There are some other digital currencies out there that deserve some attention.Read more »
What will be the future of Bitcoin now? Will US Government enforce conversions of Bitcoin to USD be made entirely through wallstreet under threat of death?Read more »
The world's leading Bitcoin exchange, Mt. Gox, has announced a partnership with the Silicon Valley startup Coinlab. Under the agreement, Coinlab will handle Mt. Gox's American operations, which account for a large majority of the exchange's business. The transition will occur on March 22. CoinLab raised half a million dollars of venture capital last year. At the time, the firm was touting a scheme to exchange bitcoins for currency in games such as World of Warcraft and Second Life. Taking over Mt.Read more »
Here is a great way to promote Bitcoin. We have to let vendors know that at this part of the game, accepting Bitcoin is as good as free advertising. It is also relatively easy.Read more »
An increase in the value of bitcoin, the world’s largest online currency, may fuel concerns that virtual money could undermine the role of central banks.Read more »
I maintain that a government ban on bitcoin would be about as effective as alcohol prohibition was in the 1920s. Government prohibition doesn’t even do a good job of keeping drugs out of prisons. The demand for an item, in this case digital cash with user-defined levels of privacy, does not simply evaporate in the face of a jurisdictional ban. One could even make the case that it becomes stronger because an official recognition that Bitcoin is not only a “renegade” currency but a “so-effective-it-had-to-be-banned” currency would imbue the cryptographic money with larger than life qualities.Read more »
Dwolla Begins PayPal-Style Account Suspensions - "Dwolla has moved beyond closing the accounts of those it can prove are operating unlicensed [Bitcoin] exchanges and has begun closing the accounts of private individuals based on a mere affiliation."Read more »
In Dec 2012 a European bitcoin exchange said it had been granted "payments service provider status" by French government officials. (Meaning French government considered the exchange to be like Paypal.) If other companies that trade in BTC seek to be legitimized by governments, it could undermine one of the basic things that defines BTC -- that it works best outside the "white market" sector.Read more »
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