ChangeTip Launches ChangeTip Wallet, a Decentralized Version of Its Social Tipping Service

This post is by John Camdir. San Francisco based Bitcoin microtransactions startup ChangeTip announced the launch of a new service called ChangeTip Wallet today. ChangeTip Wallet is being launched as a decentralized version of ChangeTip’s social tipping service ChangeTip. ChangeTip Wallet will offer the same services as ChangeTip but it is decentralized and has fewer restrictions in ...

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Bitcoin Mining Company Butterfly Labs Settles Case With Federal Trade Commission for $38.6M

This article is by Rebecca Campbell. Butterfly Labs has agreed to settle the Federal Trade Commission’s charges of making misleading claims about their products to their customers. In a lawsuit that has dragged on since September 2014, the Kansas-based Bitcoin company presold computer hardware that was optimized for mining Bitcoin, charging as much as $30,000 for the specialized hardware. According to the ...

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MIT Hosts Annual Bitcoin Expo March 5 and 6 to Explore Challenges Facing Bitcoin

On March 5th and 6th, the MIT Bitcoin Club is hosting its annual Bitcoin Expo in the Samberg Conference Center on the MIT campus. It is the largest annual project undertaken by the club and is one of the only academic Bitcoin conferences run entirely by students.  World-renowned speakers will be in Cambridge, Massachusetts for the event, including Shual Kfir, ...

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Gavin Andresen: Bitcoin Core Is Not Listening to Its Customers

In a recent interview with Let’s Talk Bitcoin, Bitcoin Foundation Chief Scientist Gavin Andresen explained his issues with Bitcoin Core and why he has decided to help the Bitcoin Classic project.  Bitcoin Classic is an implementation of an alternative Bitcoin protocol that would cause a hard fork with a 75 percent activation threshold in order to increase the block size ...

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Kryptokit Launches Jaxx Ethereum & Bitcoin Wallet for Android Tablets

Earlier this month, Anthony Di Iorio, chief digital officer of the Toronto Stock Exchange, CEO and founder of Kryptokit and Decentral, and co-founder of Ethereum, announced the beta launch ofJaxx, a unified platform which provides wallet services for both Bitcoin and Ethereum users. Jaxx wallets consist of a hierarchical deterministic Bitcoin wallet and a lightweight Ethereum wallet being developed by ...

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Japan Considers Regulating Virtual Currencies as Conventional Currency Equivalents

This post is by Krystle Vermes. Japanese legislators officially proposed handling virtual currencies as methods of payment on February 23, Nikkei reports. This would mean that virtual money, such as Bitcoin, would become the regulatory equivalent of conventional currency. Legislators of the financial services industry believe that this move could potentially strengthen consumer protection and create growth in the virtual ...

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Six Universities to Compete in Cross-Campus Blockchain Trivia

The first annual Blockchain Madness, a live-streamed cross-campus student trivia tournament hosted by the Blockchain Education Network, starts March 15. Six teams of blockchain and Bitcoin all-stars from elite universities across North America will compete in this year’s tournament, fighting for the Blockchain Cup and prestige. Teams from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University and the University of ...

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MIT Media Lab Director Joi Ito Speaks Up on Bitcoin Technical Development Environment

A recent MIT Technology Review article covered by Bitcoin Magazine, titled “Technical Roadblock Might Shatter Bitcoin Dreams,” asks whether the Bitcoin network could be scaled up to support thousands of transactions per second, like the world’s major payment networks, and concludes that the answer is no, unless the Bitcoin code is radically re-engineered. “Today’s representative blockchain such as Bitcoin takes ...

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Chainalysis Inks Bitcoin Analysis Deal With Europol, Irks Some Privacy Advocates

This is a guest post by Scott Dylan. Chainalysis signed an agreement with Europol on Friday that paves the way for the European law enforcement agency to use the New York-based company’s blockchain analytics tools to investigate criminals who use Bitcoin.  The deal between Europol and Chainalysis comes just days after news broke about a high-profile ransomware attack against Hollywood ...

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D10e Kicks Off Blockchain Conference Series in Amsterdam

D10e, the newly re-branded edition of the conference formerly known as Coin Congress, kicked off in the spacious and freshly painted rooms of Amsterdam’s monumental Beurs van Berlage commodity exchange last Thursday. Fully focusing on decentralization, d10e featured an internationallineup of speakers includingBloq CEO and Bitcoin developer Jeff Garzik, StartJoin co-founder and TV-personality Max Keiser, Singularity University analyst David Orban and many more. The ...

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