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Ledger Launches Newest Hardware Wallet: Nano S with Ethereum integration

Ledger Launches Newest Hardware Wallet: Nano S with Ethereum integration | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
Blockchain hardware solutions company Ledger announced a new hardware wallet today. A successor to the HW.1 and Unplugged wallets, Ledger’s Nano S differentiates itself by offering a built-in OLED display and by adding protection for Ethereum fund transfers. The Paris-based company created the Nano S after spending 18 months improving the Nano, Ledger’s best-selling product. It connects to any Rea
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Major questions arise over Craig Wright’s claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto

Major questions arise over Craig Wright’s claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
The tech community is currently poring scorn on the news that Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright has revealed himself to be Bitcoin creator Satoshi..
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Over $220M Invested in Bitcoin & Blockchain Startups in 2016

Over $220M Invested in Bitcoin & Blockchain Startups in 2016 | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it

@finSMEs :  Bitcoin & Blockchain startups, all the deals of 2016 with over $220M already invested

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Vastly underestimated IMHO
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Bitwala Raises €800K in Seed Funding

Bitwala Raises €800K in Seed Funding | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
Bitwala, a Berlin, Germany-based Bitcoin startup, raised €800k in seed funding
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Bitcoin mining firm Butterfly Labs settles FTC charges

Bitcoin mining firm Butterfly Labs settles FTC charges | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has settled charges against a Bitcoin mining hardware outfit accused of charging people thousands of dollars for machines that were never delivered.
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one more original form of bitcoin scam

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Time to take a stand against all the #blockchain crap out there

Time to take a stand against all the #blockchain crap out there | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
Finextra: With the blockchain hype machine at full throttle, David Birch of Consult Hyperion pleads for some rationality in the reporting and discussions of the shared ledger concept and its associated technologies.
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see also http://www.multichain.com/blog/2015/11/avoiding-pointless-blockchain-project/

and my

http://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2015/12/78702-busting-7-blockchain-bitcoin-myths/

 

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DigitalBTC first listed mining firm gives up on #Bitcoin mining

DigitalBTC first listed mining firm gives up on #Bitcoin mining | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it

The world’s first listed Bitcoin mining company DigitalBTC (Digital CC Ltd.) has announced that it’s getting out of the game and instead entering the fintech remittance space.

DigitalBTC listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in March 2014 through a backdoor listing by taking over an existing small mining concern, and promised great things from its proposed mining operations but got one thing seriously wrong: it didn’t allow for the drop in the price of Bitcoin.

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A bit late, but wise decision! On to the next hype of blockchain?

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Silk Road's Ulbricht sentenced to life in prison

Silk Road's Ulbricht sentenced to life in prison | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
Finextra: Ross Ulbricht, the founder of the Silk Road, a dark web bazaar where shoppers bought and sold illegal goods with bitcoin, has been sentenced to life in prison.
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For a gripping account of the silk road story, check @wired :

http://www.wired.com/2015/05/silk-road-untold-story/

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The Value of Blockchain Technology according to an Ethereum founder

The Value of Blockchain Technology according to an Ethereum founder | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it

One of the questions that has perhaps been central to my own research in blockchain technology is: ultimately, what is it even useful for? Why do we need blockchains for anything, what kinds of services should be run on blockchain-like architectures, and why specifically should services be run on blockchains instead of just living on …


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Philippe J DEWOST's curator insight, April 21, 2015 7:35 AM

Brilliant essay by Vitalik Buterin, one of Ethereum founding members, about what Blockchain is / is not (for).

And his very interesting and generic definition of what a blockchain is:

A blockchain is a magic computer that anyone can upload programs to and leave the programs to self-execute, where the current and all previous states of every program are always publicly visible, and which carries a very strong cryptoeconomically secured guarantee that programs running on the chain will continue to execute in exactly the way that the blockchain protocol specifies.

Notice that this definition does NOT:

- Use financially-charged terms like “ledger”, “money” or “transactions”, or indeed any terms geared toward a particular use case

- Mention any particular consensus algorithm, or indeed mention anything about the technical properties of how a blockchain works (except for the fact that it’s “cryptoeconomic”, a technical term roughly meaning “it’s decentralized, it uses public key cryptography for authentication, and it uses economic incentives to ensure that it keeps going and doesn’t go back in time or incur any other glitch”)

- Make a restriction to any particular type of state transition function

 

I do strongly recommend to anybody interested or curious in this field to take the time to (re)read this post in extenso...

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Bitcoin Foundation is “effectively bankrupt,” board member says

Bitcoin Foundation is “effectively bankrupt,” board member says | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
Advocacy group's founders involved in crimes, bankruptcy, and offshore relocation.
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The advocates are as weak as the cause

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Bitcoin startup 21 inc raises $116 million

Bitcoin startup 21 inc raises  $116 million | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it

For the past year and a half, a Silicon Valley startup has quietly convinced some of the biggest names in venture capital to back its effort to turn the technology behind bitcoin into a mass-marketed phenomenon.

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21 Inc is a Bitcoin mining pool. It is working on specially designed chips that will drive new equipment specifically aimed at doing this more efficiently. 21 Inc has yet to publicly reveal the exact nature of its operations. - See more at: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/21e6#sthash.MYJ71DAK.dpuf

https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/21e6

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Stripe offers bitcoin payments through a single line of code

Stripe offers bitcoin payments through a single line of code | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
Digital payments upstart Stripe has added support for bitcoin, enabling merchants to accept the crypto-currency through just a single line of code.
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So what? I hesitated to curate this, wondering whether that is all that Stripe has to offer to make the news...

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Old finance join VCs to plough $75M into bitcoin Platform Coinbase

Old finance join VCs to plough $75M into bitcoin Platform Coinbase | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
Three major financial institutions have contributed to a record-breaking $75 million investment round in bitcoin startup Coinbase.
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I thought I curated that piece of news already but it seems I didn't. Anyway, that might explain the recent bitcoin price's rebound

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Craig Wright backs out of Bitcoin proof, says sorry and goodbye

Craig Wright backs out of Bitcoin proof, says sorry and goodbye | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
Craig Wright, the man who earlier this week claimed to be inventor of Bitcoin, has backed out of a commitment to present new proof that he is Satosh
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Information - disinformation - an illustration of the total lack of transparency in bitcoin affairs
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Bitcoin exchange Bitstamp granted passportable Payment Institution license in Luxemburg

Bitcoin exchange Bitstamp granted passportable Payment Institution license in Luxemburg | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
Luxembourg has granted Payment Institution status to European cryptocurrency exchange Bitstamp, providing the firm with a passportable license in 2
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undeniably an important step in the troubled history of bitcoin exchanges
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東京ビットコイン会議 / Bitcoin Tokyo Meetup

東京ビットコイン会議 / Bitcoin Tokyo Meetup | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
This group is for people in Tokyo interested in Bitcoins. Bitcoins are the world's first P2P virtual currency that are changing the way the world does business.
Sites:
http://bitcoin.com
http://weusec
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Nice lady, funny watch.

Looks like in spite of Mt. Gox's collapse, bitcoin hasn't lost its allure in Japan...

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Ledger's Blue Smartcard Mitigates Phishing & Malware Attacks

Ledger's Blue Smartcard Mitigates Phishing & Malware Attacks | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
Bitcoin is inherently difficult to protect and is not guarded from fraud, as many traditional accounts are. To navigate this issue, Ledger has designed hardware to help users preserve ownership of their digital blockchain assets. The company began as the House of Bitcoin, a physical retail location in Paris where people exchange digital currency in person, learn about bitcoin, and share ideas with other Read more...
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Inspired by Eric Larcheveque's work on bitcoin/blockchain, this 2-factor authentication system uses a hardware key to secure any type of digital asset
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Bitcoin Has Failed and Bitcoin's blockchain is full says Expert

Bitcoin Has Failed and Bitcoin's blockchain is full says Expert | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
"Despite knowing that Bitcoin could fail all along, the now inescapable conclusion that it has failed still saddens me greatly. The fundamentals are broken
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Not sure how much is true but still I feel comforted in raising a red flag as in http://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2015/12/78702-busting-7-blockchain-bitcoin-myths/

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Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto denies being Craig Wright (maybe)

Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto denies being Craig Wright (maybe) | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
Email which could be from account once associated with Nakamoto denies his real identity is that of Australian academic and entrepreneur
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the movie "Chasing Satoshi" would make a great thriller!

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[April 2015] Brock Pierce Elected Bitcoin Foundation Board Chairman

[April 2015] Brock Pierce Elected Bitcoin Foundation Board Chairman | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
Venture capitalist Brock Pierce has been elected chairman of the board of directors at the Bitcoin Foundation.
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Not news but I had missed it. Confirms the suspicion that Bitcoin is all PR

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Goldman Sachs invest $50M in digital currency payment startup Circle

Goldman Sachs invest $50M in digital currency payment startup Circle | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
Finextra: Circle, a consumer finance provider that allows users to make payments using digital currencies, has announced a new $50 million strategic investment round co-led by Goldman Sachs and IDG Capital Partners.
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bitcoin et al are definitely the poster children of old finance investment banks

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US Coinsetter buys failing Canadian #bitcoin exchange Cavirtex

US Coinsetter buys failing Canadian #bitcoin exchange Cavirtex | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
Finextra: Cavirtex, a Canadian bitcoin exchange forced to shut down last month in the wake of a security breach, has won a reprieve after being acquired by American counterpart Coinsetter.
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One more bitcoin exchange down !

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FundedByMe Now Accepts Bitcoin as it Offers Equity in Bitcoin Trading Platform Safello

FundedByMe Now Accepts Bitcoin as it Offers Equity in Bitcoin Trading Platform Safello | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it

a vested interest to accept bitcoins

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that's what I call a vested interest to accept bitcoins

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Therese Torris's curator insight, March 19, 2015 12:56 PM

that's a risky proposition

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Fidor Bank and Kraken call on partners to establish a cryptocurrency bank

Fidor Bank and Kraken welcome partners in an initiative to establish a banking platform for crypto-currencies - Join now!
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$387 M vanish from Honk Kong bitcoin exchange MyCoin - deemed Ponzi scheme by authorities

$387 M vanish from Honk Kong bitcoin exchange MyCoin - deemed Ponzi scheme by authorities | Payments 2.0 | Scoop.it
Hong Kong's central bank has warned the public about investing in bitcoin after local media reports that a virtual currency exchange operator may have scarpered with $387 million in client funds.
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Won't do good to the already fledging bitcoin!

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