• 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
  • The North American Bitcoin Conference is one of the biggest annual Bitcoin conferences in the world. This Miami conference always features panels and keynotes with the biggest names in the Bitcoin community. This year, the roster includes giants such as Patrick Byrne, Brock Pierce, Bobby Lee, Jerry Brito, Bruce Fenton, and Tone Vays. Big names are usually associated with big prices, and TNABC is no different. “Early Bird” and General Admission tickets are completely sold out,

    Bitcoinist Giveaway: Win a Free Ticket to TNABC 2016

    | 2016/01/15 9:51 am
  • 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