• dog poker
    Ethereum,  Innovators

    Blockchain-powered poker platform lowers the stakes for players

    Online poker has a trust problem, and the blockchain is here to solve it. A company called Virtue Poker is currently holding a token sale to fund the development and marketing of a blockchain-powered poker platform that prides itself on fair play. In the same way that cryptocurrency technology keeps financial transactions honest and transparent, the same technology can be used to keep digital card sharks out of online gambling. The first step in playing online poker isn’t to place a bet, but to top up an account balance by sending money to the company. “This requires an extraordinary level of trust,” said Ryan Gittleson, co-founder and CEO of Virtue…

  • Vitalik Buterin
    Ethereum,  Media,  Opinion

    Why Ethereum’s Vitalik Buterin is boycotting CoinDesk’s Consensus 2018

    Many of the biggest players in cryptocurrency and blockchain are set to descend on New York in a couple of weeks for CoinDesk’s Consensus 2018. But there’s one top figure calling on everyone to boycott the event—Ethereum’s wunderkind founder, Vitalik Buterin. Buterin, who was a panelist at the same event two years ago, took to Twitter to unleash his fury at CoinDesk, which sponsors the annual equivalent of a crypto Lollapalooza. First, he ripped into them for a technical analysis piece about OmiseGo’s OMG token (which, by the way, was built on the Ethereum platform). Specifically, the CoinDesk piece included links to a scam that claims to be giving away…

  • Hoboken
    Cryptocurrencies,  Distributed Leisure,  Media

    Braving ‘Boken bros to learn blockchain coding at Jet.com’s offices

    After reading about blockchain and cryptocurrencies for the past several years, it was time to dive into the technology, albeit in the shallow end, and experience firsthand some programming for blockchain. The occasion for doing so was Jet.com’s recent “Learn + Code: AI, Blockchain, and Ecommerce” code-along event in Hoboken, New Jersey. As with most born and bred New Yorkers still living in the city, it’s a rare occasion when we get to visit the mainland of America from one of our relatively small urban islands. So we put on our tech hat (we have collected many such swag hats from tech events around NYC), steeled ourselves for any possible…

  • Donvan, Tett, and Posner
    Bitcoin,  Innovators

    How a group of pro-free market types lost their faith in bitcoin in just an hour

    A lively afternoon debate of some of the top minds in business, finance, technology, and law left its hitherto bitcoin-friendly audience with some serious FUD: fear, uncertainty, doubt. The Manhattan Institute’s Adam Smith Society—a group of free market-advocating MBA students and business people—hosted the lively debate Saturday with Intelligence Squared U.S. at its national meeting. The proposition, “Bitcoin is more than a bubble and here to stay,” was supported by legendary venture capitalist Tim Draper and Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne. On the opposition side was Financial Times U.S. managing editor Gillian Tett and University of Chicago law professor Eric Posner. Going into the discussion, a slim plurality (39 percent) of…