31 May 2013

Headlines VC: Bitcoin is schmuck insuranceChamath Palihapitiya, founder of The Social+Capital Partnership, and a former Facebook exec, sees Bitcoin as “schmuck insurance.” Zen – Bitcoin’s polar oppositeBitcoin has a polar opposite in the digital currency world: Zen. Trust in Bitcoin builds by solving one ‘puzzle’ at a timeWhat makes Bitcoin transactions secure and trustworthy? Computer […]

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30 May 2013

Headlines Mt. Gox bans anonymous currency dealsMt. Gox will no longer accept anonymous accounts – the company is determined not to end up the next target of US secret service action. What happens to Bitcoin if the lights go out?If mobile phone communications, the internet or the power grid should fail — whatever the reason […]

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29 May 2013

Headlines San Francisco taxis promote BitcoinStarting today, some 375 taxi cabs in San Francisco will start playing the “We use coins” Bitcoin-promoting video on their seatback monitors. Mozilla Foundation eyes Bitcoin donationsPurveyor of an open web, Mozilla (known for its Firefox browser) is contemplating accepting bitcoins in its fundraising efforts. Vector Toons accepts bitcoins for […]

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28 May 2013

Headlines OKPay suspends Bitcoin processingOKPay – the payment processing company – has told customers it will stop processing bitcoin transactions. Liberty Reserve’s lesson: Don’t take liberties with the lawWhether you use “real” government-backed fiat or a distributed digital currency, what you use it for is subject to laws and regulations of many kinds. CryptoCurrent shuts […]

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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 Why do ‘Seasteaders’ love Bitcoin?The Seasteading Institute shares many of Bitcoin’s ideals. 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 2013 Bitcoin software downloadsCanada comes out on top in the […]

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23 May 2013

Headlines Lamassu Bitcoin machine aims for ‘cash to bitcoins’Lamassu’s Bitcoin Machine isn’t exactly a Bitcoin ATM — instead, it’s designed to enable one-way exchanges only: cash to bitcoins. Coinpunk offers DIY Bitcoin walletCoinpunk offers a roll-your-own Bitcoin wallet service that can be hosted on your own web server, or a hosting provider’s one. Sealand to […]

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22 May 2013

Headlines Bit Angels on fast track to invest in Bitcoin startupsA new venture that aims to connect Bitcoin technology startups with investors calls itself the “world’s first distributed veteran entrepreneur and angel investor group.” BitVegas: Gambling, Minecraft, pigs and zombiesWhat happens when Bitcoin meets Minecraft? BitVegas, an online casino for lovers of digital currency who […]

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21 May 2013

Headlines Mycelium promises Bitcoin card with a brainBitcoin Card will offer a way to transfer bitcoins without a smartphone or laptop, say the founders of the Mycelium network, which is backing the idea. Developers win case for MaxCDN to take bitcoinOnline content delivery is all about speed, but for one content delivery network provider, it’s […]

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20 May 2013

Headlines Lamassu, RoboCoin Bitcoin ATMs show their stuff in San Jose #Bitcoin2013Two machines for changing dollars to bitcoins were on the show floor at the Bitcoin 2013 show in San Jose. Bitcoin 2013 in reviewWalking into the San Jose Convention Center this weekend, at first you might mistake the crowd for just another programming conference….. […]

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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? Economists wrestle with Bitcoin’s ‘narrative problem’ #Bitcoin2013Amazon’s new “Coins” are gimmicky, said panelists in a session on the economics of Bitcoin at the Bitcoin 2013 conference in San Jose on Saturday. Bitcoin […]

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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 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 the first major US summit on the digital currency. Dutch firm Eliantie offers staff holiday pay in bitcoinsAn ICT recruitment firm based in the Netherlands is offering its […]

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16 May 2013

Headlines Crypto Track offers alt-currency portfolio trackingA service to track profits earned for virtual currencies provides what you might call a “Google Finance” for alternative currency portfolios. BitPay hires core Bitcoin coder Jeff GarzikDeveloping for cryptocurrencies isn’t just a hobby anymore, now that BitPay has hired a Bitcoin bigwig. Bitcoin gaming site SatoshiDice closes to […]

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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 Steambits takes bitcoins for gamesGamers are able to purchase Steam games using Bitcoins, taking advantage of differences in regional pricing. Bitcoin Conference comes to LondonBitcoin London conference will be held July 1st 2013. It is an invitation only event with an expected 200 attendees. CoinDesk readers get a 20% discount. Google Ventures invests in Bitcoin […]

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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. Bitcoin network out-muscles top 500 supercomputersIs the bitcoin network the most powerful distributed computing system — hence, the most powerful computer, period — on Earth? Developers […]

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10 May 2013

Headlines Cash of the titans, bitcoin diets and ATMs: The CoinDesk Weekly ReviewDigital currency has many mysteries. Our man John Law explores them all in this edition of the CoinDesk Weekly Review Cash is not the enemy of bitcoinCash might not be bitcoin’s biggest challenge … the big battle might come with the launch of […]

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9 May 2013

Headlines What other digital currencies are there?Bitcoin isn’t the only form of electronic money being mined, traded and spent these days. 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 the get-go. What’s a Casascius coin?Mike Caldwell […]

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8 May 2013

Headlines Coinbase scores $5 Million in fundingSan Francisco start-up Coinbase has completed a second round of funding of $5m for future development of its Bitcoin wallet and exchange platform. London firm to offer bitcoin options tradingCiting strong interest in the digital currency, London-based options broker anyoption has announced plans to offer bitcoin derivative trading. NYC […]

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7 May 2013

Headlines Bitcoin comes under US regulator radarUS financial regulators are ‘seriously considering’ regulation of Bitcoin and ‘if they wanted to’, they could regulate it. 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 […]

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6 May 2013

Headlines CarbonWallet offers beefy security for storing bitcoinsA new bitcoin wallet service, CarbonWallet, uses passphrases to store bitcoins “deterministically.” 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 […]

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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 ‘Bitcoin 2013: the Future of Payments’: May 17 – 19When more than 500 bitcoin experts and entrepreneurs gather in San Jose, California, on May 17 – 19, 2013, for Bitcoin 2013, CoinDesk will be there. Tax, zombies, Churchill and flying fingers: The CoinDesk Weekly ReviewA regular look at the hottest, most controversial and thought-provoking […]

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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. Amazon books its own currencyAmazon is launching its own currency later this month. […]

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1 May 2013

Headlines CoinDesk goes liveWelcome to CoinDesk. We aim to give you the best information and insight on digital currency and the technologies that develop around it. Traade buys smartphones for bitcoinsA new service is offering people bitcoins for old smartphones. Traade will pay for phones in the Ecoin and will then recycle them. Bitcoin ups […]

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