22 Aug '12, 5pm

BitInstant officially announces Bitcoin-based debit card, says it will launch in eight weeks

In a blog post, the company explained that MasterCard had denied any knowledge of the plan for two reasons. Firstly, BitInstant says that its unnamed partners, who "have been working with MasterCard for many years," will continue their relationship with the credit card company, rather than going through BitInstant. It also says that "formal negotiations are in progress with the MasterCard affiliate partners prior to full MasterCard submission." Based on what MasterCard has said before, it's not clear how long the submission and review process will take, but it looks like BitCoin is at least officially going forward with its plan to make the "often misunderstood" currency easier to spend.

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