Some biggest bitcoin hacks and thefts of all times

Posted on October 17, 2016

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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