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Proposed Italian Rule Shows How Little Politicians Understand Bitcoin Tech

This is a poster child example of the disruptive quality of Bitcoin, and some of the nonsensical attempts governments may take to regulate it. Proposed Italian Amendment Could Block Bitcoin Transactions Exceeding €1,000 By Treating it Like Cash Issuing a mandate to limit transactions of Bitcoin to 1,000 Euros is laughable. With ease a simple program can work on top of the blockchain to instantly divide transactions into several smaller amounts. For example, for a purchase of $100,000, a buyer can instantly generate generate 101 new BTC addresses, transferring $999 to each one (with the difference made up on the last address). The seller can do the same, generating 101 receiving addresses. Bitcoin is, as Reggie Middleton from BoomBustBlog.com puts it in tech terms, “smart money,” and these Italian policy makers haven’t yet wrapped their heads around it, tackling this issue as they would for “dumb...

Star Wars is Getting a Massive Retcon by the Mouse

Op-ed: Disney takes a chainsaw to the Star Wars expanded universe Star Wars is sacred to geeks. Characters in Kevin Smith movies refer to it as “the Holy Trilogy,” and for almost as long as Star Wars has existed, fans have wanted to know more about the universe outside of the movies—and the canonicity of all the elements of that universe is the subject of almost ecclesiastical-scale debates. Read...

Brands Growing Tired of Facebook Ad Shenanigans

This cook book author hits the nail on the head in this rant. Charging to boost ads and grow your audience is one thing. But when Facebook charges you to essentially grow your “likes”, but then as soon as the ad expires those same followers you gained no longer see your posts, it’s harder and harder to justify....

Little Guys Taking a Piece Out of the Big 2

Marvel and DC Comics lost over two points of combined market share in comic shops in 2013, dropping from a combined share of 66.00% in 2012 (see “‘Walking Dead’ Tops 2012 Charts“) to 63.83% in 2013.  That decline was coupled with increases from the next seven publishers. Read More...

Rampant NSA Surveillance – Hurting US Tech Companies & Economic Recovery

IT firms lose billions after NSA scandal exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden Read Article Here The realization of just how “Big Brother” America is has also hit the (until recently booming) cloud computing market hard. This is hurting our domestic companies in a major way, and lighting toasty fires under the asses of foreign governments concerned for national security to fund a ramp-up of home-based tech development. Therefore migrating away from US based tech. Governments & companies that would have, prior to this, happily continued buying US developed technology. Brazil is even in discussions to build a completely new INTERNET to bypass the US altogether, which it can then offer to other nations as an alternative. I also heard (I believe it was on Truth About Markets) that Cisco execs were recently forced to do a 180 at an earnings conference call after having told stockholders to expect stellar profits from booming Chinese sales – only to post around 20% drops in sales as China flees from US designed hardware & software. According to hacktivist Jacob Applebaum the NSA’s “home advantage” creates a tendency to prey on US companies, forcing them to comply, which in turn encourages the rest of the developed world to simply stop playing ball with Uncle Sam, and start working with each other more closely. Great “protection”, guys! On the subject of Applebaum, this video will stun even the most veteran of tin-foil hat fashionistas on just how invasive and frankly, ridikilus, the government surveillance appetite has...

Number 6 is in Part Directly Related to Alternatives Provided by Crowd Funding

ICV2’s Top 10 Comics Business Events of 2013 Based on Impact See the full list here. 6. Creators chafe at Big Two editorial control There were what appeared to us to be an unusually high number of public tiffs between creators and Big Two editors over control issues in 2013, leading one departing DC creator to say “DC is in the toilet right now”.  DC’s co-publishers argued that there was nothing out of the ordinary in the amount of conflict , but another high profile departure followed. Part of the reason these creators are leaving are due to a heavy dose of “I can’t take it anymore.” The other reason is that they can afford to. Independent creators succeeding on sites like Kickstarter and building their own mobile fan-following enabling more talent to go it alone. This is also helping achieve record success at Image Comics, which although centralized, is being rewarded for their hands-off approach. Creators promote individually through conventions, blogs and social media, and fans can now find them without the Big...