motherboard.vice.com Archives - 23 December 2014, Tuesday

  • These Chilean Developers Want to Give You Bitcoin for Playing Minecraft

    These Chilean Developers Want to Give You Bitcoin for Playing Minecraft

    motherboard.vice.com 12 Dec '14, 10am

    If you’re a Minecraft player, it sounds like the deal of the century: spend your time building stuff and making virtual friends, and you can win Bitcoin, the e-currency of the modern era. Let me introduce you to Mego , a little video game company from Chile dedicated to developing app...

  • The Devout and Lucrative World of Bitcoin Fan Art

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

    It’s really hard to visualise Bitcoin. The whole point of the cryptocurrency, after all, is that it’s entirely digital—and barely leaves a trace. Last week, Motherboard’s Kaleigh Rogers deplored the attem​pts of stock photos to represent Bitcoin, which usually rely on a selection of v...

  • Every Bitcoin Stock Photo Is The Worst

    motherboard.vice.com 03 Dec '14, 3pm

    Bitcoin is perpetually big news. Whether it’s a hacker with a B​itcoin bounty on his head or just the daily Bitcoin market price updates, there are a lot of stories and a pretty desperate need for images to go with them. Unfortunately, Bitcoin stock images are all terrible: Man in pla...

  • This startup lets you mail poop to people:

    ShitExpress's Bitcoin-for-Animal-Poop Service: The Motherboard Review

    motherboard.vice.com 03 Nov '14, 9pm

    The internet is full of new and exciting startups promising all manner of innovative solutions to our everyday problems. Unfortunately, many of these companies never manage to master the difficult engineering and/or manufacturing processes to turn their ideas into usable products. So ...

  • Why Silicon Valley (and Google) Loves Bitcoin

    motherboard.vice.com 12 Oct '14, 2pm

    It’s an open secret why Silicon Valley loves Bitcoin and it’s only a matter of time before the titans of tech start pushing around their influential weight—like Google, whose top engineers may have just let slip that they’re already in the game. The explosion of innovation and capital...

  • This is what mining bitcoin by hand looks like:

    This Is What Mining Bitcoin by Hand Looks Like

    motherboard.vice.com 30 Sep '14, 12pm

    If you can’t get your head around mining bitcoin with increasing amounts of computer power, don’t even think about doing it with just brain power. Software engineer Ken Shirriff tried exactly that, mining the cryptocurrency at a rate of 0.67 hashes per day using just a pencil, paper, ...

  • The Satoshi Nakamoto Email Hacker Says He's Negotiating with the Bitcoin Founder

    The Satoshi Nakamoto Email Hacker Says He's Negotiating with the Bitcoin Founder

    motherboard.vice.com 09 Sep '14, 3pm

    Last night, an anonymous poster published a ransom note on Pastebin , saying he or she would release the identity of Bitcoin's mysterious creator, the pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto , in exchange for 25 bitcoins. The poster said he or she had learned of Nakamoto's identity by gaining a...

  • #Canada Has Sold Millions in #Military-Grade Hardware to #Israel #Ottawa #Canadian #cdnpoli #mone…

    Canada Has Sold Millions in Military-Grade Hardware to Israel

    motherboard.vice.com 01 Sep '14, 12am

    The shock and awe of Israeli military technology might be happening thousands of miles from North America, in Gaza, but Canadians shouldn’t feel too left out. A government report shows some of that military hardware could very well be Canadian made. It’s no secret the American governm...

  • Apparently Canada is now the Bitcoin ATM "capital of the world":

    Apparently Canada Is Now the Bitcoin ATM 'Capital of the World'

    motherboard.vice.com 14 Aug '14, 8pm

    The push to make Bitcoin mainstream is gaining momentum in Canada, where a little known Bitcoin exchange company just rolled out six new bitcoin teller machines (BTMs, as in ATMs) in Toronto. According CAVIRTEX, the installation of its six new machines in Canada’s largest metropolis, ...

  • Why Bitcoin May One Day Split Into Black and White Coins - Motherboard

    Why Bitcoin May One Day Split Into Black and White Coins

    motherboard.vice.com 25 Jul '14, 11am

    Rumors are swirling that as governments move to integrate and legitimize bitcoin, it could have a divisive and lasting effect on the virtual payment system. Forcing regulations on bitcoin could divide the digital currency into two camps: coins that are regulated and managed by a gover...

  • Dark Wallet's Developer Envisions 'Startup Governments' Run on Bitcoin

    Dark Wallet's Developer Envisions 'Startup Governments' Run on

    motherboard.vice.com 14 Jul '14, 12pm

    Amir Taaki is a busy guy. Between working on new Bitcoin technologies, the British-Iranian software developer finds time to churn out projects that could impact trade, communication, national security, transparency, and pretty much everything else, not to mention stir controversy. Taa...

  • After mastering Twitter, Tor, and Instagram, the IS is reportedly interested in #Bitcoin:

    Is the Islamic State Really Using Bitcoin?

    motherboard.vice.com 09 Jul '14, 10pm

    Fresh from perfecting its Twitter game and meming its conquests across Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State has reportedly turned its operations to another burgeoning part of the internet: Bitcoin. Sky News reported that the IS-linked blog Al-Khilafah Aridat posted an article preaching t...

  • Code as Law: How Bitcoin Could Decentralize the Courtroom

    Code as Law: How Bitcoin Could Decentralize the Courtroom

    motherboard.vice.com 03 Jul '14, 5pm

    Remember hearing that bitcoin is the new internet? Well, while finance was the technology's first battleground, it is slowly bleeding into other sectors—everything from airplanes to democratic voting , and possibly, the law itself. The bitcoin protocol, that strange decentralized crea...

  • Spy gear is being sold on the Deep Web #tor #bitcoin

    Deep Web Vendors Are Hawking a Hodge-Podge of Spy Gear

    motherboard.vice.com 25 Jun '14, 7am

    We all know that it's possible to buy drugs on the deep web , along with a cornucopia of other black market wares . But more recently, I've noticed another type of product popping up on the hidden Internet's bazaars, such as one called 'Agora': surveillance and anti-surveillance items...

  • Bitcoin News: A Offshore Tax Haven Plans to Become the World's First Bitcoin Island: Wh...

    An Offshore Tax Haven Plans to Become the World's First Bitcoin Island

    motherboard.vice.com 23 Jun '14, 7pm

    While many places around the world want nothing to do with Bitcoin , some locales are trying hard to make the cryptocurrency happen, not just in the murky international waters of cyberspace or the confines of a student-fuelled experiment , but as a real local alternative to fiat curre...

  • 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...

  • #bitcoin

    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...

  • Apple

    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...