• 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
  • This piece was written by Ryan Strauss Hello again!  Checking in here from TNABC Day 2 in Miami.  It was a lot of fun writing yesterday.  I’m going to try and keep the style the same today; honest, open reporting about what’s actually being discussed here at a Bitcoin conference.  There’s a lot more going on here than you may think!  While the media often turns their attention to huge shows like DevCon and ComicCon,

    The North American Bitcoin Conference 2016: Day 2

    | 2016/01/22 8:49 pm
  • This piece was written by Ryan Strauss. This weekend, I am in Miami for The North American Bitcoin Conference.  This is the third Bitcoin Conference that I have ever attended; the first was in Chicago in June 2014, the second was in San Diego last month.  I am incredibly excited to be here.  Every Bitcoin conference or Meetup I have ever attended has been three things; informative, uplifting, and nerdy.  There’s nothing better than being

    The North American Bitcoin Conference 2016: Day 1

    | 2016/01/21 10:53 pm
  • In late December 2015, at its Mexico City event, the Latin American Bitcoin Conference made history when it auctioned off a copy of the popular bitcoin comic, Bitcoin: The Hunt for Satoshi Nakamoto, for 20.4 bitcoins. At the time of the auction, that amounted to around $10,000 USD. Two men, Rodolfo Andragnes and Sebastian Wain, won the comic book together. Also read: Number of Ethereum Nodes Grows Exponentially Meet the Comic Book Winners: Rodolfo and

    Meet the Guys Who Paid $10,000 for a Bitcoin Comic Book

    | 2016/01/21 8:00 am
  • Editor’s note: If you receive an email saying that you are a winner, you will be asked to provide us with your full name. That way, you will be added to the list, and will be permitted entry upon arriving at the TNABC 2016 venue.  The North American Bitcoin Conference’s (TNABC) 2016 Miami event will kick off tomorrow, January 21. This conference is sure to be a good one; famous names in the Bitcoin community

    TNABC 2016 Ticket Giveaway Closed: The Winner Has Been Chosen!

    | 2016/01/20 1:08 pm
  • Michael Toomim, a main proponent of Bitcoin Classic, and brother of main developer, recently made enlightening comments in a Slack developer channel dedicated to Bitcoin Core. Also Read: KnC Miner Endorses Bitcoin Classic Toomim has been associated closely with the newest Bitcoin client purporting to be the solution Bitcoin needs in order to scale amid its block size debate. The comments were verified as vintage Toomim numerous times by people in the chat at the time and by

    Bitcoin Classic’s Magical Mystery Tour

    | 2016/01/20 8:00 am
  • What started out as a relatively quiet week ended in tragedy, as news of Mike Hearn abandoning Bitcoin sent the community into an uproar. Following this announcement from Hearn, the price fell below $400, and even found itself in the $350s for a brief time. Overall, the price declined by 15.54% this week, and most of those losses occurred during the shock caused by Hearn. Also read: Carl Force’s Lawyer is Pessimistic About Ulbricht’s Appeal 

    Bitcoinist Weekly News Re-Hash: Mike Hearn has Fled the Building

    | 2016/01/18 8:00 am
  • At least one major Bitcoin mining firm has endorsed, and plans to adopt, Bitcoin Classic. Also read: Registration for D.C. Blockchain Summit Now Open KnCMiner gets on Board with Bitcoin Classic KnCMiner, based in Stockholm, Sweden, specializes in Bitcoin ASIC miners. In a note to personal confidants, which he allowed to be shared to social forums, KnCMiner CEO Sam Cooke discussed his thoughts on the so-called “constitutional crisis” now facing Bitcoin in regards to its

    KnCMiner Endorses Bitcoin Classic

    | 2016/01/17 8:00 am