Art in the Bitcoin World – Bits & Pieces #16

Bitcoin Art - Bloomberg Businessweek
Some people like to mock art and culture. Certain forms of expression like classical music, poetry, painting, and sculpting probably take more heat than they deserve. I'm not here to tell you that you should love all of that, but I think it's worth considering the power of art, even in the Bitcoin and liberty spheres. Some art might deserve a brief scoff, but as a whole, art is not nearly as obscure as some ...

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Cyberheists – YMB Podcast E60

This is episode 60 of You, Me, and BTC, the planet's most entertaining Bitcoin podcast! This week, we're chatting about two cyberhacks that tell an interesting story. For starters, a Chinese Bitcoin exchange called BTER had about $1.75 million dollars worth of Bitcoin stolen from a cold wallet. That's awful, right? Should this encourage us to start using Bitcoin less because it's so insecure? Probably not, because the second heist is even more shocking. For ...

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The Internet Is Not Free – Bits & Pieces #15

I spent this past weekend meeting all kinds of awesome liberty-minded people at the International Students for Liberty Conference in Washington, D.C. My main job at the event was to tell people about free Liberty.me memberships, and as I explained the endless list of the site's benefits to student after student, one of them offered a somewhat shocking perspective. "I'd rather not sign up," he said, "Because I don't believe the internet is free anymore." ...

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Morality in the Ulbricht Case – YMB Podcast E59

This is episode 59 of You, Me, and BTC, the planet's most entertaining Bitcoin podcast! As you probably already know, Ross Ulbricht was found guilty last week on all seven charges that he was facing. Today, we'll share some thoughts on the trial. Did Ulbricht even have a chance of escaping any charges? We'll also spend some time reading the original warrant for his arrest and considering some tough moral questions. Ulbricht was allegedly willing ...

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The Law Wants Bitcoin. Are We Prepared? – Bits & Pieces #14

Regulation in Bitcoin
Last week, on February 4, two dreadful pieces of news hit the Bitcoin space. First, Ross Ulbricht, the alleged creator of a Bitcoin black marketplace, was found guilty on all seven charges that he was facing. Ross Ulbricht found guilty on ALL charges, facing life in prison #SilkRoadTrial — Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) February 4, 2015 Then just hours later, Benjamin Lawsky thought it would be a great idea to announce his BitLicense revision a few ...

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YT Cracker’s Introducing Neals – Bitcoin and the Arts #2

This is John Stuart's second Bitcoin and the Arts special! Today, he'll chat about YT Cracker's new album, Introducing Neals. John doesn't always like rap, but he loves YT and he loves this album. It's the story of a man struggling to resist. Enjoy! Remember to tune in the first Saturday of every month for more Bitcoin and the Arts with John Stuart. Leave a comment and let us know if you plan to listen ...

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The Satoshi Roundtable – YMB Podcast E58

The Satoshi Roundtable
If you're about to listen to this show on release day, then an interesting event is scheduled to begin tomorrow. From February 6-8, some of the most influential names in Bitcoin will hold an exclusive conference on a Caribbean island. This meeting was organized by a member of the Bitcoin Association and will be called the Satoshi Roundtable. We'll chat about what these important Bitcoiners might have planned and whether or not it's wise for ...

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Bitcoin, the Super Bowl, and Force – Bits & Pieces #13

Despite my general lack of interest in sports, I often find myself looking forward to the Super Bowl. I usually watch for the commercials, but I'll admit that I was also excited to see Katy Perry's halftime show last night and found it surprisingly enjoyable. The actual game of football, on the other hand, I find only mildly entertaining. I usually get turned off by fans who are far too crazed about "their" teams. During ...

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