• Bitcoin community sleuths are already attempting to debunk the reported proof that Dr. Craig Wright is the creator of Bitcoin, the face behind the Satoshi Nakamoto moniker. Also read: New Ransomware Strains No Longer Want Your Bitcoin Early this morning the BBC published a report about Dr. Wright, which claimed that he provided “technical proof” of his Bitcoin creator identity. Giving a demonstration in London to BBC, The Economist, and GQ, Wright “digitally signed messages

    Skepticism Abound: Community Wary of Craig Wright Satoshi Claims

    | 2016/05/02 12:42 pm
  • The BitHope Foundation is the first Bulgarian non-governmental organization (NGO) that uses cryptocurrency exclusively. This foundation is reportedly the first crypto-exclusive NGO in compliance with Article 33 of the Law on Nonprofit Legal Entities. BitHope believes that cryptocurrencies are the best form of money “that has been created by the human intellect,” which is why it wants to use digital currency to help people. Also read: John McAfee: ‘There are Tremendous Technology Problems With Bitcoin’

    BitHope Speaks: Scalability and the Future of NGOs

    | 2016/03/08 6:00 am
  • There’s never been a whirlwind of politics surrounding an open source project on the scale that we see with Bitcoin. Alternative implementations are considered controversial on principle, and Core devs can’t propose a bug fix without being accused of manipulation on behalf of outside interests. However, BSD, another popular open source project, doesn’t seem to have these problems. Why not?  Also read: Ethereum Node Growth Explodes on “Homestead” Release At the same time, though, we’ve

    Bitcoin Devs Could Learn a Lot from BSD

    | 2016/03/06 6:00 am
  • Editor’s Note: This article has been modified to correct a misquote. This article originally quoted Brian Armstrong as saying that the Core team was a “Systematic” threat to Bitcoin, when he actually said Core was a “Systemic” threat. Coinbase CEO and co-founder Brian Armstrong recently published a Medium blog post titled, “What Happened At The Satoshi Roundtable.” In this post, Armstrong calls for an immediate block size increase to 2 MB, the creation of a new Bitcoin

    Coinbase CEO: Core Team is a “Systemic Threat”

    | 2016/03/04 6:03 pm
  • On February 29, BitGo engineer Jameson Lopp tweeted a screenshot of the /r/bitcoin front page, capturing ironic frustration coming from redditors posting on a board controlled by Theymos, notorious for censoring any anti-Core discussions about the Bitcoin block size. Also read: Bitcoin Classic Drama Hits New High, Debate Continues The top post on the screenshot was titled, “Is there a stress test going on right now?”, the user wondering if testing could be the cause

    Block Size Blues: Confirmation Times Rising as 1 MB Limit Looms

    | 2016/03/01 6:00 am
  • One week into their Initial Coin Offering (ICO) upcoming decentralized application platform Lisk reports that it has already raised over 1200 bitcoins, totaling around $500,000 USD. Disclaimer: This article was provided by Bitcoin PR Buzz. Bitcoinist is not responsible for the firms represented by Bitcoin PR Buzz and is not responsible for their products and/or services. Lisk Funding Shows Very Promising Start The ICO began a week ago on February 22, 2016. Getting massive start by raising

    Lisk Raises $500,000 in First Week of ICO

    | 2016/02/29 4:00 pm
  • Bitcoin Classic has been a point of controversy since its announcement. Taking on Bitcoin Core head-to-head, Classic proposes an immediate block size increase to 2 MB, with provisions for future increases. The block size debate has always been contentious, apt to erupt into name-calling and mudslinging. But now, with Core facing serious competition from Classic, this scalability issue may soon be forced to come to a head. Also read: Bitcoinist Weekly News Re-Hash: Bitcoin Classic

    Bitcoin Classic Drama Hits New Highs, Debate Continues

    | 2016/02/29 12:15 pm
  • This past week saw a lot of hot news stories coming from the Bitcoin community and the organizations powering the growth of the ecosystem. Bitcoin Classic appeared in the news a few times throughout the week, reminding us that the block size debate is far from over. In terms of price, not much happened at the macro level. Hardly any change took place between the open and close of the week, with the price falling less

    Bitcoinist Weekly News Re-Hash: Bitcoin Classic Gaining Steam

    | 2016/02/29 6:00 am
  • Blockchain technology has a reaffirmed ally in the Hong Kong government. In the recent 2016 Hong Kong budget speech, Financial Secretary John Tsang spoke on many subjects close to the hearts of the Asian monetary center, including blockchain technology and the recent Mong Kong protest.  While the budget plan makes no explicit mention of Bitcoin, the vast majority of extant “blockchain technology” companies that are domiciled in Hong Kong work with the Bitcoin blockchain. The

    Hong Kong to “Explore the Application of Blockchain Technology in the Financial Services Industry”

    | 2016/02/25 7:00 am
  • The Vanbex Report is a periodic summary of the blockchain industry’s top news stories from the biggest companies, as well as the most promising newcomers. The ‘one currency to rule them all’ debate has existed ever since the first set of altcoins — Bitcoin alternatives — started appearing in the digital currency ecosystem. Also Read: IBM Joins with Linux Foundation’s HyperLedger Project to Advance Open-Source Blockchain Tech The typical argument ranges between the necessity, or

     The Vanbex Report: Digital Revolution, Will Bitcoin Survive?

    | 2016/02/24 4:00 pm
  • Lisk is a decentralized applications and sidechain platform that markets itself as an alternative to the highly popular Ethereum. Set to launch in late March 2016, Lisk is announcing a partnership with popular crypto exchange ShapeShift. Disclaimer: This article was provided by Bitcoin PR Buzz. Bitcoinist is not affiliated with Bitcoin PR Buzz nor the companies it represents. Bitcoinist is not responsible for the products and/or services of the companies represented by Bitcoin PR Buzz. 

    Lisk Announces ICO With ShapeShift, Dapps Made Easy

    | 2016/02/21 1:03 pm
  • Bitcoin exchange CCEDK and crypto community BeyondBitcoin.org have joined forces in the new ShareBits initiative, which aims to help individuals, businesses and NGOs use blockchain technology for viral online marketing.  Disclaimer: This article was provided by Bitcoin PR Buzz. Bitcoinist is not responsible for the products and/or services of the companies represented by this firm. ShareBits allows people and organizations to distribute crypto tokens on various social media platforms — such as Twitter and Reddit

    Online Marketing Made Fun With ShareBits

    | 2016/02/20 1:00 pm
  • Tokken (pronounced Token, or Tokin’) is a new Bitcoin company that is targeting the marijuana industry’s inability to get bank accounts. Tokken was founded by Lamine Zarrad, a veteran of the financial regulation industry. Namely, Zarrad has worked for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), which regulates and supervises the country’s thousands of banks and savings associations. With the recent promises that the Department of Justice will finally leave legal marijuana companies

    Tokken Puts the Legal Marijuana Industry on the Immutable Bitcoin Blockchain

    | 2016/02/16 9:56 pm
  • The problem I am observing lately is that there are many different markets by which I can earn bitcoin, yet there aren’t many who are willing to spend their bitcoin in these markets so it’s sometimes a desert for opportunities (I can find you a developer in “X” with less than 5 minutes of effort; try doing the reverse and finding that same said developer some work involving “X” for bitcoin; good luck).  It’s a shame

    Bitcoin Liquidity: Why Are we so Stingy?

    | 2016/02/16 8:00 am
  • Green candles dominated the charts for most of the week, as the bitcoin price climbed upwards towards $400. We finally broke that barrier late in the week, reaching $403.20 as it came to a close, making for a total gain of 7.22%. The week was also marked with some rather significant news. To name a few stories that broke this week: Valve may be accepting bitcoin in the near future, Coinbase adopted Bitcoin Classic, and

    Bitcoinist Weekly News Re-Hash: Valve Accepting Bitcoin, Antonin Scalia Dead

    | 2016/02/15 8:00 am
  • JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon is back in the Satoshi spotlight. Speaking during an appearance on CNBC’s coverage of the World Economic Forum meetings in Davos last month, Mr. Dimon once again pronounced his lack of faith in Bitcoin. Also read: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Deat at age 79 Jamie Dimon: Bitcoin Going Nowhere “Bitcoin the currency, I think, is going to go nowhere,” Dimon said, “And it’s not because of anything to do

    Jamie Dimon: Bitcoin Doomed While Blockchain Is for Real

    | 2016/02/14 4:00 pm
  • The first d10e event of 2016 will take place at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam, Feb. 17-18, marking the company’s debut in Europe. Disclaimer: This is a press release. Bitcoinist is not responsible for this organization’s products and/or services D10e is an international event experience that will focus on celebrating decentralization in the financial technology sector, disruptive technology and culture, the sharing economy, and the future of work. It will feature presentations and live audience Q/As,

    d10e: Industry Leaders Gather in Amsterdam for Big Event

    | 2016/02/14 12:00 pm
  • We’ve had a few days to see effects of Bitcoin Classic’s late beta release, and they’re surprisingly powerful. In the past week, Coinbase has adopted Classic, and Bitcoin Classic nodes on the network have jumped from around a hundred to 755 active nodes (as of the time of writing) — nearly 13% of the network, and that number is still climbing. This growth brings the total number of nodes supporting a 2MB block size to a

    Classic Fork Release Launches Consensus Hysteria

    | 2016/02/12 8:00 am
  • In a surprise move on Tuesday afternoon, Digital Asset Holdings (DAH) has decided to donate the Hyperledger trademark to The Linux Foundation. The Hyperledger project, a collaborative effort amongst technology industry giants such as IBM, Intel, Cisco, and Hitachi, along with services and banking institutions such as JP Morgan, Accenture, BNY Mellon, CME Group, SWIFT, and Wells Fargo, is creating necessary standards and protocols, which are not yet in place yet will make applications around

    Digital Asset Holdings Donates “Hyperledger” Name to Linux Foundation

    | 2016/02/09 8:30 pm
  • This week, we saw an overall decline in the bitcoin price, as it fell from $398.78 at the beginning of the week to $373.55 at Sunday’s close. This week’s bearish activity was characterized by relatively flat activity, punctuated by sudden price drops that the market seemed to be unable to fully recover from. Meanwhile, in the news, we learned of new Bitcoin network milestones, regulatory efforts and investments.  Also read: Gamerholic, the Next ‘Billion Dollar Gaming

    Bitcoinist Weekly News Re-Hash: Bitcoin Mining Milestone, DCG to go Public?

    | 2016/02/01 8:00 am
  • January 30, 2016 – Gavin Andresen, former head Bitcoin Core maintainer, posted a short treatise on the issue of consensus infighting among the Bitcoin implementations on the Svbtle writing network. The squabbling between the different dev teams has caused a deal of speculation and nervousness about the future of Bitcoin, but Andresen sees the issue a bit differently. Also Read: Bitcoin Network Reaches 1 EH/s For First Time Andresen: The Worst Case Isn’t That Bad

    Bitcoin In-Fighting Doesn’t Matter: Gavin Andresen Weighs in

    | 2016/01/30 4:24 am
  • With The launch of OpenBazaar and the d10e conference on the horizon, There’s been a lot of interest in decentralized commerce technologies. Here, we Interview Sam Patterson, the COO of OB1. This company funds the open source development of Openbazaar in part. I met Sam testing the development build on my Linux machine, after running a few testnet transactions and picking up a conversation about the current functionality of the system. Also Read: Ayden Can

    OpenBazaar in Depth: Interview with COO Sam Patterson

    | 2016/01/28 1:00 pm
  • Decentralized Bitcoin marketplace, OpenBazaar, is nearing open beta release and will be holding an exhibit at the d10e conference in Amsterdam, February 17-19. They’ll be presenting in the main conference and running a smaller event of their own on the 19th, showcasing their standalone app. This marks an enormous milestone in the project’s maturity. Also Read: BitGo Instant — ‘Eliminates Bitcoin Transaction Delays’ OpenBazaar Tests New Developments as Beta Release Approaches Originally a darknet hackathon

    OpenBazaar Nears Beta Release, Presenting at d10e Con

    | 2016/01/24 8:00 am