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Startup Rundown: Catchafire Has Spread to LinkedIn, and Now You Can Take Bitcoin Class

All the cool bars use DASHboards. (Dash)

Dash goes deeper No, we don’t mean the Kardashian store. We mean the other Dash—the one that lets restaurant and bar patrons pay for their food and drinks through their phones, at designated establishments. The company has just released DASHboard, which they describe as “an iOS app for bartenders and waiters that works in conjunction with Dash—like the back-end app that Uber drivers use.” Using DASHboard, restaurants and bars can learn all sorts of strategically helpful information about their customers, like visit frequency and date of birth, so they can bring you free molten chocolate lava cakes and stuff. Read More

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A Kanye West-Inspired Cryptocurrency Exists Now

Infringement, schminfringement! (via coinyewest.com)

Happy New Year! Did you think maybe in 2014 Internet people would cut the shit and stop hurtling bags of money into a funeral pyre of pretend pop culture currencies like dogecoin? Too bad! Coinye West is a thing now.

In case you still haven’t closed this tab, allow us to explain. You can now get your cryptocurrency, a thing that is allegedly real despite being underlined in red like a typo when you write about it, virtually stamped with Kanye West’s likeness.  Read More

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Best Tech Events This Week (New Year’s Eve Parties & more)

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.

Paul Graham’s recent remarks landed him in hot water. My two cents … Last week Chicago made Computer Science core curriculum in all public high schools & it’ll be first urban district with computer courses for kindergarten to 8th grade. I hope NYC is next! Other programs – Girls Who Code, Black Girls Code, AFSE. Kids coding early is great. I was lucky & got my start at age 11. Having said that, starting / funding a company shouldn’t be about when u started coding (or ur race, gender, nationality). Tech is a meritocracy. Lets keep it that way. Read More

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Booting Up: Apple’s Holiday Is Annoying and Incorrectly Filmed

So sullen. (Photo: YouTube)

Bitcoin’s value sunk last night after a Chinese exchange stopped accepting deposits because of the country’s new regulations. [Daily Dot]

The latest Google Glass update includes the ability to upload videos to YouTube, expanded Google Hangouts support and the option of *winking* to take a picture. [The Verge]

Today, members of the City Council hope to persuade the Port Authority not to renew its contract with wireless provider Boingo. That might finally mean free Wi-Fi at the city’s three airports. [New York Post]

Spotify’s desktop client is getting an extreme makeover. [The Verge]

Let’s all shut up about this year’s Apple holiday ad because it’s stupid. [Gizmodo]

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Booting Up: The NSA Spied on Gamers Because Teen Smack-Talking Is Integral to National Security

Man with the plan. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Giant tech companies including LinkedIn, Google, Facebook and others are banning together to create a “Reform Government Surveillance” group. “We strongly believe that current laws and practices need to be reformed,” they explained. [VentureBeat]

Bitcoin’s value plummeted over the weekend after China started cracking down on the use of the digital currency. [PC World]

Netflix is quietly transforming from a streaming company to a full-fledged network that could soon take on the biggies. [New Republic]

The NSA reportedly spied on video game platforms like Xbox Live and probably heard (or saw) a lot of things they wish they didn’t. [Guardian]

Some of the city’s new cabs include USB outlets, panoramic windows and customized climate control so you can drive like a freakin’ Rockefeller. [Gothamist]