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It’s not unusual for a mega mansion to pop up for sale in Los Angeles, but we’re just beginning to see sellers who also accept Bitcoin as a form of payment. This stunning 18,169-square-foot “Elementi” mansion was designed by Michael Chen and inspired by the Pacific Coast Highway bridges as well as waterfalls. This seven-bedroom, 14-bath residence sits atop the private enclave of Trousdale Estates at 1108 Wallace Ridge Court, Beverly Hills CA. Read more for additional pictures and information.
With the price of Bitcoin continuing its meteoric rise, along with other cryptocurrencies, it’s no surprise that some people are looking for creative ways to mine these coins. This person decided to not fight the scalpers for graphics cards and use a classic Nintendo Game Boy for mining operations, or so it appears. In reality, the Game Boy is connected to a PC using a Raspberry Pi Pico computer, while a level shifter handles the different voltage levels. Read more for a video and additoinal information.
According to an SEC filing, Tesla invested $1.5-billion in bitcoin and Elon Musk could start accepting the cryptocurrency as payment. This news caused the price of Bitcoin to soar to above $44,000 Monday, thus giving Tesla more flexibility to further diversify and maximize returns on its cash. The company reported its first annual net profit in 2020, and is now the world’s most valuable automaker, thanks to its S&P 500 inclusion. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Bitcoin entrepreneur Simon Byrne has made a fortune off the cryptocurrency, but in addition to his latest rig, consisting of 78 NVIDIA RTX 3080 graphics cards, he added a BMW i8 to his money making collection. How so? He installed a more compact mining rig into the rear trunk of the hybrid supercar, thus enabling him to earn even while out and about, although considerably less than the $128,088 per year his main setup makes. Read more for a picture and additional information.
San Francisco-based software developer Stefan Thomas happened to be an early adopter of bitcoin, since he was gifted 7,200 coins back in 2011 when he produced an animated video explaining how the cryptocurrency works. Unfortunately, during that same year, he lost the password to an IronKey USB drive that doubles as the cold digital wallet for his bitcoins. As of today, he has only two guesses left to gain access to the over $255-million USD worth of digital currency he has locked away. Read more for a video interview and additional information.
Ever since PubG and Fortnite took off, there have been countless other battle royale games released, but LIGHTNITE is the first to put a Bitcoin twist on it. Put simply, it’s an online multiplayer battle royale game where every specific digital interaction between players triggers a monetary reward or penalty. Players earn Bitcoin by simply shooting their opponents and lose the cryptocurrency when they get shot. Read more for a teaser video and additional information.
At $244, the HTC EXODUS 1s is an affordable blockchain smartphone, complete with a built-in hardware wallet for Bitcoin as well as other cryptocurrencies. You’ll be able to buy, sell, send, receive, lend, and borrow cryptocurrency directly from the device. Plus, software tools enable the smartphone to run a full Bitcoin node right from your pocket. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Facebook announced today the details of its cryptocurrency project: a financial services offering called Calibra. This “newly formed Facebook subsidiary” is launching in 2020 and will be a digital wallet to store and send Libra, a new cryptocurrency. It will initially be integrated directly into WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, before eventually branching out as a standalone app for iOS and Android. Calibra will let its users send Libra to each other “as easily and instantly as you might send a text message, and at low to no cost.” The company hopes “to offer additional services for people and businesses, such as paying bills with the push of a button, buying a cup of coffee with the scan of a code, or riding your local public transit without needing to carry cash or a metro pass.” Read more for a video of the wallet in-action and additional information.
Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, better known as the Winkelvoss twins, may not have been given an ownership stake inn Facebook, but they became billionaires anyways. For those who don’t know, they officially launched ConnectU, a social networking website, on May 21, 2004, and users could add people as friends, send them messages, and update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves. They were also placed in networks based upon the domain name associated with the email address they used for registration. As you already know, that didn’t quite work out. Read more for a recent interview on their journey.
For the 2019 Evolo Skyscraper Competition, one team of designers submitted “Crypto-Park,” which is exactly as it sounds, a water park sksycraper that doubles as a cryptocurrency mining tower. Standing 1,837-feet tall, it boasts a semi-exposed glazed façades that enables spectators to look in and see a theme park, while hidden beneath this infrastructure is a high-tech server farm designed to mine cryptocurrencies. Read more for additional pictures and information.