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    Innovators

    Ex-Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne sells stock, doubles down on crypto

    In a farewell letter to his former co-workers, Byrne gives crypto wild man John McAfee a run for his money in the conspiracy theorist championship

    Overstock.com’s founder Patrick Byrne ended his connection with the online retailer he built into a giant in much the same way as he ended his tenure as its CEO a month ago: bizarrely.

  • Andrew Yang wants to be America's first goth president (photo by Andrew Frawley for Yang2020.com).
    Technology,  United States

    U.S. presidential candidate Andrew Yang backs blockchain voting

    The Democratic contender made an official policy statement on August 22, calling the current system of standing in line ‘ridiculous’

    Presidential Andrew Yang established himself as the blockchain Democrat back in April, when he added a call for clear regulation of cryptocurrencies to his policy proposals months before Facebook’s Libra stablecoin proposal made it a hot topic. Now he wants to bring voting onto the blockchain.

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    Innovators

    Patrick Byrne overstocks on Russian agent, resigns

    Overstock.com CEO bows out after placing himself at the center of a scandal involving a Russian agent and election interference

    Take one sultry Russian agent, a middle-aged tech CEO nearly twice her age, and add in the FBI, Hillary Clinton, allegations of election interference, and vague comments about the “deep state” and “Men in Black,” and you’ve got the makings of Netflix’s next hot series. Or, the reason the CEO of Overstock.com resigned on August 22 from the dot-com company he built into a major online retailer.

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    Cryptocurrencies,  Innovators

    ICE heats up on crypto with Starbucks

    NYSE’s owner launches crypto initiative with another household name

    Last month, the owners of the New York Stock Exchange quietly bought a domain name for a made up word. The misspelled wordplay belongs to startup Bakkt—pronounced ‘backed’—which had been in the works for months. Bakkt introduced itself to the world Friday as a digital asset ecosystem hoping to make cryptocurrency mainstream for consumers and merchants. That’s the goal of many a crypto company, but this time it might be more than just talk. Bakkt will launch with an impressive global partner, Starbucks. “As the flagship retailer, Starbucks will play a pivotal role in developing practical, trusted and regulated applications for consumers to convert their digital assets into US dollars…