The Week In Bitcoin - Issue #84: Disrupting LinkedIn - Bitcoin Style

Disrupting LinkedIn - Bitcoin StyleThis week 21.co rolled out a bitcoin powered LinkedIn InMail. Thei
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The Week In Bitcoin - Issue #84: Disrupting LinkedIn - Bitcoin Style
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Disrupting LinkedIn - Bitcoin Style
This week 21.co rolled out a bitcoin powered LinkedIn InMail. Their blog post describes it in a more grandiose way:
Today we’re rolling out a tool which allows anyone in the world to google you and then buy a few minutes of your time. It’s called a 21 profile, and it’s a spam-proof replacement for a public email address. Here’s an example of how it looks at 21.co/naval…
TL;DR: we’re putting a price on spam. Which is cool - but at the same time a little underwhelming. Given the promise of the ‘machine-payable web’ that Balaji has laid out in previous talks, a bitcoin powered LinkinIn InMail competitor feels a bit 'meh’. 
I’ll admit that I’ve been a big 21.co fanboy and still do believe that the machine-payable web will be a thing - one day. It’s just that I don’t think step one is disrupting a professional spam network like LinkedIn. 
I really do hope this is a pitstop along the way to a bigger and a more audacious product built on their developer tools (which aren’t too bad). 
To be clear, I still think they’ll 'figure it out’. It’s just that this feel like an ’underwear gnomes’ strategy. But then again, you never know, maybe there is a latent demand for emailing Ben Horowitz spam for $100.
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News This Week
In a vote of confidence for a fledgling technology, the Republic of Georgia committed in a signing ceremony in Tbilisi on Tuesday to use the bitcoin network to validate property-related government transactions.
Engineers are great at not seeing the forest for the trees. They get stuck on details and lose track of the bigger picture. I’ve seen it most often (and have been guilty myself) when they’re optimizing something to make it faster. 
Despite being the largest and longest-running blockchain, bitcoin isn’t exactly known for its programming features.
In the world of hedge funds, the old adage really is true: you have to have money to make money. The barrier to entry for an individual investor is frequently $500,000, with portfolio managers themselves needing as much as $200m just to get started. But the potential rewards are equally large.
Riccardo Spagni, Core Developer at Monero, talks about the future of Monero.
“Decentralization” is one of the words that is used in the cryptoeconomics space the most frequently, and is often even viewed as a blockchain’s entire raison d’être, but it is also one of the words…
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Bitcoin prices experienced notable gains this week, pushing higher as sentiment recovered from the lagging impact of market turmoil.
The digital currency rose to as much as $1,024.14 on 3rd February, roughly 11.5% above its opening price of $918.56 on 28th January, according to the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index (BPI).
Gavin Thomas, Technology COO, London recounts the journey of open-sourcing Corda.
A live blockchain demo in a browser. A great practical intro to how bitcoin actually works.
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A blockchain works because all participants can validate every transaction. In order to do this, those transactions must be broadcast to the entire network. Unfortunately, this leaks sensitive…
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Today we’re rolling out a tool which allows anyone in the world to google you and then buy a few minutes of your time. It’s called a 21 profile, and it’s a spam-proof replacement for a public email…
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