• Bitrefill is a mobile top up service that allows people to purchase additional minutes on their pre-paid phones with bitcoin. The company services a wide range of mobile operators, including AT&T and Verizon. The company is a graduate of the Boost VC accelerator, having entered the program in January 2015 and began operating on a bootstrap model. Also read: The Rein Project Completes First Freelance Project Bitcoin Top Ups With Bitrefill On their website, Bitrefill lists

    Bitrefill: Bitcoin Mobile Top Ups Across the World

    | 2016/03/14 7:20 am
  • Zebpay today announced a new set of app features exclusively for pro bitcoiners. Already available on Google Play, the app’s new features allows users to set their own bitcoin price (bid / ask), keep Rs balance in app to buy bitcoin instantly and check transaction status using transaction id. Disclaimer: This is a press release. Bitcoinist is not affiliated with this firm and is not responsible for its products and/or services. Delivering on the promise

    Zebpay Releases Powerful New Features on Android App

    | 2016/03/07 5:57 pm
  • Arlington, VA – BTCS Inc. (OTCQB: BTCS) (“BTCS” or the “Company”), a blockchain technology focused company which secures the blockchain through its transaction verification services business, and Spondoolies-Tech Ltd. (Spondoolies), an Israeli transaction verification server manufacturer, received merger approval from the Israeli Office of Chief Scientist (“OCS”). Disclaimer: This is a press release. Bitcoinist is not responsible for this company’s products and/or services. Spondoolies and BTCS to Merge The OCS approval is one of two key

    Spondoolies Tech Gets Approval for BTCS Merger

    | 2016/02/26 3:25 pm
  • The Vanbex Report is a periodic summary of the blockchain industry’s top news stories from the biggest companies, as well as the most promising newcomers. The ‘one currency to rule them all’ debate has existed ever since the first set of altcoins — Bitcoin alternatives — started appearing in the digital currency ecosystem. Also Read: IBM Joins with Linux Foundation’s HyperLedger Project to Advance Open-Source Blockchain Tech The typical argument ranges between the necessity, or

     The Vanbex Report: Digital Revolution, Will Bitcoin Survive?

    | 2016/02/24 4:00 pm
  • February 19, 2016 – IBM launches its Openblockhain repository on GitHub under the liberal Apache license. OpenBlockchain represents a significant milestone in blockchain development, as the non-copyleft open source licensing allows the business enterprise community to start serious Hyperledger development using the tool. Also Read: Kanye West Doesn’t Understand P2P Technology IBM Releases Vital Blockchain Development Tool   IBM’s involvement in the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Project spurred the release of this blockchain development framework, and

    IBM Positions Blockchain as Networked Computing Backbone With OpenBlockchain

    | 2016/02/19 6:26 am
  • Apple is about to launch it’s move into China, with its Apple Pay mobile payments platform set to go live on Thursday, February 18. Apple’s new digital payments application will be available to customers of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.  Also read: Apple Responds to Backdoor Order in Effort to Save PR  Apple Pay Enters a Unique Market This announcement comes after previous news that Apple planned to expand Apple Pay into China

    Apple Pay Set to Launch in China on February 18

    | 2016/02/17 2:00 pm
  • A lot of 2.0 projects have fallen by the wayside, but currently, Ethereum (ETH) development has continued to show its decentralized blockchain platform wants to stick around for the long run. Startups, legacy institutions, and developers using the programmable currency are popping up left and right. Below is a list of six projects using the ETH blockchain to try and conquer many different 2.0 tasks. Then we discuss a few competitors in the crypto-environment going

    Six Ethereum Projects and its Five Competitors

    | 2016/02/03 8:00 am
  • The online gambling industry has recently been caught by a heavy revenue decrease. Government restrictions all over the world have been threatening this healthy industry. The issue has influenced a lot of companies to start using digital currencies to freely provide gambling services to users all around the globe.

    How to Choose the Best Bitcoin Gambling Site?

    | 2016/02/03 1:00 am
  • Russia blocks one of the largest running cryptocurrency exchanges, BTCe, following BitStamp’s voluntary IP block of its Russian users. These developments are likely a preview of what is to come from enforcement of recent laws criminalizing blockchain technologies and ‘money substitutes’ in the Russian market. Also Read: The Netherlands Wants Clear Regulatory Guidelines For FinTech and Bitcoin Startups Russia Can’t Make Up its Mind on the Blockchain More baffling still is the fact these moves

    Russia Blocks Online Bitcoin Exchange in Midst of Blockchain Reform

    | 2016/01/23 1:42 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
  • 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
  • To people active in the Bitcoin world, certain things started making sense quite some time ago, while the rest of the world is still catching up. Blockchain technology – which powers the Bitcoin network – can be used for so much more than just financial services. A recent article details how the Reserve Bank of India acknowledges the potential of the blockchain, including protection against counterfeiting. Also read: Visa: 2015 is the “Year Of Payments,”

    Reserve Bank of India Publicly Endorses Blockchain Technology

    | 2015/12/28 3:27 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
  • In many of the underdeveloped countries, a big part of the population lives outside of urban centers and has no easy access to a Banking infrastructure.

    GOLD: Banking the Unbanked

    | 2015/12/20 8:00 am
  • Sakura Internet, one of the top cloud providers in Japan and Tech Bureau, have recently signed up to take part in Mijin’s CloudChain open beta test. Mijin is a platform that was created so individuals and organizations can quickly deploy permissioned blockchains and use them in a “production environment.” The company is now offering a first-come, first-serve free distributed ledger for six months. CEO Takao Asayama told Bitcoinist: “We are pleased to roll out this

    Mijin: ‘Offering Blockchains To The World for Free’

    | 2015/12/16 7:27 am
  • Just recently a new hunt for Satoshi Nakamoto has come back to life. Many mysteries of the digital currency’s path had entered the public eyes especially concerning the early days of Bitcoin’s existence. Questions were asked in regards to Satoshi’s anonymity and his possible linkage with people like Craig S. Wright, which brought quite a bit of new detectives to the table. Also read: Russia’s Sberbank Openly Shows Interest in Blockchain Technology On January 9, 2009,

    Bitcoin Is More Anonymous Than We Think

    | 2015/12/13 10:08 am
  • The Inside Bitcoins conference is coming to Seoul, South Korea on December 9-11, 2015, and San Diego, California on December 14-16, 2015. One individual who will be speaking at the events will be Hans Lombardo of allcoinnews.com on the subject of Bitcoin and small business. Lombardo has 16 years of experience with disruptive technologies and uses his knowledge to run the news publication he co-founded amongst his many projects. The media outlet provides editorials featuring decentralized

    Hans Lombardo: ‘Bitcoin Can Help So Many People In The Developing World’

    | 2015/12/05 8:00 am
  • The third annual Latin American Bitcoin Conference takes place this week in the beautiful and bustling Mexico City on December 4th and 5th. Also read: PNC Bank Plastic Card Issue Shows Why The World Needs Bitcoin With over forty speakers, some of the world’s most influential bitcoiners will discuss technology behind Bitcoin, and give advice to startups, opine on the pace of global Bitcoin adoptions, merchant tools, nation state-related compliance and more. Bitcoin Industry Leaders

    Latin American Bitcoin Conference 2015 Brings Digital Currency to Mexico City

    | 2015/12/04 5:28 pm
  • Giving Tuesday is coming December 1st and this year BitGive the first 501(c)(3) Bitcoin nonprofit is using its donations towards their Bitcoin Charity 2.0 Initiative. The plan is to create a transparency platform for donors and organizations using the blockchain for philanthropy. Also read: Less Taxes and More Bitcoin Donations with the BitGive Foundation and LibraTax Founded in 2013 by Connie Gallippi BitGive was one of the first nonprofit charities representing the grassroots Bitcoin community.

    Giving Tuesday Is Coming With BitGive

    | 2015/11/29 8:00 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
  • Discussions about changing the dynamic code that runs the Bitcoin blockchain should constantly be happening. Over the course of the past year, the talks of changing the block size have been an overwhelming topic of conversation. There have been some pretty stubborn people when it comes to changing the protocols code, and this is not to say that forking the code is the right step. There has been censorship and subsequently has created a rift

    Bitcoin: Discussing Code Changes Is Half The Battle

    | 2015/11/03 8:00 am