Monthly Archives: June 2013

Alec Ross and Jonathan Luff – Why Bitcoin Is On The Money

Alec Ross and Jonathan Luff – Why Bitcoin Is On The Money:

The Telegraph (UK) published an essay by Alec Ross (@AlecJRoss) and Jonathan Luff (@JILuff) on the geopolitics of Bitcoin.  Excerpts:

“An interesting advert appeared in a handbook accompanying [last week’s G8 meeting], placed by a company that was until recently known only to a small number of technology entrepreneurs and early adopters. The advertiser was Mt Gox.”

“Alternative currencies are, of course, nothing new. Many Londoners carry an Oyster Card, which they load with traditional currency and then exchange for travel.”

“In the developing world, value transfer via SMS is already replacing cash. With virtual currencies like BitCoin now operable without the need for a bank account, why would you open one?”

“The rise of digital currencies like BitCoin threatens to render obsolete even the modest progress made by the G8. BitCoin’s distributed network structure makes it hard for any one country or group of countries to regulate its activities.”

“Unless the issues that BitCoin raises are addressed in a thoughtful and proactive manner by existing authorities, the disintermediating power of technology is likely to have a disruptive impact on currency systems and those that regulate and rely on them.”

 – http://bit.ly/145sz0P
 – http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=242385.0

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Bitcoin-Qt/bitcoind version 0.8.3 released

Bitcoin-Qt/bitcoind version 0.8.3 released:

A new version of the Bitcoin-Qt and Bitcoind clients, v0.8.3, includes a fix for a bug that can be exploited as part of a denial-of-service attack against the Bitcoin network. Without this fix, Bitcoin-Qt/bitcoind nodes that receive a specific over-size message can crash.

 – http://bitcoin.org/en/release/v0.8.3
 – 
http://sourceforge.net/projects/bitcoin/files/Bitcoin/bitcoin-0.8.3
 – 
http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=242848.0

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CoinDesk – State of California's "Spray And Pray" Hits Bitcoin Foundation

CoinDesk – State of California’s “Spray And Pray” Hits Bitcoin Foundation:

Reporter Danny Bradbury (@DannyBradbury) of CoinDesk.com (@CoinDesk) describes the cease and desist (C&D) order given by the State of California’s financial regulator, Department of Financial Institutions (@CaliforniaDFI), to the Bitcoin Foundation (@BTCFoundation).  Excerpts:

“The letter said that the Bitcoin Foundation may be a money transmission business (MTB), and threatened it with fines and jail time.”

“The letter, signed by Paul Clayton, senior counsel at the Department of Financial Institutions (California’s financial regulator), gave the Foundation 20 days to respond, although it was only received last week. The Foundation is drafting its response with legal firm Perkins Coie this week.”

“The language in the letter (which didn’t directly accuse the Foundation, but suggested it ‘might be’ an MTB), indicated that the letter might be a fishing expedition said [Bitcoin Foundation General Counsel Patrick Murck]. The use of cease and desist letters is an easy way to cast the net, he argued.”

“This ‘spray and pray’ approach to regulating businesses could dampen the prospects for bitcoin-based businesses in the long run, warned Murck.”

 – http://bit.ly/1ccDgjE
 – http://bit.ly/14rPvGt (Cease and desist order)
 – http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=241626.0 (Further discussion of this article)

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Jon Matonis – "Until physical paper cash is outlawed …"

Jon Matonis – “Until physical paper cash is outlawed …”:

Bitcoin Foundation board member Jon Matonis (@JonMatonis) describes the growing trade of bitcoins in face-to-face, in-person transactions.  Excerpts:

“In-person bitcoin transactions allow you to meet interesting new people in your area – and discuss bitcoin.”

“For the casual traders seeking more privacy, I recommend in-person trading through LocalBitcoins.com.”

“LocalBitcoins has steadily added new cities and market depth. ‘We currently have 142 countries and 1700 cities,’ [founder Jeremias Kangas] recently told Bitcoin Magazine, ‘but that most definitely isn’t enough. We want to expand to at least 170,000 cities’”.

“LocalBitcoins offers an escrow facility and a rating system both of which can be extremely valuable for the first-time trader.”

The bitcoin provider sets the price markup and types of payment that will be accepted. […] Given the robustness of trade in some large urban areas, it is entirely possible to earn a living from buying and selling bitcoin using the LocalBitcoins matching platform.”

“In the general classification of commodity, bitcoin’s trade is similar to any other collectible item, such as antique diamonds, celebrity autographs, moon rocks, Buddha figurines, and baseball cards.”

“Ultimately, until physical paper cash is outlawed, bitcoin will still be bought and sold in person just like any other commodity.”

 – http://bit.ly/12RZ7x1
 – http://localbitcoins.com
 – http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=240015.0 (Further discussion on the article)

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CoinDesk – State of California's "Spray And Pray" Hits Bitcoin Foundation

CoinDesk – State of California’s “Spray And Pray” Hits Bitcoin Foundation:

Reporter Danny Bradbury (@DannyBradbury) of CoinDesk.com (@CoinDesk) describes the cease and desist (C&D) order given by the State of California’s financial regulator, Department of Financial Institutions (@CaliforniaDFI), to the Bitcoin Foundation (@BTCFoundation).  Excerpts:

“The letter said that the Bitcoin Foundation may be a money transmission business (MTB), and threatened it with fines and jail time.”

“The letter, signed by Paul Clayton, senior counsel at the Department of Financial Institutions (California’s financial regulator), gave the Foundation 20 days to respond, although it was only received last week. The Foundation is drafting its response with legal firm Perkins Coie this week.”

“The language in the letter (which didn’t directly accuse the Foundation, but suggested it ‘might be’ an MTB), indicated that the letter might be a fishing expedition said [Bitcoin Foundation General Counsel Patrick Murck]. The use of cease and desist letters is an easy way to cast the net, he argued.”

“This ‘spray and pray’ approach to regulating businesses could dampen the prospects for bitcoin-based businesses in the long run, warned Murck.”

 – http://bit.ly/1ccDgjE
 – http://bit.ly/14rPvGt (Cease and desist order)
 – http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=241626.0 (Further discussion of this article)

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Jon Matonis – "Until physical paper cash is outlawed …"

Jon Matonis – “Until physical paper cash is outlawed …”:

Bitcoin Foundation board member Jon Matonis (@JonMatonis) describes the growing trade of bitcoins in face-to-face, in-person transactions.  Excerpts:

“In-person bitcoin transactions allow you to meet interesting new people in your area – and discuss bitcoin.”

“For the casual traders seeking more privacy, I recommend in-person trading through LocalBitcoins.com.”

“LocalBitcoins has steadily added new cities and market depth. ‘We currently have 142 countries and 1700 cities,’ [founder Jeremias Kangas] recently told Bitcoin Magazine, ‘but that most definitely isn’t enough. We want to expand to at least 170,000 cities’”.

“LocalBitcoins offers an escrow facility and a rating system both of which can be extremely valuable for the first-time trader.”

The bitcoin provider sets the price markup and types of payment that will be accepted. […] Given the robustness of trade in some large urban areas, it is entirely possible to earn a living from buying and selling bitcoin using the LocalBitcoins matching platform.”

“In the general classification of commodity, bitcoin’s trade is similar to any other collectible item, such as antique diamonds, celebrity autographs, moon rocks, Buddha figurines, and baseball cards.”

“Ultimately, until physical paper cash is outlawed, bitcoin will still be bought and sold in person just like any other commodity.”

 – http://bit.ly/12RZ7x1
 – http://localbitcoins.com
 – http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=240015.0 (Further discussion on the article)

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Jon Matonis – "Until physical paper cash is outlawed …"

Jon Matonis – “Until physical paper cash is outlawed …”:

Bitcoin Foundation board member Jon Matonis (@JonMatonis) describes the growing trade of bitcoins in face-to-face, in-person transactions.  Excerpts:

“In-person bitcoin transactions allow you to meet interesting new people in your area – and discuss bitcoin.”

“For the casual traders seeking more privacy, I recommend in-person trading through LocalBitcoins.com.”

“LocalBitcoins has steadily added new cities and market depth. ‘We currently have 142 countries and 1700 cities,’ [founder Jeremias Kangas] recently told Bitcoin Magazine, ‘but that most definitely isn’t enough. We want to expand to at least 170,000 cities’”.

“LocalBitcoins offers an escrow facility and a rating system both of which can be extremely valuable for the first-time trader.”

The bitcoin provider sets the price markup and types of payment that will be accepted. […] Given the robustness of trade in some large urban areas, it is entirely possible to earn a living from buying and selling bitcoin using the LocalBitcoins matching platform.”

“In the general classification of commodity, bitcoin’s trade is similar to any other collectible item, such as antique diamonds, celebrity autographs, moon rocks, Buddha figurines, and baseball cards.”

“Ultimately, until physical paper cash is outlawed, bitcoin will still be bought and sold in person just like any other commodity.”

 – http://bit.ly/12RZ7x1
 – http://localbitcoins.com
 – http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=240015.0 (Further discussion on the article)

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Phil Archer – Bitcoin Versus Fiat Versus Gold

Phil Archer – Bitcoin Versus Fiat Versus Gold:

In Phil Archer’s latest article on TheGenesisBlock.com (@TheGenesisBlock) he compares Bitcoin against fiat money and gold.  Excerpts:

“There are nine distinct characteristics of money: scarce, durable, portable, divisible, easy to recognize, easy to store, fungibile, hard to counterfeit, and widespread use. At first glance, bitcoin has a significant advantage over fiat currencies and gold in many of these.”

 – http://bit.ly/1401cUc

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Video: Bloomberg Summit – The Great Bitcoin Debate

Video: Bloomberg Summit – The Great Bitcoin Debate:

Ribbit Capital’s Micky Malka (@MickyMalka) and Tangent Capital Partners Jim Rickards (@JamesGRickards) debate the pros and cons of bitcoin from the Bloomberg Link Next Big Thing Summit (#BBnbt).

 – http://bloom.bg/14gY4DT (Length: Five minutes)
 – http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=237664.0 (Further discussion of the debate)

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Jon Matonis – The Fincen Whistleblowers

Jon Matonis – The Fincen Whistleblowers:

Bitcoin Foundation board member Jon Matonis (@JonMatonis) writes a post on how the financial surveillance also occurring is no secret.  Excerpts:  

“The Fincen bureau conducts all of its surveillance activity out in the open and in plain sight, probably for its effect as a deterrent. Fincen even recruits banks and other agent financial institutions to participate in the direct surveillance that make serious and consequential judgment calls along the way.”

“Two generations of educated Americans, including some smart attorneys, have been conditioned to think of money laundering as a real and legitimate category of crime. Eradication of privacy is the goal and manipulation of the semantic crime debate is the tool.”

“Since the available cryptography and technical tools of today permit near absolutes on each side of the privacy-surveillance spectrum, each advancement from one side elicits an equally strong reaction from the other side.”

“As shameful as the existence of PRISM is, and it is monumentally shameful for a free society, it doesn’t even compare to the unprecedented level of financial surveillance the world is on the verge of witnessing.”

“Digital currencies with proper mixing services such as bitcoin become a viable option for preserving some transactional privacy, even if identification is required for its initial acquisition from licensed money transmitters.”

“A world where privacy isn’t sacrificed and all human transactions aren’t tracked is not only possible, but imperative. The alternative will be far worse than you can imagine.”

 – http://bit.ly/1anVlwV
 – http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=236621.0 (Further discussion of the article)

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