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Dr. Frances Kelsey, Who Saved American Babies From Thalidomide, Dies At 101

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circletimessquare writes: Plenty of regulations are bad (some because big business corrupts them) but the simple truth is modern society cannot function without effective government regulation. It keeps are food safe, our rivers clean, and our economy healthy. Passing away at age 101 Friday was a woman who personified this lesson. In 1960 the F.D.A. tasked Dr. Frances Kelsey with evaluating a drug used in Europe for treating morning sickness. She noticed something troubling, and asked the manufacturer William S. Merrell Co. for more data. "Thus began a fateful test of wills. Merrell responded. Dr. Kelsey wanted more. Merrell complained to Dr. Kelsey's bosses, calling her a petty bureaucrat. She persisted. On it went. But by late 1961, the terrible evidence was pouring in. The drug — better known by its generic name, thalidomide — was causing thousands of babies in Europe, Britain, Canada and the Middle East to be born with flipperlike arms and legs and other defects." Without Dr. Kelsey's scientific and regulatory persistence in the face of mindless greed, thousands of Americans would have suffered a horrible fate.

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LibreOffice 5.0 Is a Milestone Release for Ubuntu Touch

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LibreOffice 5.0 was made available by The Document Foundation a couple of days ago, and it's a glorious release. It full of all sorts of new features, and many users have already upgraded to this latest version, but the application will also have an impact on another new platform, Ubuntu Touch.

How Drones Can Find and Hack Internet-of-Things Devices From the Sky

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Security researchers have developed a Flying Drone with a custom-made tracking tool capable of sniffing out data from the devices connected to the Internet – better known as the Internet-of-things. Under its Internet of Things Map Project, a team of security researchers at the Texas-based firm Praetorian wanted to create a searchable database that will be the Shodan search engine for SCADA

How the Man who Introduced Silicon Valley to Bitcoin First Discovered It

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 Xapo CEO Wences Casares has been one of Bitcoin’s strongest supporters since 2011, but not many people have heard the story of how he originally got into this new form of digital money.

 The Argentinian-born entrepreneur has been able to create one of the most well-capitalized companies in the space, and he was able to mystify the likes of Dick Costolo, Marc Andreessen, Reid Hoffman and other Silicon Valley giants by transferring roughly $250,000 worth of bitcoin between multiple smartphones within a matter of minutes. But what led Casares to Bitcoin in the first place?

Trying to Send Money to Friends in Argentina

Unlike many of the Bitcoin proponents who talk about how the digital money is going to change the world without having their own, personal need for it, Casares came across Bitcoin while attempting to send money to childhood friends in Argentina. The Xapo CEO explained the process of finding out about Bitcoin on a recent episode of EconTalk:

“I first learned about Bitcoin in 2011. I live in California, in Palo Alto, and a group of childhood friends from Argentina were doing a project where we needed to send money to that project. And I couldn’t send money from California to Argentina, so I was looking to see if my sister, who’s there, could give the friends some money and I could pay her later. And one of my friends – who’s not tech savvy or financially savvy – said, ‘Hey, why don’t you use Bitcoin?’”

Giving Bitcoin a Chance

Although Casares admits he was skeptical at first, he decided to give Bitcoin a chance as a new international payment mechanism. He described the entire process of using Bitcoin to send money to his friends in Argentina in his recent EconTalk interview:

“So, I was curious and I looked [it] up online, and, I think on Craigslist, I found someone who was willing to meet with me at the cafe in Palo Alto and gave me some bitcoin and I gave them the cash. Then, I just got the bitcoin on my cell phone and I sent them to my friend in Argentina and the next day he has . . . [Argentine] pesos. And I just couldn’t believe what happened.”

Many bitcoiners remember the first time they used the digital money because it is a strange feeling to have actual value stored on an electronic device as a string of bits.

“I felt like I was witnessing the beginning of the Internet. It was that kind of fascination,” Casares said.

 Abra is the Mainstream Version of Casares’s 2011 Experience

Wences Casares’s story has been repeated many more times all over the world since 2011, and there is now an app that captures the essence of that experience in a user-friendly manner. Abra allows users to send digital cash to anyone else in the world, and that digital cash can then be transferred to local currency via a peer-to-peer (P2P) transfer.

Perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of the app is that it also locks the value of the digital cash to U.S. dollars, which means users don’t need to worry about bitcoin’s price volatility for the duration of the transfer. Abra is powered by smart contracts built on top of the Bitcoin blockchain.

Abra is just now coming to market, but Casares already experienced this new phenomenon four years ago. As time goes by, we will continue to see more apps developed that were first thought of in the early days of IRC chatrooms and bitcointalk.org threads.

Photo Christopher Michel / Flickr

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18 Months after Adopting Bitcoin, TigerDirect Reports Fantastic Experience and Continued Growth

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TigerDirect, an online retailer of computers and consumer electronics has been accepting bitcoin for 18 months through BitPay, beginning in January of 2014.

Bitcoin Magazine sat down with Steven Leeds, head of marketing at TigerDirect to learn more about the company’s experience as one of the earliest major merchants to embrace Bitcoin. While recent reports from Expedia suggest that it has seen a decrease in bitcoin payments, TigerDirect shared a different story.

According to Leeds, TigerDirect has been thrilled with its decision to accept bitcoin. Leeds noted that Bitcoin has drawn new users to TigerDirect, with 46 percent of customers purchasing with bitcoin being new users. The company also told Bitcoin Magazine that the average order placed with bitcoin is 30 percent larger than the average order.

Leeds explained that TigerDirect sees the highest volume of bitcoin orders during periods of volatility for bitcoin price. These purchases are typically luxury items such as high-definition TVs, gaming consoles and computer monitors.

“On days when the price is rising, we see users eager to spend some of their newfound wealth. And when the price begins falling, we see others who want to avoid the volatility by spending it on consumer electronics,” said Leeds.

Despite the fall of the bitcoin price into the $200s, TigerDirect has still seen consistent bitcoin transaction volume.

Advantages for Bitcoin Companies

In addition to it’s consumer electronics business, TigerDirect also supplies hardware to many businesses, including a significant number of Bitcoin companies. Some of these companies include miners who use TigerDirect to buy power supplies, cooling systems and other hardware. These miners do not have to convert their bitcoin to cash, as they can pay directly with the bitcoin that they have mined.

TigerDirect was originally introduced to Bitcoin by some of it’s employees who were early adopters and miners of the currency.

“We’d recommend Bitcoin to any company considering it,” Leeds said. “We’ve had a fantastic experience accepting it, and BitPay allows us to integrate the payments into our existing checkout flow easily.”


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The Blockchain is the Next Big Thing, says Dutch Bank ABN AMRO Executive

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Writing on the bank’s official website, ABN AMRO Head of Innovation Arjan van Os, praises the blockchain technology behind Bitcoin in an article titled “The Next Big Thing.”

Dutch state-owned ABN AMRO Bank is a product of a long history of mergers and acquisitions that date to 1765, making it one of the oldest active banks. In 2007, ABN AMRO was the second-largest bank in the Netherlands and the eighth largest in Europe by assets. Then the bank was acquired by a consortium of international banks and eventually bailed out and nationalized by the Dutch government, which expressed intentions to restore private ownership at due time.

“Fasten your seatbelts,” says van Os. “What the Internet has done for information and the way we communicate, the blockchain will do for value and the way we look at trust. The financial world is going to flip upside-down.”

The article summarizes the unique advantages of blockchain-based financial technology, which today are recognized by the mainstream financial establishment: faster and cheaper transactions, which are made intrinsically secure by the distributed, decentralized nature of the blockchain.

“Each node maintains an identical copy of a shared transaction ledger – the so-called ‘single source of truth,’” says van Os. “As transactions take place, the nodes communicate with each other to verify that the transaction is valid. If the ledgers don’t match up, the transaction is rejected. That virtually eliminates the single point of failure: If one server is hacked, the other nodes will recognize the intrusion and block the hacking attempt. The more nodes added to the Blockchain, the more security the transaction has.”

Smart contracts represent a disruptive innovation with a huge potential. In 2001, legendary cryptographer Nick Szabo spoke of smart contracts that solved the problem of trust by being self-executing.

“Through specific scripts in the blockchain, all conditions of any contractual agreement can be stored, verified and secured within the system,” says van Os of smart contracts.

Next-generation “Bitcoin 2.0” platforms such as Ethereum, scheduled to go live in a few weeks, implement smart contracts. According to an Ethereum spokesperson, global banks and financial corporations are showing interest in Ethereum.

Interestingly, van Os doesn’t have much to say about the fashionable debate about the blockchain as a system vs. bitcoin as a currency – the term “bitcoin” is never used in the article, which seems to imply that van Os considers the bitcoin currency as an early, incidental and not very interesting application of the blockchain. On the other hand, he clearly states that the blockchain technology will change everything in the financial world, and banks should get on board.

“It’s clear to see that blockchain has the potential to turn the financial world upside-down,” says van Os. “So, what can we do? How do we stop ourselves from becoming obsolete? The answer is quite simple. We learn. We explore. We investigate. We open ourselves up to change, and embrace all the possibilities that lie in store for our futures. We not only need to change the way we do business, but the type of business we do.”

The ABN AMRO Innovation Center, opened in September 2013, explores trends, problems, and solutions relevant to the bank’s business, and organizes several networking events for clients, partners and staff. One of these regular events is Startup Friday, held once a month. A video recording of a recent Startup Friday, dedicated to the blockchain, is available online (partly in Dutch).

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Million Dollar Sunday Offers Bitcoin Users Huge Opportunity To Profit At Americas Cardroom This Weekend

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San Jose, Costa Rica – July 31, 2015 – Ready to turn your Bitcoin into $200,000 in a matter of hours? Then you’ll want to be online at Americas Cardroom on Sunday, August 2nd. At 3pm ET, the US-facing online poker site is hosting its signature Million Dollar Sunday poker tournament, a $1 million guaranteed Texas Hold’em event with a first place prize of $200,000 guaranteed.

“At Americas Cardoom, we’ve become hugely popular among Bitcoin users,” said Americas Cardroom spokesperson Michael Harris. “We make it easy to deposit and withdraw with Bitcoin so players all over the world can get to the tables and play anonymously. And best of all, with a $200,000 first place prize and another $800,000 spread among those who cash in the tournament, we’re able to offer players the fastest way to get their hands on their winnings.”

The Million Dollar Sunday kicks off on August 2nd at 3pm ET. It’s the third Million Dollar Sunday tournament of the year featuring a $1 million guaranteed prize pool. Players can buy directly in for $500+40 using Bitcoin or win their spot through a low buy-in satellite.

Americas Cardroom first launched the $1 million online poker tournament earlier this year, bringing back large-scale poker in America. Until the introduction of the Million Dollar Sunday, it had been almost four years since US poker players saw a Sunday million dollar poker tournament.

Americas Cardroom is at the forefront of bringing back the glory days of poker and many argue that it’s easier to deposit and withdraw today than it was four years ago. That’s because before their departure from the United States, most online poker sites relied on credit card processing, a method that had been plagued with declines.

With Bitcoin, players are guaranteed virtually instant deposits with no rejections. And better yet, those cashing out their winnings are able to see funds in their hands the same day the request is made.

What’s more, unlike other deposit methods, Bitcoin comes with no transaction fees, other than the standard “miner’s fee” associated with the cryptocurrency. As soon as the deposit is made, Bitcoin is automatically converted to poker chips, each with a real money US dollar value. Players are free to cash out using Bitcoin or any other available withdrawal method.

Bitcoin users can get started with as little as $5. The biggest single deposit available is $1,000 and daily deposits are capped at $1,000, too. Players can deposit up to $8,000 per month using Bitcoin.

More information on the Million Dollar Sunday and Bitcoin can be found at AmericasCardroom.eu.

About Americas Cardroom
Americas Cardroom joined the Winning Poker Network in 2011. The Winning Poker Network has one of the longest and trusted online names in the industry and has been in existence since 2001. Americas Cardroom accepts players from the US market and the rest of the world. Rated first place for payment processing and cashout reliability repeatedly over the last few years, Americas Cardroom offers outstanding customer service and a friendly environment for all poker players around the world.


This press release is for informational purposes only. The information does not constitute investment advice or an endorsement by Bitcoin Magazine or BTC Media, LLC. Bitcoin Magazine does not certify the accuracy of the above information provided by Americas Cardroom.

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Bitcoin Blockchain Provider HashingSpace Secures Services from an Industry Leading Contracting Firm to Build Fortress One Data Center

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Bitcoin Press Release: US based HashingSpace Corporation (OTCQB: HSHS) announced today that it has secured the services C. Rallo Contracting Company to build a state of the art data center. HashingSpace’s mission is to build out key infrastructure for the global adoption of Bitcoin and Blockchain services with hosted ASIC mining.

WENATCHEE, WA / August 6, 2015 / HashingSpace Corporation (OTCQB: HSHS), a Bitcoin ASIC mining and hosting company, announced today that the company has reached an agreement with C. Rallo Contracting Company, Inc. to build the HashingSpace Fortress One data center.

C. Rallo Contracting Co. Inc. is an industry leading construction firm located in St. Louis, Missouri. This family owned business celebrates a 100 year history of successful and diverse construction projects throughout the United States. Some of the projects that C. Rallo have been responsible for include such diverse areas as aviation, healthcare, sports facilities, casinos, government and education.

“The construction of the HashingSpace data center, Fortress One, has to be managed and completed by a company I have confidence in,” stated Timothy Roberts, CEO of HashingSpace Corporation. “C. Rallo fits our criteria of a company that has data center construction experience, and the impeccable reputation in managing a large and complicated building project. I’ve hired this firm in the past to build data centers. They are efficient in their construction and are professional in managing every aspect of a large construction project. Our shareholders and customers can feel confident knowing we have retained a leading construction company in C. Rallo.”

Charles A. Rallo, CEO shared,

“We have worked with Mr. Roberts for the past 20 years and had the pleasure of building 4 enterprise class data centers for a previous company. That project was on the cutting edge of technology and ended up shaping the enterprise data center market.”

To take a tour of the proposed Fortress One Data Center, please click on the youtube HashingSpace channel link.

HashingSpace Corporation’s business will provide a wide range of services to include:

· HASHHOSTING   Servers fully managed and specifically set-up for ASIC MINING
· CLOUDHASH       Cloud mining servers that can be rented with full hashing power
· HASHMINING      Our own Mining Farm
· HASHATM            Owner and operator of Bitcoin ATM machines
· HASHWALLET      Bitcoin consumer wallet for bitcoin banking and transactions
· HASHPOOL          Public Stratum and P2Pool (Web/IOS/Droid)
· HASHTICKER        Free Ticker for tracking Bitcoin Value (Screen Saver/Web/IOS/Droid)
· HASHVAR             A wholesaler of Bitcoin servers and Bitcoin ATM machines

All company information, including stock trading, filings, and market data related to the company, is reported under the ticker symbol, HSHS.

About HashingSpace Corporation

HashingSpace Corporation is a Bitcoin ASIC mining company, hosting provider, and service provider of blockchain transactional services. HashingSpace’s high density datacenters are designed to meet the demanding power and cooling needs of client hosted Bitcoin mining gear with unparalleled pricing, cooling and green energy. The Corporation is continuing to expand its datacenters to satisfy the shortage of low cost hosting facilities catering to the Bitcoin and blockchain mining and transactional verification services industry specifically.

HashingSpace Corporation manages HashWallet, a Bitcoin wallet; HashPool, a Bitcoin
mining pool; and HashATM, the owner and operator of Bitcoin ATM machines. The company is a wholesaler of Bitcoin mining servers and Bitcoin ATM machines. Bitcoin businesses interested in reselling HashingSpace products and services are invited to reach out to HashingSpace Corporation for more information.

HashingSpace Corporation is headquartered in Wenatchee, Washington. For more information, visitwww.hashingspace.com.

Any unreleased services or features referenced in this or other press releases or public statements may not be currently available and may not be delivered on time or at all. Customers who purchase HashingSpace services should make their purchase decisions based upon features currently available. For more information please visit http://www.hashingspace.com or call 1-855-HASHING (427-4464).

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements are based on the current plans and expectations of management and are subject to a number of uncertainties and risks that could significantly affect the Company’s current plans and expectations, as well as future results of operations and financial condition. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Company Contact: HashingSpace Corporation
5042 Wilshire Blvd. #26900
Los Angeles, CA, 90036
855 – HASHING (427-4464)

Investor Relations: ir@hashingspace.com


This press release is for informational purposes only. The information does not constitute investment advice or an endorsement by Bitcoin Magazine or BTC Media, LLC. Bitcoin Magazine does not certify the accuracy of the above information provided by HashingSpace Corporation.

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mBit Casino Bitcoin Sportsbook Comes to Life With Football, eSports and More

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Bitcoin Press Release: mBit Casino proudly announces the launch of its new sportsbook designed to fulfill the platform’s goal of becoming the most well rounded Bitcoin Casino in the world.

Arriving just on time for the 2015 English Premier League season, the new sportsbook comes fully loaded with every major sport including baseball, basketball, American football, combat sports, eSports and everything in between. Already solidified with an unrivaled reputation the sportsbook represents a milestone of achievement for the online Bitcoin casino. Bettors can visit the sportsbook by going to http://www.mbitcasino.com/sportsbook.

To celebrate the launch of the new sportsbook, mBit Casino is having a contest where anyone can qualify for his or her share of 5 Bitcoins ($1425). New and existing player alike are welcome in this promotion. All players have to do is guess the final score of the Premier League match Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur taking place on day 1. Game predictions can be submitted tohttp://blog.mbitcasino.com/win-your-share-5-btc/.

Advantages of the mBit Casino sportsbook over conventional platforms include the speed at which withdrawals are processed in comparison to traditional operators and not having to pay fees on funds moving in and out.

Benefitting players with instant deposits, fast withdrawals and full mobile functionality Bitcoin bettors are now being given the opportunity to place bets with ease. The sportsbook will support live in-play betting which is a sought after feature in the sportsbook market as a whole. Already offering the biggest deposit bonuses in the industry, the mBit Casino sportsbook adds another layer of quality to the platform by offering more value and depth in the sportsbook market than anywhere else.

Providing players with competitive odds is guaranteed to attract the sports enthusiasts from around the Bitcoin community by paving a golden brick road for bitcoin bettors to start their journey.

About mBit Casino

Currently providing the market with an industry leading first deposit bonus of 110% with live dealers, 3D video slots and poker, mBit Casino is one of the leading online Bitcoin casinos in the world. Focusing on instant deposits, withdrawals, premium game selection and mobile functionality mBit has quickly risen to become a powerhouse in the online gaming market. They are also the world record holder for the largest cash out by any Bitcoin casino gamer of all time with user “cowgame” walking away with nearly $70,000 USD. More information on mBit Casino can be found atwww.mbitcasino.com

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String pong

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If you’re not a daily reader of this website, you might have missed our big news last week: The MagPi, our official magazine, is no longer a download-only magazine; you can now buy or subscribe to a print copy. Lots of you have been sending us photos of your own MagPis. Here’s a small selection; we’ll be publishing some of them in the magazine itself, so keep them coming – you can send them to magpi@raspberrypi.org, or tweet them to .

One limitation of the printed magazine is, of course, that we can’t show you videos of the projects inside. Fortunately, we also have this blog. Mike Cook, who is behind Mike’s Pi Bakery, the magazine’s brilliant hardware projects series (not-so-secretly, my favourite bit of the MagPi, and the page I always turn to first), sent me this video of this month’s Pi Bakery build: meet String Pong. Love it. You’ll find a complete tutorial in this month’s magazine.

If you want to try before you buy (and please do buy – every penny The MagPi makes goes straight back into the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s charitable work), a free download of the magazine is always available. You’ll find copies in WHSmith and many other British newsagents; in a couple of weeks, US readers will find The MagPi on the shelves in Microcenter and Barnes & Noble; and readers all over the world can subscribe to receive the magazine on their own doorsteps.



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