31 May 2013

Headlines Trust in Bitcoin builds by solving one ‘puzzle’ at a timeWhat makes Bitcoin transactions secure and trustworthy? Computer security and cryptography expert Zulfikar Ramzan explains in this video from Khan Academy. FinCEN boss lays out Bitcoin rulesThe boss of US regulator FinCEN has outlined what Bitcoin exchanges need to do to keep the feds […]

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30 May 2013

Headlines What happens to Bitcoin if the lights go out?If mobile phone communications, the internet or the power grid should fail — whatever the reason — Bitcoin could have a problem. Alternative payments growing fast in the UKIn 2012 use of cash for shopping fell 10 per cent – and the rate of decline is […]

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29 May 2013

Headlines Vector Toons accepts bitcoins for artworkVector Toons, a royalty-free art website that provides PDF vector illustrations, is now accepting payments in bitcoins. Is Litecoin the new Bitcoin alternative for investors?One of the most popular Bitcoin alternatives by trading volume has been Litecoin. Mozilla Foundation eyes Bitcoin donationsPurveyor of an open web, Mozilla (known for […]

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28 May 2013

Headlines Is Bitcoin science fiction come to life?Part of Bitcoin’s appeal is that it is a real-life example of a concept in science fiction: an advanced, universally accepted form of currency. OKPay suspends Bitcoin processingOKPay – the payment processing company – has told customers it will stop processing bitcoin transactions. CryptoCurrent shuts shopCryptoCurrent has put […]

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27 May 2013

Headlines Chris Larsen: Ripple is HTTP for moneyChris Larsen wants to make waves with Ripple, his new combined altcurrency and payment network. But when will he make it open source?

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26 May 2013

Headlines Liberty Reserve exchange shuts down, founder arrestedLiberty Reserve, a Costa Rica-based private currency exchange with its own digital currency, has shut down and its founder charged with money laundering.

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24 May 2013

Headlines Chinese whispers hit Bitcoin, againRumours suggesting the Chinese government was moving to block Bitcoin related traffic on its networks have been dismissed. California dreaming: The CoinDesk Weekly ReviewJohn Law explores the past week of Bitcoin news, from Rosicrucians and credit unions to overheated hardware and the new generation of swashbucklers. Canada tops list for […]

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23 May 2013

Headlines 5 countries that should be adopting Bitcoin right nowLet’s look at five countries where citizens might have more than the usual reasons to adopt Bitcoin. Sealand to adopt bitcoin?This may be the first time we’ve seen a country adopting it as a currency. The Principality of Sealand has expressed an interest in adopting bitcoin. […]

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22 May 2013

Headlines BitVegas: Gambling, Minecraft, pigs and zombiesWhat happens when Bitcoin meets Minecraft? BitVegas, an online casino for lovers of digital currency who are also fanatical about Minecraft. Bitcoin isn’t just for menAnyone who’s spent more than 12 seconds browsing the Bitcoin forums could be forgiven for concluding that the digital currency is inherently a guy […]

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21 May 2013

Headlines Let the Bitchicken and Coinbomb games beginFancy a little bitcoin wager? Online games are now appearing designed to let people play with bitcoins, in the hope of winning big. Bitcoin must charm regulators, says professorA British business school professor believes Bitcoin needs to go on a charm offensive to win over worried national regulators. […]

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20 May 2013

Headlines Bitcoin 2013 in reviewWalking into the San Jose Convention Center this weekend, at first you might mistake the crowd for just another programming conference….. BitInstant’s Charlie Shrem sees Bitcoin battles ahead #Bitcoin2013Largely untapped markets such as global remittances represent a huge opportunity for Bitcoin, BitInstant founder Charlie Shrem said at Bitcoin 2013. Has Ted […]

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19 May 2013

Headlines BitPay, Foodler, Paymium execs talk bitcoin challenges #Bitcoin2013How have early-adopting bitcoin merchants overcome stumbling blocks in doing business with a digital currency? Liberty-focused non-profits find a friend in Bitcoin #Bitcoin2013Representatives from three non-profits that accept donations in bitcoins say their groups’ freedom- and peace-focused missions mesh with the Bitcoin ethos. Bitcoin Fund aims to […]

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18 May 2013

Headlines Roger Ver tells bitcoiners, ‘Spread the word’ #Bitcoin2013Whenever he pays for something, be it a stick of gum or a hotel room, investor and entrepreneur Roger Ver asks the same question: “Do you accept bitcoin?” Regulatory compliance a high-stakes ‘must’ for bitcoin businesses #Bitcoin2013At the Bitcoin 2013 show in San Jose today, a panel […]

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17 May 2013

Headlines 10 things you need to know about RippleRipple is the name for both a digital currency (XRP) and an open payment network within which that currency is transferred. Bitcoin 2013 to draw 1,000, and the Winklevii, to San Jose this weekendMore than 1,000 Bitcoin community members will descend on Silicon Valley this weekend for […]

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16 May 2013

Headlines Bitcoin gaming site SatoshiDice closes to US playersCiting legal advice, Bitcoin gaming site SatoshiDice is closing to US players, moving to block all US-based IP addresses from the website. Google’s Gmail will soon let you email moneyGoogle’s not launching its own currency (not yet, anyway), but it does plan to soon let people send […]

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15 May 2013

Headlines Today is D-day for bitcoin miner upgradesToday — May 15 — is the deadline for bitcoin miners and merchants to upgrade their bitcoin client or be left out of sync with the rest of the network. CloudHashing to offer Bitcoin Mining as a service – MaaSFed up with waiting for ASIC mining rigs from […]

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14 May 2013

Headlines Is Bitcoin inherently criminal? We asked a criminal…Talking to people who use bitcoin on Silk Road reveals the site is likely not creating criminals. Spies, cops and taxmen gather to talk BitcoinPolice officers, spies and tax collectors from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs met in London yesterday to discuss approaches to alternative currencies. Liberty […]

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13 May 2013

Headlines Despite bubble talk, bitcoin prices seen risingAre we in the midst of a bitcoin bubble? Perhaps, but that doesn’t necessarily mean prices are on the verge of collapse. Here come the geeks, and this time they’re richBitcoin is due to change the face of finance, but could have interesting social effects too, according to […]

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10 May 2013

Headlines Bitcoin-backed ‘Wiki Weapon’ plans go darkA Texas nonprofit that produced the first 3D printed gun — and raised funds in bitcoins for the project — has removed the blueprints from its website. Cash is not the enemy of bitcoinCash might not be bitcoin’s biggest challenge … the big battle might come with the launch […]

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9 May 2013

Headlines What’s a Casascius coin?Mike Caldwell first introduced physical bitcoins for purchase in 2011. He coined the name “Casascius” from an acronym for “call a spade a spade.” New BitBox exchange promises ‘secret weapons’It’s the newest bitcoin exchange and the first to be incubated at a university. BitBox launched with the CEO promising innovation from […]

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8 May 2013

Headlines Perception is bitcoin’s biggest battleIs bitcoin merely a tool for financial speculation … or a real currency capable of being used to buy and sell goods, as well as for investment purposes? Coinbase scores $5 Million in fundingSan Francisco start-up Coinbase has completed a second round of funding of $5m for future development of […]

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7 May 2013

Headlines What about ven? Stan Stalnaker talks digital currencyA CoinDesk Q&A with Stan Stalnaker, founder of Hub Culture and the Ven digital currency. Breathe … bitcoin’s just currencyBitcoin has a lot of potential, but it won’t end lawsuits, greed, pettiness or other human foibles. Breathe. German students seek bitcoin funding for documentaryA team of university […]

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6 May 2013

Headlines Are Amazon Coins designed for breakage?Amazon is set to launch its own in-house currency — Amazon Coin — this month. A night at a London Bitcoin MeetupCoinDesk correspondent Robin Dhara gets an introduction to bitcoin by attending a London meetup for fan and supporters of the currency. CarbonWallet offers beefy security for storing bitcoinsA […]

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5 May 2013

Headlines Why bitcoin needs competitorsBitcoin’s long-term chances of success are better if there are many other alternative, digital currencies, with many businesses investing in them.

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3 May 2013

Headlines CoinLab sues Mt. Gox in US courtThe US-based bitcoin business CoinLab has taken the Mt. Gox exchange to court alleging the Japan-headquartered company did not fulfill an agreement signed in November 2012. BitcoinATM plans to offer bitcoins on the spotBitcoinATM founder and CEO Evan Rose demonstrates his first automated teller machine for bitcoins; he […]

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2 May 2013

Headlines Employees blamed for zombie Bitcoin miningA rogue employee is getting the blame for putting bitcoin mining code onto unsuspecting users’ machines. Does bitcoin encourage crime?A look at why bitcoin no more inherently encourages criminal activity than any other form of currency. Canadian bank drops BTC exchangeYet another bitcoin exchange has had the plug pulled […]

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1 May 2013

Headlines 10 companies that use bitcoinsEvery day, more businesses add bitcoin as an option for payment. Here are profiles of 10 businesses, online and off, that have adopted bitcoin for payments. Bitcoin via SMS is hereBits launches pay-by-text sms offering for bitcoins. Feathercoin shows heavyweight potentialThe feathercoin cryptocurrency, which uses a mining technique similar to […]

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