Monthly Archives: August 2014

Responding to concerns, Coinbase reveals insurance details

Posted on 27th August, 2014

As bitcoin becomes an increasingly mainstream mechanism for storing and exchanging value, customer protection is rapidly becoming a major topic of discussion. After all, there is no equivalent of the FDIC in the bitcoin world, and the only protections most users have for the BTC in their hosted wallets are the various security techniques of […]

Australian government publishes guidelines for bitcoin businesses

Posted on 27th August, 2014

Business.gov.au is the Australian government’s official portal for all forms of business in the country down under. It’s the definitive source for details on starting a new business in kangaroo country, providing guides and FAQs for nearly any business-related topic imaginable. This week, the website published its first guide to accepting bitcoin and other digital […]

BTC China claims 100% proof-of-reserve status following audit

Posted on 27th August, 2014

Another of China’s “big three” bitcoin exchanges has seemingly passed a proof-of-reserve audit with flying colors. BTC China announced the results of their audit on Monday, although translations of the full text have only recently become available in English. The audit was verified by a panel of five well-known Chinese bitcoin advocates, who checked BTC […]

North Carolina to tie virtual currencies to “monetary value” under existing laws, rather than create new regulations

Posted on 26th August, 2014

In a story published today on CoinFinance, an unnamed North Carolina Commission of Banks (NCCOB) spokesperson said that regulators in the state were opting to handle bitcoin-based investments and businesses under existing rules. The NCCOB will treat bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as “monetary value,” as defined in the N.C. Money Transmitters Act. Under those rules, […]

GoCoin partners with payments company Apriva

Posted on 26th August, 2014

Arizona-based wireless point-of-sale technology company Apriva announced today that it has partnered with Singapore-based cryptocurrency payment processor GoCoin, bringing bitcoin, litecoin and dogecoin payments to their network of over 1,000 merchant partners. The move follows GoCoin’s recent launch of an SMS-based digital currency payment gateway and a new partnership with low-cost, prepaid phone service provider […]

Korean bitcoin exchange Korbit raises $3 million in new funding round

Posted on 26th August, 2014

South Korean bitcoin exchange Korbit announced this week that it has joined the ranks of multimillion-dollar bitcoin startup club, gaining $3 million in venture capital in a Series A funding round. The exchange has already received $600,000 in angel and VC investment, bringing its total funding to date to $3.6 million. The most recent round […]

Newegg expands BTC buying option to Canada

Posted on 26th August, 2014

Online tech retailer Newegg announced today that it will be bringing its popular pay-by-bitcoin option to customers in Canada. The company integrated BitPay’s payment platform to their U.S. checkout system in July, becoming the then-largest online store to accept digital currency. (This status was short lived, as Dell, DISH and Expedia adopted bitcoin payments in […]

Bullion dealer Agora Commodities plans to launch cryptocurrency exchange

Posted on 25th August, 2014

In a new CoinDesk profile of bitcoin-friendly precious metals retailer Agora Commodities, the credit-card eschewing bullion company dropped an interesting detail about their future plans. Agora founder Joseph Castillo told the website that his company is in the process of preparing to open a new digital currency exchange. Although there was no stated timeline for […]

Chamber of Digital Commerce forms political action committee to steer Washington’s bitcoin position

Posted on 25th August, 2014

The Hill reported today that the recently formed bitcoin-business advocacy group the Chamber of Digital Commerce has formally registered a new political spending group with the Federal Election Commission. Chamber CEO Perianne Boring, a former White House intern and legislative analyst for Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL), told The Hill that the political action committee (PAC) […]