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Gymboree, Crazy 8 chains to shut down after retailer files for bankruptcy a second time

January 17, 2019 |

Gymboree Group Inc. will shut down its Gymboree and Crazy 8 clothing chains after declaring bankruptcy for a second time and failing to find a buyer for the stores, which have been hit hard by a decline in mall traffic.

The San Francisco-based company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection…


L.A. Times – Business

Russia to Japan: Time to ‘Accept the Results of WWII’

January 17, 2019 |

World War II ended in 1945, and in the decades since, Japan and Russia have never signed a peace treaty to formally end hostilities. That’s partially because the two countries have been in a territorial dispute over islands—known as the Southern Kuriles or Kuril Islands in Russia and the…
Newser

CNN

Honduran officials threaten prison time for migrant parents who travel illegally with minors

January 16, 2019 |

As a new migrant caravan begins trekking through Honduras with plans to head north, the country’s government warns that parents could face prison time for traveling illegally with minors.
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Snap loses its chief financial officer for second time in less than a year

January 15, 2019 |

Snap Inc. Chief Financial Officer Tim Stone is resigning eight months after joining the social media company, sending shares tumbling in extended trading.

Stone’s departure isn’t related to any disagreement on the company’s accounting, strategy, financial or other practices, said the company —…


L.A. Times – Business

TSA Workers, It’s Time to Take Action

January 15, 2019 |

Thousands of TSA officers are calling in sick as the government shutdown enters week four, but is that protest enough? Maybe not: “TSA workers should use last year’s teachers’ strikes as a model,” Barbara Ehrenreich and Gary Stevenson write in the New York Times . “They were called not by the…
Newser

Kylie Jenner set to lose world record for the most ‘liked’ Instagram photo of all time to an egg

January 14, 2019 |

Billionaire Kylie Jenner is set to lose her long-held title of the Queen of social media to a lowly egg.
FOX News

It’s Time We Began Pricing Things in Satoshis

January 10, 2019 |

What can you buy with a virtual pocketful of satoshis? Why, anything and everything. Whatever goods or services you can purchase with BTC or BCH you can purchase with their smaller units of account – the satoshi, or ‘sat’ for short. With 100 million of them to every bitcoin, satoshis are as divisible as they are versatile. But for satoshis to thrive, the Bitcoin community needs to start using them to price products. Only then can the simple sat start to shine.

Also read: Eight Historic Bitcoin Transactions

Bitcoins Are Scarce But Satoshis Are Plentiful

What If Everything Was Priced in SatoshisDigital scarcity is all relative. It’s drummed into us that there will only ever be 21 million bitcoins, and thus the vast majority of people will never own a whole BTC or BCH. This isn’t a problem, since each bitcoin is divisible into 100 million sats, but from a marketing perspective, this is a major issue. Most people who’ve heard of Bitcoin know that you don’t have to buy a whole bitcoin. What they probably don’t know, however, is that simply through switching from bitcoins to satoshis, it’s possible to price a wide range of products, from candy bars to guitars. Before that can happen, though, there’s work to be done in raising awareness of sats and their many applications.

Knowing that there will ultimately be 2.1e+15 satoshis in existence – that’s 2,100,000,000,000,000 – is an interesting statistic, but one that isn’t relatable to everyday use. Knowing that 25,000 sats equates to $ 1 at the time of publication, however, provides a firmer basis from which to begin pricing items using satoshis. The very act of referencing the U.S. dollar, however, raises a catch-22: for bitcoin and its subunits to become a pricing benchmark, they need to free themselves from the shackles of fiat currencies.

It’s Time We Began Pricing Things in SatoshisSamourai has already done so, removing fiat currency conversions from its BTC wallet altogether. Such cases are few and far between however. There are examples of companies denominating prices in millibits, better known as mBTC (1/100th of a coin), such as market data service Bitcoinity and popular BTC desktop wallet Electrum. By and large, though, only Bitcoin maximalists and altcoin traders are fully fluent in millibits, bits, and satoshis.

Stats About Sats

Satoshis are most commonly referenced as a means of calculating bitcoin transaction fees. BTC and BCH fees are commonly denominated in sats per byte. As a number of Bitcoin supporters have tried to demonstrate, however, the applications for sats needn’t stop there:

One of the most common arguments against pricing goods and services in sats is that BTC is volatile, and thus a 25,000 satoshi dollar bill could be worth 30,000 sats or 20,000 sats tomorrow. While it’s certainly true that cryptocurrencies can be highly volatile, fiat currencies are not exempt from this malaise. In fact, when viewed over a long enough timeframe, the U.S. dollar’s properties as a store of value don’t look so hot:

It’s Time We Began Pricing Things in Satoshis

Should bitcoin ever become the global reserve currency, everything will be priced in satoshis. In the meantime, there’s nothing to stop ecosystem participants – vendors, wallet developers, P2P market operators, and consumers – from adopting the satoshi as their default unit of account for low value transactions. In the early aughts, when European Union countries began switching to the euro, it was common for shops to display prices in their outgoing national currency as well as in EUR. Perhaps it’s time for the bitcoin community to follow suit.

The first phase is to champion a dual system in which items are priced in both fiat currency and in sats. Should hyperbitcoinization ever occur, phase two will require no explanation – by that point, we’ll know what to do. But that’s a conversation for another day. For now, all that matters is that we start spending, sending, and receiving satoshis. Just as a journey of 1,000 miles starts with one small step, the transition to satoshis starts here.

What are your thoughts on denominating items in satoshis? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Sears’ Eddie Lampert gets more time for his bid to buy the company

January 8, 2019 |

Sears Chairman Eddie Lampert’s push to buy the bankrupt retailer and save it from liquidation still has a shot to succeed.

Lampert’s bid to acquire Sears’ assets in hopes of keeping the retailer in business and preserving as many as 50,000 jobs will be considered at a bankruptcy auction next week,…


L.A. Times – Business

Democrats Demand Equal Time After Trump Address

January 8, 2019 |

Major networks are not planning to avoid running President Trump’s prime-time address on what he calls a border “crisis” the way they did with a 2014 address by former President Obama on immigration deemed “overly political.” ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, and Fox Business have all confirmed that…
Newser

TMZ

Jockey Victor Espinoza Back on Horse for First Time Since Near-Death Accident

January 5, 2019 |

Victor Espinoza’s been taking steps to return to doing what he loves after nearly dying in a training accident, and he just took another huge step … up onto a horse!!! The famed jockey reportedly got back on a horse for the very first time…

TMZ.com