Virtual Reality and Cryptocurrency: Volexus and Uphold Join Forces

Virtual reality is an artificial environment that is created with software and presented to the user in such a way that makes it look as a real environment. The virtual reality industry is expanding faster than ever as new investments are being made to support future VR-based applications. The industry is now making big efforts to develop new approaches and new tools to improve the usability and allow anyone to explore the full potential of this new technology.
Also read: Bitcoin 2015: A Year in Review
Virtual Reality also seems to be the perfect place to use virtual currencies and now two companies are trying to bring digital currencies and virtual currency together to start a whole new niche of development.
Uphold, a Cloud-based financial service and Voxelus, a virtual reality-based platform, have announced a partnership to enable Voxel users to purchase Voxels (VOX), which is the official currency of the virtual reality content creation platform. By using an Uphold account, Voxelus members will now be able to purchase Voxels directly from their Uphold wallet with no fee costs associated. Uphold also allows VOX to be moved, converted, held and traded as any form of digital currency. Voxels are designed to be used for the purchase, sale, payment and settlement of all content, products, services and awards within the Voxelus platform.
Halsey Minor, Voxelus Founder and CEO told Bitcoinist:
“Since I am the founder and majority shareholder of Uphold and co-founder and majority shareholder of Voxelus, this allows me to combine the best innovations from both companies.”  
Bringing Digital Currency and Virtual Reality Closer
Voxelus is a virtual reality-based platform that allows for its users to play virtual reality games, easily create content and share it without having to know how to code.
Halsey Minor, Voxelus Founder and CEO says:
“Virtual currencies arose from in-game currencies. That’s where the ideas came from. Our goal was to create an in game currency that could create a real ecosystem where people creating cool content for the game can get paid in money that can actually buy things in the real world.”
The platform is trying to strengthen the ties between the two technologies and understands that both industries can benefit from each other. Besides the Internet of Things, these two industries are expected to go on full growth for the next years.
Minor stresses:
“The next 10 years is all about FinTech and VR. Two of the largest industries in the world: TV and banking & finance are going to get disrupted. Honestly, what could possibly be more exciting to watch than that, happen!”
Digital currency and Virtual reality – the perfect synergy
Halsey Minor also considers that VR and digital currencies are two new industries that are still giving its first steps and can learn from each other:
“There is no reason that virtual worlds cannot have their own currency, tuned to their own needs. Soon, virtual worlds and real ones will start to converge and one can expect things like money in the real world to have their virtual counterparts in VR. If there was ever a great place for a virtual currency, it’s clearly a virtual world.”
Founded in 2015, Voxelus is a revolutionary platform that allows anyone to create Virtual Reality games, experiences and virtual spaces without having coding skills. The platform consists in three basic fundamentals: Content creation, Game Play, and a Voxelus Marketplace, where creators and users can negotiate virtual reality content and games inside the Voxelus ecosystem, with Voxels. Voxelus also supports real-time multiplayer and is compatible with both Oculus Rift and the Samsung Gear. The system resembles Second Life, as content designers are also rewarded for their content with an in-game currency – the Linden dollar.
Voxelus members can buy VOX directly on Uphold using bitcoin, bank transfer, credit or debit card, and hold VOX safely and securely in their Uphold Wallet for free. Voxelus is scheduled to fully launch before April 2016, and currently, Voxels are only accessible via beta pre­sale only.
With this partnership, the two companies become pioneers in a cooperation that will certainly bring a lot of innovation for both industries.
What do you think virtual reality can do for digital currency? Let us know in the comments below!
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LimoPlay to Announce Cutting Edge Game at LAC 2016

LimoPlay stands out from its online gambling competitors by bringing a feeling of luxury to every one of its customers. Created by a team of “iGaming professionals, with more than 15 years of experience,” LimoPlay believes that its services trump all others, giving its players “the best games and offering you the biggest rewards.” The company expects to improve their player experience even further after the London Affiliates Conference 2016 (LAC) on February 4 through 7, where it will reveal exciting new games and Services.
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LimoPlay at LAC 2016: Introducing Johnny the Octopus
This conference will be a big opportunity for LimoPlay to increase the number of affiliates working with bitcoin casinos. Since the company also has a large fiat userbase, LimoPlay representative Jay Simons believes that they will be able to draw in affiliates they wouldn’t be able to get otherwise.
In addition to presenting special offers to potential affiliates, LimoPlay will use LAC 2016 as an opportunity to announce its new game, “Johnny the Octopus.” Simons claims that this new game is “the world’s very first online slot game based on WebGL, a technology that delivers real 3D graphics across multiple devices.” By using the webGL technology, “Johnny the Octopus” will feature 3D graphics, making it extremely “lively.” “You will notice the ocean bed is ‘alive’,” says Simons, describing the visual features present in the 3D slot game, including “tiny bubbles of air, plankton, [and] sun beaming through the ocean waters. This new game is a revolutionary concept both among bitcoin casinos and fiat online casinos
“Jonny the Octopus” has an interesting story to go along with its cutting-edge technology. The game’s main character, Johnny, is a retired octopus pirate. Johnny “once spread horror all over the Atlantic Ocean. His brutal power and bravery knew no limits.” After retiring around 200 years ago, though, he has mellowed out a lot, and wants to share his treasure. LimoPlay customers will get a chance to claim their share of the treasure by playing this slot game, which will be added to the company’s long list of games very soon. Together with more than 500 other games, LimoPlay offers large variety of entertainment to its customers.
LimoPlay hopes that this game will help them grow their user base of Bitcoiners and fiat currency users. LimoPlay expects “Johnny the Octopus” to uphold the company’s “luxury” gaming reputation, which it has built by offering “more than 500 games from the best providers.” The online casino’s work has earned it a spot among “the top of the list” of bitcoin casinos, as well as recognition among fiat-based services. Simons says:
Placing our care on the player’s needs is one of our core values and we believe that this is the way to provide different and unique gaming experience
LAC 2016 will be held from February 4 to the 7th, 2016, at the Olympia Conference Centre in London. If you are interested in attending, you can register as an individual or as part of a group on the LAC section of the IGB Affiliate website. Tickets for non-affiliates start at 559 GBP.
Will you be attending LAC 2016? Let us know in the comments below!
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Gamerholic, the First ‘Billion Dollar Gaming Company’? A Q&A With Anari Sengbe

Gamerholic is an online, competitive gaming platform that uses cryptocurrency as the fuel behind its services. Members of Gamerholic can enter tournaments and competition or make wagers on games using “Gamerholic coin,” the platform’s own cryptocurrency.
Also read: LimoPlay to Announce Cutting Edge Game at LAC 2016
Gamerholic: A Platform for Crypto Gaming
Users can purchase Gamerholic coin on the Bittrex exchange, which has an exchange rate of  0.00000473 BTC ($0.0018 USD) as of press time. With this cryptocurrency, will get 20% off on purchases made on Gamerholic.com, they will be able to participate in all of the website’s games and tournaments, and they can exchange their coins back to bitcoin on the Bittrex exchange.
For all you altcoin nerds, here are the specs for Gamerholic coin as listed on the Gamerholic website:
Algo: SHA-256D
POW/POS Hybrid
Avg 60 second block time
4% annual interest
8 hour stake age
Emission Schedule
Block – 10,000: 100GHC
Block 10,001 – Infinity: 2.5GHC
250 blocks to maturity
Although the website is fairly bare at the moment, with the service in its early stages of life, it is clear that Gamerholic has an interesting idea going on. There are several games that are played natively on the website. The most visible one is “Grabbit” and its several variables, where players can compete with one another to “grab” the prize. Grabbit prizes span across a wide range of gaming and tech merchandise, with things like PlayStation Store and Blizzard gift cards, console games, and even an iPhone 6S Plus up for “grabs.”
For more competitive gamers, Gamerholic offers a console and PC tournament section on their website, where it picks a game and sets up a tournament for its customers. At press time, the current tournament is for Madden ’16 on PlayStation 4. This tournament has 3 prizes, similar to the prizes for other tournaments hosted on Gamerholic. First place gets 1 bitcoin and 1,000 Gamerholic coins (GHC); second place gets 0.50 btc and 1,000 GHC; and third place will receive 0.25 btc and 1,000 GHC.
Unfortunately, the website doesn’t seem to be fully functional just yet, as the link buttons to the rules and registration for the console and PC tournaments do not seem to work, as nothing happens when they are clicked. With such a new and seemingly complex service though, minor bugs like this are to be expected, so we’ll give Gamerholic the benefit of the doubt and assume that the website will become more functional as the project progresses.
I got to ask Gamerholic Founder Anari Sengbe a few questions about Gamerholic, as well as other projects his team has worked on in the past.

We don’t claim it to be better than bitcoin, we don’t claim it can do what bitcoin can’t. It’s a coin for gaming, with it’s [sic] own unique api sets.

Tell us a little bit about Gamerholic.
Gamerholic is a competition as a service gaming platform.
Natural competition is part of gaming, you want to beat the computer, your friend or a stranger gamer hundreds of miles away.
Gamerholic enhances natural competition with real world prizes, not points and badges.
Digital currencies like bitcoin and Gamerholic coin are perfect for gaming. Buy in-game items at a fraction of the cost, or participate in robust gaming economies.
What is the inspiration behind this project?
Gamerholic Founder Anari Senge in Gamerholic’s pitch for Shark Tank
Years ago when PS2 1st allowed play over the internet, it made sense that friendly wagers over the internet would be next. The problem with that is chargebacks, when I learned about bitcoin, instinctively I believed micro payments and gaming go hand in hand, bitcoin and the immense brainpower behind it is great, but a crypto currency you can dedicate to gaming would be pretty cool as well.
How competitive is Gamerholic, is it a place for professional gamers, or is it meant for casual competition?
It’s a bit of both, the important thing about the Gamerholic platform, we don’t make games, We simply provide an API for game developers to accept Gamerholic coin within their games. So in theory there should be more than enough games to choose from and with expanded creativity, you should see more competitive games.
The one game we did make is called Grabbit, a fun shopping game with real prizes. You win bitcoin for FREE or xbox live point cards, video games and more. There’s always something awesome up for grabs in the grabbit game. That game can get REALLY competitive.
 Tell us about Gamerholic coin.
I love Gamerholic coin, I can’t wait to see game developers rush to it. It’s really just a fun crypto currency for gaming. We don’t claim it to be better than bitcoin, we don’t claim it can do what bitcoin can’t. It’s a coin for gaming, with it’s own unique api sets.
The biggest value of Gamerholic coin will be noticed by game developers who can create more dynamic situations within their games. The coin is going up on the exchange, what should happen in your game? the coin is going down on the exchange and so on. This includes education games, Gamerholic coin is a real world incentive for young people to do well in math, or history games, or biology games.
What makes Gamerholic unique from other gaming projects that integrate cryptocurrency?
I think the strength for us is the brand, Gamerholic is a persona, everyone loves the brand. From t-shirts, to hats, to gaming accessories… we have more avenues to get Gamerholic coin in the hands of gamers. Competitively, that’s our advantage and that will keep us going long enough to best the technology advantages other gaming projects offer.
If you don’t mind me asking, has Gamerholic gotten much traffic since you guys started it?
There is an education hurdle for sure, I knew that during the transition to crypto currency. I think we’ll continue to play the role of introducing a demographic to crypto currency for a couple of years.
What is your ultimate goal for this project?
My fulfillment will come when I see Gamerholic coin applied to education games and young people in sierra leone where I’m from can make money from learning. That for

Digital Currency Group Hints At Going Public In The Future

Barry Silbert and Digital Currency Group are two names many Bitcoin enthusiasts will be more than familiar with. It should come as no surprise to find out that DCG is keeping a close eye on the progress of Bitcoin and blockchain technology in India, which is one of the world’s leading emerging markets. Unocoin is one of the leading Bitcoin in India, and DCG has invested in this company, among others.
Also read: First Global Credit: Encouraging Bitcoiners to Become Traders
Digital Currency Group Makes Strategic Investments

The country of India provides an interesting playing ground for Bitcoin, blockchain technology, and digital currency in general. With a large part of the population cut off from traditional finance, and a growing interest in mobile commerce solutions, a disruption of the financial sector seems to be long overdue.
But it is not just India that is of interest to Barry Silbert and Digital Currency Group, as the company has made multiple strategic investments. In doing so, DCG wants to make Bitcoin more accessible to everyday consumers, both for buying and selling. By investing in various local leading Bitcoin exchanges in developing markets, the popular digital currency can thrive in the years to come.
In total, Digital Currency Group has their fingers in no less than 15 exchanges all over the world. These strategic investments cover a total of 40 currency trading pairs, which give DCG a global appeal in return. Providing liquidity to the Bitcoin industry is key, especially for smaller exchanges operating in countries where Bitcoin adoption has not gained any noteworthy levels just yet.
Many people see Digital Currency Group as a collective focusing mostly on the blockchain and how this technology can affect the everyday lives of consumers all over the world.  While Silbert told IBTimes how the company is still keen on blockchain technology in general, but people should be equally excited about Bitcoin itself.
One of the main reasons why Digital Currency Group has so much money to go around is because they are not a fund. Instead, the business plan is to allow for redeployment of capital, rather than returning capital to partners. By holding permanent capital and having the option to invest in and buy up interesting companies, Digital Currency Group has made quite the name for itself over the years.
Taking The Company Public In The Future

One of the more interesting remarks made by Barry Silbert is how there are plans to take Digital Currency Group public in the near future. No official details have been announced just yet, other than saying how going public is a path the company will likely go down. This would bring even more legitimacy to both Bitcoin and the blockchain.
If Digital Currency Group is serious about going public, they will be following in the footsteps of Bitcoin Shop, Inc. and Bitcoin Group. Both of these companies have made their way to mainstream exchange platforms in 2015, and Digital Currency Group would be a welcome addition to that brief list.
What are your thoughts on Digital Currency Group in general? Let us know in the comments below!
Source; IB Times
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Bitcoin 2015: A Year in Review

The goal of this article is to review the growth of Bitcoin as a whole over 2015 compared with 2014. This article will be broken down into months, covering January-December. Bitcoin’s price over the months will be explained simply rather than in-depth for the sake of brevity. I hope you enjoy a review of 2015!
Also read: SF Block Chain Conference by Lighthouse Partners to Feature More than Just Bitcoin 
Disclaimer: The author is invested in Bitcoin
Before jumping into 2015, we will establish some key facts that will be revisited at the conclusion of the article. These statistics will be very important for calculating Bitcoin’s growth over 2015 and will allow us to make predictions about how Bitcoin might progress over 2016.
2014 Bitcoin statistics (December 2014)
Estimated wallets: ~ 15.8 Million wallets (hosted + desktop + mobile)
note: calculating the total amount of Bitcoin wallets is very difficult, this count includes dormant wallets that have not been touched over long periods of time. This also includes wallets that have never held funds.
Estimated daily transactions: 97,296
Estimated daily volume: 1,282,270
Bitcoin difficulty: 40,007,470,271
Bitcoin hash rate: 286,384,627 Gh/S
Source: Blockchain.info
My Bitcoin Predictions for 2015 Made at the end of 2014
Predicted wallets: ~ 20.38 Million wallets (hosted + desktop + mobile)
Predicted daily transactions: 125,584
Predicted daily volume: 1,282,270
Bitcoin difficulty: Unknown
Predicted Bitcoin hash rate: 11,053,500,000 Gh/S
Actual 2015 statistics (December 2015)
Estimated wallets: 17.4 Million wallets (hosted + desktop + mobile)
note: calculating the total amount of Bitcoin wallets is very difficult, this count includes dormant wallets that have not been touched over long periods of time. This also includes wallets that have never held funds.
Estimated daily transactions: 124,601
Estimated daily volume: $72,475,849
Bitcoin difficulty: 93,448,670,796
Bitcoin Hash rate: 789,710,965.71 Gh/S
Source: Quandl, Bitcoin Wisdom, Blockchain.info
Brief Summary of Shifts
Bitcoin as a whole has become more global with shifts that signal growth internationally rather than just in a few large countries. Bitcoin is becoming more accessible to common people who do not consider themselves to be highly tech savvy. As a whole, Bitcoin has grown significantly this year. While the number of wallets didn’t grow as much as I had predicted in my 2014 year in review article, I was almost spot on with the number of daily transactions. Transaction volume has increased drastically this year over last and Bitcoin is flowing more than ever before as more and more people get involved. Hashrate didn’t increase as much as I had expected, but predicting shifts in mining technology and miner trends is very difficult. When Bitcoin block rewards halve again in July 2016, things will get even more unpredictable.
Without further ado, I will go through the months of 2015 and discuss major news and show price changes without speculating on what caused the changes in Bitcoin’s price.
January
Market:
Peaking at $318, Bitcoin’s price settled at $217 by the end of the month
Major events:

Storj, a decentralized cloud storage was proposed by Shawn Wilkinson, Tome Boshevski and Josh Brandof. Since the announcement, the Storj project has advanced significantly and is currently working on testing the platform through different test groups. Storj, based on blockchain technology, allows for the distribution of data storage across a network and allows users to rent their excess hard drive space. Farmers will be able to control what type of content they store on their drives with the project.
Partnering with Coinbase, Braintree, a subsidiary of Paypal, launched beta testing for Bitcoin integration on their platform. This development marks the advancement of mainstream Bitcoin adoption and was one of the major pieces of news in January. Since their testing, Braintree has integrated Bitcoin for merchants.
February
Market:
Bitcoin’s price peaked and settled at $262 in February.
Major events:
Ross Ulbricht was found guilty of all 7 of his charges, including computer hacking, drug trafficking, and running a criminal enterprise. Following the trial, other black market marketplace in the deep web soon replaced the original Silk Road. Since the original Silk Road, online black markets have taken precautions to increase security and anonymity, continuing the on-going war on drugs and online crime.   
 Chinese Bitcoin exchange BTER had a cold wallet hacked and lost 7,170 bitcoins, worth almost $2 million at the time of the theft. After the theft, BTER froze the entire site to figure out the issue. BTER has since recovered from the theft and continues to remain in business.
March
Market:
Peaking at $296, Bitcoin’s price settled at $246 by the end of the month.
Major events:
Bitlicense received many revisions, showing that the NYDFS was willing to listen to people in the digital currency community. The revisions made to the proposal increased the requirements to run an exchange and provide personal information of any employees with access to customer funds. Just as the previous version, the proposal included exemptions for companies developing Bitcoin protocol for non-financial means and software developers working on projects.
A report by Goldman Sachs revealed how important China is in Bitcoin’s development. The study found that 8 out of every 10 trades involved the Chinese yuan in both selling and buying. According to the company, the surge was believed to be caused by waning confidence in the Chinese economy and weakening Yuan value. Goldman Sachs also believed that young investors were looking to invest in something other than the stock market. Transaction volume increased significantly during march, hinting at a larger growth for Bitcoin outside of the United States
 April
Market:
Peaking at $260, Bitcoin’s price settled at $232 by the end of the month.
Major events:
 Following a criminal complaint in federal court, two former US federal agents that investigated Silk Road were charged with stealing Bitcoin and extorting money from Ross Ulbricht along with other criminal charges. Former agents Shaun Bridges and Carl Force were charged with wire fraud and money laundering, theft of government property and conflict of interest. The information that Agent Force was secretly investigated during the trial but the defense was barred from using the information during the trial.  
May
Market:
peaking at $246, Bitcoin’s price settled at $226 by the end of the month.
Major events:
U.S District Judge Katherine Forrest declared Ross Ulbricht’s actions to be a carefully planned life’s work rather than a mistake of youth. Consequently, Ulbricht

First Global Credit: Encouraging Bitcoiners to Become Traders

While Bitcoin represents a great currency for trading, there aren’t too many platforms that accept the digital currency as market trading collateral. A newly-formed company known by the name of First Global Credit Private Trading Group is aiming to change this.
Also read: China’s Growing Number of Internet-Connected Users is Positive for Bitcoin
First Global Credit Private Trading Group Is Looking for Talented Traders
According to recent reports, the company has begun a search for capable traders. Those who wish to get access to a professional grade currency and stock trading account, which will be part-subsidized by the company, will have to submit an application. Traders do not require any particular training or studies, but to join the platform, potential traders will have to come up with a strategy statement of roughly 750 words, outlining how they wish to use their bitcoin collateral to make profit while trading currency, stocks and ETFs on the platform.
Once a trader is awarded the account, they’ll have to deposit one bitcoin into it, which will be doubled up by the firm. The two bitcoin collateral will allow traders to work with up to 20 bitcoins worth of capital, which is based on the 10-times leverage principle. Traders are also free to convert their collateral into fiat and vice versa, to avoid issues caused by volatility. Once successful trades are made, the profit will be split between the trader (75%), and the firm (25%).
To help put things better into perspective, The Bitcoinist held an exclusive interview with the CEO of First Global Credit Private Trading Group.
What was the intention when creating a private trading group using bitcoin as market collateral?
We’ve created the private trading group for two reasons. First, we are looking to find profitable traders so we can make money for First Global Credit. But it is also my hope that this will attract talent that would never get the chance to develop a career in trading. People with innate talent who would never get the opportunity to become market traders because they lack the contacts, formal education or they just live in an out of the way place.
Considering bitcoin’s volatility and lack of centralization, wouldn’t it be a bad collateral option?
This is absolutely the case for most companies. But First Global benefits from my background and that of my development team. We have developed hedging systems for complex, volatile commodity trading and have adapted those skills to another market type, bitcoin.
What types of investments will be made by traders? Solely bitcoin?
We accept the bitcoin as collateral and loan the trader fiat currency to put the trade into the market. They have a choice of 200 NYCE or NASDAQ stocks to trade, about 10 LSE stocks and about two dozen ETFs. They can go long or short the stocks as they wish. When the trader makes a profit on the stock and it is sold, the profits are swept into their account in bitcoins.
It’s also worth adding that due to the Switch Service outlined above, traders can use trade via both fiat and bitcoin, thus allowing them to profit with both currencies.
What do you think about the First Global Credit Private Trading Group initiative? Will it encourage more people to look forward towards a career in trading? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!
 
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Bitcoin In-Fighting Doesn’t Matter: Gavin Andreson Weighs in

January 30, 2016 – Gavin Andreson, former head Bitcoin Core maintainer, posted a short treatise on the issue of consensus infighting among the Bitcoin implementations on the Svbtle writing network. The squabbling between the different dev teams has caused a deal of speculation and nervousness about the future of Bitcoin, but Andreson sees the issue a bit differently.
Also Read: Bitcoin Network Reaches 1 EH/s For First Time
Andreson: The Worst Case Isn’t That Bad

In his post, he proposes a short thought experiment, outlining the trajectory of a split on consensus rules in the bitcoin specification, something that seems more likely as the debate escalates on what direction to take moving forward. He appears to think this supposedly worst-case scenario wouldn’t hurt Bitcoin much at all:
“What would happen if some minority of mining hash power and maybe a merchant or exchange decided to stay with, or move to, different consensus rules than everybody else?
Would there be two different flavors of Bitcoin? Would it cause massive disruptions to the Bitcoin economy? Would your coins be safe?
(spoiler alert if you’re in a hurry: no, no, and yes)”
While it is refreshing to see a more optimistic perspective in the midst of doomsday profecy and wild speculation about how and when Bitcoin will change, his reasoning makes a lot of sense. Extreme changes would essentially become an altcoin, going the way of CLAMS, and the sort of ‘civil war’ scenario he outlines would end quickly and bloodlessly, the victor being the specification with the most hashing power. The Minority branch’s value would drop to zero, and the hashpower and coins in old blocks would get transferred back over to the main branch as this becomes apparent. In short, it wouldn’t be that big a deal:
“That is the real disincentive for miners to stick with the minority branch; in the three days it takes for their newly minted minoritycoins to mature they are very likely to see the price they can get for those coins drop to almost zero.”
Andreson’s understanding of Bitcoin lends credibility to a lot of his extrapolations, and the fact he’s not worried about its collapse makes you wonder what all the hysteria is even about. Most likely, all it’s achieving is development delays and introducing politics into a process that should be purely technical.
Bitcoin’s Unique Situation
Bitcoin’s P2P nature makes central control efforts problematic
 
Bitcoin has fundamentally and irrevocably changed commerce and finance, and our thinking about investments has to change accordingly in the context of cryptocurrency. Bitcoin Isn’t a company, doesn’t have a central bank, and bitcoin owners aren’t shareholders. Lack of a united front can at best be seen as competition bringing the best to the forefront of Bitcoin as software, or at the worst be seen as irrelevant. Bitcoin is worth a lot, but the developers working on it aren’t CEO’s or a Federal reserve. Bitcoin’s value comes from its decentralization and the amount of people using and trading in it. Outside of that, not much else matters long-term.
Because the devs are as close as people can get to a centralized authority on Bitcoin, they attach a lot of importance to what they say and do in the community. Bitcoin’s nature makes exertion of individual interest close to meaningless, though. Andreson’s write-up exposes the fallacy of the vying for control over any decentralized system. Even in a split designed to harm or change the network forever, majority adoption wins out, and things come to equilibrium fairly quickly. I propose the best course of action for the bitcoin community is to let the developers do their jobs without interruption, so they can address real potential points of failure in the software — not speculative ones on social media.
What’s your take on bitcoin development and the balance of community input? Be sure to let us know in the comments!
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SF Block Chain Conference by Lighthouse Partners to Feature More than Just Bitcoin

The Block Chain Conference is a cryptocurrency agnostic conference. Rather than focusing on Bitcoin exclusively, the Block Chain conference focuses on “accelerating the development and deployment of blockchain based approaches by global businesses.”
Also read: Bitcoin Core Launches Social Media Presence
The Block Chain Conference: When and Where
Scheduled to take place on Wednesday, February 10th, 2016, the conference will be held at Mission Bay conference center, located on the campus of UCSF Mission Bay of San Francisco. Produced by Lighthouse Partners, Inc., “a business and technology consulting firm advising on positioning of innovative enterprise technologies,” the conference will feature Peter Harris as Conference Chair.
The Block Chain Conference will be held at UCSF
The conference is tailored for senior business innovation and product marketing executives, as well as senior technologists from companies deploying enterprise IT systems; this kind of people are the ones expected to attend. You must be 18 years or older to attend, without specific dispensation.
The highlight of the conference will come from IBM’s keynote, being delivered by Global Blockchain Offering Director John Wolpert, titled “How to Make Block Chain Real for Business.” Providing IMB’s point of view on the potential that block chain technology has, it will focus on the company’s collaboration with The Linux Foundation.
IBM will also be joined by likes of AlphaPoint, Gem, Overstock.com, and Wall Street Blockchain Alliance, just to name a few.
“A key mission of The Block Chain Conference is to educate business innovators and technology architects from companies deploying enterprise IT on the potential benefits and challenges of leveraging block chains, distributed ledgers and smart contracts, with lots of reality and zero hype. – Conference Chair Peter Harris”
16 additional presentations will be given in addition to the IBM keynote, with topics ranging from Bitcoin’s place in corporate and personal payment settings, Etherum involvement within Microsoft Azure, as well as Factom blockchain technology uses.
As Bitcoin and the block chain both become words that are spoken more often, it is good that we to see conferences like this one pop up with a focus on introducing new people to cryptocurrency technology, compared to conferences that focus solely on Bitcoin. If interested in signing up for the conference, the rate of the entrance is $495 online and $595 at the door.
Will you be attending? Which presentation are you most excited to hear about? Let us know in the comments below!
 
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