Daily Bits – healthy bubbles, an ad-free future and cool cakes – June 4, 2017

The Economist magazine published two articles about blockchain technology this past week. One focused on how it can help governments with all sorts of processes, and gave concrete examples from Sweden, Estonia, Georgia and Ukraine. I especially liked this quote from the deputy head of Ukraine’s e-government agency.

“Most officials don’t understand what we’re doing, so they don’t sense the threat.”

Another article asked whether bitcoin’s price rise was the result of speculative mania, or a realisation of value. It points out that, unlike tulips, bitcoins are actually useful.

“If there is such a thing as a healthy bubble, this is it.”

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This article on CoinDesk – A Counterargument to the Value Proposition of Ripple’s XRP Token – helped me understand Ripple better.

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So Google will release its own adblocker… and let publishers charge readers who use other adblockers. Maybe that’s monopolistic, but my takeaway is that the number 1 ad server, a company who’s revenue largely depends on ads, publicly acknowledges that ad-free experiences are the future.

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Apparently “brushstroke cakes” are a big thing now. I can see why – softly aggressive, stylishly informal, deliciously irreverent. And they look like they’d be so much fun to cut into…

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I’m at the MoneyConf conference in Madrid for the next few days, talking and thinking about the increasing overlap of blockchain with fintech… Plus, I get to moderate a Q&A session with Brett King, host of the Breaking Banks podcast (and author of 5 books, and founder of fintech company Moven, and an excellent speaker). Yes, I get to interview one of the best interviewers in the sector. No pressure.

So, I probably won’t have time to post here until the end of the week. But, I imagine I’ll have a lot to say when I resurface… 😉

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