Was Mt. Gox CEO The Dread Pirate Roberts? The DHS Once Believed It

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Illustrations and additional reporting by Susie Cagle.

Day 3 of the Silk Road trial took a turn for the surreal when defense attorney Joshua Dratel began his cross-examination of Homeland Security Investigations agent Jared Der-Yeghiayan. The witness admitted that he had actively pursued Mark Karpeles, the erstwhile CEO of the notorious failed Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, as a possible match for the Dread Pirate Roberts, the operator of Silk Road. In August 2013, less […]

LakeBTC Exclusive Interview!

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We sat down with LakeBTC recently to find out what it was they were working on – here’s what we spoke about…

First of all, tells little bit about what LakeBTC is all about. LakeBTC: LakeBTC was started in March 2013 as a bitcoin exchange . The founding team came from financial industries and most of our early users were seasoned traders and other financial professionals from prop and flow desks […]

AirBitz Gives Away BTC in Miami Bitcoin Conference Scavenger Hunt

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Miami Beach Mobile wallet AirBitz, which provides a location-based directory to make it easier for users to spend bitcoin, is launching a giveaway promotion at the North American Bitcoin Conference in Miami, Florida.

Airbitz is calling the contest ‘Hidden Bits’, which is a scavenger hunt that will see bitcoin-loaded cards secreted in locations around the Miami Beach area during the conference.

Clues will be released on Twitter to hint at the location of the cards, which will contain QR codes giving finders access […]

Top 10 Quotes from Andreas Antonopoulos’s AMA

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Andreas Antonopoulos is a Bitcoin expert, host of Let’s Talk Bitcoin and author of Mastering Bitcoin . The charismatic thought leader is known for his testimony at the Canadian Senate Hearing and for delivering a phenomenal introduction to Bitcoin .

Many people look to him for comments on current events in the Bitcoin space, so it’s no surprise that Redditors flocked to his AMA on Thursday. Within, Antonopoulos described why Bitcoin is here to stay, […]

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 […]

A Ponzi Company which Calls Itself a “Ponzi” Company

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We don’t know what the creators of ‘ PonziCloud ’ were thinking at the time of branding, but the newly launched cloud mining company is surely making a name among the social media circuits – at least for being honest.

According to the information available on their website, PonziCloud seems to be offering some of the most mouth-watering features in the Bitcoin cloud mining sector, in times when the leading Bitcoin mining operations are taking a late-Christmas […]

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 […]

As Customers Worry for Security, Xapo Promising for Super Secure Bitcoin Storage Vault

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It’s not just the customers who are worried about the security of their Bitcoin but even big Bitcoin exchanges as well. After Mt. Gox collapsed the last year, a lot of concerns have been shown by the people investing in Bitcoin. Understanding the requirement Bitcoin startup Xapo has announced that it is bringing up super secure Bitcoin storage vault .

The decision also seems to have been brought in swiftly because BitStamp, the world’s third-largest […]

This Media Startup Found Success Covering Bitcoin’s Rise. Now it Must Survive the Fall

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One day last summer, a man claiming to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the mysterious creator of Bitcoin, barged into CoinDesk’s London office and started ranting to the staff about the power of his creation. Incidents like this come with the territory for the reporters and editors at CoinDesk. The online publication launched in May 2013 to cover all things Bitcoin just as the cryptocurrency’s price was starting to spike and receive mainstream media attention. Last […]

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The Bitcoin Embassy is a three-story building located in dedicated entirely to cryptocurrency, decentralized technologies and financial innovation. It acts as an educational centre and collaborative working & meeting space in Montreal for Bitcoin entrepreneurs, professionals, investors. It also acts as a start-up incubator and its experts provide consultancy services at competitive rates.

Our mission is to provide a home from the Bitcoin community, to foster information sharing and to be a catalyst for technological […]

New York Stock Trader Kills Roommate, Press Connects the Murder to Bitcoin

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The website DNAinfo ran a story on January 13 about a murder in NYC with the headline “Bitcoin Trader Accused of Murder.” The headline made it sound as if Bitcoin was somehow connected to the act.

The facts of the case are different. The only apparent link to Bitcoin is that the accused, Quentin Capobianco , an 18-year-old “teen” investor, had traded Bitcoin at some point. Capobianco is accused of bludgeoning his roommate, a 29-year-old […]

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 […]

Reviewing The 2014-15 Bowl Season: Highest Bowl Game Prices, Attendances, And TV Ratings

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Thanks to my friends at TicketCity.com, we can review the business and financial highlights of the 2014-15 bowl season.

The highest median sale price belonged to the championship game between Ohio State and Oregon.  The game produced a median sales price of $623, which was 116% higher than the next closest game (Sugar Bowl between Alabama and Ohio State, which fetched a median sales price of $288).

The highest attendance took place at the Rose Bowl between […]

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 […]

Bitcoin’s Price Falls Further Amid Record Transaction Volume

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You can purchase a bitcoin for just over $185 at the moment, a price that is down nearly 8 percent in the last hour, and 46.7 percent in the last month. Of course, you can pick any price timeframe you want, but it’s fair to say that bitcoin’s dollar value has had a rough time of it in recent days. For reference, here’s a one-year price chart ( via Blockchain.info ): What is interesting […]

Bitcoin Price Continues to Fall, Breaks $200 Mark

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The bitcoin price fell below the landmark $200 point at 07:24 (GMT) today, putting it back into territory not seen since late 2013.

Within five minutes of crossing that threshold it had plunged further to $185. Less than 15 minutes after that, it fell to $179.13.

The latter price is significant as it lies just below 1,000 Chinese yuan, the currency involved in 65% of bitcoin trades, possibly crossing a lesser-acknowledged psychological barrier.At press time, the […]

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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 […]

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 […]

New Bitcoin Embassies in Asia Bring World Total to 17

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Bitcoin Embassy Seoul Two new Asian ‘bitcoin embassies’ opened last week in Seoul and Tokyo, with a shared mission to bring bitcoin’s message to a more general audience.

There are now 17 such advocacy centres worldwide, in all major regions except Africa. However, the organization behind the movement is currently in negotiations to set up embassies both there and in the Middle East. Gangnam style

The Seoul centre is based at the Startup Alliance co-working space in trendy […]

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 […]

Charlie Lee: “Litecoin is a speculative version of Bitcoin”

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Litecoin creator and Coinbase official Charlie Lee today recognized Litecoin as a speculative version of Bitcoin.

On being asked about his views on Litecoin’s performance in 2015, Lee made some points regarding the correlation of Bitcoin with Litecoin price, saying that it is not a surprising factor that LTC drops even more if BTC trends a little downward. “The inverse will also be true, which is what happened during the last run up,” he added.

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 […]

Fireside Philosophy – 3 things that are changing the world part 3 Bitcoin and the blockchain

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There are 3 game changers in the realm of liberty activism right now and Bitcoin is the last one on our list. Find out how bitcoin is changing things and more.
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Nin Ventures Now Accepting Bitcoin

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Nin Ventures has always been innovative and receptive to the changes; now the organization has decided to embrace Bitcoin. Earlier the last year it had launched its new investment crowdfunding platform which aimed to transform the VC industry by creating an online marketplace for accredited investors leveraging Title II of the JOBS Act.

As the official website of the Chicago based Nin Venture says that the organization went on to launch its own crowdfunding round […]

Cash Buys Charlie Hebdo Massacre, Bitcoin says Adieu aux Armes (Op-Ed)

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Cash Buys Charlie Hebdo Massacre, Bitcoin says Adieu aux Armes (Op-Ed) The Charlie Hebdo terror and other Paris attacks renew concerns about the ease with which terrorist cells in Europe can get illegal arms. Media outlets have even started to speculate that some of the arms could have been bought with Bitcoin – but reality renders such speculation groundless.  

The weapons wielded by gunmen in last week’s Paris terror attacks were AK-47 rifles, the […]

Game time! CT, Ziftr and ziftrCOIN announce contest to win a wallet’s worth of coins

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Ziftr the online price comparison add-on and its altcoin offspring ziftrCOIN have teamed up with CoinTelegraph to offer our readers a chance to win bitcoins!

The winner will also receive the value-guaranteed (in their retailer network) digital currency ZiftrCOIN, which celebrates the end of its pre-sale on January 23.

ZiftrCOIN made a stir in 2014 by bringing a value guarantee to the often unstable altcoin world. When consumers conduct transactions within Ziftr’s retailer network, each […]

iGaming Business Partners with GoCoin to Accept Cryptocurrencies Including Bitcoin

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In an announcement at the official webpage, iGaming Business, the leading publishing, research and events company for the iGaming sector, says that it has signed a deal with GoCoin to accept crypto currency including Bitcoin. The decision by the company to embrace the digital currencies is further enhancing the presence and popularity.

Nonetheless, the company says that the deal will allow it take virtual currency payments from all of its clients making it the first […]

‘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 […]

Overstock.com Employees May now Get their Salaries in Bitcoin

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Overstock.com has always been in forefront of Bitcoin; first it became the first large size retailer to embrace Bitcoin and now it is allowing its employees to take their paychecks in Bitcoin. The company says that employees have another option when it comes to receiving their paycheck – Bitcoin. The announcement came earlier on the Friday as the company wants to be pro-Bitcoin.

Earlier the last year, ForexMinute had reported that conforming to the promise […]

The Strangest Altcoins of 2014

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The past 12 months have seen a veritable explosion in the number of alternative digital currencies, otherwise known as altcoins.

The numbers for exactly how many altcoins are in existence vary depending on the measure. CoinMarketCap.com lists 554 cryptocurrencies at the time of writing – up from around 67 a year ago.

According to some estimates, however, thousands of altcoins have seen some level of circulation since the bitcoin protocol first became available for use and adaptation.Many altcoins set […]

5 Cryptocurrency Caricatures You’ll Meet on r/Bitcoin

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People using computer Calling Reddit a community is a bit like calling Los Angeles a community. It is actually a network of countless sub-communities (conveniently called ‘subreddits’) held together by an absolute respect for anonymity, free speech and the democratic process.

If you post what you want, upvote what you like and downvote what you don’t like, what will emerge is an aggregate of what the community finds valuable. That’s the idea, anyway.

Reddit’s radical libertarianism […]

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Decentralize All The Things!

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They gave us a fully decentralized Internet and we used it to build web services–Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, iCloud–so massively centralized they verge on being quasi-medieval fiefdoms. Now we’re building the Internet of Someone Else’s Things , wherein every room of every home will contain devices controlled by servers the homeowners don’t know, control, or understand. What is wrong with us?

Don’t try to blame ignorant, tech-illiterate users. The world’s software developers do exactly the same […]

Dutch Scrypt Mining Company Declared Bankrupt

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Mining ASIC Technologies Mining ASICs Technologies (MAT) was declared bankrupt by a Maastricht, Netherlands, judge on 30th December, one week after company CEO Marc Coumans filed for bankruptcy.

CoinDesk confirmed MAT’s filing with Mr CFMP Spreksel, the curator in charge of overseeing the management and liquidation of the company’s assets.

The Dutch ASIC manufacturer began to take pre-orders for its line of Scrypt-based miners in March of this year, and announced plans to expand its production line to […]

MadBitcoins Joins the CoinTelegraph Media Group!

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CoinTelegraph is proud to unveil MadBitcoins as the latest addition to the CoinTelegraph Media Group.

MadBitcoins is a uniquely styled cryptocurrency news resource aimed at presenting news and innovation from across the industry in an altogether new, light-hearted manner.

For a new angle on CoinTelegraph’s news, from this week MadBitcoins will present the highlights of the past seven days in a video for readers. The first video can be found below. CoinTelegraph is excited to offer […]

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 […]

The CFTC Does Not Want to Skew Bitcoin Market Says Commissioner Mark Wetjen

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Mark Wetjen, one of four CFTC commissioners appointed directly by the US president and Senate, and accountable to organization chairman Timothy Massad, says that the organization has no choice but to examine Bitcoin . He says that he has been personally excited to learn more about the technology underlying the digital currency.

At the same time he said that his organization does not have any intention to ‘skew market’; rather, according to him the role […]

Butterfly Labs Resumes Shipping, Promises for Refunds to Select Customers

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After facing a lot of condemnation not just from its customers but also from the US District Court for the Western District of Missouri and injunction, Butterfly Labs is all prepared to start shipping the Bitcoin mining machines to customers . This time the company has also promised to offer refunds to some select customers.

There were some speculations; however, in an announcement released on the official website, Butterfly says, “On December 12, 2014, the […]

Tibdit to Launch Bitcoin Tipping Tool for Publishers

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Photograph of Tibdit team. London-based startup Tibdit is to officially launch its new service on 19th January, allowing online content publishers to collect to bitcoin micropayments through a WordPress website plug-in.

The new service could add to the rising interest in micro-transactions characterised by ChangeTip , a social media tipping tool.

Payments to Tibdit can be made in bitcoin or with a credit or debit card, but must be collected in bitcoin. As a result, publishers will need a bitcoin address in […]

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 […]

Apple Inches towards Bitcoin, Approves a retro-styled iOS game that tips players in Real Bitcoin

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There is a lot of scope for Bitcoin in gaming industry; however, this has not yet been explored. The step from Apple to approve a retro-styled iOS game that tips players in real Bitcoin, recently releasing it onto the iTunes store, is going to encourage others in the fray. A lot of game lovers have appreciated the measure from Apple.

According to the sources the game, SaruTobi, lets users swing a monkey from a vine, […]

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 […]

Liberty Teller Rebrands itself as LibertyX, Raises more than $400,000 in funding

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Liberty Teller has rebranded itself as LibertyX now and willing to expand further and for that purpose it even raised more than $400,000 in funding from early-stage VC firm Project 11. The company not just changed the name but the nature of service as well. Earlier it was operating a small fleet of Bitcoin ATMs in the greater Boston area, now providing in-person Bitcoin buying network supported by 2,500 US merchants.

Regarding the fundraising, talking […]

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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 […]

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 […]

ShapeShift Releases New Tool Allowing Merchants to Accept Payments in 10+ Cryptocurrencies

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ShapeShift Releases New Tool Allowing Merchants to Accept Payments in 10+ Cryptocurrencies ShapeShift releases the Shifty Button, a tool allowing online merchants to start accepting payments in 11 different cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin and leading altcoins Litecoin, Dogecoin, and Darkcoin.

The Shifty Button is a free and simple HTML code, which can be placed into any payment page. When added to a website, users are then given the ability to deposit any of the altcoins supported […]

Coin Center Launches its Website

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Education and research institution Coin Center has launched its website.  Its focus will be policy issues relating to bitcoin and cryptocurrency.

The institution states on its homepage:

“Think of us as a think tank for blockchain technology.  Our mission is to build a better understanding of the technology in order to promote a regulatory climate that preserves maximum freedom of action for digital currency innovation.  We are not a trade association or an industry group.  Our […]

Keeping Score at the 2014 Bitcoin Bowl

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The Bitcoin bowl was an explosion of hype, confidence, and unbridled optimism. It was a wonderful success for Bitcoin, and an amazing moment in our movement. Many articles have already been written in the short time since the Bitcoin bowl has ended, which discuss the amazing and outstanding event that has just occurred. I myself have even published a fun video of my time at the Bitcoin Bowl . Exponential […]

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 […]

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 […]

Through ChangeTip, Bitcoin Recipients No Longer Need Social Media

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Bitcoin startup ChangeTip is releasing a new feature that will allow users to receive tips without a social media account, so for anybody without Facebook or Twitter or maybe just living 15 years in the past… This is pretty convenient.

Vice-president of community development Victoria van Eyk states:

“I’ve used this feature to tip cap drivers who are interested in bitcoin, friends and to show others how easy it is to send bitcoin over different mediums.  […]

Altcoins Dropping Off Coin-Swap in Boycott Against GAW Miners

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Litecoin, Dogecoin, Blackcoin and Neoscoin requested to be delisted from Coin-Swap. The move follows the recent announcement of Josh Garza’s Paybase’s acquisition of the cryptocurrency exchange.

On January 2, the four altcoins respectively dropped off the cryptocurrency exchange and requested Coin-Swap remove Litecoin, Dogecoin, Blackcoin and Neoscoin trading. The move, explained the four respective representatives, is overall aimed at boycotting the acquisition of Coin-Swap by Paybase .

"I have been pondering about this in my head […]

Capitalizing on Volatility in Bitcoin Market Sentiment

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Various clichés abound in the investing world. While many are gross oversimplifications of dynamic complexity in behavioral finance, some of them are timeless pieces of wisdom. Included in this latter half is the famous recommendation by Baron Rothschild to “buy when there is blood in the streets.”

This strategy is never cut-and-dry however. Calling bottoms can be a dangerous game—referred to among traders as trying to catch a falling knife .

Different metrics exist to quantify […]

ChangeTip Brings Bitcoin Tipping to Social Media Cynics

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Bitcoin micropayments startup ChangeTip has introduced a new feature that lets users make tips without a social media account.

Currently, ChangeTip users can tip one another via accounts linked to their social networks, including Twitter, Reddit, Tumblr and GooglePlus. However, One Time Tip Link now allows users to send bitcoin tips directly to a person’s email address, using a one-time link. Email or text tips

In fact, the recipient does not even have to have an email, as […]

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 […]

Markets Weekly: Bitcoin’s New Year Starts With a Crash

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Jan 5 – coindesk-bpi-chart (1) Bitcoin’s price crashed over the New Year weekend, losing $51 over two days. It opened on Saturday at $314.59 and closed Sunday at $263.63, according to the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index .

The plunging price got market watchers chattering as Sunday drew to a close. Unsurprisingly, a contingent of bitcoin watchers put a positive spin on the price crash, viewing it as a buying opportunity, albeit with a note of […]

Bitcoin Exchange BitStamp Stops Services; RNG Attack Suspected

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BitStamp , one of the world’s leading Bitcoin exchange platform, recently informed its users about suspending its services temporarily in the wake of a security malfunction.

According to the available sources, the Slovenia-based exchange allegedly suffered an RNG attack following which its hot wallets stopped processing deposits and withdrawals. It is the same attack which impacted Blockchain.INFO last month. As per BitStamp informed its users, no coins were lost in the incidence. However, the private […]

The Bitcoin Foundation Dismisses Jim Harper from his Position as Global Policy Counsel

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According to a report published in the New York Times Jim Harper whose was appointed as the Bitcoin Foundation’s global policy counsel last March has been dismissed from the post. The portal informs that Mr. Harper’s last day was Wednesday, though he received notice of the foundation’s decision shortly after Thanksgiving.

Regarding the dismissal Patrick Murck, the executive director of the Bitcoin Foundation said that the organization is changing direction a little bit here and […]

Snowden Looking to Bitcoin to Raise Funds for Legal Trust

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Edwardsnowden.com , a website raising funds for whistleblower Edward Snowden ’s legal defense campaign, is announcing that it will accept bitcoin donations for the cause.

Snowden had previously leaked millions of classified documents to various members of the media, showing evidence of government spying on Internet users and wiretapping phone calls.  He has been hiding in Russia ever since and is wanted by the U.S. on charges of theft and espionage.

When speaking of the incident, […]

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 […]

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, […]

Mike Hearn: How Bitcoin’s Technology Advanced in 2014

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Bitcoin and code In just a few days, bitcoin will have been in development for five years.

For those of us who watched it grow from a humble Windows-only desktop application to today’s global infrastructure, bitcoin’s technology is simultaneously astonishing and frustrating. We marvel at how far it’s come, and yet are impatient with how far it still has to go.

Most media stories reviewing bitcoin’s 2014 focus exclusively on the price . So, instead, let’s take a […]

The Future of Money and Bitcoin – Max Keiser

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Gary Fung Feels Bitcoin and Streaming Go Hand in Hand

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Gary Fung, founder of the online torrent files repository isoHunt , believes that in the future, online streaming will be the only outlet for entertainment, and that bitcoin will be the primary method of payment and exchange.

A Canadian national, Fung outlined his vision of streaming services through the cooperation and participation of the owners of the presented material:

“Technologically, I envision studios and other media companies creating open APIs and platforms so new innovative streaming […]

Now Bitcoin Volatility Index from BitMEX for Traders/Investors

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BitMEX says that it is going to bring in its own take on the VIX, a popular index measuring market volatility, on the 5th of January. Thus, Bitcoin derivatives exchange BitMEX is willing to move ahead and help traders and investors have some understanding about the volatility in Bitcoin market and make decisions accordingly.

BitMEX says that its new index is the ‘30-Day Bitcoin Historic Volatility Index’ and according to it the index will perform […]

10 Bitcoin Resolutions for 2015

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A lot can happen in 365 days.

A year ago, 1 BTC was worth $770, governments around the world were either terrified of bitcoin or laughed it off as a passing fad and it was a lot harder to find a place to spend your bitcoins.

Today, you can buy a bitcoin for $316 , governments and financial institutions are starting to understand the disruptive potential of the bitcoin protocol and digital currencies, and bitcoin shopping options are […]

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, […]

TradeBlock Welcomes New Lead UI Engineer

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Jeff Ward has been welcomed as the new lead UI engineer at TradeBlock , where he will be in charge of optimizing human-computer interactions on the TradeBlock Professional platform.

Ward has been a long time Bitcoin supporter, stated the company in an announcement December 22. He first became involved in the industry with Bitcoin mining in 2011, and more recently decided to dive deeper as an advocate for the potential of distributed systems and smart […]

Singapore Hosting Inside Bitcoins 2015 Conference

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Inside Bitcoin The major cryptocurrency event, Inside Bitcoin , will be held next year in Singapore on January 29-30, 2015. Event sponsors are encouraging people to reserve tickets early and are offering discounts to those who pre-register. Group rates are also being offered.

The exhibition and show will be held at the Suntec Singapore Conference and Expo over a two day period and feature both conference sessions and exhibits. Organizers say that whether attendees are […]

Investing in the Bitcoin Space: Moe Levin Interviews Pantera Capital

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Pantera Capital At the nexus of North America and Latin America, Miami Beach’s historic Fillmore Theatre will stage The North American Bitcoin Conference (TNABC) on January 16–18, 2015.

This direction-setting event is aimed at driving Bitcoin from speculation to mainstream. The conference will embrace the Bitcoin, tech and startup communities and enthusiasts from around the world, for a weekend of dynamic keynotes, panel discussions and exhibits from groundbreaking and industry-leading Bitcoin companies. 

TNABC has partnered with […]

World’s First Cryptocurrency Loan Site Launched

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ForexMinute.com – Pure-Central.com, a newly launched P2P payment service company, has developed a new platform which allows global users to apply or invest in cryptocurrency loans.

According to the available reports , the company permits investors to directly lend a range of cryptocurrencies to borrowers. In return, it charges around 0.75% commission which, in Pure-Central’s view, is the lowest fee structure in the market.

Catherine White, the company’s Chief Media Officer and spokesperson for its website, […]

Its Litecoin vs Altcoins in 2015

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By the end of year 2013, Litecoin looked like the only alternative to its popular counterpart Bitcoin. Traders, who missed the chance of boarding the latter’s quick-buck train, hugely looked upon its next-best to repeat the $13-to-$1,100 magic. Everything was working in Litecoin’s favor – from favorable media coverage to booming merchant and user adoption. 2014 was indeed supposed to be a smoother ride for the silver coin.

But as soon as this year is […]

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 […]

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 […]

BitGold raises $3.5m in Series A funding round

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inShare The Canada based digital currency startup BitGold has great beginning as it successfully closed a $3.5m Series A funding round which came from PowerOne Capital, Soros Brothers Investments, Sandstorm Gold and PortVesta Holdings. Earlier this year the company had raised angel funding from its own co-founders Josh Crumb and Roy Sebag; thus, it is another successful effort.

Interestingly, Soros Brothers Investments was led by Alexander Soros, the son of billionaire investor George […]

Map of Coins joins the CoinTelegraph Media Group

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Map of Coins CoinTelegraph is delighted to announce the addition of MapOfCoins.com to the CoinTelegraph Media Group.

The move adds yet another resource to the growing range of CoinTelegraph partners from across the cryptocurrency industry, providing unparalleled reach and variety for our advertising partners.

Map of Coins is a definitive referral resource for the history of the cryptocurrency world. Beginning at the Bitcoin whitepaper in 2009, its interactive mapping feature charts the development and creation of […]

An Reo and Raduque AK win CoinTelegraph’s Christmas Price Prediction Contest with Virtex and EgoPay!

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CoinTelegraph is pleased to announce the winners of the Christmas price prediction contest sponsored by Virtex and EgoPay!

We received a huge number of entries and have found those which qualify for first and second prize. The price on Virtex at noon on December 25 was US$319.30.

An Reo was the closest with a predication of $322.20, followed by Raduque AK with $327.60! Prediction Contest: http://t.co/X6gJaeYR5T — Andreo (@Reo_An) December 10, 2014 Predict the price of […]

‘Bitcoin Was the Real Winner’ at the First Annual Bitcoin Bowl

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Bitcoin Bowl The buzz from the entire Bitcoin community united across the world was amazing to see, as the first major, national Bitcoin-sponsored event came to an end last night.  

The promotional effort to maximize the hashtag #BitcoinBowl was beyond impressive as several major names, including Shooter Jennings, Warner Bros. Records, and Andreas Antonopoulos used @ChangeTip to reward enthusiastic comment contributors across Twitter. New users were were surprised to receive their first bitcoins from […]

Andreas Antonopoulos and Jeffrey Tucker Speak at Bitcoin South

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Andreas Antonopoulos The Bitcoin South conference in beautiful Queenstown, New Zealand was a smashing success, but don’t just take our word for it. All you need to do is keep an eye on Jeffrey Tucker’s twitter feed : Imagine a conference so good that 100% of attendees are at the session on the morning of the second day. That’s @bitcoinsouth — Jeffrey A Tucker (@jeffreyatucker) 29th november 2014 Every speaker was better than the […]

Bitcoin Predictions for 2014: How the Pundits Fared

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Fortune cookies If there was one word that could describe bitcoin over the past year, it would be ‘unpredictable’. So, with that in mind and armed with 20/20 hindsight at year’s end, it’s fun to go back and look at all the people who tried to do just that.

Whether they prognosticated over the entrails of dead animals or defunct bitcoin exchanges, actual data or emotional investment, the results were – perhaps unsurprisingly – often […]

DNotesVault is much more than a free, secure web wallet with an unprecedented 100% cryptocurrency deposit guarantee

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DNotes Cryptocurrency Savings Plans For Children – First of Many Unprecedented Digital Currency Savings Instruments Sponsored by DnotesVault

Bitcoin press release: DNotesVault, a secure web wallet launched just a week ago has reaffirmed its mission to build a large generation of DNotes stakeholders worldwide by offering a family of CR.I.S.Ps. (Cryptocurrency Investment Savings Plans) with 100% deposit guarantees.

Illinois, USA. DNotesVault, launched a week ago, may sound like just another web wallet beginning to […]

Stable Bitcoin Alternative DNotes Launches DNotesVault With Unprecedented Cryptocurrency Deposit Guarantee

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Bitcoin Press Release:  Packed with multiple functionality, an unprecedented 100% cryptocurrency deposit guarantee, and timed send  DNotesVault is the second strategic property created by the DNotes team  in pursuit of mass consumer and merchant adoption with the industry’s most stable digital currency.

Illinois, USA.  DNotes, the most stable, and one of Coinmarketcap’s top 50 cryptocurrencies , launched  DNotesVault today in its systematic pursuit of mass consumer and merchant adoption . Just six months ago, […]

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, […]

Alex Jones How The Looming Bitcoin Crash will be Exploited by Globalists

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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 Continues March to Mainstream at St Petersburg Bowl Game

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Bitcoin Bowl, BitPay If BitPay’s decision to promote bitcoin through a college football playoff seemed bizarre or peculiar at times, the event ultimately succeeded as spectacle, promoting the emerging technology’s benefits to many hearing about it for the first time.

The Bitcoin St Petersburg Bowl packed in references to bitcoin amid the typical college football trappings, the cheerleaders, marching bands and garishly painted fans that assembled in Florida throughout the week. Bitcoin was visible at […]

Economist Jeffrey Tucker on the ‘Threat of Deflation’ in Eurozone

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Jeffrey Tucker Jeffrey Tucker is an economist who’s also savvy with blockchains (a rare combination). He is responsible for introducing Bitcoin to many of his readers via his authorship of four books and founding of the Cryptocurrency Conference .

Tucker is a distinguished fellow for the Foundation for Economic Education and is the Chief Liberty Officer of Liberty.me .

He talked with CoinTelegraph about the European Central Bank’s warnings about deflation , the future of fractional-reserve […]

OpalCoin Joins the SuperNET Core, Partners with Storj

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Opal , an anonymity- and ease-of-use-centric 2.0 coin app, has partnered with Storj and the SuperNET to bring to the mainstream a blockchain-secure, anonymous information network.

Opal gemstones transmit no light, and therefore reflect, scatter, or absorb it. These qualities lead to opacity. This is the soul of OpalCoin.

With the goal of creating the privacy-centric technology, the seasoned and verified team of developers has been building on top of cutting edge 2.0 technologies for the […]

Tipping Tuesday — Tip $2 to the Bitcoin Media Today!

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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 […]

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

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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 […]