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  • Volatility, Deflation and Manipulation: A Response to Bitcoin's Critics

    Volatility, Deflation and Manipulation: A Response to Bitcoin's Critics

    coindesk.com 26 Jan '15, 9pm

    Bitcoin has its share of critics and skeptics, and opposition to the emerging technology – especially among the intelligentsia – shows no sign of abating. Notable commentators on the topic range from author Jeffrey Robinson to finance blogger Karl Denninger , Boston University profess...

  • Coinbase Secures Approval to Launch Regulated US Bitcoin Exchange

    coindesk.com 25 Jan '15, 11pm

    Bitcoin services provider Coinbase is set to launch a US exchange on Monday – one already approved by 50% of state regulators. Coinbase has until now acted largely as a brokerage for bitcoin users. The exchange will "offer greater security for individuals and institutions to trade bit...

  • Coinbase's US Bitcoin Exchange Opens Doors to Traders

    Coinbase's US Bitcoin Exchange Opens Doors to Traders

    coindesk.com 26 Jan '15, 3pm

    Bitcoin services provider Coinbase officially launched its exchange product today to consumers in 24 states. The news follows what proved a dramatic runup to the launch, one sparked by a single teaser tweet that caused speculation to run rampant Sunday. Speculation was put to rest lat...

  • Bitcoin Ransomware Now Spreading via Spam Campaigns

    Bitcoin Ransomware Now Spreading via Spam Campaigns

    coindesk.com 26 Jan '15, 5pm

    Security firms McAfee Labs and Symantec have issued warnings that a type of bitcoin-demanding ransomware, CTB-Locker, is now being propagated through spam campaigns. The malware, the name of which stands for 'Curve Tor Bitcoin Locker', was first identified last year. However, the spam...

  • Fred Wilson: Blockchain Applications Still Biggest Opportunity in Bitcoin

    Fred Wilson: Blockchain Applications Still Biggest Opportunity in Bitcoin

    coindesk.com 24 Jan '15, 6pm

    Amidst a bearish price cycle and a wave of negative press, it’s safe to say that 2015 may be yet another year filled with growing pains for bitcoin. In the face of these obstacles, however, many of its veteran supporters are standing strong and banding together. Given its longstanding...

  • How Anonymous is Bitcoin? A Backgrounder for Policymakers

    How Anonymous is Bitcoin? A Backgrounder for Policymakers

    coindesk.com 25 Jan '15, 1pm

    Adam Ludwin co-founded Chain.com, a bitcoin developer platform. Prior to Chain, Adam was a venture investor in companies including Vine, Slack, Kik, and Paperless Post. In this post he addresses the distinction between privacy and anonymity in bitcoin. Bitcoin is often described as a ...

  • Cloud Mining Suffers as Hash Rate Plateaus

    coindesk.com 25 Jan '15, 4pm

    The latest bitcoin price crash has started a new debate on the long-term viability of many aspects of the mining industry. Notably, one of the first segments to take a hit in the days leading up to the crash was cloud mining – services that lease out hashing power from usually large-s...

  • How Bitcoin Could Shake Up B2B Payments

    How Bitcoin Could Shake Up B2B Payments

    coindesk.com 24 Jan '15, 2pm

    Bitcoin has made some big gains over the last year in business-to-consumer transactions, with many large retailers such as Microsoft, Dell and Overstock now accepting it as a means of payment. However, the digital currency hasn’t made that kind of splash in the business-to-business (B...

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