Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Bitcoin Hearings: An Entrepreneurial Outlook

Posted on 31st January, 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 […]

The Bitcoin Hearings: A Regulator’s Perspective

Posted on 30th January, 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 […]

Bitcoin Exchange CEO Arrested

Posted on 29th January, 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 […]

Is Bitcoin A Bubble?

Posted on 24th January, 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 […]

Bitcoin Not A Gamble In Vegas

Posted on 23rd January, 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 […]

Bitcoin Taxation Vexation

Posted on 22nd January, 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 […]

Bitcoin Goes Up For Sale On eBay

Posted on 21st January, 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 […]

Bitcoin: Capital Asset or Currency?

Posted on 20th January, 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? […]

Pirate’s Bitcoin Booty To Go On Sale

Posted on 17th January, 2014

Nearly 30,000 bitcoins seized in October of last year have been signed off on a forfeiture order, federal prosecutors from the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office announced on Thursday. Currently valued around $25 million, the bitcoins were seized from Ross Ulbricht, who allegedly founded and operated hidden website Silk Road under the pseudonym Dread Pirate Roberts. […]

Bitcoin in the Real World

Posted on 8th January, 2014

Even as Bitcoin is facing regulation challenges overseas, online retailers and service providers both here and abroad have continued to initiate Bitcoin payment options in order to make their businesses more inclusive and their transactions more immediate. Street vendors in London, bars in Berlin, flower shops in Santa Monica, real estate brokers in New York, […]