MasterCard patent reveals potential bitcoin incorporation

Posted on June 30, 2014

In a patent filed on June 19, credit card industry giant MasterCard hinted at a potential future adoption of bitcoin as a payment method. The patent, which outlines a “global shopping cart and a method for its use,” isn’t specific to bitcoin, and only mentions the cryptocurrency a handful of times, but it does clearly […]

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Report: Update from U.S. Marshals Service about Silk Road auction bidders

Posted on June 30, 2014

Representatives from the U.S. Marshals Service confirmed new details about the auction to CoinDesk, adding fuel to the fire of speculation about the results. The agency said that a total of 45 registered bidders participated in the auction, and that 63 bids were placed on the nearly 30,000 BTC seized from the Silk Road black […]

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Report: IRS says bitcoin not reportable on FBAR

Posted on June 30, 2014

Each year, investors with over $10,000 in foreign financial assets are required to filed a report with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). The report, officially known as FinCEN Form 114: Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, is still widely known in investment and accounting circles by its previous name, Foreign Bank Account Report […]

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Bitcoin market holds breath for news about Silk Road auction

Posted on June 30, 2014

Over the weekend, speculation has been rampant about the results of the U.S. Marshal Service’s auction of nearly 30,000 bitcoin. Theories about the price point of each 3,000 BTC block, the intentions and identities of the bidder and the ultimate impact of the sale have flooded Twitter, Reddit, Bitcoin Talk and other popular bitcoin-discussion havens. […]

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Report: Bitcoin Job Fair sees “overwhelming” turnout

Posted on June 29, 2014

According to a report on CoinDesk, yesterday’s Bitcoin Job Fair in New York City’s Financial District drew a crowd of over 200 would-be bitcoin industry workers. The event was hosted at Bitcoin Center NYC, and was attended by 11 bitcoin-industry companies including Coinbase, BitPay, Coinbase and eGifter. Speaking with CoinDesk, organizer Alex Palantzas said that […]

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California Governor signs law making bitcoin “legal money”

Posted on June 28, 2014

Earlier this week, the California State Assembly sent Assembly Bill 129, which formally recognizes bitcoin and other digital currencies as legal forms of exchange, to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown. Brown signed the bill into law today, making California the first state to give such recognition and legal protection to bitcoin. Although the law […]

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Report: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau may become bitcoin watchdog

Posted on June 27, 2014

In May, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) drafted a confidential report about the increasing need for meaningful digital currency policies. The GAO report suggested that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) be tasked with the job. The agency was created in the wake of the 2007 financial crisis, and is already tasked with handling thorny […]

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Prices recover as U.S. Marshals’ Silk Road auction begins

Posted on June 27, 2014

For the last two weeks, the bitcoin community has been abuzz about the auction of nearly 30,000 BTC by the U.S. Marshal Service. The bitcoin, seized last October from the now-defunct Silk Road marketplace, is being offered in 10 blocks. The “Dutch”-style auction is built around sealed-envelope system, removing most of the human drama from […]

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Report: Singapore’s government-owned investment company now “experimenting” with bitcoin

Posted on June 27, 2014

With around $172 billion in its portfolio, Temasek Holdings can afford to play around a little with its investments. Owned by the government of Singapore, the triple-A rated firm has a good track record for picking winners, bringing in a net income of $12.1 billion last year. The company recently opened an office in New […]

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Mt.Gox CEO Mark Karpeles breaks silence on failed exchange

Posted on June 27, 2014

There are few people in the bitcoin community in need of a public-relations makeover more than Mark Karpeles. As the sole person in charge of the code when Mt.Gox lost roughly $500,000,000 in customer deposits, Karpeles has become the target of ridicule, anger, death threats, lawsuits and criminal investigations. While all of that is completely […]

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Forbes: Bitcoin’s “backbone” controlled by “two young Slovenians”

Posted on June 26, 2014

It’s hardly a secret that one of the bitcoin community’s weakest links are its legacy exchanges. Less than six months ago, the failure of the then-biggest and best-known exchange, Mt.Gox, unleashed a tidal wave of negative coverage that still colors the public perception of digital currency. While a new generation of cryptocurrecy exchanges like Vault […]

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SecondMarket CEO says bitcoin approaching an “inflection point”

Posted on June 26, 2014

Speaking on yesterday on Bloomberg TV’s Street Smart, SecondMarket CEO Barry Silbert claimed that the bitcoin industry is nearing a positive “inflection point” after downward-trending six months. Silbert was on the show to discuss SecondMarket’s buyers’ syndicate for the U.S. Marshal Service’s auction of nearly 30,000 BTC seized from the Silk Road, but the conversation […]

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CEO says Western Union would use bitcoin if regulated as a “proper currency”

Posted on June 26, 2014

In an interview yesterday with Bloomberg TV’s Street Smart, Western Union CEO Hikmet Ersek said his company would be open to implementing some form of bitcoin integration if the cryptocurrency is approved by regulatory authorities. When asked about how seriously Western Union viewed bitcoin as a threat to their business model, Ersek didn’t appear to […]

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BlockScore raises $2 million in VC funding

Posted on June 26, 2014

Identity-verification startup BlockScore announced today that it has raised $2 million in seed-round funding. Originally designed to provide a verification service for bitcoin ATM systems, wallet providers, miners and exchanges, BlockScore is one of the first startups to attempt to make the leap from the cryptocurrency market to the mainstream. The seed round investors include […]

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Popular bitcoin wallet Hive unveils new HTML5 web wallet with litecoin support

Posted on June 25, 2014

Not all that long ago, Hive was seen as little more than a user-friendly wallet program for the Mac OS. Like many things Apple, it was largely unknown beyond a core user base, and rarely mentioned in the list of popular bitcoin wallet clients. That changed in May, however, when Hive opted to switch platforms […]

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Report: Electronic Transactions Association says bitcoin has a “right to exist”

Posted on June 25, 2014

Speaking with the Wall Street Journal‘s MoneyBeat blog, Electronic Transactions Association (ETA) CEO Jason Oxman weighed in on the rapid development of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as payment platforms. As a trade organization representing payment giants like Mastercard, Paypal, Amazon, Google and AT&T, the ETA’s position on bitcoin carries significant weight. What is that position? […]

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Swiss authorities claim bitcoin is too “insignificant” to regulate

Posted on June 25, 2014

In a new report published by Switzerland’s Federal Council, regulators claim that the “economic importance of virtual currencies as a means of payment is fairly insignificant at the moment.” The report claims that bitcoin and other digital currencies will have a marginal effect on the Swiss economy for the “foreseeable future,” and no influence on […]

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Is NASDAQ creating a bitcoin exchange?

Posted on June 25, 2014

The New York Post reported today that the NASDAQ, one of the largest stock exchanges in the world, is quietly building a bitcoin exchange. With regulators at the New York Department of Financial Services widely expected to publish new rules for bitcoin exchanges by the end of summer, the tech-friendly NASDAQ is in a strong […]

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BitcoinJ developer Mike Hearn claims protocol development in “crisis period”

Posted on June 24, 2014

As the developer of the cross-platform Java library BitcoinJ, Mike Hearn knows a thing or two about the status of the overall bitcoin protocol. Until recently, Hearn was a developer at Google, but he recently decided to take the relatively risky step of moving into bitcoin full time. During an interview with the Epicenter Bitcoin […]

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Relaunched ZipZap brings bitcoin buying to 20,000 retail locations

Posted on June 24, 2014

In March, San Francisco-based bitcoin payment startup ZipZap was forced to halt its ambitious plan to bring retail-level bitcoin-buying to a huge network of brick-and-mortar businesses. As the price of bitcoin became increasingly erratic following the collapse of Mt.Gox and the fear that Chinese authorities were on the verge of banning cryptocurrencies, ZipZap’s payment processing […]

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