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DigitalBTC Reports Early Success on Australian Securities Exchange

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Australian bitcoin firm DigitalBTC has reported its quarterly earnings, the first since the company went through a reverse takeover and re-listing on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).
The company reported positive cash flow from bitcoin mining activities and bitcoin liquidity propositions, adding that it has already managed to recoup investments in its mining operations. In addition [...]

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Coin Congress Day 1: Debate Over New York Regulation Rages On

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Day one of Coin Congress, held at the Hilton Hotel Union Square in San Francisco, brought together familiar faces from the cryptocurrency industry to offer new perspectives and teachable moments on a variety of hot topics.
However, as at last weekend’s The North American Bitcoin Conference in Chicago, here too discussion related to the [...]

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Auction of Bitcoins.com Domain Name Halted By US Court

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Barry Silbert Leads $250,000 Investment in Mexican Bitcoin Exchange Volabit

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Mexico-based bitcoin exchange Volabit has received $250,000 in new funding, an amount the company says will be used to further establish itself in the digital currency market.
The capital comes from Bitcoin Opportunity Corp, a investment vehicle headed by SecondMarket and Bitcoin Investment Trust CEO Barry Silbert. Speaking to CoinDesk, Silbert said that he is confident Volabit [...]

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Perianne Boring: Regulators Will Decide Bitcoin’s Fate Within 18 Months

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The North American Bitcoin Conference (TNABC) kicked off this weekend with the surprise launch of the Chamber of Digital Commerce (CDC), a new lobbying group that aims to advocate for smart bitcoin regulation in Washington, DC through a three-part strategy combining government relations, media education and grassroots [...]

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ZipZap Expands Bitcoin Buying Service to 34 European Countries

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Transaction network ZipZap has announced that consumers across 34 European countries will soon have access to its cash-to-bitcoin services.
The company says consumers will be able to use its platform to purchase digital currency, pay bills for their relatives in other countries, alongside a host of other services. ZipZap offers free sign up, free wallet and [...]

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World’s First Airline to Accept Bitcoin Misses a Big Opportunity

Neil Murray is an entrepreneur and writer involved in the Nordic and European startup scene. He runs The Nordic Web, a content and data provider, alongside VIP VoIP, an event series which connects local startup ecosystems with global tech players. Here, he discusses the perks of bitcoin as both a marketing tool and a cheaper transaction method.
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Bitcoin Sign-Ups for Intuit QuickBooks ‘Higher than Expected’

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While bitcoin’s headlines are often dominated by large merchants like Dell, DISH and Overstock, broader business adoption of the technology as a payments solution may be more arguably influenced by the various platform providers serving the space.
Companies like e-commerce enabler Shopify and more recently financial software specialist Intuit, for example, now allow [...]

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6 New Hedge Funds Seeking Bitcoin Returns

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It’s been a bumper year for bitcoin hedge funds. While the entry of big money from Wall Street into the bitcoin markets is discussed with equal measures of glee and rage in the community, some big-money financiers are already making moves in the cryptocurrency markets.
We’re not talking about Barry Silbert’s Bitcoin Investment Trust or the Winklevoss twins’ bitcoin index fund. No, there’s a new class of funds running [...]

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Ethereum Launches Own ‘Ether’ Coin, With Millions Already Sold

Yesterday, at midnight (CEST), Ethereum launched the presale of its much-anticipated, platform-specific altcoin, ether.
The surprise announcement caused something of a stir in the community and the response has been extremely positive, with over seven million ether (ETH) sold after approximately 12 hours.
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Switzerland-based Ethereum and The Ethereum Project have made headlines this past year as [...]

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Mt. Gox Creditors’ Meeting Delivers Few Answers and One Apology

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Today’s long-anticipated meeting between Mt. Gox bankruptcy trustee Nobuaki Kobayashi and creditors from the defunct exchange provided several revelations, but left many questions unanswered.
At the Tokyo meeting Kobayashi disclosed that he would consider distributing its bitcoins in BTC over [...]

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Japan’s BitFlyer Raises $1.6 Million for Bitcoin Exchange Expansion

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A former Goldman Sachs employee has raised $1.6m in funding to power a new Japan-based bitcoin exchange, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. 
Called bitFlyer, the exchange aspires to recapture the market position vacated by Mt. Gox, the Japan-based exchange that was once the ecosystem’s largest trading platform. BitFlyer is seeking additional capital from overseas VCs and [...]

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Israeli Bitcoin Conference Postponed Due to Gaza Crisis

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The Inside Bitcoins conference in Tel Aviv has been postponed due to logistical problems resulting from the ongoing military action in the Gaza Strip between the Israeli military and Hamas.
The postponement stems from the cancelation of international flights to Israel in response to rocket attacks launched against Ben-Gurion International Airport in Tel [...]

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OKCoin Wants to Rule the International Bitcoin Exchange Market

Changpeng Zhao is chief technology officer at OKCoin, a China-based bitcoin and litecoin exchange that is now seeking to extend its services to the international market.
OKCoin is one of the largest exchanges in the world by exchange volume, according to data from Bitcoinity, and boasts more than 90 employees. The company raised $10m in Series A funding in March [...]

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WinkDex Bitcoin Price Index Launches Developer API

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WinkDex, the bitcoin price index created by bitcoin investors and entrepreneurs Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, has launched a new API for developers.
As first reported by Fortune, the WinkDex API was made available today. The API page on the index’s website outlines key information, as well as suggestions for application development.
Cameron Winklevoss told Fortune [...]

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Gliph iOS Messaging App Reinstates Bitcoin Functionality

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Privacy-focused messaging app Gliph once again supports bitcoin functionality in its newest iOS release. The announcement follows Apple’s recent reversal of its ban on bitcoin apps, which meant Gliph was forced to disable bitcoin sending late last year.
Now, with its latest version and the revised set of rules from Apple, Gliph is promoting itself as one of the easiest ways [...]

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Hailo CEO: Bitcoin Could Benefit Our Customers and Taxi Drivers

 
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Taxi app Hailo is “actively” looking into allowing its customers to pay with bitcoin, according to company CEO Jay Bergman.
The company, which lets users hail taxis via its own app, could even allow bitcoin to be sent directly to drivers, he said in an interview with [...]

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The Real Reason Banks Don’t Like Bitcoin

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Banks are reluctant to work with bitcoin, that fact has been well known in the community for some time. Until now, though, few concrete reasons have been given as to why.
New statements from a senior banking practitioner in Australia working in anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorism financing (CTF), compliance could go some way [...]

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Stripe: Bitcoin Has Future in Global Payments if Issues Solved

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San Francicso-based Stripe, a company that offers API-based payment systems, has published a blog post examining how it sees the market for bitcoin developing.
Titled “Bitcoin: The Stripe Perspective”, the article examines what it may take for mainstream consumer adoption to ignite for digital currency.
The blog explores bitcoin’s possible use as a tool against high-inflation currencies, among [...]

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Ripple Labs Unveils Proposal for New Smart Contract System

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San Francisco-based Ripple Labs, a startup focused on building payment and digital assets networks, has unveiled a comprehensive plan for the development of a new smart contract system.
Called Codius, the proposed system will be programming language agnostic and will be able to work with existing monetary and contractual systems.
There are a few projects in [...]

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Dell: Bitcoin Aligns Our Brand With Innovation

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Texas-based computer technology giant Dell became the largest merchant to join the bitcoin ecosystem late last week when it announced a partnership with Coinbase and launched a 10% discount for bitcoin customers.
The news was greeted with applause by the bitcoin ecosystem and proliferated widely through the mainstream media given Dell’s strong brand recognition [...]

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BTC China Launches USD, HKD Bitcoin Trading Accounts

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Shanghai-based bitcoin and litecoin exchange BTC China has announced the launch of USD and HKD deposits and withdrawals, becoming the latest China-based exchange to publicly extend its services to the international community.
The news follows Beijing-based OKCoin’s announcement at The North American Bitcoin Conference (TNABC) that it would be adding USD deposits this week as [...]

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Latvia’s airBaltic Now Accepts Bitcoin for Flight Bookings

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Latvian airline airBaltic may be the first to accept payments in bitcoin, according to a Twitter post issued by the company.
Although no formal press release was made, airBaltic’s website quietly began displaying the offering on 17th July. The company later acknowledged the decision when Twitter user Club Alpaca asked the company to confirm the news today.
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Bitcoin Exchange OKCoin to Launch USD Deposits and Withdrawals

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Beijing-based bitcoin exchange provider OKCoin has announced its latest strategic bid to move beyond Asia’s markets and serve the global bitcoin community by announcing the planned launch of its new international exchange website.
The move will find the China-based company accepting USD deposits and processing USD withdrawals via OKCoin.com. OKCoin will also host servers [...]

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Circle’s Bitcoin Banking Platform is Savvy Bid for Mainstream Market

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Circle Internet Financial lifted the veil on its introductory product last week, providing CoinDesk with an extensive preview of what Circle.com will offer to the general market when it moves out of invite-only testing and past version one of its core offering.
The company revealed the first hints about what was to become Circle.com in March and, [...]

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Isle of Man Clarifies Regulation for Digital Currency Businesses

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The Isle of Man Financial Supervision Commission (FSC) has clarified the application of existing regulations on bitcoin.
The FSC indicates that digital currency businesses will not be subject to a conduct of business or prudential regime by the commission unless they engage in activities regulated under the Financial Services Act of 2008, such [...]

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Investor Fred Wilson: Security and Hoarding Are Holding Back Bitcoin

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Venture Capitalist Fred Wilson is a self-proclaimed bitcoin believer, but when speaking at New York University recently he highlighted some of the negative aspects of the digital currency, which he said, are holding it back from widespread adoption.
Currently, security, practicality and problems related to speculation and hoarding are the biggest issues facing bitcoin, he said at an event sponsored [...]

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Can New York’s BitLicense Prevent Another Mt. Gox Catastrophe?

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The release of proposed digital currency business regulations by the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has raised numerous questions, many of which focus on the threat to innovation in the space and the impact on broader adoption. Yet one question that may be worth considering is this: will these regulations [...]

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Blockchain Debuts Android Bitcoin Wallet with Merchant Directory

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Bitcoin wallet and block explorer provider Blockchain has unveiled its latest Android wallet update, announcing the news at The North American Bitcoin Conference (NABC), an ongoing two-day industry event taking place in downtown Chicago.
The official launch follows the release of early previews provided by the company in June, a leak that coincided [...]

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Blockchain Debuts Android Bitcoin Wallet with Merchant Directory

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Bitcoin wallet and block explorer provider Blockchain has unveiled its latest Android wallet update, announcing the news at The North American Bitcoin Conference (NABC), an ongoing two-day industry event taking place in downtown Chicago.
The official launch follows the release of early previews provided by the company in June, a leak that coincided [...]

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TNABC Day 2: Bitcoin’s Diverse Community on Full Display

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Day two of The North American Bitcoin Conference (TNABC) was at times unpredictable – featuring a notable cancelled appearance and a few schedule changes. However, it ultimately succeeded at showcasing the wide range of individuals who are now engaged, enthusiastically, in various parts of the ecosystem.
This diversity of both demographics and ideas was [...]

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BitXatm to Launch 1,000 Bitcoin ATMs in US

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Germany-based digital currency bitcoin ATM and point-of-sale (POS) solution provider BitXatm has announced a new partnership that will find the company shipping 1,000 units to the US in a bid to build the country’s largest bitcoin ATM network.
For the initiative, BitXatm will partner with Los Angeles-based CryptVision, a startup that itself is [...]

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TNABC Day 1: Bitcoin Industry Seeks Plan of Attack for US Regulation

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Day one of the North American Bitcoin Conference in Chicago kicked off with the surprise debut of the Chamber of Digital Commerce plus a new bitcoin-focused lobbying group that will seek to advocate for bitcoin in Washington – and it didn’t hold back from there.
Packing a diverse lineup of speakers and a loose [...]

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Sierra Leone Fashion Company Brings Bitcoin to West Africa

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Bitcoin’s potential to succeed in Africa is widely recognized within the industry.
It’s capable of transforming the way we send remittances to the continent and giving the unbanked easy access to money quickly and freely. It’s an alternative currency for anyone, but especially useful in countries with unstable national currencies, and can [...]

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Trend Spotting: How to Identify Trends in Bitcoin Price Charts

Trends play an important role in trading, giving traders a chance to use patterns in the price data to make decisions based on more than simple rises and falls, or worse, gut instinct. But how does one identify and draw a trend on a chart?
When looking at bitcoin price charts like the one below, you can’t help notice how prices at times seem [...]

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The 9 Biggest Screwups in Bitcoin History

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Do you know where your bitcoins are right now? Hopefully they’re still in your wallet where you left them, but the history of bitcoin is littered with human error, poorly implemented software and heists that would make even the most hardened of Wild West outlaws tip their hat in respect.
Bitcoin is a man-made, [...]

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The 9 Biggest Screwups in Bitcoin History

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Do you know where your bitcoins are right now? Hopefully they’re still in your wallet where you left them, but the history of bitcoin is littered with human error, poorly implemented software and heists that would make even the most hardened of Wild West outlaws tip their hat in respect.
Bitcoin is a man-made, [...]

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Chinese Exchange OKCoin to Launch USD Deposits and Withdrawals

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Beijing-based bitcoin exchange provider OKCoin has announced its latest strategic bid to move beyond Asia’s markets and serve the global bitcoin community by announcing the planned launch of its new international exchange website.
The move will find the China-based company accepting USD deposits and processing USD withdrawals via OKCoin.com. OKCoin will also host servers [...]

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NABC Day 1: Bitcoin Industry Seeks Plan of Attack for US Regulation

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Day one of the North American Bitcoin Conference in Chicago kicked off with the surprise debut of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, a new bitcoin-focused lobbying group that will seek to advocate for bitcoin in Washington, and didn’t hold back from there.
Packing a diverse lineup of speakers and a loose community feel, the [...]

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Blockchain Debuts Android Wallet with Searchable Merchant Directory

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Bitcoin wallet and block explorer provider Blockchain has unveiled its latest Android wallet update, announcing the news at The North American Bitcoin Conference (NABC), an ongoing two-day industry event taking place in downtown Chicago.
The official launch follows the release of early previews provided by [...]

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Chamber of Digital Commerce Launches to Advance Bitcoin in Washington

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The latest edition of the North American Bitcoin Conference (NABC) kicked off today at McCormick Place in Chicago with the introduction of bitcoin’s first government affairs office, a group that seeks to ensure the industry’s interests are represented on Capitol Hill.
Called the Chamber of Digital Commerce, the nonprofit is being helmed by [...]

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Under the Microscope: Conclusions on the Costs of Bitcoin

Hass McCook is a chartered engineer and freshly minted Oxford MBA. He has been researching bitcoin over the past several months and recently joined the Lifeboat Foundation’s New Money Systems advisory board.
This, the final instalment in his five-part series, evaluates the relative sustainability of the bitcoin network against the costs of gold production, the printing and minting of physical currency and the legacy banking system.

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10 Impressive Bitcoin-Inspired Art Pieces

Who says bitcoiners are always hunched over their computer screens?
Sure, the digital currency lends itself to a loyal crowd of computer scientists and geeky tech-savvy enthusiasts, but over the past few months a new group has shown its proclivity for bitcoin: artists.
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Even bitcoin’s biggest skeptics would admit that despite all else, [...]

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All Things Alt: The MintPal Fallout, Viacoin’s Big Haul and an Altcoin for Kids

With the summer (or winter, depending on where you are) nearly half over, there’s been seemingly no end to the exciting times in the world of alt.
Events both positive and negative have shaped the space in the past two weeks, but as always, there’s simply not enough time to sum it all up. From new service launches to catastrophic conclusions [...]

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Trend Micro Report Finds Criminals Unlikely to Abuse Namecoin

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Namecoin’s domain-name system is an attractive environment for malicious users, but is not likely to gain widespread use among criminals, according to a research report from digital security firm Trend Micro.
The report, published last September and written by members of Trend Micro’s Forward-Looking Threat Research Team David Sancho and Robert McArdle, outlines the properties of [...]

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SecondMarket Hosts Bitcoin Talk for Professional Women’s Network

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Last night about 80 New York women of varied experience with the bitcoin industry met at SecondMarket’s headquarters for what was effectively the largest women’s bitcoin meetup, at least in the US city.
Most of them work in the banking and financial services industries, and a fair few were executives and compliance directors quietly [...]

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What New York’s Proposed Regulations Mean for Bitcoin Businesses

Marco Santori is a business attorney for technology companies. In particular, digital currency businesses. He is also the chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation’s Regulatory Affairs Committee and author of CoinDesk’s series on bitcoin law (find parts 1, 2 and 3 here).
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Love them or hate them, real regulations are now upon us. Federal agencies like [...]

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Computer Giant Dell Now Accepts Bitcoin

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Chain’s iOS API Provides Fingerprint Authorisation for Bitcoin Apps

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Chain has released a demo iOS app with a new feature it says is the future of bitcoin on mobile devices – the ability to send bitcoin using fingerprint recognition technology.
The team says that by using Apple’s built-in Touch ID feature, users can now authenticate a transaction with the dab of a digit, and describes the technology as [...]

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7 Charts That Show a Year of Growth for Bitcoin ATMs

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Our last State of Bitcoin report contained two tantalising slides on data from our Bitcoin ATM Map. To quench the thirst for more, we’ve dug through our Fusion Table and come up with several more charts to illustrate what’s going on with bitcoin ATMs around the world.
Our Bitcoin ATM Map has 121 ‘active’ machines on it, which means machines that [...]

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