Monthly Archives: July 2013

Wired – Bitcoin's Street Sellers

Wired – Bitcoin’s Street Sellers:

Wired writer Robert McMillan (@bobmcmillan) makes some face-to-face, in-person trades and describes the experience.  Excerpts:

“Welcome to the quickest, most private way to buy the internet’s most successful digital currency: in-person and face-to-face.”

“Buttonwood meetups started in New York a few months ago and fanned out to San Francisco and Los Angeles. Buttonwood is an allusion to the May 17, 1792 agreement, struck under a buttonwood tree at 68 Wall Street, that set down the rules for what became the New York Stock Exchange.”

“After some haggling, Light types Copley’s Bitcoin address into his mobile phone and transfers just over half a Bitcoin ($50) to Copley’s digital wallet [for payment of silver bullion]”.

He used to buy and sell on a (temporarily shuttered) marketplace called Bitinstant. But a few months ago, ‘it started to ask for too much of my information,’ the student says. Given the nature of his business, he wants to buy Bitcoins without being tracked.

These are the kinds of deals that have regulators worried.

It’s traditionally been tough to quickly buy Bitcoins with U.S. dollars, and recently it’s become tougher.  […] That [regulation has] led to a pretty healthy off-the-books market for Bitcoin traders. […] Buyers and sellers can also hook up over Internet Relay Chat at #bitcoin-otc”

“Buyer’s Best Friend will give you Bitcoins back for cash, much like you can get cash back from a credit card, but you are supposed to purchase something first.”

“Though trading an obscure crypto currency may sound very modern, the whole transaction has a decidedly old-fashioned and human flavor to it.”

 – http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2013/07/buttonwood
 – http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=261116.0

All News – Daily E-mail Subscription – Twitter: @BitcoinNews

Matthew Lynn – Gold Isn't Only Alternative To Paper Money

Matthew Lynn – Gold Isn’t Only Alternative To Paper Money:

In an article on Marketwartch, writer Matthew Lynn (@MattLynnWriter) describes how gold’s role as a store of value alternative to paper money will be seeing competition from digital currencies.  Excerpts:

“As the American [dollar] grows in strength — as seems likely given its relative performance compared with the rest of the world — then gold will be less valuable as an alternative.”

“Gold is nothing if not a long-term investment [however] the most important threat is the rise of alternative digital currencies such as bitcoin.”

“As a rival to paper money, gold has had the market to itself. Now it will have competition, and that always drives down the price of any product.”

“Financial sophisticates might dismiss digital currencies as a craze. But plenty of other industries have been taken apart by the Internet — there is no reason why the money market should be any different.”

“In many ways, digital currencies may be a better alternative to paper money than gold.”

 – http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-real-threat-to-gold-is-digital-2013-07-17
 – http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=257880.0 (Further discussion of the article)

All News – Daily E-mail Subscription  – Twitter: @BitcoinNews

Wired – Bitcoin's Street Sellers

Wired – Bitcoin’s Street Sellers:

Wired writer Robert McMillan (@bobmcmillan) makes some face-to-face, in-person trades and describes the experience.  Excerpts:

“Welcome to the quickest, most private way to buy the internet’s most successful digital currency: in-person and face-to-face.”

“Buttonwood meetups started in New York a few months ago and fanned out to San Francisco and Los Angeles. Buttonwood is an allusion to the May 17, 1792 agreement, struck under a buttonwood tree at 68 Wall Street, that set down the rules for what became the New York Stock Exchange.”

“After some haggling, Light types Copley’s Bitcoin address into his mobile phone and transfers just over half a Bitcoin ($50) to Copley’s digital wallet [for payment of silver bullion]”.

He used to buy and sell on a (temporarily shuttered) marketplace called Bitinstant. But a few months ago, ‘it started to ask for too much of my information,’ the student says. Given the nature of his business, he wants to buy Bitcoins without being tracked.

These are the kinds of deals that have regulators worried.

It’s traditionally been tough to quickly buy Bitcoins with U.S. dollars, and recently it’s become tougher.  […] That [regulation has] led to a pretty healthy off-the-books market for Bitcoin traders. […] Buyers and sellers can also hook up over Internet Relay Chat at #bitcoin-otc”

“Buyer’s Best Friend will give you Bitcoins back for cash, much like you can get cash back from a credit card, but you are supposed to purchase something first.”

“Though trading an obscure crypto currency may sound very modern, the whole transaction has a decidedly old-fashioned and human flavor to it.”

 – http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2013/07/buttonwood
 – http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=261116.0

All News – Daily E-mail Subscription – Twitter: @BitcoinNews

Matthew Lynn – Gold Isn't Only Alternative To Paper Money

Matthew Lynn – Gold Isn’t Only Alternative To Paper Money:

In an article on Marketwartch, writer Matthew Lynn (@MattLynnWriter) describes how gold’s role as a store of value alternative to paper money will be seeing competition from digital currencies.  Excerpts:

“As the American [dollar] grows in strength — as seems likely given its relative performance compared with the rest of the world — then gold will be less valuable as an alternative.”

“Gold is nothing if not a long-term investment [however] the most important threat is the rise of alternative digital currencies such as bitcoin.”

“As a rival to paper money, gold has had the market to itself. Now it will have competition, and that always drives down the price of any product.”

“Financial sophisticates might dismiss digital currencies as a craze. But plenty of other industries have been taken apart by the Internet — there is no reason why the money market should be any different.”

“In many ways, digital currencies may be a better alternative to paper money than gold.”

 – http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-real-threat-to-gold-is-digital-2013-07-17
 – http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=257880.0 (Further discussion of the article)

All News – Daily E-mail Subscription  – Twitter: @BitcoinNews

The Genesis Block – 2013 Mid-Year Bitcoin Review

The Genesis Block – 2013 Mid-Year Bitcoin Review:

https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://thegenesisblock.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/TGB-Bitcoin-Mid-Year-Review-and-Outlook-4.pdf

This report from The Genesis Block (@TheGenesisBlock) covers the major events from the first half of 2013 and what to look out for in the months ahead.  Excerpts:

“The one outlier in the global bitcoin trading story so far in 2013 has been CNY, with a meteoric rise from near obscurity at 1% in January to more than 6% of global volume at the end of June. This was largely attributable to a brief documentary about bitcoin aired on state-run CCTV.”

“Volatility has presented a number of exceptional arbitrage opportunities for traders. As macro events and news from different exchanges create unique trading dynamics, the price differential across exchanges can become quite significant.”

“As a smallmarket, bitcoin is still heavily influenced by individual micro events, but traders are clearly paying attention to major macro headlines as well.”

“We are also aware of three VC-backed exchanges currently in development.”

“The initial ASICMiner IPO was in August 2012 [raised] over $100,000 for initial ASIC production. As of this writing, shares are trading at 4.25 BTC each, providing initial shareholders a 4,250% return in 8 months and netting IPO investors millions of dollars in gains.”

“The US has unquestionably been the least accommodating with regards to virtual currency regulations. Throughout the rest of the globe, government responses have ranged from deferment to outright encouragement so far this year.”

“We expect more and larger retail players to enter the space, helping the value of the market continue to grow steadily.”

 – http://thegenesisblock.com/bitcoin-mid-year-review-and-outlook
 – http://bit.ly/1aJhEQs (PDF)  (Flash-based PDF Viewer)

All News – Daily E-mail Subscription – Twitter: @BitcoinNews

Podcast: Adam B. Levine Interviews Bitcoin Foundation's New Executive Director

Podcast: Adam B. Levine Interviews Bitcoin Foundation’s New Executive Director:

For the lasest episode of the Lets Talk Bitcoin (podcast), host Adam B. Levine (@GamerAndy) interviews Jon Matonis (@JonMatonis), the new Excutive Director of Bitcoin Foundation (@BTCFoundation). 

Length: 48 minutes.

 – https://soundcloud.com/mindtomatter/e23-2-setting-the-agenda-with
 – http://bit.ly/18hjHXI (MP3)

All News – Daily E-mail Subscription – Twitter: @BitcoinNews

Emily Spaven – Kipochi Links Bitcoin With M-PESA

Emily Spaven – Kipochi Links Bitcoin With M-PESA:

Finance author Emily Spaven (@EmilySpaven) describes the launch of Kipochi (@KipochiPay), a Bitcoin wallet that provides interchange to and from M-PESA.  Excerpts:

“Kipochi has launched a product that allows people in Africa to send and receive bitcoins, plus convert them to and from the Kenyan currency M-Pesa.”

“Kipochi works on all mobile phones as it has SMS, USSD and HTML5 frontends, so there is no requirement for users to have the most up-to-date handsets.”

“Pelle Braendgaard, co-founder of Kipochi [said that] M-Pesa has been around in Kenya for years now, so mobile money is a part of everyday life in the country, which means it will be easy for Kenyans to accept digital currency as the choice for international payments.”

“Kipochi’s goal is to make it easier for people in these [communities of expatriates from Kenya and foreigners living and working in Kenya] to send and receive funds through the bitcoin network.”

“LocalBitcoins.com has also recently turned its attention to M-Pesa, making this option available to traders in Kenya and Tanzania.”

“‘The [tens of thousands of] M-Pesa agents are the target market of LocalBitcoins.com as well,’” [explained  founder Jeremias Kangas].”

 – http://bit.ly/15bcWnr
 – http://www.Kipochi.com
 – http://bit.ly/132zNi5 (Further discussion of Kipochi)

All News – Daily E-mail Subscription – Twitter; @BitcoinNews

Bitcoin Magazine – June 2013 Month In Review

Bitcoin Magazine – June 2013 Month In Review:

Bitcoin Magazine’s Vitalik Buterin summarizes developments that occured June, 2013.

 – http://bitcoinmagazine.com/month-in-review-june
 – http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=251534.0 (Further discussion of the article)

All News – Daily E-mail Subscription – Twitter: @BitcoinNews

Video: CalvinArye.com Recap Of Bitcoin London 2013

Video: CalvinArye.com Recap Of Bitcoin London 2013:

Rebecca Liggero (@RebeccaLiggero), reporting for CalvinAyre.com, provides a recap of Bitcoin London 2013.

 – http://bit.ly/14MTopx Length: 4 minutes

All News – Daily E-mail Subscription – Twitter: @BitcoinNews

Makeshift Magazine – Hawala, Moving Billions

Makeshift Magazine – Hawala, Moving Billions:

Writer Philippa Young (@_philippayoung_)’s article Thin Wire in the quarterly magazine Makeshift (@MkShftMag) describes Hawala.  Excerpts:

“Hawala, hundi, chiti, chop, and dozens of other names describe a system that moves billions of dollars across grey and black markets, faster and cheaper than your local bank.”

“Before insurance and high-speed travel, moving large amounts of bullion by sea or camel-led caravan was not only slow but also incredibly risky. The answer? Never move the money.”

“In its infancy, hawala created a safe and smooth journey for long-distance merchants, facilitating the first movements of globalized trade. Fast-forward a few hundred years, and hawala has a less celebrated reputation.”

“For families in developing countries supported by diaspora relatives, hawala is a lifeline.”

“Hawala is recordless. With just a name and telephone number, you can transfer thousands of dollars across continents.”

“Just one month from now, First Somali Bank will launch a system to allow diaspora communities of Minnesota and London to send remittances from their mobile phones directly to a recipient’s debit card in Somalia— signs of attempts to formalize hawala’s informal success.”

“The system differs from neighboring Kenya’s M-PESA system in that the money goes directly into the recipient’s bank account. Each person becomes his or her own hawaladar.”

“If money makes the world go round, then hawala is the undervalued engine coughing out a cloak of grey-black smoke.”

 – http://mkshft.org/2013/07/thin-wire
 – http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=248744.0 (Further discussion of the article)

All News – Daily E-mail Subscription – Twitter: @BitcoinNews