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Levine on Wall Street: FX Fallout and the Value of Volatility

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Franc fallout.

So … how’s your foreign-exchange trading going? Yesterday’s pick-a-number-standard-deviation move in the Swiss franc "caught everyone off guard," "sent the markets into a tailspin," is "likely to create more volatility in the short term," and left a lot of people very embarrassed or broke: Anthony Peters, a broker at Swiss Investment Corp., said firms that were selling options tied to the Swiss franc may be among losers. They would have lost money as volatility […]

Cryptocurrency round-up: Karpeles denies Silk Road involvement and darkcoin turns one

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The price of bitcoin remains relatively stable, while other cryptocurrencies experience more losses (IBTimes UK) Cryptocurrencies have experienced more mixed fortunes over the last 24 hours following a turbulent week for the markets.

Bitcoin has remained relatively stable with just a 1% shift in value since 15 January, currently hovering just below $210.

Among the other big players, litecoin saw gains of around 5%, while dogecoin, peercoin and namecoin all fell by between 2% and 8%. […]

Crypto 2.0 Roundup: Kickstarting Colored Coins and a Public Policy Push

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At a time when many bitcoin sectors are struggling, 2015 began with an outpouring of interest and show of strength for the crypto 2.0 community.

CoinDesk profiled a number of the promising projects , naming 19 to watch in the year ahead, but as our readers showcased, there remain many more that have garnered enthusiastic communities for their efforts.

However, while development continues on many exciting projects, a few notable names have so far used 2015 to […]

Mt Gox CEO Mark Karpeles Implicated in Silk Road Trial

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Mt. Gox bitcoin protest Mark Karpeles The trial of alleged Silk Road ringleader Ross Ulbricht heated up today during the questioning of a US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by the defense team, led by Ulbricht’s lawyer Joshua Dratel.

The DHS witness, agent Jared DerYeghiayan, apparently claimed that Mark Karpeles, former CEO of the embattled bitcoin exchange Mt Gox, was once suspected to be the online black market’s mastermind, Dread Pirate Roberts.

Reporters from the courtroom took to Twitter […]

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

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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 […]

CoinTerra CEO: Company ‘Frozen’ Amid Lawsuits and Default

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Following a lengthy silence in the media, CoinTerra CEO Ravi Iyengar has emerged on the offensive, seeking to clarify the current state of his bitcoin mining firm, one that has recently been rocked by questions about its solvency.

Speaking to CoinDesk as part of a new interview, Iyengar confirmed that the Austin-based bitcoin mining company is in default, and it is currently awaiting a decision from its secured note holders.

CoinTerra is in default on roughly $4.25m-worth of […]

UK-Based Firm Becomes First Bitcoin Company to Receive KPMG Accreditation

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Elliptic, a UK-based digital currency services company, announces it had received ISAE 3402 accreditation from "Big Four" Dutch firm, KPMG.

The accreditation from KPMG followed a review and audit of Elliptic ‘s financial controls, regulatory compliance, internal access controls and other areas including code deployment, disaster recovery, segregation of duties and storage techniques. It represents an industry’s first and signified that Elliptic operates on the same standards as a custodian bank.

The accreditation is a significant […]

DatSyn News – SilentVault’s Anonymous Bitcoin Multi-Asset Wallet & Exchange Welcomes Seamus O’Pearse

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SilentVault’s anonymous peer-to-peer, multi-asset Bitcoin wallet and exchange platform uses sophisticated technology to enable anonymous communication and secure off-blockchain transactions for Bitcoin and Litecoin. The company is now announcing a change in personnel with the the transition of SilentVault founder Sean Daley who is leaving his position as Operations Lead to take the role of the company’s general counsel (non-practising). Law and business expert Seamus O’Pearse will take over the Operations role as of […]

Defense Attorney: Ross Ulbricht Created the Silk Road, But a Different Dread Pirate Roberts Committed the Crimes

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Inside U.S. v. Ulbricht. Illustration by Susie Cagle. On October 2, 2013, Ross Ulbricht was arrested at the Glen Park branch of the San Francisco Public Library, his laptop open and connected to the library wi-fi. The government claims he is the Dread Pirate Roberts, the infamous kingpin of the Silk Road, an online black market for drugs and other illicit goods. Ulbricht’s trial began today, after many delays over the last few months.

The […]

Hammer-wielding Bitcoin trader brutally bludgeons New York lawyer roommate to death

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New York police arrested an 18-year-old Bitcoin trader on Tuesday after he allegedly beat his roommate to death with a hammer inside their luxury Queens apartment.

Quentin Capobianco, a Bitcoin entrepreneur and paralegal, who worked in both capacities with his roommate, attorney Jesse Smith, allegedly bludgeoned the 29-year-old following a drug-related dispute, according to a report by the New York Daily News.

Capobianco, however, maintains he did it out of self-defense, according to a DNAinfo report.The […]

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 […]

Russian Authorities Blacklist 5 Bitcoin-Related Websites

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The Federal Supervision Agency for Information Technologies and Communications (Roskomnadzor in Russian) has blacklisted five Bitcoin-related websites.

Roskomnadzor has effectively blocked access to Bitcoin.org – an online community of cryptocurrency users and specialists supported by the Bitcoin Foundation – entering it into a registry of prohibited websites despite the site not having any user-submitted content.

Upon accessing Bitcoin.org, users have been receiving the following: — Access Denied. Access to the requested resource was blocked in […]

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 […]

Bitreserve Raises $9.6 Million in Crowdfunding Campaign

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Bitreserve has closed its crowdfunding campaign after raising over $9m. The final total, one of the largest recorded in the digital currency sector for a crowdfunded initiative, reached $9,620,802 (£6,363,024) after 157 investors bought 11.27% of the equity offered.

Tim Parsa, Bitreserve’s president of global strategy and markets said: "It’s been a real pleasure interacting with the savvy Crowdcube and Venovate investor. Raising venture capital has been secretive and elitist for far too long. We share Crowdcube […]

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

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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 […]

Accused Silk Road creator goes to trial amid U.S. scrutiny of bitcoin

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. crackdown on use of the digital currency bitcoin for drug trafficking and other crimes is headed for its highest-profile test yet, as a trial begins for the alleged creator of an online marketplace catering to vice.

Jury selection is scheduled for Tuesday in Manhattan federal court in the case of Ross Ulbricht, who authorities say created Silk Road, an online black market where drugs and others illegal goods could […]

‘Don’t Complain…You Didn’t Bother to Speak Up’: Ross Ulbricht Trial Begins

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G+2PinSome are labeling it the trial for Internet freedom, others – freedom to retain some privacy – but it will center around one man. The alleged operator of Silk Road known by his pseudonym Dread Pirate Roberts (DPR) was identified by Law Enforcement to be Ross Ulbricht and tomorrow, he will stand trial on charges ranging from drug trafficking to money laundering to running a criminal enterprise. The trial will begin at […]

Payments Veterans Seek to Unlock Blockchain’s Power With Align Commerce

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The bitcoin blockchain can be utilized to store transaction records in its public ledger database, but that is far from its only use case.

Novel real-world applications in the fields of  smart contracts and intellectual property rights , have begun to surface, providing a glimpse of the kinds of future technologies many believe cryptocurrencies can help society unlock.

Still, the most immediate use for the technology has been for payments, and with this is mind, startup Align Commerce […]

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Benner on Tech: Starboard Cynics and Zuckerberg on Censorship

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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 […]

CoinTerra to Users: “We Cannot Issue Any Payments”

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Bitcoin mining firm CoinTerra has put many of its customers on edge.  While the company website is remaining operational, many users are receiving emails that the firm is unable to issue any payments following a default on its “secured notes,” an alleged form of debt.

A Reddit user posted a copy of the email online:

“The company has defaulted on its secured notes.  The note holders have senior, secured and, we believe, perfected liens on all […]

Unexpected Home Search Prompts Purse.io Customer Protection Guarantee

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For  Purse.io has announced plans to offer a $10,000 guarantee plan to protect users from any costs related to purchasing items through its website.

The program, launched on 7th January, will also be available retrospectively to users who report incidents on any past transactions.

Andrew Lee, CEO of the American start-up said, "Our payment flow relies on two irreversible transactions: bitcoin transfer through escrow and delivery of a physical good. This is one of the reasons why […]

How Your Teenage Son or Daughter May Be Buying Heroin Online

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One element of cybersecurity that is often overlooked is the impact of the cyber world on people’s physical security. Parents seeking to protect their children are often aware of concerns such as cyberbullying and adolescents making inappropriate social media posts, but remain uninformed about the grave danger of easy access to illegal drugs facilitated by the protection afforded by the anonymous nature of the Internet.

I recently sat down with Dina Gusovksy of CNBC to […]

Bitcoin The Currency Of The Future

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No More Burners: Using BitSMS and ChiliPhone Together Can Eliminate The Need For Disposable Phones

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For those who exist in the gray and darker areas of the legal spectrum, pre-paid “burner” phones offer a convenient, workable way to avoid surveillance.  Buy a phone at a gas station with some prepaid minutes, call or text your clients, get rid of the phone before the authorities are even aware of the number.

There are problems with that method. The hardware is an unnecessary expense, gas station attendants might wonder why you keep […]

Cryptocurrency round-up: Apple approves bitcoin-tipping iOS game and bitcoin ‘tax headache’

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The price of bitcoin and other major cryptocurrencies has steadily increased in recent days (IBTimes UK) Bitcoin and other major cryptocurrencies have enjoyed a steady resurgence following the market-wide crash at the beginning of the year.

Over the last 24 hours bitcoin, dogecoin, paycoin and namecoin have all seen positive market movement. Of the big players only darkcoin and litecoin have seen their value’s slide.

The biggest mover across all markets was once again marinecoin. The […]

Clearing the Air Over MaidSafe’s Patent Request: An Interview with COO Nick Lambert

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“Our connection to Bitcoin is that we share the community’s passion for decentralization and its ability to re-address the balance of power.” —MaidSafe COO Nick Lambert A recent article published on CoinTelegraph, entitled MaidSafe Founder Seeks Monopoly on ‘Distributed Network System,’ caused some unintended controversy. We feel it is our duty to provide readers with all available information, which is why we got in touch with MaidSafe COO Nick Lambert.

David Irvine, founder and lead […]

CoinTerra Silent Amid Cloud Mining Payout Freeze

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Bitcoin mining hardware firm CoinTerra has been the subject of speculation this week, as emails purportedly sent by the company to customers of its cloud mining service suggest the firm has defaulted on debt obligations.

The email, signed by a representative of the CoinTerra support staff, claims that the firm is no longer capable of making payouts to customers.

The message reads: "The company has defaulted on its secured notes. The note holders have senior, secured […]

“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 […]

My Experience in ‘Bitcoin City’ Arnhem

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Arnhem Bitcoinstad In October of 2014, CoinTelegraph reported that the city of Arnhem in the Netherlands had become the densest concentration of Bitcoin merchants in the world. And in November, the organizers held a successful six month anniversary event entitled “Arnhem Bitcoin Metropolis,” which attracted nearly 100 people who made over 175 Bitcoin transactions. First Stop: Bitcoin City

While on vacation in the Netherlands during the holiday break, I decided to bring my bitcoin-filled […]

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 […]

CDC to Discuss Banking Service Issues with US Treasury

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ForexMinute.com – In response to US Treasury Department’s invitation for a roundtable discussion on Financial Access for Money Services Businesses (MSB) next week, the Chamber of Digital Commerce recently formed Financial Access Task Force – a team that will highlight the banking accessibility issues faced by Bitcoin businesses in the US.

Just like China, Bitcoin businesses in the US are currently facing hurdles in accessing banking services, thanks to a law that allows banks to […]

Think Tank Launches To Educate Lawmakers and the Media on Blockchain Technologies

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Coin Center In September, Coin Center announced that they were launching a blockchain-technology think tank with a $1 million budget . Tuesday, they kicked off the website, which includes a number of resources.

The think tank, which they call “ a new voice for Bitcoin ,” is dedicated to spreading knowledge about cryptocurrency technologies. Coin Center runs under the vision of Executive Director Jerry Brito, who left his position as senior research director at Mercatus […]

Concerning Garza, TNABC and Bitcoin Media: ‘Down with Everything Associated with Anyone’ (Op-Ed)

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Concerning Garza, TNABC and Bitcoin Media: ‘Down with Everything Associated with Anyone’ (Op-Ed) Paycoin was announced back in November and became a media darling, thanks to backing by Josh Garza’s GAW Bitcoin mining company and a promised feature set that was longer than a rich kid’s Christmas list.

Then it all came crashing down . The most exciting feature, and the one many people cared about, was the promised US$20 price floor . Other alleged […]

Coin Center Unveils Bitcoin-Focused Public Policy Website

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Coin Center, a non-profit research and advocacy centre, announced today the launch of its new website that offers educational resources and detailed information about the organisation.

The group focuses on the public policy issues facing cryptocurrency technologies such as bitcoin. It provides updates on advocacy efforts, publishes policy research and serves as a resource for education on digital currencies as well as a repository of policy research from various respected academics and experts.

CoinCenter.org has […]

US Treasury to Consider Bitcoin Industry Concerns Over Banking Access

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The US Treasury Department plans to spell out the government perspective on financial access for money services businesses (MSBs), as well as hear concerns from the MSB community, at a roundtable discussion next week.

In response to the announcement of the meeting, the Chamber of Digital Commerce  (CDC) has created the Financial Access Task Force and applied to make a presentation highlighting the issues that digital currency businesses face when trying to establish banking relationships.

The CDC, a digital currency advocacy […]

Understanding Bitcoin: Cryptography, engineering and economics by Pedro Franco [Review]

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Understanding Bitcoin (Wiley, 2015) At the core of this scholarly book is a dissection of bitcoin’s biggest achievement. That is the transmission of value over the internet, an inherently insecure channel, without any reliance on a trusted third party. Even the harshest critics of bitcoin the currency (as opposed to Bitcoin the protocol) would agree the technology has legs, and then some.

Pedro Franco, the author of ‘Understanding Bitcoin: Cryptography, engineering and economics’ begins with […]

Bitreserve Lawsuit Rumor Untrue

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CoinTelegraph can reveal that reports of Bitreserve facing a trademark lawsuit because of its use of the name “Bitgold” are unfounded.

A recent article in Altcoin Press suggested that Nick Szabo, who supposedly trademarked the name “Bitgold”, could bring a lawsuit against the digital money service.

The article, however, appears to be complete speculation. CoinTelegraph checked the United States Trademark and Patent Office and found no registered trademark under the name “Bitgold”.  The article included a […]

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DatSyn News – SpaceBIT Introduces First Ever Space Banking Program For Bitcoin And Cryptocurrencies

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The company is set to launch a constellation of nano-satellites that will act not only as depositories for digital cash, but also as a platform to provide global and universal access to remote areas around the globe where payment infrastructures are non-existent.

“Our goal is to establish a secure decentralized banking system with common banking services for current and future crypto-currency users around the world”, said Pavlo Tanasyuk, one of the SpaceBIT founders.

Furthermore he added […]

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California Delays Formal Decision on Bitcoin Regulation

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DBO, California California’s financial services and money transmitters regulator did not rule on whether it would regulate bitcoin at a scheduled December meeting.

The meeting of California’s Department of Business Oversight (DBO) was first revealed in early December by Bloomberg . Though details were scarce, spokesperson Tom Dresslar said at the time that the state was seeking to determine whether regulating bitcoin and digital currencies was in the best interest of consumers.

Dresslar told CoinDesk that […]

Manhattan Community Board Bans Bitcoin Block Party

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The City of New York is following the same path as the state in trying to use regulation to push Bitcoin into obscurity. A Manhattan Community Board ruled that a Bitcoin decentralization block party would be refused permits.

The block party was a co-venture between GMT Tavern , a bar and restaurant located in Greenwich Village in Manhattan, and Cut Rush Creative Labs , a Brooklyn-based film production company that specializes in promoting virtual currencies […]

Crypto 2.0 in 2015: Turning Bitcoin Theory Into Big Business

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Chip, computer 2014 may be remembered as the year the bitcoin protocol became unrealistically lauded as a magic cure-all to problems plaguing everything from cancer research to copyright law.

What may have been lost in this stream of sometimes sensational headlines is that, while bitcoin’s distributed ledger technology is empowering a new wave of entrepreneurs to experiment with legal contracts, identity and ownership, the foundations for such solutions are, in reality, still being built.

Looking ahead, though, the […]

Cody Wilson Speaks Out on Campaign to Dismantle Bitcoin Foundation

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Anarchist activist Cody Wilson has officially launched his candidacy for the upcoming Bitcoin Foundation board elections, and reaffirmed his intention to try and disband the organization from within if successful.

Wilson nominated himself with a post on the foundation’s forums on 20th December and has also launched a website  to support his campaign.

A staunch opponent of bitcoin regulation or centralization, Wilson is also best known for co-founding Defense Distributed , a donor-funded nonprofit organization that […]

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Microsoft Further Experimenting with Bitcoin

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Microsoft caused quite a stir earlier this month when it announced that customers could use bitcoin to pay for certain content in the Windows and Xbox stores.

While not accepting bitcoin on a global scale just yet, Microsoft has mentioned that it is experimenting with the cryptocurrency and its related technology in the hopes that doing so will allow for greater expansion.

A spokesman for Microsoft said:“We are a global company, and we always think about […]

Bitcoin is Closest Commodity to Gold Says Citi Chief Economist

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‘Star Trek’ Will Be in ‘Star Wars’ in 2015

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This will not happen next year. Photographer: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images” src=”http://media.gotraffic.net/images/iCMjbI3vm5KU/v3/620×349.jpg”> This will not happen next year. As 2014 draws to a close, I offer my predictions for the new year. Some are serious, some are whimsical, most are heartfelt. They are not listed in order of importance.

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In 2015 …With the help of U.S.-led coalition attacks on Islamic State, the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad will survive another year. To his east, […]

Bitcoin Analysis: Week of Dec 28 (Year in Review)

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Bitcoin Analysis Note from the Author: Please see ( @Tone_LLT ) for more timely updates throughout next week on price developments and latest charts. Last Week’s Review

Last Week we concluded with the following:

Because just 14 months ago the price of a bitcoin was around US$100, the long term chart is still showing tiny signs that a reversal can come any week so we have to remain slightly bullish on that time frame. […]

Bitcoin Extortionist Targeted Hal Finney and Others

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It appears that an extortionist is aiming to make life hard for certain bitcoin adopters.

It has been reported that during the final stages of his battle with ALS , early bitcoin enthusiast Hal Finney spent a long and arduous 30 minutes shivering on his front lawn while a SWAT team cleared his home.

It was the work of an alleged bitcoin extortionist, who after several failed attempts to extract $400,000 in bitcoin from Finney, finally […]

Bitcoin Wedding Industry Taking Off, iDIAMONDS Taking Bitcoins

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The digital currency wedding industry is taking off with iDIAMONDS offering diamond rings for Bitcoin. Following the first blockchain wedding at Coins in the Kingdom in late 2014, the wedding industry is taking note, as everything from rings to wedding dresses becomes savvy to the spending power of Bitcoin.

Online diamond and jewellery dealer iDIAMONDS is seeking to capture some of the US$ 4 billion value in the Bitcoin world, by pairing with BitPay to […]

Microsoft: Bitcoin Regulation Will Influence Expansion Plans

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Global tech giant and Internet pioneer Microsoft ignited a new wave of interest in both bitcoin and its brand with its surprise December announcement that it had integrated the digital currency as a payment option for digital goods.

While widely lauded by the bitcoin community as a small but forward-thinking step, optimism about the move arguably reached fever pitch when just a day later its partner BitPay suggested Microsoft was already considering ways to expand […]

Hyprkey: Almost Unhackable Authentication

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A company based out of New York City called HyprKey aims to accomplish a three-factor level of security that credit cards, Apple Pay, CurrentC and Bitcoin haven’t.

The day of paying for goods and services with our mobile devices instead of swiping credit cards is dawning.

Apple Pay links customers’ credit cards to their mobile payment system, their ads seem to be everywhere, and their presence is increasing in stores.Merchants like Walmart dislike these credit card […]

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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 […]

Could Cryptocurrency Improve P2P File Sharing?

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The Pirate Bay The Pirate Bay may never make it to its teenage years.

The popular file sharing site, launched in 2003, was recently taken offline following a raid by Swedish police. It’s a sad event for a site that is supposed to be all about unassailable file sharing. Though resurrected versions of The Pirate Bay may already be back up online, the latest interruption to its service raises a host a questions.

What does this […]

Coinbase Is Tracking How Users Spend Their Bitcoins

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Coinbase has recently been demonstrating why consumer regulation is such a problem . The company seems to be tracking what their customers are buying with Bitcoin and closing any accounts involved in transactions that the company objects to.

It is probably no secret that Bitcoiners are not fans of regulation. What is generally misunderstood though is that the aversion is not to regulating in general. We understand that in the real world, the big financial […]

Future Alert: Wealth Sharing May Become the New File Sharing

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File Sharing I’ve been venturing into new subreddits lately (after patronizing /r/Bitcoin almost exclusively for a year). This branching out lead me to /r/cryptocurrency , where I stumbled upon a sort of manifesto for the decentralization of all the things. It’s compelling. Here’s a breakdown of the main points of the full piece , written by redditor aliensyntax . Unconscious Acts of Rebellion

“When file-sharing began on the internet, a process of disruption of […]

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 […]

The Tor Onion Is Under Attack and Rapidly Disintegrating

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Roger Dingledine Tor founder Roger Dingledine has reported today that some of the network specialized servers have been compromised.

Websites on the Tor network have been under attack by government law enforcement agencies for more than a year, beginning with the take down of the first Silk Road last year.

Since that time, several other websites have been closed down by joint operations of the US Department of Justice and European police agencies. Reports today indicate […]

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 […]

Professor Kevin Dowd: “The regulations in NY regarding BitLicense are a kiss of death”

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Kevin Dowd Kevin Dowd is a professor of Economics and Finance at Durham University. A libertarian and fierce advocate of private money over government-issued and controlled alternatives, Dowd has written extensively about Bitcoin, in addition to presenting on the issues surrounding it.

Dowd is no evangelist, however; he recognizes the frailties of Bitcoin in its current form, and considers its continuing evolution to be endangering its innovative principles.

CoinTelegraph reached out to Professor Dowd for a […]

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 […]

Bitcoin Is (Still) Not Doomed

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Washington Post columnist Henry Farrell has just added himself to the Nakamoto Institute’s running list of skeptics making bold assertions about the certain demise of Bitcoin. In a post entitled “ Bitcoin’s financial network is doomed ,” Mr. Farrell demonstrates his short-sightedness in the face of Bitcoin’s subtlety and allure , perhaps as a cunning-though-not-so-original means of acquiring cheap coins for himself. Regardless of his motivations, I couldn’t resist a full rebuttal, […]

The 10 Most Influential People in Bitcoin This Year

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It’s safe to say that 2014 was an interesting year for bitcoin.

As core development on the bitcoin protocol continued to strengthen the technological foundation of the digital currency, members of the bitcoin community had a significant impact on the ‘front-end’ of the budding industry this year too.

With bitcoin and blockchain technology approaching – but yet to reach – mainstream adoption in society, it’s not enough that Satoshi Nakamoto’s invention stands on its own technological prowess.The […]

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 […]

Circle’s Wishlist for Bitcoin Regulation in 2015

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John Beccia is general counsel and CCO for Circle, a consumer finance company that uses bitcoin technology to make money transfers and payments instant, secure, global and free.

In this article, he shares his wish list for regulators focused on digital currency. It’s the time of year when everyone is filled with holiday cheer and ambitious goals. As we turn the calendar page, it’s a moment for optimism and hope that not only will digital […]

Too Many Bitcoins: Making Sense of Exaggerated Inventory Claims

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A year ago, Finnish bitcoin entrepreneur Risto Pietilä attempted to compile a list of the top publicly known bitcoin holders.

Assuming his list is accurate (which it probably isn’t), if you add up the alleged top-20 largest holders of bitcoin, these individuals control roughly 4.44m BTC.

Yet when coupled with self-identification of organizational wallets (like Bitstamp did last year ), plus anecdotal talks at meetups, conferences and parties, it becomes clear that the sum total of […]

Markets Weekly: Bitcoin Stable Amid Global Oil and Metals Crash

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All was quiet in the bitcoin markets this week, with price and trading volume both remaining relatively flat.

The bitcoin price opened the week at $375.24 and climbed just under $2 to close the week at $377.09, according to the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index .

Bitcoins traded across all exchanges tracked by Bitcoinity fell slightly by 2.4%. The number of coins that changed hands for the week ending 30th November stood at 3.59 million, while the […]

HSBC & Goldman Sachs Under Fire Again

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A new attack on the predations of the financial industry was announced by Bloomberg  on Wednesday morning with the revelation of a lawsuit alleging that both HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA) and  Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) had jointly engaged in price manipulation of the precious metals market for at least eight years. 

Attorneys for the Plaintiffs, Modern Settings LLC , and a New York jeweler stated that this was the first lawsuit of its kind […]

Zennet to Pay for Distributed Computing With Blockchain Tech

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Zennet blockchain For several years now, kindly volunteers have been contributing their spare computing power to vast, distributed supercomputers, all in the name of worthy causes.

Spare computing cycles have been used for everything from scanning cosmic radio signals for signs of extraterrestrial life through to calculating climate change scenarios. Now, a new project hopes to let people charge for their spare computing cycles.

Traditionally, in a community grid project, one central resource (such as  SETI@Home ) […]

The Importance of Keeping Crypto Crowdsales Accountable

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For many entrepreneurs, one of the most compelling use cases of blockchain technology is the potential for it to enable new marketplaces that remove traditional hurdles associated with investing and crowdfunding.

The growing number of public crowdsales has been widely covered as of late. With these crowdsales, companies sell a branded bitcoin fork as a way to finance the early development of cryptocurrency-related projects. The popularity of many of the early crowdsales has sparked a […]

Bitcoin: New Plumbing for Financial Services

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Jonathan Levin is a digital currency consultant and entrepreneur. He previously co-founded and served as CEO of Coinometrics. Payment systems are systems of pipes and valves that allow monetary transfers between people all over the world. To most, they sit insulated from view. Even when in plain sight they evade comprehension. With large responsibility for errors and lack of acknowledgement for progress, there has been little innovation and construction of new pipes. Bitcoin represents […]

Digital Finance Institute Launched to Spearhead Fintech Regulation

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Will spearhead fintech regulation Related Articles Earlier today, it was reported that a brand-new Digital Finance Institute launched with a mandate to work towards supporting international financial technology innovation with bonds regulation that addresses financial inclusion globally. The Institute has been put in place to serve as a sort of figurehead of global fintech support and regulation – something that has become a necessity as financial technology becomes […]

Decentral Launches Bitcoin Talk Show and Video Channel

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Decentral TV dashboard page Toronto-based co-working space Decentral has rebranded, dropping ‘bitcoin’ from its name and launching two new sites including a 24-hour bitcoin video news service.

This will include the new Bloomberg-like information dashboard site Decentral TV , and a redesigned version of the original Decentral.ca site, which itself has a new focus on news updates and informational content.

Co-founder Anthony Di Iorio told CoinDesk Decentral’s aim is to be "a home for decentralized and […]

ZDNet’s Ken Hess Attacks Bitcoin as ‘Illegal’

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The breaking news on Reddit today is an article by Ken Hess , “reporter” for ZDNet. The Reddit community seems to be in panic mode about Hess’s report that the United States Senate is poised to make Bitcoin illegal. A casual inspection of his report however makes his claims highly unlikely, at best.

Hess’s problem with Bitcoin seems to be that it is being used as a form of currency and that, under “Article 1, […]

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 […]

Usual Suspects Return to Bid in Latest US Marshals Bitcoin Auction

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US Marshalls A second planned auction of 50,000 bitcoins seized by the US government from alleged Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht is attracting many of the same bidders who participated in the June sale of roughly 30,000 BTC taken from the illicit website itself.

Many of the more notable participants from the first auction, including Binary Financial , Bitcoin Investment Trust , Bitcoins Reserve , Mirror (formerly Vaurum), Pantera Capital and angel investor Tim Draper will […]

Benjamin Lawsky Leaving the New York Department of Financial Services

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Benjamin Lawsky, an increasingly familiar name in the bitcoin space, is once again making the news.

Lawsky, presently serving as the Superintendent of the New York Department of Financial Services ( NYDFS ), is reportedly leaving the regulatory body some time next year, according to a report published last week by  Bloomberg .

Under Lawsky’s watch, the NYDFS collected over $3 billion in fines from banks, called for the termination of executives, and overall came down […]

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 […]

Blockchain Factory Is Creating The Tools For Today And Governance Services For Tomorrow

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G+5Pinterest1 reddit Upvote Downvote submit inShare 4Art by: Jing Jin Last month we brought you an interview with Nathan Wosnack, David Mondrus and Matt McKibbin, who had left the crowdfunded Bitnation days before the launch of its crowdsale due to concerns over transparency, customer/investor protection and potential regulatory issues. Last week, we caught up with two of the former Bitnation members, Nathan Wosnack and David Mondrus, to talk about what they […]

“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 2.0 Roundup: Ethereum’s Counterparty Fork and a Vote for Colored Coins

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Moving into the holiday season, the crypto 2.0 segment of the bitcoin industry continues to garner increasing attention for its efforts to expand the potential use cases for blockchain technology.

However, after months of heightened activity and exciting launches that saw the community come into sharper focus, the last few weeks have shown that the sector may now be focusing on refining its message for a wider audience. Ethereum fires back at Counterparty

Arguably the most […]

Australian Senate Hearings into Digital Currencies to Start Wednesday

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Australian Senate The Australian Senate will hold its first hearing into digital currencies this Wednesday morning (local time) from 8:30am–12:30pm, part of the Digital Currency Inquiry (DCI).

Representing the international community at the hearing will be Perianne Boring of the US Chamber of Digital Commerce (CDC), the trade association which has made a name for itself lobbying to educate and promote digital currency issues among US policy makers.

A live audio/video feed of proceedings will be […]

Why Bitcoin Needs an Aggressive Legal Defense

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Justice statue Across the board, bitcoin requires forceful and aggressive legal defense, not complicity with governments in crafting policy and regulations. It’s going to get a lot rougher for bitcoin in the months and years ahead. We have to be prepared.

As Rick Falkvinge, author of Swarmwise , states , "The copyright monopoly war wasn’t the war, it was the tutorial mission. The Internet generation is using technology to assert its values and its place […]

UK Study: Bitcoin Familiar to 71% of Brits but Suffers from an Image Problem

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The Digital Currency Council’s recently released study on UK citizens reveals that Bitcoin’s biggest challenges are around adoption and communications, and that digital currencies have got a persistent reputation problem.

It is in light of the call for information made by the government of the UK earlier this month that the American organization the Digital Currency Council released on Wednesday a study conducted by UK strategic research firm, Reputation Leaders , on UK citizens’ sentiments […]

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 […]

New Research Links Bitcoin Price Spikes to Media Hype

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Chalkboard, price A new research paper aims to understand bitcoin’s price fluctuations and usage patterns through empirical analysis. Notably, the work finds a positive link between media attention and the value of the cryptocurrency.

“The rise of bitcoin has generated interest from the media and scientific community. However our knowledge of this innovation is still insufficient, particularly when examined from perspectives of finance and economics,” the study says.

To address this gap, the researchers conducted two complementary empirical investigations. The […]

Levine on Wall Street: Massive Mergers and Mass Hysteria

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More merger Monday.

Bloomberg’s MA function tells me that 98 mergers and acquisitions were announced yesterday, including the acquisitions of five malls by Macerich and eight farms by Farmland Partners . But the headline is the $100 billion or so in two deals , Actavis/Allergan and Halliburton/Baker Hughes, which between them will probably bring in over $300 million in fees for their advisers, and that’s not even counting the fees that […]

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 […]

Third of Sites Seized in Operation Onymous Were ‘Clones’

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Sign showing FBI emblem at FBI headquarters. A third of the 414 dark net addresses seized in Operation Onymous may have simply been ‘cloned’ sites with no actual illicit commercial activity taking place on them, according to new research by independent security analyst Nik Cubrilovic.

In a blog post presenting his findings, Cubrilovic says 11 dark markets with commercial activity taking place on them remained operational, while their clones had been seized.

"Some of these sites were […]

Regulation Takes Center Stage at Bloomberg Bitcoin Event

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The importance of regulation was the topic of the day as industry heavyweights joined current and former regulators at Bloomberg’s bitcoin conference yesterday.

Bitcoin: Beyond the Currency , held at the organization’s global headquarters in New York, drew an audience of roughly 200, many of whom were investors and other denizens of Wall Street.

Former SEC chairman and recently appointed advisor to BitPay and Vaurum Arthur Levitt told the audience that there is a lot of work still […]

LAST CALL! Inside Bitcoins to Launch in Paris This Week – Get 10% OFF!

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Inside Bitcoins is kicking off their inaugural Paris event on November 20-21, and we’re offering our readers 10% OFF with the discount code BMAG14!

The conference, which will take place at Espaces Cap 15, will explore the growth of crypto currencies, FinTech, business trends, investment strategies, tools and much more. Don’t miss your opportunity to explore where the industry is today and what business opportunities and threats are in the horizon, with keynotes from Nicolas […]

Gavin Andresen, Bitcoin Redeemer (Op-Ed)

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In a November 6 interview in Dublin, Ireland, recorded at this year’s Web Summit , Gavin Andresen called Bitcoin “shady.”

He was speaking of Bitcoin in the past, and said, “We’re quickly evolving to something that is much more mainstream, much more accepted, much easier to use.” Speaking with the Wall Street Journal’s Lisa Fleisher , he talked about the future — of Bitcoin, mining, money, regulation and the world. “The biggest misconception is still […]