Tag Archives for " Quartz "

‘Craig Wright is Definitely Not a Genius’ – Anarchist Hacker, Amir Taaki

Emilio Janus · February 9, 2018 · 9:30 pm The crypto-community is not short of colorful characters who want to overthrow the accepted way of doing things. But Amir Taaki arguably stands head and shoulders above the rest. The self-proclaimed anarchist recently broke cover to talk to Quartz about the current state of Bitcoin and […]

Continue reading

We’d introduce the newest member of the world’s top 50 richest billionaires — but we have no idea who he or she is

Prince al-Waleed bin Talal once called bitcoin an “Enron in the making.” Two months later, the Saudi royal suddenly finds himself looking up at the man or woman (or group) behind the soaring cryptocurrency on the list of the world’s wealthiest billionaires, according to numbers crunched by Quartz on Monday. And yet, even after all […]

Continue reading

Facebook hit back at a former executive Chamath Palihapitiya who said the company “programs” people — Quartz

After a thinly-veiled criticism of the company for “ripping apart the social fabric” by a former executive went viral, Facebook has decided to weigh in. Ex-vice president of user growth Chamath Palihapitiya said in November that he felt “tremendous guilt” about being involved in building tools that exploit human psychology—”program you,” in his words—and undermine […]

Continue reading

China’s role in Zimbabwe’s regime change says more about China than Zimbabwe — Quartz

The fall of Robert Mugabe has dominated global coverage of Africa over the past few weeks. In Western coverage of the first week after the coup in Zimbabwe there was speculation about what China knew beforehand and whether Beijing played an active role in pushing for it. China’s mention drowned out other notable external stakeholders […]

Continue reading

How New York’s George Eastman Museum inadvertently built one of the largest archives of Indian cinema — Quartz

The story of how the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York, ended up with an enormous collection of Indian films is a little like the plot of a movie. On Nov. 21, 2014, the museum dedicated to the preservation and restoration of films received a call about an abandoned movie theatre in Lakewood, California, […]

Continue reading

Beware of bitcoin, the Reserve Bank of India warns again — Quartz

Over the weekend, it was China’s central bank. Then, on Tuesday (Dec. 05), the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) warned investors against betting on bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. “So there’s only one thing we can do—watch it from the bank of a river,” Pan Gongsheng, deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China, said at […]

Continue reading

The CFTC’s green light for bitcoin futures could help tame the market — Quartz

After months of discussions, US regulators have greenlighted two of the biggest exchange operators to create derivatives tied to bitcoin, a digital asset that officials acknowledge is unlike any they have dealt with before. Though many financial heavyweights are skeptical of cryptoassets, the decision may help tame the unruly market. Institutional high rollers will soon […]

Continue reading

ISIS terrorists suspected in Sinai Peninsula as Egypt fails to curb insurgency — Quartz

At least 305 people were killed after militants detonated bombs and opened fire in a crowded mosque in the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt—resulting in what officials are now calling the nation’s deadliest terrorist attack in modern history. Egypt’s chief prosecutor said that 128 people were also wounded when more than two dozen assailants barged into […]

Continue reading

The ICO boom means whitepapers can now be outsourced on Fiverr for $100 — Quartz

It’s cheaper than ever to launch a tech startup, thanks to cloud computing, ubiquitous smartphones, and open-source codebases, or so the truism goes. Now add to that list the critical ingredient of any multi-million dollar initial coin offering, or ICO: the whitepaper. Since ICOs generally raise funding on the promise of some future technology, the […]

Continue reading

What happens if Robert Mugabe goes into exile in South Africa — Quartz

If deposed Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe is indeed forced into exile in South Africa, as has been proposed, he will be escaping to a less fortunate circumstance than you’d imagine. While he may avoid jail, public humiliation, or worse in South Africa, he would be fleeing to a country maintained, in many respects, by the […]

Continue reading