• Bitcoin Core, an “open source software project that is a direct descendant of the original Bitcoin implementation”, released a statement late last week on its website. The main focus was how Bitcoin consensus rules were changed, which is typically through soft forks and hard forks. Also read: The Bitcoin Foundation Unveils 2016 Plan, Might Shut Down Instead  Hard forks and soft forks do virtually the same thing, so Bitcoin Core argues that soft forks are to

    Bitcoin Core Releases Statement on Hard vs Soft Forks

    | 2016/01/11 8:00 am
  • The Bitcoin Foundation has recently divulged its goals for 2016 amid controversy surrounding the organization. Also read: A Timeline of the Cryptsy Disappearance Mystery Is the Bitcoin Foundation Coming to an End? Many of bitcoins earliest spokespeople have separated themselves from the group. “It’s gonna cost money [to rehabilitate its image] and its lost so much credibility within the industry,”Trace Mayer said in a recent interview. “The problem is outside the industry people still kind

    The Bitcoin Foundation Unveils 2016 Plan, Might Shut Down Instead

    | 2016/01/10 8:00 am
  • Update January 12, 2016: Paul Vernon tweeted that a new phishing scam is targeting Cryptsy customers Earlier this morning, we reported on the mysterious disappearance of the Cryptsy team from the building housing their headquarters. An anonymous source visited the building to see Paul Vernon, the cryptocurrency exchange’s Founder, and discovered that the building was empty. Upon contacting the building manager, our source learned that Cryptsy had vacated the building several weeks prior. This unannounced

    A Timeline of the Cryptsy Disappearance Mystery

    | 2016/01/09 8:00 am
  • Bitcoinist has received exclusive news regarding Cryptsy that is related to the issues surrounding the cryptocurrency exchange as of late. According to a confirmed source, who wishes to remain anonymous, the company has moved out of the building that housed its headquarters. This move was unannounced, and was discovered accidentally when our source went to the building to visit the team.  Also read: 2016 and Bitcoin: What Changes Will Come? Cryptsy’s Mysterious Disappearance This news

    Cryptsy Has Moved Out of Their Building Unannounced, Nowhere to be Found

    | 2016/01/09 12:11 am
  • If you’re a fan of Broadway or the world of the theater, you’ve likely seen the musical “Jekyll & Hyde.” Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s chilling novella about a man who is a respectable doctor by day and a criminal by night, the musical premiered at the Plymouth Theater in New York in 1997. To this day, it stands as the Plymouth’s largest and longest-running production. Also read: Potential Impact of CES 2016 on Bitcoin

    2016 and Bitcoin: What Changes Will Come?

    | 2016/01/08 8:00 am
  • Stanford has just introduced a brand new lab course focused on “Bitcoin Engineering,” meant to teach students more about bitcoin, and how to build Bitcoin-enabled applications Also read: Gem Leads 2016 Blockchain Investment with $7.1 Million in Series A Funding Stanford students to learn Bitcoin Engineering To get a background in the digital currency, those interested in the course will start off with a two-week introduction to Bitcoin, and Bitcoin computing. Once this is done, students

    Stanford University Introduces Bitcoin Engineering course

    | 2016/01/07 8:00 am
  • In India, Bitcoin is believed to pose legal, operational and regulatory challenges, according to the Reserve Bank of India. More recently, though, the same bank has endorsed blockchain technology. Riding on the tide of better international understanding of Bitcoin, an Ahmedabad-based startup Bitcoin exchange and wallet known by the name of Zebpay has managed to raise $1 million in series A funding to promote bitcoin and the blockchain throughout the South East Asian region. India’s

    Zebpay Raises $1 Million to Promote Bitcoin Wallet In India

    | 2016/01/06 5:38 am
  • Reuters reports that Barclays Bank will announce investment banking job cuts across Asia sometime next week. The news publication’s sources said that these jobs cuts will include closures in South Korea and Taiwan.  Also read: Grantcoin Makes Regulatory History in the US, Plans to Launch Two New Charity Programs  These rumored cuts come after the Asian region’s failure to produce sustained growth in the post-2008 economy created a difficult business environment for investment bankers in

    More Signs of Trouble in Asia: Barclays to Cut Investment Banking Jobs

    | 2016/01/05 1:00 pm
  • Grantcoin is a cryptocurrency project aimed at global philanthropy and “economic justice” through the use of currency. This unique project has recently made history in the cryptocurrency world by becoming the first of its kind to achieve 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity status in the United States.    Also read: Hacking Team Kept A Close Eye On The Bitcoin Ecosystem Evolution Putting a Unique Spin on Cryptocurrency Charity Launched in Spring of 2015, Grantcoin has taken on

    Grantcoin Makes Regulatory History in US, Plans to Launch Two New Charity Programs

    | 2016/01/05 12:00 pm
  • 2015 is coming to a close, and you should have a plan for growing your Bitcoin business in 2016. Many people think that 2016 will be a huge year for Bitcoin, so this could be the best time to get your foot in the door of one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Bitcoinist wants to help your business achieve that growth, so we are having a New Year’s sale on our banner

    Bitcoinist Sale: Advertisement Prices Cut 20-30% for the New Year

    | 2016/01/04 10:04 am
  • This week proved to be a quiet one as the community showed little activity following the Christmas holiday and going into New Year’s. The price grew during the week, but not much; overall, we saw a 0.97% growth. There were a few bits of interesting news to break up the monotony of the price’s sideways pattern, but even then the post-Christmas week did not yield much excitement.  Also read: Bitcoiners Beware: Microsoft has your Encryption

    Bitcoinist Weekly News Re-Hash: Samsung Pay Hits Online Shopping, Moe Levin Talks 2016

    | 2016/01/04 8:00 am
  • Bitcoin Core is at the center of Bitcoin; changes made here have the biggest effects on the network. Scalability has always been an issue of hot debate in Bitcoin, and it has only gotten bigger as time has elapsed. Entire threads are filled with thoughts and suggestions on how Bitcoin should be adapted for long-term use as Bitcoin inevitably will have to support more users. To bring all of the efforts of various members in one

    Bitcoin Core Statement: “Capacity Increases for the Bitcoin System”

    | 2016/01/01 12:00 pm
  • Moe Levin, the organizer of The North American Bitcoin Conference, has set up an excellent lineup of speakers and presenters for the 2016 show. This year, people like Patrick Byrne, Tone Vays, Bobby Lee, Jerry Brito and others will highlight a packed conference.  Also Read: Coinbase Tests Bitcoin XT, Gets Removed From Bitcoin.org The 2016 conference will take place between January 21 and 22. The North American Bitcoin Conference is one of the largest events

    Moe Levin on TNABC Miami 2016, Patrick Byrne Speaking This Year

    | 2015/12/30 9:00 am
  • Bitcoin finally had a successful comeback towards the end of 2015, declared by many as the “Year of the Blockchain.” With all the hype surrounding Bitcoin and the blockchain during 2015, there has been much speculation towards next year’s approach to cryptocurrency. As 2014 was filled with scandal, Altcoins, and ending up being the worst global currency of that year.  Also read: Pirate Bay Co-Founder Attacks Music Industry With New Gadget The New Year is approaching, and many are wondering

    Bitcoin Predictions For 2016: The Year of the Monkey

    | 2015/12/30 8:00 am
  • According to CEO Brian Armstrong, Coinbase is now running the new version of Bitcoin software, Bitcoin-XT, a move which has divided the Bitcoin community in the past few days. The company is merely experimenting with the software, it stresses; however, this has inspired much contentiousness on online Bitcoin forums, including being removed from Bitcoin.org.  Also read: Samsung Pay Bringing More Competition to Bitcoin by Enabling Online Shopping in 2016 Coinbase is now running BitcoinXT (BIP101)

    Coinbase Tests Bitcoin XT, Gets Removed From Bitcoin.org

    | 2015/12/29 4:00 pm
  • Peter Sunde, co-founder of the beloved (and hated) Pirate Bay, has returned to the public after being released from jail. Now, he has his sights set on the music industry once again, making it the butt of his satirical new gadget. Also read: Fallout 4 Player gets Bitcoins Stolen: The Dilemma of Piracy This machine is called the Kopimashin; its sole purpose in life is to make 100 copies of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” per second.

    Pirate Bay Co-Founder Attacks Music Industry With New Gadget

    | 2015/12/28 5:39 pm
  • Supporting the Bitcoin network in an active manner is of the utmost importance for all of the digital currency’s community members. Creating and deploying full Bitcoin Nodes will help in securing the network itself, and broadcast new transactions to miners and other nodes all over the world. Popular Bitcoin exchange and mining company BTCC has deployed 100 Bitcoin nodes across five continents to keep things trucking along. Also read: Factom CEO Peter Kirby Comments on

    BTCC Deploys Full Bitcoin Nodes To Keep Network Secure

    | 2015/12/26 12:23 pm
  • “This town ain’t big enough for the two of us…” Also read: Bitwalking Wants to Pay you Cryptocurrency for Walking Every Day It’s a line we’ve likely heard in various westerns, and yet it’s probably something bitcoin has said at least once or twice to its newly developing crypto-cousins. No doubt that six years ago, when bitcoin was just starting out, it was ready to take the digital world by storm as the only currency

    Decred: The New Kid on the Digital Currency Block

    | 2015/12/22 8:00 am
  • This week, the bears tested the bulls’ control over the market, attempting to shake them on Sunday. The bitcoin price just barely made a gain during the week after the massive drop on Sunday from the $460s into the $430s. Overall, the price increased by 0.61%. Also read: U.S. National Security Report: ‘Virtual Currencies Can Disrupt Sovereignty’ Daily Bitcoin Price Action December 14: $436.35 December 15: $451.18 December 16: $451.18 December 17: $453.07 December 18:

    Bitcoinist Weekly News Re-Hash: Central Banking Against Bitcoin, Bears Take the Market?

    | 2015/12/21 8:00 am
  • This article has been updated to clarify that this giveaway is for free virtual bitcoin debit cards, not plastic bitcoin debit cards. E-Coin, a popular Bitcoin debit card provider, is having a holiday giveaway. Everyone who participates in this giveaway by submitting at least 10 gleam.io entries will receive an E-Coin virtual debit card for free. Also read: LimoPlay Casino Launches! E-Coin Debit Card Giveaway Getting 10 entries should be easy enough, since E-Coin offers

    E-Coin Giveaway: Everyone Gets a Free Virtual Bitcoin Debit Card

    | 2015/12/17 5:47 pm
  • It looks like the Bitcoin Foundation might finally be dead. At least, that’s according to Olivier Janssens, one of the more recent additions to the Foundation’s board of directors. Also read: ‘So Wait — Is Ripple Centralized After All?’ Janssens took to Reddit on December 15, 2015, informing the community that he had been “forcibly removed from the Bitcoin Foundation board.” The former board member claimed that his tenure at the Foundation ended at the latest

    The Bitcoin Foundation is Dead, and That’s Probably a Good Thing

    | 2015/12/16 8:00 am
  • Bitcoinist chatted with a good friend of ours this past weekend. Daniel Krawisz an activist and prominent voice in the digital currency space who once drew some cool comics here at our publication. As well as being a talented artist, Krawisz is the Director of Research at the Satoshi Nakamoto Institute. He’s also a great speaker and was recently a guest at the recent Bitcoin Investor Conference in Las Vegas, the Texas Bitcoin Conference, and many

    Daniel Krawisz: Bitcoin Skeptics Have Pretty Terrible Arguments

    | 2015/12/15 8:00 am
  • One of the most interesting projects in the digital currency ecosystem as of late is OpenBazaar, the decentralized peer-to-peer marketplace. It was only a matter of time until OpenBazaar would get a dedicated Meetup group, and London appears the place to be if one is passionate about this project. Also read: Ukraine – Bitcoin Price Reaches New ATH And Exchange Launching Soon OpenBazaar Meetup Group Focuses on DP2PT The main objective of the OpenBazaar London

    The OpenBazaar London Meetup Group Is Looking For Members

    | 2015/12/12 3:27 pm