Bitcoin’s total value passes $14 billion, a record high

  • Bitcoin followed up an impressive 26.3 percent gain in 2015 with a 119.8 percent gain in 2016.
  • Recent predictions that the value of Bitcoin would skyrocket as Donald Trump takes over the presidency appear to be coming true.
  • The total value of all bitcoins in circulation passed $14 billion on Thursday, as the web-based digital currency jumped 5 percent on the day to hit a record high.
  • The price of one bitcoin reached $875 on the Europe-based Bitstamp exchange, its strongest level since January 2014.
  • Bitcoin was introduced on 31 October 2008 to a cryptography mailing list, and released as open-source software in 2009.

The total value of all bitcoins in circulation passed $14 billion on Thursday, as the web-based digital currency jumped 5 percent on the day to hit a record high. The price of one bitcoin reached $875 on the Europe-based Bitstamp exchange, its strongest level since January 2014. Bitcoin followed up an impressive 26.3 percent gain in 2015 with a 119.8 percent gain in 2016.

Tech-savvy investors can buy bitcoin directly by downloading a Bitcoin Wallet app from Circle, Coinbase, Xapo or other popular services and simply linking their bank account to the app. In addition to these digital wallet apps, investors can buy shares of Bitcoin Investment Trust, which invests exclusively in bitcoin and trades on the OTC market.
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DARPA Is Looking For The Perfect Encryption App, and It’s Willing to Pay

  • During phase three, the company or companies can pursue commercialization, and receive no funds from the federal government.
  • As a security researcher put it , DARPA wants “a public wall anyone can monitor or post messages on, but only correct people can decrypt.”
  • During the first phase, according to the program’s rules, successful applicants might be awarded no more than $150,000 for one year.
  • Dan Guido, the founder of the consulting and research security firm Trail of Bits, told me, explaining that the SBIR program is “supposed to be for research and for small business, but the proposal requirements are very high and the funding amounts are very low.”
  • “When a lot of people start using the service, it might become challenging to find messages that are addressed to you, without revealing to other people who have the data what exactly you are looking for,” Jacobs said in an online chat.

The blue-sky research arm of the Pentagon wants somebody to create the ultimate encrypted messaging app for the US military.
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Cobalt DL Uses Blockchain to Simplify Forex Trading [Video]

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  • Cobalt DL Uses Blockchain to Simplify Forex Trading
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Dec.22 — Cobalt DL CEO Andy discusses risk reduction and creating continuity in the currency market and VC investments in fintech. He speaks with Caroline Hyde on “Bloomberg Technology.”
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Blockchain will underpin our future energy system

  • Blockchain will underpin our future energy system
  • Blockchain technology can disrupt the energy system and boost energy democracy.
  • Blockchain technology has the potential to make distributed grid management easier through “smart contracts”.
  • Blockchain technology could also have a direct impact on grid management and storage, and play a central role in the rise of so-called “virtual power plants” – energy-generating resources connected across a smart grid but that aren’t necessarily concentrated in one central location.
  • Blockchain is the technology behind the digital currency bitcoin.

Blockchain today might be like the internet in 1993: even though most of us don’t know what it is, a decade from now you will wonder how society ever fun…
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Philippines Duterte: I threw suspect from helicopter

  • The president has made a similar claims in the past – and has a history of contradicting himself.
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  • Philippines Duterte: I threw suspect from helicopter
  • Media caption Earlier in December Mr Duterte told the BBC he killed criminal suspects while mayor of Davao
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The Philippines leader says he’s thrown criminals from helicopters – and that he would do it again.
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Chain gang: crypto-currencies 2016-12-29

  • All three should flourish in 2017, which might be heralded as the year of the crypto-currency (though the last time bitcoin prices soared in this way a crash followed soon after).
  • Its price has inched past $900, close to the record $1,000 seen on some exchanges two years ago.
  • Crypto-currencies, the digital monies predicated on blockchains, generated the more interesting news.
  • Hailed as the year of the “blockchain”, 2016 did not disappoint: scarcely a day passed without the breathless announcement of another project based on these databases-maintained not by a single actor such as a bank, but collaboratively by a number of users.
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Hailed as the year of the “blockchain”, 2016 did not disappoint: scarcely a day passed without
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Donald Trump rooster statue takes China by storm

  • Donald Trump rooster statue takes China by storm
  • “I think the rooster is very cute and funny, the hairstyle and eyebrows look very much like Donald Trump.
  • At least four stores are selling the Trump rooster, with prices starting from $57 to a whopping $1,739 for a statue that’s 32 feet tall.
  • A giant rooster figure, sporting a Donald Trump hairstyle, has popped up outside a shopping mall in downtown Taiyuan, north China’s Shanxi Province.

What do you get when you cross the year of the rooster with the year of Trump?
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Debbie Reynolds, Actress and Carrie Fisher’s Mom, Dead at 84

Debbie Reynolds, veteran actress and Carrie Fisher's mother, has died at the age of 84

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  • Reynolds is survived by her son Todd Fisher and granddaughter actress Billie Lourd, Carries daughter.
  • Actress Carrie Fisher (L) and honoree Debbie Reynolds pose in the press room at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Debbie Reynolds, the singer-actress who starred in the 1952 classic Singin in the Rain and the mother of late actress Carrie Fisher , has died.
  • Throughout Reynolds trials and tribulations, Reynolds continued to work, whether in film, television, Vegas or on Broadway, where she received a 1973 Tony nomination for a revival of Irene .

Debbie Reynolds, the singer-actress who starred in ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ and the mother of Carrie Fisher, has died at the age of 84.
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