29 April 2013

Headlines Are alternative Ecoins ‘anti-bitcoins’?Take it as a sign of bitcoin’s growing mainstream visibility: other alternative currencies are being branded with the label the “anti-bitcoin.” Writing in FT Alphaville, Joseph Cotterill last week featured a link to a post by Barnard College economics professor Rajiv Sethi about a local currency project in the US called […]

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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 Could bitcoin ATMs take currency mainstream?If a Canadian entrepreneur has his way, we could soon see the bitcoin equivalent of a cash machine gracing our shopping malls. Jeff Berwick plans to install a bitcoin ATM in San Diego early next month. The machine will be similar to a regular ATM, but instead of simply dispensing […]

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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 Mt Gox CEO on Bitcoin’s futureMark Karpeles gives a great explanation of how we’re only just at the foot of the Bitcoin mountain. And there’s a long way to go yet. Read more Mt. Gox news on CoinDesk Security guru confesses, ‘I couldn’t hack bitcoin’Bitcoin may have been through some hard times lately, what […]

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22 April 2013

Headlines ‘Give us bitcoins,’ developers sayOpen-source software projects are starting to use bitcoins as a way to pay programmers for their work. Open-source software is developed under a license that enables anyone to view and modify its source code. Many commercial projects use open-source code, and popular software such as Linux is based on it. […]

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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 $500k in funding paves way for bitcoin tradingNew York City-based bitcoin startup Coinsetter has taken its first outside investment by closing a seed round of funding totaling $500,000. The round was led by Barry Silbert, the CEO and founder of SecondMarket, and tech entrepreneur Jimmy Furland. Silbert invested in the company through his Bitcoin […]

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16 April 2013

Headlines OpenCoin aims to build a better digital currencyDigital currency promises to solve some problems of the “real money” world, among them the difficulty of making quick, secure global payments without having to pay a middleman steep fees to exchange one currency for another. While bitcoins have proven they can do the trick, the currency […]

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15 April 2013

Headlines Is Bitcoin denting the economy?So how big an impact are bitcoins really having on the global economy? The latest market stats show the digital currency continues to show a growing influence on “real” money. Among some recent stats: As of April 2013, more than 11 million bitcoins have been mined so far; The market […]

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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 Who is Satoshi Nakamoto?The bitcoin economy has become a lively and ever-more crowded place since the first batch of 50 bitcoins – the “genesis block” – was computed into existence on Jan. 3, 2009. But one quiet corner remains: the spot set aside for bitcoin’s pseudonymous creator, Satoshi Nakamoto. As the bitcoin currency approaches […]

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