Úno 29

AgTech Startup Feeds the Crowd

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The technology can also be used by producer groups and industry stakeholders to facilitate crowdfunded transactions in their own markets. „We’ve already entered discussions with a number of producer groups keen to utilise the software using their own branding“, Mr Tarasenko said. „It’s fantastic to see farmers with an avenue to sell their beef to their local community, in a volume that is manageable for the individual consumer and without waste for the farmer.“

SOURCE LINK to the full article: http://www.newsmaker.com.au/news/41220/agtech-startup-feeds-the-crowd#.VtQwwX197EY

Tags: agtech, crowd-carnivore, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, startup, sustainable-meat

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Úno 29

Childcare App Kangarootime To Launch Parent-Teacher Connectivity Portal This Spring

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„What we’re building is the first all-in-one in childcare, what I mean is there are a number of management platforms like ProCare or EZCare that automate and facilitate childcare center management, and then there are platforms like MyKidzDay and TadPoles that facilitate parent and teacher connectivity, so parents have an app that shows them what’s going on with their kids. We’re the first to launch a platform that provides both, and that can crowdsource virtually all of that automation as well,“ Wayman says.

SOURCE:http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/02/prweb13237741.htm

Tags: app, childcare-app, crowdsource, crowdsourcing, kangarootime, tools

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Úno 29

AppSnap: Sunshine Weather App Adds Little Value

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The app crowd sources weather forecasts to try to have the most accurate weather predictions so a person is never caught in the rain without an umbrella or ill-prepared for the day’s weather.

The problem, however, is the app is so new and so few people use it in my area that the crowdsourcing is of little to no value to me. If it starts raining or snowing, Sunshine won’t alert me any faster than any other app.

SOURCE LINK to the full article: http://www.inforum.com/variety/3957134-appsnap-sunshine-weather-app-adds-little-value

Tags: app, appsnap, crowdsourcing, sunshine, weather

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Úno 29

Bitcoinist Weekly News Re-Hash: Bitcoin Classic Gaining Steam

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This past week saw a lot of hot news stories coming from the Bitcoin community and the organizations powering the growth of the ecosystem. Bitcoin Classic appeared in the news a few times throughout the week, reminding us that the block size debate is far from over. In terms of price, not much happened at the macro level. Hardly any change took place between the open and close of the week, with the price falling less than one percent in total. However, the day-to-day activity certainly gave traders a lot to be excited about, with a lot of big declines and welcome gains.

Also read: Tendermint Thinks it Will Be Better Than Bitcoin 

Daily Bitcoin Price Action

  • February 22: $437.07
  • February 23: $437.96
  • February 24: $419
  • February 25: $419.92
  • February 26: $420.32
  • February 27: $431.46
  • February 28 Open: $424.81
  • February 28 Close: $436.65

Total Change: -0.10%

Weekly News Re-Hash: Bitcoin Core Gains Momentum

Our week began on Monday, February 22, 2015 with the bitcoin price at $437.07, holding on to the gains made in the previous week. Monday saw fairly calm market activity, the price hovering in the mid-to-high $430s. Bitcoin peaked at $440 in the evening, but quickly returned to that $430s range that characterized the day’s activity.

In the news, we reported on Multipool.us launching a Bitcoin Classic mining pool. Multipool.us dedicated on petahash of mining power to the Classic pool, which represents a large amount of mining support for Bitcoin Core’s newest competitor.

Tuesday started at $437.96, but would quickly fall dramatically. At 3 AM, the markets took a dive, and the bitcoin price fell from $435 at the top of the hour to $422 at the close, with an hourly low of $416. The price stayed in this lower range for the rest of the day, floating between the high $410s and the mid $420s.

Meanwhile, on Bitcoinist, we reported about the new release of Bitcoin Core version 0.12.0 and its new improvements. Additionally, we reported on a development from the Free Ross campaign. FreeRoss.org released a rare home video of Ross Ulbricht. The Free Ross campaign is ran by Ulbricht’s mother, who is fighting to help her son get an appeal for what they believe was an unfair sentencing for his involvement with Silk Road.

The 24th started out on a negative note, the price plunging from $419 to the low $410s in the opening hour of the day. Throughout the rest of the day, though, the markets staged a modest recovery from this dive, rising back into the mid $420s. Towards the end of the day, the price took a small dip, falling to the low $420s to close out the day.

More Bitcoin Classic news came to light on Wednesday the 24th. We reported that five Bitcoin ATM operators switched to Classic. Sumbits, Tobitcoin, Herocoin, Coinucopia and Bitlove switched to the Bitcoin Core competitor. This change affected 29 Bitcoin ATMs in North America.

Bitcoin mining pool F2Pool threatened to withdraw consensus support from the February 21 roundtable due to allegations regarding Adam Back’s self-designation as an “individual” rather than the CEO of BlockStream when announcing his support for consensus.

February 25 opened with the price at $419.22, almost no change over the start of the previous day. The markets stayed quiet during the 25th, staying well within the low $420s range.

In the news, we reported on newly-surfaced court documents suggesting that the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation and Carnegie Mellon University colluded to attack the TOR network. In November 2015, the Tor Project accused the FBI of paying $1 million USD to the university in exchange for its help in revealing users on the TOR network. These court documents at least partially confirmed these claims, reporting that the FBI did in fact use the university’s academic resources to aid in the takedown of the Silk Road 2.0 marketplace.

E-Coin announced a major rebranding, changing its name to Wirex and adding new services to its platform. These services, including a new mobile app and two-way bitcoin debit cards, are aimed at “bridging the gap between blockchain technology and traditional finance.”

Friday the 26th kicked off with the bitcoin price at $420.32, a little more than a dollar above the opening price on Thursday. The first half of the day saw extremely flat trading activity, with the price refusing to budge above or below $424. However, the price jumped upwards heading into the evening hours, reaching a peak of $435 at 7 PM. This explosion in buying leveled out, as the day came to a close, bringing the price down to the low $430s.

At Bitcoinist, we posted a new job listing. We are looking for a sales manager to lead the charge on securing ad deals for our website to help build revenue. We are looking for someone with experience in online sales who can help build one of the most trusted websites in the Bitcoin news industry.

Also on the 26th, popular wallet-exchange hybrid Coinbase published a blog post telling the public that it is “not a wallet.” Responding to criticism regarding the company’s privacy policies and exchange-hosted wallets in general, Coinbase explained that it is not meant to be a place to store large amounts of bitcoins. Instead, the company’s goal is to bridge the gap between the legacy financial system and the bitcoin economy, and then later evolving into a “retail exchange” as Bitcoin becomes more prominent in the mainstream.

February 27 started out at $431.46, a significant gain over the start of the previous day. Coming off the high of Friday’s rally, the markets stayed very calm for most of the day, with very little fluctuation in the bitcoin price. The fell into the mid $420s at 7 PM, though, where it would stay for the remainder of the night.

Sunday, February 28 began with the bitcoin price at $424.81, remaining in the mid $420s range following the late-day fall on Saturday. After minimal activity during the early morning hours, the markets picked up at 9 AM and the price began moving upwards. Bitcoin returned to the mid $430s and then plateaued at midday, staying in that range until the evening hours. The price began moving upwards again, climbing to $437. The day closed at $436.65, making for a very small decline of 0.10% for the entire week.

  What do you think will happen in the Bitcoin world in the coming week? Let us know in the comments below!

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Úno 29

LocalBitcoins Volume In South Africa Shows 50-fold Growth In One Year

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The concept of Bitcoin has been attracting attention from all over the world in recent years. Digital currency provides a way to achieve financial freedom regardless of one’s location or access to existing services and platforms. South Africa seems to be taking a serious liking to Bitcoin in recent weeks, as the LocalBitcoins trading volume keeps spiking week over week.

Also read: London Bitcoin Forum – The Conference for Bitcoin & Blockchain Innovations – Kicks Off March 23rd

South Africa Goes Through Financial Turmoil

Historically speaking, the increase in trading volume on LocalBitcoins in South Africa has been taking place since April of 2015. Even though a small increase is nothing to make note of these days, the volume has been steadily increasing ever since that time. Or to be more precise, the LocalBitcoins volume has grown by almost 5,000 percent in the past eleven months.

Financial trouble has been brewing in South Africa for quite some time now, as the country has gone through no less than three different finance ministers in less than a week in December of 2015. Even though Pravin Gordhan had served as a finance minister from 2009 to 2014, his appointment at the end of 2015 was a drastic move to put investors’ minds at ease.

The previous finance ministers between the end of 2014 and December 2015 have been able to reign in state spending, which was a cause for great joy among South African citizens. However, the South African Rand fell to record lows during this same period, part of which could be blamed on the increasing USD value.

A weak Rand is creating financial instability in the country, forcing residents and investors to look for other options. Bitcoin seems to prevent the answer to the problem, as this popular digital currency is available to anyone in the world, without oversight from banks or governments.

However, obtaining Bitcoin can be a bit of a problem for novice users. Luckily, there are platforms like LocalBitcoins, which connects buyers and sellers of digital currency with each other. Unlike traditional Bitcoin exchanges, LocalBitcoins will not touch customer funds at any step along the way, as they just act as a platform to connect interested parties and create a reputation system for individual users.

LocalBitcoins Usage On The Rise

It should come as no surprise to find out the Bitcoin volume against the South African Rand is seeing a healthy boost on LocalBitcoins. The transaction volume has been increasing month over month since April of 2015, and business has seriously picked up as of November of last year. This surge in Bitcoin volume appeared around the same time the country when through three ministers of finance, so there might be a correlation there.

At the time of publication, LocalBitcoins reached a weekly volume of 12 million South African Rand in the past week. This is quite an increase compared to the last week of February in 2015, as the volume then was sitting at 251,254 Rand. To put this into numbers people can relate to, the LocalBitcoins volume in ZAR increased from US$16,624.66 per week to US$746,240.43 in less than one year.

What are your thoughts on this major LocalBitcoins trading volume in South Africa? Will this trend continue? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Coin Dance

Images courtesy of LocalBitcoins, Shutterstock

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Úno 29

Access Now Uses Crowdsourcing to Pinpoint Accessible Businesses

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„The idea is to be able to crowdsource accessibility information worldwide, bringing together a community of people who understand the needs of people with disabilities or anybody who would need accessibility information.“

SOURCE LINK to the full article: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/access-now-app-1.3467854

Tags: access-now, accessibility-information, crowdsourcing, persons-with-disabilities

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Úno 28

Getting Aid for Deserving Projects

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This is what Give.my aims to address, by providing a fundraising platform for teacher-led education projects in Malaysia.

Give.my is a partnership between Tandemic, Kelip-Kelip, Sekolahku and the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC).

SOURCE LINK to the full article: http://www.thestar.com.my/news/education/2016/02/28/getting-aid-for-deserving-projects-remote-schools-sports-day-success-therapeutic-action-for-kids-she/

Tags: crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, education, edud, givemy

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Úno 28

Meet Crowdisland, Sri Lanka's First Equity Crowdfunding Platform

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Today, Sri Lanka has its own crowdfunding platform that is known as Crowdisland . Founded by Jeevan Gnanam – Director of the SA Group and the investment bank York Street Partners, Crowdisland isn’t your typical crowdfunding platform. Crowdisland is Sri Lanka’s first equity crowdfunding platform. Its aim is to connect startups with investors.

SOURCE LINK to the full article: http://readme.lk/crowdisland-launched/

Tags: crowdfunding, crowdisland, crowdsourcing, harsha-de-silva

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Úno 28

London Bitcoin Forum – The Conference for Bitcoin & Blockchain Innovations – Kicks Off March 23rd

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London Bitcoin Forum – The Conference for Bitcoin & Blockchain Innovations – Kicks Off March 23rd

On March 23 & 24 2016, taking place at the QEII Centre, in the heart of London, The London Bitcoin Forum is bringing together 900 attendees, more than 60 expert speakers and 20+ media partners for a prestigious two-day event featuring powerful keynote talks, plenty of networking opportunities, demos and panels about upcoming challenges and opportunities provided by Bitcoin and the Blockchain Technology in this new emerging reality where collaboration is the key.

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London Bitcoin Forum

Attendees that participate will have the opportunity to meet those at the forefront of the Bitcoin &Blockchain community and gain new insights from important talks like: Public vs Private Blockchains, Financial Smart Contracts, Distributed Ledger Technology. Unlike many other events, the London Bitcoin forum will feature an important debate on Scaling Issues, Blocksize Limit, Forks and also a panel on Global and UK Regulation & Compliance. New Speakers are welcomed to register until March 5th.

With a large select audience of experts, financial executives, entrepreneurs, fund managers, journalists and an impressive speaker line-up, The London Bitcoin Forum offers a unique opportunity for sponsors to showcase companies, product innovations or services to those that really matter, get in touch with investors or use it as a recruiting platform in the -Career Opportunities with Blockchain Companies- section. In this section companies looking to expand their teams are invited to present their Bitcoin related job offers, internships and career opportunities. Anyone passionate about Bitcoin &Blockchain interested in helping build the future is also invited to take part in this section for career insights and maybe find their new employer. The forum will feature a panel dedicated to Bitcoin Casinos and Gambling websites focusing on talks about how Bitcoin can reshape the online gambling industry and showcase some of the best online casinos which accept Bitcoin. Early bird tickets for the forum are now live at www.londonbitcoinforum.co.uk. The early bird rate (£115 for a Full 2-Day Pass) will apply until March 5th. Students have the opportunity to purchase a ticket for just £75.

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Úno 27

Wall of Coins: Effortless Marketplace for Bitcoin

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Wall of Coins: Effortless Marketplace for Bitcoin

Wall of Coins is a peer-to-peer bitcoin marketplace that lets users buy and sell bitcoin without compromising privacy or security. Customers report that this exchange is fast, with an average order fulfillment time of around 10 minutes.

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Wall of Coins: Buying and Selling Made Easy

A Wall of Coins representative said:

“Wall of Coins is the easiest place to liquidate Bitcoin on the planet. You get cash immediately and securely at the price you determine. Say goodbye to waiting days for an ACH transfer, and say so-­long to paying any fees.”

Being able to cash out your coins without waiting on an ACH transfer is actually kind of a big deal. Competitors that do use the ACH transfer system, like Coinbase, generally require sellers to wait around 2-4 business days before their fiat appears in their bank accounts. These delays make bitcoin fairly illiquid, greatly diminishing the utility of the Bitcoin network’s fast confirmation times and borderless transactions.

The exchange touts its speed and efficiency in connecting buyers and sellers through its Buying Wizard. With the Wizard, users get funds sent directly to any address they choose, eliminating any waiting time that may come from internal confirmation processes on other exchanges. Users should be able to have their funds sent to any Bitcoin market instantly. To use the Wizard, traders enter their bitcoin addresses and wait for the order to complete, and then their coins “are sent instantly to the market.”

Wall of Coins claims top-notch security as well. Genitrust CEO Robert Genito says that his team at Wall of Coins employed security analysts and “ethical hackers” to build the exchange from the ground-up, ensuring that it protects user funds.

One of the exchange’s strongest security features is a unique technology it uses called “Rapid Cold Storage.” This system allows Wall of Coins to send transactions from cold storage just as fast as transactions sent from multi-sig wallets. Therefore, Rapid Cold Storage is comparable to hot wallets in speed, but boasts increased security, keeping keys away from online systems.  Furthermore, the company says that their offline machines actually offer “more robust” protection than multi-signature technology, suggesting an extremely secure storage system.

To protect buyer privacy, Wall of Coins does not require users to give up banking information, allowing them to trade without linking an account.

Sellers can also get cash immediately sent to any secure financial system they choose, including bank accounts, credit unions, Moneygram and Western Union.

The team running the company is composed of experienced Bitcoiners. According to them:

“We are all seasoned veterans, with some of us having sold Bitcoin since 2011. We understand these problems intimately, and have developed technology to solve all problems related to selling coins for cash.”

Operating for over a year, Wall of Coins customers have made their satisfaction known. The company provides users with a free customer service hotline operated in a live call center, as well as a live chat system on the website.

The team also works to provide stress-free trading to its customers by doing “all the heavy lifting for its sellers.” With its peer-to-peer market and its emphasis on security, Wall of Coins aims to provide a trading experience where users don’t have to “worry about finding liquidity for large orders, or the fear of robbery.”

Wall of Coins has also made its API available to anyone. Through the API “we’ve allowed ANYONE to offer the same Buy/Sell functionality [as us],” Genito says, “what does this mean? Well think of Gildera and Airbitz: Airbitz was able to offer their users the ability to load their wallet with bitcoin (using Gildera) — we did something similar with Post Share wallet almost a year ago.”

This company is run by Genitrust, a privately-funded corporation. Since its creation in 2013, Genitrust has specialized in Bitcoin software solutions. The profits they have made from their endeavors in early mining, GPU co-location, ASIC mining, ASIC co-location through HashingPlex, and the “Sell Bitcoin” app on Wall of Coins have gone back into the Bitcoin ecosystem to ensure its continued growth.

What do you think about Wall of Coins? Let us know in the comments below!

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