• One of the more common ways for consumers to spend Bitcoin is by buying gift cards from various retailers and outlets. Popular Bitcoin gift card services will often offer a small discount on every purchase. Giving consumers an extra incentive to spend digital currency. A recent survey by CardCash shows how Starbucks gift cards are a clear fan favorite, whereas Visa Gift Cards are far less preferable. Most of these trends seem to correlate with

    Bitcoin Users At CardCash Spend More And Favor Starbucks Gift Cards

    | 2016/03/14 11:21 am
  • 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
  • If there’s one thing the entire Bitcoin block size debate has taught the digital currency community, it is how little effort is being made to bridge the gap between “Western” and “Asian” miners. While most of the Asian community uses the QQ messaging platform to communicate, shouldn’t we all embrace this medium of communication and try to get on the same page again? Also read: The Rein Project Completes First Freelance Contract Communication in Bitcoin

    Solving The Bitcoin Communication Disruption With QQ And Other Tools

    | 2016/03/14 4:22 am
  • Interesting things are happening in the Bitcoin world, as Xapo has officially renounced their partnership with Blockstream. Even though both companies have seen eye-to-eye in the past, times have certainly changed, and the way forward for Blockstream does not stroke with how Xapo sees the future of Bitcoin. Could this be the first of many different partnership breakups between Blockstream and major companies in the Bitcoin industry. Also read: Ethereum Market Cap Reaches One Billion

    Xapo President Ted Rogers Blasts Blockstream And Mentions Ethereum

    | 2016/03/13 8:49 am
  • 12 March 2016 – Ethereum hit a major milestone early this morning, reaching a market cap of  1 Billion US Dollars at around 3:15am GMT. Ethereum has enjoyed explosive growth since announcement of the “Homestead” beta phase of development, with a 22% jump in active nodes in a single day, and steady growth since. Ethereum has been the second most traded Cryptocurrency for over a month, but reaching this critical milestone puts Ethereum at a

    Ethereum Market Cap Reaches One Billion US Dollars

    | 2016/03/12 7:19 pm
  • Apple and FBI have squabbled over the information relating to the murder of fourteen US citizens in a terrorist attack in San Bernardino early this year.  Just Yesterday, the Justice Department stated that Apple Inc. has used “false” arguments to avoid handing over information pertinent to the investigation of the attack. President Obama is now speaking out on this issue, arguing that there needs to be a balance between privacy and national security. Also Read:

    Obama Doesn’t Want You to Have A Swiss Bank in Your Wallet

    | 2016/03/12 4:46 pm
  • 12 March 2016 – Microsoft has launched another anti-open source software campaign in the last few weeks, targeting prominent Linux and free software companies. They’re attempting to limit open-source development with buy-outs, patent trolling, and charging royalties for products that use Linux. Their recent efforts have them grabbing up patents for open source technology including software developed by Canonical, publishers of the most popular Linux distribution, Ubuntu. Read Also: Chrome Add-on Steals Bitcoin With Social

    Microsoft Bullies Open Source Projects: is the Blockchain Their Next Target?

    | 2016/03/12 3:07 pm
  • 12 March 2016 – A popular browser plugin for Chrome was found to be surreptitiously stealing Bitcoin from its users today. The add-on’s exploit was discovered by the people at Bitstamp, and confirmed by developer Devon Weller. Bitstamp followed the discovery with an announcement on Twitter warning users to uninstall the plugin and let other’s know about its malicious code. The add-on is called “BitcoinWisdom Ads Remover” and it marks the first serious Bitcoin exchange

    Chrome Add-on Steals Bitcoin With Social Engineering, QR Codes Vulnerable

    | 2016/03/12 12:11 pm
  • By the look of things, Microsoft is less keen on Bitcoin than they have ever been before. Although the technology giant announced the acceptance of Bitcoin payments several months ago, the Microsoft Store is no longer accepting digital currency payments for certain services. Existing balances can still be used, but new deposits are no longer possible. Is this a direct result of the ongoing Bitcoin block size debate, or is there a different reason? Also

    Microsoft Store Partially Drops Bitcoin Support

    | 2016/03/12 9:37 am
  • As more and more companies and service providers start accepting Bitcoin payments, things are slowly shifting for digital currency all over the world. UserEcho is not an everyday business, though, as their software solution is specially designed to create a better customer experience. With over 15,000 customers using the software, UserEcho’s acceptance of Bitcoin payments is sending a major message to companies all over the world. Also read: Money 20/20 Europe Ushers in the Future

    UserEcho Now Accepts Bitcoin Payments Through Stripe

    | 2016/03/12 8:44 am
  • Money 20/20 Europe 2016 is just around the corner, set to bring the world’s largest financial technology conference to European professionals and enthusiasts. On April 4-7, over 3,000 people will gather at the Bella Center in Copenhagen, Denmark to listen to industry leaders speak on the future of finance. Also read: Exclusive Discount: €600 off on Money 20/20 Europe Money 20/20 Europe The 3,000 attendees includes over 1,000 CEOs from 1,000 companies in 75 different countries. Some

    Money 20/20 Europe Ushers in the Future of FinTech

    | 2016/03/12 6:00 am
  • Money 20/20 Europe is coming up. The 3-day event starts on April 3 and runs until April 7th. Tickets for this conference are pretty expensive, so you will want to take advantage of Bitcoinist.net’s discount code and save €600. Also read: Coinify Processes Bitcoin Real Estate Sale By using the discount code BITCN200, €600 will be taken off the full price of delegate passes. You can use this now to get the discount on the

    Exclusive Discount: €600 off on Money 20/20 Europe

    | 2016/03/11 9:42 pm
  • BetChan Casino is an online gambling platform that supports Bitcoin payments. This casino offers a variety of popular games, including Platinum Lightning, Lucky Sweets and Lucky Lady’s Clover. Available game categories include Slots, Roulette, video poker and Blackjack. Disclaimer: This is a sponsored story. Bitcoinist is not responsible for this firm’s products and/or services. A Variety of BetChan Games BetChan offers several games in each of its categories, from providers SoftSwiss and Ezugi. The complete

    BetChan Casino: Fair Bitcoin Gambling

    | 2016/03/11 11:37 am
  • The technology powering the Bitcoin protocol can be used for a lot of different use cases, and the healthcare sector is one of those standing to benefit from distributed ledger technology. Gem, a prominent blockchain technology provider, is thinking along those lines as well, as they have started a collaborative project with various players in the healthcare sector. Making medical records accessible to hospitals, doctors, and specialists is a prospect well worth exploring. Also read:

    Gem Expects To Unveil Blockchain Plans For Healthcare Industry Soon

    | 2016/03/11 10:46 am
  • Reports have surfaced of the highly-publicized London Bitcoin Forum being a scam, cheating people out of hundreds of dollars. Based on the widespread media attention for the Forum, it seems like the entire Bitcoin industry may have participated in yet another scam. Also read: Developers Announce the Very First Ethereum ATM Probable London Bitcoin Forum Scam Press releases for the London Bitcoin Forum began appearing on Bitcoin media outlets in late February, and the meeting

    London Bitcoin Forum Revealed as Likely Scam

    | 2016/03/11 6:33 am
  • Politics in Bitcoin are never far away, and a message posted on the Node Counter front page earlier today only confirms that statement. In fact, the statement they had on their page left very little to the imagination, as it was an outspoken judgement on Bitcoin Core and how the development of Bitcoin has been bought out by Blockstream. It is not the first time these types of allegations appear on the Internet, but this

    Node Counter On Blockstream, Bitcoin Core and Censorship

    | 2016/03/11 3:51 am
  • 10 March 2016 – Valery Vavilov, CEO/Co-Founder of the BitFury Group, has commented on the importance of the blockchain today on Medium, going out of his way to debunk a lot of myths pervasive in the mainstream’s understanding of Bitcoin and the Blockchain. The piece serves as a great “Public Service Announcement” that defines Bitcoin in a more dispassionate light than traditional media would like to paint it. He goes over how Bitcoin is secure,

    BitFury’s Valery Vavilov Addresses Big BTC Issues Amidst Block Size Infighting

    | 2016/03/11 2:13 am
  • HashFlare is announcing one year Ethereum cloud mining contracts with no maintenance fees. The company says that, after signing up for a free account, their new Ethereum mining contracts offer the best value on the market. Disclaimer: This article was provided by Bitcoin PR Buzz. Bitcoinist is not affiliated with the firms represented by Bitcoin PR Buzz and is not responsible for their products and/or services. HashFlare Offers Lifetime Cloud Mining Contracts HashFlare allows customers

    HashFlare Offering One-Year Ethereum Mining Contracts

    | 2016/03/10 4:00 pm
  • Editor’s note: At the request of the Brave team, Bitcoinist will be conducting an interview with the company’s CEO so he can make his case for Brave’s data collection practices. We will publish this interview in full on Bitcoinist.net.  Editor’s note (3/13/2016 3:39 PM EST): The Brave CEO did not agree to an interview with Bitcoinist. Instead, an interview between Bitcoinist and “someone from Brave” was discussed. We would like to apologize to our readers

    Brave Browser’s Ad Replacement System: Vulture in Lion’s Clothing?

    | 2016/03/10 2:01 pm
  • Leading cloud mining company Genesis Mining has announced the launch of Logos Fund, the world’s first bitcoin mining fund. Disclaimer: This article was provided by Bitcoin PR Buzz. Bitcoinist is not affiliated with the firms represented by Bitcoin PR Buzz and is not responsible for their products and/or services. Genesis Mining Launches Logos Fund The fund, called the Logos Fund, filed Form D with the SEC with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission last

    Logos Fund: World’s First Bitcoin Mining Fund

    | 2016/03/10 1:00 pm
  • During the last couple of months, Ethereum has been quickly gaining pace, and is situated on the road to success, especially considering the fact that the world’s first Ethereum ATM is now live. Also read: How Bitcoin Miners have lost their interest in the block size debate The First Ethereum ATM Is Now Live In a recent blog post published on the Ether Camp website, the developers explained how the ATM came to be. To

    Developers Announce the Very First Ethereum ATM

    | 2016/03/10 11:39 am
  • 10 March 2016 – Spanish Bitcoin startup Octopocket is enabling Bitcoin transactions in the ephemeral messaging app, Telegram. Their technology works without any additional software, and works through Telegram’s chat interface. Their English support is skeletal at best, and their service isn’t yet live in the US. If you want an early look, you can start a chat with their service by sending a message to @octopocket_bot via Telegram, though. Their interface and service methodology

    Octopocket Lets you use BTC in Telegram, Without Convenience or Security

    | 2016/03/10 10:48 am
  • Accepting Bitcoin payments can do wonder for any business, and the gambling industry is at the top of that list. Various casinos and other gambling establishments in Las Vegas have taken the plunge by venturing into the world of Bitcoin payments, and they are reaping the rewards from being early adopters. Overall, the interest in digital currency is on the rise in Las Vegas, which could be a sign of positive things to come. Also

    Las Vegas Sees More Business Volume Due To Bitcoin Acceptance

    | 2016/03/10 10:41 am