• Bitcoin trading spikes in Zimbabwe are just the start of a multi-pronged surge seeing Saudi Arabia and other new areas jump on board. Saudis Fleeing The Wealth Crackdown? That’s according to statistics from Coin Dance, which tracks weekly trade volumes from p2p exchange platform Localbitcoins. As Zimbabwe experiences extreme volatility in the price of Bitcoin, which topped $13,500 this week amid military intervention, uncertainty is also pushing activity up across the world. The price of

    Bitcoin Hits $13.5k In Zimbabwe As New Markets Post Record Trading

    | 2017/11/16 7:30 am
  • All 77 premium games from PlayNGO are now available for play at BitStarz Casino! [Note: This is a press release.] Friday, Nov 10, 2017 – Now you can find all the PlayNGO games at BitStarz! PlayNGO are famous for launching some really high-quality games, and now you can find all of their games at BitStarz Casino. They now mark the 18th provider in the casino, and will boost the total range with 77 extra titles!

    BitStarz Just Launched the Games of Popular Provider PlayNGO

    | 2017/11/13 2:00 pm
  • Apple is internally expanding tests of its new Apple Pay Cash feature, thus further intensifying the battle for the supremacy of the mobile payment ecosystem. Moreover, Bitcoin’s advances and Apple’s latest efforts further underscore the obsolescence of the banking industry. Bitcoin, Apple, and Peer-to-Peer Payment Solutions Apple is enhancing its Apple Pay application by adding the Apple Pay Cash feature to facilitate person-to-person money exchanges. According to Apple’s website: You can make secure purchases in

    In Apple’s Battle for Supremacy in the Payment Ecosystem, Bitcoin Will Win

    | 2017/10/16 1:15 am
  • Bitcoin price soared past the $5,000 mark today, reaching a current all time high of $5,188 on the GDAX exchange.  Bitcoin’s price rocketed through the psychological $5,000 barrier, reaching an all time high, at the time of writing of $5,188. Relative strength technical indicators do show that the currency has been overbought now for three days, however, the price shows no sign of stopping. With recent speculation by investors of $10,000 bitcoin in six to

    Bitcoin Price Rockets Past $5000 to New All-Time High

    | 2017/10/12 6:40 am
  • Hong Kong based Bitcoin Entrepreneur James Bang announces CashCow ICO designed to increase Indonesian cattle farmers’ profits from the sale of their cows from 20% to 33%. The South China Morning Post reported on Bitcoin entrepreneur and investor James Bangs’ desire to revolutionize the cattle financing model, specifically in Indonesia where the large population of farmers is unable to buy their cattle assets outright. Businessman turns to cryptocurrency to help Indonesian farmers https://t.co/eqS0kaNl7T pic.twitter.com/KP7kr6sgwQ —

    CashCow ICO Looks To Boost Indonesian Cattle Farmers’ Profits

    | 2017/08/07 4:00 pm
  • John McAfee, Chairman and CEO of MGT Capital Investments and Co-Founder of McAfeeXL, has been confirmed as a featured speaker at the Shape the Future: Blockchain Global Summit.  The event, which will be held on September 10, 2017, in Beijing, China, will focus on the current state of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology as well as how each one will impact the future. According to the Summit’s web site, McAfee is scheduled to begin his presentation

    John McAfee to Join Shape the Future: Blockchain Global Summit in Beijing

    | 2017/08/07 2:30 pm
  • A man who can only be identified by his anonymous digital wallet address has renewed concerns that many regulators have over a new breed of cryptocurrency millionaires. How do they tax, and monitor illegal activities, of masked cryptocurrency users? An Instagram post that sparked these concerns again read: I get many private messages asking how much ether I have. […] One of the cool things about Ethereum is that all wallets around the world are transparent

    Mystery Ethereum Millionaire Has Regulators Fuming Over Cryptocurrency Anonymity

    | 2017/07/16 1:00 pm
  • As Bitcoin apps such as Abra increasingly bridge the fiat gap by providing more options to buy and sell Bitcoin, could physical BTMs become obsolete? Abra Adds Bitcoin as Official Currency Yesterday, Abra, a Bitcoin-based remittance app that allows users to cash out national currencies via pre-selected Tellers, announced the addition of Bitcoin as a usable currency. Although Abra has always been powered by Bitcoin, the new addition will allow users to buy, store, transfer and spend Bitcoin directly as

    Does Abra Pose a Threat to the Bitcoin ATM Industry?

    | 2017/03/10 8:30 am
  • Bitcoin entrepreneur and Chinese government advisor Wo Weidong is urging China to develop “an appropriate” Bitcoin and Blockchain regulatory strategy to promote innovation. China Needs ‘An Appropriate Regulatory Strategy’ Wo Weidong, member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and Chairman of the board of the Huiyin Group, has called out for “an appropriate” Bitcoin and blockchain regulatory strategy, according to online news service cnLedger.  “For innovations like Bitcoin and blockchain, other major countries in the world are

    ‘China Had the Power’: Gov’t Advisor Urges Not to Abandon Bitcoin

    | 2017/03/09 12:00 pm
  • Bitcoinist spoke with Leon Liu, the CEO of BitKan, a Chinese P2P Bitcoin trading service, to get a better idea on the current situation following the recent regulatory clampdown on Bitcoin exchange withdrawals in the country. Bitcoinist: What kind of trading services does BitKan provide? Leon Liu (LL): BitKan provides P2P bitcoin trading services with broker match-making to save time for our users. During a trade, BitKan acts as an escrow service, guaranteeing funds delivery for

    BitKan: Our Volume Grew ‘Twelve Times’ Since PBoC Halted Withdrawals

    | 2017/03/07 12:00 pm
  • Here’s a novel way you can use your Twitter account to earn Bitcoin from your new followers as well as other social interactions. A New Twitter Hustle for Bitcoin Here is a hustle to earn Bitcoin from your Twitter account. Credit where credit is due, the idea of charging a fee to Follow Back on Twitter came from here: I played around with this concept during my morning swim. Charge people a fee to Follow Back on Twitter. But even better,

    How You Can Earn Bitcoin From Your Twitter Followers

    | 2017/03/02 8:00 am
  • Win rewards while having a blast: Crypto Gravity from ionomy Studios. [Note: This is a press release] Crypto Gravity is Here SWANSEA ­ March 3, 2017 – ionomy Studios has launched Crypto Gravity, the first major title of their new mobile gaming franchise. Crypto Gravity, the foundation stone of the ionomy.com business model, is free to play and available on iOS and Android. Lead character Grav must navigate the dangers of a futuristic dystopian galaxy,

    Crypto Gravity Game Launched By ionomy Studios

    | 2017/03/02 5:59 am
  • Swiss-based serviced apartment company VisionApartments has announced Bitcoin payment support for all its apartment locations around the globe. Paying Apartment Rent with Bitcoin Living on Bitcoin is becoming easier and easier every day! Yesterday, Swiss serviced apartment company, VisionApartments announced a partnership with a national Bitcoin-based startup, Bitcoin Suisse. The move will bring about the integration of Bitcoin payments for all its services, meaning that users can now pay rent in BTC. In the official announcement, Anja

    Move Over AirBnB: Swiss Apartment Rental Service Now Accepts Bitcoin

    | 2017/03/01 7:30 am
  • If something works, why change it? PayPal’s Harper Reed has dismissed “boring” Blockchain technology, choosing to stick to the traditional databases. ‘Why Don’t We Just Use a Database?’ In the midst of the “chainwashing” trend, some companies seem to be taking the high road and staying clear of Bitcoin’s underlying Blockchain technology. This is the case with PayPal which, despite its ambitions to become the dominant global online payments platform, has distanced itself from this prospect. When asked about the

    PayPal on Blockchain: ‘Why Don’t We Just Use a Database?’

    | 2017/02/28 9:00 am
  • China’s love affair with P2P trading platform LocalBitcoins shows no sign of flagging after yet another consecutive record week with traders exchanged over 50 million yuan. LocalBitcoins: 700k Reals, 50 Million Yuan Data from Coin Dance shows the seven days ending Saturday, February 25 was the busiest period ever for Localbitcoins in both China and Brazil. In the week prior, China registered around 36 million yuan in transactions, which itself easily beat any previous weekly period multiple

    Another Week, Another Record: LocalBitcoins Explodes in China, Brazil

    | 2017/02/27 3:00 am
  • As Bitcoin hits all-time highs, the infinite wisdom of CNBC and the mainstream press surfaces again as a bizarre news piece suggests the start of an “inflationary period.” Bitcoin Surge ‘Might Not Mean What You Think’ – CNBC The segment from the network’s Trading Nation, which aired Thursday, also included commentators describing Bitcoin as a currency for “buying kidneys.” “Bitcoin is surging – but that might not mean what you think,” an accompanying article reads.

    CNBC: Bitcoin Price Surge is Start Of ‘Inflationary Period’

    | 2017/02/24 9:00 am
  • After buying up digital currency transfer company PayCash, Daimler has signaled it may use digital currency to build up its presence in Africa. Daimler: ‘Clear Signal Of Further African Growth’ The continent is providing huge demand for transport networks, yet businesses are continually faced with financing problems, the vehicle giant told industry magazine Autconomy this week. “We are already present in over 30 marketplaces in Africa and are still expanding both our product range and

    Daimler May Use Bitcoin to Finance Africa’s Transport Demands

    | 2017/02/18 10:00 am
  • Travel much? Bitcoinist discovered that using Bitcoin instead of local currency gives you more Big Macs for your bits, particularly in places like Venezuela and Nigeria. Attn: Travelers & Digital Nomads It’s common knowledge that buying Bitcoin might make a great investment. It can also save you money when you use it to buy products at Amazon via Purse.io. Less well known is that using Bitcoin can slash your travel costs as well particularly in places like Venezuela and Nigeria. Both these countries

    Big Macs in Caracas, Prawns in Lagos are Cheaper for Bitcoiners

    | 2017/02/14 12:00 pm
  • Valentine’s Day is upon us! Forgot? No worries, Bitcoinist has got you covered. We are going to show you the best gifts Bitcoin can buy for all your Valentine’s Day needs! Valentine’s Day for the Bitcoinist Valentine’s Day is here and if you’re as bad with this kind of things as I am, then you’re probably looking for a last-minute gift that can fill someone’s heart without emptying your pockets. There’s only one problem, though:

    8 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Everyone Who Loves Bitcoin

    | 2017/02/14 8:00 am
  • The Philippines Central Bank has released guidelines on Bitcoin regulation, which “basically legitimizes the local Bitcoin industry.” Bank: Bitcoin Has ‘Potential to Revolutionize’ This is the summary from a co-founder of the country’s largest Bitcoin startup, Satoshi Citadel Industries (SCI), which also runs exchange Bitmarket.ph. The Bangko Sentral’s decision from January 19th, the text of which was released February 6, […]recognizes that Virtual Currency (VC) systems have the potential to revolutionize delivery of financial services,

    Philippines ‘Legitimizes’ Its Bitcoin Industry with Friendly Regulation

    | 2017/02/09 5:30 am
  • “Blockchain can radically transform exchange sector”, believes Kaidi Ruusalepp, CEO at Funderbeam (exchange for startups) and former CEO at the Estonian Nasdaq subdivision. [Note: This is a press release] ‘A Financial Engine of Companies’ Growth’ On March 9, she will speak at Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Tallinn. Being experienced in managing Nasdaq, Kaidi founded Funderbeam – an investment and research platform for finding investors and startups. At the end of 2016, Funderbeam team started creating a

    Blockchain Will Fundamentally Transform Exchange Business – Funderbeam CEO

    | 2017/02/09 4:47 am
  • Bitcoinist spoke to Roman Pushkin, founder of LibreTaxi, an open-source ridesharing mobile app that will soon support Bitcoin payments, to find out more about his vision for this “free alternative” for Uber and Lyft.  Ride sharing applications are becoming part of our daily lives. However, there are just some areas apps like Uber and Lyft don’t cover and a certain currency – Bitcoin, of course – that these simply do not accept as a payment system. However, new

    Interview with LibreTaxi: The ‘Free Alternative’ to Lyft & Uber

    | 2017/02/01 5:00 am
  • January 30, 2017, Michigan, USA—In a bull market, altcoins achieve profit gains over 1,000%, far surpassing Bitcoin’s trough-to-peak gain of 217% this year. In a bear market, however, losses can be devastating. [Note: This is a press release] Recognizing when the altcoin sector is in a bull or bear market is challenging without a standardized index. Our solution is the T&C 20 Index—the first public index dedicated to tracking altcoin performance. At its current price

    Introducing the T&C 20 Index for Tracking Altcoins

    | 2017/01/31 2:19 am