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Nike Says The Colin Kaepernick ‘Just Do It’ Campaign Is Driving Traffic And Engagement (#GotBitcoin?)


Nike Inc. took a risk by casting Colin Kaepernick in its latest “Just Do It” ad, and the company says it’s paying off. On the fiscal first-quarter earnings call late Tuesday, Nike Chief Executive Mark Parker said the ad, which also includes tennis champ Serena Williams and skateboarder Lacey Baker,…

The Billion-Dollar Mystery Man and the Wildest Party Vegas Ever Saw (#GotBitcoin?)


Armed with a seemingly bottomless supply of cash, an unassuming Malaysian named Jho Low staged the ultimate extravaganza. Las Vegas, Nov. 3-4, 2012 Around 6 p.m. on a warm, cloudless November night, Pras Michél, a former member of the ‘90s hip-hop trio the Fugees, approached one of the Chairman Suites…

Cryptocurrencies and Blockchains: How Are They Doing After 10 Years? (#GotBitcoin?)


It wasn’t supposed to have worked out like this. Bitcoin was created about a decade ago, with the release of the original design paper, Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System, under the pen name of Satoshi Nakamoto. Bitcoin aimed to become a decentralized cryptocurrency and digital payment system that would…

How Dirty Money Disappears Into the Black Hole of Cryptocurrency (#GotBitcoin?)


Journal investigation documents suspicious trades through venture capital-backed ShapeShift. A North Korean agent, a stolen-credit-card peddler and the mastermind of an $80 million Ponzi scheme had a common problem. They needed to launder their dirty money. They found a common solution in ShapeShift AG, an online exchange backed by established…

Facebook Finds Security Flaw Affecting Almost 50 Million Accounts (#GotBitcoin?)


Security flaw allowed outsiders to take over users’ accounts. Facebook Inc. said hackers gained access to nearly 50 million accounts, in what amounts to the largest-ever security breach at the social network at a time when it is trying to regain the trust of its more than 2 billion monthly…

The Homes Where Families Go Off the Grid (#GotBitcoin?)


Advances in solar, wind and water technologies make tapping renewable energy easier, but it’s still hard to fully unplug. The Steyns spent about $1 million to acquire the 35-acre property and build their five-bedroom, off-grid home. Heather and Phillip Steyn’s 35-acre mountain ranch, deep within Colorado’s Roosevelt National Forest, is…

Farmers Say Aid Won’t Cover Tariff Damage (#GotBitcoin?)


USDA has begun making payments to farmers affected by trade conflicts. The Trump administration has started compensating U.S. farmers for damage tariffs are doing to their business. Many farmers say the payments won’t make up for lost sales to China and other foreign markets they were counting on to buy…

Shoppers Love Rewards Credit Cards. Retailers Hate Them (#GotBitcoin?)


Merchants want the right to reject some rewards credit cards, citing high interchange fees. Consumers have become addicted to credit cards with generous rewards programs. Retailers are trying to cut them off. Large merchants including Inc., Target Corp. and Home Depot Inc. are pushing for the right to reject…

Used-Car And Motorcycle Sales Boom As New Vehicles Get Too Pricey For Many (#GotBitcoin?)


Price gap between new and preowned cars has widened to a near decade high. The gap between the price of a new and used vehicle is as wide as it has been in years, pushing an increasing number of consumers to the used-car lot and putting pressure on auto makers…

Workers Strike Demanding Better Pay And Benefits While Corporations Use Excess Cash To Buy-Back Company Stock (#GotBitcoin?)


The strengthening economy and tight labor market are giving workers more confidence to demand employer concessions through strikes. In recent weeks, unionized hotel housekeepers in Chicago, distillery workers in Kentucky and crane operators in Seattle have all walked off the job to pressure employers for better pay and benefits. Some…

PayPal Bans Alex Jones And InfoWars (#GotBitcoin?)


Alex Jones can add PayPal Holdings Inc. to the list of companies ending ties to the conspiracy theorist and his InfoWars website for hateful and intolerant behavior. The payments company said Friday in a blog post that it will no longer offer its services to InfoWars and related websites. PayPal…

The First Flying-Car Review (#GotBitcoin?)


Aeromobiles—aeros for short. That’s what I’ve decided to call the proliferating class of machines billed as flying cars, which is a lazy misnomer and misleading. Nobody is seriously proposing fully streetable automobiles that also fly, unless they mean to launch a Cadillac Escalade off a cliff. Even “car” is conceptually…