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Bitcoin bubble grows and grows - Financial Times



To the long list of asset bubbles – from tulips to the South Sea Company, from dotcom stocks to US housing – economic historians may soon be adding a virtual “currency” called Bitcoin. But while it is bankers who are most often blamed for blowing up bubbles, the rise and rise in the Bitcoin pricehas taken place without any such intervention.

 
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What Is a Bitcoin, Really?

What Is a Bitcoin, Really? | money money money | Scoop.it

First and foremost, a bitcoin is a unit of account, in the same sense that a gallon is a unit of volume, or a gram is a unit of mass. You can’t pick up a bitcoin and hold it in your hand like you can a dollar bill. But that’s OK, because that’s not what’s important. What’s important is that:

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It's Still Ridiculously Difficult To Buy Bitcoin - Business Insider

It's Still Ridiculously Difficult To Buy Bitcoin - Business Insider | money money money | Scoop.it
There may be a simple reason for why we the next big breakout has been put on hold: It remains exceedingly difficult to purchase Bitcoin.
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Major Chinese Exchanges Poised To Roll Out Bitcoin Banking Services - Forbes


Okcoin and Huobi, two leading Chinese cryptocurrcency exchanges, have unveiled their Bitcoin wealth management schemes recently.

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Why the euro crisis still isn’t over, in 1 chart

Why the euro crisis still isn’t over, in 1 chart | money money money | Scoop.it

There are the politicians who never want to hear the word "bailout" again. The central bankers who never want to hear the word "deflation" again. And the people who never want to hear the words "bond spreads" again. But this suspension of belief, of course, hasn't done anything to end Europe's depression. Unemployment is still over 25 percent in Greece and Spain, 15 percent in Portugal and 10 percent in Ireland.

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Italian Authorities Issue Bitcoin Warnings, Urge Regulation - CoinDesk

Italian Authorities Issue Bitcoin Warnings, Urge Regulation - CoinDesk | money money money | Scoop.it

Three Italian institutions have issued new bitcoin warnings in recent days, calling for new legislation to eliminate loopholes and regulatory ambiguity.

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Banking Union Was Euro Crisis Turning Point - Caixin Media

Banking Union Was Euro Crisis Turning Point - Caixin Media | money money money | Scoop.it


The two-year anniversary of a major event went curiously unnoticed at the end of last month.

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Currency one of the main concerns for an independent Scotland - Aberdeen Evening Express

Currency one of the main concerns for an independent Scotland - Aberdeen Evening Express | money money money | Scoop.it


AGCC president Alec Carstairs said the audience seemed most worried about what currency an independent Scotland would use.

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Bitcoin is having its moment but there are better sustainable currencies - The Guardian

Bitcoin is having its moment but there are better sustainable currencies - The Guardian | money money money | Scoop.it
The crypto currency's liberating features are undone by its susceptibility to fraud. With other options out there, Bitcoin may not be the best bet
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Bitcoin History: Pre-Blockchain Digital Currencies - CoinTelegraph

Bitcoin History: Pre-Blockchain Digital Currencies - CoinTelegraph | money money money | Scoop.it


Furthermore, a campaign began to grow against E-Gold that marked it as the currency of money launderers and child pornographers.

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Is the Islamic State Really Using Bitcoin? - Motherboard


Fresh from perfecting its Twitter game and meming its conquests across Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State has reportedly turned its operations to another burgeoning part of the internet: Bitcoin.

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Debt: Eight Reasons This Time is Different - OilPrice.com

Debt: Eight Reasons This Time is Different - OilPrice.com | money money money | Scoop.it


Part of their story is of course correct. Governments have gotten themselves into problems with debt, time after time. This is happening again now.

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Can Germany save the euro?

Can Germany save the euro? | money money money | Scoop.it
The short history of the Eurozone has been remarkable and unprecedented – the euro project has moved from the planning board to a vibrant currency within less than ten years.
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Banking on Bitcoin: Nonprofit Success Stories Start to Emerge - Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription)

Banking on Bitcoin: Nonprofit Success Stories Start to Emerge - Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription) | money money money | Scoop.it

When representatives from alternative, Internet-based currencies like NobleCoin began pitching the Water Project last year, they met plenty of skepticism. Peter Chasse, founder and president of the nonprofit, knew little about how such currencies functioned.

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Infographic: How Bitcoin Activity Stacks Up Against Other Payment Networks

Infographic: How Bitcoin Activity Stacks Up Against Other Payment Networks | money money money | Scoop.it
This chart illustrates how Bitcoin activity stacks up against other payment networks. Daily Bitcoin transaction volume is already higher than that of global payment network Western Union.
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▶ Steve Keen on the transmutation of Zombie Banking into Zombie Government! - YouTube

Zombie Economics by Professor John Quiggin. Our lead story: On Sept 18, 2014, Scotland will vote on whether it wants to separate from the UK. About a third o.

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Fund Managers Don’t See Return of the Euro Crisis - MoneyBeat - WSJ

Fund Managers Don’t See Return of the Euro Crisis - MoneyBeat - WSJ | money money money | Scoop.it
Large money managers don't expect the worries over one of Portugal’s largest lenders to have a lasting impact on global financial markets depite a rout in Europe’s markets Thursday. (Same ones who totally called it the first time around?
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Investors Are Plowing Into European Bitcoin Firms Faster Than Any Other ... - Business Insider

Investors Are Plowing Into European Bitcoin Firms Faster Than Any Other ... - Business Insider | money money money | Scoop.it

In its quarterly State of Bitcoin report, released Thursday, CoinDesk shows Bitcoin VC funding in Europe nearly doubled in Q2, to $30.9 million from $15.6 million in Q1. Investment in North America climbed 21% to $186.3 million. Asian funding fell 18% to $20.8 million. Here's CoinDesk's chart:



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Bitcoin in the Beltway Wrap-up - CoinTelegraph

Bitcoin in the Beltway Wrap-up - CoinTelegraph | money money money | Scoop.it

The Bitcoin in the Beltway conference was intended to be a more “revolutionary” conference with all the big names in the Bitcoin world set to attend, including Charlie Shrem, who has been finding a great number of excuses to travel while on house arrest (not that we blame him). Shrem unfortunately, was barred from traveling to the event, which put a slight damper on the rest of the proceedings.

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Billlls Idle Mind: Alternative Currencies

Billlls Idle Mind: Alternative Currencies | money money money | Scoop.it
There are alternatives to the USD or the Euro out there. One rapidly growing in popularity is the Bitcoin. Of course if you find the Bitcoin a bit esoteric and hard to grasp, in Cameroon there's always the beer bottle cap.
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About Bitcoin: The Story of Genesis

A very special episode starring James Brown. Let us know if you still miss our British guy.

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Former US Mint Director: How To Save Bitcoin from the Regulators - CoinDesk

Former US Mint Director: How To Save Bitcoin from the Regulators - CoinDesk | money money money | Scoop.it

Edmund Moy, the former director of the United States Mint under the Bush administration, first learned about bitcoin in the form of a footnote embedded in a coin demand forecast report.

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Bitcoin by Bitcoin, the Winklevii ETF Inches Closer to Reality - Bloomberg

Bitcoin by Bitcoin, the Winklevii ETF Inches Closer to Reality - Bloomberg | money money money | Scoop.it

It looks increasingly that the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust (COIN) will actually launch.

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First Regulated Bitcoin Investment Fund to Launch on Island of Jersey - CoinDesk

First Regulated Bitcoin Investment Fund to Launch on Island of Jersey - CoinDesk | money money money | Scoop.it


The island of Jersey has approved the launch of a bitcoin investment fund, which the government claims will be the first such fund to be regulated.

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Probing Question: What is Bitcoin? - Penn State News

Probing Question: What is Bitcoin? - Penn State News | money money money | Scoop.it


Bitcoin is a digital payment network that allows users to engage in direct transactions without the oversight of a banking organization or government.

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Bitcoin is having its moment but there are better sustainable currencies

Bitcoin is having its moment but there are better sustainable currencies | money money money | Scoop.it
The crypto currency's liberating features are undone by its susceptibility to fraud.
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