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I'm Back!

Thanks to a huge assist from +John Elstone I'm finally able to post again to this collection. For whatever reason the collection had been flagged in violation of Google's User Content and Conduct Policy and the appeal was not being acted on but he was able to get someone on the ball. I can't thank him enough!

Boy how the scene has changed since my last post! On July 24th, Bitcoin's price was sitting around $2,750 but now we are right around $5,350. You can never complain when something you hold nearly doubles in price!

We've also seen some great new technologies being released and plenty of new ICO's that have launched! Rather than go into all of that for this post I plan to explore more of each over the next few weeks.
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Delaware Governor Signs Blockchain Legislation Into Law

The governor of the US state best known as the home to a majority of the country's incorporated businesses has officially signed a bill making it explicitly legal for those entities to use blockchain for stock trading and record-keeping.

After weeks of anticipation, Delaware governor John C. Carney Jr. signed the bill on Friday, effectively bringing closure to an effort that began in May 2016 when his predecessor, Jack Markell, launched an initiative to promote blockchain efficiencies in government.
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A South African startup is using bitcoin to turn digital pirates against each other

The scholarly environs of the New Media research lab at Stellenbosch University in South Africa gave rise to a diabolically clever plan to deal with video piracy in 2015: Lure pirates with bitcoin to find out the source of the contraband material.

That project has become the basis for a startup called Custos. Its Privateer product helps movie studios and book publishers detect the source of leaked copies of upcoming movies or ebooks using a bitcoin bounty. Custos embeds imperceptible bitcoin private keys in the digital files, with different keys for different advance copies of a movie or ebook. A private key is essentially the password that lets someone claim the bitcoin held at a particular address.

At the same time, Custos makes a piece of free software that screens movie files for these private keys and markets the screener to content pirates. Pirates now have an incentive to check pirated movie files in case they contain a key. If a key is detected, the pirate can claim the bitcoin bounty—usually between $5 and $10—and is free to keep it. But once a bounty is claimed, Custos is alerted, and can begin the process of figuring out the origin of the leak.
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OVERSTOCK EXEC: 'It's crazy that so many retailers don't accept bitcoin'

The price of bitcoin has been on a tear over the last year, but the number of top merchants who accept the cryptocurrency as a form of payment has retreated.

That's puzzling to Jonathan Johnson, the president of Medici Ventures, the venture capital subsidiary of online retailer Overstock. Johnson played an integral role in getting the retailer known for its furniture stock to accept the cryptocurrency.

He told Business Insider that Overstock has seen a "modest" uptick in the number of bitcoin transactions taking place on the site, and he thinks it's "crazy that so many retailers don't accept bitcoin."
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One clear message received from Janet Yellen’s testimony: ‘Buy bitcoin’

One message, in particular, stood out during Janet Yellen’s testimony before the House Financial Services panel: “Buy bitcoin.”

Of course, that wasn’t the Fed chair’s message. She was more focused on interest rates. Nor was it a photoshopped internet hoax perpetrated by some crypto junkie aiming for a viral Reddit hit.

No, while Yellen was busy doing her thing, an opportunistic bitcoin fan took it upon himself to hold up a “buy bitcoin” sign.
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Job Hunting? Blockchain-Related Postings on LinkedIn Have Tripled

The number of job posting for blockchain talent has increased more than threefold on LinkedIn in the last 12 months, signaling the high demand by commercial industries to develop distributed ledger technology–based solutions.

The demand for blockchain developers reportedly greatly exceeds the supply as corporations are struggling to find experts in the field who are not already employed by the hundreds of blockchain startups that have emerged in recent years.

According to data collated by the Financial Times, there are over 1,000 blockchain jobs listed on LinkedIn, and the number of blockchain-related ads has been growing at over 40 percent per quarter.
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A Cypherpunk Dream: Blockstream Developer Departs to Build Bitcoin Web

Bitcoin developer Eric Martindale has departed what might might be considered one of the sweetest gigs in the industry to follow his dream of building a decentralized information market where any data can be traded without restriction.

Having left the heavily funded magnet for bitcoin developer talent, Blockstream, earlier this year, the self-identified "cypherpunk" last week kicked off a roadshow to tour his idea for a new way to build applications directly on the bitcoin blockchain, and to raise funds from investors.

In one sense, Martindale’s project, called Fabric, is a decentralized, trustless exchange similar to an increasing number of marketplaces already in the works. What distinguishes the effort, though, is smart contract functionality he believes is superior to ethereum.
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What To Do With Bitcoin Ahead Of SegWit Activation

There is an air of uncertainty among Bitcoiners of what would become of their fate in the near future.

With the community approaching a significant decision date on the issue of scaling, the outcome of the consensus is looking more like an open secret as SegWit2x and SegWit Support has officially surpassed Emergent Consensus.
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Delaware House Passes Historic Blockchain Regulation

The state of Delaware has passed amendments to state law that make explicit the right to trade stocks on a blockchain, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.

Crammed in at the last minute before the state House went into recess, the measures were part of a broader series of amendments that legally recognized any number of records being stored on a blockchain.
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Blockstream’s Bitcoin sidechain solution, Liquid, slated for launch in early 2018

Sidechains promise to help Bitcoin adapt to new demands and accommodate new innovation, according to the company behind the seminal sidechain whitepaper, Blockstream. Several different companies have been developing the idea since Blockstream introduced the concept in an October 2014.

“We propose a new technology, pegged sidechains, which enables bitcoins and other ledger assets to be transferred between multiple blockchains,” states Blockstream in the paper, Enabling Blockchain Innovations with Pegged Sidechains. ”This gives users access to new and innovative cryptocurrency systems using the assets they already own."
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