29 April 2013

Headlines Blockchain.info gets tough on phishingWallet and block exploring service Blockchain.info has upgraded its security, apparently in response to a phishing campaign. Canadian banks tell BTC exchanges, ‘Take off’A number of Canadian bitcoin exchanges are running into regulatory challenges, as the country’s big banks move to close their accounts, in many cases without explanation. Earlier […]

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26 April 2013

Headlines Financial crime rules ‘choke’ bitcoin exchangesForget price volatility and hacker attacks. The biggest threat to bitcoin’s future – at least in the United States – could be the little-known Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). Writing in American Banker, Ecoins researcher and Bitcoin Foundation board member Jon Matonis describes how at least three US exchanges […]

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25 April 2013

Headlines PayPal ‘thinking about’ accepting bitcoinsThe president of PayPal says he’s intrigued by bitcoin and is thinking about adding the digital currency as a funding instrument for the popular online payments processor. “I’ve been spending a lot of time looking at it (bitcoin), and it’s truly fascinating the way the currency has been designed … […]

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24 April 2013

Headlines ‘Pirate’ file-sharing sites seek bitcoin bootyA growing number of peer-to-peer file-sharing sites — among them the notorious The Pirate Bay — is starting to accept bitcoin donations from their users. The main page of The Pirate Bay’s website now lists a bitcoin address, presumably for donations. OpenBitTorrent has also joined the party, as has […]

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23 April 2013

Headlines WikiLeaks’ Assange hypes bitcoin in secret talkWhat did WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange tell Google’s previous CEO Eric Schmidt about bitcoins? Assange, the whistle-blowing media organization’s publisher, met with then-CEO Schmidt and Jared Cohen, advisor to former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in June 2011. The meeting was arranged at the request of Schmidt and […]

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22 April 2013

Headlines Argentina trades $50k of bitcoinsA record $50,000 of bitcoins were traded in Argentina during the second week of April. Bitcoin’s sixfold price increase this year is enticing to Argentines whose savings have been taking a hit from 25% annual inflation. Local agent Rodolfo Andragnes said that while local trading of bitcoin still equals less […]

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19 April 2013

Headlines Erotica, porn sites woo bitcoin usersBitcoins might seem new to much of the “mainstream” economy, but some businesses outside that realm have already found good reasons to try out the digital currency. In particular, the perception of greater privacy in bitcoin transactions is appealing to online businesses that deal in erotica, porn and other […]

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18 April 2013

Headlines Pizza? Chinese takeout? Pay with bitcoinsWant a pizza delivered? Hungry for some Chinese takeout? Restaurant delivery service Foodler is now accepting bitcoins from customers placing online orders for food. Foodler handles online ordering for takeout and delivery services from more than 12,000 restaurants across the US. Customers with Foodler accounts can now choose a […]

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17 April 2013

Headlines Bitcoin mining takes ‘tiny’ energy amountRemember how, a few years ago, we were briefly made to believe that all our Google searches were helping to melt the planet? If you recall how that claim was quickly debunked, it should come as no surprise that mining bitcoins might not be as much of an environmental […]

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16 April 2013

Headlines Meet the money behind bitcoin competitor OpenCoinAt first glance, especially to a digital currency neophyte, OpenCoin might not look that different from Bitcoin. Look beyond the superficial similarities, though, and the two ventures in virtual money couldn’t be less alike. That’s especially true in terms of the people – and money – behind the […]

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15 April 2013

Headlines Can mining bitcoins harm the environment?A lot of attention has been focused in recent years on the energy and carbon footprint of the internet. The giant server farms that drive the world’s web activities need to get their power from somewhere and – as environmental groups frequently point out – that power still tends […]

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13 April 2013

Headlines A week is a long time in Bitcoin worldThis week the price of a Bitcoin soared to more than $260 – albeit for a short period of time. This was helped by a surge in media interest. This week has seen the number of articles on Bitcoin and virtual currency explode to an all […]

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1 April 2013

Headlines How do I buy bitcoins?As bitcoins become more widely recognized and used, would-be bitcoin users have a growing number of ways in which they can acquire the digital currency. In the earliest days, An Introduction to Bitcoins notes, converting a local currency into bitcoins often required a face-to-face encounter with other fans in the […]

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