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Hacker Plans Holy Marriage of GitHub and Bitcoin

•, By Robert McMillan
Git is the software that drives GitHub, a popular way for software developers to collaborate on their own coding projects, while bitcoin is new-age digital currency software driven by a vast network of machines spread across the globe. At first blush, they seem to have little in common, but what Rashkovskii aims to create is a version of Git that runs on a bitcoin-like network of machines, a network that isn’t controlled by GitHub or any other single company. If you spread Git across a distributed network, he says, you’re less likely to lose access to the code you’re working on. Rashkovskii, formerly chief technology officer with a bitcoin startup called, says he dreamed up the idea a few weeks ago while trying to work on a software project from a beach on the island of Lembongan, southeast of Bali. He couldn’t reach his GitHub repository, but he thought that if he created a new system that was structured a little more like Bitcoin, this sort of thing might be less of a problem.

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