Monthly Archives: April 2014

Rival iOS app store Bit Store launches with bitcoin wallet support

Posted on 5th April, 2014

It’s no secret that Apple has taken a skeptical attitude towards bitcoin apps. The iPhone maker has removed all bitcoin wallet apps from their App Store in recent months, usually with no prior notice and citing vague “unresolved issues.” There has been endless speculation about the underlying reasons for the de facto bitcoin ban, ranging […]

Neo & Bee trading reopens on Havelock, crashes to 0.0001 BTC

Posted on 5th April, 2014

On March 28, bitcoin-based stock exchange Havelock Investments froze trading on Neo & Bee (NEOBEE) shares, citing a “high possibility of questionable trading activity.” Shortly thereafter, it became clear that rumors of Neo & Bee’s financial troubles were founded, and were later confirmed by CEO Danny Brewster. With the company shuttered in Cyprus and facing […]

eBay quietly adds virtual currency category

Posted on 4th April, 2014

Online auction giant eBay activated a new “Virtual Currency” section on their site this week. Customers are now able to purchase virtual currencies like bitcoin and various alt-coins through the site, as well as mining hardware and mining contracts. Although functionality remains limited to “classified” status on the direct currency purchases (meaning eBay takes no […]

As Neo & Bee closes up shop, company faces allegations of fraud in Cyprus

Posted on 4th April, 2014

In a report published in today’s Cyprus Mail, police in Nicosia have launched a fraud investigation targeted at Neo & Bee following the sudden and dramatic collapse of the “bitcoin bank.” Two persons have filed complaints to the police alleging they paid the company cash, but have not received bitcoins in exchange. The complaints were […]

BTC China weighs in on April 15 rumors

Posted on 4th April, 2014

Last week, a report on China’s Caixin financial news service sent wave of panic through the Chinese bitcoin community. The report, which is still unconfirmed by any official source, claimed that the People’s Bank of China would be introducing harsh new banking rules for bitcoin-related businesses on April 15. Not surprisingly, rumors and speculation have […]

The rush for the killer bitcoin tax-calculation app begins with Libra

Posted on 3rd April, 2014

When the IRS announced last month that bitcoin was to treated as property, rather than as currency, many in the virtual currency community declared it a catastrophe. The panic was understandable, as capital gains taxes can be significantly more complicated to calculate, and often require the assistance of an accountant. But almost as soon as […]

Sweden’s Safello announces payment deal with 86 European banks in 11 countries

Posted on 3rd April, 2014

In a deal announced today, Swedish Swedish bitcoin exchange Safello will now officially support transactions with 86 banks in 11 countries across Europe. The development is largely due to Safello’s recent adoption of the SOFORT payment system, which allows near-instant international money transfers. Safello customers will no longer need to rely on the tediously slow […]

Report: Bulgaria officially recognizes bitcoin as currency

Posted on 3rd April, 2014

According to Cointelegraph, Bulgaria has become the first European Union member state to officially recognize bitcoin as a currency. The decision from Bulgaria’s equivalent of the IRS, the National Revenue Agency, was published yesterday on the agency’s website in a post titled “Revenue from Bitcoin Transactions are to be Declared and Taxed.” (Google translation here.) […]

IRS bitcoin ruling results in motion to dismiss Silk Road money laundering charges

Posted on 2nd April, 2014

Last week, the IRS issued new tax guidance for bitcoin, stating that the virtual currency was a form of property rather than currency. While the decision is still controversial in bitcoin circles, at least one high-profile bitcoin user appears to be delighted with the policy: Accused Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht. In a new filing […]