Monthly Archives: August 2014

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

Posted on 31st August, 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 […]

Charlie Shrem reaches plea deal in bitcoin money-laundering case

Posted on 30th August, 2014

Charlie Shrem may soon be a free man. Reuters reports that the former BitInstant CEO has reached a plea arrangement with federal prosecutors over his role in converting bitcoin to cash from deals on the now-shuttered black market website Silk Road. Shrem had been charged with a variety of felonies, including conspiracy to launder money, […]

Publicly traded bitcoin company DigitalBTC claims $4 million in revenue in first quarterly report

Posted on 29th August, 2014

Australia’s first publicly traded bitcoin mining and exchange company digitalBTC released a preliminary final yearly report today, revealing an estimated revenue of $4 million U.S. over three months of operations. The company’s normalized earnings were around $2.5 million for the same period, with a profit of about $600,000. Interestingly, digitalBTC actually reported a net loss […]

Igot launches first bitcoin exchange in the UAE

Posted on 29th August, 2014

The first bitcoin exchange in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) opened today, bringing a fully licensed digital currency commercial brokerage to Dubai. The exchange is a branch office of Australia-based bitcoin exchange igot, and is the first stage of a planned expansion into the Middle East and Asia. Although there will be a small staff […]

China’s Huobi exchange passes proof-of-solvency audit with 103% fund reserves

Posted on 29th August, 2014

The final member of China’s “big three” bitcoin exchanges has passed a proof-of-solvency audit with flying colors. In an independent audit published by Ripple Labs CTO Stefan Thomas, Huobi appears to have 103.52% of total customer deposits in reserve. Thomas provided the auditing service free of charge, as he did when auditing Kraken and Bitfinex […]

Bitcoin pioneer Hal Finney dies at age 58

Posted on 29th August, 2014

The very first bitcoin transaction, all the way back in January of 2009, was between the protocol’s mysterious inventor, Satoshi Nakamoto, and an avid programmer and cryptographer named Hal Finney. Hal Finney died yesterday after a five years battle with ALS. He was 58. Finney’s disease robbed him of nearly all control of his body, […]

Tiny Caribbean nation of Dominica may become a bitcoin-business haven

Posted on 28th August, 2014

Could the tiny island nation of Dominica, population 71,293, become the engine for bitcoin adoption on the Caribbean? If Coinapult and its partners have their way, that’s exactly what will happen in the Lesser Antilles tourist hotspot. The bitcoin payment processor will be distributing small amount of bitcoin (the exact amount is unannounced) to the […]

Simon Fraser University launches bitcoin-donation program

Posted on 28th August, 2014

Canada’s Simon Fraser University (SFU) announced a new bitcoin-donation program, making it the first post-secondary school in the country to directly work with digital currency. The program was launched with a BTC donation equivalent to $6,000 CAD from SFU alumnus Scott Nelson and Simon Fraser Bitcoin Club president Mike Yeung. Those initial funds will be […]

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

Posted on 28th August, 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 […]

BitPay joins Demandware’s LINK Technology platform

Posted on 28th August, 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 […]