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News, Sucka Free City Flowers for Bitcoin: A Large Exchange Sputters, but Digital Currency Stays Afloat in San Francisco

Flowers for Bitcoin: A Large Exchange Sputters, but Digital Currency Stays Afloat in San Francisco

In Tokyo, a disgruntled British trader stands outside the vacant, shuttered offices of Mt. Gox, once the highest-volume Bitcoin exchange in the world. He waves a sign bearing what could be either be a hugely volatile, or deeply metaphysical, question,…
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News, Sucka Free City Bitcoin of the Realm: The Richmond District Becomes a Fiefdom of New Currency

Bitcoin of the Realm: The Richmond District Becomes a Fiefdom of New Currency

At around 3 p.m. last Tuesday, the going rate for Bitcoin — the unregulated electronic currency with increasing hipster cachet — was about $959, and climbing. Brewster Kahle, founder of the Richmond District-based Internet Archive and staunch Bitcoin promoter, seemed…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Universal Mind

The Universal Mind

Like a John Hodgman who isn't bullshitting everybody, digital archivist and artificial intelligence master Brewster Kahle has dedicated himself to nothing less than “Universal Access to All Knowledge,” also the title of his seminar tonight with the Long Now Foundation.…
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Culture, Books X and Why

X and Why

When Mary Austin's boyfriend proposed to her, he letterpress-printed his question on a papyrus card. She didn't answer him right away; in fact, her immediate response was, "Thank you." Austin, co-founder of the San Francisco Center for the Book, had…
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Culture, Books In the Stacks

In the Stacks

Let's talk about the future. But first, this year: Google started scanning the pages of library books to allow them to be searched from any computer, and both the Authors Guild and the American Association of Publishers sued to stop…
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