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  • More than 21,000 retailers accept Bitcoin payments 15 Nov '14, 11am

    One significant indicator of the cryptocurrency's influence over retailers will be the number and value of Bitcoin transactions during this year's Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. In 2013, Bitcoin transactions skyrocketed to 6,296 on Black Friday, and $487 million was exchanged on...

  • Thanks for flying with us! Your Wi-Fi charges are $1,171.: A passenger on a Singapore Airlines

    Passenger responsible for $1,171 Wi-Fi bill on Singapore Airlines 18 Nov '14, 4pm

    A passenger on a Singapore Airlines flight was surprised to find that the charges for using the in-flight Wi-Fi were just a tad higher than expected. Jeremy Gutsche signed up for a 30MB Internet plan for $28.99 during a flight on Nov. 12. The plan's terms included additional charges f...

  • Duped by a fake Louis Vuitton? Not with this smartphone camera lens 13 Nov '14, 2am

    Japanese tech company NEC is creating an on-the-fly method to make sure the Coach bag you're about to buy is the real deal. The company is developing a product identification system that could help you spot counterfeits or knockoffs of the things you buy. This way, no one would be abl...

  • Auto-lacing sneakers hit Kickstarter 18 Nov '14, 11am

    It was only a matter of time before someone truly tackled the age-old task of creating those “Back to the Future” power-lacing shoes. Nike announced it would be auctioning off 1,500 pairs of the shoes back in 2011 . But while they were a visual replica of the shoes found in “Back to t...

  • Introducing Cryptocurrency to the Country's Poorest Indian Reservation

    One Man's Lonely Quest to Build 'Bitcoin for Native Americans' 18 Sep '14, 1pm

    RAPID CITY, South Dakota — Payu Harris’ apartment is in shambles. Pots clutter the kitchen sink; the dish rack holds a cellphone charger. The room smells of stale cat litter and the bathroom tap runs dry. But Harris has more important things on his mind than chores – things that, if h...

  • PayPal's Braintree Gambles on Bitcoin and One-Touch Payments 08 Sep '14, 8pm

    PayPal users will soon be able to pay merchants in Bitcoin. Braintree, the payments company acquired by eBay last year, announced it will be adding support for Bitcoin payments to its platform in the coming months. The company is also making it easier for users to pay merchants in the...

  • More to Business Than Boots: Why Helm is American-Made 07 Oct '14, 5pm

    Sneakers were Helm Boots founder Joshua Bingaman’s first passion. Growing up in Norman, Okla., he and his brother always had the newest, hottest pairs on the market. Air Jordans, Bo Jacksons, Scottie Pippens — you name it. See also: One Man's Mission to Build America's Appetite for Ar...

  • What Bitcoin Slump? Blockchain Raises $30 Million

    What Bitcoin Slump? Blockchain Raises $30 Million 07 Oct '14, 1pm

    The price of bitcoin may be on the decline, but that hasn't stopped bitcoin startups from attracting significant funding. Blockchain , the most popular Bitcoin wallet service, announced Tuesday that it has raised $30.5 million in a Series A round, marking one of the largest funding ro...

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