08 Apr '13, 6am

My bitcoin post for the year - Virtual currency is now relevant enough to regulate

Here’s why you’re getting angry mail about Bitcoin. Some people believed, myself included, that Dwolla was able to provide instant fund transfers to anyone, at any time, in whatever amount one had in their Dwolla account. Suppose I wanted to send 1 billion dollars to Mt. Gox. There are really only 2 questions that you need to ask. #1 – Do I have the money in my Dwolla account? If yes… #2, where is it going. But you don’t simply ask those 2 questions. You ask a multitude more about my bank account, identity, and then, depending on the recipient, Mt. Gox in this case, you just hold on to the money for an arbitrary period of time. And then if I do some trading on Mt. Gox and turn my 1 billion dollars into 2 billion dollars, I may want to use Dwolla to move the money back into my Dwolla account. More waiting. More verifications. More of everything that undermines what I unders...

Full article: http://www.benmilne.com/everything-no-one-wants-me-to-say...

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