• Composing room of the New York Times (photo by Marjorie Collins via Wiki Commons from U.S. Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black & White Photographs)
    Crypto Power Lists,  Media

    The New York Times jerks the blockchain

    Publishers hope tools like micro-payments, smart contracts, and improved tracking can rebuild their businesses without cutting them out of the content supply chain

    The New York Times might be jumping into the blockchain business. Despite publishing an article about blockchain-based media platform Civil’s failed initial token offering titled, “Alas, the Blockchain Won’t Save Journalism After All,” the Times on March 13 posted a job listing for a “Lead, Blockchain Exploration” position which it described as “a forward-looking leader who will help envision and design a blockchain-based proof of concept for news publishers.”

  • Bitcoin,  Distributed Leisure

    When it comes to crypto, WSJ reporter, Goldman Sachs banker, and IBM consultant are on same page

    Surprise, surprise! They’re long blockchain, but not so much bitcoin

    The “Distributed Leisure” column is intended to be a record of some blockchain and cryptocurrency related events, mostly in the New York City area. In addition it will try to explain the various technologies used, occasionally interview people at the forefront of those technologies, and profile some companies in the vanguard of the evolving ecosystem.The perspective will be that of an observer with a background in both financial services and technology, a basic familiarity with the terms “blockchain” and “cryptocurrency” but no in-depth knowledge of or experience with either.   It’s no surprise that an academic institution of public policy is trying to understand something of cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies.…

  • The Wall Street Journal
    Bitcoin,  Media

    Wall Street Journal jumps on the ‘long blockchain, unsure about bitcoin’ bandwagon

    The newspaper’s tech columnist joins the chorus of voices ready to praise blockchain but unwilling to commit to bitcoin.

    With bitcoin prices bouncing around from day to day and even minute to minute, it’s incredibly difficult to tie down finance professionals to a concrete prediction on where the cryptocurrency is heading. Nobody wants to be wrong, after all, and with cryptocurrencies’ extreme volatility, it’s highly likely that their predictions could be very wrong. So how do finance gurus handle the topic of bitcoin’s future without painting themselves into a corner? Increasingly, they avoid the question and talk about blockchain instead. Recently, it’s practically the default response of people in the industry to start singing the praises of blockchain when anyone asks them about bitcoin. Wall Street Journal tech columnist…