Report: Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne says company exploring digital stock offering

Posted on July 31, 2014

On Tuesday, bitcoin-accepting online marketplace Overstock.com quietly updated its website to include an open-source wiki page entitled “How to issue a cryptosecurity.” Not surprisingly, rumors began to spread that the Utah-based retailer might be considering issuing a digital security of its own, something that CEO Patrick Byrne has hinted at before. Through such a system, […]

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Jersey’s GABI bitcoin fund slated to launch tomorrow

Posted on July 31, 2014

The tiny island nation of Jersey is set to launch a new bitcoin-backed fund tomorrow. The Channel Islands’ Financial Services Commission approved the Global Advisors Bitcoin Investment Fund (GABI) earlier this month, opening the door for the fund. Unlike traditional bitcoin purchases, GABI will be available to institutional investors, such as pension funds, insurance companies […]

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Online payment processor Stripe launches new cryptocurrency-friendly system Stellar

Posted on July 31, 2014

In the startup world, Stripe is already a Silicon Valley success story. Founded in 2010, the online payment processor has hit most of the high points in the tech company fairy tale: Y Combinator acceptance; over $110 million in investment by venture capital firms like Sequoia Capital, and Andreessen Horowitz; and a massive valuation bubble […]

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BitPay revises merchant service to be “free, unlimited, forever”

Posted on July 31, 2014

Atlanta-based bitcoin payment processor BitPay has taken a major step towards wooing new merchants, updating their service to eliminate credit-card interchange fees for basic merchant accounts. BitPay’s previous pricing system allowed entry-level merchants to process up to $10,000 per day in bitcoin payments for a flat $30 fee. Enterprise-level accounts will still receive substantial discounts, […]

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Report: Tokyo police announce formal Mt.Gox criminal investigation

Posted on July 30, 2014

In a report published today by the Wall Street Journal‘s MoneyBeat blog, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department said it was launching a formal investigation into the loss of nearly 850,000 bitcoins from the long-shuttered Mt.Gox exchange. Given the size of the heist, and the extraordinary level of coverage the collapse of Mt.Gox has seen both […]

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Report: ZipZap raises $1.1 million in new funding round

Posted on July 30, 2014

San Francisco-based global payment network ZipZap has secured $1.1 million in a new round of seed funding, bringing the startup’s funding record to $2.7 million. The latest funding round ended in June, and was led by an AngelList syndicate created by Bitcoin Foundation board member Brock Pierce, with additional funds contributed by 500 Startups and […]

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First Data acquires bitcoin-friendly digital gift certificate provider Gyft

Posted on July 30, 2014

For many bitcoiners, Gyft provides a hugely important link between their BTC holdings and the brick-and-mortar world. By allowing gift cards to some of the world’s largest retailers to be purchased with bitcoin, often at a significant discount, Gyft is also one of the first companies to embrace the power of cryptocurrency in a real-world […]

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After months of consideration, Wikimedia Foundation now accepts bitcoin

Posted on July 30, 2014

In March, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales accidentally set the bitcoin rumor mill churning when he posted to Twitter that he was “playing with BTC.” Hoping to convince Wales, and by extension the Wikimedia Foundation, of bitcoin’s appeal, users began sending Wales donations of small amounts of BTC. Those donations and tips quickly added up, resulting […]

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Bitcoin-friendly security startup CrowdCurity raises $1 million in seed round funding

Posted on July 29, 2014

In an increasingly software-driven economy, finding security holes is rapidly becoming big business. While large companies are able to hire dedicated security teams to double-check their code, smaller programming startups and app makers don’t always have the money needed to give their programs a thorough stress-test before launch. This can lead to disaster, particularly when […]

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Report: Coinapult launches new BTC price-pegging service LOCKS

Posted on July 29, 2014

Panama City, Panama,-based bitcoin wallet provider Coinapult has announced a new product claiming to peg the price of a bitcoin deposit to a currency or commodity. The service, dubbed LOCKS, would serve as a hedge against bitcoin’s volatility, widely considered one of the major barriers to mainstream adoption. LOCKS would allow a customer to deposit […]

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CAVIRTEX unveils new bitcoin ATMs for Canadian network

Posted on July 29, 2014

The Canadian Virtual Exchange, better known as CAVIRTEX, is nearing the launch of its long-anticipated bitcoin ATM network. The Calgary-based exchange posted an image to Twitter today showing eight custom-designed, Canada-themed machines. According to a post from the official CAVIRTEX account on Reddit, there are ten ATMs launching across Canada next month. The company has […]

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Atlas ATS expands into Europe

Posted on July 29, 2014

Bitcoin-exchange platform provider Atlas ATS has announced new plans to expand its services into the rapidly growing European bitcoin community. In a press release published yesterday, the New York-based trading company said it will be partnering with Spanish bitcoin company Recol to launch Atlas ATS Europe. European users may know Recol as the operators of […]

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What’s driving bitcoin’s price dive?

Posted on July 28, 2014

After nearly a month of relative price stability, bitcoin prices took a nosedive late last week. While a drop of $30 over the course of a few days is hardly unusual in the bitcoin world, such movements generally seem to follow major news or some specific trend. This time, however, many explanation-seeking bitcoiners have been […]

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Blockchain app returns to iOS

Posted on July 28, 2014

As one of the biggest hosted wallet services in the world, Blockchain’s absence on iOS devices has not gone without notice. The company’s old app, which was at one time the most popular iOS bitcoin wallet, was removed earlier this year during Apple’s short-lived policy of removing all bitcoin-related apps from the iTunes store. With […]

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Report: Bitcoin gains ground in Romania

Posted on July 28, 2014

Could the formerly communist economy in Romania prove to become one of Europe’s bitcoin strongholds? Reuters reports today that there has been a decidedly high level of interest in a newly launched bitcoin ATM in downtown Bucharest. The ATM may be new, but bitcoin’s appeal in the country isn’t. As one of the handful of […]

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Report: Mining hardware maker CoinTerra buys developer Bits of Proof

Posted on July 28, 2014

Is bitcoin hardware maker CoinTerra looking to expand beyond the mining game? According to a new report published today by CoinDesk, the Austin, TX-based company has acquired Hungarian bitcoin software maker Bits of Proof (BOP) for an undisclosed sum. BOP CEO Tam├ís Blummer will join CoinTerra as Vice President of Enterprise Software, bringing the developer’s […]

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Report: BTC Guild may close due to NY’s BitLicense restrictions

Posted on July 27, 2014

Could the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) BitLicense shutter long-running mining pool BTC Guild? Recent discussions about the impact of the disclosure rules in the proposed regulations may result in the closure of the mining collective. In a statement published on July 19, BTC Guild’s operator said that compliance with the new rules […]

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Report: BTX Trader-backed brokerage Celery aims to make buying BTC and Dogecoin easier

Posted on July 26, 2014

One of the biggest “pain points” for would-be bitcoin users and investors is the simple act of buying. Even in a relatively easy-to-use system, like Coinbase, there are still uncertainties for newcomers. In fact, many neophyte buyers don’t even understand that bitcoin is easily divided, and can be put off by the seemingly high buy-in […]

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BitPay announces FEC-compliant bitcoin donation processing in advance of mid-term elections

Posted on July 25, 2014

In a blog post published yesterday, Atlanta-based bitcoin payment processor BitPay announced a new initiative to help make cryptocurrency a meaningful force in the upcoming mid-term elections. The post noted that many politically focused organizations would like to accept bitcoin following the Federal Election Commission approving it for in-kind donations earlier this year, but said […]

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Trucoin announces new partnership, expanding service to 38 U.S. states

Posted on July 25, 2014

Earlier this month, long-simmering digital currency-exchange platform Trucoin launched an 8-state beta test of an instant bitcoin-purchasing system. By simply logging in via an existing social media profile and entering credit card information, users could purchase bitcoin in a matter of moments, rather than the days-long payment verification process currently used by brokers like Coinbase. […]

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