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Reinventure Invests in Coinbase

We are pleased to announce that Reinventure Group, an Australian-based VC firm focused on fintech, has made a strategic investment in Coinbase.

One of Reinventure’s primary objectives is to create opportunities between its portfolio companies and Westpac, Reinventure’s largest investor and one of the top 15 largest banks in the world. We plan to work closely with Reinventure and share insights into the use of digital currencies globally.

Aussies, you're on deck.
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Ulterior States Documentary

From the Ulterior States website:

Ulterior States, an IamSatoshi production, is an argumentative documentary project. The participatory development, production and post ‘guerilla-film-making-methods’, bounced between (non-academic) literature research, video interviews and studio sessions. This investigative process allowed having real-life conversations with some thought leaders within the Bitcoin ecosystem. In an attempt to portray the community behind the message to adopt a network, being a one-man team allowed for easier access to the subjects. The enthusiasm and commitment that saturate through the lens in many parts of the film, expose how the adopters of Bitcoin want to explore, to probe and, to show the world, something important, otherwise overlooked.

The film took three years and 125 videos to complete. Through this journey, I got immersed in the decentralised crypto-currency culture and met a bunch of wonderful futuristic-pirates, I would have never met otherwise. It is becoming easier to admit that Ulterior States is an expression of my perceptions, an extract of the years 2012-2015. The collaged story explores code as activism and discovers a melting pot through the neutrality of a decentralised consensus. It looks to the future from different humanist perspectives and argues that crypto-currencies could lead towards; community governed micro-state applications.

This roughly hour long documentary, from producer Tomer Kantor, is posted on YouTube for your viewing pleasure. Adam B. Levine, from the Let's Talk Bitcoin network, calls it "the first great exploration of the Idealist point of view." Check it out now for free!
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Greece Closes Banks and Stock Markets, Introduces Capital Controls

Greece has closed its banks and imposed capital controls to prevent financial chaos after the breakdown of bailout talks with its international creditors, The Financial Times reports. The decision comes at the end of a weekend that brought Greece closer to “Grexit” – the potential exit from the Eurozone and perhaps the European Union (EU) itself – and confronted Europe with a serious crisis.

The banks in Greece and the Athene Stock Exchange will remain closed until at least July 6, the day after the referendum on the austerity measures demanded by the country’s creditors. In the meantime, cash withdrawals at ATMs will be limited to 60 euros ($66) and transfers abroad will be forbidden. Greece is the second Eurozone country, after Cyprus in 2013, to impose capital controls.

The move is evidently aimed at preventing panicked Greek investors and savers from taking their money out of the nation’s banks and moving it elsewhere. In the days before the predictable stall of the negotiations with Europe, many Greeks rushed to withdraw their money. The Financial Times reports that many more Greeks are trying to withdraw their money now, but they are turned away by security guards.

In early 2013 Bitcoin started its first price run off a very familiar situation in Cyprus. As confidence in central banks continues to fall and people look for alternative stores of wealth, that they can control, bitcoin will probably see many new users. 
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Ascribe Raises $2 Million to Encode Artistic Copyrights on the Blockchain

Ascribe, a platform which enables artists to record their intellectual properties on the Bitcoin blockchain has raised US $2 million in a seed funding round from investors including Barry Silbert’s Digital Currency Group, Earlybird Venture Capital, Freelands Ventures, and other angel investors.

With the new financing, Ascribe aims to improve its platform to make it more efficient for artists to record ownership of their works, to onboard new developers to build on their API that helps marketplaces and platforms to display the registered artwork, and to increase awareness of their platform.

Using the Bitcoin blockchain, Ascribe allows artists to create records of permanent and unchangeable copyright and ownership of their artwork that can be verified and tracked instantly. Since the data and copyright cannot be changed once it is registered on the blockchain, artists will be able to defend their works without the need to spend money on the traditional process of hiring lawyers to create legal documents.

This is a perfect example of how bitcoin is a consensus mechanism rather than a simple value standard, though a value standard is in itself a part of societal consensus. Bitcoin has the power to uproot any middlemen who use information to control others as it will become possible to obtain certified information straight from the blockchain without the middleman's help. Decentralization FTW!
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Kid-Friendly Minecraft Server Launches Bitcoin Economy

A multi-player server on the wildly popular video game Minecraft has introduced bitcoin to its world as a way of teaching children about digital currency.

While in-game currencies exist in several different minecraft worlds, using bitcoin means that players can take their money out of the game and use it in the real world too.

The server, PlayMC, features an in-game currency called 'bits' which the company has set at 100,000,000th of a bitcoin (commonly known as a 'satoshi'). The unit was chosen for its ease-of-use, as it represents a whole unit and allows players to be rewarded seemingly on a larger scale.

These are the types of opportunities that will change the 49%, from the GS survey posting earlier, to 80% for the next generations. Once kids see that playing video games can lead to value that can be exchanged for real world items it will be over. The next allowance may come from being a good kid and finishing that level of Minecraft before bed. 
Kids will have a chance to learn about bitcoin and even take their in-game currency to the real world, thanks to games from Minecraft server PlayMC.
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Nasdaq Selects Bitcoin Startup Chain To Run Pilot In Private Market Arm

Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. has named San Francisco-based startup Chain as its partner for a pilot, announced in May, to test Bitcoin technology for the trading of shares in private companies.

Founded in 2014, Chain provides infrastructure to financial institutions wanting to use the blockchain, which is the technology underlying the digital currency Bitcoin, in their products and services. The blockchain enables entities to digitally transfer money and other assets directly, securely and near instantaneously.

Nasdaq will be testing the blockchain in Nasdaq Private Market, which is a marketplace for pre-IPO trading of shares in private companies; launched in January 2014, it so far has more than 75 clients.

The next time you buy corporate shares could be on a blockchain.
In its test of the Bitcoin blockchain for trading shares of private companies, Nasdaq is working with year-old startup Chain.
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Greeks are rushing to Bitcoin

With bank doors slammed shut, frantic Greeks are turning to online trading platforms to see if the digital money Bitcoin is a better bet than the euro.

The world's largest Bitcoin exchanges tell CNNMoney they've seen a surge of business from Greece.

Ten times as many Greeks are registering to trade bitcoins on the German marketplace Bitcoin.de than usual, according to CEO Oliver Flaskaemper. Bitcoin trades from Greece have shot up 79% from their ten-week average on Bitstamp, the world's third-largest exchange.

When you don't control your money then you don't actually own it. 
The world's largest Bitcoin exchanges say they've seen a surge of business from Greece.
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Join us for July's Bitcoin and Barbeque Meet Up

Lexington's Bluegrass Bitcoin Meetup meets on the last Thursday of the month at City Barbeque to discuss random topics ranging from "What is bitcoin?" to "How can I use bitcoin in my life/business?" If you happen to be in the area on July 30th please feel free to swing on by!
Join us as we enjoy some of the best barbeque in town while discussing bitcoin and the ways it can impact our lives. Topics are left open to everyone attending and can range from "What is bitcoin" to "How can bitcoin be used in my business?" Even if you've never heard of bitcoin, you are welcome to come enjoy some great barbeque with us and we'll be sure to fill you in!
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Earn Satoshis while playing games

I seen a screenshot on the Google+ bitcoin community from an Android game called Bitcoin Flapper. As you could imagine its a play on the game Flappy Bird but it allows you to earn bitcoin for playing along. After doing the obligatory search through the developer's other games, I found Bitcoin Crush.

Bitcoin Crush is a play off games like Candy Crush where you link your gems together in a pattern to earn points. What makes Bitcoin Crush fun is it allows you to compete with other players and see who earns the highest points. Based on where you rank for that lobby determines how many bitcoin you are rewarded for that game.

My wife downloaded it onto her LG G4 and played for a good amount of time tonight with no hiccups. While the game seemed very fun I can't personally verify that withdraws function. However other reviews seem positive on this front. After she spends some more time with it I hope she will give it a review.

From their app's description:

So, you think you're very good at this game, and three diamond jewelry hustle games. Well, now you can put those skills to effective use. Bitcoin crush fast action game where you have to score as much as you can in 40 seconds. You compete in tournaments against three other players, or directly with your friends in head to head competition.

Our tournaments will award the top three winners Bitcoin.When you challenge your friends head-to-head competition, it is winner takes all!

All our Bitcoin Crush tournaments and head-to-head competition for free. You can collect your winnings at any Bitcoin wallet that you want at any time (there is a minimum 0,00016 BTC because Bitcoin network transaction fees).

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Introducing BitINKA, South America’s First Universal Bitcoin Platform

BitInka, a bitcoin platform that operates in Peru, Venezuela, Bolivia and Brazil will soon expand its services throughout Argentina, Colombia and Chile, to become South America’s first universal bitcoin platform targeted for the unbanked.

Founded in 2013 by Roger Gabriel, BitINKA is one of the only companies in South America which implemented bitcoin trading to create a bitcoin exchange that allows its users to convert/withdraw bitcoin for many local currencies of South America, including the Peruvian Nueva Sol and the Argentinian peso.

This is the foundation that will be needed for bitcoin to become commonplace in the remittance market. It will make it simple for migrant workers to take their pay and have it sent home without losing half the value in the process. 
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US Supreme Court (#SCOTUS) rules that same-sex marriage is a legal right across the United States in 5-4 decision http://bbc.in/1QTu9ht
The US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is a legal right across the United States in a 5-4 decision
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Goldman Sachs Survey: Most Millennials Won't Use Bitcoin

A new survey published by Goldman Sachs has found that just over half of US millennials believe they will never use bitcoin.

Fifty-one percent of the 752 survey respondents said that they had never used bitcoin nor do they have any plans to do so. Twenty-two percent said they currently use it or have used it in the past, and intend to use it again.

I think the fact that a half decade old technology has already been able to reach 49% of millennials is astonishing. If you look at the limited use cases bitcoin has had over the past few years, and have a good clue for the future, this has to be highly encouraging news for bitcoin supporters. 
A new survey published by Goldman Sachs found that just over half of millennials believe they will never use bitcoin.
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Useless survey it is a bit like saying no, I will never use Touch and Go .... wasted money on obvious outcomes of tech.... And shows the blinkered thinking as always ;) Viva BiTCoin 
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I graduated college from Eastern Kentucky University where I earned my Bachelor of Arts and am working to finish some needed prerequisites to enter their Master's of Business Administration program. I love to meet new friends and can't wait to meet you!  (That is my sign for you to add me to your circles so we can become friends!)

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I've had mixed experiences with this location. My most recent experience was poor enough that it led me to post this review. I had went through the drive thru and attempted to use a gift card that had $10 on it. Since $10 wouldn't cover the full balance they refused to use it at all. I've then passed her my debit card to pay for the order but she kept insisting that was the card that had just declined. Once I had paid and they passed me my drinks I was greeted with half filled cups. I'm currently still pulled up waiting for them to bring my food. Since its usually good I'll go ahead and assume but today's service was subpar.
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I had stopped across the street to do banking and noticed this Valvoline Instant Oil. I stopped in and they had me ready to leave in 15 minutes plus I never had to leave my car.
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Their service was slow then they got the order wrong.
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I really enjoyed my lunch here. The service was good and the food was delicious. The place was easy to find because as we pulled up you could see, and smell, the smoke from them cooking. It only added to the anticipation of the meal we were about to have. The interior wasn't what I was really expecting though I don't judge a BBQ place by it's interior work. I was greeted by very friendly workers who were very upbeat and helpful. After a moment of reviewing the options I decided on the large shredded pork sandwich. The sandwich was a good size helping and wasn't with any sauce though they do have sauces at the table. The meat was top notch and very high quality. My only knock would be that I enjoy a slightly drier meat and this was a little more moist than my usual preference but nothing to complain about. The sides were also very good and they provide free refills on drinks. I would easily recommend giving their food a try. I doubt you'll be disappointed.
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