Trump signs order on rulemaking: For every regulation added, agencies have to cut 2 others


WASHINGTON President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday designed to fulfill his campaign pledge to reduce red tape for businesses. The two-page order requires that when a federal agency proposes new regulations, “it shall identify at least two existing regulations to be repealed.” “We want to make the life easier for small businesses” and

Google Sets Up $4 Million Immigration Crisis Fund After Trump Ban


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Trump’s draft cybersecurity policy has no role for FBI


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Uber responds to #DeleteUber with $3M legal defense fund for immigrant drivers


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Shark Tank Backed Blockchain Fantasy Game Augmentors Launches ICO, Raises 250 BTC in 6 hours

Bitcoin Press Release: Augmentors, a unique augmented reality mobile game backed by Bitcoin blockchain offers a realistic fantasy gaming experience.

January 30, 2017, Los Altos, California Augmentors, a game created by Michael Deon is the first ever Blockchain-based augmented reality game in existence. The game, backed by some of the leading investors from Shark Tank South Africa, has announced an ICO of its DataBits crypto tokens (DTB) starting today, January 30, 2017. Augmentors will award early investors that participate today with an extra 20% of DataBits. The ICO will run alongside the ongoing bounty campaign (started on January 23, 2017) to end on February 28, 2017. Augmentors has successfully raised over 250 BTC within the first 6 hours of the ICO.

The Augmentors game is a 3D modeled augmented reality fantasy game consisting of 50 rare creatures, known as Augmentors. Each Augmentor is capable of unique attacks, spells, and movements. They also have their own origin, backstory and can be trained, traded or even swapped between players. The concept behind the gameplay and its seamless integration with blockchain technology has been recognized by Vinny Lingham, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur known for his association with Bitcoin and Blockchain-based identity startup, Civic. Joining Vinny on the deal is the Group co-CEO of the largest African advertising agency The Creative Counsel and board member of Grotech venture capital tech fund, Gil Oved.

The game has already raised investment through Shark Tank and it also ran a successful pre-sale showing appetite for the game among both gaming and cryptocurrency communities. Through the DataBits ICO, the game platform now intends to raise the rest of the $1 million required to complete the game development. Augmentors has created a total of 100,000,000 DataBits, 70 percent of which will be made available to investors during the ICO. The remaining 30 percent will be split between development, marketing and promotion of the game. Those purchasing DataBits packages during the token sale period will also receive a selection of rare, one-of-the-kind creatures relative to their contribution size.

It’s been a long but exciting journey to conceptualize the mechanics of the game, design the 50 characters and their stories, as well how the token sale will work,

Said Michael Deon, the creator and founder of Augmentors. He added,

We think what sets this game apart is that backers of the game will have real ownership of their characters and the in-game currency, DataBits,

ICO Structure

The first Augmentors ICO went live today on January 30, 2017, with the aim of raising $1 million, required for completion of the game. During the 30-day ICO ending on February 28, 2017, the DTB tokens will be available in a ratio of 15000DTB: 1BTC. The ratio of DTB tokens to BTC will be reduced by 1000 at every 5 day intervals throughout the ICO period. Even if the platform fails to raise the required $1 million by the end of the stipulated timeframe, all funds raised will be directly put to use for developing the Alpha version of Augmentors, set for release by the end of May 2017 on Google Play Store and the App Store. The Beta version will soon follow. Meanwhile, throughout the development process, the team will continue working on updates and new game features to create a wholesome game experience for the players of Augmentors. Upon completion of the ICO or the goal of $1 million, all unsold DTBs and Creature tokens will be burnt to protect the tokens’ value. The team will continue development by utilizing all the funds raised till date to ensure its completion on time.

Bounty Program

The Augmentors Bounty Campaigns offers an additional way for gamers and cryptocurrency enthusiasts to earn DTBs. Each campaign has a stake attached to it, which can be earned by completing the stated objectives. The detailed structure of all bounty campaigns is explained on the website’s Bounty Campaign section. The bounty distribution will be executed according to the campaign structure, and the allocated DTBs for each campaign will be divided amongst all its participants.

The number of stakes each participant accumulates will be divided by the total number of stakes accumulated in each section and later multiplied by the total number of DTBs allocated to each bounty campaign to determine the share of each participant. The table of participation for each part of the bounty program is available here.

Pre-Sale Success

In order to realize its vision of interplayable in-game assets, Augmentors had organized a pre-sale of DataBits tokens, exclusively for the backers of Spells of Genesis. During the presale, held between 5th and 11th December 2016, the platform offered a limited-edition collaboration creature Genesis of Light interplayable on both Spells of Genesis and Augmentors. During the pre-sale, Augmentors raised a total of 45.2 BTCs, equivalent to $42,400 by selling 678000 DTBs. Early investors in Augmentors bought 67 units of Genesis of Light. Additional 20 units were sent to Spells of Genesis and the remaining unsold 913 units were ultimately burnt.

About Augmentors

Augmentors is a blockchain based augmented reality game created by Michael Deon and Kyle Haffendon. All the game elements are backed by Counterparty tokens that run on the Bitcoin Blockchain.

Interested investors can take part in the Augmentors ICO here.

Learn more about Augmentors at

Watch the Augmentors Shark Tank South Africa video at

Know more about DataBits at

Spells of Genesis

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YoCoin Launches a Decentralized Blockchain-Based Insurance Platform

Bitcoin Press Release: YoCoin Insurance is an insurance platform on blockchain that issues all kinds of smart contract backed policies and bonds.

January 30, 2017, Bangkok, Thailand The creators behind peer-to-peer YoCoin digital currency has announced the launch of YoCoin Insurance, a decentralized blockchain-based insurance platform. The YoCoin Insurance platform exploits various features of cryptocurrency blockchain including storage of financial transactions, forecasting, smart contracts, etc. to offer innovative smart contract-based insurance policies.

The YoCoin Insurance platform supports a range of policy types, starting with life and health insurance policies.

How it Works

The YoCoin Insurance platform can be used to issue insurance policies and bonds. It allows policyholders and bond investors to share the associated investment risks. An investor can sign up and choose the bonds from desired categories and packages with different insurance terms. The insurance terms include information about the insurance type, duration, risk level and other parameters. All insurance events are monitored, and corresponding data is fed into the smart contract by an oracle. Each insurance smart contract will have one or more oracles associated with it.

The policyholder minimizes the risk of losses by creating insurance policies on the platform, which will be paid with YoCoin. Upon making payment, an Ethereum smart contract linked to the insurance policy will be generated. The smart contract will include all insurance conditions and claim information within the previously laid out insurance terms. In the case of a claim, the policyholder will be issued payouts in agreement with the terms of his policy. All the policy statistics including claims history, bond statistics, reports, and charts will be available to the policyholders and investors on YoCoin Insurance platform.


Once the investor has selected the desired bonds from the list of investment categories and packages, he will make the payment using YoCoin to receive the selected bonds. These bonds can then be traded on initial or secondary markets. In the absence of any claims within the insurance policy terms, the investor stands to receive the invested amount plus a return.

This is one of many innovations we are building around the YoCoin platform,

Said the Chief Operating Officer of YoCoin, Dave Wilson. Dave continued saying,

YoCoin provides a backbone for smart contracts, asset trading, real estate transactions, escrow services, income distribution systems, and an unlimited number of other uses that can all run as programmed without any downtime, censorship, fraud or third party interference,

The YoCoin Insurance platform will be rolled out in the coming days. More information on YoCoin and the YoCoin Insurance platform is available at

About YoCoin

YoCoin (Symbol: YOC) is a cryptocurrency built on Ethereum mother blockchain by YoCoin Limited, a UAE based company. It has a total supply of 200 million units. YoCoin supports smart contracts, decentralized autonomous organizations, decentralized applications, multi-signature transactions.

Learn more about YoCoin at
Participate in YoCoin discussions on

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YoCoin is the source of this content. Virtual currency is not legal tender, is not backed by the government, and accounts and value balances are not subject to consumer protections. This press release is for informational purposes only. The information does not constitute investment advice or an offer to invest.

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BCC Cryptocurrency Exchange Launches in Record Time Following Successful Completion of BitConnect Coin ICO

Bitcoin Press Release: BitConnect Coin (BCC), a cryptocurrency created by enters next phase of development supported by its own proprietary BCC Exchange.

January 30, 2017, the team behind BitConnect Coin (BCC) takes pleasure in announcing the completion of its successful ICO. The ICO saw community members buying over 1 million BCCs, paving the way for the next phase of development which included the launch of its proprietary BCC exchange.

During the ICO, the new cryptocurrency was sold at the rate of 1000 BCCs per BTC, and the early adopters received up to 40% bonus on their investment. With enough backers, the platform finished the exchange development in just ten days. The BCC exchange will see a lot of new features in the coming days, including the addition of support for multiple cryptocurrencies alongside BCC.

BitConnect Coin’s full-node software is openly distributed with a new desktop client for mining and staking the cryptocurrency under proper guidance. BCC holders can now use the existing web wallet to conveniently send the cryptocurrency to BitConnect desktop client and other desired trading platforms. The BitConnect Coin is based on a special POW/POS algorithm for added network security. The algorithm also turns BCC into an interest-bearing asset with a 120% return per year. To gain profits through POS minting, users will have to hold their coins in a BitConnect-QT wallet.

BCC community members can experience a new level of empowerment through the open source platform that connects them socially and financially to a secure, protected community of investors and lenders. With the community’s help, BCC owners can also benefit from the cryptocurrency’s exponential price rise by increasing their deposits in the wallet. The interest gained during the period translates to a hefty profit.

Few new features in store for 2017 include the launch of BCC Mining and Staking Pool and its own Smart Card. These features will not only allow community members to earn, but also spend the cryptocurrency for their everyday expenses. The whole BitConnect platform, which started as a concept in Q1, 2016 has scaled to become the world’s fastest growing online Bitcoin community. The website, features among the top 80k sites on Alexa. More information on BitConnect Exchange is available here.

About BitConnect

BitConnect is an open source platform for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency users to earn, learn, but and sell bitcoins to other trusted community members directly.

Learn more about BitConnect at
Register on BitConnect Exchange at
Access BitConnect-QT wallet at

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DeVos Code Words for Creationism Offshoot Raise Concerns About Junk Science


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Photos: Immigrant Ban Protests at American Airports


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Hackers Demand Bitcoin After Hijacking Hotels Locks


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Hedge Funds Hit Record 3 Trillion Assets Under Management: Shades of 2008


This out of Bloomberg: the hedge fund industry that (in part) brought us the great crash of 2008, now about more than three TRILLION dollars under management.

This is a doubling of the amount of money under hedge fund control just after the 2008 crash. To put it in perspective, the largest bank in the world right now is JP Morgan Chase with a 240-billion capitalization. The second is Wells Fargo with 236 billion, and the third is Industrial & Commerce Bank of China with 226.

Now the real question is, does this amount of money in the hands of hedge funds pose a risk to you, me, our jobs, or families, our community?

It depends. It depends on whether the systemic problems that precipitated the last crash have been fixed as laid out in this Economist article:

The fact of the matter is that Obama did little to fix the systemic problems in the economy, and Trumpfar from draining the swampis putting a rogues gallery of Wall Street and corporate heavy hitters into as many leadership positions as he can.

These are people who created, participated in, and profited from the crash of 2008. They are not interested in what happens to you, your job, your savings, or your retirement.

Its time to start looking at alternatives to Wall Street and banks. Its time to start looking for ways to take control of your finances that they dont control.


This article is not investment advice and everyone considering investing in Bitcoin should be sure to thoroughly research and understand it before taking the plunge. The author is invested in Bitcoin.

Don’t Call Trump a LiarHe Doesn’t Care About Truth


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A New Low For Wells Fargo: Are You Still Using Gross Big Banks?


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Will MasterCard Send Kill Bitcoin?


With all due respect to Betteridges Law, which states that any opinion piece headline that is a yes/no question will invariably be answered no, the answer is no.

MasterCard Send is a new service that will allow card holders to send money, domestically and internationally, instantly for low cost. Currently operational in the US, the service will allow both banked and unbanked individuals to get payments through deposits to their credit cards, bank accounts, or to payment agents.

This service would seem to be a direct challenge to the rise of virtual currencies like Bitcoin and may in fact be inspired by them. Here are some ways the service will fall short:

  • The service is mostly being marketed to businesses, possibly as a roll-out strategy, but also possibly showing a fear of making the service generally accessible.
  • Though money might be collected from authorized money exchanges if the recipient doesn’t have a bank, its unclear if the person sending the money will need to be banked.
  • There is no word about the fees involved. It is very possible that it will be economical for large institutions to send large amounts of money, but be completely impractical for smaller users.
  • This is a centralized system, completely controlled by MasterCard. Thus, every transaction will be monitored and reported. No sending money to anyone or any organization that MasterCard or your local government dont like.
  • Although there will be some facility in remitting money, this is not a currency in-and-of itself and will provide no hedge against inflation, devaluation, or financial collapse: things Bitcoin was designed for.

Interestingly, Barb King, a group head in the MasterCard Payment Systems Integrity Group, described said of the service, consumers are much more comfortable giving their personal details to their financial institution than they are to many other types of entities. This is a very telling quote that seems to miss the point of Bitcoin altogether. If you dont want to, there is no need to send personal information at all to the recipient. A case in point is that one of the ads in the sidebar of this article is run by A-Ads, a service that needs only a Bitcoin address to register and makes payment to that address.

Even more, its funny that an industry leader would say that people are comfortable giving them personal information. They do because they recognize the type of service it is, but they would definitely prefer to not have all their purchases tracked.

The creation of MasterCard Send make sit clear that the industry is paying attention, but at the end of the day, its going to be a day late and a dollar short.

Bill Moyers: Donald Trump Is Turning American Democracy into Demolition Derby


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Bitcoin and the Nuclear Clean Up of Pacific Islands



Between 1977 and 1980, the US military cleaned up the Enewetak Islands of nuclear debris created by years of testing done over the islands. The reason for the cleanup By Mkupi (Magnus Mertens) [CC BY-SA 2.0 de (], via Wikimedia Commonseffort was, seemingly noble, to prepare the islands to be returned to the Enewetakians who had been displaced to allow the tests to occur. Its good that the cleanup was ordered, but that does seem to forget the ethics of removing this people from their home in order to blow it up over and over again.

Originally, according to the New York Times, 40 million dollars was to be used for the cleanup and state-of-the-art suits and procedures were to be used to protect the health of the contractors who were to do the work. But congress, in its wisdom, decided that price was too high,ordered that the military do the work, and ordered that costs be cut as much as possible.

Tim Snider was one of the soldiers who cleaned up the island, and the NYT has a nice photo of him being suited up in protective gear. Snider says that that was the only time that he got to see that suit. A photo was snapped and the suit was whisked away. He then cleaned the nuclear fallout in shorts and a T-shirt. That was one of the cost saving devices — let the soldiers work unprotected.

Now 35-some years later, the men and women who worked on te cleanup are falling ill, and the US government is refusing to pay for their medical expenses claiming the tumors and brittle bones seen by these veterans has nothing to do with the highly-dangerous work they were required to do. The military says that all possible protective procedures were used, but that claim differs from what the soldiers themselves say.

To back up the claims of the veterans, there are the plethora of ailments they now face, if they are even still alive. To back up the claims of the US government, there is the word of the the US government, and lost records.

So, what the hell does this have to do with Bitcoin??

Easy. The same people who ordered hapless soldiers to clean up high-toxic radioactive waste in T-shirts are the same people who are actively in the process of funneling the wealth of the nation to the top %1, destroying social safety nets wherever they exist, wreck the educational system for all who dont have the wherewithal to pay for every textbook and pencil they use.

This is no conspiracy theory. This is observing people acting in their own interests, shortsightedly, and with a complete lack of empathy or understanding of the suffering they cause.

Right now our society is transitioning from a cash-based to digital based. We use credit cards, debit cards, online payment systems, etc. When we used cash, even if we held the money in the bank, we had the option of taking the money out and making ourselves fully responsible for our financial welfare. Now that most transactions are digital, the banks and government are fully aware of and in control of every penny we spend — and if it should happen that a leader appears that, for whatever reason (our ideology, are religion, our hair color), that leader will be able to cut us off from our money at a whim and there will be no appeal.

We have already seen this as payment processors have been required to stop payments to organizations they dont like, like Wikileaks. Whether you agree with Wikileaks project or not is immaterial If they can do it to Wikileaks, they can do it to anyone.

Take control of your liberty, take control of your future: Bitcoin

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Sen. Warren asks for answers about Wells Fargo complaint website that vanished


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Venezuelan authorities arrest 4 bitcoin miners


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