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World’s first Bitcoin ATM sees 81 exchanges, $10,000 in transactions during first day

History was made in Bitcoin world on Tuesday when the world’s first Bitcoin ATM opened in Vancouver, B.C. At the Waves Coffee House in downtown Vancouver, 81 people made Bitcoin transactions that totaled $10,000. About one-third of those 81 were first-time Bitcoin users. Operated by Las Vegas-based Robocoin and Vancouver-based Bitcoiniacs, the ATM scans your palm… Read More

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Vancouver, B.C. looking to spend $30M in digital push

Cities throughout the world are trying to capture more tech talent, and our neighbors to the north are no different. Vancouver B.C. is planning a big push to bolster online government services, boost free Wi-Fi and strengthen its entire technology ecosystem, using efforts from Chicago, New York and other cities as a model. According to… Read More

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Nerd Notes: Big Macs and the economy, a dress that responds to sexual arousal, moth pilots and more

Editor’s Note: Nerd Notes is GeekWire’s roundup of random geekiness from around the globe. Moths that can drive — You’ve seen a dog skateboard, a cockatoo dance, and a monkey ride a pig, but have you ever seen a moth drive a robot car? That’s what I thought. Three Japanese researchers in Tokyo built a trackball-guided robotic vehicle that… Read More

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Vancouver beats out Seattle, Portland as most walkable city

Portland has the donuts, Seattle has the coffee and Vancouver, B.C. has the … sidewalks. Walk Score, a Seattle-based company that promotes walkable neighborhoods, just ranked the most walkable cities in Canada and Vancouver, B.C. took the top spot with a “Walk Score” of 78. That beats out Seattle (74) and Portland (66) as the most… Read More

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New Microsoft game studio in Vancouver wants to build the next Halo

Microsoft is officially opening a new game studio in Canada and expectations are off the charts. Located in downtown Vancouver, B.C., Black Tusk Studios has some serious goals to meet in the coming years. Studio manager Mike Crump told the Vancouver Sun that the new first-party studio, which has already been working for the past year, was asked to come up with Microsoft’s… Read More

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Farewell, coffee cards: Madrona bankrolls mobile loyalty rewards startup RewardLoop

Madrona Venture Group is heading north for its latest investment, leading a $1 million funding round in Vancouver, B.C.-based RewardLoop. This marks the second investment by Madrona in Vancouver in recent months, following its backing of online fashion startup Indochino. The RewardLoop system could replace the paper-based stamp cards that you often see at coffee… Read More