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Pattern Matching

Blockchain takes a substantial toll on the environment that experts are beginning to reckon with

Alpine Mining co-founder and CEO Ludovic Thomas works at the company’s main cryptocurrency mining site in the tiny southern Swiss village of Gondo. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images

The Pattern


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The first two eras of the internet


Complex interplays are pushing up the price of cryptocurrencies — including the potential for criminals to profit

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Why that might be the wrong question to ask

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Donations of digital currency like bitcoin can get money, and power, to people suffering under authoritarian governments

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Californians alone use more power playing games and heating their pools than entire countries in Africa. That has to change.

People walk under electric wires connected above roofs in a district of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on June 1, 2019.
People walk under electric wires connected above roofs in a district of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on June 1, 2019.
People walk under electric wires connected above roofs in a district of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on June 1, 2019. Photo: Sia Kambou/AFP/Getty


Blockchain technology explained in simple words

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  1. We can trust each other. Rainy or sunny, the loser will give $50 to the winner. If we are friends, this could be a good way of managing it. However, friends or strangers, one can easily not pay the other.
  2. We can turn the…


Loopholes in lending laws are allowing cryptocurrency users to escape taxes — and the government can’t keep up

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The social media company’s move into cryptocurrency takes advantage of regulatory loopholes

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