31 December 2014

Headlines A Year in Headlines: CoinDesk’s Top News Stories of 2014It has been a momentous year for bitcoin, with both good and bad news making the headlines. Here are CoinDesk’s most popular news stories of 2014. isoHunt’s Gary Fung Says Bitcoin Can Help End Online PiracyOnline piracy has been on the minds of many thanks […]

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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 […]

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29 December 2014

Headlines Gregory Maxwell: How I Went From Bitcoin Skeptic to Core DeveloperThe bitcoin core developer discusses his early disbelief in bitcoin’s basic concept, how he helped develop sidechains and the issues facing bitcoin. Bitcoin Price Approaching Critical SupportBitcoin Price is still trading sideways without making a new intraday high or low. We consider some longer […]

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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 […]

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27 December 2014

Headlines Russia Reconsidering Bitcoin Ban in 2015Times are tough in Russia. The Ruble has lost about 50% of its value versus the dollar. The West is levying economic sanctions against them for their military actions in the Ukraine. And the Russian Ministry of Finance earlier this year drafted a bill to ban Bitcoin and other […]

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26 December 2014

Headlines Circle’s Wishlist for Bitcoin Regulation in 2015John Beccia, general counsel and CCO for Circle, shares his wish list for regulators focused on digital currency in 2015. BlockTrust Will Launch With SendChat CrowdfundingBlockTrust is a crowd funding platform designed to bring blockchain related projects and interested investors together in a mutually beneficial manner. Projects on BlockTrust […]

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25 December 2014

Headlines Bitcoin Exchange Paymium Introduces New Features Designed To Increase User ExperienceBitcoin is gaining momentum, as evidenced by the willingness of Google France to host a Bitcoin meetup where three startups pitched their products. Among these, Paymium announced the addition of a call function, as well as the release of a mobile wallet. Merchants, for […]

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24 December 2014

Headlines 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 claim? CoinDesk’s Dan Palmer investigates. First Intel inside Bitcoin ATM at Internet of Things RoadshowRecently at the Internet of Things (IoT) Roadshow in Sao Paulo, Brazil, a […]

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23 December 2014

Headlines Darknet Chronicles: Evolution Now Replaces Silk RoadLast month, the FBI took down the online drug marketplace known as Silk Road. However much like a hydra, a new online marketplace has reared its head called Evolution Marketplace, and it is enjoying explosive growth in its offer of drugs and other illegal items. A statement from […]

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22 December 2014

Headlines All Things Alt: Altcoins for Amagi and New Features for ViacoinViacoin integrates Peter Todd’s ‘checklocktimeverify’, Amagi Metals adds altcoins and the archcoin team launches a crowdfunding platform. Aspen Institute Walter Isaacson CEO Sees A Bitcoin Micropayment Disruption ComingWalter Isaacson, CEO of the Aspen Institute, recently published an article on LinkedIn called Big Idea 2015: […]

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21 December 2014

Headlines Business is Thriving at the First Bitcoin SupermarketThree weeks ago we wrote about the first supermarket where you can pay in Bitcoin in Arnhem, the Netherlands. Spar Arnhem Centraal, opened in March 2014, is a relatively new supermarket near Arnhem central station and the city center. It offers the usual assortment of consumer goods […]

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20 December 2014

Headlines Litecoin Creator Charlie Lee Claims Litecoin Does Not Need Development; Says Adding Gimmicks Does Not Help a Currency SucceedCharlie Lee isn’t one to often be outspoken, yet sometimes he tells the truth how he sees it. He has big ideas and is busy speaking at conferences, along with giving advice to other developers looking […]

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19 December 2014

Headlines CoinDesk Android App Now Available on Google Play StoreFollowing the success of CoinDesk’s popular app for iOS devices, we are pleased to announce our Android version is now live. Reddit Digital Currency “Reddit Notes” AnnouncedEarlier today, Reddit posted to its blog and announced the “Reddit notes,” the name of the long-awaited Reddit cryptocurrency. Reddit […]

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18 December 2014

Headlines GAW Miners Altcoin Launch Sparks Speculative FrenzyAmerican cloud mining company GAW Miners has launched its new altcoin, paycoin. Lawsky Outlines Revisions to New York’s BitLicense in DC SpeechBen Lawsky announced the latest revisions to the proposed New York BitLicense at a panel event in Washington. Illuminating Shadow CashAs we have noted here previously, Ethereum […]

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17 December 2014

Headlines Third-Party Sites Can Help OpenBazaar Compete with eBayOpenBazaar is a decentralized marketplace that seeks to become a privacy-centric and censorship-resistant alternative to online marketplaces such as eBay and Amazon. The open-source project–which is currently in beta and has been working on improving its GUI–could become the go-to option for the privacy-conscious if it succeeds […]

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16 December 2014

Headlines Take That, MasterCard! Canadians Can Pay MasterCard and VISA Credit Card Bills with BitcoinsMasterCard may be trying to stomp out Bitcoin in places like Australia, but what they’re not realizing is the fact that people want to use their Bitcoin to pay for everyday expenses, bills and utilities. Even still, rather than find a […]

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15 December 2014

Headlines Blockchain.Info Requests Unsafe Practices; Users Send Passwords in Plain Text through EmailAfter hundreds of bitcoins were stolen directly from the online wallets of Blockchain.info, not to be confused with the actual bitcoin blockchain, the website had some funds returned by a white-hat hacker named Johoe. The white-hat hacker noticed a slew of broken addresses […]

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14 December 2014

Headlines Why Bitcoin Needs Lawyers to Bridge the Technology GapAs bitcoin continues to be taken more seriously by banks and regulators, the industry needs lawyers to help smooth out bumps on its way to mainstream. MeshMe Messaging App: Ad-Hoc Mesh NetworksA new smartphone app is making it possible to message your friends without the aid […]

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13 December 2014

Headlines FTC Denies Preliminary Injunction Against Bitcoin Mining Company Butterfly Labs (BFL)The FTC proceedings against troubled Bitcoin mining company Butterfly Labs (BFL) continue. In a document submitted today, the Court revealed its decision to continue the case without granting a preliminary injunction against BFL. The Court has formally denied the Plaintiff’s request for a “preliminary injunction, […]

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12 December 2014

Headlines Ledger Launches USB Bitcoin Wallet With ‘Bank-Grade’ SecurityThree French startups that have teamed up to produce a hardware wallet they say is almost immune to hacking attacks. Bitcoin’s Global Reach Hits Africa’s GhanaAs Bitcoin has become a global phenomenon, with the acquisition of super-corporations like Microsoft, Dell Computers, and Paypal, let’s not forget that […]

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11 December 2014

Headlines Microsoft Adds Bitcoin Payments for Xbox Games and Mobile ContentMicrosoft now lets users add bitcoin to their online accounts, enabling payments for apps, games and other digital content through its Xbox platform. ShadowCash Price IgnitesShadowCash (formerly ShadowCoin) is the currency facet of the Shadow Project, one of many cryptocurrency efforts designed to provide users […]

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10 December 2014

Headlines Bitmarkets, a Decentralized Marketplace Powered by Tor, Bitcoin and BitmessageBitmarkets is s a free and open source protocol and example client for a decentralized marketplace which operates over the Tor network and uses Bitcoin as its currency and Bitmessage as its communications network. Mutual security deposits between buyer and seller on individual transactions are […]

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9 December 2014

Headlines SecondMarket’s Bitcoin Investment Trust Syndicate Won 48,000 BTC in Latest Silk Road Bitcoin AuctionEarlier today, Barry Silbert, the former CEO of SecondMarket, took to Twitter to reveal that SecondMarket’s syndicate had won 48,000 BTC in the recent USMS Bitcoin auction. Silbert has since taken a step back from Second Market to pursue the promise of […]

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8 December 2014

Headlines Bitcoin News in Review: Mastercard, Mining Difficulty, Silk Road, and MoreHappy Sunday, and welcome back to another Bitcoin News in Review, where we feature some of the biggest stories of the week here on CryptoCoins News. This week, (30 November – 7 December) MasterCard attacked bitcoin in Australia, the bitcoin mining difficulty actually decreased, […]

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7 December 2014

Headlines Surviving and Thriving in Minecraft’s Latest Virtual Bitcoin EconomyCoinDesk explored a new Minecraft server called BitQuest, which is using bitcoin as an in-game currency. Estonian e-Residency Program LaunchedIn October, the Estonian government invited anyone, anywhere, to become an e-citizen of the Estonian digital society, open a bank account in Estonia, or start a business. […]

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6 December 2014

Headlines BitFury CEO: We’re Not a Bitcoin Mining CompanyBitFury CEO Valery Vavilov speaks to CoinDesk about the company’s larger goals, the structure of its operations and its role in the bitcoin ecosystem. MultiSig for a Twelve-Year Old: an Interview with Gem CEO Micah WinkelspechtGem is a new platform for developers that can sometimes be implemented […]

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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 […]

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4 December 2014

Headlines Russian Conference Presses On Under Threat of Bitcoin BanSmile Expo will hold its second Russia-based bitcoin conference today, featuring talks on topics such as the country’s proposed bitcoin ban. New USMS Bitcoin Auction for 30,000 BTC Ends; Price Could Be Above Market RateThe second Silk Road Bitcoin auction for a 30,000 chunk of Ross […]

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3 December 2014

Headlines Bitcoin Price Decline Sparks Rare Mining Difficulty DropFollowing a period of stagnant pricing, bitcoin mining difficulty has decreased for the first time in two years. $263 Million for New Body Cameras and Contour Action Cameras Accepting BitcoinYesterday, President Obama announced that $263 million would be set aside by executive order for police equipment and […]

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2 December 2014

Headlines Texas Congressman Steve Stockman Introduces HR 5777: “To Protect Cryptocurrencies”Yesterday, Texas Congressman Steve Stockman introduced a new House Resolution (HR 5777) entitled: “To protect cryptocurrencies.” Congressman Steve Stockman is a Republican, from Texas’s 36th Congressional district, who has become one of cryptocurrency’s most ardent supporters in politics. Back in May, Stockman introduced HR 4602: […]

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1 December 2014

Headlines Bitcoin Advances in Spain and EuropeThe great potential for crytpocurrencies and Bitcoin in particular to change business practices is becoming a reality all over the world. The United States continues to be the main beacon for technological innovation in business, but Europe is also part of this story. Even if Europe stand as a […]

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