Monthly Archives: August 2014

Hastening the End at Hasting’s?

I have a short piece in the latest Texas Monthly on the sale of Hasting’s, the music and entertainment store chain that was prominent in many small towns in Texas and the Midwest. The Amarillo-based chain was bought out recently … Continue reading

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Overstock Takes Bitcoin International

A big online retailer is going to start accepting Bitcoin on international transactions, according to the New York Times’ Dealbook site. Overstock.com, which has been an outspoken proponent of the virtual currency, will introduce on Sept. 1 a new payment system … Continue reading

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Talking Bitcoins in Big D

Last week, I spent an hour or so on Dallas’ KERA midday program “Think” talking with host Krys Boyd about Bitcoins and why Texas has become such a hotbed for the burgeoning Bitcoin industry.The discussion grew from my piece in the … Continue reading

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Fracking’s Publishing Boom Revisited

In Sunday’s New York Times, Jim Malewitz of the Texas Tribune revisits the publishing boom that has erupted in South Texas with hydraulic fracturing. The story focuses on The Boom at Eagle Ford Shale, a newspaper published by Kathy Rudkin, who … Continue reading

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Bitcoin Bonanza: Why Texas Can’t Get Enough of Virtual Currency

In my latest Texas Monthly column, I take a look at the state’s hottest new cottage industry: Bitcoins. The virtual currency took the online world by storm a few years ago, and while it still has plenty of skeptics, Texas has … Continue reading

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