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  • African #armies on spending spree #military

    Defence spending: Arms and the African

    economist.com 23 Nov '14, 2pm

    THE north-eastern Nigerian town of Chibok is spared little. Earlier this year fighters from the extremist group, Boko Haram, abducted more than 200 local schoolgirls. In the past week insurgents and government troops have traded possession of urban districts and surrounding farmland, ...

  • The shuttered Bitcoin exchange, Mt Gox, recently said it had uncovered $100m in a disused wallet

    Digital security: Bitcoins run hot and cold

    economist.com 02 Apr '14, 9pm

    ONE does not often find $100m in one's tatty old wallet. But that's just what Mt Gox, the shuttered Bitcoin exchange, says happened a few days ago. While Mt Gox has filed for bankruptcy in Japan and America, and initially said that it had lost 850,000 Bitcoins (valued then at nearly $...

  • Bitcoin’s future: Hidden flipside |

    economist.com 13 Mar '14, 5pm

    THE father has been found in time for his child’s funeral. That would appear to be the sorry state of affairs in the land of Bitcoin, a crypto-currency, if recent press coverage is to be believed. On March 6th Newsweek reported that it had tracked down Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoin’s elus...

  • Cryptocurrencies: The great hiccup

    economist.com 20 Feb '14, 6pm

    IN MOST businesses, a small coding error is a minor problem. With Bitcoin, an online “cryptocurrency”, a fairly simple flaw seems to have cost $5.3 billion. That is how much the value of all of the Bitcoin in the world has fallen over the past two weeks, after a bug caused several Bit...

  • Crypto crowd - The Economist (blog)

    Bitcoin and startup financing: Crypto crowd

    economist.com 03 Jul '14, 11am

    TWO words have made the leap from the technology world to become part of the common cultural lexicon in 2014: Kickstarter and Bitcoin. Kickstarter, the crowdfunding platform that allows individuals to back projects in return for rewards, has hosted 150,000 prospective products—43% of ...

  • Cryptocurrencies: The great hiccup

    economist.com 23 Feb '14, 11am

    IN MOST businesses, a small coding error is a minor problem. With Bitcoin, an online “cryptocurrency”, a fairly simple flaw seems to have cost $5.3 billion. That is how much the value of all of the Bitcoin in the world has fallen over the past two weeks, after a bug caused several Bit...

  • Gay-friendliness of #military #Israel #IDF ranked 9th #LGBT

    Daily chart: Soldiers and lovers

    economist.com 17 May '14, 6am

    THE armed forces and homosexuality do not make natural bedfellows. Though tales from ancient Greece vaunt the heroism of gay soldiers, modern armies are mostly squeamish on the subject. So when New Zealand's brass let its soldiers participate in a gay-pride parade, it helped put the c...

  • Bitcoin paradise

    Libertarian enclaves: Bitcoin paradise

    economist.com 26 Dec '13, 6am

    A GROUP of self-described anarchists, libertarians and Ron Paul supporters fleeing the crumbling world economic system have founded Galt's Gulch, a community in Chile inspired by Ayn Rand's “Atlas Shrugged”—and with an economy based entirely on Bitcoin. Or that's the goal, anyway. "Ou...

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