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  • great chain of being sure about things

    economist.com 16 Aug '17, 3am

    Is there a way round this? Imagine that Alice changes her mind about paying Bob and tries to rewrite history so that her bitcoin stays in her wallet. If she were a competent miner she could solve the requisite puzzle and produce a new version of the blockchain. But in the time it took...

  • The nephew of Singapore’s prime minister faces court https://t.co/6qNOZFRb1e

    nephew of Singapore’s prime minister faces court

    economist.com 14 Aug '17, 12am

    Singapore’s attorney-general, however, takes a different view. On July 21st his office wrote to Li Shengwu, the son of one of the critical siblings and thus the prime minister’s nephew, to denounce a private post on his Facebook page as “an egregious and baseless attack on the Singapo...

  • Should bitcoin be more like gold, or cash? And who holds the power, developers or miners?

    Has the bitcoin civil war come to a peaceful end?

    economist.com 02 Aug '17, 10pm

    THE crypto-catastrophe seems to have been averted: the price of bitcoin is moving back up towards $3,000. Last week a majority of bitcoin “miners”—firms and individuals operating powerful computers that process transactions in the crypto-currency before they are confirmed—signalled su...

  • President Kagame wants his country to be the "Singapore of Africa"

    Paul Kagame, feted and feared

    economist.com 17 Jul '17, 5am

    The run-up to the election illustrates how narrow is the space for dissent. No independent media are tolerated (though foreign journalists can visit easily enough). Opposition candidates are allowed, but barely permitted to campaign. One of Mr Kagame’s opponents is Diane Rwigara, whos...

  • Virtual vertigo: What if the bitcoin bubble bursts?

    economist.com 01 Jun '17, 3pm

    If bitcoin and the other cryptocurrencies are unlike anything else, what are they? The best comparison may be with the internet and the dotcom boom it created in the late 1990s. Like the internet, cryptocurrencies both embody innovation and give rise to more of it. They are experiment...

  • A sobering read - If Britain became “Singapore-on-Thames”: The British economy if the country... https://t.co/nPPrxdaI4o…

    British economy if the country crashes out of the European Union

    economist.com 18 Jul '17, 5am

    IT IS 2021 and Britain is out of the European Union. The two-year Brexit negotiations never really got going. Following the general election of 2017 the Conservatives, though the largest party, had no majority in Parliament. They struggled to formulate a coherent plan to present to th...

  • Brilliant analysis of why "Singapore-on-Thames" won't work for the UK

    British economy if the country crashes out of the European Union

    economist.com 17 Jul '17, 6am

    IT IS 2021 and Britain is out of the European Union. The two-year Brexit negotiations never really got going. Following the general election of 2017 the Conservatives, though the largest party, had no majority in Parliament. They struggled to formulate a coherent plan to present to th...

  • Why 80% of Singaporeans live in government-built flats

    Why 80% of Singaporeans live in government-built flats

    economist.com 07 Jul '17, 7am

    Today there are about 1m HDB apartments, largely clustered in two dozen new towns that extend in a semicircle around the city’s coastal core. Each year the government sells a fresh batch of as-yet-unbuilt flats, predominantly to first-time buyers. They all come with 99-year leases and...

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