OF COURSE governments won’t give up control of money – that’s why crypto is crashing

One reason people are selling out of bitcoin is because governments are moving against cryptocurrencies. The promise of bitcoin is that it’s anonymous and secure and the government can’t touch it. That promise is unfulfilled. Governments are not going to stand idly by while people replace or abandon fiat currency. That’s why cryptocurrencies will always be weak credit tokens compared to cash — governments may be annoying but they aren’t stupid. The total market cap of all cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, stood at $531 billion just before the weekend, down from $830 billion at it’s peak. That’s a drop of about 36% in less than a month — a collapse that… Read More

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Only one road in the world leads from Russia to North Korea — and you can take a trip down it on Google Maps

North Korea is arguably the most secretive nation in the world. It shares long borders with China to its north, and also with South Korea. But the third, and by far the shortest, frontier is an 11-mile stretch of land it shares with Russia. Unlike the Chinese border, the Russian one has allowed access to Google’s camera cars, which can come pretty close to the Korea Russia Friendship Bridge (“Druzhny Bridge” in Russia), a rail link between the two nations. Peek into North Korea from Linenaya Ulitsa, a road along North Korea’s 11-border with Russia, through these 2013 photos: SEE ALSO: Stunning photos reveal what childhood in North Korea is… Read More

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‘Saturday Night Live’ spoofs Amazon’s HQ2 search as contenders shoot themselves in the foot

Kyle Mooney plays Amazon founder Jeff Bezos on “Saturday Night Live.” (NBC via YouTube) Amazon’s HQ2 search made it all the way to “Saturday Night Live” tonight, with a skit that depicts Jeff Bezos receiving delegates from cities in the company’s top 20 — assisted by Alexa, of course. So who did NBC’s comedy writers pick as the final four for the Seattle-based online retailing giant’s second headquarters, with 50,000 high-paying jobs and $5 billion at stake? There’s Boston, with Casey Affleck (played by Alex Moffat) putting in an underwhelming pitch. (“I live in L.A. now … maybe put your office there?”) Atlanta’s delegation brings Bezos a can of Coke,… Read More

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Seattle march marking Trump’s inauguration takes aim at the president and GOP

Jan.20, 2018 march in downtown Seattle capture anti-Trump sentiment. (GeekWire Photo / Lisa Stiffler) This year’s march on the anniversary of the swearing in of President Trump was pitched as encompassing the anti-sexual harassment #MeToo movement and immigration issues — both key topics for the tech industry — but most of the signs in the downtown Seattle march on Saturday took aim squarely at Trump and to a lesser extent the Republican party. The placards shared sentiments about Trump being unfit to serve as president, many played off of his (somewhat in dispute) characterization of some African and Central American nations as “shithole countries,” while others focused on his impeachment… Read More

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Amid shutdown, Boeing offers to help military families watch football playoffs

Staff Sgt. Modesto Alcana manages air times on the American Forces Network at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany, as seen in a photo from 2011. (USAF Photo / Nick Wilson) News Brief: Talk about a political football! One of the more unusual twists to this weekend’s government shutdown is that the U.S. military’s TV network won’t be showing NFL football playoffs. Overseas military families think that’s a real shame, and so does Boeing. In a tweet, Boeing is offering to “do whatever needed” to facilitate broadcasting the games on the American Forces Network. It’s not clear what logistics or legalities would have to be addressed. But if worse comes to… Read More

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