Ep 44: Monsieur

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NextBank Aims To Be The First All-Bitcoin Financial Institution

Woe betide traditional banking because Dimitry Voloshinskiy and his team are on the prowl. Voloshinskiy is the founder of the NextBank Project, an attempt to create a truly bitcoin-based bank.<p>The team has raised $950,000 so far using personal money and angels, and they hope to attract more.<p>What is …


YouTube Music is here, and it’s a game changer

YouTube is first and foremost a video portal, the world’s largest and most popular online collection of moving images. But it’s also a search engine, the world’s second largest, trailing only its parent company, Google. And while the library on YouTube is made up of videos, in practice it has also …


Twitter Engineering Manager Leslie Miley Leaves Company Because Of Diversity Issues

Twitter Engineering Manager Leslie Miley, the only black engineer in a leadership position at Twitter, just publicly announced that he has left the company. In his post, he says his reasons for leaving have everything to do with the way Twitter is addressing diversity and inclusion.<p>Though Miley was …


Snapchat Reaches 6 Billion Daily Videos Views, Tripling From 2 Billion In May

On the heels of Facebook’s announcement last week that they had surpassed 8 billion daily video views, Snapchat confirmed to the FT over the weekend that users of the ephemeral messaging app were now watching 6 billion videos every day.<p>What’s really notable about this latest reveal is how damn …


'Go Dutch' founders hope to eliminate dating expectations

A trio of Chicago women think they have a solution to any awkwardness linked to footing the bills for blind first dates.<p>Their Go Dutch Today mobile app removes expections that men pay for the dates and that women reciprocate with sex. The app is based on the idea that a couple split the cost of a …

Amazon CEO bought The Washington Post. Now China rival Alibaba is pushing into newspapers

While it was Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos who bought The Washington Post for $250 million last year, it’s Amazon’s rival in China, Alibaba, that by all accounts is now pushing into newspapers and online media in earnest.<p>Rumours are flying around that Alibaba may be eyeing a stake in Hong …