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Gold Dealer Sharps Pixley Begins Accepting Bitcoin

Gold Dealer Sharps Pixley Begins Accepting Bitcoin

A well-known gold dealer based in London is now accepting bitcoin payments for its precious metal products. The company, Sharps Pixley, announced on September 26 that it would begin accepting the cryptocurrency through a partnership with payments processor startup BitPay. In statements, representatives from the firm framed the move as a way to offer wealthier […]

Vivid History: ‘How Money Got Free’ Is the Untold Story of Bitcoin

Vivid History: ‘How Money Got Free’ Is the Untold Story of Bitcoin

I have long suspected, owing to its sheer brilliance and idiosyncratic beauty, that bitcoin was in fact brought here by aliens from another planet. Brian Patrick Eha’s vivid history of bitcoin, “How Money Got Free: Bitcoin and the Fight for the Future of Finance,” which captures in thrilling journalistic fashion what I experienced in my […]

Nebraska Lawyers to Begin Accepting Bitcoin Following State Panel Approval

Nebraska Lawyers to Begin Accepting Bitcoin Following State Panel Approval

The lawyer who asked a Nebraska state legal ethics board about accepting bitcoin as payment says his practice will soon begin taking the cryptocurrency. As CoinDesk previously reported, the Nebraska Lawyers’ Advisory Committee was asked if lawyers could accept bitcoin from either a client directly or through a third party. That request also queried whether […]

Y Combinator President Calls ICOs A ‘Bubble’ – But His Firm Might Use Blockchain

Y Combinator President Calls ICOs A ‘Bubble’ – But His Firm Might Use Blockchain

Y Combinator, the Silicon Valley-based startup accelerator, is looking at blockchain as a possible way to boost access for investors. Sam Altman, who serves as president of the accelerator, highlighted the plan during this week’s TechCrunch Disrupt event in San Francisco. While the strategy appears to be in the early stages, the initiative nonetheless reveals […]

Blockchain Truce? Putin’s Internet Adviser Calls for US-Russia Cooperation

Blockchain Truce? Putin’s Internet Adviser Calls for US-Russia Cooperation

An adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin has a strong message for state governments: stop competing for blockchain dominance. As China, Russia, the U.S. and other countries around the globe seek to distinguish themselves in the way they regulate their approach to blockchain and cryptocurrencies, Herman Klimenko said that global superpowers should unite to create […]

Estonia Wants to ICO, But Is Currency Law a Deal-Breaker?

Estonia Wants to ICO, But Is Currency Law a Deal-Breaker?

There’s a new party interested in initial coin offerings (ICOs): global governments. This time, though, they aren’t just out to warn citizens or regulate the new mechanism. Instead, at least one progressive government is considering whether it can take advantage of the technology. The Baltic nation of Estonia made a splash last month proposing a […]

China, Shmyna: Bitcoin Trading Is Way More Distributed Now Anyway

China, Shmyna: Bitcoin Trading Is Way More Distributed Now Anyway

Marc Hochstein is the managing editor for CoinDesk and a former editor-in-chief of American Banker. In this opinion piece, Hochstein takes a quick look at the current state of the bitcoin markets, finding that just because there’s smoke, there’s not necessarily fire. Tl;dr: this ain’t Mt. Gox – and bitcoin survived that, too. With all […]

JP Morgan’s Jamie Dimon: Bitcoin Is a ‘Fraud’

JP Morgan’s Jamie Dimon: Bitcoin Is a ‘Fraud’

JPMorgan Chase chief executive Jamie Dimon doubled down on his past criticisms of bitcoin today, declaring it a “fraud” and saying he would fire any trader known to be trading the cryptocurrency. Dimon gave the remarks during an appearance at an event hosted by Barclays, according to reports from Bloomberg and CNBC. A long-time critic of […]

Tor and More: Bitcoin Market OpenBazaar Adds Features in 2.0 Beta Release

Tor and More: Bitcoin Market OpenBazaar Adds Features in 2.0 Beta Release

The team behind the open-source, bitcoin-powered marketplace OpenBazaar has published the beta version of its forthcoming 2.0 release. The launch, announced over the weekend, delivers a number of additions that developers outlined back in February. Among those is an integration with The Onion Router (Tor) network, enabling anonymous access to the marketplace network, as well as […]

Bitcoin Finds Bottom at $4,000 as Price Awaits Post-China Breakout

Bitcoin Finds Bottom at $4,000 as Price Awaits Post-China Breakout

The bitcoin-US dollar exchange rate (BTC/USD) may have climbed back above $4,000, but it might be ready to push higher even though China uncertainty reigns supreme. Following reports the country’s regulators may be seeking to shut down domestic bitcoin exchanges, the bitcoin price fell to a low of $3,977 on the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index (BPI) […]