Overstock to Become a Blockchain Stock – Bits & Pieces #25

Overstock Trading On Blockchain

Last week, Overstock.com filed paperwork to begin offering stock (and perhaps other securities) in a digital form. The company's CEO, Patrick Byrne, has been planning this move since last summer, when he announced at a Bitcoin 2014 that he wanted to list Overstock on a blockchain-based exchange. I'm absolutely excited to see Byrne continuing to piece together his futuristic vision, but I fear that the road will not be as smooth as some others expect.…

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Is Privacy Overrated? – YMB Podcast E69

Privacy Pigeon

This is episode 69 of You, Me, and BTC, the planet's most entertaining Bitcoin podcast!

This week, we're chatting about privacy. As liberty-oriented people, we know that it's important to keep some things secret, especially from the government. But is it possible that some people take privacy too far? If we commit our lives to hiding from the authorities, does that mean we've already lost the battle for freedom? Today, John will explain why he …

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Top 5 Bitcoiners That Love Weed – Bits & Pieces #24

Bitcoin and Weed

Happy 420! For probably a variety of reasons, April 20 is a day when people celebrate the cannabis subculture and perhaps consume a few extra green sticky leaves.

My co-host, Tim Baker, told me once that he thinks special days like this are not ideal, even though he appreciates the object of the celebration. He thinks that festivities tend to make people overexcited about things that they don't fully understand. That could be true …

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Keep Your Secrets Safe – YMB Podcast E68

Bitcoin Secrets

This is episode 68 of You, Me, and BTC, the planet's most entertaining Bitcoin podcast!

This week is all about keeping secrets. First up, Tim and John will chat about the government and encryption. Some law enforcement officers have proposed that they should be given guaranteed access to encrypted data on smartphones. As you can probably guess, we think that's absurd. Tim and John will explain why they think a system like that would cause …

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Bitcoin Gambling: People 1, State 0 – Bits & Pieces #23

Bitcoin Gambling

What do you do when you can't tell what's legal and what's not? Often, the answer is nothing. We simply rest on our laurels until the gov'ment tells us what's permitted, because we don't want to risk getting in trouble.

The online gambling industry in the US has been doing exactly that for several years. Many large poker websites have been refusing service to US players due to legal gray area. Unfortunately, decisions like those …

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Bitcoin in Politics and Games – YMB Podcast E67

Bitcoin, Politics, and Games

This is episode 67 of You, Me, and BTC, the planet's most entertaining Bitcoin podcast!

This week, we're touching on two topics that might not be as different as some people think: politics and games. For starters, we'll chat about Rand Paul, America's first presidential candidate to accept Bitcoin donations. Many liberty-oriented people laugh at the idea of a libertarian running for office, but we'll see if we can spot any benefits.

Then later in …

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Is Wall Street Bad for Bitcoin? – Bits & Pieces #22

Wall Street in Bitcoin

Patrick Byrne, the CEO of Overstock.com, is greatly respected by many in the Bitcoin community. His company started accepting Bitcoin relatively early (January 2014) and was the largest to do so at the time. Byrne is also well known for exposing a great deal of Wall Street corruption. This WIRED article calls him Bitcoin Messiah and the Scourge of Wall Street in the same headline.

Not everyone agrees, of course, but many Bitcoiners share Byrne’s …

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Forget Tidal: Be Your Own Artist – Bitcoin and the Arts #4

Tidal Music Streaming

This is John Stuart's fourth Bitcoin and the Arts podcast!

This month, John's chatting about a new music streaming service called Tidal. It's supposed to be an amazing innovation for artists because it should give them more control over their music, but John has some doubts. For one thing, the artists currently running Tidal are already extremely popular and presumably prosperous names like Jay Z, Madonna, Daft Punk, Calvin Harris, etc.

So do "artists" …

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