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Why the Gates Foundation Doesn’t Use Bitcoin

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FTC Complaints Detail Troubled Past of Bankrupt Bitcoin Miner CoinTerra

“I feel like I [was] cheated.” The statement is just an excerpt from one of the 39 formal complaints filed with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against now-bankrupt bitcoin mining company CoinTerra and revealed in a new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. The 39 complaints are a far cry from nearly 300 [...]

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Research: Over $11 Million Lost in Bitcoin Scams Since 2011

Scams promising bitcoin riches have netted swindlers at least $11m in the last four years, researchers have found. Some 13,000 victims handed over their money unwittingly in 42 different scams over that time period, their data suggests. However, the total amount of funds cheated from victims over this period is almost certainly higher than [...]

Huobi Courts International Customers With Fee Cuts

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Researcher Suggests ISIS is Fundraising with Bitcoin

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The Winklevoss Brothers on Gemini, the ‘NASDAQ of Bitcoin’

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss aren’t shy about issuing bold predictions for Gemini, their recently revealed bitcoin exchange project. Calling it the “NASDAQ or Google of bitcoin”, the president and CEO, respectively, believe Gemini will be the fully regulated, fully compliant and fully banked institution the US bitcoin ecosystem needs to develop to its full potential. In [...]

LocalBitcoins User Funds Stolen After Chat Client Hack

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BitGold Backed By Sprott in Public Stock Market Deal

Toronto-based gold and bitcoin startup BitGold has gone public following a reverse merger with mineral exploration company Loma Vista Capital. BitGold will retain its name, but halt trading on the Canadian National Stock Exchange as it migrates to the Toronto Stock Exchange. As part of the deal, the company said it will raise [...]

Huobi Doubles Down on International Market With Fee Cuts

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Manhattan DA: We’re Watching Regulated Exchanges With ‘Immense Interest’

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NYDFS: Coinbase Is Not Licensed in New York

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‘Bitcoin Funfair’ Will Take Digital Currency to Stockholm’s Consumers

An event dubbed the Bitcoin Funfair will take place in Stockholm next month with the aim of encouraging use of the digital currency among consumers. The event, organised by The Forumist, a group of creative Swedish individuals and bitcoin users, will host upcoming designers, entrepreneurs and vintage shops who will showcase and sell [...]

Bitcoin-Friendly University Offers Free Course on Future of Money

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‘Bitcoin Funfair’ will Take Digital Currency to Stockholm’s Consumers

An event dubbed the Bitcoin Funfair will take place in Stockholm next month with the aim of encouraging use of the digital currency among consumers. The event, organised by The Forumist, a group of creative Swedish individuals and bitcoin users, will host upcoming designers, entrepreneurs and vintage shops who will showcase and sell [...]

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BitFlyer Raises $1.1 Million from First-Time Japanese Bitcoin Investors

BitFlyer has closed a fundraising round of 130m JPY ($1.1m), led by Barry Silbert’s Bitcoin Opportunity Corp, Recruit Holdings Ltd. subsidiary RSP Fund No. 5 and GMO Venture Partners. This is bitFlyer’s third round of funding, bringing the Japan-based bitcoin services firm’s total investment to $2.93m since it launched in early 2014. In [...]

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Spark Capital, Aleph Lead $2.5 Million Investment in Colored Coins Startup Colu

Crypto 2.0 startup Colu has raised $2.5m as part of a seed funding round with which it seeks to advance the development of the colored coins concept. Led by VC firms Aleph and Spark Capital, contributing investors also included VC Barry Silbert’s Bitcoin Opportunity Corp and boutique angel fund Box Group. Notably, Spark Capital’s [...]

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Citi Digital Chief: Bitcoin’s Economics Are Flawed

Bitcoin isn’t mature enough for mass adoption and its economics are inherently flawed, Citi’s head of digital strategy, Greg Baxter, said at a London event on digital money sponsored by the global bank. “If you take [the value of] all bitcoin transactions last year, we did that in three hours of trading [on a [...]


BitGo Launches Platform API Opening Its Bitcoin Security Infrastructure to the Masses

30 January 2015

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Coinbase ‘Hacked Together’ a ‘Regulated’ Exchange for ‘An Attractive Headline’

30 January 2015

NEW YORK (InsideBitcoins) — The news was punched with a big headline on its blog: “Coinbase Launches First Regulated Bitcoin Exchange in the U.S.” The post went on to explain, “If you are a Coinbase user in one of the 24 supported U.S. states or territories you can begin trading immediately on Coinbase Exchange.” The Wall Street Journal, who broke the story of the exchange’s [...]

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30 January 2015

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USAA: Our Members Are ‘Actively Engaged’ in Bitcoin

30 January 2015

USAA’s recent entrance into the bitcoin space may have been driven, in part, by interest in the technology among its own membership. The Fortune 500 financial services company based in Texas, was among a diverse group of investors that took part in Coinbase’s $75 million Series C funding round, which was announced earlier this month. USAA, founded in [...]

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USAA: Our Members Are ‘Actively Engaged’ in Bitcoin

30 January 2015

USAA’s recent entrance into the bitcoin space may have been driven, in part, by interest in the technology among its own membership. The Fortune 500 financial services company based in Texas, was among a diverse group of investors that took part in Coinbase’s $75 million Series C funding round, which was announced earlier this month. USAA, founded in [...]

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MadBitcoins interviews Marko from Alt Options #BitcoinMiami 2015

30 January 2015

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Bill Gates: Why the Gates Foundation Doesn’t Use Bitcoin

Bill Gates: Why the Gates Foundation Doesn’t Use Bitcoin

30 January 2015

29 January 2015 | Nermin Hajdarbegovic | Coindesk.com Software magnate Bill Gates has again spoken out on bitcoin in his third ‘Ask Me Anything’ (AMA) session on social sharing platform Reddit. The focus of the AMA was philanthropy and the work of the Bill Melinda Gates [...]

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Bitcoin Regulation: Who’s Being Naive?

Bitcoin Regulation: Who’s Being Naive?

30 January 2015

29 January 2015 | Kyle Torpey | insidebitcoins.com NEW YORK (InsideBitcoin) — With the recent news of the “regulated” Coinbase exchange, as well as the upcoming Gemini bitcoin exchange from the Winklevoss Twins, it makes sense to take another look at the relationship between regulators and bitcoin companies. There is still a clear [...]

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Introducing Coinbase Community

30 January 2015

Today we’re announcing the launch of Coinbase Community, a discussion site for Coinbase customers.  With this site we hope to generate a knowledge base where our customers can help out one another and also have closer communication with Coinbase employees. Who is the Coinbase Community site for? For Consumers: Send us feedback! What features would you like to see in [...]

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Cryptocurrency round-up: Bill Gates hesitant to use bitcoin and Isis on the dark web

Cryptocurrency round-up: Bill Gates hesitant to use bitcoin and Isis on the dark web

30 January 2015

29 January 2015 | Anthony Cuthbertson | ibtimes.co.uk Bitcoin has suffered another significant price fall over the last 24 hours, losing 10% of its value to take its market cap down to just over $3 billion. The drop has taken it back [...]

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Why the Gates Foundation Doesn’t Use Bitcoin

29 January 2015

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Decentral.tv partners with BTC Media to become exclusive video content provider

29 January 2015

January 29, 2015 Toronto – Decentral.tv is excited to announce that it has entered into a partnership to become the exclusive video content provider for BTC Media LLC, the world’s largest Bitcoin media group. BTC Media LLC is the parent company of financial technology magazine yBitcoin and its website www.ybitcoin.com, as well as the recently acquired Bitcoin Magazine and www.bitcoinmagazine.com. “ yBitcoin [...]

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A Next Step for BTC Media!

29 January 2015

We’ve only just begun our journey towards building the most extensive and credible portal to all things crypto-currency, but I have some exciting news to share about our next step in building out that vision: the signing of an exclusive partnership with decentral.tv, the world’s leading digital currency video channel and dashboard! As you’ll see as soon as you explore the link, decentral.tv [...]

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CoinDesk’s Regulation Sentiment Survey

29 January 2015

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FTC Complaints Detail Troubled Past of Bankrupt Bitcoin Miner CoinTerra

29 January 2015

“I feel like I [was] cheated.” The statement is just an excerpt from one of the 39 formal complaints filed with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against now-bankrupt bitcoin mining company CoinTerra and revealed in a new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. The 39 complaints are a far cry from nearly 300 [...]

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Gmail Brings Google Wallet Online Payments To The UK

29 January 2015

British Gmail users can now send money to each other using Google’s mail service. ‘);}googletag.cmd.push(function(){googletag.display(“div-gpt-ad-DESKTOP_IN_ARTICLE-0″);});}})(jQuery); The search giant has announced it is expanding the reach of Google Wallet’s integration with Gmail, meaning that people in the UK will now be able to quickly and securely send money to friends and family in the UK directly within desktop Gmail – even if the [...]

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Dread Pirate Roberts: Imprisonment vs. Innovation (Op-Ed)

29 January 2015

A young man named Ross Ulbricht sits on trial facing life in prison. His alleged crime: building and running a website, which enabled anonymous trade of all kinds of goods, particularly illegal ones. One of the most terrifying things humans can suffer is losing control over their freedom, and thus, their future. Societies throughout history have been based on this fear, [...]

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New Coinbase Exchange not Licenced or Regulated in California, New York…

29 January 2015

In a surprising twist to this week’s news, the California Department of Business Oversight has released a statement denying that Coinbase’s new exchange is not after all licensed to operate in the state despite reports to the contrary. Setting the record straight In a statement issued to the press, the regulator refuted the idea that Coinbase had been approved to operate as [...]

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Gem Says Military Hardware and Bitcoin Security Go Together Like Peanut Butter and Jelly

29 January 2015

Gem has just announced that they’re deploying custom Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) from Thales e-Security as part of their wallet. The Venice-based bitcoin security platform harnessing lightweight code and multi-signature technology will utilize HSMs in a similar way as the military. The devices are used to protect military encryption keys along with [...]

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Bill Gates Explains Why He Does Not Support Bitcoin

29 January 2015

Photo: Bill Gates/Twitter In a recent “Ask Me Anything (AMA)” session on Reddit, Bill Gates answered curious Redditor’s question: “What is your opinion on bitcoins or digital currency as a whole? Also do you own any yourself?” And Bill Gates answered: “Bitcoin is an exciting new technology. For our Foundation work we are doing digital currency [...]

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Why We Continue to Have Faith in Bitcoin

29 January 2015

So, bitcoin is now back down to a measly $230… What to do?  What to say? If any of you read my posts on newsbtc.com, then you’ll know that this is something I pretty much try to report on every day.  The price fluctuations not only make for worthy news, but many people are relying heavily on bitcoin, and the [...]

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Bitcoin Trading Retesting The Lows Near $200

29 January 2015

Bitcoin Price dropped over the edge during yesterday’s session, and the slide continued for most of today. Price made the usual stops along the way: 38%, then 50% and then made its way to 62% where the bulls are attempting to stage a comeback. This analysis is provided by xbt.social with a 3 hour delay. Read the [...]

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Bitcoin Processor GoCoin Adds Fiat Payout Options

29 January 2015

GoCoin has added three new fiat currencies as payout options for merchants – euros, pound sterling and Singapore dollars. The announcements come amid a string of new details about the company’s business progress. Since raising $550,000 in November 2013, GoCoin has arguably become a big-three payment processor alongside BitPay and Coinbase due to [...]

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Silk Road Trial: IRS Special Agent Found Ulbricht by Googling

29 January 2015

NEW YORK (InsideBitcoins) — If it had not been for a simple Google search, Department of Homeland Security Special Agent Jared Der-Yeghiayan might have continued his investigation into Mark Karpeles leading Silk Road. Instead, he got a tip from IRS Special Agent Gary Alford, which would lead Der-Yeghiayan right to Ross Ulbricht. “I figured it [Silk Road marketing] had to be [...]

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Bill Gates Responds on Bitcoin: We Do Not Use Bitcoin And Here’s Why

Bill Gates Responds on Bitcoin: We Do Not Use Bitcoin And Here’s Why

29 January 2015

28 January 2015 | David Parker | cryptocoinsnews.com Bill Gates got an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit now and was questioned by dirtbikerr450 on Bitcoin for 3 hours ago. He has recently said that Bitcoin isn’t good enough alone. The Reddit user asked: What is your [...]

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The Real Reason VCs Should be Investing in Bitcoin

The Real Reason VCs Should be Investing in Bitcoin

29 January 2015

29 January 2015 | Ram | newsbtc.com Are you an investor who has come to this page while doing the due diligence for investing in Bitcoin? You have come this far I suggest that you read till the end.  Even if you are not a VC or angel you are still in the [...]

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Ex-Goldman Sachs Trader Plans to Open New Bitcoin Derivatives Exchange LedgerX

Ex-Goldman Sachs Trader Plans to Open New Bitcoin Derivatives Exchange LedgerX

29 January 2015

29 January 2015 | George Krash | newsbtc.com Federally regulated bitcoin exchanges seem to be becoming a trend. Paul Chou, a consultant and former Goldman Sachs trader is readying LedgerX Bitcoin derivatives exchange and clearing house. LedgerX seems like a service that could help Bitcoin [...]

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The Fed That Never Sees It Coming

29 January 2015

The Fed That Never Sees It Coming By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: January 29, 2015 There is growing unease in stock and bond markets around the world that the current Chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen, has retrieved former Fed Chair Alan Greenspan’s blinders out of the mothballs in some musty old closet at the Fed, thus setting [...]

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Bitcoin Price Roundup: January 29, 2015

29 January 2015

This week was an exciting mix of an unusual price run up and healthy Wall Street bitcoin money talk speculation. Are we close to a major trend reversal? Bitcoin Price Recap Last week, we wrapped up our forecast with bearish sentiments but, due to a series of events and news over this week and news, a short term bull opportunity presented itself [...]

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Bitcoin and Venture Capital: ‘Sometimes the Future Does Happen’

29 January 2015

insidebitcoins.com / Hal M. Bundrick / Jan 29, 2015 6:46 AM EST SAN FRANCISCO (InsideBitcoins) — Silicon Valley is the breeding ground of venture capital – and VC has shown a growing enthusiasm for bitcoin and blockchain technology, investing nearly $450 million dollars in the industry, mostly in the past 12 months. At the O’Reilly [...]

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Research: Over $11 Million Lost in Bitcoin Scams Since 2011

29 January 2015

Scams promising bitcoin riches have netted swindlers at least $11m in the last four years, researchers have found. Some 13,000 victims handed over their money unwittingly in 42 different scams over that time period, their data suggests. However, the total amount of funds cheated from victims over this period is almost certainly higher than [...]

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Staring Into the Crystal Ball of Bitcoin Chart-Watching

29 January 2015

I’ve never been a big fan of chart watching, and I read technical analysis reports with the same kind of gimlet eye as I read horoscopes. Both chart readers and horoscopes speak to something deep in the human psyche. We want to know what’s going to happen, if things ae going to get better or worse. We want to believe [...]

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LocalBitcoins Hack Proves Bitcoin Wallets Need Two-Factor Authentication

29 January 2015

Users of LocalBitcoins, a peer-to-peer marketplace for the virtual currency, had their funds stolen this week after the service’s chat client was hacked. ‘);}googletag.cmd.push(function(){googletag.display(“div-gpt-ad-DESKTOP_IN_ARTICLE-0″);});}})(jQuery); An estimated 17 BTC (around £2,539) was lifted from customer wallets, though the company has said that all users affected will be granted full refunds after taking steps to address security vulnerabilities LocalBitcoins VP, Nickolaus Kangas, told CoinDesk that [...]

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Litecoin Price Tumbles; LTC Chart Shows Weakness

Litecoin Price Tumbles; LTC Chart Shows Weakness

29 January 2015

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Mid-Week’s Top News: Bitcoin Giveaway, ‘Risk Free’ Wallet, Venture Capital and More

29 January 2015

Alleged theft attempt, BTC giveaway, Amsterdam hackathon, upcoming Bitcoin Fun Fair, and other events in CoinTelegraph’s news roundup for Wednesday, January 28 ‘Goxed’ in China Chinese Bitcoin exchange 796 mistakenly lost 1000 BTC in a mishandled customer service request. Nelson Yu, President of Americas Division at 796, told CoinTelegraph: “In the last 24 hours, our security team worked around the clock to trace [...]

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Israeli Paper Ties Bitcoin to ISIS, Again (Op-Ed)

29 January 2015

Israeli web analyst claims that Islamic State is continuing to use Bitcoin as a means of funding. But the evidence he quotes is not enough to point at a trend as the amount mentioned was only 5 BTC. Taking into account the spread of cryptocurrencies in Israel itself, the statement appears to be just an example of Bitcoin-related media hype. A [...]

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Old Pirate Bay to Hand Out $100,000 in Bitcoins

29 January 2015

The torrent indexing website Old Pirate Bay is set to hand out $100,000-worth of Bitcoins as rewards to people who help to develop it. The organization wants to reward moderators, developers and contributors who assist with the website based on their performance. Distribution will begin next month with an initial $10,000, and then the scheme will be expanded into March when [...]

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An Airgap Won’t Secure Your Computer Anymore

29 January 2015

Security professionals have said for years that the only way to make a computer truly secure is for it to not be connected to any other computers, a method called airgapping. Then, any attack would have to happen physically, with the attacker actually entering the room and accessing the computer that way, which is incredibly unlikely. In the case of [...]

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WBTCB Brings Bitcoin to 8,000 Czech Terminals

29 January 2015

On January 22, the Czech Bitcoin exchange, WBTCB, launched a new service that will allow Czech residents to buy bitcoin at over 8,000 terminals around the country. After completing three steps, users will be able to have bitcoin in their hands. The ATMs do not require extensive identification documents and allows for anonymous purchases. The transaction is fee is 7%, which is [...]

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29 January 2015

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Cointerra Files for Bankruptcy With Up to 999 Creditors Owed

29 January 2015

Mining computer designer and cloud mining operation Cointerra files for bankruptcy, leaving debts up to 50 million USD and potentially 999 creditors unpaid. The Bitcoin mining sector is now in dire straits due to the raising operating costs of mining combined with the recent price drop. Cointerra, the manufacturer of the TerraMiner series of mining computers, has filed for Chapter 7 [...]

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Research: Over $11 Million Lost in Bitcoin Scams Since 2009

29 January 2015

Scams promising bitcoin riches have netted swindlers at least $11m between in the last four years, researchers have found. Some 13,000 victims handed over their money unwittingly in 42 different scams over that time period, their data suggests. However, the total amount of funds cheated from victims over this period is almost certainly [...]

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Can Bitcoin be the Solution To Greece’s Deep Rooted Problems?

Can Bitcoin be the Solution To Greece’s Deep Rooted Problems?

29 January 2015

28 January 2015 | George Krash | newsbtc.com The results of Sunday’s elections in Greece brought the left wing party Syriza a breath away from an absolute majority. The party was 2 seats away from getting the 151 required in order to form a government of its [...]

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Bitcoin price leaps 25% as US exchange launches

Bitcoin price leaps 25% as US exchange launches

29 January 2015

28 January 2015 | Sean Keach | trustedreviews.com The price of Bitcoin is finally on the up again, having seen a hefty 25 per cent surge in the last 24 hours. This is largely thanks to the opening of the USA’s first officially licensed Bitcoin exchange, as reported [...]

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Bill Gates: Digital Currency Can Help the Poor, But Not Bitcoin

Bill Gates: Digital Currency Can Help the Poor, But Not Bitcoin

29 January 2015

28 January 2015 | Kate Knibbs | gizmodo.com Bill Gates has high hopes for digital currency as an important banking tool for the poor. But Bitcoin isn’t one of those currencies, he said in a Reddit AMA today. At least not in its current [...]

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Huobi Courts International Customers With Fee Cuts

29 January 2015

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Researcher Suggests ISIS is Fundraising with Bitcoin

29 January 2015

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The Winklevoss Brothers on Gemini, the ‘NASDAQ of Bitcoin’

29 January 2015

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss aren’t shy about issuing bold predictions for Gemini, their recently revealed bitcoin exchange project. Calling it the “NASDAQ or Google of bitcoin”, the president and CEO, respectively, believe Gemini will be the fully regulated, fully compliant and fully banked institution the US bitcoin ecosystem needs to develop to its full potential. In [...]

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Consumer Alert: Coinbase Exchange ‘Not Regulated or Licensed’ in California, NY

29 January 2015

Coinbase, which announced earlier this week it had launched the first regulated Bitcoin exchange in several states and territories of America, including California and New York, seems to be lacking regulatory approval from both states, according to local regulators. Department of Business Oversight (DBO) commissioner Jan Lynn Owen, issued a “consumer alert” on Coinbase’s licensing status in California, where she made [...]

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Do the people know Bitcoin?

29 January 2015

photo credit: zcopley Bitcoin is no longer a topic for nerds and investors. The daily press take up an issue on Bitcoin and more and more online and offline stores accept payments via Bitcoin. So Bitcoin arrived in the everyday life, [...]

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