Photo: 1939 Jay-Z look-alike sparks Illuminati conspiracy theory
A 1939 photograph of a Harlem man with an uncanny resemblance to Jay-Z has gone viral after it was uploaded to Reddit. The photo has sparked lighthearted jokes and reignited old Illuminati conspiracy theories about the rapper.
CrowdHall Raises $700k To Create Drop Dead Simple Town Halls And Q&As
Politicians are increasingly getting used to talking to their constituents online, especially during election season. They're doing Reddit AMAs and virtual town halls to answer questions and enter debates with others. But until recently, there haven't been many good platforms for doing so. CrowdHall hopes to provide a platform that anyone can use for these types of communications.
Chris Dixon Plans On Investing In More Bitcoin Startups, Says More Entrepreneurs Are Getting Involved
Chris Dixon joined our co-editor Eric Eldon this morning at Disrupt NY 2013 to discuss his move out to San Francisco for a job at Andreessen Horowitz. One of the areas that interests him the most is the much-hyped Bitcoin space. The reason why Dixon is so interested is because it solves many problems for those who have tried to start a financial company in the past. He said: “There’s the whole problem of fraud online, which is a massive problem, along with all of the payment fees. The interesting thing with these math-based currencies is that you can do transactions without trusting the person at all.” He went on to discuss the beauty of Bitcoin, mostly the anonymous aspect of it, requiring no authentication or trust on either side of a transaction. Dixon stated: “The Internet is an anonymous network, but it requires authenticating identity. The exciting thing about these new currency schemes is that you have these anonymous payment systems grafted onto anonymous networks.” An ...
Crowdsourcing Failed In Boston Bombing Aftermath
Nerval's Lobster writes "With emotions high in the hours and days following the Boston Marathon bombing, hundreds of people took to Reddit's user-generated forums to pick over images from the crime scene. Could a crowd of sharp-eyed citizens uncover evidence of the perpetrators? No, but they could definitely focus attention on the wrong people. 'Though started with noble intentions, some of the activity on reddit fueled online witch hunts and dangerous speculation which spiraled into very negative consequences for innocent parties,' read an April 22 posting on Reddit's official blog. 'The reddit staff and the millions of people on reddit around the world deeply regret that this happened.'"
Reddit apologises for Boston 'witch hunts'
Social news website apologises for hosting speculation that had "negative consequences for innocent parties."