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Pete Shelley, lead singer and guitarist of first-wave British punk band Buzzcocks, died Thursday in Estonia. He was 63. NPR reports that no cause of death was given when the band’s publicist confirmed the news “with great sadness.” But, per the BBC , a heart attack is suspected. Shelley co-founded the…
In today’s edition of The Daily, we look at a successful funding round for a developer of a popular cryptocurrency-powered game. We also report on a famous early entrepreneur in the Bitcoin space who has been accused of stealing money to buy Maserati cars, big powerboats and luxury real estate.
Google and Samsung Invest
in Crypto Kitties Developer
Dapper Labs — the developer behind Crypto Kitties, the game that famously clogged up the Ethereum network — has announced that it has raised $ 15 million in a financing round led by Venrock. The investment arms of Google and Samsung also participated, bringing the total funds raised by the Canadian company to $ 27.85 million. Additional investors in the round included Coin Fund, Animoca Brands, June Fund, HOF Capital, GBIC, John Pfeffer, and Matt Bellamy, the lead singer of the rock band Muse. Previous investors in Dapper Labs also participated, including Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square Ventures, SV Angel, Digital Currency Group, William Mougayar, Hex Capital, and Rising Tide Fund.
Dapper Labs will use the funds to expand both locally and globally, and has already revealed plans to establish a U.S. subsidiary. In addition, the investment will help the Vancouver-based company to accelerate the build-out of its technology.
“This round of financing was about getting the right partners around the table to bring compelling content to the blockchain — and make sure usability and infrastructure allow for adoption by mainstream consumers,” explained Roham Gharegozlou, CEO of Dapper Labs.
Charlie Shrem Accused of Stealing Funds
Charlie Shrem, who is known for running the company Bitinstant during the early days of Bitcoin, has only been out of prison for a little over two years, but is already facing new legal issues again. Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, the founders of the Gemini exchange, have accused Shrem of stealing about 5,000 BTC from them. The crypto-pioneer was hired by the two entrepreneurs in 2012 to acquire a large amount of coins.
The twins have also claimed that Shrem used the funds he allegedly stole to go on a recent luxury spending spree, which included purchases of two Maserati cars, two boats, and multiple homes. This was enough for a federal court to order the freezing of Shrem’s accounts on Coinbase and Xapo, which a private investigator hired by the Winklevoss twins linked to the allegedly stolen BTC.
“The lawsuit erroneously alleges that about six years ago Charlie essentially misappropriated thousands of Bitcoins,” Shrem’s lawyer Brian Klein told the New York Times. “Nothing could be further from the truth. Charlie plans to vigorously defend himself and quickly clear his name.”
Google CEO’s Son Is a Miner
Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google, revealed at a recent conference that his son has been mining cryptocurrency on the family’s home computer. If this sounds familiar it’s because back in July, Google co-founder Sergey Brin said that he had started mining to improve his son’s knowledge of cryptocurrency. He then got hooked himself.
“Last week I was at dinner with my son, and I was talking about something about bitcoin, and my son clarified what I was talking about was Ethereum, which is slightly different. He’s 11 years old. And he told me he’s mining it,” Pichai said, as quoted by Business Insider. “I realized he understood Ethereum better than how paper money works. I had to talk to him about the banking system, the importance of it. It was a good conversation.”
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Mari Hulman George, the “quiet pioneer” of auto racing who ordered drivers to start their engines and was instrumental in the expansion of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, died Saturday. She was 83, the AP reports. Hulman George, the speedway’s chairman of the board emeritus, died in Indianapolis with her family at…
A major figure in the emergence of psychedelic rock in the 1960s has died. Marty Balin, who co-founded Jefferson Airplane and played on an off with its later iteration, Jefferson Starship, died en route to the hospital in Tampa, Florida, at age 76, reports the New York Times . The cause…
Defense Distributed says CEO Cody Wilson resigned Friday—the same day the 3D-printed gun pioneer was arrested in Taiwan after apparently fleeing sex charges in the US. Paloma Heindorff, the company’s former head of product development, announced Tuesday that she is now leading the company because Wilson has “some personal…
Journalist Jamie Redman is a pioneer. He’s one of first writers in the world to make his living by covering the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Readers count on his good judgement, perspective, careful study, and nonstop production to give them insight literally no one else can. He’s also the lead writer at news.Bitcoin.com, and is prized by colleagues for his energy and positivity. He’s recently crossed being published over 2,000 times here at the news desk. The number is impressive for sure, but it is also time to reflect on his body of work, which is a documentation of crypto history itself. Exhaustive, comprehensive, and original – meet the man behind the words.
Jamie Redman is Crypto History in the Flesh
News.Bitcoin.com (BC): Tell us a little about your personal journey to bitcoin, crypto. How did you find it?
Jamie Redman (JR): When I first heard about bitcoin it was around 2011. It started when I was frequenting online forums and social media groups that discussed libertarianism, anarchism, and free markets. I asked my wife if she wanted to buy some, and at the time we both had no idea what we were buying. It was only a speculative investment. A month or so later, I began studying and writing about cryptocurrencies every chance I could. I realized that bitcoin would be a revolutionary currency, unlike anything we’ve seen before. So, I wrote a lot about the technology and shared my work with my friends online. I did some videos and writing for the Art of Not Being Governed, and realized I would gear my career towards working within this industry. The biggest thing that astounded me was how big and valuable bitcoin had become without the need of any one person or group, not the state, and in the absence of a corporate entity. I also created a large assortment of memes that I shared as well, and from there I was offered a position at a cryptocurrency news outlet because the CEO really liked my work.
Bitcoin has changed my life and my family’s as well. We have been living off of cryptocurrencies for over three years. The reason for this is because I am extremely passionate about the technology for one main reason – the hope that someday my children’s money will be separated from the state.
BC: You grew up in New England, right? I remember we discussed your love of music too, and how you traveled in dedication to it. Did those experiences influence how you approach your craft today?
JR: I grew up in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and then a few areas on the South Shore just outside of Boston. When I was 18, I decided to use my graduation money to travel with the jam band Phish instead of going to college right away. I traveled around with Phish for five years selling t-shirts and grilled cheese sandwiches, and basically living in the moment. I think my travels with Phish helped me form my hustle, as I am very proud of how hard I work. That stems from living on the road with just a backpack. That experience inspired my first time to really write, and I started to compose an autobiography about my experiences traveling around the US with Phish-heads. It further provoked me to be less dependent on the state.
BC: Tell us about your personal worldview, your anarchism. How’d you get there?
JR: Phish travels definitely helped, but learning about Dr. Ron Paul in 2008 really sparked my interest in libertarianism. The Occupy Movement also pushed me towards really studying these ideologies with a fine-toothed comb. After Occupy happened I really began researching all types of philosophies and the wide variety of “isms.” Many writings about Austrian economics, objectivism, agorism, relativism, nihilism, mutualism, and even Marxism changed the way I think about the world.
So right now I consider myself an anarcho-capitalist because it seems to fit with the way I think the world should be, but I know that’s not for me to decide. So I think people should try many things, and with true testing and experimentation, society will emulate the best and most efficient practices. Like over time things get worse, but eventually, they do get better after the chaos. These days in my humble opinion, people are free-range slaves with 9-digit numbers and they are allowed to choose an occupation but are forced to pay tax. That’s definitely an improvement from chattel slavery (taking 100% of a person’s labor), but the slavery (taking a percentage of one’s labor) itself still exists. I hope that someday the chains that bind us will be cut and I’m pretty optimistic that they will, but it could be a few more generations away. Innovations like cryptocurrencies, much like the printing press, will help sharpen the blades that cut our current chains. I truly believe that, and it’s why I do what I do.
BC: What are some of the crazier, more memorable stories you’ve covered?
JR: Some of the most memorable stories I’ve covered have been interviewing all kinds of random people within the cryptocurrency space. Some of my most favorite interviews in the past are with people who are actually doing really cool things and not some idolized big wig Bitcoin luminary. Most of those people are pretty boring, but chatting with someone no one knows, who is blind, and learning how they deal with bitcoin transactions and wallets is far more interesting. Most stories like this don’t get as many clicks as when the subject involves idiots like Jamie Dimon, but I think those kind of stories are better. One favorite interview of mine is the Onecoin Buyer Beware interview which went viral all over the world. The article has been translated in multiple languages, and it’s good to expose scams and fake blockchain projects like Bitconnect and Onecoin.
BC: What are your thoughts on the current state of the ecosystem, given your perspective?
JR: The state of the cryptocurrency system is still raw, exposed and nascent. I’ve been in the crypto-community for a very long time now, and some people would consider me an “early adopter.” However, I still think it is super early as far as cryptocurrency adoption is concerned, regardless of a coin’s current price and market statistics. So, people just getting into learning about digital assets right now in 2018 are still way ahead of the game.
The current state of the ecosystem to me is like when Windows 95 and personal computers blew people’s minds. Exchanges and wallets need to be more friendly in my opinion, and onboarding people is still a bit difficult, but way easier than when it was back in the early days. But even though I think wallets could be a lot more user-friendly (so my grandma can use them) I say to myself — I wasn’t complaining when I was using dial-up — Because at the time just surfing the net was revolutionary back in the early nineties. That’s how I look at the cryptocurrency space today. It’s so early, and it will be way more advanced 5-10 years from now.
BC: This is a wildcat world you’re in professionally. How do you balance work and family life?
JR: I love my job. I enjoy researching and writing about cryptocurrency solutions and blockchain technology. So because I don’t do a job where I’m stuck in a position where I hate my day-to-day employment, I have a good balance between family life and work. My family sees that I am extremely passionate and happy with what I do, and it pays off with my work production as well. Further, my family and I homeschool our two sons, so with me working from home, all of us are always together. We are a tight bond and live very different lives than most families. Cryptocurrencies are very much a part of our lives and we deal with them on a day-to-day basis. But honestly, with all that said, I have no clue how I balance it all, and I’m cool with that. Bitcoin life is one giant experiment and I accepted those terms the day I jumped into the game.
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Before his death in 1980, Dr. Hans Asperger said he kept his adolescent patients safe from the Nazis, a claim repeated years later by autism experts. The pediatrician—for whom Asperger’s Syndrome was named in 1981—even went so far as to say he’d become a target of the Nazis…
John Perry Barlow is dead. Your unacknowledged soulmate, he was what everyone would call an internet pioneer, understanding early cyberspace’s potential. During his varied and colorful life, he collected many friends, among them Grateful Dead singer and guitarist Bob Weir, John F. Kennedy Jr., Timothy Leary, and Vice President Al Gore. His A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace is at once an angry, defiant, hopeful document, and is mandatory inclusion in anthologies covering what we understand as the net’s birth.
Internet Pioneer John Perry Barlow’s Legacy Is This Obituary
“The sincerity and marrow of the man reaches to his sentences [….] Cut these words, and they would bleed; they are vascular and alive,” wrote Emerson of French Renaissance philosopher Michel de Montaigne. Such praise leaps out in demand of an update to our age, and Mr. Barlow’s words are best read aloud to get a sense of those mid-19th lauds.
“Governments of the Industrial World,” Mr. Barlow begins his famous anti-entreaty, “you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather.”
The junior lyricist of the Grateful Dead, as he often referred to himself, was royalty at gatherings of weekend counter-culturalists. His hymn to the burgeoning cyber community was itself written at a time and place of intense irony. While cypherpunks toiled in virtual obscurity and often outside the law, Mr. Barlow had access to wealth and power.
A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace continues, “We have no elected government, nor are we likely to have one, so I address you with no greater authority than that with which liberty itself always speaks. I declare the global social space we are building to be naturally independent of the tyrannies you seek to impose on us. You have no moral right to rule us nor do you possess any methods of enforcement we have true reason to fear.”
Irony and Inspiration
At some point he befriended then-Vice President Al Gore, and was frequent guest on Air Force II to such jaunts as the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. That would be where the irony comes. Amidst global government minders in 1996, indeed his patrons, he managed to work out what some have called a founding document of more radical internet ideologies. There is little doubt his essay lit fires under many who would go on to found the cryptocurrency revolution.
“You have not engaged in our great and gathering conversation, nor did you create the wealth of our marketplaces,” he spat. “You do not know our culture, our ethics, or the unwritten codes that already provide our society more order than could be obtained by any of your impositions.”
His admirers are diverse; Ann Coulter, Edward Snowden, and Julian Assange all counted him as an influence. In particular, the ethos contained in Mr. Barlow’s manifesto would show up again in many of Mr. Assange’s most passionate arguments regarding an open and unfettered internet space. Mr. Snowden would embody Mr. Barlow’s words.
More than mere philosopher, he helped to found the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) in 1990, an advocacy and policy group he’d continue with until his death. Prior, he directed the legendary online board Whole Earth ‘Lectronic Link (WELL), bringing together techies, writers, and musicians. Much later, he would lend his imprimatur as emeritus fellow of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, and found the Freedom of the Press Foundation, which now counts Edward Snowden as its president.
Anecdotes about him touching the lives of everyone can be found in the startup days of Wired magazine to earlier hacker conferences and in the Dead song “Cassidy.” Mr. Barlow died in San Francisco in his sleep.
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A Salt Lake City school named after President Andrew Jackson will soon honor a woman pioneer in the U.S. space program.
Romana Acosta Bañuelos sat quietly at a White House budget meeting in 1971 and listened intently to the economists discussing numbers of a size she couldn’t have even dreamed of when she was young.
When a man asked for a math calculation, Acosta Bañuelos piped up with the answer, but none of the…