Microsoft now accepts Bitcoin across all of its online stores: Windows, Xbox, apps, everything. There might be life in the old beast yet: Microsoft now accepts Bitcoin as a payment option on its Windows and Xbox stores — which means you can now use Bitcoin to purchase a new copy of Windows, the latest installment of Call of Destiny: Master Chief Edition, or even to buy the latest season of your favorite TV show.
Obviously, this is a pretty big deal for Bitcoin: Not only is a currency only as valuable as its ability to be exchanged for useful goods, but an endorsement from a company as large as Microsoft will be seen as a significant milestone that might get other important companies to take another look at accepting Bitcoin. As of yesterday morning, you can now use bitcoins to add funds to your Microsoft account. When you go to add new funds, you have the usual options of using a credit card or gift card — but now you also have the option of using bitcoins (it’s US-only for now, incidentally).
Bitcoin Gets More Respect From Major Brands. Bitcoin has survived skepticism, economic volatility and outright hostility from entrenched financial institutions since it was created by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008.
But now, it's starting to seep into the global economy as more big brands are stepping out in support of the digital currency. Time Inc. is the latest company to announce it’s accepting the virtual currency for subscriptions to many of its magazines, including Fortune, Health, This Old House and Travel and Leisure. “For a major publisher like Time Inc. to embrace Bitcoin sends an important message to both its readers and to the broader media community,” said Brian Armstrong, CEO and co-founder of Coinbase (Time Inc.' Bitreserve - A next generation digital money service built on top of bitcoin. The Blockchain and the Rise of Networked Trust. “We are free to plant our own seeds; we don’t buy the brand nor the patent from a multinational.
In order to plant, we don’t need permission. Also, we don’t ask anyone’s permission for what to do with our money!” Santiago Zaz is an organic farmer from Argentina. Back in 2013, Zaz’s business became the first of its kind to accept bitcoin payments in the country. Like Zaz, many in his community don’t have the possibility of owning a credit card. Linked-In, Sun Microsystems Founders Lead Big Bet On Bitcoin Innovation - MoneyBeat - WSJ. 37coins. State of Bitcoin Q3 2014: Ecosystem Maturing Amid Price Pressure. Download the full report in PDF form.
We are pleased to release our latest quarterly State of Bitcoin update. This article will run through some key findings from the new report, which focuses on data and events in the third quarter of 2014 up to the present day. Overall, this quarter could be characterized as a ‘Tale of Two Bitcoins’. On the one hand, significant bitcoin venture investment continued and much progress was made in furthering adoption, particularly in bitcoin’s use as a medium of exchange. Overstock.com Assembles Coders to Create a Bitcoin-Like Stock Market. Ariel Zambelich/WIRED.
Coin design: Gail Anderson + Joe Newton Overstock.com is building software, based on the bitcoin digital currency, that could allow the big-name etailer to issue corporate stock over the internet, sidestepping traditional stock exchanges such as the NASDAQ and the New York Stock Exchange. The Salt Lake City-based company recently hired two of the developers behind CounterParty—an online project that helps individuals and businesses build all sorts of financial services atop the worldwide network of machines that drive bitcoin—and according to Overstock founder and CEO Patrick Byrne, these coders will help build “cryptosecurity” software that any company could potentially use to issue financial securities over the net.
Mirroring bitcoin—known as a “crytocurrency”—these securities would be controlled by cryptographic algorithms running across computers spread across the globe, not by a central stock exchange. Dark Markets Grow Bigger and Bolder in Year Since Silk Road Bust. In this concluding article of our series looking at Silk Road, a year after its closure, we examine the impact the Silk Road bust had on the dark markets and their most widely used digital currency, bitcoin.
The FBI may have taken down the Silk Road in spectacular fashion, slapping a seizure notice on the dark marketplace’s website and executing the high-profile public arrests of Ross Ulbricht, and later, bitcoin executive Charlie Shrem and digital currency trader Robert Faiella. According to academics and researchers studying dark web markets – which transact almost exclusively in bitcoin – listings for illicit goods and services have actually grown in the aftermath of the Silk Road bust. The rising popularity of such markets among drug vendors and customers means that illicit trade is set to expand even more, one researcher believes. How Bitcoin's Banking Crunch is Holding Back US Startups. Following its May launch, QuickCoin captured attention with its novel integration of Facebook’s ubiquitous social media platform and simple bitcoin wallet technology – and the wider tech world took notice.
Soon, the self-funded company began to capitalize on its momentum, and on 11th August, QuickCoin had the first of its seed round capital wired to its corporate bank account at Wells Fargo. The celebration, however, was short-lived. As CEO Nathan Lands told CoinDesk: “Everything seemed fine, when all of a sudden I started noticing that some of our bills were bouncing because the debit card was being declined.” Lands alleges that weeks of uncertainty ensued, and that in the end, QuickCoin’s bank account was closed. Bitcoin Could Transform Internet of Things into Vast Data Marketplace.
As sportswear giant Nike expands its wearable technology applications, it will need more data to feed its gadgets and software.
To do that will be a simple matter in the future. A Nike executive will simply pull up a list of sensors operated by a private weather station, selecting the ones from which she would like to buy data. With a click, the executive will pay individual sensors – perhaps thermostats mounted in a Central Park pathway particularly favoured by joggers – for their data, using bitcoin. The weather sensors will be just one part of a future market filled with data collected by machines on the ‘Internet of Things’. Revolutionizing Crowdfunding.
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So it's an open question: what might a Bitcoin that's useful for the mainstream look like? Money Money has three functions: it’s a store of value (that is, somewhere you can put your life savings), a unit of account (that is, a measure of value), and a medium of exchange (a way to transport value). On the first two fronts, Bitcoin has shown promise in high-inflation economies, but it’s a much tougher sell for mainstream consumers in stable countries.
Ripple Labs Unveils Proposal for New Smart Contract System. San Francisco-based Ripple Labs, a startup focused on building payment and digital assets networks, has unveiled a comprehensive plan for the development of a new smart contract system.
Called Codius, the proposed system will be programming language agnostic and will be able to work with existing monetary and contractual systems. There are a few projects in the works for building smart contract solutions that involve cryptography. But Ripple Labs‘ Codius effort is perhaps a framework that many in the cyrptocurrency space have been searching for in order to build asset structures. Sending Money Made Easy using Bitcoin. Bitcoin crowdfunder Swarm launches, raises $720,000 in 18 hours » CoinReport. A case against Proof of Stake Velocity - Dogeconomist. Recently Proof of Stake (PoS) and subsequently Proof of Stake Velocity (PoSV) have been developed as an alternative to Proof of Work (PoW) mining. But despite offering some serious improvements, economically these alternatives cannot (yet) compete with PoW mining. Proof of Work mining.
Peercoin - Secure & Sustainable Cryptocoin. Introduction Peercoin (PPC) uses a novel, green, and very interesting method of network validation and mining. Most alternative cryptocurrencies in existence are forks of Bitcoin with changed mining parameters or different mining algorithms. Miners maintain the network and check transactions, while spending a lot of energy on cryptographic brute force puzzles. Blockchain.info estimates that mid December 2013, Bitcoin mining takes up 22 million dollars or 150.000 megawatts of energy per day. Peercoin also started out as a Proof-Of-Work network. Exciting New Innovations From Reddcoin.
" Originally appeared on The CoinFront - Your Online Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency News Authority. For all the latest developments follow us @TheCoinFront on Twitter. Reddcoin has been rising up in the altcoin ranks, due in large part to the innovation happening in the community. The latest developments in the community include a new algorithm which they’re calling “proof of stake velocity”, and a “social wallet”, both unheard of developments from any other coin. Proof of Stake Velocity Proof of stake velocity is similar to proof of stake, in which, rather than mining new coins, the coins are “minted” by simply having the wallet program open and proving they hold a certain number of the given coin. Bitcoin Poorly Explained. The Five Biggest Threats Facing Bitcoin. Any new and disruptive technology has its share of detractors who do their utmost to imbue the perceived threat with negative connotations. This has been happening for eons, and will continue until the end of time.
The idea that people would need their own personal computer for work seemed ludicrous 50 years ago. Why would anyone need a device for making automated calculations? Today, though, it is almost impossible to function in modern life without using a PC. Bitcoin Storage. In the Bitcoin world, half the wealth belongs to the 0.1 percent. From the Washington Post‘s Brian Fung, the key figures that everyone should know about Bitcoin’s inequality effect, which is worse than society’s general average inequality: “the drawback to consolidation is that those benefits will be concentrated in the hands of a relative few. That dynamic is already playing out among individual holders of Bitcoin, with a growing gulf between the Bitcoin-rich and the Bitcoin-poor. According to Risto Pietilä, a Finnnish entrepreneur, the overwhelming share of Bitcoin wealth is held in just a few dozen wallets. Darkcoin, the Shadowy Cousin of Bitcoin, Is Booming. The state of Bitcoin in Southeast Asia.
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