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Bitcoin Is Getting Smashed Right Now

Bitcoin Is Getting Smashed Right Now | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
So ugly Bitcoin is.
Earlier today it in the mid $400s.
Now it's at $363.
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China uncertainty hurts Bitcoin: China’s Central Bank Stays Silent on Rumors

China uncertainty hurts Bitcoin: China’s Central Bank Stays Silent on Rumors | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
Following as-yet-unconfirmed rumours that the People’s Bank of China would move to block domestic banks from working with digital currency exchanges this April, the price of bitcoin has declined substantially since 26th March, dropping from a high...
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Video: Roundup of This Week’s Bitcoin News

Video: Roundup of This Week’s Bitcoin News | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
Want a quick roundup of what’s been happening in the world of digital currencies?
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Warren Buffett Urges Investors to ‘Stay Away’ from Bitcoin

Warren Buffett Urges Investors to ‘Stay Away’ from Bitcoin | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
Renowned investor and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett spoke out about bitcoin for the second time in as many weeks, calling the digital currency “a mirage” in an interview with CNBC on 14th March.
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CITI: Bitcoin Now Faces 3 Risks

CITI: Bitcoin Now Faces 3 Risks | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
The demise of Bitcoin-exchange MtGox appears to be upon us: They've halted all trading operations, and have been subpoenaed by both U.S.
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Bank of Russia Issues Warning on Digital Currencies

Bank of Russia Issues Warning on Digital Currencies | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
The Bank of Russia has issued a statement on digital currencies, echoing warnings by regulators across the globe.
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'42Coin' Is Less Than Two Weeks Old And Already One Coin Is Worth WAY More Than A Bitcoin

'42Coin' Is Less Than Two Weeks Old And Already One Coin Is Worth WAY More Than A Bitcoin | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
In a little over a week, a programmer named "Hendo" has created the most valuable digital currency in the world.
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This is getting a BIT crazy.

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Could Bitcoin Become a Political Tool?

Could Bitcoin Become a Political Tool? | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
If you were wondering just how far Bitcoin can go, it has made it into politics. The digital currency may be a valid donation to political campaigns. (My latest over at @TheNerdyBomb. Politicians consider the value of Bitcoin in campaigns.
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Wall Street Analysts: Bitcoin Could Revolutionise the Non-Financial World Too

Wall Street Analysts: Bitcoin Could Revolutionise the Non-Financial World Too | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
Bitcoin could revolutionise the way we buy and sell property and enforce legal documents, says a new report.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, January 5, 8:08 AM

What doe the future hold? we seem to need a serious change in thinking.

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What a Bitcoin is really worth in India and China

What a Bitcoin is really worth in India and China | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
Bitcoin might be in a bubble, but in some less fortunate parts of the world, it offers a way out. That’s worth something.
Ken Feltman's insight:

China and India show internal strains when they try to contain  a virtual currency.

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The Best Real-World Bitcoin Merchant Pioneers of This Year

The Best Real-World Bitcoin Merchant Pioneers of This Year | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
Amid all the excitement and speculation surrounding bitcoin’s price over the last couple of months, it’s important to remember: to be worth anything at all, bitcoin must be accepted by merchants and used by regular customers on a day-to-day basis.
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Thank you for underscoring my point.

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How Should You Have Spent $100 In 2013? (Hint: Bitcoin)

How Should You Have Spent $100 In 2013? (Hint: Bitcoin) | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
If you could get in a time travel machine and head back to the beginning of the year, you would best do so with Bitcoin on the brain.
Ken Feltman's insight:

Can the run continue? And if it doesn't, will it finally be time to examine Bitcoin as a convenient medium of exchange and not a get-rich-quick scheme?

 

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Canadian Man Builds World’s First Wooden Bitcoin Wallet

Canadian Man Builds World’s First Wooden Bitcoin Wallet | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
There are a number of bitcoin wallets on the market, but none made out of wood – until now.
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What Is The Carbon Footprint Of A Bitcoin?

What Is The Carbon Footprint Of A Bitcoin? | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
Figures suggest that mining a bitcoin is equivalent to burning around 16 gallons of gasoline.
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11 Top Bitcoin Memes

11 Top Bitcoin Memes | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
Bitcoin and viral memes are two of the greatest gifts of the Internet.
Hence, it makes perfect sense to pay tribute to both in a rundown of the best bitcoin memes making the rounds on cyberspace.1.
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Bitcoin: The Promise and Risks of Alternative Currencies

The Center on National Security and West Point's Combating Terrorism Center hosted an informative discussion on Bitcoin--its emerging prominence, its potential problems, and the questions raised by its role in the commerce of the Silk Road website.


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Hong Kong’s First Bitcoin ATM Goes Live Today

Hong Kong’s First Bitcoin ATM Goes Live Today | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
Hong Kong’s first bitcoin ATM opened earlier today at a cafe in one of the city’s busiest pedestrian districts.
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Bitcoin: Arrests are latest chapter in Silk Road saga

Bitcoin: Arrests are latest chapter in Silk Road saga | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
Check out CoinDesk's Silk Road timeline.
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Google Is Looking At How It Can Use Bitcoin For Its Payments Products (GOOG)

Google Is Looking At How It Can Use Bitcoin For Its Payments Products (GOOG) | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
Google is exploring how to integrate Bitcoin into its products. 
The great Andy Greenberg at Forbes has the complete story. 
A marketing manager named Jarar Malik from Pakistan decided to email the CEOs of top tech companies in the U.S.
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Bitcoin Takes Off at the UK’s Top Flying School

Bitcoin Takes Off at the UK’s Top Flying School | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
The UK’s number one flying school is now letting wannabe pilots pay in bitcoin.
The North London Flying School in, you guessed it, North London took the step in November and is using Coinbase to process bitcoin payments.
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Bitcoins, Tulips and Libertarians

Bitcoins, Tulips and Libertarians | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
Bitcoin true believers really do hope, even perhaps intend, that their new currency subverts and supplants a state-based system they believe to be non-consensual and coercive. In the end, however, the state's role will be vindicated.

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Stockman's acceptance of Bitcoin brings the virtual currency debate to politics

Stockman's acceptance of Bitcoin brings the virtual currency debate to politics | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
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Stockman's acceptance of bitcoins brings online currency debate to politics
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Stockman joins a handful of political figures in the U.S., including the Libertarian Party, but most are moving far more cautiously.
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Bitcoin Trading Platform Coinsetter Close to Raising Additional $1.5m

Bitcoin Trading Platform Coinsetter Close to Raising Additional $1.5m | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
New York-based Coinsetter, which has built a platform for high-speed bitcoin trading, is raising additional venture capital.
According to a Securities and Exchange (SEC) filing, the company is looking to raise a total of $1.5m.
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Insurgent Anarchism: an idea whose time has come?

Insurgent Anarchism: an idea whose time has come? | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
From Occupy to Wikileaks, the anarchist spirit of leaderless resistance, decentralized decision-making and autonomous self-governance, is on the rise everywhere.

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Is this a by-product of social media?

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Overstock.com to Become First Major US Retailer to Accept Bitcoin

Overstock.com to Become First Major US Retailer to Accept Bitcoin | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it

Major US online retailer Overstock.com plans to start accepting bitcoin as payment in the second half of 2014.

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