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.
Over the weekend, Ross Ulbricht's lawyer, Joshua Dratel, filed a motion asking the court to dismiss all charges against the Silk Road kingpin. It's largely what you'd expect from a bullish defense attorney. But here's the twist: Dratel throws bitcoin under the bus.
Let's play a little game called Good Idea/Bad Idea. Round One: Saving money. That's a good idea! Round two: Saving thousands of dollars in a Bitcoin wallet that's highly susceptible to hackers and heists. As the customers of Bitcoin payment processor BIPS will tell you, that's a bad idea.
A Vancouver group is planning to put what's thought to be the world's first Bitcoin ATM into service next week. Putting aside the weird irony of a physical ATM accessing a strictly virtual currency, this got me wondering: would you use a Bitcoin ATM?
It's a good morning for Kindle Fire owners. To accompany the launch of their new virtual currency, Amazon has dropped 500 Amazon Coins (at a value of $5) into the accounts of Fire owners everywhere.
I'm not gonna name names, but someone just mentioned paying for weed with a Square account. It'd be equally easy to use Paypal, Venmo, Bitcoin (RIP) or any of the myriad mobile payment systems that allow you to send money from your phone.
Maybe you've heard of Bitcoin—it wants to shake the entire global economy, and has become the financial bubble du jour with a skyrocketing value. It's online money—an alternative to dollars and euros. Well what's that mean? It's complicated, but we break it down.