On December 4, 2014, St. Petersburg, Russia hosted a Bitcoin conference featuring several speakers who gave lectures on the business and regulatory implications of Bitcoin. This event was one out of several in a series of conferences across Russia organized by Bitcoin Conference Russia. Two other conferences have been planned by these organizers, and will take place in in Moscow, Russia and Kiev, Ukraine in 2015. Speakers at these conferences include Roger Ver, Max Krupyshev,
Ever since Amsterdam started its very own Bitcoin City initiative, merchants have been chomping at the bit to be a part of the Bitcoin revolution in the capital of the Netherlands. Even though the Amsterdam Bitcoin City initiative only started in November 2014, 24 merchants have signed up so far and are now all accepting Bitcoin payments. One of the reasons why this initiative is so successful is the partnership between Bitstraat and BitPay. Bitstraat
MecklerMedia announced that the Inside Bitcoins Conference and Expo will be taking place at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre on January 29-30, 2015. The Singapore Inside Bitcoins event will feature two days of conference sessions, keynotes, and an exhibit hall featuring international cryptocurrency and technology organizations. The conference will provide an overview of the bitcoin landscape and the current bitcoin acceptance across the globe, covering topics such as: Bitcoin Regulation Update: Global Issues
We at Bitcoinist have built up a good relationship with the team behind the Gems social messenger app. We ran into them while we were attending various conferences. The Gems team is fun, intelligent, friendly and are always glad to answer any questions. So drop a line and say hi to the developers on social media. We were also very happy that Daniel Peled made some time for us in his busy schedule to do an interview
Bitcoin startup, Bitnplay is developing a new and innovative bitcoin-only online poker platform that it expects to launch in early 2015. The company aims to use the bitcoin blockchain to usher in a new age of poker with a fair, secure, decentralized and friendly environment for all online poker players. Currently, online poker is constrained by the limitations of third-party risk, and the large-scale centralization of users’ funds, tied up in deposit accounts. Bitnplay plans to address this by using Bitcoin’s
As we pointed out in our previous interviews with a lot of highly educated and important people inside the financial sector, the banks are looking at Bitcoin and its technology. Recently some banks have come forward into admitting that they are “looking into Bitcoin and the blockchain technology”. Among these banks are 3 Dutch banks: Rabo Bank, ING and ABN Amro. It is true that the Dutch government and financial oversight commissions have urged caution
With cryptocurrency gaining massive popularity and inching its way into the mainstream realm, a lot of people have their eyes on development. The technology is so new, fresh, and unknown that the possibilities for developers are almost endless. Because of this, though, developers are hard to find due to the challenges of the learning curve. The Altcoin Guys are trying to do away with the barrier of entry that is development. Instead of interested parties
The concept of having your very own Bitcoin Boulevard is such a powerful tool in order to drive bitcoin adoption to new heights. We have seen multiple success stories in The Hague, Cleveland and Amsterdam. The first German Bitcoin Boulevard is coming to the city of Hannover, capital of Lower Saxony. Hannover’s Bitcoin Boulevard Idea Hannover’s Bitcoin Boulevard is not the first attempt to push Bitcoin adoption in a big German City. Berlin has its
After our speech analysis of the “mastercard rant video,” we received some comments. They ranged from “well done! I like what you are doing and you completely HAMMERED mastercard in your analysis” to the more hilarious and troll-like responses, which makes me laugh. Now it seems that another credit card company, American Express, is bringing out their CEO, Mr. Kenneth I Chennault to do some much needed damage control. This time, we do not have
Many within the Bitcoin community speak of the day Bitcoin goes mainstream. We also fantasize about Bitcoin’s “killer application,” and revolutionizing the world through realizing the blockchain’s full potential. However, the Bitcoin community, with our lingo and technical understanding, often forget about the world outside of the forums, meetups, and conferences. Learning about Bitcoin (the blockchain technology), and learning about bitcoin (the cryptocurrency) can be challenging to understand even to those with a technical background. If
Madeira Beach in Florida became the first municipality in the world to officially use Bitcoin. The city’s resolution to become a “Bitcoin beach” comes ahead of the St. Petersburg Bitcoin Bowl. This event is sponsored by BitPay. For those who doesn’t know it already, Bitpay is the world’s leading Bitcoin payment processor. The game is scheduled to take place in neighbouring St. Petersburg on December 26th. The expected turnout will probably draw thousands of Bitcoin users.
One of the largest technology events each and every year is CES, the Consumer Electronics Show. In 2015, the CES attendees will be treated to “The World of Bitcoin,” the largest and most complete showcase of Bitcoin at any major event to date. No less than ten major Bitcoin brands will be representing this powerful digital currency. The World of Bitcoin will consist of a 2,000 square foot island on the CES showcase floor, with
CoinJar is getting into the holiday spirit, or as they call it, “the bitcoin-giving spirit.” The personal finance startup is running the CoinJar Bitcoin Donation Showdown this Christmas season to help raise funds in support of two non-profit organizations. Dubbed ‘Puppies vs. Computers,’ the CoinJar team has created a friendly competition between two of their favorite Australian non-profits, PetRescue and Electronic Frontiers Australia. The two organizations will face off in an attempt see which one can
The open-source, local trader app, Mycelium, that Android users have been able to utilize for months now has finally come over to the bright white side of digital tech by releasing a bitcoin wallet for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. There was no grandiose announcement to usher in the App. Dmitry Murashchik, also known across social platforms as Rassah, simply made a Reddit post on the bitcoin subreddit with the title hinting at only a
tibdit is about to launch the world’s first digital bitcoin based micropayment system. This company has designed a new kind of micropayments service based on cryptocurrency technology, specifically designed for online service providers, online content and online shopping in a way that appeals to the general public. The tibdit platform app is designed to allow anonymous micropayments that are rechargeable using card payments in national currencies such as GBP, EUR and USD. A sheer number
Time Inc accepts Bitcoin for subscriptions. This means that consumers can now pay for digital and print subscriptions of Fortune, Health, This Old House and print subscriptions of Travel + Leisure using bitcoin. Big whoop. Why should I care that one of the biggest media companies now accepts a virtual currency? Good question, keep reading. “Why is this important” Time Inc. is responsible for zip-codes…and is one of the biggest media companies in the world.
Over the past few weeks, there have been a lot of conversations in the world of cryptocurrency about the GEMS project. GEMS brings us the social messaging aspect we have all grown so accustomed to, and integrates it with the power of the blockchain, by offering GEMZ tokens. In order to gain user adoption, GEMS users will be able to contact people who use Telegram, or one of the third party applications built on top
Recently the technology giant Microsoft made bitcoin payments an option for all of their United States customers on everything from tablets and phones to services like Xbox Live. Their plans aren’t just for the basics though. BitPay, the payment processor Microsoft partnered with to begin accepting bitcoins, recently spoke out about Microsoft’s vision into the future. Sonny Singh, BitPay’s chief commercial officer, said the following in an interview with CoinDesk: “Microsoft has a long-term vision
Xapo CEO, Wences Casares believes that bitcoin detains the potential to become the new gold Standard; he firmly stated this in a video posted by Bigthink. Casares is an Argentinean entrepreneur with many years of experience with internet technologies and the gaming industry. In all these years of activity he gathered an enormous financial expertise. In a video session led by Bigthink, a Knowledge dedicated forum, he tells us about bitcoin and what it could mean for International ecommerce trading.
Thanks to Bitcoin, the world of economy and transactions is undergoing a revolution never seen before. And it is precisely at the Virtual Expo 2014 that Bitcoin brings together, for the first time in recent history, the most important players of the social, industrial and economic movement that is already a reality in many countries around the world. “This expo embodies the virtual, global and public philosophy of cryptocurrency. It is time that all the
For those that may not know Coinkite, it’s an independent business that focuses of bitcoin wallets, along with multi-signature wallets, touts bank-grade security along developer API and privacy. As CEO Rodolfo Novak would describe it, it’s a one-stop shop for everything you need. Coinkite just celebrated a year’s worth of hard work and dedication to the bitcoin infrastructure. To kick the next chapter off, they decided to offer a starter package to all users for
Safello, one of the more popular European Bitcoin exchanges, is expanding their vast array of payment options for UK customers. As the United Kingdom is proving to hold a big customer base for people looking to both buy and sell bitcoin, European exchanges have to adapt to the growing demand. Offering faster payment methods is an important step in the right direction, which will in turn help with bitcoin adoption in the UK. Bitcoin enthusiasts
Bitrush Bitcoin mining incorporates immersion cooling technology to best serve its customers. On October 31st, 2014, Bitrush received yet another sizable capital investment. The company continues to garner both monetary and social support due to its innovative, cutting-edge business model and its consistent ability to drive Bitcoin mining to higher standards of performance and functionality. In light of the influx of capital, Bitrush is also able to offer an exclusive promotion wherein the first 100 clients will