Using Bitcoin For Charitable Causes Through BitBill

One key area where Bitcoin can make a major difference is in the world of charity and donations. Rather than using a credit or debit card to make your contribution - payments take up to 30 days to arrive in the charity’s bank account - Bitcoin transfers are instant. And why not use an existing service that lets you...

Bitcoin News Roundup – June 14th 2015

Bitcoin News Roundup is a weekly digest in which Jake Smith recap the week's bitcoin news, interesting stories, and articles. BITLICENSE On Wednesday June 3rd, New York Department of Financial Services superintendent Ben Lawsky gave a speech at the BITS Emerging Payments Forum in Washington DC, announcing that the finalized rules of the long-awaited BitLicense were finally here and in effect...

Blockstream Releases Working Sidechain Prototype

Sidechains have been in development for almost a year now and are widely regarded as ‘the Bitcoin 2.0 project’. Sidechains take decentralization to the extreme, aiming to create a protocol that will lead to more innovative decentralized applications by utilizing custom blockchain technology. After eight months of active development, Blockstream has revealed the first prototype sidechain. Sidechains will offer many...

Bitcoin and Encryption are Protected by Freedom of Speech

May 22, 2015 was a special day in the tug-of-war of Between government, Bitcoin, and other encryption-related issues. On that day, the United Nations issued a report declaring encryption as a form of free speech.   What is encryption? The SANS institute’s definition of encryption is: “Encryption is a mathematical process of converting: messages, information, or data into any form string of symbols that...

Red Cross Donations Go Astray, Time To Embrace Blockchain Technology

The current financial infrastructure and ecosystem does not allow for much transparency by regular customers. Institutions keep all information locked down on their centralized systems, and only communicate with other parties whenever it is needed. But as a customer, once you make a transaction, there is no way to see where your money goes. And sometimes, that can cause...

The Future of Bitcoin Journalism

The Bitcoin news industry is in the process of a huge change. It is growing, maturing; the people in this industry are learning how to be real journalists, and the business talent entering the scene is remarkable. But, as with any evolving market, there is an old guard in the Bitcoin news industry that must adapt or die.    After the...

Bitcoin News Roundup – May 24th, 2015

Bitcoin News Roundup is a weekly digest email in which Jake recap the week's bitcoin news, interesting stories, and articles. TWENTY ONE After announcing the close of a $115 million fundraise earlier in the year, the much-speculated-on, ultra-stealthy startup 21 Inc. broke their two year period of silence this week, with an announcement from cofounder Balaji Srinivasan that the firm is...

Welcome to the new Bitcoin.com

In Bitcoin's short history,  this domain has gone through several versions,  but was never well utilized. 2011: 2013:   2014:   Today: We intend to build bitcoin.com into a portal as well as a business that the entire community can contribute to,  as well as be proud of. Anyone is welcome to contribute to our open source project at: https://github.com/bitcoin-portal Anyone is welcome to submit news articles here. We...

Bitcoin News Roundup – May 3rd, 2015

Bitcoin News Roundup is a weekly digest email in which Jake recap the week's bitcoin news, interesting stories, and articles. FUNDING Circle Internet Financial Ltd. (more commonly known as Circle) announced the close of a $50,000,000 Series C round. All of Circle's previous investors participated in the round, but it was co-led by two newcomers: Goldman Sachs' Principal Strategic Investments Group...

Bitcoin News Roundup – March 29th, 2015

Bitcoin News Roundup is a weekly digest in which Jake recap the week's bitcoin news, interesting stories, and articles.   WALL STREET "Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. has agreed to provide New York-based startup Noble Markets with core technology to power a new marketplace aimed at allowing companies and institutional investors such as hedge funds to trade bitcoin and related digital-currency assets. According to...