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Cypriot bank heist

In the early hours of Saturday morning, the Euro leaders, led by the Germans, the other northern European states and Christine Lagarde from the IMF, held a gun to the head of the newly-elected president of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades  and gave him an offer he could not refuse.  Either he accepted that the cash and savings deposits of ordinary Cypriots would be raided to the tune of 6.7-10% or there would be no funding for Cyprus’ banks that were bust.  Anastasiades has a reputation as a political ‘bruiser’ who campaigned under the slogan “the crisis needs a leader”.  Well, he fell at the first hurdle.

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What is Debt - History of Money and Credit - Creditors and Debtors

A vivid and no-holds-barred look at the history of money and credit, and how societies have been divided into creditors and debtors. David Graeber is an Amer...
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Bitcoin is barely regulated — and these congressmen want to keep it that way - Washington Post (blog)

Bitcoin is barely regulated — and these congressmen want to keep it that way - Washington Post (blog) | money money money | Scoop.it


Many technophiles and libertarians already love Bitcoin.

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Real value of Bitcoin - The Hill (blog)

Real value of Bitcoin - The Hill (blog) | money money money | Scoop.it

The Bitcoin Foundation, the leading association for the digital currency of the same name lost one of their highest profile members last week when Andreas Antonopolous resigned over what he described as “a complete lack of transparency.”  Antonopolous is a prolific speaker and author on the subject of bitcoin and serves as the Chief Security Officer for Blockchain, one of the largest companies in the bitcoin space.  An accusation of opacity in governance is ironic (though not unwarranted) when levied against the Bitcoin Foundation, an organization chartered to protect the world’s most transparent protocol and currency.


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You Can Now Donate to Wikipedia in Bitcoin - TIME

You Can Now Donate to Wikipedia in Bitcoin - TIME | money money money | Scoop.it


The Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit responsible for Wikipedia, said Wednesday that it will accept donations of the digital currency Bitcoin.

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The Bitcoin Crowd Reaches Out to the Gold Bugs - Businessweek

The Bitcoin Crowd Reaches Out to the Gold Bugs - Businessweek | money money money | Scoop.it


On the spectrum of currency ideologues, gold bugs and Bitcoin enthusiasts occupy equal but opposite positions.

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Romania buys into bitcoin big time - euronews

Romania buys into bitcoin big time - euronews | money money money | Scoop.it


It seems the wild-east for the cyber-currency bitcoin is not China but here in Europe. It is increasingly finding favour in one of the European Union's poorest countries – Romania.

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Bitcoins Affected by New York's BitLicense May Trade at Discount - CoinDesk

Bitcoins Affected by New York's BitLicense May Trade at Discount - CoinDesk | money money money | Scoop.it

With New York’s BitLicense scheme officially three months away, sophisticated traders are already devising strategies to profit from the potential arbitrage opportunities.

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BTCTrip: We Accept Bitcoiners - Bitcoin Magazine

BTCTrip: We Accept Bitcoiners - Bitcoin Magazine | money money money | Scoop.it


This “we accept bitcoins” phrase is perhaps the latest marketing craze that has engulfed many e-commerce sites and traditional brick & mortar stores.

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Wall Street Gathers at Bitcoin Conference to Figure Out What Exactly Bitcoin Is - Bloomberg

Wall Street Gathers at Bitcoin Conference to Figure Out What Exactly Bitcoin Is - Bloomberg | money money money | Scoop.it

I've been to quite a few bitcoin gatherings, where the standard attire is a sweaty T-shirt and sneakers. This week's Digital Currencies conference in New York was different. It felt more like a Wall Street confab than the usual fellowship of the neckbeards.

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Why Can’t the Banking Industry Solve Its Ethics Problems?

Why Can’t the Banking Industry Solve Its Ethics Problems? | money money money | Scoop.it
Scandals keep occurring, even after the financial crisis, raising the uncomfortable possibility that the industry is fundamentally flawed. (Why are the ethical breaches at megabanks so routine that it is hard to keep them straight?
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CoinSafe Releases ‘Virtual Bitcoin ATM’ Apps for Merchants

CoinSafe Releases ‘Virtual Bitcoin ATM’ Apps for Merchants | money money money | Scoop.it

tCoinSafe says its new software allows businesses to trade bitcoins directly with walk-in customers.

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Investing in Bitcoin: A Gold Rush for the Digital Age (Graphic)

Investing in Bitcoin: A Gold Rush for the Digital Age (Graphic) | money money money | Scoop.it
More than one observer has compared investing in Bitcoin now to getting in on the California Gold Rush of 1849.
And there are numerous fascinating parallels.
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‘If the euro falls, Europe falls’ - FT.com

‘If the euro falls, Europe falls’ - FT.com | money money money | Scoop.it
As soon as Angela Merkel was handed the piece of paper Barack Obama had just passed around the table, her guard went up. “What is this?” the German chancellor asked.
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'Cardiff pound' study under way

'Cardiff pound' study under way | money money money | Scoop.it

cCardiff could have its own currency under plans being drawn up by a local housing association worker. (It looks like Cardiff could be getting its own currency after backing from a local housing group!

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Bitcoin? There's an ATM for that - Chicago Tribune

Bitcoin? There's an ATM for that - Chicago Tribune | money money money | Scoop.it


“You put your dollars in the machine and get bitcoin, or your put your bitcoin in and get dollars back,” Flores said.

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Bitcoin: The difference in Attitude is Education - Bitcoin Magazine

Bitcoin: The difference in Attitude is Education - Bitcoin Magazine | money money money | Scoop.it

The media tends to focus on doom-and-gloom stories, because sensationalist headlines attract larger audiences. However, when journalists go so far as to misrepresent facts and sway the public in one direction or another, these stories can be dangerous. This is especially true when talking about a new technology that has the potential to change lives for the better. Public opinion can mean the difference between this potential being realised, or crushed completely.

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States make moves to regulate digital currencies like Bitcoin, Pew reports - The Times-Picayune

States make moves to regulate digital currencies like Bitcoin, Pew reports - The Times-Picayune | money money money | Scoop.it


California lifted a ban it had on alternative currencies, thereby acknowledging Bitcoin and monies like it could become mainstream.

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Proposed Rules Expose Rifts Among Bitcoin Enthusiasts - New York Times

Proposed Rules Expose Rifts Among Bitcoin Enthusiasts - New York Times | money money money | Scoop.it


A new front has opened in the battle over Bitcoin.

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Coinapult Launches LOCKS, Aiming to Eliminate Bitcoin Price Volatility - CoinDesk

Coinapult Launches LOCKS, Aiming to Eliminate Bitcoin Price Volatility - CoinDesk | money money money | Scoop.it


That could be set to change, however, with the introduction of a new service from Panama-based bitcoin wallet provider Coinapult.

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Chicago's First Bitcoin ATM Debuts in Lakeview - DNAinfo

Chicago's First Bitcoin ATM Debuts in Lakeview - DNAinfo | money money money | Scoop.it


Flores said his gluten-free cafe has been accepting bitcoin for about four months. It makes up 1-2 percent of his revenue.

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How and Why to Build an Unbanked Bitcoin ATM | Bitcoinism

How and Why to Build an Unbanked Bitcoin ATM | Bitcoinism | money money money | Scoop.it

Unfortunately, despite complying with all the legal requirements we have been unable to secure banking facilities. Without these the Bitcoin ATM business cannot operate long term. The negativity from the banking sector to Bitcoin also threatens the ATM owner’s other businesses. For me it is prudent to shut the ATM down. If you have any interest in purchasing a second-hand bitcoin ATM with compliance documents. Please get in touch.

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Apple Allows the World's Most Popular Bitcoin Wallet Back Into Its Store - Wired

Apple Allows the World's Most Popular Bitcoin Wallet Back Into Its Store - Wired | money money money | Scoop.it

Six months after Apple removed Blockchain from its online App Store—effectively preventing people from using the popular bitcoin wallet app on the iPhone and the iPad—the tech giant has now allowed the app back into the store. “This seems to be the first strong and real sign they are ready to accommodate future digital currency development,” the makers of Blockchain said a statement, referring to Apple. “It goes a long way to legitimizing bitcoin and now provides hundreds of millions of iOS users access to bitcoin applications.”

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Bitcoin Price Analysis - Bubbles of the Past and Future - CryptoCoinsNews

Bitcoin Price Analysis - Bubbles of the Past and Future - CryptoCoinsNews | money money money | Scoop.it
The Bitcoin bubbles of the past predict a 9x increase in price over the coming months. This article overlays the the two bubbles in April and December 2013.
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CryptoKids: Altcoins, Apps And Authors Aim To Bring Bitcoin To Children - Forbes

CryptoKids: Altcoins, Apps And Authors Aim To Bring Bitcoin To Children - Forbes | money money money | Scoop.it
Forbes CryptoKids: Altcoins, Apps And Authors Aim To Bring Bitcoin To Children Forbes While most adults may still be baffled by bitcoin and bemused by blockchains, a new generation is being introduced to this alternative form of finance by...
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The Five Companies in the Race to Be the First Bitcoin IPO - Money Morning

The Five Companies in the Race to Be the First Bitcoin IPO - Money Morning | money money money | Scoop.it

While there are no imminent plans for a Bitcoin IPO - the first major public offering of aBitcoin-based company - the steady growth of the Bitcoin economy means it's just a matter of time.

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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation