Weekend Reading: Atlantis goes down, brands not almighty and be warned about realtime

– News about the darknet. John Biggs on TechCrunch announces the demise of Atlantis, the competitor of the Silk Road online market for all kinds of drugs. Users access these markets, with encrypted web sessions on the Tor net and they pay in bitcoin.

– Interesting observation by David Holmes on Pandodaily about the divorce between Dow Jones and the tech bloggers at AllThingsD. The brand remains with News Corp (parent to Dow Jones) while journalists/bloggers/columnists Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg go their way and keep the staff.  Holmes points out that Swisher has more than 900,000 followers (Mossberg  500,000+) while AllThingsD has around 162,000. Guess who the readers will follow?

– Good news about Feedly, the leader of RSS-feeds since the closure of Google Reader. Saroj Kar on Devopsangle reports that Feedly opens APIs for developers to create third-party applications.

– On Hunterwalk I read more philosophical musings: Realtime Is A Trap & The Past Is Underrated. As he points out: “This isn’t a screed against multitasking, or social media, both of which I enjoy. It’s a question about a cognitive bias being exacerbated by our current product design.”

WordPress Brings Bitcoin to the Blogging Masses | Webmonkey

“Upgrading your WordPress.com blog no longer requires a credit card or PayPal account. Starting today you can raid your virtual piggy bank to pay for WordPress upgrades with the digital currency Bitcoin.”

This is interesting. How ‘virtual’ is bitcoin anyway? Maybe Linden Lab – the company behind Second Life – missed an opportunity here, they could have turned the Linden dollar into a currency going beyond virtual worlds. But bitcoin is far more radical, as it does not depend on one issuer, so it’s a different model. 
via Diigo http://www.webmonkey.com/2012/11/wordpress-brings-bitcoin-to-the-blogging-masses/