Best Of FORBES: Google Explores Bitcoin Plans, Free Education For Millions

By January 23, 2014Bitcoin Business
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Did you miss the Twitter chat with FORBES’ J.J. Colao about the America’s Most Promising List released on Wednesday? Here’s a transcript of the discussion and be sure to check back for future chats with FORBES reporters and contributors.

More from the magazine:

“Duolingo teaches English to millions of people at no cost, but its founders, Luis von Ahn and Severin Hacker, want to make real money so the service lasts” — Parmy Olson. Read Crowdsourcing Capitalists: How Duolingo’s Founders Offered Free Education To Millions

“You wouldn’t know it from its modest adobe-and-brick-tile headquarters on National Avenue, but like a lot of its larger neighbors in Mountain View, Calif., AnchorFree aims to change the world. Not by becoming the biggest search engine (and advertising machine) or the most prodigious professional network on the planet but by letting you browse the Internet anonymously–protecting you from the prying eyes of malicious hackers, governments bent on stealing your private data or even your everyday snoop by offering so-called activity encryption for anyone who accesses the Web” — Karsten Strauss. Read Hackers And Governments Beware — Online Anonymity For The People

“Fred Smith’s overnight delivery service was anything but an overnight success. But now he’s worth $2.3 billion, FedEx ships more than 10.2 million packages daily in 220 countries, and, while UPS left gift givers stranded this Christmas, Smith’s company soared. Below, 10 things you might know about Smith, the latest prosperous story in our new Path to Success feature” — Abram Brown. Read 10 Things You Might Not Know About FedEx Billionaire Fred Smith

And in other news:

“Since began accepting Bitcoin payments earlier this month, the cryptocurrency community has been buzzing with speculation about which tech company will integrate Bitcoin next. So Jarar Malik decided to ask. To his surprise, Google’s Senior Vice President Vic Gundotra wrote him back. He also forwarded Malik’s query to another Google staffer and started a series of email exchanges that led to one Googler telling Malik that the company is indeed pondering how it can make use of the world’s first form of decentralized digital cash” — Andy Greenberg. Read Google Lets Slip That It’s Exploring Possible Bitcoin Integration Plans

“In her brief tenure as chief executive of General Motors, Mary Barra has grown accustomed to questions about her gender. She is, after all, the industry’s first female CEO. But in her first interview with reporters since taking over the job, Barra showed she’d much rather talk about where the company is headed” — Joann Muller. Read GM’s New CEO Is A Woman. Get Over It. She Has.

“Two major airlines — Southwest and United Continental — reported earnings Thursday. While investors initially responded favorably to Southwest’s results, shares were trending down in morning trading. United, which closed near its 52-week high Wednesday, is also on its way down to Earth” — Samantha Sharf. Read A Tale Of Two Airlines: Southwest, United Continental Shares Slip Lower After Earnings

“Super Bowl XLVIII is a little more than a week away, with early odds slightly favoring Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos over the Seattle Seahawks. Prognosticators are a bit more certain about who will be the big winner at the Grammys this coming Sunday: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The rapper-producer duo has already earned seven nominations, second only to Jay Z” — Zack O’Malley Greenburg. Read Grammys 2014: Bet On A Big Night For Macklemore & Ryan Lewis



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