28 Jan '14, 8pm

New York takes first step to regulating Bitcoin

“We want to make certain New York remains a hub for innovation and a magnet for new technology firms. Indeed, virtual currency could ultimately have a number of benefits for our financial system.” The state still has to thrash out the details of its regulatory framework, but Mr Lawsky proposed developing a “Bitcoin licence”, which would apply a different set of rules to Bitcoin compared with other currencies. The hearing got under way a day after Charlie Shrem, the chief executive of BitInstant, a Bitcoin exchange with links to the Winklevoss twins, was arrested on money laundering charges. The 24-year-old millionaire was accused of attempting to sell $1m of Bitcoins to a user of Silk Road, the notorious online marketplace for illegal weapons and drugs that was shut down by authorities in September. Mr Shrem’s arrest marked a major set-back for Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss...

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