Independent Reporter is Now Accepting Bitcoin Donations to Help Cover Donald Trump & “REAL NEWS”

  • When we first launched Independent Reporter (IR.net), we did so in order to bring power back to everyday citizens, just like you and I. Whether Democrat, Republican, Independent, or not even a U.S citizen at all, the accuracy and the timely release of breaking news is so very important, not only to those looking for such news, but to the future of all democracies.
  • As the current administration here in the United States continues to belittle reporters, slander media organizations and perhaps even release fake news in order to discredit such organizations, we felt we must stand up, not just for all the news organizations, but for all people wishing to live in a free, democratic nation.
  • IR.net is looking to hire partisan-free journalists with a proven track-record of unbiased, fair, and well researched material.
  • We are looking to raise, over the longer term, enough capital to integrate such scripting language into our platform as well as increase the number of partisan-free journalists to cover news in a fair and unbiased fashion.
  • In the end, we felt that in order to stick with our principles and to further incubate what we believe is true democracy, Bitcoin will be the only way we will ever accept such donations.

When we first launched Independent Reporter (IR.net), we did so in order to bring power back to everyday citizens, just like you and I. Whether Democrat, Republican, Independent, or not even a U.S citizen at all, the accuracy and the timely release of breaking news is so very important, not only to those looking for such news, but to the future of all democracies.
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Regulating the internet giants: The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data

  • Now similar concerns are being raised by the giants that deal in data, the oil of the digital era.
  • Far from gouging consumers, many of their services are free (users pay, in effect, by handing over yet more data).
  • Old ways of thinking about competition, devised in the era of oil, look outdated in what has come to be called the “data economy” (see Briefing ).
  • Industrial giants such as GE and Siemens now sell themselves as data firms.
  • Governments could encourage the emergence of new services by opening up more of their own data vaults or managing crucial parts of the data economy as public infrastructure, as India does with its digital-identity system, Aadhaar.

A NEW commodity spawns a lucrative, fast-growing industry, prompting antitrust regulators to step in to restrain those who control its flow. A century ago, the resource in question was oil. Now similar concerns are being raised by the giants that deal in data, the oil of the digital era.
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DNotes Prepares to Introduce DNotes 2.0 Upgrade, Launches New Bitcointalk Forum

  • CHICAGO, May 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — DNotes has announced that its upcoming DNotes 2.0 upgrade will include innovative features and applications relating to smart contracts, blockchain technologies, mobile applications, and global payments systems.
  • The new blockchain system will be accompanied by positive changes in the company’s CRISP program, and will reward stakeholders monthly with an annual target of approximately 2% on balances held in qualified accounts for 30 days or more to encourage long-term investment and savings.
  • Yong describes the decision as the direct result of his belief that mass acceptance of digital currency can only be attained by focusing on businesses and other consumers.
  • Those building blocks include CryptoMoms — a currency neutral site dedicated to encouraging female participation; DNotesVault — a free secure storage for DNotes’ stakeholders with 100% of its deposits guaranteed with verifiable funds; DCEBrief — a news and information media outlet that delivers news on the latest developments in the world of digital currency; and CRISPs — a family of Cryptocurrency Investment Savings Plans for people around the globe.
  • According to Yong, the company’s commitment to develop on C# will allow it to be the most innovative, responsive, and efficient in serving increasing demand from businesses and consumers alike.

CHICAGO, May 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — DNotes has announced that its upcoming DNotes 2.0 upgrade will include innovative features and applications relating to smart contracts, blockchain technologies, mobile applications, and global payments systems. The upgrade is expected to launch later in 2017, and
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Fred Wilson throws a little cold water on bitcoin enthusiasts

Fred Wilson throws a little cold water on #bitcoin enthusiasts

  • Despite all the excitement around digital currencies, venture capitalist Fred Wilson said it will probably take much longer for bitcoin to go mainstream.
  • For all the excitement around digital currency technology in New York this week, venture capitalist Fred Wilson said it will probably take much longer for bitcoin to go mainstream.
  • Hundreds of developers, start-up founders and digital currency investors packed a New York University lecture hall for the all-day conference, which focused on how bitcoin’s underlying blockchain technology and digital currencies, or tokens, could change the way business operates.
  • I see a path where that’s going to happen,” Brian Armstrong, CEO of the Coinbase exchange for buying and selling digital currencies, said at the conference.
  • The Token Summit followed a two-and-a-half-day digital currency conference called Consensus, both held in Manhattan.

Despite all the excitement around digital currencies, venture capitalist Fred Wilson said it will probably take much longer for bitcoin to go mainstream.
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Stocks mixed as investors gear up for long weekend [Video]

LIVE: @readDanwrite explains the reasoning behind #bitcoin's price swings -

  • Stocks (^DJI, ^GSPC, ^IXIC) struggle for gains as retail leads the way.
  • Stocks ending the day in the red include fast casual chain Zoe’s Kitchen after revenue and same store sales missed expectations, homebuilding company Beazer Homes on a downgrade to market underperform at JPMorgan, and GameStop.
  • Shares of the the video game retailer sinking despite a beat on earnings and revenue, as net income decreased from a year-ago.
  • Meanwhile, stocks powering higher include Deckers Outdoor as the footwear company posted a big EPS beat and strong forward guidance, enterprise technology company Nutanix as earnings and revenue came in ahead of Street estimates, and Ulta Beauty.
  • Shares of the beauty retailer higher on strong earnings with same-store sales rising 14.3%.

Stocks (^DJI, ^GSPC, ^IXIC) struggle for gains as retail leads the way. Can the bulls sustain the momentum into the long weekend? Catch The Final Round at 4 p.m. with Jen Rogers and Yahoo Finance reporters Myles Udland, Jared Blikre and Dan Roberts. Winners and losers
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New kids on the blockchain: A surge in the value of crypto-currencies provokes alarm

  • It helps to keep this image in mind when considering one of the biggest surges in asset values of recent years: the market value of all the world’s crypto-currencies has trebled since the beginning of the year, and is now worth more than $60bn (see chart).
  • But growing demand has pushed bitcoin’s price to a record recent high of about $1,830, up from $450 a year ago.
  • Other factors driving demand include fluctuations of China’s yuan, the French elections and, in a small way, the ransomware attack (when The Economist went to press, only about $80,000 had been sent to the bitcoin accounts held by the bitcoin’s biggest weakness—the system’s limited capacity—has also increased demand for crypto-currencies.
  • Even before worries surfaced that the currency could split in two over the disagreement, bitcoin holders started to diversify into some of the many other crypto-currencies, or “alt.coins”, to emerge in recent years.
  • And the price surges have shown how the crypto-currency system is no longer just about bitcoin.

IT IS hard to predict when bubbles will pop, in particular when they are nested within each other.
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BofA, HSBC, Intel, others invest $107 million in blockchain startup R3

BofA, HSBC, Intel, others invest $107 million in #blockchain startup R3

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    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Financial and technology companies led by Bank of America Corp, SBI Holdings Inc, HSBC Holdings Plc, Intel Corp and Temasek Holdings have invested $107 million in R3 CEV, a startup which runs a big bank consortium seeking to develop blockchain technology, it said on Tuesday.

  • Over 40 institutions from more than 15 countries participated in the first two tranches of the New York company’s fundraising round, making it one of the largest investments in a blockchain company to date, R3 said in a statement.
  • Other major investors and companies leading the deal include ING Groep NV, Banco Bradesco SA, Itaú Unibanco SA, Natixis SA, Barclays Plc, UBS Group AG and Wells Fargo & Co, R3 said.
  • R3 launched in September 2015 with the backing of nine of the world’s largest investment banks seeking to make their operations more efficient with new technology, and its membership has rapidly grown to about 80 financial institutions.
  • The completion of the first two tranches follows the departure of several large banks from R3 over the past few months, including JPMorgan Chase & Co, Goldman Sachs Group Inc Banco Santander SA and Morgan Stanley

    The banks have internal blockchain projects or investments in other similar startups.

By Anna Irrera NEW YORK (Reuters) – Financial and technology companies led by Bank of America Corp, SBI Holdings Inc, HSBC Holdings Plc, Intel Corp and Temasek Holdings have invested $107 million in R3 CEV, a startup which runs a big bank consortium seeking to develop blockchain technology, it said
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