity trading platform.

Join us, and ask us questions directly while we're live!

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Coding Soundtrack becomes soundtrack.io
The little weekend project to create my own online radio has turned into a full-blown product.  Originally designed for +Coding Soundtrack, we now support multiple rooms – you can even create your own.

Now that +Grooveshark has fallen victim to the copyright cabal, we more than ever need a true, open-source music platform that they can't take away from us.  If you want to help, Soundtrack.io is #opensource  and on GitHub [1].

I hope to see you there.

[1]: https://github.com/martindale/soundtrack.io
We've moved!
If you didn't already know, we gave up on those other music sites and started our own.  There's now even multiple soundtracks, for those of you with, ah... unique tastes.  Come join us.

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Ryan X. Charles, the Live Interview
Did you know that +reddit was working on #blockchain  technology?  How does a Ph.D. in Astrophysics compare to a #bitcoin  startup?  Is #entrepreneurship  worth the struggle?

Join +DECENTRALIZE for one of our most exciting interviews yet with +Ryan X. Charles, of broad experience including +BitPay, +reddit, and +BitGo, Inc..  We'll be taking live questions for a 30-minute interview, so make sure to tune in.

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Building Blockchain-secured Applications Is Easy with Bitcore
We've spent a lot of time figuring out how to make #blockchain  technology much more accessible to developers.  There's a lot of things you can do with #bitcoin  that you might not realize – and they're all right at your fingertips with Bitcore.

Come join our lead developer +Manuel Araoz as he gives an introduction to Bitcore, our Javascript library for doing all things related to bitcoin and the blockchain.  The webinar is tomorrow, at 7PM EDT.  Don't miss it.

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Have questions about Bitcoin?
We'll be hosting an AMA tomorrow afternoon in which we'll answer your questions about #bitcoin  and #cryptofinance  in general.  Copay [1] Product Lead +Matias Alejo Garcia and +Gordon Hall from BitPay [2] will be joining us, so feel free to ask about technical topics!

[1]: http://copay.io
[2]: http://bitpay.com

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Why aren't you accepting Bitcoin yet?
Accepting payments in Bitcoin is free.  Unlike credit cards, you have no risk of chargebacks or fraud.  If you charge $100 USD, you get a $100 USD deposit directly into your bank account, even if your customer chooses to pay with  #bitcoin .

What are your reasons for not yet accepting Bitcoin payments?

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Education is Curiosity, Enabled
I'm of the opinion that we could teach our young children subjects like calculus, if only we had mechanisms through which to empower those with curiosity to play with them.  Then, the application of the effort to teach becomes one of rewarding knowledge, rather than repetitive structures of memorization and batteries of tests.

Take, for example, these visualizations of various concepts in mathematics.  How enlightening would it be if we could play with these as we work through the process of learning the equations that describe them, letting our brain form the map between the system's description, its properties, and its behavior?
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BitPay Expands, Fueled By Bitcoin Demand
Yes, we're expanding.  While +Wells Fargo [1] and +Wikipedia [2] start exploring    #cryptofinance  , we're also moving full steam ahead towards getting every company in the world to accept  #bitcoin   as a payment option.

Not only have we hired the best from companies like +Red Hat+IBM, and Visa into our senior leadership, but we've established a firm position in the marketplace–we're now performing over $1,000,000 per day in transactions with Bitcoin, and there are now over 1,000 new businesses accepting Bitcoin every week.  Now, we're hiring to support this investment in the community.

If you're interested in building anything related to  #cryptofinance  , give me a shout.  We're extremely focused on  #OpenSource   and  #cryptography  , and will be spending a lot of our time [3] participating in the support of developers building applications in the space.  If you want to build something that will shape the future of the world,  #cryptofinance   is the right space to be in.

[1]: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/14/us-wellsfargo-bitcoin-idUSBREA0D1LL20140114
[2]: https://twitter.com/jimmy_wales/status/441632741352681472 and http://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/201fa6/hello_from_jimmy_wales_of_wikipedia/ !
[3]: We've already released Bitcore (see bitcore.io for more information), but we'll be a major presence in number of events in the coming year (not the least of which was +LAUNCH most recently!).  We're on a tear to support engineers building new projects with  #bitcoin  , so feel free to reach out and let me know what you're working on.

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“It’s uncomfortable to focus so intensely on what you’re bad at.”
Great story on learning how to think–perhaps the single most important thing we should be teaching [not only our children, but ourselves].  If you can learn to think, you can conquer almost anything.
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