Episode 143 – The First Bitcoin Classic Block is Mined

Segregated Witness: the pros and cons. Google pilot program in the UK steers extreme searches to anti-radicalism websites. Federal Agent from the Silk Road case is arrested again. The Federal Reserve raises interest rates on excess reserves. First Bitcoin Classic block is mined while classic nodes make up 15% of the network. Windows 10 spying is out of control and can’t be stopped. Gold value is up as investors return to the safe haven. The Chinese are losing faith in their currency. Value to accept bitcoin on Steam.

 

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News

Detriments of SW

https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/on-the-detriments-of-segregated-witness-for-bitcoin-1454948591

Google to pilot program diverting search results

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/feb/02/google-pilot-extremist-anti-radicalisation-information

Federal agent on Silk Road Case gets arrested again

http://www.pymnts.com/news/bitcoin-tracker/2016/shady-silk-road-investigator-arrested-again/

Fed pays 0.5% interest on excess reserves.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-02-10/this-is-why-the-fed-is-paying-interest-to-big-banks

Bitcoin Classic mines first block.  Currently around 981 classic nodes active on the network.

Windows 10 spying out of control.

www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2016/02/09/windows-10-data-tracking-spying-levels/

Gold is up

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/gold-jumps-to-9-month-high-as-investors-flee-to-safe-havens-2016-02-11?dist=beforebell

Chinese lose confidence in their currency

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/14/business/dealbook/chinese-start-to-lose-confidence-in-their-currency.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0

Valve may offer bitcoin as a payment method

http://themerkle.com/news/gaming-giant-valve-to-offer-bitcoin-payments-with-bitpay/

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