In 1997, an Australian teenager created one of the web's first viable p2p programs. What happened to it can teach us a lot about emergent technologies today and where we may be going in the future.
When Bitreserve's CEO Halsey Minor made a blog post comparing Bitcoin to Netscape, it made a lot of people upset. Why, many thought, would the CEO of a Bitcoin company compare Bitcoin to the long defunct web browser? Does he not believe in Bitcoin? If that is the case, what is he doing in the industry?
OKCoin gave away 10 Million RMB and encouraged users to give it to their friends through WeChat, following a growing trend of sending traditional red envelopes through the popular chat program. The promotion awarded users with an amount between 1mBTC and 1BTC, then encouraged them to send that amount (or more from their linked OkCoin account) to their friends. The amount sent to each friend would be randomly determined.
Glenn Beck is what some might call a controversial figure. Known for his bombastic rants and crying fits while hosting his own, now defunct, show on Fox News, the conservative pundit now hosts his own radio show on the Radio/TV station he help found, BlazeTV. Recently, he expressed a belief that Bitcoin, and more specifically the blockchain could be a great tool in the fight for freedom.