Bitcoin is Showing Some Signs of Life After Falling for Four Consecutive Days…

Bitcoin is showing some signs of life after falling for four consecutive days, after investors were unnerved by Asian authorities considering crackdowns on cryptocurrencies. Despite signs of a comeback, the volatile digital asset has fallen more than 40% over the past month, lagging considerably less racy investments over that time, like the stock of BlackBerry, the mobile-phone maker left for dead by Apple’s iPhone.

At the time of writing, the price of bitcoin was up by around 6%, according to CoinDesk. A bunch of other cryptocurrencies, from ripple to litecoin, were also posting intraday gains.

But BlackBerry has soared by more than 20% in the past month, leaving some cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, in the dust. The company’s smartphones—and the game Brick Breaker—were once ubiquitous in corporate boardrooms. Its handset business has now been outsourced, as BlackBerry reinvents itself (paywall) as a software and services firm focused on cybersecurity, playing on its reputation for building an ultra-secure messaging system. Its clients now include the likes of Nato and the US Department of Justice.

Of course, bitcoin has suffered jaw-dropping declines in the past before making a comeback. (Even after the recent declines, bitcoin is up some 1,000% over the past year.) Thanks to the blockchain, bitcoin also has a reputation for cryptographically secured underpinnings. Even after a particularly rough month, it probably isn’t wise to count bitcoin and its cousins out just yet.

Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, Illustrated by Rockwell Kent (Book acquired, 3 Feb. 2018)…

I couldn’t pass up on this illustrated Heritage Press copy of Leaves of Grass. I’m not sure of the exact date of publication, but this nice long post on the book suggests it was likely published in 1950 and designed in the mid-thirties. My daughter and I were browsing the poetry section of our favorite used […]

via Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, Illustrated by Rockwell Kent (Book acquired, 3 Feb. 2018) — Biblioklept

Shonda Rhimes wants to Retire the Phrase ‘Strong Female Leads’ for An Important Reason…

(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for Glamour) Shonda Rhimes is beloved for creating “strong female leads” on television from Meredith Grey to Olivia Pope to Annalise Keating — but she thinks it’s high time to abandon the popular phrase. In a new Twitter post Thursday, the esteemed producer and writer of Grey’s Anatomy, How to…

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The Chelsea Hotel…

The Chelsea hotel Leonard Cohen words and song took me to the Chelsea motel before I arrived in the city of New York many times over. I yearn to find the places Cohen and Janis Joplin talks and drank. I have learned in my short life. No saint or angels in the New York city […]

via ‘The Chelsea hotel — johncoyote

The FBI Nunes Memo is Out. The Worst Could be Yet to Come…

Is that all there is? Not quite. Against the advice of many of his advisors, Donald Trump authorized the release of a Republican-penned congressional memo about the FBI’s investigation into Russian meddling in 2016 presidential election. The memo isn’t the “smoking gun” proving the FBI was biased against Trump that pro-Trump talking heads like Fox…

via The FBI Nunes memo is out. The worst could be yet to come — Quartz

Tech Companies are Finding Big Money in Smaller Payments…

The world’s biggest technology companies are changing how software makes them money. Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google have each grown their businesses on recurring payments, turning single-time customers into cash cows to be milked all year long. These services are typically paid tiers layered on top of existing offerings that make the consumer experience more…

via Tech companies are finding big money in smaller payments — Quartz

A Racially Motivated Shooting in Italy Leaves at Least Six African Migrants Wounded…

A gunman drove through Macerata, Italy this morning (Feb. 3), opening fire from his vehicle, reportedly shouting “Viva l’Italia!” and making a fascist salute. The attack didn’t end until early afternoon, with at least six African migrants wounded. Authorities believe the rampage was racially motivated. UPDATE [03.02-13:30] #Macerata #sparatoria EVENTO CONCLUSO +6 #feriti info: https://t.co/wiZSnD2Jfc…

via A racially motivated shooting in Italy leaves at least six African migrants wounded — Quartz

Lady Gaga Cancels Remaining Tour Dates Due to ‘Severe Pain’…

Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images Lady Gaga has spoken out about her fibromyalgia in the past, giving a voice and a role model to others who suffer from chronic pain. Now, the “Million Reasons” singer is speaking out about her physical health again, explaining to her fans why she has decided to cancel the rest of…

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