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What's the Blockchain, and Why Does Bitcoin Depend On It?

It’s going to unshackle us from the oppressive dungeon of fiat currency! But also criminals and rogue cops use it to do nefarious drug stuff! Digital currency is often defined by its volatile hype cycle. And yet its most promising feature is incredibly mundane-sounding: a bookkeeping system called “the blockchain.” » 4/15/15 4:44pm 4/15/15 4:44pm

Scammers and Skeptics Are Strangling the Future of Digital Money

Bitcoin devotees and other cryptocurrency fans say that math gives their radical ideas so much potential. But starting a new value system also requires a level of faith in the people using the math. As “shitcoin” scams pile up, it’s becoming clear that new currencies need trust, too. And they don’t have it. » 4/07/15 11:00am 4/07/15 11:00am

No, a Cryptocurrency Can't Fix a Broken Economy

Auroracoin, the digital currency given as a free hand-out to every resident of Iceland, was supposed to be a a salvo for a country rankled by a broken financial system. It was heralded as the beginning of hyper-localized cryptocurrencies; it became the second-largest cryptocurrency before it even launched, valued at » 2/27/15 3:30pm 2/27/15 3:30pm

You Can Bid on Silk Road Boss Ross Ulbricht's $11 Million Bitcoin Stash

If you've always wanted to dabble in cryptocurrency speculation but you were just waiting until you could acquire some Bitcoin that you knew was FOR SURE used in digital drug deals, I have some good-ass news for you: the United States Marshals Service is auctioning off 50,000 Bitcoins seized from Ross Ulbricht's… » 2/18/15 3:35pm 2/18/15 3:35pm

New York City Parking Tickets Are a Great Way to Unload Your Bitcoin

It doesn't matter if the payments are in crumpled, wet $1 bills or casual swipes of a black Amex: New York City makes a shitload of money from fees and fines, and it's looking for new ways to get people to pay up. And that includes cryptocurrency. NYC councilman Mark Levine has proposed a bill allowing Bitcoin as a… » 2/13/15 10:55am 2/13/15 10:55am

One of the Biggest Bitcoin Exchanges Just Went Dark After Getting Hacked

Just a few days after reports emerged that the infamous Mt. Gox meltdown was an inside job, one of the biggest, oldest, and most trusted bitcoin exchanges—Bitstamp—just went offline after a security breach. Bitcoin exchanges come and go all the time, but this is different. Bitstamp is supposed to be the reliable one. » 1/05/15 10:31am 1/05/15 10:31am

Silk Road Bitcoin Auctioned Off to Guy Who Wants to Split Up California

When the FBI shut down illegal online marketplace the Silk Road, it seized a stash of 30,000 Bitcoin from the underground website and announced plans to auction the supply off. This week, venture capitalist and would-be California-splitter-upper Tim Draper won all of it, gaining an estimated $17.7 million in illicit… » 7/02/14 12:20pm 7/02/14 12:20pm

IRS Declares Bitcoin Is Property and Must Be Taxed As Such

With April 15 looming, plenty of bitcoin barons have been wondering how to treat their newfound crypto-fortunes. Does it count as capital gains? Is it taxed like a currency? Is it taxed at all? Well, on Tuesday, the Internal Revenue Service announced definitively that Bitcoin is property, and will be taxed as such. » 3/25/14 2:24pm 3/25/14 2:24pm

The Guy Who Invented Bitcoin Is a Reclusive Oddball (Surprise!)(Updated)

Bitcoin, like all great fantasies, has a compelling creation myth: one Satoshi Nakamoto existed on the internet just long enough to give birth to everyone's favorite cryptocurrency before disappearing for six years. Theories abounded as to the man's true identity. No one could track him down. That is, until Newsweek… » 3/06/14 8:49am 3/06/14 8:49am