Après “Bitcoin”, l’autre mot à la mode mentionné un peu au hasard c’est “Blockchain”. La fameuse chaîne de blocs qui permet à la crypto-monnaie de se protéger de la falsification et de la double dépense. Et en général, de fonctionner. Comprendre Bitcoin nécessite de comprendre la Blockchain, et réciproquement.
Tout et son contraire ont été dit à propos de la Blockchain, et c’est un de ces nouveaux mots dont les malins s’emparent, galvaudent et détournent, et rendent plus compliqué qu’il ne l’est vraiment, pour effrayer et faire rêver les curieux, afin de leur vendre ensuite un produit miracle.
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Vous allez penser “encore un article qui parle de Bitcoin”, mais l’amusante ironie de ce billet c’est que justement pour lancer cette nouvelle rubrique, il est sans doute utile de se pencher sur la déferlante grandissante de Bitcoin et des crypto-monnaies dans tous les médias, car faire le tri et comprendre deviennent plus facile lorsqu’on a pris un peu de recul et dégrossi qui dit quoi et pourquoi.
FOMO, c’est l’acronyme de “fear of missing out” (en Français, la peur de passer à côté, de rater le train), l’anxiété de manquer une nouvelle importante, exacerbée en général par les réseaux sociaux, qui transforme tout le monde en adolescent en quête d’acceptation sociale et de succès facile.
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Whether or not Bitcoin is “money”, or “a currency”, or neither, it has undeniable value, in that some people are ready to buy or sell some for a price.
Some will say it’s a hype, because Bitcoin’s value is not really linked to its power to buy stuff. Sure you *can* buy things with bitcoins but it doesn’t seem to be its main strength for the moment.
Nevertheless, there is a de facto near-consensus (depending on which exchange you use) on the price of 1 BTC, which evolves according to supply and demand. That price is Bitcoin’s actual value.
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It’s in the news, there is a war of Social Networks. But the current system, where bloggers and web commentators ask “will Google+ kill Facebook, or Twitter or both?” is not sustainable. This type of business cannot survive in the long term. I am not going to elaborate on the benefits of the market economy, but I’m simply talking about how a communication network actually functions. Yes, eventually the digital divide will be filled and pretty much everyone will be in the grid. No, it won’t be because one company won and got the monopoly of “social”.
Think of phones networks, and their many operators. Imagine two people, living in two different countries, using different providers, one on a fixed line, and one on a mobile phone.
Can they call each other?
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In the last 50 days, a group of anonymous hackers calling themselves LulzSec have been often featured in the news. Yesterday, they just called it quits, announced that enough is enough, and that they are going back to their normal lives.
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Pointing out Facebook slip-ups is like shooting fish in a barrel, except the fish is actually a dead horse. Facebook has replaced Microsoft as the dream target of everyone looking for a good rant on unethical business behaviour. But while Microsoft is like a vampire who can’t ever die, Facebook could easily pull a Hendrix (or worse, a Tony Soprano) any day if it’s not more careful. Read between the lines of recent headlines and ask yourself who will benefit from Facebook’s collapse.
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Foreword — Jobs has spoken
In case you missed it, you should know that everyone has been talking about Steve Job’s “Thoughts On Flash” in the last couple of weeks. This is an important read, not because it talks about what’s currently happening (i.e., the lack of Adobe’s Flash technology in the iPhone, and now the iPad), but rather because Jobs is writing about how Apple (and other Internet big players) are going to position themselves in years to come. Sure, the iPad is sexy, but the changes ahead go much deeper, and announce where Internet business is heading.
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