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Bitcoin hack stories. Who is the Bitcoin creator? Singapore Recognizes Bitcoin As Currency, Set Out Tax Rules. Huge Bitcoin Loss. Bitcoin: "real world" currency or speculative investment? Bitcoin ATM. FinCEN issues opinion letters on Bitcoin mining, software provi. Law enforcemeat and virtual economy. Why Bitcoin Matters. The future of Bitcoins? Bitcoin war against central banks. Ten places where you can spend your bitcoins in the UK. Silk Road-Feds Ready To Sell $25 Million of Bitcoin. Bitcoin 2014 – Top 10 predictions | With all the speculation about Bitcoin and an exciting 2013 behind us, I thought that a list of predictions for 2014 would be a good way to start this year. These predictions are based on growth patterns of similar networks, the traction in various ecosystem activities last year, and my conversations with various Bitcoin enthusiasts.

So here are my Top 10 predictions for Bitcoin 2014. 1. More than $100M of venture capital will flow into Bitcoin start-ups. This pool of capital will be distributed across local/global exchange start-ups (e.g. BTC China*), merchant-related services (e.g. 2. A lot of press notes and individual viewpoints state that mining is dead, as we are already in the petahash domain and are restricted by Moore’s law from a technological stand point. 3. The open source nature of the Bitcoin protocol led to the advent of over 50+ alt-coins, most of which are blatant rip-offs with a tweak or two here and there. In my opinion, only the category 3 ones would survive. 4. 5.

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Bitcoin - could Beijing make or break it? - part three. Craziest Bitcoin Business. China places no currency in Bitcoin. This Whole Bitcoin Thing Could Be Big, Says Bank of America. JP Morgan veut lancer son Bitcoin. EU banking watchdog warns against Bitcoin. Bitcoin va dos paraitre? Anonymity of buyers. Coindesk. Any form of money needs to be easily broken down into sub-units to allow an equal exchange for goods or services. And bitcoin is wonderfully divisible, with its smallest unit being the tiny 0.00000001 of a bitcoin – a unit known as a ‘satoshi’. However, such divisibility does come with one disadvantage. The Bitcoin Wiki, a source of BTC-related knowledge, has a lengthy chart spelling out the large number of different bitcoin sub-units: including mBTC, μBTC and cBTC, and many more.

But do you know what they stand for? Thankfully, there may be a better solution. Down to bits A proposal floated on reddit has called for bitcoin to be broken down into just one smaller unit. So, one bit would be worth 0.000001 BTC, which at recent prices would roughly amount to $.0004. This division of a bitcoin may seem infinitesimal now, but, given that the price of bitcoin is up about four times what it was just a year ago, and may one day be worth thousands of dollars, it makes sense. “Bitcoin is capped. Seeking Alpha. Bitcoin CEO Found Dead of Possible Suicide in Singapore. Slides-89-iab-techplenary-6. Major US retailer starts accepting Bitcoin payments. Bitcoins Spark Regulatory Crackdown as Denmark Drafts Rules. The spread of Bitcoins is now prompting regulators in Scandinavia to draft new rules in an effort to prevent virtual money from slipping into a legal gray zone.

Denmark is the latest nation to prepare standards to protect its consumers from risks associated with virtual currencies after the regulator found it lacked authority to prevent a company creating an exchange for the software. The most likely outcome would be an “amendment to existing financial legislation so that we have regulation covering it,” Michael Landberg, chief legal adviser at the Financial Supervisory Authority in Denmark, said yesterday in a phone interview. “It is also important to have this included in money laundering acts.” More and more nations are taking an official stance on virtual currencies that aren’t controlled by any government or central bank. Norway said this month it won’t recognize Bitcoins as legal tender and will impose a capital gains tax. European Level Legal Authority Bitcoin Risks. Bitcoin Can't Be a Better Dollar if It's a Newer Tulip.

The price of Bitcoin as of today is $1,003—or at least it was as of the time I typed that last sentence. By now it could be worth significantly more or less. But as Bitcoin mania drives the price upward, a chorus of skeptics predict—or openly pine for—the moment when everything comes crashing down. I recently mentioned Bitcoin in the office of a venture capitalist, and for a second it seemed like he was going to punch me in the face. In a column in the New York Times last week, Adrian Chen laid out the basic anti-Bitcoin argument, complete with the sense of personal affront: “All I can say is that the crash is going to be great,” he wrote. “Bitcoin is too dependent on speculative mania to be of practical use as a currency.” Chen’s initial discovery was about Silk Road, an online black market based on Bitcoin, and his initial article for Gawker sent the value of the currency spiking by drawing attention to something new and dangerous.

So how does Bitcoin stabilize? Is bitcoin legal? Last updated: 22nd April 2014 Bitcoin is of interest to law enforcement agencies, tax authorities, and legal regulators, all of which are trying to understand how the cryptocurrency fits into existing frameworks. The legality of your bitcoin activities will depend on who you are, where you live, and what you are doing with it. Bitcoin has proven to be a contentious issue for regulators and law enforcers, both of which have targeted the digital currency in an attempt to control its use. We are still early on in the game, and many legal authorities are still struggling to understand the cryptocurrency, let alone make laws around it.

Amid all this uncertainty, one question stands out: is bitcoin legal? The answer is, yes, depending on what you’re doing with it. Read on for our guide to the complex legal landscape surrounding bitcoin. What are the concerns about bitcoin? Who regulates it? FinCEN Legislative branch November saw responses from the various agencies. US states What this means to you. Bitcoin: It's not just loopy tulip land, it's worse. Congratulations, libertarians, your clever little digital currency based on nothing but arithmetic, arrogance and faux-revolutionary Kool-Aid has been smeared in US Senate-love and slid all the way up to the US$1200 mark.

Bitcoin is being taken seriously in serious quarters, it seems. Well done. So now it's time to build some structure and regulation around it. Cue the sound of a million crypto-currency fans screeching a thousand well-parrotted slogans that "explain" why every other monetary system will soon collapse and nations-states will crumble — and why anyone who disagrees is just an ignorant slave to outmoded economic thinking. Actually, the "why" is never explained, it's just asserted. The comments in reply were a fascinating jumble of ideas, admittedly not all of which were completely loopy. But you'll get a much better idea of the effervescent assertions emanating from the Bitcoin wonderland by following the Twitter account @bitcoin_txt, which picks out the highlights. Two Numbers: Bitcoins From Heaven. Bitcoin Back Above $1,000 as Major Businesses Embrace Currency. The price of bitcoin topped $1,000 on Mt. Gox, the second-largest exchange by volume, for the first time since mid-December, following multiple announcements of major businesses accepting the currency.

Zynga announced Saturday that it is working with BitPay, a bitcoin-payment processor, to test accepting the digital currency as payment for items in certain online games. Last month, the CEO of, a popular discount-shopping website, revealed plans to accept bitcoin in the first half of 2014. Bitcoin prices on Mt. Gox via Bitcoin first topped $1,000 in late November 2013, but fell below that mark early the following month after news that China's central bank planned to crack down on the currency.

Across all exchanges, the average price of bitcoin is still slightly below $1,000, as you can see in the chart, below, from, though it has skyrocketed from this time last year when it was trading in the double digits: Have something to add to this story? Bitcoins mean business. It’s an age-old theory: New ideas spark new business opportunities. In 2009, the “Bitcoin” network was launched, introducing a worldwide virtual currency. The idea of an Internet-based monetary system had been tossed around since the creation of the Web, circa 1994, yet despite many valiant attempts, cryptographers—those attempting to write the web-based code—failed to produce a digital currency that was both self-regulating and not prone to self-implosion.

Bitcoin, however, may have accomplished what its predecessors could not, and as a result business entrepreneurs around the world are starting to pay attention. Bitcoins are not printed by any mint or physical entity, but rather are created through a decentralized network of users called “miners.” So, What Can One Do With a Bitcoin? The answer evolves daily. The Dark Side of Bitcoin The use of Bitcoins in the criminal world is impossible to ignore.

Legal Tender. Malaysia's Central Bank Warns of Bitcoin Risks. EU banking watchdog warns against Bitcoin. Should You Invest in Bitcoin? Bitcoin Index Seeks Clearer Value Picture. Bitcoin: In depth news, commentary and analysis from the Financial Times. Don't give mediation the silent treatment. Litigation is an expensive and time consuming process. The courts recognise this and actively encourage parties to explore all options for resolving their disputes. Consequently, it is common for parties contemplating or in the early stages of litigation to consider mediation or other forms of ADR. If one party unreasonably refuses an invitation to mediate then the court is likely to view this as unreasonable conduct and may respond by imposing cost sanctions on that party. However, what would a court's reaction be to a party that fails to respond at all to an invitation to mediate?

This is the question the Court of Appeal had to decide in PGF II SA v. The litigation proceeded and the claimant made a last- minute acceptance of the defendant's Part 36 offer the day before trial so that the only issue outstanding between the parties was costs. The Court of Appeal then went on to look at the cost consequences of the defendant's unreasonable refusal to mediate. The bitcoin market is struggling with illiquidity as prices and demand rise sharply. By Michael Carney On December 3, 2013 The price of bitcoin has quintupled over the last five weeks, rising from a price of $200 on November 1 to $1,071 currently. Ignoring for a moment arguments for and against bitcoin’s long-term viability and the sensibility of its current prices, the exponential growth curve can largely be attributed to an imbalance between supply and demand in the market. But beyond giving speculators whiplash, this increase in demand and rapid rise in price is starting to create problems for the underlying market infrastructure.

Several of the most prominent global exchanges and wallet programs have suffered temporary illiquidity and delays in withdrawals and trading during the last month. It’s not a new issue, or necessarily an unexpected one in the early stages of a marketplace, but this illiquidity is becoming more significant as the total bitcoin market cap grows and it commands a growing global spotlight. Tokyo-based Mt. Digital money: The Bitcoin bubble. Bitcoin Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know About the Future of Money | Wired Enterprise.

We hooked it up to a network of mining computers that pool together computing resources and share bitcoin profits. And in six months, it has earned more than 13 bitcoins. That's more than $10,000 at today's bitcoin prices. But people who got the machine later than we did (and there were plenty of them) didn't make quite so much money. Online Thievery Once you get your hands on some bitcoins, be careful. This can be a problem whether you're running a wallet on your own machine or on a website run by a third party. So, as their bitcoins start to add up, many pros move their wallets off of their computers. Some people will even move their bitcoins into a real physical wallet or onto something else that's completely separate from the computer world. Sure, you could lose this.

The good news is that the public nature of the bitcoin ledger may make it theoretically possible to figure out who has stolen your bitcoins. But don't count on it. Bitcoin vs. the U.S.A. The process isn't instant.