Former Facebook executive says Google, Facebook are ‘surveillance states’ and risk more regulation

  • Even though he was once an executive at Facebook, Chamath Palihapitiya, CEO of Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings, favors investing in Amazon instead, he told CNBC’s “Fast Money: Halftime Report” on Thursday.
  • But Palihapitiya said he thinks that Facebook and Google face more regulatory risk, given the many retailers that compete with Amazon.
  • “Amazon is a microscopic portion of global consumption today, so ultimately I think it has more room to grow before it invites regulatory overview,” Palihapitiya said.
  • Palihapitiya noted that many big technology companies have seen their stocks soar, making it tempting to take gains.
  • But with tools like Alexa, robots and cloud, Amazon’s technology could lead it to victory over “laggard competitors,” Palihapitiya said.

Chamath Palihapitiya’s holding company, which also includes former Twitter executive Adam Bain, hit the public markets on Thursday.
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Bitcoin wallet start-up Blockchain raises $40 million from Google, billionaire Richard Branson

  • Blockchain, a bitcoin wallet start-up, has raised $40 million led by venture capital firm Lakestar, Google’s investment arm GV, and billionaire Richard Branson, the company said on Thursday.
  • The investment comes at a time of rising interest in cryptocurrencies, especially bitcoin, which recently hit a record high and has seen a massive rally since the start of the year.
  • Blockchain has created a bitcoin wallet which is essentially a piece of software to store the digital currency and carry out transactions with other users.
  • The money will be used to expand the team further and invest in more research and development, Blockchain CEO Peter Smith, told CNBC on Thursday.
  • In addition, the start-up is looking to open new offices in different countries to expand.

Blockchain will use the money to expand into new territories.
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Bitcoin wallet start-up Blockchain raises $40 million from Google, billionaire Richard Branson

  • Blockchain, a bitcoin wallet start-up, has raised $40 million led by venture capital firm Lakestar, Google’s investment arm GV, and billionaire Richard Branson, the company said on Thursday.
  • Blockchain has created a bitcoin wallet which is essentially a piece of software to store the digital currency and carry out transactions with other users.
  • The money will be used to expand the team further and invest in more research and development, Blockchain CEO Peter Smith, told CNBC on Thursday.
  • Smith said that the recent rally in bitcoin has caused high demand for Blockchain’s wallet product, and the funding will help to meet that.
  • Blockchain has nearly 15 million sign-ups with “billions of dollars worth of monthly consumer wallet activity”, Smith said, adding this includes deposits and transactions.

Blockchain will use the money to expand into new territories.
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Bitcoin wallet start-up Blockchain raises $40 million from Google, billionaire Richard Branson

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  • Blockchain, a bitcoin wallet start-up, has raised $40 million led by venture capital firm Lakestar, Google’s investment arm GV, and billionaire Richard Branson, the company said on Thursday.
  • Blockchain has created a bitcoin wallet which is essentially a piece of software to store the digital currency and carry out transactions with other users.
  • The money will be used to expand the team further and invest in more research and development, Blockchain CEO Peter Smith, told CNBC on Thursday.
  • Smith said that the recent rally in bitcoin has caused high demand for Blockchain’s wallet product, and the funding will help to meet that.
  • Blockchain has nearly 15 million sign-ups with “billions of dollars worth of monthly consumer wallet activity”, Smith said, adding this includes deposits and transactions.

Blockchain will use the money to expand into new territories.
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Bitcoin wallet start-up Blockchain raises $40 million from Google, billionaire Richard Branson

  • Blockchain, a bitcoin wallet start-up, has raised $40 million led by venture capital firm Lakestar, Google’s investment arm GV, and billionaire Richard Branson, the company said on Thursday.
  • The investment comes at a time of rising interest in cryptocurrencies, especially bitcoin, which recently hit a record high and has seen a massive rally since the start of the year.
  • Blockchain has created a bitcoin wallet which is essentially a piece of software to store the digital currency and carry out transactions with other users.
  • The money will be used to expand the team further and invest in more research and development, Blockchain CEO Peter Smith, told CNBC on Thursday.
  • In addition, the start-up is looking to open new offices in different countries to expand.

Blockchain will use the money to expand into new territories.
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Bitcoin wallet start-up Blockchain raises $40 million from Google, billionaire Richard Branson

  • Blockchain, a bitcoin wallet start-up, has raised $40 million led by venture capital firm Lakestar, Google’s investment arm GV, and billionaire Richard Branson, the company said on Thursday.
  • The investment comes at a time of rising interest in cryptocurrencies, especially bitcoin, which recently hit a record high and has seen a massive rally since the start of the year.
  • Blockchain has created a bitcoin wallet which is essentially a piece of software to store the digital currency and carry out transactions with other users.
  • The money will be used to expand the team further and invest in more research and development, Blockchain CEO Peter Smith, told CNBC on Thursday.
  • In addition, the start-up is looking to open new offices in different countries to expand.

Blockchain will use the money to expand into new territories.
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Kendrick Lamar’s Ode To Stretch Marks Is Great. The Reactions Are Even Better.

Twitter is losing it over Kendrick Lamar's ode to stretch marks

  • But while the video itself caused a commotion, some of its lyrics had followers even more excited. 
    Lamar, who’s been cheered for praising women in song, prompted a massive pop culture moment with his celebration of natural beauty and stretch marks over airbrushed perfection: 
    I’m so fucking sick and tired of the PhotoshopShow me something natural like afro on Richard PryorShow me something natural like ass with some stretch marks.
  • (@zza__) March 31, 2017

    the body positive images in Kendrick new video tho #behumble #KingKendrick— the myth (@ThatsJeanDeaux) March 30, 2017

    So stretch marks in for the ’17 @kendricklamar ?!

  • pic.twitter.com/4bbZLJfP3l— roseanne bars (@rose_ettastone) March 30, 2017

    Kendrick Lamar requests that his girl has stretch marks in his new song and I genuinely feel quite moved— Darcy (@darcykdixon) March 30, 2017

    @kendricklamar got me considering wearing my stretch marks out at work today!

  • Ayyyye “Be Humble” Kendrick Lamar— MrsKTPerry ✊🏾 (@MrsKTPerry) March 31, 2017

    Kendrick Lamar changed the GAME talking about stretch marks in HUMBLE.

  • — Kayleigh (@Missy_Kayleigh) March 31, 2017

    Didn’t realize how much I wanted to see an ass like mine represented until I saw that ass w/ stretch marks in Kendrick’s video #Humble 🙌🏾😭— Bob The Drag Queen (@suzie_melonz) March 30, 2017

“I genuinely feel quite moved.”
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