• Decentralized Bitcoin marketplace, OpenBazaar, is nearing open beta release and will be holding an exhibit at the d10e conference in Amsterdam, February 17-19. They’ll be presenting in the main conference and running a smaller event of their own on the 19th, showcasing their standalone app. This marks an enormous milestone in the project’s maturity. Also Read: BitGo Instant — ‘Eliminates Bitcoin Transaction Delays’ OpenBazaar Tests New Developments as Beta Release Approaches Originally a darknet hackathon

    OpenBazaar Nears Beta Release, Presenting at d10e Con

    | 2016/01/24 8:00 am
  • AlphaPoint is proud to announce that Scott Scalf will be joining the AlphaPoint Executive Team. Scalf, formerly Director of Trade Lifecycle Systems at Deutsche Bank Global Technology, will be joining the company as Executive Vice President of Development Operations. Bitcoinist.net is not responsible for AlphaPoint and its goods and/or services. AlphaPoint is a financial technology company that lies at the core of over 20 digital asset exchanges and provides institutions blockchain-enabled solutions to store, track,

    AlphaPoint Appoints Scott Scalf To Firm!

    | 2016/01/23 8:00 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
  • 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
  • Kickstarter has been the center of attention for quite some time now in the crowdfunding world, despite some obvious flaws with the way business is handled at certain times. At the same time, there are far too many users who see this platform as a cheap shopping mall for the latest gadgets, which is far from the case. Now that Kickstarter released its Android app, consumers will have additional options to back innovative projects. Bitcoin-based

    Bitcoin Crowdfunding Can Learn From Kickstarter Android App

    | 2016/01/22 2:49 pm
  • Kalpesh Patel is a living testament to the fact that anyone can contribute something to the Bitcoin ecosystem. You don’t have to be a computer genius or a financial expert to participate in this economic experiment. Also read: Ledger Wallet Giveaway: The Winners Have Been Chosen! “You’re missing the point of Bitcoin if you feel left out. You can be as involved as you want to be, just go make something happen — find something

    A Q&A With Kalpesh Patel: Bringing Bitcoin to the Hotel Industry With BookWithBit

    | 2016/01/22 8:00 am
  • 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
  • (North American Bitcoin Conference, Miami, January 21, 2016) – Dash (www.dash.org), the #3 cryptocurrency in the world used for consumer payments (behind bitcoin and litecoin) celebrated its second anniversary of existence on Monday by holding a vote among its stakeholders to increase its blocksize (far ahead of demand) from 1 MB to 2 MB.  It passed within 24 hours with 99 percent of the vote. Also read: Meet the Guys Who Paid $10,000 for a

    DASH Block Size Increase Reaches Consensus in Less Than 24 hours

    | 2016/01/22 12:50 am
  • This piece was written by Ryan Strauss. This weekend, I am in Miami for The North American Bitcoin Conference.  This is the third Bitcoin Conference that I have ever attended; the first was in Chicago in June 2014, the second was in San Diego last month.  I am incredibly excited to be here.  Every Bitcoin conference or Meetup I have ever attended has been three things; informative, uplifting, and nerdy.  There’s nothing better than being

    The North American Bitcoin Conference 2016: Day 1

    | 2016/01/21 10:53 pm
  • Smartphone encryption has been a topic of heavy debate over the past few months, and the opinions are divided to say the least. Both users and manufacturers want to preserve encryption or even add additional layers to protect user data. But on the other hand, various government officials are proposing bills to have encryption on smartphones weakened by default. Also read: Satoshi Labs Upgrades The Trezor Interface Weakening Smartphone Encryption To Fight Human Trafficking A

    New California Bill Aims To Weaken Smartphone Encryption

    | 2016/01/21 10:59 am
  • In late December 2015, at its Mexico City event, the Latin American Bitcoin Conference made history when it auctioned off a copy of the popular bitcoin comic, Bitcoin: The Hunt for Satoshi Nakamoto, for 20.4 bitcoins. At the time of the auction, that amounted to around $10,000 USD. Two men, Rodolfo Andragnes and Sebastian Wain, won the comic book together. Also read: Number of Ethereum Nodes Grows Exponentially Meet the Comic Book Winners: Rodolfo and

    Meet the Guys Who Paid $10,000 for a Bitcoin Comic Book

    | 2016/01/21 8:00 am
  • For those investors who thought the Asian stock markets would start to recover, things are looking bleaker than ever before. Another shockwave of declining stocks is affecting other major trading markets all over the world, and there is no end in sight. All of the traditional financial sectors are losing ground at an accelerating pace while Bitcoin sees a healthy price increase as more money flows into the world’s true global currency. Also read: Bitcoin

    Decade-Long Financial Growth Wiped Out In One Month While Bitcoin Grows Stronger

    | 2016/01/21 3:35 am
  • 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
  • The topic of creating a cashless society has been kicked around a few times in recent years, but the major mind shift has not happened just yet. Some industry experts are even wondering whether or not a cashless ecosystem is realistic or not. With so many electronics payments – and digital currencies such as Bitcoin – at the consumer’s disposal, it seems to be a matter of time. Also read: Bitcoin Classic’s Magical Mystery Tour

    Bitcoin Helps Consumers Transition To Cashless Payments

    | 2016/01/20 10:23 am
  • Michael Toomim, a main proponent of Bitcoin Classic, and brother of main developer, recently made enlightening comments in a Slack developer channel dedicated to Bitcoin Core. Also Read: KnC Miner Endorses Bitcoin Classic Toomim has been associated closely with the newest Bitcoin client purporting to be the solution Bitcoin needs in order to scale amid its block size debate. The comments were verified as vintage Toomim numerous times by people in the chat at the time and by

    Bitcoin Classic’s Magical Mystery Tour

    | 2016/01/20 8:00 am
  • Depending on how people want to look at things, the financial sector is in need of a revamp or works fine the way it is right now. While it seems clear to most Bitcoin users how the financial sector needs to be disrupted sooner rather than later, landing a job as finance manager is still the number two most popular job choice. At the same time, the number of jobs in the Bitcoin world keeps

    Finance Manager Remains A Popular Job Opportunity Despite Bitcoin Growth

    | 2016/01/20 5:36 am
  • PALO ALTO, CA — Today, BitGo announced the launch of its new service, BitGo Instant. BitGo claimed that this service is “the world’s first way to safely receive zero-confirm Bitcoin transactions with a full financial guarantee. Along with the announcement of its launch, BitGo reported that it has a “strong list of initial partners,” to recognize the zero-confirmation transactions. These partners include, Bitfinex, Bitstamp, CoinHako, FoldApp, Genesis Trading, Kraken, ShapeShift and Unocoin.  Also read: Protect Yourself

    BitGo Instant: ‘Eliminates Bitcoin Transaction Delays’

    | 2016/01/19 9:07 pm
  • Recently in a post on their blog, Shapeshift.io has warned users of various scams that are taking place on social media and attempt to lure users into depositing cryptocurrency on impostor sites such as “shapeshit.io” Shapeshift has released a detailed report to help users protect their funds and avoid falling victim to these attacks. Also read: Local Apple App Store Pricing Changes Show Why Bitcoin is The Only Global Currency   Potential Shapeshift-based scams Shapeshift.io has

    Protect Yourself From These Shapeshift.io Based Scams

    | 2016/01/19 3:16 pm
  • Crypto-Games.net is a leading online gambling casino that allows users to play dice, blackjack, slot, and lottery in a provably fair fashion. Players are not restricted to just using Bitcoin, and can also use Dogecoin, Litecoincoin, DASH, Peercoin, Gridcoin and even Gamecredits. Disclaimer: This article was provided by Bitcoin PR Buzz. Bitcoinist is not affiliated with Crypto-Games and is not responsible for its products and/or services. Crypto-games offers a signup that takes seconds, due to users receiving a predetermined

    Crypto-Games: Multi-Currency Online Casino

    | 2016/01/19 1:00 pm
  • There are multiple signals that our current global financial structure is not working optimally, and the recent price restructuring by Apple is yet another indication of why things need to change soon.  App store prices will go up in seven countries around the world, as tech giant Apple needs to account for volatile exchange rate changes in the affected regions. Bitcoin remains the only global currency in existence today where the playing field is even

    Local Apple App Store Pricing Changes Show Why Bitcoin is The Only Global Currency

    | 2016/01/19 8:44 am
  • Cryptsy is quickly capturing headlines and even being referred to as “the next Mt. Gox.” Things do not seem quite as simple as Cryptsy running away, as the unannounced vacating of their headquarters may have suggested. A new blog post from Cryptsy posted January 14th, claims that the loss of funds did not result from a recent malicious or DDOS attack, nor malicious actions on the behalf of any of the Cryptsy staff, as well as

    Cryptsy Announces 1000 BTC Reward for Stolen Coins

    | 2016/01/19 8:00 am
  • Unlike what people might believe right now, Bitcoin has not failed by any means. Even though Mike Hearn outlined the sentence how “Bitcoin has failed” in his opinion, the ecosystem is trucking along nicely and carries on with or without him. Mainstream media outlets are rubbing their hands to spread more negativity about Bitcoin to mainstream consumers. Political games are slowly entering the Bitcoin world, and this will not be the last attack made against

    The War on Bitcoin Has Only Just Begun With Mike Hearn Leaving

    | 2016/01/19 3:28 am
  • Network nodes play an important role in the security and health of any digital currency. Over the course of the past twelve months, the topic of Bitcoin nodes has been kicked around a few times, and new solutions have been found to bring plug-and-play solutions to users all over the world. The Ethereum network, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to be having any problems adding more nodes to its network. Also read: Coinsecure Announces

    Number of Ethereum Nodes Grows Exponentially

    | 2016/01/18 10:28 am