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  • Single bitcoin will be worth $100,000 says Silicon Valley VC

    Single bitcoin will be worth $100,000 says Silicon Valley VC

    wired.co.uk 16 Jan '14, 10am

    But critics "systematically underestimated" the power of these technologies as platforms, he says. Platforms get developed. It can be hard to see where the improvements are coming from, but they happen nonetheless. "They get better at an exponential rate and all these criticisms go aw...

  • Bitcoin will soon help you set up a charity, release Kickstarter funds and trace payments

    wired.co.uk 24 Dec '13, 9am

    Bitcoin's scripting language can handle transactions far more complex than simply "send money from X to Y". A payment can be made automatically the moment the majority of parties involved approve it -- useful to release Kickstarter funding or deal with business expenditures. Escrows c...

  • London-based Bitcoin exchange Coinfloor opens for business

    London-based Bitcoin exchange Coinfloor opens for business

    wired.co.uk 29 Oct '13, 8am

    "However, we pride ourselves on our compliance even in the absence of regulatory guidance, and look forward to a point in the future when the HMRC and FCA may choose to regulate Bitcoin as a currency as we would be ready and confident about our immediate compliance," explains Coinfloo...

  • Thai central bank rules Bitcoin to be illegal

    Thai central bank rules Bitcoin to be illegal

    wired.co.uk 29 Jul '13, 3pm

    Senior members of the Foreign Exchange Administration and Policy Department concluded that because there were no existing laws that apply to Bitcoin and the fact that the cryptocurrency "straddles multiple financial facets", a wide range of Bitcoin activities should be illegal. These ...

  • Founder reflects on the closure of Bitcoin stock exchange GLBSE by @Olivia_Solon

    Founder reflects on the closure of Bitcoin stock exchange GLBSE

    wired.co.uk 24 Oct '13, 4pm

    The first IPO made through the exchange was for Ubitex , a service that allowed bitcoin traders to meet face-to-face to buy and sell the cryptocurrency. Although it raised more than 1,100 bitcoins, the service never had any success and its founder disappeared. Since then, some legitim...

  • Rogue employee fired for turning game into Bitcoin mining colony

    wired.co.uk 10 Jul '13, 9am

    Campus Party España/Flickr/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 An unidentified staffer at the ESEA gaming network has been fired for allegedly turning the company's software into a secret Bitcoin-mining Trojan. In April, ESEA (the E-Sports Entertainment Association) admitted that its software -- which se...

  • Singapore creates cuddly robot-monkey to help care for elderly

    Singapore creates cuddly robot-monkey to help care for elderly

    wired.co.uk 09 Oct '13, 3pm

    The latest in cuddly toy tech has emerged in the form of HuGGler, an interactive monkey-companion capable of recognising non-verbal acts that are tied to the emotional state of a person. The Singaporean toy is designed to not only entertain, but help with the diagnosis of Alzheimer's ...

  • Bitcoin, internet of things, space tourism and phablet added to Oxford dictionary by @katieecollins

    Bitcoin, internet of things, space tourism and phablet added to Oxford dictionary

    wired.co.uk 29 Aug '13, 1pm

    Showing some great forward thinking, Oxford Dictionaries has also chosen to include "MOOC ", which is the acronym for massive open online course, and "space tourism " to its online word catalogue. MOOCs are yet to really reach the mainstream, but are likely to become increasingly impo...

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