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Apple Made a $30B Promise. It Just Started Delivering

December 13, 2018 |

Apple will build a $ 1 billion campus in Austin, Texas; break ground on smaller locations in Seattle, San Diego, and Culver City, Calif.; and over the next three years expand in Pittsburgh, New York, and Colorado. The tech giant said Thursday that the new campus in Austin, less than a…
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Things Just Got Crazy Heated in the Oval Office

December 11, 2018 |

President Trump dug in his heels on Twitter about his proposed border wall Tuesday morning. Then he dug in his heels again, hard, this time in the Oval Office and on camera. “Trump, Pelosi And Schumer Got Into A Big Fight About The Wall On Live TV” is how BuzzFeed…
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Zillow will buy your home directly. And it just brought the service to Southern California

December 11, 2018 |

Selling your home can be a headache. There’s the real estate agent to find, the open houses to hold, the bids to weigh. And then, at the very end, there’s the wait for something that may not even happen: financing.

A growing number of companies are looking to simplify and speed the process. Zillow,…


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Aquaman Just Killed —But Not Here

December 9, 2018 |

In the calm before the Christmas storm at the box office, Ralph Breaks the Internet remained No. 1 for the third straight week, while the upcoming DC Comics superhero film Aquaman arrived with a cannonball-sized splash in Chinese theaters, the AP reports. For the second week in a row, no…
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Tuskegee Airman: ‘We Were Just Doing Our Job’

December 9, 2018 |

A New York City man who served as an aircraft technician with the famed all-black Tuskegee Airmen died Saturday at age 100, the AP reports. Police say a home health aide found Wilfred DeFour unconscious and unresponsive inside his Harlem apartment at about 9am. DeFour was pronounced dead by Emergency…
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‘I’m Just Saying’: Actor Finds Other Celebs’ Anti-Gay Tweets

December 8, 2018 |

With Kevin Hart out as Oscar host over his homophobic tweets, actor/rapper Nick Cannon has a question: What about Chelsea Handler, Sarah Silverman, and Amy Schumer? TMZ reports that Cannon began Friday by tweeting something Handler posted in 2010: “This is what a f*g bird likes like when he flexes….
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Council backs historic status for just two L.A. Times buildings, clearing way for redevelopment

December 6, 2018 |

The Los Angeles City Council granted historic-cultural monument status to two former Los Angeles Times buildings in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday — rejecting a bid by preservationists to include a third structure standing in the path of a proposed real estate development.

The unanimous decision…


L.A. Times – Business

Thought you got burned by bitcoin in 2018? Just wait till next year

December 5, 2018 |

Bitcoin is turning negative again. And the technicals aren’t looking too good either going into 2019.

The largest cryptocurrency slumped as much as 5.9% to $ 3,668.09 on Wednesday, approaching the more than one-year low of $ 3,522.58 reached on Nov. 26. After a few days of relative stability, volatility…


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Three Bitcoin Lies That Just Won’t Die

December 5, 2018 |

Did you hear that China’s just banned Bitcoin? Or that mining is killing the planet? Course you did. It’s hard to ignore the FUD when it’s all around you, like a thick fog that just won’t shift. Some Bitcoin falsehoods are so pernicious and pervasive they they refuse to die, despite all efforts to set the record straight. Here are three of the worst.

Also read: Political Decentralization: Freeing the Internet From Monopolists With Crypto-Tech

‘Bitcoin Is Locked in a Death Spiral’

A death spiral sounds hella cool, like something out of a Star Wars movie, but the reality is more humdrum. The term, which is being bandied about a lot this week, describes falling BTC prices leading to falling hashrates as miners are disincentivized to secure the network.

Three Bitcoin Lies That Just Won't Die
BTC’s hashrate has dropped, but only to the level it was at in August.

Once 1 BTC drops below the break-even cost of mining, say the FUDsters, thousands of miners will power down their machines, leaving the network at risk of getting Vertcoined. Suffice to say, this is bullshit. For one thing, bitcoin has a lot further to fall to reach break-even point — around $ 2,000, most likely — and as hashrate falls, some miners will be incentivized to rejoin the network. The death spiral may sound gnarly, but for all kinds of reasons, it’s not gonna happen.

‘Bitcoin Is Going to Zero’

Why do people keep predicting that BTC will reach zero? Cos it makes for a way better headline than screaming that bitcoin will go to $ 872.53. Even Bitcoin’s staunchest critics know that BTC will never reach zero, but so long as their bait keeps getting bites, they’ll continue to float this flawed theory. Postulating the lowest price point that bitcoin could conceivably reach is an interesting intellectual exercise. Wherever that floor may be found in a worst-case scenario, however, it’s not even close to zero. High hundreds or low thousands of dollars seems plausible, which would take BTC back to its 2016 days.

One fact that bitcoin critics seem to have missed in the midst of their hyperbolic predictions is that even at $ 100 a coin, BTC functions exactly as it did at $ 10K per coin, and will continue to be used by an army of advocates for a plethora of purposes. Price is temporary, but censorship-resistance is permanent.

Hey Trevon, you spelled “Bitconnect” wrong.

‘Bitcoin Has Been Superseded by Next-Gen Blockchains’

Three Bitcoin Lies That Just Won't Die“Yeah, Bitcoin was good in its day, but it’s old tech, bro. It’s all about Blockchain 3.0 now. No one’s gonna use a slow chain that can’t scale and has no governance. It’s all about DAG/DPoS/BFT now.”

Anyone who thinks Bitcoin’s value can be measured in TPS or the number of smart contracts, sidechains and shards it supports doesn’t understand Bitcoin. Getting seduced by newer, sexier blockchains is all part of the learning process. Once it passes, you’ll return to Bitcoin, your first love, more convinced than ever that it’s the one chain to rule them all.

From canards about energy consumption to FUD about death spirals, mainstream media loves a Bitcoin hit piece. Life’s too short to refute all the misinformation out there. Bitcoin lies won’t die any sooner than Bitcoin will. Whether its hashrate be 60 exahash/s or 6, and whether its price be $ 2,000 or $ 20,000, falsehoods will continue to circulate. It’s all part of the cycle.

What other Bitcoin lies are mainstream media guilty of spreading? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Lil Xan Just Got Admitted Into First Rehab Treatment, Girlfriend Says

December 3, 2018 |

Lil Xan has just checked himself into rehab. The rapper’s girlfriend, Annie, posted Sunday on Xan’s Instagram account “Diego was just admitted into his first treatment.” She went on to say, “He loves each and every one of you sending good…

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