Coinplug Unveils its Big Bitcoin Plans

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South Korean bitcoin exchange Coinplug has some big plans ahead.  The company is distributing pre-paid bitcoin gift cards to about 24,000 convenience stores across the country.  Thus far, about 8,000 of those stores are part of the 7-11 franchise, and other major chains are slated to be selling the cards by the end of the month.

The company confirmed in a Reddit post:

“We are in the process of distributing the cards to convenient stores.”Coinplug’s Richard […]

New European Legislation Ties Taxes in Online Orders to the Country of Purchase

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The European Union introduced legislation in November 2014 that implemented a new Value Added Tax (VAT) to virtual purchases. The legislation took effect on January 1, 2015. It is designed to reduce the  ability of companies to avoid taxes, especially large companies such as Amazon.com.

Instead of taxing an item based on the country where it was manufactured, or to the location of corporate headquarters, the item is taxed based on the country where the […]

Cryptocurrency round-up: Bitcoin bounces back, okBitcard launches and Blockcypher funding

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Bitcoin has seen a 15% increase over the last 24 hours, sparking a market-wide recovery (IBTimes UK) The price of bitcoin has rebounded above $200 following a prolonged crash earlier this week that saw the world’s most valuable cryptocurrency drop to its lowest levels since October 2013.

A 15% price rise over the last 24 hours has taken bitcoin to its current level of around $212 and has spurred other cryptocurrencies to follow in its […]

What These 9 Cyber Security Buzzwords And Jargon Terms Really Mean

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By Sue Poremba

Hybrid cloud. BYOD. Big Data. Internet of Things. These are terms that have become part of the daily lexicon, not only within the information technology (IT) and cyber security world but also in the main stream. Jargon is integral to IT. They make complicated terms more accessible to the non-technical person, even if they aren’t easier to understand.

Buzzwords are commonplace in IT security, as well, but are they truly understood? As […]

Benner on Tech: Bitcoin’s Blues and Facebook’s Free-Speech Tight Rope

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People are Talking About…

Bitcoin was supposed to be a substitute for gold , but now it’s behaving more like oil. Not the oil of 2013 and 2014 when the price spiked above $100, but the oil of today with prices below $50. Bitcoin prices have also fallen over the past year from about $1,000 to just above $200 . In both cases, the price is so low that it no longer makes economic […]

ChangeTip Integrates Slack, a New Use Case for Micropayments?

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At the start of the New Year, we reported that ChangeTip was adding Facebook and Slack integration.  The Facebook integration was already there for some users, but Slack had not yet been rolled out to the public.

Now, it is. Slack is a collaborative work platform with social elements that takes itself less seriously than other work productivity apps. It functions a bit like a message board with healthy doses of Google Drive, Facebook and […]

Coinplug to Roll Out World’s Biggest Convenience Store Bitcoin Scheme

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South Korean bitcoin services company Coinplug is rolling out pre-paid bitcoin gift cards to around 24,000 convenience stories across the country, with 8,000 7-Eleven stores already participating.

The company says its ‘okBitcard’ offering will be on sale in other major chains by the end of January. With those numbers, it will be the most widespread distribution of its kind in the world to date.

Cards are printed with fiat values of 10,000, 30,000 and 50,000 South Korean won (approximately […]

South Koreans Can Now Buy Bitcoin from 7–Eleven

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South Korean exchange Coinplug is set to drive a rollout of Bitcoin gift cards, which anyone will be able to purchase from convenience stores imminently.

OkBitcard , a scheme which will allow customers to purchase US$50 worth of bitcoin, is already operational in a range of merchants in South Korea, including 7-Eleven, in the form of a printed receipt. Soon, Coinplug stated, physical cards will also be widely available.

The company confirmed in a Reddit […]

Citizenship Renunciation Fee Up 422%–With No Return–Just Ask Bitcoin Jesus

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Tax rules for U.S. citizens are notoriously unforgiving and notoriously expansive, even for those living abroad. They are one reason the uptick in American expatriations is continuing. In fact, given the demand, the State Department raised the fee for renunciation of U.S. citizenship from $450 to $2,350. That is more than twenty times the average level  in other high-income countries. The State Department says it’s about demand on their services and all the extra workload they […]

The Russian Authorities Moving Ahead to Suppress Bitcoin, Block Seven Bitcoin Websites

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Looks like Russia is serious taking head-on against Bitcoin as the latest development shows that the Russian telecommunications regulator Roskomnadzor has blocked access to Seven Bitcoin-related websites. The authorities in the country believe that the cryptocurrency contributes to the growth of the shadow economy.

Earlier the number of website that were blocked by Roskomnadzor was five that included Bitcoin.org, a primary community resource for the cryptocurrency that’s run by the Bitcoin Foundation, the Bitcoin.it community […]

Russia Blocks More Bitcoin Sites

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Russia is apparently having a hard time making up its mind about bitcoin.  One minute it’s completely against it .  Then, the very law laying out the disapproval is criticized and rejected .  Now, citing a court order from September 2014, the country has blacklisted several more bitcoin addresses including three with a .ru domain:  coinspot.ru, hasbitcoin.ru and bitcoinconf.ru.

The relationship almost feels like a bad marriage.  The couple fights, they make up, and then […]

UK May Attempt to End Anonymity in Bitcoin Transactions, May Cause a Rise in the Use of DarkWallet

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A proposed UK bill could end anonymity in Bitcoin transactions by logging of all content accessed via UK ISPs. This will leave only services such as DarkWallet as truly anonymous options, placing them firmly in the sights of UK lawmakers seeking “the legal power to break into the encrypted communications of suspected terrorists.”

Speaking in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks at the Charlie Hebdo offices and a kosher supermarket, UK Prime Minister David […]

Russia’s Media Watchdog Blocks Bitcoin Websites

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Russia’s media watchdog has blocked access to a number of bitcoin-related sites, citing a court order from 30th September.

The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) allows visitors to check whether or not a site is blacklisted . At press time,  Bitcoin.org , Bitcoin.it ,  BTCsec.com  and bitcoin exchange Indacoin were blacklisted.

According to TJournal.ru , Roskomnadzor cited a  ruling of the district court of the city of Nevyansk, Sverdlovsk region, as […]

Perianne Boring Talks Anti-Money Laundering Compliance and the Boot Camp Offered at TNABC

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Perianne Boring Talks Anti-Money Laundering Compliance and the Boot Camp Offered at TNABC Flike


G+1Pin Perianne Boring is the president of the Digital Chamber of Commerce . The chamber will be hosting an Anti-Money Laundering Boot Camp at the North American Bitcoin Conference 2015 in Miami on January 16 and 17. Boring took time from her schedule to speak with CoinTelegraph about the boot camp and the importance of compliance with AML regulations for companies […]

Leading German Bank Sparkasse is Blocking Cryptocurrency Orders

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Since a few days ago, German bank Sparkasse, has been blocking cryptocurrency orders, returning money to customers, said Dutch cryptocurrency exchange Anycoin Direct.

Several users banking at German bank Sparkasse , reported to Anycoin Direct that they were contacted by their banks with the message that the transactions to buy cryptocurrencies were blocked. Investigating on the matter, Anycoin Direct said that all payment methods available at Sparkasse are affected, including Sofort, online bank transfer and […]

US Digital Currency Pioneer Taps UK Crowdfund Investors

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2014 ended well for digital currency company, Bitreserve. With a crowdfunding campaign up and running here in the UK and a parallel investment drive underway on the other side of the Atlantic, the US-based business succeeded in raising £6.3m ($9.6m) before the year drew to a close.

In the US, Bitreserve used San-Francisco-based investment platform Venovate to source funding from its community of “sophisticated” investors. Meanwhile here in Britain, the company pitched its offering via […]

Benner on Tech: Starboard Cynics and Zuckerberg on Censorship

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People Are Talking About …

This week in hilarious bloviating: Activist investment firm Starboard Value warned Yahoo in a letter that it doesn’t like rumors that Marissa Mayer might want to buy Scripps Networks or Time Warner’s CNN . I don’t like those rumors much either. When’s the last time a tech company successfully transformed into a media company? Facebook and Google are working on it, but they have a long way to go […]

The Drum Beat of Deflation is Growing Louder: The Intermarket Picture

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The global macroeconomic picture is sending out a message and that is one of deflationary forces starting to take hold.

In past articles it was discussed what this means and its likelihood. With each passing day the probability seems to grow and global central banks are beginning to take action (Bank of Japan and the People’s Bank of China) or looking more likely to take aggressive action (European Central Bank). 

It is safe to say at […]

App developers select Rivetz to enable cyber-security protection

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Partners will enhance their customers’ transaction security via RivetzSDK which offers software developers a turnkey integration platform to rapidly integrate their client apps with local hardware security for Trusted Execution and key management.

Rivetz provides protection for both private keys and sensitive data processing via its RivetzSDK solution. RivetzSDK also integrates support for high assurance verification of the user’s desired intent. Rivetz brings state-of-the-art cyber protections and real-time integrity verification to a consumer’s daily computing […]

“Bitcoin Jesus” Roger Ver Denied Entry to U.S.

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Oh, ye of “too much faith!”  Those who follow the “Bitcoin Jesus,” as he’s come to be called will not be able to witness their leader rise to the top on U.S. soil.

As it so happens, bitcoin evangelist Roger Ver is being denied entry into the United States to speak at the North American Bitcoin Conference in Miami after renouncing his U.S. citizenship.

Ver earned citizenship with the Caribbean island nation of St. Kitts and […]

Bitcoin Trading Comes to Nigeria

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South African bitcoin exchange ICE3X has now made it possible to trade bitcoin in Nigeria through a partnership with Nigerian payment processor VoguePay .

Exchange founder Gareth Grobler described the situation with enthusiasm, and feels that Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, is the prime area for a possible bitcoin market:

“The market… is potentially massive.  VoguePay have spotted the opportunity bitcoin offers, seeing as one of the primary attributes of bitcoin is its security.  Nigerian online […]

South African Bitcoin exchange ICE3X has launched Bitcoin trading in Nigeria

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Nigerians can now trade Bitcoin as South African Bitcoin exchange ICE3X has launched Bitcoin trading in the country for the first time. Thus, the organization has opened up a potentially huge market for Bitcoin in Africa’s most populous country. For the purpose the company has formed an exclusive partnership with Nigerian payment processor VoguePay.

According to a source from ICE3X the partnership with VoguePay will allow users to buy and sell Bitcoin using the local […]

Cryptocurrency round-up: ‘Bitcoin Jesus’ denied US visa and Nigeria’s first exchange

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Bitcoin sees a resurgence in price as Nigeria opens its first bitcoin exchange and Roger Ver is denied entry to his country of birth (IBTimes UK) Bitcoin has seen a resurgence in price over the last 24 hours, as a 5% surge in value has gone some way to recovering from the significant crash that took place at the start of the year.

The brief rally has brought bitcoin’s price up to just above $285, […]

ICE3x Launches Nigeria’s First Bitcoin Exchange

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Nigeria currency South African bitcoin exchange ICE 3 X has launched bitcoin trading in Nigeria for the first time, opening up a potentially huge market for bitcoin in Africa’s most populous country.

The company has formed an exclusive partnership with Nigerian payment processor VoguePay , allowing users to buy and sell bitcoins using the local currency, the naira, directly from existing VoguePay wallets.

ICE 3 X  is also planning to roll out merchant services allowing local […]

Roger Ver Denied US Visa to Attend Miami Bitcoin Conference

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Bitcoin entrepreneur Roger Ver has been effectively locked out of his native USA after this week being denied a non-immigrant visa for the third time.

Ver, who publicly gave up his US citizenship in 2014, was planning to speak at the North American Bitcoin Conference in Miami  from 16-18th January.

He tweeted the following message to his 18,800 followers: While forcing me to pay taxes @USEmbassyBbdos tyrants won’t allow me to attend #CES2015 , #TNABC or […]

Vault of Satoshi to Shut its Operations from 5th of February

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In an announcement, the owners of Vault of Satoshi have informed their clients/users that they will be closing the Canada-based Bitcoin exchange on 5th February. According to them the decision is inspired by the “insane” growth of a new business venture TurboFlix which has encouraged them to switch focus.

The Bitcoin exchange says that although new deposits will no longer be accepted, it assures users that they will have plenty of time to finalize any […]

Back to Basics: What Makes a Bitcoin Valuable?

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In the wake of falling bitcoin prices , critics are asking a familiar question, “What makes a bitcoin valuable?” There is a misconception that the Bitcoin Blockchain can be separated from bitcoin the currency, individual units representing a portion of the Bitcoin network. If a Bitcoin was worth $0, then a Bitcoin miner has no incentive to allocate their computing power to the Bitcoin network.

The incentive for allocating computing power to process Bitcoin transactions […]

Vault of Satoshi Founders Close Bitcoin Exchange to Focus on Netflix Startup

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The owners of Vault of Satoshi have announced that they will be closing the notable Canada-based bitcoin exchange on 5th February due to the "insane" growth of a new business venture.

Though short on details in the official announcement , Vault of Satoshi co-founder Mike Curry told CoinDesk that the success of new venture  TurboFlix  has encouraged the exchange’s owners to switch focus. Launched six months ago, the service has gained popularity by allowing global Netflix users […]

CoinTelegraph unveils international franchise opportunities – join us!

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2015 will be an exciting year for CoinTelegraph. Straightaway, we’d like to announce a significant international expansion program which will take our news to all corners of globe.

This is expansion with a difference, however – you can come on board and drive our success yourself.

CoinTelegraph set out to be the representative of cryptocurrency community news and opinion, a mission which has resulted in unique connections and social mobility and which places us in […]

California Approves Bitcoin for Transactions

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California has now become “Crypto-rnia”.

The state’s governor Jerry Brown has approved bitcoin for transactions, thus making California a sturdy haven for digital currency.

The news comes following the ratification of a new finance bill originally approved in the summer of 2014.  The bill’s objective was to end all prohibitions on alternatives to U.S. dollars for commerce in the state.  Through the bill’s official ratification, alternate currencies (including bitcoin and related virtual monies) are hereby permitted […]

California Governor Approves Bitcoin for Transactions

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[Editor’s note: The original version of this article carried the headline “Bitcoin becomes legal tender for transactions in California.” The use of the phrase “legal tender” overstated the extent of the new legislation, and was inaccurate. Although alternative currencies are now legal for transaction in California, there is no legal obligation for their acceptance in transactions. CoinTelegraph is sorry for the error.]  

Bitcoin can be accepted and used for transactions in the US state of California […]

Bitcoin Gets Approval from California Governor

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The governor of the US state of California has approved Bitcoin ; thus, the digital currency can now be accepted and used for transactions in the US state. This has been made possible by the ratification of a new finance bill which has made it possible for users to pay in Bitcoin. Earlier, only US Dollars were officially recognized.

However, now that the new bill allows for the use of other national and digital currencies, […]

Greece at a financial cross-roads and a practical solution could be Bitcoin

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Political instability in Greece could elect an anti-austerity party in the coming weeks, looking for new financial solutions, perhaps Bitcoin. With a weakened economy and risk of exit from the euro-zone, the Greek party needs new economic policy to solve the country’s deficit.

In the last 24 hours, Greek MPs have rejected the government’s presidential nomination triggering a new round of parliamentary elections, likely to bring the left wing to power. The coalition of radical […]

New BTMs in North America, UK and Australia

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The proliferation of BTMs around the world continued last week, even with the Christmas holiday giving billions of us an excuse not to do much work at all.

According to the Bitcoin ATM map published by our partner Coin ATM Radar, 5 new BTMs went live last week, all in an English-speaking country. Australia

BTM in Melbourne In Melbourne, the Mr Pilgrim Cafe in the Chadstone Shopping Centre installed a one-way Lamassu, operated by Cryptolink […]

Anthony Di Iorio Leaves the Bitcoin Alliance of Canada (BAC)

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The Bitcoin Alliance of Canada (BAC) says that Executive Director Anthony Di Iorio has resigned from his post. He started working with the organization since its inception in 2012 and helped spread awareness of Bitcoin to Canadians from coast to coast. Though he has stepped down from his position as a member of the Board, he will continue to help support the BAC in an advisory position.

According to a press release from the BAC, […]

Singapore to Organize the First Major Cryptocurrency Conference & Expo the Next Month

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inShare 1 Singapore is going to be in news for the country is going to organize the first major cryptocurrency event. Nonetheless, continuing the largest Bitcoin event worldwide, Inside Bitcoin is headed to Singapore on January 29-30, 2015. The organizers of the event are inviting the participating parties and even offering discounts for early birds.

The organizers of Cryptocurrency Conference and Expo are asking the interested parties to join them at the Suntec […]

RBI Governor: “Virtual currencies will be much safer and get better in future”

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Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan recently exhibited his views on virtual currencies like Bitcoin.

In an interactive session with students organized by popular Indian news channel NDTV, Dr. Rajan was asked by one of the attendees about India’s current stand on digital currencies, to which he replied:

“I have no doubt that down the line, we will be moving towards primarily a cashless society and we’ll have some kind of currencies like this which […]

Greece and Bitcoin: A Possible Future

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Greece has been experiencing rough times since 2008.  The economy has shrunk by about one quarter.  Unemployment stands at about 25 percent, hundreds of thousands of businesses have closed and many of the nation’s people are living in poverty.

In the midst of all this, it appears that the country is having difficulty electing a new presidential leader.  Eurozone bonds and European shares experienced a heavy slump today following the Greek Parliament’s rejection of the […]

Reserve Bank Governor: India “will adopt digital currencies at some point”

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The Governor of the Reserve Bank of India has said he has “no doubt” that digital currencies will play a role in India’s future society. Drawing a comparison between the rise of debit and credit cards in the country, the Governor argues digital currency will help pave the way to a cashless society.

Speaking during a wide-ranging TV interview in New Delhi, Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan made his first comments on Bitcoin and the […]

Ecuador Officially Launches Its Own E-Money System

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Banco Central del Ecuador (BCE) announced it has officially entered into the first phase of the establishment of its own electronic cash system, asking citizens over 18 years old to open an account using their smartphones.

Starting from December 23, Ecuador citizens over 18 years old can open an electronic money account using a simple code that is required to be enter on their mobile phones, reads the official release . This date triggers the […]

Russian Ministry Questions Proposed ‘Quasi-Money’ Ban

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Politicians rarely think about the long-term implications of policy proposals and nowhere is this more evident than in the Russian Federation.

Vladimir Putin’s policies have turned the Russian economy into a shambles and the icing on this particular cake may well be his policies concerning virtual currencies, according to Russia’s Ministry of Economic Development.

Putin recommended last March that “cash equivalents” be banned under Russian law. The Ministry of Finance (MinFin), Russia’s Central Bank and the […]

Registration Begins for Ecuador’s Government Crypto-Currency

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The Ecuadorian government has begun the long process of registering citizens interested in receiving the country’s official government backed alt coin.

Ecuador has taken the most unique approach to crypto-currency of any government around the world – one which has generated a lot of interest but has won over few friends. After first moving to ban the sale and use of crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin, the South American nation announced that it would create and […]

Russia Might Rollback Its Decision to Ban Bitcoin

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ForexMinute.com – Already going through rough economic times , Russia is reportedly planning to rollback its decision to ban all sort of cash equivalents, including cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.

According to a report published on RT , Russia’s Ministry of Economic Development has shown concerns about the ban’s possible outcome, which could negatively impact the country’s major telecom operators, retailers and bank. As per the government body, the proposed ban lacks precision and literally leaves cash […]

Russia and Bitcoin… No Longer Enemies?

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Russia and bitcoin have not exactly been on good terms.  The country showed a particularly strict attitude towards the digital currency and was looking to enforce a ban that would threaten any users with heavy fines and other forms of punishment should they engage in the “pleasures of bitcoin.”  It appears that while on the playground, Russia had primary control over the sandbox.

However, now that sandbox is possibly up for grabs.  Following the Ruble’s […]

Bitcoin Review 2014 Part I: Price and Commerical Activity

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Bitcoin Review 2014 Part I: Price and Commerical Activity CoinTelegraph has put together a research report on Bitcoin’s journey through 2014. This year has seen many unprecedented events in cryptocurrency, and we’d like to highlight the main ones for readers.

The report contains infographics, summary text and exclusive commentary from our resident expert, Tone Vays.

The report will be published in three sections, with the first available below relating to Price and Commercial activity in Bitcoin […]

Epicenter Bitcoin Ep. 58: Vitalik Buterin on Proof-of-Stake and the Future of Crypto-Economics

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Epicenter Bitcoin "With Bitcoin, we’re paying $600 million a year on a 5-of-10 multisig." In the latest episode of Epicenter Bitcoin , our guest was a man who needs little introduction in this community, Vitalik Buterin. We were very excited to finally have him on the show and go deep in some of Bitcoin’s most crucial issues. Having covered Ethereum at great length in previous episodes with Stephan Tual and Gavin Wood, we wanted […]

Filipinos Can Now Withdraw Money from 450 Bank ATMs, Thanks to Bitcoin Firm

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The Philippines has more overseas workers than nearly any country in the world, and remittances reached an all-time high of $25.1 billion in 2013. But the cost of sending money home to family has historically been high. That is changing, thanks to the Philippines Bitcoin exchange and remittance service Coins.ph . The company has a new service that allows recipients to instantly withdraw money from a bank ATM.

The company is releasing a mobile app […]

The 7 Biggest Crypto Scandals of 2014

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Even though 2015 is right around the corner, some might say that bitcoin was still in its ‘Wild West’ days throughout the course of this year.

While it’s easy to appreciate all of bitcoin’s best qualities – it’s cheap, fast and reliable, to name a few – it’s harder to ignore that bitcoin has also been associated with less desirable parts of life – like crime and scandal.

As the digital currency’s use cases are still […]

Bitcoin buzz bypasses shoppers

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With more retailers accepting the digital currency, few shoppers are actually using it.

Since it’s inception five years ago, bitcoin hype has spread across the globe. “Bitcoin accepted here” stickers have popped up in restaurants and stores. It’s even made it to Twin Mountain Country Store, a convenience store and deli in a remote corner of New Hampshire. But customers aren’t exactly flocking to pay with the digital currency.

Twin Mountain’s owner Bill Bochynski […]

Report: ‘Virtual Currencies Set to Quickly Disrupt Major Markets’

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Virtual Currencies According to a study published recently by Technology Strategies International, Inc. (TSI), virtual currencies are likely to be a major disruptive force within the next decade.

The report, entitled “The Future of Virtual Currencies 2014,” speculates that virtual currencies such as Bitcoin have grown to the point that there is literally no stopping these new innovative technologies that are cropping up every day. Finally, the report advises organizations that want to avoid being […]

Pure Gold: Citibank Report says Bitcoin is ‘Fiat Currency’

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Ahead of Switzerland’s gold referendum this weekend, Citibank has a released a report publicly criticizing both the metal and Bitcoin – with some content being so embarrassing it could be satire.

The report, which joins the Swiss National Bank’s (SNB) earlier efforts to present gold in an unfavorable light ahead of the referendum, adds statements about Bitcoin and argues the “social superiority” of paper fiat money.

Created by research analyst Willem Buiter, “ Gold: a six […]

The Rise and Rise of Lipservice: Viral Western Union Ad Debunked

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Western Union [Note: Tim Swanson is the author of Great Chain of Numbers and The Anatomy of a Money-like Informational Commodity .]

Last week the /r/Bitcoin community thought they came up with a clever ad (see image) that revealed the “true” costs of remittances. But this is an apple’s to orange’s comparison. Because it lacks a “ circular flow of income ” in developing countries, Bitcoin, the network, in this instance is just a […]

Cracks in the Fiat Money System: The Swiss Gold Referendum and Currency Pegging

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Swiss Gold On November 30, Swiss voters will go to the polls to vote on what is being called the “ Save Our Swiss Gold ” referendum. 

A vote of yes would mean that the Swiss National Bank (SNB) would have to refrain from selling any more gold and increase its gold holdings to 20%, which is up from current levels of 7%, where it will remain indefinitely. It would also require the SNB to […]

Dogecoin Merchants Invited to Join Bitcoin Black Friday

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Dogecoin merchants are all set to jump on the Bitcoin Black Friday bandwagon, confirms Jon Holmquist, the founder of BitcoinBlackFriday.com .

Touted as one of the biggest Bitcoin events covered by media, Bitcoin Black Friday is scheduled to kick start on November 28th – the day after Thanksgiving. According to Holmquist, he and his team are targeting at least 6,000 merchants to put their Black Friday sales on BitcoinBlackFriday.com. To ensure premium publicity, the founder is […]

Western Union Sitting Duck in Bitcoin Viral Ads Blunder

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Western Union Western Union has become the latest target of one of the Internet’s more sophisticated dethroning campaigns – and, it seems, has already lost the battle to contain the consequences.

An image posted to Facebook depicting an altered version of the company’s own advertisement, changed to include a direct comparison with Bitcoin, is currently going viral. Sending money with Western Union vs. Bitcoin The image shows the cost of sending money using Western Union, […]

The Ultimate Bitcoin Black Friday Guide

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Want to enjoy lavish Black Friday discounts with Bitcoin without the lines, camping out for several days, and the risk of violence? Maybe Bitcoin Black Friday is the extravaganza for you. Last year was huge . In fact, it was the “most popular day in the history of Bitcoin commerce.” BitPay broke records, the official website BitcoinBlackFriday.com pulled in 100,000 unique visitors, and even Ashton Kutcher participated .

You can check out a nicely compiled […]

Bitcoin Black Friday Is on the Way

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Bitcoin Black Friday “Black Friday” is one of the busiest shopping days in the United States. It is a day of unbridled consumerism on steroids, when people pitch tents and lay sleeping bags in front of retail stores and malls across the country, getting ready for the big event.

Black Friday is usually celebrated exclusively in the United States, but this is rapidly changing following the introduction two years ago of “ Bitcoin Black Friday […]

Dutch Official: Bitcoin Transactions Probably Not Liable for VAT

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Jakob Kamminga, an official from the Dutch Ministry of Finance, has said that bitcoin transactions will "probably" be not liable for value added tax (VAT).

His comments were made during a debate on bitcoin and tax at VU University, Amsterdam, on Thursday.

This would mean that goods and services bought with bitcoin will only be taxed on the goods and services side of the transaction, as is the case with purchases done with fiat currency – not on both sides of the transaction, as is […]

Derivatives Exchange Nadex Seeks CFTC Approval for Bitcoin Binary Options

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Derivatives exchange Nadex plans to offer bitcoin binary options to customers in the US next month, if its filing to register the options with the country’s commodities regulator is accepted.

Nadex will offer daily and weekly bitcoin binary options contracts, taking prices from the bitcoin price index published by TeraExchange , a derivatives trading platform. Both Nadex and TeraExchange are regulated by the US  Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

The exchange is one of three ‘designated contract […]

Ferguson Public Library Embraces Bitcoin Donations Amid Unrest

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Amid protests, riots and overall unrest in the aftermath of a grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, the residents of Ferguson, Missouri are finding solace in an unlikely place: the city’s public library.

Demonstrations in protest of the jury’s decision have been taking place all week in Ferguson and around the US, as people in major metropolitan areas across the nation show their solidarity. As […]

Uncoinventional Activist Journalist, Derrick Broze, Powered by Bitcoin

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Bitcoin has become a powerful tool for independent activist journalists. In the past, news writers and correspondents would compete for limited professional opportunities with large media networks. The message was highly centralized and filtered from the top.

As technology has evolved, it has empowered mass coverage of anti-establishment opinions. The Internet has allowed anyone with a message to have a voice and Bitcoin has allowed anyone with a dream to fund it.

As news coverage opportunities […]

Andreas Antonopoulos: Sales Tax on Bitcoin is “Monumentally Stupid”

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Sales tax on bitcoin would be a “monumentally stupid” idea, according to Andreas Antonopoulos, a bitcoin enthusiast, author, and expert — as pointed out today by  Startup Smart .

The words, which many in the community would agree with, come following a guidance related to bitcoin released by the Australian Tax Office earlier this year, which indicates the country’s Goods and Service tax (known as the GST) is effectively applied twice to bitcoin transactions.

“It’s as monumentally […]

Bitcoin Transactions Could Be VAT-Exempt in the Netherlands

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Bitcoin Transactions Could Be VAT-Exempt in the Netherlands Could bitcoin transactions conducted in the Netherlands be VAT-exempt? It’s certainly a possibility, it seems.

According to bitcoin news reporting website Coincourant   [Dutch], Mr. Jacob Kamminga of the country’s Ministry of Finance hinted at the possibility in the midst of a debate held at an Amsterdam university.

Of course, Kamminga’s statements should in no way serve as the official stance of the Dutch Ministry of Finance, but as pointed […]

Last Event in Russia? Bitcoin Conference Returning to Saint-Petersburg

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Bitcoin Conference is headed to Saint-Petersburg and CoinTelegraph is proud to announce that it will be the official general media sponsor of the event.

Enter the promo-code COINTELEGRAPH to receive a 10% discount on the ticket price. Last Event in Russia? Bitcoin Conference Returning to Saint-Petersburg When and Where

Bitcoin Conference is returning to Russia’ cultural capital, St. Petersburg, after the success of the #CryptoForum Conference held back in August of this year. The event […]

“Uncoinventional” Bitcoin Only Tour Does Libertopia

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When John and I were invited to speak at Libertopia this year, I was extremely excited about the prospect of visiting California again. The last time I had been that far West was February of 2011 for the Freedom Law School Conference in Ontario, California. I happened to be pregnant at the time and I also happened to be selected for the body scanner when trying to board our flight home. To make a […]

Crypto Next Now Powers 10 Digital Currency Exchanges, Targets 50 by March

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Crypto Next Isle of Man-incorporated Bitcoin startup Crypto Next, announces it has signed up 10 digital currency exchanges in only one month after public beta launch of its white label exchange platform. The company hopes to have as much as 50 exchanges live by the end of Q1 2015, says CEO Sharon Greenberg.

Launched on October 19, at the Inside Bitcoins Conference in Tel Aviv , Crypto Next ‘s public beta white label exchange […]

The Blockchain and the Rise of Networked Trust

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“We are free to plant our own seeds; we don’t buy the brand nor the patent from a multinational. In order to plant, we don’t need permission. Also, we don’t ask anyone’s permission for what to do with our money!”

Santiago Zaz is an organic farmer from Argentina. Back in 2013,  Zaz ’s business became the first of its kind to accept bitcoin payments in the country.

Like Zaz, many in his community don’t have the possibility of […]

Internet Gambling Ban: Bitcoin Boom or Bane?

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It would be difficult to find a nonpolitician to agree that the United States has anything close to a functional Congress. The conservative wave that seems to be sweeping the United States political world actually does little to defend an entity that does not contribute heavily to its political ambitions. The new Congress, now completely controlled by conservatives, seems to be bent on continuing its attacks on regular citizens with this suggested new proposed […]

UK Shadow Minister Woos Bitcoin Community Ahead of Elections

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UK Shadow Minister Woos Bitcoin Community Ahead of Elections ForexMinute.com – Chi Onwurah, one of the shadow ministers for the UK’s cabinet office, recently appreciated Bitcoin to reduce consumers’ dependency on financial institutions. Her comments were the part of a Digital Government review – Digital Britain 2015 – launched recently by the center-leftist political party Labour.

The aforementioned report is intended towards discussing the importance of digital currency technology in improving people’s powered public services. […]

Bitcoin Exchange Igot ‘Taking Remittance to the Next Level,’ Expanding to Egypt and Saudi Arabia

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Australia headquartered Bitcoin exchange Igot, experiencing rapid growth, planning to launch in Saudi Arabia and Egypt in December.

Even though the Adelaide-based Bitcoin exchange has been rapidly growing in numbers, with 60% monthly growth in users, and 400% growth in trading, Igot is not going to stop there, admitted founder Rick Day . In fact, the entrepreneur told CoinTelegraph that Igot has been multiplying initiatives, concluding strategic partnerships, and expanding rapidly throughout Europe and the […]

SpectroCoin Launches Bitcoin-to-Cash Service in 25 Countries

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SpectroCoin is now allowing its customers to convert bitcoin into cash in 25 countries across Europe and Central Asia.

The announcement is the latest from the UK and Lithuania-based bitcoin services provider, which added merchant processing to its existing brokerage and wallet offerings in August.

Speaking to CoinDesk, SpectroCoin CEO Vytautas Karalevičius compared his company’s newest service to traditional remittance offerings, emphasizing that his company intends to make extending services to the underbanked in its region […]

British Parliament to Debate Money Creation

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Money creation may well be the biggest economic issue of our times. The way that new money is created has a massive impact on our entire economy and, in fact, it would not be an exaggeration to suggest that it is the defining characteristic of our economic system.

Across the world, in all of the major economies, money creation is dominated by banks. Despite the fact that ‘fiat money’ – the dollars, pounds or euros […]

Hellobit to Launch Service to Cut International Remittance Costs by Up to Half

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Hellobit’s new money transfer app utilizes the Bitcoin network to help people send their own money globally.

SAN JOSE, Calif.[ DEMO2014 ] November 21, 2014 — San Francisco based Hellobit today debuted a service distinctly aimed at disrupting the $500+ billion a year money transfer industry used to send money home to families in emerging markets. International remittance is dominated by companies such as Western Union and MoneyGram, and used heavily to send money […]

Finland at Odds with EU on VAT Exempts Status of Bitcoin Services

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The nation of Finland has ruled that Bitcoin services will be exempt of Value Added Tax. 

While many in the Bitcoin community dread the thought of regulation and taxes, the fact is that if Bitcoin is ever going to become mainstream, both might become a necessary evil in some countries. But of outmost importance is the question of how those regulations and taxes are or will be applied.

Countries around the world have been struggling with […]

The Factom Protocol Aims to Extend Bitcoin 2.0 Technology’s Usage to Traditional Spheres

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G+Pinterest reddit Upvote Downvote 3 points inShare 1Factom, a recently announced decentralized protocol aiming to solve the Bitcoin blockchain’s problems of speed, cost and bloat, releases API and white paper.The lead developers of Factom , a new protocol built upon the Bitcoin blockchain, announced on November 17, the release of its white paper and API, according to an official announcement.The founders of Factom conducted an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on /r/Bitcoin […]

Uniting Separated Families with ‘Rebittances’: Interview with Filipino Company, Satoshi Citadel Industries

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Satoshi Citadel Industries John Bailon is Co-Founder and CEO/CTO at Satoshi Citadel Industries (SCI), a Filipino Bitcoin startup aiming to improve the lives of Filipinos with smart and innovative products related to Bitcoin.

As of today, the ventures company offers as much as 7 Bitcoin centered products, including the country’s first Bitcoin bills payment system Bills Ninja , the Philippines’ premier ‘rebittance’ service Rebit.ph , and recently launched the country’s first order book exchange , […]

Bitcoin Analysis: Week of Nov 16 (Arbitrage)

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Bitcoin Analysis Note From the Author: Please follow me on Twitter ( @Tone_LLT ) for additional updates to the state of Bitcoin’s price volatility. Last Week’s Review

Due to the volatile action of Bitcoin, a special Mid-Week Update was published and in it we concluded with the following:

As we said over the last few weeks, a break of US$420 turns all of our time frames Bullish, but not only was that not expected […]

Markets Weekly: Trading Volumes More than Double Amid Price Surge

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Scattered coins and globes The bitcoin markets were frothing last week as the price soared to a high of $458 on Thursday. Trading volumes more than doubled as markets were stimulated by the surging price.

Volumes rose by 2.3 times to nearly 6m BTC traded over the last seven days, compared to a week earlier. The stage was set for a price surge a week ago, as the markets digested the news of the inter-continental […]

‘Instead of Using KYC, We Prefer to Use Our Own Model: TYC (Trust Your Customer)’ – Bitcoin-Wave CCO, G. Heni

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G+Pinterest reddit Upvote Downvote submit inShare G. Heni is Chief Communication Officer at the newly launched French Bitcoin exchange Bitcoin-Wave . In an interview with CoinTelegraph, the executive shares his company incentives and motivations, and discusses its future plans, as building the largest Bitcoin e-commerce platform in the world, while offering a full package for traders, made of in-house applications only. CoinTelegraph: Bitcoin-Wave is new Bitcoin exchange 100% made in France. What […]

Bitrefill Brings Mobile Credit Buying with Bitcoin to 113 Countries

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Topping up airtime A startup called Bitrefill wants to let people top up their mobile phone credit with bitcoin in more than a hundred countries around the world.

Bitrefill’s website lets users punch in a mobile number, select the amount of credit they wish to add and then pay in bitcoin.

The service’s founder Sergej Kotliar said that his platform, which started two weeks ago, allows users to top-up their phones without having to travel to a local […]

Epicenter Bitcoin Ep 52: Factom Aims to Enable Trustless Appli-cations

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"Honesty is a very subversive thing." – Paul Snow The two main men behind Factom , CEO Paul Snow and president Peter Kirby, joined the latest Epicenter Bitcoin episode to discuss their ambitious Bitcoin 2.0 project .

Based in Austin, Texas, Snow and Kirby have been pillars of the Bitcoin community. Paul Snow is a long-time developer and the organizer of the Texas Bitcoin Conference . Peter Kirby is a serial entrepreneur and was previously […]

CIO of Western Union John David Thompson Says Bitcoin is No Solution for Today’s Market

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CIO of Western Union John David Thompson Says Bitcoin is No Solution for Today’s Market Earlier this year Western Union CEO Hikmet Ersek had said that it was open to Bitcoin provided it was regulated; however, now it looks the organization is skeptical about its role in current market. The statement from Western Union chief information officer John “David” Thompson, that Bitcoin is not a solution for today’s market says it all.

Thompson, however, admits […]

Western Union CIO: Bitcoin No Solution for Today’s Market

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For Western Union chief information officer John “David” Thompson, bitcoin represents an innovative technology that, if successful, could significantly impact the way people transact and exchange information.

Yet the path he sees to that future is fogged by regulatory and cultural challenges that are yet to be resolved.

In conversation with CoinDesk, Thompson detailed how he invested in bitcoin mining in order to learn more about nuts and bolts of the technology – a process that […]

Bank of Canada Keeping ‘Close Eye’ on Digital Currencies

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Bank of Canada Shutterstock The Bank of Canada is "keeping a close eye" on risks posed by new forms of electronic money, according to a new statement released Thursday.

The statement is based on remarks made by the bank’s senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins at a university event in Waterloo, Ontario.

During the event Wilkins discussed two different types of electronic money: those denominated in national currencies and backed by their issuer and cryptocurrencies with no issuer, […]

Real threat ‘not legislation but banks themselves’ – InPay CEO

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SHA256 ALGORITHM HASHRATE: 275.6 Ph/s Polish payment process InPay made headlines last week, announcing it will allow investors to secure company shares using Bitcoin.

The Warsaw-based firm is using crowdfunding service Beesfund in a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country, and indeed for the Bitcoin industry itself.

Given the constantly shifting regulatory environment, such an idea is not without its dangers. An attempt by Dutch entrepreneur Eric Voorhees earlier this year gained much publicity when it culminated […]

Canadian B&B Owner Working to Create ‘Bitcoin Village’

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G+4Pinterest reddit Upvote Downvote 9 points inShare 4Like many of us, David Mancini first learned about Bitcoin after reading a sensational news story, in this case a story about an early Bitcoin adopter who threw away a hard drive with thousands of BTC on it and no backups.While that user’s grave misfortune hooked his interest, it was the opportunity inherent in digital currencies that caused him to […]

Singapore Crypto Conference Brings Together Academia, Businesses and Regulators

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G+1Pinterest reddit Upvote Downvote submit inShare 2While much of the payments and financial world was in Las Vegas at Money20/20 last week, about 250 researchers, business people and policymakers met in Singapore to have a frank conversation about the Asian financial hub’s role in the cryptoeconomy.The Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics at Singapore Management University hosted the two-day conference on November 4 and 5 in […]

Former Federal Reserve Bank Examiner Mark T. Williams Says Bitcoin May Attack Sovereignty

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Former Federal Reserve Bank Examiner Mark T. Williams Says Bitcoin May Attack Sovereignty Former Federal Reserve Bank Examiner Mark T. Williams believes that if adopted in its current raw form, Bitcoin has the potential to undermine the longstanding bond between sovereign and its currency . His statement came when he was presenting his views on Bitcoin’s sovereign attack risk at the World Bank Conference.

This though is not a new issue as Bitcoin has long […]

Bank of Canada Says Currently, Bitcoin Does Not Pose a Risk to Stability in Country

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Bank of Canada Says Currently, Bitcoin Does Not Pose a Risk to Stability in Country When a lot of governments are banning Bitcoin as they consider that the digital currency is illegal and may cause instability in their economies, the statement from an official from the Bank of Canada has come that says that it is not a concern at least for now. The top official from the national bank said electronic money does […]

BNP Paribas Research Reveals 5 potential Disruptive Impacts of Cryptocurrencies

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Research analyst of French financial institution BNP Paribas, identifies 5 ways cryptocurrencies could shake up finance and asset servicing, and suggests banks to "invest time and energy to understand how they can best make use of them."

Earlier this week, finance professor and former Federal Reserve Bank examiner Mark T. Williams, pointed out the top-10 risks associated with Bitcoin in a presentation at the World Bank conference. According the Williams, these risks include Bitcoin’s sovereign […]

Bitcoin Analysis: Mid-Week Update Nov 13 (Manipulation?)

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Bitcoin Analysis Note From the Author : Please follow me on Twitter ( @Tone_LLT ) for additional updates to the state of Bitcoin’s price volatility Last Week’s Review

Just a few days ago we concluded with the following:

We remain slightly Bearish long-term though acknowledge that the price may be breaking our descending trend line . Still pretty Bearish intermediate term unless we see prices move back into the US$400 range but we are […]

New BTMs: Bienvenido, Paraguay, to the Bitcoin ATM Network

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CoinTelegraph has partnered with Coin ATM Radar, which regularly updates a helpful and navigable Bitcoin ATM map , to get the most comprehensive data about new BTMs as they go online.

The United States continues its trend of getting at least one new BTM installed each week. Paraguay saw its first BTM go live last week, and down in Australia, there are now seven Bitcoin ATMs in Melbourne and surrounding areas.

According to Coin ATM Radar’s […]

Crypto Technology Will Develop New Uses of Potentially Greater Value: Darren Watkins, VIRTUS Data Centres

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In August, London-based VIRTUS Data Centres released a case study on the company’s experience working with ASIC Runner , a supplier of cryptocoin mining hardware.

CoinTelegraph reached out to VIRTUS to discuss the company’s role — and the role of data centers in general — in powering cryptocurrencies through mining, and what VIRTUS’s executives thought about the technology in general. We spoke to Darren Watkins, VIRTUS Data Centres Sales Director.

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“Regulations Will Be Used to Prevent Mainstream Adoption” – Stefan Molyneux

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G+2Pinterest reddit Upvote Downvote 1 point inShare 2Love him or hate him (I frequently do both), philosopher Stefan Molyneux makes an interesting point when he says that while many stand to see incredible lifestyle gains from Bitcoin, others stand to lose. And it’s those who stand to lose who will try to foil Bitcoin at every turn.But, Molyneux says, many in the Bitcoin community are mistakenly seeing the blatant attempts to hamper […]

DocuSign Founder Sees Blockchain Tech Potential in Identity Management

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Nov 10 – Tom Gonser DocuSign Digital signature company DocuSign might have little to do with bitcoin at first glance. The firm’s business is replacing ink signatures on paper with its own electronic version.

But the audience listening to DocuSign founder Tom Gonser at Web Summit in Dublin last week might have been forgiven for thinking they’d stumbled onto a sermon about the benefits of the blockchain.

Gonser ran through the complexities of identity and contract […]

“Uncoinventional” Family of Four Begins Bitcoin-Only Holiday Road Trip

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A family of four will embark on a three week bitcoin-only road trip over the Thanksgiving holiday. Expenses such as food, gasoline and lodging will all be paid for with the crypo-currency as they journey from Texas to California, Nevada, Colorado, and Missouri.

The goal of the Uncoinventional West Coast Tour is to “Inspire and empower the Bitcoin community to spend bitcoin on food, gasoline and lodging” says Catherine Bleish, Bitcoin author and creator of […]

laBITconf, a Bitcoin Conference to Be Held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 6-7 December

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Bitcoin in Latin America is not new; however, not many conferences take place in the continent to promote the digital currency and make it popular. However, laBITconf , organized by Bitcoin Argentina which was the very first Latin American Bitcoin conference, is an event that is going to transform the way Bitcoin is being perceived in the continent.

The organizers say that the last year’s event was a huge success. It took place in Buenos […]

Web Summit 2014 Review: WiFi Problems Mask Huge Success of Startup Show

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Paddy Cosgrave, the founder of Web Summit, speaking on the main stage about the problems with Wi-Fi at the conference Flickr/Creative Commons This is the Web Summit and they don’t even have Wi-Fi. I know, how can they call it a Web Summit. That was the cutting remark from one well-dressed speaker I overheard backstage at this year’s Web Summit which took place in Dublin over the last week.

Wi-Fi – or the lack of […]

laBITconf RIO 2014: First World-Class Bitcoin Conference in Brazil

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SHA256 ALGORITHM HASHRATE: 281.8 Ph/s This December 6th & 7th, laBITconf RIO 2014 will not only be the first world-class Bitcoin Conference to be hosted in Brazil, but also the most important conference of the year in Latin America.

CoinTelegraph is proud to announce that it will be the official media sponsor of laBITconf RIO 2014. laBITconf Agenda

This year’s laBITconf RIO 2014 will be building on the success of laBITconf Buenos Aires 2013, which […]