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Tech Journalists Leave New York Radio for Blockchain Podcast

Two broadcasters in New York have parted company with public radio to create their own podcast promoting blockchain.

“Zig Zag” is now the main focus of WNYC broadcasters Manoush Zomorodi and Jen Poyant; a podcast now entering its second season which focuses on blockchain and what it can do for journalism.

WNYC is the trademark, and a set of call letters shared by a pair of non-profit, non-commercial, public radio stations located in New York City and owned by New York Public Radio, a non-profit organization that did business as WNYC RADIO until March 2013

At WNYC, Zomorodi hosted and Poyant produced a tech podcast called “Note to Self” but now they’ve moved on to form a partnership with Civil Media, a new company built on blockchain technology.

Civil has been gaining a name for itself in the world of journalism over the past year. The concept is a unique development in media, utilizing blockchain to allow both readers and journalists to combine to fund topics of interest to them or the public. Supported by CVL tokens, yet to be released, all participants will gain a speculative stake which increases in value as the company expands.

ZigZag is an original concept in the sense the podcast will follow the participants lives as they attempt to build their new careers promoting the blockchain space. This includes reporting on the challenges they encounter as they attempt to manage the project in tandem with their busy lives as working mothers.

The first season of 12 episodes was designed as an introduction to the non-initiated, requiring Zomoridi to explain to listeners about the concept of DLT and how it functions. She explained:

“If I, as a tech journalist, roll my eyes when I hear about blockchain, somebody is not doing a good job explaining this stuff… That’s where the opportunity is — for two women, two moms, who are going out on their own, who have to understand blockchain. There’s your entryway to a podcast.”

The two journalists left WNYC earlier this year after the station had cut ties with the male hosts who had departed after accusations of harassment by station employees. Apart from wanting to work on their own, they said that they had been further motivated by the #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment.

Zomorodi says she often records on the fly and has a refreshing approach despite often feeling her new life is a challenge. She says, “It’s a juggle, and it’s exhausting.” In the second episode of the show, she explained DLT using a “Schoolhouse Rock”-style jingle sung by the musician and podcaster Martin Zaltz Austwick.

 

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Ohio Joins US State Level Blockchain Goldrush

The US state of Ohio is following other states in showing interest in blockchain technology and how it can be applied to the economy in that state.

At a press conference on August 23, Speaker of the Ohio House Ryan Smith assembled members of the House leadership and Ohio’s general assembly along with representations from the law, business, and academic sectors to discuss possible implementation.

The state is not new to the concept, having passed an amendment to the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act earlier this year adding, “a record or contract that is secured through blockchain technology is considered to be in an electronic form and to be an electronic record,” thus providing a safe harbour for the emerging technology.

Ohio is certainly not the first US state to take this route as Nebraska, Florida, Arizona, Nevada, and Vermont, along with Maine, Hawaii, Illinois, and North Dakota are some of the many US states notably either in the process of presenting bills, enacting legislation or actively utilizing blockchain in state legislation.

Speaker Smith suggested that DLT would have numerous applications in the state and cited common storage requirements such as securing birth certificates and marriage licenses as a simple case in point. His aim is to work with universities so that students are encouraged to become involved in the new technology early on, thus helping them secure work for the future and bring their expertise to the State.

Smith is not the first though, to suggest his or her state as a possible blockchain hub. New York earlier this year set its sights on the same target when the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) announced several initiatives that pursue ambitions of becoming a blockchain technology hub. The state has rather set out its stall for the title given that the NYCED holds the annual New York Blockchain Week there with crypto events all over the city attracting big names in the industry as guest speakers.

However, Smith is optimistic, suggesting, “Because this is so new and this is just beginning to take shape, we can position Ohio out front.”

Time will tell, but the state rush to become a leader in blockchain adoption is very much on.

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NYC BlockChain Week Under Way with Twitter CEO, Fed President and Snoop Dogg

The inaugural Blockchain Week has come to NYC, courtesy of The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and CoinDesk.

Designed to showcase New York as a rising hub for the blockchain sector, the Midtown gathering, including key event Consensus, could be a more flamboyant affair than it might sound to those unfamiliar with the world of blockchain and digital currency, with more than 100 sponsors such as IBM, SAP and Microsoft Corp.

The expected 8,000 attendees to just one of the week’s events will feature hundreds of speakers, including Twitter Inc CEO Jack Dorsey, Federal Reserve Bank of S. Louis President James Bullard and FedEx Corp CEO Frederick Smith, according to co-sponsors CoinDesk.

The conference is not for the faint-hearted, with ticket prices ranging from USD 1,499 to USD 2,999, reports Bloomberg. Attendees on the first day were greeted by UpHonest Capital’s MK Li sporting a pink button-down shirt with a purple bowtie, clutching a sign which read, ‘Help a fellow VC to pay for this expensive conference!’, protesting what he felt was the ironic price tag of decentralized technology that was meant to purge expensive middlemen.

However, Blockchain Week is appearing to attract a wide spectrum of attendees from across the crypto space.  The opening event on May 10 event, included “a pink-haired woman in a dress suit sat across from a scruffy-bearded man in a jean jacket while crypto heavyweight Mike Novogratz told tales of meeting with Deutsche Bank AG and Goldman Sachs Group Inc”, according to Bloomberg.

Transport of choice for some appears to be the iconic Italian icon, the Lamborghini, many of which were seen roaring through midtown Manhattan towards the conference venue, hired at a cost of around USD 1,000 a day.

The after parties when the week winds to a close will include a bash hosted by Ripple featuring a gig by Snoop Dogg at a secret location in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District.

 

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Podcast: Inside Bitcoins (NYC) Freedom Of Speech Panel

Podcast: Inside Bitcoins (NYC) Freedom Of Speech Panel:

Published on media service LetsTalkBitcoins (@LetsTalkBitcoins) is the panel discussion from Inside Bitcoins (NYC) from last month that had covered Bitcoin and Freedom of Speech.   Moderated by Marc Hochstein.  Panelists: Trevor Timms (executive director, Freedom of the Press Foundation), Jonathan Mohan (organizer, Bitcoin NYC), Stephanie Murphy (radio and podcast host), Alan Safahi (CEO, ZipZap) Michael Terpin (Co-Founder, BitAngels).

 – http://bit.ly/13DT3rw (mp3)  Length: 53 minutes

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Wired – Bitcoin's Street Sellers

Wired – Bitcoin’s Street Sellers:

Wired writer Robert McMillan (@bobmcmillan) makes some face-to-face, in-person trades and describes the experience.  Excerpts:

“Welcome to the quickest, most private way to buy the internet’s most successful digital currency: in-person and face-to-face.”

“Buttonwood meetups started in New York a few months ago and fanned out to San Francisco and Los Angeles. Buttonwood is an allusion to the May 17, 1792 agreement, struck under a buttonwood tree at 68 Wall Street, that set down the rules for what became the New York Stock Exchange.”

“After some haggling, Light types Copley’s Bitcoin address into his mobile phone and transfers just over half a Bitcoin ($50) to Copley’s digital wallet [for payment of silver bullion]”.

He used to buy and sell on a (temporarily shuttered) marketplace called Bitinstant. But a few months ago, ‘it started to ask for too much of my information,’ the student says. Given the nature of his business, he wants to buy Bitcoins without being tracked.

These are the kinds of deals that have regulators worried.

It’s traditionally been tough to quickly buy Bitcoins with U.S. dollars, and recently it’s become tougher.  […] That [regulation has] led to a pretty healthy off-the-books market for Bitcoin traders. […] Buyers and sellers can also hook up over Internet Relay Chat at #bitcoin-otc”

“Buyer’s Best Friend will give you Bitcoins back for cash, much like you can get cash back from a credit card, but you are supposed to purchase something first.”

“Though trading an obscure crypto currency may sound very modern, the whole transaction has a decidedly old-fashioned and human flavor to it.”

 – http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2013/07/buttonwood
 – http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=261116.0

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Wired – Bitcoin's Street Sellers

Wired – Bitcoin’s Street Sellers:

Wired writer Robert McMillan (@bobmcmillan) makes some face-to-face, in-person trades and describes the experience.  Excerpts:

“Welcome to the quickest, most private way to buy the internet’s most successful digital currency: in-person and face-to-face.”

“Buttonwood meetups started in New York a few months ago and fanned out to San Francisco and Los Angeles. Buttonwood is an allusion to the May 17, 1792 agreement, struck under a buttonwood tree at 68 Wall Street, that set down the rules for what became the New York Stock Exchange.”

“After some haggling, Light types Copley’s Bitcoin address into his mobile phone and transfers just over half a Bitcoin ($50) to Copley’s digital wallet [for payment of silver bullion]”.

He used to buy and sell on a (temporarily shuttered) marketplace called Bitinstant. But a few months ago, ‘it started to ask for too much of my information,’ the student says. Given the nature of his business, he wants to buy Bitcoins without being tracked.

These are the kinds of deals that have regulators worried.

It’s traditionally been tough to quickly buy Bitcoins with U.S. dollars, and recently it’s become tougher.  […] That [regulation has] led to a pretty healthy off-the-books market for Bitcoin traders. […] Buyers and sellers can also hook up over Internet Relay Chat at #bitcoin-otc”

“Buyer’s Best Friend will give you Bitcoins back for cash, much like you can get cash back from a credit card, but you are supposed to purchase something first.”

“Though trading an obscure crypto currency may sound very modern, the whole transaction has a decidedly old-fashioned and human flavor to it.”

 – http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2013/07/buttonwood
 – http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=261116.0

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Wired – Bitcoin's Street Sellers

Wired – Bitcoin’s Street Sellers:

Wired writer Robert McMillan (@bobmcmillan) makes some face-to-face, in-person trades and describes the experience.  Excerpts:

“Welcome to the quickest, most private way to buy the internet’s most successful digital currency: in-person and face-to-face.”

“Buttonwood meetups started in New York a few months ago and fanned out to San Francisco and Los Angeles. Buttonwood is an allusion to the May 17, 1792 agreement, struck under a buttonwood tree at 68 Wall Street, that set down the rules for what became the New York Stock Exchange.”

“After some haggling, Light types Copley’s Bitcoin address into his mobile phone and transfers just over half a Bitcoin ($50) to Copley’s digital wallet [for payment of silver bullion]”.

He used to buy and sell on a (temporarily shuttered) marketplace called Bitinstant. But a few months ago, ‘it started to ask for too much of my information,’ the student says. Given the nature of his business, he wants to buy Bitcoins without being tracked.

These are the kinds of deals that have regulators worried.

It’s traditionally been tough to quickly buy Bitcoins with U.S. dollars, and recently it’s become tougher.  […] That [regulation has] led to a pretty healthy off-the-books market for Bitcoin traders. […] Buyers and sellers can also hook up over Internet Relay Chat at #bitcoin-otc”

“Buyer’s Best Friend will give you Bitcoins back for cash, much like you can get cash back from a credit card, but you are supposed to purchase something first.”

“Though trading an obscure crypto currency may sound very modern, the whole transaction has a decidedly old-fashioned and human flavor to it.”

 – http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2013/07/buttonwood
 – http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=261116.0

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Wired – Bitcoin's Street Sellers

Wired – Bitcoin’s Street Sellers:

Wired writer Robert McMillan (@bobmcmillan) makes some face-to-face, in-person trades and describes the experience.  Excerpts:

“Welcome to the quickest, most private way to buy the internet’s most successful digital currency: in-person and face-to-face.”

“Buttonwood meetups started in New York a few months ago and fanned out to San Francisco and Los Angeles. Buttonwood is an allusion to the May 17, 1792 agreement, struck under a buttonwood tree at 68 Wall Street, that set down the rules for what became the New York Stock Exchange.”

“After some haggling, Light types Copley’s Bitcoin address into his mobile phone and transfers just over half a Bitcoin ($50) to Copley’s digital wallet [for payment of silver bullion]”.

He used to buy and sell on a (temporarily shuttered) marketplace called Bitinstant. But a few months ago, ‘it started to ask for too much of my information,’ the student says. Given the nature of his business, he wants to buy Bitcoins without being tracked.

These are the kinds of deals that have regulators worried.

It’s traditionally been tough to quickly buy Bitcoins with U.S. dollars, and recently it’s become tougher.  […] That [regulation has] led to a pretty healthy off-the-books market for Bitcoin traders. […] Buyers and sellers can also hook up over Internet Relay Chat at #bitcoin-otc”

“Buyer’s Best Friend will give you Bitcoins back for cash, much like you can get cash back from a credit card, but you are supposed to purchase something first.”

“Though trading an obscure crypto currency may sound very modern, the whole transaction has a decidedly old-fashioned and human flavor to it.”

 – http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2013/07/buttonwood
 – http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=261116.0

All News – Daily E-mail Subscription – Twitter: @BitcoinNews