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Social Website Based on Bitcoin Prepares to Soft-Launch With Free Off-Chain Transactions

Global experts say the economic case for renewable energy has never been stronger

Countries around the world will require “an unparalleled ramp up” of clean technologies and a range of ambitious policies to prevent dangerous warming of the planet’s atmosphere, say international experts.

But they also lay out a plan that shows the expensive transformation — or “decarbonization” of the global economy — is possible and would save a lot more money than the costs of continuing business as usual.

These are among the findings in a new 203-page report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency — a partnership made up of governments from around the world — based on a set of different scenarios. The decarbonization would also lead to lower energy bills for consumers, the report said.

“Reducing the impact on human health and mitigating climate change would save between two- and six- times more than the costs of decarbonization,” said the report, that was reviewed by more than three dozen energy experts from around the world.

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Social Website Based on Bitcoin Prepares to Soft-Launch With Free Off-Chain Transactions

Social Website Based on Bitcoin Prepares to Soft-Launch With Free Off-Chain Transactions

A new social media website, called Yours, has quietly launched on Bitcoin’s testnet. For Bitcoiners, that might mean within the next few months off-chain, peer-to-peer bitcoin micropayments on a social network. Yours claims to offer an “array of payment models”, which allow content creators to make money.

“Our centerpiece is the purchase model, which is very simple,” explains Mr. Charles, who once worked as Reddit’s cryptocurrency engineer. “Everybody who posts content to Yours – including articles, video, images, audio – can pick a place in their content to put a pay wall.”

Users set the price of their own content. “So, if you write a compelling article with a cliffhanger, you can hide the conclusion behind, say, a ten cent pay wall.”

Yours, as well, will offer a micro-payments wallet. This has proven a controversial technical arena in the Bitcoin universe. In recent years, as increasing amounts of throughput have been introduced to Bitcoin, the cost of transactions have gone up. Tiny transactions are no longer cost-effective on Bitcoin. Yours seeks to repair this. 

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Six financial institutions having assets equivalent to about 57%...



Six financial institutions having assets equivalent to about 57% of the GDP

Tesla co-founder and CTO JB Straubel explains its new solar storage facility

Tesla co-founder and CTO JB Straubel explains its new solar storage facility

Tesla’s new solar energy storage facility on the Hawaiian island of Kauai does what most solar power plants cannot: it stores energy from the sun during peak times for use when the grid (and its customers) needs it most. The facility is unique, with 52 MWh of storage capacity and 13 MWh of generation via its field of panels.

We spoke to Tesla CTO and co-founder JB Straubel, who oversees the company’s commercial energy concerns as part of his expanded role now that Tesla owns SolarCity, the solar power company it acquired late last year. Straubel explains that this Kauai plant is a proof point for Tesla: The company has now demonstrated that it can provide this kind of solution at a scale where it’s useful to utilities around the world, not just on sun-drenched islands in the Pacific.

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With Bitcoin, the Smart Money Is Staying Put

With Bitcoin, the Smart Money Is Staying Put

The Bitcoin community is abuzz with talk of an impending fork, with wildly divergent opinions as to whether or not this is bearish or bullish for the asset. One well-known pundit in the community was quoted as saying that the “smart money left a few days ago”.

Of course, it goes without saying that I don’t have a crystal ball and can’t say for a certainty that this is just plain wrong, but I believe that it is.

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