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BBC NEWS: "China orders Bitcoin exchanges in capital city to close"

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HERE/FORTH CEO, Paul Armstrong, was asked for his thoughts on China backing away from Bitcoin by ordering the closing of its cryptocurrency exchanges by BBC News: 

"China is shutting the exchanges down for good reasons - I think it's right they're being cautious at this time," Paul Armstrong, an emerging technology adviser and author of the book Disruptive Technologies, told the BBC.

"Bitcoin is by proxy unregulated and peer-to-peer, it's a very volatile currency."

However, Mr Armstrong does not think that this will be the end of Bitcoin in China for good. "They're shutting it down for now, but it doesn't mean that in six months or so they won't create new Bitcoin regulations like Japan and Australia did," he said.

"All the other countries have digital currencies and are making important decisions about it, so it doesn't make sense for China to dismiss it out of hand." He added that China's decision could prompt Chinese investors to seek alternative options to digital currencies, such as moving out of the country and operating exchanges or Bitcoin mining pools in other regions.

[FULL ARTICLE]

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C_NCENTRATE 2015 Survey Results

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Thanks to the +150 subscribers who filled out the questionnaire about C_NCENTRATE - your help has helped make the newsletter be even better for 2016.  Overall it appears we're doing a good job of giving you what you "need" and "the good stuff" enabling you to get ready for the week ahead.  This is of course great news but we're not ones to stand still so there are a couple of changes happening based on interesting nuggets gleamed from what you told us;

_   You really like the READ section.  +75% said they'd cry if we took it away...so we won't!  We're also going to add another link each week, add more images and will order the section by reading time.

_  Strategy, strategy, strategy.  +50% of you need more strategy in your lives so we'll make sure to give you more of that in 2016.

_   You like more of the big picture.  75% of those that responded want to see more of this so that's what you'll get.  In the same vein there will be a slight decrease in the following areas; advertising, free time and social media

_   You'd like a meet-up.  Without prompting, 33% of you want to meet more C_NCENTRATE-RS, we'll be looking into this in early 2016 - watch this space.  

_   You'd like to ask us questions.  25% would like to see a question answered each week.  We'll think of the best way to do this and trail it.

_   You miss 'This week saw..." section.  This is coming back but in a different format...watch this space.

General updates:  We're going to be offering a little less on video, advertising and the workplace help.  We're also going to say 'goodbye' to the C_NCENTRATE+5 blog posts on the web - whilst decently clicked on we're going to be focusing on the HERE/FORTH Flipboard magazine so subscribe over there for more links.



 

 

 

 

 

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2015 MCL - The Year In C_NCENTRATE

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With more than 15,000 subscribers, the C_NCENTRATE newsletter is now read regularly in all four corners of the globe and continues to grow steadily.  We took a look back at what got subscribers clicking and have created a Top 10 Most Clicked Links of C_NCENTRATE 2015. 
Interesting points: content marketing does not feature in the 2015 list (despite being strongly represented in the 2014 Top 10 Links list), there has been a 200% increase of productivity and strategic advice links in this year's Top 10 compared to 2014 (likely based on the subscriber feedback from 2013).  Roughly the same amount of video made the Top 10 with Uber's Uber Rush intro video being the first of its kind to make the list.

1)  What your 2016 Video Strategy Should Look Like [#50]
2)  How To Plan Any Presentation [Video] [#25]
3)  How To Work 40 Hours A Week Sending These Two Emails [#28]
4)  The 30-Second Habit That Has A Lifelong Impact [#43]
5)  Introducing Uber Rush [Video] [#42]
6)  What Google Really Knows About You [#40]
7)  Why Startups Succeed [#30]
8)  Why Scientists Are Upset With The Facebook Bubble Filter Experiment [#19] 
9)  How To Write An Email That Convinces Anyone To Meet With You [#29]
10) Infrastructure For Modern Brands [#36]


(NOTE: Numbers were adjusted for size of list at the time of sending)

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9 Predictions for "the next billion" [Memeburn]

HERE/FORTH CEO, Paul Armstrong, recently wrote about his experience at Quartz's conference 'The Next Billion' for Memeburn.  In the piece he interviews several CEO and top execs from some of the world's more innovative companies including Uber, frog design and Kano (amongst others).  Read the full piece here

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Meerkat and Periscope may have a sting in their tail [Guardian]

Paul Armstrong (HERE/FORTH Founder) penned this for the Guardian after reading a slew of press about the benefits of the new live-streaming video tools.  Wielded poorly, these new shiny platforms could cause brands real problems whilst possibly altering the way people expect to consume media.  [FULL ARTICLE]

Instead viewers got what I term as “G-nough”, created from the Google News effect: people get enough of an experience to gain value but not in the optimal way to maximise revenue for most parties.
— Paul Armstrong

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ITV News at Ten - Paul Armstrong, HERE/FORTH Founder, Talks about Meerkat & Periscope issues

HERE/FORTH Founder, Paul Armstrong, was asked about the issues surrounding new live streaming apps such as Meerkat and Periscope. While the technology is certainly not new, the ease of use and low barrier to entry make these apps appealing but there are serious business concerns due to copyright, privacy and other issues.  

More from Paul on the subject can be seen in the piece he recently wrote for the Guardian.

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UK startup The News Hub raises cash, and questions [Digiday]

HERE/FORTH CEO and @themediaisdying Founder, Paul Armstrong, was asked by Digiday for his thoughts on The News Hub - an emerging startup that wants to pay writers for good content in similar fashion to BubbleWS and TSU.

‘The problem that many platforms of this ilk suffer from is a lack of focus and planning with regards to the network effect required for immediate and continued success,’ he said.

’Both [Tsu and The News Hub] are interesting properties and have a fair chance of seeing success with niche audiences but ultimately the model is risky, untested and will require a lot from both [investors and users] in order for favorable outcomes in the short or long term,’ he added.
— Paul Armstrong