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Take a Look at the Most Promising Startups of the Year

Forbes released a cool ranking of the most successful startups, noting that they could soon reach values ​​of about $ 1 billion. Let's meet the possible future billionaires:
CHAINALYSIS
The startup created a research software in the field of cryptocurrencies, which can shed light on how people use bitcoins, ethereum, lightcoins and other digital money. Financial institutions use this technology to test customers and comply with regulatory requirements to prevent money laundering. Government agencies, such as the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation can use it to identify illegal transactions and find out about potential perpetrators.
Before joining the team and founding Chainalysis, 49-year-old CEO Michael Gronager co-founded the Kraken cryptocurrency exchange, and 47-year-old technical director Jan Moller developed a "virtual wallet" for the "Mycelium" cryptocurrency.
CONTRAST SECURITY
In 2010, 52-year-old Jeff Williams began developing a program to automate software security monitoring. In 2014, together with Arshan Dabirsiagi, he founded the company "Contrast Security" in Los Altos (California). The technology they developed verifies the running code of mobile applications and notifies developers of potential vulnerabilities. In 2016, in order to expand its business, "Contrast Security" hired Alan Naumann, former CEO of the 41st Parameter, who now helps detect Internet fraud, as executive director.
CYBEREASON
Lior Div, Yossi Naar and Jonathan Stream-Amit met in the Israeli army. Being engaged in cyber security in the military, the programmers came up with "Cybereason" - a cloud platform that constantly monitors and responds to threats. The company was founded in Israel in 2012, and a year later moved to Boston.
DAVE
As a student at Loyola Marymount University, Jason Wilk, now 34, was always in short supply with credit cards. An avid Reddit user, he had often seen complaints about the fees banks charge for overdrafts. Thus, in 2016, he launched the startup "DAVE". The application tracks users' expenses and alerts them when the balance on the cards is close to zero. In April 2017, DAVE became the "app of the day" in the AppStore. In just two years, it has been downloaded almost 10 million times.
divvy
Divvy provides businesses with free budgeting, fraud prevention and cost management tools. It offers Mastercard cards and charges commissions from banks when they pay for purchases. Alex Bean and Blake Murray have managed to attract over 3,000 corporate clients, including WordPress, Evernote and Qualtrics.
Duolingo
"Duolingo" is one of the most popular language learning and translation platforms in the world. It is used by over 28 million people a month. Most use the free version of the app. The CEO of Duolingo was a professor of computer science. Before starting a company in Pittsburgh, Louis von Ahn sold two inventions to Google, one of which you surely know of – "reCAPTCHA". Luis von Ahn is an immigrant from Guatemala. He claims that his knowledge of English has fundamentally changed his life and that’s why he now offers free training to all those who want to learn the language.
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Part 40: Transcription, "Awan Brotherhood / Hillary's Hackers"

George Webb
The following are best-effort transcriptions of the George Webb Video Series. The series is a daily, ongoing open source investigation of HRC with researchers in #HRCRatline on twitter and facebook and trello.
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  • CONTINUED... [Day 195.2. Hillary'Hillarys, Awan Brothers Saga Deepens, Part 2 - YouTube]
    • If you look at previous drug operations, for instance, that we ran in Iraq with David Petraeus--if you read his book again, not my book all in, he talks about half of the people that were taken in kidnappings, or or what they call "extractions" in Special Forces were done without firing a shot.
    • Now how do you go into a hostile village with all these automatic weapons and all these guards and all this Isis and so forth, and not fire a shot?
    • And the way it's done is you fly over the village with--and you spray it with a sarin like substance--this is the same testing that they did in Porton Down important down in England in the 50s, with over Norwich and other towns along the coast and seacoast they had done it under over inland towns as well but then they wanted to see how the sea mist and the sea winds and
    • So forth affected it that's why they chose some of those coastal England towns, and everybody just goes to sleep.
    • You don't go to sleep right away but it operates in your parasympathetic nervous system--you kind of nod off kind of thing now they they do it at 2:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. so that people are driving and so forth aren't affected, but every once a while you'll see a train driver fall asleep and stuff where they've done spraying US.
    • But when everybody's asleep you don't need to go in with a big team.
    • So if you have eight pot growers--let's say in Peebles Ohio--and this is Pike County, and their name is Rhoden.
    • There's six boys and there's two two wives, but they're all have guns they have 20 dogs and you would have to go in there with gosh 20 or 30 automatic weapons and and bulletproof vests, and if you're going to take those guys out.
    • Or you can spray em. Once you spray em, everybody goes asleep.
    • All you need is two Somali kids from a war-torn nation that have already shot seven or eight people in the head--by the time they're 13--
    • When they go in there everybody's asleep, they just they just shoot everybody in the head.
    • And that's exactly what happened in the Rhoden killings.
    • And all you need is a handler like Stevie Stevens, come down pick them up in Columbus, and then go to Pike County, and do that shooting, and that's exactly what happened in that shooting.
    • If you release the DNA evidence, Sheriff Reader, or release the tips, then we can follow up on that.
    • If in the other case, if in the Cleveland car dealer shooting, the Kuznik shooting, if they release the DNA for Stevie Stevens, and his phone records, we can see where he went a year before.
    • But if you just follow these handlers around, it'll kind of follow the kill ratlines.
    • So. We will be going to Ohio and I hope to interview Sheriff Pfizer.
    • And I would like to go to Peebles, Ohio and interview the mother, and the widow as well.
    • These are the kids were not you know Rhodes Scholars.
    • I'm not saying that, but they were growing pot. I mean it wasn't like they were running child sex rings, or any of the other stuff that's going on you know with the political class.
    • And they did not deserve to be murdered--I mean that's just ridiculous
    • So that's round two and we'll keep recording hopefully I get my PC issues challenged
    • So you won't have to look at my mug and we'll move on from there
  • [Day 195.3. Hillary's Hackers, Awan Brothers Saga Deepens, Part 3 - YouTube]
    • Okay day 9 195 part three
    • One of the things I also wanted to talk about was off, offing the expenses of ratlines on to the Government.
    • In foreign countries, what DynCorp was allowed to do is: basically use the police forces that they were training to exact taxes on the country. And so the country was actually paying for the enforcement network.
    • But then someone had the bright idea: "well why don't we make all the people involved in our ratline confidential informants? If we make them confidential informants, then we can say that it's part of national security, and then have that part of the ratline"
    • So nine-tenths of the ratline is is informants and operatives
    • So we'll just off--we'll just put those off-book as well... we'll co-op the government expenses for those as well.
    • Well if you're running a ratline in the United States, you go, "well we got the sheriff okay the government's paying for that part of the red line, couldn't we do the same thing? Couldn't we have confidential informants working anti-terrorism, and teach these folks doing some you know light surveillance just you waiting at a location till somebody shows up, and sending a text saying they're there that kind of thing low-level low-level, relay work--what they used to call relay work.
    • Well guess what? That's exactly what happened.
    • Danna Priest a great journalist from the Washington Post, did a expose called Top Secret America in 2017.
    • So we really haven't had any work on this since 2017. But what she outlined was these 2,000 private companies.
    • It's basically a retirement plan for people in the intelligence community.
    • Basically they go start a security company, and there's these massive security companies you know like the one that Snowden worked for.
    • And G4S and and these mega companies. But then they hire a whole Christmas tree of security companies below them.
    • And at the street level it could be you know you can hire a landscaper with eight lawn cutters as your security company as your ratline.
    • And again if I'm sitting at a 7-eleven, waiting for a car to show up, with a certain license plate, and then it shows up, and then I text that back to whoever, it owns my quote/unquote security company I just made you know 15 bucks an hour for two hours, it's it's 30 bucks.
    • That allows me to buy supply when it comes in
    • So it's it's also kind of a jobs program. And it's kind of an ingenious jobs program of kind of putting the cost of running the ratline on to the people of the United States, rather than paying that in reducing profit......
    • So I just thought I would throw that in, oh by the way, those number of private security companies in America through DHS Department of Homeland Security has gone from 2200, when she wrote the article up to around I think the company that was tracking it in Ohio--it was around 7,000 in 2016, or 15 maybe. I'm guessing that is the numbers around 10,000
    • Now that's 10,000 organizations not employees the number of employees I would guess is about a hundred per.
    • But no accounting black-budget DynCorp we have no idea how much money is actually being spent but why not employ your ratline? That way they have money to buy the stuff that you're bringing in.
    • Also by the way the contacts with the ax wants Awans with their ability to reach into the DHS system, would be a fantastic way of managing your ratlines.
    • You could see all your people, all your payments, where your people are, what they've earned to date, all those kind of important things.
    • And again it's it's just taking what's been done overseas with DynCorp and bringing it to the United States
  • [Day 195.4. Hillary's Hackers, Awan Brothers Saga Deepens, Part 4 - YouTube]
    • Payday 195 part 4
    • This is where I get to do corrections
    • No I was wrong: Dana Priest did Top-Secret America, one of the best series in Washington Post history.
    • The best reporting on the Intelligence Community, since the beginning of the CIA.
    • Was in 2010--Top Secret America--it was so good that Washington Post came back, and made it a--what I consider the best kind of journalism possible, where you can go on the site, with Washington Post, and interact with all the data she pulled together, and she had a couple of folks that she worked with, but Dana Priest was really the one who led the charge, and deserve that Pulitzer Prize.
    • And 2010 I think the Washington Post still has that site at because it was so good, and other research institutions continue to add to the research base that she created.
    • And as I have said in the past, I think the future of journalism is data-driven journalism, where the actual citizen journalists can interact with the data, and I'm try to do the same thing with the stuff that's created.
    • That metadata that's created from this series, with all the great research that's been done out there, I think we're up to three million words now, and all the metadata from the scraping.
    • Five Bibles plate King James Version 750 thousand words.
    • So yeah, about six Bibles, but it'll continue to grow more and more, and that's not counting the links the articles were the links point to which also have entities
    • So sometimes I don't make mistakes, sometimes I deliberately make mistakes...is what I should have said.
    • Yeah I knew Aristophanes calculated the circumference of the earth.
    • I just wanted to say Archimedes so badly, and it's a good story actually, because Archimedes was from Syracuse, Sicily, and you've got Aristophanes from where Libya is, not too far from Benghazi, in a place near modern-day Shiraz.
    • They both meet in Alexandria in Egypt, on the on the Nile, on the Mediterranean Sea.
    • So it's kind of an east-meets-west story.
    • They were contemporaries of each other.
    • So you know they're Stephanie's story now and modeling: it just shows you the power of modeling.
    • If you see the model enough, if you see enough parts of the earth, and you come up with the principle in simple terms, so that anyone in you know ninth grade math class, can recreate what you did, on any given summer solstice, or winter solstice, then you you hit on something--you've got a good principle.
    • And that's what I try to do in this series. I try to do that with, you know, showing the three-man-kill-teams.
    • I try to show that without DynCorp does with operates with sheriffs here in the US, and overseas I try to keep establishing those patterns as a matter-of-fact if you go to the home right now of Aristophanes which was in Cyrene, near Shirat, there's a modern-day slave market
    • So. In 2600 years, 2700 years I don't think we progressed that much, by having DynCorp run things.
    • On the flip side, Archimedes is known for the displacement of water--the Archimedean screw, the parabolic reflector, all these things I have to tell the story though--because it's my series, I can do what I want--of displacement, because you have the problem of a king with a crown. And a goldsmith made it for him. And they suspected the Goldsmith was mixing in silver to try to, you know up the profit a little bit.
    • It's kind of like a DynCorp contract you know, working in operatives, and calling them agents, and trying to get full pay...
    • So what they said is, "hey can you calculate how much gold should actually be in this?"
    • Well, everyone that they took it to, said, " well, you have to melt the crown down."
    • Archimedes said, "wait a minute now: if we put it in water what will happen is it'll displace the amount of water, that it's equal to the volume of the crown {{ marking the displacement line and removing the crown }}, then we'll take the water--we'll make equal volume in gold, we'll melt the gold, and we'll see if we'll put another equal amount of gold {{ to bring water up to the line...achieve the displacement }}, and we'll weigh [the crown and the 'amount of gold', displacing the same amount of water, next to] each other, that's how we'll know if it's all gold or not--very simple solution
    • I love the models, because the models then can be held up against reality and we can see what the truth really is.
    • And you're going to find this over and over again--these anomalies:
    • The Awans making $160,000 a year
    • The Awans with the passwords to Debbie Wasserman Schultz's laptop
    • The Awans getting the vault 7 hacking tools from the CIA,
    • The FBI director saying we can't release the metadata of the emails that the people of the United States owned through the Federal Records Act
    • We can't even release the metadata of your emails people of the United States of America, because it's not proof.
    • Well it doesn't matter if it's not proof, we own those emails you need to release the metadata at least of those emails doesn't matter of national security is involved or not because it was a violation of the law to plan and scheme with those emails to begin with
    • Same thing is true with all along the way here, in the investigation.
    • And these things, these models are like a litmus test, that you can apply in all situations.
    • The Kallstrom model of investigation, I call it: just "what would a common-sense investigator do?" and then compare that to the reality of what's actually happening
    • So there's a little bit of philosophy here, a little bit of history, a little bit of east-meets-west, a little bit of DynCorp motivation.
    • I think the DynCorp--if they were doing the crown...it would probably be all silver but a little bit of gold of gold plate on it
    • {{ 911:word}}
    • And that's it for round 4
  • [Day 195.5 Hillary's Hackers, Awan Brothers Saga Deepens, Part 5 - YouTube]
    • Okay day 195 part 5.
    • I'm in Plymouth Indiana on the way to Pittsburgh.
    • I won't exactly say why right now, but maybe stop in Ohio, but I don't want to be--I want to get a little element of surprise.
    • Anyway I just published to here Javed's social security number
    • Now I know what everybody's saying is, "oh my god he's a billionaire--if that's the same Tahir Javed, and he runs a ratline, and George, your dead, Pakistani ISI... okay, yeah maybe.
    • But what it's called Misprision.
    • Misprision of treason.
    • It's not "prison" I'm not mis-saying the word missed "prison".
    • It's Misprision of treason: it's against the law to not turn in or provide information to the FBI if you believe someone's committing treason or spying on the United States of America.
    • So I really don't have a choice here.
    • I'd do it anyway, but I don't really have a choice.
    • The reasons why I publish his social security number is just like the ax wands Awans: multiple Social Security numbers, multiple aliases, more than five or six houses in different states, Maryland again, Virginia again, Florida again, Pennsylvania again, it lots of overlap.
    • The two cities where we had houses before. And again, with multiple dates of issuance for the Social Security number 89 in 2002. And then they shut off the sixth social security information 2014.
    • I just don't, like you know, I can't take any chances. I'm really not taking chances for the American people--I'm taking a chance here personally probably with the billionaire's social security number.
    • But I'm not going to take chances with the American people.
    • {{ 911: translation: I'm putting my own life on the line for you. Thanks for that George. You're a hero }}
  • [Day 196.1. Hillary's Hackers, Awan Brothers Saga Deepens, Part 1 - YouTube]
    • Okay day 196 I'm going to be traveling today to Pittsburgh
    • So I'm going to not be able to get to my slides.
    • If you watch the series, you'll notice I do a lot on modus operandi basically it's saying if there's a bank robbery in town, you look at all the people who've robbed banks before, and the people who are closest are most likely to have committed that crime versus somebody lives in India--let's say if you have a robber here in Indiana.
    • I don't know why that logic can't be applied across the board. motor swap around I modus operandi--I'm pretty sure it's Latin term that's been around for over 2,000 years.
    • You've got Feta Gulen--for people who don't know him Gulen--you can google it B being involved in a terrorist organization called FETO our key NATO partner in the Middle East--our only NATO partner in the Middle East, Turkey.
    • A person who he's known in for thirty years says he is a terrorist. And his organization FETO is a terrorist organization. Where does this person live? Somewhere close to the United States? NO! In Pittsburgh near not Pittsburgh near Philadelphia... near New York near Washington DC
    • So I look at those things. Well what was the modus operandi of Feta Gulen?
    • Well he helped infiltrate governments by taking them down with the needle--meaning opioids, rather than the gun.
    • He did it in 1979--operations like Cyclone working with Pakistani intelligence.
    • He did it with in Gladio B--if you want to google that Gladio B in Central Asia again Pakistani intelligence.
    • He did it in Turkey with politicians, lawyers, key police officials, military police officials, and doctors that was the most recent attempt for a coup
    • Nowhe's doing again in the United States
    • So what I do is I just present evidence and then let people make their own decisions
  • [Day 195.2. 196.2 Hillary's Hackers, Awan Brothers Saga Deepens, Part 2 - YouTube]
    • Okay day 196
    • This is part 2.
    • Just on the subject of modus operandi and Gulen, I found a really good article.
    • So they sent me a good series by a guy named Tariq Saeeid (Saeedi), basically I didn't I've never read him before, but basically just agreed, and supported everything I said about Gulen this morning.
    • And the other thing about the CIA running these operations is--it's the same thing over and over.
    • They just change the names
    • So the next operation I'd like everybody to Google just so there's a fact base here, it's [Operation Duck Soup]()
    • So it was taking those Chinese villagers--those Hmong's to grow opium--they're the ones who basically left China, when China went communist, and Chiang kai-shek-- was Formosa now Taiwan--and they grew opium, and the opium was flown--the heroin was flown into the Demilitarized Zone during the Vietnam War.
    • And that's how the opium, or the heroin crisis started in the United States.
    • The idea was will infect the soldiers first, get them introduced to heroin, and then they'll bring it back to all the cities in the United States, and that started in 1963 with Henry Kissinger.
    • But I'm not trying to pin this on Kissinger, but and Richard Holbrooke fought it, and all that.
    • So if you want to look at operation Duck Soup. It was basically using the needle again, against the American soldier.
    • Soldiers are a great target, because they're all together in one--they're clustered at ports, you can get at them with your own doctors, and it's a captive audience.
    • And again here we are 40 years later, we're targeting soldiers again.
    • The incidence of opioids--I think coming back from the Vietnam War was about 25 percent of the folks had some form of addiction problem.
    • I think now, coming back the soldiers are--I think I saw Brian Williams with MSNBC talking about 50%. 50% of the soldiers. * How is that not duck soup? That's duck soup!
    • So that's I'm here in Toledo making my way across Ohio going to Cleveland
  • [Day 195.3 196.3. Hillary's Hackers, Awan Brothers Saga Deepens, Part 3 - YouTube]
    • Okay day 196 here near Strongsville Ohio
    • I just wanted to do an update on Gulen, and why I talked about Gulen this morning, and it's the linkage to Osama bin Laden.
    • I couldn't really do the linkage to Osama bin Laden, until I talked about Gulen, and his work in 1979, with the Mujahideen.
    • In all these revolutions, and all these coups, you need what? Infrastructure: you need an infrastructure guy, you got to make sure that you control the electrical grid, that you control the phone grid, the cell phones if the country has cell phones; the water supply, all the train routes; all the roads, and you need to put people in positions before the coup that you know control those things, the airports etc
    • So that's what I'm talking about is Gulen has done this for about 35 years now
    • And he's doing it in the United States.
    • He just tried it in Turkey
    • So, the reason why I'm going to Scranton, the reason why I'm going to Saylorsburg again, is to show this relationship
    • Now, all along the way, that's been tied to the Mujahideen.
    • The Mujahideen is the Pakistani ISI overt operations
    • So Gulen is the covert operations, and Osama bin Laden, Mujahideen, Pakistani ISI, all the same thing--is the over operations
    • So, that whole ratline I'm talking about: Pakistan to Turkey--that's that ratline I'm talking about then, in effect at least since 1979, but really the Mujahideen, really start that in Afghanistan, and then move it to Kosovo, through Albania in 1993 with Hillary.
    • So that's the connection to Hillary {{ 911:Iran-Contra / Mena AK. via "Amjad Awan" AND Huma/WeineAwans }}
    • Now the connections of the yuan brothers Awan brothers is they're Pakistani ISI, and they're being funded with the drug money from Turkey from Gulen about 90 miles away in Saylorsburg, and I'm drawing in that connection, and thickening that connection, because that's who's paying for it.
    • I did the 12 houses, I show the serial numbers tied to those 12 houses, with your Awan brothers
    • I just did Javed's 12 houses--also Pakistani ISI that's where the money is coming from
  • [Day 195.4 196.4 Hillary's Hackers, Awan Brothers Saga Deepens, Part 4 - YouTube]
    • Okay this is day 195196 part four.
    • The reason I'm here in Pittsburgh now filming this Salvation Army, was this used to be the front organizations where you could crash, if you were a CIA operative, or whatever.
    • The original Gladio program was through the Salvation Army in Eastern Europe.
    • As a matter-of-fact, Madeleine Albright's dad was a in the Salvation Army in Czechoslovakia, and that was the key resistance Gladio resistance by the CIA.
    • So much more so in the United Europe in the United States
    • So, I thought I would show that picture there.
    • And then just say that things have moved on. Now the Awan brothers, you know the Awan brothers and nicer places like this.
    • But they're safe houses all the same.
    • Barry Seal--just a little trivia--Barry Seal was shot in front of one of these in New Orleans, because he was trying to get to the safe house.
    • Barry Seal's the famous pilot who went from Mena Airport, and took weapons to Nicaragua, and then brought back cocaine.
    • And just across the street there's a City of Asylum--and it's this new form of restaurant slash bookstore, that is sort of a, oh, it would be a social justice type of restaurant book store.
    • And you can see there's a currently a nice quartet performing, and they have a little vignette that plays on video, about someone in a country where they want to harvest the oil.
    • (And you can see it's a Masonic Lodge.)
    • Instead of saying, Joe Biden and Valerie Nuland want, you know, gas and oil rights, they talk about somebody who wants to be able to talk on Facebook without restrictions and make jokes. {{ "spreading freedom"...because you know, Facebook and Twitter, Youtube, et al are so free, they are demonetizing, shadowbanning or outright deleting users like myself from their sites for their 'conservative' views that aren't. }}
    • I also thought it was interesting that the University of Denver University of Colorado Medical Center, more specifically in Denver, really pioneered organ transplantation.
    • And CIA doctors were funded through the University of Colorado in Denver.
    • And when they learn their craft, and they came here just over that hill, I don't know if you can see UPMC--the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, but there's a famous doctor--he's a great doctor named Starzl--who did the first liver transplant at the University of Colorado Denver, and then came here.
    • And the woman I interviewed--who was a 40-year operating room nurse for the transplantation team here, at the University of Pittsburgh--told me a week ago that oil sheiks would rent out a whole floor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and get to the front of the line.
    • So that's where it's really all started. The CIA's history in organ transplantation, from an oil town. Denver, started really here in mid-80s.
  • [Day 197.1 Hillary's Hackers, Awan Brothers Saga Deepens, Part 1 - YouTube]
    • Okay day 198-- a little bit early here, in the morning so I'm a little scruffy.
    • But you see here Sally Yates is going to testify in front of Congress.
    • And all these are great opportunities, just for like a Senator Grassley to say, you know, did this Michael Flynn have any relationship with these Awan brothers.
    • We've heard a lot about these Awan brothers and these burglaries, and these threats of kidnapping, and these threats of House Intelligence or House IT staff.
    • Did the in your time as Deputy Attorney General, did anybody bring you the Awan Brothers case?
    • Did the FBI mention it? Or did any other law enforcement officials bring this to you as a concern for national security?
    • Now that there seems to be this journalist that keeps publishing these Social Security numbers, that are being used by more than one person....and these people are still employed with the House of Representatives does that bother you?
    • Or is that a subject that you believe should be investigated?
    • It seems like they own 12 houses,
    • They owned lots of car dealerships
    • Lots of home mortgage companies
    • They seem to have lots of ties to Pakistan, with businesses in Pakistan,
    • And transportation rice importation export lots of trucking,
    • And transportation refrigerated transportation
    • Are any of those telltale signs to you? With your deep expertise in law enforcement? What do you think about that Sally Yates?
    • All that they have to do is have one person mention the Awan Brothers on the congressional record, and the story breaks wide open
  • [Day 197.2. Hillary's Hackers, Awan Brothers Saga Deepens, Part 2 - YouTube]
    • Seven I think.
    • Sorry about the mistaken date earlier.
    • There's a BP across the street. Closed.
    • I'm in 1927 Railroad Avenue, so I don't know if this is 1927 or not...[knock knock knock knock knock] 1927? {{ C&DTV on mailbox }}.
    • Supposed to be a rapidly growing business. Well-financed, helping this place Pakistani folks in America.
    • Well-financed, growing rapidly. Well, Awan Brothers United.
    • It looks like it's answering the door.
    • Going to knock one more time [knocks]. Awan Brothers United. 2017 Railroad Street Wilford Lane near Carnegie no answer
  • [Day 197.3 Hillary's Hackers, Awan Brothers Saga Deepens, Part 3 - YouTube]
    • Okay day 197 part 3 stuck in traffic in Pittsburgh --So no risk here
    • A lot of people want me to comment about the doctors the doctors that had their throats cut in Boston--if I know anything about that
    • I won't say anything, because I don't know anything about the case.
    • I know about Bill Weld, and the, you know, the FBI connection to organized crime, along with the CIA.
    • Boston was kind of their Ground Zero, with the Tsarnaev brothers, and before that.
    • There's been kill teams going back all the way to that can't think of his name Bulger slimy Bulger--whatever his name was--it's a long history with FBI corruption in in Boston. Whitey. Whitey bulger. And you can just google that.
    • A lot of the scams near cash, near money have been in in the Boston area, with the various forms of Bitcoin and these Pirate Bay kind of online drug schemes.
    • It all just seems to be in Boston.
    • But I'll comment on the Dr. killings.
    • If you have a legit pain clinic and the doctor field you know was definitely a legit guy. He trained at Harvard. He is from England. He was just a really first-rate pedigree.
    • A doctor any and they start a pain management clinic. People approach them and say hey, "you'd be perfect for this--you'd give us the reputation, and the kind of gravitas we need to start a pain management clinic," and they do.
    • That's the ones you usually target. If I'm a CIA guy, I don't go after second pedigree, I go after the first pedigree.
    • And I go after guys who are divorced, that are susceptible to beautiful young women.
    • They used to say in the CIA, "everything starts with a stripper."
    • I mean you know it's kind of like, "how do you make chicken cacciatore in the Hungarian cookbook? First you steal a chicken."
    • I'm sorry I didn't mean insult Hungarians, but you know the CIA cookbook was: first you get a stripper, and then that's how I get access, and then they start getting all the pillow secrets, and then you eventually start flying them around the world.
    • When you fly them to East Africa or West Africa in this case Guinea, you take them to a place, and you introduce some of these doctors, and these struggling villages, and you build this kind of sympathy toward whatever people, and then you say, "Well hey there's this pain clinic here, or there's this factory here, they're trying to get on their feet making synthetic drugs making generic drugs--here's the drug trial for it. Here's how great it is. And let's introduce this into the pain clinic, as a substitute for whatever the other drug is."
    • And at first the doctor's like, "I don't know, but then the sex is really great."
    • And then the doctor says, "I guess we could try it, and see how it goes."
    • Then he has his first couple of ODs, because the people had to double and triple the strength of their dosage.
    • And then they get cold feet.
    • The person who killed him--let's call him Bamp--he's from Guinea.
    • You don't have doctors with...you know Bamp had the key to their their condo, their penthouse condo, 11th floor condo.
    • So Bamp somehow gets into their condo, and slices their throats.
    • Now if remember if you're JTTF, you control the media. You control the local police.
    • You can tell the local police, "here's the statement you're going to make." You give it to them, you rehearse it with them three times, then they say it.
    • If you notice on all these things, the FBI guy's not too far behind, standing right over the right shoulder of the guy, to cut in if they make any false moves.
    • And here's where you you reuse that doctor.
    • You bring in a doctor from a foreign country. The sexy hot doctor, and you know you can say whatever you want.
    • You could say she was, you know, ground up in a in a meat grinder
    • Now I'm not saying this girl Dr. B is in that category, but I'm just saying if you want to run an operation--that's how you do it.
    • You don't kill off your Golden Goose: it keeps getting you new doctors in your pain clinics.
    • You just move them to different countries, and then you do it all over again change their name change your identity.
  • [197.4 Hillary's Hackers, Awan Brothers Saga Deepens, Part 4 - YouTube]
    • Ok day 195 here (no it's 197) in historic Deutschtown in Pittsburg
    • As you can see, there's kind of a large area here which is kind of a plaza which is nice
    • But this street has really beautiful brickwork all along this street, it's kind of a rejuvenated neighborhood.
    • Allegheny General--the hospital--is right down there, so it's Pittsburg's known for it's hip replacements because it has all these hills and older folks getting in and out of the driveways and so forth.
    • But I don't want to talk about that. I want to talk about the Military-Industrial-Complex--do you see the transition there.
    ANd the last person who challened you was Cynthia McKinney in 2004. She said, "hey what about this budget--what about this
    Then you got knocked out of Congress, then no one would want to challenge anybody. And that's what's happened
    has challenged the MIC. Cynthia Mckinney being the last person.
  • [197.5 Hillary's Hackers, Awan Brothers Saga Deepens, Part 5 - YouTube]
    • Okay here in Deuschtown Day 197 in Pittsburgh part five.
    • This isn't doesn't relate directly, but this is an awfully pretty street here on Ohio Street
    • 435 is where the post office is. General store and then farmer's daughter right here.
    • That style of brickwork is called Spanish or Mediterranean Revival.
    • The reason why I focused on Jeff Sessions and the Judicial Minister that he's meeting with today is: he's met with him twice before.
    • Once in February, once in March, and they've asked for his extradition twice.
    • Of course Erdrogan has the one of the largest intelligence office services in NATO, and if he starts putting Gulen on trial, lots of information will come out of it.
    • Just like the metadata for the emails it's going to be a treasure trove for investigators
    • And so that's why I focus so much on Gulen and his extradition
    • So that's the follow-up there, and we'll keep on the story we'll keep on all the stories keep generating metadata keep generating links because all those go into our big metadata project that we have with Maltego
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Attention Journalists & Financial experts willing to slam Bitcoin in the press: Do so at your own risk.

The internet has a funny way of coming back to bite you in the arse.
I have seen many so called financial experts condemning bitcoin investment, The reasons given by these experts show pretty clearly that most lack even a basic understanding of how bitcoin works.
If you want to bag Bitcoin then that is your right but I implore you to do your research and gain an understanding of bitcoin and the blockchain before you make your make your opinion known.
Bitcoin may very well fail but it also may succeed... Succeed in a BIG way!
Be warned that when people google your name in 10 years and read quotes from you slamming a technology that could very possibly be one of the worlds most valuable resources; your reputation WILL be affected.
Don't end up like Professor Mark Thomas Williams of Boston University.
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Second.

Reddit (stylized as reddit, /ˈrɛdɪt/)[5] is an American social news aggregation, web content rating, and discussion website. Reddit's registered community members can submit content, such as text posts or direct links. Registered users can then vote submissions up or down to organize the posts and determine their position on the site's pages. The submissions with the most positive votes appear on the front page or the top of a category. Content entries are organized by areas of interest called "subreddits". The subreddit topics include news, science, gaming, movies, music, books, fitness, food, and image-sharing, among many others. The site's terms of use prohibit behaviors such as harassment, and moderating and limiting harassment has taken substantial resources.[6]
As of 2017, Reddit had 542 million monthly visitors (234 million unique users), ranking #7 most visited web-site in US and #22 in the world.[7] Across 2015, Reddit saw 82.54 billion pageviews, 73.15 million submissions, 725.85 million comments, and 6.89 billion upvotes from its users.[8]
Reddit was founded by University of Virginia roommates Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian in 2005. Condé Nast Publications acquired the site in October 2006. Reddit became a direct subsidiary of Condé Nast's parent company, Advance Publications, in September 2011. As of August 2012, Reddit operates as an independent entity, although Advance is still its largest shareholder.[9] Reddit is based in San Francisco, California. In October 2014, Reddit raised $50 million in a funding round led by Sam Altman and including investors Marc Andreessen, Peter Thiel, Ron Conway, Snoop Dogg, and Jared Leto.[10] Their investment saw the company valued at $500 million.[11][12]
Contents
1 Description 1.1 Site 1.2 Users 1.3 Subreddits 1.3.1 IAmA and AMA 1.3.2 /science 1.3.3 April Fools subreddits 1.3.3.1 The Button 1.3.3.2 Robin 2 History 3 Technology 4 Demographics 5 Community and culture 5.1 Philanthropic efforts 5.2 Commercial activity 5.3 Reddit effect 5.4 "Restoring Truthiness" campaign 5.5 Controversies 5.5.1 2010 5.5.2 2011 5.5.3 2013 5.5.4 2014 5.5.5 2015 5.5.6 2016 5.5.7 2017 6 Other 7 See also 8 References 9 External links 
Description Site
The site is a collection of entries submitted by its registered users, essentially a bulletin board system. The name "Reddit" is a play-on-words with the phrase "read it", i.e., "I read it on Reddit."[13] The site's content is divided into numerous categories, and 49 such categories, or "default subreddits", are visible on the front page to new users and those who browse the site without logging in to an account. As of May 2016, these include:[14] Category Subreddits Educational News, Science, Space, DataIsBeautiful, TodayILearned, WorldNews Entertainment Creepy, Documentaries, Gaming, ListenToThis, Movies, Music, NoSleep, Sports, Television, Videos Discussion-based AskReddit, AskScience, Books, ExplainLikeImFive, History, IAmA, TwoXChromosomes Humolight-hearted Funny, InternetIsBeautiful, Jokes, NotTheOnion, ShowerThoughts, TIFU, UpliftingNews Image sharing Art, Aww, EarthPorn, Gifs, MildlyInteresting, OldSchoolCool, PhotoshopBattles, Pics Self-improvement DIY, Food, GetMotivated, LifeProTips, PersonalFinance, Philosophy, WritingPrompts Technology Futurology, Gadgets Meta Announcements, Blog
Note: There are over 11,400 active subreddits[15][16][17] with a default set of 50 subreddits as of February 2016. 
When items (links or text posts) are submitted to a subreddit, the users, called "redditors",[18] can vote for or against them (upvote/downvote). Each subreddit has a front page that shows newer submissions that have been rated highly. Redditors can also post comments about the submission, and respond back and forth in a conversation-tree of comments; the comments themselves can also be upvoted and downvoted. The front page of the site itself shows a combination of the highest-rated posts out of all the subreddits a user is subscribed to.
Front-page rank – for both the general front page and for individual subreddits – is determined by the age of the submission, positive ("upvoted") to negative ("downvoted") feedback ratio and the total vote-count.[19] Dozens of submissions cycle through these front pages daily.
The site's logo and its mascot is a line drawing of an alien nicknamed "Snoo". Subreddits often use themed variants of Snoo relevant to the subject.[20]
Although most of the site functions like a bulletin board or message board, each subreddit has the option of having an associated wiki that can provide supplementary material like instructions, recommended reading, or collaboration for real-life events. Users
Registering an account with Reddit is free and does not require an email address to complete. As of June 2015, there were 36 million user accounts.[21] When logged in, Reddit users (known as redditors) have the ability to vote on submissions and comments to increase or decrease their visibility and submit links and comments. Users can also create their own subreddit on a topic of their choosing, and interested users can add it to their frontpage by subscribing to it. For example, as of May 2015, the Wikipedia subreddit – subtitled "the most interesting pages on Wikipedia" – has over 151,000 subscribers.[22] Reddit comments and submissions are occasionally abbreviated and peppered with terms that are understood within (and in many cases also outside) the Reddit community, ranging from OP (for "original poster" – the user who posted the submission being commented upon) to NSFW (for "not safe for work" – indicating the post has graphic or sexually explicit content).[23] Users earn "post karma" and "comment karma" for submitting text posts, link posts, and comments, which accumulate as point values on their user profile. "Post karma" refers to karma points received from text and link posts, while "comment karma" refers to karma points received from comments. Users may also be gifted "Reddit gold" if another user has well received the comment or post, generally due to humorous or high-quality content; this process is known as "gilding." Reddit has also created a system of points called "creddits". Reddit gold "creddits" are like gift certificates: each creddit you have allows you to give one month of Reddit gold to someone else. The points do not lead to a prize as they are meant to stand in as a badge of honor for the user among their peers, although redditors have attempted to redeem their points before.[24]
Reddit also allows submissions that do not link externally. These are called "self posts" or "text submissions". Many discussion-based subreddits allow only text-only submissions such as "AskReddit" – where users are only allowed to pose broad, discussion based questions to the community at large. Self posts previously did not accumulate karma points for the submitter, but as of July, 2016, these text-only posts generate karma.[25] Mister Splashy Pants logo used on November 27, 2007
Reddit communities occasionally coordinate Reddit-external projects such as skewing polls on other websites, such as in 2007 when Greenpeace allowed web users to decide the name of a humpback whale it was tracking. Reddit users voted en masse to name the whale "Mr. Splashy Pants", and Reddit administrators further encouraged this by changing the site logo to a whale during the voting. In December of that year, Mister Splashy Pants was announced as the winner of the competition.[26]
Within the site, redditors commemorate their "cake day" once a year, which is the anniversary of the day the user's account was first created. The "cake day" offers no special benefit, except that a small icon representing a slice of cake appears next to that user's name for 24 hours.[27] Redditors can "friend" one another, which gives a redditor quick access to posting and comments of their friend list. The commenting system and friend system, along with a certain "Reddit ethos" (called reddiquette on Reddit), lend Reddit aspects of a social networking service, though not to the extent of Facebook, Google+, and other websites aimed at providing social networking services. The Reddit community also socializes at meetups held at local parks and bars around the world,[28] and many localized subreddits for local in-person meetings exist. Subreddits
Reddit entries are organized into areas of interest called "subreddits". Originally, the front page was the "main-reddit", and other areas were "subreddits". There is now no longer a single main-reddit. Instead, there are now 50 "default subreddits" dealing with topics such as books, television, and music, and thousands of additional non-default subreddits. The default subreddits are the 50 subreddits which are first recommended to new users to select from to appear on, or via their customizable top menu bars. All new users are initially automatically "subscribed to" the 50 default subreddits, but can then customize their "subscriptions."
Any registered user who has maintained an account for 31 days or more may create a non-default subreddit.[29] There are over 11,400 active total subreddits to peruse,[15][16][17] including the default set of 50 subreddits as of February 2016. The site has a default "Front Page" which contains staff selected popular articles, and also an "All Page" which contains only the very top ranked article/ subreddits as ranked by readers themselves, and which page is accessible via an "All" link at the top of the "Front Page."
In an interview with Memeburn, Reddit GM, Martin noted that the platform's "approach is to give the community moderators or curators as much control as possible so that they can shape and cultivate the type of communities they want".[30] IAmA and AMA
One of the most popular subreddits is IAmA ("I Am A") where a user may post "AMAs" (for "Ask Me Anything"), or similarly "AMAAs" (for "Ask Me Almost/Absolutely Anything") – prompts for others to ask questions about any topic. AMAs are open to all Reddit users, and use the site's comment system for both questions and answers; it is similar to a press conference but online. This subreddit was founded in May 2009.[31] From 2013 to 2015, Victoria Taylor assisted reddit's volunteer community in presenting interviews.[32][33][34]
A number of notable individuals have participated in the IAmA subreddit, including United States President Barack Obama[35][36] (while campaigning for the 2012 election), Dave Grohl,[37] Madonna,[38] Chris Hadfield[39] (who answered questions from the International Space Station), Bill Gates,[40] Ron Paul,[41] Stephen Colbert,[42] Psy, Enya, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Maddow, Robin Williams,[43] Renée Fleming, M. Shadows, Louis C.K., Roger Federer, Larry King, Philip Zimbardo, Bill Nye,[44] Stan Lee, John Mather, David Copperfield, Michael Moore, Spike Lee, Paul Krugman, Danny Boyle, rapper J. Cole,[45] Al Gore, Roger Ebert, Michael Bolton, Gary Johnson, Lawrence Krauss, Jill Stein, Kevin Rudd, Julie Benz,[46] Amanda Palmer,[47] Tim Ferriss,[48] Gordon Ramsay,[49] Peter Dinklage,[50] Chandra Wickramasinghe,[51] Neil deGrasse Tyson,[52] and Bernie Sanders.[53] Donald Trump (during his 2016 Presidential Campaign) had an AMA on /The Donald subreddit.[54] As of April 2015, Barack Obama's AMA is the highest rated on the site;[55] the increased traffic brought down many parts of the website when the AMA occurred on August 29, 2012.[56]
Celebrities participating in IAmAs have seen both positive and negative responses. Woody Harrelson's[57] AMA was criticized after Harrelson declined to answer questions that were unrelated to the movie Rampart he was promoting.[58] In contrast, rapper Snoop Dogg attracted 1.6 million page views[59] after conducting an AMA that provided several candid responses to the community's questions.[60]
Other than Harrelson's, Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra's[61] AMA was criticized for evasiveness when she focused on promoting her upcoming album to the detriment of other questions. A particularly well received AMA of 2014 was that of Peter Dinklage,[62] best known for his role as Tyrion Lannister in the HBO drama series Game of Thrones. Redditors attribute the thread's success to the thoroughness of his responses and the fact that he stayed online much longer than he was expected to so he could spend more time with his fans. The actor departed by commenting:
This feels like being interviewed by a hundred thousand news anchors at once! But much friendlier anchors...who seem to know their material...I really appreciate everyone's enthusiasm and questions. I tried to move another engagement to make more time but it's really hard during shoots. I am going to try to answer a few more short ones now. And remember: If you see me on the street and want a photo, ask! It's just weird when your kid asks for directions.[63] 
On July 2, 2015, hundreds of subreddits, including several with over a million subscribers, were set to private by their respective moderators after Reddit's director of talent, Victoria Taylor, was dismissed.[64][65][66][67] Sources close to Reddit cited an increased focus on commercializing AMAs as the most likely reason.[68][69] /science File:American Chemical Society - What Chemists Do - Nathan Allen.webmPlay media Nathan Allen speaks about /science to the American Chemical Society Main article: /science
/science is an Internet forum on Reddit where the community of participants discuss science topics.[70] A popular feature of the forum is "Ask me Anything" (AMA) public discussions.[70] As of 2014, /science attracted 30,000–100,000 visitors per day, making it the largest community-managed science forum and an attractive place to host discussions.[70] April Fools subreddits The Button Main article: The Button (Reddit)
On April Fools' Day 2015, a social experiment was launched in the form of a subreddit called "thebutton". It featured a button and a 60-second countdown timer. User accounts created before that day were eligible to participate. A user could only ever click the button once, or opt not to click it. If a user clicked the button the timer was globally reset to 60 seconds,[71] and the user's "flair" (an icon next to the user's name) changed color. Colors were assigned based on a gradient from purple to red with purple signifying up to 60 seconds and red as low as 0 seconds. The countdown prematurely reached zero several times due to technical problems but eventually expired without further problems on June 5, 2015, after which the subreddit was archived.[72] Robin
On April Fools' Day 2016, a social experiment was launched in the form of a chat widget named Robin. After clicking the "Robin" button, an IRC-like chat window was initially opened with one other redditor and giving a certain time to pick between three options, "Grow," "Stay" and "Abandon".[73] "Grow" would join the chat with another group, "Stay" would close the group chat and create a subreddit with that group as moderators and "Abandon" would close the group chat and everyone goes back to a group of two. History Further information: Timeline of Reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian speaking in 2009
In June 2005,[74] Reddit was founded in Medford, Massachusetts by Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian, both 22-year-old graduates of the University of Virginia.[75] The team expanded to include Christopher Slowe in November 2005. Between November 2005 and January 2006 Reddit merged with Aaron Swartz's company Infogami, and Swartz became an equal owner of the resulting parent company, Not A Bug.[76][77] Condé Nast Publications, owner of Wired, acquired Reddit on October 31, 2006, and the team moved to San Francisco.[78] In January 2007, Swartz was fired.[79]
By the end of 2008, the team had grown to include Erik Martin, Jeremy Edberg,[80] David King,[81] and Mike Schiraldi.[82] In 2009, Huffman and Ohanian moved on to form Hipmunk, recruiting Slowe[83] and King[84] shortly thereafter. In May 2010, Reddit was named in Lead411's "2010 Hottest San Francisco Companies" list.[85] In July 2010, after explosive traffic growth, Reddit introduced Reddit Gold, offering new features for a price of $3.99/month or $29.99/year.[86] Reddit Gold adds a number of features to the interface, including the ability to display more comments on a page, access to the private "lounge" subreddit, and notifications whenever one's username is mentioned in a comment. It's also possible to endow comments or submissions of other users and thereby give a gold membership to them as an anonymous present.[87]
On September 6, 2011, Reddit became operationally independent of Condé Nast, now operating as a separate subsidiary of its parent company, Advance Publications.[88] On January 11, 2012, Reddit announced that it would be participating in a 12-hour sitewide blackout in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act.[89] The blackout occurred on January 18 and coincided with the blackouts of Wikipedia and several other websites. In May 2012, Reddit joined the Internet Defense League, a group formed to organize future protests.[90] On February 14, 2013, Reddit began accepting the digital currency bitcoin for its Reddit Gold subscription service through a partnership with bitcoin payment processor Coinbase.[91]
In October 2014, Reddit announced Redditmade, a service which allowed moderators to create merchandise for their subreddits. Redditmade closed in February 2015.[92] In November 2014, Chief Executive Yishan Wong resigned and co-founder Ohanian returned as the full-time executive chairman. Ellen Pao, Reddit's business and partnerships strategist became the interim chief executive.[93] On July 10, 2015, Pao resigned and was replaced by Steve Huffman as CEO.[94][95]
In October 2015, Reddit announced a news portal called Upvoted, designed to broaden the reach of Reddit as a standalone site featuring editorial content from Reddit users.[96] In April 2016, Reddit launched a new blocking tool in an attempt to curb online harassment. The tool allows a user to hide posts and comments from selected redditors in addition to blocking private messages from those redditors.[97] The option to block a redditor is done by clicking a button in the inbox. Technology
Reddit was originally written in Common Lisp but was rewritten in Python in December 2005.[4] The reasons given for the switch were wider access to code libraries and greater development flexibility. The Python web framework that former Reddit employee Swartz developed to run the site, web.py, is now available as an open-source project.[98] On June 18, 2008, Reddit became an open source project.[99] With the exception of the anti-spam/cheating portions, all of the code and libraries written for Reddit became freely available on GitHub.[100] As of November 10, 2009, Reddit uses Pylons as its web framework.[101]
As of November 10, 2009, Reddit has decommissioned their physical servers and migrated to Amazon Web Services.[102] Reddit uses PostgreSQL as their primary datastore and is slowly moving to Apache Cassandra, a column-oriented datastore. It uses RabbitMQ for offline processing, HAProxy for load balancing and memcached for caching. In early 2009, Reddit started using jQuery.[103] On June 7, 2010, Reddit staff launched a revamped mobile interface featuring rewritten CSS, a new color scheme, and a multitude of improvements.[104]
On July 21, 2010, Reddit outsourced the Reddit search engine to Flaptor, who used its search product IndexTank.[105] As of July 12, 2012, Reddit uses Amazon CloudSearch.[106] There are several unofficial applications that use the Reddit API in the Google Play store, and F-Droid repository. Examples include: Reddit is Fun,[107] Andreddit,[108] F5, BaconReader,[109] Reddit Sync[110] and an Android tablet specific application called Reddita.[111] There are also several Windows apps used to access Reddit, including unofficial Reddit apps such as ReddHub[112] and Reddit To Go!.[113] An unofficial desktop application Reditr[114] exists that is compatible with Windows, OS X, Linux and ChromeOS.
There are several Reddit applications for iOS. These include Karma, Upvote, iReddit, iPad-specific applications such as Reddzine and Biscuit, and, until April 2016, Alien Blue.[115] In September 2014, an official mobile application for browsing AMA (Ask Me Anything) threads was released for the iOS and Android platforms under the name Ask me Anything.[116] In October 2014, Alien Blue was acquired by Reddit and became the official iOS Reddit app.[117] In April 2016, Reddit released an official application called Reddit: The Official App, which is available on Google Play and the iOS App Store, and Alien Blue was removed from the App Store in favor of the new app.[118] Demographics
According to Reddit's Audience and Demographics page, as of December 2015, 53% of redditors are male and 54% are from the United States.[119] In 2013, Pewinternet stated that 6% of all American adult Internet users have used Reddit; that males were twice as likely to be redditors as females were; and that Reddit's largest age bracket was between the ages of 18 and 29.[120] As of the end of 2016, Reddit is the only major social media platform that does not have a female majority user base.[121] Community and culture
The website is known for its open nature and diverse user community that generate its content.[122] Its demographics allows for wide-ranging subject areas, or main subreddits, that receive much attention, as well as the ability for smaller subreddits to serve more niche purposes. For example, the University of Reddit, a subreddit that exists to communally teach, emerged from the ability to enter and leave the online forum, the "classroom", at will, and classes ranging from computer science to music, to fine art theory exist.[123] The unique possibilities that subreddits provide create new opportunities for raising attention and fostering discussion across many areas. In gaining popularity in terms of unique users per day, Reddit has been a platform for many to raise publicity for a number of causes. And with that increased ability to garner attention and a large audience, users can use one of the largest communities on the Internet for new, revolutionary, and influential purposes.[124]
Its popularity has enabled users to take unprecedented advantage of such a large community. Its innovative socially ranked rating and sorting system drives a method that is useful for fulfilling certain goals of viewership or simply finding answers to interesting questions. User sentiments about the website's function and structure include feelings about the breadth and depth of the discussions on Reddit and how the site makes it easy to discover new and interesting items. Almost all of the user reviews on Alexa.com, which rates Reddit's monthly unique traffic rating 125th in the United States, mention Reddit's "good content" as a likable quality. However, others raise the negative aspects of the potential for Reddit's communities to possess a "hive mind" of sorts,[125] embodying some negative aspects of group interaction theories like crowd psychology and collective consciousness. Philanthropic efforts
Reddit has been known as the instigator of several charity projects, some short and others long-term, in order to benefit others. A selection of major events are outlined below:
In early October 2010, a story was posted on Reddit about a seven-year-old girl, Kathleen Edward, who was in the advanced stages of Huntington's disease. The girl's neighbors were taunting her and her family. Redditors banded together and gave the girl a shopping spree[126][127] at Tree Town Toys, a toy store local to the story owned by a Reddit user. In early December 2010, members of the Christianity subreddit decided to hold a fundraiser[128] and later members of the atheism subreddit decided to give some friendly competition,[129] cross-promoting[130] fundraising drives for Doctors Without Borders and World Vision's Clean Water Fund, respectively. Later, the Islam subreddit joined in, raising money for Islamic Relief. In less than a week, the three communities (as well as the Reddit community at large) raised over $50,000.[131] Most of this was raised by the atheism subreddit, though the smaller Christianity subreddit had a higher average donation amount per subscriber.[132] A similar donation drive in 2011 saw the atheism subreddit raise over $200,000 for charity.[133] Reddit started the largest Secret Santa program in the world, which is still in operation to date. For the 2010 Holiday season, 92 countries were involved in the Secret Santa program. There were 17,543 participants, and $662,907.60 was collectively spent on gift purchases and shipping costs.[134][135][136] In 2014, about 200,000 users from 188 countries participated.[137] Several celebrities have participated in the program, including Bill Gates[138] and Snoop Dogg.[139] Eventually, the Secret Santa program expanded to various other occasions through Redditgifts. Members from Reddit donated over $600,000 to DonorsChoose in support of Stephen Colbert's March to Keep Fear Alive. The donation spree broke previous records for the most money donated to a single cause by the Reddit community and resulted in an interview with Colbert on Reddit.[140] Reddit users donated $185,356 to Direct Relief for Haiti after an earthquake devastated the nation in January 2010.[141] Reddit users donated over $70,000 to the Faraja Orphanage in the first 24 hours to help secure the orphanage after intruders robbed and attacked one of the volunteers, who survived a strike to the head from a machete.[142] In October 2012, "Shitty Watercolour", a popular Redditor known for posting watercolor paintings on the website,[143][144][145] streamed live a 12-hour painting session on YouTube to raise money for charity: water, a non-profit organization which aims to provide potable drinking water in developing countries. Redditors donated a minimum of $10 to have a photo of their choice painted in a 5 by 5 centimetres (2.0 by 2.0 in) square section of large sheets of paper.[146][147] The paint-a-thon raised $2,700.[148] In February 2014, Reddit announced it would be donating 10% of its annual ad revenue to non-profits voted upon by its users.[149] Reddit continued this policy for 2015, donating $82,765 each to Electronic Frontier Foundation, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Doctors Without Borders, Erowid Center, Wikimedia Foundation, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, NPR, Free Software Foundation, Freedom From Religion Foundation, and Tor Project.[150] In response to the 2015 Nepal earthquake, redditors raised more than $145,000 for Direct Relief and more than $110,000 for MAP International.[151] 
Commercial activity
In February 2013, Betabeat published a post that recognized the influx of multi-national corporations like Costco, Taco Bell, Subaru, and McDonald's posting branded content on Reddit that was made to appear as if it was original content from legitimate Reddit users.[152] Reddit's former Director of Communications noted that while a large number of Chief Marketing Officers want to "infiltrate the reddit community on behalf of their brand," she emphasized that "self-promotion is frowned upon" and the site is "100 percent organic."[153][154][155][156] She recommended that advertisers design promotions that "spark conversations and feedback."[157] She recommended that businesses use AMAs to get attention for public figures but cautioned "It is important to approach AMAs carefully and be aware that this may not be a fit for every project or client."[158] Nissan ran a successful Branded content promotion offering users free gifts to publicize a new car,[159][160] though the company was later ridiculed for suspected astroturfing when the CEO only answered puff piece questions on the site.[161][162] Taylor described these situations as "high risk" noting "We try hard to educate people that they have to treat questions that may seem irreverent or out of left field the same as they would questions about the specific project they are promoting."[163]
Reddit's users are more privacy-conscious than on other websites, using tools like AdBlock and proxies,[164] and they hate "feeling manipulated by brands" but respond well to "content that begs for intelligent viewers and participants."[165] Lauren Orsini writes in ReadWrite that "Reddit's huge community is the perfect hype machine for promoting a new movie, a product release, or a lagging political campaign" but "very specific set of etiquette. Redditors don't want to advertise for you, they want to talk to you."[166] Journalists have used the site as a basis for stories, though they are advised by the site's policies to respect that "reddit's communities belong to their members" and to seek proper attribution for people's contributions.[167]
Reddit announced that they would begin using VigLink to redirect affiliate links in June 2016.[168] Reddit effect Main article: Slashdot effect
Also known as the "Slashdot effect", the Reddit effect occurs when a smaller website has a high influx of traffic after being linked to on Reddit.[169] It is also called the "Reddit Hug of Death" among the website's users. Because Reddit is such a large site, the traffic is immense and can easily crash smaller sites. In order for users to see crashed websites, several Reddit bots have been created that take a snapshot of the website before large amounts of traffic flood the affected website. "Restoring Truthiness" campaign
As a response to Glenn Beck's August 28, 2010, Restoring Honor rally (heavily promoted by him in his Fox News broadcasts during the summer), in September 2010 Reddit users started a movement to persuade satirist Stephen Colbert to have a counter-rally in Washington, D.C.[170] The movement, which came to be called "Restoring Truthiness", was started by user mrsammercer, in a post where he described waking up from a dream in which Stephen Colbert was holding a satirical rally in D.C.[171] He writes, "This would be the high water mark of American satire. Half a million people pretending to suspend all rational thought in unison. Perfect harmony. It'll feel like San Francisco in the late 60s, only we won't be able to get any acid."
The idea resonated with the Reddit community, which launched a campaign to bring the event to life. Over $600,000[172] was raised for charity to gain the attention of Colbert. The campaign was mentioned on-air several times, and when the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear was held in Washington, D.C. on October 30, 2010, thousands of redditors made the journey.[173]
During a post-rally press conference, Reddit co-founder Ohanian asked, "What role did the Internet campaign play in convincing you to hold this rally?" Jon Stewart responded by saying that, though it was a very nice gesture, the two had already thought of the idea prior and the deposit on using the National Mall was already paid during the summer, so it acted mostly as a "validation of what we were thinking about attempting".[174] In a message to the Reddit community, Colbert later added, "I have no doubt that your efforts to organize and the joy you clearly brought to your part of the story contributed greatly to the turnout and success."[175] Controversies See also: Controversial Reddit communities and Michael Brutsch
The website generally lets moderators on individual subreddits make editorial decisions about what content to allow, and has a history of permitting some subreddits dedicated to controversial content.[176] Many of the default pages are highly moderated, with the "science" subreddit banning climate change denialism,[177] and the "news" subreddit banning opinion pieces and columns.[178] Reddit has changed its site-wide editorial policies several times, sometimes in reaction to controversies.[179][180][181][182] Reddit has had a history of giving a platform to objectionable but legal content, and in 2011, news media covered the way that jailbait was being shared on the site before the site changed their policies to explicitly ban "suggestive or sexual content featuring minors".[183] Following some controversial incidents of Internet vigilantism, Reddit introduced a strict rule against the publication of non-public personally-identifying information via the site (colloquially known as doxxing). Those who break the rule are subject to a site-wide ban, and their posts and even entire communities may be removed for breaking the rule. 2010
On December 16, 2010, a redditor named Matt posted a link describing how he has donated a kidney, and included a JustGive link to encourage users to give donations to the American Cancer Society.[184] After an initially positive reaction, Reddit users began to become suspicious of Matt's intentions, and suggested that he was keeping the donations for himself. Users telephoned his home and he received death threats. Matt eventually proved that he was genuine by uploading his doctor's records.[185] 2011
On October 18, 2011, an IT manager submitted a post to the subreddit "gameswap" offering Redditors to trade one of 312 codes he had been given for the game Deus Ex: Human Revolution.[186] A group of users obtained his personal details, and began to blackmail him for the codes.[187] The Monday after uploading the post, he received 138 threatening phone calls both at home and at his job, and by the end of the day he had been fired.[188] 2013
Following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, Reddit faced criticism after users wrongly identified a number of people as suspects.[189] Notable among misidentified bombing suspects was Sunil Tripathi, a student reported missing before the bombings took place. A body reported to be Sunil's was found in Providence River in Rhode Island on April 25, 2013, according to Rhode Island Health Department. The cause of death was not immediately known, but authorities said they did not suspect foul play.[190] The family later confirmed Tripathi's death was a result of suicide.[191] Reddit general manager Martin later issued an apology for this behavior, criticizing the "online witch hunts and dangerous speculation" that took place on the website.[192] The incident was later referenced in the season 5 episode of the CBS TV series The Good Wife titled "Whack-a-Mole,"[193] as well as The Newsroom.[194][195]
In late October 2013, the moderators of the "politics" subreddit banned a large group of websites. Many were left wing opinion websites, such as Mother Jones, The Huffington Post, Salon, Alternet, Rawstory, The Daily Kos, Truthout, Media Matters, and ThinkProgress as well as some popular progressive blog sites, such as Democratic Underground and Crooks and Liars. They also banned a number of right wing sites—Drudge Report, Breitbart, The Daily Caller, Dailypaul, Power Line, and Reason. Salon reported that "the section's moderators explained in a post on Tuesday, the goal is 'to reduce the number of blogspam submissions and sensationalist titles.' The purge, the moderators explained, is also aimed at sites that provide lots of "bad journalism."[196] The December 2013 list of banned websites has been modified since late October, and sites with original content, such as Mother Jones and The Huffington Post, are allowed.[197] Moderators also banned RT, which moderators stated was due to vote manipulation and spam, though one moderator stated that he wanted RT banned because it is Kremlin backed.[198][199] 2014
In August 2014, photos from the 2014 celebrity photo hack were widely disseminated across the site.[200][201] A dedicated subreddit, "TheFappening," was created for this purpose,[202] and contained links to most if not all of the criminally obtained explicit images.[203][204][205][206][207] Some images of Liz Lee and McKayla Maroney from the leak were identified by redditors and outside commentators as child pornography because the photos were taken when the women were underage.[208] The subreddit was banned on September 6.[209] The scandal led to wider criticisms concerning the website's administration from The Verge and The Daily Dot.[210][211]
Also in August 2014, moderators and administrators censored a sizeable amount of content related to the GamerGate controversy; one thread in the "gaming" subreddit had almost 24,000 comments removed.[212] Multiple subreddits were deleted by administrators for voicing opinions on Zoe Quinn, Anita Sarkeesian, Brianna Wu and similarly important GamerGate controversy figures.[213] The subreddit "ZoeQuinnDiscussion" was banned for violating the Reddit rules.[214] Administrators defended this response when questioned, blaming 4chan for raiding threads and causing harm. This was debated by some redditors.[215] An anonymous subreddit moderator claims he was removed for leaking correspondence between himself and Zoe Quinn.[216] On December 18, 2014, Reddit took the unusual step of banning a subreddit, "SonyGOP," that was being used to distribute hacked Sony files.[217] 2015
After Ellen Pao became CEO, she was initially a target of criticism by users who objected to her lawsuit.[218] Later on June 10, 2015, Reddit shut down the 150,000-subscriber "fatpeoplehate" subreddit and four others citing issues related to harassment.[219] This move was seen as very controversial; some commenters said that the bans went too far, while others said that the bans did not go far enough.[220] One of the latter complaints concerned a subreddit that was "expressing support" for the perpetrator of the Charleston church shooting.[221] Responding to the accusations of "skewed enforcement", Reddit reaffirmed their commitment to free expression and stated that "There are some subreddits with very little viewership that get highlighted repeatedly for their content, but those are a tiny fraction of the content on the site."
On July 2, 2015, Reddit began experiencing a series of blackouts as moderators set popular subreddit communities to private, in an event dubbed "AMAgeddon," a portmanteau of AMA ("ask me anything") and Armageddon. This was done in protest of the recent firing of Victoria Taylor, an administrator who helped organize citizen-led interviews with famous people on the popular "Ask me Anything" subreddit. Organizers of the blackout also expressed resentment about the recent severance of the communication between Reddit and the moderators of subreddits.[222] The blackout intensified on July 3 when former community manager David Croach gave an AMA about being fired. Before deleting his posts, he stated that Ellen Pao dismissed him with one year of health coverage when he had cancer and did not recover quickly enough.[223][224] Following this, a Change.org petition to remove Pao as CEO of Reddit Inc. reached over 200,000 signatures.[225][226][227] Pao posted a response on July 3 as well as an extended version of it on July 6 in which she apologized for bad communication and not delivering on promises. She also apologized on behalf of the other administrators and noted that problems already existed over the past several years.[228][229][230][231] On July 10, Pao resigned as CEO and was replaced by former CEO and co-founder Steve Huffman.[94][232]
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MP in Singapore, Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan speaking about Bitcoin and Blockchain at a dinner event. (Minister in charge of the Smart Nation initiative)

http://www.mewr.gov.sg/news/speech-by-dr-vivian-balakrishnan--minister-for-the-environment-and-water-resources--and-minister-in-charge-of-the-smart-nation-initiative-for-smu-s-sim-kee-boon-institute-for-financial-economics-skbi-annual-conference-dinner-on-wednesday--06-may-2015--
Speech by Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, and Minister-In-Charge of the Smart Nation Initiative for SMU's Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics (SKBI) Annual Conference Dinner on Wednesday, 06 May 2015, 7.00pm at Fairmont Hotel
Mr. Lim Chee Onn, the Chairman of the Advisory Board SKBI The family of Mr Sim Kee Boon : Ms Jeanette Sim, Mr Peter Sim The family of Prof Winston Koh, Prof Arnoud De Meyer, our host, Friends, Ladies and Gentlemen
1 It’s always a challenge for an ophthalmologist, an eye surgeon, to address an audience like this, who knows far more than me about financial services and financial institutions.
2 Mr Stephen Aguilar-Milan is a futurist with the World Futures Society, and he has a hypothesis that every 50 years or so, there is a major technological wave. My hypothesis is that every time there is major technological wave, you have a period of intense disruption, a period of increased opportunities, a period of great inequality and robber barons, and it takes some time before the middle class adopts the same technologies and creates more wide spread prosperity. My thesis tonight is that we are in the midst of such a wave.
3 So let’s start with Stephen’s hypothesis. If you go back to 1770 in England, the time of mills and canals – the canals that you can still see in London and England – that was the start of cottage industries, of early industrialisation in England. The fact that it happened in England gave it a head-start in the Industrial Revolution.
4 You move forward another 40 or 50 years from there, you get to the early 1800s. The pivotal invention then was the steam engine, and with the steam engine came railways and railroads, and many fortunes were made by the successive rollout of railways in England, Europe and America.
5 Fast forward another 50 years to about 1870 – that was the age of steel, electricity and heavy engineering. That was also the age of large ocean-going ships, warfare, refrigeration and trade opened up on an industrial scale.
6 The 4th wave began sometime around 1910. That was really about oil, and oil opened up the possibility of the automobile, and especially in America, the age of the car, interstate highways, and the long American love affair with the car and all that it represents in popular culture.
7 If you stop to think about these waves, and think about some names associated with these waves – if you go back to 1910 and think about oil, what names come to mind? For instance, Rockefeller – that was how huge fortunes were made. If you go further back to the age of steel, the American name that comes to mind is Carnegie, and related to that, Mellon, the bank. And if you go back to the age of the steam engine and railways, there are pantheons of tycoons, technologists and early-adopters who made huge fortunes because suddenly, everything changed, and there was a period of big disruption - old industries were gutted, and new industries were made. The people who got in first made huge fortunes.
8 Now let’s move forward to the 5th wave. You can roughly date the 5th wave to the late 1940s, after the Second World War, in particular the invention of the transistor, which replaced the old vacuum tubes. By accident or design, this started off in Silicon Valley. I think it was William Shockley who moved back to Palo Alto from New York, because he had an ageing mother in Palo Alto. At the same time, Stanford University was also trying to find and define an opportunity for commercialising its academic pursuits, and finding daily relevance for the discoveries in the labs and the work that its professors did. The transistor in turn led to an explosion of electronics, and in a later wave, electronics in turn led to computers and much of what we know of modern electronics today. So starting from the transistor in 1947, we move all the way to today.
9 If you believe this theory of 50 years, we are clearly past 50 years. This is where I will take a risk, and posit that there is a 6th wave. The difference in technological waves is that they don’t come and go; each wave builds successively on preceding waves, and this 6th wave is actually about connectivity - meaning that the transistor led to the CPU, which led to the computer and now it is about the Internet, the World Wide Web, big data analytics, the Internet of Things, and telecommunications. We are moving beyond hardware to bits and ideas, and we are now living in a world which is far more densely connected than ever before.
10 Today, a lot of the political polemic is about inequality. My favourite theory is that inequality is not the result of a covert right wing conspiracy, but really just another episode of the fact that there is a major tectonic technological wave sweeping through our society, and the people who get it, the few people who understand and are first able to capitalise, will make fortunes as large, in historical terms, as the Rockefellers, the Carnegies and the rest. So it’s no accident today that the names you hear about, whether it’s Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Carlos Slim in Mexico, Jack Ma of Alibaba, are all people who are early riders of this emerging wave. The point I want to make, therefore, is that this is only just beginning. It will take some time for these tools and technologies to be democratised, commoditised and to be in the hands of ordinary people, and for the middle class to regain its wage-earning capacity, its productive capacity and its fair share of national wealth. So that is my hypothesis for what is currently happening in society and economics, and in the political arena as well.
11 Now let me cite a few examples. Many of these examples you will be familiar with, but they help make the point.
12 In the mobile banking space, many of you would have heard of Safaricom’s M-Pesa. Since Kenya’s M-Pesa brought banking-by-phone to Africa, this has grown from a novelty to a bona fide payment network. Even at a few dollars a transaction, mobile payments in sub-Saharan Africa will generate about US$1.5 bn in fees for mobile money providers by 2019, according to a report by the Boston Consulting Group. It was also reported that in sub-Saharan Africa, more people will have a mobile money account than Facebook account. Mobile phones are clearly spreading faster than bank branches, and especially in emerging markets like India, Bangladesh, Africa and other parts of Asia. It is no wonder therefore that many banks and telcos (such as Safaricom), and even Technology Giants (such as Google and Apple) are now focused on creating innovative financial services via the mobile channels.
13 If you move into the retail space, you’ve heard of the names: eBay, Amazon and Alibaba. Alibaba has come to dominate Internet Retailing in China, and frankly anyone who dominates any sector in China is going to be huge. Just to give you some idea of scale, Alibaba has moved beyond its remit of just connecting businesses to each other, which is how it started. It has moved far beyond that. It now allows companies to sell directly to the public, and for the members of the public to transact with each other. We’ve heard of Tmall, we’ve heard of Taobao. Taobao and Tmall processed 1.1 trillion yuan – which I think is about US$170 billion - in transactions in 2012, and in September 2014, Alibaba's market value was measured at US$231 bn. I am sure the numbers have changed since then, but these are numbers with many zeros.
14 In the crowdsourcing space, you have heard of Kickstarter and Indiegogo, and nowadays artists, entrepreneurs, communities, even people in trouble with the government can raise funds from crowdsourcing sites – to raise funds from the “4F Bank”. You know what the 4Fs are? Fans, Family, Friends and Fools. We laugh about it. But the point is that it allows everyone to mobilise funds and it goes far beyond this 4Fs, because in this world currently awash with liquidity and low interest rates, people are looking for ideas and services to take a bet on. According to the Crowdfunding Industry Report by Massolution, in 2012, US$2.7 bn was raised online through crowdfunding, and this number can only grow.
15 In the virtual currencies space, Rajendra mentioned Bitcoin, and I think you had a convention or a seminar on it. Frankly, I am not sure about the future of cryptocurrency, although clearly if you think about the way governments are managing paper currency, it doesn’t give you great confidence either. But actually what intrigues me more is the technology behind Bitcoin. I am not sure how many of you are familiar with the Blockchain Technology. Blockchain technology is a computational algorithm that enables distributed verification of the integrity of ledger items. Whether that item is a transfer of money, or cryptocurrency, or contracts, or services, it is in fact a generic platform technology which I believe has not yet found the most appropriate use case. But nevertheless, further breakthroughs in this area will open up the world and will disrupt services in a major way.
16 And for those of you who are involved in banking and finance, you know that some key competitive advantages which banks have had are (i) funds (ii) reputation (iii) some kind of protection by government regulations and (iv) knowing your customers’ businesses because you were lending them money - in other words you had access to information. But if you were to stop and think about it, what this technological wave has done is that it potentially disintermediates all those competitive advantages which banks and traditional financial institutions have had. You want access to funds, you can go to crowdfunding portals. As for having information on what businesses are doing, it is not just banks, and it is not just the consultants like Accenture, it is the people who have accurate pulse on the flow of bits, data, and transactions who know what is going on. I think David Lee was telling me just now that Alibaba employs hundreds of PhDs to do data mining. Is Alibaba really a retailer or is it actually in the information business? Are telcos really just selling you voice or are they preludes to the mobile banking business? Even Amazon or take any logistics company, are they really just delivering pizzas and electronics or are they really in the fulfilment business? So the point I am making is that if you can find the centre of gravity between money, information, fulfilment, and then the elusive quality called trust, that is where a huge focal point of opportunity is.
17 So I hope I have given you enough food for thought. I just want to appeal for you to do three things.
18 First, please for the sake of Singapore and Singaporean institutions, find new ways to deliver new services to our people and the people beyond Singapore. If our banks, financial institutions and businesses are doing exactly the same thing next year as they were doing last year, we are going to be swamped, because the pace of change is not slowing down. So please find new ways to deliver new services.
19 Second, please focus on this field of data science and data analytics. Whether you are a bank, financial institution, consultancy firm or university, we now live in the age of big data. And I used to joke with my medical colleagues that you almost do not need to do a clinical trial now, when you can measure the universe. Why settle for a sample and then engage in fancy statistical gymnastics to prove your conclusions, when you can measure everything in real time. So pay attention to data analytics and data science.
20 Third, we need more rational, careful, and technologically-based conversations on the issues of cybersecurity, protection of privacy, and especially protection of identity. Because you cannot have a world that is fully able to take advantage of financial innovations, information revolution, even electronic medical records, if a decent level of security, protection from identity theft, and protection from a loss of privacy and confidentiality is not guaranteed. In other words, security is the essential flip side of the coin of utility; and if we can get that done right here, then we have a head start.
21 So my final point is why Smart Nation. The answer is: we do so because we have no choice. Like many things we have done in Singapore for the last 50 years, all the way back to the time when Mr Sim Kee Boon was a pioneer senior civil servant working for Mr Lee Kuan Yew, we had to break new grounds, we had to be adventurous, we had to be innovative because we have no choice. Jobs were going to disappear in the early 1970s as the British forces pulled out of all ports east of the Suez, and that’s why we industrialised. Similarly, what I have described now is potentially another occasion when 20 to 30 percent of previously stable, good, middle class, white collar jobs are at risk because you cannot out-compete a robot, a machine, or a computer for routine, white collar work.
22 So we need to do all these things, and we believe we have an edge because we are small, and we have a single layer of government. Half of our cabinet ministers are engineers. Our PM is a mathematician who can still code. If you do not believe me, you can check his Facebook account and so far after five days, people have only found a little boundary error in his algorithm. But it is a very elegant program.
23 So the point is that we get it, we understand technology, we are not afraid of Science and Technology, but we need to have not just the PM coding, we need an entire society that is capable of understanding and exploiting the opportunities that this wave provides for us. So I wish you all the very best and I hope SMU, and especially the Sim Kee Boon Institute, continues to break new ground, not just because it is fun, but because it is essential for our continued prosperity and progress as a nation. Thank you all very much.
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My Boss forwarded me this email from MarketWatch.com

You're invited to ...** Bitcoin: Boom and Bust**
The rise of bitcoin has triggered a lively debate over the risks and rewards of virtual currencies. If you're interested in bitcoin, and will be in New York on Tuesday, March 4, you're invited to join us for an evening of cocktails and conversation on the topic. MarketWatch Senior Columnist Robert Powell will moderate a panel discussion with guests Todd Harrison, founder and CEO of Minyanville Media, and Mark T. Williams, a banking and risk management expert and a professor at the Boston University School of Management. This MarketWatch Investing Insights event is free, but space is limited. For more information or to RSVP, email [email protected] by Friday, Feb. 28.
Too bad I can't be in NYC that day. I let him know that in my opinion, the biggest threats to bitcoin are the people who have the most to lose (banks, financial institutions, etc). Anyways, I think some of you all should go and make sure that the bitcoin and crypto-currency world is properly represented.
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Bitcoin's Descent

Today, February 17 2014, Bitcoin is trading at around $250 on the once notorious Mt. Gox.
People with Bitcoin wealth are becoming frenzied. But they should fear not. This is what Bitcoin does. If it really is as resilient as some of us gather, then this is just a temporary set back. Remember back in 2009 when Bitcoin was an infant, how much was a bitcoin worth? This author thinks one should buy Bitcoin now, while it’s relatively cheap.
Bitcoin is still trading around $600/BTC on some exchanges. That’s good news.
Here’s what Boston University Professor Mark Williams had to say:
“Prices remain volatile and market illiquidy high,”.
“If Bitcoin currency and infrastructure are unstable, the longer the virtual currency economy is allowed to grow unchecked, the greater the chance of adverse economic impact.”
Furthermore he said, “Bitcoin sellers on Mt. Gox are running for the hills, exiting at much lower prices than on other exchanges, demonstrating the extreme liquidity risk inherent in Bitcoin Speculating”.
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Prof Mark Williams - his N° 2 has replied to my Blog Post !

I've received a reply from Leonard Yeap - Vice President – Professional Activities , Delta Sigma Pi, Boston University. on my blog about Mark Williams anti-bitcoin postings
http://thebitcoinrat.wordpress.com/2014/03/01/mark-williams-worst-career-decision-eve#respond
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