• 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
  • 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
  • Blockchain Development Platform Tendermint Partners With The Vanbex Group TENDERMINT TURNS FOCUS TO MARKETING AND PR Vancouver, CAN – Tendermint, an open source blockchain platform project, is moving into deployment phase with the help of top Bitcoin 2.0 marketing and public relations firm, The Vanbex Group. Tendermint removes the previous complexities associated with blockchain development so that large institutions, as well as smaller, independent programmers can create their own blockchain technologies easily and efficiently. In

    Tendermint Gets Ready For Launch

    | 2016/01/19 8:16 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 Chamber of Digital Commerce on January 13th announced that the first D.C Blockchain Summit is a go, and is scheduled to take place on March 3, 2016, at Georgetown University. While the press is expected to attend, the summit will be targeted at “providing government employees, nonprofit representatives, students, and blockchain experts a chance to explore opportunities and challenges surrounding blockchain technology in the nation’s capital.” Also read: New York Public Transportation Going Contactless

    Registration for D.C Blockchain summit Now Open

    | 2016/01/16 12:00 pm
  • Counterfeit goods and ingredient sis a major threat to not just the financial ecosystem, but to the health of consumers around the world. Boston Scientific is the latest company being called out on using counterfeit ingredients, which could severely affect consumer health. If only these companies had used blockchain technology to ensure all of the materials used were genuine, this class action lawsuit would have been prevented. Also read: Adyen Can Bring Bitcoin To Major

    Fighting Boston Scientific Counterfeit In Healthcare With Blockchain Technology

    | 2016/01/15 7:48 am
  • Bitcoin is evolving rapidly on a global scale as one of most important financial technologies of the century. Many businesses have decided to integrate Bitcoin, yet many continue to not accept it. I have covered the issue of Bitcoin adoption in-depth in my Bitcoin in Business series. I had the opportunity to interview Moneris chief product and marketing officer Rob Cameron regarding Moneris, their opinion on Bitcoin, and how blockchain technology will influence the financial

    A Payment Processor’s Perspective: Interview with Moneris

    | 2016/01/14 8:00 am
  • Coinprism announced OpenChain 0.5, which offers several major improvements compared to the earlier iteration of this project. This open source distributed ledger technology will be of great value to the digital currency community, which creates instant transaction confirmations and removes all mining fees. Plus, OpenChain is highly scalable and offers anonymity. Also read: Use Bitcoin to Play the $1.3 Billion PowerBall Lottery OpenChain 0.5 Introduces New Features Improving upon a project that offers all of

    Coinprism Releases OpenChain 0.5 With Various Improvements

    | 2016/01/11 1:58 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • Gem, a blockchain platform provider, has announced that it has closed a Series A funding round in which it has secured $7.1 million USD in venture capital funding. This funding round, led by Pelion Venture Partners, places Gem in an early lead for 2016 blockchain investment. Also read: Fisher Price Will Create Future Generations Of Bitcoin Developers Gem Secures Significant Blockchain Funding Several firms participated in this funding round, including KEC Ventures, Blockchain Capital, Digital

    Gem Leads 2016 Blockchain Investment with $7.1 Million in Series A Funding

    | 2016/01/06 1:01 pm
  • Sweden could soon be a big advocate of bitcoin. Also read: Visa: 2015 is the “Year Of Payments,” Bitcoin a Major Player Sweden: The Potential Bitcoin Economy In what could easily be the biggest “opening” for digital currency, Sweden is looking to swear off fiat money for good. That means no more paper money, no more coins, virtual means from here on out. This is exactly what Bitcoin and its creators have wanted all along for

    Sweden to go Cashless, Hope for Bitcoin?

    | 2016/01/06 8:00 am
  • Blockchain startup competitions are an integral part of the Bitcoin ecosystem, as these types of events will drive future technological innovation in this industry. Coming up with new and creative use cases for blockchain technology is a difficult task, but when groups of developers are put together to share their ideas, interesting concepts can become a reality. A new blockchain startup competition has been announced by d10e, taking place in Amsterdam on February 18, 2016.

    D10e Hosts Blockchain Startup Competition in Amsterdam

    | 2016/01/06 3:30 am
  • 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
  • Government surveillance has become a fact of life for anyone communicating digitally these last few years, and it’s been a bumpy transition for those that value privacy. Even with the adoption of PGP keys and VPNs, options for secure day-to-day communication are scarce. End-to-end encryption is a clunky mess for email and IM, and the commercial services that automate the process rely on the assumption that they won’t be subpoenaed or broken into. Also read:

    Blockchain Commuication Could Replace Email, IM, add Trustless Security

    | 2016/01/05 8:00 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
  • Hacking Team has made a lot of media headlines over the past year. Not only because this collaborative is known for its hacking exploits all over the world, but also because of their contacts with governments around the world. Ever since Hacking Team became the subject of a hacking attempt themselves, a lot of people have been wondering what day-to-day operations for this group looked like. Apparently they were keeping a very close eye on

    Hacking Team Kept A Close Eye On The Bitcoin Ecosystem Evolution

    | 2015/12/31 10:57 am
  • Presidential candidate John McAfee, who has had a controversial past, made comments regarding Bitcoin, and some of its possible shortcomings, in a recent interview with an irreverent libertarian podcast called Revolution Report Live. Also read: Solving The Bitcoin Block Size Debate With A Two-Pronged Proposal In the interview, McAfee posited Bitcoin as a corollary with other emerging technologies of the past. Many of the first companies which are borne into a new genre of invention are not necessarily

    John McAfee Doesn’t Think Bitcoin Is The Digital Currency Of The Future

    | 2015/12/31 8:00 am
  • It doesn’t happen often a country of this world is actively looking at replacing their own currency. Or to be more precise, Tunisia is replacing its self-created eDinar digital currency with a blockchain-based version. In doing so, Tunisia becomes the world’s first country to issue national currency using advanced blockchain technology.   Also read: Coinbase Tests Bitcoin XT, Gets Removed From Bitcoin.org Issuing National Currency on The Blockchain Tunisia is one those countries where financial services

    Monetas Unifies eDinar and Blockchain Technology in Tunisia

    | 2015/12/31 5:34 am
  • As much as most people would like to think otherwise, the Bitcoin block size debate is far from over. Various new proposals have been suggested in the past, and another interesting concept was posted on Reddit earlier today. According to this user, a small block size increase should be done first, followed by the integration of Segregated Witness. Addressing the key issue as soon as possible should be the top priority for all Bitcoin developers.

    Solving The Bitcoin Block Size Debate With A Two-Pronged Proposal

    | 2015/12/30 10:29 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
  • The year 2015 has been quite a significant one for Bitcoin regarding the amount of VC funding flowing into the world of digital currency. However, not every Bitcoin startup is seeing its fair share of success, despite initial excitement regarding what they want to bring to the table. Blythe Masters’ Bitcoin startup – called Digital Asset Holdings – is struggling to secure additional funding, Also read: Samsung Pay Bringing More Competition to Bitcoin by Enabling

    Blythe Masters Startup Digital Asset Holdings Struggles For Funding

    | 2015/12/29 3:20 am
  • We saw some interesting activity in the Bitcoin markets this week. During the first half of the week, we saw a run-up to $460, followed by a few days that made us think that $460 might be a new sticking point in the market. Those notions were dashed during the latter half of the week though, as the price starting falling on Christmas night, hitting a low of $407. A late-week recovery brought the price

    Bitcoinist Weekly News Re-Hash: Factom Lies, Bitcoin Price Falls on Christmas

    | 2015/12/28 9:00 am