Some biggest bitcoin hacks and thefts of all times

Posted on July 23, 2017

For your pleasure, entertainment, and hopefully some information, I present below the wall of shame, starting with a less obvious and perhaps incorrect choice for the repugnant honor of the biggest bitcoin hack and theft of all time. Jed McCaleb, founder of Ripple (publicly announced he was to sell around one billion of them crashing […]

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BitPay announces major protocol update for Bitcore and Copay

Posted on September 25, 2014

Perhaps in advance of their looming PayPal partnership, the engineers at Atlanta-based bitcoin payment processor BitPay have been hard at work updating Copay and Bitcore — their open-source, multisig wallet platform and bitcoin core implementation, respectively — to become as “featureful as possible.” The new updates, announced today, bring a range of new options and […]

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Two U.S. banks to test Ripple protocol

Posted on September 24, 2014

Ripple Labs announced today that their bitcoin-friendly alt-coin system will soon be offered to the customers of two small U.S. banks. The Ripple system is part of a new low-cost, real-time international payments service offered by CBW Bank of Topeka, Kansas, and Cross River Bank of Teaneck, New Jersey. The integration is the first time […]

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Square CEO hints bitcoin integration on the horizon

Posted on September 23, 2014

In an interview with CBC News, Square CEO Jack Dorsey dropped an interesting hint about his company’s future relationship with bitcoin. Speaking about concerns that Square might face stiff competition from the forthcoming Apple Pay mobile point-of-sale system, Dorsey said: “We’re building a register so that sellers can accept a credit card, so they can […]

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UK-based gold and bitcoin exchange Netagio passes ISAE 3000 audit

Posted on September 22, 2014

The first bitcoin-related company to submit to an audit under the standards of the International Standard on Assurance Engagements (ISAE) has passed with flying colors. Netagio, a small bitcoin and gold exchange based in the U.K., recently announced the results of an ISAE 3000 review conducted by international auditing firm BDO. Netagio claims this to […]

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BitOcean launches two-way bitcoin ATM

Posted on September 21, 2014

Beijing-based bitcoin ATM maker BitOcean announced the release of a new, two-way machine this week. According to a report on CoinDesk, the kiosk-style ATMs are designed to compete against similar Robocoin and Lamassu machines. In addition to allowing users to buy and sell bitcoin directly from the the ATM through a “bank level experience,” the […]

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Coinbase announces new API for multisig accounts

Posted on September 21, 2014

One of the biggest concerns with third-party bitcoin services like Coinbase is this: Who controls the private keys? If you host your own wallet on a mobile device or PC, or even have a printed paper wallet, ultimately you control when and how BTC moves from your private address to another. That’s not the case […]

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Coinbase releases open-source bitcoin node for developers

Posted on September 17, 2014

As the software underpinning the bitcoin network, Bitcoin Core is admittedly great at a lot of things. It allows millions of machines to make countless transactions in a never-before-seen way. As a reference client, clearly defining the protocol and acting as the highest standard for how bitcoin truly works, it has no equal. That doesn’t […]

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Circle teases new iOS and Android apps

Posted on September 16, 2014

Even though they’re still in an invite-only beta test, bitcoin-brokerage Circle clearly has plans to break into the mainstream in the near future. CoinDesk reports today that the company gave an exclusive preview of their new iOS and Android apps at the CoinScrum meetup in London yesterday, giving several hints about Circle’s near-future plans. CEO […]

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FBI claims no illegal techniques used in Silk Road case, security experts disagree

Posted on September 10, 2014

On Friday, the FBI released a 58-page filing outlining the various investigation techniques used to unearth the details that ultimately resulted in the closure of online black marketplace Silk Road and the capture of its alleged mastermind, Ross “Dread Pirate Roberts” Ulbricht. The filing, written by FBI agent Christopher Tarbell, was a response to a […]

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U.K. bitcoin ATM operator says £38,000 processed in one month

Posted on September 10, 2014

The Bristol Post reported today that a single bitcoin ATM located in a health food store has processed more than £38,000 ($61,000) in one month of operation, strongly suggesting a growing interest in cryptocurrency in the region. The Superfoods store hosts a two-way bitcoin ATM built by RoboCoin, and managed by regional operator Satoshipoint. The […]

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BTChip releases new smartcard-based USB bitcoin wallet

Posted on September 9, 2014

It sounds like an offline cryptocurrency user’s dream device: A multi-signature enabled, smartcard-based, USB connected hardware wallet able to native support both bitcoin and altcoin wallets. It’s as thin as a credit card, and roughly the size of a house key. And for €20 (roughly $25), it can be yours. The new joint venture from […]

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New PayPal video strongly suggests bitcoin adoption on the horizon

Posted on September 8, 2014

This morning, the official PayPal YouTube channel uploaded new video titled “PayPal Voices,” focusing on the increasingly peer-to-peer nature of transactions in an increasingly decentralized economy. But a single line of the video’s text holds huge ramifications for the bitcoin community, as well as the future of digital currency. Roughly eight seconds into the video, […]

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Safello debuts new social media-style bitcoin wallet

Posted on September 7, 2014

Even for experienced users, bitcoin wallets can be a headache. Although QR code readers and BIP-70 integrations have helped sand some of the rougher edges off some modern wallet programs, particularly in the mobile market, bitcoin wallets can still be counterintuitive programs for new users to learn. The first company to make a truly user-friendly […]

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New WordPress plugin hopes to drive e-commerce adoption for PayStand

Posted on September 5, 2014

BitPay’s monopoly on WordPress e-commerce payments may be coming to an end. Recently launched competitor PayStand has been gaining significant attention this week, offering a wide range of payment options including a zero-fee payment option for bitcoin purchases. The plugin, available for popular e-commerce plugin system WooCommerce, may help PayStand gain a foothold in the […]

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iOS reservation app Resy becomes first to integrate Coinbase payments

Posted on September 4, 2014

Resy, a New York-focused mobile-restaurant reservation service, has become the first iOS app provider to fully integrate Coinbase’s OAuth2 protocol, allowing Apple device users to buy directly from their Coinbase wallets. The integration is the first implementation of the Coinbase OAuth2 protocol on an iOS device following Apple’s reversal of a ban on in-app bitcoin […]

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MIT campus bookstore to accept bitcoin

Posted on September 4, 2014

An MIT campus bookstore has become the first on-campus store to officially accept bitcoin in anticipation of the coming Bitcoin Project. The Kendall Square bookstore has partnered with Atlanta-based bitcoin payment processor BitPay to accept BTC purchases, allowing students to purchase textbooks and official MIT merchandise. Although there are many stores across the globe that […]

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University of Zurich tests student-made bitcoin-payment system in cafeteria

Posted on September 2, 2014

If there’s a single test for whether or not bitcoin is finally ready for mainstream use as a currency, it’s this: Can I buy lunch with it? That scenario is about to be put to a two-week test at Switzerland’s University of Zurich, where a student-built bitcoin payment system is due to be put through […]

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Sound Wallet aims to store private crypto keys as audio files

Posted on September 1, 2014

When most cryptocurrency users think of putting their funds in cold storage, they generally picture using a paper wallet. While that method has its merits, it does suffer from a problem: If a person can see your QR code, private key, or even passphrase seed, they can access your address and your funds. But what […]

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Did a runaway trading bot cause today’s $30 drop?

Posted on August 31, 2014

Automated trading is both a boon and a curse for exchanges of all kinds. On the one hand, “bots” greatly reduce the amount of time and attention needed to implement a trading strategy. A well-programmed bot can, in theory, be earning a profit on even marginal trades, 24-hours a day, and for completely logic-driven reasons […]

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OpenBazaar creators claim system will not become a “Super Silk Road”

Posted on August 28, 2014

There are few bitcoin-focused projects currently generating as much curiosity and buzz as OpenBazaar. Due to enter public beta testing this weekend, the open-source, decentralized marketplace aims to create a completely trustless, uncensored and impossible-to-close hub for trades and deals of all sorts. To many people, this claim instantly evokes one of bitcoin’s biggest PR […]

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BitPay joins Demandware’s LINK Technology platform

Posted on August 28, 2014

Atlanta-based bitcoin payment processor BitPay announced today that it has partnered with e-commerce service provider Demandware to bring simple digital currency integration options to a huge range of online stores. Although individual companies will still need to activate the new BitPay plugin via Demandware’s LINK Technology platform, the move will enable a host of major […]

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GoCoin partners with payments company Apriva

Posted on August 26, 2014

Arizona-based wireless point-of-sale technology company Apriva announced today that it has partnered with Singapore-based cryptocurrency payment processor GoCoin, bringing bitcoin, litecoin and dogecoin payments to their network of over 1,000 merchant partners. The move follows GoCoin’s recent launch of an SMS-based digital currency payment gateway and a new partnership with low-cost, prepaid phone service provider […]

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Mycelium Entropy USB stick rockets past crowdfunding goal

Posted on August 25, 2014

Last month, cryptocurrency wallet-software provider Mycelium introduced Entropy, an open-source, multi-signature enabled USB-stick based paper wallet generator. The company had already tested a limited batch of the devices in a closed beta, and was taking to popular crowd-funding website Indiegogo to raise the $20,000 needed to produce the second batch on a more commercial scale. […]

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First bitcoin ATM launched in Manhattan

Posted on August 22, 2014

It may seem strange, but while bitcoin ATMs are popping up all over London, Canada, Southeast Asia, Africa and other far-flung locales, the city that arguably serves as the financial capital of the world, New York City, didn’t have one. Until today, that is. TechCrunch reports that the first bitcoin ATM in NYC has launched […]

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Cryptocurrency-based cloud-storage platform Storj raises 910 BTC in crowdsale

Posted on August 22, 2014

Distributed data storage service Storj announced the results of its first crowdfunding effort this week. The company raised 910 BTC in its first round, which ran from July 18 to Aug. 18, bringing in the equivalent of $470,200. Storj has a long-term funding goal of 9,800 BTC ($5 million). In a post-crowdsale report on Storj’s […]

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Chain raises $9.5 million for block chain API development

Posted on August 20, 2014

San Fransisco-based bitcoin development house Chain is already well ahead of the curve when it comes to raising venture capital. In January, the startup raised $4.2 million to further develop its API for bitcoin’s block chain, enabling a new suite of mobile apps to quickly and easily interact with the cryptocurrency network’s data. Clearly, investors […]

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Bitcoin hashrate crosses 200 PH/s … and still climbing

Posted on August 19, 2014

Strange things are afoot in the bitcoin mining world. The overall hashrate of the network made a gigantic leap today, climbing from an already impressive 171 petahashes per second to an incredible 206 petahashes per second in a matter of hours. For perspective, bitcoin only crossed the 1 PH/s threshold in September of 2013. Put […]

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Russian social media tycoon launches block chain visualizer BlockTrail

Posted on August 18, 2014

As one of the co-founders of Russian social media hub VK (formerly VKontakte), Lev Leviev knows a thing or two about turning a solid tech idea into a money-making enterprise. VK is now the second-largest social networking site in Europe, second only to Facebook, and is generally placed in the top 20 most popular websites […]

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Blockchain explorer Blockr.io acquired by Coinbase

Posted on August 18, 2014

Coinbase announced today that they have acquired up-and-coming blockchain explorer Blockr.io. The deal with the Slovenian company has seemingly been in the works for some time, as Blockr.io engineer Sašo Matejina and designer Samo Drole have already relocated to Coinbase’s hometown of San Francisco. The acquisition brings Coinbase’s team up to 40 full-time employees. Although […]

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GoCoin launches SMS-based bitcoin payments

Posted on August 16, 2014

Earlier this week, cryptocurrency-based payment system GoCoin launched a new payment system allowing merchants to initiate digital currency payments via SMS or email. The “Click-to-Bill” system, outlined in an article on CoinDesk, is currently aimed at the pre-paid phone market, and will allow customers to easily top-up bitcoin, litecoin and dogecoin-connected accounts without the need […]

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eBay-owned payment system Braintree “in talks” to accept bitcoin

Posted on August 15, 2014

Mechant-focused online payment gateway Braintree may soon become the first eBay-owned product to experiment with bitcoin payments. The Wall Street journal reported yesterday that Braintree was “in talks” with Coinbase and other bitcoin payment processors to launch a new digital currency payment option. Should a deal be reached, the impact on the bitcoin ecosystem could […]

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Argentina’s BitPagos launches new in-store bitcoin buying service in 8,000 locations

Posted on August 13, 2014

Argentina-based bitcoin payment system BitPagos announced this week that it will soon be launching a new service to bring in-store bitcoin buying to over 8,000 convenience stores in the country. The service, dubbed Ripio, will use an existing in-store network created by prepaid cell phone provider TeleRecargas. Although the new network is expected to come […]

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New Y Combinator-backed bitcoin debit card testing in San Francisco

Posted on August 12, 2014

If San Francisco-based bitcoin startup Shift Payments has its way, Xapo’s newly launched debit card system may soon have some serious competition. The Y Combinator-backed company announced that it was currently testing a new debit card system enabling users to pay with existing bitcoin and Ripple wallets. If successful, the system would expand to allow […]

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Indian bitcoin startup Unocoin raises $250,000 in new fundraising round

Posted on August 11, 2014

Thus far, India has been a tough market for bitcoin to break into. With an estimated 41% of India’s population “unbanked” (and well over 60% in rural areas) and a massive $70 billion remittance market, it’s also a country where bitcoin could have a huge impact. With that in mind, Bangalore-based startup Unocoin has been […]

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ChangeTip extends bitcoin tipping system to Tumblr, YouTube and Google+

Posted on August 11, 2014

Popular bitcoin-tipping service ChangeTip is already well known by users of Reddit and Twitter, allowing users to easily send and receive small amounts of BTC for writing clever posts, answering questions or providing good advice. Last week, the service announced it had finished testing an expansion to bring the service to three of the most […]

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Chinese cryptocurrency exchange Huobi buys Quickwallet and Qukuai

Posted on August 8, 2014

Chinese bitcoin and litecoin exchange Huobi announced this week that it has acquired two significant cryptocurrency properties: Multi-signature wallet provider Quickwallet and blockchain explorer system Qukuai. The new services will dramatically expand Huobi’s commercial offerings, and may well represent an attempt to grow the company beyond its current niche as one of the “big three” […]

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Digital signature startup BlockSign banking on the bitcoin blockchain

Posted on August 6, 2014

Almost from the very start, the Bitcoin project’s core developers have insisted that the key innovation isn’t its application as a form of money. Sure, bitcoin the currency is a near-frictionless, user-empowering, completely disruptive force that is already changing how we think about, use and regulate money, but that’s just one use of the real […]

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Following debit-card controversy, Xapo says it will refund fees

Posted on August 5, 2014

After days of silence, Xapo has responded to customer concerns about the recently updated fee schedule for their recently released, bitcoin-backed debit card. The Palo Alto-based bitcoin wallet and “vault” service had promised a service with no additional customer costs beyond a one-time $15 activation fee and standard credit card interchange fees, but a revision […]

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Report: Visa CEO says company could process bitcoin payments

Posted on August 4, 2014

In a story published by The Australian Financial Review (AFR), Visa’s CEO Charles Scharf said that the payment company could handle bitcoin-based payments in the future, although it currently had no plans to integrate such payments. Scharf’s was speaking at the opening of Visa Labs in San Francisco, and the comments were prompted by a […]

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Report: PayPal showcases bitcoin at TechXploration

Posted on August 1, 2014

In an event held yesterday, eBay’s payment subsidiary PayPal hosted a packed presentation about the future of bitcoin payments called “PayPal TechXploration.” The event, covered in depth by CoinDesk, took place at the Town Hall space of PayPal’s office in San Jose, California. According to the report, demand for the conference was huge, with hundreds […]

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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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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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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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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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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: 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 Tamás Blummer will join CoinTerra as Vice President of Enterprise Software, bringing the developer’s […]

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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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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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Report: Intuit QuickBooks sees “higher than expected” interest in bitcoin payments

Posted on July 23, 2014

In June, Inuit’s payment processing system QuickBooks Online announced plans to incorporate bitcoin into their small-business invoicing system. Even at the time, Intuit’s PayByCoin initiative seemed more like a clever marketing and branding move than a truly in-demand service, as the small size of the bitcoin ecosystem suggested only a few tech-forward companies would be […]

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Report: iOS messaging service Gliph restores bitcoin functionality

Posted on July 22, 2014

Late last year, secure private messaging app Gliph was forced to remove a bitcoin-sending feature in order to remain available on the iTunes app store. The move was highly unpopular in the bitcoin community, and added to speculation that Apple was becoming openly hostile to all services related to bitcoin. Recently, Apple updated its terms […]

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Mobile Wallet App Round-Up: Blockchain, Chain iOS and Hive

Posted on July 19, 2014

When bitcoin’s battle for mass adoption and marketshare against credit cards and cash happens, the skirmishes won’t take place on notebooks and desktops, it will take place in the brick and mortar world with mobile apps. One sign that this seemingly inevitable event it drawing closer is the booming ecosystem of mobile wallet apps. Now […]

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Report: RingPlus becomes first domestic cellphone provider to accept bitcoin, litecoin and dogecoin

Posted on July 18, 2014

If you don’t live in Los Angeles, New York or San Francisco, you’ve probably never heard of RingPlus. In the world of cellphone service providers, however, RingPlus is arguably one of the most experimental companies operating today. In addition to providing a range of ultra-low-cost plans, the company has even created a free, ad-supported system […]

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Is Snapchat planning on using digital currency as part of its monetization plan?

Posted on July 18, 2014

TechCrunch reports today that photo-messaging app Snapchat has filed two online trademarks for peer-to-peer payments. Although the filings don’t mention bitcoin or cryptocurrency, they do outline a plan to provide electronic funds transfers in very broad terms. The two trademarks consist of “application software for processing electronic payments” and a system of “electronic transfer of […]

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BitPay launches Facebook bitcoin payment app

Posted on July 18, 2014

One of the holy grails of digital currency is the ability to break down traditional payment barriers. An app that can send bitcoin to almost anyone in the world as easily as sharing a photo could be a complete game-changer for the entire financial sector. While BitPay’s new Facebook app, Get Bits, isn’t quite that, […]

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