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  • It's not too late to get into Bitcoin, insists Bitcoin Jesus

    It's not too late to get into Bitcoin, insists Bitcoin Jesus

    wired.co.uk 29 May '15, 2pm

    One of the things that will increase confidence in Bitcoin is the extensive startup and VC investment in the cryptocurrencies infrastructure that is currently "exploding". Once upon a time there was only one Bitcoin exchange, but now there are many and they're getting better and bette...

  • Reid Hoffman: Why the block chain matters

    Reid Hoffman: Why the block chain matters

    wired.co.uk 15 May '15, 7am

    First, it distributes transaction-clearing responsibilities across a broadly distributed network of computers known as "miners", eliminating the need for expensive centralised third parties such as banks and payments processors to authenticate and verify online exchanges of value. Any...

  • Scientists now want Singapore's coral to spawn in London. Why? by @katieecollins

    Why scientists want Singapore's coral to spawn in London

    wired.co.uk 08 Apr '15, 5pm

    A collection of live corals collected from two reefs off the Singapore have been transported to the Horniman Museum in London as part of the experiment designed to discern what conditions are most conducive to coral reproduction. The plight of coral reefs is well understood and well p...

  • Dell partners with Coinbase to accept bitcoin in the UK

    Dell partners with Coinbase to accept bitcoin in the

    wired.co.uk 19 Feb '15, 4pm

    US technology company Dell's partnership with bitcoin wallet and exchange service Coinbase has allowed it to become the first major retailer to accept bitcoin in the UK. These measures, which allow both customers in Canada and the UK the option of paying with bitcoin, are, according t...

  • Hand-implanted NFC chips open this man's bitcoin wallet

    wired.co.uk 11 Nov '14, 6pm

    Subdermal NFC chip implants Mr Bitcoin The Dutch founder of a bitcoin ATM firm has gone to great lengths to highlight the digital currency -- implanting near-field communication (NFC) chips under his skin so he can use his hand to access his Bitcoin wallet. Martijn Wismeijer is the fo...

  • Bitcoin might fail but the blockchain is here to stay

    Bitcoin might fail but the blockchain is here to stay

    wired.co.uk 24 Nov '14, 6pm

    Bitcoin could end up being the MySpace of cryptocurrency, but the underlying technology powering new payment methods is here to stay. That's according to Brock Pierce, a tech entrepreneur with his eyes firmly fixed on cryptocurrencies . "By having a baseline protocol that allows you t...

  • Massive Bitcoin heist sees hacker divert traffic from 19 ISPs

    wired.co.uk 08 Aug '14, 10am

    The attacker specifically targeted a collection of bitcoin mining "pools" -- bitcoin-producing cooperatives in which users contribute their computers' processing power and are rewarded with a cut of the resulting cryptocurrency the pool produces. The redirection technique tricked the ...

  • VC buys Silk Road bitcoin haul to help fintech startups:

    VC buys Silk Road bitcoin haul to help fintech startups

    wired.co.uk 03 Jul '14, 9am

    Bitcoin is an increasingly popular currency driven by a network of computers spread across the internet. With just 13 million bitcoins in circulation, it can be hard for new companies to buy large chunks of the digital currency without driving prices up. But the arrangement with Drape...

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