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Dotcom wants NZ to have fiat-backed crypto-currency

Either New Zealand is leading the world in April 1 news stories, or Kim Dotcom's Internet Party is not only proposing a government-backed crypto-currency, but thinks it should operate in parallel to the country's fiat currency. Since the story starts on March 26, Vulture South is forced to at least accept the hypothesis that the …

Bank of America: Bitcoin could become THE currency of e-commerce

Chinese banks may not be too keen on Bitcoin at the moment (which has done something to damp down the current price) but a new research report from Bank of America rates it as a major player in future internet transactions. "We believe Bitcoin can become a major means of payment for e-commerce and may emerge as a serious …
Iain Thomson, 06 Dec 2013
Bitcoin bloodbath

MtGox, that bastion of unregulated e-currency Bitcoin, turns to Texas judge for protection

The embattled MtGox Bitcoin exchange has been thrown a lifeline by a US bankruptcy court in the northern district of Texas – which has shielded the company from litigation. Judge Harlan Hale granted a motion [PDF] to place the company under Chapter 15 bankruptcy, a classification that will help it fend off, for the time being, …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Mar 2014
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Bitcoin blitzkreig as Germans prepare to tax virtual currency

Germany has become the first country to recognise Bitcoin as a real form of currency, which will be subject to tax like any other dosh. The country's ministry has declared that Bitcoins are “units of account” and should be regarded as “private money”. What this means is that anyone trading in the virtual currency will be liable …
Jasper Hamill, 20 Aug 2013
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Facebook scuttles 250k-strong crypto-currency botnet

Facebook has taken down a Greek botnet that at its peak compromised 50,000 accounts and infected 250,000 computers to mine crypto-currencies, steal email and banking details and pump out spam. The scuttled Lecpetex botnet spread malware including the DarkComet remote access trojan by social engineering techniques and was adept …
Darren Pauli, 09 Jul 2014

Bitcoin price SOARS after US SENATE hearing on 'legit' currency

The price of Bitcoin has soared to astronomical heights after a US Senate hearing on the "promises and risks" of the crypto-currency. One Bitcoin was worth $637 (£396) on the Mt Gox exchange at the time of writing, but hit highs of over $900 (£558) during the hearing, prompting analysts to warn the bubble is about to burst. …
Jasper Hamill, 19 Nov 2013
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Virtual currency speculators shut down cloud

Proponents of virtual, encrypted currencies took another scalp on Monday when a gaggle of them flooded a cloud provider, causing it to shut off sign-ups for new users in some regions. Public cloud provider DigitalOcean was forced to stop people spinning up new servers ("droplets") on its cloud due to absurd levels of demand …
Jack Clark, 16 Jul 2013
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HALF of all Bitcoin-investing Winklevoss twins predict $400bn market for the currency

Facebook backer-turned-antagonist Cameron Winklevoss has issued a bright forecast for the future of the Bitcoin cryptocurrency. Speaking in a Reddit Ask Me Anything session, Winklevoss said that he projects the value of Bitcoins could reach upwards of $40,000 at some point in the not-too-distant future. "Small bull case …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Dec 2013

Bitcopocalypse! Top crypto-currency can be HIJACKED, warn boffins

The Bitcoin crypto-currency is vulnerable to manipulation by greedy miners, researchers have claimed, which poses a threat to the stability of the funny money. In a paper distributed on Monday titled Majority is not Enough: Bitcoin Mining is Vulnerable, two researchers from Cornell University describe how Bitcoin's currency …
Jack Clark, 05 Nov 2013
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PayPal and SETI aim to go galactic with off-planet currency system

When PayPal launched 15 years ago it billed itself as the world's first global currency. Now the company is looking to kick-start a conversation into how to become the payment platform for the solar system with PayPal Galactic. "The time is right today because of all of the interest and movement and money and private/public …
Iain Thomson, 27 Jun 2013
Dogecoin

Joke no more: Comedy virty currency Dogecoin gets real in big Xmas heist

If you've heard of Dogecoin, maybe you thought it was a joke. A cryptocurrency based on what has been called the meme of the year for 2013, it certainly has all the earmarks of an internet prank. But some people are apparently taking Dogecoin seriously – seriously enough, at least, to steal millions of them from online wallets. …
Neil McAllister, 26 Dec 2013
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Bitcoin Foundation vows to clean up currency's bad rep

Tired of bad press, Bitcoin advocates have launched a new foundation aimed at both promoting the electronic currency and funding infrastructure to maintain its momentum. The Bitcoin Foundation is the brainchild of Gavin Andresen, who says he modeled it after the Linux Foundation, the non-profit organization that "promotes, …
Neil McAllister, 29 Sep 2012

Bitcoins: A GIANT BUBBLE? Maybe, but currency could still be worthwhile

The Bitcoin economy is a bubble and it'll all end in tears. Bitcoin is the greatest thing since sliced bread and will change the world forever. What might surprise some of you is that there's no contradiction between these two statements. Whether the internet currency is in a bubble or not, and whether that bubble bursts and …
Tim Worstall, 15 Apr 2013
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Microsoft to cash in chips on virtual currency

Microsoft will call time on its virtual currency, Microsoft Points, with a switch to real money on the cards later this year, it has been claimed. Future transactions across the Windows Phone, Zune and Xbox Live platforms will be based on the currencies of the region in which the user has pegged their account to, an anonymous …
Caleb Cox, 25 Jan 2012
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Amazon launches own currency

Amazon.com has started printing its own money. The company's effort, dubbed Amazon Coins, will be familiar to anyone that has acquired Microsoft Points or Nintendo Points, as the Coins require consumers to stump up real-world cash in return for a balance of online-only credit tied to a single store. Coins can be spent in Amazon' …
Simon Sharwood, 14 May 2013
Dogecoin

Bitcoin was illegal in California? Whoops, governor fixes that 165-year-old money law

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed off on a law legitimizing Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies for use in the state. The governor rubber-stamped AB 129, enacting what legislators say is a much-needed overhaul of the state codes on currencies. Under the new law, digital currencies and community currencies are protected …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Jul 2014
Bitcoin bloodbath

Gendarmes grab French Bitcoin exchange in €200k sting

The operators of an illegal French Bitcoin exchange have been collared by the gendarmes and their Bitcoin holdings confiscated. A sketchy story out of Reuters says that the raid netted €200,000 worth of the crypto-currency, but doesn't outline what specific laws the exchange is accused of breaking. The Reuters story merely …

Bitcoin is MONEY, says Canada

Canada's government has enacted what's believed to be the first legislation worldwide to define the status of crypto-currencies: they're money and have to be accounted and reported as such. The laws, under the gripping title An Act to Implement Certain Provisions of the Budget Tabled in Parliament on February 11, 2014 and Other …
Bitcoin bloodbath

Bitcoin bloodbath as China shutters all trading sites

China’s central bank has ruled that all banks and payment service providers in the country must cease dealing in Bitcoin. The ruling, effective from April 15th, basically shutters all Bitcoin trading sites in the Middle Kingdom and means cash purchases will soon be the only way to buy into the virtual currency. The People’s …
Phil Muncaster, 28 Mar 2014

Revealed: What the US taxman really thinks of crypto-cash Bitcoin

The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has laid out a formal set of policies for how it will handle Bitcoin and other virtual currencies for tax purposes. In a guide (PDF) released Tuesday, the IRS said that it would be considering cryptocurrencies to be property, and as such would be subject to US laws regarding the transfer and …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Mar 2014
Dogecoin

Dogevault praying backups work after confirming attack

Stop us if you've heard this one before, but the day after it went down for mysterious reasons, crypto-currency wrangling site Dogevault.com has confirmed someone stole its kibble. “On the 11th of May, the Doge Vault online wallet service was compromised by attackers, resulting in a service disruption and tampering with wallet …
Simon Sharwood, 14 May 2014
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Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash

Dell has started accepting Bitcoin as payment for stuff. The PC giant, which notches up about $60bn in annual sales, said on Friday it is testing a feature that lets customers pay for gear with cryptocurrency. "We’re piloting bitcoin, the world’s most widely used digital currency, as a purchase option on Dell.com for consumer …
Jack Clark, 18 Jul 2014
Scotland

Tick-tock, Jock: Dock schlock for mock-stock in ad-hoc shop squawk

As the great and the ghastly of Britain's political class row over which currency Scotland will use if it splits from the kingdom, one firm has proposed a way to settle the argument. Secondhand electronics trader CeX will, from 13 May, turn one of its shops in Scotland into a "pound-free zone" for three days – and instead accept …
Jasper Hamill, 13 May 2014

Bitcoin laws are coming: US Senate launches virty currency probe

The heat is on for Bitcoin and other virtual currencies in the US, with lawmakers at the highest levels of government now actively investigating how to regulate the upstart digital monies. On Tuesday, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs sent letters to a number of prominent federal regulatory …
Neil McAllister, 14 Aug 2013
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Currency moves cost small biz dear

Small business owners in the UK blame currency movements for threatening their ability to export goods - or at least to export goods profitably. A survey of 365 business owners by the Forum of Private Business found 63 per cent said currency movements are a restriction on overseas trade. Just 31 per cent complained about …
John Oates, 16 Jun 2010
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Baidu launches mobile browser, tosses currency into clouds

China’s search-and-plenty-more giant Baidu has flagged a $US1.6 billion cloud investment. The investment, announced with a minimum of detail by CFO Li Xinzhe, will go towards building data centres and hiring staff. The Chinese search firm also announced the launch of the Baidu Mobile Browser, which it says is designed to compete …

Euro banks warned off Bitcoin as Canada regulates it

The European Banking Authority, which has previously warned consumers that they're unprotected if they get themselves into the crypto-currency game, has followed up with a don't-touch warning to banks. In this announcement, issued on Friday July 4, the EBA says it's identified “more than 70 risks” that apply to users, banks, …
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Cryptocurrencies now being pooped out by cartoon cat

Nyan Cat, the most annoying internet meme since the Hampster Dance , has spawned its very own Bitcoin clone. Nyan Cat appeared in 2011 in this video depicting a cat shaped like a pop tart streaming an endless rainbow from its rear parts as it flies through space. The background music is a Japanese pop song, which may explain …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jan 2014

Bitcoin blasts past $1,000 AGAIN after Zynga accepts cryptocurrency

How better to pay for virtual real estate than with virtual money? The price of Bitcoins has risen beyond the thousand-dollar mark again after games-maker Zynga announced it would trial the e-currency for in-game purchases. At the time of writing, a Bitcoin was worth $1,062.30 on the Mt.Gox online exchange, one of the major …

Queensland man arrested on charges including Bitcoin theft

Back in March, a man from the Queensland town of Kingaroy identified by News Limited as Shane Duffy was charged for breaching the systems of Riot Networks.Those attacks included copying files and briefly hijacking the company's Twitter account, and in April, a Maryborough magistrate confirmed bail conditions that forbade him …
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Winklevoss twins eye up NASDAQ: Publicly traded Bitcoin fund... what could go wrong?

The Winklevoss twins have set out plans to list their Bitcoin trust exchange on the NASDAQ to create what would be the world's first publicly traded cryptocurrency biz – if it were approved. The news comes just two days after the SEC issued an investor alert warning the public about the risks of virtual currency investments. In …
Jasper Hamill, 09 May 2014

People's Bank of China bans Bitcoin over 'drugs and guns' trade fears

China has banned its banks from using Bitcoin after warning the cryptocurrency could be used to fund terrorism. Financial institutions in the Middle Kingdom will no longer be able to use Bitcoin, although citizens are free to spend the digital funny money. The People's Bank of China announced its decision in a statement …
Jasper Hamill, 05 Dec 2013
Dogecoin

Hackers force innocent mobes to join ALTCOIN MINING GANGS

Cybercrooks are turning smartphones into digital currency-mining bots using mobile malware. The cyber-menace, dubbed CoinKrypt by mobile security firm Lookout, is capable of hijacking the processor on smartphones to mine digital currency, enriching hackers in the process. CoinKrypt has been confined thus far to Spanish pirated …
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2014
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In-app redemption codes spotted in iOS App Store

Apple is now allowing some developers to offer redemption codes for in-app purchases on its iOS platform. Editor Jeff Scott spotted the offer in a promotion from Electronic Arts for its Real Racing 3 title. The company is allowing users the opportunity to receive free in-game currency by way of a code delivered via email. Here …
Shaun Nichols, 16 May 2014

Hong Kong to welcome planet's second EVER Bitcoin ATM

Hong Kong is set to make waves in the crypto-currency industry after it was revealed as the location for the world’s second Bitcoin ATM. Robocoin Technologies CEO Jordan Kelley told the South China Morning Post the company is looking at several potential sites in the Chinese SAR. "I think Hong Kong is a very progressive …
Phil Muncaster, 06 Jan 2014
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VC who wants to split California REVEALED as Silk Road Bitcoin slurper

Venture capitalist Tim Draper has revealed that he is the investor who snapped up nearly 30,000 Bitcoins seized from shut-down online drugs market Silk Road, having outbid all comers in an auction held by the US Marshals Service last week. The 29,656.51306529 Bitcoins nabbed from Silk Road's digital wallets were auctioned off as …
Neil McAllister, 02 Jul 2014

Wells Fargo gathers bank 'n' gov bigwigs to discuss Bitcoin 'rules'

America's biggest bank, Wells Fargo, has called together finance execs, virtual currency experts and US government officials to talk about the "rules of engagement" when it comes to virtual money Bitcoin. The bank's anti-money laundering chief, Jim Richards, has started a group to investigate potential Bitcoin services or …
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'You win, Kanye': Coinye creators throw in towel after rapper sues

The short and turbulent life of Coinye, the digital cryptocurrency named after rapper Kanye West, has come to an end. The virtual currency, which launched earlier this month under the name Coinye West, has closed up shop, apparently as a result of legal pressure from the vainglorious rapper. "We're really not sure how Kanye is …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jan 2014

Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

In agreeable news for those readers who can remember when it was all trees round here and you could get an enormous paper bagful of gobstoppers for thruppence, The Royal Mint has unveiled a decidedly retro 12-sided design for Blighty's £1 coin. The proposed 12-sided pound coin. Pic: The Royal Mint The mint reckons that a …
Lester Haines, 19 Mar 2014

US Senator lobbies feds to BAN BITCOIN

A United States Senator is demanding that US regulators ban the Bitcoin cryptocurrency. West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin said that the currency helps facilitate criminal activity and could harm the US economy if it is allowed to continue to circulate without regulation. Inthe letter addressed to, among others, the heads of …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Feb 2014

Bitcoin or bust: MtGox files for bankruptcy protection

Ailing Bitcoin exchange MtGox has filed for bankruptcy protection after admitting it did indeed "lose" 750,000 of its customers' Bitcoins along with 1000,000 of its own – together worth about £283m. Lawyers for the digital funny money dealer told Tokyo District Court that MtGox had debt of ¥6.5bn yen (£38.1m, $63.8m). MtGox …
Jasper Hamill, 28 Feb 2014

Russian cybercrooks shun real currencies, develop private altcoins

Fraudsters are using private currencies to conduct transactions with each other on Russian-language cybercrime forums. The advent of new private financial systems and currencies in the Russian-language cybercrime community is a trend indicating a stronger level of collaboration, cooperation and sophistication amongst individual …
John Leyden, 17 Feb 2014

Bitcoin cred boosted by $25m cash infusion into Coinbase

The Bitcoin sector has been given a new boost of confidence following a $25m investment by famed Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. The firm said that it would take a stake in Coinbase, a San Francisco startup that specializes in managing Bitcoin wallets and facilitates transactions between customers and …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Dec 2013
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Man says he lost $500,000 in virtual currency heist

Leaders of the open-source virtual currency project known as Bitcoin say they have no way to verify one user's claim that hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of digital coins were plucked from his computer earlier this week. Rumors of the heist have been swirling since Monday, when a Bitcoin user named Allinvain claimed 25, …
Dan Goodin, 16 Jun 2011

Newsweek knocks on door of dad-of-six, tells him he invented Bitcoin

The mysterious inventor of Bitcoin is a middle-aged Japanese-American family man named Satoshi Nakamoto, Newsweek has breathlessly alleged. In a cover story for the magazine's print relaunch today, reporter Leah McGrath Goodman claimed she found the crypto-currency's mastermind living in Temple City in Los Angeles County, …
Jack Clark, 06 Mar 2014

China turns screws on Bitcoin with third party payments ban

The emperor’s-new-clothes world of Bitcoin trading suffered another major blow this week after reports emerged that China has banned all third party payment providers from offering clearing services for digital currency exchanges. The Middle Kingdom’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), met with over ten payment …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Dec 2013

Lovers of Tor can now sprinkle Bitcoins on its developers as thanks

The folks behind web privacy tool Tor will now accept donations in Bitcoins. The project, which attempts to anonymize connections across the internet, will team up with payment biz Bitpay to allow users to donate using the crypto-currency; BTC contributions will be ultimately converted into dollars for the developers' coffers …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Dec 2013

Bitcoin ban row latest: 'Unstable, loved by criminals' Yup, that's the US dollar – Colorado rep

A US Congressman has proposed a ban on the American dollar to mock colleagues who are campaigning against Bitcoin. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colorado) said the American dollar bill, much like the Bitcoin cryptocurrency, was "unregulated and unstable," and had been used for illicit criminal activity. Polis, a former web entrepreneur …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Mar 2014

Sueball-slingers seek stake in bankrupt Bitcoin blunder bunker MtGox

US and Canadian Bitcoin investors have offered to settle their class-action lawsuits against the bankrupt MtGox exchange in return for a stake in the firm and the return of any of the digital currency it still holds. The Bitcoin traders told the courts that they support a plan by Sunlot Holdings to buy up MtGox and will drop …

Germany may have won the World Cup... but it dropped the ball for Computacenter

The German nation lifted the World Cup last weekend but those working for Computacenter will not have cheered the local team's performance this morning – when calendar Q2 financials were released to the City. A nasty crash in product sales across CC Germany unpicked momentum in Blighty and progress made in the French arm, …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jul 2014