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Hard Forks: Bitcoin Upgrades Harness the Free Market

Blythe Masters, the banker who helped give the world credit-default swaps wants to upend finance again—this time with the code that powers bitcoin.
| www.bloomberg.com
Bitcoin Mining Company 'BitFury' Report on Block Size Debate (PDF)
| bitfury.com
Chinese Bitcoin Exchange OKCoin Restricts Deposits for US Customers
| www.coindesk.com
Former Secret Service agent pleads guilty to Bitcoin theft during Silk Road investigation
| reuters.com
PODCAST: Bitcoin Dev Gavin Andresen on the Block Size Debate
| soundcloud.com
Coinbase Now Serving Canadian Market
| blog.coinbase.com
Neighborhood Pool Watch: August 30th 2015 Mining Pool Statistics
| organofcorti.blogspot.com
PODCAST: Interview with Lightning Network Dev Rusty Russell
| letstalkbitcoin.com
Emails Show Cozy Relationship Between NeuCoin and CoinTelegraph CEO
| coinjournal.net
USAA Head of Corporate Development: Bitcoin and Block Chain Are FinTech Game-Changers
| www.coindesk.com
ChangeTip Users Can Now Turn Bitcoin Tips into Gift Cards
| www.coindesk.com
Bitcoin Correlation Standouts in 2015: UST Yields & Gold Prices
| tradeblock.com
Tim Draper Speaks on Global Equity Turmoil: “I Expect People to Run to Bitcoin the Way They Do to Gold.”
| bitcoinmagazine.com
Bitcoin Dev Mike Hearn: A BitcoinXT FAQ
| medium.com
Overstock's tØ Acquires Broker Firm for Wall Street Disruption
| www.coindesk.com
Dark Market 'Agora' Temporarily Shuts Down Citing Security Threat
| www.coindesk.com
Interview With Augur: The Crowd Will Be The World’s Most Powerful Oracle (Decentralized Prediction Market)
| coinjournal.net
MIT Course 'to Inspire Next Generation of Bitcoin CEOs'
| www.coindesk.com
Bitcoin Brokerage Service 'Bitboat' Now Enables Selling Bitcoin for Cash at 6200+ ATMs in Italy
| www.bitboat.net
Blockchain.info, Circle, BitPay, KNC Miner, Xapo, and BitGo Support Block Size Increase and Will Update Software by Dec. 2015 (PDF)
| blog.blockchain.com
Neighborhood Pool Watch: August 23rd Mining Pool Statistics
| organofcorti.blogspot.com
Stanford Joins NYU and Duke in Offering Bitcoin Course
| www.coindesk.com
BitBeat: Bitcoin Price Drops on Block-Size Debate, ‘Flash Crash’
| www.wsj.com
Coinbase Referral Bonuses Have Increased From $25 to $75
| blog.coinbase.com
Neighborhood Pool Watch: August 16th Mining Pool Statistics
| organofcorti.blogspot.com
Korean Bitcoin Exchange 'Korbit' Launches New Bitwire Service - Send Money Directly to Any Korean Bank Account Using Bitcoin
| www.bitwire.co
Bitpay Endorses Block Size Increase
| medium.com
Aug 18th Bitfinex Flash Crash Analysis
| tradeblock.com
Well Respected Charity 'DirectRelief' Now Accepting Bitcoin Donations
| www.directrelief.org
While Other Companies Leave NY, Coinbase Becomes 25th Company to Submit BitLicense Application
| bitcoinmagazine.com

A Guide to Basic Password Security & The Danger of Last Pass

A key element of good internet security is having secure passwords that you don't reuse on multiple sites. If you reuse passwords, all it takes is one site to be compromised, and the malicious individual will then have access to all the other sites where you used the same password. Making long secure passwords that are unique can become overwhelming pretty quickly, so I suggest using a password manager that can store all of your passwords and general login info for you.

A lot of people on the internet have been suggesting LastPass as a way to securely store long alpha numeric passwords that are unique to each site they have an account with. Proponents of Lastpass argue that all data is encrypted client side, so Lastpass doesn’t have access to your passwords, but since it isn’t open source there is no way to confirm that.

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With the Lavabit case, it came to our attention that the US government uses secret court orders to compel US based companies to provide backdoors to otherwise secure systems . At the same time they issue gag orders to prevent the exposure of the backdoor to the public. Since Lastpass is a US based company, this is a real possibility, and I strongly suggest not to use them. You are essentially putting all of your eggs(passwords and usernames) in one basket that is easily accessible to the US government and its allies.

As a cryptography and computer security expert, I have never understood the current fuss about the open source software movement. In the cryptography world, we consider open source necessary for good security; we have for decades. Public security is always more secure than proprietary security. It's true for cryptographic algorithms, security protocols, and security source code. For us, open source isn't just a business model; it's smart engineering practice. ------Bruce Schneier, Crypto-Gram 9/15/1990

People who truly value their security and privacy should use KeePassX instead. It is essentially Lastpass but it is open source so the code can be inspected for backdoors by the community. Conveniently, Keepass is included in the Tails live linux operating system, which is a privacy focused OS that is intended to leave no trace on any computer you use it on.

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Last but not least, you should be using two factor authentication on any site that offers it. If you are using the Google Authenticator or Authy smartphone apps for this purpose, make sure that you save a copy of the QR code that is generated when you first setup the 2FA. It will act as a backup just in case you lose your phone. Make sure you keep those QR codes somewhere safe because if someone has access to them they can bypass your 2FA.

Disclaimer: This post is intended solely to provide information. As I have no knowledge of individual circumstances and technical level, readers are expected to complete their own due diligence before proceeding with anything mentioned in this article. The topics discussed in this post are advanced and readers proceed at their own risk.