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Planet Money Episode 891: Who Won The Bet Over Bitcoin?

I don't know if anyone here listens to "Planet Money", a pop economics podcast by NPR. Their most recent episode was about widespread adoption of Bitcoin.
Specifically, it was about a bet between Ben Horowitz, a venture capitalist who believed that Bitcoin was on its way to becoming a widespread payment platform, and Felix Salmon, a finance journalist who thought it was going to go to zero. They made a bet 5 years ago, whether or not 10% of Americans would be using Bitcoin at least once a month, and they finally got the results today:
GOLDSTEIN: As promised, we went out and got Ipsos, a real polling firm, to ask 900-and-some Americans - a representative sample of Americans this question. Have you purchased anything using bitcoin as your payment in the last month? The percentage of Americans who said, yes, is three - three.
HOROWITZ: All right.
GOLDSTEIN: Now, they did ask those people - the people who said they had, they said, at what merchant did you make the purchase? And I have some of those answers. And it suggests that the 3 percent is a little high.
HOROWITZ: Yup.
GOLDSTEIN: If you go down this list, somebody said Gaia Ethnobotanical, which I looked up - in fact, does accept bitcoin. Subway - I think some Subways accept bitcoin. But there's also a bunch that say - this one says Litecoin. A few say Coinbase, which is a bitcoin cryptocurrency exchange. So these people are using bitcoin to buy other cryptocurrency.
Horowitz ended up admitting to something that a lot of people on this sub have been saying for a while as well:
KESTENBAUM: That's what Ben thought would happen with bitcoin. He thought the code that powers bitcoin would just get better and better and, very quickly, it would obviously be this safer, faster, more private, cheaper way for people to buy stuff online. That did not happen.
GOLDSTEIN: No. Bitcoins just became so valuable that the people who worked on the system didn't want to make it any better. They just wanted to lock everything down and keep it the way it was.
HOROWITZ: I think that what happened with bitcoin is that there is kind of one very, very strong need among the kind of investors/miners, which is that the code and the meaning of the code would not change.
And Salmon, the guy who bet against Bitcoin, hits on the real paradox of Bitcoin:
SALMON: I - honestly, I was looking back. I mean, there were two things which I expected would happen which didn't happen. One is I expected the price would probably go to zero, and it didn't. It went way up and to the right.
And the other is that I expected that there would actually be use cases over the following five years that, even if people weren't using it to buy stuff in stores, and that was my side of the bet, I imagined it would be used for remittances, or, somewhere along the line, it would have evolved. Especially if it had grown to be worth thousands of dollars per bitcoin, then it would be used for something.
GOLDSTEIN: So it's more valuable and less useful than you thought.
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Of Wolves and Weasels - Day 49 - Such Memories

Hey all! GoodShibe here!
So, yesterday I started putting this thing together and WOW did you come out in droves to help! Thank you so much for sharing your ideas and memories. And thank you kindly to the mods for stickying that post!
In one day we reached 60% completion on a list of top 100 Memories and Achievements of Dogecoin! That's amazing! So many fantastic memories and accomplishments!
Which leads me to share some developments.
The title of this endeavor is now - unless someone comes up with something better:
Such Memories: The First 100 Days of Dogecoin
I'm going to be putting this together as a 100-ish paged commemorative book - for free in PDF, probably with some cost as a fancy, printed book (Sold as close to 'at cost' as I can get it -- slipstream- has recommended selling it at a small profit, with profits going toward charities or Dogecoin Foundation for charities, etc - thoughts?).
Artists, if you've got Dogecoin-themed artwork you want to see in this, please, put forward some links to hi-res CMYK copies and I'll do my best to fit it in.
Also! Let's find the funniest, best Dogecoin-related memes that we have put together so far and include them as well! :D)
We're also going to need a cover.
Any artists out there care to try their hand at designing a cover for this?
We'll put it to the community to vote for the one they like the most, and we'll include the others in the book somewhere :D) If you're an artist who submits to the project, you'll get full credit and promotion for your site inside the book (probably in a credits section at the back).
I also want to hear from the community - think up some interesting stories, maybe what got you into Dogecoin. What your fondest memories of Dogecoin are. These first 100 days have been an exciting rollercoaster of adventure... let's make that we never forget all the fun memories we've had together. If you have personal, fun pictures you'd like to share, fun, personal stories you want to see get into the book, then start working on them now, put them into the comments, keep them on hand!.
Here's the list that I have right now - in no particular order:
MOMENTS/ACHIEVEMENTS:
  1. ummjackson's first 'joke' on Twitter about Dogecoin being 'the next big thing'
  2. The original bitcointalk Dogecoin forum page
  3. Dogewallet Hacked
  4. The first Dogecoin paperwallet design
  5. Save Dogemas is put together by the community, to help out victims of the hack. (News articles?)
  6. 15 Million doge raised by the community to save dogemas
  7. SilentShibe's first tip (not sure when that was)
  8. Ophrahshibe's mass-tippings
  9. The forming of the Dogecoin Foundation
  10. Vault of Satoshi adds the first DOGE->USD/CAD exchange
  11. Dogesled - Helping to fund the Jamaican Bobsled team - NPR article
  12. Shibes actually getting to meet with the Jamaican Bobsled team after funding! (pics?)
  13. Olympics Funding: Shibes raise funds to send Indian Lugers to Sochi in a matter of hours
  14. Strange Donuts - The very first brick-and-mortar food purchase with DOGE!
  15. NYC Dogeparty
  16. Doge 4 kids
  17. Doge is now accepted at experiment.com
  18. DOGE bought pizza for the homeless
  19. DOGE's first fork. Scary! slipstream- has found the exact time and date of our first fork: 2014-01-05 00:09:17 (UTC). That's Day 28
  20. The first time a /dogecoin post reached the top of /all (Thanks 42points for the link!)
  21. The first News article to cover Dogecoin - (http://wwwh.eavy.com/tech/2013/12/dogecoin-what-is-shibe-cryptocurrenc/) on Heavy.com dated Dec 9th, 2013, but not sure if it counts as 'News'. Thoughts?|
  22. The first-ever Of Wolves and Weasels post
  23. the creation of Dogec0in.com - a popular Dogecoin waterbowl/chat room
  24. the Christmas Day Dust Fix
  25. Kabosu's owner started accepting dogecoin for charity
  26. Reddit freaked out because they didn't realize it was an online wallet and thought that tiny withdrawals were indicative of hacking
  27. The first Halvening
  28. Our massive jump up from 25 Satoshis
  29. Dogecoin mentioned in the Australian senate (official Transcript here!)
  30. Payment systems for online shops: Moolah.ch, Coinpayments.net, Dogeapi.com
  31. PoS systems for brick and mortar: dogePoS, moolah (still in beta)
  32. Markets to sell product in dogecoin: shibemart.com, muchmarket.com
  33. Classifieds: suchlist.com
  34. Micro jobs network: dogerr.com
  35. The birth of Dogetipbot v1 - Went Live on 12/15/2013 - First ever dogetip!
  36. Rise of the tipbots: Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Imgur, etc.
  37. Fork #2
  38. The "inflationary" characteristic of Dogecoin announcement from devs
  39. DogeTEL. The first cryptocurrency phone service!
  40. Fido.pw - sending DOGE via SMS anywhere in the world!
  41. Stuffcoins.com - created by stuffcoins an eBay for Dogecoins
  42. alwaysgeeky, Indie dev sells his game VOX for DOGE.
  43. triverske and friends over at /dogecrafters teach our DOGEs how to play Minecraft! with us - and share our DOGEs on any Minecraft Server
  44. vBulletin Forums Integration! daveaite has created a free plugin for vBulletin, allowing users to directly tip one another in Dogecoin!
  45. 'Universal' DOGE Tippers: DogeTip.co, built by woowdoge and Altcend, created by altcy. Send (password protected) tips - both the sender and the receiver have to sign up.
  46. DogeBucket.com is a Crowd Funding/Crowd Tipping website created by Goldiepurps and their team!
  47. Doge Lodge in Tehran, Iran - created by lincoln_lava - is a homestay if you happen to be in the area (or want to visit) for 10K DOGE per night.
  48. ÐTunes, created by hjras is a great place to sell and buy independent music for Dogecoins. Very cool!
  49. Stat-checkers: DogePulse, created by shibeous and Dogedump, created by cryptogaz
  50. Armstrong Steel - A Steel Building OEM Manufacturer is now accepting Dogecoin! Thanks to SekcRokStallion for their efforts to bring their workplace on board! That's most-definitely a first!
  51. Corinthian Transportation is now allowing you to pay for Limo services with Dogecoin!
  52. Buying homemade bbq/marinade sauce with DOGE - dogesauce.com
  53. @Adult's record-setting DOGE-tip on Twitter
  54. (http://www.reddit.com/dogecoin/comments/1yfnrx/looks_like_kraken_got_doge/) that the exchange [Kraken.com](http://www.kraken.com] is now accepting Dogecoin!
  55. The UniverseProject will be using Dogecoin as the main currency for their game VoidSpace.
  56. The "SnowDoge" Competition! Check it out HERE
  57. MultiDoge - First altcoin light wallet.
  58. Treats.io - The first place to buy giftcards with DOGE
  59. Buygold.io - The first place to buy Reddit Gold with DOGE
Added today:
TOTAL: 100/100
Also: I was thinking we might have a pour-one-out for all the Orphans - a page dedicated to all the blocks we lost along the way... thoughts?
What have I missed?! Let me know in the comments!
It's 8:29AM EST and we're at 53.95% of DOGEs found. Our Global Hashrate is spiking from ~61 to ~98 Gigahashes per second and our Difficulty is down slightly from ~1024 to ~1014.
Lots of fantastic things in store, let's keep this list growing!
As always, I appreciate your support!
GoodShibe
TL;DR: 100/100!!!
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The List: Work in Progress

MEMORIES/ACHIEVEMENTS
  1. ummjackson's first 'joke' on Twitter about Dogecoin being 'the next big thing'
  2. BillyM2k introduces ummjackson to the first version of the Dogecoin QT client
  3. The original bitcointalk Dogecoin forum page
  4. Dogewallet Hacked
  5. The first Dogecoin paperwallet design
  6. Save Dogemas is put together by the community, to help out victims of the hack. (News articles?)
  7. 15 Million doge raised by the community to save dogemas
  8. SilentShibe's first tip (not sure when that was)
  9. Ophrahshibe's mass-tippings
  10. The forming of the Dogecoin Foundation
  11. Vault of Satoshi adds the first DOGE->USD/CAD exchange
  12. Dogesled - Helping to fund the Jamaican Bobsled team - NPR article
  13. Shibes actually getting to meet with the Jamaican Bobsled team after funding! (pics?)
  14. Olympics Funding: Shibes raise funds to send Indian Lugers to Sochi in a matter of hours
  15. Strange Donuts - The very first brick-and-mortar food purchase with DOGE!
  16. NYC Dogeparty
  17. Doge 4 kids
  18. Doge is now accepted at experiment.com
  19. DOGE bought pizza for the homeless
  20. DOGE's first fork. Scary! slipstream- has found the exact time and date of our first fork: 2014-01-05 00:09:17 (UTC). That's Day 28
  21. The first time a /dogecoin post reached the top of /all (Thanks 42points for the link!)
  22. The first News article to cover Dogecoin - (http://wwwh.eavy.com/tech/2013/12/dogecoin-what-is-shibe-cryptocurrenc/) on Heavy.com dated Dec 9th, 2013, but not sure if it counts as 'News'. Thoughts?|
  23. The first-ever Of Wolves and Weasels post
  24. the creation of Dogec0in.com - a popular Dogecoin waterbowl/chat room
  25. the Christmas Day Dust Fix
  26. Kabosu's owner started accepting dogecoin for charity
  27. Reddit freaked out because they didn't realize it was an online wallet and thought that tiny withdrawals were indicative of hacking
  28. The first Halvening
  29. Our massive jump up from 25 Satoshis
  30. Dogecoin mentioned in the Australian senate (official Transcript here!)
  31. Payment systems for online shops: Moolah.ch, Coinpayments.net, Dogeapi.com
  32. PoS systems for brick and mortar: dogePoS, moolah (still in beta)
  33. Markets to sell product in dogecoin: shibemart.com, muchmarket.com
  34. Classifieds: suchlist.com
  35. Micro jobs network: dogerr.com
  36. The birth of Dogetipbot v1 - Went Live on 12/15/2013 - First ever dogetip!
  37. Rise of the tipbots: Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Imgur, etc.
  38. Fork #2
  39. The "inflationary" characteristic of Dogecoin announcement from devs
  40. DogeTEL. The first cryptocurrency phone service!
  41. Fido.pw - sending DOGE via SMS anywhere in the world!
  42. Stuffcoins.com - created by stuffcoins an eBay for Dogecoins
  43. alwaysgeeky, Indie dev sells his game VOX for DOGE.
  44. triverske and friends over at /dogecrafters teach our DOGEs how to play Minecraft! with us - and share our DOGEs on any Minecraft Server
  45. vBulletin Forums Integration! daveaite has created a free plugin for vBulletin, allowing users to directly tip one another in Dogecoin!
  46. 'Universal' DOGE Tippers: DogeTip.co, built by woowdoge and Altcend, created by altcy. Send (password protected) tips - both the sender and the receiver have to sign up.
  47. DogeBucket.com is a Crowd Funding/Crowd Tipping website created by Goldiepurps and their team!
  48. Doge Lodge in Tehran, Iran - created by lincoln_lava - is a homestay if you happen to be in the area (or want to visit) for 10K DOGE per night.
  49. ÐTunes, created by hjras is a great place to sell and buy independent music for Dogecoins. Very cool!
  50. Stat-checkers: DogePulse, created by shibeous and Dogedump, created by cryptogaz
  51. Armstrong Steel - A Steel Building OEM Manufacturer is now accepting Dogecoin! Thanks to SekcRokStallion for their efforts to bring their workplace on board! That's most-definitely a first!
  52. Corinthian Transportation is now allowing you to pay for Limo services with Dogecoin!
  53. Buying homemade bbq/marinade sauce with DOGE - dogesauce.com
  54. @Adult's record-setting DOGE-tip on Twitter
  55. (http://www.reddit.com/dogecoin/comments/1yfnrx/looks_like_kraken_got_doge/) that the exchange [Kraken.com](http://www.kraken.com] is now accepting Dogecoin!
  56. The UniverseProject will be using Dogecoin as the main currency for their game VoidSpace.
  57. The "SnowDoge" Competition! Check it out HERE
  58. MultiDoge - First altcoin light wallet.
  59. Treats.io - The first place to buy giftcards with DOGE
  60. Buygold.io - The first place to buy Reddit Gold with DOGE
  61. ABC Australia National TV does a full story on Dogecoin
  62. Buy a real Copper Dogecoin from ShibeMint.com
  63. The first Science Project to receive donations in Dogecoin
  64. Howtodoge.com and dogecointutorial.com helping our new-shibes!
  65. The first time that Dogecoin had more transactions in one day than all the others cryptocurrencies together
  66. Erowid.org starts accepting Dogecoin donations
  67. Bill to legalize cryptocurrency in California mentions dogecoin, page 4
  68. Jackson Palmer refuses to sell out, turns down $500k VC investment offer.
  69. Dogeminer - A cookie-clicker-esque Dogecoin minesimulation Game
  70. PartyDoge - created by DeepSteeped sells Dogecoin-themed party supplies!
  71. Dogecracy - Supporting Medical Marijuana through Dogecoin
  72. Mining Doge from an airplane! Link to original thread
  73. Passing Peercoin's marketcap for the first time!
  74. a YouTube Tip App for Chrome created by _DarkAngle_
  75. Glitchmob's album is leaked early online - user downloads then pays for it with Dogecoin via Twitter (image). Thread Link
  76. The first time ummjackson says '1 Doge = 1 Doge' - Do we have a link to that somewhere? Also, for 2 consecutive months now, 1 Doge = 1 Doge ("such stability!" says SomeTree)
  77. The creation of doge-dice
  78. netcodepool tipa mohland 10 Million DOGE
  79. Dogecoin.avi - the original Dogecoin Hype Video
  80. Ð is for Dogecoin winning the Hype Video Contest - and getting put on Dogecoin.com
  81. BunsenBrewer brewery accepts Dogecoin for beer!
  82. WheretoDoge.com
  83. DogeEarth.com
  84. DogecoinStickers - First Sticker sold 12/22/2013 11:32pm MST to fruitwoop
  85. SORRYYOUSUCK's excellent Shibe-Onomics series
  86. foxfaction launches first ever Dogecoin only album
  87. The BurgerBear Dogecoin adventure
  88. gargoylenz becomes the first person in the entire UK (and, I dare say, the World!) to buy a beer in a bar with Dogecoin
  89. Unidan visits /Dogecoin to thank us for supporting Experiment.com - "Having the internet's money be silly dog photos makes sense." - Unidan
  90. The DogeParty NYC Documentary Video
  91. /Dogecoin becomes a top 300 Subreddit (do we have a time/date etc for that?)
  92. Dogecoin on the Wall Street Bull. Original Thread here.
  93. CryptoByPost - USB DOGE Wallet - Original Thread.
  94. Ladera Granola - Buy Granola with Dogecoin!
  95. Dogecoin first added to Coinedup.com -- next, Cryptsy.com
  96. The Original Cloud-Computing Mining-for-DOGE guide!
  97. wil - Wil Wheaton - becomes the first celebrity to accept a Dogetip
  98. We discover: Alt 0 2 0 8 to make a "Ð"
  99. The Original 4Chan Dogecoin Prophecy
  100. Dec 25, 2013: /Dogecoin grows larger than /Litecoin
  101. First Home listed for sale in Dogecoin
  102. /Dogecoin Shibes donate 100K DOGE, becomes an official sponsor of University of Virgina's first-ever Hackuva, Large-scale Hack-a-thon event.
  103. Doge4Water gets funded!
  104. savethemhood donates 14,000,000 Doge via Twitter to top up and finish Doge4Water
  105. QT Wallet 1.6 is released
  106. Dogecoin adopts Digibyte's 'Digishield' algorithm to help protect against multipools
  107. Dogecoin Hard-Forks on block 145,000 - getting rid of random block rewards, moving to 250,000 coins mined per block.
TOTAL: 107
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