27 Feb '13, 10pm

In bid for credibility, largest Bitcoin exchange moves to Silicon Valley

The world's leading Bitcoin exchange, Mt. Gox, has announced a partnership with the Silicon Valley startup Coinlab. Under the agreement, Coinlab will handle Mt. Gox's American operations, which account for a large majority of the exchange's business. The transition will occur on March 22. CoinLab raised half a million dollars of venture capital last year. At the time, the firm was touting a scheme to exchange bitcoins for currency in games such as World of Warcraft and Second Life . Taking over Mt. Gox's US portfolio has the potential to be a much bigger deal, as it will make CoinLab the world's largest intermediary between bitcoins and conventional currencies. In a Wednesday interview, CoinLab CEO Peter Vessenes told Ars that Mt. Gox was primarily attracted to CoinLab's connections to American banks and investors. Both firms want to make it as easy as possible for America...

Full article: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/02/in-bid-for-cre...

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