Coinbase finally chimes in on BitLicense, calls it “redundant”

Posted on September 10, 2014

As the deadline for public comment on the proposed New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) “BitLicense” rules approaches, some of bitcoin’s biggest players are finally making their opinions known. Circle, Xapo and the Bitcoin Foundation have all weighed in on the topic in the last two months, but the true giants of the bitcoin […]

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GHash.io mining pool hits 45% of total hashrate, prompting fears of a 51% attack

Posted on June 7, 2014

If there’s one major fear for the bitcoin community, it’s the dreaded possibility of a “51% attack”. If any particular mining pool gains the majority of the hashing power in the bitcoin network, it opens the door to a variety of malicious possibilities, including the reversal of transactions, double-spending of bitcoins and the creation of […]

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The Bitcoin Hearings: An Entrepreneurial Outlook

Posted on January 31, 2014

As a two-day forum on the cyber-currencies wrapped up in New York on Wednesday, the regulatory future of Bitcoin and other virtual currencies is becoming clearer, though still undecided. Yesterday’s post looked at the hearings from the perspective of regulators and government officials, but also represented at the hearings were businesses, entrepreneurs, and investors who […]

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The Bitcoin Hearings: A Regulator’s Perspective

Posted on January 30, 2014

In a municipal building not far from Wall Street, financial regulators, law enforcement, and industry entrepreneurs met this week to discuss the future of virtual currencies, with specific focus on the increased acceptance of Bitcoin. The hearing, which took place on Tuesday and Wednesday, was part of a fact-finding investigation that began last August, and […]

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Bitcoin Exchange CEO Arrested

Posted on January 29, 2014

In the latest development connected to the Silk Road case, U.S. officials have arrested the CEO of Bitcoin exchange, BitInstant. Charlie Shrem, co-founder and chief executive of BitInstant, was taken into custody in New York on Sunday and charged with money laundering, operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, and failing to report suspicious activity. Robert […]

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Is Bitcoin A Bubble?

Posted on January 24, 2014

As the World Economic Forum (WEF) gathers in Davos, Switzerland this week, Bitcoin appears to be merely a blip on the radar for the international political and financial elite.  Even so, comments from leaders in these fields have been less than enthusiastic Perhaps the most attention garnering sentiments have come from Robert Shiller, Nobel laureate […]

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Bitcoin Not A Gamble In Vegas

Posted on January 23, 2014

The flashy lights and star-studded shows of the Las Vegas strip are about to be joined by the rising celebrity of currency, Bitcoin.  As of next week, two of Sin City’s casinos, The D Las Vegas Casino Hotel and Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, the city’s oldest, will be accepting Bitcoin in five of their […]

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Bitcoin Taxation Vexation

Posted on January 22, 2014

Earlier this week, Bitcoinx reviewed some of the decisions shaping Bitcoin regulation around the world.  While there has been no movement regarding classification of the crypto-currency on the part of the IRS, their silence means more to Bitcoin users than just frustration. Though there are a growing number of businesses and high-profile websites accepting the […]

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Bitcoin Goes Up For Sale On eBay

Posted on January 21, 2014

Just as Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs authorities in the UK are updating their policy on Bitcoin, eBay and PayPal are looking to re-evaluate their own approach to virtual currencies. Last week, PayPal President David Marcus tweeted “To clarify: we have no policies against using PayPal to sell Bitcoin mining rigs. We don’t support any […]

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Bitcoin: Capital Asset or Currency?

Posted on January 20, 2014

Now that we’ve just about finished arguing whether Bitcoin is a legitimate payment form or not, we’re faced with a whole new set of questions regarding the crypto-currency.  One of the most prevalent, confusing, and contested topics is how Bitcoin can and will be taxed.  In short, is Bitcoin a currency or a capital asset? […]

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