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To reset your mind amid all the crazy Bitcoin coverage, the new N.Y. Times Magazine cover story walks through where the cryptocurrency conversation began, and where it's going:

"Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble ... Yes, it’s driven by greed — but the mania for cryptocurrency could wind up building something much more important than wealth," by Steven Johnson:

  • "Like the original internet itself, the blockchain is an idea with radical — almost communitarian — possibilities that at the same time has attracted some of the most frivolous and regressive appetites of capitalism."
  • "We have learned enough from this history to support the hypothesis that open works better than closed, ... But we don’t have an easy route back to the open-protocol era."
  • "Right now, the only real hope for a revival of the open-protocol ethos lies in the blockchain."

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