Bitcoin entrepreneur Amir Taaki quizzed over fighting in Syria

Latest News Bitcoin entrepreneur Amir Taaki quizzed over fighting in Syria  #bbc #news #UK

  • Amir Taaki, 29, a leading developer of online currency Bitcoin, was once named by Forbes as one of the most influential young people in technology.
  • Mr Taaki told the BBC he returned to the UK from Syria in 2016 and has spent the past 12 months on police bail.
  • Mr Taaki says he spent three and half months fighting with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units [YPG] military group and experienced several battles against IS.
  • Mr Taaki says he later met with the economics committee of Rojava and began helping the Kurds with community projects, such as a crowd-funding campaign to raise money to buy more fertilizer for farmers growing food.
  • But software previously developed by Amir Taaki to allow untraceable, anonymous transactions, has been criticised by authorities because it may be used for money laundering or to fund organised terror groups.

Developer quizzed by UK police after fighting so-called Islamic State alongside Kurds.
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Dole Case Illustrates Problems in Shareholder System

Dole Case Illustrates Problems in Shareholder System  #blockchain #digitalledger #gpms

Some Dole shareholders may not get a piece of a recent settlement. While shareholders think they own the shares they buy, they don’t in a sense.
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Bitcoin entrepreneur Amir Taaki quizzed over fighting in Syria

  • Amir Taaki, 29, a leading developer of online currency Bitcoin, was once named by Forbes as one of the most influential young people in technology.
  • Mr Taaki told the BBC he returned to the UK from Syria in 2016 and has spent the past 12 months on police bail.
  • Mr Taaki says he spent three and half months fighting with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units [YPG] military group and experienced several battles against IS.
  • Mr Taaki says he later met with the economics committee of Rojava and began helping the Kurds with community projects, such as a crowd-funding campaign to raise money to buy more fertilizer for farmers growing food.
  • But software previously developed by Amir Taaki to allow untraceable, anonymous transactions, has been criticised by authorities because it may be used for money laundering or to fund organised terror groups.

Developer quizzed by UK police after fighting so-called Islamic State alongside Kurds.
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Embracing the Internet of Things doesn’t necessarily mean forfeiting privacy

  • The merging of blockchain technologies with the long-foretold Internet of Things resolves security concerns in a hyper-connected world, according to Amit Sharma, vice president and digital head of Indian technology solutions firm Tech Mahindra.
  • Data protection and privacy issues are often cited as a major roadblock to the complete adoption of an Internet of Things (IoT).
  • But one solution comes in the form of a blockchain, which is a highly-secure and auditable form of data storage originally conceived for digital currencies.
  • And the cryptographic algorithms being used by Blockchain will obviously help us to protect this data,” Sharma, who directs and coordinates Tech Mahindra’s innovative business development activities, told “Squawk Box” on Wednesday.
  • This technology would give businesses a lock and key to data.

Blockchain technologies could ease privacy concerns about the Internet of Things, according to Tech Mahindra’s Amit Sharma.
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The Anarchist Hacker Bitcoin Would Rather Not Talk About

  • But readers might notice that Amir Taaki—arguably Bitcoin’s most colourful misfit, and a guy who could easily have been a millionaire many times over—is absent from the book.
  • Popper was planning to make Taaki one of his central characters, alongside Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht, former Mt Gox CEO Mark Karpeles, and the entrepreneur Wences Casares, the man credited in the book with sparking serious interest in Bitcoin from Silicon Valley types.
  • Thousands of words that Popper wrote about the British programmer were excised, despite the lengths the journalist went to track Taaki down, speak to his family, and stand up the details of his high-wire involvements in Bitcoin.
  • The best yarn in the excised passages (which Popper agreed to send me) was the untold story of Taaki’s disastrous involvement with Bitcoinica—a Bitcoin site from which so many coins were lost in two hacks that it made the BBC News.
  • The one and only time I’ve met Taaki was in a squat in London’s Hackney Wick last year, when he had recently been named by Forbes as one of the most influential young people in tech and was working on anonymous Bitcoin wallet Dark Wallet.

Amir Taaki was once named one of Bitcoin’s main developers, but he’s gone to being barely mentioned in the cryptocurrency’s history.
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Chris Day interviewed on BBC Three Counties Radio

  • It’s been a very exciting week here at the BTC Stevenage!
  • Firstly, we’ve been busy networking with our fellow BTC-dwellers at “The Big Thank You” event (photo by @SebBJones) run by the fantastic Wenta team.
  • Secondly, in the afternoon we were visited by Roberto Perrone of BBC Three Counties Radio.
  • It was a fantastic experience to speak to Roberto live on 3CR.
  • During our ten-minute conversation we talked about mobile apps, how to create a winning website, and the thriving business environment developing in Stevenage…

    To hear me, skip ahead to 35mins at the link below: the full programme you can also hear from many of the other successful businesses that are innovating here at the BTC Stevenage (programme expires in 28 days).

It’s been a very exciting week here at the BTC Stevenage! Firstly, we’ve been busy networking with our fellow BTC-dwellers at “The Big Thank You” event (photo by @SebBJones) run by the fantastic Wenta team. Secondly, in the afternoon we were visited by Roberto Perrone of BBC Three Counties Radio.
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Giant gold coin worth $4.5 million stolen from Berlin museum

  • The world’s largest gold coin, a 221-pound Canadian monster called the Big Maple Leaf, was stolen overnight from the Bode Museum in Berlin, police said Monday.
  • BERLIN — You could never palm it, flip it or plunk it into a vending machine, but apparently it can be pinched: The world’s largest gold coin, a 221-pound Canadian monster called the Big Maple Leaf, was stolen overnight from the Bode Museum in Berlin, police said Monday.
  • The coin is about 21 inches in diameter and more than 1 inch thick, with a head of Queen Elizabeth II on one side and a maple leaf on the other.
  • Berlin police said in a statement that burglars had apparently broken in through a window above the commuter-railway tracks at the back of the museum.
  • In addition to paintings, sculptures and other works of art, the museum displays what it says is one of the largest collections of coins and medals in the world, with about 500,000 objects.

The world’s largest gold coin, a 221-pound Canadian monster called the Big Maple Leaf, was stolen overnight from the Bode Museum in Berlin, police said Monday.
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US heading for recession after 2 years of unsustainable growth, economist says

US heading for recession after 2 years of unsustainable growth, economist says #Bitcoin

  • The U.S. is headed for a recession in the next two years as excessive fiscal stimulus from the President Donald Trump administration takes the economy into unsustainable territory, Adam Posen, president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, told CNBC Tuesday.
  • Posen, who served at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in the mid-90s, said that GDP (gross domestic product) growth targets of 3 percent or more are unobtainable given current productivity and employment rates in the U.S. Add to that intended tax cuts and financial deregulation under Trump and the country will find itself trapped in a boom-bust cycle, Posen said.
  • “The work force is only growing at 0.5 percent and productivity’s at 1 percent so it can’t reach these 3-4 percent growth targets.
  • If unemployment is, unfortunately, about as low as it’s going to go, you can’t pick this up,” he told CNBC Tuesday.

The U.S. is headed for a recession in the next two years as excessive fiscal stimulus takes the economy into unsustainable territory, says economist.
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