motherboard.vice.com Archives - 18 April 2014, Friday

  • Dogecoin's first 100 days were better than Bitcoin's first 1000:

    Dogecoin's First 100 Days Were Better Than Bitcoin's First 1,000

    motherboard.vice.com 18 Mar '14, 9pm

    Today, Dogecoin is 100 days old. If the altcoin is truly headed for the moon, then it's already made some pretty decent progress. The alternative cryptocurrency, and the community around it have funded the Jamaican bobsled team's journey to Sochi’s winter games, and have also raised $...

  • How Bitcoin cyberpunk'd us all:

    How Bitcoin Cyberpunk'd Us

    motherboard.vice.com 13 Mar '14, 4pm

    And the noise makes it hard to think cogently about it, to know what to think. The same obscurity surrounds a lot of other questions of our time—think of surveillance, for instance, which is mired in a murk not only of ethics and law but of secrecy itself. Secrecy isn't categorically ...

  • Who's Willing to Go to Jail for Bitcoin? (via @motherboard)

    Who's Willing to Go to Jail for

    motherboard.vice.com 30 Jan '14, 7pm

    The libertarian streak evidenced by Shrem's YouTube video may be fading from Bitcoin's core—you won't hear any "core Bitcoiners" professing a willingness to go to jail—but the adherents still see regulation as a hindrance to innovation. While Wall Street complains that Bitcoin is unde...

  • .@ebay is embracing bitcoin—almost: via @meghanneal

    Ebay Is Embracing Bitcoin—Almost |

    motherboard.vice.com 20 Jan '14, 9pm

    12 physical Bitcoins are going for $9,000 on eBay Whenever eBay makes a move suggesting it's ready to embrace Bitcoin, ears perk up throughout cryptocurrency circles. That's because the e-commerce giant and its 124 million active users have the power to catapult Bitcoin into the mains...

  • Bitcoin's Fatal Flaw Was Nearly Exposed

    Fatal Flaw Was Nearly Exposed

    motherboard.vice.com 10 Jan '14, 11am

    And in fact they are, at least for the most part. By design, it wouldn’t make sense for any individual entity to weaken faith in the system if profit is the end motive, as this would negatively affect the value of bitcoins. The benefit of double-spending quickly diminishes if prices p...

  • #Bitcoin has reached North Korea: @maxkeiser

    So Bitcoin Has Reached North Korea

    motherboard.vice.com 08 Jan '14, 4pm

    Proof: Schoolchildren's Palace in Pyongyang. Via BitcoinDPRK From Berlin to Botswana to Beijing, Bitcoin is spreading all over the world, and now, it’s finally hit North Korea. Well, sort of. A brave Bitcoiner known only by his Reddit handle BitcoinDPRK—maintaining anonymity makes sen...

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    Now Even Some Girl Scouts Are Accepting Bitcoin

    motherboard.vice.com 04 Jan '14, 2pm

    Bitcoin knows no boundaries. An entrepreneurial—and tech savvy—group of girl scouts has decided to accept Bitcoins as well as regular greenbacks at their pop-up coffee shop, according to a Twitter user who found a photo of it on Reddit . The little ladies have apparently set up the bu...

  • Bitcoin Becomes a Real Job and Wall Street Is Hiring | Motherboard

    Bitcoin Becomes a Real Job and Wall Street Is Hiring

    motherboard.vice.com 03 Jan '14, 11am

    Wall Street wants in on Bitcoin. Image via YouTube A San Francisco-based hedge fund is hiring a Bitcoin execution trader, in yet another sign of how seriously Wall Street takes cryptocurrencies—or possibly that the world is ending. No word on whether or not you get paid in bitcoins. A...

  • Bitcoin needs women:

    Bitcoin Needs Women

    motherboard.vice.com 27 Dec '13, 3pm

    When looking at Bitcoin historically, as an emerging technology and financial open-source platform based on the internet, it's really no mystery that there has been a lack of women around here. For one thing, Bitcoin parallels the same trends in the the tech space, where, aside from t...

  • Bitcoin scored its first major US retailer:

    Bitcoin Just Scored Its First Major US Retailer

    motherboard.vice.com 20 Dec '13, 3pm

    This “sunny honey oak square headboard sleigh bed 5-piece bedroom set” can be yours for a couple of bitcoins. via Overstock.com Bitcoin’s had a rough week after banking officials essentially kicked it out of China , but the crypto-movement just scored a major consolation prize. Overst...

  • China Just Popped the #Bitcoin Bubble: via @sfnuop

    China Just Popped the Bitcoin Bubble

    motherboard.vice.com 18 Dec '13, 2pm

    Chinese banking officials are clamping down on Bitcoin, sending the volatile cryptocurrency tumbling to prices not seen since November. Regulators have banned domestic payment providers from offering clearing services to bitcoin exchanges, a major setback for the popular virtual money...

  • Who's Afraid of Bitcoin? These Countries

    Who's Afraid of Bitcoin? These Countries

    motherboard.vice.com 16 Dec '13, 7pm

    One of the founding premises of Bitcoin is that it isn’t controlled or regulated by any central authority, yet as its market value and public popularity keep climbing, central banks and governments around the world are grappling with how to handle the virtual currency. Some have given...

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    Apple Won't Explain Why It's Against Bitcoin

    motherboard.vice.com 13 Dec '13, 7pm

    When the Bank of America announced earlier this month that Bitcoin had “clear potential for growth,” it's fair to say it was stating the obvious. After all, eBay president John Donahoe had already hinted that PayPal might accept Bitcoin in the future, the Robocoin Bitcoin ATM machine ...

  • Did one of the Silk Road's successors just commit the perfect #bitcoin scam? via @djpangburn

    Did One of the Silk Road's Successors Just Commit the Perfect Bitcoin Scam?

    motherboard.vice.com 02 Dec '13, 11am

    The hacker also let Branwen know that he'd passed this information on to the FBI (more on that below). According to Branwen, the mysterious figure also took credit for leaks related to Black Market Reloaded and Project Black Flag (itself a victim of bitcoin theft). Branwen read the re...

  • Bitcoin Mints Its First Billionaire: Its Inventor, Satoshi Nakamoto

    motherboard.vice.com 29 Nov '13, 3pm

    Who is Satoshi Nakamoto , Bitcoin’s enigmatic creator? Is he Dread Pirate Roberts , the founder of the Silk Road? (No, says Texan Hacker Dustin Trammell . Is he Gavin Andresen, Bitcoin’s lead open source developer? (Gavin denies this.) Is he Shinichi Mochizuki, the reclusive mathemati...

  • Beyond Bitcoin: A Guide to the Most Promising Cryptocurrencies | Motherboard via @motherboard

    Beyond Bitcoin: A Guide to the Most Promising Cryptocurrencies

    motherboard.vice.com 29 Nov '13, 10am

    Consistent with its name, Litecoin is essentially Bitcoin-lite and is the second most valuable altcoin. It shares nearly all the same features except it has a shorter block rate (every 2.5 minutes versus 10) and a different proof-of-work (scrypt versus SHA2). Shorter block rates mean ...

  • Is Bitcoin a Government Conspiracy? - Motherboard (blog)

    Is Bitcoin a Government Conspiracy?

    motherboard.vice.com 25 Nov '13, 1am

    Bitcoin continues surging towards heady heights, closing in on $1000. Following growing demand in China and US validation after a convivial Senate hearing, the total transaction volume of the futuristic money has now surpassed PayPal. But bitcoin’s momentum has revived an old debate ....

  • Politicians—Now Accepting Bitcoin

    Politicians—Now Accepting Bitcoin |

    motherboard.vice.com 08 Nov '13, 6pm

    Bitcoin's headed for Washington, folks. The cryptocurrency that got its start enabling furtive drugs deals on the internet black market can now be used to help get your favorite politician elected. The Federal Election Commission released a plan yesterday to allow political campaigns ...

  • The recording industry welcomes bitcoin to its most wanted list:

    Next on the Recording Industry's Hit List: Bitcoin

    motherboard.vice.com 04 Nov '13, 7pm

    The copyright cops at the RIAA have released this year's list of "notorious websites" for the US government to chase in the name of preventing piracy. The usual suspects are all there—torrenting sites like the Pirate Bay, cyberlockers overseas and so on. But this year there's a new ki...

  • Dark Wallet Will Make Bitcoin Accessible for All—Except the Feds |

    motherboard.vice.com 01 Nov '13, 4pm

    Bitcoin, the digital currency once known for powering the black market of the deep web, has officially caught the attention of the proverbial Man. The US government is working to regulate and control the crytocurrency; law enforcement is confiscating millions of virtual coins used for...

  • Why Bitcoin Boomed During the Government Shutdown via @motherboard

    Why Bitcoin Boomed During the Government Shutdown

    motherboard.vice.com 17 Oct '13, 5pm

    Just two weeks after the Feds shuttered the Silk Road , the notorious online drug bazaar, bitcoin prices have touched a five-month high—with a single bitcoin fetching nearly $156 each on Tokyo-based exchange Mt. Gox. Bitcoin’s resiliency can no longer be denied, especially as the digi...

  • PBS Explained Bitcoin to America

    motherboard.vice.com 05 Oct '13, 6pm

    On the central question of bitcoin's vulnerability, Solman repeats the promises of bitcoin's believers—that the currency is impervious to attack, and while there is a brief reference to the Silk Road bust , there is no mention of the NSA or the FBI 's attempts to infiltrate anonymous ...

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    What Do the Latest NSA Leaks Mean for Bitcoin?

    motherboard.vice.com 12 Sep '13, 7pm

    Could the intelligence community have a secret exploit for Bitcoin? It's rather obvious that Bitcoin presents a very strong financial incentive to break its cryptography, since such a vulnerability could allow an attacker to claim large amounts of virtual currency for themselves. But ...

  • In an Uber Google Car Future, Would You Let the Rich Pass You for Bitcoin?

    In a Uber Google Car Future, Would You Let the Rich Pass You for Bitcoin?

    motherboard.vice.com 12 Sep '13, 5pm

    There are plenty of good reasons to be excited about technological innovations like self-driving Google cars, electric Teslas, and encryptic digital currencies like Bitcoin. Enabling a world where rich people can pass you on the highway for pocket change is probably not one of them. O...

  • Bitcoin Exchange Berlin is bringing digital currency to market:

    Bitcoin Exchange Berlin Is Bringing Digital Currency to Market

    motherboard.vice.com 04 Sep '13, 3pm

    On a clear Saturday afternoon in Berlin, I checked out the third Bitcoin Exchange Berlin (BXB), which is the first face-to-face marketplace of its kind in Germany—and likely in Europe. The monthly exchange shook down at the Platoon Kunsthalle , an art space made from stacked shipping ...

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    Super Mario Meets Bitcoin in the Augmented Reality of "1 Up Fever"

    motherboard.vice.com 15 Aug '13, 8pm

    The 1 Up Fever from Silvia Dal Dosso on Vimeo . When I first heard about bitcoin, I imagined fake money within World of Warcraft or a Zynga game. I imagined a digital currency that players could buy into to accelerate gameplay and skip character levels. After learning the ins and outs...

  • Thailand Just Became Test Bed For What Happens When Bitcoin Is Banned by @danstuckey @motherboard

    Thailand Just Banned Bitcoin

    motherboard.vice.com 29 Jul '13, 9pm

    After a whole-hearted attempt to set up shop as a transparent bitcoin exchange, Bitcoin Co. Ltd. has been shutdown by the country's central bank. Although there's no official law prohibiting the use of bitcoins and bitcoin accessories, "senior members of the Foreign Exchange Administr...

  • Primecoin, a week-old cryptocurrency, wants to cash in on the wasted energy of bitcoin's algorithm:

    A Week-Old Cryptocurrency Wants to Capture the Wasted Energy of Bitcoin's Algorithm

    motherboard.vice.com 17 Jul '13, 3pm

    Some of us are taken with bitcoin. We have learned its basics, and are more or less versed with its socioeconomic implications. We get it. But when an acquaintance of mine told me recently that he's trading in more than 30 bitcoin alternatives, or altcoins, my mind was blown. Acting a...

  • One Third of Kenyans Now Have a Bitcoin Wallet

    One Third of Kenyans Now Have a Bitcoin Wallet

    motherboard.vice.com 12 Jul '13, 4pm

    Thanks to bitcoin, it's about to become a lot easier to move money in Africa. M-Pesa , a successful mobile money platform in Sub-Saharan Africa, is embracing bitcoin. The service will give rise to transactions with negligible fees (~$0.04), and could dramatically slash revenues of exi...

  • Riding the Bitcoin Bubble All the Way to Panamanian Paradise - Motherboard (blog) #bitcoin

    Riding the Bitcoin Bubble All the Way to Panamanian Paradise

    motherboard.vice.com 29 Jun '13, 10pm

    In March I flew from San Francisco to Panama City with less than $200 in my bank account. I wasn’t worried about my lack of funds. A week earlier, a guy I’d met online had bought me a plane ticket to help him crew a sailboat from the eastern end of the Panama Canal back to the states—...

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