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  • Not so novel: Bitcoin is fiat money, too

    Bitcoin is fiat money, too

    economist.com 22 Sep '17, 7am

    Distributed ledgers, which borrow private computers from around the world to update the same list of accounts, address one ancient challenge of finance: how to make sure a transaction between two people located far apart is credible to both. Other innovations have done the same. In 17...

  • Bitcoin is fiat money, too

    Bitcoin is fiat money, too

    economist.com 22 Sep '17, 5am

    Distributed ledgers, which borrow private computers from around the world to update the same list of accounts, address one ancient challenge of finance: how to make sure a transaction between two people located far apart is credible to both. Other innovations have done the same. In 17...

  • Careers

    economist.com 10 Sep '17, 7am

    Sections Latest updates Leaders Briefing United States The Americas Asia China Middle East and Africa Europe Britain International Business Finance and economics Science and technology Books and arts Obituary Special report Technology Quarterly Debates Media Audio edition Economist Fi...

  • 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...

  • Pakistan inaugurates a luxury graveyard

    economist.com 17 Sep '17, 6pm

    The state-owned “model graveyard”, with its wide footpaths and neatly trimmed lawns, will serve the 11m-strong population of Lahore, the capital of Pakistan’s richest and most populous province. Three more are under construction in the region. Across Pakistan burial grounds have strug...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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