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Booting Up: Instagram Might (Or Might Not!) Launch a Messaging Service Today

Instagram's man with the plan. (Photo: Scaleogy)

Instagram is supposedly launching a messaging service later today because you need another app to talk to the same five people. [TechCrunch]

Just because Andreessen Horowitz is giving $25 million in Series B funding to bitcoin bank Coinbase doesn’t mean we have to stop thinking the digital currency is a fad. Right?! [AllThingsD]

Comcast has signed up nine new channels to use Twitter’s live tweeting featured dubbed See It. [Engadget]

Snapchat has kicked up another $50 million in funding. [AllThingsD]

Bored? Let’s imagine what the new Start menu is going to look like on Windows! [ZDNet]

It's All About the Bitcoins

Union Square Ventures, Other Investors Pump $5M Into Bitcoin Startup Coinbase

(Photo: Flickr/Zach Copley)

Fred Wilson has just broken his two-year, no-investment streak. The Wall Street Journal reports Union Square Ventures is leading a $5 million round in Y Combinator-backed Coinbase, which allows you to buy, store and pay with Bitcoin. Also participating: Ribbit Capital, SV Angel and Funders Club.

These being the self-styled gentleman scholars of USV, there’s some philosophizing to justify the investment. Read More

Love in the Time of Algorithms

Modern Love: OKCupid Officially Accepts Bitcoin Payments

How it looks. (Photo: OKCupid)

Good news, singletons: you can now spend your Bitcoins to help you get laid. OKCupid has begun accepting the popular decentralized digital currency as a form of payment. Payments will be accepted via Bitcoin wallet website Coinbase, according to an announcement on its blog.

Betabeat first reported two weeks ago that the IAC-backed site was considering accepting Bitcoins after a Reddit user posted a screenshot from an alleged OKCupid representative claiming that the company was looking to expand its payment options.  Read More