31 December 2014

Headlines Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust ETF Files for 1m Shares on Nasdaq; More to Be Revealed in JanuaryEarlier today, the Winklevoss Bitcoin Fund, an exchange-traded fund (ETF) founded by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss formally filed for shares on Nasdaq. The Bitcoin Trust filed with the Securities Exchange Commission to apply to sell 1 million shares. Astute observers […]

Continue Reading

30 December 2014

Headlines Stealth Payments Create Anonymous Bitcoin TransactionsStealth payments are a technique for protecting the privacy of recipients in a Bitcoin Transaction. So-called “standard” transactions are pseudonymous. ECDSA key pairs abstract the identity of users. No mechanism exists to hide or encrypt standard transaction information in the block chain. With stealth payments the exception, full transaction […]

Continue Reading

29 December 2014

Headlines SoundCloud Alternative SFX.IO Integrates Bitcoin TippingOver the years, Soundcloud has grown immensely in popularity. One Redditor has created an alternative solution to SoundCloud called sfx.io. Though it is still in beta, sfx.io has integrated several features including the recent addition of Bitcoin tipping via Bitcoin Tip Jar. Tip Jar allows users to tip one […]

Continue Reading

28 December 2014

Headlines How Proof-of-Work… WorksA Proof-of-Work system requires its users to perform some form of work to participate. The work must be difficult for the client but easy for the server/network to verify. For example, an email system that implements proof-of-work might require each sender’s computer perform 1-2 seconds of work before sending an email. Deployed […]

Continue Reading

27 December 2014

Headlines Bitcoin Continues March to Mainstream at St Petersburg Bowl GameThe BitPay-sponsored Bitcoin St Petersburg Bowl was bitcoin’s biggest public event yet, but did it reach new consumers? Safello Co-Founder Moves to Tokyo to Start New Bitcoin Security FirmThe co-founder of Swedish exchange Safello has left the company to join a team of bitcoin security […]

Continue Reading

26 December 2014

Headlines Fiat Fail : 500,000 Counterfeit Euros DiscoveredOne of the great things about cryptocurrency is that it cannot be counterfeited. All currency in the system is known to all holders at all times. While the theoretical 51% attack might allow a bad actor to deny transactions ever took place by not confirming them and possibly […]

Continue Reading

25 December 2014

Headlines 5 Ways to Explain Bitcoin Over Christmas DinnerHere are five tips to help you nail ‘What is bitcoin?’ so you can get back to the real issue at hand: the food. Low Oil Price Won’t Force Production Cut, Says Saudi Oil MinisterOil prices have plummeted lately, bringing economic relief to consumers but leaner revenues […]

Continue Reading

24 December 2014

Headlines Stripe Updates Bitcoin Payments Advice, Will Go Live in JanuaryOnline payment solutions company Stripe’s bitcoin service will come out of beta in January, the company has advised. Review: Brawker Let’s You Buy ‘Almost Anything’ with BitcoinBrawker says it allows users to buy “almost anything” with bitcoin. But does it really live up to the […]

Continue Reading

23 December 2014

Headlines Ten Bitcoin Companies to Showcase at CES 2015Bitcoin payment processor BitPay, along with nine other bitcoin companies has announced plans to showcase at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2015, in an event called the “World of Bitcoin.” The World of Bitcoin will be the largest and most complete showcase of Bitcoin at the event. […]

Continue Reading

22 December 2014

Headlines GoCoin Gains Strategic Investment from GAW Miners for Software Development PushDigital currency payments provider GoCoin has received a strategic investment from GAW Miners that will be used to build out its software offerings. Pirate Bay Domain Online, Waving Black SailsSince the December 9th raid of the Pirate Bay servers in Stockholm, Sweden, many imposters […]

Continue Reading

21 December 2014

Headlines Stellar’s Joyce Kim Talks the Launch, the Fork and the FutureStellar Foundation co-founder Joyce Kim talks about the issues surrounding the distributed payment network and why developers see its potential. Bitcoin Crowdfunding is Catching on in ChinaBitcoin crowdfunding in China is taking off despite its uncertainties, thanks to a risk-taking culture and innovative ownership […]

Continue Reading

20 December 2014

Headlines Dispute Breaks Out Over Title of ‘First Regulated Bitcoin Hedge Fund’Since July, GABI has been widely acknowledged as the first regulated bitcoin hedge fund. Now a challenger has emerged to dispute this. Paying Student Loans Using Bitcoin and Saving 17%This is not a new Bitcoin service. Rather, a guide to combining two services – […]

Continue Reading

19 December 2014

Headlines Exclusive Interview with Jesse Powell CEO of Kraken Regarding Japanese MarketKraken, a reputable Bitcoin exchange launched trading in Japan at the end of October. With the collapse of Mt. Gox, setting up a reputable and publicly trusted exchange in Japan is no easy task. Kraken has a great record of high transaction volumes as […]

Continue Reading

18 December 2014

Headlines GAW Miners Altcoin Launch Sparks Speculative FrenzyAmerican cloud mining company GAW Miners has launched its new altcoin, paycoin. CNN Bitcoin Panel Recap: Loud Panelists Go Head To Head Over OpinionsIf there was a worse platform to host a heated debate on, CNN certainly is actively trying to find it. Twitter may be a great […]

Continue Reading

17 December 2014

Headlines Bitcoin Firm Enables Remittance Withdrawals at 450 Philippine Bank ATMsPhilippine remittance service Coins.ph now allows users to send funds for collection at a network of bank ATMs. Gentoo Linux Package Maintainer Wants to Implement Blacklist in Bitcoin Core – AgainA raucous discussion has taken place during the last 24 hours at the Bitcoin subreddit […]

Continue Reading

16 December 2014

Headlines BTC China Hires Ex-Alipay Chief Analyst in Payments PushBTC China has hired a former chief analyst from online payments giant Alipay, signalling a shift further into e-commerce. Magazine Publisher Time Inc. Partners With Coinbase to Accept BitcoinMagazine publisher Time Inc. announced today its partnership with Coinbase to accept bitcoins for select magazine subscriptions. Readers of Fortune, […]

Continue Reading

15 December 2014

Headlines Overstock’s 2014 Bitcoin Sales Miss Projections at $3 MillionOverstock is reporting that it expects to complete just $3m in total bitcoin sales for 2014, a figure it said fell below its original estimates. Chinese Official: Bitcoin Can ‘Co-exist’ with Fiat CurrenciesFormer vice-governor of China’s central bank, Wu Xiaoling, has said digital currencies like bitcoin […]

Continue Reading

14 December 2014

Headlines MeshMe Messaging App: Ad-Hoc Mesh NetworksA new smartphone app is making it possible to message your friends without the aid of established cellular or wifi networks. MeshMe Messaging App links with nearby users and creates a private network. Messaging friends does not require using traditional data lines provided by “middlemen” – Verizon, Comcast, AT&T. […]

Continue Reading

13 December 2014

Headlines Cato Institute – Bitcoin Will Be Displaced by Cryptocurrencies with Superior FeaturesThe renowned Libertarian public policy think tank The Cato Institute has a review by Steve H. Hanke of the book “New Private Monies: A Bit Part Player?” by free-banking expert Kevin Dowd, published by the Institute of Economic Affairs. According to Hanke, the […]

Continue Reading

12 December 2014

Headlines BitQuest Announces Minecraft Architecture Contest and BTC PrizeBitQuest is a dedicated Minecraft server with a bitcoin-denominated trading system. On Thursday, the BitQuest staff teased the “BitQuest Architecture Royal Prize,” a forthcoming construction contest for the best “house, palace, skyscraper, or crazy building.” Also read: BitQuest – a Minecraft Videogame with Bitcoin Economy BitQuest Announces […]

Continue Reading

11 December 2014

Headlines BitPay: Microsoft Has Aggressive Global Vision for BitcoinCCO Sonny Singh opens up about BitPay’s partnership with Microsoft and reveals the tech giant is seeking to support bitcoin with a long-term strategy. Microsoft Adds Bitcoin Payments for Xbox Games and Mobile ContentMicrosoft now lets users add bitcoin to their online accounts, enabling payments for apps, […]

Continue Reading

10 December 2014

Headlines Prosecutors Using Murder-for-Hire Plots Against Ross Ulbricht in Drug Case  The alleged architect of the first Silk Road, known to users as Dread Pirate Roberts and to the government as Ross Ulbricht, is currently facing two separate federal cases. The first is in Baltimore for a single murder-for-hire plot which the government feels it […]

Continue Reading

9 December 2014

Headlines Bitreserve Raising 6,000,000 British Pounds with CrowdCubeAs of this writing, South Carolina firm Bitreserve has already raised over 5 million of the 6 million British pounds it is aiming to raise with British platform CrowdCube. CrowdCube allows British folks to take a stake in privately-held companies at any stage in their development. The minimum […]

Continue Reading

8 December 2014

Headlines Markets Weekly: Bitcoin Prices Stay Flat While Volume DeclinesThe bitcoin price has remained flat, but traded volume has declined sharply over the last week. Bitmarkets Launches Decentralised Bitcoin Marketplace With Tor SupportA new decentralised marketplace called Bitmarkets has introduced privacy enhancing features and a novel escrow system. Emerging Startups Take Stage at Latin American […]

Continue Reading

7 December 2014

Headlines Nigerian Billionaire Commits $100 Million to African startupsNigerian billionaire investor and philanthropist Tony Elumelu has committed $100 million to create 10,000 entrepreneurs across Africa over the next ten years, Forbes reports. “It is our opportunity to empower a generation,” said Elumelu. Also read: The Bitcoin Dream Is Happening In Africa Tony Elumelu has derived […]

Continue Reading

6 December 2014

Headlines MultiSig for a Twelve-Year Old: an Interview with Gem CEO Micah WinkelspechtGem is a new platform for developers that can sometimes be implemented in under ten lines of code. We got CEO Micah Winkelspecht to answer a few questions about the technology underneath and the benefits of using Gem. From explaining multi-signatures in a […]

Continue Reading

5 December 2014

Headlines Jeff Yule Brings Bitcoin to Ronald McDonald House CharitiesRonald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) provides support to the families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals. On Tuesday, the RMHC of the Capital Region partnered with BitPay to accept bitcoin donations. “Part of what sold us (eased our novice worries) was knowing that […]

Continue Reading

4 December 2014

Headlines Proposed US Law Calls For Five-Year Moratorium on Bitcoin RegulationThe Cryptocurrency Protocol Protection and Moratorium Act seeks to place a moratorium on federal and state-level regulation for five years. XCurrency Price Up 20% This Week: Is Recovery in Sight?XCurrency is an altcoin with a focus on user anonymity. After rising quite a bit during […]

Continue Reading

3 December 2014

Headlines Bitcoin, Stellar and Sidechains Feature at Future of Money SummitThe annual Future of Money Summit had several digital currency panels as part of its one-day program. US DOJ Names Laufman To Head Counter Espionage EffortsDavid Laufman, a CIA recruit right out of college, who was passed over for Inspector General of the Department of […]

Continue Reading

2 December 2014

Headlines Tulipmania 2.0 Critic – Brian Kelly Releasing Book about Bitcoin: “The Bitcoin Big Bang”The investor and writer who once proclaimed Bitcoin as nothing more than Tulipmania 2.0 is releasing a new book on Bitcoin titled”The Bitcoin Big Bang.” Brian Kelly has been appearing on shows and writing articles for CNBC on Bitcoin. Granted, when he […]

Continue Reading

1 December 2014

Headlines Bitcoin Fund Manager Faces HSBC Account ClosureThe bank account of regulated bitcoin fund manager Global Advisors is being terminated by HSBC due to money-laundering fears. Markets Weekly: Bitcoin Stable Amid Global Oil and Metals CrashThe bitcoin markets are the picture of serenity as commodities and currencies shed value around the world. Bitcoin is the […]

Continue Reading