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Blockchain’s Nic Cary on Bitcoin Wallets, Mt. Gox and Decentralization

Nicolas Cary is the CEO of Blockchain, a bitcoin company best known for providing the most popular consumer bitcoin wallet and block explorer.

Blockchain.info, the company’s informational website, garners 350 million page views a month, while its wallet service passed 1 million downloads in January 2014. Blockchain also acquired multi-exchange bitcoin trading platform ZeroBlock earlier this year.

Cary was a keynote speaker on day one of Inside Bitcoins NYC last month, where he discussed the potential global impact of the technology. There, CoinDesk spoke to Cary about recent developments at Blockchain, how it aims to hold off competition in the market and what it learned from its high-profile service outage in March.

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Blockchain’s Nic Cary on Bitcoin Wallets, Mt. Gox and Decentralization

Nicolas Cary is the CEO of Blockchain, a bitcoin company best known for providing the most popular consumer bitcoin wallet and block explorer.

Blockchain.info, the company’s informational website, garners 350 million page views a month, while its wallet service passed 1 million downloads in January 2014. Blockchain also acquired multi-exchange bitcoin trading platform ZeroBlock earlier this year.

Cary was a keynote speaker on day one of Inside Bitcoins NYC last month, where he discussed the potential global impact of the technology. There, CoinDesk spoke to Cary about recent developments at Blockchain, how it aims to hold off competition in the market and what it learned from its high-profile service outage in March.

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Investor Group Optimistic in Fight to Stop Mt. Gox Liquidation

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A group of investors is seeking to stop the defunct Japan-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox from being liquidated following its failed bankruptcy bid.

A final decision will be made by 9th May by a court-appointed administrator as to whether or not Sunlot Holdings – which represents the investor group – is granted permission to buy out the exchange.

Mt. Gox was placed into liquidation on 16th April, with Japanese courts citing the difficulty in resurrecting the exchange as well as the dwindling likelihood of this possibility as key reasons for recommending the move. However, it’s exactly this claim that Sunlot holdings is looking to call into question with its bid.

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Investor Group Optimistic in Fight to Stop Mt. Gox Liquidation

Court room and gavel

A group of investors is seeking to stop the defunct Japan-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox from being liquidated following its failed bankruptcy bid.

A final decision will be made by 9th May by a court-appointed administrator as to whether or not Sunlot Holdings – which represents the investor group – is granted permission to buy out the exchange.

Mt. Gox was placed into liquidation on 16th April, with Japanese courts citing the difficulty in resurrecting the exchange as well as the dwindling likelihood of this possibility as key reasons for recommending the move. However, it’s exactly this claim that Sunlot holdings is looking to call into question with its bid.

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eGifter Offers 3% Rewards for Gift Cards Bought With BTC, LTC or DOGE

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Electronic gift card provider eGifter has launched a new incentive program for customers who want to pay with bitcoin, dogecoin or litecoin: a 3% discount in redeemable rewards on such purchases.

The eGifter Points program, officially launched today (23rd April) by the New York-based company, skews discounts favorably toward the company’s decentralized payment options.

Customers in the rewards program only receive a 2% discount for using PayPal, and 1% for using credit cards to buy eGifter cards from major merchandisers.

Tyler Rowe, eGifter’s co-founder and CEO, said:

“Because cryptocurrencies cost less for transactions, we’re excited to be able to offer higher returns for those purchases to encourage additional usage.”

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US Election Commission Delays Decision on Bitcoin Campaign Contributions

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The US Federal Election Commission (FEC) has delayed a formal decision on whether to allow bitcoin-denominated campaign contributions, widely expected to be announced today (23rd April). However, a senior official suggested that limited contributions may be acceptable in the future.

As reported by The Hill, the commission was considering a petition to allow bitcoin campaign contributions in amounts up to $100. The petition was submitted by Make Your Laws (MYL) PAC.

During the meeting, Commission Vice Chairwoman Anne Ravel reportedly gave voice to potential issues regarding the anonymity associated with bitcoin campaign donations, saying:

“I have serious concerns about allowing unlimited bitcoin political contributions.”

She added that she

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Atlas ATS Joins Forces with US Stock Exchange to Avoid Regulatory Hurdles

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Bitcoin trading platform Atlas ATS has teamed up with the New Jersey-based National Stock Exchange in an effort to speed up regulatory approval.

With the move, Atlas ATS has revealed rather ambitious plans, as it is also in the process of launching a globally integrated bitcoin exchange in conjunction with Perseus Telecom.

The firms hope to bring industrial-strength security and regulatory compliance to the world of bitcoin, with the aim of attracting institutional investors and individuals who do not want to deal with unregulated, often anonymous bitcoin exchanges.

Bypassing red tape

The National Stock Exchange is a relatively small exchange, but it is recognised by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a self-regulatory organisation

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Cleveland Merchants Join Forces for ‘Bitcoin Boulevard US’ Promotion

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Beginning on 1st May, a group of businesses in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, will begin accepting bitcoins for payment as part of a project dubbed ‘Bitcoin Boulevard US’.

Nikhil Chand, founder of CoinNEO, a bitcoin consultancy based in Cleveland Heights, is orchestrating the launch of Bitcoin Boulevard US. He told CoinDesk that the project aims to highlight the positive business aspects of digital currency.

Said Chand:

“There’s an opportunity here[ ...] for businesses to really make a statement about digital payments, mobile payments, electronic payments, increasing their margins, lowering fees.”

Chand also stressed the benefits the project would have for the local community, stating:

“There’s a global awareness around bitcoin, and if I can help my community with

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Nearly $500k Sitting Unclaimed in Silk Road 2.0 Bitcoin Wallets

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Notorious online black market Silk Road 2.0 lost roughly 4,476 BTC (then roughly $2.6m) early this February when its security was compromised in a transaction malleability attack.

However, the repayment plan it subsequently implemented is already seeing success, a new report from Vice suggests. The media outlet indicates that 50% of the site’s hacking victims have been completely repaid as of 8th April.

Announced on 17th February, Silk Road 2.0′s repayment plan sought to reimburse the estimated 47% of its users that lost bitcoins in the breach. To refund the accounts, Silk Road 2.0 moderators agreed to go without payment and to charge 5% commission on purchases, with the

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Is Double Spending Unconfirmed Transactions a Concern for Bitcoin?

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One of the key reasons that bitcoin has become a popular form of value, to the tune of $6bn, is that it has largely solved the double-spending problem that plagued other digital currencies before it.

Interestingly, this double-spending problem isn’t limited to the digital realm. The BBC reported that there were 566,000 counterfeit notes circulating in the UK in 2009. Additionally, in 2010 the UK Treasury estimated that one in 36 £1 coins in circulation were counterfeit.

The bitcoin network seeks to prevent this problem by signing cryptographic keys that are confirmed on the block chain – bitcoin’s general ledger.

However, until the transaction is confirmed, there is

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Iowa State University Hit by Bitcoin Mining Malware

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The Iowa State University has suffered a massive security breach which compromised the security of student data and attempted to mine bitcoin.

The University says the compromised servers contained social security numbers of 29,780 students enrolled between 1995 and 2012.

However, there is no indication that any of the files were accessed. No financial information was stored in the student records and further investigation led the university to conclude that personal information was not the target.

“The servers were hacked by an unknown person or persons seeking to generate enough computing power to create a type of digital money known as bitcoins,” the university said in a statement.

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Jeff Garzik Announces Partnership to Launch Bitcoin Satellites into Space

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A partnership to launch satellites broadcasting the bitcoin block chain from space has been announced by bitcoin core developer Jeff Garzik.

Garzik’s Dunvegan Space Systems, in partnership with a company called Deep Space Industries Inc., plans to build satellites called ‘BitSats’ as part of a bitcoin orbital system, providing redundancy to the network.

The non-profit endeavor plans to have a node in space as a backup in case of terrestrial failure for the Bitcoin network.

Garzik, in a prepared statement, said:

“We want to keep bitcoin healthy and free by finding alternative ways to distribute block chain data.”

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The idea is to build bitcoin satellites based on the CubeSat modular standard – measuring

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Voting Underway for Bitcoin Foundation Board of Directors

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The Bitcoin Foundation is now conducting elections to fill the two open industry seats on its Board of Directors.

The seats have been empty since the arrest of Charlie Shrem and the subsequent resignation of Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles, whose Japan-based bitcoin exchange filed for bankruptcy earlier this year.

Nominations began in February, with voting officially starting on 21st April. Voting is expected to last one week, and all Bitcoin Foundation industry members are eligible to vote.

Campaigning is now taking place via forums on the organization’s website.

Current board members

The two winners of this week’s election will join the five existing members of the group’s Board of Directors.

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Charlie Shrem Allowed Out of House Arrest for Bitcoin Documentary Premiere

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Bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem will gain temporary reprieve from months of house arrest this week as he attends a premiere at New York City’s Tribeca Film Festival.

Although he wasn’t able to provide specific details surrounding his release or attendance at the event, Shrem confirmed to CoinDesk that he would attend the launch of the documentary ‘The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin‘, in which he appears.

Arrested publicly over money laundering allegations in January, Shrem has protested his treatment, saying he had been cooperating with authorities in their investigations into bitcoin’s shadier uses.

Since then, Shrem has been under house arrest at his parents’ property in Brooklyn. Although free to talk to the

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Voting Underway For Bitcoin Foundation Board of Director Seats

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The Bitcoin Foundation is now conducting elections to fill the two open industry seats on its Board of Directors.

The seats have been empty since the arrest of Charlie Shrem and the subsequent resignation of Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles, whose Japan-based bitcoin exchange filed for bankruptcy earlier this year.

Nominations began in February, with voting officially starting on 21st April. Voting is expected to last one week, and all Bitcoin Foundation industry members are eligible to vote.

Campaigning is now taking place via forums on the organization’s website.

Current board members

The two winners of this week’s election will join the five existing members of the group’s Board of Directors.

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Charlie Shrem Allowed to Attend Bitcoin Documentary Premiere

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Bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem will gain temporary reprieve from months of house arrest this week as he attends a premiere at New York City’s Tribeca Film Festival.

Though he wasn’t able to provide specific details surrounding his release or attendance at the event, Shrem confirmed to CoinDesk via email that he would attend the launch of the documentary “The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin“, in which he appears.

Arrested publicly over money laundering allegations in January, Charlie Shrem has protested his treatment, saying he had been cooperating with authorities in their investigations into bitcoin’s shadier uses.

 

He has been under house arrest at his parents’ place in Brooklyn since then. Though free

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Voting Underway For Open Bitcoin Foundation Board of Director Seats

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The Bitcoin Foundation is now conducting elections to fill the two open industry seats on its Board of Directors.

The seats have been empty since the arrest of Charlie Shrem and the subsequent resignation of Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles, whose Japan-based bitcoin exchange filed for bankruptcy earlier this year.

Nominations began in February, with voting officially starting on 21st April. Voting is expected to last one week, and all Bitcoin Foundation industry members are eligible to vote.

Campaigning is now taking place via forums on the organization’s website.

Current board members

The two winners of this week’s election will join the five existing members of the group’s Board of Directors.

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Dorian Nakamoto Thanks Bitcoin Donors on YouTube

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Dorian Nakamoto, the California man who is Satoshi Nakamoto but not the one the media is looking for, has appeared in a YouTube video thanking the bitcoin community for its support.

Bitcoin identity Andreas Antonopoulos organized the fundraiser as partial compensation for Nakamoto’s recent troubles, after a Newsweek cover story ‘revealed’ him to be bitcoin’s mysterious originator. The appeal has raised over 47 BTC, and Nakamoto says he plans to keep his “bitcoin account” open and become a user.

 

In the three-minute video, Nakamoto appears alongside Antonopoulos and holds up a copy of Newsweek’s now-infamous “Bitcoin’s Face” edition, repeating his denial that he was involved with bitcoin or its creation

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US State Bank Supervisors to Discuss Bitcoin at Public Hearing

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Late this February, the US Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS), a membership organisation for state banking regulators that liaises with Congress, announced it would launch a new task force aimed at investigating emerging payments issues, including topics related to bitcoin and other digital currencies.

That effort, which is now just underway, will find the CSBS speaking to a wide range of payments industry stakeholders. To date, nine state banking officials have joined the task force, including New York Department of Financial Services superintendent Benjamin Lawsky.

However, the organisation’s fact-finding will now take one of its first steps on 16th May, when the US Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) will hold a

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Is This Shape-Shifting Image the Logo Bitcoin Needs?

A graphic designer named J.P. Brenner has proposed that his new, multisided, shape-shifting bitcoin logo – a representation of the dynamic nature of the decentralized money, should be the symbol adopted by the bitcoin community.

The design is the latest development in an ongoing debate in the digital currency community. Years after the bitcoin’s creation, there still isn’t consensus what bitcoin’s logo should be, with many arguing that the classic orange logo no longer suits the technology’s goals.

The idea, as explained here, is to represent bitcoin not as a physical item, like money is today, but as something digital and thus more malleable.

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Brenner explained

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Inventor Creates Commercial Bitcoin Fuel Pump

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Despite the advancement of bitcoin at a number of major online retailers and in small businesses worldwide, certain major sectors still have yet to see any serious digital currency adoption.

For example, earlier this year, one gas station in Greeley, Colorado, became what was widely considered to be the first to begin accepting bitcoin, and three months later few, it seems, have followed suit.

This sluggish adoption could change, however, thanks to the efforts of bitcoin enthusiast and thermodynamics researcher Andy Schroder, who on 1st April revealed a prototype for a diesel fuel dispenser that accepts bitcoins.

Named the Bitcoin Fluid Dispenser II, the prototype was constructed from scratch by Schroder.

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Manchester Co-op Gets a Hand From Dogecoin to Smash Fundraising Target

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A group of Mancunians fundraising for an ethical coffee shop and creative space have received a helping hand from the city’s small dogecoin community.

Manchester-based Future Artists Live Creative Coop was raising money to open The Home of Honest Coffee on King Street, which currently houses at least eight empty shop spaces. Halfway through their Kickstarter campaign, they were slightly behind their targets when the dogecoin donations started coming in.

Mark Ashmore, one of the key figures driving the campaign, was not exactly sure what to do with the $10 worth of dogecoin when he first received them.

“I knew about bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, but I didn’t know

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BitPay to Match 1 BTC in Donations for BitGive Clean Water Campaign

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Georgia-based bitcoin merchant processor BitPay has announced plans to support the BitGive Foundation in its efforts to raise money for The Water Project, a non-profit that seeks to provide for safe drinking water in Africa.

BitGive is aiming to raise $10,000 in BTC, and kickstarted the campaign by donating the first 2 BTC earlier this year. Now, BitPay has pledged to match 1 BTC, provided bitcoin users first donate the equivalent amount.

The second major project headed by the BitGive Foundation, this effort aspires to fund an entire water project for one community in Sub-Saharan Africa, and was first launched on 24th February. To date,

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DarkMarket Team Win Toronto Bitcoin Expo Hackathon

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A team of developers has won the Bitcoin Expo hackathon in Toronto with DarkMarket, an innovative peer-to-peer market open to everyone, everywhere.

Part of the team came from Airbitz, best known for the upcoming Airbitz wallet, a cloud-based solution with client-side encryption that aims to maximise security. The wallet project has web, Android and even iOS versions. The Airbitz team was backed by Amir Taaki and Pablo Martin from the Dark Wallet and libbitcoin projects.

A P2P market for everyone

Dark Wallet developer Amir Taaki delivered the hackathon presentation, though he forgot to mention exactly what the team hacked. That was left to Airbitz developer William Swanson, who explained the DarkMarket concept

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Europe’s First Bitcoin Centre to Open in France

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Europe is to get its first bitcoin centre this May, with the launch of La Maison du Bitcoin (‘The House of Bitcoin’) in Paris.

La Maison du Bitcoin is the brainchild of entrepreneurs and bitcoin enthusiasts Thomas France (co-founder) and Eric Larchevêque (CEO and co-founder), who previously founded the price comparison and shopping app Prixing.

Sited right at the heart of the French capital – 35 Rue du Caire – the 220-square-metre space will offer flexible co-working space and assistance for bitcoin companies, along with workshops, hackathons, meetups and a Lamassu bitcoin ATM.

There will even be scrypt GPU and bitcoin ASIC mining rigs in operation, albeit for demonstration purposes rather than

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Chrome Extension Could Be Vulnerable to Cryptocurrency Malware

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A browser extension for Google Chrome is reportedly capable of stealing bitcoin and other altcoins from its users.

Called the Cryptsy Dogecoin (DOGE) Live Ticker in the Chrome Web Store, the extension is susceptible to updates that begin monitoring visits to cryptocurrency exchanges and wallet sites.

The warning about the extension was posted on reddit, along with the following advice:

“Be careful of what you install on your devices you use to access your wallets.”

How it steals coins

Software within the extension monitors web activity and looks for users who go to exchange sites such as Coinbase. During a transaction, the extension attempts to replace the receiving address with one of its own.

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Vault of Satoshi Announces Proof-of-Solvency Service

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Bitcoin exchange Vault of Satoshi today launched a full public proof-of-solvency service for its customers, saying it is the first digital currency exchange in the world to do so.

The “unapologetically Canadian” company has embarked on a string of compliance and transparency initiatives in the past months. In March, it received a full Money Services Business licence to operate in all provinces of Canada and serve international customers in listed countries.

Vault of Satoshi (VoS) said its new proof-of-solvency system is “not just an audit”, but provides full proof via cryptographic trees that it holds all the bitcoins it claims to have in reserve.

Said Director of Marketing Adam Cochran:

“At Vault of

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Airbitz Wins Toronto Bitcoin Expo Hackathon with DarkMarket

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Airbitz has won the Bitcoin Expo hackathon in Toronto with DarkMarket, an innovative peer-to-peer market open to everyone, everywhere.

The Airbitz team is best known for the upcoming Airbitz wallet, a cloud-based solution with client-side encryption that aims to maximise security. The project has web, Android and even iOS versions.

A P2P market for everyone

Developer Amir Taaki delivered the hackathon presentation, though he forgot to mention exactly what the team hacked. That was left to fellow Airbitz developer William Swanson, who explained the DarkMarket concept in detail:

DarkMarket is a decentralised P2P marketplace which cannot be shut down. It can be joined by anyone and in many respects it looks

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MEVU’s Wearable Bitcoin Wallet Can Make Payments With a Gesture

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Wearable technology startup MEVU has announced the first wearable bitcoin wallet that tracks movement in order to make payments.

Users of MEVU‘s proof-of-concept bracelet – which is powered by Coinbase‘s wallet API – will easily be able to send bitcoin with just a flick of the wrist.

Apurv Mishra, CEO and co-founder of MEVU, said that the use case for the company’s wearable wallet is for small transactions such as tipping, whether in BTC, altcoins or perhaps even something else:

“If we use bitcoin or any other currency, if it has the facility for tipping, I think that’s what people would want.”

The idea came from his fascination with community-based payments that are powered through software

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Decentralized Internet Project MaidSafe to Raise Funds via ‘Safecoin’ Sale

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Starting tomorrow, decentralized Internet platform builder MaidSafe will hold a crowd sale of currency-like tokens called ‘safecoins’ to support its enabling software.

MaidSafe, over seven years in development, aims to create no less than a fully peer-to-peer and decentralised Internet platform, in which all data is ‘shredded’, encrypted and distributed to an extensive network of computers around the world.

The technology allows developers to build applications in which all data is completely secure, private, and protected from deletion.

During the initial sale, safecoins will be made available via purchase of a ‘proxy token’ called MaidSafeCoin. These are recorded on the bitcoin block chain and available from buysafecoins.com at

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500 Startups Funds Five Bitcoin Startups With $100,000 Each

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Mountain View, CA-based accelerator 500 Startups has announced it is funding five bitcoin companies in its latest batch of startups with $100,000 each.

The bitcoin companies are part of 500′s Batch 9 group, with 30 total companies going through four months at the accelerator to help them build a business idea.

Sean Percival, who runs the incubator for this batch, says the funding will allow the bitcoin startups to really focus on product:

“$100,000 for these companies is going to go a long way. For some of them it actually provides them a year of runway, so they don’t have to go raise money and they can really prove the product out.”

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Chrome Extension Could Be Vulnerable to Malware

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A browser extension for Google Chrome reportedly is capable of stealing bitcoin and other altcoins from its users.

Called the Cryptsy Dogecoin (DOGE) Live Ticker in the Chrome Web Store, the extension is susceptible to updates that begin monitoring visits to cryptocurrency exchanges and wallet sites.

The warning about the extension was posted on reddit, along with the following advice:

“Be careful of what you install on your devices you use to access your wallets.”

How it steals coins

Software within the extension monitors web activity and looks for users who go to exchange sites such as Coinbase. During a transaction, the extension attempts to replace the receiving address with one of its own.

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OpenSSL Software Foundation Now Accepts Bitcoin Donations

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Those wanting to support the OpenSSL project can now make donations in bitcoin, as well as via more traditional means of payment.

First released in 1998, OpenSSL is a commercial-grade, open-source toolkit implementing the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocols, as well as a full-strength general purpose cryptography library.

Currently at version 1.0.1g, and with 1.0.2 currently in beta, it is estimated that OpenSSL is now used on two-thirds of all web servers.

However, the OpenSSL project is headed by a relatively small team with just one full-time employee. The annual budget for the whole project is under $1m and much of the money comes in the form of donations through the OpenSSL Software Foundation.

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Mother: Mark Karpeles ‘Lacks People Skills but Was Never Dishonest’

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The mother of Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles says her son is a poor communicator who easily allows others to take advantage of him, but she insists he is not dishonest.

Tokyo-based Mt. Gox had been the largest and oldest bitcoin exchange in the world until it collapsed and declared itself bankrupt in late February, having lost vast amounts of its customers’ bitcoins – allegedly to hackers.

In an interview with Reuters, Anne Karpeles said her son was always a bright child, a prodigy who was admitted to IQ society Mensa as a teenager. However, Anne says her son’s people skills did not keep up with his intelligence.

She described Mark as a gifted

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CeX, Drugs, and a Fond Farewell

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Welcome to the CoinDesk Weekly Review 20th April 2014 – a regular look at the hottest, most thought-provoking and most controversial events in the world of digital currency through the eyes of scepticism and wonder.

John Law takes his leave, but not before compressing the entire week’s news.

After practically a year perched somewhat unsteadily at CoinDesk’s in-house bar – they like to keep it exclusive, but the absinthe cocktails are to die for – it’s time for John Law to move on. This is the last of these weekly columns.

So, let’s get the week’s news out of the way. What did we learn over the past seven days?

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Small Businesses Enjoy Success After Accepting Bitcoin

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As bitcoin continues to grow in popularity, small businesses around the world have begun accepting the digital currency as a method of payment.

Many of these businesses have seen only a very small portion of their customers pay with bitcoin, but that doesn’t necessarily make the venture into cryptocurrencies a failure.

Dr J Anthony Allen, CEO of the Minneapolis-based music production school Slam Academy, said bitcoin payments at his business have been “very successful,” yet Slam Academy has seen just one customer pay with the digital currency since Allen began accepting it in November of 2013.

With only one total sale it may be hard to see why Allen considers his foray

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Bitcoin Regulation Roundup: Legislation, Liquidation and Rumor Mill

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Regulatory attitudes towards cryptocurrencies around the world are shifting. Hardly a day goes by without a central bank issuing a warning on the digital currency. However, it’s not all bad news – as some authorities are taking a much more positive approach. 

In CoinDesk’s regulation roundup, Certified Public Accountant and ACFE Certified Fraud Examiner Jason Tyra examines the most significant digital currency news from the world’s regulators and law courts over the past two weeks.

Chinese banks stop handling bitcoin related business

The rumors are true: bitcoin related businesses with Chinese deposit accounts reported receiving verbal notices from their banks last week that transfers to exchanges would no longer be honored, causing bitcoin prices

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Bitcoin Offers Monetising Solutions for Online Publishers

Nick Chowdrey is a business and technology writer and proud digital native. Currently based in Brighton, UK, he is a technical writer at Crunch Accounting and co-founder of Brighton-based bitcoin community Bitcoin Brighton. Here, he explores how bitcoin can play a part in the business of online content.

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Making money from online content is hard work. A variety of different models and tactics have been tried down the years, but a solid solution is yet to be found. Could bitcoin be the answer everyone is looking for?

Before the internet age it cost a lot of money and resources to publish content. Newspaper publishers, for

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Silicon Valley Job Fair to Match Bitcoin Professionals

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A Silicon Valley-based startup accelerator will host a bitcoin job exposition for those seeking employment in the cryptocurrency industry.

The Bitcoin Job Fair will take place on 3rd May at the Plug and Play Technology Center in Sunnyvale, CA from 13:00-17:00 (PST).

Notable employers include Circle Internet Financial, BitPay and Blockchain.info, among others.

Scott Robinson, who leads bitcoin efforts at Plug and Play, told CoinDesk:

“The entire message is to show, effectively, that bitcoin is hiring right now.”

Engineering talent

Robinson says that he expects over 250 job seekers to come talk with the major employers mentioned above as well as smaller bitcoin startups that operate in Silicon Valley:

“We’ve also paired with both the accelerator programs at Boost and

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All Things Alt: Shibe Social, Blackcoin Boom and the Twin Easter Egg

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Things in the alternative digital currency ecosystem got a little more interesting this week. Let’s take a look at some of the noteworthy news items from the last seven days in the altcoin world.

Dogecoin enters the limelight

Follow the Coin announced that it is partnering with dogecoin founder Jackson Palmer on Dogecon SF in San Francisco on 25th April.

This convention brings an interesting array of speakers and attendees, including litecoin creator Charlie Lee and Dogetipbot co-founder David Dvorak. The event aims to highlight the charitable aspects of the community, and there will be food, fun, costume contests and, of course, shibes as far as the eye can see.

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Can Wearable Tech and Bitcoin Revamp Mobile Payments?

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The smartphone revolution kicked off a decade ago, but it really heated up over the past three to five years.

Smartphones are perhaps the most “personal” computer used by the average person and, in terms of usefulness, they are the gadget equivalent of the Swiss Army knife. It’s little wonder, then, that more than a billion people bought a new smartphone in 2013.

Engineers, developers and designers from Cupertino to Seoul and Taipei clearly did an excellent job. Sadly, the same cannot be said of marketers, merchants and economists. Few of them imagined that a phone could have the potential to turn the tech industry on its head and change

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LocalBitcoins Releases Investigation Report on Site Wallet Issues

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Following yesterday’s statement from LocalBitcoins regarding issues with its wallet service, the website has released its follow-up investigation report.

The report focused in part on claims that the site’s two-factor authentication failed to prevent a wallet breach. LocalBitcoins also addressed the cause of withdrawal delays that took place as users tried to move their bitcoins away from the site following the posting of user concerns on reddit.

The LocalBitcoins team wrote in the report’s introduction:

“LocalBitcoins team did not found any evidence of compromised site security.”

Report walks through hack claims

LocalBitcoins presented an activity timeline of user don4of4 (who initially posted on reddit), including 17th April when the wallet intrusion took

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All Things Alt: A Shibe Social, Twin Easter Egg and Blackcoin Boom

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Things in the alternative digital currency ecosystem got a little more interesting this week. Let’s take a look at some of the noteworthy news items from the last seven days in the altcoin world.

Dogecoin enters the limelight

Follow the Coin announced that it is partnering with dogecoin founder Jackson Palmer on Dogecon SF in San Francisco on 25th April.

This convention brings an interesting array of speakers and attendees, including litecoin creator Charlie Lee and Dogetipbot co-founder David Dvorak. The event aims to highlight the charitable aspects of the community, and there will be food, fun, costume contests and, of course, shibes as far as the eye can see.

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The Bitcoin Word Game

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Words are very important. Even more so with bitcoin, competing constituencies craft specific words and phrases to evoke a predetermined image or outcome.

With a little help from political wordsmith observer Bill Maher, let’s look at some popular examples of this practice in action.

Avoiding the negative

For a long time, assisted suicide as a positive right with legal protections had a difficult time gaining acceptance. Once it was phrased as aid in dying, several US states passed legislation protecting the practice.

Gay marriage is another. Political opponents deployed the phrase when they wanted to convey the idea that the sanctity of marriage was under assault or its meaning was being

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Money Spinners: The Good Friday Bitcoin ATM Roundup

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It’s always Good Friday in the world of bitcoin ATMs, and we begin our end-of-week coverage with the best news and ‘first bitcoin ATMs’ we’ve heard around the globe this week.

Dubai

Remember that warehouse full of bitcoin ATMs in the UAE, which turned out not to be bitcoin ATMs but convenience store payment kiosks? Well, apparently they are actually bitcoin kiosks, according to local company Umbrellab:

Shanghai, China

Apparently China banned bitcoin again this week. Luckily that didn’t extend to bitcoin ATMs though, and customers in the IC Coffee Shop in Shanghai can freely feed their yuan into this

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Former Neo & Bee Employees Release Damning Statement

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Former employees of Neo Bee have taken to reddit to voice their version of the events that led to the demise of the Cyprus-based bitcoin company.

The post, which is signed by Neo Bee’s former COO George Papageorgiou and former compliance and risk management officer Øystein Aaby, details their view that they were “misled” throughout the company’s operation.

The post follows the publication of a statement on reddit by the company’s CEO Danny Brewster on 15th April. He asserted that he has in no way committed fraud and has not embezzled customer or company funds, as has been suggested.

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What Will Become of Your Bitcoins When You Die?

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The Law Society is urging people to leave clear instructions for their intellectual property and digital media in case of death.

Most of the digital legacy people leave behind when they shuttle off this mortal coil has sentimental value – it is not something that can be appraised or valued in hard cash.

Social network accounts, images, music, emails and backups of all of the above constitute the majority of our digital legacy. Families may want to access such information and preserve it for posterity. As more and more people store their data in the cloud and use their social accounts as repositories for photos and videos, digital legacy is slowly becoming as

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Video: Roundup of This Week’s Bitcoin News 18th April 2014

Been too busy during this shorter work-week? Before you dive headfirst into the long weekend, check out our biggest news headlines from the last seven days:

Bicoin price tops $500 as China fears subside: It had been rumoured for a couple of weeks that People’s Bank of China had issued a deadline for all banks in the country to cut-off bitcoin exchanges. The 15th April deadline came and went and it was business as usual, at least for BTC China. The price of bitcoin rose back up past $500 mid-week following this news.

Gyft no longer offering Walmart gift cards: Mobile card provider Gyft was forced to abruptly end Walmart gift card support. The company sent an email

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Ron Paul: Bitcoin is not ‘True Money’

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US Congressman Ron Paul does not believe bitcoin is ‘true money,’ but he is still a big fan of the concept.

Ron Paul is one of the most prominent libertarians in US politics. Much of the libertarian movement is in favour of digital currencies, either through active support and endorsement, or by advocating no government interference and regulation.

Ron Paul even got the distinction of having an altcoin named after him. He never shied away from controversial issues and he never kept his love of bitcoin a secret. Paul’s views on the state of our current financial system are more or less known and he reiterated his position on Quora this

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Strevus Compliance Software Adds Digital Currency Support

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Compliance software developer Strevus has added support for bitcoin and other digital currencies to its existing compliance software service. The company says it will offer institutional-level compliance and support to bitcoin as well as other digital currencies.

Strevus appears to be aiming to carve out a niche for itself by offering cutting edge know your customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering (AML) features for bitcoin platforms. The company argues that regulators are likely to adopt regulatory mandates similar to those already in place in traditional banking and trading networks.

Easy to deploy on existing platforms

Strevus says its software will offer enterprise-quality regulatory coverage, scalability and security to organisations who intend to trade

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