Monthly Archives: August 2014

Mycelium Entropy USB stick rockets past crowdfunding goal

Posted on 25th August, 2014

Last month, cryptocurrency wallet-software provider Mycelium introduced Entropy, an open-source, multi-signature enabled USB-stick based paper wallet generator. The company had already tested a limited batch of the devices in a closed beta, and was taking to popular crowd-funding website Indiegogo to raise the $20,000 needed to produce the second batch on a more commercial scale. […]

BitGive Foundation becomes first tax-exempt bitcoin charity in U.S.

Posted on 25th August, 2014

The BitGive Foundation announced today that it has been officially granted 501(c)(3) status from the IRS, making it the first tax-exempt bitcoin charity in the U.S. The organization is now able to provide a tax deduction to donors, including those who donate directly in BTC, greatly enhancing the potential for fundraising. With their new tax […]

BitPay exec sees major European merchant adoption “soon”

Posted on 24th August, 2014

Here in the U.S., major businesses like Overstock, TigerDirect, Expedia and DISH are happily adopting bitcoin. While it could be argued that this first-wave adoption is more about free publicity than it is about the future of payments, it does beg a question: If bitcoin is a global phenomenon, why are all the major merchant […]

ESPN paid in BTC for BitPay sponsorship

Posted on 23rd August, 2014

At a press conference about the upcoming Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl in St. Petersburg, FL, BitPay executive chairman Tony Gallippi revealed an interesting detail about the company’s sponsorship deal with ESPN Events: The payment was made in BTC rather than dollars. While not entirely surprising given that BitPay is a bitcoin payment processor, and the […]

First bitcoin ATM launched in Manhattan

Posted on 22nd August, 2014

It may seem strange, but while bitcoin ATMs are popping up all over London, Canada, Southeast Asia, Africa and other far-flung locales, the city that arguably serves as the financial capital of the world, New York City, didn’t have one. Until today, that is. TechCrunch reports that the first bitcoin ATM in NYC has launched […]

Cryptocurrency-based cloud-storage platform Storj raises 910 BTC in crowdsale

Posted on 22nd August, 2014

Distributed data storage service Storj announced the results of its first crowdfunding effort this week. The company raised 910 BTC in its first round, which ran from July 18 to Aug. 18, bringing in the equivalent of $470,200. Storj has a long-term funding goal of 9,800 BTC ($5 million). In a post-crowdsale report on Storj’s […]

China’s OKCoin passes audit with 104.86% of customer BTC in reserve

Posted on 22nd August, 2014

Chinese bitcoin exchange OKCoin have announced the results of their recent audit, revealing that the exchange holds 104% of the BTC needed to all cover customer deposits. The audit was conducted over four days by Ripple Labs CTO Stefan Thomas, who performed similar audits for Kraken and BitFinex earlier this year. OKCoin announced the results […]

Ross Ulbricht faces new narcotics charges in Silk Road case

Posted on 22nd August, 2014

Prosecutors have added three new charges to the case against Ross Ulbricht, the man the Feds believe to be “Dread Pirate Roberts,” the mastermind behind the now-closed online black marketplace Silk Road. Ulbricht, 30, will now face additional charges of narcotics trafficking, distribution of narcotics by means of the internet, and conspiracy to traffic in […]

International mail-forwarding company Shipito adds bitcoin payment option

Posted on 21st August, 2014

International shipping logistics is a tricky game to master. While many in the U.S. take the ease and relatively low costs of ordering online for granted, customers in more far-flung countries don’t have it so lucky. In the best case, they pay a hefty premium for having their order shipped internationally, and in many cases […]

Second state-approved Thai bitcoin exchange suggests reversal on “bitcoin ban”

Posted on 21st August, 2014

The Bangkok Post reported this week that Thailand’s business authorities have officially registered bitcoin exchange Coins Co., making the company a fully legal e-commerce company in the country. The move strongly suggests that the seemingly hostile attitude towards digital currency seen earlier this year from Thai authorities, including a statement from the Bank of Thailand […]