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1  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Meet Norman Reed, General Counsel at Ripple Labs on: February 13, 2015, 08:11:23 PM
Meet Norman Reed, General Counsel at Ripple Labs:
2  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Promoting Web Payment Standards and Interoperability With the W3C on: February 12, 2015, 08:56:54 PM
Promoting Web Payment Standards and Interoperability With the W3C:
3  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / New Ripple consensus papers on: January 06, 2015, 05:12:13 AM
The Ripple Ledger Consensus Process

Reaching Consensus in Ripple:
4  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Ripple Labs 2014: A Year in Review on: December 23, 2014, 01:54:16 AM
Ripple Labs 2014: A Year in Review:
5  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Building the Internet of Money (Video) on: December 20, 2014, 08:26:07 AM
Building the Internet of Money (Video):

Edit: This was made by the same team that made the original Bitcoin We use coins video. Stefan and Fabian now work at Ripple Labs.
6  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Fidor bank payments over Ripple are live on: December 20, 2014, 12:29:10 AM
Fidor bank payments over Ripple are live:

Screen shots in a post.
7  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Bitcoin for Rockstars: How Cryptocurrency Can Revolutionize The Music Industry on: December 13, 2014, 10:41:36 PM
Bitcoin for Rockstars: How Cryptocurrency Can Revolutionize The Music Industry:
8  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Small Bank in Kansas Is a Financial Testing Ground on: December 13, 2014, 09:25:05 PM
Small Bank in Kansas Is a Financial Testing Ground:
9  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Business Insider: Want To Become A Billionaire? Solve One Of These 10 Problems on: December 12, 2014, 02:31:50 PM
Want To Become A Billionaire? Just Solve One Of These 10 Problems

"5)  Super Low-Cost International Payments..."
10  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Ripple Labs Partnership Brings Real-Time Transactions to Global Payments Hub on: December 04, 2014, 08:09:07 AM
Ripple Labs Partnership Brings Real-Time Transactions to Global Payments Hub:

Ripple Labs and Earthport Announce Global Partnership:
11  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Video: Introduction to Codius (Smart contracts for BTC and more) on: November 25, 2014, 07:15:37 AM
Tech Talk: Introduction to Codius (Nov 2014)

Codius provides smart contracts for Bitcoin and more.

See also: http://codius.org
12  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / RBS embraces crypto-currencies in hackathon challenge on: November 17, 2014, 03:16:50 PM
RBS embraces crypto-currencies in hackathon challenge
13  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / US Banks: Why We Embraced Ripple (coindesk) on: September 25, 2014, 11:04:57 PM
US Banks: Why We Embraced Ripple
14  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / VentureBeat: Ripple’s payment protocol comes to the U.S. on: September 24, 2014, 01:56:39 PM
Ripple’s payment protocol comes to the U.S.:

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Payment network Ripple Labs just snagged its second and third bank partnership in its quest to create frictionless global payments.

CBW Bank, out of Kansas, and Cross River Bank in New Jersey, both say they will use Ripple to make global money transfers and payments...
15  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / [SOLVED] Bitcoin's chicken and egg problem on: March 05, 2012, 01:37:14 AM
I'd like to point out this wonderful Bitcoin success story: Ogrr.com

The site is ugly!  What it is does is wonderful.

Ogrr is a forum.  It focuses mostly on gamers.  Ogrr's twist over a regular forum is that people can have mBTC balances and trade goods with each other. (FYI: 1,000 mBTC = 1 BTC)

Additionally, next to everyone's avatar is their mBTC balance.  The implication being people with a zero balance have low status. So, everyone has a reason to find some way to have some Bitcoins.

Ogrr has been growing like wild fire.  Ogrr has 1,500 members.  Membership is more than doubling every month.  In the last week it has grown by 500 members.  The previous 500 members took 3 weeks to join.  You can view the membership count at the bottom of the home page.

Ogrr's members seem to be coming from d2jsp.  d2jsp has over 670,000 members.  d2jsp's members have been abused: Advantages of Ogrr and mBTC over d2jsp and FG

Many of the members are likely kids.  Bitcoin let's anyone regardless of age conduct financial transactions over the Internet.  The site has a page that makes it easy for them to find ways to earn Bitcoins: List of websites to earn bitcoins.

Ogrr brings together sellers and buyers of virtual and real goods.  Further, since you can see people's mBTC balance, you can know they have money to spend.  You can tip people with mBTC.  Further, people who engage in transactions can be rated.

If Ogrr continues to grow at this rate in several months, we could have over 500,000 new Bitcoiners.  Imagine if they each wanted 20 Bitcoins. Smiley

I've talked to the owner and he assures me that they will have no problem dealing with spectacular growth.

BTW, the first 1,000 people to register and reach 10 (legitimate) posts get 1 BTC: All aboard!

-Arthur
16  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Real money for ponzi money on: January 10, 2012, 04:27:28 AM
Yesterday was the first time I paid cash for Bitcoins.  It was quite a feeling.

I held the cash in one hand, something I had trusted all my life.  And, the cash seemed like so much play money: monopoly money.  I realized the dollars were even worse than play money, which I had never valued. The US dollars had betrayed my trust.  It was ponzi money.  Money that has been and would continue to be devalued by the government if I dared to continue to hold it in my hands.

It felt like such a joke, I could trade it for Bitcoins that could not be devalued by any government and which are in fact grossly undervalued.

I actually bought some physical Bitcoins in person from Roger Ver of Memory Dealers.  While I'm not a great fan of the counter-party risk inherit in physical Bitcoins, I still think they have a place.  I'm planning on using them for gifts or conversation starters.  The nice thing about giving physical Bitcoin's is I don't need to tell the receivers about installing a wallet, making sure their computer is secure, or choosing an exchange.  I'm just going to tell them save them until they're worth thousands or they are a collectible.

There is some debate about how to present Bitcoin.  There is an opinion that we should only promote Bitcoin as useful and not as an investment. They feel promoting Bitcoin as an investment only fuels detractors.

I tell all my friends they should have some Bitcoin.  I tell for the simple reason that I don't want them to hate me for letting them miss out if and when Bitcoin becomes the world currency.  The fact is Bitcoin is grossly undervalued.  Bitcoin has the potential to be the world's currency and yet it only has a market cap of $50 million.  If Bitcoin is adopted as the world currency, each Bitcoin would be worth $3.5 million in today's dollars.

Bitcoin is highly volatile and I expect the ride up to very bumpy.  I am actually very pleased by all the "early adopters" dumping Bitcoin and driving the price down.  This is redistributing the Bitcoins and helping to grow and make more robust the Bitcoin economy.  People often don't realize that over 60% of the Bitcoins have yet to be distributed and that the Bitcoin distribution is already far more fair than the current distribution of wealth in the US.  In the US, the top 1% controls more than 40% of the wealth.  The distribution of Bitcoin is fairer than the status quo.

Then, there is gold and silver.  Wonderful things.  Which, I could never truly appreciate until Bitcoin started me down this financial adventure.  Of course, everyone should hold some gold and silver too.  Bitcoin has lead me to some real gems on the Internet:
  • maxkeiser.com
  • freedomainradio.com

For me now, investment wise, the question I ask is what are the odds of Bitcoin double or tripling in the next year versus gold? Well, the odds of gold tripling are pretty good. But, the odds of Bitcoin tripling again and again are even better.  People should have both.

If you'd like to experience the feeling of trading ponzi money for physical Bitcoins, Roger Ver will be at CES at the Bitcoin booth selling physical Bitcoins this week.
17  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / What videos would you recommend to potential Bitcoiners? on: December 30, 2011, 07:34:26 PM
What videos would you recommend to potential Bitcoiners?

18  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / An Introduction to Bitcoin (2nd revision) on: September 16, 2011, 07:01:17 AM
To better support the new national radio ads we've created an:

Please help us improve the page by showing it to non-bitcoiners and reporting what confused them or what further questions they had.

Thank you,

-Arthur
19  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / The Legitimization and Inevitability of Bitcoin on: September 11, 2011, 05:37:53 PM
The Legitimization and Inevitability of Bitcoin :
http://bitcoin-trader.blogspot.com/2011/09/legitimization-and-inevitability-of_10.html
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