• The goal of this article is to review the growth of Bitcoin as a whole over 2015 compared with 2014. This article will be broken down into months, covering January-December. Bitcoin’s price over the months will be explained simply rather than in-depth for the sake of brevity. I hope you enjoy a review of 2015! Also read: SF Block Chain Conference by Lighthouse Partners to Feature More than Just Bitcoin  Disclaimer: The author is invested

    Bitcoin 2015: A Year in Review

    | 2016/01/30 12:00 pm
  • The Netherlands is often seen as a region where regulators are doing their best to keep up with financial innovation. IN the Bitcoin world, this has lead to a healthy startup ecosystem in the country, with clearly defined taxation rules. But a new report from Holland FinTech touches upon several barriers that are preventing future growth in The Netherlands, which include regulation and collaboration with financial players. Also read: DASH Block Size Increase Reaches Consensus

    The Netherlands Wants Clear Regulatory Guidelines For FinTech and Bitcoin Startups

    | 2016/01/22 3:14 am
  • After law enforcement agencies from Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, and the United Kingdom met in December to plan an operation against the cybercriminal group DD4BC (Distributed Denial of Service – DDoS – for Bitcoin), an official with Europol has told Bitcoinist that Bitcoin, and other crypto-currencies, is playing an increasing role in all criminal activities. Also read: Carl Force’s Lawyer is Pessimistic About Ulbricht’s Appeal Europol Says Bitcoin is Being Used in Cybercrime The

    Europol: Bitcoin Playing an Increasing Role in Crime

    | 2016/01/16 8:00 am
  • A lot of people in this world feel that regulations are needed to help better the world. Others believe that policies and restrictions stifle innovation and work only for those who can manipulate the odds. Brewster Kahle is a man who for two years tried to start a credit union and failed due to the regulatory process by the National Credit Union Administration’s (NCUA) stipulations. Especially since the bank tried to help low-income New Jersey

    Credit Union Fails To Help Bitcoin Companies Due To Regulations

    | 2015/12/18 10:15 am
  • Now that Bitcoin is gaining more popularity all over the world; the time has come – once again – for central banks to warn about the potential dangers of digital currency. Just a few days ago, a similar warning was issued by the Minnesota Commerce Commissioner. But this time, it’s the central bank of Kenya issuing a statement on trading or holding Bitcoin and other virtual currencies. Also read: Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman Warns

    Central Bank of Kenya Warns About Bitcoin In Paid Newspaper Advert

    | 2015/12/15 3:09 am
  • Warnings against the usage of Bitcoin are nothing new in the for Bitcoin enthusiasts, and the recent statement by the Minnesota Commerce Commissioner is not mentioning anything the world hasn’t heard before. The recent “manhunt” to identify Satoshi Nakamoto – the creator of Bitcoin and blockchain technology – showcased the popular digital currency’s mystery aspect. That doesn’t mean Bitcoin buyers should be worried about anything just yet, though. Also read: New KnCMiner Data Center Will

    Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman Warns About Bitcoin

    | 2015/12/13 11:56 am
  • Bitcoin has been “unbanned” in Taiwan. Well, that’s not exactly accurate. Sources are claiming that the digital currency was never banned in Taiwan in the first place, despite Central News Agency’s — one of Taiwan’s largest media outlets — recent report that the country’s Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) labeled bitcoin and digital currencies “illegal.” The words are attributed to Tseng Ming-Chung, an FSC officer who during a legislative hearing, allegedly referred to digital currencies as “unlawful.” Also read:

    Taiwan: There is no Bitcoin Ban

    | 2015/11/15 8:00 am
  • The Bank of Canada may be starting an initiative that will look into changing their monetary policies. The central bank’s second in command Carolyn Wilkins had some encouraging words to say about Bitcoin. It’s possible they are tired of the results of quantitative easing and manipulated interest rates so they have begun looking into alternative tools that may stave off the financial crisis and a stagnate economy ahead. Also read: Bitcoin in Business: Smart Contracts

    The Bank Of Canada Is Siding With Bitcoin

    | 2015/11/14 8:00 am
  • Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan — America’s largest bank — sees bitcoin as a waste of time. Solidifying his status as the male version of Blythe Masters, Dimon is enthusiastic and positive when it comes to the blockchain, but dismissive of the country’s favorite digital currency. Also read: Voting Machines Running Blockchain Technology Are No Longer Just A Theory “Separate currency from the blockchain… My belief is that there’s not going to be

    Why JP Morgan’s CEO Sees Bitcoin as Unimportant

    | 2015/11/10 8:00 am
  • Over the past few years, there has been an interesting debate going on regarding how Bitcoin should position itself in the regulatory landscape. While the opinions are divided as to how the solution should look like, there may be a third solution hardly anyone has ever thought of. Sometimes it’s not about picking sides, but trying to collaborate with every party involved. Also read: Stacking The Odds – Winning The Lottery Jackpot or Investing in

    Can Bitcoin Be Censorship-resistant and Regulatory-compliant At The Same Time?

    | 2015/11/10 2:35 am
  • Russia and Bitcoin will never go hand-in-hand, by the look of things. In fact, it looks like a proposal is on the table to make the trading of Bitcoin punishable by law in the country, which could lead to a four-year prison sentence. Russia’s Ministry of Finance is cracking down on cryptocurrencies in general, and this new proposal could just be the beginning of things to come. Also read: Marijuana Industry Could Still Use Bitcoin

    Russia Proposes Jail Sentence for Bitcoin Activities

    | 2015/10/26 5:57 am
  • Bitcoiners got to enjoy some exciting market activity this week, with the Bitcoin price rising to levels that have not been seen in several months. Towards the end of the week, the price broke into the $270s, but quickly settled down into the low $260s, which some people hope will be a new bottom. Also read: Apple Pay Stumbles After Initial Support — Bitcoin A major Competitor Daily Bitcoin Price Action October 12: $247.83 October

    Bitcoinist Weekly News Re-Hash: Carl Force Sentencing, Uber’s Data Blunder

    | 2015/10/19 8:00 am
  • Privacy is one of the major topics of concern for everyday consumers these days. Especially as far as online data is concerned, there doesn’t seem to be any form of privacy left. But in California, that situation is about to change. Law enforcement agencies will need to obtain a legal warrant if they intend to snoop at somebody’s online data, including email accounts. Also read BlockChainGroup.io President Shone Anstey on new Bitcoin Blockchain Analytics Engine

    California Legislators – Protecting Consumer Privacy and Opposing Bitcoin Bill

    | 2015/10/09 5:29 am
  • Tax evasion is a real threat to the global economy, and the biggest culprits are large corporations abusing loopholes to avoid paying taxes. According to research estimates, a total of US$240 billion worth of taxes is not being paid by corporations all over the world. Such a vast sum of money could do a lot of good all over the world, and it is time these practices come to an end. Also read: Bitcoin in

    Ending Corporate Tax Evasion – Impact On Bitcoin Companies?

    | 2015/10/08 12:24 pm
  • On October 2 the National Bank of Ukraine warned regional banks and executives of the certain risks using virtual currency. This comes after previous warnings in 2014 with the financial institution giving similar warnings. Due to the Bitcoin conference in Kiev many in the banking community have seen a surge of interest in the digital currency. This newly found enthusiasm can be seen with many participants at conferences and meetings held amongst the Ukrainian banking

    Ukraine’s National Bank Warns About Bitcoin

    | 2015/10/04 7:30 am
  • A society without physical money is already becoming very apparent in our world. Most people do not use cash or checks like they used to 20 years ago. Currently, there is only 8% of hard physical cash represented in the world, and the rest of our money is pure digits. It’s not hard to see that this is a reality as people use mobile banking, debit cards, and online payments. People can go for quite

    Bitcoin Is Superior To Cashless Systems Used Today

    | 2015/10/03 8:34 pm
  • Update: The source of the downtime seems to be an attack on a website (DolarToday) which was using CloudFlare. As a result, multiple sites, including bitcoin sites, were unavailable for hours earlier today. According to multiple complaints from Bitcoin users within Venezuela, the government of Venezuela has started blocking several known Bitcoin websites. The affected websites include Bitcoin exchanges, Bitcoin news sites, and also Bitcoin mining sites. The major ISP in Venezuela is CANTV, who

    Venezuela “Tests” Bitcoin Website Ban – Streisand Effect Incoming

    | 2015/10/01 2:13 pm
  • Australian executives in the traditional finance are starting to get a bad taste in their mouths concerning Bitcoin. It seems that cyber-attacks involving digital currency ransoms are on the rise in the Aussie region, and banks are taking them seriously. On September 21, 2015, Australian banks sent letters to 17 native Bitcoin companies explaining that they would be terminating the companies’ bank accounts. The news came unexpectedly, and the banks gave no reasoning to why they sent

    Bitcoin Criminals Target Australian Financial Sector

    | 2015/09/29 8:00 am
  • A recent article from the media site El Universal has incorrectly espoused that Bitcoin is now banned in Mexico per a recent decision by the Mexican Tax Administration Services (SAT). The Mexican SAT, the equivalent of the United States IRS, has not banned Bitcoin. Instead, it has merely clarified that the existing bans on large transactions using cash (heinous in and of themselves), also apply to Bitcoin. Also read: Snoop Dogg Learns One Reason Why

    There Is No Bitcoin Ban In Mexico

    | 2015/09/28 4:03 pm
  • Bitcoin and the underlying technology of the blockchain has become a pretty important invention of our time. The cryptocurrency application itself has given us a sketch of new meanings that apply to money and mediums of exchange. The blockchain can house and transact with unlimited amounts of valued assets through its publicly distributed ledger, and among these valuable building blocks is unforgeable data. This data can lead to incredible concepts produced by the blockchains transparency

    Blockchain Identity: Solving the Global Identification Crisis

    | 2015/09/27 8:00 am
  • What, exactly, would happen if everyone just dropped the money they were using (USD, the euro, the yen, etc.) and resorted to dealing in bitcoin from here on out? Also read: “Blockchain Technology” is Bringing Bitcoin to the Mainstream This is a question that we’ve likely entertained on an individual or otherwise small scale at some point or another. As a civilization, however, it’s not likely we’ve actually sat down and thought through the full

    What Would Happen if Bitcoin Was Accepted Globally?

    | 2015/09/26 8:00 am
  •   We’re now less than 6 weeks from Money 20/20, the industry’s primetime conference and trade show. Spaces are filling up and time is running out so we wanted to make one last call for companies interested in sponsoring or exhibiting. With 10,000+ attendees, including more than 1,000+ CEOs, from 3,000+ companies and 75 countries, expected at our 2015 U.S. event, Money 20/20 is critical to realizing the vision of disruptive ways in which consumers

    Money 20/20 – The Venetian, Las Vegas – October 25-28, 2015 – Last Call For Sponsors

    | 2015/09/23 11:30 am